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Saniyah Sobers high-flying act is headed north in 2025.

The star junior outside hitter of the Redlands High girls volleyball team has committed to Santa Clara University.

“I am thrilled to announce my verbal commitment to continue my academic career and play Division I volleyball at Santa Clara University,” Sobers said via social media last week.

Santa Clara was founded in 1851. Former pro football quarterback Dan Pastorini and former NBA All-Star Steve Nash played there.

Flashback

Saniyah Sobers’ commitment to Santa Clara has me flashing back to the summer of 1970.

I attended a sports camp at SCU before ninth grade that included football, basketball, baseball, and other sports. Santa Clara’s varsity coaches instructed, the school’s star quarterback Dan Pastorini (Houston Oilers) made an appearance, and a guy named “Schmitty” taught us how to high jump. But we didn’t learn the Fosbury Flop, as it had barely been invented.

Streaky

The 2023 winning streak of the Redlands High girls volleyball team ended late last month. Roosevelt of Eastvale took care of that in three sets in the Mustangs’ own tournament.

But the Terriers are still streaking in a sense, says team sports information whiz Michael Reiter, the father of setter Lauren Reiter.

Redlands, as of last weekend, was on a 16-game Citrus Belt League winning streak and has won 30 consecutive sets since dropping a 37-35 first set to Yucaipa on Oct. 4, 2022. We remember that.

Crown ‘em

We cover it all here from Press Row, including homecoming kings and queens.

Josiah Morgan was crowned Beaumont High homecoming king on Friday, Sept. 29 during the Cougars’ 39-14 win against visiting Yucaipa. Morgan plays basketball for Beaumont High coach Jon Florence.

“He’s a great kid,” Florence said of Morgan.

Morgan lifted homecoming queen Brooke Hollingworth into the air at halftime when she was announced.

“It’s amazing,” Hollingworth’s sister Valerie Hollingworth said. “She has such a beautiful soul and is such a kind human being.”

Brooke lost her father Dave to a quad accident in 2018 and her mother Brenda to liver disease in 2021. Sister Valerie, who has four kids, has raised Brooke.

“To be able to see her do this senior year is a blessing,” Valerie said.

Hall of Fame dinner approaching

The 18th annual Redlands High Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony and banquet is almost here.

The event is at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14 at Redlands High’s Terrier Hall.

Being inducted are the 2007-’08 boys’ swimming relay teams, boys volleyball player Brooks Dierdorff (2003), girls track and field athlete and basketball player Camille (Robertson) Andreas (1984), the late rugby player Charles Beal (class of 1905), and former football coach Jim Walker.

Beal has an especially interesting background. His father was a freed slave who arrived in Redlands in 1870 and was a member of the city’s first African-American family.

Beal was outstanding in rugby (Redlands was a state power) and track and field. The Terriers won the 1909 state rugby title 6-0 against Santa Clara High, though Beal had graduated.

Beal was the first African-American mail carrier in Redlands and pioneered the use of a bicycle to deliver routes.

He also played for the semi-pro Mulvihill baseball team, formed in 1910.

Well-rounded, Beal was in the Harbert Orchestra that performed throughout the city.

Tickets for the HOF event are $75 or $20 for children 12-and-under. Checks may be sent to RHS Hall of Fame, 453 Cajon St., Redlands, CA, 92373 or pay online at https://bit.ly/RHSHOF2023. More information: (909) 793-0624.

Night to dis-member

The Inland Empire Derby Divas, who recently won their flat-track roller derby league, are celebrating.

The Divas, who were featured in this publication on Aug. 25, have one night of play and mayhem left – Saturday, Oct. 21 at Jack Bulik Park in Fontana.

The Divas include players from all over the Inland Empire, including from Redlands, Yucaipa, Beaumont and Banning.

Dubbed “A Night to Dis-member,” the Divas take on Coachella Valley and Prison City in a doubleheader. The games are at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Lucky 13

Former Redlands East Valley High volleyball star Johnna (Fouch) Bazzani has found success as a college coach.

Bazzani on Saturday led her Eastern Kentucky University team (she is the coach) to its 13th consecutive victory. Johnna certainly knew success as a prep, winning three section titles at REV. She was a teammate of Krista (Vansant) Hendrickson who is now an assistant at Illinois.

Krista picked up numerous national player of the year awards in high school and in college at the University of Washinton.

Playoff bound

Yucaipa High grad Tyler Wells, the 6-foot-8 pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles, is back with the big club.

Wells started for the first half of the season with the Orioles. He was sent down to the minors after several rocky outings but has fought his way back.

He returned to the big club on Thursday, Sept. 28 to preserve a 2-0 victory against the Boston Red Sox as the O’s clinched the American League Eastern Division.

“I think any opportunity to go out there in big moments and help the team win is satisfying to me,” Wells told Baltimorebaseball.com. “I’m just looking forward to the opportunity to help the team win in some of the biggest moments we have.”

Also headed for post-season play is Philadelphia Phillies’ starting pitcher Taijuan Walker, a former two-sport Yucaipa High star. Walker was inducted into the YHS athletic Hall of Fame last year.

Reach John Murphy at jmurphy@redlandscommunitynews.com. Follow at @PrepDawg2.



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