Leon Atwood Award was longest running prep honor, Hubbs gaining ground

Mark CollinsThis is the time of the Inland Empire school year when award banquets start dotting the spring calendar. The longest current running high school awards banquet is for the Ken Hubbs Award, initiated in 1965. Many other high school athletic awards have disappeared while others are attempting a comeback. The…


Grand Terrace beats Kaiser to split Sunkist League Title

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Senior Kenny Boardman (#11) pitched 6 2/3 innings and struck out 10 to earn the win for the Titans.By Richard Dawson The odds of winning a league title looked slim two weeks ago after the Grand Terrace baseball team fell three games behind Kaiser with five games remaining. But that’s why they play the games. Grand Terrace completed a sweep of Kaiser during the season’s final game with…


AMA Lucas Oil Motocross is in our Backyard

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These two have a couple of years before they race but are getting ready anyways.By Joaquin Juarez Glen Helen Raceway is going to hold the second round of the Lucas Oil AMA Motocross Championship Series this Saturday the 23rd as Yamaha presents the FMF Glen Helen National. The place with the greatest racing history in Southern California is in our backyard and prepped and…


Dodgers’ Puig Rehabs with Quakes

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Yasiel Puig, of the Los Angeles Dodgers, started his rehab assignment with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes against the Visalia Rawhide on Thursday, May 7.By Richard Dawson Yasiel Puig came back to Rancho Cucamonga to begin his rehab assignment as the Quakes edged the Visalia Rawhide 5-4 in 12 innings at LoanMart Field on Thursday, May 7. Puig, who played 14 games with the Quakes in 2012 before being called up by the Dodgers,…CONTINUE READING


Margaux Jones, Caleb Webb earn 2015 Ken Hubbs Top Athletes of the Year Awards

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2015 Ken Hubbs Award winning girl athlete of the year Margaux Jones pictured with Redlands High School classmate Cal Mende, who was the school's Hubbs Award by nominee.Margaux Jones of Redlands High School and Caleb Webb from Big Bear were named the girl and boy overall winners of the 2015 Ken Hubbs Award in ceremonies held Monday in the Ken Hubbs Gymnasium at Colton High School. Jones and Webb were selected from an outstanding group of 50…CONTINUE READING

Grand Terrace softball hits five HR’s in win

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Sophomore ​Eliyah Flores went 4-for-4 with a home run and two doubles.By Richard Dawson The Grand Terrace power train kept chugging along as the offense totaled five home runs in a 10-1 win over Rolling Hills Prep during non-league action at Grand Terrace High School on Saturday, May 9. Sophomore Eliyah Flores paced the Grand Terrace offense with a 4-for-4 afternoon,…CONTINUE READING


66ers lose series finale against Quakes

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66ers 2B Kody Eaves hits an RBI single in the third.By Richard Dawson The Inland Empire 66ers looked poised to rally in the ninth, but stranded the bases loaded during a 5-3 loss to the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes in the finale of a three-game series at LoanMart Field on Sunday, May 3. Trailing 5-2 in the top of the ninth,…CONTINUE READING

Cajon crushes Redlands 13-0

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Cajon's Jordan Dorado collects one of his team-high three hits in the second inning.By Richard Dawson With the season winding down, Cajon’s grip on first place is still strong following a 13-0 rout of Redlands during a beautiful evening at the County Clash at San Manuel Stadium on May 2. The Cowboys scored five runs in the first inning while sending 10 batters…CONTINUE READING

Outstanding families graced local athletic fields for decades; Haydis’ traced to 1921

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Norman Haydis (second from bottom left) led San Bernardino High School to first of eight straight CBL championships.Many great athletic families have advanced into national prominence from the San Bernardino region. Hubbs. Pinckert. The Howard brothers. The Howard sisters. For longevity based on skill, the Stockton’s go back to 1924 when family patriarch Gail golfed at San Bernardino High School. For overall longevity its hard to document…CONTINUE READING

SBVC Softball: Melchor named Player of the Year

Melchor_LaurenSBVC Softball sophomore short stop Lauren Melchor (Redlands East Valley) was a unanimous selection as the Foothill Conference Player of the Year. An award bestowed upon Melchor after helping guide SBVC to its fifth Softball Foothill Conference title and it’s first since 1998. The team finished the regular season with…CONTINUE READING

Gary Smith competed vs. Popovich, Budenholzer at U of R; mentored by Adair at SBHS

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Gregg Popovich (center) coached against Gary Smith when "Pop" was at Pomona-Pitzer.Gary Smith didn’t just produce winning basketball teams at the University of Redlands for 36 years, he more importantly made the game fun for his players and entertaining for the fans. Smith could have produced more than three league titles at the U of R if he would have maintained…CONTINUE READING

Grand Terrace Softball wins Spring Fling Tournament

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Alyssa Martinez led Grand Terrace with three hits in the title game.Richard Dawson Avenging its loss from pool-play action, the Grand Terrace softball team defeated Murrieta Valley 7-2 to win the Santiago Spring Fling tournament at Santiago High School in Corona on Saturday afternoon, April 18. The tournament featured an extra round of bracket play this year, which placed the winners…CONTINUE READING

Overlooked Colton semi-professional baseball players enshrined in Colton HOF

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Members of Colton Centrals 1920's-30's baseball team were inducted posthumously into the Colton Sports Hall of Fame.From 1920 to 1937 Colton was home to as many as 12 semi-professional baseball teams that were well managed and some able to compete at the Triple-A level. The Colton Centrals and Colton Cubs were two of those teams. With so many players who graced those rosters, only a few…CONTINUE READING

66ers edge Quakes to stay hot

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Designated hitter Brandon Bayardi collected two hits and an RBI.By Richard Dawson The Inland Empire 66ers have started out the 2015 on fire, earning their fifth straight win with a 4-2 triumph over the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes at San Manuel Stadium on Tuesday, April 14. 66ers starting pitcher Christopher Ellis limited the Quakes to two runs on five hits…CONTINUE READING

Hall of Fame inductee Roy Cook served as teenaged Colton ambassador

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2015 Colton Sports Hall of Fame inductee Roy W. CookAt 14, sports writers were calling Roy Cook a youth basketball sensation who was already being quoted in local newspapers about his meetings with noted officials. He met Earl Warren when the vice-presidential hopeful came to Colton as the running mate for 1948 presidential candidate Thomas E. Dewey. In 1952,…CONTINUE READING

Riverside girl’s all-stars rally past San Bernardino

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​San Andreas League MVP Britney Gonzalez, of Jurupa Hills, was the only player from the league selected to the game.By Richard Dawson It is that time of year as Riverside and San Bernardino counties sent the best girls basketball players to face off at the 35th Annual Inland Empire Senior All-Star Showcase at Cajon High School on Friday, April 10. In the first part of a boys and girls…CONTINUE READING

Riverside all-stars rout San Bernardino at boys IE Senior Showcase

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Corona Santiago's Nate Barker shoots a 3-pointer for Riverside County over Don Lugo's Daniel Torres (#3).By Richard Dawson All-Star games don’t count in any standings but there is no shortage of talent on display. The Riverside County boys got hot down the stretch, using eight second-half 3-pointers to beat San Bernardino County 114-96 during the 35th Annual IE Showcase at Cajon High School on Friday,…CONTINUE READING

Yucaipa blanks Carter 1-0

Dawson1cBy Richard Dawson One early miscue by Carter proved that be the difference in a 1-0 loss to Yucaipa during Citrus Belt League action at San Manuel Stadium on April 4. The County Clash nightcap was quick-paced and featured strong pitching performances from both Carter (10-5, 1-1 league) starter Ricky…CONTINUE READING

Bloomington hangs on to beat Colton 10-8

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Noah Johnson singles in the fifth inning for the Bruins.By Richard Dawson It was the comeback that wasn’t, and the Bruins are just fine with that. Bloomington held off a seventh inning rally by Colton to win 10-8 during the County Clash at San Manuel Stadium on Saturday, April 4. Starting pitcher Abraham Ramirez had been cruising throughout the…CONTINUE READING

Carter’s 2-time SAL title team starts new era with 4-0 win in CBL opener

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Carter HS, the two-time defending San Andreas League champs and new entrants into the Citrus Belt League. Pictured from Left: Anthony Villegas, Marco Castanon, Isaiah Davis, Eduardo Martinez, and Chris Lujan.By Harvey M. Kahn Carter High School baseball players re-introduced themselves to the Citrus Belt League with an impressive 4-0 win at Yucaipa in the conference opener for both teams on Tuesday. Sophomore Anthony Villegas accepted the challenge of Carter coach Samuel Lopez to pitch the opener and in the…CONTINUE READING

Keselowski wins Auto Club 400 on last lap

Daw3-copyBy Richard Dawson Brad Keselowski proved it’s all about how you finish in NASCAR, claiming victory by passing Kurt Busch on the final lap at the Auto Club 400 at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana on Saturday, March 21. It ended up being the only lap in which Keselowski…CONTINUE READING

Cajon girls survive North rally in basketball state playoffs

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<p>Tyla Turner scored a game-high 22 points with nine assists for Cajon.By Richard Dawson A game that looked poised to be a Cajon blow out ended up coming down the wire. Tyra Turner found herself at the line with 10.3 seconds left in the game and made 1 of 2 free throws to help the Cajon girls basketball team edge Riverside…CONTINUE READING

CSUSB softball takes doubleheader against Chino State

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<p>Cassandra Williams tossed a complete game during Cal State San Bernardino's CCAA doubleheader sweep of Chico State on Saturday, March 14.By Richard Dawson The Cal State San Bernardino softball team got dominating pitching efforts from Jamie Nelson and Cassandra Williams to earn a doubleheader sweep of Chico State by scores of 3-1 and 5-1 during California Collegiate Athletic Association action at Cal State San Bernardino on Saturday, March 13. In…CONTINUE READING

Coyotes slide reaches six games

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<p>Grant Buchanon was 2-for-5 during Cal State San Bernardino's 10-5 loss to CSU Monterey Bay during the second game of a CCAA doubleheader on Friday.By Richard Dawson It has been tough stretch for Cal State San Bernardino’s baseball team since California Collegiate Athletic Conference action started two weeks ago. CSUSB dropped two games to Cal State Monterey Bay by scores of 10-5 and 13-2 at Fiscalini Field on Saturday. Starter Tyler Sloan was solid…CONTINUE READING


Kaiser fades against Lawndale

Kaiser1By Richard Dawson Fontana Kaiser’s boys basketball team hung around for as long as it could, but turnovers late proved to be too much during a 68-54 loss to Lawndale during a CIF-SS Division 2AA second round game on Tuesday, February 24. The Cats (19-8) couldn’t have envisioned a better…CONTINUE READING

Eisenhower survives Perris in playoff opener

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<p>Senior Allyah George made a crucial layup with 35 seconds to help the Eagles hold on for the win.By Richard Dawson, Freelance Sports Writer The Eisenhower girls basketball team had a grind out a 38-32 win over Perris High School during a CIF-SS Division 2AA first round playoff game on Saturday, February 21. The victory was earned without the team’s best player after the No. 3 seeded Eagles…CONTINUE READING

Jerry Tarkanian, Frank Zappa career’s began at Antelope Valley High –Just missed Joan Baez at Redlands High

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<p>While at Antelope Valley High School in 1959 Frank Zappa (L) possibly edited stories for the school newspaper about its basketball coach at the time Jerry Tarkanian.By Harvey M. Kahn Jerry Tarkanian lived at 839 Robin Hood Lane during his coaching career at Redlands High School. The recent passing of the man many considered an outlaw, made the Robin Hood Lane residence the perfect name for the controversial coach. Tarkanian made the National Basketball Hall of…CONTINUE READING

Arroyo Valley girl’s basketball wins first league title

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<p>Tamera Trigg added 14 points for the Lady Hawks in the win.By Richard Dawson In a season that has been full of off-court adversity the Arroyo Valley girls basketball team added a high note, claiming the program’s first league title after a 52-42 win over Jurupa Hills at Arroyo Valley High School on Wednesday, February 11. The program garnered lots of…CONTINUE READING

Cajon needs OT after Eisenhower late rally

Cajon3By Richard Dawson It was the comeback that wasn’t, as Cajon defeated Rialto Eisenhower 65-57 in overtime to earn co-Citrus Belt League champion honors on Thursday, February 12. Eisenhower (21-2, 13-1 CBL) rallied for nine points in the final 13 seconds of regulation and scored the first bucket of overtime,…CONTINUE READING

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