The San Bernardino County Sun from San Bernardino, California on March 14, 1985 · Page 35
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The San Bernardino County Sun from San Bernardino, California · Page 35

San Bernardino, California
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Thursday, March 14, 1985
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:-3 Thursday, March 14, 1985 The Sun CBL coaches not surprised by ChurchilVs non-move The Kid may come of age at Arena By MATT DROUILLARD Sun Sports Writer SAN BERNARDINO With his first main-event appearance as a professional coming up Friday at the San Bernardino Arena, Lorenzo "The Kid" Rodriguez may not be a child any longer in the sport of boxing. Rodriguez, a 20-year-old Rubidoux reisdent who fights out of the Meadowbrook Boxing Academy in San Bernardino, gets his first taste of the spotlight when he meets Joe Perez of East Los Angeles in an eight-round junior lightweight bout Friday. Rodriguez is no stranger to the Arena, fighting four times in San Bernardino and winning all four bouts, but he isn't used to being the No one around the Citrus Belt League seemed surprised in the wake of Mike Churchill's announcement this week that he had changed his mind and decided to stay on as football coach at Riverside Poly High School. Churchill had resigned from the position last month, but none of the CBL coaches contacted by The Sun Wednesday least of all Dick Bruich of Fontana felt such a decision was ever final. "I never believed he was gonna quit from the beginning," said Bruich, leader of Poly's chief rival for CBL supremacy. "I thought this was just his way of getting some things accomplished. I don't know what they were, and it's none of my business, but evidently there were some things going on that he didn't like, and this was his way of drawing attention to it." Churchill has never gone into great detail over the reasons for his resignation, but the move was felt to be related to some policy changes in the Riverside School District that would have made it difficult for Poly to keep up with its new competition in the CBL. Although the Bears won the league title in their first season and went on to defeat Fontana in the CIF Big Five Conference championship game, their enrollment is one of the smallest in the CBL, making Churchill concerned over the school's long-term ability to compete at the CIF's highest level. San Gorgonio coach Dave Duncanson called the Poly coach's move "a power-play kind of thing. I've gone through similar things, where you go looking around for something a little better. I see what he was trying to do. Dodgers minor-league pitcher Don Smith, the win in a battle of all-CIF hurlers from a year ago. Junior designated hitter Janette Thomas slugged a grand slam home run for Redlands, which is looking to improve on its second-place CBL finish of last season. "We were real young last year, and we got intimidated and made mental mistakes," said Redlands coach Steve Zahniser. "This year, we know each other better and we know what our capabilities are. We know we can win." Bruich has expressed concern over a new CBL policy that forced an early start to league play, which will finish nearly two weeks before the CIF playoffs begin. "It's all because the athletic directors are too lazy to schedule things when they're supposed to be," said Bruich. "They just don't care about girls sports." e e e Nobody asked me for one, but here's a very unofficial final San Bernardino County Top 10 for boys basketball this season: I. San Bernardino (254, CIF 2A quarterfinalist). 2. Montclair (18-9, 3A quarterfinalist). 3. Eisenhower (19-8, made 4A second round). 4. Redlands (17-8, lost in 4A first round). 5. San Gorgonio (18-8, lost in 4A first round). 6. Apple Valley (14-9, lost in 2A second round). 7. Victor Valley (14-8, lost in 2A first round). 8. Serrano (22-2, 1A quarterfinalist). 9. Cajon (18-6, did not make playoffs). 10. Hesperia Christian (21-3, Small Schools finalist). e e e Redlands' boys swim team suffered its first CBL dual-meet loss since Dale Adama became the Terriers' coach in 1979 when Riverside Poly drubbed "When you're a head coach, there are things you want to see done to keep the program going. When they don't happen just so, you start looking around for some other program that wants to make them happen." Bruich found nothing unethical about Churchill's tactics. "If this is what had to be done, then I totally agree with him," said the Fohi coach, who says he won't mind going up against another Churchill-coached club. "You want to keep the league as strong as possible," he said. "It's a plus for our league to have a guy like that around." e e e Currently, Bruich has another challenge to contend with after his three-time defending CBL champion Fontana girls softball team suffered a 54 loss to Redlands in its league opener on Tuesday. Senior pitcher Maria Preston, the CBL's most valuable player last year, walked opposing pitcher Lisa Smith with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh to push across the winning run. That gave Smith, a junior who is the sister of ex-RHS and now card's featured attraction. "I'm just glad that it's here in San Bernardino," said Rodriguez, whose record is 5-3. "This is my favorite place to fight. I'd fight here all the time if I could." In his two years as a pro, Rodriguez has fought at the Forum and the Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles as well as in San VtprnarHinn In hie loct SHI BIN MAIN EVENT 8 ROUNDS JUNIOR LIGHTWEIGHTS LORENZO RODRIGUEZ 1IC JOE PEREZ THE KID' VO a$tU San Bernardino AVHS pounds La Sierra RIVERSIDE Junior shortstop Paul Gonzalez and senior third baseman Tim Paul rapped out three hits apiece to pace a 16-hit attack by Apple Valley High School as the Sun Devils crushed La Sierra in a San Andreas League baseball opener Wednesday. The win was Apple Valley's first of the season after five non-league losses, while La Sierra is 3-3. Gonzalez and Paul drove in two runs each for the Sun Devils, as did senior first baseman Shawn Coms-tock and sophomore catcher Ron Shamblin. Coms-tock, senior pitcher Rick Green and senior second baseman Mark Williams all had two hits apiece as Apple Valley pummeled four La Sierra pitchers. After the Sun Devils piled up their lead after four innings, they relied on the solid relief pitching of Dave Coopersmith over the final 5 innings. Chaffey downs VVC, 8-3 RANCHO CUCAMONGA Freshman pitcher John Dillon slugged a two-run triple in the fifth inning to highlight Chaffey College's offensive attack as the Panthers rolled to an 8-3 Inland Valleys Conference baseball victory over Victor Valley on Wednesday. The victory gives Chaffey a record of 3-1 in the Southern Division, 4-7 overall, while Victor Valley drops to 04 and 1-7. Starting right-hander Gary Martin, a freshman, picked up the win for Chaffey, striking out 10 and giving up only one run on five hits before being relieved in the seventh inning by Dillon. Right-hander Gary Lewis went the distance and took the loss for VVC, giving up 14 hits while striking out two. Lorenzo Rodriguez bout, he scored a . . . first main event unanimous decision over Miguel Patino of Mexicali at the Arena. "It helps me a lot when I'm fighting in front of a hometown crowd," Rodriguez said Wednesday while working out at the Meadowbrook Academy. "It feels great when everybody's behind you." Rodriguez said all he knows about his opponent is that he's experienced. "But I think that I'm getting more and more experienced as time goes on, too," Rodriguez said. "I should be able to handle him." One of the changes Rodriguez has had to deal with was the increase in the length of bouts. In preliminary fights, the bout rarely more than six rounds. The main event, however, is rarely shorter than eight. Rodriguez has never gone past the sixth round. "I've been training real hard for this fight for about the last month and a half," Rodriguez said. "I've never gone eight rounds, but I've been sparring about 10 rounds a day to get in shape. I think I could go 10 rounds. I'm probably in the best shape I've ever been in." In addition to the Rodriguez-Perez bout Friday at the Arena, Jose Delgado of Pomona and Frank White of Pasadena will meet in a six-round middleweight fight. In a pair of four-round middleweight contests, Juan Calderon of Redlands will face Gabriel Morris of Los Angeles and Tim Williams of San Diego takes on Tim Fischer of Orange. Arturo Lizarraga of San Bernardino meets Otis Rodgers of Pomona in a four-round junior welterweight bout. 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