Notre Dame builds relationship with Carter’s Lokeni Toailoa

While the Carter Lions football program is in the offseason, the recruiting process continues for linebacker Lokeni Toailoa.

Lokeni Toailoa

Lokeni Toailoa

Toailoa had representatives from both, the San Diego State University Aztecs and the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish football programs visit him this week.

Both schools are among the 18 colleges to offer Toailoa a scholarship.

He also stated that it is the fifth time the Fighting Irish have taken a visit to speak with him since he received the offer from them.

“We have already established a good relationship,” he said. “It’s huge for any program (to take the time to visit) but having a prestigious program like Notre Dame makes it that much more special.”

While only a junior, Notre Dame has expressed to Toailoa where he would fit within its defense.

“They like me at (middle) linebacker,” he said. “Especially since they have two seniors at the spot now who will be gone soon, but they also believe my versatility could have me at any one of their linebacker positions.

In regards to where his dream school may be at, Toailoa stated that as he grew up, he did have a dream school, but since the recruiting process has taken off and it’s all changed.

“My dream school is (which ever college) offers the best education in what I want to do,” he explained. “…a place I can see myself attending even if I wasn’t playing football.”

While Toailoa believes the process has changed his mind set on certain things, he still believes the process has been a positive experience.

“It’s honestly been a fun experience but I know time is running out,” he said. “I plan on really looking into schools now and narrowing it down soon.”

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REV well represented on MaxPreps state football team

Malik Lovette, above, holds up REV’s CIF-SS championship plaque

MaxPreps released its all-state football teams, and not surprisingly, state champion Redlands East Valley is well-represented on the Division II team.
Malik Lovette, The Sun’s Player of the Year, was named Division II Player of the Year (and was also the all-purpose player on the first team), and coach Kurt Bruich was named Coach of the Year.
First-team Division II players from REV included offensive lineman Joseph Price, linebacker Matteo Biscotti, defensive back Isaiah Armstrong and punter John Hilfer. On the second team, REV quarterback Armando Herrera.
Other players also made the Division II squad San Gorgonio quarterback Nate Meadors, The Sun’s Offensive Player of the Year, was named for the all-purpose spot on the second team, while Serrano linebacker John Mackesy also made the second team.
On the Division IV squad, Arrowhead Christian wide receiver Matthew Thompson made the first team, and ACA quarterback/linebacker Bradley Mowbray was selected as a linebacker.
Upland senior linebacker Josh Woods, The Sun’s Defensive Player of the Year, made the Division I first team, while Etiwanda linebacker Khaylan Thomas made the second team in Division I. Woods was also a first-team All-American by MaxPreps

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Unfair? San Bernardino County places only 10 on IE All-Star Football Team

It’s a little tougher to play in the all-star football game at Corona High School this year.
That’s because instead of it being a San Bernardino County vs. Riverside County game, it will be a team of Inland Empire All-Stars facing Orange County All-Stars on Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. in the OC vs. IE All-Star Classic.
On the 42-man Inland Empire roster, 10 players are from San Bernardino County, and no more than two on any of the county teams.
State champion Redlands East Valley has defensive back Isaiah Armstrong, who set the school record for interceptions, as well as linebacker Jakob Diaz.
San Gorgonio will represented by offensive lineman Julian Rodriguez and Nate Meadors, who played quarterback for the Spartans, but is listed as a wide receiver for the all-star game.
Chino Hills also has two players in offensive lineman Clay Garcelli and defensive lineman Trent Goens, as does Carter in defensive back Zamore Zigler and defensive lineman Kyon Clark.
Rancho Cucamonga (wide receiver Chase Stephens), Etiwanda (linebacker Khaylan Thomas) and Kaiser (offensive lineman Eric Villalobos) each placed one player on the team.
The team is coached by Corona Centennial coach Matt Logan and assisted by Riverside Poly coach Dennis Brown.

Did San Bernardino County get screwed?
Not really. Riverside County is better overall. And the 2 coaches are from Riverside County, so as is the case in all-star games, they pick more of the players they know.

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San Bernardino High’s Alex Mattison succeeding at wrestling

Description of . The Sun All-Area football player Alexander Mattison, of San Bernardino High School, in studio at the Daily Bulletin in Ontario, CA, Wednesday, July 16, 2014. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

One wrestler who had a successful tournament but didn’t win his weight class at Inland Empire TOC was San Bernardino High junior Alex Mattison, the all-Sun running back who is in his first season wrestling.
“I wanted to stay active, but I wanted to do something new,” Mattison said. “I played basketball last year.”
Mattison was seeded second and finished second in the 195-pound weight class on Saturday, a week after winning the Raymond Willemstein Invitational at Ontario High.
Mattison admits he has another reason for wrestling. Adding another sport to his resume, and hopefully one at which he can be successful, gives him a better chance of winning the Ken Hubbs Award as a senior, he reasons. Mattison also runs for the track and field team in the spring.

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REV’s Kurt Bruich named state coach of the year

Kurt Bruich (in red hat) celebrates with his father Dick after winning the CIF State title.

Kurt Bruich, the coach of the CIF State Division II champion Redlands East Valley football team has been named state coach of the year by

Bruich wins the award for the first time and he and his father Dick (who won the award as Fontana’s coach in 1989) are the first father-son duo to win the award.

The Bruichs are also the only coaches from San Bernardino County to win the award, which dates back to 1930.

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REV CIF State Championship videos

Here are some video interviews after Redlands East valley won the CIF State Division II football championship:

Coach Kurt Bruich after winning state

Senior WR/RB Malik Lovette

Senior DB Isaiah Armstrong

Junior RB Joey Harman

Sophomore LB Jaelen Phillips, who blocked a PAT and recovered a fumble

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Oregon Ducks football offered San Gorgonio’s Nate Meadors

Right when things appeared to be quiet regarding the recruiting process of San Gorgonio athlete Nate Meadors, he has received his 14th scholarship offer in 2014 to play football for the Oregon Ducks.

The offer from the Ducks was received less than a week removed from a visit to Cal, his second official visit of the year.t

The half of Meadors offers are from Pac-12 football programs, including UCLA and Oregon State.

Meadors is set to take a trip to Oregon in Jan. 16, with his final official visit already scheduled with UCLA on Jan. 23.

“It is amazing to be recognized by the No. 2 team in the country,” Meadors said. “It is surreal and I am just thankful for it all.”

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Football: De La Salle stands tall once again against Centennial

Centennial knows what it takes to beat De La Salle. They were the last Southern California team to beat the Spartans in 2008 before St. John Bosco did in 2013.

To beat De La Salle, you have to play a near-perfect game because the Spartans will take advantage of your mistakes. That’s what happened in the Open Division state bowl game as De La Salle prevailed 63-42 to win its sixth CIF state championship.

Three consecutive Centennial turnovers (two interceptions, one fumble) led to 14 De La Salle points. Despite racking up 534 total yards that would have broken the Open Division record for total yards of offense, Centennial’s mistakes kept them scoreless after Javon McKinley’s 87-yard touchdown on a kickoff return tied the game at 42 with 5:07 left in the third quarter.

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