REV’s Victoria Bustamante lands softball offer

Football is no longer the only program at Redlands East Valley to have a player receive a scholarship offer this week as softball player Victoria Bustamante has stated that she received an offer from La Sierra University.

“This opportunity doesn’t happen too often to girls just finishing their sophomore year,”  Bustamante said. “I am very flattered with this opportunity.”

While Bustamante is happy about the offer, she plans to keep her mind focused on her junior and senior seasons at REV.

“First of all I would like to thank God without him none of this would be possible,” she said. “But I have to stay focused on the upcoming year especially with my grades, school and just having fun with my softball teammates.”

Bustamante stated that the Golden Eagles became interested in her after watching her play with her travel ball team, the Orange County Batbusters.

 REV will look to build off a 14-8 overall season where the Wildcats took third in the Citrus Belt League behind Yucaipa and Citrus Valley.

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Local baseball players up for all-state awards

CalHi Sports is in the process of doling out its postseason honors for the springs sports.

It has published a list of players from each section up for All-State honors.

Here is the list of Southern Section candidates from the Daily Bulletin/Sun coverage area.

They’re listed in alphabetical order with grade, position and school.

Solomon Bates, Sr., P, ONF, Oak Hills
Branden Becker, Sr., SS, Cajon
Kenny Boardman, Sr., P-INF, Grand Terrace
Morgan Brannock, Sr., P, Big Bear
Jacob Castillo, Jr., P-SS, San Dimas
Chris Ceballos, Sr., OF, Chino Hills
Joey Chapman, Sr., P, 1B-OF, Yucaipa
Steven Elliott, Sr., OF, Alta Loma
Bailey Falter, Sr., P, Chino Hills
Justin Gomez, Sr., C, Bonita
Peter Lambert, Sr., P, San Dimas
Logan Murratalla, Sr., 1B, San Dimas
Niko Navarro, Sr., 3B, Los Osos
RJ Peace, Sr., P-OF, INF, Serrano
Robert Peterson, Sr., La Verne Lutheran
Hazahel Quijada, Sr., P, San Gorgonio
Taylor Sims, Sr., P-INF, Cajon

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Redlands East Valley players continue to land college football offers

Junior linebacker Jaelan Phillips became the second member from Redlands East Valley High School to receive an offer from the University of Washington.

It is the first offer Phillips, according to REV football coach Kurt Bruich when he shared the news on Twitter yesterday.

As reported earlier this week, REV’s Khris Vaughn was the other player to land an offer from Washington.

Senior defensive tackle Shynol McClain also received his first offer from Trinity International University.

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Update on the condition of Redlands coach Mike Mauger

Doctors were able to close up the abdomen of Redlands football coach Mike Mauger Tuesday night, according to the team’s Facebook page.

The update also stated that the odds of survival have increased and the removal of the breathing tube will be the next part of the recovery process for Mauger.

“So thankful for the Lord’s blessings and for all of your prayers,” Mike’s wife Robin is quoted as saying in the update. “Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.”

Mauger, who has been a member of the Redlands High community for 25-years, has been in the hospital for 14 days after he was rushed to the hospital on June 3 from the high school for emergency aorta surgery.

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San Bernardino County baseball all-stars beat Riverside, 5-2

Those who didn’t know Kenny Boardman before, saw him on Monday. When was the last home run you saw hit by a high schooler at San Manuel Stadium? I can’t remember. And this one was legit, out to left-center, not just inside the foul pole.

Robert Grande did a nice job of allowing several of the pitchers to hit in addition to pitch in the game.

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REV’s Khris Vaughn lands an offer with the Washington Huskies

Redlands East Valley wide receiver Khris Vaughn landed an offer from the Washington Huskies, according to head coach Kurt Bruich.

According to, Vaughn is a 3-star recruit with offers from Boise State, Eastern Washington, UC Davis and Northern Arizona.

Vaughn will be entering his senior season with the Wildcats, after the team won the CIF State Championship for Division 2.

During his junior season, Vaughn had 1,270 receiving yards with 16 touchdowns on 65 receptions in 16 games played. Vaughn also contributed on special teams as the Wildcats’ kick returner. He had 275 return yards on the season, according to Maxpreps.

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Inland Empire softball all-stars lose to Orange County

Above, Yucaipa’s Annie Bakenhus talks about winning a CIF-SS title and playing in the all-star game.

It was a rough game for the Inland Empire all-star softball team on Wednesday night. Orange County won the game at Big League Dreams in Chino Hills 9-0, but while Orange County was mostly missing Mission Viejo slugger Alyssa Palomino, the Inland Empire was missing more.
The Inland Empire roster of players who couldn’t make it might’ve been better than the one that did make it: Yucaipa pitcher Brooke Bolinger (travel ball commitment), Los Osos catcher Paige Halstead (junior national team), Chino Hills infielder Tannon Snow (graduation). Assuming the Junior National schedule doesn’t change (that’s also why Palomino didn’t make it), hopefully in the future they can avoid other things like travel ball tournaments and graduations to get the best players. There’s no doubt the players who made it had a good time and played hard, but they were overmatched by some of the Orange County pitching.

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Inland Empire All-Star softball is Wednesday

Yucaipa’s Brooke Bolinger, left, is expected to play in Wednesday’s all-star game.

In the past, it was a Riverside County vs. Orange County all-star softball game, but now, San Bernardino County is involved, pitting the Inland Empire vs. Orange County. The game is tomorrow, Wednesday June 10 at 6 p.m. at Big League Dreams in Chino Hills. It is expected to feature two players and head coach Dave Kivett from Yucaipa’s CIF-SS Division 2 championship team that knocked off the country’s No. 1 team.

Players expected to appear on Inland Empire all-star roster (sorry for the formatting issues):

San Bernardino County

Annie Bakenhus, Yucaipa, OF

  • Brooke Bolinger, Yucaipa, P
    Zoe Casas, Aquinas, OF
    Brianna Cassidy, Cajon, C
    Kirsten Caudle, Cajon, OF
    Autumn Gillespie, Redlands East Valley, C-1B
    Destini Peck, Grand Terrace, C
    Ciera Schick, Los Osos, IF-P
    Taylor Troost, Citrus Valley, PRiverside County:
  • Ashley Coleman, Santiago, P
  • Nichole Fry, Santiago, SS
  • Sydney Golden, King, P
  • Abby Lockman, Norco, C-IF
  • Amanda Lynch, Santiago, 3B
  • Rachel Minogue, Santiago, 1B
  • Amber Nelson, Murrieta Valley, C-1B
  • Cheyenne Smith, Lakeside, OF-SS
  • Cortney Smith, Canyon Springs, SS
  • Kora Wade, Temescal Canyon, OF
  • Kwynn Warner, Norco, 2B
  • Ariana Williams, Canyon Springs, OF

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San Gorgonio’s Wesley Hill signing with UTEP

Uploaded 8-12-14 033 San Gorgonio’s Wesley Hill

It’s better late than never for San Gorgonio linebacker/running back Wesley Hill, who committed to UTEP and is expected to sign his National Letter of Intent this week after officially getting his scholarship offer to UTEP.
“I thought I was going to have to go the junior college route,” said Hill. “I didn’t think they had the (scholarship) money to give me.”
San Gorgonio coach Ron Gueringer said that Hill would’ve signed much earlier but did not get a qualifying test score until after National Signing Day in February.
“We had some different schools go back and forth, but it was about finding the (scholarship) money. A lot of people were already filled up,” Gueringer said.
Gueringer said that Fresno State, UNLV, Montana State, and Washington State were all talking to Hill, but that at this point, it’s frequently about who makes the first offer and UTEP won that battle.
Hill said that UTEP first started talking to him about a month ago, but it wasn’t until Tuesday that they gave him the official word they had scholarship money for him.
“I’m more diligent than most,” Gueringer said. “No is never an answer I readily accept. We are saying, ‘if you get it (academically) done, we’re going to do our due diligence.'”
Gueringer said while Hill played running back and linebacker at San Gorgonio, he promoted him as a safety for college.
“He wasn’t big enough to play inside linebacker,” Gueringer said. “(But) he’s agile, he’s fast and he has the ability to play in the box.”
Hill said there are several keys to staying positive while trying to be recruited late.
“Keep your head up high, and have a great connection with your coach. Every time talking to a (college) coach, do it,” Hill said.
Last year, Hill rushed for 760 yards and nine touchdowns, while also catching 12 passes and scoring three more touchdowns.
On defense, he had 52 total tackles, including 10 for loss and had three sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery.

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CIF-SS baseball and softball scores, schedule

Grand Terrace celebrates its CIF-SS semifinal win

Here’s a recap of local Sun/Bulletin CIF-SS semifinal baseball and softball scores from Tuesday as well as this weekend’s schedule.

Chino Hills 4, San Clemente 3
Walnut 4, San Dimas 1
Serrano 4, California 2
Excelsior 7, Avalon 6

Saturday’s Championship Games
At UC Riverside
Santa Clarita Christian vs. Excelsior, noon
Flintridge Prep vs. St. Anthony, 3:30 p.m.
Hemet vs. Temple City, 7 p.m.
At San Manuel Stadium
South Torrance vs. Serrano, 10 a.m.
Redondo vs. Walnut, 1 p.m.
Mission Viejo vs. Chino Hills, 4 p.m.
Hart vs. Huntington Beach, 7 p.m.

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