Ambassador League honors announced for football

Aquinas High School running back Branden Rankins has rushed for more than 2,000 yards this season. The Falcons face St. Anthony for the CIF Division 10 title on Saturday. , is featured at Aquinas High School football stadium in San Bernardino, Calif. on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. (Photo by/The Sun, SCNG)

Offensive Player of Year: Branden Rankins, Jr., Aquinas
Defensive Player of Year: Dylan Petti, Sr., Notre Dame
Co-Coaches of Year: Jordan Brusig, Aquinas; Matt Hoesktra, Ontario Chr.
Sportsmanship Award: Western Christian

First team offense
OL: Ben Coleman, Soph., Linfield Christian
OL: Dylan Petti, Sr., Notre Dame
OL: Stewart Van Dam, Sr., Arrowhead Christian
OL: Zyon Mathis, Soph., Aquinas
OL: Brad Whitworth, Soph., Linfield Christian
QB: Niles Harrell, Sr., Notre Dame
RB: Ian Zamudio, St., Notre Dame
RB: Branden Rankins, Jr., Aquinas
WR: Savai’l Cravens, Sr., Linfield Christian
WR: Jared Baytosh, Jr., Notre Dame
UT: Joshka Gustav, Jr., Aquinas
K: Salieu Ceesay, Jr., Aquinas

First team defense
DL: Clayton Dahl, Sr., Ontario Christian
DL: Dylan Petti, Sr., Notre Dame
DL: Joshka Gustav, Jr., Aquinas
DL: Ben Coleman, Soph., Linfield Christian
LB: William Barbato,Sr., Linfield Christian
LB: Anthony Solis,Jr., Notre Dame
LB: Sean Yost, Sr., Arrowhead Christian
DB: Simeon Burns, Sr., Linfield Christian
DB: Nick Manuel, Sr., Arrowhead Christian
DB: Nick Baytosh, Sr., Notre Dame
DB: Savai’l Cravens, Sr., Linfield Christian
P: Brad Slayman, Jr., Arrowhead Christian

Second team offense
OL: Nathan Abelon, Sr., Arrowhead Christian
OL: Jasper Frils, Jr., Aquinas
OL: Zeke Zaragoza, Jr., Ontario Christian
OL: Henry Mitchell, Sr., Notre Dame
OL: Ethan Wattler, Jr., Notre Dame
QB: Kevin Jack, Jr., Ontario Christian
RB: John Henry, Sr., Linfield Christian
RB: Blake Biby, Sr., Ontario Christian
WR: DJ Botello, Sr., Arrowhead Christian
WR: Ian Ulloa, Sr., Ontario Christian
UT: Simeon Burns, Sr., Linfield Christian

Second team defense
DL: Joey Benson, Jr., Ontario Christian
DL: Stewart Van Dam, Sr., Arrowhead Christian
DL: Travion Brown, Soph., Linfield Christian
DL: Michael Hotetz, Soph., Aquinas
LB: Ruben Fabian, Jr., Aquinas
LB: Ryan Simpson, Sr., Notre Dame
LB: Andrew Kelstrom, Soph., Aquinas
DB: Ian Zamudio, Sr., Notre Dame
DB: John Henry, Sr., Linfield Christian
DB: Carson Kidd, Sr., Arrowhead Christian
DB: DJ Botello, Sr., Arrowhead Christian

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Ambassador League honors out in girls volleyball

Player of Year: Tesa Oaks, Sr., Woodcrest Christian
Coach of Year: Teri James, Woodcrest, Gina Smith, Notre Dame
Sportsmanship Award: Ontario Christian

First team
Tia Charina, Soph., Aquinas
Katie Greer, Soph., Woodcrest Christian
Morgan Hall, Jr., Loma Linda Academy
Bre Hood, Sr., Woodcrest Christian
Annaka Jorgenson, Soph., Ontario Christian
Ali Lewis, Sr., Western Christian
Nicole Qui, Jr., Notre Dame
Ashlynn Ritter, Sr., Ontario Christian
Braelynn Wakefield, Jr., Linfield Christian
Demari Webb, Jr., Loma Linda Academy
Emily White, Jr., Woodcrest Christian
Kristen Williams, Sr., Notre Dame
Trinity Wyscarver, Jr., Notre Dame

Second team
Raimi Albee, Soph., Woodcrest Christian
Selena Balderas, Fr., Ontario Christian
Rachel Enriquez, Sr., Ontario Christian
Gabby Gobaton, Jr., Aquinas
Natalie Grover, Jr., Woodcrest Christian
Hannah McKee, Jr., Loma Linda Academy
Kailee Rohmer, Jr., Loma Linda Academy
Devin Siverston, Fr., Linfield Christian
Jasmin Suarez, Jr., Notre Dame
Hannah Thalmayer, Sr., Arrowhead Christian

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CIF State regional Bowl prediction

OK, I went 2-1 last week, correctly picking the Aquinas and San Gorgonio games, and missing the Silverado game.
So, for the season, I’m 191-75-1 picking winners, with 8 margins exactly right and 1 score exactly right.
As for the state bowl game, my prediction is: San Gorgonio 21, Valley View 17
I think the San G defense will again play well and no last-minute San G heroics will be necessary.

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Wrap-up of San Gorgonio’s first CIF-SS football title

Above are 4th quarter and OT highlights of San Gorgonio’s first CIF-SS football championship. The Spartans also made the finals in 1989, before losing to Fontana at Anaheim Stadium.
San Gorgonio turned the ball over 4 times (one interception, three fumbles), but Norte Vista turned it over 5 times (one interception, four fumbles), including a huge one in OT.
San G trailed 21-13 after Norte Vista scored with 3:18 left.
It looked like another Spartan drive would be derailed by a turnover or penalty when holding on the first play negated a long pass play, making it first and 20. But on second and 17, a pass interference call made it a much more manageable second and 2. A 15-yard facemask penalty also aided the drive which was completed without the Spartans facing a single third down.

Box score
SAN GORGONIO 27, NORTE VISTA 21 (OT)
Norte Vista 0 7 0 14 0 — 21
San Gorgonio 7 0 6 8 6 — 27
First quarter
SG-Xzavier Leslie 1 run (kick) 8:31
Second Quarter
NV-Eric Melesio 11 run (Alberto Aguliara kick) 5:46
Third quarter
SG-Tyreque Jones 27 pass from Kaleb Hayes (kick blocked) :49.6
Fourth quarter
NV-Melesio 15 run (Aguliara kick) 11:51
NV-Melesio 1 run (Aguliara kick) 3:18
SG-Hayes 12 run (Hayes run) 1:11
Overtime
SG-Leslie 2 run (no kick)

Rushing
Norte Vista: Eric Melesio 54-259, Adam Garcia 2-29, Isaiah Hughes 3-12, Martin Solano 4-9, Omar Godoy 2-5. San Gorgonio: Kaleb Hayes 20-131, Xzavier Leslie 9-49, Dezhon Williams 3-(minus 2), Tyreque Jones 2-(minus 3).
Passing: Norte Vista: Isaiah Hughes 0-1-1 0. San Gorgonio: Kaleb Hayes 8-13-1 135.
Receiving: Norte Vista: none. San Gorgonio: Larenzo McMillan 3-64, Tyreque Jones 2-39, Jerome Weber 1-26, Perrion Ofori 1-3, Dezhon Williams 1-13.
I may have missed a few, but I had Norte Vista with 8 penalties for 94 yards. San Gorgonio 14 for 99.

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CIF-SS championship game predictions

So, after going 6-6 picking winners for the CIF-SS quarterfinals, I had a much better semifinal round. I went 6-1. The only game I got wrong was Aquinas. Of course, it took an incredible rally by Aquinas to force overtime and then win.
For the season, I am 189-74-1. I have 8 margins exactly right and 1 score exactly right. I’m not rooting for teams to win or lose. But if I’m always picking local teams to win, I lose credibility as an unbiased observer.
One interesting note:
Silverado’s opponent, Cerritos Valley Christian and Aquinas’ opponent, Long Beach St. Anthony, played each other in a nonleague game Week 5. Valley Christian, playing at home, won 46-35.

Division 7 (Friday)
San Gorgonio 29, Norte Vista 28
(With chance to tie and go to OT, San G coach Ron Gueringer goes for 2 and gets the win)

Division 9 (Saturday)
Silverado 38, Cerritos Valley Christian 35
(Valley Christian comeback bid comes up short)

Division 10 (Saturday)
St. Anthony 42, Aquinas 35
(In a back-and-forth game, St. Anthony scores winning touchdown in final 3 minutes)

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CIF-SS semifinal football picks

I had a brutal quarterfinals picking winners. Worst of the season. I went just 6-6 picking winners. For the season, I’m 183-73-1, I have 8 margins exactly right and 1 score exactly right.

Feeling less confident than ever. Here are my semifinal picks:

Division 1
Mater Dei 42, Rancho Cucamonga 35
Division 7
San Gorgonio 21, Golden Valley 19
Division 8
Burbank 35, Don Lugo 33
Division 9
Silverado 42, Antelope Valley 40
Division 10
Leuzinger 24, Aquinas 21
Division 11
Quartz Hill 28, Twentynine Palms 20

8-man Division 2
Joshua Springs 42, Lancaster Baptist 16

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CIF-SS quarterfinal football scores, semifinals schedule

Here are San Bernardino County CIF-SS quarterfinal football scores. The county took a beating this week, to be sure.

Division 1
Rancho Cucamonga 42, Mission Viejo 26
Next: Rancho Cucamonga at Mater Dei at TBA
Division 2
La Habra 31, Redlands East Valley 21
Division 4
Corona del Mar 49, Colony 48
Lompoc 46, Etiwanda 0
Division 5
Roosevelt 56, Redlands 42
Division 6
Lawndale 38, Summit 14
Paraclete 30, Yucaipa 17
Division 7
San Gorgonio 41, Tustin 18
Next: San Gorgonio at Golden Valley at TBA
Division 8
Don Lugo 35, Temescal Canyon 10
Next: Don Lugo vs. Burbank at Burbank Burroughs HS
Division 9
Silverado 46, La Salle 41
Next: Antelope Valley at Silverado
Division 10
Aquinas 49, Pasadena Poly 0
Next: Aquinas at Leuzinger
Division 11
Twentynine Palms 26, Katella 7
Next: Quartz Hill vs. Twentynine Palms at Twentynine Palms JHS
Division 12
St. Genevieve 31, Pacific 21

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