1 the San Gorgonio baseball team is spending its spring break in sunny, though sometimes rainy, Florida, competing in the Orlando Invitational. With the Inland Empire Classic tabled this year, the Spartans raised money through fireworks booths, program sales and even proceeds from the County Clash.
The trip harkens back to trips San G used to make – the Spartans used to travel to Las Vegas for baseball tournaments before working with the IE Classic.
“I think (Spartans coach) bill (Eatinger) has a job as a travel broker when he retires from coaching,” San Gorgonio athletic director Matt Maeda said. “He’s done such a great job managing money and getting the most out of this trip, and the kids are really appreciative of it.”
Along with playing some of the premier high school baseball teams in the United States, the Spartans have gone to Disney World and dealt with chaotic Florida weather, as tornado warnings and thunderstorms have made their Florida vacation an adventure at times.
“It’s been crazy out here with the tornado warnings and power going out,” Maeda said. “We are definitely getting quite an experience from being out here.”
2 Division 2 is chock full of county teams in the latest edition of the CIF-SS baseball polls released Monday. Yucaipa leads the way in Division 2 at no. 2, though it could very well switch places with no. 4 Redlands in next week’s poll after the Terriers defeated the Thunderbirds on Tuesday. Etiwanda is ranked no. 7 in D2, with Chino Hills rounding out the rankings at no. 10. other county baseball teams that are ranked in this week’s poll are San Gorgonio (No. 5 in Division 3) and Chino (No. 6 in Division 4).
This week’s softball polls have two county teams ranked second in their respective divisions, with undefeated Etiwanda no. 2 in Division 1 and Aquinas checking in at no. 2 in D4. Division 2 has three county teams currently ranked, with Don Lugo leading the way at no. 5, followed by Cajon at no. 8 and Chino at no. 9. other county softball teams appearing in the rankings are Rim of the World (No. 7 in D6) and Lake Arrowhead Christian (No. 5 in D7).
Yucaipa is the only county team that was ranked in the boys volleyball polls; the Thunderbirds check in at no. 9 in Division 4.
3 Barstow recently hired its next football coach, as Victor Valley assistant coach John Marquez was named to replace Jose Rubio, who coached the Aztecs the last three seasons.
Rubio, who resigned after this past season to spend time with family, was highly successful during his first two years at Barstow, leading the Aztecs to a 17-8 overall record and two playoff appearances, including a run to the CIF-SS Eastern Division championship game in 2008. Barstow struggled last year, though, going 1-9 with a young team.
4 Chino Hills will break ground on a pool in October, according to athletic director Jeff Stevens. the complex, which will be situated southeast of the football stadium on campus, will include locker rooms for general use, ticket booths and a snack bar.
Approval for the project was received last summer. the target date for completion is December of 2012.
“When I became athletic director here over four years ago, I thought as soon as they finished Don Lugo’s stadium we would get started on a pool and sure enough that’s what happened,” Stevens said.
5 the Sun is looking for coaches and athletic directors to submit baseball and softball statistics to run weekly in the newspaper starting next week. the paper will be running county leaders in batting average, RBIs and strikeouts. E-mail the information to tj.berka @inlandnewspapers.com or to .
The Sun will also be running the top track times in the county starting in mid-April, so please send your school’s top track performances to either of the e-mail addresses listed above.
<a href="http://www.redlandsdailyfacts.com/preps/ci_17738379tag:news.google.com,2005:cluster=http://www.redlandsdailyfacts.com/preps/ci_17738379Thu, 31 Mar 2011 05:02:18 GMT 00:00″>San Gorgonio having adventure in Florida