NFF/San Bernardino Chapter Scholar-Athletes

Josh Nunes & Richard Brehaut

The San Bernardino County Chapter of the National Football Foundation conducted their 5th Annual Scholar-Athlete Awards Dinner. This year's honorees included 15 scholar-Athletes, who will have their names entered into the College Football Hall of Fame, several local football figures who were recognized for their contributions to the game...

The San Bernardino County Chapter of the National Football Foundation conducted their 5th Annual Scholar-Athlete Awards Dinner  this past Saturday Evening at the National Orange Show in San Bernardino.  This year's honorees included 15 scholar-Athletes, who will have their names entered into the College Football Hall of Fame, several local football figures who were recognized for their contributions to the game including Don Markham – Lifetime Achievement, and the recognition of the 2008 NFF San Bernardino County All-County team, which included the announcement of the Players of The Year at their respective positions.

This dinner this year was also dedicated to a longtime youth football ‘Icon' in Redlands Junior All-American Football and former President of the Inland Empire Chapter of the National Football Foundation – Marv Duncan.  Marv passed on May 3rd, 2009 at the age of 80 years old.

The Top Scholar-Athletes are listed below, the university they will be attending is also listed:

Brandon Taylor - Aquinas HS – United States Coast Guard Academy
Cameron Schweitzer - Arrowhead Christian HS – UC Santa Barbara Stanley Lasczyk - Chino Hills HS – Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo
Tai Juan Martin - Eisenhower HS – Fresno State
Adam Ramirez - Kaiser HS – Mt. San Antonio College
Matt Shinn - Los Osos HS – Cal-State Sacramento
Micah McClure - Ontario Christian HS – Azusa Pacific University
Brian Townsend - Rancho Cucamonga HS – The United State Air Force Academy
Michael Poage - Redlands HS – Columbia University
Brock Morris - Redlands HS – Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo
Andrew Hoops - Redlands East Valley HS – The United States Air Force Academy
Manasseh Szwabowski - Redlands East Valley HS – UC Berkeley
Sean Woods - Serrano HS – University of Redlands
Josh Nunes - Upland HS – Stanford University
Matt Marnati - Yucaipa HS – California Baptist University

All of these honorees will have their names entered the logs of the College Football Hall of Fame as part of the 2008-2009 class of High School Seniors recognized as being the top student-athletes in their region.  These honorees were selected based on their profile relating to Academic Achievement – A minimum 3.0 Cumulative GPA over their four years of high school; Football Performance – A Minimum selection of 2nd Team All-League; and Community Service & Leadership involvement.  

The San Bernardino County Chapter also recognizes several honorees in their community for contributions to the game of football.   These honorees included:

  1.      NFFSBC Chapter Service Award Honoree – Jeff Clayton:
Former USC Trojan Linebacker from the 1970's,
Play-It Smart Coordinator, &
San Bernardino County Chapter NCAA Clearinghouse Coordinator.
2.      NFFSBC Chapter Service Award Honoree –
     Los Osos HS Head Coach Tom Martinez:
Martinez has contributed to several of the regularly scheduled programs conducted by the foundation over the past five years.
3.      Contribution to Pop Warner Football, Mt. Baldy Conference –
Mike Hangca:
 Served both the Upland and Rancho Cucamonga Pop Warner Programs.  He and his staffs were responsible for many of the players who went onto play for the CIF
Championship teams at Upland in 1996 under Tim Salter,
and at Rancho Cucamonga in 1999 under Pete Fotia
4.      Contribution to Football Media – Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times:
The Chapter has developed a strong working relationship with Mr. Sondheimer, and have reflected the progressive approach taken by the LA Times in reporting on
Inland Empire Football with this honor.
5.      Lifetime Achievement – Don Markham, Colton HS & Bloomington HS:
Founder of the Double Wing Offense, 5-time CIF Southern Section Championship Coach, his teams at Bloomington, Colton, and Ramona were known for playing Ball
Control Smash Mouth Football.  Markham also lead teams to championships in Oregon and coached Semi-Pro football in Europe, and most recently at
American-Sports University in San Bernardino for a year before recently leaving the post to spend more time on his Horse raising & breeding company - Double Wing
Racing.
6.      Hall of Fame Team Honoree – 1996 Bloomington HS team:
A by-product of Markham football, this was the second team in three years to win a CIF Championship under Coach Markham at Bloomington High School.  The team
scored at least 28 points a game, except for a 45-0 loss to Fontana HS coached by Dick Bruich, and defeated a Pacific HS team lead by future NFL player Ryan
Nece 40-35 in the championship game.
 

The chapter also recognized several of the top players in the county by position.  In recognizing these honorees the foundation wants to also pay tribute to several young men who were present who submitted profiles but did not have their totals read aloud at the dinner.     

Tyler Stirewalt – QB, Aquinas High School: Threw for 2,835 yards in 2008, and 25 TD's.  He also rushed for 149 yards, and 3 TD's on the ground.  Stirewalt was a 2nd Team All-State Small Schools selection in 2008.  He lead San Bernardino County in passing yardage on the year, and was a 1st Team All-CIF Eastern Division selection, Co-MVP of the Christian League, and 3rd Team All-San Bernardino County Sun selection. Stirewalt will be joining the Fresno State team as either a walk-on or scholarship player this year. 

Juan Flores – QB, AB Miller HS: 2,133 yards passing, 144 yards per game, 56% completion rate, 23 TD's, 99% QB rating, 819 yards rushing, 7.65 yard average per carry, 68 yards rushing per game, 8 TD's.  Juan was a 2008 1st Team All-Citrus Belt League selection, and a 1st Team Inland Division All-CIF selection.

Rex Meikal – DE, Yucaipa High School: 61 total tackles in 2008 – 39 solo/22 assisted, 8 sacks, 3 fumble recoveries, 14 tackles for a loss, and 4 forced fumbles.  Rex was a 2nd team All-Citrus Belt league selection in 2007, All-CBL 1st team selection in 2008, and All-San Bernardino County Honorable Mention, and a 1st Team All-CBL selection in 2008, and was invited to play in the San Bernardino County Vs. Riverside County All-Star Game.  Rex will be attending New Mexico State University on a full Football Scholarship

Adam Ramirez – Utility, Kaiser High School: Ramirez is a 3-time, 1st team All-Sunkist League selection from 2006-2008 at running back, and at Defensive Back a two-time selection in 2007 & 2008.  An NFF All-County selection at Defensive Back in 2007, Ramirez was also player of the week at Kaiser seven times in his Senior year.  Ramirez is also the second leading rusher in Kaiser HS football history.  Adam will be attending Mt. San Antonio College where he plans on continuing his football career and ultimately obtaining a scholarship to a four-year school.

The breakdown by position is as follows for the honorees.  Players are listed by their name, school, and where they are going in 2009.  At the bottom of each column will be the selection by the Coaches of the Player of The Year at that position and a brief biography on that player: 

2008 NFF All-San Bernardino County Selections:
Quarterback:

Devon Blackmon, Summit HS – Returns for Junior Season
Richard Brehaut, Los Osos High School – UCLA
Juan Flores, AB Miller HS – Returns for Senior Season
Herman Huezo, Ontario HS – Undecided
Jemeryn Jenkins, Silverado HS – Returns for Senior Season
Josh Nunes, Upland HS – Stanford University
Angel Santiago, Etiwanda HS – Returns for Senior Season
Tyler Shreve, REV HS – Returns for Senior Season
Tyler Stirewalt, Aquinas HS – Fresno State University
Greg Watson, R. Cucamonga HS – Returns for Senior Season

San Bernardino County ‘Chris Ault' Player of The Year at Quarterback –
Richard Brehaut, Los Osos HS:

In his Senior season Richard lead Los Osos HS to the Central Division Semi-Finals.  On the year, Brehaut threw for 2,406 yards, 22 TD's, and had five passes intercepted.  He also rushed for 584 yards on the ground, and 6 TD's.  He was a 1st team All-Baseline League selection, 1st team Central Division All-CIF selection, and was invited to play in the Under-Armour All-Star game in Florida.  Richard graduated at midterm from Los Osos HS and has enrolled at UCLA on a full football scholarship. Richard began receiving national attention, before his Junior  season when he earned the Golden Gun accuracy Challenge award at the Elite 11 Camp in Northern California, and was selected to both the pre-season Nike underclassmen All-American team and the All-State underclassmen team.  Congratulations Richard!

Running Back:

Dionza Bradford, Serrano HS – Returns to Serrano for Junior Season
Samuel Courtney, Ayala HS – Undecided
Jared Demoss, 29 Palms High School – Undecided
Arby Fields, Los Osos High School – Northwestern University
Arby Devion Fleming, Upland HS – Northwestern University
AJ Johnson, Chino Hills HS – Missouri Western State University
Walter Kazee, Cajon HS – San Diego State University
Cam Phillips, Redlands HS – Undecided
JP Ragan, Aquinas HS – Northern Arizona University
Gavin Santos, Hesperia HS, California State University at Long Beach

San Bernardino County ‘Erny Pinckert' Player of The Year at Running Back –
Walter Kazee, Cajon HS:

Walter had an outstanding Senior Season despite being slowed by an early season ankle injury.  The two-time NFF All-San Bernardino County selection earned his spot on this select squad once again in 2008, making him the first three-year NFF All-County honoree in the history of the selection process.  On the season, Kazee rushed for 1,629 yards and 29 Touchdowns, and rushed for 1,338 yards and 22 TD's in the last eight games of the season.  He had four games with over 200-yards rushing, and scored four touchdowns in three games as well.  Kazee was also 1st Team All-SAL, 1st Team All-CIF, All-San Bernardino County: San Bernardino County Sun, 2nd team Press Enterprise, Cal-Hi All-State underclassman in 2006 & 2007.  Last year he rushed for 2,200 yards rushing, and scored 20 TD's.  Walter will be attending San Diego State University next year on a football scholarship.               

Wide Receiver/Tight End:

Deveion Bauhman, Chaffey - Undecided
Maurice Brown, Silverado – Undecided
Montreal Harris, 29 Palms HS – Undecided
Alex Jeffries, Eisenhower HS – Fresno State
Jim Jones, Aquinas High School – Returns for Senior Season
Kenneth Scott, Colony HS – Returns for Senior Season
Jason Speicher, Upland HS - Undecided
Irshad Stolden, Rancho Cucamonga HS – UNLV
Randal Telfer, Rancho Cucamonga HS – Returns for Senior Season
Jay Waddell, Hesperia HS – Returns for Senior Season

San Bernardino County Player of The Year at Wide Receiver / Tight End –
Randal Telfer, Rancho Cucamonga HS:

Randal Telfer was the one of the key components both as a receiver and blocking back in the Rancho Cucamonga HS CIF Championship season of 2008.  The lengthy Junior was 1st Team All-League, 1st Team All-CIF, All Inland Valley, and an NFF All-San Bernardino County selection, and a member of the Cal Hi Sports 2nd Team All-State Junior team.  Telfer recorded 44 Catches for 686 yards and 5 Touchdowns in 2008.  He has given a verbal to USC, but will be returning for his senior season at Rancho Cucamonga HS to try and help lead the Cougars to their 2nd consecutive CIF Central Division Championship.

Offensive Linemen:

Joshua Andrews, Colony HS – Oregon State University
Michael Armijo, AB Miller HS – Mt. Sac/RCC
Gary Berwick, Rancho Cucamonga HS – Returns for Senior Season
Quayshawn Buckley, Colony HS – Washington State University
Cody Craver, Chino Hills HS – Undecided
Darron Griffin, Cajon HS – Southern Utah University
Michael Phillip, Arroyo Valley HS – Oregon State
Matt Shinn, Los Osos HS – Cal-State Sacramento
Shane Sweeney, Chino Hills HS – South Dakota School of Mines
Matt Walsh, Serrano HS – Victor Valley College

San Bernardino County ‘Anthony Munoz' Player of The Year at Offensive Lineman –
Michael Phillip, Arroyo Valley HS:

Michael Phillip was considered the top-Offensive Guard in the nation by many leading football based websites and news services in 2008.  In 2007, Phillip was 1st Team All-SAL, 1st Team All-CIF Central Division, All-San Bernardino County – San Bernardino County Sun, Riverside Press Enterprise, 2nd Team All-State Underclassman Cal-Hi sports. Statistically in 2007 he recorded 30 Pancake Blocks, did not allow a sack all year long.  In 2008 he was once again 1st Team All-SAL, 1st Team All-CIF Central Division, All-San Bernardino County – San Bernardino County Sun, Riverside Press Enterprise, 1st Team All-State Cal-Hi sports.  Phillip was selected to play in the US Army All-American game in San Antonio, Tx.  Phillip will continue his football career at Oregon State University.

Special Teams:

Alejandro Maldonado, Colton HS – Returns for Senior Season
Jake Van Ginkel, Upland HS – Returns for Junior Season
Manny Szwabowski, Redlands East Valley HS – UC Berkeley
Jimmy Chester, San Gorgonio HS – Returns for Senior Season
Alex Arroyo, Ayala HS – Mt. Sac
Lawrence Larivee, Ayala HS – Undecided

San Bernardino County ‘Alexis Serna' Player of The Year at Special Teams –
Alejandro Maldonado, Colton HS:

Alejandro Maldonado may be the top-ranked kicker in the nation headed into next season.  The Junior kicker carries one of the most powerful kicking legs in the nation, and unlike the majority of high school kickers, has been kicking off the ground since 2007.  On the season Maldonado averaged 40 yards per punt, which included a 70-yard punt, and 13 of his 20 punts were placed in the red zone between the goal line and the 20-yard line.   His kickoffs were equally impressive with touchbacks recorded on 36 of his 53 tries.  Maldonado converted 32 extra point attempts and connected on 10 field goals during the season.  He recently participated in the West Coast Kicking competition in early May in Orange County and was considered the most college ready kicker at the camp.  He has been offered from Nevada and Washington, and will be returning for his Senior year at Colton HS in 2009.    

Defensive Tackle:

James Batin, Yucca Valley HS – College of the Desert
Marcus Bennett, Rancho Cucamonga HS – Citrus Community College
Galvin Emisibe, Hesperia HS – UC Davis
Sean Matthews, AB Miller HS – United States Marine Corps
Rex Meikal, Yucaipa HS – New Mexico State University
Ibe Nduka, Etiwanda HS – Fresno State University
Ryan Poage, Redlands HS – Columbia University
Kevin Pope, Serrano HS – Undecided
Felipe Salas, AB Miller HS – Cal-State San Bernardino
Josh Shirley, Kaiser HS – Returns for Senior Season
Rusty Tausaga, 29 Palms HS – College of the Desert
Tony Washington, Los Osos HS – Returns for Senior Season
Isaiah Williams, Cajon HS – Undecided
George Uko – Returns for Senior Season
Michael Yllanes, Ayala HS – Returns for his Senior Season

San Bernardino County ‘Harry ‘Blackjack' Smith'
Player of The Year at Defensive Lineman –
Josh Shirley, Kaiser HS:

Exploding onto the football scene this season is what Josh Shirey has done.  The 2008 Sunkist League Defensive MVP, was also recognized as 1st team All-Sunkist league player in 2007, All-CIF Eastern Division in 2008, 1st Team All-County press Enterprise/San Bernardino County Sun, 1st Team All-Region, and 1st Team All-State Junior 2008.  On the season he recorded 123 tackles, 35 assisted tackles, 3 forced fumbles, 12 knocked down passes, and 17 sacks.  Josh now has 14 official scholarship offers from Pac-10, SEC, ACC and Big-12 schools.  His older brother Jason plays in the NFL with the Cincinnati Bengals .  Josh will be returning to Kaiser for his Senior year in 2009.

Linebacker:

Kenny Breaux, Carter HS – Ventura College
Ofa Fafita, Arroyo Valley HS – Returns for Senior Season
Daniel Fonua, Rancho Cucamonga HS – Mormon Mission
Jesse Gonzales, Los Osos HS – Undecided
Jacob Guzman, AB Miller HS – Undecided
Jake Henderson, Aquinas HS – Returns for Senior Season
Lawrence Larivee, Ayala HS – Undecided
Simon Martinez, Kaiser HS – Undecided
Danny Reyes, Hesperia HS – Undecided
Dominic Sween, Ridgecrest Burroughs HS – Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo

San Bernardino County ‘Nick Barnett' Player of The Year at Linebacker –
Daniel Fonua, Rancho Cucamonga HS:

Daniel Fonua enjoyed an amazing season in 2008 as he helped lead the Rancho Cucamonga HS defense to a championship season the CIF Central Division Championship.  Fonua, the team defensive captain was recognized for his efforts with the following honors: 1st team All-Baseline League, 1st team All-Inland Valley, Team Defensive MVP, 1st Team All-San Bernardino County Sun, 1st team All-Inland Valley, and CIF Central Division player of The Year.  On the season he recorded 86 tackles, 1 interception and 2 fumble recoveries.  He will be returning to football in two years after completing his Mormon Mission.

Defensive Back:

Nat Berhe, Colton HS – San Diego State University
Aaerin Booker, San Bernardino HS – San Diego State University
Derek Brandon, Ayala HS – Undecided
Ernie Esparza, Los Osos HS – Undecided
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Chino Hills HS – Returns for Junior Season
Osahon Irabor, Upland HS – Arizona State University
Devin Jackson, Ayala HS – New Mexico State University
Taj Johnson, Upland HS – Undecided
Matt Marnati, Yucaipa HS – Cal-Baptist University
Marlon Pollard, Cajon HS – UCLA
Treyvon Ralph, AB Miller HS – Mt. SAC
Josh Shirley, Kaiser HS – Returns for Senior Season
Gary Walker, Redlands East Valley HS – University of Idaho

San Bernardino County Player of The Year at Defensive Back –
Marlon Pollard, Cajon HS:

A newcomer to the Inland football scene, Pollard transferred into Cajon HS from Valencia HS in the Newhall area of Southern California.  Marlon was #14 ranked Db in the nation this past season.  Already recognized on several pre-season All-American lists, Pollard wasted no time in exhibiting his football skills on the field.  He was a 1st Team All-San Andreas league, 1st Team Central Division All-CIF, and All-San Bernardino County Sun selection.  On the season he intercepted 7 passes, returning three for touchdowns, he also played running back at Cajon filling the role of Walter Kazee who was suffered an early season ankle injury.  Pollard switched his college choice, and signed to play football at UCLA rather than at Notre Dame University.    

Utility:

Jayson Allmond, Bloomington HS – UCLA
Ronald Douglas, Chaffey HS - Undecided
Derrick Malone, Colton HS – Returns for Senior Season
Matt Marnati, Yucaipa HS – Cal-Baptist University
Justin Ming, Upland HS – Undecided
Vince Minor, Etiwanda HS – San Diego State University
David Quiroga, Ayala HS – New Mexico State University
Derrick Radden, Aquinas HS – Returns for Senior Season
Trevor Rogina, Yucaipa HS – Cal-State San Marcos
Tulilo Toti, Barstow HS – Undecided

San Bernardino County ‘Eric Weddle' Player of The Year at Defensive Back-
Derrick Malone, Colton HS:  

Another Junior walks away with a POT honor, and the second Junior from Colton HS this season.  Malone was a 1st team All-San Andreas league selection in 2007 & 2008, and was also recognized by the San Bernardino County Sun & Riverside Press Enterprise publications on their teams.  Statistically, Derrick rushed for 1,065 yards rushing and 11TD's, on Defense he accumulated 41 tackles, recovered 4 fumbles  and had 2 interceptions on the year.  Derrick currently has scholarship offers from  Nebraska, Arizona State, Nevada, and UTEP and he is ranked as the #35 safety in the nation for the class of 2010. 

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Mission:

Established in 1947 the mission of the National Football Foundation is to promote and develop the power of amateur football in developing the qualities of leadership, sportsmanship, competitive zeal and the drive for academic excellence in America's young people.

We Will Fulfill this Mission in the Following Ways:

· By inspiring young people to excellence: holding up the greatest players and coaches in the history of the game as role models and enshrining them and their achievements in the College Football Hall of Fame.

· By exciting young people, and those who influence them, about the game: in particular, managing the College Football Hall of Fame in such a way as to dramatize the history, exhilaration and value of the game to an ever broadening audience of fans and potential fans.

· By developing, managing and promoting model football programs, which further strengthen the educational and character building qualities of the game.

· By honoring, publicizing and providing financial support to high school and college football players who represent our ideal of the scholar-athlete.

· By continuing a grassroots movement, through local chapters, while involving football fans, coaches, educators, the media and former players in the implementation of the programs, which will fulfill our mission for America's youth.

Through this mission, The Foundation serves not only youth, but the nation as well.

Additional Information:

With 119 chapters and over 13,000 members nationwide, The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, a not-for-profit educational organization, runs programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in America's young people. NFF programs include the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind., Play It Smart, NFF Center for Youth Development through Sport at Springfield College (Mass.), the NFL-NFF Coaching Academy, and scholarships of nearly $1 million for College and High School Scholar-Athletes.

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