As far as longtime Victor Valley coach Leland Eudy was concerned, it was time for a change. The 56-year-old Eudy, who has been coaching in the High Desert since 1974, retired from coaching after the Jackrabbits’ season-ending loss to Ridgecrest Burroughs Nov. 13.
Eudy had spent 35 years alternating between Victor Valley High School and Victor Valley College, spending 19 seasons as head coach of the Jackrabbits over three stints. Eudy started his most recent stint at VVHS in 2000, also heading the Jackrabbits from 1983-87 and 1990-93.
“It’s time for a younger man with new ideas to come in here,” Eudy said. “I told the players before the season that this would be my last season and wanted to keep it quiet besides that. I just came to the conclusion that this school and program needed a shot in the arm and some new ideas.”
Eudy gave Victor Valley a shot in the arm in his final season. While the Jackrabbits were eliminated from the playoffs in the finale to Burroughs, but accumulated a 7-3 record and won two rivalry games — The Bell Game over Apple Valley and The Axe against Barstow.
Eudy, who will remain at VVHS as a social studies teacher, has no regrets about leaving coaching.
“I’ve been blessed with a great life and have met a ton of people through coaching,” Eudy said. “These past 35 years have given me lots of great memories and lots of lasting relationships. I’m lucky to have experienced as much as I have.”
Plenty of schools have moved the starts of their games this week from 7:30 to 7 p.m. As someone who works with deadlines for a living, I’m cool with that.
This is what we got right now as far as games that have changed.
Colton vs. Rancho Cucamonga at Los Osos
Etiwanda at Chino Hills
Colony at Upland
Palm Springs vs. Summit at Miller
Kaiser at Rim of the World
La Quinta at Serrano
No movement in the top 10 this week, but that’ll change in the near future. No comments this week, because this week was boring as heck for the most part.
1. Florida (1)
2. Texas (2)
3. Alabama (3)
4. TCU (4)
5. Boise State (5)
6. Cincinnati (6)
7. Georgia Tech (7)
8. Pittsburgh (8)
9. Oregon (9)
10. Ohio State (10)
11. Oklahoma State (12)
12. Penn State (15)
13. BYU (13)
14. Virginia Tech (16)
15. Iowa (17)
16. Clemson (20)
17. LSU (11)
18. Miami (Fla) (21)
19. USC (19)
20. Oregon State (22)
21. Houston (23)
22. Utah (25)
23. California (NR)
24. Nebraska (NR)
25. Stanford (14)
Receiving consideration: Mississippi, North Carolina, Navy
Dropped out: No. 18 Wisconsin, No. 24 Rutgers
Here is where you’ll be going to digest the turkey, stuffing, apple pie and shopping Friday night. A lot of these times may change to 7 p.m.
No. 1 Colton at Rancho Cucamonga, 7:30 p.m.
No. 4 Los Osos at Chaffey, 7:30 p.m.
Etiwanda at Chino Hills, 7:30 p.m.
No. 2 Colony at Upland, 7:30 p.m.
Palm Springs at Summit, 7:30 p.m.
Kaiser at No. 4 Rim of the World, 7:30 p.m.
Riverside Norte Vista at Apple Valley, 7:30 p.m.
La Quinta at No. 2 Serrano, 7:30 p.m.
EAST VALLEY DIVISION
Aquinas at No. 1 San Juan Capistrano St. Margaret’s, 7:30 p.m.
No. 4 Fillmore at Bishop, 7:30 p.m.
Simi Valley Grace Brethren at Oak Hills, 7:30 p.m.
No. 2 Pasadena Maranatha at Ontario Christian, 7:30 p.m.
No. 1 Redlands East Valley at Temecula Chaparral, 7:30 p.m.
Corona Centennial at No. 4 Moreno Valley Rancho Verde, 7:30 p.m.
No. 3 Norco at Riverside Arlington, 7:30 p.m.
No. 2 Vista Murrieta at Redlands, 7:30 p.m.
Redlands East Valley, as expected, grabbed the No. 1 seed in the Division II Southern California state volleyball playoffs when the pairings were released earlier this afternoon. The Wildcats will host San Diego Scripps Ranch at 7 p.m. Tuesday and, with a victory, will host the Bakersfield Frontier-La Canada winner on Saturday.
Bonita and Upland Christian received berths in Division III and IV, respectively, as both will be on the road Tuesday. The No. 4 Bearcats play at Pasadena Mayfield while No. 6 Upland Christian will head to Whittier Christian.
San Diego Scripps Ranch at No. 1 Redlands East Valley
La Canada at No. 4 Bakersfield Frontier
Woodland Hills Taft at No. 3 Wildomar Elsinore
Corona del Mar at No. 2 Ramona
Downey Warren at No. 1 San Diego Cathedral Catholic
No. 4 Bonita at Pasadena Mayfield
Cerritos at No. 3 Tehachapi
Valley Center at No. 2 Hacienda Heights Los Altos
Anaheim Connolly at No. 1 La Jolla Country Day
Laguna Blanca at No. 4 Visalia Central Valley Christian
Upland Christian at No. 3 Whittier Christian
No. 2 La Jolla The Bishop School at Los Angeles Foshay Learning Center
Once again, I don’t have digs. But this is what I do have.
Corona del Mar
Kills: Morgan Boukather 19, Amanda Nickel 12, Hailey Senske 8,
Blocks: Claire Ham 3, Senske 2
Assists: Madison Smith 40
Aces: Nickel 2, Ham 1.
Redlands East Valley
Kills: Krista Vansant 26, Alyssa Mason 9, Johnna Fouch 6, Danielle Newcombe 6, Brianna Potter 6.
Blocks: Mason 8, Newcombe 4, Cherylain Dizon 4
Assists: Fouch 33, Kyla Oropeza 4
Aces: Fouch 3
Redlands East Valley won its third straight CIF title, closing out Corona del Mar 26-24 in the fourth game. The Sea Queens actually had game-point on REV, but three straight Krista Vansant kills sealed the match, making the Wildcats the second county girls volleyball team in history to win three straight CIF titles, joining Rim of the World – which won five straight titles from 1981-85.
I’ll have final stats in a bit.
A block-kill by Hailey Senske and a hitting error by Krista Vansant has Corona del Mar within one at 22-21. The Sea Queens have fought back despite an erratic serving game that has committed five errors in this game alone.
The Sea Queens are giving REV all it can handle in game four, scoring three of the last four points to move within 20-18. We’ll see if REV can close it out.
The Wildcats seem to have refound the mojo they had earlier in the game, as they are starting to pull away from the Sea Queens. Johnna Fouch had a big block-kill on Morgan Boukather while Alyssa Mason had a powerful kill right before a CDM timeout.