Bryan Medeiros, Sr., Don Lugo (MVP)
Jorge Cardosa, Sr., Montclair
Cameron Frye, Sr., Colony
Jose Godinez, Sr., Montclair
Brian Gonzalez, Jr., Chaffey
Constantinos Gufus, Soph., Don Lugo
Kennith Gomez, Jr., Don Lugo
Marc Ibarra, Jr. Don Lugo
Demetrio Martinez, Sr., Colony
Michael Meza, Jr., Chino
Jeremy Padilla, Sr., Ontario
Brett Rhode, Sr., Chino
Blake Smith, Sr., Colony
David Tapia, Sr., Montclair
Tyler Vigneault, Sr., Don Lugo
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.
The Don Lugo volleyball team is celebrating a Mt. Baldy League title and it has been a long time coming. In fact, it is believed to a first in the sport for the Conquistadores.
This should have come easy but didn’t. On the court the Conquistadores went undefeated in league play but they had to forfeit four matches, three of those Mt. Baldy matches, due to incorrect information provided on what was later ruled an eligible transfer.
So officially Don Lugo is 11-8 overall, 9-3 in league. It looked like the team would have to settle for a tie for first but when Chino knocked off Colony the last match of the season it gave the Conquistadores an unshared title. Call it poetic justice.
The rise of the program has come thanks in part to the arrival of the Chino Volleyballerz, a club team started by Don Lugo coach Eve Knowles who had recently moved into the area and was looking for a place for daughter Ayana to play. There wasn’t one so she started one. That’s never an easy chore.
When the Don Lugo position opened she was asked to take it and she did.
Like other sports, volleyball has become a year-round game. You can’t compete unless the balance of your team plays year-round. Clubs provide feeder programs for area high schools and colleges but you can’t control who goes where. So as a club coach you could be grooming players for rival high schools. So those who work with clubs are doing it for the advancement of the sport as much as anything.
Hopefully the progress of the Don Lugo program and the Chino club program will be the catalyst for improvement in other Inland Empire programs as well. That would benefit everybody.
Colony High School football coach Steve Randall stood on the field at Chaffey a half hour from kickoff talking about his senior running back Devan Imbach. To play him or not to pay him.
Imbach sustained a stress fracture three weeks ago and has missed the last couple of games. Fortunately for Randall and the Titans those games were against lesser foes.
But Randall was debating whether to play Imbach on Friday against the Tigers. He left the decision on suiting up to Imbach so Randall knew what would happen. He was dressing out.
But Randall said his trainers are keeping an eye on the star player.
Randall said he’d like to get him in the game for a few carries rather than have him try and play in next week’s game against Chino, which could be for a Mt. Baldy League title, without having carried the ball for month.
He’s a gamer so if it’s up to him he’ll get in.
“He’s one of those guys we have to save from himself,” Randall said.