Bray out as Colton football coach

In possibly the most surprising phone call I have received in my four-plus years of covering sports for the Sun, Colton football coach Rick Bray has indicated that he will not be the Colton High School football coach for the 2011 season after the Colton Joint Unified School District’s school board decided to fly the position outside of the district at last night’s meeting.

“I applied for the job, as I have to do every year, and the school board last night decided to fly the job outside of the district,” Bray said. “I’m tired of the fighting and the lack of loyalty and I just don’t want to have to deal with it any longer.”

Being a campus security officer instead of a certificated teacher, Bray knew he had to reapply for the job every year due to the Rialto Rule, which states that an open position must be flown to certificated teachers within the school district before they can hire teachers or other personnel from outside of it. Bray knew that coming in, but didn’t expect the district to open up the job after no other in-district teacher applied and after the Yellowjackets won their first CIF-SS title since 1978.

“I understand that this was going to a yearly thing, having to reapply, because I am not a teacher, but once I saw that no teachers within the school district applied, I felt I was Ok,” Bray said. “It’s definitely a shock right now and I have a good idea of where it’s coming from, but I don’t want to name names.

“As loyal as myself and my staff have been, having the team in good academic standing, getting four kids scholarships to college, not to mention winning a championship, this is all a slap in the face. I’m done – they can find somebody else because apparently my staff and I didn’t do everything they wanted.

“Right now it’s more anger than anything else. It’s my way of letting people know that I’m tired of the fighting. I had to apply three separate times for this position last year because they kept adopting new rules. I’m tired of fighting it. We worked our butts off, our kids have worked their butts off in the classroom and on the field and our parents have been great. I thought we did the right thing, but I guess it wasn’t good enough.”

Having been born and raised in Colton and been an assistant for the Yellowjackets from 1985-2009 – minus a four-year hiatus – before taking the head coaching job from Harold Strauss, Bray is admittedly devastated with today’s news and can’t imagine the possiblity of going to coach for another school.

“I’m a Colton guy and I love this job,” Bray said. “I was born and raised here and have been coaching at Colton since 1985. I don’t want to go anywhere else.”

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County teams dot final Calhisports girls basketball top 25

20 percent of the teams ranked in the top 25 of the Calhisports girls basketball top 25 are from the county, led by San Andreas League co-champion Cajon’s No. 9 mark. Other teams to be ranked include fellow SAL co-champion Rialto at No. 15. The Knights also won the CIF-SS Division 2AA title and made it to the CIF-State Division II championship game before losing to Stockton St. Mary’s. Baseline League champ Etiwanda clocked in at No. 17, with Rancho Cucamonga and Summit notching rankings of No. 24 and 25, respectively.

Here’s the final rankings.

1. Mater Dei
2. Stockton St. Mary’s
3. Brea Olinda
4. Long Beach Poly
5. Berkeley
6. Canyon Springs
7. Windward
8. Concord Carondelet
9. Cajon
10. La Jolla Country Day
11. Berkeley St. Mary’s
12. Narbonne
13. Edison
14. Troy
15. Rialto
16. Corona Santiago
17. Etiwanda
18. Santa Maria St. Joseph
19. Santa Monica
20. San Ramon Dougherty Valley
21. Oakland Bishop O’Dowd
22. Loomis Del Oro
23. Sacramento St. Francis
24. Rancho Cucamonga
25. Summit

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Girls all-star basketball game rosters set

The rosters for the 31st Annual Inland Empire Senior Showcase girls basketball game, set for April 22 at 6 p.m. at Cajon High School, were released earlier this week. Colony High School dominates the San Bernardino roster, with three Titans — Devin Hudson, Candice Mathis and Brianna Jones — on the roster. Colony coach Fonda Wilson will coach the San Bernardino all-stars, which also features Josel Wing (Rim of the World), Jen Dupper (Mesa Grande Academy), Sheyenne Williams (Los Osos), Shylynn Trone (San Bernardino), Tabitha Vigen (Yucca Valley), Marlena Hill (Yucaipa), Shannon Moore (Cajon), Crystal Cleveland (Arroyo Valley), Jashae Lee (Sultana) and Rikki Frohmader (Redlands).

The Riverside all-stars will be coached by Canyon Springs’ Gail Hale, with two Canyon Springs players — Teara Laudermill and Sophie Laudermill — joining her. The rest of the Riverside roster includes Michia Boyd (Vista del Lago), Jade Khuri (Santiago), Shaneika Puryear (Poly), Tyler Woods (Centennial), Karina Hernandez (Patriot), Olivia Rodriquez (Desert Mirage), Amber Wharton (Murrieta Valley), Eboni Jacobs (Citrus Hill), Jamila Williams (Valley View), Deja Watkins (North), Tarea Cunnigan (Chaparral), Cwynnci Lobaugh (Norco) and Bree Madory (Notre Dame). Admission to the game is $5.

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County wrestlers excel at Nationals

Five county wrestlers excelled at the NHSCA Wrestling Nationals last weekend. Leading the way was Oak Hills 171-pounder Robert Marchese, who finished second in the junior division. Redlands East Valley senior Chris Mecate, the state champions in the 135-pound division, finished in third in the senior division at nationals, losing in the semifinals to eventual champion Terrel Wilbourn of St. Charles, Mo. 6-4. Mecate defeated Bakersfield’s Timmy Box — who he defeated in the state semifinals — 7-4 in the third-place match.

Oak Hills had two other wrestlers place in their respective divisions, with Ray Delgado placing fifth at 112 pounds in the senior division and Justin Gilliam placing third in the heavyweight division in the freshman division. Rim of the World junior Christian Smith also finished sixth in the junior division.

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