Jurupa Hills football’s community day is Friday

While high school football is still extremely popular, the proliferation of high schools in the area has given it perhaps a little bit less of a community feel.
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Remember when Fontana had just one high school? Now there are 5, located in 3 different leagues. While many people go to support their local school, others go to see the best game of the week. Jurupa Hills, the 5th of the 5 high schools in Fontana to open, has been trying to build a community feel for its football program. For several years, coach Ed McMillon has has a community day, where the community can come out and meet the football team.

This year’s event is on Friday, Aug. 14, from 3-6 p.m. McMillon said there will be “music, food, fun, and games for the kids.” It’s an opportunity to meet and take pictures with players. While you could go to just about any practice at schools and take pictures with and of players, Jurupa Hills is making an active effort to interact with the community.

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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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San Bernardino High’s Alexander Mattison weighs college options

San Bernardino High’s Alexander Mattison made a name for himself rushing for a county-leading 2,017 yards last season as a junior and continued to draw the eyes of college scouts at various offseason football camps.

Alexander Mattison carrying the ball during practice at San Bernardino High School on Thursday, August 6, 2015 in San Bernardino, Ca.  (Micah Escamilla/The Sun)

Alexander Mattison carrying the ball during practice at San Bernardino High School on Thursday, August 6, 2015 in San Bernardino, Ca. (Micah Escamilla/The Sun)

While the Cardinals’ faithful can expect another solid performance from the running back as he conclude his high school career. It will be up to opposing defenses, especially from

the Mountain Valley League, to stand in his way and try to stop him.

But the elephant in the room is what will be next for Mattison following his senior year.

Mattison has several scholarship offers which include Pac-12 programs, according to head coach Jeff Imbriani, but it is not a guarantee that the running back will play in the conference.

The senior confirmed that Boise State, Washington and Arizona State are at the top of his list.

“Out of my offers right now those are the most communicative and interesting to me,” said Mattison.

He also mentioned Washington State as a program that completes his top four at the moment.

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Will Summit’s immense talent translate into a league title?

Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Staff Photographer Running back Stephen Carr, who is verbally committed to USC, is one of four Summit High School players with Division-I scholarship offers entering the 2015 season.

Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Staff Photographer
Running back Stephen Carr, who is verbally committed to USC, is one of four Summit players with Division-I scholarship offers entering the 2015 season.

If it could convert scholarship offers into victories, Summit could crown itself today.

The SkyHawks football team enters the 2015 season with four players sporting Division-I offers, including Damian Alloway’s list of 16. Had he not committed to USC nearly two years before he could sign a letter of intent, running back Stephen Carr would presumably have more than five scholarship offers.

After becoming the first school other than Kaiser to win a Sunkist League championship – Summit claimed consecutive league titles in 2011 and 2012 – the SkyHawks have finished second the last two seasons. But talent hasn’t been much of an issue, according to head coach Nick Matheny.

“With our three guys at the skill positions, we’re pretty loaded,” Matheny said. “But we were talented last year too and we were only able to pull out six wins.”
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Another Ball brother, LaMelo, picks UCLA

From Staff Writer Michelle Gardner:

A third Ball is headed to UCLA.

No not Lonzo or younger brother LiAngelo. It’s the youngest of the family.

LaMelo Ball, 13, the youngest brother in the basketball playing family said today he too has committed to the Bruins even though he has yet to play a high school game.

“It is my dream school,” he said. “I decided to get it out of the way now instead of waiting for the future.”

Other schools looking at the youngest Ball included Virginia and Washington State but he opted to follow his brothers, although he said that wasn’t a major factor.

Lonzo, who will be a senior this fall, committed to the Bruins as a sophomore and last year as a sophomore LiAngelo did the same. All three will play together for the Huskies but they won;t be together at UCLA even for a year because Lonzo has made it known he wants to be “one and done” at UCLA.

The three brothers on the same floor will be a marquee attraction this winter. The three brothers combined for 93 points in a recent travel ball game for Big Ballers.

Here is the video from MaxPreps of that performance:

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Could Leni Toailoa go to UCLA too?

Two Toailoas to UCLA?
Well-decorated Carter linebacker Lokeni Toailoa has already committed to UCLA. Now, his brother, Leni could be joining him there. Leni, recruited as a defensive back, received a scholarship offer to join Lokeni at UCLA this week. The brothers are both seniors at Carter, although Lokeni is older.
According to coach Alex Pierce, Leni is considering the offer, even though he had already given a verbal commitment to San Jose State back in March.

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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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MaxPreps.com releases all-state baseball team

As we near football season, we are still getting state honors for baseball and softball.

The all-state baseball team is out, and here are some of the honorees from San Bernardino County and Inland Valley

BASEBALL

Large Schools, first team
Bailey Falter, Sr., P, Chino Hills
Chris Ceballos, Sr., OF, Chino Hills

Large Schools, second team
Kyle Isbel, Sr., INF, Etiwanda

Medium Schools
Player of the year: Peter Lambert, Sr., P, San Dimas
First Team
Peter Lambert, Sr., P, San Dimas
RJ Peace, Sr., OF, Serrano
Hazahel Quijada, Sr., Util, San Gorgonio
Jacob Castillo, Jr., Util, San Dimas

Second team
Soloman Bates, Sr., INF, Oak Hills
Saxon Andross, Jr., OF, Serrano

Small Schools
First Team
Kaleb Murphy, Sr., C, Excelsior

Second Team
Cameron Wilson, So., INF, Excelsior

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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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