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Prep Sports Notebook: Weather could impact Tuesday's games

The four CIF-Southern Section playoff games involving High Desert teams scheduled for today face a bit of uncertainty due a winter storm brewing.

Meteorologist Ken Clark said in his AccuWeather blog that 4 to 8 inches of snow could fall on the Cajon Pass. The National Weather Service estimated that up to 2 inches could fall in the High Desert.

The Serrano girls soccer team’s game against Sierra Canyon in the second round of the CIF-SS Division 4 playoffs was in flux for more than just the weather. The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. at El Camino Real High because Sierra Canyon doesn’t have it’s own field.

Serrano co-coach Dave Molina said he’s trying to get the game moved earlier because with a 7 p.m. start the D’backs could have problems returning to Phelan. Heavy rain is expected to turn into snow at about 6 p.m. according to weatherchannel.com.

“I’m not keen on coming back in the bus in pretty heavy snow, which is what the forecast is,” Molina said. “This (storm) is supposed to pack some power.”

University Prep’s Div. 4 girls soccer game against Saddleback Valley Christian is scheduled for 3:15 p.m., but Jaguars coach Teresa Candelario said she is looking into playing earlier in the day.

Saddleback Valley Christian will be traveling about 100 miles from San Juan Capistrano Valley.

“We’re trying to get the game as early as possible so it doesn’t affect them going back down,” Candelario.

Also slated for today, Silverado boys basketball travels to Centennial/Corona for a 7 p.m. game and Granite Hills girls soccer hosts Arcadia at 3:15 p.m.

The Oak Hills boys soccer team doesn’t play until Wednesday when it hosts West Ranch in the second round of the Div. 4 playoffs. Oak Hills coach and athletic director Darren Goodman said he doesn’t mind some cold weather to enhance the Bulldogs’ home-field advantage.

“We need good old playoff weather at Oak Hills,” Goodman said “I just hope there is not snow covering the field so we can’t play. Cold and snow and rain doesn’t bother me as long as we can play.

“Playoffs is playoffs. We are going to play. If the game can possibly be played on Wednesday, we are going to play it.”

HOME SWEET HESPERIA: The Oak Hills boys and girls basketball teams earned home playoffs games after each claimed a Mojave River League title this season.

But neither team actually played those games in their home gym due to Oak Hills hosting the CIF-Southern Section Eastern Division Individual Wrestling Championships on Feb. 15 and 16.  

Instead, both teams played at Hesperia High. Goodman, formerly the athletic director at Hesperia, said it was an easy process to relocate the games and Oak Hills would do the same if Hesperia needed it.

“I think it’s the right thing to do,” he said.

Goodman added that while he was grateful Hesperia let them use the gym, it was a little strange to have the Bulldogs hosting at game at a rival school.

“The gym is very different now then when I worked there,” Goodman said. “It doesn’t really look the same.”

BECOMING A TIGER: Serrano junior soccer player Kellsie Gleason visited Auburn with her mother on Feb. 2 and liked it so much that she made a verbal commitment to play for the school for the 2014-15 season.

She said she visited a bunch of other schools, but Auburn was her favorite.

“I love that it’s a small-town college and everyone bleeds blue and orange,” Gleason said. “It’s awesome. The rivalry between Auburn and Alabama is great. I love the coaches, they’re great, and the campus is absolutely beautiful. ... I love it.”

Serrano currently has two other Div. 1 players in Lexi Long at Colorado College and Katie Pound at Army.

MRL STRUGGLES: The Mojave River League boys basketball race was very competitive this season, but that didn’t translate into postseason success.

Oak Hills, Apple Valley and Serrano failed to win a playoff game. It was the third straight season that the MRL came up empty in the postseason.

The league’s last postseason win came when Apple Valley knocked off Norco 54-51 in the 2009-10 postseason. The Sun Devils were the only team to pick up a postseason win for the MRL that season.

High Desert boys basketball struggled overall. Only Silverado, Barstow and Riverside Prep advanced from the first round.

A LOT OF MAT TIME: Sultana’s Ryan Gonazalez (132) and Serrano’s Josh Mendoza (220) each lost in the second round of the CIF-SS Eastern Division Individual Championships and then won six straight matches to finish third and advance from the double-elimination bracket.

TWO FUTURE BRUINS GO AT IT: The heavyweight final didn’t feature a High Desert wrestler, but it received a lot of attention.

Carter’s Kenneth Clark escaped from Los Alamitos’ Alex Redmond in overtime to win 2-1 in a very physical match.

In addition to being a quality matchup — both are ranked in the top 10 in the state — they’ve both already signed national letters of intent to play football for UCLA next season.

The finals might be a preview of future Bruins practices since Clark signed as a defensive lineman and Redmond is slated to play on the offensive line.

NOT AS MANY CHAMPS: The High Desert captured just two individual wrestling titles, far less than the six the area earned each of the last three seasons.

THIRD TIME’S THE CHARM?: The Silverado girls basketball team will host the top-seeded team in the division for the third year in a row Wednesday.

This year it’s Mater Dei. The Hawks have lost to Poly/Long Beach each of the previous two seasons.


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