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All – Citrus Belt League Baseball
2013

1st Team
Jacob Nottingham 12 Redlands – Player of the Year
Justin Hendricks 12 Cajon
Mike Quinonez 12 Cajon
Cody Swanson 12 Cajon
Marc Barajas 12 Eisenhower
Andrew Agundez 12 AB Miller
Anthony Aguila 12 Redlands
Roman Cross 12 Redlands
Angel Landazuri 12 Redlands
Sean Smith 12 Redlands
Jimmy Walker 12 Redlands
David Barela 10 Redlands East Valley
Zachary Kirtley 11 Redlands East Valley
Dayton Reeves 12 Redlands East Valley
Yanni Thanopoulos 12 Redlands East Valley
Scotty James 12 Yucaipa
Dillon Rezendez 12 Yucaipa
Kyle Roy 12 Yucaipa
 2nd Team
Matt Acosta Cajon
Kurtis Kloke Cajon
Andrew Rios Cajon
Chad Butler Redlands
Ryan England Redlands East Valley
Isaac Gonzalez Redlands East Valley
Broderick Robinson Redlands East Valley
Blake Tuthill Redlands East Valley
Marcos Vega Redlands East Valley
Billy Baldwin Yucaipa
Joey Chapman Yucaipa
Breyer Gayle Yucaipa
Tom Lerouge Yucaipa
Taylor Pelissero Yucaipa
Tyler Wells Yucaipa
Honorable Mention
Zach Grande Cajon
Michael Tillman Redlands
Mark Lucas Yucaipa

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Redlands East Valley beats Yucaipa on squeeze at County Clash

Redlands East Valley’s Ryan England drives in the winning run on this play, a squeeze bunt with no outs in the bottom of the eighth inning in a 4-3 victory over Yucaipa at the County Clash on Saturday at San Manuel Stadium.

It was one of several key bunts on the day for the first County Clash of the year. But more on that later.

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Experienced REV ready to roll

Confidence has never been a problem for Redlands East Valley coach Kurt Bruich, who is entering his 10th season as head coach of the Wildcats. But that confidence is running over after two straight league titles, the second from which he returns 15 starters.

“After back-to-back league titles, the road to the Citrus Belt League title runs through us,” Bruich said. “I don’t care if you print that. If you want the title, you have to come through us and we are ready to defend it.”

While winning the CBL in undefeated fashion with a roster full of juniors and sophomores is a point of pride for REV, not everything last season was kosher. The Wildcats were eliminated in the first round of the Inland Division playoffs, as Etiwanda strolled into the University of Redlands and defeated the Wildcats. That’s something that’s been a point of emphasis throughout the offseason.

“We are going to finish the way we want to finish this year,” Bruich said. “Last year we didn’t control the finish and we stopped playing way before we wanted to. We are not going to let that happen this year.”
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All-CIF girls water polo teams

Just released today by the CIF-SS offices. A few schools – Los Osos, Redlands East Valley and Cajon – had multiple athletes honored.

Division 3
Player of the Year: Emily Donohoe, Sr., St. Lucy’s
Coach of the Year: Bryan Lynton, Murrieta Valley

Melizz Hale, Sr., Murrieta Valley
Paige Virgil, Fr., Murrieta Valley
Caroline Teets, Sr., Murrieta Valley
Megan Guerts, Jr., Murrieta Valley
Cambria Shockley, Jr., St. Lucy’s
Sabrina Kaefer, Sr., St. Lucy’s
Kim Johnson, Jr., Arroyo Grande
Katie Sverchek, Jr., Arroyo Grande
Anna-Lena Hathaway, Sr., South Pasadena
Tyler Brown, Sr., South Pasadena
Monique Dorado, Jr., La Serna
Kim Van Alstine, Sr., Ayala
Gabrielle Juarez, Sr., Whittier

Division 4
Player of the Year: Ashley Grossman, Sr., Harvard-Westlake
Coach of the Year: Robert Lynn, Harvard-Westlake

Camille Hooks, Sr., Harvard-Westlake
Morgan Hallock, So., Harvard-Westlake
Aleah Halverson, Jr., Los Osos
Colleen McNaught, Sr., Dana Hills
Dani Styles, Sr., Dana Hills
Kristen Hensen, So., Los Osos
Alex Bayer, Sr., Los Osos
Frankie Libutti, Jr., Upland
Katherine Kammer, Sr., Troy
Morgan Klingfus, Sr., La Habra
Alex Hoetker, Sr., Sunny Hills
Bella Gonzalez, Jr., Harvard-Westlake
Mackenzie Baber, Jr., Trabuco Hills

Division 5
Player of the Year: Lauren Thatcher, Sr., Temescal Canyon
Coach of the Year: Damien Andrews, Temescal Canyon

Lina Medeiros, Jr., Temescal Canyon
Samantha Murphy, So., Temescal Canyon
Ashtynn Nelson, Jr., Temescal Canyon
Ambyr Stewart, Jr., Bonita
Haley Williamson, Sr., Bonita
Megan Snow, Jr., Bonita
Kaitlyn Tanner, Sr., Redlands East Valley
Mikayla Vessey, So., Redlands East Valley
Kim Fraisse, Sr., Crescenta Valley
Adrienne Ingalla, Sr., Crescenta Valley
Allison Hu, Sr., Walnut
Alegra Hueso, Jr., Pasadena
Stephanie Contreras, So., Los Altos

Division 7
Player of the Year: Kaitlyn Frain, Sr., Garden Grove
Coach of the Year: Fred Lammers, Santa Ana Valley

Jenny Silva, Sr., Santa Ana Valley
Katie Braun, Sr., Cajon
Elizabeth Keenan, Sr., Garden Grove
Jazmin Hinojoza, Jr., Santa Ana Valley
Briana Salas, Jr., Los Amigos
Christina Alamazan, Sr., Katella
Lauren Stierl, Sr., San Gorgonio
Jaime Hauk, Sr., Cajon
Gabriela Chavez, So., Santa Ana Valley
Jillian Prieto, Sr., Katella
Zoe Agapinan, Sr., Garden Grove
Dianna Solano, Sr., Santa Ana Valley
Loreina Rivera, Jr., Citrus Valley

Girls water polo pairings

The basketball ones are being released as we speak. While those slowly are released, here are the girls water polo matchups. Redlands East Valley is the local highlight, grabbing the No. 1 seed in Division 5.

Division 5
Wild Card (to be played Tuesday)
A: Burbank Burroughs at Perris

First Round (Wednesday)
Wild Card A at No. 1 Redlands East Valley
Glendale at La Sierra
Elsinore at Pasadena
Jurupa Valley at No. 4 Bonita
Yucaipa at No. 3 Crescenta Valley
Walnut at Arlington
Redlands at Los Altos
Burbank at No. 2 Temescal Canyon
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Tricia Vansant confirms retirement from REV volleyball

While her daughter Krista received the 2010-11 Gatorade National Volleyball Player of the Year award Wednesday, Redlands East Valley volleyball coach Tricia Vansant confirmed that she has retired as coach of the Wildcats.

Vansant coached nine seasons at REV, leading the Wildcats to Citrus Belt League titles every year along with three CIF-SS titles and two CIF-State Southern California regional crowns.

“I’ve turned in my resignation and the wheels are in motion,” Vansant said. “It was a great ride and it’s been tough to fill the hours, but I felt that it was time for me to step away.”

Vansant didn’t have any knowledge of candidates to fill her position when asked Wednesday.

Vansant named Gatorade National Player of the Year

Here’s my story from the proceedings at REV today.

With one announcement in the Redlands East Valley principal’s office Wednesday morning, REV senior volleyball Krista Vansant was given a lifelong connection to athletes such as Kobe Bryant, Peyton Manning, Kerri Walsh and LeBron James.

Vansant joined that echleon of elite athlete Wednesday, as she was named the 2010-11 Gatorade National High School Volleyball Player of the Year.

“My brain turns to mush when thinking about things like this,” Vansant said. “It is such an honor and I don’t even know what to say. I never expected anything like this to happen.”

It was an honor that was kept from Vansant for almost a week, as her mother Tricia — who also served as her coach at REV before retiring after this past season concluded — was contacted by Gatorade this past Thursday letting her know about the honor with explicit instructions not to tell her daughter.

“They told me both honors at once,” Tricia said. “They called up and told me that she won the state player of the year and then right after told me about the national player of the year. I started yelling in the garage and they told me to keep it quiet.

“All the while Krista is trying to find me to have me take her to practice. Luckily she never asked and I was able to tell family and friends and make sure they would keep it a secret.”

Krista found out about winning the California Player of the Year honor from backchannels. But when she went to REV on Wednesday, she wasn’t anticipating what was about to happen.

“I seriously thought I was on Punk’d,” said Vansant, referencing the practical-joke television show that used to run on MTV. “I was looking around thinking “Ashton (Kutcher), Ashton? I was completely shocked.

“I saw April Ross and I knew who she was right away. I remember watching her play at USC and was so excited, though I basically just sat there smiling because I didn’t know what else to do.”

Ross, the 1999-2000 winner, was among a crowd of family, friends, teammates and REV students that honored Vansant during an assembly. The current pro beach volleyball champion recalled when she was awarded the honor when she was a senior at Newport Harbor High School and shared in Vansant’s joy.

“It’s one of the best honors I’ve ever received,” Ross said. “It really showed me that I had the ability to really be good at this sport and I think it will be the same for Krista. Being alonside people such as Kobe Bryant is a real honor.”

Vansant became the second county athlete to become a Gatorade Player of the Year, joining Chino track and field athlete Angela Williams, who was honored in 1997-98. And Wednesday might not be the last honor bestowed on Vansant by Gatorade.

After being chosen as the premier volleyball player from a field of approximately 403,000 high school players in the United States, Vansant has a chance to be chosen as the overall Gatorade National Female Athlete of the Year in July.

Vansant will be honored at a luncheon in Hollywood in July where the National Player of Year will be named. Then she’ll be whisked off to the ESPYs, where she’ll get to walk the red carpet and rub elbows with some of the athletes whose company she joined Wednesday.

“Oh yeah, I can go right up to Kobe now,” Vansant said. “Well, I don’t know about that. He has five NBA titles — I’m not quite in that class.”

All-CIF SS volleyball teams

Released a couple hours ago. Redlands East Valley’s Krista Vansant adds to her expansive list of accolades, getting named the Division 1-A Player of the Year.

DIVISION 1A

Player of the Year – Krista Vansant, Redlands East Valley (12) OH
Coach of the Year – Cari Klein, Marymount

First team
Caroline Workman, L, Sr., Marymount
Lauren Greskovics-Fuller, S, Sr., Marymount
Alyssa Mason, MB, Jr., Redlands East Valley
Allison Palmer, S, Jr., Laguna Beach
Morgan Boukather, OPP, Sr., Corona del Mar
Emily Ellias, MB, Sr., Valencia
Jasmine Eatmon, OH, Sr., Los Osos
Alexis Hein, OH, Sr., Vista Murrieta
Dana Backlund, S, Jr., Murrieta Valley
Chanel Stewart, OH, Sr., Laguna Beach
Kristen Castellanos, L, Fr., Sherman Oaks Notre Dame

DIVISION 2AA

Player of the Year -Deanna Dalton, St. Lucy’s Priory (12) OH
Coach of the Year – Sean Douglas, St. Lucy’s Priory

FIRST TEAM
Jordyn Siko, S, Sr., Chino Hills
Eirene Kim, L, Sr., La Canada
Katherine Workman, OH, Jr., La Reina
Alex Daugherty, OH, Sr., La Salle
Tara Robinson, OH, Sr., Oaks Christian
Madison Dreyer, OH, Sr., Riverside Poly
Dessi Koleva, OH, Sr., South Torrance
Tiran Le’Ah, OH, Sr., Monrovia
Alissa Young, MB, Sr., St. Lucy’s
Heather Trueman, OH, Jr., Chino Hills
Jackie Macy, S, Jr., St. Lucy’s

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REV baseball to hold tournament honoring late coach

The Redlands East Valley baseball program will be holding the “Coach Tony” fall baseball tournament Oct. 16 in memory of former freshman coach Tony Hernandez, who passed away Sept. 24 because of a heart attack.

Hernandez, an active Wildcats baseball supporter and the father of senior infielder Drew Hernandez, also will have a scholarship in his name given out annually in his name at Redlands East Valley every June. Proceeds from next weekend’s tournament will go to that scholarship and to charity.

“It’s a tough loss for the whole REV community because Tony meant so much,” coach James Cordes said. “In talking with the family, they wanted a tournament honoring Coach Tony because of his love for baseball. I called and e-mailed some coaches and the response was great.”

The tournament will take place at Redlands East Valley and Redlands highs and have a round-robin format, with each team getting two games. Other participating schools include San Gorgonio, Yucaipa, Chino, Cajon, Citrus Valley and Rancho Cucamonga.

Cesar Aguilar plans on signing

This didn’t make it into my MLB draft day 2 story. Thanks to colleague T.J. Berka for the info and quotes.

Miller High pitcher Cesar Aguilar was drafted in the 14th round by St. Louis.

“It feels good to be drafted. I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time,” he said.
“I didn’t really know when I’d be drafted, so I wasn’t that worried about it. I figured I would be drafted, but I wasn’t sure when.”

“I’ve been dreaming of this since I was a little kid. Every time I went to a major league game or a minor league game, I imagined playing on the field.”

He plans on signing Thursday and will leave Friday. He received a $60,000 signing bonus.

“It’s not bad for an 18-year old kid in high school. I’ll just save it, There’s really nothing I need to buy right now,” he said.

Other top county players to go in Day 2: REV LHP Griffin Murphy (Toronto, 2nd), Upland RHP Scott Frazier (Philadelphia, 5th), ex-REV RHP Tyler Shreve (Toronto, 10th), Rancho Cucamonga Austin Reed RHP (Chicago Cubs, 12th).