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We should have known better. On Wednesday, city officials and representatives from AEG will have the symbolic groundbreaking for the Citizens Business Bank Arena, a state-of-the-art, 11,000-seat sports and entertainment arena. And we thought Fairplex was going to win the race for the first local arena. Perhaps the strangest inclusion is the Kaiser boys. The Cats were runners-up in the Southern Section’s IV-AA to Ontario Christian yet will open the state tournament in Division I on the road against top-seeded L.A. Fairfax. It’s hard to believe Kaiser (18-13) keeps playing while Etiwanda (22-8) is through. However, it’s equally tough to see quality girls teams such as Diamond Ranch and Colony stay home, but some hard decisions had be made. That’s the way it is reach year. … Arcata is not exactly a destination paradise, but it’s the center of the NCAA Division II men’s Western basketball world this week. Humboldt State earned the right to host the tourney probably more than Cal State San Bernardino or Cal Poly Pomona lost the right. This is what makes Division II so special. It’s nothing at all like the money-grubbin’ Division I tourney. No fancy arenas, just the one you play in. An opportunity for the local fans to support the home team one final time. Part of the charm is the journey, and by most accounts, it’s a five-hour trip up the coast from San Francisco. … Last week’s bus crash that claimed the lives of several Bluffton (Ohio) University baseball players in Georgia triggered memories of back-road travels in southern Arkansas and northern Louisiana from so many years ago. Each day across this country, there are hundreds (if not thousands) of vans and buses that carry collegiate athletes to and from various sporting events. The number of miles, if compiled, would be staggering. For the most part, the safety record is remarkable. Yet, all it takes is one crash, one fatality, to remind us of those real dangers and how much we take it for granted. With spring upon us, we’ll see those vans and buses criss-crossing Southern California with baseball, tennis, softball and track and field athletes. Let’s cut them a break whenever possible. … What it is about being a driver and flying jets? Last week, NHRA Funny Car driver Robert Hight had the opportunity to ride with the Navy’s Blue Angels out of El Centro. Hight said he “almost blacked out” during the 30-minute flight. On Wednesday, NASCAR Nextel Cup driver Kyle Busch will get a hometown treat in Las Vegas. He’ll be joining the Air Force Thunderbirds as they train at Nellis Air Force Base, just across the street from Las Vegas Motor Speedway. … Some guys just never grow up. John Fink, a crew member of Del Worsham’s drag racing team, recently purchased a British-made 1985 Chieftain Mark V battle tank, replacing a pair of Korean War-vintage tanks. “The first hurdle is to actually get it shipped up here,” Fink said of the 100,000-pound tank, “because it’s so big it’s not like you can just load it on an ordinary flatbed and just roll down the highway with it.” Worsham’s Chino Hills neighbors should feel well-protected. … The Quakes are on a talent search, and this one has nothing to do with the Angels. Rather, the Rancho Cucamonga minor league team is seeking an on-field emcee, public address announcer or a member of the in-game promotions crew. Tryouts for PA announcer (Quakes old-timers will recall that David Achord got his start this way in San Bernardino) will be held on March 21 while the on-field emcee auditions are set for March 22. Appointments are necessary by calling Jonathan Mercier or Frank Novak at (909) 481-5000. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Random thoughts for a Tuesday morning, wondering whatever happened to two-time CIF 2A 400 meters champion Tonya Irick of Apple Valley High School (1987-88). It’s an event many of us thought would never happen, and certainly not with this group. We just didn’t have enough faith in Ontario’s elected officials or City Manager Greg Devereaux for that matter. Ironically, the new arena will rise from the graveyard that was once Ontario Motor Speedway. That was a project that held so much promise, but those were promises that were never kept and kept a city from moving ahead in the eyes of many. The tradeout wasn’t fair for Ontario: 10 years worth of events for more than 25 years of idle land use, a constant reminder of over reach. This is the dawning of a new era for Ontario. This time, the organization is in place to make the promises a reality. The lessons of a difficult past have been learned. … Regardless of sport, playoff pairings always seem to create controversy. And since this is basketball season, the state’s basketball selection committee is the latest to draw fire. The state tourney is enrollment-based, which is the only way to level such a large playing field. As such, it will create some strange situations.