Random thoughts for a Tuesday morning, reflecting on a long career spanning years and three states, wondering whatever happen to Mike Beauregard, 1987 CIF-Southern Section Southeastern Conference player of the year from Cajon High School.
Random thoughts for a Tuesday morning, reflecting on a long career spanning years and three states, wondering whatever happen to Matt Johnson, 1997 CIF-Southern Section Division II offensive players of the year from Ayala High School.
Here it is, the first day in August and high school football is underway. In 24 days, the season gets underway with a few games but the majority of schools will wait until Friday, Aug. 25 to start.
The regular season will end Nov. 2 and the playoffs start a four-week run a week later. Normally, just thinking about the season produces a bit of a chill, but not these days when players and coaches can expect triple-digit heat.
This is a great time for all teams. There is an optimistic view on all fronts. Last season’s winners will retain their positive attitude while those who didn’t fare as well are firm in their belief this year will be better than last, if they just work harder and smarter.
There’s no telling what player will emerge from the shadows and have a great season, it happens each year. We might have an idea who will emerge or continue as standouts, but there are always those who blossom following months of off-season effort in the weight room and on the track or city streets.
We have no idea if a new coach will turn a struggling program around, but that will happen somewhere in the area. Conversely, will a veteran head coach accustomed to winning have second thoughts about his profession because of bad luck or unforeseen circumstances.
There are so many questions, and we are all anxious to discover the answers. …
One thing for sure, LaVar Ball is providing Chino Hills with plenty of publicity, although not necessarily all good. For the second time within two weeks, Ball got into a vocal battle wit an official, this time in Las Vegas.
You’ll recall Ball pulled his team off the floor in a tournament in Anaheim several weeks ago. In Las Vegas last week, unhappy with the ref (who happened to be a woman), Ball once again threaten to yank his squad in mid-game. However, tournament organizers merely caved in and pulled the official, allowing Ball’s team to continue.
Not a good precedent to set, but they’ll have to live with in the future.
I suppose that’s the major difference between AAU ball and interscholastic competition. The tourney brass didn’t want to lose the drawing power of Ball’s team; school officials and CIF-SS striped shirts aren’t going to let a coach (and/or parent) call the action. Such a threat would have resulted in a forfeit before the sentence could be completed.
Furthermore, it doesn’t set a good example for the players. It’s not always going to turn out that way on the scholastic level, if ever. …
Auto Club Speedway has been on television lately on all channels, without a race car in sight.
It’s the background for the latest campaign by Chevrolet. However, the latest NASCAR telecasts show as many empty seats in the background as the commercials, which were closed to the public. …
The Rancho Valley Volleyball Club, based out of San Bernardino and Rancho Cucamonga, enjoyed a successful USA Girls Junior National Championships recently in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Dallas. In fact, the team will be honored by the San Bernardino City Council Tuesday at 5 p.m.
The club produces perennial top 20 various age group teams in the Southern California Region of USA Junior Volleyball, considered the strongest region. Rancho Valley fields 22 teams, ranging from 11 to 18-years-old, and counts 150 former area players who have earned college scholarships since its formation in 1994. This season, 10 club teams qualified to play in the national tournaments and three secured medals.
Cal State San Bernardino head coach Kim Cherniss and assistant Danny Scott are club directors.
The 16 Premier American Division team, with Cherniss in charge, won the gold medal after finishing first in Southern California. The locals were 11-1 in the national competition with Eliana “Tia” Chavira named the most valuable player. Libero Selena Balderas and middle blocker Jenna Patton were named to the all-tournament team.
Shannon Glover coached the 14 Premier team in the Patriot Division to a silver medal. The team finished regional play 22nd of 277 teams in SoCal and ended second in a field of 72 teams in the nationals.
The 17 Select team of Steve Gazzaniga, ranked 11th among 127 teams in Southern California, saved the best for last. The team was third among 50 national entries and beat top teams from Minnesota, Iowa and Arizona in the tourney. ...
Little League’s Western Regional Tournament at Al Houghton Stadium in San Bernardino will start Aug. 6 and run through Aug. 12. The West and Northwest entries into the World Series will be decided in the double-elimination format.
A pair of former Major League Baseball players from the area will throw out first pitches. On Aug. 7 for the 4:30 p.m. contest, Ontario’s Mike Sweeney will have the honors. Dave Coggin, the Upland pitching guru, will show off his arm on Aug. 9 for the 7 p.m. encounter.
On the final night, for the Western championship game, Peter Seidler and Tom Seidler, co-owners of the San Diego Padres, are also scheduled to be in attendance. ...
Our condolences to Tim Tuttle’s family. He was an original Southern California sportswriter and I was honored to have shared press boxes with Tim throughout the years from the L.A. Coliseum, Rose Bowl, Anaheim Stadium, Auto Club Speedway and, in contrast, Glen Helen Raceway.
Tuttle was a fine writer, covering everything from local prep and junior college sports back in the day to auto racing, where he made his name. He was also our wine connoisseur, once sticking publicist Hank Ives with a $600 bill for a bottle of the stuff.
The list of old-time writers continues to shrink, not many of us remain. …
La Verne Little League came close, but was eliminated in the Southern California sectional playoffs by Eastlake, 11-3, on Saturday night. La Verne ended its season with two straight losses, having dropped an earlier 9-7 decision to Santa Margarita National.
La Verne was attempting to be the first local team to reach the Western Regionals since Vineyard Little League in 2003. …
Don’t look for UC Riverside basketball players this week. The team is headed for Quebec City, Canada to participate in a six-day tour that will include three games and a river tour of the St. Lawrence River.
The Highlanders are scheduled to play Laval University on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. (PDT); against QC United Basketball at 5 p.m. on Thursday vs. Royal de Quebec on Saturday. “This trip comes at a great time for our program,” said UCR coach Dennis Cutts. “It will allow us to get better from a basketball standpoint, but the trip will also create a bonding experience that will put the program ahead come fall.” ... Silly feud: Both Shaquille O’Neal and Ball are old enough to know better, yet they are feuding like pair of young kids. O’Neal produced a rap video slamming Ball and poking fun at his collegiate career at Washington State in 1987-88.
O’Neal also told LaVar, “when you’re watchin’ Zo (Lonzo) play (for the Lakers), look up to the rafters, a gentle reminder of his association with the team.
Of course, LaVar had to fire back, claiming he and his son would “kill” Shaq and his son Shareef in a 2-on-2 contest. That might be worth shelling out $1 to see. …
On a closing personal note: Throughout the years, I have enjoyed your readership, feedback and friendship. It made writing this column enjoyable, and memorable. Thank you.