Aquinas’ Zoe Casas named small schools player of the year


Zoe Casas, above, talks about tying the state career hits mark, which she eventually broke


Zoe Casas’ hit that tied the state record for career hits

Zoe Casas has had a storied career at Aquinas, and now she’s winning awards she’s won before. Casas, the 2013 California State Small Schools Player of the Year, has been awarded the honor again, by CalHiSports.com.
Casas, an all-Sun selection, batted .736 for the season, her best batting average of her four-year career and finished with a career total of 251 hits. She is bound for Florida State and also will be on the all-time state list for career batting average (.681) and runs scored (193).
Earlier, CalHiSports named Yucaipa coach Dave Kivett, The Sun Coach of the Year, as the Large Schools State Coach of the Year for leading the Thunderbirds to the CIF-SS Division 2 title.

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CIF-SS Division II Girls Diving Championships

The local area is not known as a diving hot bed as it is becoming a trend for some teams and leagues to have few, if any divers at all.

The experience of junior Kristina Unland of Bonita, who scored the highest among local area female divers, may have worked to the advantage. Unland was the only one of four local divers to have competed in a CIF Southern Section diving event prior to this season.

Jacklyn Edwards of Redlands East Valley stated that she is the only diver in the Citrus Belt League along with her friend, Victoria Rice of Yucaipa.

Edwards is concluding her sophomore season while Rice is finishing her freshman year.

Claremont freshman Kaylee-Anna Jayaweera was the only diver from her school this season.

Results of the CIFSS Division II Diving Championships:

Kristina Unland of Bonita (18th place) 313.65

Victoria Rice of Yucaipa (22nd place) 153.85

Jacklyn Edwards of Redlands East Valley (26th place) 145.70

Kaylee-Anna Jayaweera of Claremont (34th place) 100.10

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CIF Swim and Dive: What to watch out for this week

There is plenty to watch out for during the upcoming week from Riverside City College, where the CIF Swimming and Diving Championships will take place from May 11-16. CIF Swimming and Diving

Monday will feature divers from Division 2 and Division 3 schools.

Redlands East Valley’s Jacklyn Edwards and Yucaipa’s Victoria Rice will be among the participants.

There will be many storylines to consider going in to the meet such as how Redlands High will do without Kyle Gornay, who graduated last year and Eric Dahnke, who retired as the Redlands High swimming coach in December following a 19-year stint at the school. Tyler Harp has taken over the duties.

Familiar faces to watch out for include Melissa Pepper of Redlands along with Emily Longfellow and Emily Rigsby of Redlands East Valley.

Redlands East Valley swimming wins its first Citrus Belt League title. (Ed Castro / Redlands Daily Facts)

Redlands East Valley girls swimming won its first Citrus Belt League title. (Ed Castro / Redlands Daily Facts)

The REV girls swim team enters the CIF Championship a week after winning its first Citrus Belt League swimming championship and snapping Redlands’ 22-year CBL win streak.

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CIF Schedule:

Diving:

Monday, May 11 

Division 2 (Boys at 8:30 a.m., Girls at 1 p.m.)

Division 3 for Boys and Girls will be at 5 p.m.

Tuesday, May 12

Division 1 (Boys at 8:30 a.m., Girls at 1 p.m.)

Division 4 (Boys and Girls will be at 5 p.m.)

Swimming:

Wednesday, May 13

Division 4 Prelims at 9 a.m.

Division 3 Prelims at 4 p.m.

Thursday, May 14

Division 1 Prelims at 9 a.m.

Division 3 Finals at 5 p.m.

Friday, May 15

Division 2 Prelims at 9 a.m.

Division 4 Finals at 5 p.m.

Saturday, May 16

Division 2 Finals at 10 a.m.

Diving State Qualifications (Top 16 boys and Top 16 girls) at 1:30 p.m.

Division 1 Finals at 5 p.m.

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VIDEO: Yucaipa softball downs REV 4-1 on Senior Day

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: Yucaipa softball downs Redlands East Valley, 4-1.

VIDEO: Yucaipa senior Brooke Bolinger talks about winning on senior day vs REV.

VIDEO: Yucaipa senior Annie Bakenhus talks about beating REV.
VIDEO: Yucaipa senior Jordan Green talks about winning on senior day to clinch a share of league.
VIDEO: Yucaipa softball coach Dave Kivett talks about the step up in competition and beating REV.
VIDEO: Redlands East Valley coach Debbie Garcia talks about miscues that led to a 4-1 loss to Yucaipa.

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Yucaipa’s Jared Davila finally makes his season debut

Yucaipa’s Jared Davila, one of the top returning pitchers in the area, finally made his season debut on Tuesday after a lengthy rehabilitation from an elbow injury.
Davila pitched a shutout inning of relief on Tuesday in a win vs. Citrus Valley, allowing one hit and striking out one.
“He’s finally getting in there,” Yucaipa coach Jeff Stout said. “He’s probably 85-90 percent. His velocity is in the low-mid 80s.”
A year ago, Davila went 7-1 with a 0.97 ERA in 12 appearances including 10 starts. Stout said that Davila will be limited to an inning or two out of the bullpen, partially because Yucaipa is deep with pitching.

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2015 San Bernardino County Clash Weekend No. 2 Preview

2014 County Clash

Photo from the 2014 County Clash at San Manuel Stadium. (Micah Escamilla/San Bernardino Sun)

San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino serves as the host of the County Clash that host a series of games of a span of four weeks. The games below are for the second weekend of the 2015 County Clash series which take place on April 4.

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Citrus Belt League water polo, basketball provide 2 improbable finishes in 1 week

I cannot recall a week with two games as crazy as the ones I had this week.
First, there was Redlands East Valley’s 5-4, 5 overtime win over Yucaipa in girls water polo on Tuesday.
Then came Thursday, when Eisenhower girls basketball rallied from 9 points down in the final 9.3 seconds to force overtime, before falling to Cajon, 65-57.

I have never seen a 5 overtime game in water polo, and neither had anyone I talked to at the game. And scoring 9 points in the final 9.3 seconds to force overtime? It just doesn’t happen.

But what makes these games remarkable beyond that is that both games had Citrus Belt League titles at stake at the end of the season. In the first case, REV won the CBL title outright, its sixth straight title with the marathon win. In the latter, Cajon earned a share of the CBL title by knocking off Eisenhower. In each case, none of the four teams had lost to anyone else in league. And they were all ranked in CIF-SS.

Those were two games what show why I love high school sports. In both cases, great fan atmosphere, two closely matched teams and two games in which there was a big mental aspect. in the first case, REV fought through fatigue to finally win. In the second case, Cajon fought through the embarrassment of squandering a big lead and recovered to win in overtime.

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VIDEO: Yucaipa girls water polo coach Kevin Lewis on 5 OT loss


Yucaipa coach Kevin Lewis, reacts to his team losing in the 5th OT to REV on Tuesday, 5-4. For him, it seemed like it was one that got away. Lewis had told me after the teams played the first time, a 10-7 REV win, to come back for the rematch at Crafton Hills College. The game did not disappoint. Lewis seems confident that his young team will break through next year to win league. But he and the Thunderbirds really wanted to make it this year.

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