Elisha Guidry is familiar with the ways of blue and gold. The defensive back from Murrieta is the son of two UCLA alumni, including former UCLA defensive back Javelin Guidry, and will now don his own UCLA jersey.
Guidry, a three-star prospect from Vista Murrieta High, announced his verbal commitment to UCLA on Sunday, becoming head coach Chip Kelly’s 17th known verbal commitment for the 2018 recruiting class.
The 6-foot, 177-pound prospect chose to continue his family’s UCLA legacy over other Pac-12 offers from Oregon State and Washington State. He also had interest from Yale and Northwestern.
Javelin played at UCLA from 1994 to 1997 and had four career interceptions, while Guidry’s mother Kaishauna is also a UCLA alumna. His uncle Paul, played for the Bruins from 1993 to 1996.
Guidry’s older brother, also named Javelin, is a defensive back at Utah.
UCLA gymnastics coach Valorie Kondos Field passed the 500 career win mark Saturday as the No. 4 Bruins won the Metroplex Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas with a season-high score of 197.625.
Behind Kyla Ross‘ winning all-around score of 39.7, a career high, and Peng-Peng Lee‘s perfect 10 on beam, the second of her career on that event, the Bruins topped No. 2 LSU (197.365), No. 14 Washington (196.525) and No. 28 North Carolina State (195.825).
Kondos Field, who has coached the Bruins to six NCAA championships, now has 502 career victories since taking over the program in 1991.
Lee’s beam routine helped UCLA to its highest team event total this season. The Bruins scored a 49.625 on the event, which put them in first place over LSU after two rotations. Ross scored a 9.975 and Grace Glenn added a 9.9. Madison Kocian and Katelyn Ohashi each had 9.875s.
The Bruins continued to stretch their lead with each event. They pushed it to two-tenths after floor, where Ohashi led the team with a 9.925, and finished 0.26 points ahead of the second-ranked Tigers after Ross and Napulani Hall both scored at least 9.9 on vault. Ross won the event with a 9.925 while Hall tied her career high with a 9.9.
UCLA will host defending NCAA champion Oklahoma, currently ranked No. 1 in the country, on Feb. 4 at 1 p.m.
UCLA guard Prince Ali, right, shoots over Stanford forward Michael Humphrey during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Los Angeles, Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018. (Chris Carlson AP Photo)
After what Stanford did to UCLA earlier this month, beating the Bruins in double overtime, Prince Ali thought the Bruins “owed them this game.”
UCLA delivered a shot of revenge in style Saturday with an 89-73 win in Pauley Pavilion punctuated by a highlight-reel worthy between-the-legs pass from Jaylen Hands to Kris Wilkes, one of Hands’ career-high 10 assists.
Center Thomas Welsh talks about playing with Aaron Holiday and Jaylen Hands, his preference between a between-the-legs pass and windmill dunk and how the Bruins were able to learn from their previous loss to Stanford.