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The Mesa Grande Academy basketball program did not seek a weak school in Western Christian, (featuring Bryce White) to open its 2019-20 season. The Cardinals lost both the girls and boys games to the visitors, 37-26 and 76-39 in a double-header played in the McAnally Gym last Tuesday.

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Michael Joaquin put on one of the best shooting performances in recent Yucaipa High School basketball history after scoring 31 points in a 67-53 loss to visiting Palm Springs in the season opener last Monday. Trailing 45-22 early in the third quarter, Joaquin went to work by scoring 12 point…

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Up against the top-ranked school and hopelessly behind, the Yucaipa High School tennis team played out its season in style against eventual champion Westridge of Pasadena. Trailing 9-2 in the quarterfinals of the CIF-Southern Section playoffs, the doubles team of seniors Brielle Lara and Sie…

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The Yucaipa High School girls’ cross country team took first place in the CIF Prelims and will race in the CIF Finals on Saturday, Nov. 23. The top seven teams will advance to the California State Championships.

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Jordyn Turner ripped a forehand that went untouched down the line to clinch the win against visiting Alhambra, 15-3 last Friday allowing Yucaipa High School to advance to the quarterfinals of the California Interscholastic Federation-Southern Section, Division 4 tennis playoffs. It hosted No…

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Trailing 41-0 to Cajon with seconds left in the game as well as in their high school careers, Yucaipa quarterback Casey Graf was still trying to throw scoring passes to David Fisher and Zach Murray in an attempt to squeeze every last yard out of the 2019 football season. The home crowd appre…

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After losing decisively to Redlands East Valley the Yucaipa High School golf team returned home six days later to defeat the Wildcats 250-251 and for the second straight season became Citrus Belt League co-champions. Both schools finished league play with 13-1-1 records. The teams played to …

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Among the 2019 version of the 2019 Yucaipa High School tennis team are a mixture of personalities that come from across the nation and across the planet. The formula has worked as the Thunderbirds have a 12-2 record and are 6-1 record thus far in Citrus Belt League and has assured itself of …

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David Fisher received six touchdown passes from Elijah James and Gavin Mink kicked a game-clinching 44 yard field goal to lead the Yucaipa High School football team past visiting Redlands East Valley 52-35 in a thrilling Citrus Belt League contest last Friday. Fisher finished the night by ca…

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The Yucaipa High School girls tennis team has gotten off to a great start to the season. In doing so the team has already locked up a CIF playoff spot. The team still has two weeks left in the regular season but has done enough in the first round of league matches that the team will be movin…

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Macy McKibban shot a 46 and Kathryn Blair a 48 to help the Yucaipa High School golf team stay undefeated after a rare 254-254 deadlock with Redlands East Valley. The crucial Citrus Belt League match was played at the Yucaipa Valley Country Club. Both schools have 6-0-1 records in CBL play. Y…

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When the Yucaipa High School football team jumped out to a 7-0 lead in its homecoming game last Friday it looked like easy victory might be in the bag. However, Silverado (1-5) ended up spoiling the party by scoring the next six touchdowns and cruised to a 42-7 nonleague win. YHS drops to 1-…

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Fresh off its strong showing last weekend in the Bull Run Tournament at Diamond Bar High School, the YHS water polo team continued its winning ways by finishing sixth among 16 highly ranked teams. The Thunderbirds went 2-2 at the Bull Run and their 7-6 overall record is misleading. Consideri…

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The inaugural Crafton Hills College girls water polo team played its second game. Goalie Emily McBride watches a shot from Rio Hondo go just over the top of the net on Sept. 13. CHC lost 9-7. The men’s team will play later this month at home.

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In his first varsity start, Yucaipa High School quarterback Casey Graf threw two long scoring passes to Austin Bolinger and another to David Fisher to lead the Thunderbirds over visiting Grand Terrace. The 34-20 season opening win last Friday was also the varsity debut of sophomore running b…

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Former Yucaipa High School diamond stars Matt Marnati and Sydnee Huff took different routes to become All-Americans. Marnati earned his baseball All-American status as a junior playing for Gary Adcock at California Baptist University. Huff was just named to the 2019 All-American west softbal…

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The start of today’s Women’s World Cup Soccer is getting comments close to home. Among the thoughts of Denise Rapinoe are those of discrimination to women soccer players, saying the World Cup stage could influence such change. Mirjam Swanson stated the defending champion, U.S. women’s nation…

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Along with Yucaipa High School athletes Sydnee Huff and Tyson Heaton, Thunderbirds baseball pitching coach Kevin Halamicek was recognized at the 55th Ken Hubbs Awards held May 20 at Grand Terrace High School. Huff and Heaton were Yucaipa’s 2019 nominees for the Hubbs Award presented annually…

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Yucaipa High School volleyball team’s late rally on Senior Night was not enough against Redlands East Valley who stopped the Thunderbirds hopes of defending its Citrus Belt League championship. REV prevailed 25-16, 25-10, 25-23. The Thunderbirds eventually earned a CIF-SS, Division 4 playoff…

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Cal State Fullerton-bound Cameron Repetti ended Yucaipa High School’s two year, seven-game post season win streak by pitching host Cypress to a 5-1 victory in a California Interscholastic Federation quarterfinal baseball game played May 10. Thunderbirds’ ace Tyson Heaton did his part by limi…

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After its second-round playoff game at Valencia West Ranch last Tuesday, Yucaipa High School baseball coach Ralph Grajeda used the term “dodged a big bullet” when talking about his team’s 1-0 win to advance into the playoff quarterfinals. Not only did YHS have a hard time hitting bullets thr…

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Yucaipa High School baseball Coach Ralph Grajeda and pitching Coach Kevin Halamicek didn’t think Tyson Heaton had his best stuff in a 4-0 win over visiting Huntington Beach Edison High School last Thursday. Heaton pitched a two-hit shutout allowing YHS to advance to the second round of the C…

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Entering the CIF playoffs for the first time in six years the Mesa Grande Academy baseball team knew it had nothing to lose going against the No. 2 ranked team in Division 7. Traveling to Victorville on Thursday to face University Prep and its 2018 All-CIF pitcher Rudy Mejia plus a lineup fi…

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From left to right:Blake Rodriguez, Vanguard University, Cross Country/Track and Field; Zoie Hollinger, Cal State San Marcos, Track and Field; Julia Smith, Vanguard University, Track and Field; Sarah Ramirez, University of La Verne, Soccer; Savannah Orton, Laterneau University, Tennis; Joshu…

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The Yucaipa High School baseball team closed the regular season with bats blazing after traveling to Orange County to dispose of Crestview League champion Foothill 12-4 in a makeup game that was rained out earlier. The win followed closure to Citrus Belt League play that saw the Thunderbirds…

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