Rancho Cucamonga’s Jaylon Redd a top football recruit

Rancho Cucamonga coach Nick Baiz talks about his junior Jaylon Redd.

To say Rancho Cucamonga football coach Nick Baiz is high on his junior Jaylon Redd would be quite the understatement.

Redd may have an entire two years left but Baiz, in his 10th year heading the Cougars, already says he is one of the best players he has ever coached and by the end of his career could be THE best.

That’s saying something.

Well the colleges agree. Redd already has seven offers and that number will likely be in double digits soon.

The offers thus far are from Arizona, Washington, Washington State, USC, UCLA, Colorado and Michigan. Colorado was the first.

Redd, who can play both running back and defensive back, has taken unofficial visits to USC, UCLA and Oregon.

He says the one that surprised and impressed him the most was Michigan because it isn’t a school that typically goes for a lot of West Coast players.

He doesn’t prefer one position over another and says he wants to go to the school for which he can get on the playing field sooner. He also isn’t in a hurry to make up his mind.

“It’s still early. I have a lot of time,” he said. “I’m not going to rush it.”

Rancho Cucamonga’s Jaylon Redd talks about being heavily recruited.

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Rancho Elite girls basketball team wins State Games

A girls basketball team from Rancho Elite came away with a gold medal at the California State Games Tournament at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego last month.

The team had to play in several qualifying tournaments just to get into regional from which the top three teams advanced. It finished with a 25-10 record and went 6-2 at the state games.

At the state games the team lost in the first round but still had three games to get into the championship. During each round the team held the last three foes to less than 40 points.

The members of the team were:

Sam Velasquez, Rancho Cucamonga
Amari Terry, Alta Loma
Taylor Goldsberry,  Cajon
Caylen Goldsberry, Cajon
Kourtney Casey, Summit
Taelor Grays Arnold, Summit
Kylie Mosley, Summit
Jamari Adams, Upland
Jordyn Penniman, Canyon Springs

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San Dimas football looks for same success under new coach

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The San Dimas football program was one of the San Gabriel Valley’s best in the decade-long tenure of Bill Zernickow. But Zernickow departed for a job in Oregon and his long-time assistant Mark Holman was handed the reigns.

So will things change? Probably not.

Expect the Saints to go with that same vaunted physical running game. The offensive and defensive lines are the team’s strong suit, according to Holman, so why not keep pushing the ball.

“This might be the best line we have had since  I have been here so we’d be stupid to not take advantage of that,” said Holman, who will call the offense. “We have always had success on the ground and we’re going to stick to that but that doesn’t mean we won’t throw it when we want to.”

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The Saints, who went 8-4 and were bounded from the playoffs in the second round by eventual Mid-Valley League champion Pomona, return three starters up front – seniors Youseff Hanna and Nathan Reep and sophomore Nathen Aceves, who started on varsity last year as a freshman.

A fourth, Charles Santisteban, also saw considerable playing time.

Just who will be the quarterback over center has yet to be determined. The graduation of the starter as left a vacancy and juniors Ernie Guerrero and Joey Tamayo, both on the junior varsity last season are fighting for the spot.

Other key performers on offense will be senior running back Edward Siapno and junior running back Jarell Sykes. Wide receivers will include juniors Ryan Berry, who did not play last year, and Anthony Bernal, a starter at linebacker last year.

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Senior defensive lineman Joey Erickson is the most notable veteran on defense.  He already has offers from Sacramento State, Montana and Montana State and Holman expects mroe to follow.


Other key players on defense are junior safety Kai Rodriguez, senior senior linebacker Steven Ojeda and senior end Mbanefo Akpom.

Last year the Saints were knocked off the Valle Vista League thrown by Northview, which again looms as the stiffest challenge. It was  bit of a rude awakening.

“It was definitely a wake-up call,” Holman said. “Our guys are coming back a bit hungrier. Sometimes you do take it for granted.”

The new season gets underway Sept. 4 with the Saints hosting Maranatha. The opening league game will be on Oct. 9 against Hacienda Heights Wilson.

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Snow sisters help Batbusters to national title

Those slammin’ Snow sisters were at it again over the weeekend.

Sisters Tannon and Taylon Snow of Chino Hills were part of an OC Batbusters softball team that finished fist at the prestigious Premier Girls Fastpitch Under-18 national tournament in various locations in Orange County.

Tha Batbustsers went 7-0, with Taylon, who will be a junior, going 1-for-3 in the final game and Tannon, who just graduated and is head to University of Washington, going 2-for-3.

In addition, Tannon was named to a 10-person Louisville Slugger team that competed in a skills challenge and made appearances at Disneyland as well as a Dodger-Angels game.


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It’s Oklahoma for Los Osos linebacker Bryce Youngquist

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Los Osos senior linebacker Bryce Youngquist has picked one O over another.

The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder announced today he’ll be attending the University of Oklahoma. He picked the Sooners over 14 other programs with Oregon being the other he most seriously considered.

He visited the school two weeks ago and that sealed the deal. He also made trips earlier to Oregon, Utah, Oregon State, Wisconsin and Washington State.

“I really fell in love with it when I went there,” he said. “It really seemed to have a family atmosphere and environment and it seemed like the right fit for me. I don;t need to have a big city. I think it’s a place where he can fit in and focus on what I need to do.”

Youngquist, a four-star recruit, got to take in the team’s spring game so he got a feel for the atmosphere that comes with football in Norman.

He also liked Oregon and said the recruiting process was stressful at first. Once the offers started coming in he felt less pressure and actually enjoyed the experience.

He wanted to announce his decision so he concentrate on his senior season with the Grizzlies.

Last season he played in only five games, recording 43 tackles, two sacks, one blocked punt and two caused fumbles.

Youngquist added that me plans to major in communications.


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Ayala swimmer Kenisha Liu qualifies for Olympic Trials

Senior Kenisha Liu of Ayala has qualified for the 2016 Olympic Trials in a third event.

Liu, the Daily Bulletin’s Girls Swimmer of the Year the past spring, recorded a 56.19 today in finishing fifth in the 100 freestyle at the Speedo Junior National Championships in Texas.

Liu set a qualifying mark in the 200 individual medley (2:18.61) at the California-Nevada Sectional long course meet earlier this month in Santa Clarita.

In December she set a qualifying mark in the 200 breaststroke at a meet in Federal Way, Wash.

The Olympic Trails will be held next June in Omaha, Nebraska. The Olympic trials meet is competitive and only the top two in each event will qualify to represent the United States in ‎Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Liu has not decided on a college yet but is being recruited by many Pac 12 schools and has the grades to go wherever she chooses.

Liu earned All-American honors this year from the NISCA in six events. Also earning national recognition were Mikki Thompson, Shannon Steele and Megan Delgado.

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LaMelo Ball commits to UCLA and hasn’t played a high school game

A third Ball is headed to UCLA.

No not Lonzo or younger brother LiAngelo. It’s the youngest of the family.

LaMelo Ball, 13, the youngest brother in the basketball playing family said today he too has committed to the Bruins even though he has yet to play a high school game.

“It is my dream school,” he said. “I decided to get it out of the way now instead of waiting for the future.”

Other schools looking at the youngest Ball included Virginia and Washington State but he opted to follow his brothers, although he said that wasn’t a major factor.

Lonzo, who will be a senior this fall, committed to the Bruins as a sophomore and last year as a sophomore LiAngelo did the same. All three will play together for the Huskies but they won;t be together at UCLA even for a year because Lonzo has made it known he wants to be “one and done” at UCLA.

The three brothers on the same floor will be a marquee attraction this winter. The three brothers combined for 93 points in a recent travel ball game for Big Ballers.

Here is the video from MaxPreps of that performance:

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Colony football wins without high profile college prospects

Last year the Colony Titans cruised to a CIF Southern Section Central Division championship. One would think that meant coach Steve Randall sent a lot of players on to Division I schools. Not so.

Colony (12-2), which won its last nine games of the season, didn’t have a single player that continued on to a high-profile school. Was it because they didn’t make the grade academically? Not at all.

They just had a lot of seniors that didn’t pass the old “eye test.” They were players that didn’t measure up to the physical stature the bigger schools are looking for.

That doesn’t mean Colony hasn’t sent players to major colleges. Samajie Grant has emerged as a key player at Arizona.

But the Titans have made their living off having blue-collar players that buy into their role and worked well into the framework of the team concept.  Does it make the coach’s job more rewarding? Absolutely!

“It does kind of tell us that what we’re doing is working,” Randall said. “A lot of the teams we beat last year have those marquee players. So we’re doing something right.”

Randall passes much of the credit on to his senior quarterback Josh Thompson, who is quiet by nature, but leads by example. He’s one of those guys that fits into the “not passing the eye test” category.

He has thrown for 4,465 yards and 37 touchdowns with just nine interceptions in the last two years. Those numbers should garner a little bit of a look. But he’s one of those 5-foot-10 guys and that’s a bit small for a quarterback. Schools aren’t looking at the intangibles such as toughness and poise under pressure.

He injured his shoulder the next to last game of the regular season and was thought to be done for the season. He worked hard, came back and got a bit of playing time in the semifinal. Then led his team to the win in the title game.

Most of the interest Thompson has drawn thus far has been from Ivy League schools and he has the grades to get in.

“He has said about four words in three years here,” Randall joked. “But he doesn’t get rattled and our guys feed off that. They feel like he’s in control and they’re in control too. That showed a lot last year in the way he handled his injury.”

As far as other possible major college players, Randall says senior defensive back Khalil Dorsey and linebacker Devon Harper are the most likely candidates. But Dorsey, who was fifth in the state in the 100 hurdles during spring track season, is listed as 5-9, and Harper is just 6-0.

Time will tell. But colleges that aren’t snatching up some of these athletes are missing out.



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Claremont football starting new era under new coach

Mike Collins was an institution at Claremont, heading the school’s football program for more than two decades. But he resigned during the off-season and the program is now in the hands of Jose Jarin, who had been on the staff the previous three years.

But there will not be a massive overhaul. In fact, most of Collins’ long-time assistants are staying on. Jarin couldn’t be more happy. Among those staying on is Terrance Lynch who will coach running backs and had served as Collins’ right-hand man.

Milo Epling will serve as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator while Ryan Capuzamo will be offensive coordinator. Both were on Collins’ staff for most of his tenure.

“This is like walking into the perfect home,” Jarin said. “The guys have all been great.”

There are plenty of quality players back too, enough that Jarin thinks his team could factor into the Palomares League race.

Among those coming back is junior running back Duy Tran-Sampson, who rushed for 1,525 yards and 14 touchdowns last year as a sophomore.

Among the other key offensiv e players returning are senior fullback Markelle Davis as well as three senior linemen, Conner Tolliver, Anthony Russo and Jonathan Gonzalez.

Claremont has always lived and died with its ground game but there is potential to throw with the arrival of new quarterback Raine Pohaku Paiva, a transfer from Paloma Valley who threw for 1,471 yards last year.

Top targets for the new signal caller will include senior Cameron Gray as well as sophomore newcomer Ben Lynch, son of the Claremont assistant, who caught 28 touchdown passes last year for the freshman team.

Jarin also expects good things from tight end Max Shapiro who missed all of last season with a shoulder injury.

“We’re going to add a dimension Claremont football hasn’t had in awhile,” Jarin said. “We’re excited about the potential we have and some of things we think we’ll be able to do.”

Top defenders will include sophomore linebacker Soloman Tuillapupu, who will replaced the graduated James Stephens, senior corner Mato Pacheco, defensive end Kamren Brown, junior end Ricky Sandoval and senior linebacker Damien Cannon.

Jarin also singled out kicker Jacob Olesniewicz, whom he expects to be one of the area’s best.



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Carter football team looking to make noise in CBL

The Carter High School football team had good season in 2014. But it wasn’t great and great was what it needed to over take Redlands East Valley for Citrus Belt League honors.

The Lions (9-3 overall and 6-1 in CBL play) will try and knock off that juggernaut again this year but coach Alex Pierce knows it will take a monumental effort.

“They’re still the team to beat,” Pierce said. “They graduated a few guys but they still have a lot of talent coming back and they have a great program. So we know that’s always going to be our biggest obstacle.”

Carter returns about half its starters – five on offense and six on defense, so massive reloading isn’t necessary. Pierce did graduate many of his linemen on both sides of the ball, which is key for the Lions because of the style they play.

The Lions have been noted for a physical, punishing ground game. They will still depend on that but Pierce says his team is going to throw the ball a little more than it has in the past. He has a new quarterback in Sonny Robison, a move-in from Nevada. Brett Hernandez, who played there last year, is being move to tight end and linebacker.

The Lions strength will be on defense as they” be led by four Division I prospects, most notably senior linebacker Lokeni Toailoa who has committed to UCLA.

Brother Leni Toailoa is among the other marquee defenders. He made a verbal commitment to San Jose State but Pierce says he has recently been drawling attention from higher profile programs.

The other noteworthy defenders are senior defensive Marcus Stone and senior corner Marquis Green. Green has also committed to San Jose State.

Pierce also singled out junior defensive end Justin McKinstry.

“Our defense has always been our bread and butter and it still will be,” he said. ” We just need to find the right pieces in a few places and i think we can be pretty good.”

Carter starts the new season at home on Aug. 28 against Los Osos. It’s first Citrus Belt League contest will come on Sept. 25 it will be against REV.

Unfortunately for the Lions, the non-league schedule will do little to help them prepare for that game against REV. Their three non-league foes were a combined 6-25 last year.

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