Los Angeles Preps: Erika Reddish

I.E.: 5 things from the weekend

March, 26, 2012
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1. The J.W. North baseball team stretched their record to 11-0 with two close wins last week in Big VIII League play. Gabriel Franca led the way Friday in a 4-3 victory at Roosevelt, slashing two doubles and earning his sixth save of the season. Two days earlier, the defending Southern Section Division 1 champions hosted Riverside Poly and came away with an 8-6 victory. The Huskies are off until Saturday, when they open play in the Anaheim Lions tournament against Aliso Niguel (8-4).

2. After winning its first nine, the Indio baseball team was swept last week by Palm Desert in the first two games of Desert Valley League play. In the first game Tuesday, the Aztecs, ranked No. 1 in Division IV, scored four runs in the top of the seventh at No. 2 Indio and held on to win, 4-2. Jonathan Serven had the big hit for Palm Desert, a two-run single to left field that gave the Aztecs a 3-2 lead. In Friday’s second game, Jono Tellier went the distance, allowing six hits and striking out four in a 2-0 victory.

3. The Alta Loma baseball team is off to a strong start after tying for last in the Baseline League a year ago. The Braves won their first two league games and Saturday beat Palm Desert, 5-1, at College of the Desert. Senior right-hander Nolan Sheridan threw a three-hitter and struck out seven with no walks to improve to 3-0 on the season. Two weeks earlier, Sheridan threw the first no-hitter in school history in a 2-0 victory against Paloma Valley.

4. Inland Empire track and field athletes turned in some noteworthy performances over the weekend. Michael Hewitt of Great Oak ran the state’s fastest time of the outdoor season in the 800 meters at the Azusa Distance Meet of Champions. He twice circled the track in a personal-best 1:53.22, nearly a second faster than the state’s next best time. At the same meet, Erika Reddish of Vista Murrieta established a new state-leading time in the girls’ 800 (2:12.67). At the Roosevelt Invitational, Elijah Mitchell of Roosevelt produced the state’s top time in the boys’ 200 (21.46). At the California Relays at Cerritos College, Jordie Munford of Rancho Cucamonga set a new state-leading time in the girls’ 300 hurdles (43.26).

5. The Norco softball team, ranked No. 2 in the nation by ESPN, continued its winning ways, sweeping three games last weekend at the Torrance National tournament. The Cougars (13-0) did not allow a run in the three games, beating Freedom High from Oakley, Calif. on Friday, then knocking off Foothill High from Henderson, Nev. in a semifinal and North Torrance in the championship game, 8-0. Emily Lockman, who has signed with Nebraska, was the winning pitcher in both games Saturday. She also homered against Foothill and was named the tournament MVP.

I.E.: Track and field athletes to watch

March, 20, 2012
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Rachel McCoy probably won’t be surprising anyone this season. The 6-foot-3 junior at A.B. Miller came out of the blue last June to win a state title in the girls’ high jump at Buchanan High School in Clovis

She was the only athlete to clear the bar at 5-8, and just missed on her three attempts at 5-10. After playing basketball for the Rebels over the winter, she tuned up for this track and field season by winning the high jump at the Fontana City track meet earlier this month.

Here’s a list of the Inland Empire’s other top underclassmen at last season’s state finals:

Kelly Rhines, Sr. at Los Osos – third in the girls’ 200 (24.31)

Jordie Munford, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga – second in the girls’ 300 hurdles (41.90) and fifth in 100 hurdles (14.21)

Jade Miller, Sr., Great Oak – eighth in the girls’ 300 hurdles (43.37).

Erika Reddish, Sr., Vista Murrieta – ninth in the girls’ 1,600 (4:50.52).

Tanya Sapa, Jr., La Sierra – third in the girls’ shot put (41-6 )

Ashlie Curenton, Sr., Victorville – third in the girls’ long jump (18-7 ).

Kiethyon Moten, Sr., Indio – second in the boys’ 110 hurdles (14.46)

Zach Lewis, Sr., Ramona – fourth in the boys’ 300 hurdles (38.1)

Bernard Quinn, Sr., Vista Murrieta – fifth in the boys’ 400 (48.18).

Brett Moulton, Jr., Corona Santiago – ninth in the boys’ 800 (1:56.04).

Luis Gutierrez, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga – third in the boys’ 1,600 (4:06.51).

Ryan Hunter-Simms, Sr., San Gorgonio – third in the boys’ discus (176-6)

Jaelen Spencer, Jr., Sultana – third in the boys’ triple jump (48-3 )

Miles Poullard, Sr., Colony – tied for fifth in the boys’ high jump (6-5)

Peter Chapman, Sr., Murrieta Valley – fifth in the boys’ pole vault (15-0)
The nationally ranked Temecula Great Oak and Vista Murrieta girls’ cross-country teams are on a collision course to compete Saturday at the Mt. San Antonio College Invitational in Walnut, considered one of the top meets of the regular season.

Both are entered in the prestigious girls’ team sweepstakes race, scheduled to begin at 9:55 a.m.

Great Oak is ranked No. 6 in the nation in the latest ESPN/Rise team rankings and Vista Murrieta is No. 12.

Other ranked teams entered in the race are No. 23 Mission Viejo Trabuco Hills, No. 30 Torrey Pines, No. 31 Dana Hills, No. 33 Carlsbad La Costa Canyon and No. 47 Manhattan Beach Mira Costa.

Great Oak returned six of its top seven runners from a year ago, when the Wolfpack finished second at the Division I state finals. Vista Murrieta finished eighth in the same race.

Great Oak is led by twins Katie and Anna Johnson, who earlier this season helped the Wolfpack run away with the team sweepstakes title at the Woodbridge Invitational. Anna finished fourth and Katie was sixth.

Vista Murrieta will count on a high finish from Erika Reddish, who was fourth at the Inland Empire Challenge at Glen Helen Regional Park on Oct. 9, helping the Broncos win the team title. That same weekend, the top runners for Great Oak were competing at the Manhattan Invitational in New York, where they combined to finish second.

Here's the full high school race schedule. Here's the list of teams confirmed for each race.

Inland Empire: Several cross-country teams will be off and running this weekend

October, 7, 2010
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Inland Empire cross-country runners are gearing up for a big weekend.

Locally, the 10th annual Inland Empire Challenge is scheduled for Saturday at Glen Helen Regional Park in Devore. Among the entries is the Vista Murrieta girls’ team, ranked No. 5 in the Southern Section Division I coaches’ poll, and the Redlands girls’ squad, ranked No. 6 in the same division.

Erika Reddish of Vista Murrieta finished first last week at a Southwestern League cluster meet, though Temecula Great Oak, the top-ranked girls' team in Division I and considered one of the best in the nation, rested its top runners in preparation for this weekend’s Manhattan Cross-Country Invitational in New York.

Just how deep is Great Oak? The Wolfpack’s "B" team finished fifth at the prestigious Stanford Invitational last month, second at last week’s cluster meet and is expected to challenge Vista Murrieta this weekend.

Some of the top boys’ cross-country teams in the I.E. are headed north to compete at the Clovis Invitational on Saturday at Woodward Park in Fresno. The Corona boys’ team, ranked No. 8 in Division I, is scheduled to compete on the state championship course, as well as No. 10 Riverside King.

Riverside Woodcrest Christian, the five-time Division V defending state champion, is also entered in the Clovis Invitational.

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