High School Football

Inside the unregulated world of recruiting consulting services |Sep 11, 2017

Overwhelmed and out of answers, Tim and Tanya Blomquist listened intently to the pitch. They’d been warned – about recruiting services, about the false dreams some sell, about scammed parents left high and dry.

McChesney shines in his Yucaipa debut, win |Sep 1, 2017

YUCAIPA >> Junior quarterback Keo McChesney didn’t win the starting job until the final week of training camp for Yucaipa. Well, on Friday night, he backed up the Thunderbirds coaching staff’s decision to make him the starter, and then some.

QB Nick Acosta ready to lead Rancho Cucamonga football’s charge |Aug 21, 2017

RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> Nick Acosta stepped into the starting quarterback role last year at Rancho Cucamonga as a junior. It was a big responsibility. The Cougars had graduated a three-year starter there but looked to have all the other pieces needed to contend for a championship.

PREP FOOTBALL: Khoury Bethley leads Don Lugo’s quest for a repeat Mt. Baldy title |Aug 21, 2017

CHINO >> When the Don Lugo Conquistadores won their Milk Can rivalry game against city foe Chino last year, running back Khoury Bethley knew his team had something special. That win snapped a two-game losing streak and was just the shot in the arm the team needed heading into Mt.

Prep Football: Silverado brings a lot back from D9 finals team to Desert Sky League |Aug 18, 2017

Head coach Rafael Ginorio said Silverado has its strongest vibe in the 13 years he has been affiliated with the program. It’s not too surprising when you consider the Hawks are coming off their first CIF Southern Section division championship-game appearance, losing to Valley Christian 59-13 in Division 9, and several of the same key players are back.

Prep Football preview: Players to watch in the Citrus Belt League |Aug 18, 2017

Players to watch in the Citrus Belt League Muni Aholelei, REV, DE, Sr. (6-3, 240): Takes the defensive leadership role for the Wildcats this season Matthew Best, Yucaipa, RB-DB, Sr., (6-1, 194): Standout safety led the Thunderbirds with 127 tackles last season Zachary Burrola, Redlands, LB, Sr.

Prep football preview: Quarterback trio has big shoes to fill at Redlands East Valley |Aug 18, 2017

REDLANDS — Redlands East Valley High assistant coach Dylan Cruz didn’t even need to be asked The Question on who The Guy will be running the Wildcats’ offense this season. But the REV quarterbacks coach knew it was coming.

Mojave River League football title up for grabs |Aug 17, 2017

Since Oak Hills joined the Mojave River League in 2010, the Bulldogs and Serrano have bullied the rest of the league. The Diamondbacks have at least shared a portion of seven of those eight league championships during that time, while Oak Hills has claimed two titles and has only finished outside the top two once — getting third place in 2011.

Prep Football: Aquinas loaded again in Ambassador League |Aug 16, 2017

The Aquinas football team came agonizingly close to capturing the program’s third CIF-Southern Section championship. The sting of that defeat still lingers, but Falcons coach Jordan Brusig said his squad is choosing to focus on the present and the future.

Prep Football: Don’t expect the Pacific to raid the Mountain Valley League again |Aug 16, 2017

Last season was unusual, even by Mountain Valley League standards. Pacific High of San Bernardino, 1-9 in its previous two MVL seasons, absorbed several talented skill-position transfers to produce an unlikely 10-2 overall record (4-1 in league) and a trip to the CIF-SS Division 12 quarterfinals.

Prep football: Big Bear poised to repeat in Cross Valley League |Aug 15, 2017

The Big Bear football team’s season last year had the opportunity to derail heading into the league slate. The Bears lost three two-way starters to season-ending injuries and other players for shorter periods during their tough, seven-game nonleague schedule.

Prep Football: New coach, same goals for San Gorgonio, San Andreas League |Aug 15, 2017

San Gorgonio High’s football team has ruled the San Andreas League in recent years. In fact, the Spartans enter this season with a 22-game league winning streak. So even though the cast of characters has changed quite a bit and coach Ron Gueringer — the leader of the squad during that stretch — has departed for another school, the Spartans are still considered favorites.

Prep Football: Change at Kaiser signals change for Sunkist League |Aug 15, 2017

FONTANA >> It’s been the worst-kept secret in Sunkist League football for some time now, but Phil Zelaya is out as coach at Kaiser High School. Zelaya, 48, won a CIF Southern Section Central Division championship with Kaiser in 2012, but will not return for his ninth season for reasons that remain unclear.

Citrus Valley High community remembers Nelson Natividad |Aug 14, 2017

REDLANDS >> Fighter. That’s how friends and family of Nelson Natividad described the 16-year-old whose battle with myeloid leukemia came to an end Sunday.

Long Beach Poly drops junior varsity football due to low numbers |Aug 10, 2017

LONG BEACH >> The nearly unimaginable has happened at Long Beach Poly, where the Jackrabbits will not field a junior varsity team this fall for the first time in the football program’s 110-year history.

Don Lugo offensive lineman Chris Randazzo commits to Oregon |Aug 10, 2017

After not getting any college offers as a junior, Don Lugo offensive lineman Chris Randazzo decided to take matters into his own hands. He got a personal trainer and spent the summer going to camps and showcases.

Notes: Scholarship offers pour in for Etiwanda’s Geordon Porter |Aug 8, 2017

Etiwanda High’s football team is hoping to challenge in the competitive Baseline League this season, Third-year coach Kevin Davis thinks he has a potent offensive weapon that can help him do so in senior wide receiver Geordon Porter.

Etiwanda’s Alec Anderson makes commitment to Washington State |Aug 3, 2017

Perhaps no major college recruit was more prepared for the recruiting process than Etiwanda High School offensive lineman Alec Anderson. He has three older siblings who went through the process. Father Anders Anderson was the girls basketball coach at Etiwanda and he had many players from that program move on to the next level.

Football Diary: Seth Ryan makes the move from Southern California to West Texas |Aug 1, 2017

Seth Ryan, 17, played football at Damien High School last year. He and his family have moved to Midland, Texas, where he will play for Midland High for his senior season. He will periodically share his transition to Texas football through this diary.

Long Beach Poly quarterback Matt Corral commits to Florida |Jul 25, 2017

Long Beach is on the other side of the country from Gainesville, a mere 2,382-mile drive. But Florida Gators fans will have their eyes firmly fixed on Veterans Memorial Stadium this year and the performance of Long Beach Poly quarterback Matt Corral, who verbally committed to the Gators recently while on a visit.

Don Lugo’s Khoury Bethley picks Hawaii, readies for senior season |Jul 22, 2017

Running back Khoury Bethley of Don Lugo had a breakout season as a junior. He rushed for 2,089 yards on 239 carries with more than 100 yards in 12 of 13 games. He recorded 139 yards on 26 carries against Rancho Cucamonga, and that’s saying a lot.

NFL player Shareece Wright returns to host free youth football camp |Jul 21, 2017

Former USC and Colton High School star Shareece Wright took time off from the NFL offseason with the Buffalo Bills to host a free youth football camp at his alma mater in Colton. Wright played last season with the Baltimore Ravens, playing along side former Colton teammate Jimmy Smith, and Alta Loma grad Eric Weddle.

Robert Kistner returns as Oak Hills football coach |Jun 29, 2017

Robert Kistner’s plan for the 2017 football season was to be more active as a football coach again. But instead of being an assistant coach at Victor Valley College, Kistner will return as head coach of the Oak Hills High program that he built.

Artie Allen steps down as Oak Hills football coach |Jun 20, 2017

Artie Allen was focused on the 2017 football season at Oak Hills High, not another job. So that’s why Allen initially turned down the offer to be an assistant coach at Chaffey College. But the more he thought about it, the more attractive the option became.

Few area high school teams earn a spot in top tier CIF-SS football playoff brackets |Jun 12, 2017

Random thoughts for a Tuesday morning, wondering whatever happened to Eugene Clayborn, who played for Carl Beach at Chaffey College in 2007 before transferring to Texas A&M-Kingsville, or Texas A&I as it was called when KCBS/Channel 2 sports director Jim Hill played his college ball.

Tara Davis, Wyatt Davis named 2017 SoCal Prep Legends Athletes of the Year |Jun 11, 2017

St. John Bosco lineman Wyatt Davis and Augora track and field star Tara Davis were named the SoCal Prep Legends 2017 Male and Female Athletes of the Year Sunday. KABC sportscaster Rob Fukuzaki and former Lakers and NBA Hall of Famer James Worthy took part in the second annual Southern California Prep Legends awards ceremony sponsored by the Southern California Newspaper Group and KABC-7, honoring Southern California’s best high school athletes in 11 categories for the 2016-17 sports season.

Rich McClure takes over as San Gorgonio football coach |May 26, 2017

Apparently, a previous coaching stint at San Gorgonio High School made an impression on Rich McClure. McClure has been named the new football coach at San Gorgonio, succeeding Ron Gueringer, who left to take the head coaching position at Corona.

Chino adds two new coaches |May 25, 2017

Chino High School has filled a couple of coaching vacancies with Damian Staricka taking over the football program and Diane Murillo named to head the boys basketball program. Staricka succeeds Jesse Ceniceros who stepped down earlier this month after directing the program for two years.

Carter names Justin Randall football coach |May 18, 2017

There’s no doubt that Justin Randall is young. At 26, he’s one of the younger head football coaches in the area. But if you ask the new Carter coach, he’s been training for this job most of his life.

REV’s Jaelan Phillips, Citrus Valley’s Claire Graves named Ken Hubbs Award Athletes of the Year |May 15, 2017

The city of Redlands has produced many great athletes in recent years, and several Ken Hubbs Award Athletes of the Year, including three of the first four girls since there was a girls athlete of the year started in 2012.

Some prep baseball, softball league races still undecided heading into final week |May 5, 2017

With one week remaining in the regular season for baseball and softball, some league titles have already been decided while others are still up for grabs. The Sunkist League was clinched outright by Kaiser on Thursday, with a 7-1 win over Fontana in which Armando Duenas pitched five shutout innings.

St. Lucy’s grad putting finishing touches on outstanding NCAA pitching career |May 1, 2017

Random thoughts for a Tuesday morning, attempting to remain strong during the toughest week of the year, wondering whatever happened to Randy Tullis, among the all-time boys soccer saves leaders with 240 for Aquinas High School in 1981-82.

Chino football coach Jesse Ceniceros steps down |Apr 28, 2017

After two years directing the Chino High School football program, coach Jesse Ceniceros has stepped down. Ceniceros cited the desire to focus on family. “I have been a head coach the last 13 years and I just think it’s time to hit the reset button,” he said.

Jamaal Williams, Damontae Kazee eagerly awaiting NFL draft |Apr 26, 2017

For hundreds of football players across the country, the NFL Draft that begins Thursday is the next big moment in their careers. That’s where they’ll find where they’ll begin their careers as professionals.

New coach Dustin Davis visits with Arrowhead Christian players |Apr 20, 2017

Arrowhead Christian Academy has its new football coach. Dustin Davis, who has been the head coach at Santa Maria’s St. Joseph for the last five seasons, will take over for Eric Preszler. Davis was on campus Thursday for an introduction to Eagles players and held his first workout with the team later that afternoon.

Notebook: Dustin Davis hired as Arrowhead Christian football coach |Apr 17, 2017

Arrowhead Christian has its new football coach. Dustin Davis, who has been the head coach at Santa Maria St. Joseph for the last five seasons, takes over for Eric Preszler. Davis was very successful at St.

We always remember educators who take extra measures to protect their young charges |Apr 17, 2017

Random thoughts for a Tuesday morning, wondering whatever happened to Trevor Hoyt, a two-time CIF Southern Section 200 individual medley swimming champion in 2008-09 from Yucaipa High School. Last week’s senseless tragedy at North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino was shocking, to say the least.

Notebook: Jeff Stout gets 800th win, Jake Knesel takes over at Arroyo Valley |Apr 14, 2017

In a career full of major accomplishments and milestones, Yucaipa High baseball coach Jeff Stout reached one more milestone Thursday in his final season as coach. The 14-2 victory over Carter was Stout’s 800th in his 41st year at the school.

Derrick Dial promoted to Redlands High interim head football coach |Apr 13, 2017

In its quest to fill the shoes of a local coaching legend, the Redlands High football program has turned to a direct offshoot of Jim Walker’s legacy, at least for now. Redlands promoted wide receivers coach Derrick Dial to the position of interim head football coach on Wednesday and announced the development to the Terriers coaches and players shortly after.

Versatily key for Upland’s Robertson in making Major League Baseball roster in Tampa |Apr 10, 2017

Random thoughts for a Tuesday morning, wondering whatever to LaShawn Cubit, CIF Southern Section Division I high jump champion at 6-feet-7 in 1998 out of Sultana High School. In the end, it was Daniel Robertson’s versatility — he can play second, shortstop and third equally well as well the outfield — that prompted the Tampa Bay Rays to keep the Upland High School graduate on the opening day Major League Baseball roster.

New San Bernardino High football coach Wes Choate doing it his way |Apr 10, 2017

San Bernardino athletic director Pat Mills knows there are some concerns to hiring a football coach from outside the area. But so far, Mills said, Wes Choate is overcoming those obstacles. One of those was that he was knowledge about the city and the school.

Key transfers eligible for Yucaipa baseball this week |Apr 3, 2017

Forget what you know about some of the area high school baseball teams, because it’s going to change this week. The 30-day sitout period for transfers ends this week, so several teams will be getting reinforcements.

Area’s top seniors showcase basketball talents in annual All-Star games at Miller HS |Apr 3, 2017

Random thoughts for a Tuesday morning, ready for the echoes of racing rengines in Long Beach, wondering whatever happen to Mark Maftzager, CIF Southern Section 1992 boys soccer co-player of the year from Redlands High School.

Aquinas football’s Joshka Gustav commits to Colorado |Mar 27, 2017

We’re nearly two months removed from National Signing Day, and some football players from the class of 2018 are making their verbal commitments. Aquinas’ Joshka Gustav announced on twitter last week that he has committed to Colorado.

Casey Maholchic named new football coach at Serrano |Mar 24, 2017

Many people around the Serrano High School football program consider it a family. So when Ray Maholchic stepped down as head coach last month after 25 seasons, it was fully expected the job would stay in the Serrano family.

Notebook: Ron Gueringer calls it “bittersweet” to leave San Gorgonio |Mar 21, 2017

He admits it wasn’t easy to leave, but Ron Gueringer confirmed Tuesday that he’ll be coaching football at Corona after resigning from San Gorgonio.

San Gorgonio seeking new football coach |Mar 20, 2017

There is no official word on where he is going, but San Gorgonio is actively seeking a new football coach after Ron Gueringer resigned. Gueringer declined comment, but several sources indicated he is expected to be named the next coach at Corona.

Speedway builder Roger Penske among five new NASCAR Hall of Fame nominees |Mar 19, 2017

Roger Penske, who transformed the old Kaiser Steel site into Auto Club Speedway, is one of five new nominees for inclusion into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Twenty individuals are in the field for the Class of 2017.

San Bernardino boys basketball still alive in state playoffs |Mar 9, 2017

San Bernardino High School won its CIF State boys basketball playoff opener Wednesday, its third straight road game. Playing on the road will have to be the continuing theme if the Cardinals are going to win a state championship.

Ray Maholchic resigns as Serrano football coach |Feb 16, 2017

There are two things closely associated with the Serrano High School football team: winning and coach Ray Maholchic. One of those is changing. Maholchic announced his resignation as coach Thursday, following a successful 25-year career at Serrano.