REV volleyball kicks into high gear

It was quite the wait, but the Redlands East Valley girls volleyball team finally began the defense of its CIF-SS Division II-AA crown Monday, sweeping Redlands 25-10, 25-6, 25-21 in its season opener.

After a seemingly endless amount of intrasquad practices, the Wildcats — which graduated seven players from their CIF championship and state finalist team — were relieved to finally get things going against another team.

“It’s been a long wait, a lot of practicing,” REV coach Tricia Vansant said. “It gets repetitive practicing against your teammates. You get antsy and you want to play against someone else.”

While it took a while for REV’s season to get started, it won’t take long for it to get into high gear. The Wildcats play in the Durango Tournament in Las Vegas this weekend and the Capistrano Tournament in Orange County the weekend after.

Both should be sizable tests for the Wildcats, who are looking to fill their lineup around senior setter Johnna Fouch — who committed to San Diego State late last week — junior outside hitter Krista Vansant and senior libero Kyle Oropeza. 6-foot-2 sophomore Alyssa Mason also saw a good bit of time last year, but injury and illness have her taking it slow in the early going of the season.

The 48-team Durango Tournament features teams throughout the Western United States while the Capistrano Tournament will involve the elite teams in Orange County and Southern California.

“We are going to see a higher level of volleyball and get a good idea of where we stand and what we need to work on,” Vansant said. “I want our girls to be tested, to be challenged, to see how they react to other teams pushing them.”

CIF-SS Volleyball polls

League play is beginning to start, so we’ll be amping up our volleyball coverage a bit. Redlands East Valley, as you would expect, is ruling the roost in its division.

D1-A

1. Santa Barbara
2. Dos Pueblos
3. Marymount
4. Laguna Beach
5. Huntington Beach
6. El Dorado
7. West Ranch
8. Notre Dame Academy
9. El Toro
10. Rancho Cucamonga.
Others: Arroyo Grande.

D2-AA

1. Redlands East Valley
2. Corona del Mar
3. Bishop Montgomery
4. Beckman
5. Walnut
6. St. Lucy’s
7. South Hills
8. South Torrance
9. St. Joseph
10. Ayala.
Others: Chino Hills, Corona Centennial, Corona Santiago.

D2-A

1. La Canada
2. La Reina
3. Troy
4. Elsinore
5. Oxnard
6. Oaks Christian
7. Oak Park
8. Fullerton
9. La Habra
10. St. Bonaventure.
Others: Camarillo.

D4-AA

1. Whittier Christian
2. St. Margaret’s
3. Calvary Murrieta
4. Laguna Blanca
5. Arrowhead Christian
6. Sage Hill
7. Windward
8. Ontario Christian
9. Viewpoint
10. Gardena Serra.
Others: Jurupa Valley, Aquinas

D4-A

1. Upland Christian
2. Riverside Notre Dame
3. Nordhoff
4. Frazier Mountain
5. Desert Christian/BD
6. Alverno
7. Big Bear
8. Gladstone
9. Twentynine Palms
10. La Sierra Academy.
Others: Holy Family, Yucca Valley, Desert Hot Springs

Week 3 CIF Football polls

REV and Cajon shoot up this week, as you’ll see below.

Central Division
1. Rancho Cucamonga
2. Cajon
3. Upland
4. Elsinore
5. Colton
6. Colony
7. Chino Hills
8. Etiwanda
9. Glendora
10. Ayala
Others receiving votes: Arroyo Valley, Damien, Los Osos

Eastern Division
1. Perris Citrus Hill
2. Barstow
3. Palm Springs
4. San Jacinto
5. Palm Desert
6. Kaiser
7. La Quinta
8. Rim of the World
9. Serrano
10. Victor Valley
Others receiving votes: Bloomington, Riverside Notre Dame, Coachella Valley, Riverside Norte Vista

East Valley Division
1. St. Margaret’s
2. Santa Paula
3. Kern Valley
4. Brentwood
5. Aquinas
6. Campbell Hall
7. Sierra Canyon
8. Ontario Christian
9. Frazier Mountain
10. Villanova Prep
Others receiving votes: Sage Hill, Desert, Fillmore, Maranatha

Inland Division
1. Redlands East Valley
2. Temecula Chaparral
3. Corona Centennial
4. Vista Murrieta
5. Riverside North
6. Norco
7. Moreno Valley Rancho Verde
8. Riverside Arlington
9. Corona Roosevelt
10. Redlands
Others receiving votes: Riverside Poly, Temecula Great Oak, Murrieta Valley

Week 3 top 25

My top 25, with a ton of movement. Really crazy week.

1. Florida (1) – It wasn’t the woodshed beating that was predicted, but beating Tennessee five years in a row is nothing to scoff at.
2. Texas (2) – The Longhorns get revenge on Texas Tech, though not Michael Crabtree.
3. Alabama (4) – The Crimson Tide have probably been the most consistently stellar team through the first three weeks.
4. California (7) – A road win and five Jahvid Best touchdowns mean a big bump for the Bears
5. Mississippi (5) – Ole Miss trucked SE Louisiana, as it was supposed to
6. Penn State (6) – Nits beating the heck out of bad teams. Hard to really make a good judgement of them right now.
7. LSU (9) – All of a sudden, the Tigers’ close win over Washington two weeks ago doesn’t look so bad.
8. Boise State (10) – Got the win over Fresno State, but the run defense needs work.9.. 9. Oklahoma (12) – After the way Landry Jones has played the last two weeks, I’m confident to say that Oklahoma would drill BYU in a rematch.
10. Ohio State (11) – Buckeyes got much-needed rout over Toledo.
11. Miami (Fla.) (21) – Hurricanes looked awesome against Ga. Tech. Have another toughie coming up against Va. Tech.
12. Virginia Tech (14) – Pulled one out late against Nebraska. Now it has to host red-hot Miami.
13. TCU (15) – Have a tough test next week at Clemson
14. Houston (17) – Off week prevented any sort of a possible letdown
15. USC (3) – Same stuff, different year. The offense looks to be an area of concern.
16. North Carolina (18) – Beating East Carolina is harder than you would expect.
17. Cincinnati (24) – Bearcats take a jump after big win at Oregon State.
18. Oklahoma State (19) – Not great in their win over Rice.
19. Florida State (NR) – Made a huge statement at BYU – and boosted the street cred of rival Miami in the interim
20. Georgia (22) – The offense has been awesome the past two weeks. The defense? Well, the offense has scored 93 points.
21. BYU (8) – Their BCS-busting aspirations are completely busted.
22. Kansas (23) – Beat Duke. No, it wasn’t the Final Four.
23. Michigan (25) – Ran for 380 yards in a rout of Eastern Michigan, but defense could be a sore spot in the conference schedule.
24. Georgia Tech (13) – Jackets tumble after being rolled by Miami.
25. Missouri (NR) – At 3-0, apparently there is life after Chase Daniel.

Receiving consideration: Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Utah
Dropped out: 16. Utah, No. 20. Nebraska

Week 2 NFL picks

Got off to an awesome start, hitting two-thirds of my picks last week. Let’s not jinx this.

Oakland (+3) over KANSAS CITY
Houston (+7) over TENNESSEE
New England (-3.5) over N.Y. JETS
GREEN BAY (-9) over Cincinnati
Minnesota (-10) over DETROIT
PHILADELPHIA (+1) over New Orleans
ATLANTA (-6) over Carolina
St. Louis (+10) over WASHINGTON
Arizona (+3) over JACKSONVILLE
Seattle (+1) over SAN FRANCISCO
BUFFALO (-4.5) over Tampa Bay
DENVER (-3) over Cleveland
SAN DIEGO (-3) over Baltimore
Pittsburgh (-3) over CHICAGO
N.Y. Giants (+3) over DALLAS
MIAMI (+3) over Indianapolis

Last week: 10-5
Overall: 10-5

Shirley, Uko, Blackmon at the Rose Bowl

According to Scout.com, Kaiser LB Josh Shirley, Don Lugo DT George Uko and Summit junior WR Devon Blackmon are at the UCLA-Kansas State game on unofficial visits. I’m at the Rose Bowl right now, so I’ll see if I can somehow spot those guys – along with seeing how much freshman QB Richard Brehaut – a Los Osos graduate – will play tonight.

Sun top 10

Brand new. Colony breaks in with some vigor.

Sun Top 10

1. Rancho Cucamonga (3-0)
Previous ranking: 1. Last week: def. Carter, 49-18. Up next: Friday at Covina Charter Oak (3-0).

2. Redlands East Valley (2-0)
Previous ranking: 2. Last week: def. San Gorgonio, 56-10. Up next: Friday vs. Orange Lutheran (1-1) at Orange Coast College.

3. Barstow (2-0)
Previous ranking: 4. Last week: def. Paraclete, 20-10. Up next: Friday vs. Quartz Hill (0-2).

4. Cajon (3-0)
Previous ranking: 7. Last week: def. Sultana, 41-0. Up next: Friday vs. No. 10 Kaiser (1-1).

5. Upland (3-0)
Previous ranking: 8. Last week: def. Serrano, 21-18. Up next: Friday vs. Lancaster Eastside (0-2) at Antelope Valley College.

6. Colton (1-1)
Previous ranking: 9. Last week: def. La Quinta, 23-8. Up next: Friday vs. Palm Springs (2-0).

7. Etiwanda (2-1)
Previous ranking: 6. Last week: lost to Norco, 37-27. Up next: Oct. 2 vs. Chino (0-2).

8. Colony (2-1)
Previous ranking: NR. Last week: def. No. 9 Chino Hills, 22-6. Up next: Friday vs. Alta Loma (0-3).

9. Chino Hills (2-1)
Previous ranking: 3. Last week: lost to No. 8 Colony, 22-6. Up next: Friday vs. Diamond Ranch (1-2).

10. Kaiser (1-1)
Previous ranking: 5. Last week: lost to Riverside North, 28-12. Up next: Friday at No. 4 Cajon (3-0).

Just missed the cut: Redlands (2-1), Arroyo Valley (2-0), Ayala (2-1), Rim of the World (3-0).

Dropped out: No. 10 Serrano (1-2).

Scorelist

Here’s what’s rolled in.

Apple Valley 29, Ridgecrest Burroughs 26
Arroyo Valley 26, Rialto 6
Ayala 33, Alta Loma 19
Azusa 28, Ontario Christian 27
Barstow 20, Paraclete 10
Beaumont 24, Big Bear 12
Blythe Palo Verde Valley 26, Montclair 21
Bloomington 53, Eisenhower 33
Cajon 41, Sultana 0
Colony 22, Chino Hills 3
Colton 23, La Quinta 8
Don Lugo 35, Chino 0
Granite Hills 49, Pacific 0
Norco 37, Etiwanda 27
Oak Hills 64, Silver Valley 8
Rancho Cucamonga 49, Carter 18
Redlands 17, Los Osos 10
Redlands East Valley 56, San Gorgonio 12
Riverside North 28, Kaiser 12
Riverside Notre Dame 20, Aquinas 7
San Jacinto 48, Twentynine Palms 7
Santa Fe 43, Bonita 22
Silverado 33, Quartz Hill 13
Summit 32, Fontana 23
Upland 21, Serrano 18
Victor Valley 31, Yucca Valley 14
Walnut 47, Garey 17
Wildomar Elsinore 15, Diamond Ranch 3
Yucaipa 39, San Bernardino 12

Week 3 college picks

Great week last week, going 8-2 to put me above .500. Looking to keep it up and keep it quick this week.

WASHINGTON (-19.5) over Usc
UCLA (-12) over Kansas State
MINNESOTA (+13.5) over California
IOWA (-4) over Arizona
Utah (+5) over OREGON
OREGON STATE (-1) over Cincinnati
STANFORD (-18) over San Jose State
VIRGINIA TECH (-5) over Nebraska
BYU (-8) over Florida State
NOTRE DAME (-10) over Michigan State

Last week: 8-2
Overall: 11-9

Week 2 high school picks

Heck of a lot better performance this week, going 28-10 after the 10-9 montrosity of zero week. Hoping to still cut my losses in half though.

Upland at Serrano
I like matchups like these, as powers from different parts of the county come together for some good football. Both of these teams have been vise-like on defense and inconsistent offensively, meaning that this game could resemble a baseball score. It’s hard to pick against Serrano up at Snowline, but I must say I’ve been impressed with Upland’s D thus far. Highlanders win a tight one.
Upland 13, Serrano 10

Redlands East Valley at San Gorgonio
This game is a sneaky-good one, as the two schools both cull players from the Highland area and have talented rosters. But while the Spartans were very impressive in their win at Hesperia last Friday, they are in the building stages of Ron Gueringer’s program while Kurt Bruich has a machine going at REV. San G will have its say against the Wildcats, but not in this one.
Redlands East Valley 27, San Gorgonio 13

Chino Hills at Colony
There’s no doubting the talent in this game, as Chino Hills is one of the more steady, above-average programs in the Inland Empire while Colony tend to grow Division I talent on trees. The Titans impressed me last week by winning at Diamond Ranch, but like I said for Chaffey last week, beating Chino Hills is an entirely different – and more difficult – matter. I expect Nate Harris to find the end zone for the Huskies a couple times.
Chino Hills 30, Colony 14

Redlands at Los Osos
Two traditionally solid programs battle it out in another CBL vs. Baseline showdown. The Terriers showed some moxie in beating Summit late, but Los Osos doesn’t seem to have much of a dropoff in its passing game despite Richard Brehaut moving on to UCLA. Blake Loncar has thrown for 200 or more yards in both games and WR Sean Alston has been his primary target. Look for the two to hook up for some big plays.
Los Osos 24, Redlands 13

Etiwanda at Norco
There’s really no debate at this point about Etiwanda’s offense – it’s darn good. Angel Santiago can pass pretty well, but the strides he has made in the running game are pretty impressive. His 283 yards rushing will be needed, and then some, against a Norco team tht lost a tough 47-44 game to L.A. Crenshaw – the No. 1 team in the L.A. Times top 25. Etiwanda will make some plays, but not enough.
Norco 36, Etiwanda 24

Riverside North at Kaiser
The Huskies have been an absolute irritant to Kaiser the past three seasons, defeating the Cats in all five meetings between the two, shutting them out three times. It’s hard to believe that North will shut out this Kaiser team, but its offense could be more explosive than it has been. I think North will make a few more plays in this one against a game Kaiser squad.
North 24, Kaiser 17

Rancho Cucamonga at Carter
The 40-spot that the Lions hung up on Alta Loma in the season opener adds a tiny bit more intrigue than was expected in this game, as Carter seems to have grasped Alex Pierce’s spread attack a little bit better. However, Rancho can match Carter’s athleticism, if not surpass it, and is well ahead of the Lions as far as overall football acumen.
Rancho Cucamonga 31, Carter 13

Don Lugo at Chino
The battle for the Milk Can has been anything but for the past decade and a half, as the Cowboys have won 17 straight over the Conquistadores in this series. On the surface, this should change, as Chino was bombed by Whittier and Don Lugo has D-I talent in DT George Uko and DB Steven Bethley. But as adage goes, never bet against a streak.
Chino 20, Don Lugo 14

La Quinta at Colton
After losing 26-9 last week to Vista Murrieta, things don’t get easier for the Yellowjackets, as La Quinta – ranked second in the Eastern Division – comes calling. However, Colton did beat the Blackhawks handily a year ago and I would expect QB Jordan Mixon to be less nervous and execute the offense a bit better. If he does that, the Yellowjackets should be fine.
Colton 20, La Quinta 16

Aquinas at Riverside Notre Dame
The premier Catholic school in San Bernardino County faces off against the premier parochial program in Riverside County in an annual grudge matchup. You can expect good, physical, well-played football in this game, in which the winner gets possession of “The Holy Shield.” I’ll go with Aquinas, ranked No. 1 in the East Valley Division.
Aquinas 23, Notre Dame 19

Other games of note:
Arroyo Valley 42, Rialto 9
Ayala 33, Alta Loma 10
Ontario Christian 23, Azusa 20
Paraclete 18, Barstow 15
Big Bear 27, Beaumont 21
Bishop 39, Western Christian 20
Montclair 36, Blythe Palo Verde Valley 16
Cajon 45, Sultana 7
Damien 28, Claremont 26
Bloomington 30, Eisenhower 14
Summit 31, Fontana 14
Granite Hills 30, Pacific 9
Hesperia 23, Moreno Valley Canyon Springs 13
Los Angeles Crenshaw 51, Miller 12
La Puente Nogales 17, Ontario 6
Quartz Hill 27, Silverado 10
Ridgecrest Burroughs 27, Apple Valley 24
Rim of the World 29, Cathedral City 14
Riverside Arlington 26, Chaffey 20
San Jacinto 34, Twentynine Palms 16
Oak Hills 38, Silver Valley 6
Victor Valley 27, Yucca Valley 18
Yucaipa 31, San Bernardino 27
Arrowhead Christian 27, Citrus Valley 7

Week: 28-10
Overall: 38-19