CIF Swimming and Diving: What to look out for this week

There is a lot to look forward to with the CIF Swimming and Diving Championships taking place this week (May 11-16) at Riverside City College.CIF Swimming and Diving

Fans are bound to have new faces to consider among local area talent following the loss of Kyle Coan and Kyle Gornay, both who were Los Angeles News Group’s male swimmers of the year, due to graduation last year.

On the girls side,  back-to-back Female Swimmer of the Year for the Los Angeles News Group, Sonia Wang, is no longer with Upland High School and is swimming for JSerra High.

Some new faces we may hear a lot could come from Los Osos, who will look to win its third consecutive CIF Team Championship, Rachel Forbes and Brian Whittington. Both of which had impressive showings at the Baseline League Finals Meet.

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Upland’s Wright decides on Sacramento State

Upland High School football standout Trevor Wright has signed with Division Sacramento State. He went to the school on an official visit earlier this month and had taken an “unofficial” visit there during the season to see a game.

Wright was the Baseline League Most Valuable Player. He also earned All-Inland Valley honors, catching 73 passes for 1,493 yards and 11 touchdowns in leading the Highlanders to a share of the league title.

He also excelled on defense but was recruited as a receiver.

“What really sold me was the coaching staff and the way they related to me,” he said. “It really turned out better than I  expected.”

Upland coach Tim Salter had long trumpeted the skills of his offensive standout and had been surprised he didn’t get more offers, chalking that up to his 6-foot, 170-pound stature.

The Hornets went 5-7 last season.

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All-Baseline League football honors

Upland High School vs Rancho Cucamonga High School during Friday night football game November 8, 2013 at Upland High School in Upland.LaFonzo Carter/ Staff Photographer

Most Valuable Offensive Player – Trevor Wright, Upland
Most Valuable Defensive Player – Chris Unga, Rancho Cucamonga

First team offense
Ian Borngrebe, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
Chris Brenner, Sr., Los Osos
Durron Burton, Sr., Los Osos
Cristian Casillas, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
Jake Crites, Sr., Etiwanda
Blake Fisher, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
Donnie Greene, Jr., Upland
Tyler Hilinski, Jr., Upland
Marcellus Hunter, Sr., Alta Loma
Aaron Manning, Soph., Rancho Cucamonga
Ben Northrup, Sr., Glendora
Britton Noskof, Sr., Glendora
Kempson Pearce, Soph., Etiwanda
Darryn Ratliff, Sr., Etiwanda
Jesus Soltero, Jr., Alta Loma
Marquis Wimberly, Sr., Upland

First team defense
Treyjohn Butler, Soph., Etiwanda
Ralston Compton, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
Robert Cuevas, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga
Jeff Farrar, Sr., Upland
Ryan DeGuzman, Jr., Glendora
Dillon Fink, Sr., Glendora
Deshawn Fortune, Jr., Etiwanda
Uepi Kaufusi, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga
Mataele Kauvaka, Sr., Upland
Khaylen Kearse-Thomas, Jr., Etiwanda
Zach Lewallen, Jr., Glendora
Artuz Manning, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
Dillon Shiver, Sr., Los Osos
Tacory Spencer, Sr., Etiwanda
Dylan Taylor, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
Carlos Tobar, Sr., Los Osos
Michael West, Sr., Los Osos

Second team offense
Ugo Akams, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
Amrit Atwal, Sr., Alta Loma
Quinn Bechard, Sr., Alta Loma
Zach Berdnik, Sr., Etiwanda
Levi Bruce, Sr., Etiwanda
Kieran Campbell, Jr., Glendora
Ronnie Esther, Sr., Upland
Matt Fink, Soph., Glendora
Jayson Miles, Sr., Alta Loma
Khalil Muhammed, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga
Ryan Padilla, Sr., Glendora
Ethan Pulley, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
Amin Raad, Sr., Glendora
Caleb Repp, Jr., Los Osos
Christian Samarzich, Sr., Upland
Caleb Watkins, Soph., Glendora

Second team defense
Blaine Biemans, Sr., Alta Loma
Xavier Bunch, Sr., Alta Loma
Jacob Contreras, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga
Vincent Elefante, Jr., Upland
Gabriel Espinoza, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga
Tyrell Evans, Sr., Glendora
Colin Grady, Jr., Glendora
Elijah Jones, Jr., Upland
Jacob Jorgenson, Sr., Los Osos
Austin Lomeli, Sr., Upland
Kameron Powell, Jr., Upland
Alan Rios, Sr., Los Osos
Chris Rocha, Sr., Los Osos
Malik Shelton, Sr., Los Osos
Troy Thomas, Jr., Upland
Malik Ware, Sr., Etiwanda
Savion Whitney, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga

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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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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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