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VOL. LXX COUGAR ATHLETIC CLUB NEWSLETTER Jul. 13th, 2019
Today, we are pleased to welcome as our guest speaker a 1984 graduate of Escondido
High School, Ernie Martinez. Ernie is a talented entrepreneur and radio producer/senior
reporter/anchor/talk show host/creative design creativist for IHeartMedia, Inc radio
station KLSD-AM, XTRA 1360 Fox Sports. Oh, and in his free time, he owns his own
Graphic Design business! His background since leaving EHS is vast and varied. Ernie
graduated from Palomar College, The Art Institute of California-San Diego, and San
Diego State University. According to his LinkedIn profile, he is an “established
professional with many years of work experience in major league media environment”,
combined with “innate and trained skills in graphic design and radio broadcast”.
His specialties listed are: On Air Anchor, Reporter Talk Show Host, and Producer
along with Graphic Design in the areas of concept, design, layout, preflight to print,
business collateral, and web.
One of Ernie’s great loves is volunteering for The Miracle League of San Diego, where
he serves as a Board Member and Play-by-Play Announcer.
A talented and always upbeat person, sit back and listen to another former Cougar’s
successful journey after leaving EHS.
2009 Cougar graduate, Travis Dunn, was named to the Ultimate Frisbee AUDL All Star
game. Way to go Travis!
2019 marks the 50th year of the Cougar Football Team’s CIF Co-Championship! Plans
are under way to honor members of that 1969 team at one of this season’s games (tentatively
August 30 vs Orange Glen). If you know of a member of that team, have them contact
Athletic Director Steve Bridges for more information.
Former Cougars Danny Starr and Jeff Asper recently passed away. Starr’s memorial
service will be held on August 10th at Emmanuel Faith Community Church at 10:00am.
Starr was a star running back and track team sprinter during his career for the Cougars.
He went on to become a highly regarded member of the Escondido Police Department
before his retirement. Asper, twin brother of Jim, was a tennis player for the Cougars
who went on to win the California State Community College doubles championship for
Butte College. He entered the ministry before eventually moving to Texas where he
was a highly regarded tennis instructor and coach before his death. A local memorial
service has not been finalized at this time.
Recent recipients of our Cougar Athletic Club and Embrey/Shriver Scholarships were
presented at end-of-the-year awards nights. $1000 CAC scholarships were awarded to
Rose Bernaba, Norma Ibarra, John Turner-Perkins and Lance DeSorbo. Maya Reid and
Shawn Moskowitz were awarded the $2000 Embrey/Shriver scholarships. Congratulations!
It’s not too early to calendar the yearly Cougar scholarship fund raiser golf tournament
scheduled for Saturday, September 14, 2019 at Reidy Creek Golf Club. Flyers for the
tournament are at the sign in table, and available online upon request. Contact Sal
or Tom Garcia for more information. If you don’t golf, consider sponsoring a hole
or advertising your business to help raise money for the scholarship fund.