Getting recruited without playing varsity football isn’t exactly a common predicament for a high school junior.
That, however, is the situation in which Diamond Bar’s Antonio Hull finds himself after being declared ineligible this season due to an athletically motivated transfer.
There is no doubt that Hull, who was an impact player at running back, quarterback and defensive back as a sophomore at West Covina last season, has the talent to warrant attention from college scouts. He has already received interest from several schools, including Washington, USC and UCLA. The typical stage on which to showcase his abilities simply isn’t available to him this season.
The game film from his all-important junior year will feature Hull playing in a scrimmage or two in addition to some junior varsity games.
Despite CIF recently easing restrictions on transfer rules, football player Antonio Hull was dealt an old school punishment today. The rising junior, whose transfer from West Covina to Diamond Bar in February was ruled athletically motivated by the CIF-Southern Section, lost his second appeal today, according to Diamond Bar football coach Ryan Maine.
Hull will not be permitted to join the team until Nov. 16, eight days after the end of the 2013 regular season. He can play on the junior varsity in the interim, but only if Diamond Bar reaches the playoffs and wins its first-round game will Hull be able to suit up this season for the varsity.
One of the rising stars last season on a West Covina team coming off consecutive CIF-SS championships, Hull split time between quarterback and running back. He would have joined a Diamond Bar offense that returns a trio of juniors including a 2,000-yard passer and two receivers, each with multiple Pac-12 scholarship offers.
“I want to be known as Cordell Broadus first. I want to be known as Snoop’s son second. I want to make a name for myself.”
Those were the first words out of Broadus’ mouth last summer before his sophomore season at Diamond Bar. As evidenced by his 10 scholarship offers, the son of rapper Snoop Lion is well on his way to accomplishing his goal.
Broadus and cousin Kanya Bell, Diamond Bar receivers who are transplants from Long Beach Poly, are ranked among the top 16 recruits in California in the class of 2014, according to espn.com.
The 6-foot-2 Broadus, a four-star prospect whose first offer came last summer from UCLA, now has a list that reads more like a coaches’ poll. Nebraska, LSU, Tennessee and Duke join five others from the Pac-12: USC, Oregon State, Washington, Arizona State and Cal.
The rising junior certainly passes the eye test – he looks like a tank in his football pads – and for a big receiver has very good speed.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Brandon Tsujimoto, Damien, Senior
Story By Staff Writer Keith Lair
Brandon Tsujimoto started the 2013 golf season strong and finished just as strongly.
The senior helped the Spartans to the season-opening Riverside Poly tournament championship. He had Damien’s co-low score of the event. He had the Spartans’ low scores in other tournaments and helped Damien to an undefeated team season and the Sierra League title.
He was fourth in the Father Joe Barry Masters tournament at Ancil Hoffman Golf Course. The Spartans finished fourth in the two-day tournament. He was 16th in the three-day Champions Invitational at the Golf Club at Terra Lago. He was also low medalist in six league matches.
He seemed to play his absolute best golf when it counted the most. That would be the postseason.
Diamond Bar wasn’t alone. The Brahmas suffered the fate of the other two local baseball teams in Tuesday’s CIF-SS semifinals, falling a game short of playing for a championship. After Diamond Bar couldn’t convert a third-inning leadoff triple into a run, it was all downhill in a 10-2 loss to second-seeded Gardena Serra.
Though San Dimas avoided an Oaks Christian ace expected to be a first-round draft pick, the Saints fell to the No. 1 seed, 3-0. Division 2 No. 3 seed Los Osos went down in heartbreaking fashion, falling victim to a two-out single in the final inning of a 3-2 loss to second-seeded Temecula Valley. Ontario Christian, the final local baseball team standing, will play its Division 5 semifinal today after the game was delayed due to Oak Hills’ graduation.
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Bonita knows it isn’t welcome back in the Hacienda League. Not after its baseball and two basketball teams lost two league games combined in three years.
Thus, the Bearcats are proactive in their pursuit of the Sierra League. It’s certainly a better destination than the Baseline. Just ask Glendora.
Of the 20 proposals that will be voted on in Monday’s releaguing meeting, 11 land the Bonita in the Sierra League versus six in the Baseline. The proposal that is chosen will take effect in the fall of 2014.
“We’ve been winning most of the league championships,” Bonita athletic director Eric Podley said of Bonita’s three years in the Hacienda League. “We realize that it’s understood our league doesn’t want us to return and we’re sensitive to that. I think we feel like the Sierra League is a good fit.”
The Bonita and Los Osos baseball teams can sleep soundly after league championship-clinching wins on Wednesday. Had either of them lost, they would be facing the prospect of losing a wire-to-wire lead in their respective leagues on the final day of the regular season.
Los Osos’ Chris Kohler may be the exception who can’t doze off immediately tonight. The senior is likely still winding down from throwing his first career no-hitter, not to mention breaking the school’s single-season strikeout record. The Grizzlies’ 9-0 win over second-place Glendora gives Los Osos its first Baseline League championship in six years and makes Friday’s matchup between the two teams meaningless. Second baseman Chris Riley has to be mentioned as much for his 3-for-3, two-RBI, two-run performance at the plate as his no-hitter-saving play in the field with one out in the final inning.
1. Bonita (16-2-1) Bounced back from loss, tie to win two 1-run games
2. Kaiser (16-3) Cats have scored double-digit runs in four strait games
3. Los Osos (13-4) Fell into a tie for first after 5-run loss to Etiwanda
4. San Dimas (16-5) Smooth sailing until season-ending series with Northview
5. Diamond Bar (15-3) Building to two-game series with Bonita to end season
6. Carter (12-5) Next up for 1st-place Lions: 2nd-place San G and 3rd-place Rialto
7. Montclair (14-5) One-game lead on hard-charging Chino with five to play
8. Don Lugo (15-6) Followed loss to Monrovia with big win over Diamond Bar
9. Damien (11-7) Race for 2nd in Sierra League promises to be interesting
10. Chino (11-7) Can pull into first-place tie with win over Montclair Tuesday
1 Diamond Bar High School golfer Bethany Wu already has an impressive collection of hardware entering today’s CIF State semifinals. After her team claimed its first CIF championship on Oct. 23, Wu won the CIF-SS individual championship Nov. 1.
The sophomore, who recently issued a verbal commitment to UCLA, was one of two players to shoot under par as her 3-under 67 earned her a two-shot victory.
“Right at the end of the year she’s playing her best golf,” Diamond Bar coach Tony McCabe said. “She’s a premier player, so she has a chance every time she steps on the course. There’s about 11 or 12 elite players and she’s one of them.”
The Brahmas play today in the state semifinals in Murrieta with the hopes of being one of three teams to advance to the state finals on Nov. 13. The top 12 individuals also will advance. Diamond Bar has shown an affinity for clutch play this postseason. During the competition that advanced the Brahmas to the state semifinals, Wu birdied the last four holes and teammate Isabelle Shee birdied three of the last four to advance the team by one stroke.
2 Miller High School Athletic Director John Romagnoli said he wasn’t surprised when football coach Marcus Soward resigned last week.