The 2015-16 high school winter sports season was filled with intense competition, incredible highlights. and unforgettable moments. Throughout the course of the season, long awaited league titles were earned by a few of Redlands East Valley’s teams, while Citrus Valley fought hard in just their second year in the Citrus Belt League to show that they are a force to be reckoned with.
REV would win a grand total of three CBL titles in the winter season.
Boys soccer dominated the league with a record of 13-1, securing their fourth consecutive title. The team extended their season even further by advancing to the CIF Southern Section championship after thrilling wins over Quartz Hill and Santa Maria. They will play in the Division 3 title game versus Cathedral High School at Corona High School on Friday, March 4 at 7:30 pm.
After starting off league play with a record of 0-2-1, the Wildcats’ girls soccer team finished the season strong, only losing one game the remainder of the regular season, en route to achieving their league title. They then advanced to the postseason, where they fell to Roosevelt in the first round.
The boys basketball team earned their share of the CBL title with Cajon High School, attaining a record of 12-2, including sweeps over cross-town rivals, Redlands High School and CV. REV gained two victories in the playoffs over Murrieta Mesa and Royal High School before falling to defending Division 2 state champions, La Mirada, in the quarterfinals.
The Wildcats’ girls basketball team finished third place in league with a record of 10-4. Similar to the boys team, the girls would also defeat both RHS and CV each time that they faced off against them. They would then continue into the postseason, making it to the first CIF-SS quarterfinals in the program’s history, where they then lost to Agoura.
REV’s girls water polo team ended the year fourth in the CBL standings. The team earned huge one-point victories over both third-place RHS and CV in the first round of league play. Perhaps the most memorable moment of the season came on a key double-overtime win over Eisenhower High School on Feb. 1.
For the first time ever, REV’s wrestling program turned co-ed. This gave young women an opportunity that they never had before, as they were given the chance to show off their wrestling skills and compete with other local high schools. The wrestling team had an impressive season, with a few select athletes advancing to the postseason.
After being a part of the Mountain Valley League since the school’s opening, CV joined the CBL for the 2014-15 season, marking this year as their second in the league.
The Blackhawks’ boys basketball team competed closely with some of the league’s top contenders this season. However, they would total a record of 3-11 in CBL. The boys gained a memorable win in the second round of league play with a victory over RHS before finishing the season with an impressive victory over Eisenhower.
Girls’ basketball had their struggles as a young, up and coming team in a tough league, ending with one notable CBL win. The team defeated rival, RHS, in the Blackhawk gym, in a final score of 42-29, on Jan. 13.
CV’s boys soccer team fell just short of a league title, as they finished in second place behind REV. Through two rounds of CBL competition, the team would only suffer two losses, while gaining 10 wins and two ties. They then advanced to the postseason, where they lost to Norte Vista in the first round.
The girls’ soccer team completed the season in fourth place with a league record of 7-4-3. The girls showed great signs of dominance throughout the season, including a 8-0 win over Eisenhower. They also obtained a significant victory over second place, RHS, on Dec. 19.
Girls’ water polo concluded their season with two wins in league with both of these victories coming versus Eisenhower. Although the team struggled to have earn many wins throughout the season, they would prove to be a tough opponent for all other CBL teams.
The Blackhawks’ wrestling program accomplished many remarkable feats this season. Perhaps none were more imposing than their domination over RHS, defeating them 72-6 on Jan. 14.
This winter season was one to remember for both REV and CV, as they each took significant steps leading to more success for their respective school.