All three head football coaching jobs in the Colton Unified School District were posted as being open on Thursday, but its entirely possible only one of the schools will change head coaches.
The one that will change is at Bloomington, where Marcos Fino stepped down after three straight 1-9 seasons.
“He felt that the players weren’t responding to him,” Bloomington athletic director Chris Brickley said of the reason why Fino stepped down.
Brickley said he feels like if the Bruins get the right person in place, it can be turned around next year.
“We want someone who is experienced in turning programs around,” Brickley said. “I think our preseason schedule is favorable. And we return quite a few starters. A turnaround is possible if we get the right guy.”
Brickley also said that a massive stadium renovation at Bloomington should make the job even more attractive to applicants.
The other two head coaching positions in the district, at Colton and Grand Terrace were also posted as being open on a job web site. But both of those coaches, Chris Mailo from Colton and Ryan Smalls from Grand Terrace are planning on returning.
However, because Mailo and Smalls are not on-campus teachers at the school, the positions are opened up each year. Should a teacher on campus meet the qualifications, they would get priority for the job.
Does this seem a little odd? And is there more to this story?
I would say yes, and no.
It is odd, because of the multitude of off-campus coaches each year, they aren’t all opened up every year at least in other districts they aren’t. This could be an exception because either it’s Colton district (and maybe they do things differently), or it’s football, because it’s the highest-profile sport.
It has been suggested that there may be more to this. But if Smalls and Mailo are being pushed out for any reason, I think they would know about it. And by all appearances, they don’t know about it and intend on being back.
Malik Lovette, above, holds up REV’s CIF-SS championship plaque
MaxPreps released its all-state football teams, and not surprisingly, state champion Redlands East Valley is well-represented on the Division II team.
Malik Lovette, The Sun’s Player of the Year, was named Division II Player of the Year (and was also the all-purpose player on the first team), and coach Kurt Bruich was named Coach of the Year.
First-team Division II players from REV included offensive lineman Joseph Price, linebacker Matteo Biscotti, defensive back Isaiah Armstrong and punter John Hilfer. On the second team, REV quarterback Armando Herrera.
Other players also made the Division II squad San Gorgonio quarterback Nate Meadors, The Sun’s Offensive Player of the Year, was named for the all-purpose spot on the second team, while Serrano linebacker John Mackesy also made the second team.
On the Division IV squad, Arrowhead Christian wide receiver Matthew Thompson made the first team, and ACA quarterback/linebacker Bradley Mowbray was selected as a linebacker.
Upland senior linebacker Josh Woods, The Sun’s Defensive Player of the Year, made the Division I first team, while Etiwanda linebacker Khaylan Thomas made the second team in Division I. Woods was also a first-team All-American by MaxPreps
Indian Springs (maroon) and Rialto are two of the Top 10 teams in San Bernardino County.
Ready or not, here are the first Top 10s for The Sun in boys and girls soccer.
In boys, I felt pretty confident with the order of the first 5, but there were a lot of teams pretty similar after that.
The girls was tougher. I have 4 Baseline League teams ranked, and 3 of them in the top 4, but all of those 3 have lost at least once in league. There should be plenty of movement.
Reminder, records and rankings are through Tuesday’s games
The Sun Boys Soccer Top 10
1. Chaffey (14-0-3)
Plenty of Mt. Baldy pitfalls to an undefeated season
2. Fontana (14-1-1)
How is this team not ranked in Division 2?
3. Ontario (8-1-4)
This team is used to making playoff runs
4. Alta Loma (17-2-1)
Might’ve had easier time in Baseline League
5. Redlands East Valley (12-2-1)
Halfway through league, only blemish is loss to 7th place Miller
6. Indian Springs (9-0-5)
There could be plenty of ties in the San Andreas League
7. Granite Hills (11-1-7)
as played 5 scoreless ties this year
8. Oak Hills (11-1-5)
Tied 2 of first 3 league games
9. Rialto (8-3-5)
0-2-2 in last 4 games, but 2 were vs. Alta Loma and Indian Springs
10. Summit (10-2-1)
Already surpassed last year’s win total
Others under consideration: Arroyo Valley (8-4-3), Bloomington (8-6-1), Chino (10-4-2)
The Sun girls soccer Top 10
In the above video, you’ll see Eisenhower’s Aaryon Green draw the foul with 6.6 seconds remaining. Not shown in the video is that Green made the first free throw, after which Cajon coach Mark Lehman called timeout. So, the mad dash down the floor by Cajon after Green made the second free throw was not without some planning.
My take: Cajon has too many weapons to score just 38 points. I think they’ll score more the second time the teams play. If Eisenhower wants to pull off the sweep with a win at Cajon Feb. 12, the Eagles will need to score a lot more than 39 points.
Aaryon Green scored the final 8 of her team’s points, and led Eisenhower with 16 points. She also made 2 free throws with 6.6 seconds remaining to lift the Eagles past Cajon, 39-38 on Tuesday.
Below are the latest CIF-SS boys soccer rankings. Take a look and see if you notice a paritcular San Bernardino County team missing from the rankings. I’ll post who I think has been overlooked below the rankings.
How about Fontana in Division 2? Fontana just suffered its first loss of the season, to Bloomington, but is 14-1-1 this season. One of Fontana’s wins was a 2-0 win vs. Riverside Poly, which is tied for No. 4 in the division. According to maxpreps.com’s state power rankings, Fontana is No. 13 in the state. Among all schools. In all Divisions. I’m just saying.