San Bernardino boys basketball comes through big

In the hustle and bustle that comes with deadlines in the newspaper business, sometimes things get in too late to be put in the next day’s paper. That happened with the San Bernardino boys basketball team, which is starting to turn some heads in the San Andreas League.

The Cardinals made history Wednesday night, defeating Arroyo Valley 81-74 for their first-ever varsity boys basketball win over the Hawks. The Cardinals (12-6 overall, 3-0 San Andreas League) went 23 of 27 from the free-throw line and had three players score over 20 points. James Harper led the way with 26 points, Jeremiah Tardy scored 22 and Devonte Chatman added 20.

Wednesday’s win was the sixth in a row for San Bernardino, which plays at San Gorgonio Friday before hosting a big game with SAL co-leader Cajon next Wednesday.

Ragan commits to Northern Arizona

Aquinas running back J.J. Ragan, the Christian League Offensive MVP and a third-team all-County performer, verbally committed to Northern Arizona University this past weekend according to Ragan, a bruising 5-foot-10, 215-pound senior, was one of the leading rushers in the County, rushing for 1,293 yards and 17 touchdowns in helping lead the Falcons to a Christian League championship.

The article detailing Ragan’s commitment can be accessed here.

Philipp commits to Oregon State

Arroyo Valley offensive lineman Michael Philipp, rated the No. 1 guard and the No. 38 player in the nation, has verbally committed to Oregon State, according to Arroyo Valley head coach Marcus Soward.

Philipp chose the Beavers over several suitors, most notably Stanford, UCLA, California and Oregon. The 6-foot-3, 320-pound Philipp took an official visit to Oregon State this past weekend.

“Mike committed yesterday,” Soward said. “He didn’t have a big speech planned about why he chose Oregon State and why it was the best place for him. He went up there and just felt comfortable. They have a real family environment and he just felt like it was the best place for him. They were straight shooters with him and Mike feels like he can make a real impact.”

Philipp is the next in a long line of brothers to emerge in the Division I ranks. Paul Philipp went to Arizona after playing at San Bernardino High while Hans Philipp will be a redshirt sophomore at Arizona after playing at Arroyo Valley.

Soward, who graduated from Arizona State and played defensive back for the Sun Devils in the 1997 Rose Bowl, was happy to see Philipp join the fraternity of Pac-10 football players.

“I was hoping that he would go to a Pac-10 school,” Soward said. “The great thing about Pac-10 schools is that they are great academic institutions that also play some great football. The Pac-10 was undefeated during bowls this year, which is a pretty incredible accomplishment.”

Michael Philipp joins Hans Philipp (2007), Keenan Brown (San Jose State, 2008) and Robert Fuller (Utah State, 2008) as Arroyo Valley players that have or will sign with Division I programs.

“It’s huge for our program,” Soward said. “Can you imagine the type of impact a guy like Michael Philipp, a player who is getting a full ride to a Pac-10 school, would have on a freshman? It shows that if you work hard and take care of business in the classroom, you can go off to a Division I college, even a Pac-10 one if things go well.”