Jastrab's victory

Seventeen-year-old Megan Jastrab celebrates as she crosses the finish line for the Highland Circuit of the 2019 Redlands Bicycle Classic in first place.

In case you haven’t heard: No Redlands Bicycle Classic this year.

Lots of tweets are out there about this race’s absence.

One cyclist that would’ve been absent this year, anyway, after a brilliant Redlands Tour in 2019 was Quinn Simmons. A teen dynamo at Redlands last year, he completed the unassailable achievement of winning both the green and red jerseys in 2019.

Don’t know if that’s ever been done at Redlands.

While that’s not a yellow jersey ⎯ won capably by Cory Lockwood ⎯ a green sprinter’s jersey requires an entirely different set of strategy than claiming a red King of the Mountain climber’s jersey.

Simmons, who used Redlands to launch a cycling career, was headed for Paris-Roubaix and other grand tours before they started falling like dominoes due to COVID-19.

All this via twitter, sports fans.

Here are a few tweets surrounding Redlands sports lifestyles:

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It’s officially unofficial, though, since word is spreading fast. 

Fontana Jurupa Hills High football snagged two former Cajon players, namely QB Patrick Ragan and safety Antonio Mayes, who move over to the Fontana-based campus, a longtime rival of San Gorgonio.

Ragan threw for nearly 500 yards (seven TDs, four picks) last season as a junior at Cajon while Jonathan Calderon, a transfer from Citrus Valley, turned into the late-season Cowboys’ shooter.

Ragan had transferred to Cajon last season from Riverside Poly.

This past semester, Redlands’ QB Trent Young transferred from Terrier Town to Cajon.

Best transfer in recent memory: When QB Jordan Pachot transferred from Citrus Valley to San Gorgonio in 2017, it completed an offensive powerhouse of a lineup that left him as CIF Player of the Year.

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Speaking of teen cycling dynamos: Megan Jastrab, who won the Highland stage last year as a mere 17-year-old, completely launched a career on these roads ⎯ winning the National Junior Worlds in Yorkshire, England, the National junior road championship, taking second in the time trial, plus a handful of other honors.

She’d have been back on the Redlands Tour with Team Rally this year.

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Anyone remember Joe Kulm? Guy was on Cal State San Bernardino’s men’s soccer roster nearly two decades ago, played goalkeeper from 2001 through 2004. These days, he’s the chief architect for a brilliant Hesperia Oak Hills High School girls’ side ⎯ 68-10-4 since taking over in 2017.

He’s California Coaches Association Coach of the Year for 2019-2020 ⎯ headed for a possible banquet in Sacramento on June 13 ⎯ after leading the Lady Bulldogs to three straight Mojave River League championships.

Until their 2017 title, Oak Hills had never won it before.

Kulm has turned Oak Hills into a powerhouse.

This year’s top achievement came via winning the CIF State Southern Regional title, having lost the CIF title game to Mira Costa High.

This past season, Redlands, Citrus Valley and Beaumont lost by a total count of 23-0.

In Kulm’s first season in 2017, he brought Oak Hills to the San Gorgonio Winter Classic. They beat Jurupa Valley, Beaumont, Riverside Poly, then deadlocked against Alta Loma and Claremont.

This is a program that you stray away from on your schedule.

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Baseball. Tweet Alert:

“After a great talk with Coach Nadeau, I am excited and blessed to continue my academic and baseball career at Cal State San Bernardino. I’m thankful for my coaches and teammates and my parents for believing in me.”

That came from Derek Bogh, a former Citrus Valley baseball player who was in the midst of his 2020 season at San Bernardino Valley. Coach Nadeau, of course, is Mike Nadeau, coach at CSUSB.

As a senior at Citrus Valley in 2018, Bogh hit .447 when Daren Espinoza was coaching the Blackhawks.

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Speaking of baseball. Those Blackhawks, under former longtime Cajon coach Jon Austin, had a 9-2 record going ⎯ including a 5-1 CBL win over Rialto Carter ⎯ before COVID-19 struck out the season.

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Four-time Redlands Tour champion Amber Neben, via Twitter: “Climbing into the clouds! Through the rain and into the fog. I couldn’t see the road ahead or where I was going. Sorta like our times now.”

“My encouragement: Keep doing what is in front of you. Enjoy the process. Look for opportunities. Respond to the challenges.”

She was looking for Yellow Jersey No. 5 at this year’s Redlands Classic.

Got this funny feeling, the 45-year-old Neben would’ve been squaring off against Jastrab, the 17-year-old, for this year’s women’s yellow jersey.

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Here’s a Twitter quote:

Jose Quintero quoted his wife, who said, “I miss canceling plans with my friends.”

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