Los Angeles Preps: Ken Mushinskie

COSTA MESA -- For the second year in a row, the Southern Division championship came down to a two-point play in the waning seconds.

For the second year in a row, Beckman was left in stunned silence.

On Friday at Orange Coast College, it was top-seeded Beckman's turn to win the championship on a two-point conversion. Cameron Biedgoly passed seven yards to James Kaprielian with seven seconds left. Rather than kicking a PAT for the tie, the Patriots put the ball in the hands of their stud running back, Jeff Kim -- who had runs of 13 and four yards on their 62-yard scoring drive.

But Kim, who averaged 136 yards and scored 23 touchdowns this season, was stopped cold by a fired-up Corona del Mar defense led by linebackers Frasier Anderson, Grant Garrett, David Moore and Aaron White.

There was no score, and no joy on the Beckman sidelines as they watched another team celebrate wildly for the second year in a row.

Second-seeded Corona del Mar scored a 14-13 victory, the Sea Kings' first title since winning back-to-back in 1988 and 1989.

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Inland Empire: Bray will remain football coach at Colton

May, 6, 2011
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After another 24 hours of twists and turns, Rick Bray is back as head football coach at Colton High School.

Don Markham, meanwhile, is staying at Compton High.

Bray took over the Colton program last May and led the Yellowjackets to their first Southern Section championship in 32 years, but the job was re-opened following the season to satisfy the Rialto Rule, which gives hiring preference to on-campus teachers.

Before taking over as head coach, Bray had been an assistant at the school for 21 of the previous 25 years but wasn’t a certified teacher.

Markham, who has amassed 309 career victories while coaching at eight high schools, was teaching at Colton when he threw his name in the hat for the head coaching position, even though he had accepted the same job at Compton two months earlier.

According to reports, Markham began looking at the Colton position because he wasn’t guaranteed an on-campus job at Compton. That changed this week when the Tarbabes placed him on staff as a weightlifting instructor.

With his employment at Compton secured and Bray the popular choice to retain his job, Markham reportedly pulled his name out of the running for the Colton position, leaving Bray as the only remaining candidate.

Bray was confirmed as head coach by a 7-0 vote during Thursday evening’s Colton Joint Unified School District meeting.

For one of those rare occasions, it appears all sides came out a winner.

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Inland Empire: Games of the week

October, 14, 2010
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Courtesy of Devin Berry
Corona Santiago sophomore quarterback Michael Darr (No. 15) will try to keep the Sharks in the hunt for a Big VIII League title when they host Norco on Friday night.

No rest for the weary in the Big VIII League.

While a number of schools are just entering league play this week, the Big VIII is preparing for Round 3.

"This is the new black-and-blue league," said Riverside King coach Ken Mushinskie.

On the slate Friday are two particularly good ones. Norco (1-1 in league) plays at Corona Santiago (1-1) and King (1-1) travels to Corona (2-0).

All four teams need a victory to keep pace with Corona Centennial (2-0) and stay in the hunt for one of the league’s four automatic playoff berths. Eastvale Roosevelt is also 1-1.

"We’re in a must-win," Norco coach Todd Gerhart said.

Both game are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

Three more to see:

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