Our list of athletes signing this week

BASEBALL

  • Isaiah Davis, Carter – Fresno State
  • Brett Vansant, Redlands East Valley – Western Kentucky
  • Reggie Lawson, Victor Valley – Arizona State

GIRLS BASKETBALL

  • Kayla Washington, Cajon – Washington State

SOFTBALL

  • 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

SWIMMING

  • Emily Longfellow, Redlands East Valley -University of Houston
  • Melissa Pepper, Redlands – West Virginia
  • Nicole Proctor, Redlands – UC Santa Barbara

VOLLEYBALL

  • Janell Walley, Yucaipa – Boise State
TRACK AND FIELD
  • Alisha Edwards, Redlands HS – UCLA

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After beating REV, Rim girls volleyball ready for Durango Classic

Many of the top girls volleyball teams in the CIF Southern Section will be in Las Vegas this weekend for the 64-team Durango Fall Classic, which will be held at four high schools.
TX Body: And several of the top teams from San Bernardino County will be there, including preseason Sun Top 10 teams Redlands East Valley, Chino Hills and Rim of the World. Los Osos is a fourth county team in the tournament.
“I’m interested to see how we compete against bigger schools.” Rim coach Linda Pattison said.
All three of the county ranked teams, could end up facing each other if the seedings hold.
All three are seeded third in their four-team pool, so if they all went 1-2 in their pools on Friday they’d have a chance to play each other in Classic qualifying round Saturday morning or in the Classic Division Bracket or Contenter Division Bracket later on Saturday.
Rim is the highest seeded of the four county teams, seeded 40th overall, followed by REV (43rd), Chino Hills (47th) and Los Osos (57th). Los Osos is seeded fourth in its pool.
Pattison said Rim’s 14-25, 20-25, 25-16, 25-21, 15-12 win last week over REV improved the Scots’ seeding for the tournament.
“It moved us up more than it moved them down,” she said.
Rim’s win also did a lot for her team beyond tournament seeding.
“REV’s a good team and it shows we’re capable of beating a team like that,” she said.
In the match, Pattison said middle blocker Tia MacGuire, who Pattison did not expect to play due to an ankle injury, provided a big lift by playing in Sets 3, 4 and 5. They also had regular standouts Maddie Newcombe and Chloe Castillo (17 kills).
Rim usually schedules a tough preseason, so beating REV could help Rim in this tournament, in REV’s tournament Oct. 17 or in the CIF-SS playoffs.
Rim will play Honolulu ‘Iolani, Vista Murrieta and Los Osos in pool play on Friday.

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Aquinas volleyball displaced during gym renovation

I just spoke with the new Aquinas girls volleyball coach, Victoria Cachapero. I didn’t know until recently that former coaches Sara Rice and Jessica Granados left the school to coach at Beaumont. Cachapero is a Redlands High grad who in recent years coached at Eisenhower and Grand Terrace.

She told me that the team is currently displaced as the gym undergoes renovations. The team plays on the road to start the season and won’t be back in the until “early October” according to athletic director Chris Ybarra. The Falcons have been having to practice at other gyms, including Loma Linda Academy, to prepare for the season.

“It’s going to be much more modern with team rooms,: Ybarra said. Ybarra said there will be an expansion of the gym later this year.

They won’t be at home until October, so the volleyball team’s Ambassador League schedule will be backloaded with home games. It will be interesting to see how  that affects Aquinas in the playoff race. Last year, Aquinas finished second behind Woodcrest Christian, and just ahead of Loma Linda Academy. LLA is No. 6 in my preseason poll, while Aquinas is unranked. Aquinas could find its way into the top 10, led by sejnior MBs Indira Page and Michaella Elad and senior OH Kristen Goggin as well as promising freshman OH Eliana Chavira.

 

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The Sun’s girls volleyball preseason Top 10

For better or for worse, here’s my Sun Preseason Girls Volleyball Top 10

A more detailed list is here: http://www.sbsun.com/sports/20150901/the-suns-high-school-volleyball-preseason-top-10

1. RANCHO CUCAMONGA (22-9 last year)
2. CHINO HILLS (27-7)
3. REDLANDS EAST VALLEY (26-4)
4. YUCAIPA (18-11)
5. CITRUS VALLEY (20-7)
6. LOMA LINDA ACADEMY (20-5)
7. SERRANO (23-4)
8. RIM OF THE WORLD (18-10)
9. ALTA LOMA (33-3)
10. SUMMIT (15-7)
Others receiving consideration: Aquinas (18-5), Fontana (19-4).

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Rancho Cucamonga’s Megan Casillas picks UC Riverside

From Michelle Gardner:

Rancho Cucamonga High School girls volleyball standout Maegan Casillas has made a verbal commitment to UC Riverside.
The 6-foot middle blocker was also considering Cal Baptist, La Sierra and San Diego Christian. She preferred to stay in the area but was also familiar with the school.
“I went to a summer camp there and I learned a lot from the coaches,” she said. “I felt at home and really liked the atmosphere there.”
Casillas, a three-year varsity player for the Cougars, managed 43 blocks in helping her team to a second-place finish in the Baseline League.

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