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The Yucaipa High girls basketball team, following a mid-season slump during which it lost five of six games, has snapped out of it. The Thunderbirds on Wednesday, Jan. 5, defeated visiting Redlands 73-20 for their fourth victory in five games. The triumph came in the Citrus Belt League opene…

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The Cajon High boys basketball team dominated last spring’s abbreviated Citrus Belt League season and, with four starters back, looks like the team to beat in 2021-2022. Besides having that experienced, talented quartet back, coach Randy Murray adds a newcomer by the nickname of “Memphis” to…

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Winners crossed the finish line with a flourish. Other runners struggled to finish, many gasping for breath and some collapsing on the ground. One competitor tried to crawl 30 yards to the finish line. He was stopped by race volunteers who provided aid. And this was on a cool day. Such was t…

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It was mid-October and already the vaunted Yucaipa High baseball team prepared. Players dressed in blue and gold sprinted to cover bases or field bunts, as veteran coach Ralph Grajeda presided. Proof of the Thunderbirds’ excellence adorns the ballpark walls. Section titles in 1991, 1993, and…

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Music thumped. Parents swayed. And children flashed quick smiles when handed trophies. The occasion was the Yucaipa Valley Youth Soccer Organization closing ceremonies Saturday, Nov. 20 at the Rick McCown Soccer Complex on Oak Glen Road. A near-full moon helped illuminate the field and crisp…

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Yucaipa Basketball center/ point forward, Nathen Hernandez, No. 24, scored 20 points on Monday night, Nov. 15, against Arroyo Valley High School. Yucaipa won 66-14.

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A sizable contingent of area athletes signed NCAA National Letters of Intent last week and expressed joy. Yucaipa, paced by its juggernaut baseball program, is sending nine student-athletes to the college ranks on scholarship. The Thunderbird signees are: Chase Antillon (Cal Baptist, basebal…

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The Redlands East Valley High boys and the Yucaipa girls scored huge cross-country victories on Saturday, Oct. 30. The event was the Citrus Belt League finals at Yucaipa Community Park. The REV boys victory allowed the Wildcats to tie Citrus Valley for the league title. The Blackhawks as a t…

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Senior night became senior day at Beaumont High. Blame the state-wide shortage of officials. But the host Cougars shined anyway, defeating Yucaipa 36-19 on Saturday, Oct. 23, in a Citrus Belt League football game. The game was originally scheduled for Thursday night, Oct. 21 but the change d…

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Lauren “Lolo” Padgett played volleyball in middle school and studied ballet for nine and a half years. She doesn’t dance now but thinks the experience helped and is one of the reasons she’s now the Citrus Belt League girls golf champion. Padgett shot an opening-round 84 on Monday, Oct. 18, a…

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Iain Matheson returned an interception 20 yards for a touchdown late in the third quarter to help lift the Yucaipa High football team past host Redlands, 9-7. The game was played on Friday, Oct. 1. Only a missed late field goal by Redlands kept Yucaipa (6-0 overall, 1-0 Citrus Belt League) u…

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BEAUMONT – Top competitors in niche sports like cross-country and wrestling often have parents who were stars. That’s true in the Citrus Belt League where the offspring of star runners prevailed on Saturday, Sept. 25.

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Calimesa’s Lori Becker grew up while skating at the Stardust Roller Rink, an iconic 1950s-era venue which burned down in 2019. The rink housed many memories, but now Becker and her charges are all about making new memories. Lori and her old coach Verda Asman guide the Academy of Champions Sk…

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The Yucaipa High football team remained unbeaten by defeating host Hesperia 41-13 on Friday, Sept. 10. The game was played at the school where Yucaipa coach Justin Price served his father, Butch Price, as a ball boy. Butch was the first-ever Hesperia football coach. Following a 6-6 first qua…

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QB1 of the Bulldogs Nathan Martinez is 2good2btrue. The University of Redlands star is a modern version of Frank Merriwell (Google him kids), with a rifle for an arm and magic in his feet.

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The Yucaipa High football team, led by the band, enters the stadium. AC-DC’s “Thunderstruck” blares. As the T’-Birds sprint onto the field, the crowd erupts.

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At the Yucaipa City Council meeting on Aug. 9, Public Works Analyst Todd Gutjahr and Director of Development Services/City Engineer Fermin Preciado presented the Phase I and Phase II of Wildwood Mountain Bike Trail Project to council asking to accept the contract work for the two phases that…

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At the Yucaipa City Council meeting on Aug. 9, Public Works Analyst Todd Gutjahr and Director of Development Services/City Engineer Fermin Preciado presented the Phase I and Phase II of Wildwood Mountain Bike Trail Project to council asking to accept the contract work for the two phases that…

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At the Yucaipa City Council meeting on Aug. 9, Public Works Analyst Todd Gutjahr and Director of Development Services/City Engineer Fermin Preciado presented the Phase I and Phase II of Wildwood Mountain Bike Trail Project to council asking to accept the contract work for the two phases that…

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The Yucaipa Valley American Little League won the minors (Under 10) baseball title in dramatic fashion on Monday, July 12 on a single by Cameron Urias in the bottom of the eighth inning.

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Yucaipa Valley American Little League manager Jeff Scott missed his team’s 11-1 victory against Twentynine Palms on Saturday, July 10, because of vacation. But it was OK because acting manager Rob Eland did just fine in making sure the boys touched home plate on every run and smiled for phot…

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Last week I received an email from a former area sports editor, Mike Murphy. I have never met him but he frequently drops me notes on the area sports scene and I appreciate it.

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Yucaipa High dominated the recently released All-Citrus Belt League baseball team. The Citrus Belt League champion Thunderbirds (21-10) put seven players on the first team, including league Most Valuable Player Jacob Reimer.

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It took the Yucaipa High baseball team until the final day of the Citrus Belt League to clinch a championship – but clinch, it did with its second victory against Redlands in three days.

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YUCAIPA – The strategy of the Yucaipa High basketball team was not complicated. It spread the floor on offense, left the middle open for forward Jonathan Stradford, and then let Stradford drive to the basket for shots or dish it to open teammates.

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The Citrus Belt League Boys Golf Individual Prelims were held at Yucaipa Valley Golf Club on Monday, May 24.  Timmy C. from REV led the field with a 4 under par 68. The Yucaipa High School Varsity team was represented by Mason Montgomery (75), Spencer Payne (78), Connor Kendrick (81), and Ty…

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Back in the 1960s, a few years after the Beatles first appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show, I was a brown-haired lad playing third base for Ram’s Sporting Goods of the San Bruno Pee Wee League.

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Elijah James completed 15 of 20 passes for 220 yards and one touchdown and ran for 30 yards and two scores to lead the Yucaipa High football team to a 31-0 victory against Redlands East Valley on Saturday, April 10.

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Beaumont High’s football team scored the final 24 points as the Cougars defeated the Yucaipa football team 37-24 on Saturday, April 3, in a Citrus Belt League game.

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Butch Price, the father of Yucaipa High football coach Justin Price, has been coaching since the Nixon Administration of the early 1970s. The elder Price, following Yucaipa’s stunning 38-21 victory on Saturday, March 27 against Citrus Valley, gathered the Thunderbirds and recited a mantra.

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Caiden Huber stepped into the batter’s box at Yucaipa High on Tuesday, March 23, under a fickle, overcast sky that couldn’t decide whether to dump rain or spread sunshine.

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On Jan. 11, the Yucaipa City Council approved and authorized City Manager Ray Casey to execute Facility Use Agreements  and administer the terms of the agreements between the city of Yucaipa and Yucaipa Valley Youth Soccer Organization, Spartans F.C. (football club), Yucaipa Valley American …

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Coming from all corners of the nation, riding on machines, dirt flying in all directions, hundreds revved up their two-wheel motorcycles in search of a motocross title.

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Even at six wins, five losses and a fully-loaded Citrus Belt League schedule lying ahead of Yucaipa High School, third-year Thunderbirds’ baseball coach Ralph Grajeda offered up plenty of hope for a successful season.

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The Yucaipa Boys season began with five new varsity starters. 0nly sophomore, singles player, Preston Chu returning to his same position on the team . As the preseason started the team had a lot of growing pains and a variety of lineup changes as the team was preparing for Citrus Belt League…

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The Yucaipa Calimesa Girls Softball league invited volunteers to join them in cleaning up the softball fields at I Street Park in Yucaipa on Saturday, Feb. 29. Around 50 volunteers, both adult and children showed up in force to get the tasks at hand done.

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