No real winners in Division 6 girls soccer debacle

The CIF-SS record book will read that Grand Terrace won the CIF-SS Division 6 girls soccer championship this year, by forfeit over a team that will not be named because the runner-up finish will be vacated.

But truthfully, there were no winners when Grand Terrace was awarded the win prior to playing league and district rival Bloomington for the title last Friday.
Bloomington was penalized when it was brought to the Bruins’ attention that they had been using a player that was academically ineligible. Bloomington confirmed the error earlier on Friday, but it wasn’t until the teams were warming up before the 5:00 scheduled start that the forfeit was announced.

Here’s who lost in the whole process:
1. Bloomington. Of course, the Bruins missed a chance to win a CIF-SS title. And Bloomington was seeded No. 1 and had beaten Grand Terrace in two regular season meetings. How much difference did the ineligible player make? I’m not sure. Because Bloomington won’t have the chance to prove it either way.
2. The fans. With official word not coming until about a half an hour before game time, fans were already on their way. CIF-SS Commissioner Rob Wigod said no tickets had been purchased, so no refunds were necessary. But fans missed out on watching what should have been a great game for both communities. Outside of wrestling, Bloomington sports have struggled for years and this was supposed to be a bright spot. Grand Terrace is too new of a school for it to feel like a drought but the fans didn’t get to enjoy playing in a CIF-SS championship game.
3. Santa Ana Century, South El Monte, Pasadena Maranatha, Montebello Schurr. Those are the four teams Bloomington defeated en route to the championship game. We know that the ineligible player played in at least all of the playoff games. So, who’s to say one of those teams shouldn’t have advanced instead and who would’ve come out of that half of the bracket? Bloomington outscored those four opponents 10-0, with only one game (vs. Maranatha) by a 1-0 score. It’s not known how much the player helped, but regardless, a team playing by the rules should have advanced.
When asked if CIF-SS could’ve put Schurr in the finals, because that was the team that lost to Bloomington in the semifinals, it was said that it wasn’t that easy. Because, technically, Century should’ve advanced to play South El Monte, with the winner advancing to play Maranatha, with the winner of that facing Schurr. You can’t do all of that before the finals.
4. Grand Terrace. Sure, Grand Terrace was awarded a CIF-SS title. But there is a lot that the Titans didn’t get. Grand Terrace didn’t get a chance to play in a CIF-SS championship game. Coach Ryan Pacheco said players were reluctant to want to take a picture in front of the scoreboard after earning the forfeit. How much can you rejoice after winning a game you didn’t play?
Not only that, but fans would say that Bloomington would’ve won had the two teams played. While its true that Bloomington was the favorite, the first two games were 1-0 and Grand Terrace might have won anyway. We’ll never know. People will always wonder if Grand Terrace was the best team in the division.
Don’t take Grand Terrace’s result in the CIF SoCal Girls Soccer Division V Regional as proof or not proof as to Grand Terrace’s legitimacy for the title. Most teams don’t place the same emphasis on the regional as they do for the CIF-SS playoffs.

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Kaiser-Edison: a look at common opponents

Kaiser's Dylan Harris, left, is fouled by Villa Park's Evan Battey during the first half of Kaiser's 60-54 win during the MLK Tourney at Los Osos High School on Monday. (Photo by Will Lester/Staff)
Kaiser’s Dylan Harris shoots against Villa Park on Jan. 18.

I found two common opponents between the Huntington Beach Edison and Kaiser boys basketball teams in advance of Friday’s CIF-SS Division 2AA semifinal game at Edison, and the results don’t do a lot to help settle the idea of who should win this game.

The two common opponents were Rancho Cucamonga and Villa Park
Edison played the two of them on back-to-back days on a neutral court in the Palm Springs area as part of the MaxPreps Holiday Classic in the Palm Springs area:
Dec. 28 Edison def. Rancho Cucamonga, 69-58
Dec. 29 Edison lost to Villa Park, 72-52

Later, Kaiser played both of those teams and had different results
Jan. 8, Kaiser lost at Rancho Cucamonga in a nonleague game, 66-61
Jan. 18, Kaiser defeated Villa Park, 60-54 in an MLK Day game played at Los Osos High

I’m no expert on this matchup, but one thing I know is that Myles Franklin, a junior guard who was Villa Park’s second-leading scorer, had 19 points against Edison, but did not play against Kaiser.

For the record, Rancho Cucamongz and Villa Park also played each other, Jan. 2 at Long Beach Jordan, with Rancho Cucamonga eking out a 62-61 win.

What does this say? That perhaps on any given day, either team can win. And in the semifinals, they both have a chance.

I got a text from Rancho Cucamonga coach Bill Burke, who said Edison “is patient and physical. If they can get to the Kaiser bench, they will win, if not, Kaiser will.”

Kaiser’s bench isn’t terrible, but its strength is in the leadership of the starting 5. Armani Dodson can’t get into early foul trouble. If Edison is physical, it will be interesting to see how the game is called.

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Cajon girls basketball ready for long layoff before state playoffs

For the second year in a row, the Cajon girls basketball team was selected to play in the CIF Southern Section Open Division playoffs.
And for the second year in a row, the Cowgirls bowed out early.
But there are several differences this time around.
A small difference is that last season Cajon went 1-2 in the CIF-SS playoffs and this year went 0-2. Unlike last year, any team in the CIF-SS Open Division is guaranteed a spot at state. “It’s nice knowing we’ve got at least one game at state,” Cajon coach Mark Lehman said. “We’re looking forward to it.”
Last year, Cajon went to Division I for state and won its first two games before falling to Ventura in overtime. This year, by losing its first two CIF-SS Open Division games, Cajon will be placed in Division II for state.
“I think we should be No. 1 (in Division II),” Lehman said. “At least No. 2. If not, (that’s) disrespect.”
Cajon, which was seeded seventh in CIF-SS Open Division, could be battling with Santa Ana Mater Dei for that No. 1 seed in the Division II Southern Regional. Mater Dei, which also lost its first two Open Division games, was seeded sixth in the CIF-SS playoffs.
Cajon, which was eliminated on Wednesday, won’t play again until March 9. CIF-SS Open Division teams that are eliminated early are permitted a scrimmage against another team before the state playoffs start, but the Cowgirls aren’t planning on that.
“I have a basketball class, and we’ll scrimmage against the boys, which would be better preparation than scrimmaging against girls,” Lehman said.
Cajon, which has five senior starters, doesn’t want to see its season end early.
“This group has never lost three games in a row, and they’re not willing to do that now,” he said.

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Nominations due for Cajon all-star basketball games

As in previous years, Cajon will host the San Bernardino County vs. Riverside County all-star basketball games. This year the games are on April 8, with the girls game at 6 p.m. and the boys game at 7:30 p.m.

Coaches who have not already nominated seniors for the game should do so immediately. For girls nominees, e-mail Mark.Lehman@sbcusd.com and for boys nominees, email randy.murray@sbcusd.com.

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San Bernardino County CIF-SS Masters Wrestling qualifiers

Here is a list of automatic CIF-SS Masters qualifiers from San Bernardino County, and where they placed at their respective CIF last week. Top 5 automatically advance. Sixth place can advance as an alternate, but that isn’t known until later in the week. These are only the top 5 listed here.
Wrestling is Friday-Saturday at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario

106 lbs
Frankie Lira, Jr., Upland (5)
Alfonso Romo, Jr., Ayala (4)
Jacob Ponce, So., Yucaipa (4)
Noah Padilla, Jr., Victor Valley (3)
Joey Dorsey, Sr., Rim of the World (2)
113
Johnny Vargas, Jr., Montclair (4)
Alex Nunez, Jr., Alta Loma (3)
Belal Akhras, Sr., Bloomington (2)
Alex Hernandez, Sr., Hesperia (1)
Isaiah Ramirez, Fr., Barstow (5)
Robert Ornelas, Jr., San Bernardino (5)
Sunny Luna, Fr., Victor Valley (2)
120
Elijah Diaz, Sr., Montclair (2)
David Ortega, Sr., Victor Valley (1)
Anthony Torrez, Sr., Cajon (3)
Simeon Cooper, Sr., Oak Hills (2)
Adam Valdez, Sr., Barstow (3)
126
Michael Bobeda, Sr., Montclair (5)
Jonathan Palafax, Sr., Carter (5)
Stevie Cardenas, So., Sultana (3)
Aaron Wood, Sr., Oak Hills (1)
Anthony Loera, So., Yucaipa (4)
132
Abe Cervantes, Jr., Los Osos (3)
Antonio Cortina, Sr., Alta Loma (1)
Merrill Ortiz, Sr., Etiwanda (5)
Gabriel Avila, Sr., Victor Valley (2)
Alejandro Raya, Jr., Yucaipa (3)
Jose Rubio, Jr., Barstow (1)
138
Juan Heredia, Sr., Carter (3)
Diego Carrillo, So., Etiwanda (4)
Nathan Barragan, So., Yucaipa (5)
Justin Vargas, Sr., Sultana (2)
145
Cole Pruitt, So., Alta Loma (4)
Brandon Martell, Jr., Oak Hills (3)
152
Jose Chicas, Sr., Montclair (5)
Anthony Becker, Sr., Yucaipa (2)
Angel Flores, Sr., Oak Hills (3)
Abraham Smith, Jr., Rim of the World (2)
Nate Vargas, So., Sultana (1)
160
Anthony Miller, Don Lugo (4)
Ezekiel Barraza, Sr., Rialto (2)
Jamal Starks, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga (4)
Dylan Soltysik, Sr., Ayala (5)
Johnny Lomeli, Sr., Cajon (4)
Tyrone Hitchens, Sr., Redlands East Valley (5)
Joey Griego, Jr., Sultana (2)
170
Shuker Flowers, Jr., Rialto (5)
Anthony Anaya, Ontario (5)
Raven Rodriguez, Sr., Victor Valley (4)
Sean Brown, Jr., Yucaipa (4)
Taharmvir Singh, Sr., Hesperia (3)
Joseph Vaughn, Jr., Oak Hills (2)
182
Stacy Aneke, Colony (4)
Nathan Smith, Jr., Los Osos (5)
Jacob Lopez, Sr., Carter (2)
Josh Loomer, Jr., Cajon (1)
Dylan Turkowski, Jr., Sultana (4)
Luis Melecio, Jr., Bloomington (2)
Arick Lopez, Jr., Yucaipa (3)
Tyrese Shirley, Jr., Grand Terrace (4)
Ryan Brown, Sr., Victor Valley (3)
195
Aiden Anderson, Sr., Etiwanda (5)
Jose Perez, Sr., Indian Springs (2)
Alex Mattison, Sr., San Bernardino (2)
Michael Johnson, Sr., Redlands East Valley (5)
Stephen Salazar, Jr., Bloomington (1)
Austin Fifer, Sr., Victor Valley (2)
220
Chantz Avila, Sr., Ayala (2)
Jose Rivera, Sr., Montlciar (4)
Andrew Mena, Jr., Grand Terrace (5)
Jesse Madrigal, Sr., Oak Hills (1)
Mario Sicairos, So., Hesperia (5)
Jordon Hill, Sr., Victor Valley (3)
Alex Loza, Sr., Bloomington (2)
Austin Gillham, So., Sultana (2)
285
Anthony Vargas, Jr., Grand Terrace (5)
Jonah Nugent-Gomez, Sr., Cajon (4)
Jordan Fanning, Sr., Rim of the World (1)
Jonathan Peterson, Sr., Oak Hills (3)

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Citrus Belt League wrestling results

Citrus Belt League wrestling results

At Yucaipa HS

Top 4 advance to CIF-SS Northern Division at Santa Maria HS

 

106 lbs:

1. Jacob Ponce (Yucaipa)

2. Nicholas Jimenez (Citrus Valley)

3. Jose Perez (Cajon)

4. Corey Johnson (Redlands East Valley)

 

113:

1. Wilmer Ardon (Carter)

2. Marcos Viscoso (Miller)

3. Seth Spargo (Caj)

4. Joseph Chavez (REV)

 

120:

1. Anthony Torrez (Caj)

2. Mark Avila (Car)

3. Jeremiah Cabrera (REV)

4. Genaro Sepulveda (Y)

 

126:

1. Jonathan Palafox (Car)

2. Anthony Loera (Y)

3. Brandon Mendieta (Caj)

4. Jamie Najera (M)

 

132:

1. Alejandro Raya (Y)

2. Kenny Maust (Caj)

3. Miguel Flores (M)

4. Marcos Aguirre (Car)

 

138:

1. Juan Heredia (Car)

2. Nathan Barragan (Y)

3. Robert Castaneda (Caj)

4. Gustavo Ortiz (M)

145:

1. Eric Serrano (Car)

2. Peter Nguyen (Y)

3. Alexis Carrillo (Caj)

4. Sam Pineda (M)

152:

1. Anthony Becker (Y)

2. Salvador Mancia (Caj)

3. Adrian Rios (Car)

4. Rafael Machado (REV)

 

160:

1. Johnny Lomeli (Caj)

2. Tyrone Hitchens (REV)

3. Thomas Rippy (Y)

4. Santos Flores (Car)

 

170:

1. Sean Brown (Y)

2. Steven Ardon (Car)

3. Daniel Saldana (CV)

4. Jeremy Figueroa (M)

 

182:

1. Josh Loomer (Caj)

2. Arick Lopez  (Y)

3. Jacob Lopez (Car)

4. Eddie Vazquez (Redlands)

 

195:

1. Michael Johnson (REV)

2. Keaton Nacsin (Caj)

3. Gabriel Mena (CV)

4. Joe Lanier (Y)

 

220:

1. Joseph Patterson (Caj)

2. Connor Haskell (Y)

3. Eddy Trujillo (M)

4. Celestino Lewis (Car)

 

285:

1. Jonah Nugent-Gomez (CaJ)

2. Jesus Morales (Y)

3. Robert Nunez (Car)

4. Landon Bierman (Redlands)

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Mt. Baldy League Wrestling Finals

Mt. Baldy League Wrestling Finals
At Alta Loma HS
Top 3 in each weight class advance to CIF-SS Southern Division at Marina HS

106:
1. Sebastian Baharona (Alta Loma)
2. Richard Guardiola (Montclair)
3. Gabriel Hernandez (Ontario)

113:
1. Alex Nunez (AL)
2. Johnny Vargas (M)
3. Nicholas Zeng (O)

120:
1. Elijah Diaz (M)
2. Nestor Medrano (Chaffey)
3. Justin Beltran (Don Lugo)

126:
1. Michael Bobeda (M)
2. Alejandro Gallardo (Ch)
3. Jesse Garcia (Colony)

132:
1. Antonio Cortina (AL)
2. Christian Garcia (M)
3. Emilio Soltero (Col)

138:
1. Bryan Cubillo (M)
2. Joseph Vargas (AL)
3. Andrew Manzanero (Col)

145:
1. Cole Pruitt (AL)
2. Joseph Castaneda (DL)
3. Michael Hamlett (Ch)

152:
1. Jose Chicas (M)
2. Nathan Boyer (AL)
3. Josh Jenson (Co)

160:
1. Peyton Riffner (AL)
2. Anthony Miller (DL)
3. Samuel Balandran (Ch)

170:
1. Rafael Madrigal (Col)
2. Anthony Anaya (O)
3. Cruz Ortiz (AL)

182:
1. Stacy Aneke (Col)
2. Isaiah de los Santos (O)
3. Andrew Villela (M)

195:
1. Marcus Martinez (Ch)
2. Juan Velasco (M)
3. Prado (AL)

220
1. Jose Rivera (Montclair).
2. Charles Ryan (DL)
3. Jacob Ramirez (Col)

285:
1. Nick Giannuscio (AL)
2.Tyrique Faatiliga (Col)
3. Diego Sanchez (M)

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