REV’s Stephanie Ruelas commits to Concordia

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.Stephanie Ruelas

“I want to make this season my best. To really go out with a bang and grow as a team. We have a great team this year with a lot of good talent,” she said. “I look forward to a successful season both personally and with my team as a whole. It’s also bittersweet knowing this will be my fourth and final season playing with my best friend Riley Plogger.”

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Carter High’s Leni Toailoa verbally commits to UCLA

UPDATED: Carter High safety Leni Toailoa decommitted from San Jose State to verbally commit to the UCLA Bruins’ football program, an offer he has had since July.

“It’s a big relief,” Toailoa said. “I was ready to be done with the process.”

The safety, ranked 13th in the West by at the position, is commit No. 18 for the Bruins’ 2016 recruiting class that includes his older brother and high school teammate, Lokeni.

Carter coach Alex Pierce stated that he was not surprised with Leni’s commitment to UCLA, but he “thought there was one other school in the running, Arizona State. They were the first PAC-12 school to offer him but being around family was important to him.”

Lokeni announced his decision to go to UCLA at a ceremony in Rancho Cucamonga, the same event in which Leni made his verbal commitment to San Jose State on March 23.

The flip to UCLA places the brothers on a defense once again following their career at Carter High.

“It wasn’t anything,” said Leni, in regards to telling his brother about his decision. “We always knew we were going to go play together in college.”

The Toailoa brothers will led the Carter defense on Friday in its game against defending state champions, Redlands East Valley.

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UCLA and USC offer Redlands East Valley LB Jaelan Phillips

UPDATED: After being offered by the USC Trojans the morning of Sept. 19, Redlands East Valley junior linebacker Jaelan Phillips confirmed that he has now been offered by the UCLA Bruins.

It is his fourth offer this week and the fourth of his five offers to come from a Pac-12 program.

“It has honestly been surreal…it is a dream come true in every sense of the phrase. Like I said before I am just honored and blessed to receive these offers especially from schools that are so highly esteemed,” he said. “It is a feeling like no other to be able to choose where I want to play Division 1 football but for now I can just focus on the season ahead of me.”

While Phillips has not verbally committed to any program at the moment, he stated earlier this week that UCLA is his dream school.

“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 his parents on hand, the 3-star prospect stated that the moment was very special.

“It was definitely one of the best moments I’ve had with my parents,” he said. “We just looked at each other, shook our heads and smiled from cheek to cheek. It was a really strong moment.”

Not only can Phillips hold his own on the football field, but he maintains a 4.1 GPA in the classroom.

“When you take care of your academics, colleges aren’t afraid to offer you early,” said Kurt Bruich, REV head coach. “Jaelan is a great example of that. He has been blessed with a D1 body and athleticism, as so many are but his attention to detail in the classroom is what sets him apart.”

Bruich will be the first to tell you that he has seen growth on the field from Phillips, after participating in last year’s CIF State Championship run.

“Truthfully. He got lucky last year. He was the right man in the right spot in the state final. The rest of the year, he was like a new born calf that was growing into his body and feet,” Bruich explained. “This year, he’s getting it. He understands what his position is and his responsibilities.”

Only being a junior allows plenty of time for the linebacker to continue his process of development.

“Colleges see his size, frame and potential,” Bruich added. “The sky is the limit for this young man. I just hope he will continue to humble himself and grow.”

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Week 3 prep fearful football predictions

In week 2, I went 25-9 picking winners, bringing my season record to 78-29, and 2 times I have gotten the winning team and the winning margin exactly correct.

Here are my Week 3 picks
Apple Valley 28, Victor Valley 21
Aquinas 42, Calipatria 20
Arrowhead Christian 35, Bishop 28
Barstow 46, Sultana 42
Bishop Amat 52, Chino Hills 21
Chaffey 35, Bloomington 0
Chaparral 35, Don Lugo 20
Chino 42, Ontario 20
Colton 28, Arroyo Valley 14
Corona Santiago 27, Silverado 22
Dominguez 35, Jurupa Hills 7
Eisenhower 16, Rialto 13
Fontana 20, Miller 16
Great Oak 27, Ayala 24
Hillcrest 35, Pacific 26
Kaiser 35, Valley View 20
Littlerock 22, Granite Hills 14
Los Osos 34, North 21
Mater Dei 45, Upland 30
Oak Hills 31, Etiwanda 27
Ontario Christian 24, Verbum Dei 14
Palo Verde Valley 24, Yucca Valley 21
Perris 42, San Bernardino 35
Rancho Cucamonga 41, Murrieta Valley 21
Redlands 38, Palm Desert 17
Redlands East Valley 45, Rancho Verde 28
Rim of the World 28, Desert Hot Springs 19
Serrano 56, Adelanto 6
Summit 44, Alta Loma 22
Twentynine Palms 49, Indian Springs 12
Whittier Christian 42, Western Christian 28
Yucaipa 24, San Gorgonio 21

Saturday’s Game
Big Bear 41, Angelou 6

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Redlands East Valley LB Jaelan Phillips receives offers from Colorado and Nebraska

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.”

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Rancho Cucamonga’s Kylie Miller reaches 1,000 career kills

On her 17th birthday, UCLA commit and Rancho Cucamonga volleyball player Kylie Miller reached the 1,000 career kills milestone in the game against Citrus Valley.

“I thought it would be a great memory (to reach the milestone on her birthday),” she said. “It wasn’t my focus today but it was great to know that it happened. I think my teammates were more aware of what was happening than I was.”

Miller was informed by the coaching staff this week that the milestone was insight.

She entered the game with 991 career kills and surpassed the milestone with a 20-kill performance against the Blackhawks, defeating the team in three.

“We didn’t play our best game but we pulled through and got the win,” Miller said.

The Cougars have expectations going forward this season with the overall goal of winning CIF.

“I am very excited about my team this year. We all have great chemistry on and off the court,” Miller explained. “We have high expectations for ourselves as we head into league play. Our goal this season is to win CIF and we are all very motivated to reach our goal.”

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