San Bernardino County wrestlers: Day 1 update

Here’s an update on San Bernardino County wrestlers

106 pounds
Zander Silva, Fr., Alta Loma 1-2, eliminated
Alex Nunez, Fr., Alta Loma 0-2 eliminated
John Whisner, Jr., Rim of the World 0-2 eliminated
Miles Avila-Johnson, Sr., Bloomington 2-2 eliminated
Carlos Morales, Sr., Victor Valley 1-2 eliminated
Trent Smith, Sr., Sultana 3-1, next: vs. Kristian Vasquez, Riverside King in consolation
Bryan Flores, Jr., Bloomington, 1-2 eliminated
Gabriel Chavez, Sr., Colony 1-2 eliminated
Albert Arce, Sr., Bloomington, 0-2 eliminated
Ryan Barela, Sr., Barstow, 1-2 eliminated
Uzo Owuama, Sr., Bloomington 3-0 next: vs. Emilio Saavedra, Modesto in semifinals
Josh Caro, Sr., Upland 0-2 eliminated
Kevin Hope, Sr., Carter 0-2 eliminated
Rene Sanchez, Jr., Upland 3-2 eliminated
Blake Stevenson, Sr., Redlands East Valley 4-1 next: John Leal of Chico in consolation
Michael Lopez, Sr., Victor Valley 2-1 next: Bryan Battisto of Harbor in consolation
Anthon Mesa, Sr., Sultana 0-2 eliminated
Christian Smith, Sr., Rim of the World 3-1, next: Chris Moran of Sanger in consolation
Corey Griego, Sr., Sultana 4-0 next: vs. Nathan Morris of Redwood in semis
Nathan Aragon, Sr., Chino Hills 2-1 next: vs. Skyler Gonzalez of Rocklin in consolation
Angel Alcantar, Sr., Bloomington 2-2 eliminated
Dylan Bollinger, Sr., Sultana 3-1 next: vs. Karson Block of Atascadero in consolation
Cody Fahamokioa, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga 1-2 elimninated

San Bernardino County wrestlers who qualified for CIF State Championships

At Saturday’s CIF-SS Masters Wrestling Meet, wrestlers qualified for state. Here is the list of qualifiers from Masters and the place they finished:

106 pounds
Zander Silva, Fr., Alta Loma (2)
Alex Nunez, Fr., Alta Loma (2)
John Whisner, Jr., Rim of the World (6)
Miles Avila-Johnson, Sr., Bloomington (3)
Carlos Morales, Sr., Victor Valley (6)
Trent Smith, Sr., Sultana (3)
Bryan Flores, Jr., Bloomington (5)
Gabriel Chavez, Sr., Colony (6)
Albert Arce, Sr., Bloomington (8)
Ryan Barela, Sr., Barstow (9)
Uzo Owuama, Sr., Bloomington, (3)
Josh Caro, Sr., Upland (9)
Kevin Hope, Sr., Carter (6)
Rene Sanchez, Jr., Upland (8)
Blake Stevenson, Sr., Redlands East Valley (6)
Michael Lopez, Sr., Victor Valley (8)
Anthony Mesa, Sr., Sultana (9)
Christian Smith, Sr., Rim of the World (2)
Corey Griego, Sr., Sultana (1)
Nathan Aragon, Sr., Chino Hills (3)
Angel Alcantar, Sr., Bloomington (6)
Dylan Bollinger, Sr., Sultana (1)
Cody Fahamokioa, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga (5)


San Bernardino County CIF-SS Masters Wrestling qualifiers

Here is a list of all the San Bernardino County Masters Wrestling qualifiers, which is this Friday and Saturday at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario. Wrestlers are listed by weight class with place they finished last week at CIF in parentheses. *-first round bye

106 pounds
Elijah Diaz, Montclair (2)
John Odenbaugh, Grand Terrace (5)
David Ortega, Victor Valley (3)
Zander SIlva, Alta Loma (2)
Mark Radgowski, Miller (4)
John Whisner, Rim of the World (5)
Aaron Garcia, Etiwanda (5)
Christian Mesa, Sultana (1)
Alejandro Hern, Hespera (4)
Alex Nunez, Alta Loma (1)*
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Memories of my dad, the Philly sports fan, a year after his passing

I have been doing this a long time, in fact more than 20 years of covering high school sports in this area.

Not surprisingly, the years, and games, frequently run together. Some games stand out because the circumstances, such as CIF playoff games, notable weather conditions or even Chino Hills’ ridiculous 121-102 win over Rancho Cucamonga in boys basketball in December.

Some of them are memorable because of what else was going on, such as last year on this date, February 13, 2013. I was covering a boys basketball playoff game that was not especially memorable. Host San Bernardino was blowing out Kaiser in the first round. 

It was in the waning seconds of the game, a San Bernardino 62-29 win, that I got the call. When I saw it was my mom calling from the east coast, I knew the news wasn’t good.

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Sunkist League Wrestling Finals results

Results from Thursday’s Sunkist League Wrestling Finals at Bloomington HS

Top 2 are CIF Individual Qualifiers for the Central Division being held at Norte Vista HS Feb. 21-22.

108: 1. -John Odenbaugh (11) Grand Terrace; 2. Ismael Carbajal (11) Bloomington; Alt-Issac Duran (10) Colton.
115: 1. Richard Lopez (12) Bloomington; 2. Christian Juarez (10) Grand Terrace; Alt-Max Morales (9) Colton
122: 1. Miles Avila-Johnson (12) Bloomington; 2. Luis Lopez (11) Fontana; Alt-Emilio Loera (10) Grand Terrace
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Etiwanda football player decides on a college

Etiwanda High School offensive lineman Zach Berdnik has committed to Division II University of Central Missouri, according to Eagles coach Brandon Rohrer.

Berdnik, a 6-foot-5, 290-pounder was a two-year starter at tackle. He is a relative newcomer to the sport, having played for the first time as a junior.

“He’s an athletic kid with a tremendous upside,” Rohrer said. “No one really knew about him he had a lot of interest coming late. With a year in a college weight program he could really develop into quote a player.”

Rohrer said his player also had planned trips to Arkansas State and Wyoming but those schools both had coaching changes so Berdnik didn’t end up making the visits.

Berdnik will join a Mules program that went 6-5 last season. The school is located in Warrensburg, Mo. and has an enrollment of 12,000. The Mules compete in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.

Gavin Pachot steps down at Rialto, leaving 7 football vacancies

Gavin Pachot has stepped down as head football coach at Rialto, saying, “I really feel like. the direction I was moving with the football team was not the same as the administration.”

In four seasons as head coach at Rialto, Pachot, a 1989 Fontana grad, was 24-20 with three playoff appearances. Prior to Pachot becoming the head  coach, Rialto was 11-69 in the previous eight seasons. He said he plans on coaching next season and in fact was scheduled to be interviewed for the Summit head coaching job on Wednesday.

Unless I’m missing one, here’s the updated list of San Bernardino County head football coaching changes, with old coach, (2013 record in parentheses) and new coach

  • Arroyo Valley: old coach Tony DiThomas (3-7); new coach Demetrius Stewart
  • Cajon: old coach Kim Battin (2-8), new coach Nick Rogers
  • Don Lugo: old coach Lou Randall (3-7), new coach TBA
  • Ontario: old coach Ron Stocking Jr/ interim coach Ryan Alvarez (1-9); new coach TBA
  • Rialto: old coach Gavin Pachot (6-5), new coach TBA
  • Rim of the World: old coach Bob Gradillas (8-4), new coach TBA
  • Summit: old coach Cesar Villalobos (5-6), new coach TBA

Parent of Rim of the World High alumni supports Bob Gradillas

Last week, I wrote about Rim of the World football coach Bob Gradillas stepping down after 18 successful years as head coach at the school, which included a CIF-SS title in 2012.
I quoted one parent anonymously, who said in part, “A lot of people don’t like him. I think he’s done a lot for the Rim program for so long. … I’m sad to see him go but excited for the change.”
At least one Rim supporter disagrees with the notion that “a lot of people don’t like him.” I figured it’s only fair to post here comments in support of Gradillas.
Roger Grotewold, who had four children attend Rim and all of them had either Bob, his father Frank or both as a teacher and/or coach emailed me in response to my story. He gave me permission to reprint his emailed comments on the blog. Here is the majority of his email:

“All of our children were involved with Frank and Bobby Gradillas at Rim and as a family we certainly appreciated their commitment to our children’s development into productive and contributing citizens.  Now that the Gradillas family is no longer coaching and mentoring our young Rim students, I certainly appreciated your commendable job of writing a positive article about Bobby and Frank.
One exception I need to mention is the parent you quoted in the article that began, One Rim Parent of a current and former football player said, “There’s a lot of people on the fence.  A lot of people don’t like him, etc.” That parent  certainly speaks for a small minority of the people in the Rim Of The World High School Community.  Sadly, as so often happens with things that are stated in the modern mass media today, a simple statement such as that parent’s comment can so easily be taken as a verifiable fact. It is simply not true.
 I am here to tell you, Pete, a vast majority of the parents and people associated with Rim Of The World High School express overwhelming praise and appreciation towards the Gradillas Family and their positive contribution to our youth and their development.  Sadly, my comment about this will only be heard by you in this email. 
In a world where fairness would be of the utmost importance, I would wish that all the people in The Sun community would hear the truth. You see Pete, a large majority of the folks on the mountain know and feel that Bobby and Frank Gradillas have done a wonderful job and have made a most positive contribution to the young people of our community. The parent you quoted previously certainly doesn’t speak for the majority and I wanted you to know that.”

Jurupa Hills football trying to raise money for championship rings

Win a CIF title and financial troubles for a high school football team are over?
Not hardly.
At Jurupa Hills, after winning the CIF-SS East Valley Division championship, the problem now is championship rings. Not all the players can afford their championship rings so coach Ed McMillon is seeking donations from the community.
Click here  to view Jurupa Hills’ fundraising video, with a chance to donate.