Random thoughts for a Tuesday morning, wondering whatever happened to Mike Rangel, a two-way player for Tom Hoak’s Pacific High School team 25 years ago. … In light of the recent announcements of two race weekends being eliminated from the California Speedway calendar, it’s not difficult to understand the most frequently asked questions by he general public: Is the speedway in danger of closing? Can the track make it on just two races a year? The answers are no and yes. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Ever since the speedway first opened in 1997, and even before that, there was always a thought by many that Roger Penske’s creation would suffer the same fate as Ontario Motor Speedway and Riverside International Raceway. Both tracks were successful for a period, but fell victim to economic pressures. When the Indy Racing League and Grand Am made public their plans not to return to Fontana in 2006, those old concerns shot right to the surface. Was this the end for the speedway? Not a chance, not with a pair of highly successful NASCAR Nextel Cup events. Each NASCAR weekend attracts more than 150,000 to the facility over three days, enough to make it among the leading economic events in San Bernardino County. Despite the foolish decision by the IRL to drop Fontana, the speedway is healthy and promises to be around for many years. … Ryan Grice-Mullins was recruited out of Rialto High School by the University of Hawaii as a defensive back. No doubt the Warriors are happy they switched him to wide receiver. Grice-Mullins, a redshirt freshman, caught four touchdown passes from Cody Brennan in Saturday’s 49-28 victory over New Mexico State. Grice-Mullins finished the game with nine receptions for 137 yards. He is second on the squad with 39 receptions, but leads in receiving yards (536), all-purpose yards (536) and scoring (seven touchdowns). … Somebody in Fontana has a pretty good arm. At the conclusion of Friday night’s Citrus Belt League game between crosstown rivals Miller and Fontana, two plastic bottles were hurled onto the field. Apparently, somebody on the Fontana side took exception to Miller players celebrating their victory. The offending party/parties should have taken their cue from the Fontana players, who displayed true sportsmanship following the loss. … Five young gymnasts from San Bernardino County will participate in national testing for the T.J. Maxx Talent Opportunity Program, set Oct. 21-31 at the USA Gymnastics’ national team training center in Huntsville, Texas. Originally scheduled in late September, it was moved back due to Hurricane Rita. All five compete for Precision Gymnastics. The group includes Shelby Edwards of Fontana, Megan Kyle and Rachel Schick from Rancho Cucamonga, Chanen Raygoza from Upland and Desiree Palomares from Victorville. The three-day schedule includes tests to measure gymnastics and physical skills in addition to a fashion show. Of the 300-plus 9-, 10- and 11-year-old girls from 32 states at Huntsville, the field will be trimmed to between 60 and 70 who will advance tp the national camp in December. … Rancho Cucamonga’s Bill Davis doesn’t let much stand in his way. In a span of a month, the 47-year-old not only won a triathlon in Malibu, but the net championship at the U.S. Blind Golf Association’s national championship. Competing in the B-2 division, he shot 110 and 97. Next week, Davis will compete in the California Blind Golf Classic in Santa Maria. He is the defending B-3 champion, but he eyesight has deteriorated to 20/800 to put him in the B-2 (light and shapes) division. … Cal State San Bernardino’s men’s basketball team has started practice, with only one starter back from the 2004-05 CCAA co-championship team. In less than a month (Nov. 12-13), the Coyotes will face Loyola Marymount and USC. The Coyotes were not included in the NCAA Division II preseason top 25, but that doesn’t concern coach Jeff Oliver . He’s more of a where-do-we-stand-in-the-poll-at-the-end-of-the-season type guy. … Remember record-setting Ridgecrest Burroughs quarterback Karsten Sween, who led the Burros to the 2003 CIF-SS Division 8 title game against Kaiser D8 and into the 2004 semifinals against Palm Springs? He is redshirting this year at the University of Wyoming. Also at Wyoming is Kyle Jacobo, the former option quarterback at Miller now listed as a wide receiver. … Good thing the IRL isn’t in charge of maps of the United States. dropping Fontana, Phoenix and Pikes Peak from the 2006 schedule, the IRL has taken us back to before the 1803 Louisiana Purchase and westward expansion. The IRL’s only event past the country’s centerline in 2006 is the road race at Infineon Raceway outside Sonoma. … Fontana, part 2: Hard to believe it wasn’t that long ago when the school district spent more than $300,000 to improve the football field at Steeler Stadium. “Hey, did you miss the rodeo they held here?” Miller coach John Tyree said prior to Friday’s game. “These clumps are ankle-busters.” During his tenure as Fontana coach more than 30 years ago, Tyree was constantly battling the district for better grass, a scene repeated at Miller. Some things don’t seem to change, for the better. … Basketball, part 2: Chaffey College sophomores T.J. Smith (Miller) and Vince Alvarado (Silverado) have been selected to the all-Foothill Conference preseason team. The Panthers open their season at home Nov. 7 against Santa Monica. Louis Brewster is Sports Editor for The Sun. His column appears Tuesday. He can be reached at (909) 386-3935 or [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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