San Bernardino County Prep football coaching changes: an updated list

The latest list of San Bernardino County prep football coaching changes from last year to this year, with last year’s record in parentheses:

  • Arroyo Valley: old coach Tony DiThomas (3-7); new coach Demetrius Stewart
  • Cajon: old coach Kim Battin (2-8), new coach Nick Rogers
  • Don Lugo: old coach Lou Randall (3-7), new coach Luis Garcia
  • Fontana: old coach Nick Matheny (3-7); new coach David Crump
  • Grand Terrace: old coach Harold Strauss (4-6), new coach TBA
  • Ontario: old coach Ron Stocking Jr/ interim coach Ryan Alvarez (1-9); new coach John Kusleika
  • Ontario Christian: old coach Chris Stevens (6-5), new coach: Rick Martin
  • Rialto: old coach Gavin Pachot (6-5), new coach Drew Young
  • Rim of the World: old coach Bob Gradillas (8-4), new coach Ernie Madrigal
  • Summit: old coach Cesar Villalobos (5-6), new coach Nick Matheny
  • Victor Valley: old coach Leland Eudy (7-4); new coach Mark Mora

Gavin Pachot steps down at Rialto, leaving 7 football vacancies

Gavin Pachot has stepped down as head football coach at Rialto, saying, “I really feel like. the direction I was moving with the football team was not the same as the administration.”

In four seasons as head coach at Rialto, Pachot, a 1989 Fontana grad, was 24-20 with three playoff appearances. Prior to Pachot becoming the head  coach, Rialto was 11-69 in the previous eight seasons. He said he plans on coaching next season and in fact was scheduled to be interviewed for the Summit head coaching job on Wednesday.

Unless I’m missing one, here’s the updated list of San Bernardino County head football coaching changes, with old coach, (2013 record in parentheses) and new coach

  • Arroyo Valley: old coach Tony DiThomas (3-7); new coach Demetrius Stewart
  • Cajon: old coach Kim Battin (2-8), new coach Nick Rogers
  • Don Lugo: old coach Lou Randall (3-7), new coach TBA
  • Ontario: old coach Ron Stocking Jr/ interim coach Ryan Alvarez (1-9); new coach TBA
  • Rialto: old coach Gavin Pachot (6-5), new coach TBA
  • Rim of the World: old coach Bob Gradillas (8-4), new coach TBA
  • Summit: old coach Cesar Villalobos (5-6), new coach TBA

Parent of Rim of the World High alumni supports Bob Gradillas

Last week, I wrote about Rim of the World football coach Bob Gradillas stepping down after 18 successful years as head coach at the school, which included a CIF-SS title in 2012.
I quoted one parent anonymously, who said in part, “A lot of people don’t like him. I think he’s done a lot for the Rim program for so long. … I’m sad to see him go but excited for the change.”
At least one Rim supporter disagrees with the notion that “a lot of people don’t like him.” I figured it’s only fair to post here comments in support of Gradillas.
Roger Grotewold, who had four children attend Rim and all of them had either Bob, his father Frank or both as a teacher and/or coach emailed me in response to my story. He gave me permission to reprint his emailed comments on the blog. Here is the majority of his email:

“All of our children were involved with Frank and Bobby Gradillas at Rim and as a family we certainly appreciated their commitment to our children’s development into productive and contributing citizens.  Now that the Gradillas family is no longer coaching and mentoring our young Rim students, I certainly appreciated your commendable job of writing a positive article about Bobby and Frank.
One exception I need to mention is the parent you quoted in the article that began, One Rim Parent of a current and former football player said, “There’s a lot of people on the fence.  A lot of people don’t like him, etc.” That parent  certainly speaks for a small minority of the people in the Rim Of The World High School Community.  Sadly, as so often happens with things that are stated in the modern mass media today, a simple statement such as that parent’s comment can so easily be taken as a verifiable fact. It is simply not true.
 I am here to tell you, Pete, a vast majority of the parents and people associated with Rim Of The World High School express overwhelming praise and appreciation towards the Gradillas Family and their positive contribution to our youth and their development.  Sadly, my comment about this will only be heard by you in this email. 
In a world where fairness would be of the utmost importance, I would wish that all the people in The Sun community would hear the truth. You see Pete, a large majority of the folks on the mountain know and feel that Bobby and Frank Gradillas have done a wonderful job and have made a most positive contribution to the young people of our community. The parent you quoted previously certainly doesn’t speak for the majority and I wanted you to know that.”

Jurupa Hills football trying to raise money for championship rings

Win a CIF title and financial troubles for a high school football team are over?
Not hardly.
At Jurupa Hills, after winning the CIF-SS East Valley Division championship, the problem now is championship rings. Not all the players can afford their championship rings so coach Ed McMillon is seeking donations from the community.
Click here  to view Jurupa Hills’ fundraising video, with a chance to donate.

Tony DiThomas not done after stepping down at Arroyo Valley

I wasn’t able to talk to Tony DiThomas yesterday (Tuesday) after he stepped down at Arroyo Valley, but he called me back today, so here is some added information.
DiThomas confirmed that after his wife took the job as president at Barstow College, the two of them didn’t see each other much during the week. “It was stressful,” he said.
Now that DiThomas, 60,  is retiring from teaching at Arroyo Valley, he can spend more time with his wife in Barstow and he intends to coach next season, but only as an assistant.
“I want to help out somewhere,” he said.
He said that place does not need to be in the High Desert, closer to Barstow.
“I want it to be with a good, cohesive staff,” he said. “Wherever that happens to be.”
And he said regardless, since he won’t be teaching and he won’t be a head coach, he’ll be able to spend more time with his wife.

A lot to like about Jurupa Hills’ football title

Congratulations to Jurupa Hills for winning the CIF-SS East Valley Division football title on Saturday night with a 41-24 win over San Juan Capistrano St. Margaret’s.

Some thoughts:

  • It was amazing that the Spartans did it in just their fourth year of varsity competition and the first senior class that spent their entire careers at Jurupa Hills.
  • It was clear from the beginning that even though Jurupa Hills wasn’t finishing drives, the Spartans weren’t going to have trouble moving the ball and they could do it either running or passing. They finished with 314 rushing yards and 225 passing. Jurupa Hills was bigger, faster and deeper.
  • After scoring 21 unanswered points in the first half to take a 24-7 halftime lead, the key moments in the third quarter resulted in defensive stands. Two turnovers resulted in two field goal attempts and only one made, and it was still 24-10.
  • St. Margaret’s couldn’t cover Kourde Roberts. I had Roberts with 14 receptions for 168 yards and a touchdown. “We made up our minds that if they were playing off us, we would take short. Then if they came up on us, we would take them deep,” coach Ed McMillon said. Most of the passes were short, but many of those short passes became long gains.
  • With the game in hand, McMillon had some heartwarming moments. He has several girls on his roster (at least 3 on the varsity, but several others suited up Saturday). In the waning moments, he got several of them into the game, including senior Karen Gramajo, who successfully made the last extra-point attempt of the night. It was his chance to give them a chance at the spotlight.
  • Although we don’t know what leagues will be in which divisions next year, this is likely Jurupa Hills’ last year in the division. The Spartans will go into the San Andreas League (currently in the Eastern Division) next year. “I don’t know what it’s going to be like, but people are going to be expecting us to lose again,” junior Christian Steele said. Jurupa Hills will be good, but how good? “We have a lot of good juniors,” McMillon said. “But we’re going to have to find guys to replace those seniors.”

BOX SCORE
St. Margaret’s 7 0 3 14 — 24
Jurupa Hills   3 21 7 10 — 41
JH — FG Oscar Medina 38
SM — Josh Davis 2 run (Charlie Beall kick)
JH — D.J. Wright 7 run (Medina kick)
JH — Wright 1 run (Medina kick)
JH — Wright 5 run (Medina kick)
SM — FG Beall 45
JH — De’Andre Henderson 8 run (Medina kick)
SM — Davis 3 run (Beall kick)
JH — FG Medina 26
JH — Kourde Roberts 29 pass from Wright (Karen Gramajo kick)
SM — Oscar Gomez 16 run (Beall kick)

All San Andreas League Football

ALL-SAN ANDREAS LEAGUE FOOTBALL

OFFENSIVE MVP: Tahir Rashed-Mills, Sr., QB, San Gorgonio

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE

QB JAVONE MORGAN 12 RIALTO
BACK DANTE FINNEY 11 SAN GORGONIO
BACK BEN FITZPATRICK 12 CARTER
BACK MAURICE McKNIGHT 12 ARROYO VALLEY
BACK TAMAS STEWART 12 CARTER
REC ISAIAH DUNN 12 SAN GORGONIO
REC NATHAN MEADORS 11 SAN GORGONIO
REC KEON STEPHENS 11 SAN BERNARDINO
REC BRYAN WILLIAMS 12 RIALTO
OL TREVON LEE 12 CARTER
OL JOACHIN REYES 12 RIALTO
OL JULIAN RODRIGUEZ 11 SAN GORGONIO
OL DAMIAN SOLORIO 12 SAN GORGONIO
OL PAUL TRUJILLO-LANGDON 11 CARTER
K RAMSES HERRERA 12 SAN GORGONIO
       
HON SIRVANTI CAMPBELL 12 ARROYO VALLEY
HON ANDRE HOGUE 11 CARTER
HON BRYAN INDUNI 12 PACIFIC

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Fearless CIF-SS Football Championship game predictions

I had a really rough quarterfinal round, going only 7-6 in picking winners. Last week went much better, as I went 5-1, losing only the San Gorgonio game. For the season , I am 299-81 and have gotten the winning team and margin exactly right seven times.

San Bernardino County has only one championship game, but I will pick winners for all the divisions that include county teams. How much could rain play a factor? Hard to tell, but but it could make things interesting.

EAST VALLEY DIVISION
Saturday at Jurupa Hills
Jurupa Hills 42, St. Margaret’s 40
CENTRAL DIVISION
Saturday at Rancho Verde
Rancho Verde 28, Heritage 14
EASTERN DIVISION
Friday at Norte Vista
Citrus Hill 48, Norte Vista 31
INLAND DIVISION
Friday at Corona Centennial
Vista Murrieta 59, Corona Centennial 52
NORTHEAST DIVISION
Saturday at Salesian
Mission Prep 42, Salesian 32

All-Citrus Belt League football

ALL-CITRUS BELT LEAGUE FOOTBALL

Offensive MVPs: Malik Lovette (Redlands East Valley) and Tawon  Green (Eisenhower)
Defensive MVPs: Matteo Biscott (REV) and Terry Clarendon (Eisenhower)

First Team Offense
Quarterback
Marquane Harris, Eisenhower
Armando Herrera, REV
Running back
Tawon Green, Eisenhower
Alonzo Anderson, REV
Gavin Westover, Cajon
Zack Lindsey, Redlands
Offensive Line
Micah St. Andrew, Eisenhower
Joseph Price, REV
Steven Chaparro, Yucaipa
Josh Esco, REV
Lauuli Fata, REV
Brett Landon, Redlands
Tight End
Malik Lovette, REV
Wide Receiver
Anthony Grayson, REV
Erik Abrams, Yucaipa
Brandon Scott, Yucaipa
Marcus Durham, Redlands

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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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