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Walk off home run sends Yucaipa to CIF championship

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010


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YUCAIPA, CA – Game ending dramatics don’t come any better than this.

With two out and the winning run on base, Matt Hardison belted a 390-foot walk-off home run over the left field fence in the bottom of the seventh inning to power the Yucaipa Thunderbirds to a 7-5 victory over the El Toro Chargers (23-7-1) in the semifinals of CIF-Southern Section Division 2 playoffs, Tuesday, at Yucaipa.

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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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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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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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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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Check out Yucaipa and Fontana A.B. Miller Junior Varsity Boy’s Basketball Photos

Sunday, February 14th, 2010


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YUCAIPA, CA – The Yucaipa boy’s junior varsity basketball team took on the Fontana A.B. Miller Rebels in a thrilling Citrus Belt League basketball game, Friday.

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Rain of treys downs Yucaipa Thunderbirds

Thursday, February 11th, 2010


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REDLANDS, CA – Call it what you may: A barrage of long-range bombs, exceptional outside shooting, a rain of treys.

Whatever the adage, the Redlands East Valley Wildcats put on an outside shooting exhibition in defeating the Yucaipa Thunderbirds, 94-73, in a key Citrus Belt League boy’s basketball game, Wednesday, at Redlands East Valley High School.

“They had nine treys in the first half and continued shooting well in the second,” said Yucaipa coach, Pat McLeod. “That’s the most points we’ve given up all year. We like to keep our games in the 60s, but they shot the ball really well, so you’ve got to give them credit.”

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Green, Redlands Terriers win thriller over Yucaipa Thunderbirds

Thursday, January 28th, 2010


Matt Green scored 33 points, 10 in the fourth quarter, to overturn a Yucaipa lead in the closing seconds, and give the Redlands Terriers a, 68-63, victory over the Thunderbirds, Wednesday, at Redlands High School.
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YUCAIPA, CA – The scene was set. The Yucaipa fans were on their feet screaming, ready to storm the court. The players were poised and on the cusp of winning their fifth Citrus Belt League boy’s basketball game and move into a tie for second place.

But Matt Green had other ideas. And the senior guard, who scored a game-high 33 points, led the Redlands Terriers back from the brink of defeat to a nerve-wracking, 68-63, victory over the Yucaipa Thunderbirds, Wednesday, at Redlands High School.

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The team to beat gets beat: Yucaipa falls to Redlands East Valley in Citrus Belt League girl’s soccer

Thursday, January 28th, 2010


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YUCAIPA, CA – The once rosy prospect of a three-peat suddenly grew as dim as a dark cloud blotting out the sun. Courtesy of the Redlands East Valley Lady Wildcats, who came to Yucaipa, Wednesday, locked up with the Lady Thunderbirds in first place with 6-1 records.

And when the Lady Wildcats left town, they took with them a 2-0 victory, sole possession of first place, and with the possible scenario of tossing the Lady Thunderbirds off their lofty perch as the defending two-time Citrus Belt League girl’s soccer champions.

“This is a great win, a very big win because Yucaipa (6-2, 14-5-1) has been league champion for so many years in a row,” said REV coach, Katie Husband. “They’ve always been the team to beat.”

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