REV volleyball tournament to be played Saturday

Redlands East Valley will be hosting a one-day, eight-team volleyball tournament Saturday featuring many of the top teams in Southern California. The REV Volleyball Classic will start at 8 a.m. with two pools of four teams each. Pool number one will feature REV, the No. 2 team in the most recent Division 1-A poll, Riverside King, Temescal Canyon and Sultana. Pool No. 2 will feature Palm Springs — the No. 5 team in D2-A — Wildomar Elsinore, the No. 7 team in D2-AA, Redlands and La Quinta.

Pool play will take place in the morning, with each match being played under the best-of-3, rally-scoring format. The top two teams from each pool will be placed in the Gold Bracket, with the championship game from that bracket being played at approximately 2 p.m. The bottom two teams from each pool will be placed in the Silver Bracket.

Week 7 top 25

Well, Ohio State’s run atop the poll didn’t last long. We’ll see if the new No. 1 has a bit more staying power.

1. Oregon (2) – Not a bad bye week, as the Ducks get the top spot.
2. Boise State (4) – Broncos sitting pretty, though their strength of schedule is lowering by the week.
3. Oklahoma (6) – Sooners were the big winner, getting blowout win to earn the top spot in the BCS standings.
4. TCU (5) – Horned Frogs have only given up three points in the past three games.
5. Auburn (7) – Tigers explode for 65 to vault into top 5.
6. LSU (8) – LSU wins ugly, but it wins. Huge game at Auburn coming up.
7. Michigan State (12) – All of a sudden, the Spartans are the top dog in the Big Ten.
8. Utah (10) – Utes quietly keep rolling.
9. Alabama (11) – Tide bounce back against Mississippi, but still not clicking on all cylinders.
10. Wisconsin (18) – Badgers shoot up rankings with upset of Ohio State.
11. Ohio State (1) – I can’t in good conscience rank the Buckeyes ahead of Wisconsin, so here they are.
12. Stanford (14) – Cardinal move up while chillin’ during the bye.
13. Arizona (16) – Wildcats win, but lose quarterback Nick Foles to injury.
14. Iowa (17) – Hawkeyes win shootout at Michigan to start tough three-game stretch. Wisconsin is next.
15. Nebraska (3) – Even underachieving Texas teams figure out how to beat Nebraska.
16. Florida State (15) – Seminoles go through motions in lackluster win over BC.
17. Missouri (19) – Tigers still unscathed, but have huge test this week with Oklahoma.
18. Oklahoma State (21) – Cowboys get first real test with Nebraska coming up this week.
19. South Carolina (9) – Post-Alabama letdown results in loss to Kentucky.
20. Texas (NR) – After two-week absence, Longhorns upset Nebraska and return to poll.
21. Arkansas (13) – Razorbacks score 43 points and still lose by three touchdowns.
22. West Virginia (NR) – After toeing around the periphery of the poll, Mountaineers finally rejoin the rankings.
23. Miami (Fla) (NR) – Somewhat iffy about this pick to be quite honest.
24. Virginia Tech (NR) – Five straight wins has Hokies back in top 25.
25. USC (NR) – Blowout of Cal gets USC ranked again.

Under consideration: Kansas State, Mississippi State, Michigan

Dropped: No. 20 Nevada, No. 22 Oregon State, No. 23 Air Force, No. 24 Florida, No. 25 Michigan.

Week 7 Top 10

No. 1 was easy, but everything after it was a headache. I couldn’t justify ranking Chino Hills below REV considering they have the same record and the Huskies won the meeting between the two on the road. Not ready to move Rancho Cucamonga past Redlands yet either.

1. Kaiser (6-0)
Previous ranking: 2. Last week: def. Jurupa Valley, 55-0. Up next: Friday at Riverside Patriot (2-4).

2. Chino Hills (4-2)
Previous ranking: 1. Last week: lost to Claremont, 31-30. Up next: Friday vs. Damien (4-2).

3. Redlands East Valley (4-2)
Previous ranking: 5. Last week: def. No. 5 Redlands, 24-22. Up next: Friday vs. Eisenhower (0-6).

4. Colton (5-1)
Previous ranking: 4. Last week: def. San Bernardino, 31-0. Up next: Friday vs. Cajon (4-2).

5. Redlands (4-1-1)
Previous ranking: 3. Last week: lost to No. 3 Redlands East Valley, 24-22. Up next: Friday at Yucaipa (4-2).

6. Rancho Cucamonga (5-1)
Previous ranking: 6. Last week: def. Los Osos, 29-28 (OT). Up next: Thursday vs. Alta Loma (0-6).

7. Serrano (5-1)
Previous ranking: 7. Last week: def. Apple Valley, 41-14. Up next: Friday vs. Sultana (1-5).

8. Upland (4-2)
Previous ranking: 9. Last week: def. Alta Loma, 56-16. Up next: Friday vs. Etiwanda (3-3).

9. Chino (6-0)
Previous ranking: 10. Last week: def. Garey, 41-14. Up next: Friday vs. Colony (4-2).

10. Silverado (3-2-1)
Previous ranking: NR. Last week: def. Victor Valley, 35-20. Up next: Friday at Granite Hills (3-3).

Just missed the cut: Summit (4-1-1), Cajon (4-2), Victor Valley (5-1).

Dropped out: No. 8 Victor Valley (5-1).

Scorelist

Got back from an outstanding Smudge Pot game.

Redlands East Valley 24, Redlands 22
Yucaipa 43, Fontana 8
Miller 49, Eisenhower 0
Cajon 28, Rialto 7
Carter 64, Pacific 0
Colton 31, San Bernardino 0
Rancho Cucamonga 29, Los Osos 28 (OT)
Upland 56, Alta Loma 16
Aquinas 28, Ontario Christian 14
Linfield Christian 34, Arrowhead Christian 14
Western Christian 22, Calvary Murrieta 6
Twentynine Palms 49, Shadow Hills 14
Silverado 35, Victor Valley 20
Granite Hills 14, Barstow 0
Serrano 41, Apple Valley 14
Oak Hills 30, Sultana 6
Rim of the World 49, Citrus Valley 14
Colony 21, Chaffey 0
Ontario 31, Don Lugo 14
Claremont 31, Chino Hills 30
Charter Oak 54, Ayala 7
Kaiser 54, Jurupa Valley 0
Summit 50, Patriot 0

Week 6 picks

While there have been a couple of leagues that have already started playing, league play will really get going this week. And this is when high school football gets good. I seem to finally be getting into some sort of groove, only dropping five games this week.

Redlands at Redlands East Valley
The battle of the Smudge Pot is always a battle and will be again. Both teams are smarting a bit, Redlands from three straight losses in this rivalry and REV from two consecutive losses where it was outscored 55-17. The Terriers are fresh off a bye week and confident after going 4-0-1 against a tough nonleague schedule and look to have the mojo going in. Which is why I’m going the other way. I think REV will circle the wagons and hoist the Smudge Pot again.
Redlands East Valley 17, Redlands 14

Silverado at Victor Valley
Another crosstown rivalry that should be a doozy, as the Jackrabbits have their best chance in a decade to knock off Silverado. Victor Valley has played well in going 5-0, winning The Bell over Apple Valley for the second straight year, but they haven’t faced the schedule Silverado has to date. And the Jackrabbits don’t have a win like Silverado’s victory over Summit two weeks ago. This is when the Hawks start to turn it on and I think Silverado wins a thriller.
Silverado 30, Victor Valley 28

Rancho Cucamonga at Los Osos
This was the Grizzlies’ coming-out party a year ago, as a struggling Los Osos team shocked Rancho, starting a seven-game winning streak that didn’t end until the Grizzlies lost to Upland in the Central Division title game. Los Osos isn’t struggling this year, sporting a solid 3-2 record, but they are the underdogs to a stout Rancho team led by senior RB Sateki Finau. The Cougars have had two weeks to overcome their loss to Redlands and will prevail tomorrow.
Rancho Cucamonga 26, Los Osos 20

Aquinas at Ontario Christian
The bellwether game of the Christian League is expected to be the same in the new Ambassador League, as this holy war is always one of the must-see games in the county. Aquinas has won the last three and comes in with momentum, having won four in a row after a season-opening loss to Desert Hot Springs. The Knights, meanwhile, have struggled, losing three in a row. They’ll get back to winning, but after this week, as I’m going with the Falcons.
Aquinas 34, Ontario Christian 23

Chino Hills at Claremont
The Baseline League has gotten the hype as the toughest league west of the 15, but that title may actually go to the Sierra. And that reason is due in large part to the play of these two teams. A senior-laden Claremont squad has erupted to a 4-1 start behind QB Daniel Kessler, who has thrown for 302 yards per game. The Wolfpack haven’t faced a defense nearly as stout or as talented as Chino Hills’ though and will be slowed down enough by the Huskies.
Chino Hills 27, Claremont 17

Arroyo Valley at San Gorgonio
The Hawks have been in a holding pattern on offense this year with the travails of quarterback Michael Yearwood, who has missed all but one series due to transfer paperwork and a knee injury. The latter will have him out for this key game, putting the onus on an impressive Arroyo Valley defense to shut down a potent San G attack. The Spartans got a big win last week at Carter and are thirsting at the chance to go on a winning streak. And I think they will.
San Gorgonio 20, Arroyo Valley 14

Serrano at Apple Valley
The Diamondbacks are the king poobah of the Mojave River League and despite having issues in the passing game during the nonleague season, always seem to be ready to roll this time of the year. Apple Valley has done a good job of adjusting to its personnel, going from a power-running option attack to a more balanced attack that has featured senior WR Cavion Flournoy. Serrano has size and experience in the trenches, which will tell the tale in this one.
Serrano 28, Apple Valley 13

Chino at Garey
Two of the surprises of the Mt. Baldy League meet to see who is the most for real. The Cowboys have been devastating offensively under first-year coach Matt McCain, averaging 45 points per game. Garey will be Chino’s toughest test to date, as the Vikings possess possibly the best player in the league in senior WR Dominique Williams. But I like the groove Chino is in and look for it to continue tonight.
Chino 35, Garey 24

Bloomington at Norte Vista
This league opener, which I’ll be at in a couple hours, could eventually decide the third Sunkist League playoff spot behind Kaiser and Summit. The Bruins have already equaled their win total from last year at 3, though were defeated handily by Paloma Valley last week, while the Braves are looking to recapture the form that brought them 11 wins and a Eastern Division semifinal appearance a year ago. I look for the Braves to do that and win a crucial game.
Norte Vista 23, Bloomington 18

Desert Hot Springs at Big Bear
Saturday afternoon brings a big matchup in the mountains, as both of these teams have taken tremendous steps forward from a year ago. DSH has already knocked off some name county foes, beating Aquinas and Rim of the World, while the Bears have sparkled behind the nifty option work of junior quarterback Zak Planz. The winner here takes a huge step toward ending Twentynine Palms’ reign atop the De Anza League and its basically a coin flip. So I’ll go with the home team.
Big Bear 35, Desert Hot Springs 32

Other games of note:
Linfield Christian 38, Arrowhead Christian 9
Western Christian 20, Calvary Murrieta 10
Glendora 35, Etiwanda 30
Upland 49, Alta Loma 0
Miller 45, Eisenhower 13
Yucaipa 28, Fontana 12
Twentynine Palms 36, Shadow Hills 10
Yucca Valley 47, Desert Mirage 0
Barstow 16, Granite Hills 14
Oak Hills 30, Sultana 10
Rubidoux 42, Jurupa Hills 6
Rim of the World 35, Citrus Valley 14
Colony 42, Chaffey 10
Ontario 23, Don Lugo 21
Colton 38, San Bernardino 12
Cajon 27, Rialto 14
Carter 54, Pacific 12
Bloomington Christian 20, Fairmont Prep 10
Charter Oak 24, Ayala 17
Kaiser 59, Jurupa Valley 0
Summit 38, Patriot 16
Last week: 21-5
Overall: 128-52-3

Schedule for Coach Tony baseball tournament set

The schedule for the Coach Tony baseball tournament to be held Saturday at Redlands East Valley and Redlands High Schools has been set. The tournament is being held in remembrance of former REV freshman baseball coach Tony Hernandez, who passed away last month due to a heart attack. Hernandez has a son, Drew, who is a senior infielder on the Wildcats.

The schedule for the games at both sites is as follows. At Redlands East Valley the Wildcats will play San Gorgonio at 8 a.m., followed by a game against Chino at 10:30 a.m. Chino will then play Yucaipa at 1 p.m., with the Thunderbirds playing San Gorgonio at 6 p.m.

Redlands at Cajon will start off the RHS action at 8 a.m., with the Cowboys then playing Citrus Valley at 10:30. Redlands will play again at 1 p.m. against Rancho Cucamonga, with the Cougars playing Citrus Valley in the final game of the day at 3:30 p.m. All donations from ticket sales and concessions will go to the Coach Tony Scholarship, which REV will give out to a senior at the conclusion of every season.

Citrus Valley volleyball holding charity game

The Citrus Valley girls volleyball team will be dedicating its October 28 game against Riverside Notre Dame to breast cancer awareness as part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A baked-goods drive will be held at the game with pink t-shirts to be sold for $12 each. All proceeds from the sales will go to Susan G. Komen for The Cure.

Along with the t-shirt sales, which are expected to get a big boost from the girls tennis team, there will be a speaker at 4:30 p.m. before the game.

Bloomington Christian to be back in play

After forfeiting last Friday’s game to Anza Hamilton due to a rash of injuries, Bloomington Christian will be able to host its Homecoming game Friday against Fairmont Prep according to Ravens athletic director Brad Stott.

“We were in a tough spot with injuries and we thought the best decision would be to forfeit the Hamilton game to rest up some players and get them ready for our first league game and our Homecoming game,” Stott said. “We didn’t want to risk that game, so we decided to forfeit against Hamilton.”

Last week’s decision was a culmination of a rash of injuries that wiped out the top four running backs on the depth chart and several key players at other positions, as a roster that was already low at 25 to start the season was in the mid-teens a week ago. But the 1-4 Ravens are expecting to be ready to go come Friday.

“A lot of our injured players were a week away last week and should be good to go this week,” Stott said.

Week 6 top 25

With Alabama losing, we got a new No. 1 and a whole lot of shuffling.

1. Ohio State (2) – Buckeyes moved into top spot with rout of Indiana.
2. Oregon (3) – Ducks win ho-hum game with overmatched Washington State.
3. Nebraska (5) – Cajon/Corona Centennial product Taylor Martinez absolutely devastating at QB for Cornhuskers.
4. Boise State (4) – Broncos waste Toledo to keep rolling.
5. TCU (6) – Horned Frogs register second straight shutout.
6. Oklahoma (7) – Sooners move up during bye.
7. Auburn (9) – All of a sudden, the win over South Carolina looks pretty darn good.
8. LSU (11) – I don’t get how they do it, but the Tigers keep winning.
9. South Carolina (19) – Gamecocks make huge jump after jumping Alabama.
10. Utah (10) – It’s rough to score 68 points and not move up. Such is life.
11. Alabama (1) – Can’t justify ranking them higher, especially with Florida and Penn State tanking.
12. Michigan State (16) – Spartans make statement with lopsided win at Michigan.
13. Arkansas (12) – Razorbacks drop after narrow win over Texas A&M.
14. Stanford (13) – Jim Harbaugh and the Cardinal have USC’s number.
15. Florida State (21) – 45-17 win over Miami most impressive Seminole win in a long time.
16. Arizona (8) – Oregon State catches Wildcats napping.
17. Iowa (15) – Hawkeyes still below Arizona for now. Has a chance for quality road win this week at Michigan.
18. Wisconsin (20) – Badgers can throw Big Ten race into chaos with an upset of Ohio State this week.
19. Missouri (23) – Tigers have been extremely stifling on defense.
20. Nevada (22) – Wolfpack stay undefeated under QB Colin Kaepernick.
21. Oklahoma State (24) – Cowboys feasting on soft schedule right now.
22. Oregon State (NR) – After near-misses against TCU and Boise State, Beavers finally get the big road win they were looking for.
23. Air Force (NR) – Falcons move into poll for the first time.
24. Florida (18) – Gators are in a freefall with two straight losses.
25. Michigan (17) – Apparently Denard Robinson is human.

Under consideration: West Virginia, Miami (Fla), Virginia Tech

Dropped out: No. 14 Miami (Fla), No. 25 Kansas State