Month: November 2015

What To Remember After Your High School Career Is Over

The Final Game

I.E. Preps Magazine Special Editorial

     No matter who you are, sport you play, or how good you are… eventually your high school playing career will come to an end. What many people and student athletes often put a big emphasis on, is the last game. Questions such as “did you win it all?”, “how did you walk off of the field?”, “did your senior season goals come to pass?” Though nothing can take the place of walking off of the field as a champion or undefeated, there are other concepts and life lessons that may be even bigger in the long run.

   The following is a list of 10 ideas to remember as you walk off of the field, court, track, or pool after your final game as a high school athlete.

  1. Every moment you spent as a student athlete was great preparation for life, you had to work as a team towards a goal, win together, and lose together.
  2. Relationships, the time you spent with your teammates and coaches will last forever. You all will spend more time in the future talking and laughing about good memories than the tough losses, no matter how few or many.
  3. While nothing will take the place of your high school career, it should be looked at as your start. Your high school career should not be THE highlight of your life, but ONE of many.
  4. You have had the opportunity to take the torch from the players that have come before you and now get to pass the torch to someone else. Now take the opportunity to leave your legacy and hopefully pour your wisdom and knowledge into younger players.
  5. Your Real Fans, your family, friends, teachers, and coaches are the only people that really matter. After all of the cheers are over, your “core fans” will never stop cheering for you in life. Enjoy the rest of your life knowing that they will always be in the stands for you, so make them proud.
  6. While this may be the end of your time as a player you can stay connected to the game in countless ways. As a coach, analyst, official, writer, trainer, physician, photographer, or fan you stay close to the sport you love.
  7. Your character will be revealed. Did you keep your grades up just to keep your eligibility? Were you respectful to your coach only because you needed to play? Now you will get show people you are truly the person  of integrity beyond your sport.
  8. Free time, now that the season is over you will have more time to decide what you will do after high school or develop yourself as a well rounded person. Look forward to the time you will have to grow.
  9. Keep a diary, many student athletes experience slight depression after the cheers and the game lights are over. Monitor what you are writing and feeling, also speak with others if you are feeling down or depressed by no longer playing.
  10. Be thankful, take time to thank people who helped you during your career. Parents, fans, teachers, coaches, and even team trainers have all helped you along the way. Take time to write letters, buy thank you cards, or even placing a phone call can go a long way to show them your appreciation.

Please share this with any student athlete that has played their last game or who may be ending their career soon.

J.R. Rucker

Editor of IE Preps Magazine


IE Preps Magazine High School Football POWER 20 Regular *Regular Season Finale* (Nov. 7, 2015)

Diamond Ranch


  1. Corona Centennial – Twenty years from now, we will be talking about the “Matt Logan years”. The Huskies finish the regular season undefeated and end it by beating one of the best teams around Norco, with no problems. 67-20.  (10-0)
  2. Vista Murrieta – The Broncos beat Temecula Valley 55-20 to end the regular season undefeated in league. Another season another trip to CIF. (9-1)
  3. Chino Hills – The other Huskies end the season undefeated in the Baseline league by beating Etiwanda 45-21. Coach Betchel and his Chino Hills  “300” gave nothing and took everything this season.  (9-2)
  4. Heritage – The Patriots finish their season undefeated and soundly beat Lakeside 44-6. The program has been dominant for the past 6 seasons now, are there still any non-believers? (10-0)
  5. Norco – Losing to Centennial 67-20, knocks Norco down a few spots but not out. The Cougars have a good team that on any given night can beat almost anyone. (8-2)
  6. Cajon – Finish the season with a win over A.B. Miller 61-26.  Coach Rogers has taken his Cowboys to new heights and should get major consideration for Coach of the Year consideration. (9-1)
  7. Redlands East Valley – REV closes the season out with a strong win over Yucaipa 53-17. This is still one of the best teams in the Inland Empire, the playoffs are where Bruich’s shine. (8-2)
  8. Summit – The SkyHawks are undefeated and finish things off by beating Fontana 39-7. This team is talented and the playoffs await.  (11-0)
  9. Upland – The Scotts finish the regular season beating Rancho Cucamonga 31-21. This team may be a year away, but played hard all season. Look for them to lean on their run game in the playoffs.(7-3)
  10. Murrieta Valley – The NightHawks beat Great Oak 42-10.  This team has been a BIG surprise an Coach George Wilson could get some Coach of the Year votes himself. (8-2)
  11. Rancho Cucamonga– The Cougars lost to Upland 31-21 to end the regular season.  This team is battle tested and led by QB Angel Matute, will be a tough out in the playoffs. (7-3)
  12. Citrus Hill – The Hawks finish the regular season, undefeated in league by beating Tahquitz 45-0. Citrus Hill should make some major noise in the playoffs. (8-2)
  13. Rancho Verde – The Mustangs go through league undefeated and beat Arlington 45-7. Coach Steinberg’s Mustangs will be ready to run in the playoffs. (8-2)
  14. Serrano – The Diamondbacks beat Burroughs 47-20 and get ready for the playoffs. (8-2)
  15. Moreno Valley – The Vikings have landed…and finish a perfect regular season with a win over Vista Del Lago 40-0. Let’s be real, this team has been the best kept secret in the IE, and Coach Ted Wadkins and his “Super Backer” Kevin Meitzenheimer are a mission. (10-0)
  16. Redlands – The Terriers are getting better and better every week. They win a big game against Carter 28-15, and get their ticket to the playoffs. Coach Walker and his staff are among the best and will have the dogs ready to bite in the playoffs. (7-3)
  17. Paloma Valley – Beat Temescal Canyon 69-28 and enter the POWER 20. Coach Bert Esposito is slept on and so is his team. They only lost to Heritage by a touchdown, this team could be a bracket buster in the playoffs. (7-3)
  18. *Tie* Pomona/Chino – The Red Devils beat La Puente 61-14 and end the season undefeated in league.  Pomona is back in the playoffs, its time to hunt. (9-2) Chino has played big boy football all seasons under new Coach Jesse Ceniceros. They end the regular season with a 56-14 win over Walnut and enter the playoffs on a roll. (8-2)
  19. Diamond Ranch – The Panthers beat Los Altos 24-18 to make the playoffs and enter the POWER 20. Look for QB Joe Sebastian to get hot in the playoffs. (8-3)
  20. Colony – The Titans go undefeated in league and end it by beating Don Lugo 35-14. Colony had a brutal pre-season schedule and hopefully that will pay off in the playoffs. They are still the champs until someone beats them and enter the POWER 20. (7-3)

Other Playoff Teams To Watch: Don Lugo, Norte Vista, Notre Dame, Riverside Poly, San Gorgonio, Yucaipa