Maeda Family Civil War: 2 daughters, 1 dad, 2 schools, 1 game

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How’s this for a family photo? It’s the Maeda Family Civil War, so dubbed by San Gorgonio athletic director Matt Maeda, center. His daughter on the left is Kaylee, who is a Redlands East Valley (2011) grad and a girls water polo coach at San Gorgonio. On the right is Melanie, who is a senior at Citrus Valley.

This photo was taken on Thursday, when Melanie’s Citrus Valley’s team beat Matt and Kaylee’s San Gorgonio team, 12-2. Notice the San G had and Citrus Valley shirt for Matt. This is the first time his kids have faced each other. In the past, there have been Maeda Civil Wars, but it was Matt’s San Gorgonio against his kid’s team. His son Kevin ran at Citrus Valley, graduating last year.

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VIDEOS: San Gorgonio’s Nate Meadors talks about signing with UCLA


San Gorgonio’s Nate Meadors talks about choosing to sign with UCLA, over Notre Dame.


Nate Meadors says how hard it was to say no to Notre Dame, as well as enrolling early into UCLA. He will finish at San Gorgonio on March 13, and be at UCLA for spring practice on March 30.

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VIDEOS: San Gorgonio celebrates Nate Meadors, Julian Rodriguez on National Signing Day

San Gorgonio held its National Signing Day event on Wednesday. The Spartans may have several more signees when all is said and done, but on Wednesday it was 2. One was offensive lineman Julian Rodriguez, who signed with Western New Mexico. The other is defensive back/athlete Nate Meadors, who did not yet officially announce his commitment between UCLA and Notre Dame, but check back for video on that.

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Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly and UCLA’s Jim Mora visit with San Gorgonio’s Nate Meadors

 

Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly visits with San Gorgonio athlete Nate Meadors

Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly visits with San Gorgonio athlete Nate Meadors and his family.

San Gorgonio athlete Nate Meadors had a home visit from Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly.

Meadors, who played quarterback for the Spartans this season, is being recruited as a defensive back.
He entered 2014 without a single offer, but closed out the year with 14 offers, including Notre Dame, UCLA and Oregon.
Kelly was not the first coach that Meadors welcomed into his home. UCLA coach Jim Mora took a small trip to visit Meadors on Jan. 22.

Nate Meadors watches his highlight tape with UCLA coach Jim Mora on Jan. 22.

Nate Meadors watches his highlight tape with UCLA coach Jim Mora on Jan. 22.

He also played in the Inland Empire vs. Orange Country All-Star Game as an offensive player.
The Notre Dame football program seems to have its eye on San Bernardino County talent.
It was just last week that a member of the program has taken a visit to Carter High School to follow up with Lokeni Toailoa for the fifth time since offering him a scholarship.

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Christian Nunez led San Gorgonio to win, hands Indian Springs first loss

Christian Nunez scored two goals for the San Gorgonio Spartans (7-6-6 overall, 2-2 league) in the San Andreas League victory, 2-1, over the Indian Springs Coyotes (10-1-5, 1-1-2). San Gorgonio

“We are better than our record would show. We just haven’t put it together until today,” said Spartans head coach Adrian Villalobos. “The San Andreas League is tough, anyone can beat anyone on any given day.”

Manuel Perez and Carlos Ortiz were each credited with an assist for the Spartans.
“Today, our offense was our best defense,” Villalobos said. “We out hustled them and we had a lot of possessions.”
The Spartans will play at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday against Rialto, who is in first place of the league. It will end the first round of league play.
Indian Springs
The game also resulted in the first loss of the season for the Coyotes.
The Coyotes were ranked No. 6 in the first San Bernardino Sun’s Top 10 Boys Soccer rankings of the season.
Indian Springs will look to bounce back in its next game, which is at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday against Jurupa Hills.

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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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VIDEOS: Riverside Poly beats San Gorgonio highlights, Nate Meadors talks


Highlights of Riverside Poly’s 38-33 win over San Gorgonio


Nate Meadors talks about the latest in his recruiting.


San Gorgonio’s Nate Meadors, who rushed for 201 yards and a touchdown and passed for 71 yards and four touchdowns, talks about the comeback that fell short in a 38-33 loss to Riverside Poly.

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San Gorgonio’s Nate Meadors piling up Pac-12 offers

The college offers are coming fast and furious for San Gorgonio senior Nate Meadors.
Meadors, the star quarterback, is being recruited primarily as a defensive back.
While he made a trip to Boise State last weekend, he has also now received offers from five Pac-12 schools, all in the last few days: UCLA, Cal, Washington State, Washington and the one he got just on Wednesday, Colorado.
He’s also got offers from Nevada, San Diego State and UC Davis and more are likely to follow.
“Honestly, I think it’s great for the kid,” said San Gorgonio coach Ron Gueringer, who played at UCLA himself. “It’s better late than never. This was something I said early, that he’s a Pac-12 guy. They (recruiters) did some hemming and hawing. Nate’s done all the work. He’s had a fantastic senior year.”
The vast majority of Meadors’ game tape is at quarterback, but Gueringer knows that’s not a problem.
“They all just want to see his athleticism on the field,” he said. “When you play quarterback for us, you have an opportunity to shine. He’s a decision-maker.”
Gueringer said that some of the recruiters, who have since offered Meadors admitted to Gueringer they made a mistake when they didn’t initially believe Gueringer’s claim that Meadors was a Pac-12 talent.

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In 2014, how San Gorgonio football is like Kaiser baseball

Above, San Gorgonio’s Malik James (7) and Nate Meadors (5) celebrate after a touchdown in a 55-7 win over Cajon in the first round of the CIF-SS Inland Division playoffs on Friday.

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, and meaning to write about the similarities between San Gorgonio’s 2014 football team and the Kaiser baseball team last spring.
I’m not trying to say that I think San Gorgonio will come up short of a CIF-SS championship, like Kaiser did last spring.
But stay with me:
Both teams have been good programs for the last few years, but Kaiser’s baseball class of 2014 and San Gorgonio’s class of 2015 have been their best classes in years: starters as sophomores, Division I talents by their senior seasons.
Both aren’t helped by their league, which they dominated, San Gorgonio outscored San Andreas League opponents by a 327-13 score. Kaiser baseball outscored Sunkist League opponents 155-17.
Both teams upgraded their nonleague schedules to better prepare them for the playoffs.
Both teams are/were good but won’t be nearly as good next year.
Now the difference is that while Kaiser had the difficult task of being the favorite/No. 1 seed in the CIF-SS playoffs, San Gorgonio, 9-1 entering the playoffs, isn’t even seeded. And the Spartans are in a division that they were promoted to presumably because the Spartans made the CIF-SS semifinals last year and new SAL teams Rim of the World and Jurupa Hills won CIF-SS titles in lower divisions the last two years.San Gorgonio doesn’t want to duplicate what Kaiser did in the spring: lose before winning a CIF-SS title, and I’m not saying that they will. But regardless of whether they win or lose, San Gorgonio’s football class of 2015 should be appreciated much like Kaiser’s baseball class of 2014, as a remarkable group with bright futures in college.

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