Etiwanda’s Jordan McLaughlin leading USC resurgence

The USC men’s basketball team has been one of the biggest surprises in college basketball this season. And it has been a local player proving instrumental in that showing.

Sophomore guard Jordan McLaughlin, out of Etiwanda High School, is averaging a team-high 12.6 points a game. He had nine points and 10 assists in the 80-61 win over UCLA on Thursday.

A night later McLaughlin was taking a game at his old high school, sitting court side as the Eagles squared off with Damien.

Here’s what he had to say about the showing of his team this season:

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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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