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SCGA Hall of Fame welcomes Eisenhower alum Brandie Burton

The SCGA Hall of Fame inducted its 13th class last month at Brookside GC in Pasadena in front of more than 200 guests. Brandie Burton, five-time Solheim Cup member and two-time LPGA Major Champion, and Joe Novak, an integral name within Bel-Air CC’s history, were honored and inducted into the prestigious hall of fame. From the beginning of her career in the SoCal junior golf circuit to her success on the LPGA Tour, Burton set the bar high with no shortage of accolades.  Before graduating from Eisenhower HS in Rialto, she was already the 1988 PGA National Champion, the 1989 U.S. Girl’s Junior Champion and a two-time winner of the San Diego Junior World Championships. With that resume, Burton proved to be Sun Devil material, joining the Arizona State University women’s golf team in the Fall of 1989. As a freshman, Burton quickly rose to the top. She won six of her first seven tournaments, capped off by a Pac-10 title, an NCAA Team Championship and a No. 1 U.S. collegiate ranking. That season alone, Burton proved she could compete with the best in the…

Olympian Giddeon Massie meets with students

Two-time Olympian Giddeon Massie had an opportunity to meet and mentor students at the Youth Cycling Association “Ask an Olympian” event, at California State San Bernardino on Nov. 20. Massie was accompanied by the Youth Cycling Association in a joint effort to open doors for future generations of cyclists and encourage people to participate in sports. “Many times, participating in an activity is more than just the activity,” Massid said. “It is setting goals, managing stress, and putting in the hard work. This process can be very beneficial, both in sport and in life. I know students see this first hand in their studies and I’m honored to connect with them and hear from them about ways we can include more people in something that has such a positive impact on lives.” Massie’s visit is the second in a series of on campus visits by accomplished cyclists as part of the youth Cycling Association’s presence on campus. On November 14, 80-year-old world hour record holder and multiple-time world champion Pat Baker visited and met with 75 students for a Q and A. To start a…

Ken Hubbs Little League to give back to community through toy, food drive

Shilo Sutton, vice president of Ken Hubbs Little League, is preparing to give back to the community in a major way. On December 8th, Sutton, along with all board members of the Little League, will be hosting a homerun derby, toy and food drive. “I was discussing possible opportunities and ways to give back this holiday season with my brother, Larry, who is a board member at the league, and we felt that a homerun derby to raise funds and gift donations was the best match,” said Sutton. Participation in the homerun derby will consist of donating a Christmas gift or making a $10 donation. “With the toys and donations we receive from the home run derby, we will be donating them to Loma Linda University Children’s Rehabilitation Center and the Inland Empire Ronald McDonald House,” continued Sutton. Sutton said he was inspired to give back to children in the hospital over the holidays because he was one of those kids, when he was 17 years old. “When I was 17 years old, I was in the hospital over the holidays and it was awful.…

High school divers place 1st, 2nd in competition

Nathan Derry of Redlands and Camille Kilian of Yucaipa competed in the 2019 Glenn McCormick Memorial Diving Invitational last weekend in Palm Desert. Derry, who has only been diving for the last six months, placed first and second in the Boys 14-18 Novice 1 Meter and 3 Meter Diving competitions – his second competitive meet. In addition to diving, Derry serves as Freshman Class ASB Treasurer and is a member of the Debate Club at Redlands East Valley High School. Courtesy photo: Riverside Elite Diving Coach Jimmy Adams and Team Member Camille Kilian. Kilian placed first and second in the Girls 14-18 Novice 3 Meter and 1 Meter Diving competitions. Kilian, a sophomore at Yucaipa High School, has been diving for two years after switching from 8 years of gymnastics. A student in the Health & Biomedical Science Academy preparing to study medicine, Kilian volunteers at the Loma Linda VA Hospital when she isn’t diving or in school. Derry and Kilian are members of the Riverside Elite Diving Team, the Inland Empire’s only club diving program based out of the Riverside Aquatics Complex located at Riverside…

Paralympians in the making: California Classic spotlights disabled athletes

Austin Olive hopes to make the Paralympic swimming team in 2024. The 18-year-old Yucaipa resident is working hard to improve his time in the water and build his muscles. But along the way, Olive will have to qualify for a chance to make the team during events like the recent California Classic at Crafton Hills College. Held October 26 and 27 in CHC’s Aquatics Center, the Classic – hosted by US Paralympic Swimming – put a spotlight on para-athletes looking to showcase their abilities as they compete against their peers in several events. The meet was open to swimmers from all over the United States with any physical, visual or intellectual impairment. Several will move on to the Paralympics next year in Tokyo, while others like Olive are focused on future Games. Olive – or Auggie as he’s known – found swimming after he found it difficult to keep up with his peers on the baseball field. Diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, swimming opened several doors for Yucaipa High School alumnus, particularly when it came to addressing his competitive spirit, said a family member at the…

Meeting Ernie Johnson at Inside The NBA on TNTs 30th Anniversary Media Luncheon

Last week, I was lucky enough to attend Inside The NBA on TNT’s 30th year anniversary media luncheon. I had a great time and was able to interview Ernie Johnson while there. The afternoon started with a discussion on stage from the four analysts of the show, Shaq, Kenny “The Jet” Smith, Charles Barkley, and of course, Ernie Johnson. They discussed what makes the show great – how anyone can throw an idea out there, from a director to someone bringing in the food, and it can be used in the show! How they feel they have changed a little bit of the NBA’s culture. And, it’s true. With the extremely high rise of basketball popularity, and decline of other sports, the TNT crew has taken the sports world by storm. Even if you don’t like basketball, as the group said, you can still watch the show, and have a few laughs. After the group discussion I was given the opportunity to interview the long time host of the show, Ernie Johnson. For those who don’t know, he is incredible. He and his wife have…

Wolverine football team sets ten individual records in a single game

After a 2018 season that saw the San Bernardino Valley College football team rewrite the record books, the 2019 team picked up right where the 2018 team left off breaking 10 records in a single night during the first game of the season on Sept. 7. The Wolverines took on Santa Ana College, defeating the Dons 80-48 in the SBVC Stadium. Quarterback Jeremy Moussa completed 38 passes for 636 yards and seven touchdowns as the Wolverines beat the Dons 80-48 Saturday night at SBVC Stadium. Moussa threw passes to 10 different players, with six different receivers scoring touchdowns. The 636 yards surpassed the school record for passing yards in a game, previously set at 495 yards in 1991 by Richard Robles. Moussa’s seven touchdown passes also ties Armando Herrera for most in a single game, which Herrera completed twice in 2018. And the 38 completions also set a new mark, besting Jamie Sander’s 1994 mark of 33. But it wasn’t just the Jeremy Moussa show Saturday night. Running back Darrell Turner Jr. scored three times, gaining 106 yards on eight carries on the night. In…

Colton Yellowjackets football team takes win over Bloomington Bruins 47 – 32

On Friday night the Colton Yellowjackets take the win over the Bloomington Bruins 47-32. #28 RB Jose Torreo had a big game with 5 touchdowns, one two-point conversion, and one interception. #16 WR Matthew Alanis had a big game with two deep passes from quarterback Samson Rodriguez who had a great game with the help of great offensive line protection during the game led by Anthony Llanes, Vincent De La Rosa, Jesus Castillo, Francisco Rizo, Jacob Hernandez starting off the night with Ricardo Olivas and Mark Gutierez getting in there as well. Photo Rich C. Richpics: #55 Vincent De La Rosa made key tackles during the game. Also pictured is offensive line backer Christian Panameno. #8 Alex Zamora had a couple of big runs and a few great tackles. RB #1 Robert Rodriguez had some big runs of the night to set Colton up with great field advantage, also running in a two-point conversion. In addition, #21 Norman Zapata made a few great catches to march the Yellowjackets down field. Defensively the Yellowjackets had a lot of key tackles by #52 Llanes, #55 De La…

The World Series: Underdog vs. the Beast

The baseball seasons is wrapping up, and this postseason has been wild. We saw the Dodgers go out early, the Nationals make an unprecedented run, and the Astros claw their way back to the World Series. Astros vs Nationals, who will win? Let’s break it down. The Astros are as strong as ever. We all know about Jose Altuve, who hit the two run bomb to get them here in Game 6. There are also other stars on the ‘Stros – guys like Carlos Correa and Alex Bergman. Not to mention their ace Justin Verlander. This team is strong, shows great chemistry, and is hungry to take back baseball’s crown. We head over the Nats. This season for them was all about defying the odds. After losing Bryce Harper, no one expected them to be here, especially after their rough start, but here they are. Led by their ridiculous pitching staff led by Max Scherzer and Stephen Strausburg, they’ll make Houston’s life hard. But I don’t see them fully stacking up, at least on paper, to the Astros. My prediction: Game 1: Nats Game 2:…

Former Carter High Principal Dr. Patricia Chavez honored with Champions for Character award

Former Carter High School principal, now serving as Rialto Unified School District’s director of education, Dr. Patricia Chavez, was awarded with the “Champions for Character Award” by the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF), on September 23. Chavez was recognized at the Grand Ballroom in Long Beach for exemplifying the very finest in sportsmanship, character, and integrity. Photo RUSD: Dr. Patricia Chavez and Commissioner Rob Wigod at the CIF Champions for Character Awards Ceremony on September 23. “I nominated Chavez for this award because she is a true advocate of athletics and showcases integrity of sportsmanship. She is a true champion of character,” said Joe Paluba, Carter High School Athletic Director. Paluba also shared that Chavez has been present in the success of the high school’s CIF in wrestling and showed support even when the school faced difficult seasons in football. “I would like to thank Athletic Director Mr. Paluba and especially our students because they are the ones on the ground running and doing the work. They are the reason why I was recognized,” said Chavez. “I’m passionate about the high school level because it has…

Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series returns to Southern California for doubleheader action from San Bernardino’s Glen Helen Raceway

The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, presented by GEICO, is ready to hit the homestretch of the 2019 season with its second visit to the off-road epicenter of Southern California. The most talented off-road racers on the planet highlight the return of the world’s premier short-course off-road championship to San Bernardino’s legendary Glen Helen Raceway for the Rockstar Energy Golden State Off Road Nationals, presented by General Tire, which will feature an action-packed doubleheader weekend on Saturday, October 5, and Sunday, October 6. As the most competitive championship in the sport, the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series pits these exceptional talents of all ages against one another across a growing collection of fan-friendly, pulse-pounding racetracks, which has helped the series emerge as the preeminent form of off-road racing. After a welcomed summer break, the world’s best short-course drivers come into Glen Helen feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. The grueling season has seen virtually every top contender endure through some sort of adversity, but the time away from the track has helped everyone move on from the past and set their sights on a strong…

Rialto Unified School District student Sergio Olmos earns international honor

Sergio Olmos, 13, a student at Rialto Middle School, competed in China’s Shenyang Peace Cup International Soccer League and won the championship on August 11. Olmos, a goalkeeper for Golden State Academy (Pasadena), flew to China for his first overseas trip on August 1 and returned back to the United States on August 12, as a champion. Photo RUSD: International soccer champ Sergio Alexander Olmos with coach Jesse Ochoa. “It was a very exciting moment for me and my teammates after playing seven games. We were not just Champions, we were International Champions,” said Olmos. Olmos’ mother shared that initially she felt nervous when her son left the country on a 13-hour flight to China. “When Sergio left I felt nervous because he hadn’t been away from me that much; and he’s a very picky eater. I was scared that he wasn’t going to eat, or get sick,” said Angelica Ruiz, mother. The Golden State Academy won the first place International Champions U13 Medal in the Shenyang Peace Cup International Soccer League Ruiz stated that while their son was away they kept in touch with other…

Angels blow the sox off the White Sox

This past Sunday I was able to go to an Angel game, where they were taking on the Chicago White Sox. The game was action packed and great to see, especially seeing the Angels just dominate and win 9-2. Here’s a recap, and what to expect as the season nears its end. There were a lot of positives for the Angels. For one, they consistently scored every other inning or so. Two, Mike Trout and Albert Pujols were both out of the lineup, so seeing the team win without them was impressive. Third, Shohei Ohtani hit only his 2nd Homerun in 33 games. If the Angels want to make a miracle run into the playoffs, he’s going to need to show up. Finally, the pitching was outstanding. Despite hitting two batters, Griffin Canning had an outstanding outing, only allowing 1 run, and allowing the Angels to not have to get too deep into their bullpen. There was also a lot of power on display, with Matt Thaiss and Kole Calhoun going yard along with Ohtani. It wrapped up the series against the struggling White Sox,…

Two SBVC student athletes named ‘Athletes of the Year’ in Foundation Awards

The SBVC Foundation recently announced distance runner Michael Ramirez as the Male Athlete of the Year, and women’s soccer player Karen Jacobs as the Female Athlete of the Year. Ramirez was the fastest Wolverine at the State Championships, as he earned All-American honors by finishing tenth. He has committed to Chico State in the fall, and is the SBVC’s nomination to the PCAC Scholar Athlete of the Year. Jacobs was the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference’s player of the year in 2018, leading the team on offense with team highs in goals (18) and assists (13). Jacobs has committed to continue her soccer career at Louisiana State University-Alexandria in the fall. Congratulations to these SBVC Wolverines! For more information about San Bernardino Valley College, visit valleycollege.edu.  The post Two SBVC student athletes named ‘Athletes of the Year’ in Foundation Awards appeared first on Inland Empire Community News.

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