CIF-SS East Valley championship game moved; my CIF championship game picks

If you haven’t already heard, the CIF-SS East Valley Division football championship game pitting Rim of the World and Ontario Christian on Friday night has been moved to Citrus Valley because of the threat of inclement weather at Rim.

Here are the games that include Inland Empire teams, the dates and times and my prediction. San Bernardino County teams in bold.

Friday’s Games
INLAND DIVISION
No. 2 Corona Centennial (12-1) at No. 1 Vista Murrieta (13–0), 7 p.m.
Prediction: Vista Murrieta 31, Corona Centennial 27
Storyline: Team from the I.E. advances into the state championship semifinals.
EASTERN DIVISION
No. 3 Serrano (13-0) at No. 1 Perris Citrus Hill (13-0), 7 p.m.
Predicton; Citrus Hill 35, Serrano 28
Storyline: Serrano can’t quite contain Citrus Hill’s explosive spread offense and the Diamondbacks drop to 1-3 in CIF-SS championship games
EAST VALLEY DIVISION
No. 1 Ontario Christian (13-0) vs. unseeded Rim of the World (11-2) at Citrus Valley HS, 7 p.m.
Prediction: Rim of the World 41, Ontario Christian 27
Storyline: Rim running back Jacob Taylor becomes the sixth back in U.S. history to go over 4,000 yards. He finishes with 4,077 yards and Rim continues its offensive roll. Rim’s tough league pays dividends.
Saturday’s Game
CENTRAL DIVISION
No. 3 Kaiser (12-1) at No. 4 Moreno Valley Rancho Verde (10-3), 7 p.m.
Prediction: Kaiser 15, Rancho Verde 14
Storyline: Kaiser coach Phil Zelaya decides to go for 2 late in the game rather than kick the extra point and a tie and go to overtime. He gets it and the Cats win the title.

All-Ambassador League football team

Offensive Player of the Year: Romiro Flores, Aquinas
Defensive Player of the Year: Brandon Maldonado, Ontario Christian
Coach of the Year: Chris Stevens, Ontario Christian

First Team
Craig Bruinsma Sr. Ontario Christian
Christian Dirksen Sr. Ontario Christian
Brad Gaudy Sr. Ontario Christian
Brandon Maldonado Sr. Ontario Christian
T.J. Spykstra Sr. Ontario Christian
Josh Tampio Sr. Ontario Christian
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Grand Terrace wins first-ever wrestling match

Grand Terrace High School competed in its first-ever varsity wrestling match and won in a rout on Wednesday, trouncing Rubidoux 66-18 in a nonleague contest.

All 11 matches won by the Titans were via pin or forfeit. Coach John Odenbaugh said first-year wrestlers sophomore Daniel Chavez (113), freshman Brandyn Alvarez (heavyweight) and sophomore Dominic Olmedo (145) were especially impressive each winning via pin in less than 2:30.

CIF-SS semifinal football results; Finals set

Friday’s CIF-SS semifinal results, with San Bernardino County teams in bold.

Perhaps the most surprising was the margin of the Rim victory. I predicted the Scots would win, but not by 49 points. By the way, our staff writer Ed Castro had Rim’s Jacob Taylor with 355 yards rushing and seven touchdowns, which would put him at 3,750 rushing yards and 54 touchdowns for the season in 13 games, although the official stats aren’t into maxpreps.com yet. Regardless, he is more than likely the No. 2 rusher in the nation according to maxpreps. That was his spot entering Friday’s games.

I am impressed by the quiet run Kaiser has made. The Cats were nearly forgotten after getting blown out by Summit to open league, but have come up clutch in the last few weeks in winning 7 in a row. Interesting stat: In its last 9 games (during which the Cats are 8-1), Kaiser has scored 14 points or less five times (going 4-1, including all 3 playoff games) and scored over 40 points in each of the other four games (going 4-0).

INLAND DIVISION
Vista Murrieta 34, Rancho Cucamonga 0
Corona Centennial 46, Upland 36
Final: Corona Centennial at Vista Murrieta, Friday
CENTRAL DIVISION
Moreno Valley Rancho Verde 35, Menifee Paloma Valley 28
Kaiser 13, Romoland Heritage 7
Final: Kaiser at Rancho Verde, Saturday
EASTERN DIVISION
Perris Citrus Hill 37, Hemet Tahquitz 0
Serrano 21, Carter 14
Final: Serrano at Citrus Hill, Friday
EAST VALLEY DIVISION
Ontario Christian 34, Jurupa Hills 33 (OT)
Rim of the World 69, Banning 20
Final: Ontario Christian at Rim of the World, Friday

This week’s CIF-SS semifinal football picks

I am out of town this week, but keeping close tabs on this week’s CIF-SS semifinal games, so here are my predictions for Friday’s games.

Game I’m most interested in? Banning-Rim. That’s because I was at the first matchup and Banning’s Sty Hairston and Rim’s Jacob Taylor are two dynamic runners who were nearly unstoppable in a 49-41 Banning win, combining for 800 yards by my count. Now they’re back at it at Rim. My prediction is also that the winner of that game will win the CIF title.

I’m also very interested in Carter-Serrano, obviously for a very different reason. These teams have been on a collision course since early in the season, but haven’t played. Both lost in the semifinals last year, in different divisions.

INLAND DIVISION
Vista Murrieta 42, Rancho Cucamonga 17
Corona Centennial 52, Upland 35
CENTRAL DIVISION
Rancho Verde 30, Paloma Valley 27
Heritage 24. Kaiser 21
EASTERN DIVISION
CItrus Hill 41, Tahquitz 34
Serrano 17, Carter 14
EAST VALLEY DIVISION
Ontario Christian 40, Jurupa Hills 32
Rim of the World 49, Banning 45

Los Osos comes up short in girls volleyball final

In a battle of unseeded teams, Riverside King downed Los Osos 25-19, 25-13, 22-25, 25-17 in the CIF-SS Division 2AA girls volleyball final on Saturday at Santiago Canyon College

It was the first trip to the finals for either school.

Some statistics:

King’s Kalei Greeley had 29 kills, 5 errors in 55 attempts, for a .436 hitting percentage and had 23 digs. Jessica Chase had 16 kills and Tiana Barnett had 56 assists.

Ashten Smith-Gooden led Los Osos with 15 kills and 12 digs, Ashley Kaylor and Jenna Willis had 10 kills apiece and Natalie Creekmur had 15 digs.

To show what kind of a quality match it was, Los Osos hit at a .216 clip, not a bad number. But King hit at a .319 percentage, including .484 and .522 in the first two sets, respectively.

Rim of the World girls volleyball wins CIF Division 3AA title

Rim of the World may have been nervous in the finals the last two years when the Scots lost, but this time they were calm in the face of pressure.

Top-seeded Rim captured its eighth CIF-SS title in program history and first since 2005 with a 25-17, 25-21, 25-20 victory over Los Angeles Windward on Saturday morning at Santiago Canyon College. Rim is now 8-5 in CIF-SS finals.

Rim hit  .183 for the match, but which was much better than Windward’s .051 clip. Raena Borcuk led with 13 kills, while Alyssa Ybanez had nine. Oksana Ortega was very efficient, with six kills and no errors in 10 attempts. Hailey Jones had 34 assists and nine digs.

Friday’s Prep football scores

Friday’s prep football scores. Interestingly enough, there are exactly three 28-14 scores. There were also two teams that scored at least 40 points and lost.

By the way, I will be at the Rim of the World (9 a.m.) and Los Osos (2:15) girls volleyball championship matches on Saturday and tweeting from there, www.twitter.com/PeteMarshallLaw

INLAND DIVISION
Vista Murrieta 31, Norco 16
Rancho Cucamonga 23, Charter Oak 7
Upland 28, Redlands 14
Corona Centennial 70, Murrieta Valley 35
Next week: Rancho Cucamonga at Vista Murrieta; Upland at Corona Centennial
CENTRAL DIVISION
Paloma Valley 56, Colony 14
Rancho Verde 42, Elsinore 40
Kaiser 14, Temescal Canyon 10
Heritage 35, Arlington 7
Next week: Rancho Verde at Paloma Valley; Kaiser at Heritage
EASTERN DIVISION
CItrus Hill 54, Rialto 28
Tahquitz 67, Oak Hills 56
Serrano 52, Beaumont 27
Carter 20, Ridgecrest Burroughs 3
Next week: Citrus Hill at Tahquitz; Serrano at Carter
EAST VALLEY DIVISION
Ontario Christian 28, Big Bear 14
Jurupa Hills 23, Citrus Valley 21
Banning 71, Linfield Christian 14
Rim of the World 28, St. Margaret’s 14
Next week: Ontario Christian at Jurupa Hills; Banning at Rim of the World

CIF-SS football quarterfinals predictions

OK, here we go with quarterfinals predictions. After last week, when Summit lost (among others) some of my predictions were killed. But, let’s look forward and not back, shall we?

By the way, I am scheduled to be at the Rim of the World game, so you can follow my tweets from there: twitter.com/PeteMarshallLaw.

This week’s predictions, with county teams in bold

INLAND DIVISION
Vista Murrieta 45, Norco 20
Rancho Cucamonga 24, Charter Oak 21
Upland 28, Redlands 24
Corona Centennial 48, Murrieta Valley 34
CENTRAL DIVISION
Paloma Valley 24, Colony 17
Elsinore 42, Rancho Verde 38
Kaiser 21, Temescal Canyon 17
Heritage 38, Arlington 17
EASTERN DIVISION
Citrus Hill 48, Rialto 22
Oak Hills 31, Tahquitz 27
Serrano 31, Beaumont 20
Carter 27, Ridgecrest Burroughs 10
EAST VALLEY DIVISION
Ontario Christian 41, Big Bear 27
Citrus Valley 26, Jurupa Hills 20
Banning 49, Linfield Christian 24
Rim of the World 35, St. Margaret’s 31