After a one-year hiatus, the Stevens family is back in charge of the football team at Ontario Christian High School. Chris Stevens, the Knights’ head coach from 2005 to 2008, was promoted from offensive coordinator to head coach on Thursday following last week’s departure of Scott Hurst, who led Ontario Christian to an Ambassador League championship in his lone season in charge.
Hurst took over for Chris’ father Laing Stevens, who coached the Knights for two seasons following the end of his son’s tenure in 2008 due to the birth of Chris’ triplets. Hurst’s departure was a mutual decision, according to Ontario Christian athletic director David Parkes, in part due to the great distance Hurst had to travel from his home to Ontario Christian. Stevens, who was the Knights’ offensive coordinator the last two seasons, wasn’t expecting the move but is happy to be back as the head coach.
Ontario Christian boys soccer coach Len Fakkema won his 300th career game on Tuesday, an 8-0 victory over Aquinas. This is Fakkema’s 11th year at Ontario Christian, where he has earned 164 of his wins. He began his soccer coaching career in 1993 by starting the program at Lynden Christian in Lynden, Wash.
Fakkema said he only informed his team captains of the approaching milestone, but the captains shared the news with the rest of the team after win No. 299 on Friday.
“I didn’t think about it until the beginning of the season and figured I’d better total it up because this could be the year,” Fakkema said. “It’s quite an accomplishment.”
Offensive Player of the Year: Tyler Stewart, Sierra Canyon, 12, QB.
Defensive Player of the Year: Brian Tucker, Sierra Canyon, 11 LB
Coach of the Year: Jon Ellinghouse, Sierra Canyon
Xavier Menifield, Sierra Canyon, 11
Ryan Davis, Paraclete, 12
Brandon Gonzalez, Bishop Diego, 12
Jacob Taylor, Rim of the World, 11
Mike Salas, Ontario Christian, 12.
Nolan Tisdale, Bishop Diego, 12.
Player of the Year – Offense: Michael Salas, Sr., Ontario Christian
Player of the Year – Defense: Caleb McClure, Sr., Ontario Christian
Coach of the Year: Scott Hurst – Ontario Christian
Craig Bruinsma, Jr., Ontario Christian
Christian Dirksen, Jr., Ontario Christian
Caleb McClure, Sr., Ontario Christian
Michael Salas, Sr., Ontario Christian
T.J. Spykstra, Jr., Ontario Christian
Josh Tampio, Jr., Ontario Christian
Mark Urtz, Sr., Ontario Christian
Richard Anhaueser, Sr., Aquinas
Romero Flores, Jr., Aquinas
Burrell Handy, Sr., Aquinas
Frank Klementich, Sr., Aquinas
Drew Ybarra, Sr., Aquinas
Player of the Year: Carly DeHoog, Jr., Ontario Christian
Coach of the Year: Paige Molina, Ontario Christian
Carly DeHoog Jr. Ontario Christian
Nancy Obi Jr. Ontario Christian
Elizabeth Prestia Sr. Ontario Christian
Samantha Sutley Jr. Ontario Christian
Small school football doesn’t present coaches with many options. Ontario Christian’s Scott Hurst uses all of his.
There are 27 players on the roster. None play offense and defense.
“When you have a guy play both ways there is someone behind him who may be a little bit of a drop- off,” Hurst said. “But if you let one guy play each position, he really takes ownership of it. And you don’t have to worry about the fatigue.”
Whatever Hurst is doing in his first season at Ontario Christian, a school with an enrollment of 510 students, it’s working.
The name of the league wasn’t the only unfamiliar thing last season for the Ontario Christian and Aquinas high school football teams. After the schools played each other for a league championship six consecutive years, Ontario Christian was on the outside looking in at the new-look Ambassador League title race last season.
Aquinas, however, ended the season in a position it knows all too well. Coming off its fourth consecutive league title, the Falcons (4-1) enter league play tonight with the best record of any league team.
Five games into what it hopes will be a return to league title contention, an Ontario Christian team coming off a third-place finish that left it out of the playoffs last season is has shown plenty of signs under first-year head coach Scott Hurst that it is ready to return to familiarity.
“I believe we’ve played the toughest schedule of any team in the league through five games,” Hurst said. “But I still think Aquinas is the team to beat. Until somebody knocks them off, they’re the champions.”
Player of the Year: Michael Fagan, Linfield Christian
Pitcher of the Year: Trevor Oaks, Woodcrest Christian
Coach of the Year: Glen Prater, Woodcrest Christian
Mickey Chupek, Jr., Woodcrest Christian
John Davis, Jr., Woodcrest Christian
Caleb Dirks, Sr., Woodcrest Christian
Edwin Gibbs, Jr., Woodcrest Christian
Trevor Oaks, Sr., Woodcrest Christian
Parker Strebel, Jr., Woodcrest Christian
Clint Hibma, Sr., Ontario Christian
Jordyn McMath, Jr., Ontario Christian
Alex Bush, Jr., Linfield Christian
Zach Cope, Jr., Linfield Christian
Michael Fagan, Sr., Linfield Christian
Sean Egan, Sr., Arrowhead Christian
Christien Pena, Sr., Arrowhead Christian
Brock Dudley, Sr., Calvary Murrieta
Jonathan Ruiz, Sr., Aquinas
Mark McMahon, Sr., Western Christian
Player of the Year: Danielle Vega, Jr., Infielder, Aquinas
Pitcher of the Year: Cecily Ruiz, Fr., Aquinas
Coach of the Year: Chris Ybarra, Aquinas
Chelsea Casas, Jr., Aquinas
Heaven Murguia, So., Aquinas
Cecily Ruiz, Fr., Aquinas
Corrina Smith, Jr., Aquinas
Jessica Valenzuela, So., Aquinas
Danielle Vega, Jr., Aquinas
Kayla Hatch, Jr., Calvary Murrieta
Julia Howell, Sr., Calvary Murrieta
Loryn Nichols, Jr., Calvary Murrieta
Mackenzie Hammar, Fr., Woodcrest Christian
Brooke Uribe, Jr., Woodcrest Christian
Mackenzie Magro, Jr., Arrowhead Christian
Sarah Stromwall, Sr., Arrowhead Christian
Jasmine Lara, Sr., Western Christian
Breezy Bernard, Sr., Linfield Christian
Taylor Lott, Sr., Ontario Christian
Western Christian hired Kevin Oberlander as its new head football coach Wednesday after Scotty Kirkpatrick stepped down following the 2010 season. Oberlander has served as quarterback coach and assistant offensive coordinator the last three years for a La Habra Whittier Christian program that reached the CIF-SS Mid-Valley finals last season and the semifinals in 2009.
Western Christian compiled a 4-16 record the past two seasons under Kirkpatrick, who stepped down to spend more time with his family. Whittier Christian’s record over the past two years is a combined 21-6.
Oberlander is a native of Atwater and played at Trinity University, an NAIA school outside of Chicago, where he coached after a stint playing arena football in Omaha, Neb. Oberlander’s wife graduated from Western Christian in 2002.
“For a young coach, he brings a lot of experience from the college level to his most recent experience at Whittier Christian High School.” Western Christian athletic director Nick Karavedas said. “Coach Oberlander understands that building a quality football program begins with building quality young men. We’re excited about what he brings and for the future of Western Christian football.”