Audo Moreno turned up as a Citrus Belt League wrestling champion when the six-team assemblage attacked each other last weekend at Rialto Carter High School.
Moreno, a Citrus Valley 152-pounder, won his division in a tough field that included highly-ranked Yucaipa and Carter wrestlers.
The CBL finals were important for another reason. The top three wrestlers from each division qualified for this weekend’s CIF division individual tournament.
Blackhawk wrestlers behind Moreno’s CBL title included runners-up Chris Jimenez (106) and Ryu Ramos (120), plus Isaiah Aponte, third at 126 pounds.
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Citrus Belt League: It wasn’t a glitch or a computer error once the regular season in this year’s Citrus Belt League girls’ soccer standings were tabulated.
There they were, each at seven wins, two losses and a draw -- Citrus Valley, Yucaipa and Redlands East Valley -- deadlocked for a tri-championship.
The final day included wins from both REV (8-1 over Rialto Carter) and Yucaipa (3-1 over Redlands).
Citrus Valley, coached by Norma Mendez, could have claimed an outright title, but Cajon pulled off a 2-1 win over the Lady Blackhawks to settle for the triple dead heat.
San Andreas League: In a highly-anticipated duel, Rialto (14-6-3) claimed a 2-0 win over San Gorgonio in the regular season finale.
Coach Anthony Elwart had the Lady Spartans (18-4-3, 7-1-2) in position to claim this year’s SAL title with a tie, but San G failed to find the net on a handful of scoring opportunities.
Lady Spartans’ goalkeeper Angela Salazar, her team already trailing 1-0, actually stopped a penalty kick in the late stages of the match. The ball bounced over the goal line after Lady Knights’ striker Grecia Sanchez’s ball curled over the line.
Rialto (14-6-3) clinched the title at 8-1-1. Audri Galindo scored the other goal.
Ambassador League: Ontario Christian claimed this year’s title easily.
For Aquinas, three straight losses knocked the Lady Falcons into fifth place. It took the league’s top three teams, Ontario Christian, Upland Western Christian and Temecula Linfield Christian, to sink the Lady Falcons (10-9-3, 6-6-2) in the standings.
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Yucaipa High School left no doubt which Citrus Belt League squad would wear the championship crown for 2019-2020.
The Lady Thunderbirds, ranked No. 1 in CIF, Division 4 polls, easily held off Citrus Valley, 14-1, in a league tournament finale at Indian Springs High School last Thursday.
Isabella Landeros scored the Lady Blackhawks’ only goal.
No other CBL team crept into the top 10 in any CIF poll this season, leaving Yucaipa with an easy chase to the title.
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Ambassador League champion: Ontario Christian (14-1-3, 10-1-3).
By the time Aquinas (15-3-4, 9-1-4) rebounded to post a 4-0 win over Upland Western Christian in the regular season’s final match, Ontario Christian surged to win this year’s league title with third place Temecula Linfield Christian (13-4-3, 10-3-1) not far behind, Riverside Woodcrest Christian (12-6-2, 9-3-2) taking a close fourth place.
The killing blow for Aquinas might have been its 2-1 loss at Linfield. One match later, Jesus Gutierrez, Peter Morales and football field goal kicker Angel Pais scored in a 3-3 deadlock against the league champs.
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Citrus Belt League champion: Redlands East Valley (17-3-2, 7-1-2) narrowly prevailed over Rialto Carter (7-2-1), winning the title by a single point.
Citrus Valley (7-9-3, 2-6-2), coached by Lee Hartley, was battling for a CIF playoff berth for a while, but the Blackhawks were unable to claim a victory in their final eight matches, which included three draws and a narrow 2-1 loss to CIF-ranked Redlands East Valley.
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San Andreas League champion: Rialto (12-4-4, 6-2-2) survived an incredibly strong five-team duel to win by a narrow margin over Fontana Jurupa Hills (9-6-3, 6-3-1), Rialto Eisenhower (11-4-6, 5-2-3), Arroyo Valley (12-8-4, 5-4-1) and fifth place San Gorgonio (13-7-1, 4-5-1).
San G, under coach Adrian Villalobos, made its mark with a 3-2 win over Eisenhower before dropping its regular season finale against Rialto, 2-0.
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Aquinas (22-5, 12-2) -- The Falcons won by a full three games, having clinched the Ambassador League title three games before the regular season ended.
Heading into this week’s CIF playoffs, the junior tandem of Nick Hopkins, by far the team’s top rebounder, and Sheldon Grant were bucketing a combined 40 points a game.
Citrus Valley (12-15, 5-5) -- A 25-point loss to Redlands East Valley killed a possible third place finish for the Blackhawks, coached by Yon Okorodudu. It was a vast difference from that 78-74 loss to REV a month ago.
San Gorgonio (10-14, 4-6) -- Racehorse basketball, played by Rialto, set down the Spartans in San G’s 18-point loss to the Knights last Friday night. Pablo Garcia had the team again this season, racing to some early non-league success before squaring up to the likes of Eisenhower, Jurupa Hills and Rialto.
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Aquinas (17-11, 9-5) -- Tied for third place in a league dominated by Ontario Christian (25-2, 14-0), the Xavier Gomez-coached Lady Falcons have prepared for the post-season with at least eight games against CIF-ranked teams -- Ontario Christian, Upland Western Christian, Riverside Woodcrest Christian, plus Hesperia Christian and Simi Valley Grace Brethren, compiling a 3-5 record.
Citrus Valley (14-9, 6-4) -- In a Citrus Belt League dominated by the 1-2 punch of Yucaipa and Cajon, finishing third place is a strong result for the Lady Blackhawks.
San Gorgonio (16-10, 3-7) -- In Travis Clark’s first season as coach, the Lady Spartans responded well to a mere five-win output one year earlier. The tough part was San G had to square off against a firestorm of talent in a San Andreas League which included No. 2-ranked Rialto Eisenhower (23-4) and No. 14 Arroyo Valley (22-4).