San Gorgonio High hosting Azusa Pacific football next week

Interested in what NCAA Division II football is about but you don’t want to leave San Bernardino County?
Then San Gorgonio is the place to be, Aug. 20 at 6 p.m.

San Gorgonio logoThe Spartans’ stadium will be the site of an Azusa Pacific University football scrimmage at that time. Yes, UCLA football has been practicing in San Bernardino, but playing for the Bruins is not a attainable reality for 99 percent of high school football players.
Division II Azusa Pacific, however, is more attainable. Coach Ron Gueringer sees many advantages to the event. APU was looking to showcase their football team outside of their home in Azusa, and Gueringer not only wants people to see the school’s quality athletic facilities, but also show them another option for college.
“We’ve had a good relationship with those guys for a few years and they were looking for a place to go,” Gueringer said. “It’s a great opportunity for our kids to see college football.”

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Dan Williams returns as Rialto High athletic director

Dan Williams stepped away as Rialto High athletic director three years ago to spend time away from his family, now he’s paying it back.
Kevin Gilbreth has stepped down as Rialto A.D., as his football-playing son Cameron, is a freshman at Cajon High. Williams, 54, who had served in the position from 2008-2012, agreed to return. Gilbreth said he will be an assistant baseball coach at the school.
“I had conversations with the principal about it,” Williams said. “I knew what I was getting myself into. If I wasn’t going to do it, would someone else do an adequate job? That was my main reason.”

Rialto High logoHis wife supported him in the decision.
In Williams’ return, his focus is on the student portion of the student-athlete.
“One of my main goals is to make sure they graduate and stay eligible and go on to college,” he said. “We have had kids go to state, and I’d like to experience that again.”
Williams has coached football, wrestling, track and field, cross country and badminton during his career. In returning as athletic director, he is having to drop his position as head badminton coach and is seeking his replacement.
Williams got into teaching later than some, so he said he might have a decade before he can retire.
“I don’t have a lot more years to go,” he said. “I was thinking, ‘If I come back in, my plan is to ride it out (as A.D.).’”

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Jurupa Hills football’s community day is Friday

While high school football is still extremely popular, the proliferation of high schools in the area has given it perhaps a little bit less of a community feel.
Jurupa Hills logo

Remember when Fontana had just one high school? Now there are 5, located in 3 different leagues. While many people go to support their local school, others go to see the best game of the week. Jurupa Hills, the 5th of the 5 high schools in Fontana to open, has been trying to build a community feel for its football program. For several years, coach Ed McMillon has has a community day, where the community can come out and meet the football team.

This year’s event is on Friday, Aug. 14, from 3-6 p.m. McMillon said there will be “music, food, fun, and games for the kids.” It’s an opportunity to meet and take pictures with players. While you could go to just about any practice at schools and take pictures with and of players, Jurupa Hills is making an active effort to interact with the community.

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Another Ball brother, LaMelo, picks UCLA

From Staff Writer Michelle Gardner:

A third Ball is headed to UCLA.

No not Lonzo or younger brother LiAngelo. It’s the youngest of the family.

LaMelo Ball, 13, the youngest brother in the basketball playing family said today he too has committed to the Bruins even though he has yet to play a high school game.

“It is my dream school,” he said. “I decided to get it out of the way now instead of waiting for the future.”

Other schools looking at the youngest Ball included Virginia and Washington State but he opted to follow his brothers, although he said that wasn’t a major factor.

Lonzo, who will be a senior this fall, committed to the Bruins as a sophomore and last year as a sophomore LiAngelo did the same. All three will play together for the Huskies but they won;t be together at UCLA even for a year because Lonzo has made it known he wants to be “one and done” at UCLA.

The three brothers on the same floor will be a marquee attraction this winter. The three brothers combined for 93 points in a recent travel ball game for Big Ballers.

Here is the video from MaxPreps of that performance:

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Could Leni Toailoa go to UCLA too?

Two Toailoas to UCLA?
Well-decorated Carter linebacker Lokeni Toailoa has already committed to UCLA. Now, his brother, Leni could be joining him there. Leni, recruited as a defensive back, received a scholarship offer to join Lokeni at UCLA this week. The brothers are both seniors at Carter, although Lokeni is older.
According to coach Alex Pierce, Leni is considering the offer, even though he had already given a verbal commitment to San Jose State back in March.

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MaxPreps.com releases all-state baseball team

As we near football season, we are still getting state honors for baseball and softball.

The all-state baseball team is out, and here are some of the honorees from San Bernardino County and Inland Valley

BASEBALL

Large Schools, first team
Bailey Falter, Sr., P, Chino Hills
Chris Ceballos, Sr., OF, Chino Hills

Large Schools, second team
Kyle Isbel, Sr., INF, Etiwanda

Medium Schools
Player of the year: Peter Lambert, Sr., P, San Dimas
First Team
Peter Lambert, Sr., P, San Dimas
RJ Peace, Sr., OF, Serrano
Hazahel Quijada, Sr., Util, San Gorgonio
Jacob Castillo, Jr., Util, San Dimas

Second team
Soloman Bates, Sr., INF, Oak Hills
Saxon Andross, Jr., OF, Serrano

Small Schools
First Team
Kaleb Murphy, Sr., C, Excelsior

Second Team
Cameron Wilson, So., INF, Excelsior

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Cajon girls basketball wins Cal State San Bernardino Tournament

Cajon 2015 girls basketball summer league champion photo

For the 13th year in a row, Cajon’s girls basketball won the Cal State San Bernardino Tournament. The tournament was last weekend and Cajon defeated Riverside Poly 80-20, South El Monte 64-35, Serrano 65-35 and Hillcrest 56-21 to win the tournament. Included on the team are 3 returning all-county players: Player of the Year Kayla Washington as well as first-team players Tyra and Tyla Turner.  Returning players Dezarae Embry, Jada Johnson and Haylee Saurette along with newcomers Deja McBath, Haylee Howard-Radde and Adriana Teque were part of the team.

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Citrus Belt League spring all-league teams

It doesn’t appear that these Citrus Belt League all-league teams were posted before so here they are:
2015 Citrus Belt League baseball2015 Citrus Belt League softball

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REV coach James Cordes reflects on loss of Ed Castro

Redlands East Valley baseball coach James Cordes is writing a diary for the Redlands Daily Facts about his experiences about coaching in the Cape Cod League this summer. While much of his column is about his Cape Cod experience, I wanted to publish what Cordes wrote about Ed.

Late ex-Daily Facts reporter Ed Castro

From James Cordes: “I also wanted to take a moment to reflect on Ed Castro, having lost him last week. I worked with Ed for the past four years, always pleased when he was able to cover our games or write a feature on the Wildcats. He was a rare find these days – an on-the-job sports journalist doing his best to cover a demanding city with as much equity and responsibility as possible.

James Cordes mug-2

REV coach James Cordes

My father is a man of the same cut – he has been a sports editor and reporter for 40 years in Sun Valley, Idaho. Each spring when he and my mother visit, my father would always go out of his way to stop into the Daily Facts office and say hello to Ed. They seemed to have a mutual respect for each other, making their way in a seemingly thankless job.
I wish the print journalism industry wasn’t racing towards extinction as quickly as it is. But, with men such as we had with Ed, it continues to hang on and maintain relevance.
Rest in peace, Ed. You will be missed.”

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Cal-Hi Sports’ all-state softball teams are out

Does it seem like there is an endless number of awards for some of our area softball players? It does to me, I guess because our softball is so good in this area. This might be one of the last, the Cal-Hi Sports all-state team:

All-state players from San Bernardino County

1st Team
Paige Halstead, Sr., C, Los Osos
Brooke Bolinger, Sr., P, Yucaipa
Tannon Snow, Sr., INF, Chino Hills
Zoe Casas, Sr., OF, Aquinas
Kennedy Clark, Sr., OF, Ayala

2nd team:
Kelly Martinez, Jr., C, Yucaipa
Eliyah Flores, So., INF, Grand Terrace
Taylon Snow, So., OF, Chino Hills
Cierra Schick, Sr., Multi-purpose, Los Osos

3rd team
Taylor Troost, Sr., P, Citrus Valley
Tiffany Kennedy-Cummings, Sr., Multi-Purpose, Chino

Medium Schools First Team
Eliyah Flores, So., INF, Grand Terrace

Medium Schools 2nd Team
Melanie Olmos, So., Multi-purpose, Grand Terrace

Small Schools First Team
Allie Hotetz, Sr., P, Aquinas
Zoe Casas, Sr., OF, Aquinas
Madison Paige, Jr., OF, Ontario Christian

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