Jurupa Hills football’s community day is Friday

While high school football is still extremely popular, the proliferation of high schools in the area has given it perhaps a little bit less of a community feel.
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Remember when Fontana had just one high school? Now there are 5, located in 3 different leagues. While many people go to support their local school, others go to see the best game of the week. Jurupa Hills, the 5th of the 5 high schools in Fontana to open, has been trying to build a community feel for its football program. For several years, coach Ed McMillon has has a community day, where the community can come out and meet the football team.

This year’s event is on Friday, Aug. 14, from 3-6 p.m. McMillon said there will be “music, food, fun, and games for the kids.” It’s an opportunity to meet and take pictures with players. While you could go to just about any practice at schools and take pictures with and of players, Jurupa Hills is making an active effort to interact with the community.

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VIDEOS: San Gorgonio baseball beats Jurupa Hills 2-1 on walk-off


Above, highlights of San Gorgonio’s 2-1 win over Jurupa Hills from April 28, 2015


Above, San Gorgonio senior Jason Wright talks. He was the winning pitcher in relief and it was his hit, coupled with a throwing error, that scored the winning run with one out in the bottom of the seventh.


Above, San Gorgonio coach Bill Eatinger talks about the win.

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2015 San Bernardino County Clash Weekend No. 2 Preview

2014 County Clash

Photo from the 2014 County Clash at San Manuel Stadium. (Micah Escamilla/San Bernardino Sun)

San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino serves as the host of the County Clash that host a series of games of a span of four weeks. The games below are for the second weekend of the 2015 County Clash series which take place on April 4.

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Christian Nunez led San Gorgonio to win, hands Indian Springs first loss

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). San Gorgonio

“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.”

Manuel Perez and Carlos Ortiz were each credited with an assist for the Spartans.
“Today, our offense was our best defense,” Villalobos said. “We out hustled them and we had a lot of possessions.”
The Spartans will play at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday against Rialto, who is in first place of the league. It will end the first round of league play.
Indian Springs
The game also resulted in the first loss of the season for the Coyotes.
The Coyotes were ranked No. 6 in the first San Bernardino Sun’s Top 10 Boys Soccer rankings of the season.
Indian Springs will look to bounce back in its next game, which is at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday against Jurupa Hills.

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Locals well represented on CalHiSports All-State softball teams

It was another banner year on the softball field for area high schools. Jurupa Hills and ACE won championships and Citrus Valley and Chino were runners-up.

Here are Sun/Daily Bulletin honorees

All-State 1st team
Tannon Snow Jr., SS, Chino Hills
Miranda Viramontes, Sr., P Chino
Janell Wheaton Sr., C, San Dimas
2nd team
Natalie Calderas, Sr., P, Jurupa Hills
Zoe Casas, Jr., OF, Aquinas
Paige Halstead, Jr., SS, Los Osos
Patricia Parks, Sr., P, Chino Hills
Taylon Snow, Fr., OF, Chino Hills
3rd team
McKenzie Long, Sr., 2B, Los Osos
Chloe Melanson, Jr., OF, Bonita
Sara Ketelsleger Sr., 3B, Ayala.

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All CIF-SS softball 2014 list

Here is the list of first team all-CIF Southern Section softball, with San Bernardino County athletes in bold:
DIVISION 1
Player of the Year: Nicole DeWitt, Sr., INF, Garden Grove Pacifica
Championship coach: Mark Campbell, Garden Grove Pacifica
First team
Lacey Alderman Sr., P, Murrieta Valley; Tera Blanca, Sr., P, Marina; Maddy Dwyer, Fr., P, Orange Lutheran; Mariah Lopez, So., P, Saugus; Alexis Osorio, Sr., P, ML King; Janine Petmecky, Sr., P, Riverside Poly; Selena Ta’amico Sr., P, Vista Murrieta; Micaela Vierra, Sr., P, Huntington Beach; Paige Von Sprecken, Sr., P, Yorba Linda; Rachel Sellers, Jr., C, Los Alamitos; Kacey Whitney, Jr., OF, Cypress; Paulina Anasis, Jr., INF, Anaheim Canyon; Nychole Antillon, Sr., INF, Mater Dei; Nicole Frye, Jr., INF, Corona Santiago; Ashley Goodwin, Sr., INF, Norco; Payton Lawton, Sr., INF, Rosary; Julie Lombardi, Sr., INF, West Ranch; Genesis Ramirez, So, INF, Oxnard; Dominique Salgado, Sr., INF, Valencia; Sara Silveyra, So., INF, Camarillo; Brynley Steele, Sr., INF, Esperanza.
DIVISION 2
Player of the Year: Taylor McQuillin, Jr., P, Mission Viejo
Championship coach: Troy Ybarra, Mission Viejo
First Team
Brianna Cassidy, Jr., C, Cajon; Brooke Bolinger, Sr., P, Yucaipa; Monica Pasillas Jr., OF, Redlands; Celeste Wood, Jr., P, Los Altos; Alexis Gonzalez, Sr., OF, West Covina; Kassidy Simons, Jr., P, Moorpark; Amanda Lorenz, Jr., P, Moorpark; Montana Dixon, So., C, Lakewood; Jessica Scroggin, Sr., OF, Lakewood; Miranda Viramontes, Sr., P, Chino; Alyssa Gonzalez, So., INF, Chino; Caitlyn Callahan, Sr., C, San Marino; Brooke Clemetson, Sr., P, Charter Oak; Taylon Snow, Fr., OF, Chino Hills; Tannon Snow, Jr., INF, Chino Hills; Sara Ketelsleger, Sr., INF, Ayala; Alyssa Palomino, Jr., OF, Mission Viejo; Jennifer Iseri, Jr., P, Cerritos; Annie Dipillo, Sr., INF, La Mirada; Samantha Glantz, Sr., C, Oaks Christian; Kelly Spear, Sr., INF, Oaks Christian.
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Prep baseball: schedules for 4 County Clashes

The first of 4 prep baseball County Clashes at San Manuel Stadium is tomorrow, March 22.

Here is the schedule for each of the series of games:

March 22
Arroyo Valley vs. Carter, 1 p.m.
Kaiser vs. Fontana, 4 p.m.
Yucaipa vs. Miller, 7 p.m.
March 29
Citrus Valley vs. Jurupa Hills, 1 p.m.
Redlands vs. Eisenhower, 4 p.m.
Rialto vs. San Gorgonio, 7 p.m.
April 26
Arrowhead Christian vs. Colony, 1 p.m.
Tahquitz vs. San Jacinto, 4 p.m.
Colton vs. Bloomington, 7 p.m.
May 10
Hemet vs. Beaumont, 1 p.m.
Redlands East Valley vs. Eisenhower, 4 p.m.
Cajon vs. Yucaipa, 7 p.m.

 

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Jurupa Hills football trying to raise money for championship rings

Win a CIF title and financial troubles for a high school football team are over?
Not hardly.
At Jurupa Hills, after winning the CIF-SS East Valley Division championship, the problem now is championship rings. Not all the players can afford their championship rings so coach Ed McMillon is seeking donations from the community.
Click here  to view Jurupa Hills’ fundraising video, with a chance to donate.

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A lot to like about Jurupa Hills’ football title

Congratulations to Jurupa Hills for winning the CIF-SS East Valley Division football title on Saturday night with a 41-24 win over San Juan Capistrano St. Margaret’s.

Some thoughts:

  • It was amazing that the Spartans did it in just their fourth year of varsity competition and the first senior class that spent their entire careers at Jurupa Hills.
  • It was clear from the beginning that even though Jurupa Hills wasn’t finishing drives, the Spartans weren’t going to have trouble moving the ball and they could do it either running or passing. They finished with 314 rushing yards and 225 passing. Jurupa Hills was bigger, faster and deeper.
  • After scoring 21 unanswered points in the first half to take a 24-7 halftime lead, the key moments in the third quarter resulted in defensive stands. Two turnovers resulted in two field goal attempts and only one made, and it was still 24-10.
  • St. Margaret’s couldn’t cover Kourde Roberts. I had Roberts with 14 receptions for 168 yards and a touchdown. “We made up our minds that if they were playing off us, we would take short. Then if they came up on us, we would take them deep,” coach Ed McMillon said. Most of the passes were short, but many of those short passes became long gains.
  • With the game in hand, McMillon had some heartwarming moments. He has several girls on his roster (at least 3 on the varsity, but several others suited up Saturday). In the waning moments, he got several of them into the game, including senior Karen Gramajo, who successfully made the last extra-point attempt of the night. It was his chance to give them a chance at the spotlight.
  • Although we don’t know what leagues will be in which divisions next year, this is likely Jurupa Hills’ last year in the division. The Spartans will go into the San Andreas League (currently in the Eastern Division) next year. “I don’t know what it’s going to be like, but people are going to be expecting us to lose again,” junior Christian Steele said. Jurupa Hills will be good, but how good? “We have a lot of good juniors,” McMillon said. “But we’re going to have to find guys to replace those seniors.”

BOX SCORE
St. Margaret’s 7 0 3 14 — 24
Jurupa Hills   3 21 7 10 — 41
JH — FG Oscar Medina 38
SM — Josh Davis 2 run (Charlie Beall kick)
JH — D.J. Wright 7 run (Medina kick)
JH — Wright 1 run (Medina kick)
JH — Wright 5 run (Medina kick)
SM — FG Beall 45
JH — De’Andre Henderson 8 run (Medina kick)
SM — Davis 3 run (Beall kick)
JH — FG Medina 26
JH — Kourde Roberts 29 pass from Wright (Karen Gramajo kick)
SM — Oscar Gomez 16 run (Beall kick)

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Thoughts on Jurupa Hills’ football win over Rim

There were a few things I wanted to mention, following up from Friday night’s Jurupa Hills 31-21 victory over Rim of the World in a Mountain Valley League showdown.

  • At the least, it should move No. 3 Jurupa Hills past No. 2 Rim in the East Valley Division rankings.
  • The size of the crowd there was a little disappointing to me, although it was not homecoming, nor was it senior night. Perhaps as the newest school in town, Jurupa Hills has trouble growing a fan base especially with perennial power Kaiser also in South Fontana. I understand why coach Ed McMillon is trying to convince people in the community to watch his team play. They are exciting and good and they should get some more support.
  • Jurupa Hills had a ridiculous number of penalties, which will need to be corrected if the Spartans want to win a CIF title. By my count, Jurupa Hills had 15 penalties for 140 yards. Rim? They had just three for 20 yards.
  • Jurupa Hills’ defense was very impressive, including senior linebacker Deshire Singleton, as well as Nick Navarro, who had his second pick-6 in the last two weeks (a fact I failed to mention in the story). When you hold Rim to 225 yards rushing on 51 carries as a team and intercept them 3 times, you’re doing something right.
  • The Jurupa Hills offense stagnated at times, but then showed the ability to break open at any given time.
  • One thing I did mention in the story, but bears repeating: Neither of these teams won league last year, but both made at least the CIF-SS semifinals. Rim could still make a playoff run like it did despite losing twice in league last year.
  • Can these teams face each other again? It’s possible. But if Jurupa Hills wins out, they will get the No. 2 seed (assuming No. 1 St. Margaret’s wins out). If, as a result, Rim gets the league’s second entry into the playoffs, Rim would have to be on the other half of the bracket from Jurupa Hills and could be no better than a 4 seed. Last year, there were two Mountain Valley League rematches in the playoffs: and both times the team that lost in league, won in the playoffs: Jurupa Hills beating Citrus Valley in the second round, and Rim beating Banning in the semifinals.

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