Redlands’ 6-foot-11 senior water polo/volleyball player, Cal Mende, has signed his National Letter of Intent for volleyball, to Penn State. Above, he talks about playing water polo.
From the Penn State media release:
“Mende is a two-sport athlete, playing both volleyball and water polo. Coached by Mark Mina, Mende plays club volleyball for Oasis VBC and serves as the goalie on the water polo squad at Redlands. Mende was recently honored as one of four recipients of the Redlands Unified School District (RUSD) Outstanding Student Athlete awards.
Coach Pavlik on Mende: “Cal gives us a blend of size, skill and intelligence. As a left handed opposite, I think he’ll be able to elevate his game in order to provide what’s needed at this level of play. Coming in as a multi-sport athlete will also serve him well during his career here.”
The CIF-SS released the schedule for girls volleyball championship matches. Alta Loma, the top seed in Division 4AA, will play second-seeded Thousand Oaks La Reina on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Cerritos College.
On Saturday, Fullerton College is the host for the Division 5A final between fourth-seeded Lake Arrowhead Christian and unseeded AAE at 10 a.m., and the 5AA final between unseeded Upland Christian Academy and top-seeded Santa Clarita Christian is at 1 p.m.
Aaryon Green, above, talks about signing with Long Beach State for basketball and the upcoming season.
Former coach Crystal Pulido and current coach Monique Marquez talk about Aaryon Green.
The message was simple to the assembled students: even though you’re from Rialto, hard work can pay off.
Eisenhower High celebrated senior Aaryon Green on Wednesday, after she signed her National Letter of Intent to play basketball for Long Beach State.
“Wherever you are from, you can make dreams happen,” said former coach Crystal Pulido to assembled students in the cafeteria during lunch. “She worked, and she worked and she worked. I’m so proud to say that it paid off.”
Green, a 6-foot-2 post player in high school who will play small forward in college, averaged 18 points, 10 rebounds and four steals per game last year for the Eagles, earning team MVP, first-team all-league and first-team all-Sun honors. She chose Long Beach State over Hawaii.
“I just felt more comfortable at Long Beach,” she said. “It was more of a family atmosphere and I didn’t think I was ready to go far away from home yet.”
Said current coach Monique Marquez: “Aaryon has been remarkable for us. She’s been a leader, she’s been a role model. One thing you should know about Aaryon is that she’s not the biggest fan of school, but she knows what it takes to get it done.”
Green has lofty goals for this season.
“This year, I would like to score 25 points (a game), get my team past third round, maybe possibly CIF championship,” she said.