You wonder about a few things:
San Gorgonio taking on, say, Aquinas or Citrus Valley in an area football game. The Falcons and Blackhawks could play each other. And should. Those are interesting football programs with varying approaches and different philosophies. Blackhawks’ coach Kurt Bruich is as different from Spartans’ coach Rich McClure and Falcons’ fourth-year coach Jordan Brusig. All of which would look good on a football field showdown.
There are some great high school tracksters in the San Bernardino Valley College district. San Gorgonio and Cajon lead the local district. Take your pick for a 4 x 100 or a 4 x 100 relay, male or female. All of Redlands, plus Yucaipa. Since Mt. San Jacinto College doesn’t have a track & field, Hemet, Banning and Beaumont could, in theory, staff a full SBVC squad.
Why are they all not congregating at SBVC to form the nucleus of a state championship squad? Love to see it. The facilities are certainly there. By the way, SBVC cross country is considered top flight. It’s all part of the mix, since any track squad needs distance runners to compete for state championships.
Speaking of SBVC. Sure, the Wolverines lost in a football shootout against high-achieving Riverside City College last Saturday night. Third-year coach Daniel Algattas has SBVC moving in the right direction.
It shouldn’t go unnoticed that Citrus Valley’s girls took an 8-4 overall record into the Citrus Belt League volleyball play last week, then came away with wins over Yucaipa and Redlands. The real showdown is Sept. 30 at Redlands East Valley in a showdown between Rancho Valley club coaches, Robert Vansant, who coaches REV, and Citrus Valley’s Tina Raddish. Rancho Valley, Inland Valley Force or Forza North or South our clubs that each play a part in loading high school rosters with competitive players.
Not that it matters at the local university, but Minnesota-based St. Thomas University is getting booted from its Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Conference (MIAC) perch in a couple years. They’re way too good for that conference. MIAC leadership — presidents and athletic directors — never took a vote. They apparently just told the Tommies their time is done in the MIAC, a key member among the NCAA Division III ranks. Does it affect the University of Redlands? And its Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference? Hard to say. “We played (St. Thomas’ MIAC rival) St. John’s twice in the playoffs,” said Bulldog football coach Mike Maynard this past summer. “La Verne played St. Thomas once.” Maynard doesn’t have an official response to St. Thomas’ situation. “(I) hope it works out for their players.” In a nutshell: St. Thomas, loaded with plenty of financial backing in all sports, have apparently built state-of-the-art athletic facilities, hired top-flight coaches and have spent lavishly on improving every aspect of its athletic life. It’s probably too much for MIAC rivals and Division III. One Claremont College insider gave me an off-the-record account: “Have you been to St. Thomas?” Shake of my head.
“You’ve seen Redlands’ campus?” “Yes.” “Claremont, Pomona-Pitzer, (Occidental) …?” “Sure.” “Every facility — soccer, football, gymnasium, workout facilities, everything you can imagine … you can’t comprehend how much better it is than what they have at those (SCIAC) schools.” How powerful was St. Thomas? The Tommies won an NCAA Div. III football title by a whopping 71-0 count.
Cyclist Sepp Kuss charged to a career first. It was the biggest stage of all at the Vuelta a España .earlier this month. He’s a climber from Colorado, kicking it into gear in the 15th stage to Santuario del Acebo.
Kuss, in 2016 while riding for Gateway Harley Davidson, won the Highland time trial.
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“Great article,” Redlands East Valley High ‘retired’ athletic trainer Skip Hill told me as he wrapped the ankles of a Wildcat lineman just before kickoff against Norco High on Sept. 20, “but it’s been 19 years.”
Not the 14 years I pushed onto readers in the August 14 piece we ran on him in these pages.
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One thing I didn’t ask newly named Major League Baseball Hall of Fame President Tim Mead this past summer was about the voting results and methods in balloting — specifically over controversial figures Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens.
Shoot, the guy just got to Cooperstown.
He has no influence on whether or not those two record-setting players — surrounded by performance enhancing drug talk — should be in the Hall. Mead, of Highland, has no control over the voting.
So why ask him?
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