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New book hails the heroes of fastpitch softball

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Pitcher Matt Stur, just 20 years old, helped his Star Prairie Construction team of Strobel, Wisc. finish second in the age 23-Under Division of the 2010 North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) World Series to Waseda University of Tokyo, Japan. Stur is one of the young men who have found fastpitch softball a great sport to play.
(Contributed photo by Bob Otto)

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By RUSSELL INGOLD / Editor, Fontana Herald News

FONTANA, CA – All over the United States, and particularly here in Fontana, fastpitch softball is enjoyed by multitudes of young girls, some of whom continue to participate in the sport as adults.

That’s great for the girls and the women. But what about the boys and the men?

Well, that’s a different story…

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Fontana Kaiser softball team will play for CIF championship

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

The Kaiser Cats celebrate after their 2-1 victory over La Quinta that puts the Cats in the CIF-Southern Section Division 4 championship, Saturday, June 4.
Photo By BOB OTTO

FONTANA, CA – Kaiser High School’s softball team earned a place in the history books on Tuesday with a 2-1 victory over La Quinta in the CIF semifinal playoff game.

The Cats will now advance to the championship game, marking the first time ever that a team from Fontana has reached the CIF finals in softball.

Krystel Gabbard allowed three hits and struck out 10 in the Cats victory. Photo By BOB OTTO

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Alford helps lead Summit’s big comeback in thrilling win over Lincoln

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011


Summit senior center, Dorian Cason, scored 6 points and pulled down 13 rebounds during the SkyHawks championship game with the Lincoln Hornets, Saturday, March 19, at the Galen Center on the campus of the University of Southern California.
Photo By BOB OTTO

USC, GALEN CENTER – The Summit boys’ basketball team needed someone to step up, someone to take charge.

Montigo Alford answered the call.

The 5-foot-10 senior guard ignited the offense down the stretch by scoring 10 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter in leading Summit to a stunning, come-from-behind 74-69 victory over the Lincoln Hornets of San Diego in the CIF State Division II Southern California Regional championship game last Saturday at the USC Galen Center.

“I told the guys, ‘This is it, we’ve got to keep playing, let’s do it,'” said Alford.

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Summit basketball team pulls off spectacular comeback to win, 79-74, in third round of state playoffs; see video highlights

Sunday, March 13th, 2011


The Summit High SkyHawks came from 16 points down to overtake the visiting Palos Verdes Peninsula Panthers to post a 79-74 victory and advance to the California State Tournament Division II championship, Saturday, March 26, at the Galen Center on the campus of the University of Southern California. Photos By BOB OTTO

FONTANA, CA – Summit High School’s basketball players have enjoyed many exciting victories in recent years, but Saturday night’s electrifying triumph in the third round of the state tournament was the biggest one of them all.

The SkyHawks, trailing almost the entire game, used the heroics of junior guard Devon Alexander to pull off a spectacular comeback in the second half for a thrilling 79-74 victory over Peninsula in front of a sold-out crowd at the Summit gym.

With the score tied at 74-74, Alexander’s three-pointer with 12 seconds left gave Summit a 77-74 lead, and then he made a huge steal defensively. After a time out, Alexander was intentionally fouled by Peninsula and he sank both free throws to clinch the game.

“I’ve been through this kind of situation before, but nothing feels better than this,” said Alexander, who scored all 17 of his points in the second half, including 12 in the fourth quarter.
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To see a gallery of 79 photos of the SkyHawks exciting victory, visit my photo gallery on SmugMug: Click Here For Gallery

Kaiser Cats Blast Palm Desert

Friday, March 11th, 2011


Action taken during the Kaiser Cats, 14-8, victory over the Palm Desert Aztecs in the Redlands Softball Invitational, Thursday, March 10 at Redlands High School.
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REDLANDS, CA – No doubt, Kaiser softball coach John Stevens certainly wants to win every game. But he didn’t feel an overwhelming sense of urgency after the Cats lost their first two games in the Redlands Softball Invitational.

Nonetheless, getting a victory was nice after the Cats blasted the Palm Desert Aztecs, 14-8, last Thursday in the 12-team tournament.

“It’s nice to get that first win,” Stevens said. “We hit the ball well today, but not in the first two games.”

The Cats ran into a buzz saw in their tournament opener as senior Shelby Graves of the Chaparral Pumas hurled a perfect game against Kaiser, striking out 17 in the process…


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Soccer team’s great effort brings pride to Fontana High School; see photo slideshow

Thursday, March 10th, 2011


The Steelers runner-up CIF Div. 3 trophy.

By BOB OTTO and RUSSELL INGOLD / Fontana Herald News
Published: Wednesday, March 9, 2011 2:27 PM CST

FONTANA, CA – The Fontana High School soccer players narrowly missed out on achieving their ultimate goal of winning the CIF championship. Nevertheless, they fulfilled one other very important goal — vastly increasing school spirit.

Throughout their incredible 12-game winning streak (eight victories in the Citrus Belt League and four in the Division III playoffs), the Fohi fans cheered wildly every step of the way.
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Fontana Boy’s Soccer Reaches Championship Game

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011


Photos By BOB OTTO

FONTANA, CA – The Steelers boy’s soccer team reached the southern California CIF Div. 3 championship game against the Paramount Pirates (17-2-5), but lost 2-1 in a close match all the way. The Steelers reached the championship by winning 3 of 4 matches in overtime before falling to the Pirates.

But the Steelers had another great year, winning its fourth consecutive Citrus Belt League championship, and putting together a 17-6 record.

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Check out photos of Summit SkyHawks football

Monday, October 11th, 2010


The Summit SkyHawks won their homecoming game and had a spectacular halftime show in which Britney Milton, 16, was chosen as the 2010-2011 Summit Homecoming Queen.
Photos By BOB OTTO

FONTANA, CA – The Summit SkyHawks defeated the Murrieta Mesa Rams, 58-0, Friday.

View my photo gallery of the football game, along with homecoming and queen coronation photos at the following link.
Summit SkyHawks Football Photos

To read my game story in the Fontana Herald News, visit this link.
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Fontana girls battle hard in league match with Yucaipa

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010


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YUCAIPA, CA – The Fontana Steelers girl’s tennis team lost a 10-8 decision to the Yucaipa Thunderbirds, but the Steelers played well. Under the leadership of six-year Head Coach, Liz Molina, the Steelers have a 4-4 record in league play.

And any girl that tries out for her team, maintains good grades, and has model citizenship has earned a place with the Steelers.

“I have a ‘no cut’ program,” Molina said. “We have 45 girls and if they can be doing something positive for themselves and our school, that’s great. I require that they keep their grades up and stay out of trouble. Playing on the team also helps them make new friends.”

What an inspiring coach, Molina is.

For a complete story on Molina and the Steelers, check with the Fontana Herald News in the coming days for an online story.

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Check out Photos of Citrus Belt League Track & Field Finals

Friday, May 7th, 2010


Photos By BOB OTTO

FONTANA, CA – A.B. Miller High School hosted the Citrus Belt League Track and Field Finals, Wednesday, May 5th. Check out my photo gallery of the event. Pictures are available for purchase.
Citrus Belt League Finals Photo Gallery