Congratulations to the San Gorgonio High School Hall of Fame Class of 2011, which is being inducted tonight (Friday) at the Carter-San Gorgonio football game.
Here is the class: Tim Miner (class of 77, baseball) Tim Harris (’82, water polo & swim), Durell Jones (’85, football & track), Celeste (Robillard) Parrish (’00 track, cross country, softball), Royce (Rahn) Merryman (’01, water polo & swim).
San Gorgonio coach Ron Gueringer openly admits that his Spartan team caught people by surprise last year. After going 2-8 in his first year in 2009 and opening last year 0-4, San G won seven games in a row before falling to Moreno Valley Rancho Verde in the CIF-SS Central quarterfinals.
The Spartans ended up defeating and finishing ahead of eventual CIF champion Colton in the San Andreas League, finishing second behind Cajon. So the element of surprise for San G has completely disappeared.
“There’s going to be no sneaking up on people this year,” Gueringer said. “Last year people overlooked us and didn’t expect much so we were able to work out way in there. But there’s going to be a target on our back this year.”
San G returns five players that Gueringer says could receive Division I scholarships, led by senior linebacker Ryan Hunter-Sims (6-0, 225). Hunter-Sims, a captain last year as a junior, is moving from defensive tackle to linebacker, a position that San Diego State is interested in him playing.
The San Gorgonio baseball team is spending its spring break in sunny, though sometimes rainy, Florida, as the Spartans are competing in the Orlando Invitational. With the Inland Empire Classic tabeled this year, the Spartans raised money through fireworks booths, program sales and even proceeds from the County Clash.
The trip harkens back to trips San G used to make in the past, as the Spartans used to travel to Las Vegas for baseball tournaments before working with the IE Classic.
“I think (San G coach) Bill (Eatinger) has a job as a travel broker when he retires from coaching,” San G athletic director Matt Maeda said. “He’s done such a great job managing money and getting the most out of this trip and the kids are really appreciative of it.”
Along with playing some of the premier high school baseball teams in the United States, the Spartans have gone to Disney World and dealt with chaotic Florida weather, as tornado warnings and thunderstorms have made their Florida vacation an adventure at times.
“It’s been crazy out here with the tornado warnings and power going out,” Maeda said. “We are definitely getting quite an experience from being out here.”
Now to a much simpler league than a Citrus Belt, as the SAL is basically figured out save for the fourth playoff spot.
1. Cajon (7-2, 6-0): Has clinched a playoff berth and the No. 1 spot out of the league no matter what it does against San Bernardino Friday thanks to owning the head-to-head tiebreaker with San Gorgonio.
2. San Gorgonio (5-4, 5-1): Has clinched a playoff berth and the No. 2 spot out of the league no matter what it does against Pacific Friday thanks to owning the head-to-head tiebreaker with Colton.
3. Colton (6-3, 4-2): Has clinched a playoff berth and the No. 3 spot out of the league no matter what it does against Rialto Friday thanks to owning the head-to-head tiebreakers with Carter and Arroyo Valley.
4. Carter (5-3-1, 3-3): Clinches the No. 4 playoff spot with a victory over Arroyo Valley Friday. Still could get in as the at-large with a loss.
5. Arroyo Valley (4-5, 3-3): Clinches the No. 4 playoff spot with a victory over Carter Friday. Probably wouldn’t have much of an at-large shot with a loss and the resulting 4-6 record.
6. Rialto (5-4, 2-4): The Knights have no shot a one of the four playoff spots, but a win over Colton Friday and a Carter win over Arroyo Valley might get Rialto in the conversation for an at-large berth.
7. San Bernardino (3-6, 1-5): Eliminated from playoff consideration.
8. Pacific (0-9, 0-6): Eliminated from playoff consideration.
San Gorgonio high school inducted four former athletic icons into its Hall of Fame Saturday, with swimmer Kelly Goddard-Sautel, runner Richard Adams, soccer player Lindsi Parnell-Wake and former equipment manager Keith Porterfield all being honored.
The foursome join nearly 70 Spartan athletic legends in the Hall of Fame, which was founded during the 1993-94 season. Goddard-Sautel, who graduated in 1997, was a four-year all-CIF swimmer and holds the school record in the 50-meter freestyle. She also saw at UNLV, where she qualified for the NCAA meet during her career.
Both Adams and Parnell-Wake graduated in 1999. Adams was an all-SAL runner for three years and qualified for the CIF finals in the 300 hurdles as a senior before going on to run at Cal State Fullerton and Purdue. Parnell-Wake was an all-CIF player as a junior and senior, set the single-season goals record with 46 as a freshman and the career goals record with 113.
Porterfield recently retired as San G’s equipment man after 28-plus seasons on the job. Starting in 1981, Porterfield was a very important person behind the scenes at San G before retiring this past spring to spend more time with his family.
The accolades continue to pour in for Barstow pitcher Aaron Sanchez and San Gorgonio infielder Adam Quintana, as both were named to the Maxpreps Medium School All-American team.
Sanchez, who was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays with the No. 34 pick in the draft, made the first team thanks to a 7-0 record on the mound with a 0.73 ERA and 104 strikeouts in 57.2 innings pitched. Sanchez also hit .403 with five home runs.
Quintana, the CIF-SS Division 3 co-MVP and the San Andreas League MVP, earned second-team honors after a monster year in which he batted .545 with four home runs and a section-best 47 RBIs. He also starred on the mound, going 11-3 with a 1.92 ERA and 114 strikeouts.
With several games going on tonight, I have to hustle some of this stuff out. So I’ll give you the SAL, which is another easy one.
1) Colton (8-1, 4-0): The Yellowjackets have clinched the No. 1 seed out of the SAL regardless of what it does against Pacific tomorrow by virtue of owning the head-to-head tiebreaker with both Cajon and Arroyo Valley. A win likely wraps up the No. 1 seed in the Central Division for Colton though.
2) Arroyo Valley (7-2, 3-1): Wraps up the No. 2 seed with a win over Cajon tomorrow no matter what Colton does, as the Yellowjackets own the head-to-head tiebreaker. A loss to Cajon drops the Hawks to the No. 3 seed.
3) Cajon (6-3, 3-1): Wraps up the No. 2 seed with a win over Arroyo Valley tomorrow no matter what Colton does, as the Yellowjackets own the head-to-head tiebreaker. A loss to Arroyo Valley drops the Cowboys to the No. 3 seed.
4) San Gorgonio (2-7, 1-3): Eliminated from playoff consideration.
5) San Bernardino (2-7, 1-3): Eliminated from playoff consideration.
6) Pacific (1-8, 0-4): Eliminated from playoff consideration.