Aaryon Green, above, talks about signing with Long Beach State for basketball and the upcoming season.
Former coach Crystal Pulido and current coach Monique Marquez talk about Aaryon Green.
The message was simple to the assembled students: even though you’re from Rialto, hard work can pay off.
Eisenhower High celebrated senior Aaryon Green on Wednesday, after she signed her National Letter of Intent to play basketball for Long Beach State.
“Wherever you are from, you can make dreams happen,” said former coach Crystal Pulido to assembled students in the cafeteria during lunch. “She worked, and she worked and she worked. I’m so proud to say that it paid off.”
Green, a 6-foot-2 post player in high school who will play small forward in college, averaged 18 points, 10 rebounds and four steals per game last year for the Eagles, earning team MVP, first-team all-league and first-team all-Sun honors. She chose Long Beach State over Hawaii.
“I just felt more comfortable at Long Beach,” she said. “It was more of a family atmosphere and I didn’t think I was ready to go far away from home yet.”
Said current coach Monique Marquez: “Aaryon has been remarkable for us. She’s been a leader, she’s been a role model. One thing you should know about Aaryon is that she’s not the biggest fan of school, but she knows what it takes to get it done.”
Green has lofty goals for this season.
“This year, I would like to score 25 points (a game), get my team past third round, maybe possibly CIF championship,” she said.
Cajon girls basketball wins Division 2 bracket of the San Diego Classic
Cajon High’s girls basketball team won the Division 2 bracket at the San Diego Classic last weekend.
Yes, it is summer basketball and the tournament means nothing once the regular season starts in more than four months.
But it is impressive for a few reasons.
First, there were 128 teams in their bracket, meaning they had to win seven games to win the title.
Second, they weren’t playing a bunch of small schools. As the name of the bracket would suggest, those were all Division 2 opponents, with the exception of the team they beat in the championship game, Division 3 Oak Ridge of El Dorado Hills.
Third, they had only seven players, so there wasn’t a large margin for error in case of fouling out or injury or just fatigue.
Kayla Washington, who scored at least 20 points in each of the last three games, was named MVP. The games were played with two 20-minute running clock halves, but Cajon won each game (except for the championship game) by at least 11 points.
In the championship game, a 45-44 win over Oak Ridge, Washington was nine for 13 from the floor scoring 21 points with 10 rebounds, while Tyla Turner had 10 points & nine assists.
The last time Cajon won this tournament it was 2007. The next high school season 2007-08, the Cowgirls went on to win the CIF-SS Division IIA title.
BOYS BASKETBALL FIRST TEAM
Marquane Harris- 12 Eisenhower – MVP
Darrien Manker- 12 Cajon
Kevin McNeal- 11 Cajon
Terry Clarendon- 12 Eisenhower
Markelle Harris- 11 Eisenhower
Rayshawn Kearney- 12 Eisenhower
Michael Johnson- 11 AB Miller
Philippe Salawa- 12 AB Miller
Bradly Motylewski- 11 Redlands
Elias Chuha- 12 Redlands East Valley
Alexios Ziska- 11 Redlands East Valley
Jaryn Taylor- 12 Yucaipa