Citrus Belt League MVP Tristan Workman pitches against Carter. (Photo by Frank Perez for SCNG)
Thursday, we learned the three-way tie for fourth place in the Citrus Belt League softball standings would be broken by runs allowed among the three teams, since Cajon, Redlands and Citrus Valley all went 1-1 against each other, and Redlands won that tiebreaker.
There will also be a tie in the Citrus Belt League baseball standings, but there are some big differences. It will only be two teams and it will either be a tie for first or second. And the tie will not be broken by runs allowed. Let me explain.
Going into today, Carter, Redlands East Valley and Yucaipa are in a three-way tie for first, Carter plays fourth-place Redlands and REV and Yucaipa play each other. If Carter wins, Carter ties with the REV-Yucaipa winner for first. If Carter loses, Carter ties with the REV-Yucaipa loser for second.
If Carter finishes tied with REV, then Carter wins the tiebreaker, because Carter swept the two games with REV in the opening week of league. If Carter ties with Yucaipa, the teams split head-to-head, so you would go to runs allowed. But each team won a one-run game, Yucaipa by an 8-7 score, Carter by a 2-1 score in 8 innings, So each team allowed 9 runs. The next tiebreaker for baseball or softball is a coin flip, which I’m guessing would be held Friday night.
Yucaipa hopes to challenge Cajon in Citrus Belt League girls basketball and the Thunderbirds are off to a solid 8-2 start this season. They’ve done it without their best player, senior guard Courtney Coleman.
Coleman tore her anterior cruciate ligament in a travel ball game in June, and was cleared to rejoin the team on Monday. Today, Yucaipa faces Cajon in the Thunderbirds’ first league game.
“We’ll see how she does,” Yucaipa coach Jeremy Hoch said. “She’s not going to be in shape. Hopefully, she’s able to create her own shot, but that will be tough against the twins (Tyla and Tyra Turner).”
Coleman, a second-team all-Sun player and Yucaipa’s leading scorer last year, had hoped to return a few weeks ago, but didn’t get clearance until Monday.
“I wish we’d have a couple of more weeks (to get her ready for Cajon) but we’re happy to have her back,” Hoch said.
I am going to the game tonight, and although I don’t give Yucaipa much of a chance to win, I am curious to see if the Thunderbirds can keep it to be a closer game than it was last year, when Cajon blew out Yucaipa by at least 30 points each time. Yucaipa went on to finish third in the league.
- Isaiah Davis, Carter – Fresno State
- Brett Vansant, Redlands East Valley – Western Kentucky
- Reggie Lawson, Victor Valley – Arizona State
- Kayla Washington, Cajon – Washington State
- Pamala Baber, Carter – Texas-El Paso
- Marissa Jauregui, Grand Terrace – UC Davis
- Danielle Rico, Grand Terrace – Eastern Michigan
- Jocelyn Betancourt, Grand Terrace – Cal St. Bakersfield
- Melanie Olmos, Grand Terrace – Oklahoma
- Riley Plogger, Redlands East Valley – Utah State
- Stephanie Ruelas, Redlands East Valley – Concordia
- Mallory Cross, Yucaipa – Texas-El Paso
- Kayla Martin, Yucaipa – Kansas Wesleyan
- Kelly Martinez, Yucaipa – Utah
Zoe Richard, Citrus Valley – Cal State Fullerton
Olivia Olvera, Citrus Valley – La Sierra
- Emily Longfellow, Redlands East Valley -University of Houston
Melissa Pepper, Redlands – West Virginia
Nicole Proctor, Redlands – UC Santa Barbara
- Janell Walley, Yucaipa – Boise State
- Alisha Edwards, Redlands HS – UCLA
YUCAIPA 10, REDLANDS EAST VALLEY 8 >> The Thunderbirds (16-2) clinched the Citrus Belt League title following a league victory over the Wildcats. Heather Graf and Hannah Stevenson won all three of their matches.
LOMA LINDA 3, WESTERN CHRISTIAN 0 >> Demari Webb had 13 kills for the Roadrunners in the victory over the Lancers, 25-23, 25-17, 25-23.
WOODCREST CHRISTIAN 3, ONTARIO CHRISTIAN 2 >> Jacklyn Post and Madison Maynes had 11 kills for the Knights in the loss to the Royals, 22-25, 18-25, 26-24, 25-23, 15-12, in Ambassador League play. Maynes also had 20 assists and three aces while Annaka Jorgenson had 12 kills and two blocks. Ontario Christian will play at 6 p.m. Tuesday against Loma Linda Academy.
RIM OF THE WORLD 3, SAN GORGONIO 0 >> Leiana Kanoho had two kills and three aces for the Spartans (6-15, 1-6) in the San Andreas League loss against the Scots (17-5, 7-0), 25-10, 25-14, 25-14. Tatiana Russell had two blocks for the Spartans. San Gorgonio will play at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday against Arroyo Valley.
Boys Water Polo
SAN GORGONIO 16, SUMMIT 2 >> Micah Hanning had five goals for the Spartans (9-18, 6-3) in the San Andreas League victory against the Skyhawks. Ben Yanez scored three goals for the Spartans while Miguel Hernandez scored two in the win. San Gorgonio will play at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday against Granite Hills.
YUCAIPA 3, MILLER 0 >> Natalie Hadder led the Thunderbirds (17-4, 4-1) with nine kills and nine digs in the Citrus Belt League victory over the Rebels, 25-10, 25-11, 25-14.
Marissa Holt had seven kills for the Thunderbirds while McKenna Hafner contributed with 11 digs in the win. Yucaipa will play at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday against Eisenhower.
Other CBL Games:
REDLANDS 3, CITRUS VALLEY 1 >> Katie Smith had 31 kills and 27 digs for the Terriers (8-4, 3-2) in the Citrus Belt League game against the Blackhawks, 25-27, 25-20, 25-12, 25-21. Alex Mayer contributed to the victory with 48 total assists for the Terriers.
Above, Claire Graves, now a junior at Citrus Valley talks about winning her race in the last Yucaipa Invitational, two years ago.
In speaking with Yucaipa cross country coach Jason Carney, I found out that for the second straight year, the Yucaipa Invitational, one of the better invitationals in San Bernardino County annually, will not be held.
Traditionally, it was held around the first Saturday in October. Last year it was cancelled because construction in the hills next to Yucaipa High where the course has been made it impossible to run an invitational.
This year, it’s the same issue. Last year, they had originally scheduled the invitational before telling teams they had to cancel. This year, they didn’t even schedule it. And Carney doesn’t plan on having it back.
Once a meet has been cancelled for two years, it’s hard to get those teams back. An initial concern was how would the program make up for the funds the Invitational brought? As it turned out, just fine, he said. They had a couple of more fundraisers, and were not lacking in money. The invitational weekend is a stressful one for Carney and he’d just as soon not have it back. At least, he won’t be spearheading the drive to bring it back. He didn’t rule out others trying to bring it back.
As was the case last year, Yucaipa will still host Citrus Belt League finals, but at the Regional Park.
Chino Hills High School shortstop Tannon Snow admits keeping the secret wasn’t easy. And this was a really big secret.
The Washington-bound standout has been named MaxPreps National Player of the Year, meaning she’s the best player in the entire country.
A representative called her a month or so ago to do the interview but the announcement didn’t come until last night. So word is out now, finally!
“I kept wondering when it was going to come out so I could tell people,” she said. “It’s truly an honor with all the great players that had great years. It’s awesome. I don’t even know what to say.”
Snow, an all-Sun selection put up just insane offensive numbers. In 32 games she hit a state-record 28 home runs and drove in a state-record 89 runs. She added 13 doubles and three triples so 44 of her 62 hits were for extra bases. She batted .573 and walked 16 times, with a slugging percentage of 1.513 and an unheard-of OPS of 2.129.
Snow’s numbers made her a strong candidate but some of the other top honors from other outlets went to other players, mainly due to the Huskies only getting to the CIF-SS quarterfinals.
“Our team didn’t go as far so I thought maybe those other players had the edge,” she said.
There are still more impressive numbers for Snow: in 21 games, she had two or more base hits. She drove in a teammate in 27 of Chino Hills 32 games and in 22 of the games she drove home more than two.
Snow homered in 19 games and had eight multi-homer games. Twice during the season, she homered in five or more games in a row. She hit three home runs and drove in seven runs in one game.
But the most amazing statistic is that in her final seven games, she homered 11 times
In addition to new state single-season records for homers and RBI, Snow set state career records with 60 home runs and 212 RBIs and set a CIF-SS record for 21 doubles in a season.
The other locals also earned first-team honors with strong seasons.
Among the other players who landed on first team, earning All-American honors were pitcher Brooke Bolinger of Yucaipa, The Sun’s Player of the Year, and Taylor McQuillan of Mission Viejo, whose teams met in the CIF Division 2 title game.
Bolinger led Yucaipa to a 31-3 record and the Southern Section Division 2 title, beating undefeated and then-No. 1 Mission Viejo, 1-0. She had 306 strikeouts with a 0.26 ERA and limited opponents to a .088 batting average. She will attend University of Nevada.
Paige Halstead of Los Osos was named first team All-American at catcher. The USA Junior National Team member batted .568, scored 38 times and had 36 RBIs. She has signed with UCLA.
Zoe Casas of Aquinas is the fourth San Bernardino County player making the first-team. The Florida State-committed senior batted .736 with 64 hits, giving her a state record 251 base hits. In 105 games, she scored 193 runs and struck out just three times. For her four seasons at Aquinas, she batted .681.
–Written mostly by Michelle Gardner. Tweaked and edited by Pete Marshall
Zoe Casas, above, talks about tying the state career hits mark, which she eventually broke
Zoe Casas’ hit that tied the state record for career hits
Zoe Casas has had a storied career at Aquinas, and now she’s winning awards she’s won before. Casas, the 2013 California State Small Schools Player of the Year, has been awarded the honor again, by CalHiSports.com.
Casas, an all-Sun selection, batted .736 for the season, her best batting average of her four-year career and finished with a career total of 251 hits. She is bound for Florida State and also will be on the all-time state list for career batting average (.681) and runs scored (193).
Earlier, CalHiSports named Yucaipa coach Dave Kivett, The Sun Coach of the Year, as the Large Schools State Coach of the Year for leading the Thunderbirds to the CIF-SS Division 2 title.
The local area is not known as a diving hot bed as it is becoming a trend for some teams and leagues to have few, if any divers at all.
The experience of junior Kristina Unland of Bonita, who scored the highest among local area female divers, may have worked to the advantage. Unland was the only one of four local divers to have competed in a CIF Southern Section diving event prior to this season.
Jacklyn Edwards of Redlands East Valley stated that she is the only diver in the Citrus Belt League along with her friend, Victoria Rice of Yucaipa.
Edwards is concluding her sophomore season while Rice is finishing her freshman year.
Claremont freshman Kaylee-Anna Jayaweera was the only diver from her school this season.
Kristina Unland of Bonita (18th place) 313.65
Victoria Rice of Yucaipa (22nd place) 153.85
Jacklyn Edwards of Redlands East Valley (26th place) 145.70
Kaylee-Anna Jayaweera of Claremont (34th place) 100.10