Northern California Section softball tournament honors went to Pleasanton Foothill High in a 2-0 win over Brentwood Heritage High -- a team coached by onetime San Gorgonio football star Ron Rivers.
The game was played at Diablo Valley College.
Rivers’ Lady Patriots ran up a 25-3 overall record this past season. They’d won 17 straight heading into the title game against the top-seeded Lady Falcons, who finished at 28-0 overall.
Heritage was seeded second.
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Mike Murphy, the onetime Sports Information Director at Cal State San Bernardino, must be ancient.
“Forty-five years ago (last month), Tom Colley, a senior at San Gorgonio, where he ran track for (coaches) Ray Vanyo and John Powell, finished fifth in the CIF state championship mile in 4:09.5.”
Concord De La Salle’s Rich Kimball won in 4:05.
During that same state championship meet, Steve Scott ran 1:52.4 in the 800 -- and took second. (Scott, incidentally, has registered more sub-4 minute miles than anyone in international track & field history.)
Colley, Murphy recalled, went on to star at Occidental College -- a major University of Redlands rival -- and won the NCAA Division III 1500-meter title in 3:45. Murphy even dredged up a 4:05 clocking in the open mile for Oxy.
“He was captain of the Oxy men’s team that won the D-3 national championship.”
There are Hall of Fame honors for Colley at both the San G and Oxy, where he graduated from in 1978.
Congratulations to Murphy for, (a) remembering Colley, and (b) for lasting this long.
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San Gorgonio, perhaps looking to rebuild its onetime top-flight aquatics program, will offer seventh period aqua athletics. San G is now on a 7-period day and one of the problems facing coaches is that final period P.E. class.
There are times when athletes won’t show up to practice. Get them there at seventh period and it’s 90 percent accomplished.
All those massive numbers of yards needed to boost a swim team -- done.
All that in-pool time scheming out water polo -- done.
San G’s had some major achievements in the waters in years previous.
You have to stand in total admiration of aquatics combatants who train for a sport completely off the charts than any other sport.
This could go a long way in a resurging period.
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It’s likely that Citrus Valley football coach Kurt Bruich, about to start his second season after leaving Redlands East Valley, decided it wasn’t smart to be coaching a sport without a home stadium.
REV, which recently underwent WASC evaluations, also got through a teacher survey in which the lack of a football stadium was mentioned multiple times.
At a post-WASC meeting, a committee member from a San Diego-area high school with a top-flight football program, told school staff members they couldn’t do anything about getting a stadium built.
They’d note it in the report.
It’s still amazing how Redlands and Citrus Valley have stadiums, but REV doesn’t.
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Still to come on these pages this summer:
A piece on Karen Jacobs, a dynamic goal-scoring sensation that took off from state women’s soccer power San Bernardino Valley College for Louisiana State University-Alexandria. You’ll be surprised at what she did to turn it around in the classroom. We’re looking at July 12 on that piece.
Mike Sola, the retired San Bernardino Valley College athletics trainer. Guy’s got a real story that included contact with a well-known dictator from a foreign country. That’ll run July 19.
Rivers, the ex-Spartan football legend, has a three-part piece (June 21, 28, July 5) coming out that will contain some curious connections with NFL rushing legend Barry Sanders.
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