San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino serves as the host of the County Clash that host a series of games of a span of four weeks. The games below are for the second weekend of the 2015 County Clash series which take place on April 4.
All three head football coaching jobs in the Colton Unified School District were posted as being open on Thursday, but its entirely possible only one of the schools will change head coaches.
The one that will change is at Bloomington, where Marcos Fino stepped down after three straight 1-9 seasons.
“He felt that the players weren’t responding to him,” Bloomington athletic director Chris Brickley said of the reason why Fino stepped down.
Brickley said he feels like if the Bruins get the right person in place, it can be turned around next year.
“We want someone who is experienced in turning programs around,” Brickley said. “I think our preseason schedule is favorable. And we return quite a few starters. A turnaround is possible if we get the right guy.”
Brickley also said that a massive stadium renovation at Bloomington should make the job even more attractive to applicants.
The other two head coaching positions in the district, at Colton and Grand Terrace were also posted as being open on a job web site. But both of those coaches, Chris Mailo from Colton and Ryan Smalls from Grand Terrace are planning on returning.
However, because Mailo and Smalls are not on-campus teachers at the school, the positions are opened up each year. Should a teacher on campus meet the qualifications, they would get priority for the job.
Does this seem a little odd? And is there more to this story?
I would say yes, and no.
It is odd, because of the multitude of off-campus coaches each year, they aren’t all opened up every year at least in other districts they aren’t. This could be an exception because either it’s Colton district (and maybe they do things differently), or it’s football, because it’s the highest-profile sport.
It has been suggested that there may be more to this. But if Smalls and Mailo are being pushed out for any reason, I think they would know about it. And by all appearances, they don’t know about it and intend on being back.
Joshua Johnson and Kaiser, here against Summit, only have one way they won’t be the league’s No. 1 team for the playoffs.
The Sunkist League is one of those leagues where, if all things go as expected, they will not need to use coin flip results to determine league placement for the playoffs.
Kaiser is favored to defeat Colton and Summit is expected to beat Grand Terrace, which would put Kaiser first, Summit second and Colton third.
But if Colton and Summit win, or if Grand Terrace and Kaiser win, there would be a 3-way tie. And it wouldn’t be different if there had been no upsets.
In the case of Colton and Summit winning, the 3-way tie would be for 1st between Kaiser, Summit and Colton. The coin flip results would put Kaiser first, Summit second and Colton third.
In the case of Grand Terrace and Kaiser winning, the 3-way tie would be for 2nd between Summit, Colton and Grand Terrace. The coin flip results: Summit 2nd, Colton 3rd, Grand Terrace 4th.
So, it sounds like Summit is locked into the No. 2 spot? Not completely. If both games are upsets, and Colton and Grand Terrace win, there would be no coin flips necessary, Colton would be 4-1 in league and go as the No. 1 based on head-to-head, Kaiser would be 4-1 and No. 2, and Grand Terrace would be 3-2 and the No. 3 team (on head-to-head), leaving Summit at 3-2 and No. 4, and vying for an at-large berth.
The first of 4 prep baseball County Clashes at San Manuel Stadium is tomorrow, March 22.
Here is the schedule for each of the series of games:
Arroyo Valley vs. Carter, 1 p.m.
Kaiser vs. Fontana, 4 p.m.
Yucaipa vs. Miller, 7 p.m.
Citrus Valley vs. Jurupa Hills, 1 p.m.
Redlands vs. Eisenhower, 4 p.m.
Rialto vs. San Gorgonio, 7 p.m.
Arrowhead Christian vs. Colony, 1 p.m.
Tahquitz vs. San Jacinto, 4 p.m.
Colton vs. Bloomington, 7 p.m.
Hemet vs. Beaumont, 1 p.m.
Redlands East Valley vs. Eisenhower, 4 p.m.
Cajon vs. Yucaipa, 7 p.m.
Results from Thursday’s Sunkist League Wrestling Finals at Bloomington HS
Top 2 are CIF Individual Qualifiers for the Central Division being held at Norte Vista HS Feb. 21-22.
108: 1. -John Odenbaugh (11) Grand Terrace; 2. Ismael Carbajal (11) Bloomington; Alt-Issac Duran (10) Colton.
115: 1. Richard Lopez (12) Bloomington; 2. Christian Juarez (10) Grand Terrace; Alt-Max Morales (9) Colton
122: 1. Miles Avila-Johnson (12) Bloomington; 2. Luis Lopez (11) Fontana; Alt-Emilio Loera (10) Grand Terrace
2012-13 All-Sunkist League boys soccer
MVP: Omar Montes, Fontana
Juan C. Carbajal, Fontana
Anthony Flores, Fontana
Hector Alba, Fontana
Rafael Suares, Fontana
Paulo Fonseca, Fontana
Humberto Smith, Summit
George Garcia, Summit
Alberto Carranza, Summit
Roberto Saul Sandoval, Summit
Alexis Nolasco, Bloomington
William Chi, Bloomington
Juan Ramirez, Bloomington
Carlos Cardenas, Bloomington
Eduardo Rodela, Colton
Luis Lopez, Colton
Rey Coscuera, Colton
Alexis Morgan, Kaiser
Adrian Magana, Kaiser
Joseph Fernandez, Grand Terrace
The Colton Christmas Classic, a longstanding wrestling tournament at this time of the season takes place again this Friday and Saturday.
Fans who bring a new toy for the toy drive can get in free.
The tournament includes about 29 teams, including the following San Bernardino County teams: Aquinas, Carter, Chaffey, Colton, Grand Terrace, Pacific, San Gorgonio, Upland, Yucaipa, and Yucca Valley. The finals will start on Saturday around 2:30 p.m., coach Anthony Urrea reports.
Congratulations to Colton football player Brandon Ceballos, who has committed to playing at NAIA Trinity International University in Illinois.
Ceballos is a fullback/linebacker/defensive end who was listed at 5-foot-9, 210 pounds on the 2011 roster. He was a starter for the 2010 CIF championship team.
Except for an unnecessarily dramatic renewal of head coach Rick Bray’s contract for this upcoming year, the last nine months have been bliss for the Colton High School football team, as the Yellowjackets won their first CIF-SS title since 1978 and have been on cloud nine riding the wave of congratulatory back slaps ever since.
But Bray knows that all the accolades that his team has gotten won’t help it this year. And he knows that a 2010 CIF title puts a big target on his team in 2011, even if he is trying to get creative in deflecting that target.
“The way we see it, Cajon High School should have the target because they were the San Andreas League champs last year,” Bray said. “They have a title that we want. But we do know that teams are going to be shooting for us this year.”
Colton loses several star components from last year’s squad, as all-CIF players Rodney Hardrick, Tyler Ervin, Devan Hussey and John Taylor are currently on college campuses. But the cupboard is hardly empty at Colton, as the Yellowjackets return starters on both lines and a talented secondary.
Colton High School will be hosting a recruiting seminar titled “The Realities of College Recruiting” Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the school auditorium open to high school athletes and their parents. The seminar, presented by Jack Renkens, will hit on the methodology of college recruiters, NCAA Clearinghouse Guidelines and the best way to present yourself to colleges. For more information go to www.recruitingrealities.com.