There is so much to write about in a San Bernardino County city that never seems to stop. Inside word is that the Benchwarmers, the longtime Redlands sports booster club that helps fund high school sports, will roast golfer Dave Stockton in January.
It’s one of the club’s biggest fundraisers, set at $150 a plate.
Benchwarmer organizers have run these roasts previously on three other occasions at two-year intervals. In the spotlight has been Cajon Pharmacy former owner and sports supporter Stan Weisser, longtime booster Al Sanchez and ex-Terrier football great Greg Horton as previous toast for the roasts.
Trust me on this: These guys go a long way in determining their “roastees” in preparation for a good time, not to mention fundraising and turning a spotlight on Benchwarmer efforts and top-flight results.
It’s possible that they’ll start roasting every year. These kinds of events are tough to pull off -- lots of planning and lots of organizing. Plus this: It’s challenging to find someone to roast that’s significant enough in the community to pull in a bunch of people at $150 a head.
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The son of longtime KNBC sportscaster Fred Roggin is transferring to the University of Redlands.
Jack Roggin, a prep basketball star at Calabasas High School, is coming to play at the NCAA Division III campus in 2019-20.
It’s an announcement made not by the school, but by Fred Roggin himself. “He’s transferring to Redlands,” he said on his 570 radio show on Oct. 15.
“Go Redlands,” a refrain that was cheered on by Rodney Peete, the other half of the Roggin & Rodney Show, a noon-to-3 p.m. Southern California sports talk radio staple.
“He’ll go in there as a shooting guard,” said Roggin.
Jack Roggin, a Calabasas High product, took off for Arizona State after his prep days. He had limited time with the Sun Devils, logging a minute in games against Long Beach State and Stanford.
Why that came up: Because Fred Roggin was discussing the plight of NBA controversy over recent Chinese commentary during exhibition trips to the Far East.
“My son’s team,” said Roggin, “just got back from a trip to China.”
In fact, the Bulldogs — who take an NCAA allowed off-season trip every few years — journeyed 2,100 miles to Egypt, Austria, Germany and China, playing five games.
“It was like stepping into a history book,” wrote Bulldog player Brittian Foster in a school-posted journal of miles logged between Munich and Salzburg.
“We were immersed in four different cultures in a span of two weeks,” he said.
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What is it about local wide receivers from Redlands that seems to connect with the NFL in Baltimore?
Onetime Baltimore Colts WR Brian DeRoo, a Redlands product from both the high school and university, lauded the recent inclusion of Brian Billick into the Baltimore Ravens’ Ring of Honor.
“Proud to honor our receivers coach from my senior year at U of R is in the Ravens’ Ring of Honor,” said DeRoo.
Billick, also a Redlands High School alum, started his coaching career at Redlands in 1978. Twenty-two years later, a Super Bowl trophy came with it as Ravens’ head coach.
Then there’s Patrick Johnson, a world class speedster that played WR on that Ravens’ Super Bowl team. Johnson, the 1993 state sprint champion in the 100 and 200, even caught in a pass in the Ravens’ win over the New York Giants.
That Johnson-De Roo-Billick trio is a definite Redlands connection.
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Karen Jacobs nailed down not just one, but two, conference Player of the Week honors for LSU-Alexandria over the past month. A Redlands High scoring phenom, by way of her All-State 2018 season at San Bernardino Valley, she’s just what the Lady Generals needed in their 2019 attack.
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Check out this website, please: Jdubsgameplan.com is former Redlands High football coach Jim Walker’s online website in dealing with a dreaded Oct. 19 phone call. Malignant small mole. Game plan. Good writing. Leadership. An inside look. Good luck, from everyone.
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Orange Show Speedway, still operating after all these years, needs some attention on Saturday.
There’s racing, kamikaze-style, no doubt.
This is where the sportsmen/short track specialists like to fire it up. Expect a bunch of out-of-towners to race for some cash and trophies.
It’s West Coast Championship Night. The open Late Model series, plus Street Stocks, Figure 8, Bandoleros and Mini Stocks are on the track.
This can be as entertaining as anything. My first-ever trip to Southern California in 1973 included a trip to OSS. Mom’s Uncle Floyd took me. It was as wild then as it tends to be even today.
Go suck up that stuff. Great atmosphere.
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Note to the Benchwarmers: When you guys roast Stockton, get on him about killing the last real chance that Arnold Palmer had for winning golf’s Grand Slam.
Stockton outgunned Arnie, and his army, at the 1970 PGA Championship at Southern Hills in Oklahoma — the only major championship to have eluded the trophy case of the legendary Palmer.
Stockton might counter that by saying, “My family needed it more.”
He also might counter that by remembrances that Arnie’s army was fairly intimidating on that particular weekend.
He might be right about that, but he ought to still be roasted for it.
Imagine that empty spot in Palmer’s trophy case while Stockton had two prominent spots for his PGA Championship titles, the other coming in 1976 at Congressional (Md.).
Seriously, how do you roast someone who’s done so much for the local golf community? Seems like every golfer I come in contact with — coach or player — has been helped by Stockton.
Go roast that!
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