Citos Marinez makes sense as Jurupa Hills football coach

I had an interesting conversation with Citos Marinez, the soon-to-be-approved football coach at Jurupa Hills on Thursday.
Truthfully, there’s a good chance he wouldn’t have gotten the job without a previous coach-parent relationship with Jurupa Hills athletic director Kristen Braun.
And I don’t have a problem with that at all.
Braun’s son, Blake, played for Marinez when Marinez was an assistant coach at Redlands East Valley from 2004-12. Braun’s brother Kurt Bruich is also the head coach at REV.
Kristen Braun of course already knew him but could get truthful answers about him from her brother and her son, as well as her son’s friends.
In this era of coaches and administration not seeing eye-to-eye, it makes sense for an A.D. and coach to know each other previously. Obviously the A.D.-coach relationship is different than that of parent-coach, but you still have an idea of what he’s like working with kids and whether he knows football.
That weighed in his favor likely much more than the 7-23 record he compiled in three seasons as head coach at Covina Gladstone.
Both Marinez and Braun feel more comfortable I think about his hiring because of their history. She knows what she’s getting in a coach, and although he hasn’t worked for Braun, he knows her. It makes sense.

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Inland Empire Classic Football rosters are out

2016 INLAND EMPIRE ALL-STAR FOOTBALL CLASSIC

These are the preliminary rosters for the game, which will be Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. at Ramona High in Riverside. The players listed have committed, but college visits, injuries and other issues may create the need for late additions

San Bernardino County Roster
Head Coach: Nick Rogers, Cajon.
Assistant Coaches: Javon Daniels, Cajon; Gerald Gomez, Cajon; Kendrick Harris, Cajon; Brad Johnson, Cajon; Jeff Imbriani, San Bernardino; Eric Valencia, Cajon; Rich Imbriani, Cajon; Jerome Webber, Cajon; John Beck, Arrowhead Christian; Kenny Grant, Arrowhead Christian; Will Pomfret, Redlands.

OFFENSE
Quarterbacks: Joey Burrola, Redlands; Marcus Johnson, Indian Springs.
Running Backs: Alex Mattison, San Bernardino; Devon Dixon, Grand Terrace; Joey Harmon, Redlands East Valley; Spencer Coleman, Carter; Sultaan Sullivan, Serrano.
Wide Receivers: CJ Harris, Redlands East Valley; Tyrone Gasaway, Cajon; Ramean Duckett, San Gorgonio; Brandon Morris, Redlands; Matt Thompson, Arrowhead Christian Academy.
Offensive linemen: Brandyn Alvarez, Grand Terrace; Gerardo Flores, Cajon; James Hanson, Kaiser; Niko Hernandez, Aquinas.

DEFENSE
Defensive line: Erick Garcia, Cajon; Mikael Bunse, Cajon; Shemiah Unutoa, San Gorgonio; Ray Arreola, Yucaipa; Shynol McClain, Redlands East Valley.
Linebackers: Cameron Moore, Cajon; Zach Torres, Grand Terrace; Matteo Biscotti, Redlands East Valley; Matt Lee, Yucaipa; Niklas Gustav, Aquinas.
Defensive backs: Elijah Lilly, Cajon; Dorian Fredrick, Redlands; Marcus Strong, Carter; Marquise Green, Carter.
Punter/Kicker: Jaron Imbriani, Cajon.

Riverside County Roster
Head Coach: Jeff Steinberg, Rancho Verde, Offensive Coordinator.
Assistant Coaches: Defensive coordinator, Outside linebackers, Jeff Huerta, Rancho Verde; Running backs, H Banks, Rancho Verde; Inside linebackers, J. Reeder, Rancho Verde; Wide receivers, B. Robinson, Rancho Verde, L. Anderson, Rancho Verde, M. Cao, Rancho Verde; C. Defensive line, Jefferson, Rancho Verde, C. Hammond, Rancho Verde; Offensive line, Rene Cronkite, Santiago; P. Morris, Rancho Verde; Cornerbacks, A. Poor, Rancho Verde, Derrick Johnson, Notre Dame; Safeties, J. Pfeiffer, Rancho Verde, L. Pickens, Rancho Verde.

OFFENSE
Quarterbacks: Anthony Catalano, Centennial; Brett Virgil, Heritage.
Running Backs: JJ Taylor, Centennial; Jamal Scott, Rancho Verde; Freddie Holly, Norte Vista; Devin Floyd, Citrus Hil.
Wide Receivers: Dixon Stith, Riverside Poly; Alive Hifo, Heritage; Sean Bowden, Roosevelt; Cameron Jackson, Centennial; Tyler Krepsz, King; Lloyd Hightower, Chaparral.
Offensive linemen: Isikeli Akan, Rancho Verde; Nolan Bisogno, Santiago; Paula Hafoka, Centennial; Manuel Almandariz, Rancho Verde; Quireo Woolley, Murrieta Valley; Ty Whitworth, Linfield; Brian Ward, Norco; Alexia Manriquez, Vista del Lago.
Kicker: Fidel Romo, Banning.

DEFENSE
Defensive line: Kevin Atkins, Vista Murrieta; Carleton Washington, Rancho Verde; Max Pichardo, Paloma Valley; Kevin Padilla, San Jacinto.
Inside linebackers: Zach Brumbaugh, Centennial; Kevin Meitzenheimer, Moreno Valley; James Reeder, Rancho Verde; Zack Markworth, Citrus Hill; Kalil Mazen, Murrieta Valley
Outside linebackers: Desmond Williams, Centennial; Lee Anderson, Rancho Verde; Austin Cuicchi, Temescal Canyon; Jaden Gardner, Notre Dame.
Defensive backs: Jason Pickens, Rancho Verde; Skyler Thomas, Citrus Hill; Chacho Ulloa, Centennial; Wesley Smith, Notre Dame; Lorenzo Burns, Linfield; Jordan D’errico, Norco.

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Los Osos’ MLK Day boys basketball schedule is out

On Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, Los Osos High will once again have its MLK Day “I Have a Dream” boys basketball extravaganza. Here’s the schedule. Possibly one of the better games for local teams will be the 5 p.m. game between Kaiser and Villa Park.

8:00am Los Osos vs San Gorgonio

9:30am Silverado vs Gardena

11:00am Charter Oak vs Emery Secondary

12:30pm 29 Palms vs Pomona

2:00pm Bishop Amat vs Artesia

3:30pm Corona vs Montclair

5:00pm Villa Park vs Kaiser

6:30pm Rancho Verde vs Summit

8:00pm Diamond Bar vs Riverside Poly

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Record not important for Grand Terrace girls soccer

There can be a fine line in scheduling for high school sports teams between scheduling easy enough for the team to get some confidence and hard enough for them to be challenged.
But, if you’re not really concerned with one of those two sides of the coin, it makes it a bit easier.
Grand Terrace girls soccer at 5-6-3 already has twice as many losses as it had all of last season, when it went 21-3-3, but was ousted in the second round of the CIF-SS playoffs.
Coach Ryan Pacheco isn’t concerned about the team’s confidence. Nearly all of the key players from last year’s team are back this year, so confidence isn’t an issue. He wanted the team to be challenged, so he upped the schedule.
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It’s not that last year’s was easy, and it wasn’t a complete overhaul, but he wanted to upgrade. Truthfully, the poor record is due in part to the Titans not fielding its starting 11 for any game this season, until Wednesday’s showdown with No. 1 Bloomington. The game is at Bloomington at 5 p.m.
“I told the girls in 14 games played, don’t expect to be 14-0,” Pacheco said. “The schedule has provided us a chance to see what we can do.”
Because of injuries and other absences, Pacheco and his staff have gotten a chance to see a lot of players play who wouldn’t normally have played.
“I’m pleased with where we’re at,” Pacheco said. “It helps us out to see subs for the girls that normally wouldn’t be starting for us. It’s a huge confidence boost. We know they can hold their own.”
Pacheco isn’t concerned with his team’s record, and also isn’t concerned with his team’s ranking. While the record isn’t good, the ranking is just fine.
Despite its sub-par record, Grand Terrace is ranked No. 3 in CIF-SS Division 6, behind No. 1 Bloomington and No. 2 Lake Elsinore Temescal Canyon.
“The people that do the polls, they understand us,” Pacheco said. “It (schedule) is something people take into account.”
Both Grand Terrace and Bloomington have played Temescal Canyon. Bloomington defeated Temescal Canyon 3-0 on Dec. 8, while Temescal Canyon defeated Grand Terrace 2-0 on Dec. 15.
That being said, Pacheco expects the game against Bloomington to be close.
“Personally, I think it’s a toss-up,” Pacheco said. “I would be surprised if it’s a blowout.”

A year ago, Grand Terrace won 2-1 and the teams tied the other game 0-0, Grand Terrace’s only league blemish. In three years, only one of six games between the teams has been decided by more than one goal.

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Ebrahim Salman leads Kaiser to victory over Jurupa Hills

Ebrahim Salman proved to be the top cat on the court in Kaiser’s victory over crosstown rival Jurupa Hills, 62-53, in boys basketball nonleague play.

Salman scored 26 points for the Cats (13-2) while Armani Dodson and Kenneth Smith each contributed with nine points apiece.
It was the defense that proved to be dominant limiting the Spartans (4-12) to just two points in the fourth quarter after coming off its highest scoring quarter of the game in the third with 20 points.
For the Spartans’ offense, Chiyindu Eegeonu scored 20 points while Daniel Soto added 18 points in the loss against the Cats.
Kaiser will return to the court Friday against Rancho Cucamonga at 6 p.m. before opening Sunkist League play against Summit on Wednesday at home.
Jurupa Hills will play at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday against Indian Springs in San Andreas League play.

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Can 2 local wrestling tournaments survive on same day?

This weekend, there are 2 high school wrestling tournaments, held just 12 miles apart. Can they both survive?
Time will tell.
Originally, there was the San Bernardino County Championships, which had been held at Arroyo Valley years ago. When Arroyo Valley ended its program and director Oscar Briseno started coaching at Bloomington, Bloomington became involved and they moved the event to Jurupa Hills, where is was called the Inland Empire Tournament of Champions.
Well, Briseno isn’t at Bloomington any more, and took his part of the tournament,, San Bernardino County championships, to Grand Terrace.
So two 1-day tournaments will be held on the same day, one at Jurupa Hills one at Grand Terrace.
Bloomington coach Vince LaFarge thinks so. His tournament will only be about 14 teams and he wants to keep it to no more than 16 teams in the future.
“I probably didn’t do a good job of being aggressive recruiting teams,” LaFarge said. “But we have some really quality teams and our top 8 is really solid.”

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