INLAND EMPIRE INVITATIONAL
Boys Basketball Tournament, Dec. 10-15
Citrus Hill 38, Serrano 24
EAST VALLEY DIVISION
Rim of the World 34, Ontario Christian 31
Corona Centennial 39, Vista Murrieta 28
Monrovia 23, Paraclete 7
Rio Hondo Prep 28, Mission Prep 21
Edison 28, Villa Park 10
Serra 30, Chaminade 28
Carter coach Alex Pierce will also extend his season after he was selected to be the head coach of the San Bernardino County team in the Sport Foundation Inland Empire All-Star Football Classic.
The San Bernardino County all stars will take on a team of all stars from Riverside County Jan. 12 at Corona High School in the 28th edition of the game.
“The stands are always packed for this game,” Pierce said. “I’ve been to it a few times and it’s an exciting atmosphere. I’m really looking forward to it.”
Pierce and his coaching staff will accept up to five player nominations from all teams in San Bernardino County, which they will narrow to a roster of 42. The fifth-year coach of the Lions believes his selection has plenty to do with the fact that Carter has reached the CIF-SS semifinals each of the last two seasons.
“I think this is good recognition of all the hard work my players have put in,” Pierce said. “This is more about what they’ve done than what I’ve done.”
These teams are similar beyond their undefeated records, league championships and presence in the CIF-SS Eastern Division semifinals. Third-seeded Serrano (12-0) and second-seeded Carter (12-0) are both run-first, defensive minded programs who reached the semifinals last season. The good news is, one of them will go further than it did last year.
Semi-familiar: To say Serrano is a mainstay in the semifinals may be an understatement. The Diamondbacks have gone at least this far each of the last five seasons, but have only been to the finals once during that stretch, losing the 2009 final by 10 points to Palm Springs.
The last time Serrano was undefeated this late in the season was 2004, a year that ended with a perfect 14-0 record and the program’s only CIF championship.
1 Ontario Christian has hired Chuck Belk to coach its baseball team. Belk, who replaces Justin Duarte after a three-year tenure, was head baseball coach at Cal Poly Pomona from 1992-95 and most recently was head coach at Webb in 2008.
“We are very excited about the baseball expertise and skill set that coach Belk has to offer,” Ontario Christian athletic director David Parkes said. “His emphasis on character building and discipleship while at the same time developing baseball players is a great fit for the Ontario Christian program.”
It was something reserved for an overmatched opponent in September, but the Los Osos High School boys water polo team saved it for mid-November.
The Grizzlies reeled off 10 consecutive second-half goals to make a one-goal deficit a distant memory on their way to a 13-5 win over Arroyo Grande on Wednesday in the CIF-SS Division 4 semifinals at Irvine High. The victory landed second-seeded Los Osos (22-8) in its third CIF final in five years, a run the Grizzlies would love to bookend with championships when Saturday’s meeting arrives with No. 1 seed Santa Maria Righetti, an 18-17 overtime winner in its semifinal.
1. Upland (10-0)
Previous rank: 1 Last: def. Etiwanda, 57-39. Next: vs. Temecula Great Oak (5-5)
2. Rancho Cucamonga (8-2)
Previous rank: 2 Last: def. Alta Loma, 31-6. Next: vs. Corona Santiago (5-4)
3. Summit (9-1)
Previous rank: 3 Last: def. Colton, 28-0. Next: vs. Menifee Palmoa Valley (7-3)
4. Carter (10-0)
Previous rank: 4 Last: def. Arroyo Valley, 48-6. Next: vs. Riverside La Sierra (3-7)
5. Chino Hills (7-2-1)
Previous rank: 5 Last: def. South Hills, 56-7. Next: vs. Redlands (7-3)
No. 1 Vista Murrieta over West Covina South Hills
Norco over Redlands East Valley
Rancho Cucamonga over Corona Santiago
Temecula Chaparral over No. 4 Covina Charter Oak
No. 3 Upland over Temecula Great Oak
Chino Hills over Redlands
Eisenhower over Murrieta Valley
No. 2 Corona Centennial over Los Osos
No. 1 Vista Murrieta over Norco
Rancho Cucamonga over Temecula Chaparral
No. 3 Upland over Chino Hills
No. 2 Corona Centennial over Eisenhower