Carter baseball player Marcos Castanon commits to UCR

Junior infielder of Marcos Castanon of Carter High School has committed to UC Riverside.

Castanon was named most valuable player in the Citrus Belt League this season, helping the Lions (21-7) to a share of the league title. He batted .416 with 19 runs scored, 20 RBI, 14 doubles 2 triples and a home run.

That was the only offer he had but felt good enough about the school he didn’t want to wait to see what else might come along in the coming school year.

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“If that really feels like the right place to be why wait for something else?” he said. “I like what they are building there and there are a lot of Inland Empire guys there. I love the school and the program.”

Castanon said the fact that former major league pitcher Troy Percival, himself an Inland Empire product, is heading the program was a definite factor. But he also singled out assistant Bryson LeBlanc who had been recruiting him since his freshman year.

“It isn’t just Percival, I really like the whole coaching staff,” he said.

Percival took over the program in late July of 2014. The Highlanders were 15-40 overall and 4-20 in Big West play in his first year, although he got the job late and had little chance to recruit.

UCR made great strides last season, finishing 26-29 overall and 12-12 in conference.

“I am looking forward to being part of program that is really building for the future,” he said.

Castanon plans to major in kinesiology.

 

 

 

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Citrus Belt League celebrates top players in baseball

Carter celebrates their win over Redlands at Redlands High School in Redlands, CA, Friday, May 13, 2016. Carter defeated Redlands 6-5 to share the Citrus Belt League title with Redlands East Valley. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/The Sun)

MVP: Marcos Castanon, Jr., SS, Carter

First team
Jacob Barnes, Sr., Yucaipa
Peter Brooks, Sr., Redlands
Ryan Bunse, Sr., Cajon
Michael Carpentier, Fr., Citrus Valley
Juan Castro, Sr., Miller
Isaiah Davis, Sr., Carter
Roger Fair, Jr., Carter
Gabriel Gordillo, Sr., Cajon
Justin Guizar, Sr., Redlands
Joseph Lomeli, Fr., Yucaipa
Eduardo Martinez, Sr., Carter
Tyler Van Marter, Sr., Yucaipa
Andrew Miner, Sr., Redlands East Valley
Paul Rojas, Sr., Redlands East Valley
Ryan Silva, Jr., Redlands East Valley
Anthony Villegas, Jr., Carter
Tristan Workman, Jr., Citrus Valley

Second team
Aaron Andreas, Sr., Redlands East Valley
Mason Corneliussen, Sr., Cajon
Brody Evans, Jr., Cajon
Koby Glass, Sr., Redlands
Mario Gonzalez, Jr., Miller
Isaac Humildad, Sr., Redlands East Valley
Tristen Macias, Sr., Yucaipa
Miguel Martin, Sr., Eisenhower
Fabian Muniz, Sr., Miller
Gabriel Olvera, Sr., Eisenhower
Nikolas Pagan, Sr., Redlands East Valley
Devin Oerez, Sr., Yucaipa
Joseph Rodriguez, Jr., Redlands East Valley
Chris Ruiz, Sr., Redlands
Cody Stevens, Jr., Yucaipa
Austin Warner, Jr., Citrus Valley
Justin Wear, Sr., Redlands East Valley

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Citrus Belt League honors handed out in softball

Redlands East Valley pitcher Eve Harvey and catcher Amanda Carey celebrate an out against Redlands in the seventh inning at Redlands High School in Redlands, CA, Monday, April 11, 2016. REV defeated Redlands 4-2. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/The Facts)

Most Valuable Player: Jaymi Steward, Jr., Redlands
Most Outstanding Player: Eve Harvey, Soph., Redlands East Valley

First team
Kaitlyn Alvarado, Jr., Yucaipa
Pamela Baber, Sr., Carter
Valeria Castillo, Soph., Carter
Jocelyn Chavez, Sr., Eisenhower
Keely Clark, Soph., Yucaipa
Mackenzee Clements, Jr., Redlands
Megan Martin, Jr., Yucaipa
Kelly Martinez, Sr., Yucaipa
Miranda Nunez, Soph., Carter
Maxine Ortega, Jr., Citrus Valley
Jada Overby, Jr., Redlands
Riley Plogger, Sr., Redlands East Valley
Zoe Richard, Sr., Citrus Valley
Julia Salomon, Soph., Redlands East Valley
Abby San Pedro, Sr., Redlands East Valley
Gabby Ursuy, Jr., Eisenhower
Allysia Victorino, Jr., Cajon
Morgan Zamora, Soph., Cajon

Second team
Catherine Carrillo, Fr., Redlands
Ivy Castorena, Soph., Miller
Rayleen Castro, Jr., Redlands
Evangelyn Davila, Fr., Miller
Jillian Figueroa, Fr., Carter
Eileen Hernandez, Sr., Citrus Valley
Brittany Krey, Jr., Cajon
Jamie Leon, Jr., Citrus Valley
Monroe Ojendyke-Mella, Fr., Yucaipa
Brittney Olsen-Graham, Soph., Miller
Olivia Olvera, Sr., Citrus Valley
Cynthia Rios, Soph., Cajon
Alicia Rivera, Jr., Carter
Seriena Rodriguez, Jr., Eisenhower
Stephanie Ruelas, Sr., Redlands East Valley
Brittney Villalobos, Fr., Miller

Honorable mention: Haylee Anderson, Sr., Redlands; Veronica Brundage, Jr., Cajon; Madison Ferrao, Fr., Redlands East Valley; Alyssa Guitron, Soph., Cajon; Sydnee Huff, Fr., Yucaipa; Madyson Marvulli, Jr., Yucaipa; Helena Ramirez, Jr., Eisenhower; Chandler Tillman, Jr., Citrus Valley.

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Yucaipa’s Sean Stange leads CBL boys volleyball selections

MVP: Sean Stange, Sr., Yucaipa

First team
Ezra Bosworth, Sr., Redlands
Emmanuel De la Riva, Sr., Eisenhower
Raul Duran, Sr., Citrus Valley
Richard Garcia, Jr., Citrus Valley
Brian Goh, Sr., Redlands East Valley
Grant Gordon, Jr., Yucaipa
Isaac Hernandez, Jr., Carter
Nicholas Knust, Jr., Riverside Poly
Tyler Kramer, Sr., Yucaipa
Coedy Laing, Sr., Riverside Poly
Blake Miller, Jr., Yucaipa
Reed Mortenson, Sr., Redlands

Second team
Patrick Boswell, Sr., Citrus Valley
Bryan Carleton, Sr., Yucaipa
Michael DeBoer, Sr., Citrus Valley
Esgardo Duarte, Sr., Citrus Valley
Troy fields, Sr., Redlands
Brandon Garner, Sr., Eisenhower
Jeffrey Johnston, Sr., Redlands
Noah Miles, Sr., Yucaipa
Jospeh Paulo, Jr., Riverside Poly
Cameron Salvatierra, Jr., Redlands East Valley
Manuel Savalza, Jr., Riverside Poly
Ryan Smith, Soph., Riverside Poly
Robert Torres, Sr., Eisenhower
Blake Westerberg, Jr., Citrus Valley

Honorable mention: Doran fedrick, Sr., Redlands; Oscar Montes, Jr., Carter; Miguel Moreno Gonzalez, Jr., Citrus Valley; Alejandro Quintero, Jr., Riverside Poly.

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Redlands High dominates CBL tennis selections

Redlands High School doubles team Janson Comadena, left, and Brysl Libao high give during a CBL tennis final on Friday, April 29, 2016 at University of Redlands in Redlands, Ca. (Micah Escamilla/Redlands Daily Facts)

First team
Patrick Cachapero, Sr., Redlands
Jansen Comadena, Soph., Redlands
Cole Dillow, Sr., Redlands
Jonathon Forrester, Sr., Redlands East Valley
Macchel Hanna, Sr., Citrus Valley
Kant Krittayaweth, Fr., Redlands
Christian Lensang, Fr., Redlands
Brysl Libao, Jr., Redlands
Bon Louise Angeles, Sr., Redlands
Rohan Reddy, Soph., Redlands
James Rungsawang, Soph., Redlands
Samuel Smith, Soph., Redlands East Valley

Second team
Tyler Davis, Fr., Redlands East Valley
Raul Farias, Sr., Eisenhower
Nico Garrido, Soph., Yucaipa
Prakash Pithiya, Jr., Citrus Valley
Kenneth Ringia, Soph., Miller
Andrew Smith, Soph., Redlands
Ronald Waddy, Jr., Carter
Samuel Ward, Jr., Cajon

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