Gavin Pachot steps down at Rialto, leaving 7 football vacancies

Gavin Pachot has stepped down as head football coach at Rialto, saying, “I really feel like. the direction I was moving with the football team was not the same as the administration.”

In four seasons as head coach at Rialto, Pachot, a 1989 Fontana grad, was 24-20 with three playoff appearances. Prior to Pachot becoming the head  coach, Rialto was 11-69 in the previous eight seasons. He said he plans on coaching next season and in fact was scheduled to be interviewed for the Summit head coaching job on Wednesday.

Unless I’m missing one, here’s the updated list of San Bernardino County head football coaching changes, with old coach, (2013 record in parentheses) and new coach

  • Arroyo Valley: old coach Tony DiThomas (3-7); new coach Demetrius Stewart
  • Cajon: old coach Kim Battin (2-8), new coach Nick Rogers
  • Don Lugo: old coach Lou Randall (3-7), new coach TBA
  • Ontario: old coach Ron Stocking Jr/ interim coach Ryan Alvarez (1-9); new coach TBA
  • Rialto: old coach Gavin Pachot (6-5), new coach TBA
  • Rim of the World: old coach Bob Gradillas (8-4), new coach TBA
  • Summit: old coach Cesar Villalobos (5-6), new coach TBA

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Prep football: A look San Bernardino County’s early nonleague matchups

The 2013 prep football season will soon be upon us, with Week 0 games taking place in four weeks.

Although we are still in the preliminary stages of previews, I thought I’d take a look at some interesting storylines for matchups between San Bernardino County teams from Week 0 and Week 1:

  • Aug. 30 Rancho Cucamonga at Redlands:¬†Redlands always plays a challenging local nonleague schedule, and this matchup off this year’s schedule. Both teams went to at least the second round in the Inland Division playoffs last year.
  • Aug. 30 Barstow at Adelanto: A first varsity game is always a big deal, and the Saints get to host in their first varsity tilt.
  • Aug. 30 Citrus Valley at San Gorgonio: A year ago, Citrus Valley was a favorite to win the East Valley Division title, but was derailed by San Gorgonio in its first game, and never fully recovered. Citrus Valley will look for revenge, but San G. is good.
  • Aug. 30 Eisenhower vs. Alta Loma at Chaffey HS: A year ago, a 54-0 Eisenhower win in this game showed it was a new era for the Eagles. But with coach Vinny Fazio’s departure after 1 year for Murrieta Valley, there are questions again about Ike and new head coach Mike Clark.
  • Sept. 5 Summit vs. Redlands East Valley at Citrus Valley HS: REV plays the most challenging nonleague schedule around, and this game is the only nonleague game for the Wildcats against a San Bernardino County team. It just happens to be against a Summit team that was 9-1 before losing in the first round of the playoffs.
  • Sept. 6 Carter at Redlands: A year ago, Carter went 12-1, but had only one nonleague opponent, Eisenhower, that finished with a winning record. This time, they add another former Citrus Belt League rival, Redlands.
  • Sept. 6 Indian Springs at Grand Terrace: A year ago, Grand Terrace was the host in its first-ever varsity game, a loss to Riverside Notre Dame in front of a large and vocal crowd. This time, the Titans get to host an Indian Springs team playing its first varsity game. The two coaches, Indian Springs’ Dave DeWoody and Grand Terrace’s Harold Strauss go back to their 8-man football days, when DeWoody was at Riverside Christian and Strauss was at Bloomington Christian.
  • Sept. 6 Apple Valley at Kaiser: Kaiser surprised some by winning a CIF title and this is its first game in its title defense. Apple Valley felt it got a raw deal in a playoff bid last year.

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Sunkist League boys soccer team for 2012-13

2012-13 All-Sunkist League boys soccer

MVP: Omar Montes, Fontana
First Team
Juan C. Carbajal, Fontana
Anthony Flores, Fontana
Hector Alba, Fontana
Rafael Suares, Fontana
Paulo Fonseca, Fontana
Humberto Smith, Summit
George Garcia, Summit
Alberto Carranza, Summit
Roberto Saul Sandoval, Summit
Alexis Nolasco, Bloomington
William Chi, Bloomington
Juan Ramirez, Bloomington
Carlos Cardenas, Bloomington
Eduardo Rodela, Colton
Luis Lopez, Colton
Rey Coscuera, Colton
Alexis Morgan, Kaiser
Adrian Magana, Kaiser
Joseph Fernandez, Grand Terrace

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Summit expects to have at least 5 sign D1 letters on Wednesday

Summit, the Sunkist League football champions which lost in the first round of the CIF-SS Central Division playoffs, is expecting to have 5 athletes sign NCAA Division I National Letters of Intent, plus one NAIA letter on Wednesday.

Here they are:
Dontel James, 6-1, 205, RB/LB, Fresno State
Tarik Myles, 5-6, 144, WR/RB/DB, Azusa Pacific (NAIA)
Charles Okonkwo, 6-1, 188, CB, San Diego State
Justin Strong, 5-11, 189, RB/OLB, Oregon State
Brandon Stubblefield, 5-10, 185, OLB/SS, N. Arizona
Keenan Sykes, 6-3, 244, OL/DE San Jose State

College scouts are really discovering Summit, especially a year after Jamaal Williams (BYU) and Donte Deayon (Boise State) were among those who signed their letters.


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Summit hanging in with Mater Dei at the half

The huge underdog Summit girls basketball team is hanging with Santa Ana Mater Dei in a Division I Southern California Regional semifinal tonight.
They led by as many as four points in the first half and are within six (36-30) at halftime here at Mater Dei.
Jillian Alleyne has 11 points and seven rebounds at halftime and Adrianna Brodie has seven points at the half for Summit, more than she scored in the entire game on Saturday night at Corona Santiago.
Ashley Weissmann also made two 3-pointers and Summit is shooting much better from the line than the SkyHawks did against Santiago, making seven of nine free throws in the first half.

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Summit stuns Corona Santiago, 45-44

With Summit trailing by 14 points in the first half on Saturday night in the CIFState Division I Southern California Regional second round game against Corona Santiago, I had a feeling the SkyHawks would make a run.
After all, they had held a second-half lead against Santiago in their meeting earlier this season before falling in the championship game of the Ayala Best of the West Tournament, 76-69.
They weren’t going to get blown out, but as is the question often with comebacks, will the comeback take too much out of a team?
As it turns out, no.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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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