Stephen Carr remains committed to USC football program

Junior running back Stephen Carr remains committed to the University of Southern California football program despite recent the events that have unfolded involving head coach Steve Sarkisian.

Summit High's Stephen Carr running by Etiwanda defenders. (Photo by Will Lester)

Summit High’s Stephen Carr running by Etiwanda defenders. (Photo by Will Lester)

“Not at all,” Carr said when asked whether his commitment to USC has changed.

Members of the Trojans staff has reached out to several of its commits including Carr to touch base.

In the meantime, other programs have continued to show interest in the Fontana Summit High athlete.

Carr holds six scholarship offers after he received an offer from the University of Georgia on Monday.

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Friday’s high school football schedule/predictions

Here is Friday’s schedule of games and my predictions:
Last week, I went a pedestrian 17-7 and after going 3-0 on Thursday, I am 151-46 this season, with 3 games getting the exact winning margin.
I will include all Sun/Bulletin games in the schedule, but only predict San Bernardino County games

Friday’s Games
Aquinas at Linfield Christian
Prediction: Linfield Christian, 38-14
Ontario Christian at Western Christian
Prediction: Ontario Christian, 49-7
Chino Hills at Los Osos
Prediction: Chino Hills, 35-17
Rancho Cucamonga at Damien
Prediction: Rancho Cucamonga, 42-21
Upland vs. Etiwanda at Colony HS
Prediction: Upland, 38-14
Cajon at Yucaipa
Prediction: Cajon, 35-21
Carter at Citrus Valley
Prediction: Carter, 35-10
Redlands at Eisenhower
Prediction: Redlands, 49-6
Miller vs. Redlands East Valley at Redlands HS
Prediction: REV, 52-6
Shadow Hills vs. Twentynine Palms at Twentynine Palms JHS
Prediction: Twentynine Palms, 38-14
Desert Mirage at Yucca Valley
Prediction: Desert Mirage, 32-25
Vasquez at Silver Valley
Prediction: Vasquez, 36-20
Barstow at Victor Valley
Prediction: Barstow, 34-31
Chino at Charter Oak
Prediction: Charter Oak, 42-17
Diamond Ranch at West Covina
Bassett at Ganesha
Garey at La Puente
Hesperia at Apple Valley
Prediction: Apple Valley, 28-19
Serrano at Oak Hills
Prediction: Serrano, 35-17
Sultana at Ridgecrest Burroughs
Prediction: Sultana, 14-10
Pacific at Vista del Lago
Prediction: Vista Del Lago, 42-13
Rubidoux at San Bernardino
Prediction: Rubidoux, 35-14
Chaffey vs. Ontario at Montclair HS
Prediction: Chaffey, 35-7
Claremont at Bonita
Diamond Bar at Ayala
Prediction: Diamond Bar, 20-17
Arroyo Valley at Rim of the World
Prediction: Rim, 35-7
Indian Springs at Jurupa Hills
Prediction: Jurupa Hills, 33-14
Rialto at San Gorgonio
Prediction: San Gorgonio 49-6
Fontana at Bloomington
Prediction: Fontana, 21-14
Kaiser at Colton
Prediction: Kaiser, 49-14
Summit at Grand Terrace
Prediction: Summit, 41-16
Hacienda Heights Wilson at San Dimas
Riverside Prep vs. Fairmont Prep at Yorba Linda HS
Prediction: Fairmont Prep, 35-33
Hamilton vs. Excelsior at Victor Valley College
Prediction: Hamilton, 34-30

Saturday’s Games
Ambassador League
Riverside Notre Dame vs. Arrowhead Christian at Grand Terrace HS, 6 p.m.
Prediction: Notre Dame, 35-10

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Roundup: Arroyo Valley volleyball shutout San Gorgonio

ARROYO VALLEY 3, SAN GORGONIO 0 >> Leiana Kanoho had eight kills for the Spartans (3-8, 0-3) in the San Andreas League loss to the Hawks, 25-23, 25-20, 25-21.

Tatiana Russell contributed with seven kills, four aces and three blocks for the Spartans.

San Gorgonio will play at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday against Jurupa Hills.

RUBIDOUX 3, PACIFIC 0 >> Marie Rosales had five kills and three blocks for the Pirates in the Mountain Valley League loss to the Falcons, 25-11, 25-22, 25-22.

AQUINAS 15, WOODCREST CHRISTIAN 3 >> Natascha Pirkovic and Caroline Brown swept their respective opponents in singles play for the Falcons (10-2, 6-1).

The doubles team of Sabrina Kinnally and Franz Geronimo also recorded a sweep for the Falcons in the Ambassador League victory.

RUBIDOUX 3, PACIFIC 0 >> Marie Rosales had five kills and three blocks for the Pirates in the Mountain Valley League loss to the Falcons, 25-11, 25-22, 25-22.

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CIF-SS proposes new playoff format with mixed opinions

CIF-SS Commissioner Rob Wigod proposed a new playoff format for many of its sports including football.
It would be playoff divisions by competitive equity and not by league.
For instance, a school such as defending state champion Redlands East Valley would likely be placed into a higher CIF-SS division than the other schools in the Citrus Belt League.
Cajon coach Nick Rogers is one of those coaches who likes the idea.
“I look at our league and four of the top 10 teams in CIF are in our league,” Rogers said. “Theoretically, the fourth team might not get in (the playoffs), but this would help. I think we’re in a strong league right now.”
Rogers said he feels for the Big VIII League, which is in the Pac-5 Division largely based on the success of Corona Centennial.
This would enable Corona Centennial to be in a higher division than some of the other schools.
“I couldn’t imagine being in that league, but we have REV, the top program around,” Rogers said. “I’d be all for it (the proposal).”
In the proposal, the previous two years of playoff data would be used to determine playoff divisions. Like it is now for basketball, divisions would be set prior to each season.
The problem for football is that brackets can only be 16 teams. Byes will be filled with an at-large process. In theory, four- and five-team leagues would get two guaranteed entries, leagues of 6-8 teams would be guaranteed three, while leagues of nine or more would get four.
But, if more than 16 teams qualify in a division, via the “guaranteed” process, then teams would have to be cut using the same at-large criteria used to fill byes. So guaranteed entries would be a misnomer.
Serrano coach Ray Maholchic is one coach who doesn’t like the idea.
“We focus on trying to win league,” he said. “When you win league, you’re accomplishing something, you should be rewarded. With competitive equity, it’s almost like you’re punishing teams that are winning … or you’re rewarding teams that have mediocrity.”
Maholchic also said many playoff opponents have developed rivalries, and that would be gone under a new format.

My take: I”m not sure if this is a good idea for football. It might be good for other sports, but football is already the No. 1 component in releaguing. And schools should know whether they are automatically in the playoffs before it comes to the committee. Does third place get in or not? I think in many sports, it’s a good idea. But in football, I’d say no.

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Roundup: Yucaipa and Redlands earn Citrus Belt League volleyball victories


YUCAIPA 3, MILLER 0 >> Natalie Hadder led the Thunderbirds (17-4, 4-1) with nine kills and nine digs in the Citrus Belt League victory over the Rebels, 25-10, 25-11, 25-14.

Marissa Holt had seven kills for the Thunderbirds while McKenna Hafner contributed with 11 digs in the win. Yucaipa will play at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday against Eisenhower.


Other CBL Games:

REDLANDS 3, CITRUS VALLEY 1 >> Katie Smith had 31 kills and 27 digs for the Terriers (8-4, 3-2) in the Citrus Belt League game against the Blackhawks, 25-27, 25-20, 25-12, 25-21. Alex Mayer contributed to the victory with 48 total assists for the Terriers.

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