Michelle Gardner filled in as the guest co-host for I.E. Sports Net’s Saturday morning radio show last week.
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The trophy for Friday’s rivalry game between Etiwanda and Summit.
It was a tough debut for Etiwanda football coach Kevin Davis.
The Eagles were completely throttled by a quality Norco team 66-13. The good news is that’s only one game and Davis thinks his team will learn from its mistakes which were many.
The Eagles need to regroup in a hurry though. Looming on Friday is the “Fight for 15” rivalry game against Summit at Miller High School.
Davis is still optimistic though.
“The good thing is that there was no finer-pointing. Everyone took ownership for their own mistakes. In the past there might have been some of that and bickering on the sidelines. But everyone came in the next day on time and ready to go.”
Davis says his team went in confident but not necessarily overconfident or cocky.
It was just a matter of things steamrolling out of control. There were seven turnovers, beginning with the opening kickoff.
Davis is also glad to have a game in hand to iron out the problem spots where as Summit was idle last week.
“Having one last week will probably help us more than not having one will hurt them,” he said.
With Summit boasting several Division I players, most notably RB Stephen Carr, a USC commit, and DB Damian Alloway, the Eagles will again have their hands full. Their showing this week will be a great indicator as to whether this team can live up to expectations or it will be like those in the past who have underachieved.
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Christmas came a little early for Ganesha football coach Don Cayer.
Jaylon Dean has transferred from Sunkist League champion Kaiser to Ganesha, Cayer confirmed.
The CIF has already ruled him eligible for the coming season. Dean, a 5-foot-10, 225 pounder, is expected to make an immediate impact.
“He will be a difference maker, especially on defense because that’swhere he has played the most,” Cayer said. “We have some skill players on offense but he gives us more options there.
Dean was an All-League selection last year on defense with 53 tackles and four sacks. Cayer says he will use him on both sides of the ball.
“We don’t get a transfer of this caliber that often,” he said. “We’re talking an All-League kid on a first place team. We’re excited to have him.”
Ganesha opens the season at Mark Keppel on Aug. 28.
The SkyHawks football team enters the 2015 season with four players sporting Division-I offers, including Damian Alloway’s list of 16. Had he not committed to USC nearly two years before he could sign a letter of intent, running back Stephen Carr would presumably have more than five scholarship offers.
After becoming the first school other than Kaiser to win a Sunkist League championship – Summit claimed consecutive league titles in 2011 and 2012 – the SkyHawks have finished second the last two seasons. But talent hasn’t been much of an issue, according to head coach Nick Matheny.
“With our three guys at the skill positions, we’re pretty loaded,” Matheny said. “But we were talented last year too and we were only able to pull out six wins.”
Are you a boys basketball player in their senior year of high school or at a junior college who feels they have been overlooked? Well, there is an event coming up that will interest you.
Diamond Ranch High School will host a college showcase designed to hook prospective players up with college programs. It will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. on Friday and is open to athletes from all schools.
Players will each compete in at least three games in order to showcase their skills. They will also get an update on new academic regulations that will directly affect them.
A dozen or so college coaches from NAIA, Division II and Division III schools will be on hand. There will also be some reps from community colleges.
The cost is $50.
Last year 10 players who participated got college spots.
For more information see www.TheCollegeExpo.org or call (909) 396-0151.
I really enjoyed working with Ed Castro (who passed away Tuesday night) during his time at the Daily Facts. Since the Sun and Daily Fats both cover Redlands and we’re the same company, we’d trade information, coordinate coverage and sometimes even be at the same events. That included several REV football games last year.
It also included the Arrowhead Christian championship game and we shared a motel room in Nipomo. That one didn’t end too well. I was leaving early on Sunday morning, while Ed was going to stay in the area to watch football with some friends. He awoke on Sunday to find me, about ready to leave, and a maintenance person mopping up after I flooded the bathroom (don’t ask). Ed would only give me a hard time about it when I brought it up. But he was a good guy who didn’t seem bothered.
Ed was a good guy who worked hard, cared about sports in Redlands had a great sense of humor and was very humble. He could be a bit insecure, because while he covered the day-to-day events in Redlands, I would come in and cover the bigger events, and he would refer to me, with perhaps a bit of sarcasm as “The A Team.” Ed, you were the real A team.
Here are some memories of Ed
First, Ed’s greatest “hit.” He took this video at the opening of an ACA football game and stood in there until he got the shot. The video went viral.
Click below, to read tweets from the Redlands community about Ed’s passing.
Maybe you saw in the paper or on our website that the coach who built the Bloomington High wrestling program into a CIF-SS champion, Gabe Schaefer, is leaving.
Above, Schaefer talks about winning the CIF-SS Individual Tournament team title for the first time this season.
Here are my thoughts. I have a huge amount of respect for Gabe as a coach and his ability to build a winning program with kids who were willing and able, but did not have much experience before high school.
I don’t blame him for leaving for Clovis, the most powerful program in the state. He is not a casual wrestling coach, so the opportunity to coach the best team in the state is hard to pass up, so I don’t blame him.
He will be missed (by the school and by me). But when Schaefer last year brought on Vince LaFarge, who was a big part of the coaching success at Covina Northview, he made for a smoother transition. It’s hard to say that LaFarge will be able to continue the success that Schaefer started. It could be better, or not quite as good. But it will be good. LaFarge is a veteran coach who has had a year for the kids to know him.
The kids just need to stick with him. His success in his career speaks for itself, and hopefully the Bloomington kids will listen.