Helix-Grossmont Rivalry Goes Retro Tonight

LA MESA -- The annual rivalry game between Helix Charter High School and Grossmont High School will take on a retro look tonight.

Jim Newland of the La Mesa Historical Society has led a community-wide effort to raise money to clad the two teams in retro jerseys, a style last seen on the field in the 1950s.

The game, which is 7 p.m. tonight (Friday) at Helix Charter's home field, will also be attended by several players, now in their late 70s, who wore jerseys of this style when they played on the local fields.

The Historical Society used pictures of the vintage looks and recreated the'50s uniforms (Helix depicted above; Grossmont below) with more than $7,000 in donations from people throughout the community. Grossmont hasn't worn the gold color since 1956.

The society is also using sales of these retro jerseys as a fundraiser to cover the final cost of equipping the two La Mesa area teams and the effort coincides with La Mesa's Centennial celebration.

"The mayor (Art Madrid) and (City Councilman) Mark Arapostathis ordered theirs and (City Manager) Dave Witt called and said he wants one too,'' Newland said.

(Madrid's children and Arapostathis attended Helix and ordered the Helix jerseys, Newland said.)
The annual Helix-Grossmont rivalry is expected to be competitive. It certainly will be colorful.

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