Citrus Belt League riders excel in Walnut meet | Sports


Many members of the Citrus Belt League competed in the Eastbay West Cross Country Championships against runners from 12 other states on Saturday, December 4 during the Mt. San Antonio College of Walnut.

The course was longer than the traditional Mont Sac course used in invitations and CIF-Southern Section Championships with an additional hill and was 5,000 meters (3.1 miles).

Beaumont High rookie Hannah Butterfield was seventh with a time of 20:32 and Isabella Bravo (Citrus Valley) was 29th in 22:21. There were 22 finishers in the freshman girls’ race.

Gabriella Romero of Highland (Citrus Valley) won the second girls’ race with a time of 19:33. Her teammate Hailie Lomeli finished fifth overall after leading the first half of the race with a time of 19:56. There were 203 finishers in the second race.

Ethan Romero (Citrus Valley) placed seventh in the junior boys with a time of 16:55. Vinnie Quiroz (Cajon) placed 11th at 5:00 p.m. There were 324 finishers in the junior race.

Itzel Del Rio of Highland (Citrus Valley) placed 17th overall in junior girls with 20:44. There were 230 junior girls. Jake Caliva (Citrus Valley) placed 17th in the senior boys at 17:55 with 314 finishers.

Tinsley named any region

University of Redlands defensive back Scott Tinsley took home a big honor. Tinsley has been named to the All-West Region football team. He made the second team.

Tinsley, a native of the seaside town of Capitola and Monte Vista Christian High of Watsonville, was a big hit for the Bulldogs in 2021.

He was second for Southern California Collegiate Athletic Conference defensive athlete of the year after placing No. 2 on the Bulldogs with 61 tackles. He’s also had six interceptions leading the conference, including handling a pair of two-steal games. He made five tackles for a loss, had two assists and blocked a basket.

Tinsley has been named SCIAC Defensive Athlete of the Week twice and was named’s Team of the Week after his remarkable effort in the regular season final against Cal Lutheran when he recorded two interceptions. One of those interceptions, he returned 41 yards for a touchdown. He also had eight tackles in this game.

The Bulldogs finished 8-1, won the SCIAC with a 6-0 record and secured a berth in the NCAA Division III Nationals.

Aranda named Big 12 Coach of the Year

Dave Aranda, who is said to be one of the top candidates for many varsity coaching positions open this season, recently landed a big honor.

The Redlands High graduate who coaches the Baylor University (Texas) team has been named the Associated Press’s Big 12 Coach of the Year.

Aranda got 15 of the 20 votes for the honor. Mike Gundy of Oklahoma State, whose team lost to Baylor in the conference championship game, landed the other five votes.

Aranda is the brother of Redlands East Valley boys’ assistant basketball coach Mike Aranda.

The Baylor coach was a star player for Coach Jim Walker at Redlands High. He also later coached under Walker.

“We called him ‘Fence Post’ because he never said [much]”Walker said of Aranda during his days as a Terrier lineman.” He was the captain of our team. He was a leading guy. He started to speak up later. when he coached sophomore football.

Walker called Aranda a “killer” on the football pitch which was so tough he started on the offensive line in a playoff game against Santa Ana’s powerful Mater Dei despite an injured arm strapped to his waist. The arm tore from its socket in the first half and Aranda didn’t even say anything at half time, Walker said.

Aranda’s name emerged when several jobs were recently opened, including at the University of Southern California and Louisiana State University.

New coaches in Citrus Valley

Jesse Singh is the new wrestling coach at Citrus Valley High, said Boyd Lium, Blackhawks athletic director. Singh was previously a coach at Cajon.

Giovanni Napoletano is the boys’ new football coach, Lium said.

The Blackhawks are still looking for a new women’s volleyball coach, according to Lium. Citrus Valley initially picked a coach for the 2021 season, but softball coach April Finazzo found himself acting volleyball coach when the original coach ended up not coaching a game. The school district never offered an explanation.

Tolstova any section of Redlands

Redlands High second outside hitter Julia Tolstova was honored last week for her brilliant 2021 volleyball season.

Tolstova was the only zone player named on an all-section team.

The 5-foot-11 Tolstova was named to the All-CIF-Southern Section Division 5 squad after amassing 389 wins. She averaged 4.2 eliminations per set. She also had 61 aces on service and 271 digs, an average of 2.9 digs per set.

All-CBL’s first-team pick recorded 18 kills in a 3-2 loss to Mayfield of Los Angeles in the Division 5 playoffs.

Three Wildcats, one Honored Blackhawk

Three water polo players from Redlands East Valley High and one from Citrus Valley have an All-CIF-Southern Section team.

Goalkeeper Luca Smith and outfielders Evan Oliver and Nico Perna made the Division 2 squad of all sections. All are seniors.

REV (25-9) won the Citrus Belt League title before making their way to the Division 2 championship game. The Wildcats lost in the final to Yorba Linda, 3-2.

The Wildcats avenged the loss to Yorba Linda in the Southern California regional tournament, but fell 8-7 to Oaks Christian of Westlake Village in the regional final.

Colby Martin of Citrus Valley was part of the Division 5 All Sections First Team. Martin scored 106 goals and 24 interceptions.

Redands grad Nottingham signs with O’s

Redlands High graduate Jacob Nottingham signed a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles last week, reported.

The injured receiver played 15 major league games with the Milwaukee Brewers and Seattle Martiners last season and reached 0.150 with three homers and six RBIs. He was released by Seattle in September.

It is expected that Nottingham will be an unregistered guest at the spring roster.

Bulldogs beat Banana Slugs

The University of Redlands men’s basketball team won their third straight game on Thursday, December 3, beating host UC-Santa Cruz Banana Slugs 76-62.

Four Bulldogs scored in double digits – Darne Duckett with 16 points and seven assists; Neil Owens with 14 points, five rebounds and four assists; Romeo Mays with 13 points, nine rebounds, three steals and one block; and Colin McCarthy with 10 points and eight rebounds.

Redlands meet host Cal State Fullerton at 7 p.m. in an exhibition game on Friday, December 17.

Cougars beat San Jacinto

Caden Stines scored 21 points and Isaiah Espinoza added 18 points, four assists and two steals as the Beaumont High boys’ basketball team beat San Jacinto last week. Also for the Cougars (6-4), Chris Cooper had 11 points and seven rebounds, Stephen Morgan scored 12 points and Noah Hartig scored six points.

Beaumont girls ride

The Beaumont High women’s basketball team notched two more wins last week, beating the visit to San Jacinto 63-34 on Tuesday, December 7 and host Heritage of Menifee 80-55 on Thursday, December 9. The wins improved the Cougars record to 9-0.

Beaumont was scheduled to meet with Riverside’s Hillcrest on Tuesday, December 14 (too late for publication). The Cougars will host their rival Banning in a non-championship game on Monday, December 21.

Yucaipa girls give up three

The Yucaipa High women’s basketball team lost three games last week.

The Thunderbirds fell to Roosevelt of Eastvale 61-25, Bonita 38-36 and Walnut 45-31. Yucaipa was 3-5 heading into Monday, Dec. 13 (too late to report) at Oak Hills of Hesperia. Yucaipa also has an away game on Friday, December 17 at Heritage of Menifee.


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