VIDEO: Yucaipa softball downs REV 4-1 on Senior Day

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: Yucaipa softball downs Redlands East Valley, 4-1.

VIDEO: Yucaipa senior Brooke Bolinger talks about winning on senior day vs REV.

VIDEO: Yucaipa senior Annie Bakenhus talks about beating REV.
VIDEO: Yucaipa senior Jordan Green talks about winning on senior day to clinch a share of league.
VIDEO: Yucaipa softball coach Dave Kivett talks about the step up in competition and beating REV.
VIDEO: Redlands East Valley coach Debbie Garcia talks about miscues that led to a 4-1 loss to Yucaipa.

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Citrus Belt League releaguing proposal deserved consideration

Earlier this week, the Citrus Belt Area, held its releaguing vote with few changes.

But there was a radical idea on the table, from the Citrus Belt League. The Citrus Belt League’s proposal, which Miller athletic director John Romagnoli said finished third, would’ve had a 10-team “conference” with an East Division of the three Redlands schools, plus Yucaipa and Riverside Poly, and a West Division of Cajon, Carter, Miller, Eisenhower and Oak Hills.

While the 10 teams involved might not have been ideal, I think the idea deserves consideration. It would almost be like it used to be in the High Desert with Mojave River and Desert Sky Leagues, two leagues that were five teams before Adelanto High opened.

But the MRL-DSL deal only provided for cross-scheduling with teams on their bye weeks. What the CBL proposed (probably not necessary to include in the releaguing vote) would’ve been to have a championship game between the two divisions. The last week of the season the No. 1s from the two divisions would face each other, and so would the No. 2s, and so on.

I think it’s an idea before its time, but I think it’s an intriguing one. It would cut down on the number of league games now in the eight-team league, and cut down travel in league and keep schools with similar demographics playing against each other. They could still schedule the other “division” but wouldn’t be required to except for possibly the bye week.

Why were there few changes? First, there were no new schools to incorporate into the area, which includes schools from Riverside County and San Bernardino County east of the I-15. The only change, according to San Gorgonio athletic director Matt Maeda, was moving Indio Shadow Hills from the De Anza League to the Desert Valley League. They are being replaced in the De Anza League by Thermal Coachella Valley, which is coming from the Desert Valley League.

There had been talk that several schools might look for relief, including Miller, which has struggled in recent years in the Citrus Belt League.

“We talked about it, but we don’t want to just be thrown into another league,” Romagnoli said. “The last time we did this, they talked about putting us in a league with (Moreno Valley) Vista Del Lago.”

Romagnoli said ideally, if Miller would move, it would be to a league where they would have some natural rivals, like the Sunkist League.

But the Sunkist wasn’t looking to expand.

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Kaiser baseball’s 42-game league win streak was impressive

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The end of an epic league win streak was a little easier for Kaiser players to handle because of the current standings.
The Kaiser baseball team’s 42-game Sunkist League win streak ended on Tuesday with a loss to Colton.
“There’s no way I thought we’d win 42 straight league games,” Kaiser coach Mike Spinuzzi said. “I’m very proud of that. That’s hard to do.”
In some ways, it’s a relief that the streak is over, Spinuzzi said, but the players took the end of the streak hard.
“One thing this team has learned is that we don’t like losing,” Spinuzzi said. “There were players who wouldn’t leave the dugout. I had to tell them to go.”
Despite the loss, Kaiser is still in the driver’s seat to win the league. But that loss Tuesday was coupled with another loss Thursday and the Cats (13-9, 9-2) are now two games up in league with four to play. Two are against Summit (13-8, 6-5) next week and two are against Grand Terrace (13-9, 7-4) the week after.
According to the CIF-SS record book, updated last summer, the 42-game baseball league win streak would rank fifth all-time in the CIF-SS, and 16 behind the record held by Temecula Linfield Christian from 1990-96.

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VIDEOS: San Gorgonio baseball beats Jurupa Hills 2-1 on walk-off


Above, highlights of San Gorgonio’s 2-1 win over Jurupa Hills from April 28, 2015


Above, San Gorgonio senior Jason Wright talks. He was the winning pitcher in relief and it was his hit, coupled with a throwing error, that scored the winning run with one out in the bottom of the seventh.


Above, San Gorgonio coach Bill Eatinger talks about the win.

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Big Bear’s Caleb Webb signs with University of Portland

Caleb Webb signsFlanked by his parents and with coach Jonathan Stiles behind him, Big Bear’s Caleb Webb signs with the University of Portland (Courtesy photo from Kathy Portie/Big Bear Grizzly)

The two-time All-Sun Cross Country Runner of the year and two-time CIF State cross country champion has decided where he will run in college.
Big Bear senior Caleb Webb signed his National Letter of Intent last week to run at the University of Portland.
“It’s a smaller school and I come from a small town,” Webb said. “It felt like the right place. It’s nice to get this off my back.”
Webb said he was deciding between Portland and Colorado as to where he would sign.
“Caleb may be the most significant recruit we have ever signed,” Portland coach Rob Conner in a press release. “He is a tremendous student and extremely serious runner. Very few high school runners are ready to make an impact at the college level as freshmen but Caleb is the kind of talent that will. I couldn’t be more excited to have him joining us. … His range is incredible but we think he will lean toward the longer distances,”
Webb recently set a school record by running a time of 8 minutes, 52.17 seconds in the 3200 meters, surpassing the record of 8:55 set by Olympic marathoner and fellow Big Bear native Ryan Hall.
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