“It’s putting Rialto Carter on the map,” said Paluba, formerly the coach at crosstown Eisenhower. “There’s some prestige involved.” Paluba and Hennessey have divided up the long list of duties, with Paluba taking on most of the off-the-mat chores such as sending out packets to coaches and overseeing concessions. Hennessey will focus on on-the-mat issues. Upland is lending six mats to the Carter cause, along with some digital clocks. Carter landed the Masters Meet because Paluba, weary of driving to Fountain Valley with all of its constant renovations and parking problems, approached CIF and presented a package it couldn’t resist. The size of the gym is one attraction. When the bleachers are folded up, the Lions could run three full-court basketball games simultaneously, if they desired. It is one of the largest gymnasiums in the state, which will make putting eight mats out a snap. Supervising the colossus that is the CIF-Masters Meet at Carter High School are Lions athletic director Joe Paluba and wrestling coach Kevin Hennessey. The event is Friday and Saturday at Rialto’s newest high school and it will include athletes from as far away as San Luis Obispo. One hundred sixty-two teams, 420 athletes, 438 coaches. That’s just for starters. There will also be as many as eight mats in use, 1,500 fans per day and six separate food vendors. Carter’s parking situation also is ideal, with 300 empty spaces even when school is in session. But Friday will be a minimum day at Carter, meaning an open parking lot for the many vehicles heading to the school on North Linden Avenue. The Lions played host to the Carter Invitational earlier in the season, which consisted of a two-day varsity dual-meet tournament and a one-day individual junior varsity tourney, so Paluba is confident he will have things under control. The Masters is the qualifying meet for the CIF-State Meet the following week in Bakersfield. It is known to wrestling aficionados as “The Meatgrinder” because it is so grueling, a tournament involving the top finishers from all six divisions throughout the CIF-Southern Section, the largest section in the state. The CIF-SS is the only section in the state that has a Masters Meet. By comparison, the San Francisco Section and the Oakland Section are nothing more than single leagues, which send their representatives directly to the state meet. Between the San Francisco and Oakland sections combined, only 14 teams compete in wrestling – which is the same as the Citrus Belt and San Andreas leagues combined. It’s not entirely fair, but then what in life is? That’s why Southern Section wrestlers for the past four-plus months have been training so diligently for the postseason. “Yeah, they call it the `Meatgrinder.”‘ Paluba said. “When it comes to truisms, that’s about as true as they come.” Granite Hills soccer star Nicole Cristino has signed with NCAA Division I Sacramento State. A senior sweeper for the Cougars, Cristino was CIF DivisionV Defensive Player of the Year and Desert Sky League Player of the Year last year, helping Granite Hills to a third consecutive DSL title and a section co-title. Granite Hills (19-2-4) had 18 shutouts in 25 matches this season heading into Tuesday’s CIF D4 quarterfinal match at Cathedral City. Coaches or athletic directors may nominate players for the All-Sun basketball and soccer teams (boys and girls) by e-mailing [email protected] The Sun area includes all of San Bernardino County, plus some of The Pass extending as far as Banning. Please include statistics and honors, if available. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!