Carter hires Jones as boys basketball coach

Carter hired former Rialto and Riverside North boys basketball coach Anthony Jones earlier this month for its open boys basketball position. Jones, a health teacher, was an assistant at Eisenhower in 2001-03 before coaching the Knights from 2004-07 and North from 2008-11.

Jones, who led North to an 19-11 record and a berth in the CIF-SS Division 2A quarterfinals this past season, will take over a Lion program that went 4-20 overall last season with a 3-11 record in the San Andreas League. Carter has never made the playoffs in its seven-year history.

Hickey officially AD at Summit, unclear on coaching future

Summit boys basketball coach Steve Hickey was officially named the school’s athletic director Wednesday night, getting approval from the Fontana Unified School District’s school board to replace Ed Kearby. Kearby was promoted to assistant principal at the high school.

“It hasn’t really sunk in,” Hickey said. “I have some big shoes to fill, because Ed did a great job of getting this thing going and building a lot of success in the five years since this school was opened.”

The 41-year-old Hickey was an integral piece of Summit’s overall athletic success, as he led the SkyHawks to the CIF-State Division II championship game this year en route to All-Sun Coach of the Year honors. But the new position might prevent Hickey from a return trip, as the veteran coach isn’t sure whether he’ll be able to coach with his new responsibilites.

“I don’t want to shortchange other sports because I’m focusing on my sport,” Hickey said. “That wouldn’t be fair and I don’t want other coaches to perceive that I’m showing favoritism to my sport. I’d like to coach, but I have to do what’s best for the athletic department first.

“I’ll have a decision by the end of August. Once school starts, I’ll see how everything works out and go from there.”

Harper commits to Washington

Colony athlete Bryan Harper committed to the University of Washington Tuesday according to a Rivals.com article. Harper, a 6-foot, 180-pound athlete who transferred to Colony after playing quarterback at Carter the last two seasons, chose the Huskies after a recent trip to the school with teammate Robert Wagner. The three-star prospect also had offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Colorado State, Montana and New Mexico State.

Harper is the second county player to pledge to the Huskies this month, joining Cajon defensive back Damontae Kazee. Kazee, a first-team all-Sun selection last year, formally introduced his commitment to Washington June 13 after being a silent commitment for a while according to Scout.com.

Hickey, Kearby move on up at Summit

Summit basketball coach Steve Hickey, the All-Sun boys basketball coach of the year this past season, will be promoted to athletic director Wednesday at the Fontana Unified School District board meeting according to the FUSD agenda. Hickey would replace Ed Kearby, who will be the assistant principal at Summit.

Hickey led the SkyHawk boys basketball team to the CIF-State Division II championship game at Arco Arena in Sacramento this past March, where it fell to San Jose Archbishop Mitty. How the promotion will affect his status as Summit’s coach is unclear at this time.

Carter hires Jimenez as AD

Carter High School has named Dr. Frank Jimenez as its new athletic director according to Rialto Unified School District Director of Communications Syeda Jafri. Jimenez replaces Joe Paluba, who resigned his position after this past school year.

“We are excited to have (Jimenez) as the new athletic director at Carter High School,” Jafri said. “We think it will be a good fit and we are excited to see Carter have the same success that Rialto and Eisenhower High Schools have had.”

Jimenez, a government teacher at Rialto High School, will be formally approved July 12 according to Jafri. He was the head football coach at RHS in 2004, was the offensive coordinator in 2006. He has also served as the head girls golf coach at Rialto along with being an assistant baseball coach the last five seasons.

“I think working with both boys and girls sports will help me a lot in this job,” Jimenez said. “They are complex and different things and having experience with both is something I’m going to use to make this athletic program great. Carter High School is a great school in a great area and I can’t wait to get this going.”

Thomas speaks out on USC, Terrelle Pryor

Interesting tidbit from my interview Saturday with Terrell Thomas, the New York Giants cornerback who is an alum of Rancho Cucamonga High School and USC. Not sure if it will make the print story, but felt it was interesting enough to put on here.

Another thing that Thomas had to deal with in the offseason was the punishment given to his alma mater by the BCS. USC was stripped of its 2004 national championship by the BCS due to its use of Reggie Bush, the focal point of USC’s current probation.

Thomas was a sophomore on that team and considers that team to be championship regardless of what the BCS says.

“They can take away the trophy, erase our name from the record books, but people know who the champion was that year,” Thomas said. “We earned it on the field and I really don’t care what anyone has to say about it.”

Thomas also gave his opinion on the recent controversies surrounding college football, focusing on the Trojans and Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor.

“Everyone gets caught for it and it’s Ohio State’s time, just like it was our time before that and Alabama’s time before us,” Thomas said. “With the way the NCAA operates, I can see why guys can be tempted to sell their stuff, or take a handout.

“When I was at USC, we got a $1000 stipend per month. $725 of that goes to rent, which leaves you $275 for internet — you have to have internet to do homework and study — food, clothing, going out on a date, stuff like that. It’s very hard to live off $275 in a month, especially when the NCAA is making millions of dollars off you.”

Thomas feels scholarship athletes should be paid, but isn’t sure how to exactly go about it, though he has some ideas.

“It’s hard because how do you decide what to pay the football team compared to the soccer team?” Thomas said. “How can the smaller schools afford to pay their players as well as the bigger schools can?

“Maybe you could have something where a player gets a percentage of every jersey of theirs that is sold. A guy like Reggie Bush can get a percent of all of his jersey sales given to him with a check. Maybe wait until he leaves school to give him that check, but I think it’s a problem when guys make a school millions of dollars and don’t get a cent of that. That’s why these players go out and do stuff like Terrelle Pryor did.”

Terrell Thomas camp in Fontana Saturday

New York Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas, a graduate of Rancho Cucamonga High School, will be holding his annual youth football camp Saturday at Ralph Lewis Park in Fontana. Campers ages 7-10 will workout from 9 a.m.-noon while campers ages 11-14 will go from 1-4 p.m. Carolina Panthers safety Gerald Alexander – Thomas’ cousin and another RCHS graduate – will be one of several NFL players assisting with the camp, as will Giants DE Justin Tuck, Seattle Seahawks safety Kevin Ellison, Cleveland Browns cornerback Eric Wright, Giants WR Ramses Barden, Giants DB Cary Harris, Giants DB Michael Coe and Dallas Cowboys CB Orlando Scandrick.

Several area players in SoCal/Arizona All-Star game

Eight county players highlight the Southern California All-Star team for the first SoCal vs. Arizona All-Star Game, which will be held Saturday night at 7 p.m. at the Surprise Baseball Complex in Surprise, Ariz. Cajon quarterback Thomas Carter, Colton linebacker Devan Hussey, Redlands offensive lineman Jordan Smith and defensive lineman John Siliga, Redlands East Valley defensive backs Taylor Fernandez and Josh Armstrong and Kaiser linebackers Davonte Manning and Dennis Taylor will be playing Saturday for the SoCal team, which will have an all-star cast of retired coaches at the helm.

Former Fontana and Kaiser coach Dick Bruich will be part of a staff that includes former Claremont coach Bob Baiz and former Damien coach Dick Larson.

Carter to sign with Portland State

Cajon quarterback Thomas Carter, the 2010 All-Sun Most Valuable Player, will sign with Portland State, according to a text I received from Carter Tuesday night. Carter, who passed for 1,853 yards and 24 touchdowns while rushing for 584 yards and five scores in leading Cajon to a San Andreas League title and a berth in the CIF semifinals, is up at Portland State today to finalize his scholarship before flying down to Arizona for Saturday’s SoCal/Arizona all-star game.

Carter wrestler competing at Nationals

Carter heavyweight wrestler Kenny Clark is currently competing with the California Cadet National Team in a national tournament at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho. Clark, who recently won the state Greco-Roman championship, will be competing until June 26 according to Carter wrestling coach Kevin Henessey.

Carter will also be hosting a two-day wrestling camp Friday and Saturday at the school, with University of Minnesota wrestlers Tyler Safratowich and Manny Rivera (a Rosemead native) working with prospective campers. The camp runs in the morning and afternoon both days.