Alta Loma senior Kayla Cobbett has committed to the University of Great Falls over the winter break, where she will continue her soccer career.
Cobbett, who had offers from other programs, took a visit to UGF back in September.
“I was not really interested in the other (programs),” she said. “I liked that the team (at UGF) felt like a family and that their record is getting better and better each year.”
Cobbett expressed that the team’s recent improvement shows how hard they have been working and it was something she was excited to be a part of.
Cobbett knows what improvements she needs to make to her game to compete for a starting spot at the next level.
“I really hope to (play right away at UGF) but if I do not, I will not be afraid to compete for a spot,” she said. “I plan to improve on a lot especially my strength, speed and decision making.”
Alta Loma senior soccer standout Leah Pruitt was widely considered the top player in the area – hands down.
The Braves (13-4) were ranked No. 1 in Division 5 and looked like they were going to cruise to a CIF title and be a threat in the state portion of the playoffs as well.
But all of that is in jeopardy now as Pruitt sustained a knee injury against Montclair last week that will sideline her six to eight weeks, according to coach Ben Davies.
She sustained the injury against Montclair and missed the next game against Colony which the Braves lost 4-3.
“That’s obviously a big piece of the puzzle and it changes everything.” Davies said. “Now we have to refocus.”
Freshman Ashlyn Favoro will get the bulk of the playing time in Pruitt’s absence.
Making the timing even worse, Pruitt was one goal short of the school’s single scoring record of 37 goals. She had 36, with two already in that game against Montclair.
That injury is a real shame. Pruitt, who has committed to San Diego State, was a great player to watch and I am told by many people, an even better kid.
Now it’s up to Davies to rally his troop.
Varsity Girls Day 3
San Bernardino 3 Arroyo Valley 1
Orange Lutheran 5 Hoover 1
Rim 1 Rubidoux 0
Carter 3 Highland 0
Jurupa Valley 3 Apple Valley 2
San G 4 Colton 0
REV 1 Cajon 0
Serrano 1 Claremont 0 (OT) 3rd place
Alta Loma 2 ML KING 0 (Championship)
Redlands 3 Yucaipa 1
Grand Terrace 3 Patriot 2
Varsity Boys Day 3
Los Osos 5 Rancho Mirage 1
Rubidoux 4 Pacific 1
Indio 2 Redlands 1
Hemet 3 AB Miller 2
Patriot 5 Jurupa Valley 4 (OT)
Temescal Canyon 1 San G 1 (TC wins 6-5) 3rd place
Oak Hills 4 Sultana 0
Lakeside 1 Cajon 0
Indian Springs 1 Arroyo Valley 0 (OT) Champions
Lexy Poveda and the Alta Loma Braves defeated the Murrieta Mesa Rams, 7-4, to win the San Gorgonio girls water polo tournament Dec. 27.
Poveda scored three goals for the Braves while Sydney Smith contributed with one goal and three saves in the victory over the Rams, who were looking to win their third consecutive San Gorgonio Tournament Championship.
Leading up to the game with the Braves, the Rams had won its first three games of the tournament by at least 15 goals apiece.
Braves head coach Kevin Nesbit was aware of the Rams accomplishments in the tournament, but felt the biggest challenge came from within.
“The mindset was really to go in and control our offense and keep the momentum in our favor,” Nesbit explained. “Our defense presented a strong case for our team in this tournament, it was our offense that was going to make or break us.”
Raeann Lopez, Leanne Butler and Kyleigh Marquez contributed to the Braves’ offense against the Rams, scoring one goal apiece.
Nesbit also believes that several lessons were learned during this tournament that can be applied going forward, including the importance of goal setting and teamwork.
“I make sure the girls are strong of mind, in and out of the water. I push them to achieve their goals, whether that be attending college, developing their skills to a certain elevated level, being a better well rounded person or student,” Nesbit explained. “We also learned the importance of teamwork (in the water). Coming together is the beginning; staying together is progress; putting forth effort together is success…..today I saw success.”
Lopez stated that the tournament showed the unity between the players on the team this season as they prepare for their goals heading into league play.
“We all have come together as a team and it showed this weekend,” Lopez said. “We are going to focus on trying to be 10-0 during (league play) and make our way to CIF.”
Teammate Monica Martinez believes that the tournament provided the team with opportunities to build off of.
“We have more opportunities to improve the way we handle ourselves and can learn how to surpass the difficult situations we face,” she said. “The tournament have given us many opportunities to play against teams that are a higher division, such as the team we played in the finals, which was a Division II team.”
The Braves (8-4) will play at 3:15 p.m. Jan. 8 against Montclair in the Mt. Baldy League opener.
Colony High School is admittedly curious about how successful it could be in the highly competitive Baseline League. Piquing that curiosity is the fact that Colony has been dominant in several sports during its reign in the Mt. Baldy League.
There will be a Foothill-Citrus Area releaguing meeting March 22 discussing the realignment that will take effect in the fall of 2014, but Colony athletic director Jaime Sandoval doesn’t envision his school going anywhere.
“Everybody’s curious,” Sandoval said. “But you look across the board at where you fit best. And for Colony, the best fit is (the Mt. Baldy League).”
After 10 years in the competitive Baseline League, Alta Loma is ready to get out. In the upcoming realignment, the school is hoping for relief in the form of a move to another league, though Alta Loma athletic director Brett Procter declined to name a preference.
“The last five years we just haven’t been competitive,” Procter said, “not just in terms of league championships, but competing for playoff spots.”
Offensive MVP: Nate Romine, Upland, QB, Sr.
Defensive co-MVPs: Viliami Latu, Rancho Cucamonga, LB, Sr.; Alani Latu, Rancho Cucamonga, LB, Sr.
Tyler Bratton, Upland, RB, SR
Stephen Johnson, Los Osos, QB, SR
Vic Bolden, Los Osos, UTL, SR
Cade Lindsay, Glendora, RB, SR
Adam Friederichsen, Rancho Cucamonga, QB, SR
Anthony Romero, Upland, TE/WR, SR
Trevor Wright, Upland, WR, SR
Jordan Villamin, Etiwanda, WR, SR
Jermel Walker, Rancho Cucamonga, WR, SR