About Clay Fowler

Clay Fowler is a Dallas native, graduated from the University of Texas and worked in Central Texas for two years before joining the Daily Bulletin staff in 2006.

Diamond Bar WR duo among top recruits in class of 2014

“I want to be known as Cordell Broadus first. I want to be known as Snoop’s son second. I want to make a name for myself.”

Those were the first words out of Broadus’ mouth last summer before his sophomore season at Diamond Bar. As evidenced by his 10 scholarship offers, the son of rapper Snoop Lion is well on his way to accomplishing his goal.

Broadus and cousin Kanya Bell, Diamond Bar receivers who are transplants from Long Beach Poly, are ranked among the top 16 recruits in California in the class of 2014, according to espn.com.

The 6-foot-2 Broadus, a four-star prospect whose first offer came last summer from UCLA, now has a list that reads more like a coaches’ poll. Nebraska, LSU, Tennessee and Duke join five others from the Pac-12: USC, Oregon State, Washington, Arizona State and Cal.

The rising junior certainly passes the eye test – he looks like a tank in his football pads – and for a big receiver has very good speed.

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Eisenhower grad one of NFL’s best, has contract to prove it

It wouldn’t be fair to say Ryan Clady is Eisenhower High School’s finest football product considering Ronnie Lott, for whom the school’s football field is named, was a member of the class of 1977. The Denver Broncos left tackle, however, has established himself as one of the best in football at his position. Now he’s getting paid like it.

Clady signed a five-year $52.5 million extension today that includes $33 million guaranteed in the first three years. The guaranteed money in that time frame easily bests the contracts of the St. Louis Rams’ Jake Long ($12 million) and Houston Texans’ Duane Brown ($22 million). Only Joe Thomas received more with $40 million in his first three years with the Cleveland Browns.

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San Dimas challenging transfer of star RB Payton to Upland

The San Gabriel Valley Tribune’s Aram Tolegian is reporting that San Dimas will challenge the transfer of star running back Jake Payton to Upland on the grounds of athletic motivation. San Dimas originally said it wouldn’t challenge the transfer of the running back who had 1,658 yards and 22 touchdowns last season.

“We had a change of heart, it’s a group decision,” San Dimas football coach Bill Zernickow told the Tribune. “My opinion is that you can’t say nothing if something happened.”

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Claremont OT to be ‘set for life’ after accepting USC’s offer

Jordan Austin ClaremontIt’s often a pat answer for why recruits decide on a college, but Jordan Austin’s grade-point average gives his reasoning some serious credibility.

Academics were indeed the Claremont High School offensive tackle’s deciding factor in committing to USC June 26. His 4.4 GPA and ambitious plans for higher education, not to mention the scholarship offer he received from Harvard, certainly speak to his priorities.

“I want to get a Masters degree and when you get one of those from USC, NFL or no NFL, you’re set for life,” Austin said. “But if you’re a starting offensive lineman at USC, you’re practically guaranteed a shot at the NFL.”

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Johnson out as athletic director at Eisenhower, resigns as boys basketball coach

Decorated coach Steve Johnson will not return as Eisenhower High School’s athletic director or boys basketball coach this coming school year, according to Rialto Unified School District director of communications Syeda Jafri.

The two-time Daily Bulletin Coach of the Year returned to his athletic director position briefly after recovering from gunshot wounds suffered Jan. 21 at an inner-city park in San Bernardino.

The 47-year-old Johnson was not asked to return as athletic director by newly appointed Eisenhower principal Scott Sparks. Johnson chose not to return as boys basketball coach for a program he turned into one of the area’s best over the last 19 years.

“Both the new Rialto and Eisenhower principals opened the athletic directors’ positions up going toward a different direction,” Jafri said. “Mr. Johnson chose not to return to coach basketball for next school year. The district has not opened the position yet.”

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Thirty scholarship offers in four months land Summit WR Brown at Washington

As soon as Erik Brown’s season ended, it began.

The Summit High School receiver didn’t have a scholarship offer when the No. 1 seed in the CIF-SS Central Division went down in the first round of the playoffs Nov. 9, 2012. Over a four month period beginning in February, he became one of the most sought after receivers in the country.

The pursuit ended last week when the 6-foot-2, 175-pound rising senior verbally committed to Washington, choosing the Huskies from nearly 30 scholarship offers that included UCLA, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Boise State and Oregon State.

“I knew it was coming,” Brown said. “I worked hard for this and it has been a blessing. It all happened really fast. I think I just got a chance to showcase what I can do when passing league came around.”

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Two-time CIF champion Chino pitcher named to all-state team

Miranda Viramontes actionGranted, she is among elite company in a state that fields elite softball teams, but the only surprise would have been if Miranda Viramontes wasn’t named one of the best in California. Fresh off leading her team to a second consecutive CIF championship, the rising senior pitcher committed to Utah was named to the Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team.

Viramontes won 21 consecutive starts to finish out the season. She posted a 0.36 earned-run average during the regular season and allowed two runs in five postseason games. In all, she finished with five no-hitters, six one-hitters and 15 shutouts.

Etiwanda UCLA-bound shortstop Delaney Spaulding and Rancho Cucamonga Florida-bound outfielder Justine McLean were named to the all-state second team. Spaulding hit .511 with 10 home runs, 36 RBIs and 45 runs scored her senior season while McLean batted .580 with 31 runs scored and 31 steals.

Click the link below to see the Cal-Hi Sports all-state team, the medium and small school all-state teams and more.

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Gerhart out as head football coach at Norco after nine years

After nine successful seasons, the contract of Norco High School head football coach Todd Gerhart was not renewed, a source confirmed to the Daily Bulletin.

The news was announced to the Norco players at a 3 p.m. meeting on Friday and the players’ parents at a 4 p.m. meeting. Gerhart’s longtime defensive coordinator, Larry Baker, will take over as head coach at Norco.

The first indication Gerhart may not be brought back was when the coach was placed on administrative leave in April while the school conducted an investigation based on complaints alleged by a former assistant football coach.

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Damien, St. Lucy’s file federal lawsuits against CIF, commish to avoid parochial league

With 44 schools from which to choose, only three were removed from the Mt. SAC area this year. All three are Catholic affiliated.

This is the argument lawyers representing Damien and St. Lucy’s will utilize in a federal lawsuit they hope will prevent their clients’ athletic teams from being placed in leagues with parochial schools in the fall of 2014, according to San Gabriel Valley Tribune Staff Writer Aram Tolegian’s story. The decision was ostensibly based on competitive equity, something the schools’ lawyers find questionable when the obvious common thread is the schools’ religious affiliation.

The reasons cited for the lawsuits are one thing. The reasons Damien and St. Lucy’s would like to remain in their current arrangement is another.

Both are competitive in the Sierra League, but if forced to move in the fall of 2014, could land amongst a group of private schools with a reputation for a higher level of play in all sports. Apparently that level is high enough that the two schools – along with Westlake Village Oaks Christian and Ventura St. Bonaventure – are willing to take the CIF State, CIF-Southern Section and CIF-SS Commissioner Rob Wigod to court.

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2013 All-Valley Boys Volleyball Team: Claremont senior follows in big footsteps

Steven Zetterberg Claremont POY
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Stephen Zetterberg, Claremont
Story By Staff Writer Michelle Gardner
Volleyball isn’t the traditional sport for boys to focus on growing up in the Inland Empire. For most that would be basketball, soccer or baseball.

Stephen Zetterberg grew up competing in those too but older brother Andrew played volleyball, so that’s the sport he gravitated toward.

He’s gotten pretty good.

Zetterberg, 17, registered 234 kills in 68 sets in leading the Wolfpack (25-6, 11-1 in Pacific League) to the second round of the CIF playoffs. He earned first team All-CIF recognition in Division II and is being honored as the All-Valley Player of the Year.

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