San G announced Hall of Fame class

San Gorgonio High School has released the names of the five people it will be inducting into its Athletic Hall of Fame. Leading off the list of inductees, who will be honored October 14-15, is former water polo player, swimmer and badminton player Tim Harris. Harris, a 1982 graduate, is a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force and flew a C-17A Globemaster III over the area as part of the recent Independence Day festivities.

Other inductees include 1977 graduate Tim Miner (baseball), 1985 graduate Durell Jones (football, track and field), 2000 graduate Celeste Parrish (track, cross country, softball) and 2001 graduate Royce Merryman (water polo, swimming).

Big Bear playoff site moved

As I alluded to in my picks yesterday, the site of tomorrow’s East Valley Division playoff game between Linfield Christian and Big Bear has been moved to Lucerne Valley High School. It was moved from the original site of Big Bear Middle School because of the threat of significant snow and high winds.

“Lucerne Valley has a permanent press box and we don’t, so we decided to make the change,” Big Bear coach/athletic director Dave Griffiths said. “We use scissor lifts and with the winds of 50-60 mph which may come, we didn’t want to take that risk. Plus, we didn’t want Linfield to be stuck up here because their buses aren’t meant for snow at all.”

The 1 p.m. time for the game remains as originally scheduled.

Staunton to retire as CIF-SS commissioner

CIF-Southern Section commissioner Jim Staunton, who has held his position since 1999, announced last week that he will retire effective July 29.

Staunton, who made his intentions to retire known to the CIF-SS administrative body in May, will pursue a teaching job in the masters program at Concordia University and retired in part to spend more time with his grandchildren.

“I’m gratified at the opportunity to serve this Section for the last eleven years,” Staunton said. “This is an outstanding organization: one of the best in the United States. It has been a wonderful term of service.”

Staunton oversaw much financial growth and was instrumental in the section expanding from 505 schools to its current membership of 580.

Citrus Valley volleyball holding charity game

The Citrus Valley girls volleyball team will be dedicating its October 28 game against Riverside Notre Dame to breast cancer awareness as part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A baked-goods drive will be held at the game with pink t-shirts to be sold for $12 each. All proceeds from the sales will go to Susan G. Komen for The Cure.

Along with the t-shirt sales, which are expected to get a big boost from the girls tennis team, there will be a speaker at 4:30 p.m. before the game.

Big Bear moves to Friday night

For only the second time in school history, the Big Bear High School football team will host a night game, as the Bears will take on Rio Hondo Prep at 7 p.m. at Big Bear Middle School. And the buzz for the game is hard to ignore.

“It’s the talk of the town right now,” Big Bear head coach Dave Griffiths said. “The kids are excited, the people in town are excited, everyone is looking forward to this.”

The only other time the Bears have played at night was November 17, 2006, when the Bears hosted Anza Hamilton in the first-round of the CIF-SS East Valley playoffs because Hamilton didn’t want to play Saturday. The Bears whipped Hamilton 42-12 on a chilly night en route to the CIF title.

This night game is completely voluntary, as the Bears will rent lights and bring them in for what they anticipate will be a standing-room only crowd. It’s the opportunity to draw more fans that had them give the green light on the night game.

“In these economic times with the budgets we have, you have to do whatever you can to increase the gate and bring in revenue,” Griffiths said. “Being a resort town, we have a lot of people who work Saturday afternoons and have a hard time attending our games. Hopefully this will bring them out.”

Clady named to SI’s All-Decade Team

Denver Broncos offensive tackle Ryan Clady, an Eisenhower graduate, was selected to Sports Illustrated’s All-Decade College Football team. Clady, who graduated from Eisenhower in 2004 and played at Boise State from 2005-07 before being drafted by the Broncos in the first round of the 2008 draft. Clady was an inaugural member of Ike’s Hall of Fame, receiving that honor in October.

The team, as selected by Sports Illustrated’s Stewart Mandel

WR Larry Fitzgerald, Pittsburgh
T Ryan Clady, Boise State
G Steve Hutchinson, Michigan
C Greg Eslinger, Minnesota
G Duke Robinson, Oklahoma
T Jake Long, Michigan
TE Kellen Winslow II, Miami
WR Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech
QB Tim Tebow, Florida
RB Darren McFadden, Arkansas
RB Adrian Peterson, Oklahoma
K Mike Nugent, Ohio State
KR Felix Jones, Arkansas

DE David Pollack, Georgia
DT Tommie Harris, Oklahoma
DT Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska
DE Terrell Suggs, Arizona State
LB A.J. Hawk, Ohio State
LB Derrick Johnson, Texas
LB Patrick Willis, Mississippi
CB Antoine Cason, Arizona
CB Derrick Strait, Oklahoma
S Eric Berry, Tennessee
S Ed Reed, Miami
P Daniel Sepulveda, Baylor
PR Wes Welker, Texas Tech

COACH Urban Meyer, Florida

A host of football start times moved

Plenty of schools have moved the starts of their games this week from 7:30 to 7 p.m. As someone who works with deadlines for a living, I’m cool with that.

This is what we got right now as far as games that have changed.

Colton vs. Rancho Cucamonga at Los Osos
Etiwanda at Chino Hills
Colony at Upland

Palm Springs vs. Summit at Miller
Kaiser at Rim of the World
La Quinta at Serrano