Pitcher Krystel Gabbard calmly shook her head when asked if she was worried about the Kaiser High School softball team’s five-run deficit two innings into Tuesday’s second-round CIF-SS Division 4 playoff game against Rancho Alamitos.
The same can’t be said for the feeling in the Cats’ dugout.
“I’m 64 going on 80,” Kaiser coach John Stevens said after the Cats’ 9-5 comeback victory punctuated by a tie-breaking four-run sixth inning.
After going hitless the first two innings, the Sunkist League champions collected 13 hits, more than half of which were for extra bases.
Most Valuable Player: Jillian Alleyne, Sr., Summit High School
Coach of the Year: Latrina Duncan, Summit High School
First Team All-League
Brooklyn Jackson, Summit High School
Ashley Weissman , Summit High School
Ajaee Foster, Summit High School
Ana Brodie, Summit High School
Alysia Trejo, Jurupa Valley High School
Paige Tompkin, Jurupa Valley High School
Judit Briseno, Jurupa Valley High School
Ciara Guerrero, Patriot High School
Sabrina Avery, Patriot High School
Lorena Carillo, Patriot High School
Jazmin Medina, Kaiser High School
Alijah Dodson, Kaiser High School
After winning a CIF championship at Summit High School last season, head coach Tony Barile accepted the head football coaching position at Eastvale Roosevelt High School on Sunday. Barile, who has coached Summit from the program’s inception in 2006, led the SkyHawks to the CIF-SS Eastern Division championship in December, the school’s first CIF title of any kind.
A member of the vaunted Big VIII League, Roosevelt will be competing with the likes of two-time defending CIF-SS Inland Division champion Corona Centennial, a perennial state title contender. Having taken Summit to the top played a role in Barile’s decision to depart for Roosevelt, a decision he wrestled with over the weekend.
“When I look back on my coaching moves, that played into it somewhat,” Barile said of the CIF title. “I had reached a goal and now I’ve got an opportunity to compete for a state championship, a new goal. I’m going to miss the people at Summit but at the same time I know they’re prepared to continue to be successful.”
Offensive Player of the Year:
Jamaal Williams, Summit, 12, RB; Bernard Porter, Summit, 12, QB
Defensive Player of the Year:
Donte Deayon, Summit, 12, DB; Nolan Peralta, Elsinore, 12, LB
Coach of the Year:
Tony Barile, Summit
Davien Payne, Citrus Hill, 12
Taleeb Isom, Kaiser, 11
Adarius Hogan, Serrano, 12
Jamaal Morrow, Heritage, 11
Marshaun Coprich, Oak Hills, 12
Trevor Hodge, Citrus Hill, 11
Offensive MVP: Jamal Williams, Summit, Sr., RB
Defensive MVP: Donte Deayon, Summit, Sr., DB
QB: Bernard Porter, Summit
QB: Martin Mercado, Jurupa Valley
RB: Nano Martinez, Patriot
RB: Taleeb Isom, Kaiser
RB: Marquette Washington, Kaiser
RB: Johntay Carter, Bloomington
RB: Santana Gonzalez, Jurupa Valley
WR: Jeremy Vincent, Patriot
WR: Victor Hernandez, Norte Vista
WR: Ezkiel Hernden, Bloomington
WR: Daulton Boughtan, Jurupa Valley
Summit High School isn’t the new kid on the block anymore.
One season after reaching the CIF championship game, in its sixth season of existence the SkyHawks achieved arguably the most significant regular season feat possible for a football team in San Bernardino County.
Summit’s 21-7 win over Kaiser Friday night at Miller High School halted the Cats’ streak at 10 consecutive Sunkist League championships. The loss was just Kaiser’s second in league play since the run began in 2001.
Kaiser (7-3, 4-1) was on its way to a sixth straight league title during Summit’s humble beginnings, an 0-10 campaign in its first varsity season. After losing by an average of 44 points per game in 2006, the SkyHawks (9-1, 5-0) are the No. 1 team in their league and the CIF-SS Eastern Division.
It would take an extraordinary set of occurrences for the 10-time defending Sunkist League champion Kaiser High School football team not to be considered the favorite when league play begins Friday.
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There’s the 52-7 loss on Kaiser’s resume. And the 34-7 defeat it suffered a week later.
There’s the fact that Summit, which finished second in league last season thanks to a 19-7 comeback win by Kaiser, is not only coming off an appearance in the CIF-SS Eastern Division championship game last year but is currently ranked No. 1 in the division. Kaiser (3-2) does enter league play with a winning record, but its three victories have come at the expense of teams with a combined 4-11 record.
“They’ve won the league championship however many thousands of years in a row, and they’ve probably done it plenty of times when they had a losing record coming into league,” Summit coach Tony Barile said. “I don’t think anything of their preseason.”
There was no lockout that prevented high school football players from readying themselves for the 2011 season that opened for many Friday night. As their coaches attested to after the game, the Summit and Etiwanda football teams weren’t exactly in midseason form, but it made for plenty of fireworks as Etiwanda took home a 49-36 win over Summit, the top- ranked team in the CIF-SS Eastern Division.
The victory was about the only thing Etiwanda coach Steve Bryce was pleased with.
“We made every mistake in the book,” Bryce said, “but I’ll take this win over a very talented team. Summit is loaded with talent and they’re a good football team, especially in their division, but this is not the effort we wanted.”
Summit running back Jamaal Williams verbally committed to BYU on Wednesday, according to Summit head coach Tony Barile. The rising senior who is listed at 6-foot-2, 180 pounds, chose BYU among scholarship offers from Utah, Boise State, San Diego State, New Mexico State and Idaho.
There was talk Williams would play defense in college – he is likely well over 180 pounds currently but is athletic enough to play a variety of positions, including safety – but BYU prefers he play running back. Williams carried 93 times for 717 yards and 11 touchdowns last season. Williams also made 42 tackles, two sacks and an interception playing a variety of positions on defense.
Williams is the second player from Summit to commit this summer after defensive back Donte Deayon issued a verbal pledge to Boise State three weeks ago while attending the school’s camp.
Kaiser senior pitcher Chance Fuglistahler has accepted scholarship offer from Division I Long Island University, according to Kaiser head baseball coach Mike Spinuzzi. The four-year starter at Kaiser, who holds nearly every school pitching record, went 9-5 with a 2.59 ERA this year and struck out 72 batters in 89 innings. Fuglistahler also batted .343 with nine RBIs and 20 runs scored as a senior.