There were no Vera Wang gowns and not much cleavage shown. Warm-up jackets and hooded sweat shirts were the fashion trend of the evening. Gift bags were also barred in 2007. They were SO last year. However, every patron did receive a bucket of goobers with his favorite libation. Now let’s get Grill-ing: Best director award at the CIF-Masters Meet, Carter athletic director Joe Paluba, for putting on a reportedly fine event. Best supporting directors: Carter wrestling coaches Kevin Hennessy and Aaron Loepp.. … The Grill toasts football player Chris Polk of Redlands East Valley for signing early with USC. … Thumbs up also to the Redlands High School girls’ water polo team, which has made the section title match at 6 p.m. today at the Belmont Olympic Pool against Murrieta Valley. … Thanks to Stuart Scott, we may have an entire generation using “straight redictified” in everyday speech. … There were plenty of fashion “misses” on the red carpet outside The Grill on Sunday night. The patrons filed into their favorite watering hole to take in the Oscars and maybe some sports highlights. Those throwback “The City” uniforms the Golden State Warriors wore against the Lakers on Sunday were nifty, but what they really needed were Rick Barry and Nate Thurmond. … The eyes glaze over and the mouth utters “Oh, jeez” everytime some talking head launches into “bracket-ology.” Wake us when Santa Clara or Weber State upsets a high seed with a last-second shot. … The chic point of view these days is that March Madness is America’s premier sporting spectacle. Wrong. We’ll take the NFL postseason any day. … How `bout those Washington Wizards’ uniforms? They look like the idea of a misguided middle school athletic director. … Can’t agree with Kaiser basketball coach Bill Hughes who thinks recruiting at private schools is more prevalent than at public schools. Los Angeles Westchester won the state basketball title three years ago, a year after recruiting a 6-11 center out of private-school Verbum Dei. There are plenty of other examples. … As far as recruiting goes, students may enroll as a freshman at any school they desire, public or private, as long as the school has room to admit them. That’s how former San Bernardino hoops star Tyson Chandler wound up at public-school basketball powerhouse Compton Dominguez. … The Cajon girls’ basketball team needs to strengthen its schedule, probably by entering some more competitive non-league tournaments. Some closer games in the nonleague season wouldn’t hurt the team in the playoffs. … The Riverside Poly baseball team is ranked 12th in the nation by Perfect Game Crosschecker. Los Osos is 90th. … Norco football players Brandon Anglin and Josh Foley, among 600 tested at Hayward’s Chabot College, made the 24-man All-NIKE Combine Team. … Arroyo Valley basketball star Joseph Richard has unusually big hands, explaining why he was able to snatch three rebounds one-handed in a playoff win last week against La Habra. … We still want to attend an Arena League football game one of these days, perhaps taking the 6-year-old son. Sounds like a good time. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!