There is still a long way to go, but is the Redlands High girls’ volleyball team steaming toward history?
When the Terriers defeated rival Redlands East Valley 3-1 last week, it marked the first time in league Redlands even lost a set.
The victory made Redlands 4-0 in the Citrus Belt League and 16-6 overall. The Terriers are likely headed to their first CBL title since 2006 and first ever for coach Corinne Flowers.
The usual heroes led Redlands. Julia Tolstova pounded 28 kills and Saniyah Sobers, Maddy Brown, Diana Castro, Hanalie Martinez, Ariana Romero, Ava Avila and Bella Farrokhi provided plenty of help.
Redlands was scheduled to finish the first half of the CBL season on Tuesday, Sept. 27, against Citrus Valley (too late for publication). Two days later the Terriers began the second half at Cajon.
Redlands, as of the end of last week, was two games ahead of Cajon, Yucaipa, Beaumont and Citrus Valley who were all 2-2 in league play. It’s hard to imagine the Terriers not winning its first league title since George W. Bush was in the White House.
Local girls make good
Two former CBL girls’ volleyball greats, who are now coaches, met late last month.
Eastern Kentucky University played the University of South Alabama, and the city of Redlands was represented on both sides.
Former Redlands East Valley High star Johnna (Fouch) Bazzani is the Eastern Kentucky coach. Hannah Barrett, a former Citrus Valley High standout, is an assistant for South Alabama.
South Alabama prevailed in three sets.
Bazzani is the daughter of former REV athletic director Rhonda Fouch and former University of Redlands quarterback and Sacred Heart Academy of Redlands AD John Fouch. She was also an honorable mention All-American at San Diego State.
Hannah Barrett is the daughter of former Citrus Valley High coach Tina Raddish. Raddish was a star basketball player at Fontana High who also played at Rutgers University. Hannah’s father is Marty Barrett, who has been a National Football League scout with the Saints, Bears, Eagles and Rams.
Hannah Barrett’s sister, Jackie Barrett, was recently named the volleyball setter of the week in the Southeastern Conference, a huge honor. She plays for Auburn University.
The junior averaged 11.91 assists per set during three victories at the Jacksonville State Invitational.
This is the best start to a season for Auburn (13-0), which just defeated Alabama for the second time.
“Jackie Barrett was distributing left, right and center,” said a report on the match.
A third Barrett girl, Natalie, starred in soccer at Citrus Valley and then played at Chico State University.
Raddish had a nice run coaching Citrus Valley from 2012 to 2019. Her daughters were a big reason why, as well as players like Danielle Lilley. Lilley now competes at Texas Southern University.
The preliminaries are over. The CBL football season begins this week.
Most eyes are on Beaumont where the host Cougars (5-0) will meet Citrus Valley (4-1) at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30. That will provide a strong hint of who will challenge perennial power Cajon of San Bernardino for the league title.
Yucaipa is at Redlands East Valley in another CBL game. Redlands was scheduled to meet Cajon of San Bernardino on Thursday, Sept. 29 (too late for publication) in the other league game.
Burroughs heading to Beaumont
Beaumont football coach Jeff Steinberg has been at it for as long as Citrus Valley’s Kurt Bruich. And I’ve known Steinberg since he was at Burroughs High of Ridgecrest.
Burroughs was in the Mojave River League and when I worked in Victorville, I covered Steinberg’s teams when they played the other High Desert squads.
It was a long but enjoyable trip to Ridgecrest for those games, always with the mandatory stop in the ghost town of Randsburg. Gold was discovered there in 1895.
In Randsburg I’d catch a glimpse of the tiny concrete jail and down a root beer at the local water hole.
Steinberg got that spread offense going up in Ridgecrest, and it’s still going strong.
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