With new league, Big Bear’s football schedule looks different

Big Bear is leaving the De Anza League after this season, hoping to not only keep some of its old rivalries but to renew some ones that have lapsed.
Athletic Director Ron Perkins said that not only are the Bears going to continue to play De Anza League’s Twentynine Palms in football in the future, but they are in negotiations to bring back rivalries with Rim of the World and Aquinas. Big Bear last played Rim in 2011 and Aquinas in 2009.
Big Bear, a school of about 700, is close to filling the rest of its nonleague slate for next year. It’s not always easy to find schools of comparable size that are willing to make a trip to Big Bear, and the new league is only a four-team league, meaning Big Bear needs seven nonleague opponents.
Perkins said that he’s been contacted by several schools.
“I’m getting phone calls saying, ‘We’re a school of 3,000 and we want to come up for team bonding,’” Perkins said. “That’s great, but we can’t play you.”
Perkins said the only week they’re not in negotiations to fill is Week 6, which is after most schools have started league play.

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Prep Football Roundup for Sept. 24

KAISER 48, APPLE VALLEY 42>> If anybody left Malloy Stadium on the Kaiser High School campus early, they missed a furious fourth quarter that saw the host Cats hold on and score a 48-42 win over Apple Valley after building a 21-point margin in the fourth quarter. The Cats (3-1) also had a 48-27 advantage in the fourth before Apple Valley (2-3) got back in the game on the strength of a pair of 33-yard runs by Tristian Mcnatt. One set up a fourth-down score by T.J. Lewis and Mcnatt scored his fourth TD of the night after the Sun Devils recovered an onsides kick.Mcnatt, who finished with 147 yards in nine carries, also caught a two-point conversion pass from Mossy Bell to make it exciting with 2:42 left. But the Cats killed the clock, thanks to a 11-yard carry by Tyler Allgeier for a first down with 131 left. He and Joshua Johnson were the big offensive keys for Kaiser as Johnson scored three times and rushed for 194 on 25 carries on the night late in the third quarter.

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San Bernardino County Sports Roundup for Sept. 14

GIRLS GOLF

REDLANDS 272, AB MILLER 341 >> Lauren Kendall shot a 40 for the Terriers (2-3, 2-1) in Citrus Belt League play against A.B. Miller at Sierra Lakes Golf Course (72). Mary Balderrama shot a 45 for the Terriers while the Rebels’ Elizabeth Mendoza shot a 61. Redlands will play at 3 p.m. Thursday against Citrus Valley.

RIALTO 334, BIG BEAR 339 >> Kaitlyne Alvarado shot a 60 for the Knights in the nonconference win over the Bears at San Bernardino Golf Course (37). Ashley Walton shot a 56 for the Bears. Rialto will play against Big Bear at 2:30 p.m. Thursday. The event will be held at Bear Mountain Country Club.

VOLLEYBALL

SAN GORGONIO 3, RUBIDOUX 2 >> Leilani Kanoho had eight kills for the Spartans in the nonleague victory over the Falcons, 25-19, 25-19, 14-25, 19-25, 15-8. Cynthia Acosta contributed with seven digs for the Spartans. San Gorgonio will play at 5 p.m. Thursday against Citrus Hills.

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Big Bear football limited by Summit Fire

With the Southern California drought raging on (although there may be an end in sight), we are getting an early look at Fire Season, with the Summit Fire in Big Bear hurting air quality and damaging acres of wilderness.Big Bear logo
The Summit Fire has also affected Big Bear football. Coach Dave Griffiths said that the school didn’t have classes yesterday. The team still met and had film sessions. Today (Tuesday), there was also no classes, but the team did practice, albeit inside. Griffiths said that Saturday afternoon’s season opener against Excelsior at Big Bear Middle School has not been affected yet.
However, the fire is near the Middle School, so that’s a distinct possibility it could be moved at this point. In recent years, Big Bear has moved home games to Barstow High, or more frequently, to Lucerne Valley.

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Big Bear’s Caleb Webb signs with University of Portland

Caleb Webb signsFlanked by his parents and with coach Jonathan Stiles behind him, Big Bear’s Caleb Webb signs with the University of Portland (Courtesy photo from Kathy Portie/Big Bear Grizzly)

The two-time All-Sun Cross Country Runner of the year and two-time CIF State cross country champion has decided where he will run in college.
Big Bear senior Caleb Webb signed his National Letter of Intent last week to run at the University of Portland.
“It’s a smaller school and I come from a small town,” Webb said. “It felt like the right place. It’s nice to get this off my back.”
Webb said he was deciding between Portland and Colorado as to where he would sign.
“Caleb may be the most significant recruit we have ever signed,” Portland coach Rob Conner in a press release. “He is a tremendous student and extremely serious runner. Very few high school runners are ready to make an impact at the college level as freshmen but Caleb is the kind of talent that will. I couldn’t be more excited to have him joining us. … His range is incredible but we think he will lean toward the longer distances,”
Webb recently set a school record by running a time of 8 minutes, 52.17 seconds in the 3200 meters, surpassing the record of 8:55 set by Olympic marathoner and fellow Big Bear native Ryan Hall.
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Caleb Webb joins Team USA Junior National Team

Big Bear senior Caleb Webb, after winning the CIF State Division 4 cross country title in November, has been selected to be part of the Team USA Junior National Team.

Webb will leave next week for Ediburgh, Scotland, where he will compete with five teammates  with team USA against teams from Great Britain and Eastern Europe, Webb said. He also said it is an under-19 team, so his teammates are all in high school or in college.

Team USA will be competing in the Great Edinburgh XCountry on Jan. 10.

“I didn’t know about this until a few weeks ago,” Webb said. “This is my first time out of the country.”

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Big Bear High a tough destination for Desert Mirage

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ABOVE: The Desert Mirage volleyball team warms up in the parking lot of the Snow Valley ski resort on Monday, while waiting for Highway 18 to reopen.

Getting to Big Bear High School isn’t the easiest thing in the world.
There are essentially three ways into the Big Bear area: from the west and San Bernardino, it’s highway 18; from the High Desert, it’s the other end of highway 18; and from the south and Redlands, it’s highway 38.
Highway 18 between Big Bear Lake and Snow Valley ski resort has complete Caltrans closures during the day for several weekdays this month.
The issue caught several drivers by surprise, including the bus carrying the Desert Mirage girls volleyball and girls tennis teams to Big Bear for afternoon matches.
JV volleyball and the tennis were scheduled to begin at 3:15 p.m., but the road didn’t reopen until 3 p.m. The bus didn’t arrive at the high school until about 3:30, delaying the start of both matches by about an hour.
“I emailed their AD and warned them about construction,” Big Bear athletic director Ron Perkins said. “It shouldn’t be a problem. Most of them come another way. I’m not sure why they went that way. That’s the only delay we’ve had this season.”
Big Bear uses the other two routes to play league opponents, and usually only takes the closed route when playing Rim of the World or San Bernardino schools in nonleague contests.
“It’s a little bit of a headache to keep track of what’s going on,” Perkins said. “Right now, all three routes have some construction.”

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All De Anza League football

All De Anza League football. If you are a coach or an athletic director who has all-league teams for any fall sport for an area league, please email them to pete.marshall@langnews.com.

 

MVP’s
Offense Taylan Seaman (12) Big Bear
Defense Joey Rutherford (12) Yucca Valley
Special Team – Co MVP Talo Wilson (12) 29Palms
  Blake Smith (12) Big Bear
     
1st Team  
Big Bear Desert Mirage  
Santana Diaz (12) Jesus Felipe (12)  
Conner McDonough (12) Ricardo Torres (11)  
Tre Prudhomme (12)    
Ryan Florence (12) Shadow Hills  
Collin Ortega (12) Michael Suarez (11)  
Travis Smith (12) Sam Garcia (12)  
  Hiram Rodriguez (12)  
Desert Hot Springs Luis Gonzalez (12)  
T Armstrong (12) Orlando Ortega (11)  
Ethan Martinez (11)    
Thompson Ongalibang (11) 29 Palms  
Anthony Moreno (12) David Falefity (12)  
  Darren Murphy (12)  
Yucca Valley Jake Culver (12)  
Logan Vallo (12) AJ Rangel (12)  
Bradley Soares (12) Dylan Martinez (11)  
Shayne Saiza (12)    
Gabe Sosa (12)    
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All-De Anza League football team

2012 all-De Anza League football team

Offensive MVP: James Toland,  Shadow Hills, Sr.
Defensive MVP: Lucas Jenkins, Big Bear, Sr.
Special Teams MVP: Nate McClain, 29 Palms, Sr.

1st Team
Lane Dowty, Big Bear, Sr.
Taylan Seaman, Big Bear, Jr.
John Hawkins, Big Bear, Sr.
Tyler Babbit, Big Bear, Sr.
Lance Hubbard, Big Bear, Sr.
Tre Prudhomme, Big Bear, Jr.
Morgan Cole, 29 Palms, Sr.
Talo Wilson, 29 Palms, Jr.
David Failfitu, 29 Palms, Jr.
Marcus Chesnut, 29 Palms, Sr.
David Haney, 29 Palms, Jr.
Jake Culver, 29 Palms, Jr.
Hiram Rodriguez, Shadow Hills, Jr.
Rene Herrera, Shadow Hills, Sr.
Orlando Oretega, Shadow Hills, So.
Moises Contreras, Shadow Hills, Sr.
Brian McGowan, Yucca Valley, Sr.
Ben Hetz, Yucca Valley, Sr.
Logan Vallo, Yucca Valley, Jr.
Joey Rutherford, Yucca Valley, Jr.
Steven Steed, Desert Hot Springs, Jr.
Ace Lewis, Desert Hot Springs, Sr.
Nick Martinez, Desert Hot Springs, Sr.
Damian Gutierrez, Desert Mirage, Sr.
Alex Navarro, Desert Mirage, Sr.

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Saturday’s San Bernardino County playoff scores: football, volleyball and water polo

Here are Saturday’s prep playoff scores for San Bernardino County

FOOTBALL
First Round
EAST VALLEY DIVISION
Big Bear 27, Brethren Christian 20 (John Hawkins scores go-ahead TD with 3:36 left. Big Bear is at Ontario Christian next Friday)

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
Quarterfinals
DIVISION 2AA
Los Osos 3, Downey 0 (Los Osos is at No. 2 South Torrance in semifinals Tuesday)
DIVISION 2A
Yorba Linda 3, Serrano 2
DIVISION 3AA
Rim of the World 3, La Serna 0 (Top-seeded Rim is at No. 4 Chatsworth Sierra Canyon in the semifinals Tuesday)
DIVISION 3A
Aquinas 3, San Gabriel 1 (Aquinas hosts No. 1-seeded San Juan Capistrano St. Margaret’s in the semifinals Tuesday)
Ontario Christian 3, Crean Lutheran 0 (No. 2 Ontario Christian hosts No. 3 Newport Beach Sage Hill in the semifinals Tuesday)
DIVISION 4AA
Hemet 3, Colony 1
DIVISION 5A
St. Monica Academy 3, Lake Arrowhead Christian 0

BOYS WATER POLO
DIVISION 4
Cerritos 20, Upland 7
Los Osos 16, Santa Monica 5 (plays Arroyo Grande in semifinals Wednesday at Woollett Aquatics Center, 2 p.m.)
DIVISION 7
Citrus Valley 11, Segerstrom 6 (plays Brentwood on the road in semifinals Wednesday at an alternate site)
Don Lugo 9, Yorba Linda 6 (Don Lugo hosts Cypress in semifinals Wednesday at an alternate site)

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