FIRST ROUND, Wednesday
Santa Barbara 17, Huntington Beach 7
Irvine 7, Villa Park 3
Laguna Beach 9, Dos Pueblos 8
Newport Harbor 18, Anaheim Canyon 3
Corona del Mar 17, Ventura 4
Los Alamitos 17, Costa Mesa 2
San Marcos 11, Edison 8
Foothill 22, Beckman 2
The nature of Kevin Price’s ascension to head football coach at Los Osos High School, the position to which he was named on Tuesday, doesn’t exactly inspire change. He has been a member of the coaching staff since the school’s inception in 2002 and the defensive coordinator for the last eight seasons under Tom Martinez, the only head coach the school had ever known.
But Price made clear the bus doesn’t just have a new driver, it’s going in a different direction.
“When we started the program, there were a lot of different rules in place,” he said. “My perspective is different, not necessarily better, but different on things like how much time we will put in now. We’ve had success here in the past but have we had as much success as we wanted? No.”
Jordie Munford is glad Oregon annoyed her with its persistence. If not for the incessant phone calls, the Rancho Cucamonga High School hurdler would have made a decision between USC and UCLA yesterday morning when she signed a letter of intent.
Two weeks ago Oregon wasn’t even on the radar of one of the country’s top track recruits. Two weeks later she signed a letter of intent with the Ducks on Wednesday.
“They just kept calling and kept calling,” Munford said. “Finally they convinced me to take a trip up there. After my visit, they were pretty much in front from there.”
All of the high profile football recruits in the area have already issued their verbal commitments, but one athlete in particular will provide some drama on Feb. 6, National Signing Day.
Rancho Cucamonga High School track star Jordie Munford, one of the top recruits in the country in her sport, will announce her college decision and sign her letter of intent on Wednesday. The senior hurdler has narrowed 30 scholarship offers to a list that includes USC, UCLA and Oregon.
“It was a pretty big list until two weeks ago,” Munford said. “I’ve pretty much made my decision, but I haven’t let anybody know.”
Tahaan Goodman ended the suspense earlier than expected when the Rancho Cucamonga safety verbally committed to UCLA Wednesday. Goodman, who had more than 40 scholarship offers, was still considering nine schools as of last week and trying to squeeze in as many visits as possible before Feb. 6, National Signing Day.
He didn’t take a scheduled official visit to LSU last weekend when his travel materials weren’t delivered on time, opting instead to visit UCLA. Had he made the visit to LSU, Goodman imagines things could have gone differently.
“I think I wouldn’t have committed yet,” Goodman said. “I think I would have more to think about.”
Tahaan Godman, the top-ranked uncommitted safety in the country, won’t make his scheduled visit to LSU this weekend in what could have been a key recruiting trip with National Signing Day fast approaching.
The four-star recruit from Rancho Cucamonga High School spoke with LSU defensive backs coach Corey Raymond on Thursday about leaving for Baton Rouge, La., on Friday. But as of Friday afternoon, rivals.com’s fourth-ranked safety in the nation hadn’t received the travel information to make the visit.
“I guess it’s too late to go now,” Goodman said. “Some of my friends are going to UCLA this weekend, so I was thinking about stopping by there.”
With just three weeks before National Signing Day on Feb. 6, Rancho Cucamonga four-star safety Tahaan Goodman has some studying to do.
The No. 4 safety in the country, according to rivals.com, has narrowed more than 40 scholarship offers to a list of nine. UCLA may be the frontrunner based on the fact that Goodman hasn’t felt drawn to any of the schools he has visited out of state and has had no contact with USC as of late.
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound senior visited Oklahoma Jan. 11 and is visiting LSU this weekend.
“I’m open to going to a school out of the state, but I haven’t been to one yet that felt like it was somewhere I could live,” Goodman said. “(Oklahoma) wasn’t much different that a lot of schools I’ve seen. It wasn’t anything too special.”
Los Osos outside hitter Ashten Smith-Gooden (pictured above) claimed Player of the Year honors for the 2012 All-Valley volleyball team after helping her team to the CIF finals for the first time in school history. Los Osos coach Franco Macchia also reaped the benefits of the Grizzlies best ever season, earning Coach of the Year honors.
MEGHAN BUZZERIO, Chino Hills
The sophomore burst onto the scene with 532 kills in just 29 games to lead the Huskies to a playoff berth. The outside hitter also had 228 digs, 33 aces and 26 solo blocks to go along with a kill percentage of 39 for a Chino Hills team that posted an 18-11 record.
ERIN CLARK, Ayala
The Ayala setter had a spectacular year with 617 assists for the Bulldogs, who finished second in the Sierra League behind St. Lucy’s, the No. 1 seed in the CIF-SS Division 1A playoffs. The junior was instrumental in the team’s turnaround from a fifth-place finish in league in 2011 to second in 2012.
ARDEN DAVIS, St. Lucy’s
The senior libero, a member of two CIF-SS championship teams during her tenure, totaled 308 digs this season and earned All-CIF honors in Division 1A. Davis helped the Regents win a fourth consecutive Sierra League championship and a No. 1 playoff seed.