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 Scout.com 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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