Another pretty good week for me picking games last week, going 26-5, bringing my season record to 131-39, with three margins exactly right. I didn’t pick Thursday’s games, but here’s what I think will happen tonight
CITRUS BELT LEAGUE
Cajon 42, Citrus Valley 14
Miller 28, Eisenhower 26
Redlands East Valley 42, Redlands 21
Carter 21, Yucaipa 14
DE ANZA LEAGUE
Desert Hot Springs 30, Yucca Valley 14
Saddleback 28, Aquinas 20
Arlington 21, Grand Terrace 17
Damien 28, Ayala 22
Rim of the World 28, Barstow 21
Pacific 30, Bloomington 22
Chino 35, Rowland 14
Mammoth 21, Excelsior 18
Montclair 35, Hacienda Heights Wilson 33
Heritage Christian 28, Adelanto 12
Los Osos 34, Silverado 21
Colton 21, Moreno Valley 19
Colony 31, Riverside Poly 27
San Bernardino 49, Indian Springs 14
Norco 38, Serrano 35
Silver Valley 42, Frazier Mountain 7
Twentynine Palms 28, Granite Hills 14
Ganesha 41, Western Christian 27
DE ANZA LEAGUE
Rancho Mirage 35, Big Bear 21
Lancaster Desert Christian 27, Riverside Prep 23
Cajon’s Kayla Washington
Cajon High senior basketball player Kayla Washington wanted to make her verbal commitment before the season began, but she was waiting for what she felt was the right offer.
On Sunday, she got it. And on Monday night, she made the commitment, giving a verbal commitment to Washington State.
“When I talked to them, their style of play, was just perfect for me,” she said. “Their coaching staff, I felt real comfortable with.”
Washington, a 6-foot forward who was The Sun’s Player of the Year last year after averaging 28.1 points and 16.1 rebounds per game for the Cowgirls, said the leading candidate until last weekend was Grand Canyon University, a school that recently became Division I.
She said one of the things she liked about Washington State is that they see her as a combination small forward/power forward while other schools wanted her to be a guard.
“They (Washington State) liked the way I play. Most wanted to change me into a guard,” she said. “And they (Washington State) told me they didn’t have a player like me on their team.”
Washington said her father told her that Cajon’s team during last weekend’s West Coast Premier Fall Showcase tournament at Chaffey College might be a good chance to get an offer. He was right, and Washington State offered her a scholarship after seeing her play for the first time.
“I was definitely discouraged (by the number of offers),” she said. “I felt like it was my last shot.”
Washington isn’t concerned that she’s leaving Southern California., and is in fact glad to leave the area, but at the same time, stay on the west coast.
“My family can still make some of the games, and 14 of the games are on TV,” she said.
Washington said she wants “to get in the best shape I’ve ever been in and keep working on my guard game.”
Washington, who said she had other offers that included Long Beach State, Weber State, Eastern Washington, George Washington, Seattle, Arkansas and Kansas State, plans to make a trip to Washington State in October and sign her National Letter of Intent during the early signing period in November.
I had a great week last week, going 27-5, and I got 1 margin exactly right, picking Apple Valley to beat Victor Valley by 7. I missed the Arrowhead Christian, Fontana-Miller, Granite Hills, Oak Hills-Etiwanda, and Yucca Valley games. So after going 2-0 on Thursday, my season record is 107-34 with 3 margins exactly right.
CITRUS BELT LEAGUE
Cajon 42, Eisenhower 6
REV 38, Carter 21
Citrus Valley 24, Miller 14
Redlands 28, Yucaipa 27
DE ANZA LEAGUE
Big Bear 35, Yucca Valley 28
Twentynine Palms 35, Rancho Mirage 21
Kaiser 35, APple Valley 14
Aquinas 42, Calipatria 20
St. Margaret’s 56, ACA 28
Barstow 42, Burroughs 28
Chino 35, Don Lugo 28
Chino Hills 42, Downey 35
Alta Loma 17, Grand Terrace 14
Heritage 35, Etiwanda 31
Granite Hills 35, Indian Springs 27
Murrieta Mesa 42, Jurupa Hills 14
Rancho Cucamonga 35, La Serna 31
Upland 56, Washington 7
Norte Vista 42, Fontana 14
Oak Hills 21, San Gorgonio 14
Patriot 28, Bloomington 6
Ramona 35, Arroyo Valley 7
Valley View 21, Rialto 14
Arlington 28, Rim of the World 21
San Jacinto 35, Pacific 14
Summit 35, Elsinore 7
Sultana 21, Victor Valley 17
The CIF-Southern Section has announced its “Champions for Character” Award winners, which will be presented with their awards on Sept. 28 and includes several San Bernardino County winners.
Marie Abe, North Torrance
Cristian Ayala, Oxnard Pacifica
Emily Bacon, Newport Harbor
Tayler Bennett, St. Anthony
Madeline Coppersmith, Mayfield
Logan Dreese Heritage
Tyler Gerrard, Lakeside
Emma Hovanec, Westridge
Lucky Jordan, Barstow
Jack Koulos, Long Beach Wilson
Elisa Pierre, Golden Valley
Emma Reed, Aliso Niguel
Seve Rodriguez, La Canada
Allison Samp, Academy of Academic Excellence
Destiny Tellez, Azusa
Kelle Bond, Volleyball, Capistrano Valley Christian
Aaron Flowers, Football, San Juan Hills
Andrew Gates, Swimming/Water polo, Damien
Colin Gilliland, Soccer, Lakeside
Jack Hastert, Golf, St. John Bosco
Gary Jackson, Basketball, San Dimas
Scott Larsen, Soccer, Santa Ana Calvary Chapel
Jon McFarland, Swimming, Oxnard Pacifica
Ed Prange, Basketball, Loara
Adam Schullhofer, Baseball, Canyon Country Canyon
Erik Starkey, Cross Country, Covina
Kristen Braun, Athletic Director, Jurupa Hills
Michael Gerakos, Activites Director, University High
Kitt Holk, Athletic Director, Bonita
Kirk Kennedy, Principal, Fountain Valley
Matt Maeda, Athletic Director, San Gorgonio
David Martinez, Assistant Principal, Estancia
Craig Miller, Athletic Director, Hamilton
Ramiro Rubalcaba, Principal, Azusa
Kimberly Fricker, Principal, Anaheim Canyon
John Hansen, Athletic Trainer, Los Alamitos
Holli Jackson, Athletic Trainer, Edison
Elsinore, Hemet, Lakeside, Sherman Indian
Cary Osborne, Assistant Managing Editor/Sports Editor, Santa Clarita Signal
Janell Walley (left), and Alexis Cardoza celebrate after winning the title on Sunday.
Yucaipa High’s girls volleyball team is seeking a Citrus Belt League title this season. But senior Janell Walley is already coming off her own big victory.
Walley and Chino Hills junior Alexis Cardoza teamed up to win an A-rated adult level beach volleyball tournament in Huntington Beach on Sunday.
Walley and Cardoza, who are club teammates with Rancho Valley, went 2-1 in pool play, then won each of their bracket matches to bring home the title. They earned a AA rating, meaning Walley and Carodoza won’t be able to compete in any A-level tournaments anymore, only AA and AAA. AAA tournaments are pro-level.
Walley, who has committed to Boise State, said playing beach volleyball helps her with the high school team.
“I think it helps your reading game on the court, predicting where it goes,” she said.
Walley said it’s difficult because she doesn’t get to practice much on the beach this time of year, unlike other competitors, who live closer to the beach, and many of the opponents are in their 20s and have an experience advantage.
“But I feel like we younguns have more stamina,” she said.
It helped, she said, for a tournament that began at 9 a.m. and didn’t end until 5:30 p.m.
I just found out via email what the CIF-SS rules are about this. The fact that it is 2-on-2 beach volleyball is allowable during the season, per CIF-SS rules. Spokesman Thom Simmons said if it was 3-on-3 (half of a regular team) it would be a violation of team rules.
A 63-0 win and a perfect record are gone after Serrano High’s football team agreed to forfeit one game.
Serrano had routed each of its first four opponents, including a 63-0 win over Palmdale Quartz Hill on Sept. 11.
Ray Maholchic, Serrano’s athletic director and football coach said a player entered the fourth quarter of the Quartz Hill game who had originally had his transfer cleared.
But after the game, additional review of the transfer by the Snowline Joint Unified School District determined that the student should have been required to take serve a 30-day sit-out period. As a result. Serrano will forfeit the game.
“It (the player) didn’t really affect anything,” Maholchic said. “I guess we jumped the gun, but if there’s a silver lining, it didn’t happen in league.”
Serrano, is now 3-1, ranked No. 5 in The Sun Top 10 and No. 2 in the CIF-SS Eastern Division poll. The Diamondbacks have a bye this week before traveling to play Norco Oct. 2. Maholchic said the player is expected to play on the junior varsity this season.