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Octogenarian John Tyree was approved as the new coach at the Wednesday, July 28, Banning Unified School District board meeting. He replaces Pete Smolin who resigned a few months ago and is now the coach at Valley View in Moreno Valley.

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Cherry Valley’s Gracie-Beth Sutton, 16, excelled last week at the 73rd National High School Finals Rodeo in Lincoln, Nebraska. She took sixth in the Short Go of girls’ cutting and 10th in the average, won two belt buckles and took home some jackpot money.

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Chase Dabbs is getting a head start on his college baseball career, playing this summer for the Walnut Creek Crawdads in a college summer league.

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Redlands resident Scott Pearne is best known for coaching high school football. He was the coach at Yucaipa, North and Patriot high schools and now guides the freshmen at Rialto High where he teaches.

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YUCAIPA — Highland’s Jeff Chavis stood in the middle of the Yucaipa Community Center gymnasium, exhorting his charges.

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Yucaipa High grad Taijuan Walker made his first major league All-Star Game appearance on Tuesday, July 13. Walker, representing the New York Mets and the National League, struck out one batter and allowed a home run during his sixth-inning stint.

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CIF-SS Division 5 honors Blackhawks

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Simon Opsahl, Corey Ford. Liam Mapes. Matt Hornung. The Redlands East Valley High quartet are newly minted All-Americans, just in time for the Fourth of July.

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Jim Good succeeded longtime University of Redlands football coach Mike Maynard on Thursday, July 1. He was named interim coach.

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PERRIS – Pep Fernandez ignores the pain of a recent pinched nerve in his neck and sits up straight in a quiet television studio.

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REDLANDS — The most successful season in Citrus Valley High baseball history came to an improbable end last week.

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SAN BERNARDINO — The Inland Empire Baseball Coaches Association all-star game on Monday, June 21, was more than just a 12-8 San Bernardino County victory against Riverside County. The game at historic Fiscalini Field was a chance for players to don their high school uniforms one more time — …

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Chess Wizards summer camp

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Athletes honored

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The 2021 Riverside County vs. San Bernardino County Senior All-Star Game was scheduled to be played on Monday, June 21, (too late for publication) at San Bernardino’s Fiscalini Field.

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Last week I received an email from a former area sports editor, Mike Murphy. I have never met him, but he frequently drops me notes on the area sports scene and I appreciate it.

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LONG BEACH — The celebratory dogpile over and the championship patches already raised in unison, Citrus Valley High baseball coach Jon Austin turned sentimental.

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Redlands East Valley’s outstanding middle-distance runners led the Wildcat boys to a third-place team finish at the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 track and field championships.

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The Citrus Valley High baseball team led Sultana by only one run in the fourth inning with one out and two on when Matt Mecate stepped to the plate.

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One of the lesser consequences of the coronavirus pandemic was its impact on high school sports.

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After being away from the national racing scene for four years, Patty Peoples of Redlands came in first in her age group (65 to 69) in the USAT Non-Draft Sprint Duathlon on May 22 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

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Track and field athlete Brenna Dolen and football player Calhoun Helmberger were named the Frank Serrao Senior Scholar-Athletes of the Year at the University of Redlands.

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The Citrus Valley High basketball team made history by advancing to a section semifinal game for the first time. However, the Blackhawks fell to host Glendora 55-53 in a heartbreaking finish on Friday, June 4, ending their season.

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The recent news that Little League will severely limit attendance at regional and World Series competition due to coronavirus concerns took me aback.

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REDLANDS — It took the Yucaipa High baseball team until the final day of the Citrus Belt League to clinch a championship, but clinch it did with its second victory against Redlands in three days.

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Citrus Valley, Yucaipa swimmers shine in CIF championships

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Citrus Valley High’s 6-foot-6 forward Jacob Taylor missed much of this season with ankle problems, but lately he has made up for lost time.

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YUCAIPA — Pleasant, 70-degree temperatures awaited Citrus Belt League track and field competitors for the league championship meet Thursday, May 27, at Yucaipa High.

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REV falls in soccer match

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YUCAIPA — Redlands East Valley High golf coach Chad Blatchley finishes addressing his team and says, “Grab your putters and let’s play a little horse or pig or whatever you want to play.”

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Back in the 1960s, a few years after the Beatles first appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show, I was a brown-haired lad playing third base for Ram’s Sporting Goods of the San Bruno Pee Wee League.

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Mike Maynard is retiring as the University of Redlands football coach, said Rachel Roche, the university’s associate director of athletics.

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Redlands softball wins SCIAC title

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The individual school winners for the 57th Ken Hubbs Award have been picked. No overall Ken Hubbs winner was picked because of the unusual nature of the truncated 2021 prep season.

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“April showers bring May flowers” is the saying, but there wasn’t much rain this year. Blossoming instead were these notions about the spring sports season:

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Layla Jimenez was first given a tennis racket at age 3 by her grandfather Richard Jimenez, a tennis instructor. The Redlands High star proved she learned her lessons well on Tuesday, May 4, winning the Citrus Belt League singles championship.