Boys basketball playoff pairings

The highest county seed is actually Redlands Adventist Academy, which is the No. 3 seed in Division 6-AA. Etiwanda is the leader of the bigger schools, grabbing the No. 4 seed in Division 1-AA, three spots ahead of two-time D2-A champion Eisenhower.

Division 1-AA
First Round (Wednesday)
Corona Santiago at No. 1 Long Beach Poly
No. 16 Los Osos at Knight
No. 10 Roosevelt at Perris
Redlands at No. 8 Montebello
Corona at No. 5 Murrieta Valley
Oxnard at No. 12 Valencia
Leuzinger at No. 13 Chino Hills
Long Beach Wilson at No. 4 Etiwanda
Great Oak at No. 3 Corona Centennial
Lynwood at No. 14 Los Alamitos
Santa Monica at No. 11 Upland
Trabuco Hills at No. 6 Pasadena
Chaparral at No. 7 Eisenhower
Lakewood at No. 9 Thousand Oaks
Bell Gardens at No. 15 Rancho Verde
Rancho Cucamonga at No. 2 Mater Dei

Division 1-A
First Round (Wednesday)
No. 1 Loyola, bye
Arcadia at No. 16 Highland
Rialto at No. 9 Montclair
Santa Fe at No. 8 El Toro
Dana Hills at No. 5 Redlands East Valley
Diamond Bar at No. 12 Cajon
No. 13 Fountain Valley at California
No. 4 Downey, bye
West Covina at No. 3 Capistrano Valley
No. 14 San Clemente at El Rancho
No. 11 Vista Murrieta at Palmdale
No. 6 Silverado, bye
Quartz Hill at No. 7 Crescenta Valley
No. 10 Tesoro at Walnut
No. 15 Warren at Arroyo Valley
No. 2 Aliso Niguel, bye

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Girls water polo pairings

The basketball ones are being released as we speak. While those slowly are released, here are the girls water polo matchups. Redlands East Valley is the local highlight, grabbing the No. 1 seed in Division 5.

Division 5
Wild Card (to be played Tuesday)
A: Burbank Burroughs at Perris

First Round (Wednesday)
Wild Card A at No. 1 Redlands East Valley
Glendale at La Sierra
Elsinore at Pasadena
Jurupa Valley at No. 4 Bonita
Yucaipa at No. 3 Crescenta Valley
Walnut at Arlington
Redlands at Los Altos
Burbank at No. 2 Temescal Canyon
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Miller’s Stewart to sign with USC

Miller sprinter Davonte Stewart will sign a letter of intent to run at USC at Friday at noon at Miller High School after committing to the Trojans last week according to Miller athletic director John Romagnoli. Stewart burst onto the scene during the track postseason last spring, winning both the 100 and 200-meter dashes at the CIF-SS championships and finishing second at the state meet in the 200.

Miller also saw quarterback Eric Shufford sign with Weber State last week. Shufford ran and passed for over 1,000 yards this past season in helping the Rebels tie for second place in the Citrus Belt League.

Torres resigns at Pacific

After three years at Pacific High School, Oscar Torres resigned in December from his position as Pirates head football coach. As has been the case with other Pirate coaches during the past decade, Torres wasn’t able to win many games, compiling a 2-28 record, including an 0-10 mark this past season.

“I got burned out from all of the outside factors that came with being the coach,” said Torres, who will remain at the school as a physical education teacher. “The fundraising, the grade checks, the raising money for equipment because the school couldn’t afford it, it just took a toll and it burned me out.”

Losing also burned out Torres, whose two victories came in 2008 against San Bernardino and 2009 against Citrus Valley. Establishing an infrastructure at a program that’s starved for success was more than Torres could handle.

“I felt like I was banging my head against the wall, that I was in a dark tunnel with no light at the end,” Torres said. “Changing the perception here was a full-time job and I gave as much as I was able to give and wasn’t seeing the results.”

Torres will take a break from coaching to spend time with his 5-year old son.

San Bernardino boys basketball wins first league title since ’93

San Bernardino High School boys basketball coach Darin Graham gives his team the night of and the morning after a big win to celebrate. After Monday’s 79-73 victory over Cajon clinched the Cardinals’ first league championship in 18 years, Graham will give his players the afternoon to celebrate as well.

“In one word, the feeling is great,” Graham said. “This was a long time coming and the mood around campus is something I haven’t seen here in a while. Students, teachers, administrators, everyone is happy and school spirit is as high as it has been in years.”

That school spirit contributed to an electric atmosphere at Cardinal City Arena Monday night, as famed alumni such as Mark Seay and Jack Brown were among the fans attending. Recent Cardinal alumni spearheaded the Gatorade bath of Graham after the victory and helped lead the throng of fans who rushed the floor to celebrate the historic win.

“Everyone who has been in this program can share in this victory,” Graham said. “Cajon has dominated across the board for a long time and for us to get this victory meant so much, from our current players to our former players. They all were a part of what led up to this.”

After losing to the Cardinals 83-57 at Cajon Jan. 19 for their first loss to San Bernardino in 18 years, Cajon came out playing well, leading for most of the first two quarter and only being down 33-32 at halftime. But a 22-13 Cardinal spurt in the third quarter led by seniors Choncey White, who ended with 23 points, and Jeremiah Tardy, who had 17 on the game, gave San Bernardino wiggle room and eventually got the party started.

“We were 12-0 coming in, they were 11-1,” Graham said. “I told our guys that they weren’t going to back down and let us have this, that we had to take it. That’s exactly what we did.”

Two Los Osos water polo players sign with Air Force

While football got almost all of the National Signing Day coverage Wednesday, Los Osos had two water polo players – Dominic Vicino and Matt Wong – sign letters of intent to the Air Force Academy. Wong and Vicino were key components in Los Osos’ CIF championship team as sophomores in 2008, along with their CIF finalist team in 2009 and this year’s team, which lost in the semifinals. Vicino was the MVP of the Southern California High School All-Star game this past season as well.

Wong (left) and Vicino (right) are pictured below along with Los Osos baseball player Cody Rogina, who signed with UC Riverside.

Signing Day Breakdown

Before we get into this, here’s a picture of Los Osos wide receiver Paul Pitts, who was one of three county players to sign with San Diego State today. The picture was submitted by his parents.

Number of signees by high school:

1 tie) Colton 3, Kaiser 3, 3 tie) Chino 2, Chino Hills 2, Etiwanda 2, Redlands 2, Upland 2, 8 tie) Los Osos 1, Redlands East Valley 1, San Gorgonio 1, Summit 1.

Kind of a down year as far as numbers, as REV – which is good for 3 guys a year – only sent Josh Armstrong to FCS Sacramento State. As you would guess, the more successful schools sent the most guys on, as every school with multiple signees went to the playoffs with all but Redlands making it to the second round. The top two schools, Colton and Kaiser, were extremely successful, with the Cats going 12-1 and the Yellowjackets winning the CIF-SS Central Division number.

Crazily enough, the JCs were fruitful this year, with Chaffey sending three to BCS schools and Victor Valley sending 1.

Number of signees by college.

1) Oregon 4 2) San Diego State 3 3 tie) Nebraska 2, Portland State 2, Sacramento State 2, UC Davis 2 7 tie) Boise State 1, Hawaii 1, Montana 1, Nevada 1, San Jose State 1, Texas A&M 1, USC 1, Utah 1, Washington State 1.

Two of the more successful programs of late built on their successes this year, as Oregon and San Diego State have each combined to sign seven county kids over the last two recruiting cycles. The Ducks were especially effective, grabbing the top two kids in the area in Summit’s Devon Blackmon and Chino Hills’ Ifo Ekpre-Olomu along with Colton’s Rodney Hardrick and Etiwanda’s Jamal Prater.

With Oregon’s surge came the fall from the two LA powers, as UCLA was shutout after cleaning up in 2009 and USC only got Chaffey College’s Dallas Kelley this year after grabbing three players last year. And it wasn’t for lack of trying, as both schools were after Blackmon and USC made a last-ditch effort to get Chino’s Quinton Pedroza, who signed with Utah after decommitting from Arizona State this morning.

San Diego State has been a force in the IE under Brady Hoke and kept San Gorgonio’s Paul Rodriguez, Redlands’ Jordan Smith and Pitts (pictured above) despite Hoke going to Michigan. It will be interesting to see if Rocky Long can keep up Hoke’s momentum, or if the Wolverines start becoming a factor in Southern California again.

Updated signing list

Along with the list below, here are a couple pictures of some signings, the first being San Gorgonio offensive lineman Paul Rodriguez to San Diego State. Ajzhana Cordova and Summer Mathews contributed the photo.

And here are Kaiser players (from left) Dennis Taylor, Walter Earnest and Desman Carter, who signed this morning with Portland State, UC Davis and Nevada, respectively. Kaiser coach Phil Zelaya is in the background.

And the rest of the list.

Promise Amadi, WR, Chino — Hawaii
Josh Armstrong, DB, Redlands East Valley — Sacramento State (FCS)
Devon Blackmon, WR, Summit — Oregon
Desman Carter, DB, Kaiser — Nevada
Joseph Carter, DE, Chaffey College — Nebraska
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, DB, Chino Hills — Oregon
Walter Earnest, DE, Kaiser — UC Davis (FCS)
Tyler Ervin, RB/DB, Colton — San Jose State
Johntel Franklin, DB, Victor Valley College — Texas A&M
Rodney Hardrick, LB, Colton — Oregon
Nate Harris, DB, Chino Hills — Montana (FCS)
Dallas Kelley, LB, Chaffey College — USC
Marcus Mason, RB, Etiwanda — Washington State
Justin Nunes, QB, Upland — UC Davis (FCS)
Quinton Pedroza, WR, Chino — Utah
Paul Pitts, WR, Los Osos — San Diego State
Jamal Prater, OL, Etiwanda — Oregon
Paul Rodriguez, OL, San Gorgonio — San Diego State
John Siliga, DL, Redlands — Portland State (FCS)
Jordan Smith, OL, Redlands — San Diego State
Daimion Stafford, DB, Chaffey College — Nebraska
Dennis Taylor, LB, Kaiser — Portland State (FCS)
John Taylor, OL/DL, Colton — Sacramento State (FCS)
Jake Van Ginkel, K, Upland — Boise State