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Senior Stephanie Ruelas of Redlands East Valley has committed to Concordia University in Irvine, where she will continue her softball and academic career.
Ruelas will conclude her high school career, following what will be her fourth year on the Wildcats’ varsity team.
Redlands East Valley junior linebacker Jaelan Phillips received two offers this week.
Phillips received an offer from both Colorado and Nebraska to compliment the offer he received this summer from Washington.
Photo courtesy of Jaelan Phillips
“It’s just really humbling and a true blessing to have the opportunity to play Division 1 football especially from such prestigious programs,” Phillips said.
While he has interest from Pac-12 programs, such as Colorado and Washington, the linebacker does have a dream school in mind that happens to be within the conference.
“I have been a lifelong UCLA fan because my dad, grandpa and grandma went there,” he explained. “But I am really open minded and just honored to get any offers.”
With the experience from last year’s CIF State Championship season, Phillips knows he still has time to improve on the fundamentals of the game.
“One of my main problems is playing to high,” he said. “I am constantly working to get lower and making sure I just play 100 percent and stay true to our defensive scheme.”
Redlands East Valley is used to going on the road. After all, the Wildcats are one of the few large schools in the county without their own stadium on campus, but coach Kurt Bruich is glad the long road trips are behind them, at least until the playoffs.
This week, REV is hitting the road for the third straight week to start the season, but Bruich is looking forward to a more reasonable road trip to Moreno Valley Rancho Verde after trips to West Hills and Ventura the first two weeks.
“We didn’t get back to the school until after midnight, and I’m not getting home until 2 or 3,” Bruich said. “We’re ecstatic it’s only 35 miles.”
REV will play its first “home” game next week in the Citrus Belt League opener against Carter at Citrus Valley High.
Many of the top girls volleyball teams in the CIF Southern Section will be in Las Vegas this weekend for the 64-team Durango Fall Classic, which will be held at four high schools.
TX Body: And several of the top teams from San Bernardino County will be there, including preseason Sun Top 10 teams Redlands East Valley, Chino Hills and Rim of the World. Los Osos is a fourth county team in the tournament.
“I’m interested to see how we compete against bigger schools.” Rim coach Linda Pattison said.
All three of the county ranked teams, could end up facing each other if the seedings hold.
All three are seeded third in their four-team pool, so if they all went 1-2 in their pools on Friday they’d have a chance to play each other in Classic qualifying round Saturday morning or in the Classic Division Bracket or Contenter Division Bracket later on Saturday.
Rim is the highest seeded of the four county teams, seeded 40th overall, followed by REV (43rd), Chino Hills (47th) and Los Osos (57th). Los Osos is seeded fourth in its pool.
Pattison said Rim’s 14-25, 20-25, 25-16, 25-21, 15-12 win last week over REV improved the Scots’ seeding for the tournament.
“It moved us up more than it moved them down,” she said.
Rim’s win also did a lot for her team beyond tournament seeding.
“REV’s a good team and it shows we’re capable of beating a team like that,” she said.
In the match, Pattison said middle blocker Tia MacGuire, who Pattison did not expect to play due to an ankle injury, provided a big lift by playing in Sets 3, 4 and 5. They also had regular standouts Maddie Newcombe and Chloe Castillo (17 kills).
Rim usually schedules a tough preseason, so beating REV could help Rim in this tournament, in REV’s tournament Oct. 17 or in the CIF-SS playoffs.
Rim will play Honolulu ‘Iolani, Vista Murrieta and Los Osos in pool play on Friday.
Above, Rancho Cucamonga coach Nick Baiz talks about routing Trabuco Hills, 45-10 on Friday.
After Week 0, a lot of San Bernardino County’s top high school football teams won
THE SUN TOP 10
1. REDLANDS EAST VALLEY (0-0)
Always chooses to take bye in Week 0
Next: Friday at Chaminade (1-0)
2. RANCHO CUCAMONGA (1-0)
Routed defending Southwest Division champion
Next: Friday at Norco (1-0)
3. UPLAND (1-0)
Young team showed promise against overmatched opponent
Next: Thursday vs. Venice (1-0)
4. CHINO HILLS (1-0)
Overwhelmed city rivals
Next: Friday vs. JSerra (1-0)
5. COLONY (1-0)
Downed defending Hacienda League champs
Next: Friday vs. Alemany (1-0) at Oceanside
6. CARTER (1-0)
Unveiled passing attack vs. Los Osos
Next: Friday vs. Rialto (0-1)
7. SERRANO (1-0)
Fourth 40-point game in last 6
Next: Friday at Silverado (1-0)
8. SAN GORGONIO (1-0)
393 total yards vs. Citrus Valley
Next: Friday at No. 10 Kaiser (0-0)
9. SUMMIT (0-0)
Expectations are high
Next: Friday vs. Etiwanda (0-1) at Miller HS
10. KAISER (0-0)
4 of 5 preseason opponents were in playoffs last year
Next: Friday vs. No. 8 San Gorgonio (1-0)
Dropped out: None.
Others under consideration: Cajon (1-0), Oak Hills (1-0), Redlands (1-0),
Redlands East Valley wide receiver CJ Harris committed to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas on Wednesday.
Football is no longer the only program at Redlands East Valley to have a player receive a scholarship offer this week as softball player Victoria Bustamante has stated that she received an offer from La Sierra University.
“This opportunity doesn’t happen too often to girls just finishing their sophomore year,” Bustamante said. “I am very flattered with this opportunity.”
While Bustamante is happy about the offer, she plans to keep her mind focused on her junior and senior seasons at REV.
“First of all I would like to thank God without him none of this would be possible,” she said. “But I have to stay focused on the upcoming year especially with my grades, school and just having fun with my softball teammates.”
Bustamante stated that the Golden Eagles became interested in her after watching her play with her travel ball team, the Orange County Batbusters.
REV will look to build off a 14-8 overall season where the Wildcats took third in the Citrus Belt League behind Yucaipa and Citrus Valley.
Junior linebacker Jaelan Phillips became the second member from Redlands East Valley High School to receive an offer from the University of Washington.
It is the first offer Phillips, according to REV football coach Kurt Bruich when he shared the news on Twitter yesterday.
As reported earlier this week, REV’s Khris Vaughn was the other player to land an offer from Washington.
Senior defensive tackle Shynol McClain also received his first offer from Trinity International University.
Redlands East Valley wide receiver Khris Vaughn landed an offer from the Washington Huskies, according to head coach Kurt Bruich.
According to Rivals.com, Vaughn is a 3-star recruit with offers from Boise State, Eastern Washington, UC Davis and Northern Arizona.
Vaughn will be entering his senior season with the Wildcats, after the team won the CIF State Championship for Division 2.
During his junior season, Vaughn had 1,270 receiving yards with 16 touchdowns on 65 receptions in 16 games played. Vaughn also contributed on special teams as the Wildcats’ kick returner. He had 275 return yards on the season, according to Maxpreps.