Rubio resigns at Barstow

Barstow annouced the resignation of Jose Rubio Monday. Rubio, the Aztecs’ coach the last three seasons, led Barstow to the CIF-SS Eastern Division championship game in 2008 and to the playoffs in 2009 before a 1-9 record this past season.

“I’m spending more time with family — it’s as simple as that,” Rubio said. “I have five kids, with the oldest 14 and the youngest 3, and my wife needs help.”

Rubio was best known for the 2008 run, as the Aztecs went 10-4 and advanced to the Eastern Division final before losing a classic 31-27 battle with Perris Citrus Hill on a windy, frigid night. Rubio ended his three-year reign with a 19-17 record.

“It was just time,” Rubio said. “Football is such a time commitment and I can’t do anything halfway. I am going to wait until some of my children are old enough to do their own thing and until the younger ones realize why Daddy is gone. But until then I’m not coaching.”

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Alta Loma hires Szczepanski as football coach

Alta Loma has hired former Bloomington Christian coach Joe Szczepanski as its next football coach according to an e-mail I received Monday afternoon from Alta Loma principal James Cronin. Szczepanski, who was the head man at Bloomington Christian the last three seasons and the defensive coordinator at Alta Loma from 2004-07, replaces Jose Fuentes, who resigned after losing all 20 games that he coached the last two seasons.

Szczepanski, who teaches at Alta Loma, compiled a 13-18 record in his three seasons at Bloomington Christian, taking the Ravens to the playoffs in 2009. Alta Loma made the playoffs in three of his four seasons as an assistant, as the Braves lost in the first round of the playoffs in 2004, 2005, and 2006.

“I’m happy to be back here,” Szczepanski said. “It was tough to teach here at Alta Loma and travel to Bloomington Christian to coach, so I’m looking forward to being on campus with these kids and really getting things started. There’s a buzz around campus and I want to take advantage of it.”

Szczepanski has a formidable task in front of him, as the Braves have a 24-game losing streak dating to 2007 and play in a brutal Baseline League. But the coach, who was also an assistant at Etiwanda and Montclair, is eager to begin the task at hand.

“We know we have a tough job, but we feel that we can pull it off,” the 42-year old Szczepanski said. “I believe in being aggressive and that’s exactly how we are going to approach this.”

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Ervin picking up offers

After a banner postseason in which he ran for nearly 800 yards and eight touchdowns en route to helping his team to a CIF-SS Central Division title, Colton running back/defensive back Tyler getting more attention on the recruiting trail.

Ervin, a first-team all-Sun utility player, has recently picked up offers from Wyoming and San Jose State to go along with previous offers from Nevada and Utah State. Ervin has a couple of official visits planned, as he’s heading to Nevada on Jan. 14 and Utah State on Jan. 21.

“Everyone is even right now,” Ervin said. “I’ll know some more after I take some visits and see what everyone has to offer.”

Ervin is also talking to UCLA and Arizona State, although neither school has offered. He indicated that those schools would vault to the top with an offer.

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Hanson, Chatwood stop by REV

The Redlands East Valley Winter Baseball Camp got a couple of high-profile alumni visitors Wednesday, as Atlanta Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson and Angels pitching prospect Tyler Chatwood dropped by the camp for a question and answer session with the 8-14 year old campers.

Hanson, a 2004 graduate, and Chatwood, who graduated in 2008, answered questions and signed autographs for the 146 campers in attendance — a 50-person upgrade from the year before according to REV baseball coach James Cordes.

“It was a great event and the kids were thrilled to see Tommy and Tyler,” Cordes said. “Any time you can get successful alumni like that to come back and help out its a great thing. I thought it was a big success.”

The day camp, and the celebrity appearances, aren’t over at REV. Today’s installment of the two-day camp will feature former major league player and Angels broadcaster Rex Hudler. Hudler will give a speech to the campers around 11:30 a.m. today.

“The kids don’t know Rex as much for being a player because he played in a different generation, but he’s one of the best speakers out there,” Cordes said. “I’m very interested in hearing what he has to say.”

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Riverside all-star roster

And here is the Riverside team.

1 Joey Legere Roosevelt RB 5-6 188 Undecided
2 Jaquan Austin Arlington LB 6-1 200 Undecided
3 Derrick Brown Vista Murrieta QB 6-3 235 Utah
4 Barrinton Collins Centennial RB 5-9 190 Undecided
5 Charles Carlisle West Valley WR 6-2 190 Undecided
6 Greg Henderson Norco DB 5-10 180 Undecided
7 Tanner Henry Corona WR/DB 6-2 175 Boise St.
8 Marquis Starks Corona QB 6-1 190 Undecided
9 Brad Purdie Temescal Canyon DL 6-0 185 Nevada
10 Rudy Arguelles Norco OLB 5-11 210 RCC
11 DeVante Wilson Corona DL 6-4 235 USC
12 Nnamdi Agude Santiago WR 6-2 175 New Mexico St.
16 Paxton Luke Riverside Poly K 6-2 205 Air Force
19 Trey Manhert Santiago WR 5- 8 150 Undecided
21 Torrey Green Rubidoux SS 6-1 190 Undecided
22 Superiorr Reid Arlington RB 6-1 195 Undecided
23 Todd Handley King RB 5-9 175 Idaho
24 Donovan Adams Heritage DB 5-8 160 Undecided
25 Doug Elliott Norco DB 6-0 185 Undecided
28 Montay Price Lake Elsinore DB 5-7 185 Undecided
30 Alex Garcia Arlington DB 5-9 170 Undecided
32 Deji Olajide Centennial WR 5-8 165 Undecided
34 Chance Baker Norco LB 6-1 210 Undecided
42 Andrew Lewis Roosevelt LB 6-2 230 Undecided
47 John Tulisiak North DL 6-2 225 Penn
50 Daniel Fusi Corona OL 5-10 280 Undecided
52 Ryan Thayer Norco C 6-2 250 Undecided
53 Nick Murray Corona C 6-1 230 Undecided
55 Chris Czarnecki Murrieta Valley LB 6-2 218 Undecided
56 Jonathan Sanchez Vista Murrieta DL 6-4 240 San Diego St.
57 Jacob Seydeo Arlington OL 6-5 250 Undecided
63 Matthew Jones Chaparral DL 6-5 290 Undecided
65 Jacob Olsson Centennial OL 6-2 270 Undecided
66 Justin Rivera Roosevelt OL 6-2 240 Undecided
71 Justin Cho Roosevelt OL 6-0 245 UC Irvine
74 Anthony Gordon Beaumont OL 6-2 278 San Jose St.
75 Zac Dembrowski Elsinore DL 6-1 245 W. New Mexico
76 Dustin Le Notre Dame OL 6-3 280 Undecided
85 Robert Savoy Roosevelt WR 6-3 190 Undecided
87 David Irving San Jacinto DL 6-7 230 Iowa St.
88 Eric Finney Centennial WR 6-0 185 Undecided
97 Matt Villapudua Roosevelt DL 6-2 205 Undecided

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San Bernardino all-star roster

Up to date rosters for the San Bernardino all-star football team for the 26th Annual Inland Empire Classic to be held Saturday at 7 p.m. at Corona High School

1 Edward Torruella Etiwanda WR 6-0 180 Undecided
2 Dylan Malone Yucaipa RB 5-10 180 Undecided
3 Paul Pitts Los Osos WR 6-0 180 San Diego State
4 Jameel Erving Summit OLB 6- 1 180 Undecided
5 Thomas Carter Cajon QB 5-11 180 Undecided
6 Donovan Harden R.Cucamonga WR 6-0 170 Undecided
7 Jake Van Ginkel Upland K 6-0 175 Undecided
8 Dwayne Brown Kaiser WR 5-9 160 Undecided
9 Ethan Hillyer Serrano OLB 6-3 205 Undecided
10 Tyler Ervin Colton SS 5-10 175 Undecided
11 Eric Shufford Miller FS 6-0 175 Undecided
12 Devon Blackmon Summit WR 6-1 185 Undecided
13 Taylor Ruize Serrano RB 6-0 185 Chadron State
15 Sateki Finau R.Cucamong RB 5-10 190 Undecided
16 Juwan Dotson Miller WR
19 Kadyn Glass Redlands WR 5-9 150 Undecided
22 Cortland Fort Etiwanda DB 6-0 170 Undecided
23 Kendall Chambliss Miller SS 5-6 160 Undecided
27 Josh Armstrong REV DB 6-0 180 Undecided
32 Tavion Smith Carter DB 5-8 175 Undecided
36 Kiki Kauvaka R.Cucamonga LB
35 Marcus Mason Etiwanda RB 5-8 175 Fresno State
47 Devan Hussey Colton ILB 5-10 195 Undecided
50 Walter Earnest Kaiser DE 6-2 240 Undecided
51 Greg Sherwood Los Osos OLB 6-1 205 Undecided
52 Christian Castellan Miller LS 6-0 210 Undecided
53 Alex Markarian Ayala TE 6-3 228 Undecided
54 Hector Sotelo Serrano DE 6-2 220 Evangel
55 Jamal Wilson Miller ILB 6-1 225 Undecided
56 Jordan Smith Redlands OL 6-5 260 San Diego State
58 Jimmy Musgrave Silverado ILB 6-1 220 Fresno State
60 Zachary Relyea Miller DL
66 Zach Martinez REV OL 6-4 242 Undecided
67 Matthew Ceja Summit DL 5-11 235 Undecided
68 Sekona Fonua R.Cucamonga OL 6-0 330 Undecided
69 Paul Rodriguez San Gorgonio OL 6-7 245 San Diego State
71 Gary Dixon Summit OL 6-3 280 Undecided
72 Jordan Becar Cajon OL 6-3 265 Undecided
76 John Taylor Colton DL 6-3 240 Undecided
78 Tyler Kiest Yucaipa OL 6-2 255 Undecided
96 John Siliga Redlands DL 6-0 275 Undecided
99 Xavier Evans Kaiser DL 5-11 275 Undecided

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All-Sun football team

I know this was released in the paper Christmas Day, but for whatever reason it wasn’t placed online. So here is the all-Sun football team.

MVP – Thomas Carter, QB, Sr., Cajon
Carter was an unstoppable force in Cajon’s undefeated San Andreas League championship season, throwing for 2,121 yards and 25 touchdowns while running for another 709 yards and six TDs. SAL offensive MVP.

Coach of the Year – Rick Bray, Colton
The longtime Colton assistant took advantage of being the head man, leading the Yellowjackets to an 11-3 record and their first CIF-SS championship since 1978 with a 17-7 upset victory over top-seeded Moreno Valley Rancho Verde in the CIF-SS Central Division title game.

First Team

QB – Larry Cutbirth, Jr., Etiwanda
Cutbirth was the triggerman for an explosive Eagles offense, throwing for 2,996 yards and 32 touchodowns and completing 66.7 percent of his passes (234 for 350) while running for another three TDs.

RB – Sateki Finau, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
The Baseline League’s offensive MVP served as a workhorse in the Cougars’ run to the Inland Division semifinals, running 319 times for 2,058 yards and 24 TDs and scoring another three TDs on 13 receptions.

RB – Burrell Handy, Jr, Aquinas
Handy showed a nose for the end zone in leading the Falcons to a fourth straight league title, rushing for 1,377 yards and 22 touchdowns and also intercepting three passes on defense.

RB – Taylor Ruize, Sr., Serrano
Ruize ran for 1,955 yards and 24 touchdowns on 264 carries to become the Mojave River League’s offensive MVP and help Serrano to the Eastern Division semifinals. Also recorded 79 tackles and four interceptions defensively.

WR – Donovan Harden, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
Harden was a potent deep threat for the Baseline League champions, catching 60 passes for 1,135 yards and 15 touchdowns and rushing for another 60 yards.

WR – Quentin Pedroza, Sr., Chino
Pedroza was the deep threat in an explosive Cowboys offense, hauling in 54 passes for 1,078 yards and 16 touchdowns. Pedroza also picked off four passes on defense and averaged 31.9 yards per kickoff return.

TE – Rodney Hardrick, Sr., Colton
Hardrick, who has verbally committed to Oregon, was a two-way threat for the CIF champion Yellowjackets, catching 41 passes for 908 yards and 10 TDs and acculumating 98 tackles, six sacks and four forced fumbles.

OL – Jordan Becar, Sr., Cajon
The 6-foot-2, 265-pound captain was the leader of an offensive line that paved the way for 35.8 points per game en route to an undefeated San Andreas League title.

OL – Gary Dixon, Sr., Summit
The 6-5, 280-pound Dixon was a force on both lines for the SkyHawks in their run to the Eastern Division championship game, helping Summit average 33.8 points per game.

OL – Nick LeFay, Sr., Kaiser
The 6-0, 245-pound LeFay was the leader of a physical Kaiser offensive line that led the Cats to an undefeated Sunkist League title and 38.3 points per game.

OL – Paul Rodriguez, Sr., San Gorgonio
The 6-6, 240-pound Rodriguez, who has verbally committed to San Diego State, starred on both sides of the ball in helping lead the Spartans to a second-place finish in the SAL.

OL – Jordan Smith, Sr., Redlands
The 6-5, 255-pound Smith, who also has verbally committed to San Diego State, was the anchor of a Terriers line that paved the way for 176 yards rushing and 24.3 points per game.

Utility – Jimmy Awolesi, Sr., Kaiser
The explosive Awolesi was Kaiser’s big-play threat on both sides of the ball, rushing for 842 yards and 15 touchdowns en route to Sunkist League Offensive MVP honors and intercepting three passes, one of which he returned for a TD.

K – Neil Franklin, Sr., Apple Valley
Franklin showed off a booming leg in his first year of varsity football, making 7 of 11 field goals, including a 55-yarder, along with 29 extra points and 18 touchbacks on kickoffs.


DL – Xavier Evans, Sr., Kaiser
Evans was a key component on a bruising Kaiser defense that allowed only 91 points in 13 games, compiling 72 tackles and nine sacks for the undefeated Sunkist League champions.

DL – Ethan Hillyer, Sr., Serrano
Hillyer was an elite two-way performer for the Diamondbacks, racking up 107 tackles and four interceptions to earn the Mojave River League’s defensive MVP. Also had 21 receptions for 344 yard and three touchdowns.

DL – Auston Johnson, Sr., Chino Hills
Johnson was unstoppable for the Sierra League-champion Huskies, as his 21 sacks were good for sixth in the state. Johnson, the Sierra League MVP, also had 81 tackles and six forced fumbles.

DL – Devon Lewis, Sr., Redlands East Valley
Lewis was a terror at nose tackle for the undefeated Citrus Belt League champions, registering 48 tackles, four forced fumbles and a sack. The first-team all-CBL selection also played fullback, rushing for three touchdowns.

LB – Devan Hussey, Sr., Colton
Hussey was the San Andreas League’s Defensive MVP for the second straight year, registering 129 tackles and 16 sacks. Hussey also picked off two passes and had 530 yards and 11 touchdowns rushing.

LB – Tevita Kauvaka, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
Kauvaka was a rock in the middle of a tough Cougars defense, racking up 78 tackles and a sack and forcing a fumble from the Baseline League champions. Named the Baseline League defensive MVP.

LB – Dennis Taylor, Sr., Kaiser
Taylor was a force at linebacker for a 12-1 Kaiser team, leading the Cats with 98 tackles and intercepting a pass and recovering four fumbles. Was named the Sunkist League’s co-Defensive MVP.

LB – Jamal Wilson, Sr., Miller
Wilson was a force for the Rebels in both run support and pass pressure, leading Miller with 119 tackles and recording six sacks and two forced fumbles. Wilson also caught a touchdown pass.

DB – Donte Deayon, Jr., Summit
Deayon became one of the top lockdown cornerbacks in the area this season, intercepting 10 passes en route to being named the Sunkist League’s co-Defensive MVP. Also caught 38 passes for 524 yards and five TDs while rushing for 294 yards and two more scores.

DB – Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Sr., Chino Hills
Ekpre-Olomu, who verbally committed to Oregon, was all over the place for the Huskies in winning the Sierra League MVP. He had 71 tackles and two interceptions on defense, rushed for 797 yards and eight TDs while catching 30 passes for 385 yards and four TDs.

DB – Damontae Kazee, Jr., Cajon
Kazee showed a nose for the ball for the San Andreas League-champion Cowboys, intercepting five passes and recovering four fumbles and compiling 37 tackles. Kazee also caught 32 passes for 670 yards and returned two kickoffs for touchdowns.

DB – Hastens Roberts, Sr., Colton
Roberts was a ballhawk for the CIF champion Yellowjackets, intercepting eight passes and compiling 56 tackles defensively. He also caught 24 passes for 457 yards and four touchdowns.

Utility – Tyler Ervin, Sr, Colton
Ervin was a two-way force in the playoffs to help lead Colton to the Central Division title. He ran for 1,436 yards and 13 TDs on 243 carries and had 20 catches and a TD receiving. He also had 34 tackles and three interceptions on defense.

P – Jake Van Ginkel, Sr., Upland
Van Ginkel was a powerful weapon for the Highlanders’ special teams, averaging 37 yards per punt and recording 47 touchbacks on kickoffs along with 14 field goals and 45 extra points.

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