With Summit trailing by 14 points in the first half on Saturday night in the CIFState Division I Southern California Regional second round game against Corona Santiago, I had a feeling the SkyHawks would make a run.
After all, they had held a second-half lead against Santiago in their meeting earlier this season before falling in the championship game of the Ayala Best of the West Tournament, 76-69.
They weren’t going to get blown out, but as is the question often with comebacks, will the comeback take too much out of a team?
As it turns out, no.
It’s the dreaded 4-5 matchup, the one that messes up many a NCAA men’s basketball pool and both Summit and Etiwanda hope to pull the minor upset on Saturday.
Both the Summit girls and Etiwanda boys are seeded fifth in the Division I South Regional, and are playing at the No. 4 seeded team in the second round on Saturday. Summit is at Corona Santiago, while Etiwanda is at Los Angeles Loyola.
I realize I probably haven’t mentioned all of these on this blog, so here are the changes announced this week in area football coaches
Marcos Fino takes over at Bloomington, replacing Tommy Conner, who stepped down after the season. Fino had been an assistant at Bloomington. He had also been an assistant at one point at Yucaipa, where he graduated from.
From Staff Writer Clay Fowler:
After winning a CIF championship at Summit High School last season, head coach Tony Barile accepted the head football coaching position at Eastvale Roosevelt High School on Sunday. Barile, who has coached Summit from the program’s inception in 2006, led the SkyHawks to the CIF-SS Eastern Division championship in December, the school’s first CIF title of any kind.
Oak Hills senior Robert Marchese captured his third state medal — and first state championship — with a 3-1 overtime victory over Dakota Gordon of Clovis in the 195-pound final at the CIF State Championships in Bakersfield. It was also the first state champion ever for Oak Hills.
Oak Hills senior Robert Marchese will be in the 195-pound finals tonight (Saturday) at the CIF State Wrestling Championships in Bakersfield, leading the way among five placers from San Bernardino County at state.
Jacob Leon, Sr., Alta Loma (138), 3rd, highest placement in school history and first state placer from the school in seven years.
Christian Martin, Sr., Chino Hills (113),7th
Brody Goens, Sr., Chino Hills (182), 5th, they are the first two state placers in school history.
Corey Griego, So., Sultana (152), 5th. 2nd sophomore state placer in school history
San Bernardino County will produce 5 state placers this year at the CIF State Wrestling Championships, led by undefeated Oak Hills senior Robert Marchese, who advanced to Saturday night’s finals with a 4-3 win in the semifinals.
A total of 11 San Bernardino County wrestlers made it to day 2, with 9 needing to win their first match Saturday to clinch a spot in the top eight. Three of them did exactly that: Alta Loma senior Jacob Leon (138), Chino Hills senior Brody Goens (182) and Chino Hills senior Christian Martin (113) all earned a spot in the top eight. Goens and Martin are the first placers ever from the school and Leon is the first from Alta Loma since 2005. Sultana sophomore Corey Griego had already clinched a spot in the top 6 by advancing to the semifinals, but he lost in the semifinals to defending state champion Isaiah Martinez of Lemoore when he was pinned with 20 seconds remaining.
Etiwanda seniors J.J. Everard (220) and Larry Cutbirth (182), Los Osos seniors Timmy Maldonado (132) and Jon Solano (170), Bloomington sophomore Derrick Jones (220) and Sultana junior Matt Williams (160) all lost their first matches Saturday and were eliminated.
After Day 1 of the CIF State Wrestling Championships in Bakersfield, Sultana sophomore Corey Griego (152) and Oak Hills senior Robert Marchese (195) are in the semifinals, with nine others still alive in consolation.
Here’s a look at the county qualifiers. Those alive in consolation will need to win their first match Saturday to clinch a spot in the top eight.
At Day 1 of the CIF State Championships in Bakersfield San Bernardino County advanced 7 to the quarterfinals. The quarterfinals will wrestle tonight (Friday). By advancing to the semifinals, they clinch a spot in the top six.
Christian Martin, Chino Hills (113)
Jacob Leon, Alta Loma (138)
Corey Griego, Sultana (152)
Matt Williams, Sultana (160)
Jon Solano, Los Osos (170)
Brody Goens, Chino Hills (182)
Robert Marchese, Oak Hills (195)
Several others are still alive. Will update after quarterfinals tonight.
Here’s a glance at San Bernardino County wrestlers at the CIF State Championships that begin Friday in Bakersfield. Check back here for updates on county wrestlers on Friday and Saturday.
Rankings by TheCaliforniaWrestler.com and first matchups listed
Best first match: Christian Martin, Chino HIlls (113)
Best chance to place for someone ranked outside the top 8: No. 15 Larry Cutbirth, Etiwanda (182)
Chance to make history: Timmy Maldonado, Los Osos, could face three-time state champion Alex Cisneros of Selma in 3rd round
Highest ranked: No. 1 Robert Marchese, Oak Hills (195)
Toughest first match: Bryan Garcia, Arroyo Valley (160), Zach Williams, Sultana (220), Derrick Jones, Bloomington (220)