High School

Coach Erik Sabogal, Eisenhower girls soccer coach, changing the local soccer landscape

By Salvador Torres Rialto is home to three high schools: Rialto High School on the border with Colton in the southeast, Carter High, the youngest located north of the 210 freeway, and Eisenhower High located centrally between the two and the oldest high school in the city. I had the pleasure to connect with Coach Erik Sabogal, the current coach of Eisenhower girls varsity soccer team. Coach Erik, 30, has been involved with the game since his early teens and has been coaching youth in Fontana, Rialto, and Colton before making his way to coaching high school. A 2008 graduate of Rialto High, Eric has always been connected to the Rialto soccer community and has a passion for making it stronger with his expertise and experience. In the interview, I learned about Erik’s soccer story, his thoughts on local soccer culture, and his plans for making a difference in his community. The first question I just want to ask you is what’s your soccer story, what got you into this sport, was it one event or was it something that has always been a part…

Coach Eric Sabogal, Eisenhower girls soccer coach, changing the local soccer landscape

By Salvador Torres Rialto is home to three high schools: Rialto High School on the border with Colton in the southeast, Carter High, the youngest located north of the 210 freeway, and Eisenhower High located centrally between the two and the oldest high school in the city. I had the pleasure to connect with Coach Eric Sabogal, the current coach of Eisenhower girls varsity soccer team. Coach Eric, 30, has been involved with the game since his early teens and has been coaching youth in Fontana, Rialto, and Colton before making his way to coaching high school. A 2008 graduate of Rialto High, Eric has always been connected to the Rialto soccer community and has a passion for making it stronger with his expertise and experience. In the interview, I learned about Eric’s soccer story, his thoughts on local soccer culture, and his plans for making a difference in his community. The first question I just want to ask you is what’s your soccer story, what got you into this sport, was it one event or was it something that has always been a part…

Colton High School 2020 graduates honored with Ken Hubbs Award

Two of Colton High School’s Class of 2020 students, Jose Rubio and Madicyn Martinez, have been honored with the prestigious Ken Hubbs Award. The award, which is given to the best male and female athletes each year in San Bernardino County, is an honor in memory of the late Ken Hubbs a multi-sport athlete who happens to be a CHS and Chicago Cubs alumni, after dying tragically in1964 at the age of 22. Rubio was recognized for his efforts in both wrestling and football, while Madicyn was recognized for her efforts in soccer and track and field. “Its always nice to see a student from Colton High School be recognized for this award. Colton is such a small city, so it’s special to see our students being recognized because there’s not a lot of positive news that gets published regarding our city,” said Football Coach Ray Rodriguez. Rodriguez also recounts initially encouraging Rubio to play football, after witnessing his commitment and success in wrestling. “Rubio was mainly a wrestler at first, so his sportsmanship and athletic abilities transferred well into football, where he played defensive…

Citrus Valley High School athlete Alex Sandoval honored as CBCA 2020 All Southern Section

Citrus Valley High School Blackhawks Senior and Pitcher, Alex Sandoval, was honored by California Baseball Coaches Association (CBCA) 2020 All Southern Section Varsity for Division 5. On Friday, May 1, it was announced Sandoval is one of 25 athletes out of 66 varsity teams throughout the division to be honored based on career success. “I was excited to be recognized by the CBCA, even though our baseball season was cut short. As a pitcher, I felt as if I accomplished something I’ve been working towards for the last four years,” said Sandoval. Amidst the pandemic, which resulted in the cancellation of the remainder of the baseball season, Sandoval still managed to throw 286 pitches within Citrus Valley Blackhawk’s 9-2 baseball season. “Thank you to my teammates for making it a great season. I will miss being on the field with all of you. Congratulations to everyone in Class of 2020. This is just the beginning,” concluded Sandoval. Sandoval’s career highlights include playing varsity for three years, participating in the Inland Empire Baseball Coaches Association Senior Showcase at San Manuel Stadium, and most recently pitching two…

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