Could Summit-Norte Vista join Serrano-Norco as broadcast games?

Fox Sports West’s Prep Zone broadcasts several CIF Southern Section football games every week on the internet, as well as one on TV on Prime Ticket or Fox Sports West.
No San Bernardino County teams are scheduled to be on a broadcast the next two weeks, but on Oct. 2, two such games are on the schedule.
One game is Serrano at Norco. The other game is Summit at Riverside Norte Vista. The problem is, Summit-Norte Vista is scheduled for Thursday that week because Riverside La Sierra, which also uses Norte Vista’s field, is at home on Friday.
Matheny said Summit had been contacted about moving the game to Friday, but he said that Oct. 2 is La Sierra’s homecoming and as of Sept. 16, that change had not been made. However, Fox Sports West lists the game on its web site for Friday.

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REV coach Kurt Bruich glad to be closer to home

Redlands East Valley is used to going on the road. After all, the Wildcats are one of the few large schools in the county without their own stadium on campus, but coach Kurt Bruich is glad the long road trips are behind them, at least until the playoffs.

This week, REV is hitting the road for the third straight week to start the season, but Bruich is looking forward to a more reasonable road trip to Moreno Valley Rancho Verde after trips to West Hills and Ventura the first two weeks.
“We didn’t get back to the school until after midnight, and I’m not getting home until 2 or 3,” Bruich said. “We’re ecstatic it’s only 35 miles.”
REV will play its first “home” game next week in the Citrus Belt League opener against Carter at Citrus Valley High.

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Summit football: has offense played enough? Is defensive line too injured?

How efficient is too efficient?
Summit coach Nick Matheny doesn’t know and he doesn’t want to find out.
Summit’s offense was incredibly efficient in last week’s 49-28 win over Miller.
“We only ran 24 offensive plays,” Matheny said. “I don’t know if we’re prepared for this week.”
Summit hosts Alta Loma at Miller High on Friday.
While Miller was grinding out the clock on the ground, Summit was scoring quickly. Matheny said the SkyHawks scored touchdowns on all three of their first-half possessions and led 21-0 at halftime.
In the second half, Miller racked up more yards on the ground. Matheny said a big reason was that he rested several defensive players, and that led to Miller’s 28-point second half.
“It’s more of a health thing and we have guys at new positions,” Matheny said. “We have to improve, but last week, defense took two plays off then was back on the field.”
By contrast, Miller ran 61 offensive plays, 56 on the ground.

The SkyHawks need to weather the storm on the defensive line for the moment.
Three defensive linemen are out or won’t be at 100 percent. Defensive end Robert Villagomez is out with a knee strain and probably will miss this week, as well. Defensive tackle Ramon Licea has been out with a concussion and is now getting cleared to come back, but won’t be available this week. And defensive tackle/nose guard Raul Diaz has an ankle injury that leaves him questionable.
If all goes well, they should be healthy in a couple of weeks, and then they’ll get even more help.
Senior defensive tackle Juan Luna, who broke his arm last year in Week 5 against Temecula Great Oak, wasn’t expected to play this year. But Matheny said Luna returned to the team after convincing his parents to let him play.
Luna has not had the required 10 days of practice first, so he likely wouldn’t play until Week 5 against Riverside Norte Vista, at the earliest.

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Lokeni Toailoa receives Under Armour All-American jersey

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Carter coach Alex Pierce (left) and linebacker Lokeni Toailoa at Toailoa’s jersey presentation for the Under Armour All-American game this week.

As previously reported, UCLA-bound senior Lokeni Toailoa was presented with his jersey for the Under Armour All-American Game in a ceremony at the high school.

“It was great,” coach Alex Pierce said. “As far as I know, he’s the first one from Rialto to get this. It’s quite an honor.”

It’s probably good for the Lions to get that out of the way now. Carter has a bye this week and then next week faces defending state Division II champion Redlands East Valley in the Citrus Belt League opener after getting blown out last year, 45-14. Distractions aren’t a big problem on a bye week, but on REV week, it certainly doesn’t help.

Toailoa’s 2015 season is just now getting underway for Carter (3-0). He missed most of a Week 0 win over Los Osos after he was ejected after a skirmish with an opposing player, then had to serve a one-game suspension in Week 1 vs. Rialto. Last week he was able to play more, recording seven total tackles (five solo), including two tackles for a loss in a rout of Riverside North. He also had two carries for 17 yards and a touchdown on offense.


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After 3 weeks, Rancho Cucamonga is The Sun’s new No. 1

Rancho Cucamonga’s Aaron Manning runs against Don Lugo.

Here are my thoughts on The Sun’s Top 10 for this week.
Despite REV’s loss, I still there there are 3 elite teams in San Bernardino County so far: Rancho Cucamonga, Upland and Redlands East Valley, who all happen to have one loss.
However, Carter will get its chance to break into that top 3 by opening league play with Redlands East Valley next week.
While Serrano doesn’t play any Sun Top 10 teams, the Diamondbacks do play at Norco on Oct. 2, and Norco was the team that dealt Rancho Cucamonga a three-point loss, so a win there could vault Serrano into elite status. No. 6 Chino Hills will get its shot at Rancho Cucamonga and Upland in Baseline League and elite status. Until league play, No. 7 Summit’s toughest game is Week 5 at Riverside Norte Vista. If it doesn’t beat Norte Vista, a win vs. rival No. 10 Kaiser in Week 9 will be required for elite status. With 2 big losses (albeit to very good teams), I’m not sure if No. 8 Colony can reach elite status. No. 9 Cajon will have its chance against REV and Carter, while Kaiser does have Summit left, but has a convincing loss to Cajon on its resume, too.


Penalties marred win over Don Lugo
Previous: 3
Next: Friday at Murrieta Valley (3-0)

2. UPLAND (2-1)
Lost to Tesoro for second straight year
Previous: 2
Next: Friday vs. Mater Dei (3-0)

Last 2 losses have been to St. Bonaventure
Previous: 1
Next: Friday at Rancho Verde (2-1)

4. CARTER (3-0)
Outscored preseason opponents 164-22
Previous: 4
Next: Sept. 25 vs. Redlands East Valley (1-1) at Citrus Valley HS

5. SERRANO (3-0)
Victory margins have gotten bigger each week
Previous: 5

Next: Friday vs. Adelanto (1-2)

6. CHINO HILLS (2-1)
Beat Roosevelt by 20+ points each of last 2 years
Previous: 6
Next: Friday at Bishop Amat (2-1)

7. SUMMIT (2-0)
Have beaten 2 local rivals
Previous: 8
Next: Friday vs. Alta Loma (2-1) at Miller HS

8. COLONY (1-2)
Bye week gives Titans a chance to lick wounds
Previous: 7
Next: Sept. 24 vs, La Habra (2-1)

9. CAJON (3-0)
Freshman lighting it up at QB for Cowboys
Previous: NR
Next: Sept. 25 at Eisenhower (0-2)

10. KAISER (1-1)
Offense not clicking in Week 2 like it was in Week 1
Previous: 9
Next: Friday at Valley View (1-2)

Dropped out: No. 10 San Gorgonio (1-2)
Others under consideration: Redlands (1-1), San Gorgonio (1-2), Yucaipa (2-0).

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Many top cross country teams going to Woodbridge Invitational

Many of the top San Bernardino cross country teams will be to the Woodbridge Invitational at Orange County Great Park.
Unlike most invitationals, Woodbridge is run in the late afternoon and evening, featuring the girls rated and girls sweepstakes races at 8:54 and 9:34 p.m. and the boys rated and boys sweepstakes races at 9:14 and 9:54 p.m.
Chino Hills, Serrano and Yucaipa are in the boys rated race while Ayala, Bloomington, Colony and Rancho Cucamonga are in the boys sweepstakes.
Girls rated teams include Chino Hills, Colony, and Rancho Cucamonga, while girls sweepstakes teams include Ayala and Serrano.
The Serrano girls are currently ranked second in CIF-SS Division 2, but will not have a chance to compete against No. 1 Saugus in the meet. However, a good showing, including facing CIF-SS Division 1 No. 1 Temecula Great Oak, could move the Diamondbacks up to No. 1.
The county will also be represented by three girls running as individuals in the sweepstakes race: Sultana’s Stefani Gaskell, Citrus Valley’s Claire Graves and Summit’s Jennifer Sandoval.

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After beating REV, Rim girls volleyball ready for Durango Classic

Many of the top girls volleyball teams in the CIF Southern Section will be in Las Vegas this weekend for the 64-team Durango Fall Classic, which will be held at four high schools.
TX Body: And several of the top teams from San Bernardino County will be there, including preseason Sun Top 10 teams Redlands East Valley, Chino Hills and Rim of the World. Los Osos is a fourth county team in the tournament.
“I’m interested to see how we compete against bigger schools.” Rim coach Linda Pattison said.
All three of the county ranked teams, could end up facing each other if the seedings hold.
All three are seeded third in their four-team pool, so if they all went 1-2 in their pools on Friday they’d have a chance to play each other in Classic qualifying round Saturday morning or in the Classic Division Bracket or Contenter Division Bracket later on Saturday.
Rim is the highest seeded of the four county teams, seeded 40th overall, followed by REV (43rd), Chino Hills (47th) and Los Osos (57th). Los Osos is seeded fourth in its pool.
Pattison said Rim’s 14-25, 20-25, 25-16, 25-21, 15-12 win last week over REV improved the Scots’ seeding for the tournament.
“It moved us up more than it moved them down,” she said.
Rim’s win also did a lot for her team beyond tournament seeding.
“REV’s a good team and it shows we’re capable of beating a team like that,” she said.
In the match, Pattison said middle blocker Tia MacGuire, who Pattison did not expect to play due to an ankle injury, provided a big lift by playing in Sets 3, 4 and 5. They also had regular standouts Maddie Newcombe and Chloe Castillo (17 kills).
Rim usually schedules a tough preseason, so beating REV could help Rim in this tournament, in REV’s tournament Oct. 17 or in the CIF-SS playoffs.
Rim will play Honolulu ‘Iolani, Vista Murrieta and Los Osos in pool play on Friday.

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San Bernardino County Sports Roundup for Sept. 14


REDLANDS 272, AB MILLER 341 >> Lauren Kendall shot a 40 for the Terriers (2-3, 2-1) in Citrus Belt League play against A.B. Miller at Sierra Lakes Golf Course (72). Mary Balderrama shot a 45 for the Terriers while the Rebels’ Elizabeth Mendoza shot a 61. Redlands will play at 3 p.m. Thursday against Citrus Valley.

RIALTO 334, BIG BEAR 339 >> Kaitlyne Alvarado shot a 60 for the Knights in the nonconference win over the Bears at San Bernardino Golf Course (37). Ashley Walton shot a 56 for the Bears. Rialto will play against Big Bear at 2:30 p.m. Thursday. The event will be held at Bear Mountain Country Club.


SAN GORGONIO 3, RUBIDOUX 2 >> Leilani Kanoho had eight kills for the Spartans in the nonleague victory over the Falcons, 25-19, 25-19, 14-25, 19-25, 15-8. Cynthia Acosta contributed with seven digs for the Spartans. San Gorgonio will play at 5 p.m. Thursday against Citrus Hills.

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Citrus Valley girls tennis earns victory over Cajon

The Citrus Valley girls tennis team defeated Cajon, 15-3, in nonconference play on Thursday.
Nikki Hernandez and Lela Aviles won all three sets in doubles play against the Cowgirls, 6-3, 6-0, 6-2.
Members of the Blackhawks team were nervous about how the match would play out after suffering losses to the Cowgirls last year.  

 “We lost to them last year but both of the matches were really close,” Aviles said. “I know they have a good coach and they are generally a consistently decent team, so I was nervous to see how (the match) was going to work out.”

Aviles also stated that both teams had lost key players from last season but the Blackhawks have had players such as junior Chandler Tillman step up.

Tillman, who is the No. 1 singles player for the Blackhawks, won all three of her sets against the Cowgirls, 6-0, 6-0, 6-2.

“She has definitely helped our team a lot because we lost Maddie Daniels who was our number one singles player last year,” Aviles added.

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