Tough day for county teams in semifinals

It was semfinal day on Tuesday in boys soccer, girls soccer and some of the boys and girls basketball divisions.
Many county teams took their lumps, but congratulations to Summit girls basketball, Cajon boys soccer, and Los Osos and Citrus Valley girls soccer for making it to the finals.
Here’s how county teams did:


Long Beach Poly 56, Etiwanda 47
Santa Maria Righetti 68, Colony 65


Summit 72, Burbank 49


La Crescenta Crescenta Valley 2, Oak Hills 1
Cajon 2, Granite Hills 0
Lake Elsinore Lakeside 2, Colton 1


Los Osos 4, Upland 0
La Puente Bishop Amat 4, Chino HIlls 1
Downey 1, Cajon 0
Citrus Valley 4, Calabasas Viewpoint 3

Summit athletes have their day

Although I wasn’t able to get a lot into the print edition in Thursday’s paper, I attended Summit’s National Signing Day event for 3 football players, one girls basketball player and one girls soccer player on Wednesday.

It was standing room only in Room G101 at Summit when each of the athletes got to say something and pose for pictures wearing clothes from their college.

My colleague, Clay Fowler, wrote an interesting story about how some kids are left in the lurch when colleges make coaching changes and the new coaches don’t honor the previous commitments. It also happens the other way, when students change their minds at the last minute for another offer.

That could’ve been the case for Summit’s Donte Deayon and Jamaal Williams who had other schools interested in them even after they committed to Boise State and BYU, respectively. But both of them held strong to their commitments.

“UCLA and Oregon called,” Deayon said. “But I ttold them I’m 100 percent committed to Boise State.”

The Boise State orange seems to fit Deayon’s outgoing personality. He wore a Denver Broncos hat (he’s been a fan, he says) that has the old-school orange, mirroring that of the Boise State Broncos. He also had a blue and orange necklace with a Boise State medallion and had a bright orange Boise State t-shirt as an undershirt.

Williams’ more subdued and introspective personality seems to fit the navy blue of BYU.
“I want the younger kids to know that if they work hard, they can get this too,” Williams said.

Tight End Brandon Mosley signed with Division II Colorado State Pueblo and was excited about it.

“They’re a lot like a D1 program,” Mosley said. “They put a lot into it.”

The other two players were soccer’s Brittany Bravo, who signed with Division II Southwest Minnesota State.
“I kind of wanted to get out on my own. Part of it is the soccer, too,” she said.
Right now, Bravo was expecting to miss Wednesday’s game with an ankle injury, but hopes to be able to return for the playoffs.

Meanwhile, basketball player Jillian Alleyne had already signed with Oregon.
“I had signed (in the fall) and the whole basketball team was there,” Alleyne said. “This was cool. There were a lot of people here.”

There were balloons as well as cupcakes with colors to match the schools.

Summit takes home Eastern Division crown, 24-17

Summit won the school’s first-ever CIF title in any sport, defeating Menifee Heritage 24-17 in the Eastern Division football championship game on Saturday night at Heritage. QB Bernard Porter’s 5-yard touchdown run with 8:33 to play snapped a 17-17 tie and sent Summit to victory.

Here are some stats, notes and observations, much of which didn’t make it into my story.

First, the stats:
Sr. Jamaal Williams 16-187 rushing, 1 TD
Sr. Donte Deayon 13-66, 0 TD, 1 reception-10
Sr. QB Bernard Porter 1-4-0, 10 yards passing, 9-23 rushing, 1 TD
Jr. Tarik Myles 5-29, 1 TD before leaving with an injury.
Total yards: 315
First downs: 12
Penalties: 4-20
Fumbles-lost: 4-1

Sr. QB Chad Virgil 8-14-0, 120 yards passing 0 TD, 0 INT, but 2-6 for 46 yards in the second half.
Jr. RB Jamal Morrow 23-carries, 113 yards, 1 TD
Sr. FB Tony Hifo, who at 5-10, 255, was talked up by many before the game as the second coming of Mike Alstott. He was a nonfactor on offense with six carries for 5 yards.
Total yards: 281
First downs: 13
Penalties 4-22
Fumbles-lost 2-1

Key moments:

  1. Late in the second quarter, Summit was protecting a 10-7 lead and looking to extend it to 17-7, when Deayon fumbled and Heritage recovered on the Heritage 4 with 2:49 left in the half. Two plays later, Morrow fumbled and Summit’s Charles Okonkwo recovered at the Heritage 9. The two turnovers were the only two in the game. Two plays later, Jamaal Williams scored to make it 17-7 with 1:09 left in the half.
  2. Now trailing 17-7, Heritage drove down the field for a first-and-goal at the 2 after Summit misplayed a long pass into a 28-yard completion to the 2. After one pass was barely called incomplete in the end zone, only 2.8 seconds remained. Summit coach Tony Barile called timeout, to set up a field goal block. Instead given more time to think about it, Heritage coach Kraig Broach decided to go for it and Morrow scored on a 2-yard run on the final play of the half to make it 17-14.
  3. Heritage took its second drive of the second half from its 19 to a fourth-and-1 at the Summit 13. Broach decided to go for it, and Morrow’s 4-yard run made it a first-and-goal at the 9. But after Hifo ran for 2 yards, Morrow was thrown for a three-yard loss to the 10 on a hit by Summit’s Cody Pantages. Looking to avoid a costly turnover, Heritage kept it conservative on third down and Morrow only got to the 9. Deciding it was too far to try to go for it on fourth down again, Heritage then had Logan Nutter’s successful 26-yard field goal to make it 17-17 with 10:29 to play in the game.
  4. I’m not sure if this was intentional or not, but Heritage then kicked very short on the kickoff. The ball eventually was pitched to Deayon, who ran about 40 yards back to the Heritage 40. Four plays later, Porter was in the end zone with a go-ahead score. Heritage’s next drive was a three-and-out so when Heritage got the ball back with 3:04 to play, it was panic time. And the panic did not win.

Hickey steps down as Summit boys hoops coach; job open

Newly-appointed Summit athletic director Steve Hickey has decided that he will not resume his duties as boys basketball coach, as the school has opened up the position within the Fontana Unified School District.

The 41-year old Hickey, the all-Sun boys basketball Coach of the Year, was named Summit’s athletic director June 29 replacing Ed Kearby, who was promoted to assistant principal at the school. After nearly a month on the job, Hickey wasn’t comfortable with the task of balancing his old position with his new job.

“You have to be 100 percent sure, and I wasn’t,” Hickey said. “I didn’t want it to be a situation where I didn’t take care of my duties with the other sports on campus because I was focusing on the basketball team. I didn’t want to be put in that position, so I will not participate in the day-to-day duties (of the boys basketball team).”

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Fontana Unified School District to suspend athletics?

That very well could be the case tonight, as the Fontana Unified School District school board will meet in a closed-door session tonight to discuss the cutting of $8 million from the district’s budget. That could include the entire athletic department, as stated in Referendum E.

“Suspension of All Athletic Programs (Ref. E).
This item is for consideration by the Board of Education to take action to suspend all Athletic Programs and eliminate the Athletic Directors …”

I’m no economist and I won’t pretend to have the slightest idea of all of the factors that presently has FUSD drowning in red tape. And I definitely am not going to advocate the resumption of athletics in FUSD sports at the expense of other extracurricular programs or teacher jobs. But it would just be an absolute shame if athletics were taken out as a response to the budget crisis.

Athletics are not only a fun extra-curricular activity, but a source of pride for the community and a diversion for the athletes from negative outside influences. They also provide a form of academic support, as an athlete has to make certain grades to be able to play athletics. It would be sad to see hundreds of students be deprived of that outlet. And it would stink as a sportswriter to miss out on the Summit football and basketball programs, the Kaiser football program, the Fontana boys soccer team, the Miller football program and see the development of Jurupa Hills cut off at the knees.

I’m not sure what is going to happen. But this could drastically change the landscape of Inland Empire and Southern California athletics permanently.

Basketball, soccer schedule

Now we are down to 3 – Eisenhower boys basketball, Summit girls basketball and Granite Hills girls soccer. The latter two pulled off upsets, with Summit winning at Corona Santiago and Granite Hills upsetting CIF-SS Division 2 champion Harvard-Westlake.

Division I
Mater Dei 88, Rancho Verde 48
Taft 66, Leuzinger 63
Long Beach Poly 67, Etiwanda 64
Westchester 73, Santa Monica 64

Division II
Eisenhower 76, Liberty 57
Compton 69, Hoover 53
Pasadena 49, Murrieta Valley 43
Lincoln 72, Summit 67

Compton at No. 1 Eisenhower
Pasadena at No. 2 Lincoln

Division I
Long Beach Poly 81, Stockdale 50
Summit 63, Santiago 58
Santa Monica 59, Canyon Springs 56
Clovis West 65, San Diego 59

Summit at No. 1 Long Beach Poly
No. 3 Santa Monica at No. 2 Clovis West

Division III
Santa Margarita 42, Buena 39
Bishop Amat 70, Agoura 61
Inglewood 46, Muir 41
Mt. Miguel 64, Barstow 40

Division II
Beckman 3, Coronado 2 (OT)
Granite Hills 2, Harvard-Westlake 1

Beckman vs. Granite Hills, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Downey Warren HS

Girls basketball state playoff pairings

The girls basketball state playoffs locally will be centered on Division 1, with Ayala, Summit and Etiwanda all qualifying. The Bulldogs and SkyHawks will be playing Tuesday at Summit High School while Etiwanda plays at D1-A No. 1 seed Canyon Springs.

Barstow also qualified in Division 3, where it will play at Bakersfield Ridgeview.

Division 1
Washington Prep at No. 1 Long Beach Poly
Stockdale at Carson
Ayala at Summit
Poway at No. 4 Corona Santiago
Narbonne at No. 3 Santa Monica
Etiwanda at Canyon Springs
Troy at San Diego
Taft at No. 2 Clovis West

Division 3
Monroe at No. 1 Santa Margarita
Buena at Birmingham
Academy OLP at Bishop Amat
Clovis North at No. 4 Agoura
Tulare at No. 3 Inglewood
Frontier at Muir
Barstow at Ridgeview
Orange Lutheran at No. 2 Mt. Miguel

Boys state basketball pairings released

Four county teams – Eisenhower, Etiwanda, Colony and Summit – qualified for the state playoffs, with defending state champion Eisenhower grabbing the No. 1 seed in Division 2. The Eagles get a bye from Tuesday’s Round 1, hosting the Mark Keppel-Liberty winner in the quarterfinals Thursday.

Etiwanda is also seeded, as the CIF-SS Division 1-AA runner-up Eagles are the No. 3 seed in Division 1 and host El Camino Tuesday. Summit plays at San Pedro in D2 Tuesday while Colony plays at No. 2-seeded Westchester in D1 Tuesday.

Things are a bit different this year. Instead of playing out the SoCal regional this week – culminating in the SoCal championship on Saturday – the first, second and semifinals will be played this week, with a week off before the SoCal finals March 20 and the state finals March 27. Why they did this, I have no idea.

Division 1
Buchanan at No. 1 Mater Dei
Rancho Verde at Rancho Bernardo
Washington Prep at Leuzinger
Loyola at No. 4 Taft
El Camino at No. 3 Etiwanda
Long Beach Poly at Crenshaw
Santa Monica at Clovis East
Colony at No. 2 Westchester

Division 2
No. 1 Eisenhower, bye
Mark Keppel at Liberty
San Joaquin Memorial at Compton
Damien at No. 4 Hoover
Burbank at No. 3 Murrieta Valley
University at Pasadena
Summit at San Pedro
No. 2 Lincoln, bye

Girls basketball roundup

Because of snow in the mountains yesterday, the Division 6-A semifinal between Calvary Baptist and Lake Arrowhead Christian was postponed until tomorrow. It will be played at 6 p.m. at the Pinecrest Conference Center in Twin Peaks.

Moving on to the games that were played. Summit made the big move, upsetting No. 1 seed Canyon Springs 72-71 in Division 1-A to make its second CIF final in three seasons. Announcements of times and sites for the title games in both the boys and girls divisions will come at noon tomorrow.

Division 1-AA
Long Beach Poly 59, Etiwanda 47
Corona Santiago 56, Troy 51

Division 1-A
Summit 72, Canyon Springs 71
Santa Monica 67, Ayala 37

No. 4 Summit vs. No. 2 Santa Monica, TBA, The Pyramid

Division 3-A
Santa Margarita 57, Bonita 43
Muir 57, Barstow 39

Division 6-A
North County Christian 54, Apple Valley Christian 26
No. 3 Calvary Baptist vs. No. 2 Lake Arrowhead Christian, 6 p.m. Monday

No. 1 North County Christian vs. Lake Arrowhead Christian-Calvary Baptist winner, TBA, Colony HS or Mater Dei HS

Boys basketball playoff pairings

With three No. 1 seeds in Chino Hills (Division 1-A), Summit (D2-AA) and Eisenhower (D2-A), multiple CIF-SS champions are not out of the question on the boys side. First-round games get going Wednesday except for Division VI-A, which has a wild-card Wednesday before the first-round gets going Friday.

Division 1-AA
Corona at No. 1 Santa Ana Mater Dei
No. 16 Long Beach Jordan at Vista Murrieta
Arcadia at No. 9 Oxnard Pacifica
San Clemente at No. 8 Los Alamitos
Corona Santiago at No. 5 Montebello
Silverado at No. 10 Upland
Lakewood at No. 13 Redlands
Downey at No. 4 Moreno Valley Rancho Verde
Long Beach Cabrillo at No. 3 Corona Centennial
Lynwood at No. 14 Ventura
Trabuco Hills at No. 12 Oxnard
Palmdale at No. 6 Etiwanda
Bell Gardens at No. 7 Thousand Oaks
No. 11 Los Osos at Paramount
Riverside King at No. 15 Palmdale Knight
Temecula Greak Oak at No. 2 Long Beach Poly

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