Ganesha seeks wrestling coach

Ganesha High School is in need of a wrestling coach.

Athletic Director Don Cayer has been searching but come empty so far and says if one isn’t found the program may have to be dropped.

“It isn’t like many other sports,” Cayer said. “They’re pretty hard to come by.”

Those interested can contact Cayer at (909) 397 4409, ext. 30097 or e-mail him at donald.cayer@pusd.org.

 

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Two-way standout Jaylon Dean transfers from Kaiser to Ganesha

Christmas came a little early for Ganesha football coach Don Cayer.

Jaylon Dean has transferred from Sunkist League champion Kaiser to Ganesha, Cayer confirmed.

The CIF has already ruled him eligible for the coming season. Dean, a 5-foot-10, 225 pounder, is expected to make an immediate impact.

“He will be a difference maker, especially on defense because that’swhere he has played the most,” Cayer said. “We have some skill players on offense but he gives us more options there.

Dean was an All-League selection last year on defense with 53 tackles and four sacks. Cayer says he will use him on both sides of the ball.

“We don’t get a transfer of this caliber that often,” he said. “We’re talking an All-League kid on a first place team. We’re excited to have him.”

Ganesha opens the season at Mark Keppel on Aug. 28.

 

 

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Webb football team looks to continue making progress

How do you make for the loss of a running back that ran for 1,724 yards and 24 touchdowns? By committee. That is the plan for the Webb football team moving forward.

The Gauls are coming off a 6-5 season, highlighted by the school’s first playoff berth in 12 years. Coach Amahl Thomas returns practically his entire squad but one of the lone departures is that of running back Ricky Gonzales who moved on to the University of Redlands.

“We really don’t have that one guy that is that electric,” says Thomas, entering his third year. “But we have a lot of good players and we have our offensive line back.”

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Those involved in that “running back by committee” will be seniors Chaz Salazar and Johnny Vitale, both returners on varsity, as well as Adrian Alvarez, who is up from the junior varsity.

Returning offensive line starters are seniors Tylor Bell-Rogers, Shey Newton, Daniel Heidari and Raj Sandhu. A fifth player, sophomore center Aiden Halvey started two games.

The biggest question mark will be what happens at the quarterback position. Senior Andrew Vidales, the starter much of last year, factors into that battle, as does junior Wyatt Albert who is the fastest player and will be utilized at several positions.

Sophomore Ryan Place is contending for that job too but how much he is needed on defense at linebacker may determine his role on offense.

Heading the receiving core are juniors Nick Jung and Apollo Thomas.

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Many of the same players will be counted on defensively, with Bell-Rogers, Newton and Sandhu on the defensive front. The head coach is also looking for a breakout season from junior linebacker Andrew Christensen.

“We’ll have a lot of guys going both ways but I will try and get more guys playing time,” Thomas says. “We got worn down at times last year and that was a definite factor.”

The team was 1-9 the year before Thomas arrived. It improved to 3-7 his first year, then the 6-5 in 2014. He is pleased with the improvement.

“The first year we let a couple of games get away but we’re going in the right direction.”

Webb opens the season on Aug. 28 at Hamilton.

Last year it played home games on Saturday afternoons but this year there will be three Friday night games at Damien.

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Here are 10 more players to watch the coming prep football season

We’re rolling out the content that will be in our Prep Xtra Football section on Aug. 26 bit by bit.

Earlier this week we unveiled the area’s top 10 prospects and soon we’ll give you a countdown of the top 10 teams.

Today it’s our Pre-Season All-Area team. If there is anything harder than picking one at the end of the season, it’s picking one BEFORE it starts. You have to go a lot on last year and what players are already known and there are always some that have breakouts years.

Here is the link to that.

Yes I had a hard time narrowing it down because there are so many great players from which to choose.

But here are 10 others I think are poised for great seasons. A couple guidelines – I didn’t want to pick more than one player from the school and I wanted to have representations from different geographic areas.

* QB Angel Matute, Rancho Cucamonga, Sr.
The Cougars boast a lot of Division I prospects and Matute, who will be starting for the third year, will be one of those. He’s 6-4 and mobile. Colleges love that. He threw for 2,000 yards last year and it wasn’t even a great one for the Cougars.

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* RB Grady O’Donnell, Chino Hills, Sr.
He was kind of unknown going into last season but when Brysen Charbonier got hurt he took advantage of the opportunity and ran with it (pun intended). With the Huskies breaking in a new quarterback, he will be counted on heavily and have the opportunity to shine.

* RB Dylan Thigpen, Damien, Sr.
He’s already had two great season so it isn’t like he’s an unknown commodity. But he has a great lineman in front of him in Liam Ryan and the Spartans should be a little more competitive this season, their second in the Baseline. He should put him bug numbers, even more impressive given the competition.

* RB Duy Tran-Sampson, Claremont, Jr.
How do you put yourself on the nap? You rush for 1,525 yards as a sophomore. Like Thigpen, not unknown. But not in a program that has garnered a lot of attention recently. Didn’t want to include so many running backs here, but couldn’t leave him out.

* RB-CB Davion Gaisie, Diamond Ranch, Sr.
He very quietly rushed for more than 1,000 yards last year in a so-so season for the Panthers. It will be interesting to see what he does under a new coach in a new offense. He’ll also be a contributor on defense.

* WR-DB Leni Toailoa, Carter, Sr.
Everyone knows his more heralded brother Lokeni but Leni is a solid player in his own right. He committed to San Jose State but now has offers from higher profile programs including UCLA. We’ll see where he ends up.

* WR Chris Jackson, Pomona, Sr.
He was a great player last year but since he was at Garey, barely anyone noticed. (Ok I did because I did a story on him). But he’ll be in a higher profile program which graduated a ton of players so his contribution will be huge if the Red Devils are to repeat.

* OL Raymond Matelau, Upland, Sr.
Upland always has lineman and he is the most experienced one Coach Tim Salter has. With so many new starters he will be counted on heavily.

* LB Aidan Anderson, Etiwanda, Sr.
The Eagles have always had great players, especially on defense. They had a lot of them last year too so Anderson didn’t get a lot of recognition. This year that will change. Not only has he stepped it up performance-wise, new coach Kevin Davis also singles him out as a great team leader.

* MLB Cody Darrow, Ayala, Sr.
The Bulldog standout is drawling a lot interest right now from Big Sky type schools. But a good season will likely land him some higher profile offers. Ayala has a ton of players coming back and he’s one of those. Good things can be on the horizon for Darrow and his teammates.

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Webb football gets different opening week foe by accident

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The Webb School football team was supposed to play Temecula Prep in its season opener on Aug. 28.  Instead the Gauls will be playing DeAnza Hamilton and it has nothing to do with something the school did or didn’t do.

Webb coach Amahl Thomas says yes his team was to play Temecula Prep but that school had some sort of computer glitch and lost its schedule. It tried to recreate one but left Webb off the second time and scheduled Hamilton instead.

Needless to say that didn’t sit well with Webb.

When contacted, the CIF mandated that either Temecula Prep either play Webb or let Webb play the team it scheduled the second time.

So Webb will face Hamilton.

Not quite sure how you have a schedule in a computer and have no other record anywhere. But that’s the story.

And even if you lose that schedule, it would be hard to believe you wouldn’t at least remember your first opponent.

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Will Summit’s talent translate into a league championship?

Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Staff Photographer Running back Stephen Carr, who is verbally committed to USC, is one of four Summit High School players already with Division-I scholarship offers entering the 2015 season.

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Running back Stephen Carr, who is verbally committed to USC, is one of four Summit players with Division-I scholarship offers entering the 2015 season.

If it could convert scholarship offers into victories, Summit could crown itself today.

The SkyHawks football team enters the 2015 season with four players sporting Division-I offers, including Damian Alloway’s list of 16. Had he not committed to USC nearly two years before he could sign a letter of intent, running back Stephen Carr would presumably have more than five scholarship offers.

After becoming the first school other than Kaiser to win a Sunkist League championship – Summit claimed consecutive league titles in 2011 and 2012 – the SkyHawks have finished second the last two seasons. But talent hasn’t been much of an issue, according to head coach Nick Matheny.

“With our three guys at the skill positions, we’re pretty loaded,” Matheny said. “But we were talented last year too and we were only able to pull out six wins.”
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Montclair to host alumni men’s basketball game

Montclair will host its second annual alumni basketball game at 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 10.

The event is being planned by 2005 graduate Larry Gordon who went on to earn All-American honors at Cal Poly Pomona and now plays professionally overseas.

Admission is just $3 but the first 100 spectators will be admitted free, compliments of Gordon.

Last year’s events featured players who graduated as far back as the late 90’s and as recently as a couple of years ago.

 

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Rancho Cucamonga’s Jaylon Redd a top football recruit

Rancho Cucamonga coach Nick Baiz talks about his junior Jaylon Redd.

To say Rancho Cucamonga football coach Nick Baiz is high on his junior Jaylon Redd would be quite the understatement.

Redd may have an entire two years left but Baiz, in his 10th year heading the Cougars, already says he is one of the best players he has ever coached and by the end of his career could be THE best.

That’s saying something.

Well the colleges agree. Redd already has seven offers and that number will likely be in double digits soon.

The offers thus far are from Arizona, Washington, Washington State, USC, UCLA, Colorado and Michigan. Colorado was the first.

Redd, who can play both running back and defensive back, has taken unofficial visits to USC, UCLA and Oregon.

He says the one that surprised and impressed him the most was Michigan because it isn’t a school that typically goes for a lot of West Coast players.

He doesn’t prefer one position over another and says he wants to go to the school for which he can get on the playing field sooner. He also isn’t in a hurry to make up his mind.

“It’s still early. I have a lot of time,” he said. “I’m not going to rush it.”

Rancho Cucamonga’s Jaylon Redd talks about being heavily recruited.

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Rancho Elite girls basketball team wins State Games

 

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A girls basketball team from Rancho Elite came away with a gold medal at the California State Games Tournament at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego last month.

The team had to play in several qualifying tournaments just to get into regional from which the top three teams advanced. It finished with a 25-10 record and went 6-2 at the state games.

At the state games the team lost in the first round but still had three games to get into the championship. During each round the team held the last three foes to less than 40 points.

The members of the team were:

Sam Velasquez, Rancho Cucamonga
Amari Terry, Alta Loma
Taylor Goldsberry,  Cajon
Caylen Goldsberry, Cajon
Kourtney Casey, Summit
Taelor Grays Arnold, Summit
Kylie Mosley, Summit
Jamari Adams, Upland
Jordyn Penniman, Canyon Springs

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San Dimas football looks for same success under new coach

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The San Dimas football program was one of the San Gabriel Valley’s best in the decade-long tenure of Bill Zernickow. But Zernickow departed for a job in Oregon and his long-time assistant Mark Holman was handed the reigns.

So will things change? Probably not.

Expect the Saints to go with that same vaunted physical running game. The offensive and defensive lines are the team’s strong suit, according to Holman, so why not keep pushing the ball.

“This might be the best line we have had since  I have been here so we’d be stupid to not take advantage of that,” said Holman, who will call the offense. “We have always had success on the ground and we’re going to stick to that but that doesn’t mean we won’t throw it when we want to.”

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The Saints, who went 8-4 and were bounded from the playoffs in the second round by eventual Mid-Valley League champion Pomona, return three starters up front – seniors Youseff Hanna and Nathan Reep and sophomore Nathen Aceves, who started on varsity last year as a freshman.

A fourth, Charles Santisteban, also saw considerable playing time.

Just who will be the quarterback over center has yet to be determined. The graduation of the starter as left a vacancy and juniors Ernie Guerrero and Joey Tamayo, both on the junior varsity last season are fighting for the spot.

Other key performers on offense will be senior running back Edward Siapno and junior running back Jarell Sykes. Wide receivers will include juniors Ryan Berry, who did not play last year, and Anthony Bernal, a starter at linebacker last year.

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Senior defensive lineman Joey Erickson is the most notable veteran on defense.  He already has offers from Sacramento State, Montana and Montana State and Holman expects mroe to follow.

 

Other key players on defense are junior safety Kai Rodriguez, senior senior linebacker Steven Ojeda and senior end Mbanefo Akpom.

Last year the Saints were knocked off the Valle Vista League thrown by Northview, which again looms as the stiffest challenge. It was  bit of a rude awakening.

“It was definitely a wake-up call,” Holman said. “Our guys are coming back a bit hungrier. Sometimes you do take it for granted.”

The new season gets underway Sept. 4 with the Saints hosting Maranatha. The opening league game will be on Oct. 9 against Hacienda Heights Wilson.

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