Here is the list of games for the first weekend of prep football:
Thursday, Aug. 28
Garey vs. Ontario (at Montclair HS)
Friday, Aug. 29
Adelanto at Lancaster Eastside
Alta Loma at Rowland Heights Rowland
Apple Valley at Silverado
Bellerose St. Alberta at Arrowhead Christian
Big Bear at Victorville Excelsier Charter
Bonita at Montebello Schurr
Burbank at Ayala
Calvary Murrieta at Western Christian
Claremont at El Rancho
Diamond Bar at Montebello
Diamond Ranch at Nogales
Eastvale Roosevelt at Pomona
Eisenhower at Sultana
Etiwanda vs. Summit (at Miller HS)
Fontana at Hesperia
Gladstone at Jurupa Hills
Glendora at Damien
Granite Hills vs. Yucca Valley (at Apple Valley HS)
Indian Springs at Murrieta Mesa
Lake Elsinore Lakeside at Chaffey
Lancaster Paraclete at Serrano
Monrovia at San Dimas
Los Osos at Mission Hills Alemany
Mark Keppel at Ganesha
Miller at Barstow
Newhall Hart at Chino Hills
Oak Hills at Highland
Ontario Christian at Heritage Christian
Palmdale Knight at Upland
Rancho Cucamonga at Trabuco Hills
Redlands at Corona Santiago
Saddleback at Aquinas
San Bernardino at Arroyo Valley
San Gabriel at Montclair
San Gorgonio at Citrus Valley
Victor Valley at Temecula Chaparral
Walnut at Don Lugo
West Covina at Colony
Saturday, Aug. 30
Village Christian at Webb
Teams that don’t open play until the following week: Bloomington, Cajon, Carter, Chino, Colton, Grand Terrace, Kaiser, Pacific, Redlands East Valley, Rialto, Twentynine Palms, Yucaipa.
Etiwanda baseball standout Tyler Freeman saw the college he liked and he jumped on the chance to cast his lot with that school.
The Eagles shortstop made a verbal commitment to Texas Christian University today, while on campus for a baseball camp.
He has been familiar with the school since he was young because he has a set of grandparents and an uncle who live near the school.
“I have wanted to go here since the first time I set foot on the campus,” he said. “It just felt like home.”
Freeman is one of the top young players in the area, having competed on the Eagles varsity last year as a freshman and earning second team All-Baseline League honors.
He played in all 25 games and hit. 276.
Freeman said he has been to several other schools unofficially, most notably UC Santa Barbara, UCLA, USC and Indiana. He didn’t feel the need to drag out the recruiting process.
“When I was little I used to tell my dad this is where I wanted to go when I was older,” he said.
The latest list of area prep football coaching changes from 2013 to this 2014, with last year’s record in parentheses:
- Arroyo Valley: old coach Tony DiThomas (3-7); new coach Demetrius Stewart
- Cajon: old coach Kim Battin (2-8), new coach Nick Rogers
- Diamond Bar: old coach Ryan Maine (7-5), new coach Marcus Hughes
- Don Lugo: old coach Lou Randall (3-7), new coach Luis Garcia
- Fontana: old coach Nick Matheny (3-7); new coach David Crump
- Grand Terrace: old coach Harold Strauss (4-6), new coach Ryan Smalls
- Ontario: old coach Ron Stocking Jr/ interim coach Ryan Alvarez (1-9); new coach John Kusleika
- Ontario Christian: old coach Chris Stevens (6-5), new coach: Rick Martin
- Pacific: old coach Don Markham (1-9), new coach: Mike Aragon
- Rialto: old coach Gavin Pachot (6-5), new coach Drew Young
- Rim of the World: old coach Bob Gradillas (8-4), new coach Ernie Madrigal
- Summit: old coach Cesar Villalobos (5-6), new coach Nick Matheny
- Victor Valley: old coach Leland Eudy (7-4); new coach Mark Mora
Rancho Cucamonga basketball standout Victor Joseph will play at Chaffey College next season, He plans to play one season because he is already an NCAA qualifier.
Joseph, a 6-foot-guard, helped the Cougars to a 25-5 record and runner-up showing in the Baseline League behind perennial power Etiwanda.
He averaged 21.5 points and 5.5 assists with a season high of 32 points against Los Osos. He earned All-CIF, All-Baseline League and Inland Valley honors.
Several Division I schools were interested including Colorado State and Florida A & M, both of which he visited. But Colorado State ended up not losing a couple of guards it thought were leaving and FAMU had a coaching change.
Washington State and Portland State were interested too but endned up getting guards that were slightly higher on their list.
Joseph has taken that in stride.
“At first I was disappointed because I think I’m a Division I guard,” he said. “But maybe God just has another plan for me right now. If I go out and have a great year I hope to have more options then.”
Joseph will get to play in a high profile program in a state where community college basketball is top-notch. The Panthers wee i the state title game two years ago and made the semifinal last season under coach Jeff Klein.
While there are still more than two weeks until the first prep football games, some area players are already earning honors.
CalHiSports.com released its preseason all-Inland Empire team, featuring players from San Bernardino and Riverside counties.
Etiwanda had the most players selected to the first team: LB Khaylan Thomas, DB Treyjohn Butler and multi-purpose Keon Stephens (a transfer from San Bernardino), while Upland had two: QB Tyler Hilinski and LB Josh Woods.
Other first-teamers from San Bernardino County are: Silverado OL Augistin Beltran, Redlands East Valley RB Malik Lovette, Rim of the World RB Jamie Taylor, Chino Hills DL Trent Goens, Serrano LB John Mackesy, Carter LB Lokeni Toailoa, Ayala DB Malik Psalms and Summit’s multi-purpose Damian Alloway.
There were also several local players who made the second team: Chino Hills DB Philip Afia, REV LB Matteo Biscotti, Oak Hills QB/RB Nolan Brammer, Kaiser RB Joshua Johnson, San Gorgonio DB Nathan Meadors, Arrowhead Christian QB/DB Bradley Mowbray, Upland DB Cameron Powell and Los Osos LB Bryce Youngquist.
Roddy Layton may not be the head football coach at Diamond Rancho any longer, but he’ll still have his hand in the athletic department.
Layton will be serving as Co-Athletic Director along with Lisa Cheney, another teacher at the school.
Layton will be in his 11th year at the school. He had been head football coach the last eight but resigned in the spring.
“Football is very time consuming,” he said. “If you’re doing that you really don’t have time for anything else. I love this school and the principal I work for and I am excited about this opportunity.”
Layton says he doesn’t miss football, at least not yet. He has been out to practice a couple of times to lend support to new coach Mario Gomez who was on his staff as an assistant.
Etiwanda High School basketball standout Jordan Naughton has committed to NCAA Division I Wyoming.
The 6-foot-9 center helped the Eagles to a Baseline League title and spot opposite Mater Dei in the CIF Open Division semifinals.
With the Eagles having graduated their top two players in Jordan McLaughlin and Kenny Barnes, Naughton will likely have a bigger role the coming season.
Former Cal Poly Pomona All-American basketball standout Larry Gordon is organizing a fund-raiser for his alma mater Montclair High School.
It will feature Gordon and others who played for the Cavaliers from 2001 to 2013.
It will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 12 at the school. Admission is $3 with proceeds going toward the boys basketball program.
Volleyball player Claire Dietrich of Los Osos High School has committed to NCAA Division II Cal State East Bay.
Dietrich, a 6-foot-3 outside hitter, helped the Grizzlies to a 26-12 record and second-place showing in the Baseline League last year as a junior. She is expected to play a more major role this year as a senior with the Grizzlies having graduated three Division I hitters.
East Bay was 11-19 overall and 7-15 in CCAA play. The Pioneers are the newest member of the conference, having made the move from Division III a couple of years ago.
The community efforts to help the family of former Chino Hills basketball player Nnamdi Okongwu are ongoing. Okongwu, 17, passed away last month after sustaining a head injury while skateboarding.
A bingo fundraiser will be held at 1 p.m., Sunday in the small gym at Chino Hills High School.
Also a fundraiser at Roscoes Famous Deli in Chino Hills Thursday, August 7th 11am- to closing. Roscoe’s will donate 15% of your purchase to the family fund.
Donations are also being taken at www.gofundme.com/4unnamdi