Upland standout Gary Theard headed to Naval Academy

Versatile Upland football standout Gary Theard was fairly sure his college destination was going to be one branch of the armed forces – the big question which one.

Well  the wide receiver-defensive back has decided it will be the Naval Academy.

TheardHe made an official visit to the Naval Academy back in October and was guided by former Upland teammate Elijah Jones who is now on his second year there.

Theard admitted Jones was a big factor i his decision.

“He told me exactly how it is, that the first two years are tough,” Theard said. “But it was good having someone I know be honest and tell me what to expect so I can trust what he says.”

Theard had 13 offers. Also among those was Air Force.

He has three brothers that have served in the Marines so a service academy always was his preference.

“It’s a chance to have your education paid for, travel and see the world. You come out and you have a job and a career,” he said. “I knew pretty much all along that I was going to go there.”

Theard has excelled on both sides of the ball but said he will play on defense for naval Academy.

The first step of his journey will be in Rhode Island where he will have service training and go to a prep school. That will not count toward his eligibility.



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Inland Valley All-Star Football Classic rosters set

The second annual Inland Valley All-Star Football Classic is set for 6 p.m. on Sunday at AB Miller.

A.J. Gracia, who led Ayala to a Palomares League title in his first year, will head the East team while Justin Price, whose Yucaipa team was second in a tough Citrus Belt League, will lead the East.

Here are the 40-man rosters for each team:

A.J. Gracia, Ayala

Adrian Alfaro, LB, Chino
L.J. Baily, CB, Etiwanda
Edyon Batta, WR Southlands Christian
Brandon Burchfield, WR, Damien
Josh Bryan, FS-WR, Damien
Ny’Gurrion Crouch, WR-DB, Pomona
Clayton Dahl, DE-OLB, Ontario Christian
Garrett Deane, K-P, Bonita
Oliver Deerr, OL-DL, Pomona
Kasmir Dina, RB, Etiwanda
Tzion Dixon, LB, Don Lugo
Kyle Edwards, DL, Etiwanda
Josh Elliott, LB, Ayala
Dylan Flores, WR-S, Bonita
Shawn Franklin, DB, Etiwanda
Nicolas Gannuscio, OL-DL, Alta Loma
Trevor Goulet, OL, Don Lugo
Darren Hall, DB, Rancho Cucamonga
Garrett Kettle, QB, Alta Loma
Matthew Lara, DE-LB, Chino
Joey Ledesma, DL, Damien
Steve Lopez, OL-DL, Chino
Grant Mestas, QB, Diamond Bar
Anthony Miller, LB, Don Lugo
Abel Montoya, OL-DL, Bonita
Willie Morris, DB-WR, Chino
Elijah Mott, OL-DL, Diamond Bar
Dillon Ontiveros, LB, Charter Oak
Romeo Pantoja, DL, Kaiser
Brian Papazian, P, Ayala
John Rodriguez, TE-DL, Garey
Kendale Taylor, DB, Don Lugo
Nathan Tilford, RB, Colony
Grant Trueman, DL, Chino Hills
Samson Tufui, RB-LB, Southlands Christian
Justin Winans, OL, Ayala
Josh Zavosky, LB, Ayala

Justin Price, Yucaipa

Paul Bakenhus, OL, Yucaipa
Sean Carranza, DB, Grand Terrace
Devyn Charles, LB, Redlands
Luis Chavez, LB, Serrano
Nathan Crouch, OL, Apple Valley
Pika Fakava, LB, San Gorgonio
Voi Fata, LB, Redlands East Valley
Nick Figueroa, DL, Cajon
Malik Flowers, DB, Miller
Jair Goiz, OL, San Gorgonio
Cade Gorrell, RB, Yucaipa
Nick Harper, DB, Redlands East Valley
Kalen Hayes, WR, San Gorgonio
Armando Herrera, QB, Redlands East Valley
George Hicks, DB, Cajon
Aaron House, DL, Redlands East Valley
Lamario Howard, LB, Eisenhower
Michael Johnson, DL, Redlands
Tyreque Jones, DB, San Gorgonio
Garretty Kocab, DL, Serrano
Frank Lemos, OL, Yucaipa
Xavier Leslie, RB, San Gorgonio
Ramon Licea, DL, Summit
Nathan Martinez, QB, Yucaipa
Cristian Olamendi, OL, Summit
Jared Oliphant, DB, Redlands East Valley
Kellen Pachot, WR, Citrus Valley
Nathan Perkins, WR, Summit
Mark Rossi, OL, Citrus Valley
Phillip Ryan, WR, Pacific
Terry Ryan, QB, Pacific
Joseph Simmons, DL, Yucaipa
Elijah Smith, WR, Grand Terrace
Jaylin Stocklin, LB, Cajon
Je’Von Taylor, OL, Grand Terrace
Daniel Tupuoia, OL, Cajon
Ty Mason Waller, LB, Sultana
Trey Wellmaker, WR, Cajon
Dehzon Williams, LB, San Gorgonio
Nick Wilson, RB, Cajon

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Etiwanda’s Nate Neal to sign with UNLV on Wednesday

Etiwanda football standout Nate Neal has made a verbal commitment to UNLV.

He visited the school in December and liked everything it had to offer, not just when it came to the football program but in academics as well. He plans to major in criminal justice.

“I was looking for a place where the head coach was also defensive minded,” he said. “And he (UNLV coach Tony Sanchez) was a defensive coordinator. I liked the whole staff. Once I I started talking with them it was more like I was talking to my uncle than a coach.”

Neal, a 6-foot-3 defensive end and tight end, didn’t make any other visits although San Jose State, Montana State and Sacramento State were interested.

Neal had made a couple of trips to Washington in an informal capacity to visit brother Michael who is part of the Huskies program although missed this season due to injury.

Neal recorded 47 tackles, 11 of those for loss this season for the Eagles. He also had seven sacks and a forced fumble.

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Claremont baseball standout Jack Noble chooses Oregon


Claremont baseball standout Jack Noble has committed to Oregon.

He is just a junior and could have waited for other potential offers or to make “official” visits but didn’t think that was necessary.

He took an “unofficial” trip to the school and also went to UC Santa Barbara as well as University of San Diego.

“The coaching staff was just amazing and I really liked it there. The campus was great and it will be great for my major so I didn’t see a need to wait,” he said.

Noble, a right-handed pitcher, plans to major in sports marketing. So yes the thought of Nike being headquartered close by and being closely tied to the school was in the back of his mind. But it wasn’t a huge factor.

“That was really just a bonus after all the other things it had to offer,” he said.

Noble was 3-5 last season as a sophomore on the varsity with the Wolfpack. He had a 3-5 record but respectable 3.50 ERA in 11 appearances, nine of those starts. He pitched 46 innings with 23 earned runs allowed, 18 walks and 32 strikeouts.


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Chino Hills, Colony boys basketball boast No. 1 rankings

Here are this week’s CIF boys basketball rankings for the week of Jan. 23 with teams from the Sun/Daily Bulletin coverage area denoted in bold:

Division 1-AA – 1. Chino Hills; 2. Sierra Canyon; 3. Mater Dei; 4. Bishop Montgomery; 5. Damien; 6. Alemany; 7. Roosevelt; 8. Santa Margarita; 9. Corona Centennial; 10. Long Beach Poly; 11. Esperanza; 12. Etiwanda; 13. Redondo Union. 14. Oak Park; 15. Santa Monica; 16. Edison.

Division 1-A – 1. Los Altos; 2. Harvard-Westlake; 3. La Canada; 4. Pasadena; 5. Loyola; 6. ML King; 7. JSerra; 8. Dominguez; 9. Bonita; 10. Chaminade; 11. Riv-Poly; 12. Corona del Mar; 13. Redlands East Valley; 14. El Toro; 15. Beaumont; 16. Millikan.

Division 2-AA – 1. Colony; 2. Windward; 3. Villa Park; 4. Buena Park; 5. Cajon; 6. Santa Maria St. Joseph; 7. Highland; 8. Camarillo; 9. San Marcos; 10. Mission Prep; 11. Upland; 12. Los Osos; 13. Northwood; 14. Oaks Chr; 15. Crescenta Valley; 16. Tustin.

Division 2-A – 1. Oxnard; 2. Heritage Chr; 3. Capistrano Valley; 4. Vista Murrieta; 5.  Claremont; 6. Rancho Chr; 7. Knight; 8. Dos Pueblos; 9. Cerritos Valley Chr; 10, Muir; 11. Saugus; 12. La Salle; 13. Aliso Niguel; 14. Summit; 15. Sunny Hills; 16. Simi Valley.

Division 3-AA – 1. Crossroads; 2. Saddleback Valley Chr; 3. Rancho Mirage; 4. Brentwood; 5. La Serna; 6. Crean Luth; 7. Burbank; 8. Bishop Amat; 9. Schurr; 10. St. Francis; 11. Godinez; 12. Ocean View; 13. Buena; 14. Santa Fe; 15. San Gabriel Aca; 16. Pioneer.

Division 3-A – 1. Hesperia; 2. Oak Hills; 3. St. Paul; 4. St. Anthony; 5. Adelanto; 6. Twentynine Palms; 7. Paraclete; 8. Lompoc Cabrillo; 9. Palos Verdes; 10. San Dimas; 11. Compton Centennial; 12. Arroyo Grande; 13. Brea Olinda; 14. Atascadero; 15. Garden Grove Pacifica; 16. Charter Oak.

Division 4-AA – 1. West Torrance; 2. Blair; 3. San Gabriel; 4. Arcadia; 5. Workman; 6. Rowland; 7. Woodcrest Chr; 8. Hillcrest; 9. Barstow; 10. South Torrance; 11. San Marino; 12. South Hills; 13. Garden Grove Santiago; 14. San Luis Obispo; 15. Covina; 16. Jurupa Valley.

Division 4-A – 1. Riv-Notre Dame; 2. Pacific; 3. Shalhevet; 4. tie, Pas-Poly, Millikan Comm; 6. St. Margaret’s; 7. Sage Hill; 8. Heritage; 9. Mary Star  of the Sea; 10. Ridgecrest Burroughs; 11. Salesian; 12. Santa Ybnez; 13. Santa Maria; 14. Bishop Diego; 15. Yeshiva; 16. Lancaster.

Division 5-AA – 1. Valley Torah; 2. Rolling Hills Prep; 3. Holy Martyrs; 4. Hesperia Chr; 5. Arrowhead Chr; 6. Mountain View; 7. Santa Clarita Chr; 8. Silver Valley; 9. Pacific Hills; 10. Morro Bay; 11. Edgewood; 12. Vistamar; 13. Verbum Dei; 14. Burbank Providence; 15. Ontario Chr; 16. Oakwood.

Division 5-A – 1. Apple Valley Chr; 2. Coast Union; 3. Sherman Indian; 4. ACE; 5. Desert Chr Aca; 7. de Toledo; 8. Pilibos; 9. Santa Barbara Providence; 10. tie, AGBU-Canoga Park, Thacher; 12. AGBU-Pasadena; 13. Southlands Chr; 14, San Jacinto Valley Aca; 15. New Roads; 16.

Division 6-A – 1.  Carnegie; 2. OC Pacifica Chr; 3. Upland Chr; 4. Santa Monica Pacifica Chr; 5. Foothill Tech; 6. Immanuel Chr; 7. Cate; 8. Vasquez; 9. Cuayama Valley; 10. Lancaster Desert Chr; 11. Shandon; 12. Mesa Grande; 13. Redlands Adventist; 14. Mesrobian; 15. Riverside Bethel Chr; 16. Acaciawood.

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Etiwanda defender Andre Grayson makes commitment to Utah State

Etiwanda High School’s Andre Grayson hasn’t visited Utah State just yet but he has had such good conversations with members of the coaching staff and developed such a rapport that he has committed to that school any way.

The 5-foot-9, 155-pound defensive back was also being recruited by San Jose State, New Mexico and Air Force, among others, but he never made an official visit.

Grayson“They have been recruiting me the most all along and I really felt the love,” he said. “It felt like a good fit and I think I can go in and play right away.”

Grayson recorded 48 total tackles with four interceptions, six passes defended, a forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

He started his high school career at Rancho Cucamonga but transferred to Etiwanda the second semester of his freshman year. He started four games for the Eagles as a sophomore.

He was a second-team All-Baseline League selection the past season, helping the Eagles to a post-season berth and first round upset win over Valencia.

Grayson plans to major in education in hope of becoming a teacher,

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Chino Hills defensive standout Max Masad picks Concordia

Chino Hills defensive back Max Masad is headed from Southern California to the cold weather climate of Minnesota.

The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder has committed to NCAA Division II Concordia-St. Paul after visiting that school last weekend. He also took trips to Division II Dixie State (Utah) and Division I Sacramento State.

MasadHe doesn’t expect the cold temperatures to be a problem.

“I kind of wanted to get out of California,” he said. “I think it will be a nice change.”

Masad was a three-year starter for the Huskies, last year helping the team to a 6-4 regular season. He was a first team All-Baseline League and second team All-Inland Valley selection by the Daily Bulletin.

He registered 90 total tackles with four for a loss, one interception, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble.

Academics were also a factor as Masad plans to major in criminal justice and the school has a program in that field.

The Golden Bears are coming off a 2-9 season.

“I am excited about the opportunity both athletically and academically,” he said. “I think I can go there and possibly play right away.”


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Etiwanda girls BB moves up to No. 2 in Division 1-AA

Here are the CIF rankings for girls basketball for the week of Jan. 23 with teams from the Sun/Daiily Bulletin coverage area denoted in bold:

Division 1-AA – 1. Long Beach Poly; 2. Etiwanda; 3. Sierra Canyon; 4. Alemany; 5. Harvard-Westlake; 6. Windward; 7. Serra; 8. Ventura; 9. Mater Dei; 10. Troy; 11. Valencia; 12. Chaminade; 13. Brea Olindsa; 14. Millikan; 15. Lakeside; 16. Redondo Union.

Division 1-A – 1. Fairmont Prep; 2. tie, ML King, Esperanza; 4. Orangewood Aca.; 5. Bishop Montgomery; 6. Huntington Beach; 7. Antelope Valley; 8. Buena; 9. Mira Costa; 10. La Canada; 11. JW North; 12. Valley View; 13. El Dorado; 14. Agoura; 15. El Rancho; 16. Duarte.

Division 2-AA – 1. Rosary; 2. Camarillo; 3. Rowland; 4. Dos Pueblos; 5. tie, Walnut, Los Altos; 7. Tustin; 8. Santa Margarita; 9. Twentynine Palms; 10. Downey; 11. Temescal Canyon; 12. Arroyo Valley; 13. JSerra; 14. Arroyo Grande; 15. St. Monica Cath; 16. Arcadia.

Division 2-A – 1. Righetti; 2. Aliso Niguel; 3. Lompoc Cabrillo; 4. Lompoc; 5. Covina; 6. Glendale; 7. Warren; 8. Dana Hills; 9. Segerstrom; 10. Notre Dame Aca.; 11. Marlborough; 12. Leuzinger; 13. Burbank; 14. Torrance; 15. Ayala; 16. Lawndale.

Division 3-AA – 1. Glendora; 2. Bishop Amat; 3. Palos Verdes; 4. Garden Grove Pacifica; 5. San Clemente; 6. Peninsula; 7. San Jacinto; 8. Royal; 9. Gahr; 10. Yucca Valley; 11. Cerritos; 12. Sunny Hills; 13. tie, Trabuco Hills, Sultana; 15. Thousand Oaks; 16. Tahquitz.

Division 3-A – 1. Los Osos; 2. Flintridge Prep; 3. Lancaster; 4. Rancho Verde; 5. La Salle; 6. Moorpark; 7. Crossroads; 8. Irvine; 9. Oxnard; 10. Beaumont; 11. St. Mary’s Aca.; 12. Simi Valley; 13. Shadow Hills; 14. Montebello; 15. Savanna; 16. tie, Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo.

Division 4-AA – 1. Cerritos Valley Chr; 2. Village Chr; 3. Pasadena; 4. California; 5. Whittier Chr; 6. Oxford Aca; 7. St. Bonaventure; 8. Godinez; 9. Nipomo; 10. Sherman Oaks Notre Dame; 11. Laguna Hills; 12. Westlake; 13. Westminster La Quinta; 14. Jurupa Valley; 15. Cathedral City; 16. San Gorgonio.

Division 4-A – 1. Foothill Tech; 2. Knight; 3. Pomona; 4. tie, Beverly Hills, Sage Hill ; 6. Aquinas; 7. Holy Martyrs; 8. San Marino 9. Burbank Providence; 10. Pacific; 11. Pioneer; 12. tie, Big Bear, Santa Ynez; 14. Alhambra; 15. Santa Clara; 16. tie, Templeton, CAMS.

Division 5-AA – 1. Heritage Chr; 2. California Luth; 3. Pas-Poly; 4. Downey Cavalry Chapel; 5. Crean Luth; 6. Mesa Grande; 7. St. Genevieve; 8. Pilibos; 9. Coachella Valley; 10. Rubidoux; 11. University Prep; 12. Rosemead; 13. Webb; 14. Workman; 15. La Reina; 16. Westridge.

Division 5-A – 1. Bell-Jeff; 2. Chadwick; 3. Silver Valley; 4. Sherman Indian; 5. Desert Chr Aca; 6. Mary Star of the Sea; 7. AGBU/Pasadena; 8. Trinity Classical; 9. Archer; 10. Thacher; 11. Ontario Chr; 12. Riverside prep; 13. Boron; 14. Bishop Conaty-Loretto; 15. Wildwood; 16. Le Lycee.

Division 6 – 1. Rolling Hills Prep; 2. Grace Brethren; 3. Carnegie; 4. Santa Clarita Chr; 5. Linfield Chr; 6. tie, Lancaster Bap, ACE; 8. Western Chr; 9. Coastal Chr; 10. Trona; 11. Lucerne Valley; 12. tie, Mammoth, Inter School of LA, Lancaster Desert Chr; 14. tie, Vasquez, Einstein Aca.


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Lots of local teams crack CIF boys soccer rankings

Redlands East Valley High School’s Cristian Garcia, center, maneuvers the ball around oncoming Quartz Hill High School’s Josh Mendez during a game on December 7, 2016 at the Redlands Sport Complex in Redlands, Ca. (Photo by Micah Escamilla/SCNG)

Here are the latest CIF rankings in boys soccer for the week of Jan. 23 with teams from the Bulletin/Sun coverage area denoted in bold:

Division 1 – 1. Cathedral; 2. Redlands East Valley; 3. Santa Barbara; 4. Servite; 5. Millikan; 6. Palos Verdes; 7. Paramount; 8. Santa Margarita; 9. Sherman Oaks Notre Dame; 10. Sunny Hills.

Division 2 – 1. Godinez; 2. Katella; 3. Oxnard Pacifica; 4. La Quinta; 5. Placentia Valencia; 6. Riv-Poly; 7. Aliso Niguel; 8. El Rancho; 9. Norte Vista; 10. tie, Arlington, Laguna Hills.

Division 3 – 1.  South Torrance; 2. Garden Grove Santiago; 3. Valencia; 4. Salesian; 5. Santa Ana Valley; 6. Crescenta Valley; 7. West Torrance; 8. Claremont; 9. Citrus Valley; 10. tie, Quartz Hill, Burbank Burroughs.

Division 4 – 1. Garden Grove; 2. Desert MIrage; 3. University; 4. Hart; 5, Tahquitz; 6. Carter; 7. Chaparral; 8. Sultana; 9. Bellflower; 10. tie, Temescal Canyon, Coachella Valley.

Division 5 – 1. Indian Springs; 2. Montclair; 3. Baldwin Park; 4. Firebaugh; 5. Citrus Hill; 6. Rialto; 7. Sierra Vista; 8. Moreno Valley;  9. El Monte; 10. tie, Oak Hills, Los Altos.

Division 6 – 1. Fillmore; 2. Hesperia; 3. La Puente; 4. Nogales; 5. La Canada; 6, Beaumont; 7. Granite Hills; 8. Campbell Hall; 9. Flintridge Prep; 10. tie, Windward, Webb.

Division 7 – 1. Laguna Blanca; 2. Riverside Prep; 3. Hamilton; 4. Tarbut V’Torah; 5. University Prep; 6. Nuview Bridge; 7. St. Anthony; 8. Vasquez; 9. Thacher; 10. St. Pius.



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Rancho Cucamonga’s Tayari Venable picks San Diego State


Rancho Cucamonga defensive back Tayari Venable admits he might have jumped the gun a bit when he committed to Washington State before his junior year.

After de-comitting from that school back in September Venable has decided San Diego State is where he wants to play college football.

He committed to that school upon his visit there the past weekend.

Venable, a 6-foot, 180-pounder, said he started reconsidering when other schools started contacting him, even after his original commitment. He never actually visited Washington State.

“I think I committed too early without really thinking about all my options,” he said. “I thought this was a better fit for me. It was about the schemes they play defensively and the education. The first day I was there we talked more about the education part and I liked that.”

Venable, who helped the Cougars to a 12-1 showing and berth in the CIF Division I semifinal, had 12 offers with Oregon State and Nevada pursuing him most after his de-commitment.

He will be following teammate Darren Hall to San Diego State. He committed to the Aztecs in the winter. Having a teammate there was a definite factor.

“That was definitely part of it,” he said. “It will be nice having someone there that I know. He can push me and I will push him.”

Venable plans to major in psychology.




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