Random thoughts for a Tuesday morning, wondering whatever happened to Efram Leonard, the 1985 MVP of the Inland Valley High School All-Star Basketbal Game out of Damien High School.
Some of the best graduating seniors who played basketball this past season will be in the spotlight Saturday at the 34th annual Inland Valley High School All-Star Basketball Games at Damien High School.
Sponsored from the beginning by the La Verne Rotary Club, the games will bring together 60 high school seniors who have proved themselves to be more than one-dimensional players. After being nominated by their coaches, they were selected on the strength on being good citizens as well as good students.
There have been exciting games in the games' long history, and high scoring as well. In 1990, Brad Smith of Bonita guided the Hacienda League team to a 123-122 win over Henry Gonzales and the Baseline all-stars.
Who among us can remember the Hacienda League?
On the girls side, the North under Dave Confair, beat Mel Sims' South team 91-64, the highest point total. In 1992, Sims directed the Hacienda boys to a win over the Baseline squad.
Ed Taylor, now at Colony, is the other coach who has coached both a boys and girls team in the series.
The girls will start at 5 p.m., followed by the boys. ...
While a 2006 crash at Twin State Speed in Claremont, N.H., may have resembled a scene right out of the 1990 Tom Cruise movie "Days of Thunder," it resulted in a guilty verdict reckless conduct with a deadly weapon.
A jury found Robin Blake, 42, guilty of reckless conduct, a Class B felony, last week. Blake slammed his car into the side of David Bly's car.
In a scene that was close to the wild days at Orange Show Speedway, the crash resulted in a fight involving the rival families.
The one-day trial was followed by five hours of deliberation. Assistant Sullivan County Attorney Dave Park dropped another additional felony, criminal mischief, before the start of the trail. Andjust like Cole Trikle and Russ Wheeler, neither driver was hurt in the crash. ...
Tommy Lasorda will be in San Bernardino on April 16 as the keynote speaker at the annual 66ers' "Meet the Team" dinner at the National Orange Show. This will mark the first time the function will be open to the public.
Fans interested in attending can either purchase a ticket for the dinner and Lasorda's address for $40, or for an additional $10 can get a ticket the to the 11 a.m. game against Visalia, complete with soda and hot dog.
More information is available by callingthe 66ers at (909) 888-9922. ...
Without a bracket to worry about, watching the NCAA Division 1 basketball tournament is muh more rewarding. It allows a fan to root for the underdog, without a concern on how it will reflect on one's Sweet 16 or Final Four.
Truth be know, most of those who entered a bracket in a pool are seriously out of the running for the big cash. Just how many actually picked Davidson or Western Kentucky to reached the Sweet 16? Only two from the more than 3.65 million entries in ESPN.com' bracket contest correctly picked the final 16 teams. ...
Hank Stickney, through Mandalay Sports Properties, is no longer an owner of the Las Vegas 51s, the Triple-A baseball team that is currently affliated with the Dodgers. The deal to sell the team to Stevens Baseball Group was approved last week.
Stickney is the principal owner of the Quakes and the man responsible for opening the area to minor league baseball. If you'll recall, it was Stickney who brought the Ventura franchise to San Bernardino in 1987 and renamed the team the Spirit.
Stickney moved into Rancho Cucamonga's new stadium in 1993. However, by then, interest in minor league baseball resulted in new parks being build in Lake Elsinore, Adelanto, Lancaster and San Bernardino. ...
The Ontario Reign has put together a group in the ticket department with plenty of experience not only in this area but in professional sports.
Robert Kasprzyk, group sales manager, worked previously at Santa Anita and the 66ers. Drew Boursaw, among the five new hires, will be responsible for season ticket, group and corporate sponsorship sales after spending five years at KCAL-FM/96.7 in Redlands.
Other hires include Erik Blaisdell and Brett Brewster, both from the Sacramento Kings; and Michael Sandoval, a Cal State Fullerton grad who worked with the Galaxy and CD Chivas USA. ...
The Storm, finguring it's not that far from Beverly Hills to Lake Elsinore, have offered Barry Bonds a spot on its roster. No telling what the Padres think about the remote possibility of losing a position.
However, the Storm has offered a "cushy media relations position (with slight pay cut from $19.3 million), full use of baseball facilities and, of course, expanded cubicle space with barcalounger and plasma TV.
Bonds, without an offer for 2008, might be swayed by the "permanent parking space" next to the one already reserved for ESPN reporter Pedro Gomez. ...
All-Star game, part 2: Three of the four coaches will be making thair All-Star debuts on Saturday. Both North coach Bob Siler from Etiwanda and Don Lugo's Eric Highstreet, for the South, are new. So is South boys coach Don Grant from Chino Hills.
Bonita's Greg Eckler, the North's boys coach, is a previous winner in the series.
Louis Brewster is Sports Editor of the
Daily Bulletin. His column appears on Tuesday.
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