Arroyo Valley girls basketball rallies after death of coach’s mother

photo (10)Valerie Anderson

As we’re still finishing up with football and other fall sports, we haven’t done much with winter sports yet.
But this one deserves some mention now.
Arroyo Valley girls basketball coach Michael Anderson’s mother, Valerie Anderson, passed away two days before Thanksgiving at the age of 60.
You may remember that Anderson stepped down as coach of Rialto after the 2012-13 season because his mother had a stroke and he needed to be her caregiver. He took the job at Arroyo Valley because it was close enough to his home in San Bernardino.
Anderson says he feels the support of his team, which is off to a 4-1 start to the season.
“It was hard to bail out on them (players). We use it as a motivational tool. They all had an opportunity to know how her after I left Rialto. They saw her around in a wheelchair and me being her caregiver,” Anderson said.

Michael Anderson, now at Arroyo Valley, set for Rialto return

Michael Anderson doesn’t know what kind of reception he’ll get, but he’s glad to get it out of the way early.
Anderson, who coached Rialto High girls basketball for 5 years, winning a CIF-SS title in 2011 and also becoming a state finalist that year, is now at Arroyo Valley. His first game back to Rialto is Thursday at 6 p.m.
He has some friends still at Rialto, but many administrators are no longer at the school from when Anderson started there. He knows some Rialto players and parents were upset when he left last season, to be closer to home where he can tend to his mother. It got worse when he took the job at Arroyo Valley, but that being closer to home made it a better fit.
“I’m glad it’s early, to get it out of the way,” Anderson said. “It (reaction) is going to be mixed.”
He doesn’t know what kind of a reception he will get, or if Rialto will try and get a big rowdy crowd to come in response to Anderson’s return. Having the first game between the teams at Rialto (instead of Arroyo Valley) helps Anderson. “So I can see what they do first,” he said.
He said he heard that Rialto covered up some banners or references to his CIF-SS championship team, but also said that could be part of a gym refurbishment.
His Arroyo Valleyteam  is 8-8 after losing its league opener on Tuesday to Carter and received two big blows, as Claudia Orantes tore her knee against Carter and is out for the year. In addition, junior Tamara Trigg, who was transferring  from Rialto to Arroyo Valley, was ruled out for the year by CIF-SS. Rialto is 2-9 after losing its league opener on Tuesday to San Gorgonio.

Arroyo Valley looking for new boys basketball coach

The search is underway at Arroyo Valley for a new boys basketball  coach after coach Gerry Wright has taken a job as the head coach at Barstow College.

The hiring was mentioned by San Bernardino Valley College’s athletics twitter account and also confirmed by Arroyo Valley athletic director Matt Howell. Wright was also previously the head coach at SBVC.

According to maxpreps.com, Wright was the head coach at Arroyo Valley the last four years, leading the Hawks to no league titles, but reaching the playoffs in each of the four years. He was only the second coach in school history, succeeding Scott Smith.

Howell said they are in the process of hiring Wright’s replacement.

Michael Anderson agrees to coach Arroyo Valley girls basketball

 

Michael Anderson, new girls basketball coach at Arroyo Valley

Michael Anderson, new girls basketball coach at Arroyo Valley

Michael Anderson, who led Rialto High School’s girls basketball program to prominence in his five years as head coach, is the new head coach at Arroyo Valley he said.

Anderson built a 123-21 record in five years, winning at CIF-SS title in 2011 and was runner-up in the state that year. He stepped down after last season to spend time with his mother, who had suffered a stroke.

His mother lives with him, from where he can “walk to Arroyo Valley.”

Anderson said he talked to seven different schools after last season, but “Arroyo Valley was my first choice all along.”

Anderson takes over an Arroyo Valley program that went 6-20 last season and was blown out by Anderson’s Rialto squad by an average of 64 points in two San Andreas League games.

A full story will be on sbsun.com.

Arroyo Valley’s Maurice McKnight changes commitment

Arroyo Valley’s Maurice McKnight, a quarterback and a running back who was an all-league selection last year for the Hawks, has changed his college commitment, coach Tony DiThomas reports.

McKnight had originally committed to San Diego State, but has since switched to San Jose State.

“It has to do with the system they run,” DiThomas said.

San Bernardino clinches San Andreas League boys basketball title

San Bernardino clinched the San Andreas League boys basketball title on Friday with a 62-51 win over  visiting Arroyo Valley. It was San bernardino

Too late to make it into the paper was the box score. Here it is.

ARROYO VALLEY (51)
Bobby Bonner 22, Jesse Mitchell 15, Kyshawn Erwin 8, Paul Ruff 6.
SAN BERNARDINO (62)
Khleem Perkins 35, Keon Stephens 8, Andre Shumpert 7, Demetrius Overstreet 4, Derrick Miller 4, Jaywone Draper 2, Jalen Jenks 1, Anthony Banks 1.
Arroyo Valley      12   9 9 21  –  51
San Bernardino 13 14 9 26  –  62
3-point goals: Mitchell (AV) 2, Perkins (SB) 2.

Here are some other notes: Arroyo Valley shot 68 percent from the free throw line (17 of 25) , while San Bernardino shot 50 percent from the line (12 of 24). The teams were downright awful in the third quarter: Arroyo Valley 0 for 4 from the line in the third and San Bernardino 1 for 8.

Although the game was out of reach at this point, Arroyo Valley scored one less point (19) in the final 4:16 of the game as it did in the previous 21:34.

Turnovers were a big factor as San Bernardino’s pressure forced Arroyo Valley into nine turnovers in the second quarter alone.

Not many teams have the luxury of clinching an outright league title with two games still left to play. For San Bernardino’s sake, I hope the Cardinals can keep their edge entering the playoffs.+