Upland High School football standout Vincent Elefante has committed to Sacramento State. He broke the news via Twitter today.
Elefante has been to the school twice, once for a summer football camp and another time during the regular season when it played Montana State.
He was shown around campus by former Upland teammate Trevor Wright, who is just starting his sophomore year here there.
“I really liked it there and think it’s a good place to take my game to the next level,” he said.
Elefante played defensive end the past season for the Highlanders but expects to move to defensive tackle.
He also had considered Weber State and New Mexico, both places he had official visits scheduled for later this month.
Elefante was a first-team All-Inland Valley and Baseline League selection. The 6-foot-4, 280-pounder registered 43 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 fumbles caused and one fumble recovery.
He plans to major in anatomy/physiology or communications.
The Hornets went 7-5 overall and 4-4 in the Big Sky Conference the past season.
Kurt Bruich (in red hat) celebrates with his father Dick after winning the CIF State title.
Kurt Bruich, the coach of the CIF State Division II champion Redlands East Valley football team has been named state coach of the year by CalHiSports.com.
Bruich wins the award for the first time and he and his father Dick (who won the award as Fontana’s coach in 1989) are the first father-son duo to win the award.
The Bruichs are also the only coaches from San Bernardino County to win the award, which dates back to 1930.
REV and Julian Senegal (battling in white, above), should be one of the favorites in the San Bernardino Kiwanis Tournament
It’s just a few days away, so here’s the schedule for some of the San Bernardino Kiwanis Tournament (boys basketball)
Dec 26, first round
At Arroyo Valley HS
Serrano vs. Ramona, 11 a.m.
Yucaipa vs. San Gorgonio, 12:30 p.m.
Barstow vs. Summit, 2 p.m.
Arroyo Valley vs. Redlands, 3:30 p.m.
At Indian Springs HS
Fontana vs. Rialto, 11 a.m.
Redlands East Valley vs. Pacific, 12:30 p.m.
Beaumont vs. Apple Valley, 2 p.m.
Indian Springs vs. Carter, 3:30 p.m.
Day 2, Dec. 27
At Arroyo Valley HS
Serrano/Ramona loser vs. San Gorgonio/Yucaipa loser, 11 a.m.
Barstow/Summit loser vs. Arroyo Valley/Redlands loser, 12:30 p.m.
Serrano/Ramona winner vs. San Gorgonio/Yucaipa winner, 2 p.m.
Barstow/Summit winner vs. Arroyo Valley/Redlands winner, 3:30 p.m.
At Indian Springs HS
Fontana/Rialto loser vs. REV/Pacific loser, 11 a.m.
Beaumont/Apple Valley loser vs. Indian Springs/Carter loser 12:30 p.m.
Fontana/Rialto winner vs. REV/Pacific winner, 2 p.m.
Beaumont/Apple valley winner vs. Indian Springs/Carter winner, 3:30 p.m.
Day 3, Dec. 29
Semifinals at Arroyo Valley HS, 6 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
Day 4, Dec. 30
Third place at Arroyo Valley HS, 6 p.m.
Championship at Arroyo Valley, 7:30 p.m.
Several local teams will be taking part in a girls basketball tournament Dec. 26-30 at Bloomington Christian. Here’s the run down.
Pool A –Jurupa Valley, Riverside Prep, Ontario, Bloomington, Glendale Adventist.
Pool B – Carter, Pacific, San Bernardino, Pomona, Bloomington Christian.
Pool play games Dec. 26
1:30 p.m. – Glendale Adventist
3 p.m. – Carter vs. Pacific
4:30 p.m. – Jurupa Valley vs. Riverside Prep
6 – Bloomington vs. ONtario
7:30 p.m. – Bloomington Chr. vs. San Bernardino
1:30 p.m. – Carter vs. Pomona
3 p.m. – Bloomington vs. Jurupa Valley
4 p.m. San Bernardino vs. Ontario
6 p.m. – Glendale Adv vs. Riverside Prep
7:30 p.m. – Pacific vs. Bloomington Chr.
1:30 p.m. – Riverside Prep vs. Ontario
3 p.m. – San Bernardino vs. Bloomington
4:30 p.m. – Glendale Adv vs. Jurupa Valley
7:30 p.m. – Carter vs. Bloomington Chr.
1:30 p.m. – 5th in Pool B vs. 5th in Pool1
3 p.m. – 4th in Pool B vs. 4th in Pool 1
4:30 p.m. – 3rd in Pool B vs. 3rd in Pool 1
6 p.m. – 2nd in Pool B vs. 2nd Pool A
7:30 p.m. – 1st in Pool B vs. 1st in Pool A
The annual Inland Empire Basketball Classic is coming up starting on Saturday. Here’s the rundown:
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
(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
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
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.”
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
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
Did not qualify: none
Division 5 girls winner: Flintridge Prep 36
Did not qualify: 13. Arrowhead Christian 307
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.”