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Guzman moves from softball diamond to lead Yucaipa girls basketball to playoffs

By in Press Enterprise on February 14, 2018

By John Murphy

  • Yucaipa forward Tori Guzman (23) makes the layup against Cajon in the second half of the Citrus Belt League game Friday in Yucaipa, CA. February 2, 2018 (TERRY PIERSON,THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE/SCNG)

  • Yucaipa forward Tori Guzman (23) shoots a three pointer over Cajon Janya Smith G (22) in the first half of the Citrus Belt League game Friday in Yucaipa, CA. February 2, 2018 (TERRY PIERSON,THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE/SCNG)

    Yucaipa forward Tori Guzman (23) shoots a three pointer over Cajon Janya Smith G (22) in the first half of the Citrus Belt League game Friday in Yucaipa, CA. February 2, 2018 (TERRY PIERSON,THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE/SCNG)

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YUCAIPA — Tori Guzman is a 6-foot-1 junior forward who leads the Yucaipa High girls basketball team, averaging 16 points per game.

But before Guzman, 16, was a basketball star, she excelled in softball.

“She’s only played basketball for four years,” said her father and former softball travel coach Jose Guzman. “She played softball but got burned out on the politics and one day, after a game, took off her cleats and said, ‘I’m done.’ She hasn’t put on her cleats or glove again.”

The reason for Guzman’s defection is murky, as the player gives another explanation.

“Softball got boring,” she said, “I played shortstop and center field and knew all of the aspects of the game and was at the age where I wasn’t having fun anymore, so I decided to hang it up.”

Figuring that Guzman started playing softball at a young age and before she was even a teenager was playing 100 games a year, it’s not difficult to understand her actions. But before the malaise, she had her share of fun.

Once she was in the pitcher’s circle with runners on first and second base and nobody out. She speared […]    

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