Rodriguez commits to San Diego State

San Gorgonio offensive lineman/defensive lineman Paul Rodriguez verbally committed to San Diego State a couple of weeks ago according to San Gorgonio football coach Ron Gueringer. Rodriguez, a 6-foot-6, 240-pound senior, chose the Aztecs over offers from Washington State and Colorado State.

“He’s the first of hopefully many kids that we send off to Division I colleges,” Gueringer said. “I’m proud of him and what he did for this program. I know the San Diego State coaches came down a few weeks back to see him play and loved him. They had a great season and it’s a great place for Paul to go.”

Rodriguez starred on both offense and defense for the Spartans, who went 7-5 this season and finished second in the San Andreas League. San G advanced to the Central Division quarterfinals, where it was ousted by top-seeded Moreno Valley Rancho Verde. Gueringer thinks the Aztecs will use Rodriguez on the offensive line.

“That’s where I would guess,” Gueringer said. “He has a lot of potential with his frame to be a very good offensive lineman and I think he’s an all-area guy at that position.”

Girls basketball heating up

It didn’t take long for the girls basketball season to get going, as two tournaments – Rialto’s “Jam the Gym” and the Big Daddy Tournament, tipped off today.

Both tournaments will have their championship games Saturday, with the Jam the Gym title game being played at 6:30 p.m. at Rialto High School while the Big Daddy Gold Division championship game will be played at 6 p.m. at Notre Dame High School in Riverside. Joining Rialto in the Jam the Gym are Palm Springs, Upland, Ayala, Serrano, Fontana, Corona Centennial, Chino Hills, Victor Valley, Riverside North, Patriot and Ganesha High Schools.

The Big Daddy Tournament is a 18-team tournament with a Gold Division and a Green Division. The Gold will feature Cajon, Eisenhower, Lake Elsinore Lakeside, Moreno Valley, Temecula Valley, Vista Murrieta, Riverside Arlington, Redlands, Sultana and Riverside Poly. The Green Division will have Riverside Ramona, Banning, Corona, Mesa Grande Academy, Notre Dame, Norte Vista, Aquinas and Colton High Schools. Aquinas, Moreno Valley and Notre Dame will all host the tournament.

Also on the horizon is the Arroyo Valley Tournament, which will be held Dec. 6-10 at Arroyo Valley and Pacific High Schools. Teams involved in the tournament, which is straight bracket format, are Valley View, San Bernardino, Riverside Poly, Oak Hills, San Gorgonio, Rim of the World, Pacific, Patriot, Cajon, Kaiser, Fontana, Corona, Bloomington, Redlands, Arroyo Valley and Rubidoux. The title game will be held at Arroyo Valley at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 10.

Week 13 top 25

Boise State falls from the ranks of the unbeaten, allowing TCU a chance to sneak into the title game.

1. Oregon (1) – The Civil War stands in the way of the Ducks’ first national-title appearance.
2. Auburn (2) – Tigers overcome 24-point deficit against Bama to stay undefeated.
3. TCU (4) – Horned Frogs end season unbeaten, now just wait.
4. Wisconsin (5) – Badgers put up 70 to seal Rose Bowl berth.
5. Stanford (7) – Cardinal could bust into BCS after third shutout of the season.
6. Ohio State (8) – Buckeyes beat Michigan for seventh straight year, looking at another BCS berth.
7. Michigan State (10) – Spartans win 11th game, but likely to be shut out of BCS.
8. Arkansas (12) – Big win over LSU made the Razorbacks some serious money.
9. Boise State (3) – Two late missed field goals doom Broncos in loss to Nevada.
10. Nebraska (14) – Huskers beat Colorado to set up matchup with Oklahoma in Big 12 title game.
11. Oklahoma (17) – Win over Oklahoma State gives Sooners Big 12 South.
12. LSU (6) – Tigers lose at Arkansas and likely lose BCS berth in the process.
13. Missouri (13) – Mizzou beats Kansas to seal 10-win season.
14. Nevada (18) – Nevada takes control of WAC with upset win over Boise.
15. Virginia Tech (15) – Va. Tech wins 10th in a row to set up ACC title matchup with Florida State.
16. Oklahoma State (9) – Big plays doom Cowboys to 8th straight loss to Oklahoma.
17. Alabama (11) – Tide cursing the name of Cam Newton after blowing 24-0 lead.
18. Texas A&M (16) – Aggies beat Texas, but fall six spots. Life is rough sometimes.
19. South Carolina (19) – Have a chance to be TCU’s best friend by beating Auburn in the SEC title game.
20. Florida State (22) – Seminoles break six-game losing streak to Florida and move into ACC title game.
21. Northern Illinois (20) – Win over Miami (Ohio) would seal MAC title for Huskies.
22. Utah (24) – Utes pull one out of the fire in Holy War win over BYU.
23. Mississippi State (NR) – 8-4 best Bulldog record in a decade.
24. West Virginia (NR) – Slaughter of Pitt puts Mountaineers back in rankings.
25. Hawaii (NR) – Warriors only team to beat Nevada, which became a lot more impressive after this week.

Under consideration: Central Florida, Maryland, Navy

Dropped out: No. 21 N.C. State, No. 23 Arizona, No. 25 Iowa