You have to hand it to that Ken Hubbs awards committee.
It has moved with the times. Ken Hubbs, a Colton High School product, died in a plane crash in 1964. A decade or so later, his brother Keith, leading the Hubbs family, started a foundation to honor Kenny’s legacy.
Winning the Hubbs was total spotlight. Girls honors have been added. Keith Hubbs, who died a couple years back, now has an award named in his honor. This is a great foundation.
These are giving people. No, it’s not like the Heisman Trophy. This is more intensive. Could be better in its own way.
The Heisman usually goes to a quarterback, occasionally a running back, rarely, if ever, a defensive player or a lineman.
The Hubbs Award usually honors a multiple-sport athlete. Yes, we know. The Heisman gets way more publicity.
Hey, the Hubbs goes to athletes from among 25 San Bernardino area schools. Its budget is way, way, WAY smaller than the New York Athletic Club, which offers up the Heisman. Redlands, by the way, has had its share of Hubbs winners. Just a couple years ago, Citrus Valley’s Claire Graves and Redlands East Valley’s Jaelen Phillips swept the 2017 honors.
While Hubbs was a major league second baseman — Chicago Cubs in 1962-63 — part of his legacy was that he also played football. Ran track. Played basketball. You know: Multiple sports. A
mong Redlands-based female winners, there was Loren Landrus (soccer, track), Ashlyn Morris (softball), Graves (track, cross country) and Autumn D’Arcy (aquatics). Let’s not forget track sensation Margaux Jones.
Incidentally, Redlands-based winners have accounted for five of the eight female awards since young women began claiming the honor in 2012.
Another Redlander: Brian Walsh ran track in the spring, played soccer during the winter and suited up for football in the fall, winning the Hubbs in 2003. Football’s Ronnie Fouch, aquatics-and-football’s Jason Glotzbach, plus Chad Roghair, the 1988 winner, might’ve been closest to the spirit of Ken Hubbs.
Roghair played football, basketball and baseball — all-league, in fact, in all three. Chet Dawson, the 1979 winner, was another who mirrored Hubbs.
Redlands Royalty, you could say. That it went to Cajon’s Jayden Daniels this year was no surprise. Guy accounted for 6,000 yards and 60 TDs in one season for a 12-2 team last fall.
You can’t really argue Grand Terrace softballer Alycia Flores as the girls’ award winner, either. She hit .468 with 13 HRs for a 25-4-1 Lady Titans’ team. You won’t even believe what San Gorgonio’s Ashley Alvarado did to notch the first-ever Keith Hubbs Award.
She did more than swim and play water polo, folks.
A quick observation about University of Redlands throws coach Andrew Clarey: Not only did he helped lift Reyna Ta’amu to an NCAA Division III women’s shot put championship last week in Ohio, he was also the private coach for Aquinas’ CIF-Division 4 discus-throwing champion Noelle Chavez earlier this month in Torrance.
“Yes,” he texted from Mount Union College, “we pulled it off.”
Reader Alice Estes writes: “I’ve got a passion for people knowing about our wonderful RICO (Redlands Interscholastic Cycling Organization) middle and high school bike racing. Could you run a study of its genesis, mandate, etc.?”
Been around since about 2007. Started small. Still growing. Redlands is involved, primarily because of the Redlands Bicycle Classic roots. This is a cycling community.
It’s not yet a full-throttle CIF-Southern Section sport, simply because there aren’t enough schools involved.
They’re really encouraging female riders, even logging weighted points for schools with girls in the saddle. Just for fun: Since 1973, when the Hubbs was first awarded, athletes from 17 different schools have won the honor.
Curiously, over that same time frame, there’ve been football players from 25 colleges that have won Heismans. Benchwarmers. Golf tournament. Twenty-seven foursomes (36 is full house) were signed as of May 23.
Officially, it’s the Greg Horton Memorial Golf Tournament, Friday, June 14 (10:30 a.m.) at Tukwet Canyon Golf Club (Beaumont). Like the Hubbs Foundation, here are more givers to the cause.
Whatever the school athletic budgets can’t pay for, the Benchwarmers can make up some of the difference. You’d be surprised what financial burdens they’ve shouldered. True, many on-campus sports have their own booster clubs. Still, the Benchwarmers leans forward.
This is their main fundraiser. If you’ve got a runner, a center, a center fielder, a mid-fielder, goalie, two-meter player, a relay swimmer, or a coed badminton participant, chances are your kid’s benefited from a buck, or two, off this organization.
If you’re not a golfer, you can sponsor, donate, buy a ticket to the Helicopter Ball Drop, show up, do something. Cash is desired.
The website is simple: redlandsbenchwarmers.org.
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