Prep Preview: Sunkist League

The Sunkist League produced a CIF champion for the first time since the Stone Age, with Tony Barile and the Fontana SkyHawks claiming their first ever titles. Funny thing happened though… Barile bolted for Eastvale Roosevelt and the Big VIII, the ‘Hawks cupboard is pretty bare, the league now includes Fontana and it moves into a clogged Central Division.

Whew.

The SkyHawks were 13-1 on their way to said title, and return about 1,000 athletes but not one that has seen significant playing time outside of senior WR Junior Davis, who caught eight passes — one for a touchdown — last season.

Colton (3-7) moves over from the San Andreas League and is looking for a fresh start. A once proud program has demolished and moving to a re-vamped Sunkist League is just the sort of lateral, quirky move of no real significance that will change a program whose architect now coaching at the new school.

Kaiser (8-4), which had owned this league since its arrival, fell from the top spot for the first time since 2007. Coach Phil Zelaya isn’t always enthusiastic about talking to media, especially with the way things have been going lately vs. Summit.

The Steelers (1-9) drew the short straw and must be heart-broken after being foced out of the Citrus Belt League. FoHi was one of the CBL’s charter members and a former one-time national champion. Now they’re a middling program in a middling league.

With former Yellowjacket Harold Strauss now coaching at Grand Terrace, the Titans are playing varsity football for the very first time and should still be better the Bloomington (3-7), poor Bloomington.

PROJECTED ORDER OF FINISH:
1. Fontana Summit
2. Colton
3. Fontana Kaiser
4. Fontana
5. Grand Terrance
6. Bloomington

PLAYERS TO WATCH:
Fontana ATH Almonzo Alexis (6-foot, 180 pounds)
Grand Terrace QB Kenny Boardman (6-4, 180)
Summit WR Erik Brown (6-1, 182)
Summit WR Junior Davis (6-foot, 200)
Grand Terrace TE/LB Daeshunn Dupree (6-3, 185)
Bloomington SS/OLB/RB Michael Kilgore (5-11, 178)
Colton QB Frank Perez (6-foot-1, 160)

GAMES TO CONSIDER:
Fontana Summit at Fontana Kaiser, Oct. 5
Fontana at Colton, Oct. 26

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