The honors for presumably-retired Colton football coach Harold Strauss continue to pile up, as the legendary coach will be one of six to be honored by San Bernardino County Superintendent’s Office with an Education Medal of Honor for Distinguished Service Award at a ceremony on April 26 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Victorville.
“Considering that there are 20,000 people who are probably worthy of this honor, it’s humbling to hear my name called,” Strauss said. “I was humbled when (the Colton Unified School District) nominated me and I’m humbled right now.”
Strauss is being honored for his postgraduate contributions in education and coaching at a banquet that starts at 6 p.m. The entry fee to the black-tie event – which includes a meal – is $45 and you can call (909) 386-2947 for information.
Eisenhower boys basketball player Alex Varner and former Colony boys basketball player Tyler Lamb will be honored Friday by the John R. Wooden Award Comittee, as they won the Wooden Awards for Division 2 and Division I respectively.
Varner, the D2 winner, and Lamb, the D1 winner, will be honored at a banquet at the Los Angeles Athletic Club alongside the men’s and women’s college basketball players of the year. They will also receive a plaque and $300 to go to their school’s athletic fund.
The Yucaipa High School head football coaching position, which opened up in early February when John Hallenbeck was removed, is inching closer to being filled.
Thunderbirds athletic director Mark Anderson indicated that a series of interviews will be held April 23, with a possible recommendation coming from them.
“We have been patient with the process to make sure that we get the best possible candidates,” Anderson said. “We’ll sit down April 23 and see where we are at.”
Yucaipa also is looking for a new girls basketball coach, as Anna Collins stepped down following the season. Collins, a newlywed, was teaching in Grand Terrace and the commute to Yucaipa was too much according to Anderson.
Things have been busy at Sultana High School lately, as the school recently hired longtime assistant coach Blake Robbins as head football coach to replace Zane Sweeney while seeing two-time defending CIF champion girls soccer coach Daniel Polmounter step down.
Robbins has most recently served as a defensive coordinator for the Sultans, who have a 21-game losing streak dating back to 2007. Robbins has seen success at Sultana, as he was an assistant on the 2005 Mojave River League championship team. He was hired three weeks ago according to a conversation we had yesterday.
Polmounter, fresh off a second-straight CIF-SS Division 4 title, stepped down to spend more time with his wife Stephanie and two children, 2-year old Bryant and 2-month old Camryn. Along with serving as an assistant coach on the football team and a baseball umpire, it got to be too much for the former Eisenhower kicker.
“I love coaching soccer and coaching these girls, but it didn’t leave time for my family,” Polmounter said. “I didn’t see how I could continue coaching and still be there as a husband and father. It got to be too much.”
A little outside of our coverage area, but with as much as we talk about high school athletes and football recruiting, I think this story was worth mentioning. Matt James, a highly-recruited offensive lineman from Cincinnati, Ohio who signed with Notre Dame in February, died Friday after falling off a balcony while on spring break in Panama City, FL. James was a week shy of his 18th birthday. The story on the incident can be read here.
The inaugural East/West all-star girls basketball game, to be held April 23 at 6:30 p.m. at Whittier College, has a pretty substantial local flavor, as five county players have been added to the East’s roster. San Bernardino guard Jasmine Ray, Summit guard Adrienne Thomas, Alta Loma forward Sylvia Shepherd, Colony guard Te’onna Campbell and Upland Christian forward Destinee Duncan are all scheduled to play as of now. The website highlighting the event can be accessed here.