Summit High School senior Cade Sparks has committed to Indiana State, doing so while on his visit there this weekend.
The 6-foot-4 quarterback was the Inland Valley Player of the Year, helping Summit to a 12-1 season that included and undefeated regular season and berth in the CIF Central Division semifinal.
“I couldn’t be happier,” he said. “I have felt like this was going to be the perfect place for me and after coming to visit, I know this is the right decision.”
Indiana State was Sparks’ lone offer. Much of that was because he transferred from tiny Western Christian after his sophomore year and he played behind and established starter as a junior. So he didn’t get a chance to really show his skills until this season.
UC Davis was also interested but it was a ironic twist that result in Indiana State being the school.
Sycamores Head Coach Mike Sanford has a son, also named Mike, who is an assistant coach at Notre Dame and was visiting Summit to recruit wide receiver Damian Alloway. while there he noticed Sparks.
He said he didn’t need a quarterback but he did know a school that did, his dad’s Indiana State team. And the rest is history.
While there weren’t a lot of other options, Sparks is more than happy with what transpired.
“I wouldn’t say it’s a relief, it’s more of a goal accomplished,” he said. “It was tough at times hearing schools say, maybe if we saw you last year. But everything worked out for the best and I am very happy.”
Summit (Fontana, Calif.) WR Damian Alloway announced that he has committed to UCLA.
He decided to join the Bruins over offers such as Notre Dame, Washington and Oregon among others.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 29, 2016
Above, Alex Mattison talks in September about getting recruited despite people telling him he should transfer away from San Bernardino HS
I’m glad things are working out for Alex Mattison. He’s a great kid, who works hard and stayed at San Bernardino even thought many people thought he wouldn’t get scholarship offers unless he transferred to another school.
Last weekend, he gave a verbal commitment to go to Boise State to play football. He intends to sign on National Signing Day Feb. 3.
“I really had a good relationship with coach (Lee) Marks,” Mattison said of Boise State’s running back coach who recruited him. “He was there from the beginning talking to me.”
Mattison said he was the only recruit there last weekend and said he got to see a lot of things he might not normally have seen because he got individual attention.
“It’s a big campus, but not too big,” Mattison said. “And the blue turf is cool.”
Mattison, a two-time first-team all-Sun running back, is 6-feet, 200 pounds. As a senior, he rushed 151 times for 2,057 yards and 22 touchdowns in 10 games. He also led the team with 14 receptions, totalling 296 yards and three touchdowns. As a junior, he had 2,436 yards of total offense and 28 touchdowns in 10 games as a junior.
“I think their style suits me,” Mattison said of Boise State. “And I like that a lot of their coaches went to Boise. They’re really committed to the program.”
According to rivals.com, Mattison had scholarship offers from several schools including Arizona State, Washington and Washington State from the Pac-12.
While the Rialto High School has been getting its new football coach, Robert Mitchell, approved by the school board, athletic director Dan Williams has been out due to injuries suffered in an altercation at the school Jan. 7.
“Mr. Williams was a victim of a phsyical act that was committed in front of witnesses that included students,” Rialto Unified School District Communications Director Syeda Jafri said. “He is healing from his injuries that he sustained in the altercation. The suspect was trespassing and had no formal authorization or formal approval to use the school’s athletic field.”
Jafri said the incident was being investigated by San Bernardino PD, which has jurisdiction over the campus and Williams was not on administrative leave.
San Bernardino PD confirmed there is an ongoing investigation in the incident. A spokesperson indicated that Williams was trying to clear a field for a game. A non-student adult who was there with children confronted Williams. He punched Williams in the face several times, causing a concussion.
Williams declined to comment on the incident other than to confirm that he was not at school last week.
The all CIF-SS football teams are out. Here are the division for which San Bernardino county has teams:
— Cary Willborn (@RCHS_Cougars) January 21, 2016
A second half goal by Rancho Cucamonga’s Lauren Perry proved to be the difference in the Cougars’ Baseline League home victory over Los Osos, 2-1, on Jan. 20.
Devyn Kelsey of the Grizzlies provided the early lead with a goal in the first half but it was Olore Imoohi of the Cougars, who was responsible for tying the game after a successful free kick opportunity.
It was the first league win of the season for Rancho Cucamonga (10-2-2, 1-1-1) while the Grizzlies suffer their third straight league loss.
- Olivia Seddon struck first for Chino Hills in the 2-0 victory over Upland with a shot to the upper right corner. Madeleine Tarin added to the lead with a header off an assist from Jessica Miclat.
- Jordan Tadros had one goal and an assist in the first half for St. Lucy’s in the victory over Etiwanda, 2-1. Tadros was credited for the assist on the goal scored by Nicole Leggio. The only score of the second half came off a penalty kick by the Eagles.
Mt. Baldy League:
- Brooke Kortekaas scored three goals in the Braves dominant performance over the Jaguars, 11-0, in Mt. Baldy League play. Ashlyn Farino and Diana Pineda contributed to the Braves’ shutout victory with two goals apiece. Allison Brossard, Kastel Heinold, Alex Hargrave and Caitlyn Sanchez also scored in the game.
- Colony defeated Chaffey, 3-1. Christine Vandenberg, Caeylee Esquivel and Natalie Treto all scored for the Titans in the second half against the Tigers.
Citrus Belt League:
- Gaby Hinojosa had three goals for Citrus Valley in the 8-0 win over Eisenhower while Valerie Warren added two goals.
- Johanna Mota scored a pair of goals for Carter in the first over Redlands, 2-0.
- Marina Medeiros had eight saves for Redlands East Valley in the Citrus Belt League victory over Yucaipa, 3-1. Hailey Montoya, Brenna Dolen and Aly Olsen each scored for the Wildcats.
- Bloomington remains undefeated this season following its 6-0 victory over Fontana.