Local product excelling for UCLA softball team

Etiwanda High School product Delaney Spaulding of UCLA has been named a Top 10 Finalist for the inaugural National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) National Freshman of the Year Award.

The list will be trimmed to the top three on May 22, with the inaugural NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year trophy presented on May 27 prior to the start of the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City.

Spaulding leads the Bruins with 53 runs scored, 12 doubles, three triples and 17 stolen bases, adding a .361 batting average, six home runs and 40 runs batted in. She is also tied for first with two sacrifice flies, second with 37 walks and six sacrifice hits, tied for second with 52 hits and tied for third with a .500 on base percentage.

The freshman is tied for second on the team with 12 multiple-hit games, adding eight multi-RBI contests. She reached base in each of her first 23 collegiate games and had a 13-game hitting streak (Feb. 7-23) to go with a 10-game streak from April 15 to May 2. Spaulding has posted four different hitting streaks of at least six games this season.


Diego Bocanegra headed to Notre Dame as soccer assistant

Diego Bocanegra, who spent the past five years as assistant and associate head coach at Cal State Fullerton, has been named an assistant coach at Notre Dame, head coach Theresa Romagnolo announced Monday.

Cal State Fullerton associate women’s soccer head coach Diego Bocanegra has accepted an assistant coaching position at Notre Dame.

Bocanegra, a product of Alta Loma High School, joins Theresa Romagnolo’s staff as the first-year head coach was recently hired after serving as Dartmouth’s head coach for the past three seasons.

The Fighting Irish have won three national championships (1995, 2004, 2010) and made eight appearances in the NCAA national championship match.

Bocanegra spent five years (2009-13) as part of Cal State Fullerton women’s soccer coaching staff with head coach Demain Brown.

 Hired to his position in March of 2009 following a successful two-year run as head coach at NCAA Division II Cal State San Bernardino, Bocanegra was lauded nationally in 2012, named the NSCAA Far West Regional Assistant Coach of the Year.

 During the past five years, Fullerton has won one Big West regular season title (2012), one Big West Tournament championship (2013) and made one NCAA Tournament appearance (2013).

 At Cal State San Bernardino, Bocanegra complied a combined record of 18-13-9 in two seasons, helping guide three players to All-California Collegiate Athletic Association honors in 2007 and four in 2008 when they finished 10-5-5 overall and 7-4-3 in conference play, just narrowly missing out on a postseason berth.

He previously served two years as an assistant for Coach Noah Kooiman, a former Titan player, for both the men’s and women’s squads at CSUSB, and was an assistant coach for the men’s team at UC Riverside for three seasons.

 Prior to Bocanegra’s arrival, Cal State San Bernardino had posted a 14-37-6 overall record and a 9-30-5 mark in CCAA play from 2004-06.

Bocanegra has also been a fixture in club soccer locally, having coached the Alta Loma Arsenal Girls and Boys teams in various age categories for many years.



Redlands, CMS lead All-SCIAC softball selections

Athlete of the Year - Tara Robinson, Soph., SS, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Rookie of Year - Kaylilani Minami, Fr., P, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

First team
P Kaitlyn Hooper, Sr., Redlands
P Hayle Schultz, Jr., Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
C Sam Mellano, Jr., Whittier
1B Katie Savard, Soph., Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
2B Amanda Clark, Sr., Redlands
3B Mercedez Cundiff, Jr., Whittier
SS Victoria King, Jr, Redlands
DP Raven Freret, Sr., La Verne
OF AJ Carrasco, Soph., Redlands
OF Jackie Shimamoto, Sr., Occidental
OF Amana Lievanos, Sr., Redlands
UT Courtney Delano, Sr., Whittier
At-Large Natalie Both, Soph., Chapman

Second team
P Cassie Oregel, Jr., Chapman
P Hayley Jacquess, Fr., La Verne
C Morgan Beltz, Sr., Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
1B Alexis Schiff, Fr., La Verne
2B Brooklyn Robinson, Soph., Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
3B Taylor Cartwright, Jr., Chapman
SS Stephanie Martello, Sr., Cal Lutheran
OF Ashley Morello, Jr., Pomona-Pitzer
OF Janelle Shiozaki, Soph., Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
OF Mickala Gonzalez, Sr., Whittier
UT Danielle Vela, Jr., La Verne
At-large Kristin Hooper, Sr., Redlands
At-large Blake Lewis, Soph., Cal Lutheran


SBVC’s Jason Wilcoxson earns Player of Year honors


San Bernardino Valley sophomore outfielder Jason Wilcoxson (Claremont HS)
is the Player of the Year in the Foothill Conference and leads the group of those honored this season.

Here is the entire rundown:

Player of Year - Jason Wilcoxson, Soph., OF, San Bernardino Valley
Pitcher of Year - Austin Georgen, Fr., Rio Hondo
Coach of Year - Jeff Harlow (Chaffey), Mike Salazar (Rio Hondo) and Bill Mierzwik (San Bernardino Valley).

First team
Chris Butcher, Fr., RP, Rio Hondo
Chad Butler, Fr., DH, Cerro Coso
Anthony Carrizosa, Soph., P, San Bernardino Valley
Aaron Cisneros, Fr., 1B, San Bernardino Valley
Robert Cummins, Soph., C, Chaffey
A.J. David, Soph., Ut., San Bernardino Valley
Andrew Dorado, Soph., 1B., Ut., Chaffey
Andrew Epstein, Soph., P, Barstow
Nathan Finn, Fr., RP, Chaffey
Jake Gallaway, Soph., Inf., Chaffey
Miguel Gonzalez, Soph., P, Rio Hondo
Tyler Long, Fr., OF, Barstow
Colton McCluskey, Fr., Inf., Desert
Michael McNicholl, Soph., DH, Barstow
Jeremy Moreno, Fr., RP, San Bernardino Valley
Brandon Munoz, Soph., OF, Rio Hondo
Nick Piraino, Fr., Inf., Rio Hondo
Nick Przybylek, P, Fr., San Bernardino Valley
Kevin Riley, Fr., Inf., Chaffey
Tyler Schoenfeld, Fr., OF, Chaffey
Mason Shiflett, Soph., Ut., Chaffey
Austin Wallace, Soph., Inf, Inf., Barstow

Second team
Mason Adams, Soph., Inf., San Bernardino Valley
Aaron Ashton, Soph., 1B, Rio Hondo
Dalton Biden, Fr., 1B, Desert
Jose Bueno, Soph., C, Barstow
Cory Brooks, Fr., OF, Victor Valley
Jesus Caporal, Soph., Inf., Rio Hondo
Manny Chavez, Fr., Inf., Victor Valley
Austin Crank, Fr., RP, Barstow
Adolfo Espinoza, Soph., P, Victor Valley
Juan Gonzalez, Fr., RP, Rio Hondo
Tanner Kiest, Soph., P, Chaffey
Hector Partida, Soph., C, Rio Hondo
Merrick Patito, Fr., RP, Chaffey
Mike Peluffo, Soph., OF, San Bernardino Valley
Antonio Ruiz, Fr., OF, Rio Hondo
James Squire, Fr., P, Victor Valley

Golden Glove winners - Bryce Brooks, Inf., Rio Hondo; Jesus Caporal, Inf., Rio Hondo; Daniel Ceballos, Inf., SBVC; Aaron Cisneros, 1B, SBVC; Robert Cummins, C, Chaffey; Tyler Long, OF, Barstow; Brandon Munoz, OF, Rio Hondo; James Squire, P, Victor Valley.

Several locals among those earning Foothill Conference honors in softball

Here is the complete list of Foothill Conference honors in softball:

Pitcher of Year - Alyssa Fuimaono, Soph., College of the Desert
Player of Year - Danyelle Sturm, Soph., 1B, College of the Desert
Coach of Year - Thomas Armstrong, College of the Desert

First team
Roxanne Allen, Soph., Ut., Desert
Alexis Amouroux, Soph., Inf., Victor Valley
Ilebe Ducoing, Fr., Inf., San Bernardino Valley
Kelcvee Fessenden, Fr., C, Barstow
Monica Gomez, Soph., P, Rio Hondo
Savanah Guzman, Fr., Inf., San Bernardino Valley
Alexandria Haro, Soph., OF, Chaffey
Andrea Kolwyck, Soph., Inf., Barstow
Courtney Leach, Soph., P, San Bernardino Valley
Alicia Morris, Fr., P, San Bernardino Valley
Lauren Ortiz, Soph., Ut., Desert
Natalie Padilla, Soph., Inf., Desert
Rylee Perez, Soph., Inf., Desert
Tiffany Soria, Soph., 1B, Rio Hondo
Jacquelyn Valdez, Soph., Ut., Rio Hondo

Second team
Meagan Alvarez, Fr., OF, Barstow
Anotinette Armas, Soph., Ut., San Bernardino Valley
Sarrah Bolding, Fr., Inf., Desert
Marissa Dado, Fr., OF, Barstow
Anabel De Casas, Soph., OF, Rio Hondo
Laurie Haro, Fr., C, San Bernardino Valley
Tori Heinemann, Soph., OF, Desert
Erin Mosqueda, Fr., OF, San Bernardino Valley
Aishia Ruiz, Soph., Ut., Rio Hondo
Alysia Santos, Fr., P, Victor Valley
Cassaundra Santoyo, Fr., OF, Chaffey
Valarie Talamantez, Soph., P, Barstow
Diana Terrazas, Soph., Inf., Desert

SBVC softball team making rare playoff apperance

The San Bernardino Valley College softball team was second in the Foothill Conference behind College of the Desert. That means the Wolverines will be making their first postseason appearance since 1998.

The Wolverines will have to face a formidable foe in No. 1 Palomar in a best of three series.  The first game is on Saturday with the the second and if necessary games coming on Sunday.

Mt. SAC, Citrus and Riverside also will be in action.

Here is the complete playoff rundown:

No. 16 San Bernardino Valley (17-15) at No. 1 Palomar (31-4).
No. 9 Saddleback (29-14) at No. 8 East Los Angeles (29-9)
No. 13 Cuesta (26-13) at No. 4 Santiago Canyon (32-6)
No. 12 Allan Hancock (26-13) at No. 5 Santa Ana (32-8)
No. 14 College of the Canyons (22-17) at No. 3 College of the Desert (34-6)
No. 11 Citrus (27-13) at No. 6 Mt. SAC (32-8)
No. 10 Cerritos (30-10) at No. 7 Riverside (27-11)
No. 15 Grossmont (21-17) at No. 2 Cypress(28-12)

SBVC among teams in the hunt for postseason title

The community college playoffs get underway on Friday with best-of-three series starting throughout California. The second games are Saturday with the if-necessary to follow. Here’s the schedule:

Results of Tuesday play-in games
No. 17 El Camino 2, No. 16 Mt. SAC 1
No. 15 East Los Angeles 6, No. 18 Canyons 5

Friday’s games
No. 17 El Camino (23-14) at No. 1 Orange Coast (27-9)
No. 9 Southwestern (25-11) at No. 8 Rio Hondo (25-11)
No. 12 Los Angeles Pierce (19-16-1) at No. 5 Cerritos (25-12)
No. 13. Allan Hancock (22-13-1) at No. 4 Palomar (27-9)
No. 14 Long Beach City (21-15) at No. 3 Santa Ana (25-11)
No. 11 San Bernardino Valley (26-10) at No. 6 Santa Barbara (23-13)
No. 10 Saddleback (22-14) at No. 7 Los Angeles Mission (23-13)
No. 15 East Los Angeles (24-13) at No. 2 Oxnard (27-9)

Citrus basketball trio sign with four-year schools

From left to right. Olivia Montgomery, Jaelyn Wilson, and Jasmin Longtin have all accepted scholarship offers from four-year universities.

Three sophomores from Citrus College have decided their next destination. That trio includes  Olivia Montgomery, Jaelyn Wilson, and Jasmin Longtin. Montgomery is moving on to UC Irvine while Wilson is attending UC Riverside. Longtin will also stay close to home at Biola.

Montgomery was a first team All-WSC South Selection this past year, averaging 14.7 points and 6.4 rebounds a game. Montgomery’s highlight came against Bakersfield, when she had a career high 28 with 18 rebounds.

Wilson, a product of Colony High school, averaged 15.9 points, 9.7 rebounds, 1.6 blocks, and 1.1 steals a game with 13 double-doubles. Her career high of 30 came against Antelope Valley.

Rounding was a key contributor for Citrus over the last two seasons, providing energy and rebounding for the Owls. As a sophomore Longtin averaged six points and six boards a game.



Local track stars win SCIAC Athlete of the Week awards

Senior tracks standout Darron Usher of University of Redlands and Lenore Moreno of University of La Verne are the SCIAC Athletes of the Week.

Usher (Yucaipa HS) won three events at the SCIAC Multi-Dual meet with two career-best showings. He also had three second-place finishes en route to leading the Bulldogs to an undefeated SCIAC Multi-Dual season.

Usher tied his career-best height in the high jump with a first-place performance of 6′ 6 ¾” while uncorking the fastest time of his career in the 110 hurdles (15.23) for first place.  As the lead member of the 4×100 Relay team, he helped the Bulldogs to garner another season-best winning time of 41.37 seconds.

He also notched second in the 400 hurdles (55.02), long jump (22′ 5″) and triple jump (43′ 9 ¼”).

Moreno won her section of the 5,000 meters at the 56th annual Mt. San Antonio College Relays with a time of 16 minutes, 28.26 seconds, which shattered a 32-year-old SCIAC record set by Cindy Nagle (16:38.1) of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in 1982.

Moreno also set a new La Verne standard, surpassing Janice Krich’s mark of 17:14 set in 1993.

Moreno’s time currently ranks second in Division III this season. Cara DeAngelis of Ohio Wesleyan posted a 16:25.30 at the Jesse Owens Classic to take the top spot on Saturday.

Damien product signs with Utah for basketball

Freshman Chris Reyes has signed a scholarship offer with the University of Utah.

Citrus College sophomore basketball standout Chris Reyes (Damien HS) has signed a scholarship offer to go to the PAC-12 with the University of Utah.

In his one season with the Owls, Reyes was a dominant force, and staked his claim as arguably the best big man in Citrus history. He lead the Western States Conference in blocks (3.7 bpg), rebounds (12.0 rpg), and field goal percentage (59.7%). He also finished third overall in scoring (18.7 ppg).

Reyes posted a double-double in eight of the twelve conference contests, and posted season highs of rebounds (24 vs Santa Monica), blocks (9 at Bakersfield), and points (28 at Antelope Valley) all throughout the course of conference play.

He was an All-State Selection and the Western State Conference South Division Player of the Year.