MARTIN, D’ARCY named 2018 Ken Hubbs Award Winners

Cajon football and basketball star Jeremiah Martin, and Redlands East Valley swimmer Autumn D’Arcy were named the 2018 Ken Hubbs Award winners – going to the top athletes in San Bernardino County.

 

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VOLLEYBALL: Inland_Sports Show Public Schools All-Area Selections

The Santiago Sharks reached the CIF-SS Division 2 Finals.

The Inland Empire has proven once again it has some great high school volleyball talent.

Take a peek at our Inland_Sports All-Area picks from our volleyball correspondent Derryl Trujillo:

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ATHLETICS: New 14-Team Conference highlights re-leaguing

A number of high Schools in the Inland Empire (Citrus Belt Area) will be on the move beginning in 2018. At a re-leaguing meeting at King High School in Riverside on Monday, a proposal was approved to create a NEW 14-team conference essentially combining the Inland Valley and Sunbelt Leagues, plus adding Notre Dame and Orange Vista.

The only other noticeable changes have AB Miller moving from the Citrus Belt League to the Mountain Valley League, Eisenhower going from the Citrus Belt to the San Andreas, Indian Springs from the San Andreas to the Mountain Valley, and Banning moves to the Desert Valley League.

BASKETBALL: The Step Brothers Fab 15 (1-30-17)

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The Rancho Verde climbs to #2 in the latest Step Brothers Fab 15 poll. The Mustangs will meet Riverside Poly on Friday … stay tuned to @Inland_Sports for details on our live broadcast of the game! The Mustangs joined us on The Inland_Sports Show on Fox Sports Radio 1350AM KTDD this past Saturday. A link to the show is below:

Centennial slips to #3 after losing to Big VIII League rival Roosevelt for the third time this season.

The Mustangs are going strong atop the Step Brothers Fab 15 and will likely end up in the CIF Southern Section Open Division for the playoffs. Check out highlights of Centennial vs. Roosevelt:

 

 

NBAL: Legend Bill Walton to speak in Riverside

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NBA great Bill Walton will be the guest speaker at the 3rd annual Riverside Athletic Leadership Clinic on Saturday, August 13 at the Riverside Convention Center.

For more information and to buy tickets, please click on the following link:

Buy Tickets for Riverside Athletic Leadership Clinic

FOOTBALL: Southwest County Passing Tournament Finals, Semifinals

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Grace Brethren won the 12th annual Southwest County Passing Tournament at Paloma Valley High School.

Inland_Sports and the intern crew of Cameron Trudel, Drew Knight, and Erin Piccinati broadcasted LIVE the Finals and Semifinals from the Southwest County Passing Tournament at Paloma Valley on The Inland_Sports Channel.

Grace Brethren defeated Paloma Valley in the championship game:

The semifinal matchup featured Vista Murrieta vs. Grace Brethren and Paloma Valley vs. Highland:

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COMMENTARY: For the Right Reasons

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Former Calvary Murrieta football and soccer star Billy Dedich was kind of enough to send a personalized note with some cool gifts from Dordt College where he plays soccer.

Football season is easily the most challenging, and most rewarding time of the year for Inland_Sports. While I love all sports for different reasons (kind of like loving all your children, but maybe in different ways), football season is a love/hate relationship for me. Long hours and lots of work … but it’s fun; so I’m definitely not complaining here.

But with football season on the horizon, the month of June is the “calm before the storm.” A time to catch your breath, reflect on the past season, and gear up for the next. With a daunting workload quickly approaching, sometimes you think “is it worth it?” While I’m normally pretty good at self-motivating, once in a while it’s nice to be encouraged from someone without the last name Fernandez.

Former Calvary Murrieta soccer star Billy Dedich (who was a stud football player too) took the time to pen a personal note and send a couple gifts from Dordt College in Iowa where he is now playing on the soccer team. The mug, soccer ball, and pen are great; but the note meant the world to me. Not to get all mushy on everyone, but it’s notes like this that fuels Inland_Sports. We’re not getting rich, and not trying to get famous; simply showcasing local athletes in a positive light and making a personal connection with them. It’s an incredibly kind gesture from a thoughtful young man whose character was surely cultivated at home with his family and at Calvary Murrieta. Take a look:

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While Inland_Sports has the privilege of highlighting local athletes in the Inland Empire, kudos are also needed for all the coaches out there who spend countless hours and money out of their own pockets to support their players. Being a high school coach no longer means simply being a “coach” for a couple hours a day when at practice or a game. It’s a year-round job that requires “coach” to also be a father figure, counselor, fundraiser, driver, motivator, educator, and the list goes on-and-on. Santiago head baseball coach, and friend of mine, Ty De Trinidad shared this message with me (And I think I have his blessing to share this … because it’s out there now):

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Coaches play such an instrumental part in their players’ lives, whether they know it or not at the moment. Something simple can make a lasting impact. Coach De Trinidad shared this from one of his former players:

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Call me optimistic, but when you’re trying to do the right thing for the right reasons, it will all fall into place. Thanks to an inspiring note from Billy Dedich, I will be in the “right place” just in time for football season … thank you Billy!