Spartan Desi Gonzales scores on a two point conversion play for San G.

Whether playing linebacker or running back, Spartan Desi Gonzales provides the power and punch to succeed on the field. Here he is completing a two point conversion, during San G's win over Arroyo Valley.

Aquinas High School QB Francisco Mauigoa and defensive end Sione Lolohea, plus San Gorgonio High middle linebacker Desi Gonzales, stood out in the 2019 fall sports awards when coaches met to select the all-league awards.

Up for grabs were spots in Aquinas’ Ambassador League, San Gorgonio’s San Andreas League, plus Citrus Valley’s Citrus Belt League ⎯ cross country, girls’ tennis, boys’ water polo and girls’ volleyball all in the mix.

Football was prominent around these parts, especially because Aquinas wound up as CIF Division 6 champion.

San Gorgonio, meanwhile, was defending CIF Division 9 champions from 2018.

Mauigoa was named his league’s Offensive Player of the Year ⎯ despite playing just a half season due to CIF transfer rules ⎯ while Falcons’ teammate Sione Lolohea, a defensive end, was Defensive Player of the Year.

Gonzales, who is deaf, made his presence heard loudly in the middle of San Gorgonio’s defense. He was voted the Defensive Player of the Year in the hard-hitting San Andreas League won by Rialto Eisenhower for the second straight season.

He was disruptive enough to make a team-high 178 tackles, 14 hits per game, while recovering two fumbles and getting two QB sacks.

Mauigoa, a junior, at least played the important half of the season. Subject to CIF-Southern Section transfer rules, he moved into the Falcons’ lineup just as league play was getting underway.

His younger brother, Francisco, just a freshman, was a notable selection. The sizeable lineman was picked first-team on both offense and defense, a feat matched by Redlands Arrowhead Christian’s Josh Ortiz, a wide receiver and cornerback in the Eagles’ scheme.

Topping the list of this area’s volleyball might well be Auburn-bound Jacquelyn Barrett, a Citrus Valley senior who led the Lady Blackhawks to their second straight CBL championship. There was apparently no league MVP in the CBL for volleyball, but Barrett might be considered tops in the league.

As for Aquinas, consider that the Lady Falcons are playing in a volleyball mecca.

Few will notice, of course, but it’s hard to reconcile that state championship team Ontario Christian didn’t get this season’s Player of the Year honors despite a sizzling 38-3 overall record, including a 14-0 stud finish in Ambassador League play ⎯ plus a CIF Division 3 championship.

Temecula Linfield Christian’s Devin Sivertson was named Player of the Year.

CIF Division 6 champion Linfield Christian, at 27-4 and a 12-2, second place finish in league, and Sivertson played everywhere on the court for the Lady Lions. Even their coach, Eric Hawes, was named Coach of the Year in that league.

It might seem like third place Aquinas, at 19-8, didn’t do much in this talent-packed league. In such a hard-core volleyball league, it was a strong season. Sara Duran and Abigail Aguilera-Ayala won first-team honors. Janel Pido was a second teamer.

Standing atop this area’s tennis achievers might be Ambassador League doubles champion Ava Bignel and Samantha McKinnon, the Aquinas duo who helped contribute to the Lady Falcons’ first place finish.

As for a football, a curious note from the CBL all-league selections: First-team QB Dylan Wheatley of Citrus Valley played the position held by Cajon’s Jacob Calderon, who was starting Blackhawks’ QB in 2018 before transferring.

One other curious note: Aquinas coach Jacob Brusig, whose team came within a field goal of winning a State Division 2AA championship, was not selected as Ambassador League Coach of the Year.

That honor went to Ontario Christian’s Matt Hoekstra.

CITRUS BELT LEAGUE

(Citrus Valley selections)

Football

Only first team selections

Offense ⎯ Jared Broadway, Sr., offensive line; Dylan Wheatley, Jr., QB; Jordan Garcia-Frye, Sr., RB; Ty’jhon Belton, Jr., WR.

Defense ⎯ Jordan Scott, Sr., DB; Tyler Thomas, Jr., DB; Steve Pollard, Sr., DL; Jacob Moi, Sr., LB; Jake Acuna, LB, Sr.; Colby Grames, Sr., K-P.

Girls volleyball

First team ⎯ Jacquelyn Barrett, Sr.; McKayla Long, Sr.; Abigail Lium, Jr.

Second team ⎯ Leilani Battle, Sr.; Evadny Brooks, Sr..

Honorable mention ⎯ Tatum Sells, Soph.

Girls golf

Makayla Wilburn.

Boys water polo

(Includes Aquinas High School)

First team ⎯ Tyler Berg, Sr.

Second team ⎯ Memphis Gile, Jr., Citrus Valley; Mark Shalhoub, Aquinas, Soph.

Honorable mention ⎯ Dayton Weck, Soph., Citrus Valley; Finn Welsh, Jr., Aquinas.

Girls tennis

First team ⎯ Shreya Gurunathan, Sr.

Second team ⎯ Daisy Daniels, Sr. 

Boys cross country

Christian Fernandez, Ethan Romero.

Girls cross country

No selections.

AMBASSADOR LEAGUE

Football

(Includes Aquinas and Arrowhead Christian)

Player of the Year, Offense -- Francisco Mauigoa, Aquinas, Jr.

Player of the Year, Defense -- Sione Lolohea, Aquinas, Sr.

Coach of the Year ⎯ Matt Hoekstra, Ontario Christian

First team, offense ⎯ Francisco Mauigoa, Aquinas, Jr.; Terence Fall, Aquinas, Sr.; Josh Ortiz, Arrowhead Christian, Jr.; Francis Mauigoa, Aquinas, Fr.; Junior Taase, Aquinas, So.; Malosi Siania, Aquinas, Sr.;

First team, defense ⎯ Francis Mauigoa, Aquinas, Fr.; Sione Lolohea, Aquinas, Sr.; Tapena Tuitupoa, Aquinas, Sr.; Romeo Ross, Aquinas, Jr.; Anthony Cooper, Aquinas, Jr.; Josh Ortiz, Arrowhead Christian, Jr.;

Second team, offense ⎯ Jeremiah Martin, Arrowhead Christian, Sr.; Terayon Sweet, Aquinas, Sr.;

Second team, defense ⎯ Josh Jizmejian, Arrowhead Christian, Jr.; Mason Lambooy, Arrowhead Christian, Jr.; Jalen Cooper, Aquinas, Jr.; Brent Austin, Aquinas, So.

Girls tennis

Player of the Year, Singles ⎯ Kat Mathews, Linfield Christian

Players of the Year, Doubles ⎯ Ava Bignel-Samantha McKinnon, Aquinas

Coach of the Year ⎯ Dave Beck, Western Christian

First team, singles ⎯ Lexi Rojas, Aquinas, Sr.; Abby Mistica, Aquinas.

First team, doubles ⎯ Ava Bignel-Samantha McKinnon, Aquinas; Helen Tran-Natalie Maciel, Aquinas.

Cross country

(Based on top 10 finishers at league finals)

Boys Runner of the Year -- Aidan Vorster, Ontario Christian

Girls Runner of the Year ⎯ Ryley Burns, Linfield Christian

Boys Coach of the Year ⎯ Eric Reynolds, Woodcrest Christian

Girls Coach of the Year ⎯ James Adams, Linfield Christian

First team, boys ⎯ Alejandro Ayala, Aquinas.

First team, girls ⎯ No selection 

Girls volleyball

Player of the Year ⎯ Devin Sivertson, Linfield Christian, Sr.

Coach of the Year ⎯ Eric Hawes, Linfield Christian

First team ⎯ Abigail Aguilera-Ayala, Aquinas, Sr.; Sara Duran, Aquinas, Sr.; Chelsea Del Real, Loma Linda Academy, Sr.; Taylor Distelberg, Arrowhead Christian, Jr.

Second team ⎯ Janel Pido, Aquinas, Jr.; Summer Hodgkin, Loma Linda Academy, Jr.

SAN ANDREAS LEAGUE

(San Gorgonio selections)

Football

Defense MVP ⎯ Desi Gonzales, Sr., LB.

First team offense ⎯ Luther Wills, OL, Sr.; Elvin Fuega, OL, Jr.; Ryan Whittemore, WR, Sr.; Jaylen Matthews, WR, Sr.; Jaheim Crawford, Sr., RB.

First teamdefense ⎯ Andrew Nadeau, DL, Sr.; Ronald Williams, LB, Sr.; Damian Rubio, Sr., CB; Dejon Mitchell, Sr., DB.

Honorable mention ⎯ Seth Burbine, QB, Jr.; Cameron Earl, Sr., DB.

Girls cross country

(Based on top 10 finish at SAL finals)

Unique Solis, Marizabel Saulcedo.

Boys cross country

(Based on top 10 finish at SAL finals)

Raul Andrade, Edgar Ocampo.

Girls volleyball

Unavailable

Boys water polo

Unavailable

Girls tennis

Singles champion ⎯ Bay-lee Sialoi (San Gorgonio).

Doubles, runner-up ⎯ Daisy Aceves-Yvonne Ta srs (San G).

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