After 25 years coaching football at the school including the last 15 years as a head coach at Apple Valley High School, Frank Pulice has decided to call it quits. He told his team Tuesday.
“With all the stuff I’ve gone through (physically) in the last 10 years, I think it’s starting to effect me mentally,” Pulice said. “I”m getting physically and mentally wore out. I’m burned out. It’s time for me to go.”
Pulice, 48, a Covina High graduate, first came to Apple Valley as an assistant coach in 1990, he has been there the last 25 seasons as a coach.
He also spent a decade from 1992-2002 as head wrestling coach and is currently the boys golf coach, a position he will retain.
In 15 years as head coach, he compiled a 71-88 overall record, but was 59-49 in the last 10 years. He did not win any league titles, but made the playoffs eight times, including five of the last six years.
A note from Louis Brewster:
Last Friday, on the way to its Eastern Division semifinal in La Quinta, a bus carrying part of the Serrano footballl team experienced a flat tire. Rather than wait until the district dispatched a repair team from Phelan, coach Ray Maholchic piled all his players onto one bus.
The cheerleaders stayed with the bus.
“We couldn’t wait,” said Maholchic. “We had three to a seat, we had to get there. In fact, the cheerleaders didn’t arrive until after the kickoff.”
Such potential issues was a major reason Fontana utilized an extra bus during its title runs in 1987 and 1989.
“We weren’t going to take chances,” said then-coach Dick Bruich. “It erased a major worry from the coaching staff and athletic director.”
Malik Lovette, above, talks after getting his Semper Fidelis All American Bowl jersey on Thursday.
REV coach Kurt Bruich, talks about Malik Lovette
Malik Lovette talks after the school assembly in which he was awarded his jersey
Kurt Bruich talks about REV being in the finals.
REV QB Armando Herrera, above, is questionable for Friday’s game
Who will play quarterback for Redlands East Valley in Friday’s CIF-SS Inland Division championship game vs. Riverside Poly?
REV coach Kurt Bruich is prepared to use everybody and anybody if starting star sophomore quarterback sophomore Armando Herrera can’t play this week after injuring his shoulder in last week’s win over Perris Citrus Hill.
REV coach Kurt Bruich said he didn’t know on Tuesday if Herrera would play, as Herrera missed at least the beginning of practice while his injured shoulder was being examined by REV’s team doctor.
Bruich said they are preparing to use as many as three quarterbacks if Herrera can’t go: sophomore Steven Garcia, senior Seth Bates and senior Malik Lovette.
Lovette gets snaps every game at quarterback in a wildcat formation, regardless of who starts, and also spends a lot of time at running back and wide receiver. He has attempted only six passes and completed one. Garcia completed one of five passes for 17 yards in last week’s win over Perris Citrus Hill, but had only one pass or carry in a game before last week: a 4-yard run against Eisenhower in Week 6. Bates had two carries for 18 yards last week, but has not attempted a pass since Week 5 vs. Miller, going 3 for 4 for 16 yards.
Bruich did add that Herrera would not need to get any reps in practice during the week in order to be able to play on Friday.
Could this be an advantage for REV?
It could, but would only slightly offset the disadvantage of not having Herrera. Lovette is the best runner, Garcia is the best passer and Bates is in between the two, so there are some different strengths among the trio.
But, Poly would already need to prepare for Lovette at QB, because that’s a package that REV uses in every game. And preparing for Garcia and Bates is not like preparing for Herrera, who has thrown for 2,917 yards, 36 touchdowns with only seven interceptions.
Friday’s first-round CIF-SS football scores and next week’s schedules
Redlands East Valley 61, North 17
Elsinore 44, Jurupa Hills 3
Rancho Verde 52, Paloma Valley 16
Citrus Hill 63, Citrus Valley 14
Riverside Poly 42, Tahquitz 17
San Gorgonio 55, Cajon 7
Carter 37, San Jacinto 22
Heritage 54, Rim of the World 7
REV at Elsinore
Rancho Verde at Citrus Hill
Riverside Poly at San Gorgonio
Carter at Heritage
Colony 48, La Canada 0
Glendora 24, Summit 14
Charter Oak 49, Colton 0
San Marino 49, Claremont 28
Bonita 45, Kaiser 14
West Covina 18, Chaffey 15
Los Altos 28, South Hills 10
Monrovia 26, Don Lugo 20 (OT)\
Glendora at Colony
Charter Oak at San Marino
West Covina at Bonita
Monrovia at Los Altos
OK, here are Eastern, Inland, Central and West Valley Division playoffs. Not all alternate sites not available yet, although I’ve heard Barstow-Norte Vista will be played Thursday.
North vs. No. 1 Redlands East Valley at Citrus Valley HS; Jurupa Hills at Elsinore; Paloma Valley at Rancho Verde; Citrus Valley at No. 4 Citrus Hill; Tahquitz vs. No. 3 Riverside Poly at King HS, Cajon at San Gorgonio; San Jacinto at Carter; Rim at No. 2 Heritage.
La Canada at No. 1 Colony, Summit at Glendora at Citrus College; Colton at Charter Oak; Claremont at No. 4 San Marino; Bonita at No. 3 Kaiser; Chaffey at West Covina; Los Altos at South Hills; Don Lugo at No. 2 Monrovia.
Apple Valley at No. 1 La Quinta; Patriot at Vista Del Lago; Barstow at Norte Vista (Thursday); Palm Desert at No. 4 Serrano; Hesperia at No. 3 La Sierra; Moreno Valley at Palm Springs; Rubidoux at Silverado; Cathedral City at No. 2 Oak Hills.
WEST VALLEY DIVISION
San Juan Hills at No. 1 Upland; Hart at Edison; Canyon Country Canyon at Vista Murrieta; Newport Harbor at No. 4 Tesoro; Great Oak at No. 3 Chino Hills; El Toro at Los Alamitos; Rancho Cucamonga at Valencia; Temecula Valley at No. 2 Mission Viejo.
Mission Prep at No. 1 Maranatha; Arrowhead Christian at Cantwell Sacred Heart; Heritage Christian at Templeton; Rio Hondo Prep vs. No. 4 Big Bear at Big Bear MS, Saturday 1:30 p.m.; Riverside Notre Dame at No. 3 Shadow Hills; Bishop Montgomery at Nipomo; Cerritos Valley Christian at Linfield Christian; Morro Bay at No. 2 Pasadena Poly.
In an earlier post, I picked the bracket for the Inland Division. I am not going to do the Eastern Division, because I don’t know how some of the coin flip results turned out.
As for the Central Division, I’m really only familiar with the Sunkist League, and a little with the Mt. Baldy. But here goes, with Bonita getting the wild-card over Diamond Ranch
Bonita (Palomares wild card, 6-4) at No. 1 seed Colony (Mt. Baldy 1, 8-2)
Summit (Sunkist 2, 6-3-1) at San Marino (Rio Hondo 2, 8-2)
Don Lugo (Mt. Baldy 3, 6-4) at South Hills (Palomares 1, 6-4)
Colton (Sunkist 3, 4-6) at No. 4 seed Charter Oak (Hacienda 1, 6-4)
La Canada (Rio Hondo 3, 6-4) at No. 3 seed Kaiser (Sunkist 1, 8-2)
Los Altos (Hacienda 3, 5-5) at Glendora (Palomares 2, 8-2)
Chaffey (Mt. Baldy 2, 8-2) at Westo Covina (Hacienda 2, 7-3)
Claremont (Palomares 3, 6-4) at No. 2 seed Monrovia (Rio Hondo 1, 9-1).
The pairings don’t come out until tomorrow morning, but as I like to try and do each year, I try and predict who will play who.
Here is the Inland Division bracket as I think it will look. But 2 things before I give you the bracket. 1) I changed this Sunday morning when I learned Citrus Valley got the at-large team, not Hemet. In a previous blog post, I wrote how close it is between the 3 teams in the running: Hemet, Citrus Valley and Temescal Canyon, at least based on CIF criteria. 2) I really want to see a Cajon-San Gorgonio matchup, but it never seemed to work out
My prediction on how the Inland Division bracket will look:
Tahquitz (Mountain Pass No. 3, 4-6) at No. 1 seed REV (Citrus Belt No. 1, 9-1)
Jurupa Hills (San Andreas No. 2, 5-5) at Elsinore (Sunbelt No. 2, 8-2)
Cajon (Citrus Belt No. 3, 7-3) at Rancho Verde (Inland Valley No. 2, 8-2)
Rim of the World (San Andreas No. 3, 5-5) at No. 4 seed Citrus Hill (Mountain Pass No. 1, 9-1)
Citrus Valley (Citrus Belt at-large, 4-6) at No. 3 seed Riverside Poly (Inland Valley No. 1, 10-0)
Paloma Valley (Sunbelt No. 3, 6-4) at San Gorgonio (San Andreas No. 1, 9-1)
Carter (Citrus Belt No. 2, 8-2) at San Jacinto (Mountain Pass No. 2, 9-1)
North (Inland Valley No. 3, 3-7 at No. 2 seed Heritage (Sunbelt No. 1, 10-0).