CIF-SS announces Champions for Character award winners

The CIF-Southern Section has announced its “Champions for Character” Award winners, which will be presented with their awards on Sept. 28 and includes several San Bernardino County winners.

Marie Abe, North Torrance
Cristian Ayala, Oxnard Pacifica
Emily Bacon, Newport Harbor
Tayler Bennett, St. Anthony
Madeline Coppersmith, Mayfield
Logan Dreese Heritage
Tyler Gerrard, Lakeside
Emma Hovanec, Westridge
Lucky Jordan, Barstow
Jack Koulos, Long Beach Wilson
Elisa Pierre, Golden Valley
Emma Reed, Aliso Niguel
Seve Rodriguez, La Canada
Allison Samp, Academy of Academic Excellence
Destiny Tellez, Azusa

Kelle Bond, Volleyball, Capistrano Valley Christian
Aaron Flowers, Football, San Juan Hills
Andrew Gates, Swimming/Water polo, Damien
Colin Gilliland, Soccer, Lakeside
Jack Hastert, Golf, St. John Bosco
Gary Jackson, Basketball, San Dimas
Scott Larsen, Soccer, Santa Ana Calvary Chapel
Jon McFarland, Swimming, Oxnard Pacifica
Ed Prange, Basketball, Loara
Adam Schullhofer, Baseball, Canyon Country Canyon
Erik Starkey, Cross Country, Covina

Kristen Braun, Athletic Director, Jurupa Hills

Michael Gerakos, Activites Director, University High
Kitt Holk, Athletic Director, Bonita
Kirk Kennedy, Principal, Fountain Valley
Matt Maeda, Athletic Director, San Gorgonio
David Martinez, Assistant Principal, Estancia
Craig Miller, Athletic Director, Hamilton
Ramiro Rubalcaba, Principal, Azusa

Commissioner’s Awards
Kimberly Fricker, Principal, Anaheim Canyon
John Hansen, Athletic Trainer, Los Alamitos
Holli Jackson, Athletic Trainer, Edison

Elsinore, Hemet, Lakeside, Sherman Indian

Cary Osborne, Assistant Managing Editor/Sports Editor, Santa Clarita Signal

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Yucaipa’s Janell Walley, Chino Hills’ Alexis Cardoza win beach volleyball title

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Janell Walley (left), and Alexis Cardoza celebrate after winning the title on Sunday.

Yucaipa High’s girls volleyball team is seeking a Citrus Belt League title this season. But senior Janell Walley is already coming off her own big victory.
Walley and Chino Hills junior Alexis Cardoza teamed up to win an A-rated adult level beach volleyball tournament in Huntington Beach on Sunday.
Walley and Cardoza, who are club teammates with Rancho Valley, went 2-1 in pool play, then won each of their bracket matches to bring home the title. They earned a AA rating, meaning Walley and Carodoza won’t be able to compete in any A-level tournaments anymore, only AA and AAA. AAA tournaments are pro-level.
Walley, who has committed to Boise State, said playing beach volleyball helps her with the high school team.
“I think it helps your reading game on the court, predicting where it goes,” she said.
Walley said it’s difficult because she doesn’t get to practice much on the beach this time of year, unlike other competitors, who live closer to the beach, and many of the opponents are in their 20s and have an experience advantage.
“But I feel like we younguns have more stamina,” she said.
It helped, she said, for a tournament that began at 9 a.m. and didn’t end until 5:30 p.m.
I just found out via email what the CIF-SS rules are about this. The fact that it is 2-on-2 beach volleyball is allowable during the season, per CIF-SS rules. Spokesman Thom Simmons said if it was 3-on-3 (half of a regular team) it would be a violation of team rules.

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Serrano football forfeiting 63-0 win

A 63-0 win and a perfect record are gone after Serrano High’s football team agreed to forfeit one game.
Serrano had routed each of its first four opponents, including a 63-0 win over Palmdale Quartz Hill on Sept. 11.
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Ray Maholchic, Serrano’s athletic director and football coach said a player entered the fourth quarter of the Quartz Hill game who had originally had his transfer cleared.
But after the game, additional review of the transfer by the Snowline Joint Unified School District determined that the student should have been required to take serve a 30-day sit-out period. As a result. Serrano will forfeit the game.
“It (the player) didn’t really affect anything,” Maholchic said. “I guess we jumped the gun, but if there’s a silver lining, it didn’t happen in league.”
Serrano, is now 3-1, ranked No. 5 in The Sun Top 10 and No. 2 in the CIF-SS Eastern Division poll. The Diamondbacks have a bye this week before traveling to play Norco Oct. 2. Maholchic said the player is expected to play on the junior varsity this season.

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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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