Upland transfer Darren Jones ruled ineligible at Cajon

Four high profile football transfers from Upland to Corona Centennial were ruled ineligible by the CIF Southern Section, but Centennial wasn’t the only school to have transfers from Upland denied.

Darren Jones, a sophomore who led Upland in receiving as a freshman last year with 19 receptions for 437 yards and five touchdowns, had transferred to Cajon and hoped to be a big part of the Cowboy offense. That won’t happen anytime soon as CIF-SS also ruled him ineligible for football and basketball until next July. Rogers said Upland contested Jones’ transfer.

“I think he’s going to file an appeal with the state (CIF), as far as I know,” Cajon coach Nick Rogers said. “But that would take several weeks.”

Rogers doesn’t agree with Upland contesting the transfer.

“I’m like Kim (Battin, former Cajon coach). If a guy doesn’t want to play here, let him go,” Rogers said.

Unlike other schools, Cajon has not been a destination for many transfers Rogers said. He notes that he lost three varsity players to transfers (two to Pacific and one to San Gorgonio) and got only one varsity player back, receiver Tre’veon Wellmaker from Jurupa Hills.

“If this is a recruiting competition, I’m not doing a very good job,” Rogers said.


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Chino Hills football team to play Colorado opponent on Thursday

Chino Hills Football

Chino Hills will play Legacy High School out of Bloomfield, Col. tonight at 7:30 p.m. A junior varsity game between the two is set for 3:15, thus the later than normal start for the varsity.

That game was set up before Chris Stevens was named Huskies head coach. He said the game was set up through a travel agency that connects out of state foes with California teams with scheduling openings based on comparable factors such as school enrollment and demographics.

Part of the deal is that teams play on Thursday so the weekend is left free for sightseeing before departure on Sunday.

“It is always fun to play someone different,” he said.

Stevens added that junior running back Sean O’Donnell is still out with a knee injury. Offensive lineman Connor Garcelli, who sprained a knee in the same game two weeks ago, will be a game-day decision.

What could factor in is that next week the Huskies (2-0) have a bye so that would give each player another two weeks to heal.

Stevens also praised the recent play of senior quarterback Austin Zavala and senior linebacker Dylan Tucker.

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San Dimas, Ontario football teams set for Thursday night game

The game between Ontario (0-2) and host San Dimas (2-0) was originally scheduled for Friday but the move to 7 p.m. on Thursday was necessitated by not having enough officials to cover all the Friday night games.

The officials association reached out to some schools to see who would be interested in moving a game to Thursday and San Dimas was happy to oblige. Of course the Saints did so after checking with their opponent which didn’t have a problem with the move either.

Ontario just opened an on-campus stadium this year but has a permanent road team previously the Jaguars have always played a lot of Thursday games.

“It really didn’t make a difference to us,” Ontario coach John Kusleika said. “If that’s what they needed to do we were fine with it.”

Ontario is still looking for its first win of the season after being dealt a 56-28 loss by much-improved Nogales last week. The Jaguars turned the ball over four times which led to 21 Nogales points.

San Dimas is coming off a 55-14 shellacking of Maranatha and has outscored its first two opponents by a combined 97-28.

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A nod to a few athlete of week nominees

Here are this week’s So Cal Prep Legends Athletes of the Week:

Boys winner is: Andrew Almazan, Chino football

Girls winner is: Mary Bagshaw, Rancho Cucamonga volleyball

We had a lot of good nominees this week. Unfortunately we can only pick one boy and one girl.

Just wanted to give a mention to some of the other worthy candidates put up by a representative of the school or the Bulletin staff:

  • Jarell Sykes, senior, RB, San Dimas: Ran for 168 yards and 2 touchdowns and caught 2 passes for 80 yards and 2 touchdowns in a 55-14 win over Maranatha on Friday.
  • E.J. Pasiwicz, senior, RB-WR-DB, Bonita: Ran for 227 yards and 4 touchdowns on 29 carries in Friday’s 36-28 win over Santa Fe.
  • Khoury Bethley, junior, RB-SS, Don Lugo: Ran for 263 yards on 18 carries and added 2 receptions for 27 yards, scoring 4 touchdowns in all in a 41-20 victory over Pomona on Friday.
  • Albert Louis, senior, CB-WR, Ganesha: Had 2 big interceptions in 38-21 win over Gladstone on Thursday at Charter Oak. Returned one 86 yards for a score and brought the other back 70 yards. He also had a touchdown catch of 30 yards.
  • Cam’reon Dean, senior, WR-DB, Summit: Scored 3 touchdowns in a win over Hesperia, two of those coming on punt returns and the other coming on a touchdown catch. Was also a factor on defense with 6 tackles.



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Damien, Chino Hills crack CIF football polls this week

Here are the new CIF polls for football released today:

Division 1 – Mater Dei (2-0); 2. St. john Bosco (2-0: 3. Corona Centennial (1-1); 4. Mission Viejo (2-0); 5. Vista Murrieta (2-0); 6, JSerra (2-0); 7. Long Beach Poly (1-1); 8. Alemany (1-1); 9. Chaminade (1-1); 10. Anmta Margarita (1-1).

Division 2 – 1. Murrieta Valley (2-0); 2. Oaks Christian (1-1); 3. Redlands East Valley (1-0); 4. Chino Hills (2-0); 5.Heritage (2-0); 6. San Clemente (1-1); 7. Sherman Oaks Notre Dame (2-0); 8. La Habra (1-1); 9. St. Bonaventure (1-1); 10. Norco (1-1).

Division 3 – 1. Edison (2-0); 2. Cathedral (2-0); 3. La Mirada (1-1); 4. Villa Park (1-0); 5. San Juan Hills (2-0); 6. Newbury Park (1-0); 7. Buena Park (1-0); 8. Hart (1-0); 9. Palos Verdes (1-0); 10. Oak Hills (1-0).

Division 4 – 1. Charter Oak (2-0); 2. Sierra Canyon (3-0); 3. Lompoc (2-0); 4. Murrieta Mesa (1-0); 5. Cajon (1-0); 6. Corona del Mar (1-1); 7. Dominguez (1-1); 8 Colony (1-1); 9. Redondo Union (1-1); 10. Damien (2-0).

Division 5- 1. Calabasas (2-0); 2. Bishop Diego (2-0); 3. Corona (2-0); 4. Paloma Valley (2-0); 5. Ventura (2-0); 6. Capistrano Valley (2-0); 7. Harvard-Westlake (2-0); 8. Salesian (1-1); 9. Redlands (1-1); 10. Moorpark (1-1).

Division 6 – 1. Summit (2-0); 2. Mira Costa (1-0); 3. West Torrance (1-0); 4. Lawndale (1-0); 5. Long Beach Wilson (2-0); 6. Yucaipa (1-0); 7. Los Altos (2-0); 8. Crescenta Valley (1-0); 9. Saugus (2-0);l 10. Canyon Country Canyon (1-1).

Division 7 – 1. Linfield Christian (1-0); 2. St. Margaret’s (2-0); 3. El Segundo (1-0); 4. San Gorgonio (2-0); 5. North Torrance (1-1); 6. Oxnard Pacifica (1-1); 7. Long Beach Cabrillo (1-1); 8. South Hills (1-1); 9. Huntington Beach (1-1); 10. Golden Valley (2-0).

Division 8 – 1. El Modena (1-0); 2. Grace Brethren (2-0); 3. Moreno Valley (1-0); 4. Brea Olinda (1-0); 5. Chino (1-1); 6. Garden Grove (2-0); 7. Hemet (2-0); 8. Laguna Hills (0-1); 9. Burbank (1-1); 10. Burbank Burroughs (0-1).

Division 9 – 1. Ridgecrest Burroughs (2-0); 2. Riverside Notre Dame (2-0); 3. La Salle (2-0); 4. Muir (2-0); 5. Perris (2-0); 6. Cypress (2-0); 7. Lynwood (2-0); 8. Palm Desert (1-0); 9. Antelope Valley (0-1); 10. tie, Valley Christian (1-1), Norwalk (1-1).

Division 10 – 1. Brethren Christian (2-0); 2. Aquinas (1-0); 3. Rubidoux (1-0); 4. Dos Peublos (1-1); 5. Santa Ynez (2-0); 6. Apple Valley (2-0); 7. Arlington (1-1); 8. Alta Loma (1-1); 9 Mission Prep (0-1); 10. Grand Terrace (1-1).

Division 11 – 1. Ramona (2-0); 2. Crean Lutheran (2-0); 3. Oak Park (2-0); 4. Twebtynine Palms (2-0); 5. Coachella Valley (2-0); 6. Bishop Montgomery (1-0); 7. Covina (1-0); 8. Ontario Christian (1-1); 9. Culver City (0-1); 10. Channel Islands (2-0).

Division 12 – 1. Banning (1-1); 2. Calvary Murrieta (2-0); 3. Segerstrom (2-0); 4. Rancho Mirage (2-0); 5. Schurr (2-0); 6. Rim of the World (0-0-1); 7. Arroyo (1-0-1); 8. Pacific (2-0); 9. Santa Maria (2-0); 10. Marina (2-0).

Division 13 – 1. Santa Ana (1-0); 2, Rancho Christian (2-0); 3. Campbell Hall (2-0); 4. Rio Hondo Prep (1-0); 5. Mary Star of the Sea (2-0); 6. Hueneme (2-0); 7. Godinez (0-1); 8. Nogales (2-0); 9. Orange (2-0); 10. Yucca Va.ley (2-0).






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New girls golf team at Upland off to strong start

Upland High School has added not just one sport, but a couple of them. This year the school is fielding a girls golf team, a boys volleyball team and a full girls wrestling team.

The girls golf team is off to a 3-0 start heading into a match today against Bishop Amat at Mountain Meadows. The Highlanders are not in a league but do have a complete schedule so they can qualify for the CIF Southern Section postseason. They will be going as far as Van Nuys and Fullerton and are making multiple trips deep into Riverside County.

The go-ahead was given in May. Vicki Raus, an English teacher at Upland, stepped in as coach, She has always been part of a golfing family, with two younger brothers who played at Damien and then went on to play for the Air Force Academy.

“We always had golf on the television, That was our sport,” she said.

There were four girls competing on the Upland boys team last year, one of whom graduated. Those returning three – seniors Jenny Ho and Amanda Gomez and junior Amelia Castro — were the start of this team.

From there Raus did everything she could to get the word out. It worked. Now there are 20 players, 14 of whom had not played a full match until this season. Some even had to borrow a set of clubs.

“I am not surprised because this is a large community and everyone has been so supportive,” Raus said. “It is a very encouraging start.”

There appears to be a good foundation for the future. The team’s top player is freshman Gabrielle Lawrence, who is from Upland but wanted to play so badly she was debating going to another school before hearing Upland was adding the sport. Another freshman, Julie Silva, has also been consistently in the team’s top five.

“It really has been a lot of fun starting a team from scratch,” Raus said, “It has already been so rewarding

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Ayala’s Kyle Velazquez makes commitment to D1 St. Mary’s

Ayala High School junior shortstop Kyle Velazquez has committed to NCAA Division I St. Mary’s.

Velazquez hit .407 last year as a sophomore, starting on the varsity. He had eight doubles, 14 RBI, 19 runs scored and eight stolen bases in helping the Bulldogs to an 18-13 record and third-place finish in the tough Palomares League.

He visited the school last month and also made trips to USC, Arizona, Texas-Arlington, New Mexico and Cal Baptist. The decision came down to St. Mary’s and New Mexico.

“I really like the head coach. He’s a great guy,” Velazquez said. “And I really felt at home the minute I set foot on the campus.”

Velazquez, who plans to major in business, didn’t feel the need to wait and see if any other offers came along.

“This way the decision is done and it’s a lot less stress,” he said. “I can focus on keeping my academics up and working on my game.”


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Complete list of prep football scores from Week 1

Etiwanda High School's Lawrence Starks (21) is brought down by Redlands East Valley's Jaelan Phillips during a game on Friday, September 2, 2016 in Redlands, Ca. (Micah Escamilla/Redlands Daily Facts, SCNG)

Thursday’s games
Arroyo Valley 20, San Bernardino 18
Ganesha 38, Gladstone 21

Friday’s games
Apple Valley 67, Granits Hills 7
Arrowhead Christian 20, Big Bear 10
Ayala 38, Alta Loma 31
Bloomington 38, Nuview Bridge 8
Bonita 36, Santa Fe 28
Calvary Murrieta 33, Ontario Christian 14
Charter Oak 63, Colony 10
Chino 50, Baldwin Park 23
Chino Hills 21, Diamond Ranch 13
Citrus Valley 40, Beaumont 34 (OT)
Damien 30, Glendora 22
Diamond Bar 34, Walnut 9
Don Lugo 41, Pomona 20
Garey 22, San Gabriel 12
Heritage 48, Los Osos 14
Jurupa Hills 12, Chaffey 9
Jurupa Valley 32, Indian Springs 6
Kaiser 15, Warren 15
Lakeside 27, Colton 7
Mammoth 15, Upland Christian 8
Mission Viejo 42, Oak Hills 28
Murrieta Mesa 70, Montclair 14
Murrieta Valley 41, Redlands 28
Nogales 56, Ontario 28
Pacific 42, Adelanto 6
Perris 38, Miller 15
Ramona 63, Rialto 0
Rancho Cucamonga 48, Norco 20
Rancho Verde 48, Carter 13
Redlands East Valley 31, Etiwanda 6
Roosevelt 44, Eisenhower 10
San Dimas 55, Maranatha 14
San Gorgonio 35, Fontana 7
Serrano 37, Silverado 6
Sultana 7, Norte Vista 0
Summit 33, Hesperia 7
Upland 42, Claremont 3
Webb 55, Western Christian 0
Yucaipa 34, Grand Terrace 13

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An update on Upland baseball player Jacob Beltran

And now for some good news.

You all night remember Upland baseball player Jacob Beltran. He collapsed on a baseball field in January, having a seizure as the result of a malformation of a vein in his brain.

If you missed it or need a refresher, here is the link to my earlier story.

Lots of surgeries followed, although he miraculously came back and played his senior season at Upland. He was our So Cal Prep Legends Award winner for inspiration.

Jacob had a major surgery in June to remove the vein that had been he source of his problem. Well he has been cleared by his doctor, the vein is gone now and he’ll need no further follow-ups.

He gives all the credit to his doctor Marc Adam Vanefsky who works out of Kaiser in Anaheim.

Now he can focus on playing baseball without a worry. He had some interest from NCAA Division II schools before the health issue surfaced. But he will go to Chaffey College and play there in hopes of bettering his game so he has some more options in two years.


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Inland Empire Volleyball tournament to take place at two local schools

The Inland Empire Volleyball Classic will be held on Friday and Saturday at Los Osos and Etiwanda high schools.

Pool play will take place on Friday with bracket play slated for Saturday.

Here is a rundown of the pools/participating teams:

Pool A (at Los Osos) – Temecula Valley, Bonita, Norco
Match 1 Temecula vs. Norco; Match 2 Bonita vs. Norco; Match 3 Temecula vs Bonita

Pool B (at Los Osos) – Claremont, Upland, Woodcrest Christian
Match 1 Claremont vs. Woodcrest; Match 2 Upland vs. Woodcrest; Match 3 Claremont vs. Upland

Pool C (at Los Osos) – Los Osos, El Dorado, Apple Valley
Match 1 Los Osos vs. Apple Valley; Match 2 El Dorado vs. Apple Valley; Match 3 Los Osos vs. El Dorado

Pool D (at Etiwanda) – Serrano, Murrieta Valley, La Salle, Etiwanda
Match 1 Serrano vs. La Salle; Match 2 Murrieta vs. Etiwanda; Match 3 Serrano vs. Etiwanda; Match 4 Murrieta vs. La Salle; Match 5 La Salle vs. Etiwanda; Match 6 Serrano vs. Murrieta.

Pool E (at Etiwanda) – Santiago, Glendora, Roosevelt, Los Altos
Match 1 Santiago vs. Roosevelt; Match 2 Glendora vs. Los Altos; Match 3 Santiago vs,. Los Altos; Match 4 Glendora vs. Roosevelt; Match 5 Roosevelt vs. Los Altos; Match 6 Santiago vs. Glendora.

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