Taylor commits to Sacramento State

Colton all-CIF offensive/defensive lineman John Taylor committed to Sacramento State last night, according to a text message received today by Colton coach Rick Bray. Taylor is the third Yellowjacket to commit to a Division I school, joining linebacker Rodney Hardrick (Oregon) and RB/DB Tyler Ervin (San Jose State). All three players will sign their letters of intent at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday in the Whitmore Auditorium on campus as part of National Signing Day.

Other signing ceremonies that have been announced are Summit’s Devon Blackmon, who will sign with Oregon at 11:44 a.m. in classroom G101 on the Summit campus and Redlands’ Jordan Smith, who will sign with San Diego State in a ceremony at Dodge Field at 12:30 p.m.

All-CIF Eastern football team

Offensive Player of the Year – Seth Middlemas, Elsinore
Defensive Player of the Year – Nolan Peralta, Elsinore
Coach of the Year – Tony Peralta, Elsinore

Offense
Seth Middlemas, RB, Sr., Elsinore
Scott Benson, RB, Sr., Heritage
Jimmy Awolesi, RB, Sr., Kaiser
Taylor Ruize, RB, Sr., Serrano
Davien Payne, RB, Jr., Citrus Hill
Antawaun Jones, RB, Sr., Granite Hills
Montigo Alford, RB, Sr., Summit

Zeek Julien, QB, Sr., Victor Valley
Vance Passamquindici, OL, Jr., Victor Valley
Anthony Gordon, OL, Sr., Beaumont
Joey Nicholas, OL, Sr., Serrano
Gary Dixon, OL, Sr., Summit
Nick Letay, OL, Sr., Kaiser
Corbitt Kestly, OL, Sr., Elsinore
David Kogan, OL, Sr., Heritage
Cavion Flournoy, WR, Sr., Apple Valley
Devon Blackman, WR, Sr., Summit
Dewayne Brown, WR, Sr., Kaiser
Issaiah Kepley, WR, Sr., Victor Valley
Ron Douglas, WR, Sr., Ridgecrest Burroughs
Derrick Dison, UTL, Sr., Ridgecrest Burroughs
Leo Farias, K, Jr. Serrano

Defense
Donte Deayon, DB, Jr., Summit
Kindrick Haynes, DB, Sr., Kaiser
Davonte Manning, DB, Sr., Kaiser
Donovan Adams, DB, Sr., Heritage
Allan Stubbs, DB, So., Elsinore
Daniel Rodriguez, DB, Jr., Elsinore
Jay Fisher-James, DL, Sr., Granite Hills
Hecter Sotelo DL, Sr., Serrano
Matthew Ceja DL, Sr., Summit
Walter Earnest DL, Sr., Kaiser
Xavier Evans DL, Sr., Kaiser
David Irving DL, Sr., San Jacinto
Zachary Dembrowski DL, Sr., Elsinore
Nolan Peralta, LB, Jr., Elsinore
Dennis Taylor, LB, Sr., Kaiser
Jimmy Musgrave, LB, Sr., Silverado
Ethan Hillyer, LB, Sr., Serrano
Tony Hifo, LB, Jr., Heritage
Aaron Woodard, LB, Sr., Oak Hills
Victor Iosefa, LB, Jr., Granite Hills
Damione Backus, UTL, So., West Valley
Juan Soto, P, Sr., Elsinore

All-CIF Inland football team

INLAND DIVISION
Offensive Player of the Year – Michael Eubank, Corona Centennial
Defensive Player of the Year – Chris Gonzalez, Corona Centennial
Coach of the Year – Matt Logan, Corona Centennial

Offense
Barrinton Collins, RB, Corona Centennial
Sateki Finau, RB, Rancho Cucamonga
Kelsey Young, RB, Norco
Marcus Mason, RB, Etiwanda
Darius Guillory, RB, Chaparral
Nate Harris, RB, Chino Hills

Michael Eubank, QB, Corona Centennial
Derrick Brown, QB, Vista Murrieta
Daniel Kessler, QB, Claremont
Jacob Olsson, OL, Corona Centennial
Brent Walker, OL, Norco
Corey Whitaker, OL, Vista Murrieta
Cameron Turner, OL, Rancho Cucamonga
Lio Lafaele, OL, Corona Centennial
Jordan Smith, OL, Redlands
Nick Enriquez, OL, Chino Hills
Larry Scott, WR, Corona Centennial
Donavan Harden, WR, Rancho Cucamonga
Michael Mazur, WR, Vista Murrieta
Dennis Rufus, WR, Charter Oak
Sam Boyd, WR, Roosevelt
Jake Van Ginkel, K, Upland

Defense
Chris Gonzalez, DB, Corona Centennial
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, DB, Chino Hills
Josh Armstrong, DB, Redlands East Valley
Darion Williams, DB, Vista Murrieta
Greg Henderson, DB, Norco
Dylan Valentine, DB, Chaparral
Randy Perez Vista, DB, Murrieta
Ryan Jack, LB, Corona Centennial
Tevita Kauvaka, LB, Rancho Cucamonga
Josh Peterson, LB, Redlands East Valley
Nick Alexander, LB, Charter Oak
Adam Pulsipher, LB, Temecula Valley
Nick Gonzalez, LB, Chino Hills
Rudy Arguelles, LB, Norco
Milo Jordan, DL, Corona Centennial
Auston Johnson, DL, Chino Hills
Jon Sanchez, DL, Vista Murrieta
Devon Lewis, DL, Redlands East Valley
Cody Duffy, DL, Rancho Cucamonga
John Siliga, DL, Redlands
Daniel Fusi, DL, Corona
Christian Powell, DL, Upland

Central Division all-CIF football team

CENTRAL DIVISION
Offensive Player of the Year – Travis Champion, Rancho Verde
Defensive Player of the Year – Devan Hussey, Colton
Coach of the Year – Richard Bray, Colton

Offense
Xavier Browne, RB, Jr., Chino
Tyler Ervin, RB, Sr., Colton
Chyl Robinson, RB, Sr., La Quinta
Superiorr Reid, RB, Sr., Arlington
Devonte Jordan, RB, Sr., Rancho Verde
Travis Champion, QB, Sr., Rancho Verde
Thomas Carter, QB, Sr., Cajon
Paul Rodriguez, OL, Sr., San Gorgonio
John Taylor, OL, Sr., Colton
Tyler Burns, OL, Sr., Chino
Kyle Lass, OL, Jr., Palm Springs
Eric Amidel, OL, Sr., La Quinta
Cris Soto, OL, Sr., Rancho Verde
Samson Kafovalu, OL, Jr., Arlington
Kody Kabeary, WR., Sr., Palm Desert
Quinton Pedroza, WR, Sr., Chino
Damontae Kazee, WR, Jr., Cajon
Brandon Charles, WR, Jr., San Gorgonio
Junior Pomee, WR, Sr., Rancho Verde
John Pena, K, Jr., Rialto
Nephi Garcia, Util, Sr., Palm Springs

DEFENSE
Tavion Smith, DB, Sr., Carter
Hastens Roberts, DB, Sr., Colton
Promise Amadi, DB, Sr., Chino
Sean Longerer, DB, Sr., La Quinta
Anthony Goodall, DB, Sr., Palm Desert
Ryan Henderson, DB, Sr,. Rancho Verde
Dion Thompson, DL, Sr., Cajon
Ryan Hunter-Sims, DL, Jr., San Gorgonio
John Taylor, DL, Sr., Colton
Eric Quintero, DL, Sr., Coachella Valley
Mark Williams, DL, Sr., Palm Springs
Brandon Acid, DL, Sr., Colony
Isiah Brennes, DL, Sr., Chino
Devan Hussey, LB, Sr., Colton
Ronald Valonia, LB, Sr., Chino
Nuuvali Faapito, LB, Sr., La Quinta
Desmond Dukes, LB, Sr,. La Quinta
Rodney Hardrick, LB, Sr., Colton
Blair Brown, LB, Sr., Rancho Verde
Spencer Collins, P, Sr., Palm Desert
Marcus Allen, Utility, Sr., Valley View

Mason commits to Washington State

Etiwanda running back Marcus Mason committed to Washington State after getting a recent offer from the school and taking an official visit to the campus last weekend according to Rivals.com and Scout.com. Mason ran for 1,623 yards and 15 touchdowns and is the second Etiwanda player to commit to a Pac-12 school. He joins offensive lineman Jamal Prater, who committed to Oregon over the summer.

Amadi commits to New Mexico State, then Hawaii

Chino wide receiver/defensive back Promise Amadi went through a wild ride this past week, committing to Hawaii on an official visit this past weekend after making a soft commitment to New Mexico State the weekend before. The situation is detailed further in Clay Fowler’s blog here.

Either way, the commitment makes him the second Cowboy player to verbally commit during the past month, joining Arizona State commit Quentin Pedroza – who is still getting attention from Utah and USC. The 6-foot, 180-pound senior was a second-team all-Sun utility selection, as he caught 46 passes for 790 yards and 10 touchdowns while running for another 503 yards on 50 carries and 14 scores. Amadi also had 30 tackles and five interceptions in helping the Cowboys to an 11-1 record and a Mt. Baldy League championship.

Damien’s Kohler commits to USC

Straying over into Clay Fowler’s territory a bit with this post, but Damien sophomore pitcher/outfielder Christopher Kohler verbally committed to USC yesterday according to his parents, Michelle and Richard Kohler. Kohler, who is a lefthanded pitcher and a centerfielder, gave his commitment after a visit to USC.

“Christopher has been a huge Trojan fan all of his life, so this wasn’t a hard decision,” Richard Kohler said. “Because of his age they can’t do anything but send us mail and questionnaires. We visited there a couple of times, they offered and we accepted.”

Kohler, who doesn’t turn 16 until May 4, is one of the top Southern California prospects in the class of 2013, getting USC’s attention during a showcase this past summer at the Dodgers’ spring training complex in Glendale, Ariz. While USC was his first scholarship offer, Kohler was getting attention from almost every notable baseball school on the West Coast, most notably UCLA, UC Irvine, Cal State Fullerton and Arizona State.

Bloomington Christian to host recruiting seminar

Speaking of football recruiting, Bloomington Christian will be hosting a seminar by the National Collegiate Scouting Association at 7 p.m. on January 31 called “College Recruiting Simplified.”

The keynote speaker for the seminar is Derrick Mayes, a former NFL wide receiver who played for the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks from 1996-2000, winning a Super Bowl ring with the Packers in 1996. Mayes, who attended Notre Dame, serves as the NSCA’s Athletic Recruiting educational speaker.

People not affiliated with Bloomington Christian who wish to attend the seminar can contact Tiffany Menzione at (312) 624-7437.

Miller opens up football coaching search

After flying the job through the district, Miller High School opened up the search for its next head football coach to out-of-district candidates Tuesday to what athletic director John Romagnoli described as a lot of interest.

“We have calls and resumes coming in from all over,” Romagnoli said. “It’s been a pretty hectic response. In-state, out-of-state, high school, college. We have a lot of people interested in this job and for good reason. We have a new stadium and a lot of talent.”

The position opened up in a bizarre manner November 10, as Jeff Strycula was removed less than 24 hours before the Rebels played Redlands East Valley in their season finale with the league title on the line as a reaction to a hazing incident involving several players. Miller was coached by Mike Farnam, who is Miller’s head track coach, in the game, which it lost 21-7 to eliminate it from the playoffs.

As far as Strycula’s replacement, Romagnoli said that the ad for the position would be posted until next Wednesday, with finalists and interviews being chosen and given shortly after the posting closes.

“There were a lot of loose ends that had to be tied before we opened the job,” Romagnoli said. “I made it my duty right after we got back from winter break to get this process going and we’ll work hard to get a new football coach in here.”

Ozier resigns as Fontana football coach

Lance Ozier, a former standout on Fontana’s national championship football team in 1987, resigned his position as Steelers football coach last Thursday according to Fontana athletic director Amanda Bentley.

“(Ozier) left for what he said were personal reasons,” Bentley said.

Ozier took the head coaching job at Fontana in 2006 with the Steelers in the midst of a 19-game losing streak. That streak grew 10 more after an 0-10 season before Fontana won its 2007 season opener. Unfortunately, Ozier left Fohi with a sizable losing streak as well, as Fontana has lost its last 13 games dating back to Oct. 23, 2009, including an 0-10 record. Ozier finished his career with a record of 7-43.

“it was just the right time for me to go,” Ozier said. “With a new principal coming in, I had certain ideas and they had certain ideas and from that, it was best for me to leave at this time. I am a Fohi guy through and through and I always will be. I enjoyed coaching here. I really wish we could have won more, but I feel like I left this program in a better place from where I found it.”

Ozier will continue his job as a physical education teacher at Fohi until he assesses his next move, something that he’s mulling over at this time.

“It’s pretty early in the process, so I’m not exactly sure what the next step is,” Ozier said. “I’ve never been in this situation before. I’ve been coaching for 16 years and if someone will have me, I’d like to coach somewhere again in the future.”

Fontana will start its search for the next head coach in a week or two according to Bentley, allowing Ozier to explain his decision to his current players.

“We are giving him some time to speak to the players before we make the next step,” Bentley said. “Then we’ll be working hard to find our next coach.”

Bentley also stated that the school has hired Lauren Fernandes and Cheryl Salazar to coach the swimming and diving team this spring.