All-Citrus Belt League boys basketball team

Just got the e-mail on this from Redlands athletic director Ken Morse. The player of the year wasn’t really a surprise, as Eisenhower senior guard Alex Varner – the “closer” in many of Ike’s victories this year – won MVP honors.

As for other leagues in the area, please send all-league basketball and soccer teams to or

Most Valuable Player: Alex Varner, Eisenhower, G, Sr.

Bryan Bock, Eisenhower, Sr.
Kirby Gardner, Eisenhower, Sr.
Bernard Ireland, Eisenhower, Jr.
Darius Batts, Miller, Sr.
Marcus Davis, Redlands, Sr.
Matt Green, Redlands, Sr.
Paulin Mpawe, Redlands East Valley, Jr.
Terrell Todd, Redlands East Valley, Jr.
Jonathan Redman, Rialto, Sr.
Cole Hauso, Yucaipa, Sr.
Taijuan Walker, Yucaipa, Sr.

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All-Sunkist League girls soccer team

Bloomington swept the superlatives here, as senior goalkeeper Chelsea Lesniak was named Most Valuable Player while head coach Rosa Quiroz won coach of the year.

Most Valuable Player: Chelsea Lesniak, Bloomington, GK, Sr.
Coach of the Year: Rosa Quiroz, Bloomington

Katherine Bathgate, Bloomington, F, Sr.
Jennifer Espinoso, Bloomington, F, Sr.
Jasmine Medina, Bloomington, D, Jr.
Tanya Velasquez, Bloomington, MF, Jr.
Clarissa Contreras, Jurupa Valley, MF, Jr.
Becky Finn, Jurupa Valley, D, Sr.
Silvia Sanchez, Jurupa Valley, MF, Sr.
Francesca Escobedo, Kaiser, D, Jr.
Emma Martinez, Kaiser, MF, Sr.
Priscilla Martinez, Kaiser, D, Sr.
Lilla Torres, Norte Vista, D, So.
Audrey Correra, Patriot, MF, Sr.
Melissa Johnson, Patriot, MF, Sr.
Briana McCarthy, Patriot, D, Sr.
Jennifer Summerville, Patriot, F, Sr.
Elizabeth Amado, Summit, F, Sr.
Brittney Bravo, Summit, F, So.
Carina Perez, Summit, D, Sr.
Emily Perez, Summit, D, Sr.

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Granite Hills wins regional soccer title

What a difference a week makes. After losing to Sultana in the CIF-SS Division 4 title game, Granite Hills captured the Division II Southern California Regional championship with a 2-1 victory over Irvine Beckman.

Correspondent Brian Baiotto was on the scene at Warren High School and reported that Kristine Pasek scored two early goals to pave the way for the Cougars, who finally broke through in a title game after several near-misses in CIF and regional championship games in recent years.

Granite Hills defeated both the CIF-SS Division 2 champion (Harvard-Westlake) and runner-up (Beckman), along with the CIF-Central Section Division III champion (Clovis North) to grab the title.

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Basketball, soccer schedule

Now we are down to 3 – Eisenhower boys basketball, Summit girls basketball and Granite Hills girls soccer. The latter two pulled off upsets, with Summit winning at Corona Santiago and Granite Hills upsetting CIF-SS Division 2 champion Harvard-Westlake.

Division I
Mater Dei 88, Rancho Verde 48
Taft 66, Leuzinger 63
Long Beach Poly 67, Etiwanda 64
Westchester 73, Santa Monica 64

Division II
Eisenhower 76, Liberty 57
Compton 69, Hoover 53
Pasadena 49, Murrieta Valley 43
Lincoln 72, Summit 67

Compton at No. 1 Eisenhower
Pasadena at No. 2 Lincoln

Division I
Long Beach Poly 81, Stockdale 50
Summit 63, Santiago 58
Santa Monica 59, Canyon Springs 56
Clovis West 65, San Diego 59

Summit at No. 1 Long Beach Poly
No. 3 Santa Monica at No. 2 Clovis West

Division III
Santa Margarita 42, Buena 39
Bishop Amat 70, Agoura 61
Inglewood 46, Muir 41
Mt. Miguel 64, Barstow 40

Division II
Beckman 3, Coronado 2 (OT)
Granite Hills 2, Harvard-Westlake 1

Beckman vs. Granite Hills, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Downey Warren HS

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Redlands’ Scott announces retirement

One of the more notable basketball coaches in the county is stepping down, as Redlands boys basketball coach Brad Scott announced his retirement Wednesday night at the Terriers’ postseason banquet. Scott took over the Terriers in 2001 and has won at least 20 games a season for the past seven seasons, including a 20-7 mark this past season.

Kevin Trudgeon’s article in the Daily Facts can be accessed here. In working with Scott the last three seasons, I always found him to be extremely accessible and friendly, win or lose. The next coach at Redlands will definitely have some sizable shoes to fit into.

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Colton, Yucaipa coaching searches in bit of a holding pattern

The search for new football coaches at Colton and Yucaipa High Schools are in a bit of a holding pattern as the schools approach their upcoming spring breaks.

Colton, which is replacing Harold Strauss — who was bumped up to athletic director over the summer — hoped to have Strauss’ successor picked by now, but logistical concerns within the school district has pushed the timetable back a bit.

“We are waiting for the district to give us approval to go ahead with the interviews,” Strauss said. “We have 7-10 guys that we will probably choose from, but we just are waiting for the school district to give the go-ahead before we proceed further.
“I just hope we get it done soon. We aren’t that far away from spring practice and if we bring in a coach from the outside, we’ll need that time to learn the new system.”

Yucaipa’s search to replace John Hallenbeck, who was let go last month after two years on the job, isn’t quite as far along, as athletic director Mark Anderson is still accepting applications for the position.

“Right now, we are considering the position as ‘open until filled,'” Anderson said. “We don’t want to put a time limit on applications because with this economy, you don’t want to shut anyone out. We have a good job here and we want to make sure we get the best candidates possible.”

Anderson added that he expected to have a better idea of what direction Yucaipa would go in toward the end of the month.

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Basketball, soccer scores

This is what we have from the games last night. Summit High School is chugging along nicely in both boys and girls basketball, while Granite Hills stayed alive in girls soccer. Both sports resume their playoffs Thursday.

Division I
First Round
Mater Dei 90, Buchanan 65
Rancho Verde 56, Rancho Bernardo 40
Leuzinger 91, Washington Prep 72
Taft 66, Loyola 65
Etiwanda 67, El Camino 58
Long Beach Poly 87, Crenshaw 62
Santa Monica 67, Clovis East 65
Westchester 77, Colony 42

Rancho Verde at Mater Dei, 7:30 p.m.
Leuzinger at Taft
Long Beach Poly at Etiwanda
Santa Monica at Westchester

Division II
First Round
Liberty 69, Mark Keppel 49
Compton 67, San Joaquin Memorial 63
Hoover 53, Damien 48
Murrieta Valley 61, Burbank 36
Pasadena 64, University 44
Summit 67, San Pedro 64

Liberty at Eisenhower
Compton at Hoover
Pasadena at Murrieta Valley
Summit at Lincoln

Division I
First Round
Long Beach Poly 71, Washington Prep 27
Stockdale 78, Carson 72
Summit 62, Ayala 52
Santiago 68, Poway 55
Santa Monica 54, Narbonne 39
Canyon Springs 72, Etiwanda 62
San Diego 43, Troy 42
Clovis West 84, Taft 53

Stockdale at Long Beach Poly
Summit at Santiago
Canyon Springs at Santa Monica
San Diego at Clovis West

Division III
First Round
Santa Margarita 71, Monroe 46
Buena 67, Birmingham 46
Bishop Amat 72, Academy OLP 57
Agoura 83, Clovis North 40
Inglewood 70, Tulare 19
Muir 52, Frontier 38
Barstow 73, Ridgeview 62
Mt. Miguel 47, Orange Lutheran 46

Buena at Santa Margarita, 6 p.m.
Bishop Amat at Agoura
Muir at Inglewood
Barstow at Mt. Miguel, 6 p.m.

Division I
Buchanan 2, Sultana 0
San Clemente 1, El Camino Real 0
La Costa Canyon 2, Riverside King 1
Esperanza 2, Rancho Buena Vista 1 (OT)

Division II
Coronado 5, Sierra Vista 0
Beckman 2, West Hills 2 (Beckman wins PKs 3-2)
Granite Hills 2, Clovis North 0
Harvard-Westlake 11, Belmont 0

Beckman at Coronado
Granite Hills at Harvard-Westlake

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Sultana, Granite Hills qualify for girls soccer regionals

While the county boys soccer teams were shut out of the SoCal regional brackets, the combatants in the Division 4 girls championship made the cut. D4 champion Sultana made the Division 1 bracket, where it’ll play Buchanan at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Tice Park or Lamonica Stadium in Clovis. Granite Hills qualified in D2, where it’ll also head to Clovis to play Clovis North Tuesday. The game will be at Tice Park or Clovis West HS.

Semifinals will be played Thursday with the championship being played Saturday at Downey Warren High School.

Division 1
Sultana at Buchanan
San Clemente at El Camino Real
Riverside King at La Costa Canyon
Rancho Buena Vista at Esperanza

Division 2
Sierra Vista at Coronado
Beckman at West Hills
Granite Hills at Clovis North
Belmont at Harvard-Westlake

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