There can be a fine line in scheduling for high school sports teams between scheduling easy enough for the team to get some confidence and hard enough for them to be challenged.
But, if you’re not really concerned with one of those two sides of the coin, it makes it a bit easier.
Grand Terrace girls soccer at 5-6-3 already has twice as many losses as it had all of last season, when it went 21-3-3, but was ousted in the second round of the CIF-SS playoffs.
Coach Ryan Pacheco isn’t concerned about the team’s confidence. Nearly all of the key players from last year’s team are back this year, so confidence isn’t an issue. He wanted the team to be challenged, so he upped the schedule.
It’s not that last year’s was easy, and it wasn’t a complete overhaul, but he wanted to upgrade. Truthfully, the poor record is due in part to the Titans not fielding its starting 11 for any game this season, until Wednesday’s showdown with No. 1 Bloomington. The game is at Bloomington at 5 p.m.
“I told the girls in 14 games played, don’t expect to be 14-0,” Pacheco said. “The schedule has provided us a chance to see what we can do.”
Because of injuries and other absences, Pacheco and his staff have gotten a chance to see a lot of players play who wouldn’t normally have played.
“I’m pleased with where we’re at,” Pacheco said. “It helps us out to see subs for the girls that normally wouldn’t be starting for us. It’s a huge confidence boost. We know they can hold their own.”
Pacheco isn’t concerned with his team’s record, and also isn’t concerned with his team’s ranking. While the record isn’t good, the ranking is just fine.
Despite its sub-par record, Grand Terrace is ranked No. 3 in CIF-SS Division 6, behind No. 1 Bloomington and No. 2 Lake Elsinore Temescal Canyon.
“The people that do the polls, they understand us,” Pacheco said. “It (schedule) is something people take into account.”
Both Grand Terrace and Bloomington have played Temescal Canyon. Bloomington defeated Temescal Canyon 3-0 on Dec. 8, while Temescal Canyon defeated Grand Terrace 2-0 on Dec. 15.
That being said, Pacheco expects the game against Bloomington to be close.
“Personally, I think it’s a toss-up,” Pacheco said. “I would be surprised if it’s a blowout.”
A year ago, Grand Terrace won 2-1 and the teams tied the other game 0-0, Grand Terrace’s only league blemish. In three years, only one of six games between the teams has been decided by more than one goal.
This weekend, there are 2 high school wrestling tournaments, held just 12 miles apart. Can they both survive?
Time will tell.
Originally, there was the San Bernardino County Championships, which had been held at Arroyo Valley years ago. When Arroyo Valley ended its program and director Oscar Briseno started coaching at Bloomington, Bloomington became involved and they moved the event to Jurupa Hills, where is was called the Inland Empire Tournament of Champions.
Well, Briseno isn’t at Bloomington any more, and took his part of the tournament,, San Bernardino County championships, to Grand Terrace.
So two 1-day tournaments will be held on the same day, one at Jurupa Hills one at Grand Terrace.
Bloomington coach Vince LaFarge thinks so. His tournament will only be about 14 teams and he wants to keep it to no more than 16 teams in the future.
“I probably didn’t do a good job of being aggressive recruiting teams,” LaFarge said. “But we have some really quality teams and our top 8 is really solid.”
Lauren Aguillard and Grand Terrace (6-4, 1-1) defeated Colton, 14-4.
Aguillard recorded a single sweep for the Titans while Vivianne Ramirez and Moira O’Neill recorded a doubles sweep against the Yellowjackets in Sunkist League play.
Grand Terrace will play on Friday at Kaiser High School.
Above: video highlights of Grand Terrace-Kaiser baseball
Above: Grand Terrace pitcher Maxx Zeman, who pitched a complete game, talks about the game
A longer look of 1 highlight: was this Grand Terrace baserunner safe or out at the plate? Looked safe to me.
Grand Terrace celebrates on Saturday (via @Flores7899 on twitter)
Grand Terrace won the competitive Santiago Spring Fling Tournament on Saturday, hosted by Corona Santiago.
The event covers two weekends. On April 10, Grand Terrace defeated Valencia West Ranch 5-1 and on April 11, defeated Oak Hills 7-3 before losing to Murrieta Valley 2-1. Last Saturday, the Titans finished off the title with a pair of wins 4-3 over Citrus Valley and avenging their earlier tournament loss by beating Murrieta Valley in the finals, 7-2.
How impressive was it? Murrieta Valley and West Ranch are both ranked in the top 10 in Division 1 and Citrus Valley, although unranked had defeated tournament host Corona Sanitago (ranked No. 2 in Division 1) earlier in the tournament.
On Saturday, Melanie Olmos starred in the circle and at the plate. She was the winning pitcher in both games. She drove in two runs, including the winning run against Citrus Valley and had two more hits and drove in two more runs against Murrieta Valley.
With delays due to spring break, Bloomington appears on the verge of naming its new head football coach.
The Colton district board agenda for Thursday lists Brian W. Kidd as the selection. The agenda also lists him as a walk-on and a new hire.
At this time, it is not known whether it is the same Brian Kidd who used to be the head coach at Carter, most recently in 2007.
In addition, the agenda lists that Ryan Smalls will return as Grand Terrace coach for a second season. Smalls was the Titans’ coach last year, but his position was opened up after the season because he is not a teacher at the school.
Watch the above video, you’ll see there’s plenty of action in this game despite it being a 0-0 tie. The tie benefits first-place Grand Terrace more, but you can see that both team went for the win in this one.
Grand Terrace coach Ryan Pacheco talks about the tie. The Titans wanted a better result, but a challenge is a good thing to prepare for the playoffs. Overall, he was a little disappointed, but not concerned.
Bloomington co-coach Rudy Beteta talks about the tie, and what his impressions were of the game. Coaches on both sides seem to think they could see each other in the playoffs. But if they finish 1-2 in league as they should and they meet in the playoffs, that would have to be in the CIF-SS Finals because top two teams from a league are on opposite sides of the bracket. “Us playing in the finals?” Ryan Pacheco said. “I’d like to sell tickets to that.”
Although Grand Terrace has a few players other than UC RIverside-bound Skyler Lewis, they not only didn’t they have outside shooters, but they weren’t scorers on Tuesday night. Summit on the other hand, is much more athletic, and much deeper. Summit has now won 18 league games in a row.
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.