Brian Wethers is coming home.
After a successful career at Cal and in the National Basketball League in Australia, Wethers -- a 1999 Murrieta Valley grad --
will coach Calvary Murrieta's boys basketball team next year, according to a Warriors release.
Wethers averaged 15.1 points per game his senior year at Cal, earning an All-Pac-10 honorable mention, and went on to a professional career that spanned stints in Germany, China, France, Australia, New Zealand and the Ukraine. In 2004-05 with the Hunter Valley Pirates in the NBL, Wethers was named the league's MVP after averaging a league-high 24.3 points per game.
At Calvary Murrieta, Wethers takes over a team that went winless last season under coach Frank Thomas.
Franklin to Cal State Bakersfield
Vista Murrieta wrestler Reuben Franklin has delivered a verbal commitment to Cal State Bakersfield, his father, Ed, told The Californian.
Franklin (189 pounds) placed fourth in the state championships in Bakersfield last month, capping a breakout season that saw the senior go 44-6 and rise from relative obscurity. In fact, he had one offer from a school in Iowa until placing at the state meet.
"We are very excited he is staying in California," Ed said.
Franklin is expecting to sign a National Letter of Intent this week.
The CIF Southern Section will honor its team academic award winners in a pre-game ceremony at Angel Stadium on May 9. Among the honorees are Hemet's girls volleyball team with a collective 3.882 grade-point average in the over-1,500-enrollment category. Calvary Murrieta's girls volleyball team earned the small-schools award with a collective 3.928 GPA.
The CIF Southern Section is also honoring each school's male and female student-athletes of the year. Here's a look at the winners announced and their GPAs (male, female):
Baptist Christian (Christian Morris, 4.00; Breanna Hankins, 3.45), Chaparral (Jonathan Budd, 4.00; Krista Boyles, 3.90), Elsinore (Jared Forte, 4.00; Breanna Becker, 3.53), Hemet (Nick Bruno, 3.93; Jennifer Gordon, 4.00), Heritage (Garrison Enriquez, 3.63; Kianna Woods, 3.76), Linfield Christian (Aaron Dinger, 3.54; Breezy Bernard, 3.77), Paloma Valley (Sheldon Larson, 3.73; Sydney Schueller, 4.00), Temecula Prep (Conner Michalak, 4.00) and Temecula Valley (Matthew Camello, 3.93; Kerri Jensen, 3.90).
Ojai field announced
The field taking part in the 2011 Ojai Boys Tennis Tournament includes one local doubles team -- Trent Dickey and Gerrit Dickey of Temecula Prep.
Sophomore Troy Chavez -- the No. 1 singles player at Temecula Valley, ranked No. 1 in the CIF Southern Section Division III poll -- is an alternate, as is the Golden Bears' doubles team of Edgar Balanza and James Fang.
The tournament will begin April 28.