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Check Out Photos of Yucaipa and Fontana Girl’s Basketball

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

Angelica Valenzuela pulls down a rebound for the Fontana Lady Steelers.

YUCAIPA, CA – The Fontana Steelers defeated the Yucaipa Thunderbirds, 44-31, in girl’s Citrus Belt League basketball action Friday.

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A.B. Miller’s triple threat too much for Yucaipa Thunderbirds

Saturday, October 17th, 2009

By BOB OTTO / Writer & Photographer

Yucaipa’s Brian Derryberry tries to catch a pass during the Thunderbirds, 39-14, loss to visiting Fontana A.B. Miller, Friday, in a Citrus Belt League game.

YUCAIPA, CA – In its first two Citrus Belt League games the Fontana A.B. Miller Rebels hadn’t really been tested. They trounced Fontana (0-3) 41-16 in their opener, and then crushed Rialto (0-3) 56-12 a week later.

So a couple of questions loomed Friday night: Are the Rebels really that good? And could they pass a tougher test against the Yucaipa Thunderbirds?

The first question remains not fully answered with four league games remaining, including match ups with the Redlands Terriers (3-0 CBL, 5-1) and the undefeated Redlands East Valley Wildcats (3-0, 6-0).

But the test with Yucaipa (1-2, 3-3) proved a rousing success as Miller romped over the Thunderbirds, 39-14 at Yucaipa High School.

“Yucaipa’s a good, strong, disciplined football team with some good, strong players,” said Miller Head Coach, Jeff Strycula in his first year guiding the Rebels. “But David Dash (133 rushing yards and two touchdowns) is so fast, so quick, when they cheated on him it opened it up for other (players).”

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