Week 3 CIF polls

(previous ranking)
1. (1) Vista Murrieta (2-0)
2. (2) Corona Centennial (2-0)
3. (3) Upland (3-0)
4. (4) Norco (2-0)
5. (5) Redlands East Valley (2-0)
6. (7) Chino Hills (2-1)
7. (8) Rancho Cucamonga (3-0)
8. (9) Charter Oak (2-1)
9. (10) Redlands (2-0-1)
10. (NR) Glendora (3-0)
Dropped out: No. 6 Temecula Chaparral (0-2)
Others receiving votes: Roosevelt (2-0), Ayala (3-0), Damien (2-0).

(previous ranking)
1. (1) Palm Springs (3-0)
2. (3) Rancho Verde (3-0)
3. (4) Riverside Arlington (2-0)
4. (6) Palm Desert (2-1)
5. (7) Rialto (2-0)
6. (2) Colton (1-1)
7. (NR) Coachella Valley (2-0)
8. (NR) La Quinta (1-1)
9. (5) La Sierra (1-1)
10. (8) Valley View (1-1)
Dropped out: No. 9 San Bernardino, (1-1), No. 10 Chaffey (1-2).
Others receiving votes: Cajon (1-1), Chino (2-0), Carter (1-0-1), San Bernardino (1-1), Chaffey (1-2).

(previous ranking)
1. (2) Summit (3-0)
2. (3) Kaiser (2-0)
3. (4) Wildomar Elsinore (3-0)
4. (1) Serrano (2-1)
5. (6) Ridgecrest Burroughs (3-0)
6. (9) Victor Valley (2-0)
7. (10) Heritage (3-0)
8. (5) Citrus Hill (2-1)
9. (NR) Bloomington (2-0)
10. (NR) Tahquitz (2-1)
Dropped out: No. 7 Oak Hills (1-1), No. 8 Temescal Canyon (1-1).
Others receiving votes: Riverside Norte Vista (1-1), Apple Valley (2-1), Silverado (0-2-1), Oak Hills (1-1), Temescal Canyon (1-1), San Jacinto (2-1).

(previous ranking)
1. (1) Sierra Canyon (2-0)
2. (2) St. Margaret’s (2-1)
3. (3) Paraclete (2-1)
4. (4) Brentwood (2-0)
5. (5) Rim of the World (1-1)
6. (6) Aquinas (2-1)
7. (7) Sage Hill (3-0)
8. (8) Twentynine Palms (1-1)
9. (9) Linfield Christian (2-1)
10. (10) Riverside Notre Dame (1-1)
Others receiving votes: Campbell Hall (1-1), Bishop Diego (2-0), Banning (1-1).

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Week 3 top 25

The Pac 10 made out like bandits this week, with Oregon, Arizona and Stanford getting sizable bumps up the food chain.

1. Alabama (1) – Tide keep rolling with rout of Duke. Arkansas looms next.
2. Ohio State (2) – Buckeyes in cruise control right now.
3. Oregon (6) – The Ducks have scored over a point per minute thus far. That’s ridiculous.
4. Nebraska (9) – The Huskers made Jake Locker, Washington look awful.
5. TCU (4) – Hard to drop after a 35-point win, but that’s what happened to the Frogs.
6. Boise State (3) – Boise has another shot to impress with Oregon State coming to town this week.
7. Texas (5) – Big win at Texas Tech, but still drop. Life’s rough near the top.
8. Oklahoma (7) – Sooners barely survive for the second time in three weeks.
9. Florida (10) – Offense still looks ugly, but defense keeps Gators in top 10.
10. Arizona (20) – Wildcats rip up Iowa to shoot into the top 10.
11. Arkansas (14) – Got a big win at Georgia this week. Can really make waves with Alabama coming to town.
12. Stanford (19) – The Cardinal put up 68 on Wake Forest. Just sick.
13. Utah (12) – Utes win by six touchdowns and still fall.
14. Wisconsin (11) – Blocked extra point allows Badgers to survive Arizona State
15. Auburn (15) – Tigers stay undefeated with OT win over Clemson
16. USC (13) – Trojans still having problems putting away teams.
17. South Carolina (16) – Gamecocks have a chance to make statement with Auburn coming up.
18. Miami (Fla) (17) – Hurricanes have sneaky-tough game against Pitt Thursday.
19. Iowa (8) – Hawkeyes tumble after falling in the desert.
20. LSU (22) – It isn’t pretty, but the Tigers keep winning with sound defense.
21. West Virginia (23) – WVU has tough road game at LSU this week.
22. Michigan (18) – Scare against FCS UMass forces the Wolverines down a few pegs.
23. Florida State (24) – Seminoles get well against BYU.
24. Oregon State (NR) – Beavers have second rough non-BCS team this month in Boise State
25. Penn State (NR) – Shutout gets Nittany Lions back in the rankings.

Under consideration: Oklahoma State, Pittsburgh, Michigan State

Dropped: No. 21 Houston, No. 25 Georgia

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Week 3 Top 10

Sun Top 10

1. Upland (3-0)
Previous ranking: 1. Last week: def. No. 7 Serrano, 14-7. Up next: Friday vs. Norco (2-0).

2. Redlands East Valley (2-0)
Previous ranking: 2. Last week: def. San Gorgonio, 35-7. Up next: Friday at Orange Lutheran (2-1).

3. Rancho Cucamonga (3-0)
Previous ranking: 5. Last week: def. San Dimas, 21-10. Up next: Friday vs. Charter Oak (2-1).

4. Chino Hills (2-1)
Previous ranking: 6. Last week: def. Rancho Santa Margarita Tesoro, 14-13. Up next: Friday vs. Pomona (3-0).

5. Kaiser (2-0)
Previous ranking: 7. Last week: def. Riverside North, 28-0. Up next: Friday vs. Cajon (1-1).

6. Colton (1-1)
Previous ranking: 3. Last week: lost to La Quinta, 14-3. Up next: Friday vs. Bloomington (2-0).

7. Serrano (2-1)
Previous ranking: 4. Last week: lost to No. 1 Upland, 14-7. Up next: Friday at Palmdale Highland (0-2).

8. Summit (2-0-1)
Previous ranking: 8. Last week: def. Fontana, 51-7. Up next: Oct. 1 vs. Silverado (0-2-1).

9. Redlands (2-0-1)
Previous ranking: 9. Last week: def. Los Osos, 27-20 (3OT). Up next: Friday at Carlsbad La Costa Canyon (2-1).

10. Victor Valley (2-0)
Previous ranking: NR. Last week: def. Hesperia, 42-20. Up next: Friday at Apple Valley (2-1).

Just missed the cut: Ayala (3-0), Los Osos (2-1), Cajon (1-1).

Dropped out: No. 10 Los Osos (2-1).

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Roenicke gets gold in Turkey

Los Osos graduate Tara Roenicke, along with partner Summer Ross, took home the gold medal at the Under-21 Beach Volleyball World Championships earlier today in Alanya, Turkey. The duo took out the Italian team of Marta Menegatti and Viktoria Orsi Toth in three games – 19-21, 26-24 and 15-13 – in a 74-minute match to win the title.

The gold marks the second for Roenicke in international play, as she combined with Ross to win the gold for the United States at the Australian Olympic Youth Festival in January 2009. The article highlighting her most recent achievement can be read here.

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Week 2 scorelist

Just got back from Redlands’ triple-overtime win over Los Osos. Hence the lateness. And congratulations to Jurupa Hills for the school’s first-ever victory.

Redlands 27, Los Osos 20 (3OT)
Upland 14, Serrano 7
Rancho Cucamonga 21, San Dimas 0
Kaiser 28, Riverside North 0
Miller 10, Arroyo Valley 0
Summit 51, Fontana 7
Chino Hills 14, Tesoro 13
Apple Valley 24, Granite Hills 7
Ayala 63, Alta Loma 26
Bloomington 40, Eisenhower 6
Jurupa Hills 34, Silver Valley 28
Palm Desert 70, San Bernardino 12
La Quinta 14, Colton 3
Paraclete 29, Barstow 6
Silverado 13, Carter 13
Shadow Hills 14, Citrus Valley 13
Rubidoux 27, Pacific 6
Rim of the World 27, Jurupa Valley 21
Victor Valley 42, Hesperia 20
Norco 49, Etiwanda 35
Rialto 28, Oak Hills 14
Yucca Valley 35, Sultana 17
Damien 35, Chaffey 0
Diamond Bar 24, Don Lugo 17
Aquinas 27, Mary Star of the Sea 24
Rancho Verde 48, Yucaipa 14
Bloomington Christian 16, Calvary Chapel Murrieta 6

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Week 2 predictions

I did better last week than in Week 0, but I’m still only batting at a 2 out of 3 clip. And this isn’t baseball, so that isn’t good.

Serrano at Upland
The game of the week, which will be covered by Louis Brewster. Clay Fowler and I were nice to let Lou have this game, because it should be a doozy. The Upland offense looked really good last week against Tustin and will be a challenge for the Serrano D, while running back Taylor Ruize is running wild for Serrano. The Diamondbacks have played Upland tough in the past and will play them tough again, but I gotta stick with the old No. 1 here.
Upland 24, Serrano 19

Los Osos at Redlands
Another entertaining nonleague tilt for Baseline League fans. The Grizzlies have looked good in wins over Colony and Riverside North, while Redlands has scuffled a bit in beating Great Oak and tying a shorthanded Summit team. I have to believe the Terriers will be a little more focused in this game. A win at Los Osos jumpstarted things for Redlands this year and I expect that pattern to hold true again.
Redlands 20, Los Osos 14

San Gorgonio at Redlands East Valley
This is where I’m headed in about an hour, as the Spartans and Wildcats resume their battle for Highland and other unincorporated town. Lost in REV’s 56-10 beatdown of San G last year was the fact that the game was actually close, 14-10, for much of the first half. San G also played Rancho Verde tough last week and is improving, but they have a while to get on REV’s level.
Redlands East Valley 28, San Gorgonio 9

Arroyo Valley at Miller
While neither of these teams has a win, both have looked good in spurts. It’s still unknown whether Arroyo Valley QB Michael Yearwood will have his paperwork done in time for him to be cleared to play, but even with Yearwood, the Hawks will have a tough time against a Miller team that was very tough against Miller and Carson. Picking the Rebels to break through here.
Miller 28, Arroyo Valley 17

Colton at La Quinta
As far as coaching debuts go, it doesn’t get much better than what Rick Bray did last weekend at Chaffey, as he led the Yellowjackets to a 55-8 victory. La Quinta will be a tougher test than the Tigers were, but this Colton team has the look of something special. The Yellowjackets traditionally play well in the Low Desert and there’s nothing out there to suggest they won’t tomorrow.
Colton 30, La Quinta 16

Kaiser at Riverside North
There aren’t many programs in this area that can claim superiority over the Cats, who are consistently in the hunt. However, they are playing one of them. North has had Kaiser’s number, winning six times over the Cats in the last four years. Usually I hate to bet against streaks but I have a good feeling about this Kaiser group. I’m expecting the streak to end in a doozy.
Kaiser 20, North 18

Rancho Cucamonga at San Dimas
The Cougars love the road apparently, as this is their third road trip in as many weeks. Rancho has looked great in its first two, winning decisively against Silverado and Great Oak and should be battle-tested enough to handle the Saints. San Dimas is a defending CIF champion, but the disparity in CIF divisions will be evident here.
Rancho Cucamonga 38, San Dimas 16

Granite Hills at Apple Valley
The Cougars put this crosstown rivalry on its ear last year, defeating Apple Valley in a thriller. After a win against Hesperia last week, a repeat of that victory could have Granite off and running and a threat in a wide-open Desert Sky League. A young Apple Valley team will be made well aware of its loss last year and will get revenge for it in another classic.
Apple Valley 24, Granite Hills 21

Silverado at Carter
The first two weeks haven’t gone well for the Hawks, as they’ve been outscored 64-17. Of course, playing Rancho Cucamonga and Serrano will tend to make you look worse than you are. Carter rolled in its opener, clocking Alta Loma 51-7, but Silverado is a much tougher animal. And I expect the Hawks to be clicking a lot better offensively this week.
Silverado 24, Carter 18

Rancho Santa Margarita Tesoro at Chino Hills
The highly-regarded Huskies had a pretty big hiccup last week, losing 24-12 to a good-but-not-great Santiago team. Now they’ll have their hands full with a Tesoro team that’s one of the toughest in Southern California. This would be a big win for Chino Hills, but I don’t think it has the guns to stick with Tesoro.
Tesoro 27, Chino Hills 14.

Other games of note:

Colony 20, Los Angeles Garfield 16
Ayala 34, Alta Loma 3
Chino 23, Oak Park 20
Aquinas 21, San Pedro Mary Star of the Sea 14
Bloomington 31, Eisenhower 14
Bloomington Christian 22, Calvary Murrieta 15
Damien 20, Chaffey 14
Don Lugo 24, Diamond Bar 17
Victor Valley 41, Hesperia 13
Citrus Valley 55, Indio Shadow Hills 6
La Puente Nogales 28, Ontario 12
Santa Ana Saddleback 19, Montclair 12
Norco 43, Etiwanda 20
Rubidoux 24, Pacific 22
Palm Desert 38, San Bernardino 19
Paraclete 26, Barstow 14
Oak Hills 30, Rialto 10
Rim of the World 42, Jurupa Valley 14
Silver Valley 20, Jurupa Hills 6
Sultana 24, Yucca Valley 13
Summit 43, Fontana 15
Bishop 24, Western Christian 10
Moreno Valley Rancho Verde 27, Yucaipa 13
Big Bear 36, Arrowhead Christian 12

Last week: 24-10-1
Overall: 36-19-2

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Cal, Oregon standing out for Ekpre-Olomu

According to an article by the University of California-Berkeley’s Rivals.com site, highly-touted Chino Hills defensive back Ifo Ekpre-Olomu has declared Cal and Oregon as his top two.

Ekpre-Olomu, a two-time All-Sun (All-Inland Valley) first-team selection, is the No. 155 ranked player in the country according to Rivals.com and the No. 19 player in the state of California. He is also ranked as the No. 14 player in the state. He told the site that he was planning on officially visiting Oregon this upcoming weekend while scheduling a visit to Cal sometime during the next month. He also indicated that he’d like to have a decision made before the playoffs start in mid-November.

“Hopefully before playoffs start, so I can get it out of the way,” Ekpre-Olomu said in the article. “But, hopefully before that.”

The article can be accessed here with a Rivals subscription.

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Hawaiian summer vacation has REV volleyball pumped

The Redlands East Valley volleyball team used some frequent flyer miles this summer to get their team ready for its quest for a fourth straight CIF championship, participating in a tournament in Hawaii to go along with various tournaments in Southern California.

The Wildcats flew out to the islands for a week, taking in the sights and enjoying the life as a tourist. They also honed their game, winning the tournament to cap off an ideal summer vacation and set the tone for another title defense.

“We got to bond as a team, win a tournament and got to go to the beach every day,” junior middle blocker Alyssa Mason said. “It doesn’t get much better than that.”

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44th annual Riverside Poly tournament begins Thursday

The 44th annual Riverside Poly Boys Water Polo tournament starts today and runs through Saturday at seven different venues — Arroyo Valley, Corona Santiago, Corona Roosevelt, Jurupa Valley, Riverside Arlington and Riverside King High Schools as well as Sippy Woodhead Pool at Riverside Poly. The tournament, which features 60 teams throughout Southern California, will be played through Saturday, with pool play Thursday and Friday and the championship match to be held at 2 p.m. at Sippy Woodhead Pool.

County teams participating in the tournament and theare Los Osos (Woodhead), Redlands and Upland (Roosevelt), Yucaipa and Arroyo Valley (Arroyo Valley), Cajon, Alta Loma and San Gorgonio (Arlington) and Pacific, Rancho Cucamonga, Summit, Colony and Citrus Valley (Jurupa Valley).

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