Once Antelope Valley and Mt. San Jacinto left the Foothill Conference it seemed Chaffey and San Bernardino Valley were going to be the teams to battle it out for the top spot each year.
But this year some other teams have crept up and made their presence known. Among those is Victor Valley which will host SBVC at 1 today. Both teams are state-ranked with San Bernardino (22-2, 3-0) fourth and Victor Valley (15-9, 2-1) 20th.
It is just the second time the Rams have been state-ranked.
SBVC is in first place, with Victor Valley tied with College of the Desert (10-9, 2-1) for second place. So we’ll see if the Rams are ready to take that next step today.
SBVC boasts the No. 2 RPI in the state behind just Mt. SAC. The Wolverines have balance in their lineup with four players averaging double figures but no one at more than 15 points a game. Sophomore Charles Callison (14.8 ppg) leads the team, just ahead of freshman Kyle Benton (13.5).
Victor Valley is sparked by sophomore guards Kimani Lane (15.8 ppg) and James Tonic (15.2 ppg).
The teams will tip off at 1 p.m. at Victor Valley with the women;s game to follow.
Elsewhere in the conference, Chaffey will be at College of the Desert and Barstow will be at Rio Hondo.
Long Beach State forward Ashley Gonzales was named to Soccer America’s All-Freshman Second Team.
The Chino Hills High School graduate finished off an outstanding freshman campaign, earning Big West Conference Freshman of the Year honors, while also receiving second-team all-conference honors while being selected to the league’s All-Freshman Team in November.
She was the driving force behind the 49er offense with a team-high nine goals, four of them game-winning, 20 points and 56 shots. Gonzales became the first freshman in conference history to earn back-to-back Big West Offensive Player of the Week accolades during the regular-season.
Gonzalez also received regional recognition, as she was named to the 2014 NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Women’s All-West Region third team last month.
Citrus College sophomore defensive end/linebacker Benjamin Kane, became the third Owl to sign a scholarship offer, doing so with the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Kane was a two year starter on defense for the Owls. As a freshman Kane appeared in all 11 games for Citrus, recording 31 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 3 tackles for a loss, and a fumble recovery. He followed that up in 2014 with 57 tackles, 2 sacks, 4 tackles for a loss, and a blocked kick. For his efforts, Kane was named a Southern California Football Alliance All-Central League Honorable Mention honoree.
Kane is a product of South Hills High School in Covina.