All-Citrus Belt League football list is now out

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Offensive MVP: Malik Lovette, Sr., Redlands East Valley
Defensive MVP: Matteo Biscotti, Jr., Redlands Rasy Valley

First team offense
QB Nathan Martinez, Soph., Yucaipa
QB Armando Herrera, Soph., Redlands East Valley
RB Armani Green, Sr., Eisenhower
RB Joseph Harman, Jr,. Redlands East Valley
RB Spencer Coleman, Jr., Carter
WR Brandon Morris, Jr., Redlands
WR Joey Lines, Sr., Yucaipa
WR Norman Harris, Jr., Redlands East Valley
WR Gavin Westhover, Sr., Cajon
OL Russell Roberts, Sr., Yucaipa
OL Josepjh Price, Sr., Redlands East Valley
OL Laauli Fata, Sr., Redlands East Valley
OL Paul Trujillo-Langdon, Sr., Carter
OL Sua Moi, Sr., Citrus Valley
OL Gerardo Flores, Jr., Cajon
TE Khris Vaughn, Jr., Redlands East Valley

First team defense
DL Darion Washington, Sr., Eisenhower
DL Trevor Jackson, Sr., Redlands East Valley
DL Kyon Clark, Sr., Carter
DL Mikael Bunse, Jr., Cajon
ILB Jacob MacBride, Sr., Yucaipa
ILB Jakob Diaz, Sr., Redlands East Valley
ILB Nicholas Bustamonte, Sr., Carter
ILB Griffin Logan, Jr., Citrus Valley
OLB Aminasi Freddy Livai, Jr., Miller
OLB Erick Garcia, Jr., Cajon
DB Mark Radgowski, Sr., Miller
DB Dorian Fedrick, Jr., Redlands
DB DeAngelo Buffinginton, Sr., Eisenhower
DB Isaiah Armstrong, Sr., Redlands East Valley
DB Zamore Zigler, Sr., Carter
P-K Johnathon Hilfer, Jr., Redlands East Valley
UT Loken Toaliloa, Jr., Carter

Second team offense
QB Terry Ryan, Soph., Cajon
RB Malik Flowers, Jr., Miller
RB Anthony Sandifer, Jr., Redlands
RB Montel Houston, Sr., Citrus Valley
RN Steven Armenta, Sr., Cajon
RB Giovanni Daniel, Jr., Cajon
WR Dashawn Faison, Sr., Miller
WR Markell Harris, Sr., Eisenhower
WR Philip Anthony Ryan, Soph., Cajon
OL Adrian Guzman, Jr., Miller
OL Alfred Edwards, Soph., Redlands
OL Louis Redd, Sr., Eisenhower
OL Jamil Jeters, Sr., Carter
OL Erik Knight, Jr., Citrus Valley
OL Brycen Gregg, Sr., Citrus Valley
OL Jacob Lopez, Sr., Carter
OL Lynell Smith, Sr., Carter
OL David Hernandez, Jr., Redlands
TE Austin Williams, Jr., Redlands
TE Charles Whitley, Sr., Citrus Valley

Second team defense
DL Shynol Mcclain, Jr., Redlands East Valley
DL Matthew Burroughs, Sr., Citrus Valley
DL Art Acebo, Sr., Redlands
DL Brandon Bland, Sr., Carter
ILB Chris Lopez, Sr., Eisenhower
ILB Dominic Guillen, Jr., Citrus Valley
ILB Rayvon Curry, Jr., Citrus Valley
ILB Marcus Stockton, Sr., Cajon
OLB Russell Oakley, Sr., Yucaipa
OLB Ronald Rudd, Sr., Miller
OLB Tyshjon McCune, Soph., Eisnhower
OLB Daijon McFoy, Sr., Carter
OLB Jacob Smith, Sr., Citrus Valley
DB Bisherie Stewart, Sr., Miller
DB Nicolas Wilson, Soph., Cajon
DB Elijah Lilly, Jr., Cajon
DB Marcus Strong, Jr., Carter
DB Ryan Nieman, Jr., Redlands East Valley
DB Justin Campbell, Sr., Miller
P-K Lance Diaz, Sr., Carter
P-K Jordan Schaefer, Soph., Citrus Valley

Inland Empire Basketball Classic coming up

The annual Inland Empire Basketball Classic is coming up starting on Saturday. Here’s the rundown:

Pools
Purple –
Rancho Cucamonga, Chino, Colton
Black - Silverado, Alta Loma, South Hills
Red - Colony, Serrano, Fontana
Navy - Redlands East Valley, Upland, Moreno Valley
Green - Etiwanda, Carter, Grand Terrace
Grey - Wlanut, Redlands, Canyon Springs
Silver - Miller, Stern MASS, Murrieta Mesa
White - Temecula Valley, Los Osos, Kaiser

Saturday’s games (at Rancho Cucamonga)
10:30 a.m. – Stern MASS vs. Miller
Noon – Redlands East Valley vs. Moreno Valley
1:30 p.m. – Alta Loma vs. Silverado
3 p.m. – Etiwanda vs. Carter
4:30 p.m. – Serrano vs. Colony
6 p.m. – Chino vs. Rancho Cucamonga
7:30 p.m. – Temecula Valley vs. Los Osos

Monday’s games
(At Rancho Cucamonga)

2:30 P.M. – Los Osos vs. Kaiser
4 p.m. – Carter vs. Grand Terrace
5:30 p.m. – Upland vs. Moreno Valley
7 p.m. – Chino vs. Colton
(at Colony)
2:30 p.m. – Alta Loma vs. South Hills
4 p.m. – Murrieta Mesa vs. Stern MASS
5:30 p.m. – Serrano vs. Fontana
7 p.m. Redlands vs. Walnut

Bus issue didn’t derail Serrano football

A note from Louis Brewster:

Last Friday, on the way to its Eastern Division semifinal in La Quinta, a bus carrying part of the Serrano footballl team experienced a flat tire. Rather than wait until the district dispatched a repair team from Phelan, coach Ray Maholchic piled all his players onto one bus.
The cheerleaders stayed with the bus.
“We couldn’t wait,” said Maholchic. “We had three to a seat, we had to get there. In fact, the cheerleaders didn’t arrive until after the kickoff.”
Such potential issues was a major reason Fontana utilized an extra bus during its title runs in 1987 and 1989.
“We weren’t going to take chances,” said then-coach Dick Bruich. “It erased a major worry from the coaching staff and athletic director.”

CIF-SS Cross Country Finals San Bernardino County Results

Jurupa Hills’ Michael Teran, above en route to winning the CIF-SS Division 2 title

Here are results from CIF-SS cross country finals
Top 7 teams and 5 individuals on non-qualifying teams advance to CIF State Championships

Division 1 boys winner: Burbank Burroughts (70)
Qualified: Alta Loma’s Koby Pederson 7th (15:10) as an individual
Did not qualify: 15. Chino Hills 324, 16. Yucaipa 401.

Division 2 boys winner: Ventura 83
Qualified: 1. Jurupa Hills 101 (top runner: 1. Michael Teran 14:44)
Ayala’s Christian Barajas 15th (15:17) as an individual
Did not qualify: 10. Ayala 264, 13. Colony 292, 16. Bloomington 411.

Division 3 boys winner: Brea Olinda 44
Qualified: None
Did not qualify: Sultana’s Manuel Ramirez 26th (15:41)

Division 4 boys winner: Bishop Amat 90
Qualified: Big Bear’s Caleb Webb 1st (14:42) as an individual
Did not qualify: 10. Big Bear 237
Yucca Valley’s Saul Tamayo 16th (15:52) as an individual

Division 5 boys winner: Xavier Prep 65
Qualified: Ontario Christian’s Jakob Eichor 17th (16:11) as an individual
Did not qualify: 14. Ontario Christian 307.

Division 1 girls winner: Great Oak 20
Qualified: 2. Yucaipa 98 (top runner: 15. Mackenna Mason 18:15)
Did not qualify: 16. Rancho Cucamonga 364
Chino Hills’ Grace Staton 18th (18:20) as an individual
Cajon’s Samantha Poliakon 23rd (18:37) as an individual

Division 2 girls winner: Saugus 81
Qualified: 3. Serrano 113 (top runner: 12. Kelly Fairchild 18:01)
Citrus Valley’s Claire Graves 2nd (17:07) as an individual
Did not qualify: 12. Citrus Valley 291, 16 Ayala 361
Summit’s Jennifer Sandoval 31st (18:24) as an individual

Division 3 girls winner: Palos Verdes 80
Qualified: Sultana’s Stefani Gaskell 5th (17:52) as an individual
Did not qualify: none

Division 4 girls winner: Bishop Amat 63
Qualified: none
Did not qualify: none

Division 5 girls winner: Flintridge Prep 36
Qualified: None
Did not qualify: 13. Arrowhead Christian 307

Redlands’ Cal Mende signs with Penn State volleyball

Redlands’ 6-foot-11 senior water polo/volleyball player, Cal Mende, has signed his National Letter of Intent for volleyball, to Penn State. Above, he talks about playing water polo.

From the Penn State media release:
“Mende is a two-sport athlete, playing both volleyball and water polo. Coached by Mark Mina, Mende plays club volleyball for Oasis VBC and serves as the goalie on the water polo squad at Redlands. Mende was recently honored as one of four recipients of the Redlands Unified School District (RUSD) Outstanding Student Athlete awards.

Coach Pavlik on Mende: “Cal gives us a blend of size, skill and intelligence. As a left handed opposite, I think he’ll be able to elevate his game in order to provide what’s needed at this level of play. Coming in as a multi-sport athlete will also serve him well during his career here.”

CIF-SS cross country prelims results for San Bernardino County

Here are results for San Bernardino County teams from CIF-SS cross country prelims. This should be final now.

Qualifiers for finals:
Alta Loma boys, Koby Pederson as an individual (D1)
Arrowhead Christian girls (D5)
Ayala boys (D2)
Ayala girls (D2)
Big Bear boys (D4)
Bloomington boys (D2)
Cajon girls, Samantha Poliakon as an individual (D1)
Chino Hills boys (D1)
Chino Hills girls, Grace Staton as an individual (D1)
Citrus Valley girls (D2)
Colony boys (D2)
Jurupa Hills boys (D2)
Ontario Christian boys (D5)
Rancho Cucamonga girls (D1)
Serrano girls (D2)
Sultana boys, Manuel Ramirez as an individual (D3)
Sultana girls, Stefani Gaskell as an individual (D3)
Summit girls, Jennifer Sandoval as an individual (D2)
Yucca Valley boys, Saul Tamayo as an individual (D4)
Yucaipa boys (D1)
Yucaipa girls (D1)

CIF-SS football playoff pairings

OK, here are Eastern, Inland, Central and West Valley Division playoffs. Not all alternate sites not available yet, although I’ve heard Barstow-Norte Vista will be played Thursday.

INLAND DIVISION
North vs. No. 1 Redlands East Valley at Citrus Valley HS; Jurupa Hills at Elsinore; Paloma Valley at Rancho Verde; Citrus Valley at No. 4 Citrus Hill; Tahquitz vs. No. 3 Riverside Poly at King HS, Cajon at San Gorgonio; San Jacinto at Carter; Rim at No. 2 Heritage.
CENTRAL DIVISION
La Canada at No. 1 Colony, Summit at Glendora at Citrus College; Colton at Charter Oak; Claremont at No. 4 San Marino; Bonita at No. 3 Kaiser; Chaffey at West Covina; Los Altos at South Hills; Don Lugo at No. 2 Monrovia.
EASTERN DIVISION
Apple Valley at No. 1 La Quinta; Patriot at Vista Del Lago; Barstow at Norte Vista (Thursday); Palm Desert at No. 4 Serrano; Hesperia at No. 3 La Sierra; Moreno Valley at Palm Springs; Rubidoux at Silverado; Cathedral City at No. 2 Oak Hills.
WEST VALLEY DIVISION
San Juan Hills at No. 1 Upland; Hart at Edison; Canyon Country Canyon at Vista Murrieta; Newport Harbor at No. 4 Tesoro; Great Oak at No. 3 Chino Hills; El Toro at Los Alamitos; Rancho Cucamonga at Valencia; Temecula Valley at No. 2 Mission Viejo.
NORTHWEST DIVISION
Mission Prep at No. 1 Maranatha; Arrowhead Christian at Cantwell Sacred Heart; Heritage Christian at Templeton; Rio Hondo Prep vs. No. 4 Big Bear at Big Bear MS, Saturday 1:30 p.m.; Riverside Notre Dame at No. 3 Shadow Hills; Bishop Montgomery at Nipomo; Cerritos Valley Christian at Linfield Christian; Morro Bay at No. 2 Pasadena Poly.

Redlands East Valley-Carter football highlights and interviews

COACH KURT BRUICH CELEBRATES HIS BIRTHDAY

MALIK LOVETTE INTERVIEW

GAME HIGHLIGHTS

REV’s Malik Lovette scores his 1st TD to put REV up 14-0

REV’s CJ Harris scores the 1st of his two TDs

REV blocks a field goal attempt late in the second quarter

Carter Coach Alex Pierce talks about the loss

Week 10 Fearless/Fearful high school football predictions

I’ve been fairly consistent of late picking winners: my week 9 record was 25-8, with my total record as 244-77-2. In addition I picked 2 more games correctly, with the exact winning margin (but not exact score). I correctly said Upland would beat Rancho Cucamonga by 18 and that Rubidoux would beat Pacific by 8 points. But on the other side, I always seem to have problems with at least 1 league. Most of the year, it’s been the Mountain Valley League. Last week, it was the Ambassador League, when I went 0-3.

Here are my Week 10 picks:

Ambassador League
Arrowhead Christian 49, Western Christian 31
Linfield Christian 31, Ontario Christian 21
Aquinas 35, Notre Dame 31
Baseline League
Chino Hills 49, Los Osos 10
Rancho Cucamonga 24, Damien 7
Upland 28, Etiwanda 10
Citrus Belt League
Redlands East Valley 31, Carter 14
Cajon 28, Eisenhower 16
Yucaipa 24, Redlands 14
Citrus Valley 28, Miller 7
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REV, Carter expect key players back for Citrus Belt League football showdown

Malik Lovette Homecoming

REV star Malik Lovette, who is bound for Oregon, is expected to be 100 percent for Friday’s showdown with Carter.

GAME PREVIEW: Redlands East Valley (8-1, 6-0) at Carter (8-1, 6-0), 7 p.m.
It’s really no surprise that these two teams are playing for the league championship. “When the schedule game out, we didn’t want to tell the kids this, but we figured this would be for the league title,” REV coach Kurt Bruich said.
There’s a lot at stake in this game, more than just a CBL title, which would be Carter’s first in football. REV is ranked No. 1 in the CIF-SS Inland Division, and would presumably be seeded first if the Wildcats win.
Both teams are getting healthy at the right time. For the first time all season, REV is getting 6-foot, 220-pound Sr. RB/LB Taimon Faimalo back from injury after he broke his foot in the team’s scrimmage. “You feel good having him on third-and-short,” Bruich said. WR/RB Malik Lovette, has played sparingly in recent weeks with a “hamstring issue,” but is 100 percent this week, Bruich said.
Carter, meanwhile, will be getting back RB Aaron Brown and LB Dayvion Hodnett, who had been out with concussions. Lineman Lynell Smith had returned two weeks ago from a torn ligament in his foot, but is “close to 100 percent” this week.
Carter coach Alex Pierce wants to use his offense and defense to limit REV’s big-play capability. “We’ve seen on film, when teams pile up on Malik, other guys can make big plays. We need to do a good job of tackling in space,” Pierce said. “We need to limit their possessions and we need to score touchdowns when we get in the red zone. Field goals aren’t going to win this. We’re going to have to put up some points.”

Bruich expects Carter to give his team a battle in the trentches. “They’re a very tough group of kids,” he said. “They’re big and physical.”