Oregon safety Patrick Chung, a Rancho Cucamonga High School graduate, has just been drafted by the New England Patriots with the second pick of the second round (34th overall). Chung, a four-year starter for the Ducks, is the third Cougar defensive back to be a second-round pick during the last three years, joining the Detroit Lions’ Gerald Alexander (2007) and the New York Giants’ Terrell Thomas (2008).
San Jose State defensive end Jarron Gilbert should also be drafted before the end of the second round today. Gilbert is a graduate of Chino High, just like Sedrick Ellis, the New Orleans Saints’ first-round draft pick a year ago.
Aquinas football coach Josh Henderson, who has led the Falcons to two CIF titles in his career, resigned from Aquinas Thursday to take the head coaching job at North Hills Los Angeles Baptist.
Henderson, who won CIF titles in his first season in 2000 and in 2005, took the L.A. Baptist job because it included a full-time physical education teaching position, something that Aquinas could not offer him. He broke the news to his players this morning.
“It was an unbelieveably tough decision,” Henderson said. “Aquinas is a great place filled with some of the best kids you’ll find. It will be hard to leave them, but it would have been even harder had I been on campus. I missed teaching and LA Baptist provides that opportunity.”
Henderson leaves behind a loaded squad for the next Falcon coach. His younger brother Jake, who will be a senior, was a first-team All-Sun selection at linebacker last season while his nephew, incoming senior wide receiver Jim Jones, led the county in receptions and receiving yards en route to first-team All-Sun honors.
Henderson was also a standout linebacker under Dick Bruich in Fontana, graduating in 1993. Look for a more detailed story in Saturday’s Sun.
Hesperia football coach Robert Kistner comfirmed just now his plans to leave Hesperia High School – where he coached the last six seasons – to take the job at brand-new Oak Hills High School, which will open its doors this fall. It was supposed to be approved at a school board meeting today, but the meeting was postponed. But pending board approval, Kistner will be the first coach of the Bulldogs.
“It’ll be an exciting challenge to open up a new school,” said Kistner, who was the 2007 All-Sun Coach of the Year. “It’s going to be a big challenge, but it’s something that will be fun to do. The opportunity to start your own program is something that I’m excited about.”
Kistner leaves Hesperia after six seasons, including a 2008 one where the Scorpions went 11-1 and won the Mojave River League championship, setting a school record for victories in a season in the process. Kistner compiled a 43-22 record in his tenure at Hesperia, including a 21-3 mark and first-round playoff victories in each of the last two seasons.
“I had a great run at Hesperia and this move has nothing to do with any ill feelings toward that school,” Kistner said. “I enjoyed my time there a great bit and it meant a lot to me personally.”
Kistner was hired by Oak Hills athletic director Darren Goodman, who is also leaving Hesperia for the new high school. Tuesday’s Sun will have a more detailed story.