1. This is a weekly feature I’ll be posting on the blog every Wednesday evening with a few nuggets of information that won’t necessarily be limited to prep sports. After the four items, I’ll always include one bold prediction that will make me look good on the rare occasion that I’m right. But until that happens…
2. Plans for football stadium construction projects to be completed by next summer at Pomona Unified District schools Diamond Ranch, Garey and Pomona were recently enhanced. The original budget of $10 million included funding for bleachers, field lighting, scoreboards, goal posts and turf fields at Diamond Ranch and Garey. Pomona, which is in the third season of playing games on its home field while Diamond Ranch and Garey still share Ganesha’s field, was to receive just bleachers.
With the recent approval of $5 million to that budget, now all three schools will also receive synthetic tracks, turf fields, restrooms, concession stands and ticket booths. Construction is already underway on the stadiums, which will be usable by next season, according to school board president Jason Rothman. Work on the restrooms, concession stands and ticket booths will begin following the conclusion of this football season.
3. St. Lucy’s volleyball team’s sweep of Chino Hills on Tuesday will be replayed on Time Warner Cable’s SoCal 101 on Friday at 9:30 p.m. Randy Rosenbloom will call the play-by-play and Paul Westphal is the color commentator. There will be additional replays of the game on Saturday at 4 p.m. and Monday at 7 p.m. The victory moved two-time defending CIF champion St. Lucy’s to 11-5 on the season and 4-0 in the Sierra League. Chino Hills (14-7, 2-2), which played St. Lucy’s in the CIF final two years ago, is tied for third place in league.
4. Rancho Cucamonga’s boys cross country team moved into the state rankings this week at No. 10 in Division 1 thanks in part to a second-place finish at the Inland Empire Challenge on Saturday. The Ayala boys dropped from fourth to ninth in the Division 2 rankings while the Bonita girls held steady at No. 3 in Division 3.
My wild guess this week is that the Rancho Cucamonga football team won’t lose another game this season. The Cougars have lost twice by a combined total of 13 points, including last week’s 19-7 defeat at the hands of Upland. But they’ll only get healthier as they make a run to the CIF-SS Inland Division championship.