Crichlow: “Saving for a rainy day”

It was only three months ago, in the Veterans Memorial Building in Porterville, that Central Section commissioner Jim Crichlow trumpeted the section’s financial boon for the 2011-12 school year, announcing that a net of $1 million had been made through playoffs.

From that amount, $700,000 was returned to the section’s 94 schools and $300,000 to Crichlow’s CIF office, which operates on a $400,000 annual budget.

The section’s CIF reserve fund, meanwhile, ballooned to $450,000, which I published. And that drew a common reaction from readers: “What is it used for?”

To which Crichlow responded: “Never know when you might need some for a rainy day.”

And, sure enough, three months later — on what is typically the section’s most profitable day of the year — here we are.

On a day of five section football championships — one at Madera Ranchos, one at Clovis and three in Kern County — we’ve been hit hard with rain, particularly to the Valley’s north.

Forecast calls for it to stop by 7 p.m. kickoffs throughout the Valley.

Regardless, the damp conditions are sure to deter hundreds, if not thousands, of fans from attending the games in what I would expect to be the lowest collective turnout in years.

Bottom line: It will be interesting to see if the section makes budget in June. If not, Crichlow will have to tap the reserve fund to pay his administrative budget and for trophies and scholarships.

Fortunately, the section is so financially healthy, there’s no need to worry about all bills being paid and students/schools being properly recognized.

Fresno State QB Derek Carr wins weekly honors from Manning Award

Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr racked up another player of the week award on Thursday, after the Bulldogs’ victory over the Air Force in which he completed 28 of 32 passes for 452 yards and four touchdowns to clinch a share of the Mountain West championship, their first league title since 1999.

The junior from Bakersfield added the Manning Award player of the week to honors from the conference, the Walter Camp Football Foundation and College Football Performance Awards.

The victory over the Falcons marked the third time Carr has had 400 or more passing yards this season, setting a Mountain West single-season record.

Carr also won the Manning player of the week award following the Bulldogs’ victory at New Mexico, and is one of three two-time winners this season along with Devin Gardner from Michigan and Geno Smith from West Virginia. He passed for 416 yards and four touchdowns in that victory over the Lobos.

VIDEO: Fresno State Coach Tim DeRuyter press conference, part 3

Fresno State, which grabbed a share of the Mountain West Conference championship last Saturday with a victory over the Air Force, will have to wait a few more days before it learns its bowl destination.

It will be either the Las Vegas Bowl or the Hawaii Bowl, and Coach Tim DeRuyter discussed some of the options during part 3 of his weekly press conference. The Las Vegas Bowl gets its pick, and has narrowed the choices to Boise State and the Bulldogs.

VIDEO: Fresno State Coach Tim DeRuyter press conference, part 2

It didn’t take long for Fresno State Coach Tim DeRuyter to make it to the hot list of coaches linked to jobs at bigger schools. DeRuyter, who led the Bulldogs to a Mountain West Conference championship in his first season in the valley, addressed some of the rumors flying around, as well as the impact of the Red Wave and Military Appreciation Day in part 2 of his weekly press conference.

VIDEO: Fresno State Coach Tim DeRuyter press conference, part 1

Fresno State Coach Tim DeRuyter led the Bulldogs to a Mountain West Conference championship in his first season, but quickly turned his attention to recruiting while they wait to find out where they will be playing in a bowl game.

That – and the ‘Dogs victory over the Air Force that clinched a share of the conference title, their first since 1999 – was a hot topic for DeRuyter as he wrapped up the season in his weekly press conference.

 

CW’s Central Valley Showdown: Section’s best girls hoops tourney — EVER!

State two-time defending Division I champion Mater Dei-Santa Ana is one of four state preseason Top 25-ranked girls basketball teams in this week’s Central Valley Showdown at Clovis West.

State-ranked teams in the 16-school field — the strongest in section girls basketball history — are No. 3 Mater Dei (34-3 last season), No. 14 Lynwood (26-5), No 15 Hanford (25-5) and No. 21 Ridgeview (24-8).

Hanford (D-I, Ridgeview (D-III) and Memorial (D-IV) are 2012 Central Section champions entered in the event, which will run Thursday through Saturday at two Clovis West gyms.

College-bound players in the tourney include Hanford’s Bayli McGlard (Gonzaga), Ridgeview’s Erica McCall (Stanford) and Mater Dei’s Karlie Lou (Stanford).

Bullard (23-6), a rising section program under coach Bill Engel, will learn firsthand what it’s like at the top when the Knights close first-round play against Mater Dei at 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the main gym.

Other first-rounders: Clovis East vs. Ridgeview, 4 p.m. (Gym 2); Memorial vs. Clovis West, 4 p.m. (Gym 1); Clovis North vs. Lincoln-Stockton, 5:30 p.m. (Gym 2); Buchanan vs. Oakridge-El Dorado Hills, 5:30 p.m. (Gym 1); Clayton Valley-Concord vs. Hanford, 7 p.m. (Gym 1); Clovis vs. Armijo-Fairfield, 7 p.m. (Gym 2); Bullard vs. Mater Dei-Santa Ana, 8:30 p.m. (Gym 1); Liberty-Bakersfield vs. Lynwood, 8:30 p.m. (Gym 2).

The championship is set for Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the main gym.

VIDEO: Terry and the ‘Dogs add three in early signing period – including a big-time dunker

Fresno State Coach Rodney Terry and his staff added three players during the early signing period, getting some much needed size on the wing in the 6-foot-7 Paul Watson from Paradise Valley High in Phoenix and 6-9 Alex Davis from Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kan.

They also got an explosive leaper and one of the best prep dunkers in the nation in the 6-5 Soma Edo from Berkner High in Richardson, Texas.

Check this out …

 

Fresno State Coach Rodney Terry will have recruiting class of three

A formal announcement has not yet been made, but Fresno State Coach Rodney Terry added a recruiting class of three players in the early signing period.

The group is led by 6-foot-7 wing Paul Watson from Paradise Valley High in Phoenix and includes 6-9 forward Alex Davis from Hutchinson Community College in Kansas, and power forward 6-5 Soma Edo from Berkner High in Richardson, Texas.

Watson is a three-star prospect and ranked 94th in the MaxPresp Top 100. He had scholarship offers from Arizona State, Boise State, Colorado, Oregon State, Texas Tech and USC.

Davis can play a three or a four, and was a three-star player coming out of high school when he had offers from Arkansas, Houston, Southern Methodist and Colorado State.

Edo is ranked as one of the top 20 players in Texas.

 

Bulldogs’ QB Derek Carr picks up another player of the week honor

Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr picked up another player of the week honor Monday when selected as Mountain West Conference co-offensive player of the week.

After completing 28 of 32 passes for 452 yards and four touchdowns in a victory over the Air Force that clinched a share of the ‘Dogs first conference championship since 1999, the Bulldogs’ quarterback also was selected as offensive player of the week by the Walter Camp Football Foundation and the national performer of the week and quarterback of the week by the College Football Performance Awards.

The .875 completion percentage against the Falcons set a single-game school record and the 400-yard passing game was his third this season, a conference record.

Carr shared the honor with San Diego State running back Adam Muema, who rushed for a career-high 225 yards and four touchdowns in the Aztecs win at Wyoming.

 

Another big victory by the ‘Dogs … opponents

Fresno State didn’t have a very good Sunday, losing 69-61 to Long Beach State at the Save Mart Center. But while the ‘Dogs work through some growing pains, the teams they have beaten this season are making them look better than they did against the 49ers.

Pacific beat Xavier and St. Mary’s at the DirectTV Classic in Anaheim before losing to Cal in the championship game over Thanksgiving weekend. And on Sunday, Cal Poly went to UCLA and beat No. 11 UCLA at Pauley Pavilion 70-68.

Fresno State beat 66-61 and won at Cal Poly last week 76-67.

Cal Poly was down by 18 points in the second half against the Bruins, but went on a 34-14 run capped by a pair of free throws by Kyle Odister with 14.2 seconds remaining.

The Bulldogs get their shot at UCLA on Dec. 22 at Pauley Pavilion.