Tykie Harris, a surprise winner of the state 2001 800-meter championship, heads a quartet of inductees to San Gorgonio High School’s athletic Hall of Fame.

Joined by soccer player Kayla Humphries, football’s Steve Quinlan and now-retired track & field coach Ed Clark, the Spartans’ Hall of Fame festivities will be delayed for a few months due to COVID-19.

Normally, the team sets aside a fall weekend date with a Friday night football game in which the inductees are introduced at halftime. One day later, a golf tournament and banquet is set aside to honor the inductees.

San Gorgonio Athletic Director Matt Maeda said the four hall inductees will be honored at the Spartans’ Feb. 18 game against Rialto Eisenhower, which is a Thursday night. Two days later, on Saturday, Feb. 20, the four will be honored at a banquet, said Maeda.

Humphries, whose married name is Kayla Granillo, also played collegiately at nearby Cal State San Bernardino when Christian Johnson was coach. The 2000 San G graduate parlayed plenty of up front firepower at Cal State between 2000 and 2003.

Humphries was an All-CIF player for San G, later turning up as a University of Redlands graduate assistant coach by 2005.

Quinlan, an area middle school teacher who is currently an assistant coach on a reviving San G girls’ basketball team, led the CIF-Southern Section in tackles as a Spartans’ defensive back in 2002.

Coincidentally, Quinlan is a San G assistant coach for Trevor Clark, whose father Ed served as Spartans’ track coach for a couple decades.

Spartans’ track was a perennial championship contender during Clark’s tenure ⎯ 22 league championships, including three at Pacific High. He retired as coach in 2011.

The Sparta Relays was one of Clark’s creations, a track meet that started in 2008.

Clark had a nice view of Harris, whose main sport at San G was basketball during his prep career. Roughly half the season was gone when Harris arrived on the Spartans’ track squad.

By the June state track & field championships, Harris was set to go, circling the Sacramento State University Hughes Stadium track twice to win in 1:53.80.

Harris had qualified off his third place finish at CIF-Masters, running 1:54.17. In the June 1 preliminaries, he ran fifth to qualify for the next day’s finals.

By his June 2 run in the state finals, it was only the seventh time Harris had run that event.

NFL REPORT

Three days after being waived by Minnesota, cornerback Nate Meadors was signed back to the team’s practice squad.

The Vikings, off to an 0-2 start, went into last week’s game with a pair of starting cornerbacks injured. All of which resulted in a 28-11 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

Via Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Vikings had ruled cornerbacks Mike Hughes (neck) and Cameron Dantzler (rib) out for Sunday’s game. Cornerback Kris Boyd (hamstring) had also been listed as questionable.

While Meadors, a cornerback out of San Gorgonio High School, was on the Vikings’ practice squad, Minnesota pass defense surrendered 214 yards to former Charger QB Philip Rivers.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Brian DeRoo, who played on a nearly unbeatable University of Redlands football team in the 1970s, won a spot in the NAIA Hall of Fame, he announced last month.

DeRoo, a wide receiver who is the only Bulldog player ever drafted into the NFL out of Redlands, was part of a 19-0-1 squad over four regular seasons. 

The 1978 NFL draftee by the New York Giants only played on a losing team once during his collegiate career. It came in the 1976 NAIA Division II championship, Redlands losing to visiting Wesminster (Pa.), 20-13.

A week earlier, the Bulldogs edged visiting Minot State (N.D.), 40-39, in overtime.

Football was not his only sport.

Twice an NAIA All-American in the decathlon, he was a three-time District champion. It was for football that he was most remembered.

Two years after the NAIA football playoffs, De Roo ⎯ nicknamed “Nipper” during his youth days ⎯ was headed for a four-year career in the NFL. He played three more seasons in Canada.

Redlands is no longer affiliated with the NAIA, having switched to NCAA Division III in 1983.

DeRoo, married and father of two children, is a retired educator from the Desert Sands Unified School District, where he taught and coached at both Indio and Shadow Hills.

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