Arroyo Valley girls basketball rallies after death of coach’s mother

photo (10)Valerie Anderson

As we’re still finishing up with football and other fall sports, we haven’t done much with winter sports yet.
But this one deserves some mention now.
Arroyo Valley girls basketball coach Michael Anderson’s mother, Valerie Anderson, passed away two days before Thanksgiving at the age of 60.
You may remember that Anderson stepped down as coach of Rialto after the 2012-13 season because his mother had a stroke and he needed to be her caregiver. He took the job at Arroyo Valley because it was close enough to his home in San Bernardino.
Anderson says he feels the support of his team, which is off to a 4-1 start to the season.
“It was hard to bail out on them (players). We use it as a motivational tool. They all had an opportunity to know how her after I left Rialto. They saw her around in a wheelchair and me being her caregiver,” Anderson said.

Eisenhower’s Aaryon Green signs with Long Beach State


Aaryon Green, above, talks about signing with Long Beach State for basketball and the upcoming season.


Former coach Crystal Pulido and current coach Monique Marquez talk about Aaryon Green.

The message was simple to the assembled students: even though you’re from Rialto, hard work can pay off.
Eisenhower High celebrated senior Aaryon Green on Wednesday, after she signed her National Letter of Intent to play basketball for Long Beach State.
“Wherever you are from, you can make dreams happen,” said former coach Crystal Pulido to assembled students in the cafeteria during lunch. “She worked, and she worked and she worked. I’m so proud to say that it paid off.”
Green, a 6-foot-2 post player in high school who will play small forward in college, averaged 18 points, 10 rebounds and four steals per game last year for the Eagles, earning team MVP, first-team all-league and first-team all-Sun honors. She chose Long Beach State over Hawaii.
“I just felt more comfortable at Long Beach,” she said. “It was more of a family atmosphere and I didn’t think I was ready to go far away from home yet.”
Said current coach Monique Marquez: “Aaryon has been remarkable for us. She’s been a leader, she’s been a role model. One thing you should know about Aaryon is that she’s not the biggest fan of school, but she knows what it takes to get it done.”
Green has lofty goals for this season.
“This year, I would like to score 25 points (a game), get my team past third round, maybe possibly CIF championship,” she said.

Cajon High girls basketball wins tournament

 

Cajon girls basketball wins Division 2 bracket of the San Diego Classic

Cajon girls basketball wins Division 2 bracket of the San Diego Classic

Cajon High’s girls basketball team won the Division 2 bracket at the San Diego Classic last weekend.

Yes, it is summer basketball and the tournament means nothing once the regular season starts in more than four months.

But it is impressive for a few reasons.

  • First, there were 128 teams in their bracket, meaning they had to win seven games to win the title.
  • Second, they weren’t playing a bunch of small schools. As the name of the bracket would suggest, those were all Division 2 opponents, with the exception of the team they beat in the championship game, Division 3 Oak Ridge of El Dorado Hills.
  • Third, they had only seven players, so there wasn’t a large margin for error in case of fouling out or injury or just fatigue.

Kayla Washington, who scored at least 20 points in each of the last three games, was named MVP. The games were played with two 20-minute running clock halves, but Cajon won each game (except for the championship game) by at least 11 points.

In the championship game, a 45-44 win over Oak Ridge, Washington was nine for 13 from the floor scoring 21 points with 10 rebounds, while Tyla Turner had 10 points & nine assists.

The last time Cajon won this tournament it was 2007. The next high school season 2007-08, the Cowgirls went on to win the CIF-SS Division IIA title.

Citrus Belt League winter all-league teams

CITRUS BELT LEAGUE WINTER ALL-LEAGUE TEAMS

BOYS BASKETBALL
FIRST TEAM
Marquane Harris- 12 Eisenhower – MVP
Darrien Manker- 12 Cajon
Kevin McNeal- 11 Cajon
Terry Clarendon- 12 Eisenhower
Markelle Harris- 11 Eisenhower
Rayshawn Kearney- 12 Eisenhower
Michael Johnson- 11 AB Miller
Philippe Salawa- 12 AB Miller
Bradly Motylewski- 11 Redlands
Elias Chuha- 12 Redlands East Valley
Alexios Ziska- 11 Redlands East Valley
Jaryn Taylor- 12 Yucaipa

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Links to the Winter All-Sun teams

Here are links to the winter sports all-Sun teams for easy reference.

BOYS BASKETBALL: http://bit.ly/Pu8bDb

GIRLS BASKETBALL: http://bit.ly/1nH2Ww0

BOYS SOCCER: http://bit.ly/1rlVybw

GIRLS SOCCER: http://bit.ly/1lG4c5N

WRESTLING: http://bit.ly/1nH3wdk

GIRLS WATER POLO: http://bit.ly/RMnOIg

 

San Bernardino County vs. Riverside County girls all-star basketball rosters

Here are the rosters for the girls game between San Bernardino and Riverside Counties at Cajon High, April 4 at 6 p.m. The boys game follows at 8 p.m.

San Bernardino Girls
Coach Anders Anderson Etiwanda
2   Jennifer Gonzalez   Carter
3   Kiana Matthews      Rancho Cucamonga
4   Khoeni Whiten       Jurupa Hills
10 Ebony McNary Redlands
10 Sandra Tucker        Ayala
11 Rajanee Anderson     Jurupa Hills
11 Cherice Harris       Etiwanda
15 McKynzie Fort        Etiwanda
20 Alexis Alexander     Rancho Cucamonga
20 Alyssa Anderson      Etiwanda
20 Karyna Quintanilla   Oak Hills
21 Mercedes Brown       Kaiser
21 Nautica Simmons      Cajon
22 Amani Alexander      Rancho Cucamonga
22 Caylee Bock  Eisenhower
22 Chase Nacsin Cajon
23 Jasmine Smith        Jurupa Hills
24 Amy Okonkwo  Etiwanda
32 Daeja Smith  Etiwanda
33 Tadria Cardenas      Cajon

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Michael Anderson, now at Arroyo Valley, set for Rialto return

Michael Anderson doesn’t know what kind of reception he’ll get, but he’s glad to get it out of the way early.
Anderson, who coached Rialto High girls basketball for 5 years, winning a CIF-SS title in 2011 and also becoming a state finalist that year, is now at Arroyo Valley. His first game back to Rialto is Thursday at 6 p.m.
He has some friends still at Rialto, but many administrators are no longer at the school from when Anderson started there. He knows some Rialto players and parents were upset when he left last season, to be closer to home where he can tend to his mother. It got worse when he took the job at Arroyo Valley, but that being closer to home made it a better fit.
“I’m glad it’s early, to get it out of the way,” Anderson said. “It (reaction) is going to be mixed.”
He doesn’t know what kind of a reception he will get, or if Rialto will try and get a big rowdy crowd to come in response to Anderson’s return. Having the first game between the teams at Rialto (instead of Arroyo Valley) helps Anderson. “So I can see what they do first,” he said.
He said he heard that Rialto covered up some banners or references to his CIF-SS championship team, but also said that could be part of a gym refurbishment.
His Arroyo Valleyteam  is 8-8 after losing its league opener on Tuesday to Carter and received two big blows, as Claudia Orantes tore her knee against Carter and is out for the year. In addition, junior Tamara Trigg, who was transferring  from Rialto to Arroyo Valley, was ruled out for the year by CIF-SS. Rialto is 2-9 after losing its league opener on Tuesday to San Gorgonio.

Early Signing Day List

Signings from San Bernardino County from the early signing period, either have already signed or are expected to sign.

Ayala volleyball
Erin Clark, Portland State

Bloomington wrestling
Uzo Owuama, Grand Canyon
Derrick Jones III, Grand Canyon

Chino Hills baseball
Aaron Dominguez, Mississippi St
Izzy Fuentes, San Diego State
Cody Sporrer, UC Riverside
Jake Taylor, New Mexico St
Kyle Wade, Iowa
Josh Walker, Grand Canyon

Chino Hills softball
Shianne Brannan, Cal State Fullerton
Patricia Parks, Arizona
Alyssa Mendez, Nevada

Chino Hills volleyball
Mallory Beard, Hampton University (Va.)

Etiwanda girls basketball
Alyssa Anderson UNLV
McKynzie Fort, Oregon
Cherice Harris, Arizona
Amy Okonkwo USC
Deaja Smith, Cal State Fullerton

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Michael Anderson agrees to coach Arroyo Valley girls basketball

 

Michael Anderson, new girls basketball coach at Arroyo Valley

Michael Anderson, new girls basketball coach at Arroyo Valley

Michael Anderson, who led Rialto High School’s girls basketball program to prominence in his five years as head coach, is the new head coach at Arroyo Valley he said.

Anderson built a 123-21 record in five years, winning at CIF-SS title in 2011 and was runner-up in the state that year. He stepped down after last season to spend time with his mother, who had suffered a stroke.

His mother lives with him, from where he can “walk to Arroyo Valley.”

Anderson said he talked to seven different schools after last season, but “Arroyo Valley was my first choice all along.”

Anderson takes over an Arroyo Valley program that went 6-20 last season and was blown out by Anderson’s Rialto squad by an average of 64 points in two San Andreas League games.

A full story will be on sbsun.com.

Best of the Best all-star girls basketball game: North 71, South 59

 

The picture above from staff photographer Gabe Acosta, that includes Rialto’s Birttany Neely (right) and Moreno Valley Rancho Verde’s Tierra Fuqua shows a bit of the physical nature of Friday’s Best of the Best All-Star Girls Basketball Game on Friday at Rialto High, a game won by the North, 71-59.

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