CIF-SS FOOTBALL PAIRINGS
First-round games scheduled for Friday
Colton (Sunkist No. 3) at Rancho Verde (Inland Valley No. 1)
Canyon Springs (Inland Valley No. 3) at Kaiser (Sunkist No. 1)
Chino (Mt. Baldy No. 2) at Paloma Valley (Sunbelt No. 2)
Summit (Sunkist No. 2) at Riverside Poly (Inland Valley No. 2)
Palm Springs (Desert Valley No. 3) at Colony (Mt. Baldy No. 1)
Chaffey (Mt. Baldy No. 3) at La Quinta (Desert Valley No. 1)
Hesperia (Mojave River at-large) at San Gorgonio (San Andreas No. 1)
Silverado (Desert Sky No. 3) at Norte Vista (River Valley No. 1)
Rialto (San Andreas No. 3) at Oak Hills (Mojave River No. 2)
Apple Valley (Mojave River at-large) at Victor Valley (Desert Sky No. 1)
Carter (San Andreas No. 2) at Moreno Valley (River Valley No. 2)
Hemet (Mountain Pass No. 3) at Serrano (Mojave River No. 1)
EAST VALLEY DIVISION
Arrowhead Christian (Ambassador at-large) at Jurupa Hills (Mountain Valley No. 1)
Sage Hill (Academy at-large) at Western Christian (Ambassador No. 1)
Ontario Christian (Ambassador No. 3) at Big Bear (De Anza No. 1)
Fillmore (Frontier No. 2) at Citrus Valley (Mountain Valley No. 2)
Rim of the World (Mountain Valley No. 3) at Linfield Christian (Ambassador No. 2)
Twentynine Palms (De Anza No. 3) at St. Margaret’s (Academy No. 1)
Los Osos (Baseline at-large) at Vista Murrieta (Southwestern No. 1)
Yucaipa (Citrus Belt No. 3) at Charter Oak (Sierra No. 1)
Redlands East Valley (Citrus Belt No. 2) at Rancho Cucamonga (Baseline No. 2)
South Hills (Sierra No. 3) at Upland (Baseline No. 1)
Corona Santiago (Big VIII No. 3) at Eisenhower (Citrus Belt No. 1)
Chino Hills (Sierra No. 2) at Chaparral (Southwestern No. 2)
Etiwanda (Baseline No. 3) at Corona Centennial (Big VIII No. 1)
Rosemead (Mission Valley No. 2) at Pomona (Valle Vista No. 2)
Gabrielino (Mission Valley No. 3) at San Dimas (Valle Vista No. 1)
Senior Ashten-Smith Gooden of Los Osos High School has been named to the 2013 Under Armour High School All-American team.
The 6-foot-2 outside hitter who is headed to Cal, is hitting for an impressive .482 perentage, ranking her sixth in the Southern Section in that category. She has 382 kills, an average of 5.5 per game.
She also has 76 total blocks, 160 digs and 13 service aces.
The Under Armour team consists of 90 players from 33 states, with a 45-player first team and 45-player second team. Each player on the First Team will be invited to play in the Under Armour All-America Volleyball Match & Skills Competition at Key Arena on Dec. 20 in Seattle, Wash., in conjunction with the 2013 AVCA convention.
Requirements for nomination were that the student-athlete be in her senior year of high school, that she be nominated by her high school coach, that her coach be a member of the AVCA and that her individual season statistics versus all opponents for the entire season be entered into MaxPreps, a free service that aggregates and distributes data on high school sports.
A couple more local soccer player commitments courtesy of Rancho Cucamonga coach Chris Van Duin.
Defender Beth Robbins of St. Lucy’s Priory is headed to NCAA Division III Aurora University (Ill.) which is currently 16-2-0 overall and 10-1 in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference.
Forward-midfielder Shaday Daniels of Don Lugo High School will attend NAIA Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash. which is 5-5 overall and 1-0 in the Cascade Collegiate Conference (CCC).
Defensive lineman Kammy Delp of Diamond Ranch and wide receiver Jeff Farrar of Upland High School have been chosen to participate in the West Coast Bowl at 3 p.m. on Jan. 26 at Redondo Union High School.
Selections were done draft style for the first 50 picks with the coaches choosing the players they wanted. The remaining players will be announced at 6 p.m. Tuesday on www.B2G.TV and uStream. Day one of the draft will re-air at 3 p.m. on Sunday.
A slight error on the part of the event organizers. In a press release on the event it singled out Delp of “Diamond Bar High School.” It probably wouldn’t be worth noting but the happenings of the past week make it rather amusing.
Delp, a 6-foot-4, 305-pounder, has 13 offers on the table and has taken official visits to Washington State and Arizona State.
Farrar, a 6-foot, 195-pounder, has committed to Virginia.
It is unusual to get to Week 7 in prep football and have two unbeaten teams going head-to-head. But that’s what we’ll have on Friday when Glendora squares off against Rancho Cucamonga at Los Osos High School at 7 p.m.
Some compelling numbers to ponder. Glendora has won a lot of close games, with the total margin of victory in those six being 23 points – four decided by a field goal or less and the largest deficit being eight points.
It’s the opposite for Rancho Cucamonga who has won its six by a whopping 130 points. Just one close call – 32-29 over Bishop Amat.
So does that mean Glendora has played the tougher schedule? Well no. Glendora’s opponents are a combined 16-21 this season while Rancho’s are above .500 at 20-18.
Glendora has beaten one foe with a winning record (Bonita) and two that are .500 – Ayala and Upland.
Rancho has beaten three teams with winning records (Amat, Murrieta Valley and Etiwanda) and one who is .500 (Norco). Of course Glendora could also argue that a couple of its foes, namely Upland and Charter Oak, are better than their record might indicate because of they schedules they have played.
Those numbers might indicate the edge goes to Rancho Cucamonga if you’re trying to pick a winner. But it also means Glendora has made the clutch plays when it needed to and that makes for a dangerous opponent.
Hope the games lives up to its billing!
Soccer standout Lauren Flowers of Rancho Cucamonga High School has made a commitment to University of Houston.
The junior defender is the fourth Cougars player to make a decision on college, joining junior Ally Prisock (USC) and seniors Andrea Mensen (UC Irvine) and Kayla Lombardo (Long Beach State).
Coach Chris Van Duin says a couple of players have visits this weekend to the University of Great Falls. They are seniors Serafina Robles and Sandralee DeVille.
One of the major cross country meets of the season took place today at Glen Helen Regional Park. It was the annual Inland Empire Challenge, featuring the best of San Bernardino and Riverside counties.
So it was only appropriate that Rancho Cucamonga native Brenda Martinez was a star attraction. Martinez became the first American women ever to win a medal in the 800 meters at the World Championships when she got the bronze in August.
For more than four hours she signed autographs. We have all been to celebrity autograph cattle call signings. You’re lucky if the person looks up while quickly scribbling their name. Not only did Brenda sign, she personalized every one of them, even making sure she had the proper spelling of their first name. She talked to each of the 1,000 or so people in line and also obliged every person that wanted their photo taken with her.
The only break she took was when she had to jump up on the makeshift stage to help present awards.
The cute moment of the day came when runner Steven Cabral of San Jacinto asked if he could give her a kiss. She glanced over at husband Carlos who gave her the go ahead. She let the upstart runner give her a peck on the cheek.
On the table next to her, a monitor with the video of her 800 meter race at Worlds ran on a loop so all could see her impressive performance. Many seemed in awe of her great kick that helped her nudge out a fellow American for the bronze.
It’s great not only to have an athlete from the Inland Empire represent on the international stage, but one who wants to step up and be a role model and inspire, particularly the Hispanic community.
Rancho Cucamonga junior soccer standout Ally Prisock has given a verbal commitment to USC.
The defender had her pick of just about any college in the country but narrowed her choices to Oregon and USC.
She is part of the prestigious Olympic Development Program and is in the pool for the U.S. National team for her age group.
“Signing Day” is a feature-length documentary film I co-produced with a filmmaker from Los Angeles that explores the world of college football recruiting through the stories of three football players from Summit, Claremont and Diamond Ranch High Schools. Several NFL players, who are Inland Empire natives, were also interviewed for the film about their own recruiting experiences, including Eric Weddle, Toby Gerhart, Anthony Munoz, Terrell Thomas and Bobby Wagner. Check out the trailer below and see more videos on the Signing Day Facebook page…
1. Rancho Cucamonga (5-0) – Another week, another convincing win, with the backup QB no less.
2. Upland (3-2) – Highlanders pick up close win over quality foe
3. Chino Hills (4-1) – Not much not too like about the Huskies.
4. Diamond Ranch (4-1) – Panthers back on track after a hiccup
5. Eisenhower (4-0) – So much about a coaching change right before season being a distraction.
6. Los Osos (3-1) – Grizzlies quietly putting together solid start behind new coach.
7. Diamond Bar (4-1) – Hadn’t beaten a quality foe until surging past Bonita on Friday. I was there. I’m a believer.
8. Kaiser (2-2) – The Cats are scuffling a bit.
9. Pomona (5-0) – Still haven’t beaten a team with a winning record but they’re in based on feedback of some other coaches.
10. Carter (2-2) – Lions are struggling, back-to-back losses.
Dropped out: Bonita (3-2), Ayala (2-2)
Just missed the cut: Alta Loma (4-1)