Colton High School’s Campa hopes to maintain family athletic, law enforcement tradition

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(Photo Courtesy/Hanna Sons Photography) Jared Campa was selected the Colton HS Male Athlete of the Year by the Citrus Belt Athletic Directors Association.

Jared Campa is carrying on the family tradition as sports award winners. It’s been 20 years since his uncle Shawn was named the Colton High School outstanding male athlete of the year and 25 years since his other uncle Gilbert was named Colton’s male athlete of the year. Jared’s father, Eric Campa was also a decorated Colton athlete who was the 1987 Co-MVP of the Citrus Belt League along with Fontana’s Greg Colbrunn. Eric Campa was also a 1st team All-CIF shortstop who was drafted by the Oakland A’s.

Jared Campa was just presented his school’s 2016 outstanding male athlete award patch from the Citrus Belt Athletic Directors Association at a brunch held May 10 at Cal Baptist University, Riverside. Like his uncle’s and father, Jared Campa will attend San Bernardino Valley College and play both baseball and football. The youngest Campa is a running back and a catcher/outfielder, who just earned a one-year, Valley Bound Scholarship that will take care of his college books, tuition, tutoring and incidentals.

“I think I’ve won these awards due to my awesome senior year playing baseball and football.” Campa said he played Colton HS football for coach Shawn Collins and baseball for Anthony Carrillo. He played four years varsity baseball and three years varsity football and maintained a 3.3 GPA while serving as the ASB senior class secretary at Colton HS. He possibly could have attended a four year college but said he would not have the chance to be a dual-sport athlete. “People tell me to stick with just baseball but I don’t want to give up football,” said Campa.

Photo Courtesy/Bernadette Lucero Campa Jared is pictured here with his younger brother Jordan, his mother Bernadette and his father Eric.
Photo Courtesy/Bernadette Lucero Campa
Jared is pictured here with his younger brother Jordan, his mother Bernadette and his father Eric.

Jared Campa enrolled at Colton just after its glory football and baseball days. He excelled despite not having the chance to showcase himself in high-profile CIF-playoff games. “Jared winning the athlete of the year award is a great achievement. He worked hard,” said Eric Campa, who currently is a detective for the Colton Police Department. “Not on winning teams doesn’t matter. It’s up to the individual to stay motivated.” Eric Campa realizes times have changed since he was in school and it’s now a difficult task to play two sports. “Coaches now frown on playing two sports but that is Jared’s decision,” said Eric Campa.

Jared Campa plans on continuing another family tradition. Like his father and uncles, he will pursue a career in law enforcement after taking college criminal justice classes. His uncle Gilbert is a CHP Sergeant and uncle Shawn is the security supervisor for the Colton Unified School District. Jared’s mother is the former Bernadette Lucero, who also graduated from Colton HS but did not play sports. Bernadette’s mother, Inez Lucero has owned Casa de Flores on Mount Vernon Avenue for 40 years.

The Citrus Belt Athletic Directors Association is made up of administrators from 84 of the regions 87 high schools. Each of those schools reportedly pays $200 annually for their athletic director to become a member. Those fees go toward producing the senior male/female athlete of the year award and the “league champion coaches.” There are usually 10 scholarships for $500 each that the AD Association awards annually to deserving scholar athletes.

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