Prep Preview: Riverside vs. San Bernardino

I’m covering the Riverside County vs. San Bernardino boys varsity All-Star Game tonight, Friday, March 18, 2016, at Riverside Arlington High School.

The best part of this assignment is I’ll also be providing color commentary alongside Pep Fernandez on the @Inland_Sports Show’s YouTube page.

RiversideCountyLOGOTHE LOW DOWN:
Riverside County will have one of its all-time best goalkeepers, Lake Elsinore Lakeside’s Tyler Garrard, in this game for 80 minutes. He’s multiple times all-CIF, and his numbers speak for themselves. Desert Mirage, which went 23-0 in winning the CIF-SS Division 7 title, is represented by two players on this team. Three other schools (Riverside Arlington, MoVal Rancho Verde and MoVal Valley View) also are represented by two players, while 13 other schools sent one player each. The team is coached by Arlington head coach Kevin Watson.

SBCountyLOGO
San Bernardino County may have the Inland Area’s best player in Indian Springs defender Titus Nickson. The Coyotes’ center back led his team to its first San Gorgonio Shootout tournament victory last year before leading the program to its first-ever playoff appearance this season. Yucaipa and San Gorgonio placed four players apiece on this team, while Fontana will have three representatives. The team is coached by San Bernardino San Gorgonio coach Adrian Villalobos.

THE ROSTERS:
Riverside County
— GK Tyler Garrard (Lake Elsinore Lakeside); LB Alex Martinez (Riverside Arlington); CB Mauricio Alvarez (Corona Centennial); CB Omar Caballero (MoVal Rancho Verde); CB Josmar Flores (Palm Desert); CB Armando Rivera (Desert Mirage); RB Luis Aguirre (Riverside Poly); CDM Julio Amezcua (Moreno Valley); CDM Kevin Mercado (Corona); CDM Jorge Moreno (Riverside King); CM Eduardo Garcia (MoVal Rancho Verde); CM Tony Vallejo (MoVal Valley View); MF Hugo Herrera (Indio Shado Hills); MF Jordan Zentner (Hemet); MF/F Christian Chavez (Riverside North); MF/F Fred Zaragoza (Desert Mirage); F Hector Cordero (Hemet Tahquitz); F Geovanny Lopez (Riverside Norte Vista); F Jonathan Morales (MoVal Valley View); F Leonardo Rodriguez (Riverside Arlington); F Giovanny Vallejo (Palm Springs)

San Bernardino County — Esgardo Duarte (Redlands Citrus Valley); Aaron Herrera (Hesperia Sultana); Rigoberto Beas (Yucaipa); Jakob Salinas (Yucaipa); Max Berrospe (Redlands); Ben Yanez (San Bernardino San Gorgonio); Victor Valadez (San Bernardino San Gorgonio); Victor Mendoza (Fontana Jurupa Hills); Ivan Quintero (San Bernardino Arroyo Valley); Ryan Fletes (Redlands Citrus Valley); Jesus Bolanos (Fontana Kaiser); Brandon Solarzano (San Bernardino); Christian Nunez (San Bernardino San Gorgonio); Bryan Luna (Fontana); Jesus Ortega (San Bernardino San Gorgonio); Santiago Gomez (Fontana); Titus Nickson (San Bernardino Indian Springs); Matheus Joaquin (Hesperia Sultana); Pedro Morales (San Bernardino Indian Springs); Christian Chavez (San Bernardino Arroyo valley); Juan Guillen (Yucaipa); Eric Corona (Yucaipa); F Juan Aguilar (Fontana)

THE DIFFERENCE:
Having Garrard between the pipes is major coup for Riverside, and his play will likely determine the game’s outcome.

THE FINAL SCORE:
Riverside County 5, San Bernardino County 3

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