All-CIF football selections: Inland Division

Offensive Player of the Year: Su’a Cravens, Vista Murrieta
Defensive Player of the Year: Jeremy Castro, Vista Murrieta
Coach of the Year: Coley Candaele, Vista Murrieta

Running back:

Romello Goodman, Corona Centennial
Donta Abron, Upland
Craig Lee, Redlands
Joseph Ajeigbe, Norco
Kurt Scoby, Charter Oak
Hayden Gavett, Centennial
Travis Santiago, Charter Oak.
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Miller baseball coach resigns after 20 years

The first and only Miller High School baseball coach is stepping down after 20 years on the job. Frank Martinez, who began the program at Miller’s inception, resigned at age 52 but will retain his physical education teaching position at the school.

“When I got into my 50s, I started looking at other things I wanted to do with my life,” Martinez said. “It was coaching year-round and with the budget cuts, I had to become a lot more of a fund raiser. It was just a lot of things that added up and I decided to hang it up.”

After stints as an assistant coach at Tustin Foothill, Corona and Norco High Schools, Martinez accepted his first head coaching position at Miller in 1991. In the last six seasons, Martinez has led Miller to a five playoff berths and a pair of Citrus Belt League championships.
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All-Citrus Belt League softball team

First Team
Michelle Solomon, Redlands
Amanda Weis, Redlands
Kendall Apodaca, Redlands
Narissa Garcia, Redlands
Gabby Martinez, Redlands
Courtney Brown, Yucaipa
Justine Burdine, Yucaipa
Ashley Huff, Yucaipa
Melissa Roberts, Yucaipa
Sahvanna Jaquish, Redlands East Valley
Savannah Moore, Redlands East Valley
Ashlyn Bender, Redlands East Valley
Jenna Jaquish, Redlands East Valley
Sonja Garza, Eisenhower
Sarah Pineda, Eisenhower
Julia Gilbert, Miller
Diauna Nelson, Miller
Sarah Yniguez, Fontana
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All-Citrus Belt League baseball team

MVP: Kevin Davidson, Sr. Yucaipa

First Team
Leonard Malfavon, Yucaipa
Tyler Sapp, Yucaipa
Jackson McClelland, Redlands East Valley
George Thanopoulos, Redlands East Valley
Angel Landazuri, Redlands
Kavan Pardo, Redlands
Sean Smith, Redlands
Anthony Ayala, Fontana
Justin Lewis, Yucaipa
Alec Mordbito, Yucaipa
Frankie Alvarez, Redlands East Valley
Joseph Molina, Redlands East Valley
Matt Wilson, Redlads East Valley
Jacob Nottingham, Redlands
Brian Ruhm, Redlands
Luis Martinez, Eisenhower
Tyler Campbell, Miller

All-Citrus Belt League football team


Eric Shufford, QB, Miller
Mike Stallone, QB, Redlands
Devante Lewis, RB, Miller
Dylan Malone, RB, Yucaipa
Darryl Miller, RB, Redlands
Jesse Riley, RB, Redlands East Valley
Juwon Bell, WR, Miller
Auston Forsythe, WR, Redlands East Valley
Kadyn Glass, WR, Redlands
Albert Jackson, WR, Eisenhower
Blake Braun, TE, Redlands East Valley
Edmund Faimalo, OL, Redlands East Valley
Tyler Kiest, OL, Yucaipa
Jared Layel, OL, Redlands
Dominique Robertson, OL, Redlands East Valley
Andres Ronquillo, OL, Miller
Jordan Smith, OL, Redlands
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Carter pitcher Landazuri signs with Seattle for $95,000

After the Seattle Mariners made him their 22nd-round pick in the MLB draft on June 8, Carter High School pitcher Stephen Landazuri reached an agreement with the organization Thursday night. The right-hander received a $95,000 signing bonus.

Landazuri, a first-team All-Valley selection, was drafted 672nd overall, one selection before Los Osos catcher Jake Hernandez, who opted not to sign with the Detroit Tigers, rather utilize his scholarship to USC. Landazuri posted a 3-7 record and 3.05 ERA his senior season for a Carter team that went 5-18. He struck out 86 batters in 62 innings and held opponents to a .241 batting average. He also batted .403 with three home runs and 18 RBIs.

Miller’s Aguilar heating up for Cardinals’ rookie ball

Miller High School pitcher Cesar Aguilar signed with the St. Louis Cardinals a week ago – he received a $60,000 signing bonus – after the team selected him in the 14th round of the MLB draft on June 8. Aguilar is set to begin play in the Gulf Coast League Monday but he is acclimating himself to Jupiter, Florida as we speak.

“It’s hot, himid,” Aguilar said, “They’ve got us running and lifting right now before we start playing on Monday. I’m excited, ready to go.”

Aguilar compiled a 1.02 ERA and a 6-2 record his senior season. The two-time first team all-Citrus Belt League pitcher struck out 89 batters in 69 innings in addition to batting .333 with 13 RBIs.

All-Citrus Belt League softball team

MVP: Jessica Garcia, Redlands, C, Sr.

first team
Marshean August, Eisenhower, C, Sr.
Sara Pineda, Eisenhower, P, So.
Christina Castro, Fontana, SS, Sr.
Nicole Soltis, Fontana, P, Sr.
Diauna Nelson, Miller, P, Fr.
Narissa Garcia, Redlands, P, So.
Marlee Rettig, Redlands, OF, Jr.
Michelle Solomon, Redlands, SS, Jr.
Amanda Weis, Redlands, 3B, So.
Jenna Jaquish, REV, OF, Jr.
Savannah Jaquish, REV, C, Fr.
Leann Lopez, REV, SS, Sr.
Amy Nece, REV, 2B, Sr.
Cassidy Bingham, Yucaipa, SS, So.
Courtney Brown, Yucaipa, 3B, Jr.
Ashley Huff, Yucaipa, C, Jr.
Mackenzie Maxwell, Yucaipa, P, Fr.

Miller’s Cesar Aguilar plans to sign with St. Louis

These quotes and details didn’t make it into my MLB draft day 2 story. Thanks to colleague T.J. Berka for the info and quotes.

Miller High pitcher Cesar Aguilar was drafted in the 14th round by St. Louis on Tuesday.

“It feels good to be drafted. I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time,” he said.
“I didn’t really know when I’d be drafted, so I wasn’t that worried about it. I figured I would be drafted, but I wasn’t sure when.”

“I’ve been dreaming of this since I was a little kid. Every time I went to a major league game or a minor league game, I imagined playing on the field.”

He plans on signing Thursday and will leave Friday. He received a $60,000 signing bonus.

“It’s not bad for an 18-year old kid in high school. I’ll just save it, There’s really nothing I need to buy right now,” he said.