Update on Darrion Willies’ injury + Rim-Breaking Highlight

It was reported earlier in the week that the basketball career of Summit High senior Darrion Willies may be done due to a spine ailment.

According to Willies, he believes he can return to the court to continue his basketball career following a second opinion with a sports medicine doctor.

Darrion Willies (left) with Fontana alum Corey Benjamin before the Fontana vs. Summit game.

Darrion Willies (left) with Fontana alum Corey Benjamin before the Fontana vs. Summit game.

“The doctor called me (Jan. 22) after reviewing my x-rays,” Willies said. “He assured me that with some therapy he could get me back on the court.”

The big question surrounding his return to a basketball court, is a matter of when if at all?

“I am hoping by this season but however much time I need to fully recover,” he explained. “The doctor said to rest for a couple of weeks then after a check up he will decide on how therapy will go.”

Willies will still try to make it to Summit’s games to support his teammates.

The team has gone 2-0 in Willies’ absences with victories over league-rivals, Colton and Fontana.

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Also, check out Willies’ rim breaking highlight that was named as one of Maxpreps’ Plays of the Week video.

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Chino Hills boys basketball will forfeit 9 wins

From Staff Writer Michelle Gardner:

Confirmation today that Chino Hills boys basketball will be forfeiting 9 games.

Here is the word from school district spokesman Julie Gobin:

“It has come to our knowledge that a student-athlete participated in CIF competition despite being scholastically ineligible. Therefore, administrators at Chino Hills HS have chosen to self-report to CIF and to forfeit the 11 games in which the student participated. These forfeitures do not affect the wins achieved at the 2015 Bass Pro Shops Tournament of Champions this past weekend in Springfield, Missouri. Chino Hills High School has implemented a new system to ensure this does not occur again.”
Julie Gobin, communications director for CVUSD

The Huskies were 12-4 on the court and 2-1 in Baseline League play after a loss to Damien last night.
Representatives from Upland and Rancho Cucamonga say they have been notified of forfeits that included games against their teams, both of which Huskies won on the court.
So Chino Hills is officially 0-3 in the Baseline, heading into game on Friday vs. Etiwanda. And that will be tough one.
“This definitely changes things,” says Rancho Cucamonga coach Bill Burke, whose team is now 16-4 overall and 2-1 in Baseline. “It really does open the door for us, maybe even Upland.”
Upland Athletic Director John McNally said his school had been notified it was getting a win via the forfeit as well.
Of the 11 games the ineligible student participated in, nine were wins. So the Huskies are 3-13 overall, 0-3 in league.

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Corey Benjamin, Sean Rooks have jerseys retired by Fontana HS Thursday


Corey Benjamin, above, talks after his No. 50 jersey was retired by Fontana High School.

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The mother of Sean Rooks, Deborah Young (brown shirt) accepts the framed jersey for her son and Corey Benjamin accepts his framed jersey. Both jerseys were retired by Fontana High Thursday.

Perhaps overdue, but Rooks’ mother and Benjamin said the right things.
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Schedule for Los Osos’ MLK Day boys basketball event

Schedule for Monday Jan. 19  MLK “I have a Dream Classic” at The Cave (Los Osos HS)

Boys basketball games
8 am Montclair vs San Gorgonio
9:30am Pomona vs Jurupa Hills
11 am Claremont vs Gardena
12:30pm 29 Palms vs Charter Oak
2 pm Víctor Valley vs Rancho Cucamonga
3:30pm Diamond Bar vs Silverado
5 pm Los Osos vs ML King
6:30pm Bishop Amat vs Summit
8 pm Rancho Verde vs Damien

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Redlands East Valley boys basketball: How good are they?

How good is Redlands East Valley boys basketball? That’s a question I wondered before I saw the Wildcats for the first time this season on Thursday night against Cajon.

They are very good. But it’s too early to tell exactly how good.

But one thing I noticed and verified by senior Julian Sinegal: they play better team defense than last year. Last year’s team had the best player: Eli Chuha, who should eventually play at the NCAA Division I level.

“But we would get caught standing around waiting for him to do something,” Sinegal said.

There is no such waiting this year. The team forces turnovers, has ball-handlers, enough size inside and some outside shooters. I don’t know exactly how far they can go, but they should win the Citrus Belt League at least.

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San Bernardino Kiwanis Tournament Day 3 results, Day 4 schedule

Monday’s results and Tuesday’s Schedule for the
San Bernardino Kiwanis boys basketball Tournament
Results:
Redlands East Valley 68, Beaumont 47
Summit 58, Ramona 55
Redlands 72, Yucaipa 52
Fontana 58, Carter 52
San Gorgonio 43, Arroyo Valley 37
Pacific 78, Indian Springs 47
Barstow 93, Serrano 71
Rialto 69, Apple Valley 49
Tuesday’s Games
At Arroyo Valley HS
15th place
Arroyo Valley vs. Indian Springs, 9 a.m.
13th place
San Gorgonio vs. Pacific, 10:30 a.m.
11th place
Serrano vs. Apple Valley, noon
Consolation champion
Barstow vs. Rialto, 1:30 p.m.
7th place
Yucaipa vs. Carter, 3 p.m.
5th place
Redlands vs. Fontana, 4:30 p.m.
3rd place
Beaumont vs. Ramona, 6 p.m.
Championship

REV vs. Summit, 7:30 p.m.

 

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San Bernardino Kiwanis boys basketball schedule

REV and Julian Senegal (battling in white, above), should be one of the favorites in the San Bernardino Kiwanis Tournament

It’s just a few days away, so here’s the schedule for some of the San Bernardino Kiwanis Tournament (boys basketball)

Dec 26, first round
At Arroyo Valley HS
Serrano vs. Ramona, 11 a.m.
Yucaipa vs. San Gorgonio, 12:30 p.m.
Barstow vs. Summit, 2 p.m.
Arroyo Valley vs. Redlands, 3:30 p.m.

At Indian Springs HS
Fontana vs. Rialto, 11 a.m.
Redlands East Valley vs. Pacific, 12:30 p.m.
Beaumont vs. Apple Valley, 2 p.m.
Indian Springs vs. Carter, 3:30 p.m.

Day 2, Dec. 27
At Arroyo Valley HS
Consolation quarterfinals
Serrano/Ramona loser vs. San Gorgonio/Yucaipa loser, 11 a.m.
Barstow/Summit loser vs. Arroyo Valley/Redlands loser, 12:30 p.m.
Championship quarterfinals
Serrano/Ramona winner vs. San Gorgonio/Yucaipa winner, 2 p.m.
Barstow/Summit winner vs. Arroyo Valley/Redlands winner, 3:30 p.m.

At Indian Springs HS
Consolation quarterfinals
Fontana/Rialto loser vs. REV/Pacific loser, 11 a.m.
Beaumont/Apple Valley loser vs. Indian Springs/Carter loser 12:30 p.m.
Championship quarterfinals
Fontana/Rialto winner vs. REV/Pacific winner, 2 p.m.
Beaumont/Apple valley winner vs. Indian Springs/Carter winner, 3:30 p.m.

Day 3, Dec. 29
Semifinals at Arroyo Valley HS, 6 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

Day 4, Dec. 30
Third place at Arroyo Valley HS, 6 p.m.
Championship at Arroyo Valley, 7:30 p.m.

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Citrus Belt League winter all-league teams

CITRUS BELT LEAGUE WINTER ALL-LEAGUE TEAMS

BOYS BASKETBALL
FIRST TEAM
Marquane Harris- 12 Eisenhower – MVP
Darrien Manker- 12 Cajon
Kevin McNeal- 11 Cajon
Terry Clarendon- 12 Eisenhower
Markelle Harris- 11 Eisenhower
Rayshawn Kearney- 12 Eisenhower
Michael Johnson- 11 AB Miller
Philippe Salawa- 12 AB Miller
Bradly Motylewski- 11 Redlands
Elias Chuha- 12 Redlands East Valley
Alexios Ziska- 11 Redlands East Valley
Jaryn Taylor- 12 Yucaipa

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