ROUNDUP: Loma Linda Academy sweeps Montebello

LOMA LINDA ACADEMY 3, MONTEBELLO 0 >> Demari Webb had 18 kills for the Roadrunners in the CIFSS first round victory over the Oilers, 25-9, 25-17, 25-18. Kayla Redfield contributed with 35 assists and three digs in the victory. Loma Linda Academy will play the winner of Connelly and Santa Ynez in the quarterfinals.
TEMPLETON 3, WEBB 0 >> The Gauls were defeated by the Eagles, 25-17, 25-13, 25-16, in the second round of the CIF-SS playoffs.
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LOS OSOS 14, VILLA PARK 11 >> Luke Andres had four goals for the Grizzlies in the CIFSS Division 2 first round victory over the Spartans. Joseph Galgani contributed with three goals while goalkeeper Tanner Stewart had 11 saves in the win. Los Osos will play against Dana Hills on Saturday.

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Carter safety Marcus Strong verbally commits to Washington State

Marcus Strong of Rialto Carter High School confirmed that he has verbally committed to play football at Washington State University.

Strong had offers from San Jose and PAC-12 rivals such as Oregon State and Washington but felt that the Cougars were the best fit for him.

“I think my speed can fit in very well with a good and upcoming program like Washington State,” Strong said. “I have a good connection with the coaching staff and that is what matters the most.”

Strong believes he still has a few things he wants to address as he prepares for the next step in his career.

“I have to put on some muscle and I have to build up some more speed to compete (against the best in the PAC-12),” he said. “But I those task will be easy for me.”

Strong proved to be a dual sport athlete, playing in the outfield for his high school baseball team.

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Our list of athletes signing this week


  • Isaiah Davis, Carter – Fresno State
  • Brett Vansant, Redlands East Valley – Western Kentucky
  • Reggie Lawson, Victor Valley – Arizona State


  • Kayla Washington, Cajon – Washington State


  • Pamala Baber, Carter – Texas-El Paso
  • Marissa Jauregui, Grand Terrace – UC Davis
  • Danielle Rico, Grand Terrace – Eastern Michigan
  • Jocelyn Betancourt, Grand Terrace – Cal St. Bakersfield
  • Melanie Olmos, Grand Terrace – Oklahoma
  • Riley Plogger, Redlands East Valley – Utah State
  • Stephanie Ruelas, Redlands East Valley – Concordia
  • Mallory Cross, Yucaipa –  Texas-El Paso
  • Kayla Martin, Yucaipa – Kansas Wesleyan
  • Kelly Martinez, Yucaipa – Utah
  • Zoe Richard, Citrus Valley – Cal State Fullerton
  • Olivia Olvera, Citrus Valley – La Sierra


  • Emily Longfellow, Redlands East Valley -University of Houston
  • Melissa Pepper, Redlands – West Virginia
  • Nicole Proctor, Redlands – UC Santa Barbara


  • Janell Walley, Yucaipa – Boise State
  • Alisha Edwards, Redlands HS – UCLA

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Jeremy Topete steps down as Hesperia football coach

The high school football regular season has ended, but the first coaching domino has fallen as Hesperia coach Jeremy Topete has stepped down after seven seasons at the helm of the Scorpions.
Topete said his resignation had nothing to do with the incident last week in which Hesperia players vandalized the Oak Hills field and Hesperia ended up forfeiting the game.
“This is something I had talked to my athletic director a month ago,” he said. “I’m grateful for the opportunity. The administration and staff has given a lot of support.”
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Topete said he is planning on spending more time with his family, which includes two sons, ages 9 and 7.
“I’ve been devoting my time to other kids for the last 18 years,” Topete said. “Now I need to spend more time with my own.”
Topete said he plans on continuing to teach at Hesperia and will “take a year off” from coaching. He did not say he would definitely coach again, only that he would consider it after a year.
Topete compiled a 25-48 record in seven seasons after taking over the program when Robert Kistner left to become the first head coach at Oak Hills. He led the Scorpions to the playoffs in 2013 and 2014 (winning a playoff game), and was 3-7 this year.
He said he hopes last week’s incident doesn’t mar how people view his tenure at the school.
“The people around us know the good things we’ve done,” Topete said. “It’s not about one incident of a prank that went too far.”
Topete said he got positive reaction after forfeiting last week’s game.
“The reaction I got was nothing but positive, texts from people,” he said.

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Citrus Belt League football wrap-up and final thoughts

The regular season is over, and the fairly unpredictable Citrus Belt League ended Friday without major surprises:
The scores on the final night:
Redlands 28, Carter 15
Cajon 61, Miller 26
Redlands East Valley 53, Yucaipa 17
Citrus Valley 58, Eisenhower 0

So, here are the CBL automatic entries for the playoffs, in order:
1. Cajon (9-1, 6-1)
2. Redlands East Valley (8-2, 6-1)
3. Redlands (7-3, 5-2)
Wild card probability:
4. Yucaipa (7-3, 4-3)
5. Carter (7-3, 4-3)

When there were some upsets and surprises, I wondered at the end which games would come back to haunt teams?
It seems Carter’s 20-18 loss to Yucaipa will haunt them, keeping them from making the playoffs. On the other hand, it’s the game that gets Yucaipa into the playoffs.
The other is REV’s 37-17 loss to Cajon. Of course Cajon deserved to win that game, but REV obviously didn’t play its best. Against each of the other 3 teams in the playoff hunt in the CBL, REV had a better result, for what that’s worth. Regardless, it’s certainly a game REV would rather have back, but it didn’t keep the Wildcats out of the playoffs.

One thing that struck me from the Redlands-Carter game I was at. Carter turned the ball over 3 times and in each instance, it was a team effort from Redlands. Twice Carter QB Sonny Robison was stripped by one defender and the ball was recovered by another. In the interception, it took one defender to deflect the ball from intended receiver Marcus Strong and a second defender intercepted it. Impressive job by the Terrier defense.

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Hesperia football forfeits game against Oak Hills after vandalism

The Hesperia football program will forfeits tonight’s Mojave River League game against Oak Hills after a group of Hesperia student-athletes vandalized the football stadium, according to the Victor Valley Daily Press.

In the report, Bulldogs’ head coach Robert Kistner said the Hesperia players had spray-painted an expletive on the field, defecated in the bleachers and egged the Oak Hills’ press box.

The Bulldogs conclude the regular season at 5-5 overall and 4-1 in Mojave River League play. The Scorpions finish at 3-7 overall and 1-4 in the MRL.

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Week 10 high school football: my picks

Last week, I had a pretty good week, going 22-5, and also for the first time this season, I got a score exactly right (Yucaipa 56, Eisenhower 6) bringing my season record to 241-72 with 6 games correct winning margin and 1 with exact score. Here are Week 10 picks

Arrowhead Christian at Western Christian
Arrowhead Christian, 42-6
Linfield Christian at Ontario Christian
Linfield Christian 49-21
Riverside Notre Dame at Aquinas
Notre Dame, 48-17
Damien at Los Osos
Damien, 24-17
Rancho Cucamonga at Upland
Rancho Cucamonga, 35-31
Eisenhower at Citrus Valley
Citrus Valley, 35-6
Miller at Cajon
Cajon, 56-14
Redlands at Carter
Redlands, 24-21
Redlands East Valley at Yucaipa
REV. 42-22
Big Bear at Desert Mirage
Big Bear, 35-27
Yucca Valley vs. Twentynine Palms at Twentynine Palms JHS
Twentynine Palms, 49-8
Barstow at Adelanto
Barstow, 42-27
Granite Hills at Silverado
Silverado, 55-6
Los Altos at Diamond Ranch
Walnut at Chino
Chino, 35-7
Ganesha at Garey
La Puente at Pomona
Apple Valley at Sultana
Apple Valley, 35-10
Burroughs at Serrano
Serrano, 49-20
Hesperia at Oak Hills
Oak Hills, 42-28
Pacific at San Bernardino
San Bernardino, 35-16
Alta Loma at Chaffey
Chaffey, 35-21
Don Lugo at Colony
Colony, 40-24
Ontario at Montclair
Montclair, 21-20
Ayala at Bonita
Bonita, 24-20
Glendora vs. Diamond Bar at Citrus College
South Hills at Claremont
Jurupa Hills at Arroyo Valley
Jurupa Hills, 42-7
Rim of the World at Rialto
Rim of the World, 48-6
San Gorgonio at Indian Springs
San Gorgonio, 56-12
Bloomington at Kaiser
Kaiser, 49-20
Colton at Grand Terrace
Grand Terrace, 35-12
Summit vs. Fontana at Miller
Summit, 49-7
San Dimas at Rowland
Excelsior at Trinity Classical Academy
Trinity Classical, 28-26

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Citrus Belt League playoff scenarios

Here’s the nitty gritty. In the crazy CBL, what happens when each possible combination of game results happens.

The games: Miller (2-7, 1-5) at Cajon (8-1, 5-1)
Redlands East Valley (7-2, 5-1) at Yucaipa (7-2, 4-2)
Redlands (6-3, 4-2) at Carter (7-2, 4-2)
Standings reflect how teams would go into the playoffs. Top 3 are automatic. 4th place has good shot to get wild-card spot. 5th place is out.

Scenario 1:
Cajon wins
REV wins
Redlands wins
1. Cajon (6-1), 2. REV (6-1), 3. Redlands (5-2), 4. Yucaipa (4-3)

Scenario 2:
Cajon wins
REV wins
Redlands loses
1. Cajon (6-1), 2. REV (6-1), 3. Carter (5-2), 4. Redlands (4-3)

Scenario 3:
Cajon wins
REV loses
Redlands wins
1. Cajon (6-1) 2. 3-way tie between REV, Redlands, Yucaipa (5-2) requiring coin flip.

Scenario 4
Cajon wins
REV loses
Redlands loses
1. Cajon (6-1), 2. Yucaipa (5-2), 3. REV (5-2), 4. Carter (5-2)

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