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.”