2018-2019 SOCAL STUDENT SECTION TOP 20 INLAND EMPIRE BASKETBALL STUDENT SECTION RANKINGS
1. Damien of La Verne (The Pit)
The Pit is enjoyed fantastic basketball from the Spartans for years now and this season was no different. The Pit shows up and go wild as not only does Damien have to battle in a loaded Baseline League, but this league is also loaded when it comes to student sections and The Pit stood on top of the rest.
“We’d first like to thank our teachers and administration for always having our back through thick and thin,” Pit Leaders Tyler Pugmire and Colin Senise said. “On top of that, there’s no way any of this is possible without our incredible students in the Tri-school community. We also send much appreciation to Coach Mike LeDuc for allowing us the opportunity to cheer on such a successful team. None of this would have been possible without Coach and the rest of the guys. Special thanks to Mrs. and Ms. Amrhein, Mrs. Pasillas, and Mr. Staples; you guys always had our backs, and we cannot thank you enough. Lastly, to our fellow Pit leaders, thank you for helping us on our journey, you guys are the reason we showed up to all these games — always a family.”
The Pit battled with their student section league opponents and now they are on top as the 2019 Inland Empire Basketball Student Section of the year!
2. Rancho Cucamonga (Rancho Rooters)
The 2018 SoCal Football Student Section Champions picked up where they left off by enjoying an incredible run by the Cougars where they battled and beat some of the best in SoCal while making a run to the CIF-SS Finals and the CIF SoCal Regional Finals. The Cougars became one of SoCal best teams in the end and the Rancho Rooters enjoyed it and it gave them plenty of energy in the stands.
“The Rancho Rooters is by far the best section in the I.E,” Rancho Rooter leader Nathan Moretti said. “We have freshmen to seniors packed in the stands and no matter what the outcome of the game is, the party never stops. This section take spirit to a whole new level in the different chants we have, the props we use, and the volume of our voices. I’m very proud of our section that is well-known in our area to be the best.”
3. Murrieta Mesa (The Beast)
— Cayden Mazur (@cayden_mazur) February 2, 2019
One of the two IE Student Sections to win the SoCal Student Section of the week award, The Beast was weird and insane. The silent night was a classic in which The Beast stormed the court after hitting their eighth point. It’s always a party at Mesa with The Beast around.
4. Centennial of Corona (Dawgpound)
It doesn’t seem like the Dawgpound is getting bored of winning and watching their Huskies win Big VIII Titles every year. They are enjoying it and you can tell with their attendance.
5. Chino Hills Dawgpound
The Dawgpound has been a part of an incredible four year run where the Huskies took three CIF Titles, three CIF State Titles and a National Championship. I might know a few of their former players and their family very well, so I’ll say this because it’s true in the Dawgpound, Dawgpound, NEVA LOST!!
6. Vista Murrieta (Bronco Bleacher Creatures)
Despite the tough year for the Broncos, the Bronco Bleacher Creatures, otherwise known as the Vista BBC, still showed up and cheered on their classmates. This is a crazy and wild student section. You just have to feel bad for the stands because they get rocked and shaken all game long.
7. Notre Dame of Riverside (Titan Army)
Shout out to our students, parents, & families for joins us this evening! pic.twitter.com/X4ysfc9rFR
— Notre Dame Riverside Hoops (@ND_RivHoops) March 3, 2019
The Titans battled in a league is not only a solid basketball league, but apparently a solid student section league as well! The Titan Army brought their A game this season.
8. Temecula Valley (Gold Zone)
The Gold Zone has enjoyed fantastic basketball for years from their Golden Bears. It is no wonder that this student section brings the noise and/or the funk every year.
9. Great Oak of Temecula (Red Wave)
The Wolfpack battled in a tough Southwestern League and the Red Wave stayed the course with another big year in the stands for the Red Wave. Year in and year out, the Red Wave delivers as one of the best in the IE.
10. Rancho Verde of Moreno Valley (Red Zone)
Rancho Verde just finished a fantastic season and the Red Zone was their to witness it. The Mustangs went to the CIF-SS Open Division playoffs and went to CIF SoCal Regionals. The Red Zone has enjoyed the ride this year.
11. Colony of Ontario (Titan Army)
Colony is always on top of their league, no matter what league they move to. Their student section shows up for them no matter what.
12. Murrieta Valley (Red Zone)
This is the best league when it comes to student section in Riverside and perhaps the state. The Red Zone leads the way the entire year and with a playoff battle during league play for the Nighthawks, the Red Zone didn’t disappoint with their tremendous support.
13. Riverside Poly Bears
When you have Lamont Butler on your team, you not only just show up for the games, you go wild! The Bears student section their moneyworth this season.
14. Redlands East Valley Redhawks
The Redhawks are always on top of the Citrus Belt during basketball season and their student section is no different. Winning team, winning student section.
15. Etiwanda (Red Zone)
The Red Zone is one spoiled student section. They get to cheer on one of the best basketball programs in the state year in and year out! The Red Zone does their best to match that type of talent on the court.
16. Arlington of Riverside (Lions Den)
The Lions Den used to be a monster back then. Very savaged type of student section. The Lions made the postseason and i’m sure they got a bit of a boost from the Lions Den.
17. Shadow Hills of Indio (Dungeon)
The Desert Empire League produced a CIF Finalist and has another powerhouse program in it, so the Dungeon was needed and they delivered with school spirit as the Knights finished in second place.
18. Paloma Valley of Menifee (Maroon Platoon)
The Wildcats moved into a much tougher league and Maroon Platoon stepped up. A solid finish in a league that consisted two teams that went to the CIF SoCal Regionals and a third team that is ranked in the state. The Maroon Platoon was ready to go for the best of the best to see their best.
19. Temescal Canyon of Lake Elsinore (Blue Hole)
The Blue Hole came to battle as their Titans had to do the same in a brutal Ivy League this season. Every game was a playoff and the Blue Hole was ready.
20. King of Riverside (Red Zone)
The Red Zone did their thing this season as it was needed for the Wolves in a tough Big VIII League. The fourth Red Zone in the top 20 and this Red Zone is no different than the other two.