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Yucaipa girls receive All-League honors in Citrus Belt League basketball

Monday, March 8th, 2010


The Yucaipa Thunderbirds girl’s basketball team recently held it’s annual season-ending banquet. In T-Birds 1, Amy Reason, left, received the Coach’s Award and Second-Team All CBL, Carly Calbreath-Best Defensive Player Award, and Second-Team All CBL, and Marlena Hill- MVP, Best Offensive Player Award, and First-Team all CBL. T-Birds 2: Brandi Bollinger, left, Honorable Mention All-CBL, Suzie Holt, Jessica Simpson and Carly Calbreath.T-Birds 3: The 2009-’10 Yucaipa Thunderbirds.
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YUCAIPA, CA – Amy Reason has much to smile and feel good about lately.

Amy, a shooting guard on the Yucaipa Thunderbirds girl’s basketball team, received one of the highest honors a high school athlete can receive when she was selected as a Second-Team, All-Citrus Belt League performer.

“I was shocked, I didn’t think I would get it,” said Amy, a senior. “It is an honor and made me feel really good about myself to find out I’m on that team.”

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Potent Yucaipa bats bash Eagles in El Segundo Tournament

Saturday, March 6th, 2010


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YUCAIPA, CA – The Yucaipa Thunderbirds (2-0) won their second consecutive game in the El Segundo Tournament, by defeating the host El Segundo Eagles, 11-2, Saturday at Yucaipa.

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See photos of Fontana Summit and Santa Monica girl’s basketball in CIF Playoffs

Friday, March 5th, 2010


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SANTA ANA, CA – The Santa Monica Vikings girl’s basketball team defeated the Fontana Summit Sky Hawks, 69-63, in the CIF-Southern Section Div. 1A championship game, Thursday, at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana.

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Saugus ousts Yucaipa from girl’s soccer playoffs

Monday, March 1st, 2010


Sophomore, Kodi Lavrusky, left, scored the 76th goal of her high school career to set a new school record, breaking the previous mark of 75 set by Sarai Stamper, who now serves as the Thunderbirds assistant coach.
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YUCAIPA, CA – The Saugus Centurions put an end to Yucaipa’s dreams of reaching the championship of the CIF-Southern Section Division II playoffs with a convincing 5-2 victory over the Thunderbirds on Friday in a quarter-final contest.

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See Yucaipa and Saugus girls soccer photos

Monday, March 1st, 2010


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YUCAIPA, CA – Check out the Yucaipa and Saugus girls as they competed in the semi-final game of the CIF Southern Section playoffs.

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Browse through photos of Fontana Summit and Murietta Valley boys basketball

Sunday, February 28th, 2010


Summit’s Dorian Cason slams home a dunk.
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FONTANA, CA – The Fontana Summit Sky Hawks (28-3) fell to the visiting Murietta Valley Nighthawks, 71-67, in the semi-finals of CIF Southern Section Division 2AA Friday at A.B. Miller High School.

The Nighthawks meet Compton on Friday in the finals at the Honda Center in Anaheim.

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Megan Allen makes the leap to a faster game

Sunday, February 28th, 2010


Megan Allen, who played her prep softball at Yucaipa High School, moved up to the NCAA Division I level and plays third base and shortstop for the University of the Pacific in Stockton.
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YUCAIPA, CA – The leap from high school softball to college softball can be defined in one word, said Megan Allen – faster.

“At the college level the game is so much faster,” Allen said. “The pitchers throw faster. The hitters hit harder. It definitely takes some adjustment, but it’s been awesome.”

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Cathedral City Classic

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

YUCAIPA, CA – I’m heading down to the lower desert for the “Cathedral City Classic,” women’s college Div. I fast-pitch softball tournament in Cathedral City.

The tournament runs from today through Sunday and is being held at Big League Dreams Park.
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See Yucaipa and Colony Girl’s Soccer Teams in Action

Sunday, February 21st, 2010


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YUCAIPA, CA – The Yucaipa Thunderbirds girl’s soccer team won a hard-fought, 3-0, victory over the Colony Titans in the first-round of CIF-Southern Section Division II Playoffs.

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Much to Cheer(s) about for Yucaipa girl’s soccer team

Saturday, February 20th, 2010


The Yucaipa girls’ soccer team defeated visiting Colony, 3-0, at Yucaipa High School, Friday, in the first round of CIF-SS Division II Playoffs.
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YUCAIPA, CA – Nicole Cheers is fast, strong, and aggressive. So when Yucaipa girl’s soccer coach, Sheila Huggins, decided to move her from center-midfielder to forward, it changed the whole complexion of the Thunderbirds.

Now, teamed with Kodi Lavrusky, the Thunderbirds (21-5-1) have one of the best scoring tandems in Southern California.

Cheers didn’t score any goals, but she played a big part in Yucaipa’s, 3-0, victory over the visiting Colony Titans (15-9-1), Friday in the first round of CIF-Southern Section Division II Playoffs.

The junior had seven shots on goal, and she assisted on Tina Shoffeitt’s goal at the five-minute mark that gave Yucaipa a 1-0 lead. And again at the 58th minute Cheers assisted on Lavrusky’s second goal that gave the Lady Thunderbirds an insurmountable lead.

“She played great and won everything in the air with the flicks of her head,” said Huggins. “She had the header flick that set up Kodi. (Cheers) is very physical, very solid, and she’s able to win balls in the air. Once we moved her to forward the last six games it totally changed our team.”

So how does Cheers feel about this abrupt change of position?

“It’s cool, now I get to score more,” said the smiling Cheers. “I like it because now I’m attacking instead of attacking and defending.”

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