Big Bear is leaving the De Anza League after this season, hoping to not only keep some of its old rivalries but to renew some ones that have lapsed.
Athletic Director Ron Perkins said that not only are the Bears going to continue to play De Anza League’s Twentynine Palms in football in the future, but they are in negotiations to bring back rivalries with Rim of the World and Aquinas. Big Bear last played Rim in 2011 and Aquinas in 2009.
Big Bear, a school of about 700, is close to filling the rest of its nonleague slate for next year. It’s not always easy to find schools of comparable size that are willing to make a trip to Big Bear, and the new league is only a four-team league, meaning Big Bear needs seven nonleague opponents.
Perkins said that he’s been contacted by several schools.
“I’m getting phone calls saying, ‘We’re a school of 3,000 and we want to come up for team bonding,’” Perkins said. “That’s great, but we can’t play you.”
Perkins said the only week they’re not in negotiations to fill is Week 6, which is after most schools have started league play.
All De Anza League football. If you are a coach or an athletic director who has all-league teams for any fall sport for an area league, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Offense||Taylan Seaman (12)||Big Bear|
|Defense||Joey Rutherford (12)||Yucca Valley|
|Special Team – Co MVP||Talo Wilson (12)||29Palms|
|Blake Smith (12)||Big Bear|
|Big Bear||Desert Mirage|
|Santana Diaz (12)||Jesus Felipe (12)|
|Conner McDonough (12)||Ricardo Torres (11)|
|Tre Prudhomme (12)|
|Ryan Florence (12)||Shadow Hills|
|Collin Ortega (12)||Michael Suarez (11)|
|Travis Smith (12)||Sam Garcia (12)|
|Hiram Rodriguez (12)|
|Desert Hot Springs||Luis Gonzalez (12)|
|T Armstrong (12)||Orlando Ortega (11)|
|Ethan Martinez (11)|
|Thompson Ongalibang (11)||29 Palms|
|Anthony Moreno (12)||David Falefity (12)|
|Darren Murphy (12)|
|Yucca Valley||Jake Culver (12)|
|Logan Vallo (12)||AJ Rangel (12)|
|Bradley Soares (12)||Dylan Martinez (11)|
|Shayne Saiza (12)|
|Gabe Sosa (12)|
2012 all-De Anza League football team
Offensive MVP: James Toland, Shadow Hills, Sr.
Defensive MVP: Lucas Jenkins, Big Bear, Sr.
Special Teams MVP: Nate McClain, 29 Palms, Sr.
Lane Dowty, Big Bear, Sr.
Taylan Seaman, Big Bear, Jr.
John Hawkins, Big Bear, Sr.
Tyler Babbit, Big Bear, Sr.
Lance Hubbard, Big Bear, Sr.
Tre Prudhomme, Big Bear, Jr.
Morgan Cole, 29 Palms, Sr.
Talo Wilson, 29 Palms, Jr.
David Failfitu, 29 Palms, Jr.
Marcus Chesnut, 29 Palms, Sr.
David Haney, 29 Palms, Jr.
Jake Culver, 29 Palms, Jr.
Hiram Rodriguez, Shadow Hills, Jr.
Rene Herrera, Shadow Hills, Sr.
Orlando Oretega, Shadow Hills, So.
Moises Contreras, Shadow Hills, Sr.
Brian McGowan, Yucca Valley, Sr.
Ben Hetz, Yucca Valley, Sr.
Logan Vallo, Yucca Valley, Jr.
Joey Rutherford, Yucca Valley, Jr.
Steven Steed, Desert Hot Springs, Jr.
Ace Lewis, Desert Hot Springs, Sr.
Nick Martinez, Desert Hot Springs, Sr.
Damian Gutierrez, Desert Mirage, Sr.
Alex Navarro, Desert Mirage, Sr.