Mike Aragon, above, speaking after he was named head coach of Pacific in August.
Pacific High School football coach Mike Aragon put in his request essay and forgot about it.
After all, it was about five months ago, or even before he became the head coach.
But last week, he got a call from a representative from the Southern California Helpful Honda Dealers as part of their “random acts of helpfulness” program and was told he was being awarded a $2,500 gift card to a sporting goods store for equipment.
Turns out, it’s not just an ad campaign.
“I kind of thought I didn’t get it,” said Aragon after waiting several months. “I had to ask her to repeat herself and I just thanked her.”
While the school provides most of the equipment necessary to play, Aragon said several players can’t afford to buy basic things, such as cleats. He said he and another coach bought 12 pairs of cleats themselves for the team and a handful of others wore cleats that were “past their prime.”
He also hoped to buy game socks, and other things such as workout shorts and shirts. He said he planned on earmarking some of the money for specific needs, and keep some in reserve for other things as they arose.
“Of course, I want to make them earn it,” he said. “It’s one less thing out of my head, trying to raise money and get sponsors. A lot of people helped us out last year, and this gives them a little bit of a break.”
The annual Inland Empire Basketball Classic is coming up starting on Saturday. Here’s the rundown:
Purple – Rancho Cucamonga, Chino, Colton
Black - Silverado, Alta Loma, South Hills
Red - Colony, Serrano, Fontana
Navy - Redlands East Valley, Upland, Moreno Valley
Green - Etiwanda, Carter, Grand Terrace
Grey - Wlanut, Redlands, Canyon Springs
Silver - Miller, Stern MASS, Murrieta Mesa
White - Temecula Valley, Los Osos, Kaiser
Saturday’s games (at Rancho Cucamonga)
10:30 a.m. – Stern MASS vs. Miller
Noon – Redlands East Valley vs. Moreno Valley
1:30 p.m. – Alta Loma vs. Silverado
3 p.m. – Etiwanda vs. Carter
4:30 p.m. – Serrano vs. Colony
6 p.m. – Chino vs. Rancho Cucamonga
7:30 p.m. – Temecula Valley vs. Los Osos
(At Rancho Cucamonga)
2:30 P.M. – Los Osos vs. Kaiser
4 p.m. – Carter vs. Grand Terrace
5:30 p.m. – Upland vs. Moreno Valley
7 p.m. – Chino vs. Colton
2:30 p.m. – Alta Loma vs. South Hills
4 p.m. – Murrieta Mesa vs. Stern MASS
5:30 p.m. – Serrano vs. Fontana
7 p.m. Redlands vs. Walnut
REV’s Malik Lovette celebrates the CIF-SS Title victory on Dec. 5 against Riverside Poly.
Head coach Kurt Bruich and the Redlands East Valley Wildcats (13-1) were named to the CIF Division II South State Championship Game against the Bakersfield Ridgeview Wolf Pack (12-1).
The game will be held at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 on the campus of Citrus Valley High School.
The Wildcats handed Riverside Poly High, it’s first loss of the season to win the 2014 CIF-SS Inland Division Championship on Dec. 5.
The Wolf Pack defeated Dinuba High, 16-14, to win the CIF Central Section Divsion II Championship.
Here are some results from Saturday’s Nike Cross Country Nationals in Portland, Oregon and the Footlocker West Regional at Mt. SAC:
At Nike, Jurupa Hills boys were 10th as a team. Big Bear’s Caleb Webb was third in the country running 15:21. Jurupa Hills’ Devon Reed was 31st in 15:54, teammate Michael Teran was 40th in 16:00.
At Footlocker, Citrus Valley’s Claire Graves was 7th, running the 5K course (longer than the usual 3 miles, it finishes on the track), and her time was 18:32.0.
Whether they got breaks or they made them, Redlands East Valley got some opportunities that led to a CIF-SS Inland Division football title, beating Riverside Poly. Most importantly, the Wildcats took advantage, while Poly didn’t take advantage of theirs
Here is a list of the chances and what happened
Key play: REV’s Isaiah Armstrong intercepts a pass, 9:07 left 1st quarter
Result: Armando Herrera throws 5 yard TD pass to Malik Lovette, REV leads 6-0.
Key play: Bad Poly punt snap gives REV the ball at the Poly 2
Result: Lovette scores on the next play to put REV up 12-7
Key play: Poly led 31-29 and intercepted Herrera in the final two minutes of the third quarter, giving Bears the ball at the REV 13.
Result: REV defense held, and Poly missed a 28-yard field goal early in the 4th.
Key play: REV’s Carter Flowers intercepted a pass early in the fourth quarter.
Result: The next play, Herrera threw a 35-yard TD to Khris Vaughn with 8:28 left, giving REV the lead for good, 36-31.
Key play:Isaiah Armstrong intercepts his second pass of the game, with less than two minutes to play.
Result: REV was able to run off the remaining time off the clock without giving the ball back to Poly, giving the Wildcats a 36-33 win after a last-play safety.
First half highlights: REV scores. but Poly answers back with a long TD
Oregon-bound REV star Malik Lovette, who scored 3 TDs talks after winning CIF-SS Inland Division title
REV receiver CJ Harris talks after winning Friday
REV’s Isaiah Armstrong had two interceptions in the game, including the one that clinched the CIF-SS title
Armando Herrera, who threw for 302 yards and three touchdowns, talks after the win.
I only went 6-4 last week picking CIF-SS semifinal games, bringing by season record to 303-90-2 in picking winners and I have correctly picked the winner and exact winning margin correctly 10 times.
Here are my championship game picks
Redlands East Valley 27, Riverside Poly 24
Serrano 21, Palm Springs 17
Pomona 34, Paraclete 27
Colony 31, Los Altos 21
Nipomo 35, Arrowhead Christian 31