“I went up there for the visit on Thursday, spent the weekend out there and before I left, I talked with the head coach. Then, I committed,” said Cornell, who lives in Azusa. “I have been living in Southern California my whole life, so I can stand something different.” Cornell, a power forward, was a key cog on Amat’s state championship team that went 35-0 last season. She led the team in scoring, averaging 10.4 points. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “It’s one of the best feelings I have had,” Cornell said. “I’ve been working hard for this for a long time. That’s one of the reasons I came to Amat, because my chances were so much better to go to college. Now I can just focus on volleyball and then basketball season. “It was a stressful process, and for me to get it out of the way, it’s definitely a blessing.” The recruiting chaos isn’t over in the Cornell household, however. Juanise’s brother, Jonathan, who plays linebacker for the Lancers, is one of the top football recruits in the country. “The funny thing is, he is actually jealous of me,” Juanise Cornell said. “He’s like, ‘You get to go out of state.’ But I tell him he’s being recruited by USC, the national champions, and a good school like UCLA. His decision is probably tougher than mine was. Going to college is something we both wanted to do. I already know what my decision is, now he has to make his.” – West Covina’s football team was hit hard by injuries during last week’s 28-12 win over Diamond Ranch. Bishop Amat High School girls basketball player Juanise Cornell orally committed to Colorado State University on Sunday. Cornell, a Tribune All-Area selection last season as a junior, made her decision during a recruiting trip to Colorado State in Fort Collins, Colo., this past weekend. The biggest loss was starting guard Jeremy Barrera, who fractured his leg in the fourth quarter and could miss the remainder of the season. Barrera’s backup, Edmund Alvarado, the team’s starting fullback, also was injured the game. Alvarado left the game in the first half with a high ankle sprain. He is expected to miss only two weeks. Defensive back Abel Sandoval left the game in the second half after a jarring hit that left him dizzy. He is not expected to miss any time. The rash of new injuries come at a time when Bulldogs running back William Wallace is less than 100 percent because of a bruised knee. West Covina coach Mike Maggiore said Wallace would have played more against Diamond Ranch if needed. Barrera’s injury concerned Maggiore the most as the team prepares for undefeated Monrovia on Friday night. The Bulldogs’ offensive line was the team’s most inexperienced unit entering the season. “It was a huge concern before the game against Diamond Ranch,” Maggiore said of his offensive line. “And it’s still a concern. The other guys did a pretty good job. With the skill kids we have, I would say it’s going to remain a concern for the entire year.” West Covina had little trouble with Monrovia in last year’s 38-0 victory. Memories of that performance are long forgotten, though, according to Maggiore. “We’re a different team than we were last year,” he said. “We have so many guys that didn’t play in that game. With Monrovia being 2-0 and outscoring their first two opponents 60-something to 13, I don’t think we’ll be overconfident.” — Aram Tolegian can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2233, or by e-mail at [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!