Homecoming … what is it? | Sports

I’ve covered many homecoming soccer games over the years and I go nuts every time.

In the 1970s at Serra High in San Mateo, we had no homecoming. We didn’t have any girls either, as Tom Brady (also a Serra graduate) can confirm. I was probably a couple of years in my career before I even understood the tradition.

But most people know that homecoming is when alumni of a school are welcomed back on campus. A soccer game and a dance are almost always the focus.

Aquina’s return is Friday October 8th. The Falcon Football team is hosting Long Beach Poly at 7 p.m. Before the game there is an alumni zone, food and football. The following night, Ed Ballard, Megan Scafiddi, former basketball coach Barney Dittenhauer and the 2005 Falcon soccer team are honored.

The school also invites graduates from the defunct San Bernardino Girls High School, St. Bernardine’s, to attend.

Sounds like a party.

Mental health carry banner

The Southern California Interscholastic Athletic Conference football game on Saturday, October 2, was already important for hosts Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and the University of Redlands. It was the

Conference opener for both teams and Redlands won dramatically 22:19 after a late touchdown pass from Yucaipa High Grade Nathan Martinez to Evan Aguon.

It was also special because the teams partnered with Hilinski’s Hope Foundation as part of College Football Mental Health Awareness Week.

Mark and Kym Hilinski formed the foundation in 2018 to honor the life of their son Tyler. Tyler was a star quarterback at Upland High who later played in Washington State but committed suicide on January 16, 2018.

“It was good,” said Redland’s interim coach Jim Good. “It’s a challenge to work with 18 to 22 year olds. This gave our staff a great opportunity to talk to our boys all week, reminding them that it is okay to ask if they need help. There is support for them. “

Yucaipa stuns Redlands

The Yucaipa Girls’ Golf Team scored a big win on Thursday September 30th at the Yucaipa Valley Golf Course, a stunning Redlands 221-239 (low wins) first place in a Citrus Belt League game.

“I told the girls I knew we were going to win; I just didn’t know by how much, ”said Yucaipa trainer Teri McKibban via email. “The Redlands beat us on their turf in our first league game of the season, but I knew we would get a winning result, especially after finishing with our lowest score of 225 just two days earlier.”

McKibban said the 221 is the lowest of her coaching time at the school and she thinks it is lower than any score from the previous coach’s tenure.

Junior Adee Tulcan led the Thunderbirds at 41, followed by Junior Katie LaFave (43), Senior Lauren Padgett (45), Junior Mallory Miller (45) and Senior Liz Bearie (47).

“The girls worked hard [and this] puts us in a good position to take first place in the league with RHS, ”said McKibban.

Yucaipa is aiming for its fourth consecutive CBL golf title.

Beaumont man honored

There is a Hall of Famer in our midst. He is John Cunningham of Beaumont, who was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at Eatonville High, Washington last weekend. The recruits were honored at halftime in a soccer game.

Cunningham played in Eatonville in football and basketball and later as a receiver at the University of Puget Sound. He trained youth sports in Beaumont and passed on the lessons of his youth.

Fasten your seat belts

The Yucaipa High soccer team faces a major test on Friday, October 8th at 7:00 p.m. when they do cajon. Both teams are 6-0 and won their Citrus Belt League opening games last week.

Cajon has defeated Yucaipa four times in a row, with Yucaipa’s last win coming on October 14, 2016 when it defeated the Cowboys 61-60 in triple overtime. The Thunderbirds are 20-point underdogs according to calpreps.com but have previously defied the odds.

Volleyball tension

Monday October 4th was a big day in Citrus Belt League girls’ volleyball. Beaumont (14-1 overall, 6-0 Citrus Belt League) was in a huge game at Redlands (20-3, 5-1). It happened too late for

Publication in the weekly newspaper.

Two of the other top teams – Cajon (12-4, 3-3) and Yucaipa (11-10, 3-3) – met in Cajon. It was a fascinating league season marked by tight games like fifth place Citrus Valley (8-11, 1-5)

Surprisingly, Beaumont took five sets last week.

Spicy

Former Banning High soccer star Fatima Sanchez Hernandez continues to stand out.

The sophomore has recorded four shutouts and allowed only eight goals in eight games for Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC) in Minnesota.

“She’s a very athletic goalkeeper,” RCTC coach Bryan Weiss told postbulletin.com. “She was pretty elitist when we got her.”

Sanchez Hernandez has family and now lives in Minneapolis. She was named National Junior College Athletic Association’s national player of the week twice that season. The RCTC’s sports page says it likes the Beatles, Black Panthers, and spicy foods.

Say it is not so

Crestline’s Wes “Commish” Abarca – who founded the thriving Southern California Vintage Base Ball League – is moving to Vernal, Utah, Abarca recently said on social media.

Abarca founded the popular Vintage league using 1886 rules and throwback equipment after playing in a similar league in the Bay Area. The league has grown from five teams in 2019 to eleven.

Abarca resigned from commissioner some time ago but played for the Crestline Highlanders until recently. This is a team that includes Banning’s Julian Quinones and Beamont’s Albert Garcia. The “Commish” will be missing.

REV grad opts for a free agency

Redlands East Valley High graduate Matt Andriese, a right-handed pitcher, has cleared outright waivers and elected to represent them freely, the Seattle Mariners said. It was designated for use last week.

Andriese, 32, shared time between the Boston Red Sox and the Mariners this season.

Donovan honored

Redlands’ Landon Donovan received a large attaboy on Sunday, October 3, when a statue honoring him was unveiled at Carson’s Dignity Health Sports Park. This is the home of the Los Angeles Galaxy, Donovan’s former team.

Donovan, 39, now coaches San Diego Loyal SC in the United Soccer League. He appeared at the unveiling of the statue.

“Throughout my career, I’ve realized that the most important skill I had was my availability,” Donovan told the crowd, according to a report by the Southern California News Group. “I was always in the field. That was a

Lesson that I carried with me all along. I’ve been taking care of myself, be smart, be careful and that’s why this happens.

“You do not understand that [statue] To be good for two years, three or five years, for doing it over a long period of time. “

Donovan attended Redlands East Valley High as a teenager when he was not playing soccer.

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