Brewster: Chaffey College votes new members into Athletic Hall of Fame

07-12-2018 02:12

Random thoughts while hopefully recovering nicely from an operation on my right foot at Kaiser Hospital in Fontana and wondering whatever happened to Ronnie Adams, the 1999 CIF Southern Section Division VIII Offensive Player of the Year from Bloomington High School.

For as long as many of us can recall, Mike Dickson has been associated with Chaffey College. Not only as an athlete for the Panthers, but as a water polo and swimming coach. In fact, there are thousands who can recall Dickson as their aquatics coach in their younger days with various swim clubs.

Those are the kind of memories you can obtain after 38 years of participation and coaching.

Dickson was recently voted into the Chaffey College Athletic Hall of Fame, along with Vince Alvarado and Jordan Carmody. Together with Alumni of the Year selections Virginia Aguilar-Riley, Steve Jackson and Tim Sandoval, they will be honored next spring at the annual dinner.

Dickson has collected 14 conference swim titles in very competitive Southern California, eight with the Panthers men. He also served as a coach for the Indonesian national team during his time with the Rancho Cucamonga college.

Alvarado was a two-time all-conference basketball player who averaged 14 points per game. Currently working for Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Alvarado also played in Chile.

Carmody played water polo, gaining All-American honors, and swam for Chaffey before transferring to Iona College in New Rochelle, N.Y. …

Has any Inland Valley high school running back had a better game than Kaiser senior Christian Hunter? Especially in the state playoffs? It was a performance not to be forgotten anytime soon.

All Hunter did was carry the ball for 331 yards and score seven — yes, seven — times in a 48-40 victory over neighboring Eisenhower in the CIF State Southern California Regional Division 3-A title game. The Cats have advanced to the state finals on Dec. 14 against a foe to be determined this week in the north.

“Christian Hunter put us on his back and carried us,” said Kaiser head coach Billy Cardosi, a disciple of coaches Dick Bruich and Mark Olay. “Eisenhower was big and our defense wasn’t playing very well, and Christian said, ‘It’s OK, I got you.’ “

Hunter put the Cats on his 6-foot, 190-pound body and carried them. But even in the postgame chaos, he gave credit to his offensive linemen — Ruben Duarte, Eduardo Vasquez, Jesus Gil, Anthony Guevara and Juan Bedolla — for creating the space needed for such a night. It was vintage Fontana, although Kaiser is a few miles from where the tradition started with the Steelers of Bruich. …

It was quite a fall for Cal State San Bernardino as five athletes, four in volleyball, were named All-Americans.

In volleyball, the CCAA champions had Alexis Cardoza and Jayann DeHoog as consensus selections to the 2018 Division II Conference Commissioners Association All-America team. It marks the first time since 2011 that two Coyotes gained first team honors. Sascha Dominique, Hailey Jackson and Leilia To’omalati were also honored.

For Cardoza, a sophomore from Chino Hills, it’s the latest honor after finishing fourth in the nation at 4.79 kills per set this season.

“I am honored to receive this award and be placed among student-athletes I admire and respect,” Cardoza said. “This award is a testament not only to my hard work and dedication, but to everyone who has believed in and encouraged me along the way.”

Senior Danny Ortiz was selected to the Division II Conference Commissioners Association second team. He’s the first CSSB All-American since Tanner Olinger was selected to the second team in 2010.

“I believe this is just the perfect way to finish my college career,” Ortiz said. “You don’t get this type of recognition every day, so the fact that I received it my senior year makes it even more special. I feel like I’m getting a sweet reward for all the hard work and effort I’ve put in throughout my career.” …

There are few people in the country, if not the world, who are as successful as Roger Penske. He drove to victory at Riverside International Raceway and fielded winning cars at Ontario Motor Speedway, Auto Club Speedway and the Long Beach Grand Prix. Of course, he also built the Fontana track, known at the time as California Speedway.

In 2018, he enjoyed another great year. He scored his 17th Indianapolis 500 victory with Will Power, his first Brickyard 400 win with Brad Keselowski, an Australian V8 Supercars title with Scott McLaughlin and a NASCAR Cup championship with Joey Logano.

“To see this whole championship unfold over 38 weekends and to culminate here in Las Vegas — sitting up on the stage there with Joey, all the sponsors and Ford Motor Company and my wife Kathy, that she hangs out with me for over 45 years is amazing,” Penske said at the NASCAR awards show. “It’s just hard to believe.

“We’re going to be back after it next year. Each year, we set the bar a little bit higher, and I think that’s what makes us so good.” …

From the e-mail bag: “Time for you to get your head out of the past and get with the current times. I refer to the Internet headline, ‘Ike-Kaiser football showdown a throwback to area’s glory days.’

“Give today’s players and coaches the credit they deserve. Compared to Eisenhower, Kaiser is just a newbie on such games.” — K.T., San Bernardino.

To quote an old friend and mentor, Bob Durand, “Writers usually don’t write the headlines, unless it’s a smaller newspaper. They might suggest one, but copy editors usually ignore them.”

In this instance, that’s the case. It’s been a while since I penned a headline.

However, in defense of the desk guys, Kaiser has more CIF championships (five) than all the other Fontana high schools combined (four).

Years from now, if I am still involved in journalism, I’ll pen a piece about how five local teams won Southern Section titles in 2018 and advanced to the state playoffs. We have experienced a football season unlike any other in the 105 years of football in the area. It’s quite a testament to players and coaches. …

Natalie Treto, a Colony High School senior who plays club soccer for Legends IE, has opted to stay close to home on the collegiate level. She has signed a letter of intent with Cal State San Bernardino. And she’s pretty excited about the turn of events.

“My decision to sign and play for CSSB was probably one of my best decisions ever and I’ve never felt more confident,” she said. “I’m so excited to finally live my dream of playing college soccer and I’m so proud of myself for achieving this goal.” …

There will be plenty of competition for Inland Valley prep football coach of the year. In past seasons, it was usually easy to select one as few teams survived the first two rounds of the playoffs. However, in 2018, five schools won CIF titles, and the head coaches of those championship teams are front-runners.

Two of them are Ghalee Wadood of Adelanto and Al Brown of Eisenhower. Both men turned programs completely around, giving two San Bernardino County cities plenty to cheer for.

In his first season at Adelanto, Wadood won the Division 13 title with a string of upsets (at least according to the pairings). The Saints finished the season with a 14-2 mark, more wins than the total the school had posted in its existence before his arrival. Adelanto lost to rival Silverado in the regular season, but rebounded nicely from that point.

In his first two years at Ike, Brown posted a 5-16 record. This time around, the Eagles had a 14-0 record until being eliminated by Kaiser. It was a throwback to the days of Tom Hoak guiding Eisenhower when the school was a perennial title contender. …

Best team in the area? Does the school have to be located in the Inland Valley?

If not, have to give Chatsworth Sierra Canyon some consideration. In three successive weeks, the Trailblazers (12-3) were on the road for wins over Perris Citrus Hill (27-3), Cajon (34-30) and Upland (7-3). That’s quite an impressive feat. …

More deliveries to the e-mail bag: “Community college athletic departments should take out ads in the newspapers, radio and television to let us know what conferncece they are playing in, and for what sport. Not like the old days when it was one conference for all sports. Can you help me out as far as men’s basketball?” — B.T., Chino Hills

Local community colleges play in three conferences. Citrus, Victor Valley and Barstow are in the Western State-East (which stretches from Los Angeles to Barstow). Mt. San Antonio and Chaffey are in the South Coast-North (better know your directions), while San Bernardino is in the Pacific Coast-North. …

The Games that keeping on giving. It’s been 34 years since Los Angeles last hosted the Olympics, but the foundation established thereafter remains very active.

The LA84 Foundation has awarded nearly $3.5 million in grants and programs, giving more than 100,000 children access to sports. The goal of the Foundation is play for all, to get every child life ready through sports, regardless of zip code.

THINK (Teaching, Helping, Inspiring & Nurturing Kids) Together, which offers free competitive after-school sports programs to over 5,300 middle school students at 48 public schools in under-served communities in Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, received a $172,000 grant. The organization offers 10-week seasonal sports beginning with boys’ flag football and girls’ volleyball program in the fall, a 10-week basketball program for boys and girls in the winter, and a 10-week boys and girls soccer program in the spring.

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Redlands-Riverside also received funds from the foundation. …

Local talent is paying off for Danelle Bishop at Cal Poly Pomona. The Broncos’ women are 5-1, 2-0 in CCAA, following a 75-64 road victory over Stanislaus State.

Jordyn Shane, a senior guard out of Victorville, scored a career-high 35 points (13 of 18 shooting, 11 rebounds) on Saturday, the most points since Jada Blackwel’s 36 points in a double-overtime loss to Azusa Pacific in 2014. It also matched a 35-point effort in a regulation game by Blackwell, achieved in a win over Edinboro in the national quarterfinals in 2014.

Louis Brewster can be reached at brewsterl1949@gmail.com.

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