Author: Rucker Group

IE Preps Magazine Softball Stars: Bianca Diamond

When it comes to the sport of high school softball, the Inland Empire is home to some of the best players in the nation every year. For example NCAA National Champion Oklahoma Sooner stars Kinzie Hansen of Norco and Taylon Snow of Chino Hills were both ranked the #1 players in the nation in their respective classes. The IE is home to a wealth of talented players. In this first entry on our series on talented IE softball players, we start off with the talented Bianca Diamond of Summit High School in Fontana.

Bianca Diamond

Bianca Diamond of Summit is what you call a “jewel” of a find. Diamond plays travel ball for the Ohana Tigers. Bianca is a dynamic outfielder, with athleticism, and a healthy batting average that stays well above .500 plus. Bianca is poised to make her senior year at Summit a breakthrough season for her program. Having made All Sunkist League league since her freshman year, Bianca has quietly worked her game to be one of the top players in the area. Diamond has only made two errors in three seasons and she may be the best lead off hitter in IE high school softball.

Bianca Diamond ready for her senior season

This summer Bianca had the opportunity to represent the USA and play against international teams. It was a great experience for Bianca and helped her build confidence that she could play softball against the best prep athletes in the world. This is not hype, Bianca Diamond is by far one of the best softball players in the Class of 2022. Colleges coaches will have plenty of competition to get her to join their program. For Bianca Diamond, the best is yet to come.

By J.R. Rucker

Next up in our softball series… fellow Summit SkyHawk Madison Lourenco!

NEW IE Preps Magazine ASB Awards

Rarely do ASB programs get the recognition, praise, and thanks they deserve. IE Preps Magazine wants to change that.
This year, we are looking to recognize the top ASB programs in the Inland Empire in the following categories;

  • Creativity
  • Community Service
  • Student Body Impact
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Social Media Presence
  • Game Day Environment
  • Growth and Progress
  • Overall Program


To be recognized as one of the Best ASB Programs for 2021, all we ask is that you fill out a short application. The application can be filled out by an Administrator, and Advisor or the ASB Representative. Applications are due May 7, 2021 at 11:59 pm.

Janel Pido of Aquinas

Janel Pido of Aquinas high school is one of one. This class of 2021 senior is not only a member of her varsity volleyball and track teams, but is also an international competitor in USA Taekwondo. 

Janel started taekwondo at the age of 5, and started competing at the age of 7. She is a second degree black belt and trains four to five days a week for competitions. She has been named an All-American Taekwondo athlete as she ranks in the top 10% in her division for the past two years. Janel was the California State Champion in 2016, 2017, and 2018 and also placed second at the 2018 US Open. In 2019, Janel won the Colorado, Utah, and Washington state championships. As an All-American athlete, Janel has been able to travel to Colorado Springs to train with the US Olympic Taekwondo Coaches at the USAT Center of Excellence.

Prior to the pandemic, Janel won the 2020 Arizona State Championships. In the future, Janel will use everything she had gained from her taekwondo career and apply them to her life after high school.

IE Preps 2021 Teen Education Conference

The Ivy League Sydney Ormiston Blog #1

Sydeny Ormiston Blog     What’s up readers, my name is Sydney Ormiston, and welcome to my blog. I am an Inland Empire volleyball and basketball player, and I am currently a senior at Murrieta Mesa High School.  Writing the word senior to describe myself does not feel right, and I am hesitant to believe that this is my last year as a Murrieta resident. My blog plan is to cover some relevant and current topics such as coronavirus and its effect, the state of our country, and my high school experience, but today I have chosen to simply explain my commitment, and hopefully give some advice to other athletes considering college sports. 

    To describe myself further, I am committed to the University of Pennsylvania for volleyball. Today’s athletic commitments are extremely competitive, each person constantly comparing their own achievements to the success of others. Every school has its own unique characteristics that hopefully fit the criteria the student-athlete was searching for. My goal was Ivy League, and I planned to get there without taking 7 APs per year and maxing out the SAT. My path to an Ivy degree involved bringing a unique talent to Penn: volleyball. I needed to set myself apart from the rest of the applicants in search of the same result as every other student, an Ivy League education. Do not get me wrong, hard work has resulted in legit test scores and grades, and those coupled with my service and sports resume were enough to make my commitment to UPenn. 

     I chose UPenn after many recruiting calls and campus visits because they fit the categories that I considered to be crucial to my personal decision-making process. My process created a noticeable pattern in that my list was made up of mainly high academic schools. I prioritized academics, but still craved competition on the court. Immediately after I experienced Penn for the first time, I knew it was right for me. It was the campus, the players, the students, the never quiet, undying energy of Philadelphia, and the overall feel of the school that convinced me this was the place I needed to be. The vibe of the school you want to attend is so important, if you feel that you will not fit in with the team or with the students you see and meet on campus, then it is not the right school for you. If something feels off about the school, then something probably is.

    I believe that there is a school or path for everyone, and deciding important aspects such as the size of the school, location, academic reputation, and the overall competitiveness of the team can aid in finding what is right for you. My story is just one of many, and what I looked for in a school might differ completely from what is important to you. All that matters is that you know what you want and that you do not stop until you find what you are looking for. Use the sport or activity that you love to find that place, and don’t do it for anyone but yourself.

     Thanks for reading my first blog and I am very open to discussion topics if you have any questions about my story do not hesitate to email me at sydney.ormiston@live.com.   I am also open to writing about any other suggestions you may have so hmu blog squad.