Michael Anderson, now at Arroyo Valley, set for Rialto return

Michael Anderson doesn’t know what kind of reception he’ll get, but he’s glad to get it out of the way early.
Anderson, who coached Rialto High girls basketball for 5 years, winning a CIF-SS title in 2011 and also becoming a state finalist that year, is now at Arroyo Valley. His first game back to Rialto is Thursday at 6 p.m.
He has some friends still at Rialto, but many administrators are no longer at the school from when Anderson started there. He knows some Rialto players and parents were upset when he left last season, to be closer to home where he can tend to his mother. It got worse when he took the job at Arroyo Valley, but that being closer to home made it a better fit.
“I’m glad it’s early, to get it out of the way,” Anderson said. “It (reaction) is going to be mixed.”
He doesn’t know what kind of a reception he will get, or if Rialto will try and get a big rowdy crowd to come in response to Anderson’s return. Having the first game between the teams at Rialto (instead of Arroyo Valley) helps Anderson. “So I can see what they do first,” he said.
He said he heard that Rialto covered up some banners or references to his CIF-SS championship team, but also said that could be part of a gym refurbishment.
His Arroyo Valleyteam  is 8-8 after losing its league opener on Tuesday to Carter and received two big blows, as Claudia Orantes tore her knee against Carter and is out for the year. In addition, junior Tamara Trigg, who was transferring  from Rialto to Arroyo Valley, was ruled out for the year by CIF-SS. Rialto is 2-9 after losing its league opener on Tuesday to San Gorgonio.

Inland Empire Football Classic Postscript

After the wild game on Saturday night at Corona High School, I needed time to recover from deadline stress and the excitement of the night.

Here are some thoughts:

  • First, I was impressed how much each coach wanted to win. It was not a win-at-all-costs mantra, nor did they take the fun out of it in order to win. But the playcalling and San Bernardino player substitutions proved how much San Bernardino wanted to win. It was also obvious in the San Bernardino goal-line stand that ended regulation and sent the game to OT.
  • Odd play that didn’t make it into my story. With the score tied 21-21 in the third quarter, Riverside lined up for a 50-yard field goal. The snap was bobbled bounced away, the holder grabbed it back and the kicker made the kick. Meanwhile, San Bernardino, thinking it was against the all-star rules to rush, stood back and watched for several seconds. It was a ridiculous moment to most observers, because had there been a rush, there’s no way the kick would have been made. After a lengthy discussion, it was determined that on field goals (but not on extra points) the defense was allowed to rush the kicker. So Riverside got to rekick. This time the snap and hold were good, but the kick was wide.
  • Even at the end of regulation, officials believed there was no overtime, even though there was overtime three years ago. But game organizers changed their mind after meeting at midfield, prompting the overtime.
  • Even in a 31-28 OT defeat, San Bernardino proved a lot. First, that the football is not so bad on this side of the county line. Also, the San Bernardino team, fans and coaches deserved respect for the way they acted. For the record, I had Riverside with 13 penalties for 111 yards, San Bernardino with four for 40 yards. I also saw some taunting from Riverside players after the game-inning kick, but as far as I could tell, San Bernardino acted with class. Stereotypes aren’t always true.
  • Some final offensive stats for San Bernardino: Tahir Rashed-Mills, 5-9 passing, 1 INT, 1 TD, 104 yards, 13 carries, 145 yards, 1 TD. Daniel Martinez, 3-5 passing, 12 yards, 5 rushes, 20 yards. Javone Morgan (A QB who didn’t play there in the game), 1 carry, minus-6 yards; 1 reception, 34 yards. Brandon Scott, 3 receptions, 67 yards, 1 TD. Isaiah Dunn, 2 receptions, 12 yards; Anthony Grayson, 1 reception, 3 yards.  Tacory Spencer, 8 carries, 19 yards, 1 TD; Ben Fitzpatrick 2 carries, 10 yards, 1 TD; Tawon Green 4 carries, 5 yards; Cruz Duke 1 carry, 2 yards.

Boys basketball: Southern California Shootout Schedule

The 12th annual Southern California Shootout, held annually at Azusa Pacific University, will be this Saturday, Jan. 18 featuring a few  boys basketball teams from the west end of San Bernardino County, as well as several from Riverside County and San Gabriel Valley.

Here is the schedule:

9 a.m.      Flintridge Prep vs.  Charter Oak
10:30     South Hills vs.  Alta Loma
Noon     Corona Santiago vs. Rowland
1:30 p.m.  Murrieta Valley vs. Walnut
3:00       Colony vs.  La Canada
4:30       Glendora  vs. California
6:00       Mission Viejo  vs. Damien
7:30       Etiwanda vs.  ML King
9:00  p.m.  Los Osos vs. Claremont

All-CIF selections announced for football

The All-CIF selections have just been announced and there are a lot of locals that have earned recognition. Here’s the list of locals by divisions:

Mid-Valley Division
Offensive Player of Year – Joseph Mayorga, San Dimas
Defensive Player of Year – Bobby Rios, San Dimas
Coach of the Year – Bill Zernickow, San Dimas
Others locals named – Desmond Bobo, Pomona; Joey Erickson, San Dimas; Fasuto Martinez, San Dimas; Jared Trujillo, San Dimas; Shawn Wilson, Pomona; Mike Zapata, San Dimas.

East Valley Division
Offensive Player of Year
– Damian Wright, Jurupa Hills
Coach of the Year – Ed McMillon, Jurupa Hills
Other locals named – Eric Banks, Jurupa Hills; Lionel Crosby, Jurupa Hills; Ricardo De La Torre, Jurupa Hills; Santana Diaz, Big Bear; Tyler Drake, Jurupa Hills; David Falefitu, Twentynine Palms; Justin Hardin, Rim of the World; Brad Hargis, Western Chr.; Brandon Hatfield, Ontario Chr.; Andrew Henry, Western Chr.; Shiloh Hurd, Citrus Valley; Brett Kokesh, Citrus Valley; Carter McDonough, Big Bear; Brad Mowbray, Arrowhead Chr.; Nikolas Navarro, Jurupa Hills; Leland Orrin, Western Chr.; Sarkis Panossian, Western Chr.; Tre Prudhomme, Big Bear; Kourde Roberts, Jurupa Hills; Taylan Seaman, Big Bear; Blake Smith, Big Bear; Joshua Sparks, Jurupa Hills; Titus Stewart, Western Christian; Jamie Taylor, Rim of the World; Matt Thompson, Arrowhead Chr.; Derek Van Leeuwen, Ontario Chr.; Talo Wilson, Twentynine Palms; John Wood, Western Chr.

Inland Division
Local players named
- Matteo Biscotti, Redlands East Valley; Terry Clarendon, Eisenhower; Chazz Eldridge, Chino Hills; Tawon Green, Eisenhower; Tyler Hilinski, Upland; Matalei Kauvaka, Upland; Tate Larson, Damien; Malik Lovette, Redlands East Valley; Artuz Manning, Rancho Cucamonga; Micah St. Andrews, Eisenhower; Brandon Scott, Yucaipa; Chris Unga, Rancho Cucamonga; Trevor Wright, Upland.

Eastern Division
Local players named
– Malik Anderson, San Gorgonio; Augustine Beltran, Silverado; Grant Coonce, Serrano; Chris Crummel, Hesperia; Xavier Dehaler, Serrano; Dante Finney, San Gorgonio; Jay Henderson, Serrano; Sana Jenkins, Silverado; Dillon Jennies, Oak Hills; Trevon Lee, Carter; John Macksey, Serrano; Brandon Mapstead, Apple Valley; Geno Mastandrea, Oak Hills; Maurice McKnight, Arroyo Valley; Nathan Meadors, San Gorgonio; Chance Padilla, Silverado; Tahir Rashed-Mills, San Gorgonio; Julian Rodriguez, San Gorgonio;

Central Division
Local players named
– Fran Cole, Kaiser; Kyle Curry, Colony; Jonathan Guzman, Kasier; Devin Imbach, Colony; Brendan Hadley, Colony; Clayton Howard, Kaiser; Joshua Johnson, Kaiser; Ryan Kinard, Colony; Weslee Lewis, Kasier; Daniel Tesimale, Colony; Jonathan Trucks, Colony; Haketeli Tuivai, Colony; Augie Vega, Colton.

Southeast Division
Local players named
– Tyler Brown, Diamond Bar; Will Bryan, Diamond Ranch; Kammy Delp, Diamond Ranch; Matt Preston, Diamond Ranch.

Tony DiThomas not done after stepping down at Arroyo Valley

I wasn’t able to talk to Tony DiThomas yesterday (Tuesday) after he stepped down at Arroyo Valley, but he called me back today, so here is some added information.
DiThomas confirmed that after his wife took the job as president at Barstow College, the two of them didn’t see each other much during the week. “It was stressful,” he said.
Now that DiThomas, 60,  is retiring from teaching at Arroyo Valley, he can spend more time with his wife in Barstow and he intends to coach next season, but only as an assistant.
“I want to help out somewhere,” he said.
He said that place does not need to be in the High Desert, closer to Barstow.
“I want it to be with a good, cohesive staff,” he said. “Wherever that happens to be.”
And he said regardless, since he won’t be teaching and he won’t be a head coach, he’ll be able to spend more time with his wife.

Los Osos’ Martin Luther King Day basketball schedule

Los Osos High School hosts the annual MLK “I have a Dream” Classic at the Cave, a boys basketball showcase event on Martin Luther King day, which this year is January 20.

Here is the schedule:
Pomona vs. Claremont, 9 a.m.
Victor Valley vs. Twentynine Palms, 10:30 a.m.
Corona vs. Washington Prep, noon
Citrus Valley vs. Rancho Cucamonga, 1:30 p.m.
Rancho Verde vs. Miller, 3 p.m.
Muir vs. ML King, 4:30 p.m.
Damien vs. Los Osos, 6 p.m.
Montclair vs. Bishop Amat, 7:30 p.m.

Los Osos defensive end chooses Yale

Los Osos High School defensive lineman Michael West has decided on a college. It’s Yale.

West visited that school the second week of December and also took a trip to Brown. He also had a visit planned to Dartmouth but canceled that after making up his mind on Yale. He plans to major in engineering.

“I have been a good student all of my life and I’m looking forward to continuing that,” West said. “I know it will be a challenge. One reason I really liked the school was the resources it has in place to help students.”

Yale went 5-5 last year under second-year coach Anthony Reno. West will be part of his second recruiting class.

“I liked the coach and players and the program is building. I am looking forward to being part of it,” West added.

West was a first-team All-Baseline League selection. The 6-2, 195-pounder totaled 41 tackles, 7 sacks, 1 fumble recovery, 2 caused fumbles and 2 blocked field goals.

He holds a 4.4 grade-point average.

Final San Bernardino Kiwanis results

Here are the results from Monday, the final day of the San Bernardino Kiwanis boys basketball tournament.

15th place: Arroyo Valley 51, Indian Springs 46
13th place: Ramona 65, Rim of the World 48
11th place: Summit 84, Pacific 49
Consolation championship: Kaiser 66, Barstow 47
7th place: Grand Terrace 64, San Gorgonio 58
5th place: Redlands East Valley 77, Jurupa Hills 57
3rd place: Redlands 58, Beaumont 56
Championship: Cajon 63, Yucaipa 38

Saturday’s Tournament schedule

Here are schedules for some of Saturday’s Tournament games

Boys Basketball
San Bernardino Kiwanis
At Arroyo Valley HS
Yucaipa vs. Beaumont, 2 p.m.
Cajon vs. Redlands, 3:30 p.m.
5th place semifinals
At Pacific HS
Redlands East Valley vs. Grand Terrace, 2 p.m.
Jurupa Hills vs. San Gorgonio, 3:30 p.m.
Consolation semifinals
At Arroyo Valley HS
Summit vs. Barstow, 11 a.m.
Pacific vs. Kaiser, 12:30 p.m.
13th place semifinals
At Pacific HS
Rim vs. Arroyo Valley, 11 a.m.
Ramona vs. Indian Springs, 12:30 p.m.


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Friday’s Tournament results

Friday’s tournament results
Boys basketball
San Bernardino Kiwanis
Championship quarterfinals
Beaumont 77, Redlands East Valley 71
Yucaipa 65, Grand Terrace 59
Redlands 70, Jurupa Hills 55
Cajon 39, San Gorgonio 31
Consolation quarterfinals
Summit 68, Rim of the World 45
Barstow 64, Arroyo Valley 46
Pacific 55, Ramona 50
Kaiser 76, Indian Springs 31