Summit QB Cade Sparks chooses Indiana State

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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.”

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Here is schedule for Inland Empire Boys Basketball Classic

Here is the rundown for the Inland Empire Classic which starts on Saturday at Rancho Cucamonga High School. Starts with pool play.

Etiwanda is the defending champion.

Purple – Rancho Cucamonga, Executive Prep, Fontana
Silver – Redlands East Valley, Grand Terrace, Culver City
Red – Colony, Colton, Carter
Navy – Oak Hills, Temecula Valley, Upland
Black – Etiwanda, Summit, Tahquitz
White – Silverado, Los Osos, Redlands
Green – Miller, Serrano, Murrieta Mesa
Gray – Kaiser, Alta Loma, Citrus Valley

Saturday’s games
At Rancho Cucamonga

9 a.m. – Los Osos vs. Silverado
10:30 a.m. – Oak Hills vs. Temecula Valley
Noon – Redlands East Valley vs. Culver City
1:30 p.m. – Kaiser vs. Alta Loma
3 p.m. – Miller vs. Serrano
4:30 p.m. – Colony vs. Colton
6 p.m. – Etiwanda vs. Summit
7:30 p.m. – Executive Prep vs. Rancho Cucamonga

Monday’s games
At Ranco Cucamonga

2:30 p.m. – Alta Loma vs. Citrus Valley
4 p.m. – Silverado vs. Redlands
5:30 p.m. – Executiuve Prep vs. Fontana
7 p.m. – Temecula Valley vs. Upland
At Miller
2:30 p.m. – Etiwanda vs. Tahquitz
4 p.m. – Colton vs. Carter
5:30 p.m. – Redlands East Valley vs. Grand Terrace
7 p.m. – Murrieta Mesa vs. Niller

Tuesday’s games
At Rancho Cucamonga

2:30 p.m. – Fontana vs. Rancho Cucamonga
4 p.m. – Oak Hills vs. Upland
At Colony
2:30 p.m. – Cater vs. Colony
4 p.m. – Grand Terrace vs. Culver City
5:30 p.m. – Murrieta Mesa vs. Serrano.

Wednesday’s games
At Rancho Cucamonga

2:30 p.m. – Los Osos vs. Redlands
4 p.m. – Tahquitz vs. Summit
5:30 p.m. – Kaiser vs. Citrus Valley

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Local teams among the field at Battle Zone

Here’s basketball schedule for Battle Zone
Posted on November 29, 2015 by Michelle Gardner

There will be lots of basketball action over the next week at Corona Centennial and Riverside Poly high schools with lots of local schools among the competing teams. Among the featured teams are Chino Hills and Etiwanda. Here is the rundown:

MONDAY’S GAMES
At Corona Centennial
3:45 p.m. – Glendora vs. Roosevelt
5:15 p.m. – Chino Hills vs. San Bernardino
6:45 p.m. Cathedral vs. Corona Santiago
8:15 p.m. – Corona Centennial vs. Rialto

At Riverside Poly
4:30 p.m. – Foothill Christian vs. Great Oak
6 p.m. – Etiwanda vs. Alice Baxter
7:30 p.m. – Rancho Christian vs. Riverside Poly

TUESDAY’S GAMES
At Corona Centennial
4:45 p.m. – San Bernardino vs. Santiago
6:15 p.m. – Foothill Christian vs. Etiwanda
7:45 p.m. – Centennial vs. Rancho Christian

At Riverside Poly
5:45 p.m. – Glendora vs. Alice Baxter
7:15 p.m. – Cathedral vs. Rialto

WEDNESDAY’S GAMES
At Corona Centennial
4:45 p.m. – Riverside Poly vs. Great Oak
6:15 p.m. – Chino Hills vs. Roosevelt
7:45 p.m. p.m. – Foothill Christian vs. Centennial

THURSDAY’S GAMES
At Corona Centennial
4 p.m. – Chino Hills vs. Great Oak
5:30 p.m. – Etiwanda vs. Rancho Christian
7 p.m. – Cathedral vs. Roosevelt

At Riverside Poly
4:15 p.m. – San Bernardino vs. Alice Baxter
5:45 p.m. – Glendora vs. Santiago
7:15 p.m. – Riverside Poly vs. Rialto

FRIDAY’S GAMES
At Corona Centennial
3:45 p.m. – Santiago vs. Alice Baxter
5:15 p.m. – Foothill Christian vs. Rancho Christian
6:45 p.m. -Cathedral vs. Chino Hills
8:15 p.m. – Etiwanda vs. Centennial

At Riverside Poly
4:15 p.m. – Rialto vs. Great Oak
5:45 p.m. – San Bernardino vs. Glendora
7:45 p.m. – Roosevelt vs. Riverside Poly

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Carter’s Lokeni Toailoa named Butkus semifinalist

Carter High School senior linebacker Lokeni Toailoa has been named a semifinalist for the 31st annual Butkus Award which honors the nation’s best linebackers at the collegiate and high school levels.

Ten linebackers from nine universities were named semi-finalists, including two high school Butkus Award winners, Jaylon Smith (2012) and Raekwon McMillan (2013).

Finalists in both divisions will be announced Nov. 23, and winners will be notified on or before Dec. 8.

The Pro Butkus Award winner will be announced in early 2016.

Selection is handled by a panel of 51 coaches, recruiters, scouts and journalists who vote separately and confidentially using a 3-2-1 process. Selectors and selection criteria are posted at www.thebutkusaward.com.

The high school finalists are:

Krys Barnes Liberty High School, Bakersfield, Calif.
Tuf Borland Bolingbrook High School, Ill.
Breland Brandt Windward High School, Los Angeles.
Devin Bush Flanagan High School, Pembroke Pines, Fla.
Ben Davis Gordo High School, Ala.
Michael Divinity John Ehret High School, Marrero, La.
Brendan Ferns Saint Clairsville High School, Ohio
Mique Juarez North High School, Torrance, Calif.
Caleb Kelly Clovis West High School, Fresno, Calif.
Tre Lamar Roswell High School, Ga.
Shaquille Quarterman Oakleaf High School, Orange Park, Fla.
Rahshaun Smith IMG Academy, Bradenton, Fla.
Lokeni Toailoa Wilmer Carter High School, Rialto, Calif.
Maxs Tupai Murray High School, Salt Lake City, Utah
Devin White North Webster High School, Springhill, La.
Lyndell Wilson Carver Senior High School, Montgomery, Ala.

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Etiwanda needs to regroup for upcoming game vs. Summit

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The trophy for Friday’s rivalry game between Etiwanda and Summit.

It was a tough debut for Etiwanda football coach Kevin Davis.

The Eagles were completely throttled by a quality Norco team 66-13. The good news is that’s only one game and Davis thinks his team will learn from its mistakes which were many.

 

The Eagles need to regroup in a hurry though. Looming on Friday is the “Fight for 15” rivalry game against Summit at Miller High School.

Davis is still optimistic though.

“The good thing is that there was no finer-pointing. Everyone took ownership for their own mistakes. In the past there might have been some of that and bickering on the sidelines. But everyone came in the next day on time and ready to go.”

Davis says his team went in confident but not necessarily overconfident or cocky.

It was just a matter of things steamrolling out of control. There were seven turnovers, beginning with the opening kickoff.

Davis is also glad to have a game in hand to iron out the problem spots where as Summit was idle last week.

“Having one last week will probably help us more than not having one will hurt them,” he said.

With Summit boasting several Division I players, most notably RB Stephen Carr, a USC commit, and DB Damian Alloway, the Eagles will again have their hands full. Their showing this week will be a great indicator as to whether this team can live up to expectations or it will be like those in the past who have underachieved.

 

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Jaylon Dean transfers from Kaiser to Ganesha

Christmas came a little early for Ganesha football coach Don Cayer.

Jaylon Dean has transferred from Sunkist League champion Kaiser to Ganesha, Cayer confirmed.

The CIF has already ruled him eligible for the coming season. Dean, a 5-foot-10, 225 pounder, is expected to make an immediate impact.

“He will be a difference maker, especially on defense because that’swhere he has played the most,” Cayer said. “We have some skill players on offense but he gives us more options there.

Dean was an All-League selection last year on defense with 53 tackles and four sacks. Cayer says he will use him on both sides of the ball.

“We don’t get a transfer of this caliber that often,” he said. “We’re talking an All-League kid on a first place team. We’re excited to have him.”

Ganesha opens the season at Mark Keppel on Aug. 28.

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Kaiser football heads into new season with higher expectations

A CIF championship in 2012. A semifinal appearance in 2013. A 45-14 first-round playoff loss in 2014.

Which of these is not like the other?

Kaiser’s ears are still ringing from the “wake-up call” it received eight months ago. The Cats’ run a proud football program, something regularly reflected on the scoreboard. Blowout losses are uncommon, even less common in the postseason, where Kaiser strung together a successful five-year run including 11 playoff wins – prior to last season.

AR-141029608“That first-round loss was bothersome,” Kaiser coach Phil Zelaya said. “The players haven’t forgotten about that. But it says a lot about where we’re at against these new teams. All three teams from our league were out in the first round. That’ll tell you something about the competition.” Continue reading

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Diamond Ranch HS to host college basketball expo for high school players

Are you a boys basketball player in their senior year of high school or at a junior college who feels they have been overlooked? Well, there is an event coming up that will interest you.

Diamond Ranch High School will host a college showcase designed to hook prospective players up with college programs. It will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. on Friday and is open to athletes from all schools.

Players will each compete in at least three games in order to showcase their skills. They will also get an update on new academic regulations that will directly affect them.

A dozen or so college coaches from NAIA, Division II and Division III schools will be on hand. There will also be some reps from community colleges.

The cost is $50.

Last year 10 players who participated got college spots.

For more information see www.TheCollegeExpo.org or call (909) 396-0151.

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Chino Hills’ Tannon Snow named state softball Player of Year

Chino Hills senior Tannon Snow was named MaxPreps National Player of the Year earlier this month. So it was a no-brainer that the organization tabbed her California’s Large Schools Player of the Year.

That announcement came today and Snow was joined by several other local players including her sophomore sister Taylon.

Snow, who is headed to University of Washington, hit a state record 28 home runs in 32 games and drove in 89. Of her 62 base hits, 44 were for extra bases. She also homered 11 times in the last seven games.

Yucaipa’s Dave Kivett was named Coach of the Year as the Thunderbirds upset Mission Viejo in the CIF Division 2 title game.

Other Bulletin/Sun coverage area players named first team All-State:

P Brooke Bolinger, Sr., Yucaipa
C Paige Halstead, Sr., Los Osos
C Kelly Martinez, Jr., Yucaipa
OF Kennedy Clark, Sr., Ayala
OF Taylon Snow, Chino Hills, Soph.

Given the level of talent in the state, it’s quite significant to have that many local singled out.

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Rancho Cucamonga HS to host Team USA scrimmage

Rancho Cucamonga High School will be the site of a scrimmage featuring the USA Women’s National Volleyball team. The event is being hosted by the school in conjunction with Forza Volleyball.

It will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday. Volleyball legend Karch Kiraly, the national team coach, will conduct a question and answer session at 5:45 p.m. Players will also be available for pictures and autographs after the scrimmage.

The USA Team is currently ranked No 1 in the world and is currently preparing for a series of matches against China, one to be held at UC Irvine on June 9 and the other June 12 at Cal State San Bernardino.

“It’s a great opportunity for people in the community to see the highest level of volleyball,” says Rancho Cucamonga program head Brandon Blevins. “We’re honored to be able to have the match here at our school.”Blevins said

There is no cost of those 18-under. The admission charge for others is just $5 with that going toward team expenses.

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