Fontana Herald News

...now browsing by category

 

Fontana A.B. Miller boy’s basketball falls in CIF playoffs

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010


Despite the setback in CIF playoffs, Rebels fans cheered their team on.
Photo By BOB OTTO
botto3@verizon.net

Bookmark and Share

MENIFEE, CA – The Paloma Valley Wildcats shot as if the basket were the size of the Grand Canyon.

And that’s not too big an exaggeration as the Wildcats made 12 of their first 14 shots, including 9 in a row, to knock off the Fontana A.B. Miller Rebels, 95-71, in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division 1A boys’ basketball playoffs last week.

Click to continue reading “Fontana A.B. Miller boy’s basketball falls in CIF playoffs”

Fontana Summit boy’s basketball moves on to CIF quarterfinals

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010


Summit center, Dorian Cason, pulls down a rebound over Canyon Springs forward, Derek James, during Summit’s, 67-61, victory in the second round of CIF-Southern Section Div. II playoffs.
Photo By BOB OTTO
botto3@verizon.net

Bookmark and Share

MORENO VALLEY, CA – Some shooters like to set and shoot, while others like to drive and shoot.

And once the Summit Sky Hawks figured out what kind of shooting the Canyon Springs Wildcats preferred, they adjusted their defense and turned a close game around and escaped Canyon Springs High School with a come from behind, 67-61, victory in the second round of CIF Southern Section Division II playoffs on Feb. 19.

Summit trailed by 10 points at halftime due to the hot shooting of Canyon’s Clint Roy, Merv Lindsay, and Derek James. But at halftime, Summit adjusted their defense, clamped down on the trio, and because of it the Sky Hawks move on to the quarterfinals where they will meet Saugus on Tuesday.

“They came out and hit everything in the first half,” said Sky Hawks junior guard / wingman, Quinton Lilley. “The main thing coach told us at halftime was to try to get them to drive to the basket. They’re a little less comfortable dribbling and pulling up to shoot than setting up to shoot.”

Click to continue reading “Fontana Summit boy’s basketball moves on to CIF quarterfinals”

Clutch shots send Fontana A.B. Miller into post season playoffs, Yucaipa’s season comes to an end

Saturday, February 13th, 2010


Photos By BOB OTTO
botto3@verizon.net

Bookmark and Share

FONTANA, CA – They slugged it out like two heavy weights in a title bout. They played a tug of war in which both sides refused to budge. They battled through four quarters and 32 minutes, and that still wasn’t enough time to decide a victor.

And finally after two exhausting overtimes, the Fontana A.B. Miller Rebels defeated the visiting Yucaipa Thunderbirds, 93-85, in a must-win situation.

The victory earns Miller a tie for third place in the Citrus Belt League, and sends the Rebels into the postseason CIF Southern Section Division 1A Playoffs as the league’s number three seed.

The match up between the Thunderbirds and Rebels was in reality a playoff game. And it had that kind of intensity from tip-off to the final buzzer. For the winner would advance into the post season, while the loser would see its season come to an end.

But for the Rebels to keep their season alive, it took two clutch game-saving shots.

BATTS’ BIG TREY
Darrius Batts had a huge night netting 34 points to lead all scorers. But his 3-pointer with 12-seconds left in regulation was his biggest shot of the season. It tied the game, 65-65, sending it into overtime.

And then Ruben Castanon had his turn at game-saving heroics. With three-seconds left in the first overtime and Yucaipa leading, 80-77, the slick ball handling point guard drove from Yucaipa’s baseline on the in bounds, weaving his way down court at full speed. And from 28-feet out Castanon launched a high-arcing shot that found nothing but net as the buzzer sounded.

And as the ball left his hand, Castanon asked for a little guidance.

“I just prayed it would go in and we would go into (second) overtime,” Castanon said, who finished with seven points. “I had to step up because I’m a senior and I didn’t want to let my teammates down. After that shot went in I thought we are going to the playoffs.”

Click to continue reading “Clutch shots send Fontana A.B. Miller into post season playoffs, Yucaipa’s season comes to an end”

The Fontana Steelers girl’s soccer, aiming for CIF playoffs

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010


A Claudia Garcia throw in during the Steelers soccer match with Redlands East Valley.
Photo By BOB OTTO
botto3@verizon.net

Bookmark and Share

REDLANDS, CA – The Redlands East Valley Wildcats scored three goals in the first 15 minutes and were never headed in a 5-0 defeat of the Fontana Steelers, Friday, in a Citrus Belt League girl’s soccer match up.

“We knew it would be tough, they’re a great talent and probably the best team in league this year,” said Fontana coach, Armando Fresquez.

After the Steelers gave up the three early goals, the defense toughened the rest of the way. Fresquez especially lauded his goalkeeper, Edith Brito.

Click to continue reading “The Fontana Steelers girl’s soccer, aiming for CIF playoffs”

Defense leads Fontana Summit to comeback win over San Bernardino Cajon

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010


Fontana Summit Sky Hawks guard, Montigo Alford, drives to the basket during Summit’s, 51-44, victory over San Bernardino Cajon, Saturday, in a non-league game pitting two of Southern California’s highest rated teams against each other.
Photo By BOB OTTO
botto3@verizon.net

Bookmark and Share

FONTANA, CA – If Summit boy’s basketball coach, Steve Hickey, were to quiz his Sky Hawks, he’d probably start by asking, “what part of our game is the most important factor that has led us our 22 wins?”

He’d probably hear a resounding, “defense!”

And it was the Sky Hawks defense that held the CIF Div 1A’s number four rated team to just 18 second half points in rout to a come-from-behind, 51-44, victory over the visiting San Bernardino Cajon Cowboys, Saturday night at Summit High School.

“We have talked to them all year that our defense will carry our offense,” Hickey said. “We realized we had to play defense and let the game come to us and get a feel for the game that way.”

Click to continue reading “Defense leads Fontana Summit to comeback win over San Bernardino Cajon”

Peruse Fontana Summit and San Bernardino Cajon girl’s basketball photos

Sunday, January 31st, 2010


Photos By BOB OTTO
botto3@verizon.net

Bookmark and Share

FONTANA, CA – The San Bernardino Cajon girl’s basketball team defeated the Fontana Summit Sky Hawks, 55-34, Friday at Summit High School in a battle featuring two of the highest rated teams in Southern California.

See the girls shooting, running, defending, and blocking shots by going to the photo gallery at:

Summit versus Cajon Girl’s Basketball

See Photos of Fontana and Redlands East Valley Girl’s Soccer Teams

Friday, January 29th, 2010


Fontana’s Jacqueline Javier, left, and Redlands East Valley’s Arami Walker battle for the ball during the soccer match between the two Citrus Belt League teams on Friday.
Photo By BOB OTTO

REDLANDS, CA – The Redlands East Valley Lady Wildcats defeated the visiting Fontana Lady Steelers, 5-0, in a Citrus Belt League girl’s soccer match, Friday.

See the girl’s in action by visiting the game photo gallery.

Fontana and REV Photo Gallery

Yucaipa holds off Fontana A.B. Miller for crucial Citrus Belt League victory

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010


The Yucaipa Thunderbirds held off a late Fontana A.B. Miller Rebels charge to claim a 73-61 Citrus Belt League victory, Tuesday, at Yucaipa High School.
Photos By BOB OTTO
botto3@verizon.net

Bookmark and Share

YUCAIPA, CA – Minutes before tip off, Yucaipa boy’s basketball coach, Pat McLeod, agreed that yes, Fontana A.B. Miller poses a problem. They are quick, aggressive, and they like to press.

And those three defensive ingredients have given the Thunderbirds problems. But on this night Yucaipa handled all that the Rebels threw at them – including a full court press full of pressure, full of intensity.

And when the final buzzer sounded, Yucaipa had held off a talented A.B. Miller team, 73-61, Tuesday at Yucaipa High School in yet another crucial Citrus Belt League game.

“We knew they are very aggressive, very quick, and like to press,” McLeod said. “That has been our Achilles heal in the last couple of our losses.”

Yucaipa was fresh off the memory of a disappointing 53-52 loss to Redlands East Valley in which critical turnovers cost the Thunderbirds a chance at victory.

And this rebound from that loss was crucial. For the second half of league play begins tonight with the Thunderbirds traveling to Redlands to take on the second-place Terriers (5-2 CBL, 15-4).

And battling it out for third place are Yucaipa, A.B. Miller, and Redlands East Valley deadlocked with 4-3 records. A spot that assures entrance into the CIF playoffs come mid-February.

SECOND PLACE POSSIBLE
But second place isn’t out of the realm of possibilities. Redlands has a precarious hold on second after losses to league-leading Eisenhower (7-0, 16-5) and REV (4-3, 12-8).

And Yucaipa (4-3 CBL, 10-9 overall) seemed to play with an urgency that said they fully understand that their league destiny was in their control.

The Thunderbirds came out at tip off and within seconds Tyler McGrand (11 points) buried his first of three, three-pointers. Miller immediately began pressing, but Yucaipa responded by getting the ball inbounds and then hitting a guard or forward racing down the sidelines, or launching deep passes over the top to beat the press.

“We knew they run a really tough press,” said Yucaipa guard, Cole Hauso, 3 points, 6 assists, and 5 rebounds. “So we practiced a press break to beat it. We needed to protect the ball. We know that’s why we lost to REV. Cutting down on the turnovers was a big key for us.”

Click to continue reading “Yucaipa holds off Fontana A.B. Miller for crucial Citrus Belt League victory”

Fontana holds off Yucaipa’s late surge in Citrus Belt League boy’s soccer

Thursday, January 14th, 2010


Photos BY BOB OTTO
botto3@verizon.net

Bookmark and Share

YUCAIPA, CA – The Thunderbirds pushed and challenged and threatened, but when the official blew the final whistle, the Fontana Steelers escaped with a 1-0 Citrus Belt League victory on Wednesday – leaving the Thunderbirds frustrated with yet another narrow loss.

The Thunderbirds have played well, but have lost three consecutive games by one goal in the past eight days: 3-2 to Fontana A.B. Miller; 1-0 to Redlands, and now 1-0 to Fontana, the league’s two-time defending champion.

But the loss to Fontana was especially frustrating. The half ended scoreless – still anyone’s game. The Steelers finally broke through and scored in the 47th minute of the second half on Johnathan Madrid’s breakaway goal.

YUCAIPA MOMENTUM
But from then on, the Thunderbirds seized the momentum and had five excellent scoring opportunities late in the game, but came away exasperatingly empty.

“In the second half we started making things happen,” said Yucaipa coach, Claudio Rivas. “But (like) in the last couple of games it’s been a one-goal difference. The opposition seems to find the net, but we don’t and that has been the difference.”

Click to continue reading “Fontana holds off Yucaipa’s late surge in Citrus Belt League boy’s soccer”

Yucaipa boy’s soccer takes on Citrus Belt League leading Fontana

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

By BOB OTTO
botto3@verizon.net

Bookmark and Share

YUCAIPA, CA – The Yucaipa High boy’s soccer team has played its Citrus Belt League foes close in the Thunderbirds first two league matches. But unfortunately they came up a goal short in each game, losing 3-2 to Fontana A.B. Miller, and 1-0 to Redlands.

And it doesn’t get any easier this afternoon as Yucaipa takes on the Fontana Steelers in a 3:15 match at Yucaipa High School.

The two-time defending CBL champions come to town with a 2-0-2 league record, 7-3-4 overall, tied with Redlands in second place. Fontana A.B. Miller sits on top of the league at 2-0-1.

Click to continue reading “Yucaipa boy’s soccer takes on Citrus Belt League leading Fontana”