Banner day for county wrestlers: 25 advance to state

A total of 25 wrestlers from the county placed in the top 9 in their respective weight classes at Saturday’s CIF-SS Masters Meet at Temecula Valley, qualifying them for the CIF State Championships at Bakersfield.

To give it perspective, with Masters results available on the internet going back to 2001, the most state qualifiers the county produced in any year during that time was 2007, when there were 19. So the 25 blows that out of the water.

Redlands East Valley’s Chris Mecate (135) and Sultana’s Ryan McWatters (171) were Masters champions.
A list of state qualifers by school: Oak Hills 5 (finishing second overall), Alta Loma 3, Bloomington 3, Los Osos 2, Colony 2, Chino Hills 2, Sultana 2, Redlands East Valley 1, Rim of the World 1, Cajon 1, Kaiser 1, Etiwanda 1, Hesperia 1.

Here’s a link to the complete results:

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Soward the next coach at Miller

Arroyo Valley football coach Marcus Soward will be the next head coach at Miller pending approval at Wednesday’s Fontana Unified School District board meeting, Soward said this afternoon.

“I accepted the job about a week ago,” Soward said. “I’ve always had a dream of coaching in the CBL, having gone to Eisenhower High School, and this was the right time and right opportunity to make that move. I knew I wanted to do this someday and Miller is a great place to do it at.”

Soward replaces Jeff Strycula, who was removed from his job less than 24 hours before the Rebels’ season finale with Redlands East Valley in mid-November. Soward has coached at San Bernardino and Arroyo Valley High Schools, compiling a 15-16 record during the last three seasons with the Hawks and guiding Arroyo Valley to the playoffs in 2009. He served as an assistant at Arroyo under Tony DiThomas as well. But that playoff appearance isn’t the thing that Soward is proudest of at Arroyo Valley.

“We had a team GPA of 3.29 last year,” Soward said. “I had some great kids, some hard-working kids at Arroyo Valley and I’m thankful for them. We’ll have a meeting after everything is official and I’m sure some tears will be shed, because I’ll miss those guys.”

That being said, Soward is excited about the opportunity that Miller – which made the playoffs three consecutive years before being eliminated by a coin flip this past season – presents.

“We are just looking to bring the title back west,” Soward said. “It’s been at Redlands East Valley and Redlands for too long and this is where it belongs. And I think we can do it. I was very impressed by the adminstration and there have been some great players come through here like (Green Bay Packers) linebacker Nick Barnett. I’m ready to go.”

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12 from County advance to semis, clinch spot at state

After the first day of the CIF-SS Masters Wrestling Championships at Temecula Valley, 12 wrestlers from the county have advanced to the semifinals and clinched a spot among the top six. The top 9 in each weight class advance to the CIF State Championships at Bakersfield next weekend. There are 18 others from the county alive in consolation. In each weight class, there are 12 wrestlers who make it to day 2.

County semifinalists: 103: Christian Martin (Chino Hills), 119: Timmy Maldonado (Los Osos) vs. Ray Delgado (Oak Hills), 135: Eric Dunlap (Cajon, despite finishing 5th last week), Chris Mecate (Redlands East Valley); 140: Eli Mack (Alta Loma), Seth Whisner (Rim of the World), 145: Michael Gonzalez (Sultana); 160: Jon Solano (Los Osos); 171: Robert Marchese (Oak Hills), Ryan McWatters (Sultana); 189: Anthony Flores (Kaiser).

Others still alive: 103: Anthony Roybal (Hesperia), Anthony Soto (Colony), 125: Edward Lopez (Victor Valley), Spencer Glasheen (Upland), Gilbert Gomez (Colony); 130: Michael Rodriguez (Alta Loma); 135: Jacob Leon (Alta Loma); 145: Alex Cruz (Bloomington); 152: Juan Alvarado (Bloomington); 160: Zach Vom Steeg (Oak Hills), Edward Randolph (Bloomington); 171: Brody Goens (Chino HIlls); 189: Marin Padilla (Bloomington); 215: Garrardo Aguirre (Oak Hills), J.J. Everard (Etiwanda), Rene Sanchez (Bloomington); Heavyweight: Martin Gonzalez (Montclair), Anthony Jimenez (Oak Hills).

Leading teams with wrestlers alive: Oak Hills 5, Bloomington 5, Alta Loma 3.

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Boys soccer quarterfinal matchups

No neutral sites here. To be played tomorrow.

Division 3
Corona del Mar at Santa Maria
Lompoc Cabrillo at No. 4 Paramount
Warren at Century
Fontana at Hart

Division 4
No. 1 Santa Monica at Oak Hills
Artesia at No. 4 Salesian
Ganesha at No. 3 Cathedral
No. 2 El Rancho at Crescenta Valley

Division 5
No. 1 La Canada at Carpinteria
Cajon at Oaks Christian
No. 3 Los Amigos at Baldwin Park
Amino Leadership at No. 2 Victor Valley

Division 7
No. 1 Cate at The Grove
University Prep at La Sierra Academy
No. 3 Paraclete at West Shores
No. 2 Mammoth at Kilpatrick

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Sites announced for girls basketball semifinal

Still waiting on official confirmation from the Division 6A matchup between Calvary Baptist and Redlands Adventist Academy locally, but this is what we got right now for Saturday.

Division 1A
No. 4 Rancho Cucamonga vs. No. 1 Edison at Huntington Beach HS
No. 3 Woodbridge vs. No. 2 Troy

Division 2AA
No. 6 Inglewood vs. No. 1 Rialto at Carter HS
No. 5 Canyon Country Canyon vs. No. 2 Buena

Division 6AA
Lone Pine vs. No. 1 Mesa Grande Academy at Mesa View Middle School
No. 11 LA Adventist vs. No. 2 Rio Hondo Prep

Division 6A
No. 1 Rolling Hills Prep vs. No. 4 Santa Maria Valley Christian
No. 3 Calvary Baptist vs. No. 2 Redlands Adventist

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Strauss to be honored

Colton athletic director Harold Strauss, who won 229 games in a storied high school career at Colton, Bloomington Christian and in Oregon, will be inducted into the Southern California High School Coaches Hall of Fame this weekend and honored at a banquet on Sunday.

Strauss is the second Inland Empire coaching legend to receive this honor in as many years, as former Fontana and Kaiser coach Dick Bruich received the honor last year. Bruich will be one of the keynote speakers at Sunday’s banquet.

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Girls soccer quarterfinal matchups

These will be played tomorrow.

Division 2
Corona Santiago at No. 1 Palos Verdes
Upland at No. 4 Buena
No. 3 Long Beach Wilson at Sunny Hills
No. 2 Los Osos at Newbury Park

Division 3
Flintridge Prep at No. 1 Ayala
Quartz Hill at Righetti
Garden Grove Pacifica at No. 3 Granite Hills
Serrano at No. 2 La Puente Bishop Amat

Division 4
Arlington at No. 1 Oaks Christian
Ramona Convent at Don Lugo
Chino at No. 3 Canyon Springs
No. 2 Brentwood at South Torrance

Division 5
Palm Desert at No. 1 Lancaster Desert Christian
No. 4 Lompoc Cabrillo at Woodcrest Christian
Downey at No. 3 Santa Ynez
Cajon at No. 2 La Serna

Division 7
Citrus Valley at Marshall
Desert Hot Springs at Amino Leadership
Arroyo vs. No. 3 Sierra Canyon at El Camino Real HS
Viewpoint vs. No. 2 Rim of the World at San Gorgonio HS

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Boys basketball semifinal sites announced

The neutral sites for Friday’s CIF-SS boys basketball semifinal matchups were chosen Wednesday. Summit, the No. 6 seeded team in Division 2AA, will “host” No. 2 seeded Mission Viejo at 7 p.m. at Miller High School. Redlands East Valley, the No. 5 seed in the Division 1A playoffs, will play top-seeded Los Angeles Loyola at 7 p.m. at Cal State Los Angeles while Redlands Adventist Academy, the No. 3 seed in Division 6A, will play at Boron at 2:45 p.m.

The other county boys team still alive is Etiwanda, the No. 4 seed in Division 1AA. The Eagles will play No. 1 seeded Long Beach Poly Tuesday at the Anaheim Convention Center as part of doubleheader that also involves No. 3 Corona Centennial and No. 2 Santa Ana Mater Dei.

The girls basketball neutral sites for semifinal games that will be played Saturday will be decided today.

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Girls water polo semifinal matchups

These will be played Wednesday, with finals set for Saturday at the Woollett Aquatics Center in Irvine.

Division 4
No. 3 Los Osos vs. No. 2 Dana Hills, 2:30 p.m., Woollett Aquatic Center
Upland vs. No. 1 Harvard-Westlake, 4 p.m., Woollett Aquatic Center

Division 5
No. 3 Crescenta Valley vs. No. 2 Temescal Canyon, 6 p.m., Mt. SAC, Walnut
No. 4 Bonita vs. No. 1 Redlands East Valley, 7:30 p.m., Mt. SAC

Division 7
No. 3 Cajon vs. No. 2 Santa Ana Valley, 4 p.m., Costa Mesa HS
Katella vs No. 1 Garden Grove, 5:30 p.m., Costa Mesa HS

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Girls basketball quarterfinal matchups

Catching up a bit from my days off. These games will be played tomorrow.

Division 1AA
No. 9 Corona Santiago at No. 1 Brea Olinda
No. 5 Cajon at No. 4 Canyon Springs
No. 3 Mater Dei at No. 6 Etiwanda
No. 7 Santa Monica at No. 2 Long Beach Poly

Division 1A
No. 1 Edison at Corona
No. 5 Villa Park at No. 4 Rancho Cucamonga
No. 3 Woodbridge at No. 6 Corona Centennial
No. 2 Troy at No. 7 Chino Hills

Division 2AA
No. 1 Rialto at No. 8 Norco
No. 4 Burbank Burroughs at No. 6 Inglewood
No. 5 Canyon Country Canyon at No. 3 Huntington Beach
No. 10 Murrieta Valley at No. 2 Buena

Division 6AA
No. 1 Mesa Grande Academy at No. 9 Mayfield
No. 12 Pasadena AGBU at Lone Pine
Pilgrim at No. 11 LA Adventist
No. 2 Rio Hondo Prep at No. 7 Cal Lutheran

Division 6A
No. 1 Rolling Hills Prep at Le Lycee
No. 4 Santa Maria Valley Christian at Santa Clarita Christian
No. 3 Calvary Baptist at Price
No. 2 Redlands Adventist at West Valley Christian

Division 2A
No. 1 Harvard-Westlake at No. 8 Cypress
No. 4 Indio at No. 5 Santa Barbara
No. 6 Mayfair at No. 3 Mark Keppel
No. 7 Eisenhower at No. 2 Anaheim Canyon

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