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The NBA is coming back

It’s been months since we saw the last NBA game. The league went on a “hiatus” mid March, and it was questioned whether the season would resume. But, it has seemed to have worked out! The NBA is coming back July 31st in Orlando, Florida. But don’t expect to see any fans in attendance just yet. Here are all the details you need to know about the league resuming play. The NBA is bringing 22 teams to Orlando. The 13 West teams still in playoff contention, and the 9 East teams still in playoff contention. Each team will play 8 games. If after the 8, the 9 seed and 8 seed are separated by 4 or less games, then there will be a play in tournament (like the wild card in baseball).  The season will start July 31st, with training camps beginning early July. The season will go on as late as October 12th. Teams will be able to eat at outdoor restaurants and even golf. Just as long as they follow social distancing guidelines. Eventually, a champion will be crowned.  However that’s not it! Next season will also be altered, and will be…

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…

“Last Dance” documentary is amazing

The Last Dance… The long awaited documentary made on Michael Jordan’s led Chicago Bulls as they navigated their way to their 6th championship, despite all the controversy and turmoil around them. Episodes 1 and 2 of the 10-part series aired Sunday night, and it did not disappoint. Personally, I was very excited for this documentary. Being as young as I am, the most I can get out of the 90’s Bulls incredible run are amazing clips of MJ being “the goat.” But now I, and everyone else, can finally get an even more detailed view of what it was like during that Bulls final championship run. And, it seemed pretty ugly. The first episode focuses around MJ, and his problems with the Bulls management, mainly Jerry Krause, the man who built, and collapsed the Bulls dynasty. We quickly learn how toxic the environment around that Bulls team was. Krause did not like Jordan, Jordan did not like Krause. Constant insults and jabs really make you think how that group won 6 championships in a very short span of time. But, it doesn’t stop with MJ.…

Off road racing’s premier championship kicks off 2020 season with SoCal doubleheader

The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Presented by GEICO will bring its one-of-a-kind brand of high-flying, door-banging excitement to the off-road epicenter of Southern California for a weekend doubleheader that will kick off the 2020 season. On Saturday, March 14, and Sunday, March 15, the General Tire SoCal Shootout Presented by K&N Filters, will serve as the opening event of the world’s premier off-road racing series from San Bernardino’s famed Glen Helen Raceway. As the most competitive championship on dirt, the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series pits the most talented off-road racers on the planet against one another across a increasingly dynamic collection of fan-friendly, pulse-pounding racetracks, establishing the preeminent form of off-road racing as we know it. For the past decade the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series has set the standard for the sport of closed-course off-road by continuously expanding the footprint of this dirt-slinging sensation of speed, power, and precision. While the West Coast footprint brings hallmark events to the states of Arizona, California, and Nevada, the championship has also established a growing tradition on the shores of Baja, Mexico, and in the lush farmlands of…

What to expect in the final stretch of the NBA regular season

It’s my personal favorite time of the year, crunch time. The NBA season is coming to an end, but there’s still quite a bit to look out for. Who will secure the 8 seed in the West? How will the seeding look like in the stacked Eastern Conference? What teams will rise, what teams will fall? Here’s what my answers are to these questions. The 8 seed in the West, AKA the team that will get swept by the Lakers in the first round (might be a little biased opinion). We have a couple solid teams in the hunt; the Grizzlies, led by the rookie sensation, Ja Morant. We also have the now Zion-led Pels, who have a ridiculously good amount of offense, and the teams who are on life support, the surprisingly bad Blazers, the Spurs, and the team no one expected, the Suns. Looking at this list of teams, I see 3 real candidates, the Blazers, who have one of the clutchest players in the league w Damian Lillard, the Pelicans, and the Grizzlies. I expect these teams to finish 8-9-10. But there’s…

Redlands diver finishes 1st, 2nd and 5th at regional meet

Nathan Derry of Redlands placed first, second and fifth in the Boys 14-18 Novice Platform, 1 Meter and 3 Meter Diving competitions at the 2020 Raincross Invitational Diving Meet held over the weekend of Feb. 15 at Riverside Community College in Riverside, CA. The Raincross Invitational is sponsored by Riverside Elite Diving at their home pool at RCC and was attended by Diving Teams and independent divers from Southern California, Arizona and as far away as Guadalajara, Mexico this year. 237 divers participated this year. Nathan has been diving for nine months.  In addition to diving, he also serves as Freshman Class ASB Treasurer, carries a GPA of 4.0, and is on the Swim Team at Redlands East Valley High School. Nathan is a member of the Riverside Elite Diving Team, the Inland Empire’s only club diving program based out of the Riverside Aquatics Complex located at Riverside City College.  The team of 26 boys and girls trains every weekday and is led by former professional diver and interim University of Redlands Diving Coach Jimmy Adams. Riverside Elite Diving will also be hosting the USA Diving…

SBVC hosts first-ever Bowl Game before dominating conference selections

San Bernardino Valley College hosted its first bowl game in known history, as the SBVC football team went to the American Championship Bowl for the second year in a row. Though the Wolverines lost to Chaffey College 33-20, record-setting quarterback Jeremy Moussa led the team in all-conference selections. Moussa was named Co-Offensive Player of the Year after appearing in four conference games, amassing 1,177 yards passing and 14 touchdowns. Overall, the freshman finished the season with the second-best single campaign in school history. Two Wolverines were honored twice by the all-conference selections. Sophomore Darrell Turner Jr. was a unanimous pick for first team honors at running back, while freshman Ben Falck, who has already received a scholarship offer from the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, was unanimously chosen as the first team kicker and punter by coaches. The Wolverines’ defense was also well represented in the first-team selections. Defensive tackle Jess Ybarra led the team with nine sacks, while defensive end Damen Studsill was third on the team with 48 tackles. Outside linebacker Montre Moore led the team with 58 tackles on the season, including five sacks…

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