Above are highlights for the game, an 80-19 win by Arroyo Valley girls basketball over Indian Springs in a San Andreas League opener.
There are some things you’ll notice in the video. While the game was at Indian Springs and there was a decent home crowd, I heard no boos pregame or during the game. No reaction of any kind really toward Arroyo Valley from Indian Springs fans. In fact, the small group of Arroyo Valley fans (I’m guessing mostly parents), were vocal in showing their support for their team.
I saw no indication that people there were aware that in Arroyo Valley’s last game, on Jan. 5 vs. Bloomington, the Hawks won by a 161-2 score.
I’m sure Arroyo Valley and Bloomington would both like to move beyond the 161-2 game. Wednesday’s game was an important step in that direction.
With Arroyo Valley girls basketball coach Michael Anderson suspended for 2 games in the wake of last week’s 161-2 win over Bloomington, his son, 19-year-old Nick Anderson is the acting head coach.
I have several thoughts on this. First, I think the 2 games was fair. He didn’t deserve to lose his job. But I think a short suspension is warranted. No rules were broken, but the sportsmanship line was crossed. I have no problem with 2 games.
Second, is this kid really 19, only 2 years removed from high school? He is, and while he wasn’t really put to the test on Wednesday, I have the feeling he’s going to be one hell of a coach someday. He handles himself with the media well and he knows his father’s system. Impressive.
Regarding Bloomington girls basketball’s 161-2 loss to Arroyo Valley last week, I got a statement from Katie Orloff, who is the communications manager/spokesperson for the Colton Joint Unified School District, who said,
Schedule for Monday Jan. 19 MLK “I have a Dream Classic” at The Cave (Los Osos HS)
Boys basketball games
8 am Montclair vs San Gorgonio
9:30am Pomona vs Jurupa Hills
11 am Claremont vs Gardena
12:30pm 29 Palms vs Charter Oak
2 pm Víctor Valley vs Rancho Cucamonga
3:30pm Diamond Bar vs Silverado
5 pm Los Osos vs ML King
6:30pm Bishop Amat vs Summit
8 pm Rancho Verde vs Damien
One wrestler who had a successful tournament but didn’t win his weight class at Inland Empire TOC was San Bernardino High junior Alex Mattison, the all-Sun running back who is in his first season wrestling.
“I wanted to stay active, but I wanted to do something new,” Mattison said. “I played basketball last year.”
Mattison was seeded second and finished second in the 195-pound weight class on Saturday, a week after winning the Raymond Willemstein Invitational at Ontario High.
Mattison admits he has another reason for wrestling. Adding another sport to his resume, and hopefully one at which he can be successful, gives him a better chance of winning the Ken Hubbs Award as a senior, he reasons. Mattison also runs for the track and field team in the spring.
The Inland Empire Tournament of Champions wrestling tournament, which was held last Saturday, had 28 teams entered in the one-day tournament, and Bloomington co-coach Gabe Schaefer said they had to turn away about five or six teams away from the tournament, because there was no room.
Schaefer said there has been the discussion whether to extend the tournament into two days. A larger tournament would need to be two days, because wrestlers are allowed to wrestle no more than five matches in one day.
“I’m not sure if we want to go to two days,” Schaefer said. “That’s a lot more work.”
The event is run by Bloomington but takes place at Jurupa Hills.
Also, some schools that come from farther away, might not prefer a two-day event and might not come if it is expanded. A two-day event would require them to get hotel rooms on Friday night.
My take: In theory, it sounds great to expand it. A bigger tournament means bigger competition and more interest for future tournaments.
But, the event is held at Jurupa Hills by Bloomington. It’s a lot more work for an extra day, and you’re still splitting the profits with Jurupa Hills, which does little more than make their facility available.
I’d like to see it two days, but I’d completely understand if they want to keep it one day.
Sun Girls Basketball Top 10
1. Cajon 16-0
Has had only 2 games decided by less than 16 points
2. Etiwanda 7-5
Brutal preseason hurt record
3. Eisenhower 11-1
Could provide Cajon competition in the CBL
4, Summit 12-3
Lost to Cajon and Etiwanda, defeated Oak Hills
5. Chino Hills 12-3
Could provide threat to Etiwanda in Baseline
6. Oak Hills 12-2
Jannon Otto averaging 24.5 points per game
7. Arroyo Valley 14-1
Could bad publicity affect success?
8. Grand Terrace 10-2
Both losses to Riverside County teams: Patriot, Norco
9. Alta Loma 8-5
Should be a top contender to win Mt. Baldy
10. Upland 11-6
Top three is a possibility in the Baseline
CIF-SS Girls basketball rankings