Legendary San Gorgonio baseball player Tim Miner, who pitched all but one inning in San Gorgonio’s run to a CIF championship in 1977, will be honored in a special ceremony Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Sportswatch Bar and Grill by the Hampton Inn in Highland. The Spartans’ championship run, which ended with a victory over Lakewood in the CIF title game, has been dubbed “The Miner Miracle”, as the pitcher guided the Spartans, who finished third in the San Andreas League, to glory, pitching every inning but the first inning of San G’s second-round win.
Miner is being celebrated separately from the other inductees in the San G Hall of Fame, who will be honored in October, because he currently lives in The Netherlands and is currently making a rare trip back to the United States. Several notable former teammates – including Ted Rozzi, Tim Mead, Don Parnell, Tony Curtis and Tim Burroughs – will be in attendance along with Dennis Rogers, the manager of the 1977 championship team.
Redlands East Valley volleyball player Krista Vansant is up for one more award before starting her career at the University of Washington and it’s a biggie, as Vansant is one of six female athletes from across the country vying for the Gatorade Female Athlete of the Year Award. Along with being nominated for the award, Vansant will also walk the red carpet for Wednesday’s ESPY Awards at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles.
The winner will be announced at a black-tie banquet at the Grand Ballroom of the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel Tuesday. The banquet, which runs from 5:30-7:30 p.m., will be hosted by Sparks basketball player Lisa Leslie, Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love and Olympic softball player Jessica Mendoza.
The other female athletes vying for the award are basketball player Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (Mater Dei), track and field athlete Amy Weissenbach (Harvard-Westlake), softball player Paige McDuffee (The Woodlands, Texas), soccer player Morgan Brian (St. Simons, Ga) and cross country runner Aisling Cuffe (New Windsor, N.Y.). The six male athletes up for the Male Athlete of the Year Award are football player Justin Worley (Rock Hill, S.C.), cross country runner Lukas Verzbicas (Orland Park, Ill.), basketball player Brad Beal (St. Louis), soccer player Luis Rendon (Midlothian, Va.), baseball player Dylan Bundy (Owasso, Okla.) and track and field athlete Gunnar Nixon (Edmond, Okla.).
Redlands East Valley boys basketball coach Bill Berich will be honored at halftime of tomorrow’s CIF-SS Division 1A boys championship game between Los Angeles Loyola and Capistrano Valley. Berich will be honored by the Southern California Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association for his longevity in coaching.
Berich had one of his best years of a stellar career at REV this past season, leading the Wildcats to a 25-6 record and a berth in the D1A semifinals, where they fell to top-seeded Loyola.