UCLA commit Lokeni Toailoa sets example on Twitter following ejection

What Carter High linebacker and UCLA commit Lokeni Toailoa did with his Twitter account should serve as an example for fellow athletes to follow.

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Carter High linebacker Lokeni Toailoa, third player located on the right, is committed to UCLA.

Following a call by the referee that led to the ejection of Toailoa in Friday’s game against Los Osos, which will cause him to miss Carter’s upcoming game against city-rival Rialto High, the four-star linebacker decided to remove his Twitter page.

Whether any highly recruited athlete will admit it or not, they are always under the microscope and face constant pressure because of their status and talent.

By removing oneself from a social media platform like Twitter, Toailoa avoided all drama that can come from social media users, while at the same time allowing him as a player to reflect on the situation and move forward.

Anytime I have spoken with Lokeni, he has been nothing but respectful.

While it was a bit shocking to hear he was ejected from a game, I think the way he went about handling his business off the field, with what I am assuming is a brief stint away from the website, was done honorably.

This generation’s high school athletes do not realize just how easy it is to lose a scholarship or interest from a college because of their actions. In a case like this, being poked at and responding in a particular way could be enough to lose it all.

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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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Carter’s Marquise Green commits to San Jose State

“I felt like I had a good relationship with San Jose State,” Green said. “He (coach) talked about me getting my degree, and when football is over, you need to have a degree.”
It didn’t hurt that his teammate, safety Leni Toailoa had already committed there, but was not the overwhelming factor.
“He lives down the street from me and he recruited me hard, too,” Green said. “But I have to worry about myself.”
Green, the third Carter player to commit in the last few months, had 54 total tackles last year, one interception,
He wants to focus on his team and has some individual goals, too.
“I can mainly just focus on my team, getting to CIF and to state,” said Green, who had not gotten another Division I offer, yet. “I want to lead the CBL in picks and tackles.”

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VIDEOS: Carter beats Etiwanda 2-1 in 9 innings in CIF-SS Division 2 2nd round


Carter beats Etiwanda 2-1 in 9 innings, but watch the game-saving defensive play by the Carter infield in the seventh inning in the highlights above.


Carter’s Anthony Villegas, above pitched a nine-hitter, striking out six and walking two (one intentionally)


Coach Samuel Lopez above, talks after the win. In three playoff games, covering 25 innings, Carter has outscored its opponents 6-2. Pitching and defense have been the key to the playoff run

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Oregon State gives Miller, Carter football players scholarship offers

Big-time college offers are coming in for area football programs, and not all of them are schools that have gotten top scholarship offers in recent history.
Miller, which is coming off three straight 1-9 seasons, is one of those.
Soon-to-be senior linebacker Freddy Livai, who is listed at 6-foot-3 and 251 pounds, got offers from Oregon State, Washington, Boise State and Northern Arizona, and previously received offers from Colorado and New Mexico.
He’s not the only Rebel getting noticed. Quarterback Malik Flowers, who will be a junior, received an offer from Weber State. Flowers threw for 925 yards and six touchdowns last year and was also the team’s leading rusher with 848 yards and five touchdowns.
Oregon State is also focusing its efforts on Carter, where the Beavers have made offers to two more players.
While Lokeni Toailoa has gotten a lot of recruiting focus for more than a year, his brother Leni, a wingback/defensive back,is getting noticed now and received an offer from Oregon State. His teammate, Marcus Strong, also a wingback/defensive back, was offered a scholarship by Oregon State.

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Bloomington High officially hires Brian Kidd as new football coach

It’s been eight years since Brian Kidd was a head football coach, but on Friday he was officially introduced as Bloomington’s new coach. Kidd was confirmed at Thursday night’s school board meeting.
“He’s a proven winner bringing in a good staff and we share the same philosophy to turn it around right now,” Bloomington athletic director Chris Brickley said.
Kidd, 39, was the head coach for Riverside Notre Dame in 2004, then took over for Mike Churchill for the final three games of the 2005 season at Carter. Kidd was also the head coach at Carter in 2006-07 before stepping down. He led Carter to a 7-4 record and a playoff berth in his first full season at Carter in 2006.
He last coached at Riverside Ramona in 2013 as the defensive coordinator and spent last season recovering from back surgery.
“I was ready to get back into it,” Kidd said of applying for the Bloomington job.
Bloomington has been 4-26 the past three years, but Kidd thinks the Bruins can surpass that win total this upcoming season alone.
“Probably 5-5 would be a great turnaround,” he said. “That’s realistic. When I took over the Carter team that was 3-7 the first year, we went 7-3 (in the regular season). I have the same aspirations for this team, to be competitive and be in every game.”
Part of Kidd’s plan is to get athletes from other sports playing football. One of those sports is wrestling, where Bloomington co-coach Vince LaFarge is expected to be on Kidd’s staff.
Kidd will not be an on-campus coach; he will continue to teach at Jehue Middle Schools, which is in the Rialto district.
Brickley said hiring Kidd wasn’t impacted by him being off campus.
“We wanted to get the best coach possible,” Brickley said.

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VIDEOS: Carter’s Lokeni Toailoa picks UCLA


Carter coach Alex Pierce talks before Lokeni’s commitment


It may be hard to see on the video, but Lokeni had 2 hats in the bag: one USC and one UCLA


Lokeni Toailoa talks about picking UCLA. He showed some maturity in not getting too tied to the coaching staff, because he knows one or more of those coaches might not be around in the fall of 2016.

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Football recruiting Lokeni Toailoa, Stephen Carr, Leni Toailoa make verbal commitments

There were probably more than 100 people (family, friends, and fans) in attendance on Monday night for the event, which was put on by Ground Zero football, which trains many area football players and it was at Athletic Republic in Rancho Cucamonga, a training facility.

In the end, Carter’s Lokeni Toailoa and Great Oak Demetric Felton picked UCLA, Summit’s Stephen Carr picked USC and Carter’s Leni Toailoa chose San Jose State.

One player who wasn’t there was Summit’s Damian Alloway, who had originally said he also would make his commitment Monday, but then changed his mind. He not only didn’t make his commitment, but he chose not to attend.

 

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CIF-SS Dual Meet Wrestling brackets are out

With the new divisions for CIF-SS Dual Meet Boys Wrestling, all of the Sun/Daily Bulletin schools are in three out of six divisions, and really most of them as it turned out, are in one division, as some league champions have chosen not to participate. Two of the divisions are local: at Alta Loma and at Carter

Here is the breakdown on the divisions with locals. Wrestling begins at 11 a.m., after that start times approx 3 p.m. for 2nd round, 5 p.m. for semifinals, 7:15 p.m. for finals. Only league champs were guaranteed entry, but are not required to participate. AL-At large; LC-League Champ
Central Division at Alta Loma HS
No. 1 seed Northview (AL), bye; Norte Vista(AL) vs. Colton(AL); Bonita (AL) vs. Walnut (LC); La Sierra (AL) vs. No. 4 Alta Loma (LC); San Dimas (AL) vs. No. 3 Ayala (LC); Montclair (AL) vs. Etiwanda (LC); Charter Oak (AL) vs. Hillcrest (LC); Diamond Bar (AL) vs. No. 2 Bloomington (LC).
Eastern Division at Carter HS
Valley View (AL) vs. No. 1 Temecula Valley (LC), King (AL) vs. Palm Desert (LC), Temescal Canyon (AL) vs. Hemet (LC), Sultana (AL) vs. No. 4 Corona Santiago (LC), Chaparral (AL) vs. No. 3 Oak Hills (LC), Roosevelt (AL) vs. Elsinore (LC), Vista Murrieta (AL) vs. Corona Centennial (AL), Cajon (AL) vs. No. 2 Citrus Hill (LC).
Southern Division at Redondo HS
No. 1 Mira Costa (LC), bye; La Puente (AL) vs. Duarte (LC), Moreno Valley (AL) vs. Magnolia (LC), Nuview Bridge (AL) vs. Faith Baptist (LC), Fillmore (Freelance) vs. NO. 3 Bassett (LC), CSDR (LC) vs. Downey Calvary Chapel (LC), Anaheim (AL) vs. San Bernardino (LC), No. 2 Shadow Hills (LC), bye.

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