University of Redlands swimmer earns weekly honor

Junior swimmer Ellie Jaques of the University of Redlands has been named Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Female Athlete of the Week for her showing against Pomona-Pitzer on Saturday.

Jaques, a Glendora HS graduate, earned a pair of first-place times and a second-place showing. She won the 100 Breast (1:08.76), which was more than two seconds faster than the Sagehen runner-up.

She was second in the 100 free with a season best 55.12.

Finally, she capped off a solid day by winning the 200 breast with another season-best time to head up a podium sweep for the Bulldogs. She out-swam all competition with her time of 2:30.61.

Chapman University’s Cam Haslam of the basketball team received the nod for SCIAC Male Athlete of the Week.

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Rancho Cucamonga’s Ryan Nitz having stellar season at Monterey

Ryan Nitz

Local product Ryan Nitz is having quite a senior season at NCAA Division II Cal State Monterey Bay.

Nitz, a graduate of Rancho Cucamonga High School and Chaffey College, is averaging 19.8 points per game, ranking him second in the CCAA. He is also eighth in rebounding at 6 per game.

He is coming off a solid weekend having scored 29 points on 12-for-17 shooting from the field at home against Cal State San Bernardino. The next night he
tallied a career-high 31 in a 71-60 upset of first-place UC San Diego.

Nitz missed all of last season with a foot injury sustained before the season started.


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Local product Stephen Johnson signs with Kentucky

Stephen Johnson had a breakout season at College of the Desert. Now he is taking his talent to the SEC – University of Kentucky to be exact.

Johnson, a 2013 graduate of Los Osos, signed with the school last week and will leave on Monday having enrolled early.

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Johnson, a 6-foot-3, 190-pounder, completed 257 of 441 passes (58.3%) for 3,210 yards with 34 touchdowns and 7 interceptions.

He originally signed with Grambling out of high school and red-shirted his first year.

He started the first four games of the 2014 season, then sustained a sprained ankle that resulted in him missing several weeks. He never really got a chance to get the job back when he returned.

Johnson had the feeling he wasn’t going to get the job back as sophomore either so he got back in touch with Desert coach Jack Steptoe, with whom he was familiar from his participation in some camps which he attended while in high school.

His outstanding season for the Roadrunners helped land him multiple offers. Besides Kentucky he had offers from Hawaii, Arkansas State, Florida A&M, Eastern Michigan, Morgan State, Nevada-Reno and Lamar.

“They are very passionate about their sports there,” Johnson said of Kentucky. “I really liked the coaches and the team. There will be competition for the position but I’m not afraid of that.”

Johnson is hoping enrolling early will give him a leg up on the competition. He plans to major in economics or business.

“You really have to do that if you’re going to come in and play at this level,” he added.

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