San Bernardino’s Alex Mattison picks Boise State

Above, Alex Mattison talks in September about getting recruited despite people telling him he should transfer away from San Bernardino HS

I’m glad things are working out for Alex Mattison. He’s a great kid, who works hard and stayed at San Bernardino even thought many people thought he wouldn’t get scholarship offers unless he transferred to another school.
Last weekend, he gave a verbal commitment to go to Boise State to play football. He intends to sign on National Signing Day Feb. 3.
“I really had a good relationship with coach (Lee) Marks,” Mattison said of Boise State’s running back coach who recruited him. “He was there from the beginning talking to me.”
Mattison said he was the only recruit there last weekend and said he got to see a lot of things he might not normally have seen because he got individual attention.
“It’s a big campus, but not too big,” Mattison said. “And the blue turf is cool.”
Mattison, a two-time first-team all-Sun running back, is 6-feet, 200 pounds. As a senior, he rushed 151 times for 2,057 yards and 22 touchdowns in 10 games. He also led the team with 14 receptions, totalling 296 yards and three touchdowns. As a junior, he had 2,436 yards of total offense and 28 touchdowns in 10 games as a junior.
“I think their style suits me,” Mattison said of Boise State. “And I like that a lot of their coaches went to Boise. They’re really committed to the program.”
According to, Mattison had scholarship offers from several schools including Arizona State, Washington and Washington State from the Pac-12.

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Incident sidelines Rialto HS athletic director Dan Williams

While the Rialto High School has been getting its new football coach, Robert Mitchell, approved by the school board, athletic director Dan Williams has been out due to injuries suffered in an altercation at the school Jan. 7.

Mr. Williams was a victim of a phsyical act that was committed in front of witnesses that included students,” Rialto Unified School District Communications Director Syeda Jafri said. “He is healing from his injuries that he sustained in the altercation. The suspect was trespassing and had no formal authorization or formal approval to use the school’s athletic field.”

Jafri said the incident was being investigated by San Bernardino PD, which has jurisdiction over the campus and Williams was not on administrative leave.

San Bernardino PD confirmed there is an ongoing investigation in the incident. A spokesperson indicated that Williams was trying to clear a field for a game. A non-student adult who was there with children confronted Williams. He punched Williams in the face several times, causing a concussion.

Williams declined to comment on the incident other than to confirm that he was not at school last week.

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Rancho Cucamonga girls soccer earns first league victory of the season

A second half goal by Rancho Cucamonga’s Lauren Perry proved to be the difference in the Cougars’ Baseline League home victory over Los Osos, 2-1, on Jan. 20.

Devyn Kelsey of the Grizzlies provided the early lead with a goal in the first half but it was Olore Imoohi of the Cougars, who was responsible for tying the game after a successful free kick opportunity.

It was the first league win of the season for Rancho Cucamonga (10-2-2, 1-1-1) while the Grizzlies suffer their third straight league loss.

Baseline League:

  • Olivia Seddon struck first for Chino Hills in the 2-0 victory over Upland with a shot to the upper right corner. Madeleine Tarin added to the lead with a header off an assist from Jessica Miclat.
  • Jordan Tadros had one goal and an assist in the first half for St. Lucy’s in the victory over Etiwanda, 2-1. Tadros was credited for the assist on the goal scored by Nicole Leggio. The only score of the second half came off a penalty kick by the Eagles.

Mt. Baldy League:

  • Brooke Kortekaas scored three goals in the Braves dominant performance over the Jaguars, 11-0, in Mt. Baldy League play. Ashlyn Farino and Diana Pineda contributed to the Braves’ shutout victory with two goals apiece. Allison Brossard, Kastel Heinold, Alex Hargrave and Caitlyn Sanchez also scored in the game.
  • Colony defeated Chaffey, 3-1. Christine Vandenberg, Caeylee Esquivel and Natalie Treto all scored for the Titans in the second half against the Tigers.

Citrus Belt League:

  • Gaby Hinojosa had three goals for Citrus Valley in the 8-0 win over Eisenhower while Valerie Warren added two goals.
  • Johanna Mota scored a pair of goals for Carter in the first over Redlands, 2-0.
  • Marina Medeiros had eight saves for Redlands East Valley in the Citrus Belt League victory over Yucaipa, 3-1. Hailey Montoya, Brenna Dolen and Aly Olsen each scored for the Wildcats.

Sunkist League

  • Bloomington remains undefeated this season following its 6-0 victory over Fontana.


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Citos Marinez makes sense as Jurupa Hills football coach

I had an interesting conversation with Citos Marinez, the soon-to-be-approved football coach at Jurupa Hills on Thursday.
Truthfully, there’s a good chance he wouldn’t have gotten the job without a previous coach-parent relationship with Jurupa Hills athletic director Kristen Braun.
And I don’t have a problem with that at all.
Braun’s son, Blake, played for Marinez when Marinez was an assistant coach at Redlands East Valley from 2004-12. Braun’s brother Kurt Bruich is also the head coach at REV.
Kristen Braun of course already knew him but could get truthful answers about him from her brother and her son, as well as her son’s friends.
In this era of coaches and administration not seeing eye-to-eye, it makes sense for an A.D. and coach to know each other previously. Obviously the A.D.-coach relationship is different than that of parent-coach, but you still have an idea of what he’s like working with kids and whether he knows football.
That weighed in his favor likely much more than the 7-23 record he compiled in three seasons as head coach at Covina Gladstone.
Both Marinez and Braun feel more comfortable I think about his hiring because of their history. She knows what she’s getting in a coach, and although he hasn’t worked for Braun, he knows her. It makes sense.

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Inland Empire Classic Football rosters are out


These are the preliminary rosters for the game, which will be Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. at Ramona High in Riverside. The players listed have committed, but college visits, injuries and other issues may create the need for late additions

San Bernardino County Roster
Head Coach: Nick Rogers, Cajon.
Assistant Coaches: Javon Daniels, Cajon; Gerald Gomez, Cajon; Kendrick Harris, Cajon; Brad Johnson, Cajon; Jeff Imbriani, San Bernardino; Eric Valencia, Cajon; Rich Imbriani, Cajon; Jerome Webber, Cajon; John Beck, Arrowhead Christian; Kenny Grant, Arrowhead Christian; Will Pomfret, Redlands.

Quarterbacks: Joey Burrola, Redlands; Marcus Johnson, Indian Springs.
Running Backs: Alex Mattison, San Bernardino; Devon Dixon, Grand Terrace; Joey Harmon, Redlands East Valley; Spencer Coleman, Carter; Sultaan Sullivan, Serrano.
Wide Receivers: CJ Harris, Redlands East Valley; Tyrone Gasaway, Cajon; Ramean Duckett, San Gorgonio; Brandon Morris, Redlands; Matt Thompson, Arrowhead Christian Academy.
Offensive linemen: Brandyn Alvarez, Grand Terrace; Gerardo Flores, Cajon; James Hanson, Kaiser; Niko Hernandez, Aquinas.

Defensive line: Erick Garcia, Cajon; Mikael Bunse, Cajon; Shemiah Unutoa, San Gorgonio; Ray Arreola, Yucaipa; Shynol McClain, Redlands East Valley.
Linebackers: Cameron Moore, Cajon; Zach Torres, Grand Terrace; Matteo Biscotti, Redlands East Valley; Matt Lee, Yucaipa; Niklas Gustav, Aquinas.
Defensive backs: Elijah Lilly, Cajon; Dorian Fredrick, Redlands; Marcus Strong, Carter; Marquise Green, Carter.
Punter/Kicker: Jaron Imbriani, Cajon.

Riverside County Roster
Head Coach: Jeff Steinberg, Rancho Verde, Offensive Coordinator.
Assistant Coaches: Defensive coordinator, Outside linebackers, Jeff Huerta, Rancho Verde; Running backs, H Banks, Rancho Verde; Inside linebackers, J. Reeder, Rancho Verde; Wide receivers, B. Robinson, Rancho Verde, L. Anderson, Rancho Verde, M. Cao, Rancho Verde; C. Defensive line, Jefferson, Rancho Verde, C. Hammond, Rancho Verde; Offensive line, Rene Cronkite, Santiago; P. Morris, Rancho Verde; Cornerbacks, A. Poor, Rancho Verde, Derrick Johnson, Notre Dame; Safeties, J. Pfeiffer, Rancho Verde, L. Pickens, Rancho Verde.

Quarterbacks: Anthony Catalano, Centennial; Brett Virgil, Heritage.
Running Backs: JJ Taylor, Centennial; Jamal Scott, Rancho Verde; Freddie Holly, Norte Vista; Devin Floyd, Citrus Hil.
Wide Receivers: Dixon Stith, Riverside Poly; Alive Hifo, Heritage; Sean Bowden, Roosevelt; Cameron Jackson, Centennial; Tyler Krepsz, King; Lloyd Hightower, Chaparral.
Offensive linemen: Isikeli Akan, Rancho Verde; Nolan Bisogno, Santiago; Paula Hafoka, Centennial; Manuel Almandariz, Rancho Verde; Quireo Woolley, Murrieta Valley; Ty Whitworth, Linfield; Brian Ward, Norco; Alexia Manriquez, Vista del Lago.
Kicker: Fidel Romo, Banning.

Defensive line: Kevin Atkins, Vista Murrieta; Carleton Washington, Rancho Verde; Max Pichardo, Paloma Valley; Kevin Padilla, San Jacinto.
Inside linebackers: Zach Brumbaugh, Centennial; Kevin Meitzenheimer, Moreno Valley; James Reeder, Rancho Verde; Zack Markworth, Citrus Hill; Kalil Mazen, Murrieta Valley
Outside linebackers: Desmond Williams, Centennial; Lee Anderson, Rancho Verde; Austin Cuicchi, Temescal Canyon; Jaden Gardner, Notre Dame.
Defensive backs: Jason Pickens, Rancho Verde; Skyler Thomas, Citrus Hill; Chacho Ulloa, Centennial; Wesley Smith, Notre Dame; Lorenzo Burns, Linfield; Jordan D’errico, Norco.

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Los Osos’ MLK Day boys basketball schedule is out

On Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, Los Osos High will once again have its MLK Day “I Have a Dream” boys basketball extravaganza. Here’s the schedule. Possibly one of the better games for local teams will be the 5 p.m. game between Kaiser and Villa Park.

8:00am Los Osos vs San Gorgonio

9:30am Silverado vs Gardena

11:00am Charter Oak vs Emery Secondary

12:30pm 29 Palms vs Pomona

2:00pm Bishop Amat vs Artesia

3:30pm Corona vs Montclair

5:00pm Villa Park vs Kaiser

6:30pm Rancho Verde vs Summit

8:00pm Diamond Bar vs Riverside Poly

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Record not important for Grand Terrace girls soccer

There can be a fine line in scheduling for high school sports teams between scheduling easy enough for the team to get some confidence and hard enough for them to be challenged.
But, if you’re not really concerned with one of those two sides of the coin, it makes it a bit easier.
Grand Terrace girls soccer at 5-6-3 already has twice as many losses as it had all of last season, when it went 21-3-3, but was ousted in the second round of the CIF-SS playoffs.
Coach Ryan Pacheco isn’t concerned about the team’s confidence. Nearly all of the key players from last year’s team are back this year, so confidence isn’t an issue. He wanted the team to be challenged, so he upped the schedule.
Grand Terrace
It’s not that last year’s was easy, and it wasn’t a complete overhaul, but he wanted to upgrade. Truthfully, the poor record is due in part to the Titans not fielding its starting 11 for any game this season, until Wednesday’s showdown with No. 1 Bloomington. The game is at Bloomington at 5 p.m.
“I told the girls in 14 games played, don’t expect to be 14-0,” Pacheco said. “The schedule has provided us a chance to see what we can do.”
Because of injuries and other absences, Pacheco and his staff have gotten a chance to see a lot of players play who wouldn’t normally have played.
“I’m pleased with where we’re at,” Pacheco said. “It helps us out to see subs for the girls that normally wouldn’t be starting for us. It’s a huge confidence boost. We know they can hold their own.”
Pacheco isn’t concerned with his team’s record, and also isn’t concerned with his team’s ranking. While the record isn’t good, the ranking is just fine.
Despite its sub-par record, Grand Terrace is ranked No. 3 in CIF-SS Division 6, behind No. 1 Bloomington and No. 2 Lake Elsinore Temescal Canyon.
“The people that do the polls, they understand us,” Pacheco said. “It (schedule) is something people take into account.”
Both Grand Terrace and Bloomington have played Temescal Canyon. Bloomington defeated Temescal Canyon 3-0 on Dec. 8, while Temescal Canyon defeated Grand Terrace 2-0 on Dec. 15.
That being said, Pacheco expects the game against Bloomington to be close.
“Personally, I think it’s a toss-up,” Pacheco said. “I would be surprised if it’s a blowout.”

A year ago, Grand Terrace won 2-1 and the teams tied the other game 0-0, Grand Terrace’s only league blemish. In three years, only one of six games between the teams has been decided by more than one goal.

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