Indian Springs boys volleyball, which won the South Valley League to become the school’s first-ever league champion in any sport, won a playoff match for the first time on Tuesday.
The Coyotes swept Emerson Honors of Orange, 25-15, 25-20, 25-10 on Tuesday in the Division 5 first round. Next up for Indian Springs is a matchup Thursday at top-seeded Damien. Match is scheduled for 7 p.m. This is about the only sport where the two schools could meet in the playoffs. Perhaps Damien will move up a division after this year.
Jonathan Sanchez and the Indian Springs Coyotes boys volleyball caps off its undefeated South Valley League Championship season (15-3, 12-0) with a victory over the Nuview Bridge Academy Knights, 25-18, 25-12, 25-19.
The Coyotes volleyball team clinched the school’s first ever league championship in any sport following the victory over Public Safety Academy and Knights’ loss to the California Military Institute.
“It was a great group of kids,” said Coyotes coach John Arient. “It means a ton to not only this group of guys (to win the league title) but for the school as a whole.”
Arient stated that this group is unique as several of the players do not play volleyball as their primary or first sport. Several members also play for the school’s soccer and wrestling teams.
Sanchez, who is a wrestler, contributed to the victory with 28 assists for the Coyotes. Manual Cardenas, who also plays soccer, had 12 kills with five aces and two blocks.
The Coyotes, who made it to the CIF playoffs last season will await the CIF announcement for the playoff pairings on May 8th at 9 a.m.
“We played Yucaipa last year in the playoffs,” Arient said. “We think that loss last season has motivated us this season.”
Before talking about Indian Springs’ 1st win of the season last week, I’d like to say that while I don’t root for teams, I hope every high school varsity team gets at least 1 win per season. Just a chance to taste victory. I’m not asking for every team to win exactly half of their games. I just hope that every team gets a chance to savor victory.
When you’re building a program from scratch, there are bound to be some bumps in the road.
The Indian Springs boys basketball team hopes those bumps are in the past.
Indian Springs earned hits first win of he season last Friday with a 66-54 San Andreas League win over San Gorgonio, improving to 1-16 on the season.
“It was tough early on,” coach Jamaal Cannon said. “We had the Bloomington Christian Tournament and we could’ve won two, if not all three games. We couldn’t get any breaks.
“Our two games leading up to (the win), our defense was getting a little bit better. (The win) was a huge relief. We know we can beat teams.”
Christian Nunez scored two goals for the San Gorgonio Spartans (7-6-6 overall, 2-2 league) in the San Andreas League victory, 2-1, over the Indian Springs Coyotes (10-1-5, 1-1-2).
“We are better than our record would show. We just haven’t put it together until today,” said Spartans head coach Adrian Villalobos. “The San Andreas League is tough, anyone can beat anyone on any given day.”
Indian Springs boys soccer coach John Arient talks after his team tied Rialto 1-1.
My thoughts: Indian Springs looks good, but the San Andreas League looks like a dog fight. Indian Springs are currently ranked second in CIF-SS, but I’d be surprised if the Coyotes remain No. 2. Why? It has as much to do with the rest of the league. Indian Springs and Rialto have both tied their first 2 games. I wouldn’t be surprised if the winner of the SAL is something like 4-2-4 in league. That might not help CIF-SS rankings, but might help prepare a team for the playoffs.
I don’t know all the details on these games, but there were some interesting results on Friday in games that were out of the spotlight a bit.
First, in the Mountain Valley League, Pacific upset previously undefeated Moreno Valley 23-18. What kind of an upset was this? calpreps.com predicted a 31-10 Moreno Valley win.
It had appeared like Vista Del Lago and Moreno Valley were the top 2 teams in the league. Now, it seems all we know for sure in the league is that Vista Del Lago is No. 1 and Banning is the last team. But Pacific’s win throws into doubt the other four teams.
The other two scores are interesting for the same reason: it’s those schools first-ever league win.
Indian Springs surprisingly routed Rialto 42-0 to win its first ever league game, in San Andreas League. And Adelanto defeated Granite Hills 20-13 in the Desert Sky, earning Adelanto its first-ever league win. Congratulations to those teams. May they be the first of many.
Indian Springs is in its first season as a varsity football program, and unfortunately for the Coyotes, they will not be playing any games on campus.
Although Indian Springs knew its stadium would not be ready, it had planned to play one home game on a Saturday afternoon on campus September 14), and have other games played at San Gorgonio.
But with the school’s grass field struggling to take hold, the decision has been made to not play any games on campus this year. That might extend to the soccer season in the winter.
As a result, all 3 of Indian Springs’ “home games” will be played at San Gorgonio.
The full schedule:
At Monday’s meeting at Arroyo Valley, proposal No. 19, one submitted by Riverside Norte Vista, was the winning bid.
Here’s a look at how the leagues will look for 2 years beginning in the fall of 2014, beginning with leagues that have San Bernardino County schools. New schools in that league in bold:
CITRUS BELT LEAGUE
Cajon, Carter, Citrus Valley, Eisenhower, Miller, Redlands, Redlands East Valley, Yucaipa.
DE ANZA LEAGUE
Big Bear, Desert Hot Springs, Desert Mirage, Rancho Mirage, Shadow Hills, Twentynine Palms, Xavier Prep, Yucca Valley.
DESERT SKY LEAGUE
Adelanto, Barstow, Granite Hills, Silverado, Victor Valley
Indian Springs, the newest school in San Bernardino, was rejected for early admission into the San Andreas League on Wednesday.
The school which has only freshmen and sophomores this year and won’t have play a varsity sport until the fall of 2013, was asking the San Andreas League for admission next fall, a year before the new league alignment goes into effect in the fall of 2014.
In a meeting of San Andreas League principals and athletic directors, the league voted 6-0 to deny Indian Springs admission for next fall. As a result, unless Indian Springs can find another league to accept them, the school will have to play a freelance schedule for the 2013-14 school year.
Pacific Athletic Director Carmel Brand said there were several reasons why the league denied Indian Springs entry into the league.