Tabetha Dandy

Tabetha Dandy, left, and Ed Clark, right -- San Gorgonio High's track star and her coach share a moment two years ago when Dandy was inducted into the Spartans' athletic Hall of Fame.

Tabetha Dandy, part of a CIF Division 2 championship relay team in 2001, died suddenly on Wednesday, Oct. 7.

“Heartbroken and sad,” said her San Gorgonio High School track coach, Ed Clark.

“We just talked about this young lady the other night.”

Noting that Dandy ran the second leg of a CIF championship relay, Clark noted that the Lady Spartans’ Hall of Famer “passed away last night [Oct. 7] in her sleep unexpectedly.”

There was, said Clark, “no other information at this time.”

All that was discussed about Dandy’s sensational prep career, he said, “now seems so insignificant.”

She combined with a trio of other San G runners, including Lady Spartan Hall of Famer Celeste Robillard, along with Cashondra Reid and Nicole Campbell, that quartet posting a combined 48.47.

“She literally helped change the trajectory of my life,” said Robillard, who is now Celeste Parrish.

Dandy, however, was more than a sprint champion.

She was a backup singer for Soul-singing sensation Mary J. Blige, which kept Dandy on the road.

“She traveled quite a bit,” said Clark, noting also that Dandy had two children, ages 17 and 2.

A vocalist and songwriter, Dandy, 38, resided in Moreno Valley.

She could be heard on a session with Blige, who is a multiple Grammy Award winner, among other major honors.

On a recent Blige studio release, Dandy could be heard among the vocalists and a dozen musicians on a CD, Baloise Session.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Jeremy Moussa, who spent last season throwing for 3,199 yards but missed a bowl game due to injury, is a backup at Vanderbilt University. He played in nine of San Bernardino Valley College’s 11 games last season.

Vanderbilt’s starting QB is freshman Ken Seals, whose first two games have been losses ⎯ 17-12 to No. 21 Texas A&M and 41-7 to defending national champion LSU, ranked No. 17.

Moussa, who hailed from Eastvale Roosevelt High, threw for a career-high 636 yards in his college debut, including seven TDs in a 60-point game against Santa Ana College.

Moussa’s season totals ⎯ 3,199 yards, 37 TDs, nine interceptions ⎯ came in just nine games. He missed SBVC’s final regular season game and also a bowl game loss to Chaffey College, 33-20.

An original commit to the University of Hawaii, where he played in two games, Moussa was an All-State selection as a Roosevelt QB.

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Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence got sacked once against Miami last week, but it did not damage the top-ranked Tigers in their 42-17 win over Hurricanes.

It was former Redlands East Valley defensive star Jaelan Phillips who got the sack early in the second quarter, forcing a Clemson punt. Miami (3-1) was already trailing, 14-0.

Lawrence, who threw three TD passes, was only sacked the one time.

NFL REPORT

Kylie Fitts, playing behind Arizona Cardinals’ defensive end Chandler Jones, made three tackles when the All-Pro came up injured in a 30-10 win over the New York Jets on Sunday.

While most of the highlights revolved on Cardinals’ QB Kyler Murray against the Jets’ defense, it was the Cardinals’ defense that took apart New York. The Jets were led by QB Joe Flacco, who completed 18 passes for 188 yards.

In reality, it’s Dennis Gardeck who serves as Jones’ backup, though the ex-Redlands East Valley star, Fitts, is listed on the depth chart in that role. Gardeck came up with two sacks on Flacco.

There’s a chance that Jones might miss the remainder of the season with a torn biceps injury, according to reports.

The Cardinals were already dealing with starting linebacker Devon Kennard’s calf injury.

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San G football product Nate Meadors, who made the Minnesota Vikings’ playoff roster last year and spent one game on this year’s squad, was released from the team’s practice squad on Sept. 28.

The Vikings were scrambling to reassess their situation after dropping three straight games to begin the 2020 season. The team made several back-and-forth moves revolving its secondary, including first waiving Meadors back on Sept. 5, signing back to the roster squad one week later, waived again on Sept. 18 and back on the practice squad on Sept. 22.

Ten days later, he was released.

Among Meadors’ highlights was a 2019 pre-season interception return for a touchdown against New Orleans’ QB Taysom Hill. 

In his career, Meadors had a pair of tackles in a 2019 late-season game.

It’s not yet known if Meadors has been picked up by another NFL team.

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