Inland Valley is sending a total of 8 wrestlers to state after Saturday’s CIF-SS Masters Meet.
Here’s a look at the area qualifiers:
106: Martin Garcia, So. Rialto 1st at divisionals, 6th at Masters
126: Daniel Romero, Sr.., Montclair, 4th at divisionals, 5th at Masters
132: Justus Cervantes, Sr., Los Osos, 3rd at divisionals, 8th at Masters
145: Brad Pearce, Jr., Alta Loma, 3rd at divisionals, 9th at Masters
170: Jon Solano, Sr., Los Osos, 1st at divisionals, 3rd at Masters
Garrick Gurney, Sr., Chino HIlls, 4th at divisionals, 5th at Masters
182: Nathan Rodriguez, Sr., Diamond Bar, 1st at divisionals, 7th at Masters
285: Kenny Clark, Sr., Carter, 1st at divisionals, 2nd at Masters
After Friday’s Day 1 of the CIF-SS Masters Meet, each weight class is whittled down to the final 12. Those in the semifinals have guaranteed a trip to Bakersfield for next weekend’s CIF State Championships. The other eight still alive in consolation in each weight class will be vying for the final five spots. The 4 winners in the consolation quarterfinals in the first consolation round Saturday advance, with the four losers dropping into the ninth-place bracket and will need to win their final two matches.
There are 12 Inland valley wrestlers alive, including three in the semifinals.
Here they are, by weight class. All are in consolation except those designated otherwise:
106: Alex Garcia, Rialto (faces Vincent Parra of Covina Northview in the semis)
David Gonzalez, San Dimas
126: Daniel Romero, Montclair
132: Justus Cervantes, Los Osos
145: Brad Pearce, Alta Loma
152 Seth Morales, Bonita
170: Jon Solano, Los Osos (No. 4 in state faces Bryan Salinas of Northview in semis)
Garrick Gurney, Chino Hills
182: Nathan Rodriguez, Diamond Bar
195: Matt Carrillo, Diamond Bar
220: Cody Fahamokioa, Rancho Cucamonga
285: Kenny Clark, Carter (No. 5 in state and only CIF-SS wrestler ranked higher, No. 1 Nour Abdullatif of Eastvale Roosevelt, lost in the quarters. Clark faces Alejandro Ruelas of Westminster in semis)
Here are Inland Valley’s scores from Thursday. Not much left after a tough day for local teams.
West Hills Chaminade 2, Rancho Cucamonga 0
Temecula Great Oak 3, Chino Hills 2
La Puente Bishop Amat 4, Diamond Bar 3 (OT)
Citrus Valley 1, Oxnard Pacifica 0
San Dimas 1, Anaheim Katella 0
FIRST ROUND, Wednesday
Tustin 69, Cerritos 41
San Bernardino 62, Kaiser 29
Bonita 54, South Torrance 40
Colony 73, Westminster La Quinta 48
Calabasas 70, Rio Mesa 56
Palm Desert 55, Jurupa Hills 49
Roosevelt at No. 1 Mater Dei
Trabuco Hills at Warren
Los Osos at Rancho Verde
Montclair at Chino Hills
Riverside King at Rancho Cucamonga
Inglewood at Fountain Valley
Orange Lutheran at Eisenhower
Knight at No. 4 Mission Viejo
Jordan at No. 3 Corona Centennial
Los Alamitos at Silverado
Foothill at Great Oak
Etiwanda at Highland
Montebello at at Loyola
Downey at Pasadena
Corona at Mayfair
Palmdale at No. 2 Long Beach Poly
Kylie Fitts will still achieve his dream of playing college football in the Coliseum. But the Redlands East Valley defensive end is happy to do it every other year.
After Rivals.com’s No. 12 recruit in the state was verbally committed to USC for the better part of 10 months, Fitts announced Tuesday night that he will sign a letter of intent this morning with UCLA. The 6-foot-4, 260-pound prospect was 36 hours from enrolling at USC on Jan. 10 before he was informed by the school that a scholarship wouldn’t be available for him until the fall.
“It broke my heart, but I believe everything happens for a reason,” Fitts said. “I’m almost happy it happened, because it led me to UCLA.”
UPDATE: Steve Johnson, 47, is in fair condition as of Wednesday morning, according to this report. He remains hospitalized but it is “not a life-threatening situation,” according to a spokesman for Loma Linda University Medical Center.
The Eisenhower High School basketball coach and athletic director was reportedly shot four times in the upper torso Monday night at Seccombe Park in San Bernardino after three males approached him asking for his wallet. The two-time Daily Bulletin Coach of the Year was able to drive himself to a police station despite the gunshot wounds and was later transported to Loma Linda University Medical Center for treatment. Here is the complete story of the events that began at 8 p.m. Monday night.
The Eisenhower boys basketball team, whom Johnson led to the 2010 CIF state championship, played on Tuesday night while their coach recovered in the hospital, earning a 62-33 win over Redlands in a game attended by a horde of media. Eisenhower staff members and parents reacted to the news at the game. Assistant coach Ray Jimmerson and the Eisenhower players were not made available for comment as they were escorted to the locker room and then the bus by security following the game. Meanwhile, there was an outpouring of support as students and others reacted to the news of the shooting on social media.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SHOOTOUT
AT AZUSA PACIFIC, SATURDAY, JAN. 26
Flintridge Prep v. Alta Loma, 9 a.m.
Rowland vs Saddleback, 10:30 a.m.
Bishop Amat vs. Bonita (girls), Noon
La Canada vs. Glendora, 1:30 p.m.
Colony vs. Murrieta Valley, 3 p.m.
Claremont vs. Rancho Verde, 4:30 p.m.
Damien vs. Corona Centennial, 6 p.m.
La Costa Canyon vs. Etiwanda, 7:30 p.m.
Los Osos vs. Maranatha, 9 p.m.
It must have seemed like a lifetime between verbal commitments to Washington for Upland High School defensive end Joe Mathis, but Saturday afternoon the senior ended up back where he started 14 months ago. Mathis, a 6-foot-4, 255-pound, 4-star recruit, committed to Washington Oct. 28, 2011, one day after the Huskies joined Indiana to become his second scholarship offer. With what would eventually become more than 50 offers beginning to pile up, he de-committed three months later.
Live on NBC during the second quarter of Saturday’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas, Mathis donned a Washington hat, choosing the Huskies from a final four that included USC, UCLA and Alabama. He was considering Texas A&M before removing the Aggies from the list earlier in the week.
This Friday and Saturday, Eisenhower High is hosting the Inland Empire Shootout, a two-day showcase event for mostly boys teams, but also one girls game.
Friday, Jan. 4
Corona Santiago vs. Eisenhower (girls), 4 p.m.
Summit vs. Miller (boys), 5:30 p.m.
Riverside M.L. King vs. Eisenhower (boys), 7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 5
Moreno Valley Canyon Springs vs. Cajon (boys), noon
Citrus Valley vs. Carter (boys), 1:30 p.m.
Miller vs. Rialto (boys), 3 p.m.
Long Beach St. Anthony vs. Chino HIlls (boys), 4:30 p.m.
Damien vs. Eisenhower (boys), 6 p.m.
Etiwanda vs. Riverside M.L. King (boys), 7:30 p.m.