Former Fontana High School basketball player Demetrius Walker, who played at the University of New Mexico last season, has transferred to Grand Canyon University in Arizona.
Grand Canyon, which will compete in its first season in the Western Athletic Conference this year, is coached by former NBA player Dan Majerle.
“We are excited to have a player of Demetrius’ ability that has played at both New Mexico and Arizona State,” said Majerle in a press release. “It is good to have him here at GCU, as he brings with him a lot of experience and can score the basketball. He will be big for our team next season having a guy that we can go to. ”
Last season, Walker, a 6-foot-2 guard, averaged 5.0 points and 15.4 minutes per game for New Mexico, the Mountain West Conference champions. Walker graduated from New Mexico in May and will pursue a graduate degree from Grand Canyon. Walker began his college career with one season at Arizona State in 2009 before transferring to New Mexico.
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There were no Inland Valley baseball players drafted on Day 1 of the MLB first-year player draft.
But Day 2 saw three: Los Osos LHP Chris Kohler (third round supplemental, No. 106), Oakland A’s; Upland HS/Pepperdine RHP Scott Frazier (6th round, 168), Chicago Cubs; Diamond Bar HS/Riverside City College Kenny Mathews (7th round, 201), Cleveland Indians.
For Kohler, he was drafted by an organization he said he knew was very interested. He also had someone to talk to about that organization.
“I talked Daniel Robertson (from Upland High), who was drafted by the A’s in the supplemental first round last year. He told me all about the organization and how they do things. I’ve been playing with him with the ABD Bulldogs for a long time.”
The above video shows Robert Mendez scoring the winning run with two outs in the ninth inning on a wild pitch and a throwing error in Ontario Christian’s 2-1 Division 5 quarterfinal victory in nine innings on Friday.
But consider some of the interesting aspects in this game:
Unlike the first two games of the Battle of the Baseline, the last game was up against my deadline and I am sorry I don’t have any highlight or interview video.
But suffice to say that Upland took advantage of Rancho Cucamonga mistakes to tie and win the game in the seventh. The tying run scoring on a throwing error with two outs, and a wild pitch scored the game-winner.
In the bottom of the seventh, there was drama immediately when the Rancho Cucamonga first base coach was ejected when Dakota Oberhauser was ruled out at second after trying to advance on an overthrow to first. But with two outs and no one on, a single and a double put the tying an winning runs in scoring position before Michael Gomez struck out the final batter to end the game.
Etiwanda trailed 3-1 in the third inning Saturday in Game 1 of the Battle of the Baseline against first-place Los Osos. The Eagles scored once, and thought they had tied the score, but didn’t get a balk call despite coach Don Furnald’s vehement argument. Here he talks about the next strategy, a double-steal that tied the game. Etiwanda went on to score five more in the fifth inning en route to an 8-3 victory.
The Inland Valley brought 8 wrestlers to the CIF State Championships.
Here’s a look at how they did: Still alive: but needing to win their first match Saturday to clinch a top eight spot:
No. 6 Jon Solano, Los Osos (170). He won his first two, lost to the No. 5 wrestler, then won twice more in consolation. He faces No. 4 Bryan Salinas of Covina Northview in the first round of consolation. Salinas beat Solano 5-3 in CIF-SS Masters semifinals last week.
No 13 Garrick Gurney, Chino Hills (170). He won his first match, lost 6-4, then won twice in consolation. He will face No. 11 Harlan Kistler of Riverside King the CIF-SS Masters runner-up, in the next round of consolation.
Here is a glance at the 8 Inland Valley wrestlers competing at state. Rankings are from TheCaliforniaWrestler.com. I will be reporting from Bakersfield for the State Championships. Follow me at twitter.com/PeteMarshallLaw for updates.
Toughest draw: Kenny Clark, Carter (285) and Nathan Rodriguez, Diamond Bar (182) Clark,ranked No. 7, should have an easy second round match, but would face No. 1 Nick Nevills of Clovis in the third round. Rodriguez, ranked 27th, gets top-ranked Adrian Salas in the 1st round.
Best first match: Jon Solano, Los Osos (170)
While some first matchups appear one-sided, the No. 6 Solano faces another wrestler in the top half of the rankings: No. 18 Dylan Kainrath of Del Oro.
Best chance to place for someone ranked outside of top 8: Garrick Gurney, Chino Hills (170).
Gurney, ranked 13th, doesn’t have to face anyone higher than No. 12 en route to the quarterfinals. Continue reading →