San Diego Section news and notes: Helix boys basketball coach John Singer retires

Here’s a roundup of San Diego Section high school news and notes over the past week.

Coaching news:

  • Helix boys’ basketball coach John Singer announced his retirement after 39 years as the Highlanders head coach. Singer finished his career with 741 wins.

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Thank you to Coach Singer for 39 years of coaching Helix Basketball. #OnceAScottieAlwaysAScottie

  • Point Loma’s Mike Hastings announced that he is stepping down as head coach. Hastings has led the Pointers since 1998.
  • Danny Mitchell was named athletic director and head coach at Christian High School. Mitchell was previously the offensive coordinator at The Bishop’s School and had taken the same position at Torrey Pines High School during the off-season before the retirements of Christian Head Coach Matt Oliver and Athletic Director David Beezer led Mitchell back to his alma mater.
  • Aaron Douglas was named the head boys’ basketball coach at Steele Canyon High School. Douglas was previously an assistant coach at Southwestern College and La Jolla Country Day. He played basketball at Cuyamaca College and San Diego State.

College commitments:


  • 2021 Mission Hills DB Elisha Lloyd decommitted from Washington State.
  • 2021 Torrey Pines OL Luke Simsiman committed to Johns Hopkins.

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I am excited to announce my commitment to continue my academic and athletic career at Johns Hopkins University! Thank you to my friends, family, teammates, and coaches for helping me achieve my goals. Go Blue Jays! #PrideAndPoise @rcg999 @CoachWodicka @Greg_Chimera @JHU_Football

  • 2021 Vista LB LJ Turner committed to St. Olaf College.


  • 2023 Poway INF Ryan Kroepel committed to Arizona State.
  • 2023 Christian RHP/SS Vaughn Major committed to UC-Santa Barbara.

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I am so blessed to announce my commitment to UC Santa Barbara. I want to thank my coaches for pushing me and all the time and effort they have put into my development. I also want to thank my parents for making me better on and off the field.

  • 2021 Cathedral Catholic RHP Matthew Allen committed to UC-Irvine.
  • 2021 Carlsbad LHP/OF Sam Hasegawa committed to UC-San Diego.
  • 2022 La Jolla Country Day LHP/OF Alvaro Partida committed to Cal State Fullerton.
  • 2023 Point Loma RHP Duke Ekstrom committed to Vanderbilt.
  • 2022 St. Augustine 1B/LHP Trevor Fox committed to San Diego State.
  • 2021 La Costa Canyon 1B/RHP Jake Woltman committed to UMass-Boston.


  • 2021 El Capitan G Mackenzie Curtis committed to New Mexico.
  • 2021 Mission Hills G/W Kennan Ka committed to Long Beach State.
  • 2021 Mount Miguel G Sylena Peterson committed to New Mexico State.

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Super shoutout to Bonita Vista and EBO ’21 PG Sylena Peterson on her commitment to New Mexico State Universtiy. We are so proud of you.

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