Memories of Late Daily Facts Reporter Ed Castro

I really enjoyed working with Ed Castro (who passed away Tuesday night) during his time at the Daily Facts. Since the Sun and Daily Fats both cover Redlands and we’re the same company, we’d trade information, coordinate coverage and sometimes even be at the same events. That included several REV football games last year.

It also included the Arrowhead Christian championship game and we shared a motel room in Nipomo. That one didn’t end too well. I was leaving early on Sunday morning, while Ed was going to stay in the area to watch football with some friends. He awoke on Sunday to find me, about ready to leave, and a maintenance person mopping up after I flooded the bathroom (don’t ask). Ed would only give me a hard time about it when I brought it up. But he was a good guy who didn’t seem bothered.
Ed was a good guy who worked hard, cared about sports in Redlands had a great sense of humor and was very humble. He could be a bit insecure, because while he covered the day-to-day events in Redlands, I would come in and cover the bigger events, and he would refer to me, with perhaps a bit of sarcasm as “The A Team.” Ed, you were the real A team.
Here are some memories of Ed

First, Ed’s greatest “hit.” He took this video at the opening of an ACA football game and stood in there until he got the shot. The video went viral.

Click below, to read tweets from the Redlands community about Ed’s passing.
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Tannon Snow named Maxpreps National player of the Year

Chino Hills High School shortstop Tannon Snow admits keeping the secret wasn’t easy. And this was a really big secret.
The Washington-bound standout has been named MaxPreps National Player of the Year, meaning she’s the best player in the entire country.
A representative called her a month or so ago to do the interview but the announcement didn’t come until last night. So word is out now, finally!

“I kept wondering when it was going to come out so I could tell people,” she said. “It’s truly an honor with all the great players that had great years. It’s awesome. I don’t even know what to say.”
Snow, an all-Sun selection put up just insane offensive numbers. In 32 games she hit a state-record 28 home runs and drove in a state-record 89 runs. She added 13 doubles and three triples so 44 of her 62 hits were for extra bases. She batted .573 and walked 16 times, with a slugging percentage of 1.513 and an unheard-of OPS of 2.129.
Snow’s numbers made her a strong candidate but some of the other top honors from other outlets went to other players, mainly due to the Huskies only getting to the CIF-SS quarterfinals.
“Our team didn’t go as far so I thought maybe those other players had the edge,” she said.
There are still more impressive numbers for Snow: in 21 games, she had two or more base hits. She drove in a teammate in 27 of Chino Hills 32 games and in 22 of the games she drove home more than two.
Snow homered in 19 games and had eight multi-homer games. Twice during the season, she homered in five or more games in a row. She hit three home runs and drove in seven runs in one game.
But the most amazing statistic is that in her final seven games, she homered 11 times
In addition to new state single-season  records for homers and RBI, Snow set state career records with 60 home runs and 212 RBIs and set a CIF-SS record for 21 doubles in a season.

The other locals also earned first-team honors with strong seasons.
Among the other players who landed on first team, earning All-American honors were pitcher Brooke Bolinger of Yucaipa, The Sun’s Player of the Year, and Taylor McQuillan of Mission Viejo, whose teams met in the CIF Division 2 title game.
Bolinger led Yucaipa to a 31-3 record and the Southern Section Division 2 title, beating undefeated and then-No. 1 Mission Viejo, 1-0. She had 306 strikeouts with a 0.26 ERA and limited opponents to a .088 batting average. She will attend University of Nevada.

Paige Halstead of Los Osos was named first team All-American at catcher. The USA Junior National Team member batted .568, scored 38 times and had 36 RBIs. She has signed with UCLA.
Zoe Casas of Aquinas is the fourth San Bernardino County player making the first-team. The Florida State-committed senior batted .736 with 64 hits, giving her a state record 251 base hits. In 105 games, she scored 193 runs and struck out just three times. For her four seasons at Aquinas, she batted .681.

–Written mostly by Michelle Gardner. Tweaked and edited by Pete Marshall

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2015 San Andreas League all-league baseball, softball

Here are San Andreas League spring all-league teams

BASEBALL

2015 San Andreas baseball

 

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Carter’s Marquise Green commits to San Jose State

“I felt like I had a good relationship with San Jose State,” Green said. “He (coach) talked about me getting my degree, and when football is over, you need to have a degree.”
It didn’t hurt that his teammate, safety Leni Toailoa had already committed there, but was not the overwhelming factor.
“He lives down the street from me and he recruited me hard, too,” Green said. “But I have to worry about myself.”
Green, the third Carter player to commit in the last few months, had 54 total tackles last year, one interception,
He wants to focus on his team and has some individual goals, too.
“I can mainly just focus on my team, getting to CIF and to state,” said Green, who had not gotten another Division I offer, yet. “I want to lead the CBL in picks and tackles.”

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San Gorgonio baseball coach Bill Eatinger named to Hall of Fame


San Gorgonio baseball coach Bill Eatinger talks about beating Jurupa Hills earlier this season.

Hall of Fame? Bill Eatinger never thought his name would be mentioned in the same sentence.
But the long-time San Gorgonio High baseball coach has been inducted into the California Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
“I’m shocked anybody knows San Gorgonio,” Eatinger said. “It seems they do.”
Eatinger, a head coach for 24 years including the last 19 at San Gorgonio, got some support from a veteran coach, former Redlands East Valley coach Steve Hernandez.
“Steve Hernandez nominated me and that was quite a nomination,” Eatinger said.
Eatinger was told what some of the factors were in his nomination.
“According to Steve, it was just coaching in a bankrupt city and being able to be successful with kids who don’t get drafted,” Eatinger said. “We still managed to raise funds, we’re able to travel and compete against some pretty good teams. And this year (when they went to the CIF-SS quarterfinals), we only had an 11-man team.”

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Redlands East Valley receiver CJ Harris has committed to UNLV

Redlands East Valley wide receiver CJ Harris committed to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas on Wednesday.

“I decided to commit to UNLV because education wise its a great school,” Harris said. “They also have a different mindset with the new coaching staff.”

Harris decided on UNLV over Nevada, who had also sent the receiver an offer. He believes that he is a great fit for what the Rebels do offensively.

“I will fit right in because they throw the ball,” he said. “That is what I am all about. Catching the ball and scoring touchdowns.”

Harris was a vital part of REV’s offense during the 2014-15 season as a junior, that was capped off with a CIF State Division 2 Football Championship.

He had 59 reception for 862 yards and 10 touchdowns. He played in all 16 games.

Despite what he accomplished as a junior, Harris believes there is still room to improve going forward into his senior season.

“I can improve my mindset a little bit more and become more of a leader for my team,” he stated.

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Aquinas’ Zoe Casas named small schools player of the year


Zoe Casas, above, talks about tying the state career hits mark, which she eventually broke


Zoe Casas’ hit that tied the state record for career hits

Zoe Casas has had a storied career at Aquinas, and now she’s winning awards she’s won before. Casas, the 2013 California State Small Schools Player of the Year, has been awarded the honor again, by CalHiSports.com.
Casas, an all-Sun selection, batted .736 for the season, her best batting average of her four-year career and finished with a career total of 251 hits. She is bound for Florida State and also will be on the all-time state list for career batting average (.681) and runs scored (193).
Earlier, CalHiSports named Yucaipa coach Dave Kivett, The Sun Coach of the Year, as the Large Schools State Coach of the Year for leading the Thunderbirds to the CIF-SS Division 2 title.

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Gabe Schaefer leaves Bloomington High wrestling, but Bruins should be OK

Maybe you saw in the paper or on our website that the coach who built the Bloomington High wrestling program into a CIF-SS champion, Gabe Schaefer, is leaving.

Above, Schaefer talks about winning the CIF-SS Individual Tournament team title for the first time this season.

Here are my thoughts. I have a huge amount of respect for Gabe as a coach and his ability to build a winning program with kids who were willing and able, but did not have much experience before high school.

I don’t blame him for leaving for Clovis, the most powerful program in the state. He is not a casual wrestling coach, so the opportunity to coach the best team in the state is hard to pass up, so I don’t blame him.

He will be missed (by the school and by me). But when Schaefer last year brought on Vince LaFarge, who was a big part of the coaching success at Covina Northview, he made for a smoother transition. It’s hard to say that LaFarge will be able to continue the success that Schaefer started. It could be better, or not quite as good. But it will be good. LaFarge is a veteran coach who has had a year for the kids to know him.

The kids just need to stick with him. His success in his career speaks for itself, and hopefully the Bloomington kids will listen.

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San Gorgonio’s Wesley Hill flips college choice to Fresno State

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It’s amazing that it took this long for San Gorgonio’s Wesley Hill (who just graduated this spring) to get a concrete offer. Now he’s had a second, and changed his commitment. Congrats to him.
Initially, he appeared to find his college home, making a verbal commitment to Texas-El Paso less than three weeks ago.
Apparently as soon as that happened, Fresno State increased its pursuit of Hill and now Hill has changed his mind and will be going to Fresno State.
“I think that (Fresno State) is really where he wanted to go,” San Gorgonio coach Ron Gueringer said. “And I think part of it is that UTEP wanted him to play linebacker. Fresno State wants him to play running back, which is what he wants to do.”
UNLV, Montana state and Washington State were among the schools that had been talking to Hill.
Last year, Hill rushed for 760 yards and nine touchdowns, while also catching 12 passes and scoring three more touchdowns.
On defense, he had 52 total tackles, including 10 for loss and had three sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery.

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