Citrus Belt League MVP Tristan Workman pitches against Carter. (Photo by Frank Perez for SCNG)
Carter High has hired four new coaches for the upcoming school year, athletic director Kennard Kapono announced.
For fall sports, Gary Hanson has been hired as the new girls golf coach, having coached baseball at both Carter and Rialto. Fred Nash, a former head coach at Rubidoux and Arroyo Valley, is the school’s new girls volleyball coach. Gilbert Berry III, a former head coach at Yucca Valley, is the new boys basketball coach, and Joe Rosalez, is the new baseball coach.
Baseball has been the most successful of the four sports, earning a share of the Citrus Belt League title last spring, before coach Samuel Lopez left in June to be the head coach at Bonita. Lopez had led Carter to a league title three times in five seasons as a head coach and compiled a 98-40 record.
Rosalez has bounced around in recent years as an off-campus coach, but he is on-campus at Carter. He was the head coach at San Gabriel Gabrielino three years ago, then the head coach two years ago at Miller, when his team went 8-15.
He wasn’t a teacher at Miller, so last year he went to Ridgecrest Burroughs where he got his first teaching job and served as an assistant coach. He teaches health at Carter.
“In all honesty, I was enjoying my first summer as a teacher, spending time with friends and family,” Rosalez said. “But this opportunity caught my eye. It’s what I wanted.”
Rosalez said in addition to facing Carter on the field as Miller’s head coach in 2015, he also had a good experience with Carter players. Both programs were selling Christmas trees and Miller’s players had to pick up their trees from Carter.
When Rosalez and other Miller people came to Carter, the Carter players offered help to load Miller’s trees onto their trucks. And that was without anyone from either team prompting them to do so.
“That’s a testament to what these kids are like,” Rosalez said. “They offered help and that says a lot about them. I’m very big on community.”
Rosalez said he is not worried about continuing Carter’s winning baseball tradition “with the type of kid we have here and the ability level we have here.”
Thursday, we learned the three-way tie for fourth place in the Citrus Belt League softball standings would be broken by runs allowed among the three teams, since Cajon, Redlands and Citrus Valley all went 1-1 against each other, and Redlands won that tiebreaker.
There will also be a tie in the Citrus Belt League baseball standings, but there are some big differences. It will only be two teams and it will either be a tie for first or second. And the tie will not be broken by runs allowed. Let me explain.
Going into today, Carter, Redlands East Valley and Yucaipa are in a three-way tie for first, Carter plays fourth-place Redlands and REV and Yucaipa play each other. If Carter wins, Carter ties with the REV-Yucaipa winner for first. If Carter loses, Carter ties with the REV-Yucaipa loser for second.
If Carter finishes tied with REV, then Carter wins the tiebreaker, because Carter swept the two games with REV in the opening week of league. If Carter ties with Yucaipa, the teams split head-to-head, so you would go to runs allowed. But each team won a one-run game, Yucaipa by an 8-7 score, Carter by a 2-1 score in 8 innings, So each team allowed 9 runs. The next tiebreaker for baseball or softball is a coin flip, which I’m guessing would be held Friday night.
- Isaiah Davis, Carter – Fresno State
- Brett Vansant, Redlands East Valley – Western Kentucky
- Reggie Lawson, Victor Valley – Arizona State
- Kayla Washington, Cajon – Washington State
- Pamala Baber, Carter – Texas-El Paso
- Marissa Jauregui, Grand Terrace – UC Davis
- Danielle Rico, Grand Terrace – Eastern Michigan
- Jocelyn Betancourt, Grand Terrace – Cal St. Bakersfield
- Melanie Olmos, Grand Terrace – Oklahoma
- Riley Plogger, Redlands East Valley – Utah State
- Stephanie Ruelas, Redlands East Valley – Concordia
- Mallory Cross, Yucaipa – Texas-El Paso
- Kayla Martin, Yucaipa – Kansas Wesleyan
- Kelly Martinez, Yucaipa – Utah
Zoe Richard, Citrus Valley – Cal State Fullerton
Olivia Olvera, Citrus Valley – La Sierra
- Emily Longfellow, Redlands East Valley -University of Houston
Melissa Pepper, Redlands – West Virginia
Nicole Proctor, Redlands – UC Santa Barbara
- Janell Walley, Yucaipa – Boise State
- Alisha Edwards, Redlands HS – UCLA
UPDATED: Carter High safety Leni Toailoa decommitted from San Jose State to verbally commit to the UCLA Bruins’ football program, an offer he has had since July.
“It’s a big relief,” Toailoa said. “I was ready to be done with the process.”
The safety, ranked 13th in the West by Scout.com at the position, is commit No. 18 for the Bruins’ 2016 recruiting class that includes his older brother and high school teammate, Lokeni.
Carter coach Alex Pierce stated that he was not surprised with Leni’s commitment to UCLA, but he “thought there was one other school in the running, Arizona State. They were the first PAC-12 school to offer him but being around family was important to him.”
Lokeni announced his decision to go to UCLA at a ceremony in Rancho Cucamonga, the same event in which Leni made his verbal commitment to San Jose State on March 23.
The flip to UCLA places the brothers on a defense once again following their career at Carter High.
“It wasn’t anything,” said Leni, in regards to telling his brother about his decision. “We always knew we were going to go play together in college.”
The Toailoa brothers will led the Carter defense on Friday in its game against defending state champions, Redlands East Valley.
— #⃣2⃣ (@Leni_Uno) September 22, 2015
Carter coach Alex Pierce (left) and linebacker Lokeni Toailoa at Toailoa’s jersey presentation for the Under Armour All-American game this week.
“It was great,” coach Alex Pierce said. “As far as I know, he’s the first one from Rialto to get this. It’s quite an honor.”
It’s probably good for the Lions to get that out of the way now. Carter has a bye this week and then next week faces defending state Division II champion Redlands East Valley in the Citrus Belt League opener after getting blown out last year, 45-14. Distractions aren’t a big problem on a bye week, but on REV week, it certainly doesn’t help.
Toailoa’s 2015 season is just now getting underway for Carter (3-0). He missed most of a Week 0 win over Los Osos after he was ejected after a skirmish with an opposing player, then had to serve a one-game suspension in Week 1 vs. Rialto. Last week he was able to play more, recording seven total tackles (five solo), including two tackles for a loss in a rout of Riverside North. He also had two carries for 17 yards and a touchdown on offense.
Two Toailoas to UCLA?
Well-decorated Carter linebacker Lokeni Toailoa has already committed to UCLA. Now, his brother, Leni could be joining him there. Leni, recruited as a defensive back, received a scholarship offer to join Lokeni at UCLA this week. The brothers are both seniors at Carter, although Lokeni is older.
According to coach Alex Pierce, Leni is considering the offer, even though he had already given a verbal commitment to San Jose State back in March.
“I felt like I had a good relationship with San Jose State,” Green said. “He (coach) talked about me getting my degree, and when football is over, you need to have a degree.”
It didn’t hurt that his teammate, safety Leni Toailoa had already committed there, but was not the overwhelming factor.
“He lives down the street from me and he recruited me hard, too,” Green said. “But I have to worry about myself.”
Green, the third Carter player to commit in the last few months, had 54 total tackles last year, one interception,
He wants to focus on his team and has some individual goals, too.
“I can mainly just focus on my team, getting to CIF and to state,” said Green, who had not gotten another Division I offer, yet. “I want to lead the CBL in picks and tackles.”
Carter beats Etiwanda 2-1 in 9 innings, but watch the game-saving defensive play by the Carter infield in the seventh inning in the highlights above.
Carter’s Anthony Villegas, above pitched a nine-hitter, striking out six and walking two (one intentionally)
Coach Samuel Lopez above, talks after the win. In three playoff games, covering 25 innings, Carter has outscored its opponents 6-2. Pitching and defense have been the key to the playoff run