By J.R. Rucker
Our 2nd annual IE Preps Magazine Media Day was held on June 10th, 2017 in Riverside California. Coaches and players throughout the Inland Empire came out to be photographed, interviewed, and filmed. It was a great day of fun and film as we got a chance to get to know the athletes and their parents better.
Special thanks to the following schools and programs:
Los Osos Basketball
McGwire Bustamante of Great Oak
Diamond Ranch Football
Ashlyn Blotzer of Santiago
Redlands East Valley Cheer
Jason Rodriguez of Oak Hills
Coach Guerringer of Corona Football
San Gorgonio Football
Don Lugo Football
Arroyo Valley Football
Troy Temmink, of Summit High School in Fontana, looks more like a surfer than a quarterback. While most quarterbacks go overboard trying to by loud and aggressive, Troy is calm and confident. This smooth 6 foot signal caller, took over as starting quarterback for the SkyHawks in 2016, his junior year. “After our first scrimmage last year, I knew that I would be fine handling the responsibilities of being starting quarterback” said Troy about being nervous. While scouts came in droves to see Summit’s highly ranked USC bound Stephen Carr last season, Troy watched and listened. “Troy kept quite last season and watched Stephen be a leader through action” said John Temmink Troy’s Dad.
Entering his senior season, Troy Temmink is bigger and stronger. He has used this off-season to prepare for a senior campaign that will undoubtedly see him throw the football more. “Last season the key was to get the ball to Carr and not get hurt” said Troy. This season, the SkyHawks have plans to let Temmink let it fly. “Although we wil miss our seniors and the greatness of Stephen Carr, we still have talent. We have looked good in our passing league games” says Troy.
Temmink is definitely ready to lead his team this year, already proving his toughness through a playoff run last season. Troy will stay in the pocket and make the read in a collapsing pocket if need be. “Troy is a true pocket passer, but he can also really run, he is quick” says Troy’s Father. A accurate arm and quick feet with both be needed this season as Summit heads into a 2017 season that will have opponents eager to see Summit without Stephen Carr.
Troy’s leadership preparation is not only on the field. Temmink plays a big part on campus leading bible study and with other students. “I want to make a difference and I’m really happy to be at Summit High School playing for Coach Matheny” states Troy. As off-season work continues, “Mr. Smooth” Troy Temmink is ready to take the lead and has proved that he is never to proud to listen and follow.
Darren is a senior at Rancho Cucamonga who has graduated a whole year early. With an outstanding GPA and his athletic talent Darren will be continuing his education at San Diego State University. What has really set Darren apart is his leadership and involvement in the community. Being a key participant in #ttgog an athletic ministry, Darren Hall is a great role model and a credit to his school.
By J.R. Rucker
As he sits at his desk, his eyes are racing through important emails and dates. He discusses with an employee how he is going to transport a group of student athletes to yet another college tour. He, is Jordan Campbell, a Norco High product, former USC and NFL football player, and is now one of the most dynamic and innovative minds in sports training in Southern California. Young enough to pass for a college student, with the business acumen of someone much older, Jordan Campbell is a leader. His vast sports training complex is flooded with eager parents and their aspiring athletes of all levels. This sports training hub is called Winner Circle Athletics (WCA), and Jordan Campbell is the man behind it all. Part mentor, coach, big brother, master trainer, motivator, and educator, Jordan Campbell is in constant motion. Winner Circle Athletics is not just a brand, but a culture that Jordan has created with his close business associates.
In the past student athletes that wanted an opportunity to play sports at the collegiate level on scholarship were at the mercy of chance. The chance that their team was good enough to get attention, the chance that their coach got their name out, and that college scouts could find their film or could come to a game. Even as a teen Jordan was a visionary with an eye towards the future. Jordan Campbell knew that in order for him to accomplish his goals he had to have hard work, exposure, and a real plan. Under the guidance of his grandfather Ray Collier, a longtime high school strength coach, Jordan made the calculated decision to enter a prep school following his 8th grade school year. That year gave him a year to physically mature and mentally get ready for the next step in high school. Four straight CIF championship trips later at Norco high school Jordan took his game to the University of Southern California. It was at USC, that the winning mentality continued further, which would set philosophical foundations for Winner Circle Athletics years later.
Jordan never let the talk of him being too short or too slow, stop him from reaching towards his goals of making it to the NFL. He played for the Cincinnati Bengals, Washington Redskins, and Kansas City Chiefs. While getting ready for the Kansas Chiefs camp to start, Jordan made the decision to “go all in” and create Winner Circle Athletics in the spring of 2014. From being around the Gearhart family of Norco, his grandfather, the best sports trainers at USC, and in the NFL Jordan made winning a lifestyle. With a huge You Tube following already established from his training videos, Jordan launched WCA in 2014. Starting in a 4,000 square foot facility and now in a 25,000 square foot complex, Jordan has been instrumental in sports training of many local area athletes that are now in the NFL and playing Division I sports. At any given time you can see athletes being trained to improve in soccer, football, basketball, and numerous other sports. Those that are not training are recovering with certified injury prevention and muscle recovery professionals on the site. This new wave of sports training all by itself is impressive and very rare. Yet what makes Winner Circle Athletics on the cutting edge of ground breaking change is their new WCA Prep Academy.
The WCA Prep Academy is a school for 7th and 8th grade students that helps them prepare for high school. WCA Prep Academy currently has 100 students enrolled and gives students the ultimate opportunity to learn and grow without the possible distractions of a large traditional school. The school features block scheduling, is WASC accredited, CIF qualified and NCAA approved. Students at the school focus on their academic core subjects, are taught in person by fully credentialed teachers, do online work in computer labs, have college style lectures, and are finished with their academic day by noon. From noon to 3pm WCA students train and focus on getting better towards their physical preparation for high school. Half of the WCA Prep Academy students are “true 7th or 8th graders” and the other half of the students enrolled are considered hold back 7th and 8th graders to develop more for high school.
This concept is not without it’s detractors and non believers. Jordan Campbell maintains that people who fear change don’t realize that students need to have a plan in order to achieve their goals, it won’t just happen in athletics. On the national scene IMG Academy in Florida has made a huge splash in educating, training, preparing premiere high school student athletes for college. Criticism and praise have been across the board for IMG Academy. Jordan Campbell and WCA Prep Academy have maintained that there goal is to prepare middle school student athletes for high school, and while they are CIF approved have no plan of fielding teams. Despite being misunderstood in some circles the Winner Circle Athletics team give students a unique and personalized experience where they can pursue their career goals. While WCA Prep may not be for all students, it is in theory what education should be… an opportunity to further one’s dreams.
In the Inland Empire and beyond the brand of Winner Circle Athletics speaks for itself. The happy expressions on the faces of parents entering the complex and the many athletes that train at WCA are a testament of the successful work being done. For example WCA client Marcus Williams was selected 42nd overall in the recent April 2017 NFL Draft. In only four years, Jordan Campbell has taken WCA from concept to a thriving reality that is shaking sports training and education to its core. The start of all significant change is always difficult and takes time to be accepted. Jordan Campbell and his team of WCA stand proudly and poised, ready to take there personalized sports training nation to the next level. Welcome to Winner Circle Athletics.
IE Preps Magazine interview with Norco High School softball team and Coach Rick Robinson.
Congratulations to Leonard Hudson of Pomona High School, April’s IE Preps Magazine featured educator. Better known as “Coach Hudson” by many of his students, Leonard Hudson has his roots in the city of Pomona. Stay tuned for the amazing feature on Leonard Hudson called “Son of Pomona”.
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Please let us who you would nominate as a super Inland Empire educator.
1. Centennial (3-1) Beat Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks) with a solid win 48 – 24. Running back Miles Reed had 3 TD’s & Justin Fisher had 250 all purpose yards.
2. Vista Murrieta (3-1) The Broncos come up short in a loss against JSerra 14-28.
3. Rancho Cucamonga (4-0) Rancho Cucamonga holds it down with the big win over Murrieta Valley 41-20. Jaylon Redd delivers offensively in a way that he has to be an early favorite for Player of the Year.
4. Upland (2-2) Upland feels the pain against Mater Dei losing 62-7.
5. Heritage (4-0) The “Machine” of Heritage get a BIG win versus Redlands East Valley 15-7. This win was a big statement for the program.
6. Murrieta Valley (2-2) In what was a big time game and showdown of some of the IE’s best talent, Murrieta Valley loses to Rancho Cucamonga 41-20.
7. Yucaipa (3-0) The Thunderbirds survive a close game versus San Gorgonio 26-21.
8. Rancho Verde (3-1) The Mustangs take the win against rival Citrus Hill 35-24.
9. Redlands East Valley (1-2) In an upset, REV loses a close game to Heritage 15-7.
10. Paloma Valley (4-0) Maybe the hottest team in the IE, Paloma Valley defeats Corona 42-18. Blake Moore had 2 TD’s with 150 yards and Corey Maddox had 3 TD’s with over 200 all purpose yards. Norco (1-1) Bye Week
11. Oak Hills (3-1) The Bulldogs get the win over a tough Etiwanda team, 27-24.
12. Norco (1-2) Norco falls to Orange Lutheran 35-21, in what is a tough pre-season opponent for the Cougars.
13. Chino Hills (3-0) Bye Week
14. Santiago (2-2) The Sharks get the big win 47-8 over Temecula Valley.
15. Cajon (2-1) The Cowboys fall to Paso Robles in a close one 31-28.
16. Notre Dame (2-1) Bye Week
17. Summit (3-0) Bye Week
18. Redlands (2-1) Defeat Chaparral in a close one 23-22.
19. Citrus Hill (2-2) In an annual grudge match, Citrus Hill loses to Rancho Verde 35-24.
20. Damien (3-1) Lose to a GOOD Charter Oak team 27-14.
Teams To Watch: Aquinas, Chino, Colony, Corona, Don Lugo, Elsinore, Lakeside, Murrieta Mesa, Pacific, Perris, Roosevelt, Rubidoux, Serrano
Trey Green senior from Diamond Ranch High School shares with IE Preps Magazine his journal entry on how he spent his offseason and his mindset in this new season.
The Diamond Ranch Coaching Staff did an amazing job preparing not only myself, but the entire team over the course of the off season. We worked hard in the weight room and in all phases of our conditioning. There was a marked improvement in my performance times when it came to conditioning. Conditioning consisted of garrets. These garrets were no walk in the park either! Nothing like I have ever done before. None-the-less, these helped tremendously and come in handy not only during practice but are going to really payoff on Friday Nights. Of course, this in not the only conditioning we do, 550’s and 300’s are also in the arsenal. So that’s exactly what we do, whether it’s in our core lifts like: bench, snatches, clears or squats all the way to our auxiliaries.
This Summer I was blessed with the opportunity to go to Hawaii with my family and visit the big Island of Hawaii. This in itself was great, but we also had an activity just about every day. We went to Oahu, not to far from our hotel. I had a fantastic seven 7 days with my family on the island. My parents put together a list of events to keep us busy and entertained for the entire trip. We visited Pearl Harbor, the Honolulu Zoo, Dole Plantation. My favorite part of the trip would have to have been fishing off the rocks with my little brother and Dad. It was a blast catching triggerfish, and when we ran out of weights, the party wasn’t over. Pops just tied on rocks and used those as make shift weights, which surprisingly worked. Definitely the highlight of the trip. Lounging on the beaches of Hawaii was just breathtaking. My brothers even caught an eel when we were sitting on the beach watching the sunset. I am so thankful for the parents I have and for everything they do for my siblings and I.
I am really proud, extremely excited, and motivated for what my team is going to do this season. I think we are a very strong unit and when we work together as one, it’s going to be hard to beat us. A large majority of this year’s team is juniors and sophomores, with a few returning faces from the class of 2017. I believe Coach James Offensive schemes and fast pace tempo will shake up the league. Whether we are running the ball or passing, none of it could be done without our offensive line. I have to give some shine to those guys because they never get enough credit, they are big and aggressive. On the defensive side of the ball all I see are savages! (in a good way) A hungry defensive unit that are pure ball hawks and ready to roll! The time is now and we are ready! WE ARE D-R!