KAISER 48, APPLE VALLEY 42>> If anybody left Malloy Stadium on the Kaiser High School campus early, they missed a furious fourth quarter that saw the host Cats hold on and score a 48-42 win over Apple Valley after building a 21-point margin in the fourth quarter. The Cats (3-1) also had a 48-27 advantage in the fourth before Apple Valley (2-3) got back in the game on the strength of a pair of 33-yard runs by Tristian Mcnatt. One set up a fourth-down score by T.J. Lewis and Mcnatt scored his fourth TD of the night after the Sun Devils recovered an onsides kick.Mcnatt, who finished with 147 yards in nine carries, also caught a two-point conversion pass from Mossy Bell to make it exciting with 2:42 left. But the Cats killed the clock, thanks to a 11-yard carry by Tyler Allgeier for a first down with 131 left. He and Joshua Johnson were the big offensive keys for Kaiser as Johnson scored three times and rushed for 194 on 25 carries on the night late in the third quarter.
With the Southern California drought raging on (although there may be an end in sight), we are getting an early look at Fire Season, with the Summit Fire in Big Bear hurting air quality and damaging acres of wilderness.
The Summit Fire has also affected Big Bear football. Coach Dave Griffiths said that the school didn’t have classes yesterday. The team still met and had film sessions. Today (Tuesday), there was also no classes, but the team did practice, albeit inside. Griffiths said that Saturday afternoon’s season opener against Excelsior at Big Bear Middle School has not been affected yet.
However, the fire is near the Middle School, so that’s a distinct possibility it could be moved at this point. In recent years, Big Bear has moved home games to Barstow High, or more frequently, to Lucerne Valley.
The two-time All-Sun Cross Country Runner of the year and two-time CIF State cross country champion has decided where he will run in college.
Big Bear senior Caleb Webb signed his National Letter of Intent last week to run at the University of Portland.
“It’s a smaller school and I come from a small town,” Webb said. “It felt like the right place. It’s nice to get this off my back.”
Webb said he was deciding between Portland and Colorado as to where he would sign.
“Caleb may be the most significant recruit we have ever signed,” Portland coach Rob Conner in a press release. “He is a tremendous student and extremely serious runner. Very few high school runners are ready to make an impact at the college level as freshmen but Caleb is the kind of talent that will. I couldn’t be more excited to have him joining us. … His range is incredible but we think he will lean toward the longer distances,”
Webb recently set a school record by running a time of 8 minutes, 52.17 seconds in the 3200 meters, surpassing the record of 8:55 set by Olympic marathoner and fellow Big Bear native Ryan Hall.
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Big Bear’s Caleb Webb
Big Bear’s Caleb Webb, the Sun’s Cross Country runner of the year, has erased one of Big Bear’s legendary runners from the record books. Webb ran the 3200 meters in the invitational race at the Arcadia Invitational on Saturday and ran a time of 8:52.17, incredibly not good enough to win. It only placed him third, but only .27 of a second behind the winner. He was the top Californian in the race and in broke the school record in that race, held by legendary Ryan Hall. Hall’s best time was 8:55.
Big Bear senior Caleb Webb, after winning the CIF State Division 4 cross country title in November, has been selected to be part of the Team USA Junior National Team.
Webb will leave next week for Ediburgh, Scotland, where he will compete with five teammates with team USA against teams from Great Britain and Eastern Europe, Webb said. He also said it is an under-19 team, so his teammates are all in high school or in college.
Team USA will be competing in the Great Edinburgh XCountry on Jan. 10.
“I didn’t know about this until a few weeks ago,” Webb said. “This is my first time out of the country.”
Getting to Big Bear High School isn’t the easiest thing in the world.
There are essentially three ways into the Big Bear area: from the west and San Bernardino, it’s highway 18; from the High Desert, it’s the other end of highway 18; and from the south and Redlands, it’s highway 38.
Highway 18 between Big Bear Lake and Snow Valley ski resort has complete Caltrans closures during the day for several weekdays this month.
The issue caught several drivers by surprise, including the bus carrying the Desert Mirage girls volleyball and girls tennis teams to Big Bear for afternoon matches.
JV volleyball and the tennis were scheduled to begin at 3:15 p.m., but the road didn’t reopen until 3 p.m. The bus didn’t arrive at the high school until about 3:30, delaying the start of both matches by about an hour.
“I emailed their AD and warned them about construction,” Big Bear athletic director Ron Perkins said. “It shouldn’t be a problem. Most of them come another way. I’m not sure why they went that way. That’s the only delay we’ve had this season.”
Big Bear uses the other two routes to play league opponents, and usually only takes the closed route when playing Rim of the World or San Bernardino schools in nonleague contests.
“It’s a little bit of a headache to keep track of what’s going on,” Perkins said. “Right now, all three routes have some construction.”