— Brian Goff (@IEsportsNow) January 16, 2015
It’s a little tougher to play in the all-star football game at Corona High School this year.
That’s because instead of it being a San Bernardino County vs. Riverside County game, it will be a team of Inland Empire All-Stars facing Orange County All-Stars on Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. in the OC vs. IE All-Star Classic.
On the 42-man Inland Empire roster, 10 players are from San Bernardino County, and no more than two on any of the county teams.
State champion Redlands East Valley has defensive back Isaiah Armstrong, who set the school record for interceptions, as well as linebacker Jakob Diaz.
San Gorgonio will represented by offensive lineman Julian Rodriguez and Nate Meadors, who played quarterback for the Spartans, but is listed as a wide receiver for the all-star game.
Chino Hills also has two players in offensive lineman Clay Garcelli and defensive lineman Trent Goens, as does Carter in defensive back Zamore Zigler and defensive lineman Kyon Clark.
Rancho Cucamonga (wide receiver Chase Stephens), Etiwanda (linebacker Khaylan Thomas) and Kaiser (offensive lineman Eric Villalobos) each placed one player on the team.
The team is coached by Corona Centennial coach Matt Logan and assisted by Riverside Poly coach Dennis Brown.
Did San Bernardino County get screwed?
Not really. Riverside County is better overall. And the 2 coaches are from Riverside County, so as is the case in all-star games, they pick more of the players they know.
Indian Springs boys soccer coach John Arient talks after his team tied Rialto 1-1.
My thoughts: Indian Springs looks good, but the San Andreas League looks like a dog fight. Indian Springs are currently ranked second in CIF-SS, but I’d be surprised if the Coyotes remain No. 2. Why? It has as much to do with the rest of the league. Indian Springs and Rialto have both tied their first 2 games. I wouldn’t be surprised if the winner of the SAL is something like 4-2-4 in league. That might not help CIF-SS rankings, but might help prepare a team for the playoffs.
This game had the intensity of a playoff game. No team led by more than two goals until REV’s final winning 10-7 margin.
REV entered the week ranked No. 9 in Division 5, knocking off No. 6 Cajon and No. 4 Yucaipa in the process. So, how high does REV move up?
Coach Ryan Williams thinks No. 4 would be fair. Regardless, with a tough league and two tournaments still to play, REV will have chances to improve on a No. 4 ranking, or lose it again all together. But, come playoff time, whoever comes out of the Citrus Belt League should be battle tested.
By the way, the next time REV and Yucaipa play, it will be Feb. 10 at Crafton Hills College. It will be senior day, so you can expect a big crowd and another intense game in the REV-Yucaipa rivalry.
Above are highlights for the game, an 80-19 win by Arroyo Valley girls basketball over Indian Springs in a San Andreas League opener.
There are some things you’ll notice in the video. While the game was at Indian Springs and there was a decent home crowd, I heard no boos pregame or during the game. No reaction of any kind really toward Arroyo Valley from Indian Springs fans. In fact, the small group of Arroyo Valley fans (I’m guessing mostly parents), were vocal in showing their support for their team.
I saw no indication that people there were aware that in Arroyo Valley’s last game, on Jan. 5 vs. Bloomington, the Hawks won by a 161-2 score.
I’m sure Arroyo Valley and Bloomington would both like to move beyond the 161-2 game. Wednesday’s game was an important step in that direction.
With Arroyo Valley girls basketball coach Michael Anderson suspended for 2 games in the wake of last week’s 161-2 win over Bloomington, his son, 19-year-old Nick Anderson is the acting head coach.
I have several thoughts on this. First, I think the 2 games was fair. He didn’t deserve to lose his job. But I think a short suspension is warranted. No rules were broken, but the sportsmanship line was crossed. I have no problem with 2 games.
Second, is this kid really 19, only 2 years removed from high school? He is, and while he wasn’t really put to the test on Wednesday, I have the feeling he’s going to be one hell of a coach someday. He handles himself with the media well and he knows his father’s system. Impressive.
Regarding Bloomington girls basketball’s 161-2 loss to Arroyo Valley last week, I got a statement from Katie Orloff, who is the communications manager/spokesperson for the Colton Joint Unified School District, who said,