With Arroyo Valley girls basketball coach Michael Anderson suspended for 2 games in the wake of last week’s 161-2 win over Bloomington, his son, 19-year-old Nick Anderson is the acting head coach.
I have several thoughts on this. First, I think the 2 games was fair. He didn’t deserve to lose his job. But I think a short suspension is warranted. No rules were broken, but the sportsmanship line was crossed. I have no problem with 2 games.
Second, is this kid really 19, only 2 years removed from high school? He is, and while he wasn’t really put to the test on Wednesday, I have the feeling he’s going to be one hell of a coach someday. He handles himself with the media well and he knows his father’s system. Impressive.
Above, Arroyo Valley senior Nidirah Stephens talks. What she said didn’t surprise me. I know how loyal Michael Anderson’s players are to him. It does not appear their support for their coach has wavered.
Regarding Bloomington girls basketball’s 161-2 loss to Arroyo Valley last week, I got a statement from Katie Orloff, who is the communications manager/spokesperson for the Colton Joint Unified School District, who said,
Sun Girls Basketball Top 10
1. Cajon 16-0
Has had only 2 games decided by less than 16 points
2. Etiwanda 7-5
Brutal preseason hurt record
3. Eisenhower 11-1
Could provide Cajon competition in the CBL
4, Summit 12-3
Lost to Cajon and Etiwanda, defeated Oak Hills
5. Chino Hills 12-3
Could provide threat to Etiwanda in Baseline
6. Oak Hills 12-2
Jannon Otto averaging 24.5 points per game
7. Arroyo Valley 14-1
Could bad publicity affect success?
8. Grand Terrace 10-2
Both losses to Riverside County teams: Patriot, Norco
9. Alta Loma 8-5
Should be a top contender to win Mt. Baldy
10. Upland 11-6
Top three is a possibility in the Baseline
CIF-SS Girls basketball rankings
After its girls basketball team lost 161-2 to Arroyo Valley last week, Bloomington High has yet to return from Winter Break. That happens Tuesday (today, Jan. 13).
Here’s what athletic director Chris Brickley is concerned about for when students return and what he’s done to prevent it:
I contacted the CIF-Southern Section and spokesman Thom SImmons (above) to see if they had any reaction to the 161-2 Arroyo Valley-Bloomington girls basketball game and here is what he wrote:
I am doing a follow-up story on my story on the 161-2 win by Arroyo Valley girls basketball over Bloomington. That story will be done later today and in the paper tomorrow.
Here is some of what I know, and I hope to update this further later today:
Grand Terrace captain Skyler Lewis scored 31 points and 23 rebounds in the non-conference victory over Beaumont High.
During the game, Lewis scored the 1,000th point and collected her 1,000th rebound in her career as a student-athlete for the Titans.
Above, Arroyo Valley coach Michael Anderson coaches in a game last year.
The score was outrageous: a typo perhaps. On Monday, the Arroyo Valley High girls varsity basketball team defeated Bloomington 161-2 in a game that was 104-1 at halftime.
Read my story I wrote today about it.
I know Arroyo Valley coach Michael Anderson fairly well, and have known him for several years now. I will believe him when he says he wasn’t trying to embarrass anybody.
But, he didn’t take care enough to make sure that didn’t happen. He knew how lopsided it would be and he needed to keep an eye on the scoreboard to make sure it didn’t get to a 161-2. You can’t make Bloomington score, but you can keep your own score down.
I realize it’s tough when you have a pressure-style defense and the other team has trouble handling the ball. But surely you can work on your passing, something so you don’t score 161 points, especially 104 in the first half. Does Bloomington need to get better? Sure. But with only one player who had ever played basketball before, there was little chance the game would be competitive.
Ironically, it was about 20 years ago when Don Markham took over the Bloomington football program en route to winning CIF and set all kind of scoring records. I remember the first score I saw that I thought was a typo: 86-8 over Big Bear. It took some time for the running clock rules to change in football. In this day and age, I don’t think you’ll see more 161-2 scores out of Arroyo Valley, or if you do, you won’t see Anderson coaching there any more.
Arroyo Valley girls coach Michael Anderson, above, in a game last year
There have been a flurry of one-day basketball events in recent years, and now you can add one at Arroyo Valley to the list.
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 19, Arroyo Valley will host a full slate of games for the Dr. Martin Luther King Basketball Classic, all but one of which are girls games.
The schedule begins with a pair of girls junior varsity games at 8 a.m. The varsity schedule begins with Ganesha vs. Claremont at 11 a.m., Perris vs. Rubidoux at 12:30 p.m,, Corona Santiago vs. Bloomington Christian at 2 p.m., and Fontana vs. Riverside King at 3:30 p.m. The lone boys game is Arroyo Valley vs. Fontana at 5 p.m., and is followed by two more girls games: Arroyo Valley vs. former league rival San Bernardino at 6:30, and Barstow vs. Colony at 8 p.m.
The event is organized by Arroyo Valley girls coach Michael Anderson, who has been trying to make Arroyo Valley known for girls basketball since he took over the program about a year and a half ago.