REV’s Victoria Bustamante lands softball offer

Football is no longer the only program at Redlands East Valley to have a player receive a scholarship offer this week as softball player Victoria Bustamante has stated that she received an offer from La Sierra University.

“This opportunity doesn’t happen too often to girls just finishing their sophomore year,”  Bustamante said. “I am very flattered with this opportunity.”

While Bustamante is happy about the offer, she plans to keep her mind focused on her junior and senior seasons at REV.

“First of all I would like to thank God without him none of this would be possible,” she said. “But I have to stay focused on the upcoming year especially with my grades, school and just having fun with my softball teammates.”

Bustamante stated that the Golden Eagles became interested in her after watching her play with her travel ball team, the Orange County Batbusters.

 REV will look to build off a 14-8 overall season where the Wildcats took third in the Citrus Belt League behind Yucaipa and Citrus Valley.

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Redlands East Valley players continue to land college football offers

Junior linebacker Jaelan Phillips became the second member from Redlands East Valley High School to receive an offer from the University of Washington.

It is the first offer Phillips, according to REV football coach Kurt Bruich when he shared the news on Twitter yesterday.

As reported earlier this week, REV’s Khris Vaughn was the other player to land an offer from Washington.

Senior defensive tackle Shynol McClain also received his first offer from Trinity International University.

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REV’s Khris Vaughn lands an offer with the Washington Huskies

Redlands East Valley wide receiver Khris Vaughn landed an offer from the Washington Huskies, according to head coach Kurt Bruich.

According to Rivals.com, Vaughn is a 3-star recruit with offers from Boise State, Eastern Washington, UC Davis and Northern Arizona.

Vaughn will be entering his senior season with the Wildcats, after the team won the CIF State Championship for Division 2.

During his junior season, Vaughn had 1,270 receiving yards with 16 touchdowns on 65 receptions in 16 games played. Vaughn also contributed on special teams as the Wildcats’ kick returner. He had 275 return yards on the season, according to Maxpreps.

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VIDEO: Yucaipa softball downs REV 4-1 on Senior Day

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: Yucaipa softball downs Redlands East Valley, 4-1.

VIDEO: Yucaipa senior Brooke Bolinger talks about winning on senior day vs REV.

VIDEO: Yucaipa senior Annie Bakenhus talks about beating REV.
VIDEO: Yucaipa senior Jordan Green talks about winning on senior day to clinch a share of league.
VIDEO: Yucaipa softball coach Dave Kivett talks about the step up in competition and beating REV.
VIDEO: Redlands East Valley coach Debbie Garcia talks about miscues that led to a 4-1 loss to Yucaipa.

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VIDEOS: Cajon baseball holds off Redlands East Valley, 3-2


Above, highlight videos of Cajon’s 3-2 win over Redlands East Valley. The video includes all 5 runs that scored.


Cajon senior Branden Becker, above, talks about earning the save and scoring the go-ahead run in the 6th inning.

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Redlands East Valley’s David Barela needs Tommy John surgery


REV left-hander David Barela pitching against Los Osos in the playoffs last year.

Redlands East Valley senior left-hander David Barela, a second-team all-Sun selection last season and who has signed a National Letter of Intent with New Mexico State, will undergo Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery on Friday, coach James Cordes said.
Barela went 8-1 with a 0.78 ERA last year and entered the season with 14 career wins, just seven away from the school career record. He threw for REV “only about 14 innings” in the fall because REV was looking at other pitchers.
When they returned from winter break in January, Barela’s arm didn’t feel right. It took a while for him to get insurance approval for an MRI, and in the meantime Barela didn’t pitch at all. They got the results of the MRI back a couple of weeks ago and Cordes said the results indicated that surgery and not rehab, was necessary.
Cordes said that New Mexico State still wants Barela and will likely redshirt him next year.
“It certainly bumps everyone up on the pitching chain. That’s why you work hard to develop eight or nine pitchers. On a personal note, it’s devastating for David,” Cordes said.

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Maeda Family Civil War: 2 daughters, 1 dad, 2 schools, 1 game

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How’s this for a family photo? It’s the Maeda Family Civil War, so dubbed by San Gorgonio athletic director Matt Maeda, center. His daughter on the left is Kaylee, who is a Redlands East Valley (2011) grad and a girls water polo coach at San Gorgonio. On the right is Melanie, who is a senior at Citrus Valley.

This photo was taken on Thursday, when Melanie’s Citrus Valley’s team beat Matt and Kaylee’s San Gorgonio team, 12-2. Notice the San G had and Citrus Valley shirt for Matt. This is the first time his kids have faced each other. In the past, there have been Maeda Civil Wars, but it was Matt’s San Gorgonio against his kid’s team. His son Kevin ran at Citrus Valley, graduating last year.

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Citrus Belt League water polo, basketball provide 2 improbable finishes in 1 week

I cannot recall a week with two games as crazy as the ones I had this week.
First, there was Redlands East Valley’s 5-4, 5 overtime win over Yucaipa in girls water polo on Tuesday.
Then came Thursday, when Eisenhower girls basketball rallied from 9 points down in the final 9.3 seconds to force overtime, before falling to Cajon, 65-57.

I have never seen a 5 overtime game in water polo, and neither had anyone I talked to at the game. And scoring 9 points in the final 9.3 seconds to force overtime? It just doesn’t happen.

But what makes these games remarkable beyond that is that both games had Citrus Belt League titles at stake at the end of the season. In the first case, REV won the CBL title outright, its sixth straight title with the marathon win. In the latter, Cajon earned a share of the CBL title by knocking off Eisenhower. In each case, none of the four teams had lost to anyone else in league. And they were all ranked in CIF-SS.

Those were two games what show why I love high school sports. In both cases, great fan atmosphere, two closely matched teams and two games in which there was a big mental aspect. in the first case, REV fought through fatigue to finally win. In the second case, Cajon fought through the embarrassment of squandering a big lead and recovered to win in overtime.

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VIDEOS: REV girls water polo reacts to 5 OT win vs Yucaipa


Maddy Wieseler, above, talks after scoring the winning goal in the fifth overtime. I’m surprised she was willing to stand for the interview after that exhausting game. She said she felt confident the Wildcats would win however long it took, but that may have been more a reflection on the team having already won 5 straight league titles before Tuesday than how the game was going.


REV coach Ryan Williams, above talks about beating Yucaipa. He was working the officials hard, especially in overtime, to get exclusions in a game that hardly had any. The game seemed physical, but not to the point where either team had any advantage.

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