Football communities come together to help injured Santiago player

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A week ago Corona Santiago senior Jordan Walker was injured while making a routine tackle in a quarterfinal playoff loss to Upland. He sustained severe neck and spinal cord trauma and has remained in the hospital in critical condition.

The football community came together in honor of the fallen player Friday night. That Upland team was on the field again, this time taking on Corona Centennial. The Santiago team, including coach Jeff Steinberg, were in attendance, as were several other students and parents and followers of the Sharks program.

After the Huskies and Highlanders went through their warmups, they retreated to the locker room for a few minutes then came back and gathered at midfield, along with the Santiago team.

Steinberg addressed the crowd, then the teams took a knee for a prayer and a momentum of silence. It was a touching moment,

Members of the Upland booster club took up a collection that will go to the player’s family for medical expenses. They had almost $2,000 before the game even started. They final tally was $5,000.

Upland coach Tim Salter was not surprised.

“I know this community and it comes together for a good cause so I’m not surprised. “There are a lot of people out there thinking that could have been their kid.”

Donations can also be made in the players’ name through the websight Be Perfect All the proceeds will go toward the player.

Upland and Corona Centennial players gathered, at midfield prior to their CIF semifinal game Friday night November 29, 2013, along with players from Corona Santiago at Upland High School, for Corona Santiago player Jordan Walker who suffered a serious spinal cord injury against Upland last week, all the players wore #55, Walker's number, on their helmets    (Will Lester/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

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Four more locals decide on colleges

Two local volleyball standouts have signed with Division I University of Montana. That duo consist of 6-foot-2 middle blocker Brianna Gardner of Alta Loma and Rachel DeArman of Colony.

Gardner helped the Braves to a third-place showing in the Baseline League, but more importantly a pair of wins in the playoffs. She tallied 86 kills and 31 blocks.

DeArman, a 5-9 setter and opposite hitter, helped Colony to second-place in the Mt. Baldy League.

In soccer, two  standouts from Rancho Cucamonga are headed to the same institution. Defender Sandralee DeVille and midfielder Serafina Robles will both attend NAIA University of Great Falls in Montana.

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Upland baseball player decides on Cal Poly SLO

Right-handed pitcher Michael Gomez of Upland High School is among the eight players signed by the baseball program at Division I Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder earned second-team All-Baseline League honors as a junior under head coach Mike Alonso.

Upland was 16-10 in 2013, finishing tied for third place in the Baseline League and qualifying for the CIF-Southern Section playoffs.

Last summer, Gomez participated in the Area Code Games and he has played summer ball for the San Gabriel Valley Arsenal.

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