Los Osos football standout Mason Vega decides on college

A lot of local athletes will be signing National Letter of Intent next Wednesday. Los Osos High School senior Mason Vega never imagined himself being one of those guys. But he indeed will be.

Vega had never played football at any level before this season but will be signing with Division I Portland State.  He felt good about the decision after a visit to the school last weekend.

He has played basketball but it wasn’t until this year that he decided to try football.

“I had a lot of people telling me I ought to try,” he said. “I was going to go out last year and then for whatever reason I just didn’t. This was my last year and I didn’t want to have any regrets.”

Vega says he had a former basketball teammate in Shane Johnson whose dad talked about having a family member whose biggest regret was not playing football, or at least given it a try.

“That was the person that really put me over the edge as far as actually doing it,” Vega said. “I never would have thought I would get this far this far so it turned out to be a great decision.”

Vega, a 6-foot-3, 220-pounder, also had an offer from Idaho and took an unofficial visit to San Diego State. He played defensive end for the Grizzlies but was recruited as an outside linebacker.

Vega tallied 48 tackles, 13 of those for a loss, and had a fumble recovery for the Grizzles (4-6).

Vega plans to major in psychology.

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Baseline League honors: Football

Offensive MVP’s – Curtis Price, Sr., Chino Hills; Dylan Thigpen, Sr., Damien; Aaron Manning, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga

Defensive MVP – William Hackenberg, Sr., Chino Hills

First team offense
QB Caleb Arreola, Sr., Chino Hills
QB Angel Matute, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
QB Andrew Kanatsky, Sr., Etiwanda
QB Warren Bryan, Soph., Damien
RB Nathan Tilford, Jr., Upland
RB Donovan Williams, Sr., Los Osos
RB Darreyon Jones, Sr., Upland
WR Noah Gutierrez, Sr., Etiwanda
TE Tavoi Hoching, Sr., Upland
OL R.J. Stripling, Jr., Chino Hills
OL Matt Kivler, Sr., Chino Hills
OL Liam Ryan, Sr., Damien
OL Ray Matelau, Sr., Upland
OL Cohl Cabral, Sr., Los Osos
OL Nathan Thomas, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
K Matthew Amrhein, Sr., Damien

First team defense
CB Jaylan Brown, Sr., Chino Hills
CB Cameron Record, Sr., Damien
CB Jaylon Redd, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga
S Kendall Greer, Sr., Etiwanda
LB Anthony Rosales, Sr., Chino Hills
LB Dylan Tucker, Jr., Chino Hills
LB Cole McCarty, Sr., Upland
LB Bryce Youngquist, Sr., Los Osos
LB Cameron Smith, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
DL Grant Trueman, Jr., Chino Hills
DL Kelon Ferdinand, Sr., Upland
DL Lane Haywood, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga

Second team offense
RB Grady O’Donnell, Sr., Chino Hills
RB Kamari Pleasant, Sr., Etiwanda
WR Vos Price, Jr., Chino Hills
WR Joshua Keith, Sr., Etiwanda
WR David Farmer, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
OL Miles Dutton, Sr., Los Osos
OL Jonah Latu, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga
OL Connor Garcelli, Jr., Chino Hills
OL Austin Evans, Sr., Damien
OL Evander Achan, Sr., Damien
OL Ratu Faupula, Sr., Upland
OL Siani Malere, Jr., Upland

Second team defense
DB Josh Zappala, Sr., Chino Hills
SS Craig Worthley, Sr., Chino Hills
SS Darrial Busby, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
CB Thomas Graham, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga
LB Sione Piutau, Jr., Upland
LB Semisi Pahulu, Jr., Upland
LB Mikael Fakhoury, Sr., Los Osos
LB Mikey Rosales, Soph., Chino Hills
LB Nicholas Provenzano, Sr., Damien
LB Aidan Anderson, Sr., Etiwanda
DL Oscar Burgueno, Jr., Chino Hills
DL Isikeli Otuafi, Sr., Upland
DL Sosaia Sekeni, Sr., Upland
DL Mason Vega, Sr., Los Oso
DL Johnny Latu, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga

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Los Osos, Rancho Cucamonga to play at Chaffey College

The Rancho Cucamonga and Los Osos football teams will play their annual rivalry game this year at Chaffey College at 7 p.m. on Friday.

Both teams use Los Osos as their home field but this is a Rancho home game and the decision was made by that administration.

Principal Cary Wilborn said Chaffey seats an extra 800 to 1,000 people and in recent years spectators have had to be turned away when the games as held at the high school.

The other benefit is the stadium is better set up for crowd control. While there was no issue at last year’s game between the two, there were problems at the one two years ago.

The down side is the added cost to rent Chaffey which is about $2,500.

This will be the last time the Rancho administration will have to make that decision as it will open a new stadium on campus next school year.

The Cougars (5-2 1-1), ranked ninth in the West Valley Division, are looking to bounce back from a 24-10 loss to Chino Hills while Los Osos (3-4, 0-2)  is coming off a 42-17 loss to Etiwanda.


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Baseline League once again to be hotly contested

Non-league games are over. The race for league titles is on and again it is the Baseline League with numerous compelling match-ups looming.

Damien and Los Osos were the bottom two teams a year ago and both of those have shown much improvement over the course of the non-league season. Damien has RB Dylan Thigpen upon who they rely while the Grizzles have a couple of Division I signees in LB Bryce Youngquist (Oklahoma) and OL Cohl Cabral (Arizona State).

Los Osos has also come up on the winning end of some close games so they seem poised when it matters.

Have those teams improved enough to actually contend? They are probably going to be hard-pressed to do so but they’re god enough to pull an upset that could throw a monkey wrench into some team’s title hopes.

The top team a year ago was Upland but the Highlanders graduated a majority of their starters including nine who advanced to Division II schools. Is Upland as good as in years past? Only time will tell. But if the Highlanders are going to repeat, it will take big contributions from those who weren’t the headline performers a year ago.

Rancho Cucamonga is the team with the most returning starters with that group including quarterback Angel Matute, running back Aaron Manning and DB Jaylon Redd. The Cougars also added a top-notch DB in Thomas Graham, who has committed to USC.

Chino Hills the most formidable test for Upland a year ago and looks like it too poised to challenge. The Huskies had newcomer at QB in Caleb Arreola. He was banged up in the Huskies win two weeks ago. His backup is already out for the season, so much of the Huskies hopes hinge on his health and development.

Just where does Etiwanda fit in? The Eagles wee a disappointing fourth a year ago and they have a new and energetic coach in Kevin Davis. The got off to a tough start this season but stayed the course and have momentum going into league play. They face Upland tonight so we’ll see right away what Etiwanda is made of.

The battle for the top spot could take place the last week of the regular season when Upland and Rancho square off. But no doubt, every battle is going to be a big one.

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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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Los Osos football team looking to compete in tough Baseline

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Not much went right for the Los Osos High School football team last year. The Grizzlies and coach Kevin Price knew it was going to be tough competing in the Baseline League even if they were healthy. Well, they weren’t.

The Grizzlies went 2-8 overall and 0-5 in league play. Of the 53 players on the roster, 29 were injured, most of those missing multiple games.

“It was tough,” he said. “Everyone has injuries so you hate using it as an excuse but it was a major factor. We just couldn’t put the team on the field we thought we were going to have.”

Price is doing everything he can to see that history doesn’t repeat itself. He had called the offense the last two years but is going back on the other side of the ball and will be defensive coordinator.

Mike Randall, previously the offensive line coach, will call the offense.

“It’s just where I feel the most comfortable,” Price said. “And it’s where I think I can contribute the most.”

The Grizzlies will boast a couple of the area’s best players and that’s a good place to start. Senior Cohl Cabral, who has committed to Arizona State, will anchor both lines. Price also singled him out for his work ethic and leadership.

Then there’s senior linebacker Bryce Younquist, who has a half a dozen major college offers. He too missed a couple of games last season.

Senior running back Donovan Williams who has the potential have an impact in both the running and passing games. He has also been used at quarterback at times.

Among the others who saw significant playing time last year were cornerback Aiden Christensen, offensive lineman Miles Dutton, defensive tackle Chris Ekokobe, inside linebacker Mikael Fakhoura, slot receiver Michael Martin and wide receiver Koa Mattson.

Among the others coming back are senior quarterback Dominic Slouka, who played five games in place of the injured Jason Crain last year as a junior.

“He has come a long way,” Price said of Slouka. “Obviously it was tough on him because it was a lot to ask of him to begin with and a lot of his weapons weren’t on the field either.”

Among the newcomers Price is hoping make an immediate impact are senior defensive end Mason Vega, junior defensive end Daivon Allen and junior wide receiver Trevon Clark.

“I’m not coming out an saying we’re going to win the league but we can compete,” Price said. “These kids work hard and at the end of the day they’re going to leave it all out there.”

Los Osos starts the new season on Aug. 28 against Carter. It opens league play on Oct. 9 at home against Chino Hills.



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Lineman Cohl Cabral of Los Osos commits to Arizona State

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Los Osos High School offensive lineman Cohl Cabral isn’t going to draw the recruiting process out any longer. He has made a verbal commitment to Arizona State, even before his senior season begins.

The 6-foot-5, 260-pound offensive lineman had 14 offers from which to choose. He has visited Arizona State three times and also made trips to Washington State, Oregon State, Boise State and Utah. Arizona State was the first to offer.

Michigan, Oregon and USC were among the others

“I really liked the program, the players, the atmosphere, everything about it,” he said. “I thought it would be the place for me to be for the next four year.”

Cabral, a our-star recruit, is ranked as the nation’s No. 20 offensive
tackle and the No. 34 prospect in California in the 2016 class by 247Sports.com.

He played both offensive and defensive lines for the Grizzlies but was being recruited to play on offense.

Cabral is the third player to commit to coach Todd Graham’s next recruiting class, the second offensive lineman.

Arizona State has been high on his list all along. The school saw him at a satellite camp at Upland last summer and has pursued him ever since.

“I had time to get the visits done,” he said, of the groundwork that resulted in an early decision. “I’m glad the decision is made so I can concentrate on having a great senior season.”

He plans to major in exercise science.

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UPDATE: Prep athletes who will sign this week

Philip Afia, DB, Ayala, Utah
Gary Baker, OL-DL, Upland, Oregon
Desmond Bobo, Pomona, Northern State
Lionel Crosby, OL/DL, Jurupa Hills, W. New Mexico
Josh Woods, LB, Upland, UCLA
Jerry Chaney, WR, Rancho Cucamonga, San Diego State
Vincent Elefante, DL, Upland, Sacramento State
Deshawn Fortune, DE-LB, Etiwanda, San Jose State
Trent Goens, DE, Chino Hills, Northwestern
Josiah Gray, Rancho Cucamonga, UTEP
Donnie Greene, OL, Upland, Fresno State
Tyler Hilinksi , QB, Upland, Washington State
Antonio Hull, RB, Diamond Bar, Wyoming
Elijah Jones, DB, Upland, Navy
David Martinez, OL, Upland, New Mexico
Daijon McFoy, WB/LB, Carter, Dixie State
Brennan Miano, LB, Summit, Western New Mexico
Jalen Moore, DB, Upland, Oregon State
Nick Navarro Jurupa Hills LB Sacramento State
Michael Neal, TE, Etiwanda, Washington
Tre Norman, TE/DE, Kaiser, W. New Mexico
Dwayne Parchment, LB, Kaiser, San Diego State
Malik Psalms, DB, Ayala, Cal
Kameron Powell, DB, Upland, Washington State
Caleb Repp, WR, Los Osos, Utah
Ervin Richard, SS, Colony, Western New Mexico
Hasani Smith, TE, Upland, San Diego State
Chase Stephens, WR, Rancho Cucamonga, Southern Utah
Keon Stephens, WR, Etiwanda, Montana State
Ray Surry, WR, Rancho Cucamonga San Jose State
Khalyan Thomas, LB, Etiwanda, Arizona State
Troy Thomas, LB, Upland, Azusa Pacific
D’Angelo Vasquez, WR, Summit, Dixie State
Shawn Wilson, WR-DB, Pomona, Oregon State
Kheenyon Woods, LB, Pomona, New Mexico State
Zamore Zigler, DB, Carter, San Jose State

Thomas Halverson, Los Osos, Pepperdine
Austin Stewart, Los Osos, Long Beach State
Hope Vickers, Upland, Marist
Sydney Adams, Chino Hills, San Francisco State
Jaclyn Arballo, Bonita, Holy Names
Annie Bailey, Los Osos, UC Riverside
Michelle Barkley, Chino Hills, Kansas Wesleyan
Michele Blum, Chino Hills, Clarke (Iowa)
Brielle Bourgeois, Chino Hills, Southern Utah
Lauren Flowers, Rancho Cucamonga, Houston
Danielle Fjeldsted, Chino Hills, Westminster
Dayna Garcia, Chino Hills, McNeese State
Kryssa Johnson, Los Osos, Concordia-Irvine
Danya Hart, Rancho Cucamonga, Cal State Los Angeles
Brooke Ligtenberg, Chino, Cal State Fullerton
Idalys Martinez, Etiwanda, Cal State San Bernardino
Sydney Navarro, Claremont, Middle Tennessee
Darielle O’Brien, Summit, UC Riverside
Ally Priscock, Rancho Cucamonga, USC
Leah Pruitt, Alta Loma, San Diego State
Denae Verdine, Alta Loma, Cal State San Bernardino
Karly Whiteman, Los Osos, Colorado State-Pueblo
Daniel Crisostomo, Webb, UC Irvine

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Los Osos football team battling injuries

It has been a tough season for Los Osos High School and head coach Kevin Price.

The Grizzlies were going to find it a tough go in the competitive Baseline League this year anyway, having graduated 36 players from last season. Not to mention the addition of Chino Hills and Damien which made for even more competition than in years past.

And that was before players started getting injured. Among the first to go was quarterback Jason Crain who looked to have made great strides from last season.

Blow after blow kept coming. Perhaps the best player on the team, senior wide receiver Caleb Repp, broke his hand two weeks ago against Etiwanda. He’s a Division I player, having already committed to Utah.

Price said Thursday he has had 27 players sustain injuries that kept them out of a game. He added that 13 players were on the bench in practice Monday and 11 of those are started.

“We never have had the team we thought we were going to have in August,” Price said. “It’s unfortunate but it has been the hand we have been dealt.”

The Grizzlies play at Damien on Friday and close out the season next week at Chino Hills.




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Grizzlies’ defensive standout chooses Yale

Los Osos High School defensive lineman Michael West has decided on a college. It’s Yale.

West visited that school the second week of December and also took a trip to Brown. He also had a visit planned to Dartmouth but canceled that after making up his mind on Yale.

He plans to major in engineering.

“I have been a good student all of my life and I’m looking forward to continuing that,” West said. “I know it will be a challenge. One reason I really liked the school was the resources it has in place to help students.”

Yale went 5-5 last year under second-year coach Anthony Reno. West will be part of his second recruiting class.

“I liked the coach and players and the program is building. I am looking forward to being part of it,” West added.

West was a first-team All-Baseline League selection. The 6-2, 195-pounder totaled 41 tackles, 7 sacks, 1 fumble recovery, 2 caused fumbles and 2 blocked field goals.

He holds a 4.4 grade-point average.


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