San G legend Miner to be honored Wednesday

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.

Vansant up for Gatorade Athlete of the Year

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.).

REV’s Berich to be honored

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.

Yucaipa Hall of Fame class set

Yucaipa High School has announced the inductees for its third Athletic Hall of Fame class, which will be honored at a banquet April 30 at Yucaipa High School. The athletes that will be honored are 1965 graduate Charles Chiappone, 1970 grad Rick Waller, 1982 grad Mike Baker, 1986 grad Lisa Rogers and 1998 grad Rich Hofman.

Baker and Hofman both specialized in baseball, with Baker playing professionally in the Boston Red Sox organization after two all-CIF appearances while Hofman played at UCLA after being named the County Baseball Player of the Year as as senior. Waller, an all-CIF basketball player holds the school record for rebounds in a game with 32 while Chiappone was an all-league football and basketball player for the Thunderbirds before playing at the University of Redlands. Rogers was a three-sport athlete in track, volleyball and baseball, notching all-league honors in four different track and field events.

Perkins makes MaxPreps 2013 watch list

San Bernardino High School sophomore quarterback/safety Khleem Perkins was named to MaxPreps’ Fresh Faces 2013 Top 100 watch list last week and was presented a certificate at practice yesterday according to Cardinals coach Nick Monica.

“It was a really cool thing,” Monica said. “They came by practice and let everybody know. It’s a big deal for Khleem because I really think he has a lot of potential and something like this could really put his name out there.”

The 6-foot-3, 180-pound Perkins, who also plays basketball and was a key player for the Cardinals as a freshman in that sport, will play quarterback and safety for San Bernardino this season. You can read the write up on him and the rest of the Fresh Faces here.

Several county players make Cal-Hi Sports’ all-state team

Cal Hi-Sports, through ESPN Rise, has been releasing their all-state teams this week, with several local players being honored. Here are some of the players recognized by the website.

All-California First Team
Griffin Murphy, Redlands East Valley, All-Purpose, Sr.
Aaron Sanchez, Barstow, All-Purpose, Sr.
Taijuan Walker, Yucaipa, All-Purpose, Sr.

All-California Second Team
Scott Frazier, Upland, P, Sr.

All-California Third Team
Aaron Beckley, Redlands East Valley, OF, Sr.
Julio Espinoza, Rialto, INF, Sr.

All-California Medium Schools
Cody Lavalli, Granite Hills, OF, Sr.
Adam Quintana, San Gorgonio, All-Purpose, Sr.
Aaron Sanchez, Barstow, All-Purpose, Sr.

All-California Underclass
Andy Crowley, San Gorgonio, OF, Jr.

Strauss to be honored April 26

The honors for presumably-retired Colton football coach Harold Strauss continue to pile up, as the legendary coach will be one of six to be honored by San Bernardino County Superintendent’s Office with an Education Medal of Honor for Distinguished Service Award at a ceremony on April 26 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Victorville.

“Considering that there are 20,000 people who are probably worthy of this honor, it’s humbling to hear my name called,” Strauss said. “I was humbled when (the Colton Unified School District) nominated me and I’m humbled right now.”

Strauss is being honored for his postgraduate contributions in education and coaching at a banquet that starts at 6 p.m. The entry fee to the black-tie event – which includes a meal – is $45 and you can call (909) 386-2947 for information.
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Sharpe gets record…and then some

Janae Sharpe didn’t provide much drama in breaking the Rialto High School scoring record Friday, rolling to 32 points in a 78-34 victory over Carter. Sharpe only needed to score 16 points to beat Okeme Oziwo’s record, but doubled that to finish the game with 1,562 points for her career. Sharpe also has seven rebounds, seven assists and six steals as Rialto remained undefeated in the Citrus Belt League.

Butler to be honored at Victor Valley

Former Victor Valley High School boys basketball coach Ollie Butler will be honored by the school next Thursday, as VVHS will dedicate the floor in Keith Gunn Gymnasium in his honor as part of a game against Granite Hills.

The dedication will come before the 7 p.m. start and will be accompanied by a reception after the game. Butler, 79, coached at Victor Valley for 29 years from 1962-1990 after spending time in the Air Force and graduating from the University of Oklahoma. In that time, he accumulated 605 wins to 251 losses and led the Jackrabbits to 13 league titles during that span — including 10 in a row from 1974-83.