Yucaipa native Tyler Wells earns college honor

Tyler Wells
Cal State San Bernardino junior right-hander Tyler Wells has been named California Collegiate Athletic Association Baseball Pitcher of the Week for Jan. 29-31.

Wells¬† was stellar in his first outing for the Coyotes, throwing six shutout inning and striking out 12 in 1-0 win over Sonoma State in game one of Saturday’s season-opening doubleheader.

He struck out the first five batters he faced and the first eight outs of the ball game were by strikeout.  Wells threw a no-hitter through five innings and after allowing just two hits and one walk, exited the game in the top of the seventh.

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Chaffey’s Marquis Wimberly decides on school

It may have taken more than one try but Chaffey College sophomore Marquis Wimberly has decided where he wants to continue his playing career and get an education.

Wimberly, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound wide receiver, has made a verbal commitment to University of Alabama-Birmingham.

He originally committed to UNLV, only to open up the recruiting process again in December.

“I just decided that wasn’t the place for me,” Wimberly said of UNLV. “I think there will be too many distractions. I want to go where I can focus on school and football.”

Among the other schools he was considering were Texas State, Marshall, Georgia State and Southern Mississippi.

UAB is a start up program that will be fielding a team but not competing next season. It’s first year of actual competition will be 2017.

That suits Wimberly just fine. He wants to use that year to help him get ahead academically and would like to get a master’s degree before he graduates.

“This is really about doing something for my future,” he said.

Wimberly, a graduate of Upland High School, caught 59 passes for 782 yards and 14 touchdowns last year for the Panthers.

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David Lord returns to Redlands coaching staff

David Lord has returned to the University of Redlands football coaching staff and will direct the defensive line. He previously coached with the Bulldogs from 2009 to 2011, working with the offensive line and serving as recruiting coordinator.

Lord most recently served as offensive line coach at Millsaps College, an NCAA Division III school in Jackson, Mississippi. During the 2013 season, the Millsaps offensive line allowed only seven sacks to rank 14th in the nation and help the offense to surpass 2,000 rushing yards. In the previous season, the Millsaps offensive line allowed only six sacks to sit seventh in the nation and enable the offense to run for more than 1,400 yards.

From 2005 to 2007, Lord was an assistant football coach at Jurupa Valley High School. There he was part of a rushing attack that was ranked top-50 in the nation and a top five in California.

Lord, a graduate of Eisenhower, started out his collegiate football career as a redshirt freshman at San Jose State in 2004 and then transferred to play for Coach Bill Brown at Riverside Community College in 2005. He then transferred back into NCAA Division I in 2007, completing his Bachelor of Science in sociology at Northern Arizona.

Lord replaces Juan Navarro, who recently accepted the opportunity to become the defensive line assistant coach at Southern University in Baton Rouge, La.


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