Banning High Volleyball

From left, Banning High School volleyball players Elena Rodriguez, Haili Newton, Saudya Reagor and Jenna Weeks.

SPORT NOTES: Madrigal, Macias run Lady Cougars to second place finish … Banning girls finding DVL tough … Coyote men on 2-0 start in CCAA … Cal State women on the rise to No. 5 … MSJC volleyballers march to 9-0 start.

As events unfolded in last week’s Janice Kelley Invitational at Diamond Valley Lake, Beaumont High’s Elvis Rojas was trying to hold off teammate Logan Hernandez for the Junior-Senior individual championship.

Rojas, the senior, ran 16:27 in helping lead the Cougars to a sizeable 34-95 triumph over second place Temecula Chaparral.

Hernandez, a junior, romped home six seconds slower while Beaumont’s Rogelio Salcido and Cristian Herrera added top 10 finishes.

On the girls’ side, Chaparral’s 19-57 win over second place Beaumont was so powerful, the Lady Pumas ran 1-2-3 with Cynthia Martin’s 18:22 run the easy winner.

Lady Cougar runners Aerial Madrigal (4th, 19:44) and Brianna Macias (8th, 20:36) were top 10 finishers.

Taking on 13 teams in Hemet at the Janice Kelley Invitational last weekend, Beaumont got an up-close look at a couple of its Mountain Pass League rivals. The first cluster meet, hosted at Beaumont, was set to take place this week.

Hemet was third in the boys’ race, San Jacinto and Hemet Tahquitz running fifth and 11th, respectively.

San Jacinto and Hemet ran 4-5 in the girls’ race.

Some of the talent might have been hidden in the previous freshman-sophomore race, won by Beaumont’s boys, 41-46, over Chaparral.

Beaumont’s Dustin Berger, Carlos Rivera and Gabriel Sage, each posting times in the 17-minute range, ran 3-4-5.

Beaumont freshman Brook Beaucaire ran 20:26 to win on the girls’ side, but San Jacinto edged the Lady Cougars, 47-54, in team scoring. Marcelina Fernandez gave the Lady Cougars a seventh place run in 21:31.

The meet was hosted by Hemet High School.

The second cluster meet will be on Oct. 11 at The Oaks at Soboba Springs. League finals are scheduled Nov. 1 at Diamond Valley Lake.


Coachella Valley is squarely in the mix for this year’s Desert Valley League girls’ volleyball championship, especially after knocking off Banning in a 5-game duel last week.

While awaiting the rematch with Yucca Valley on Monday, the Lady Broncos were beaten by Coachella Valley, which took a 15-3-1 overall record into play this week.

Banning’s duel against Coachella Valley on the Lady Arabs’ home court came out 23-25, 25-13, 25-23, 19-25 and 15-8.

Heading into this week’s play, Banning held down third place at 6-2 while Yucca Valley and Coachella Valley were deadlocked for first at 7-1. It was Coachella Valley that outlasted Yucca Valley in five games just two days after the Lady Arabs knocked off Banning.

It meant Banning needed a win over Yucca Valley.

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Beaumont High School, bouncing back from its 3-game sweep in a loss to Hemet, swept Hemet Tahquitz and Hemet West Valley in a pair of Mountain Pass League matches last week.

The Lady Cougars are rapidly closing in on their Oct. 3 rematch against Hemet in Beaumont.

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Having dropped its first five matches, all in non-conference play, San Bernardino Valley found itself atop the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference standings after back-to-back wins at Imperial Valley and Palomar-San Marcos.

Ramon Nunez scored three times, also assisting on a goal from Jose Hernandez, who later assisted on a Nunez goal against Palomar.

Nunez scored the first goal in an 8-1 rout of Imperial Valley. Hernandez scored twice.

SBVC, coached by Beaumont resident Josh Brown, is defending PCAC champion. The Wolverines suffered through early-season losses against top JUCO sides, including Taft (5-1-1), Santa Ana (4-1-1), Long Beach (4-2), Rio Hondo (5-0-2) and Oxnard (3-2-1).

In a 1-1 draw against San Diego City, Alfred Moreira’s goal gave Valley a 1-0 lead at the 39th minute. Christopher Gomez saved three shots, but couldn’t stop a shot in the second half.

Valley and College of the Desert shared first place at 2-0-1. The two sides will play Oct. 2 and Nov. 2.

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Three days after a 3-0 win over La Verne, the University of Redlands returned home for a Saturday night showdown against nationally-ranked SCIAC rival Claremont-Mudd, which pulled off a 1-0 win over the Bulldogs.

Outshooting the 19th-ranked Stags, 13-6, wasn’t enough for Redlands, which surrendered a goal in the 69th minute under the lights at Farquhar Field.

The rematch is at Claremont on Oct. 24.

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Wins over Cal-Poly Pomona, 3-0, and San Francisco State, 1-0, left Cal-State San Bernardino unbeaten in its opening two CCAA matches.

At 4-0, Cal State Los Angeles is the pace-setter in CCAA play.

The Coyotes (5-2 overall) got a Fabian Roman goal, off a Danny Ortiz set-up, that dealt S.F. State its first loss after seven matches.

Defense was tight for the Coyotes, which fronted for goalkeeper Jacob Huber with Juan Larios, Isaac Balderrama and Cesar Figueroa, plus strong midfield play.

In its 3-0 win over Pomona, Sergio Espindola, Ortiz’s penalty kick and Redlands East Valley product Jonathan Garcia took care of the Mustangs. Huber stopped three shots.

Cal-State takes a 4-game winning streak into this week’s match against Chico State.


Mt. San Jacinto goalkeeper Sarah Sawyer saw her share of shots in a 7-0 loss to San Bernardino Valley College last week.

While the Lady Wolverines were racking up their fifth straight win, off to a 2-0 start in Pacific Coast Athletic Conference action, they launched 30 shots at MSJC’s keeper. She came away with 13 saves.

Her counterpart, MSJC keeper Kerstin Lecon, stopped four shots in lasting all 90 minutes for the shutout.

Caitlyn Saucedo scored twice, Fabiola Sanchez scored and assisted on another. Morgan Simmang, Nayeli Sandoval and Jennifer Buenrostro also sent shots past MSJC’s defense.

Three days later, MSJC (1-4-1, 1-1-1) played San Diego Miramar to a 2-2 draw with Sawyer (4 saves) and Tiana Torres (2 saves) holding off the Lady Jets. Heather Furaya accounted for both Lady Eagle goals. Miriam Mota assisted on both scores.

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Kelly Kevershan scored twice, one in each half, in Cal- State San Bernardino’s 2-0 win over Cal-Poly Pomona in the CCAA opener for both sides.


Unbeaten Cal-Poly Pomona was set to play against unbeaten Cal-State San Bernardino this past Wednesday. First place in the California Collegiate Athletic Association was on the line.

First up: Visiting Cal-State San Marcos was trying to repeat last year’s upset victory against San Bernardino last Friday night.

Between Sascha Dominique’s net-playing defense and Alexis Cardoza’s attack aggressiveness, the Lady Coyotes stood off the Lady Cougars in four games at Coussoulis Arena, 25-12, 23-25, 25-16 and 25-14.

While Cardoza was racking up 19 kills, plus 13 from Asia Clarke and 12 more from Hailey Jackson, Dominique was working to prevent area product Maddy Newcombe (Rim of the World, Citrus Valley high schools) from taking center stage in any upset of the now fifth-ranked Lady Coyotes.

Dominique had eight blocks and may have disrupted the flow of San Marcos’ attack, holding its attack percentage to .061. Cal State countered with a .313 spike effort.

Jayann DeHoog, said Lady Coyotes’ coach Kim Cherniss, “executed our offense to perfection and fed our middles on a consistent basis.”

There were 42 assists coming off her sets.

The 6-foot-2 Newcombe’s 11 kills led her squad. She often found Clarke, Leilia To’omalatei or Cardoza at the end of her attacks. The Lady Coyote trio accounted for 36 digs.

In a battle of CCAA unbeatens, San Bernardino (12-1, 5-0) took a firmer grip on first place.

On Friday the 13th last October in San Marcos, the Lady Coyotes fell in a 5-gamer. Courtney Hulla, a Menifee Heritage High product, delivered 20 kills. Last weekend, she was held to eight.

DeHoog’s 51 assists primed the Lady Coyotes to a 4-game win over visiting UC San Diego on Saturday night, Cardoza popping for 20 kills.

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Rapidly headed for its PCAC opener at San Diego Miramar College on Oct. 3, Mt. San Jacinto made it eight in a row, stopping East Los Angeles College in five games, heading into Friday’s duel at Cuyamaca-El Cajon.

Most of setter Lannie Maffucci’s 34 assists went to Lauryn Patterson, whose 22 kills keyed MSJC’s attack against ELA. Cynthia Aranga, Ruby Ruiz and Patterson came up with 40 digs against ELA’s attack.

Taking its 8-0 mark up against Cuyamaca, a 6-3 squad with back-to-back losses against Riverside City College and College of the Desert, MSJC scored a 3-game sweep.

MSJC capped the week at 9-0, rapidly coming close to an early-season showdown against PCAC rival College of the Desert (8-1), scheduled for on Oct. 5 matchup in the Lady Eagles’ gym.


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