SPORT NOTES: Cal State women remain nation’s No. 1 … Aquinas mounting charge in volleyball play … San G polo in CIF Top 10 poll … Romero runs strong in opening CBL meet … Perez notches win No. 200 as Bulldogs’ coach.

Citrus Valley, wiping out such past powerhouse teams as Yucaipa and Redlands East Valley in Citrus Belt League play, came into this week’s play at 18-5 overall — unbeaten in six CBL matches.

Second place Cajon, which lost in four games to the Lady Blackhawks on Sept. 25, has to play in the Lady Blackhawks’ gym next week (Oct. 14).

In a gratifying 3-game sweep against Yucaipa last week, Citrus Valley got contributions from all sources beyond Jackie Barrett’s 21-kill performance.

McKayla Long and Emily Tuttle-Kamon had five of the team’s seven service aces.

Abigail Lium came up with a team-high 16 digs against Yucaipa’s attack.

In coach Tina Raddish’s 6-2 attack, Tuttle-Kamon, Long, Barrett, Lium, Tatum Sells, Evadney Brooks and Kate Ledesma assisted on the kill shots.

Footnote: Despite a superior record, the Lady Blackhawks were not ranked in CIF Division 3, which was topped by Ontario Christian of the Ambassador League.

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Six matches into its San Andreas League slate, San Gorgonio had pulled off wins against Rialto Eisenhower and cross-city rival Arroyo Valley. As expected, Lake Arrowhead Rim of the World was tops in SAL play.

Heading into SAL play, the Lady Spartans had won six out of eight — 8-6 overall heading into this week’s play.

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Ambassador League titan Ontario Christian, already a winner over second place Aquinas once this season, had a chance to stop the Lady Falcons (13-4, 9-2) in San Bernardino this week.

Outside hitter Janel Pido remained Aquinas’ top attacking specialist, middle blocker Alyssa Gurrola topping the team at the net, libero Sara Duran tops in both serve-receives and digs while setter Jessica Amori runs the offense.

A curious note: Aquinas outworked Temecula Linfield Christian in a 5-gamer last month, but the Lady Falcons were found nowhere in the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 polls (No. 1, Ontario Christian) while the Lady Lions were ranked No. 1 in Southern Section Division 6.

The rematch is Oct. 15.


If unbeaten Cal State San Bernardino, now 14-0 after sweeping Dominguez Hills and Cal State Los Angeles, were going to lose, maybe road trips to San Marcos or UC San Diego this weekend can end the streak.

The Lady Coyotes have been so dominant that only three teams in their 14 matches have even won a game. Both San Marcos and UCSD were swept by Cal State at Coussoulis Arena last month.

Nationally ranked at No. 1 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll, Cal State took four games to knock off L.A. last weekend.

Stephanie Doak, who contributed eight kills and three blocks, said, “We have a target on our back every day, and L.A. is a great opponent.”


First place Fontana’s 10-1 win over No. 8-ranked (CIF Division 7) San Gorgonio showed enough strength to land the Steelers in first place after the initial San Andreas League matches had started.

San G was 6-12 heading into this week’s play, but the Spartans had a few tough matches on their schedule, namely No. 1 Rancho Mirage and No. 2 Redlands, both losses.

Citrus Valley, winners in 13 out of 19 non-league matches, had roared to an impressive start, winning six of its first eight matches, including an overtime loss to Palm Desert Xavier Prep. In the Blackhawks’ Citrus Belt League opener against Yucaipa, the Thunderbirds rattled off an 18-8 win.

Jacob Stuart had six goals, five assists and six steals against Citrus Valley.

On deck was a match this week against CIF-ranked No. 2 Redlands (15-6)


At the 46th annual Dana Hills Nike Invitational, San Gorgonio showed strong in the Boys Junior race, running second to South Pasadena, 67-103, with a pack-running group of Alejandro Tinojero, Raul Andrade, Tony Bui and Edgar Ocampo finishing 17-19-21-22.

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Citrus Valley freshman Ethan Romero wedged his way into the top 10 at the first Citrus Belt League swarm meet held at Cal State San Bernardino. While Redlands East Valley is forging its way to the top of the CBL boys’ charts ahead of perennial powerhouse Yucaipa, Romero ran a 15:30, five seconds ahead of REV senior Cole Cooper while finishing nearly a full minute behind eventual winner Matthew Casillas.

The Blackhawks’ boys, meanwhile, took third — Christian Fernandez, Juan Montes, Joseph Gaitan and Arian Mayorga — taking the team’s top five spots.

• Citrus Valley’s girls, getting 15th and 16th place runs from Brooklyn Timm and Bridget McNamara, also took a distant third behind Yucaipa and REV.


Leaving no room for chance, longtime University of Redlands coach Ralph Perez watched his team come up with five goals in a win over Pomona-Pitzer back on Sept. 28. The significance of the Bulldogs’ 5-0 triumph is that was a milestone 200th career win since Perez arrived 14 seasons earlier.

Quinn Richards scored twice and Steve Acuna, who scored, assisted on two others.

Since that match, Redlands has played Claremont-Mudd to a 2-2 draw before beating Caltech, 8-0.