Ebrahim Salman proved to be the top cat on the court in Kaiser’s victory over crosstown rival Jurupa Hills, 62-53, in boys basketball nonleague play.
He’s back as boys basketball coach, and it would seem, for the foreseeable future.
John Romagnoli, who first became head coach at Miller High in 1998, is back after his second one-year hiatus since then.
“I realized I was 46 years old and I wasn’t ready to hang it up (for coaching),” Romagnoli said.
Romagnoli’s teams at Miller have probably been the school’s most consistent, missing the playoffs only once (his first season) in 15 years as head coach. After serving as assistant coach to Gary West beginning in 1995, Romagnoli replaced West as head coach in 1998 and was the head coach until he first became athletic director in 2010, when he stepped down to concentrate on that job.
He returned after a year in which Miller missed the playoffs, then served as head basketball coach and athletic director for three years until last year, when the district forced to choose between the two positions.
Romagnoli said he chose to remain as athletic director last year because he needed to get ready to move his mother-in-law out from Chicago to live with his family. He said the year away this time (when the team missed the playoffs) was much worse.
“Last time, I took the new (athletic director) job and that was kind of exciting,” he said. “I had coached 10-11 years at that point. Now, I’m completely revitalized, I got the (Inland Valley) all-star game resurrected. … Even when I wasn’t coaching, I was a (basketball) junkie, going to college basketball practices.
“I guess I’m at that point, where the coaching part comes easy. I feel like I’m back.”
School has started at Fontana, and as a result of returning to coaching, Romagnoli had to step down as athletic director and is back teaching. He monitors online classes that Miller students are taking.
“I’m a little bit of a tech guy,” he said. “I really wanted something different.”
So, as a result, long time Miller coach Jeff Omar is taking over as athletic director.
“Jeff’s learning the ropes and I’m there to help him out,” Romagnoli said.
From Staff Writer Michelle Gardner:
A third Ball is headed to UCLA.
No not Lonzo or younger brother LiAngelo. It’s the youngest of the family.
LaMelo Ball, 13, the youngest brother in the basketball playing family said today he too has committed to the Bruins even though he has yet to play a high school game.
“It is my dream school,” he said. “I decided to get it out of the way now instead of waiting for the future.”
Other schools looking at the youngest Ball included Virginia and Washington State but he opted to follow his brothers, although he said that wasn’t a major factor.
Lonzo, who will be a senior this fall, committed to the Bruins as a sophomore and last year as a sophomore LiAngelo did the same. All three will play together for the Huskies but they won;t be together at UCLA even for a year because Lonzo has made it known he wants to be “one and done” at UCLA.
The three brothers on the same floor will be a marquee attraction this winter. The three brothers combined for 93 points in a recent travel ball game for Big Ballers.
Here is the video from MaxPreps of that performance:
Etiwanda’s Kameron Edwards (20)
Saturday’s CIF State Basketball Scores, upcoming schedule
Chino Hills 82, San Marcos 63
Lawndale 75, Redlands East Valley 50
Cajon 49, Riverside North 48
Garden Grove Orangewood Academy 60, Aquinas 20
Tuesday’s Games, 7 p.m.
No. 3 Etiwanda at No. 2 Los Angeles Fairfax
No. 6 Torrey Pines at No. 2 Chino Hills
No. 5 Cajon at No. 1 Ventura
State basketball begins Wednesday, so here are the matchups involving county teams
Wednesday’s first round games, 7 p.m.
No. 12 Torrey Pines at No. 5 Cajon
No. 9 Colony at No. 8 Bakersfield Independence
No. 9 Carruthers at No. 8 Bloomington Christian
No. 11 Escondido Adventist at No. 6 Aquinas
Wednesday’s first round games, 7 p.m.
No. 15 Fresno Bullard at No. 2 Chino Hills
No. 12 San Diego Mira Mesa at No. 5 Redlands East Valley
No. 11 Hesperia Christian at No. 6 Carlsbad Army-Navy
Friday’s first round games, 7 p.m.
No. 6 El Cajon Foothills Christian at No. 3 Etiwanda
It was a rough weekend for 8 San Bernardino County teams in CIF-SS championship games, going 0-8.
Here are the results:
Torrance Bishop Montgomery 56, Etiwanda 50
Compton 63, Redlands East Valley 48
Garden Grove Orangewood Academy 82, Hesperia Christian 54
Los Angeles Windward 51, Etiwanda 37
South Torrance 57, Colony 56
Santa Barbara Bishop Diego 48, Bloomington Christian 32
Los Angeles Cathedral 2, Chaffey 0 (Friday’s result)
Garden Grove Santiago 1, Chino 0
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