Don Lugo’s Ana Resendiz gets meeting with alum Diana Taurasi

Ana Meets Diana

Here is the video the Phoenix Mercury put together for Ana.

Don Lugo senior basketball star Ana Resendiz had quite the season, All she did was break the long-standing record for 3-pointers in a season set by one of that school’s most famous alums in Diana Taurasi.

Well she got a face to face meeting with the WNBA superstar recently. Taurasi paid for Resendiz, her family and coaches to make the trip to the Phoenix Mercury’s first home game of the season on May 20 against the Seattle Storm.

She got to meet Taurasi and watched the team in its game-day shoot around. She got second row seats for the game later that night and the team put together a video highlighting her achievement and meeting her idol which was played over the video board at the first time out. She was also presented a ball signed by tthe players.

“It was a great experience, very surreal,” Resendiz said. “I learned a lot just watching them.”

The Mercury lost to the Storm 81-80 although Taurasi did have 23 points and six assists.

Resendiz ended up with 136 3-pointers which also ranked her second in the country.  She averaged 22.4 points a game, earning first team All-Inland Valley honors.

She is undecided on a college right now.

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Ganesha’s Emilio Delgado follows teammate to college

Ganesha High School baseball standout Emilio Delgado is following a current teammate and has signed with NAIA Valley City College (N.D.).

Giants catcher Matt Rhodus signed with the same school earlier this week.

Delgado excelled both at the plate and on the mound in helping the Giants to their first league title in 50 years.

He was the team’s leading hitter at .407 and also led the way in RBI (18) and runs scored (20).

He was even more pivotal on the mound, going 9-1 1ith a 1.17 ERA in 14 appearances, seven of those starts.

He turned in a complete game shutout in a 1-0 win over local rival Garey the last week of the season that secured a share of the the school’s first league title in 50 years.

He was a first-team All Miramonte League selection this year and was a four-year varsity starter.

Delgado is going primarily as a pitcher but can also play the corner infield positions.

“Right now I am going to focus on my pitching but I will play somewhere else if they need me there,” he said.

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Former Alta Loma pitcher Michael Koval starring for Cal Poly Pomona

Michael Koval

Junior right-hander Michael Koval of Cal Poly Pomona has been named All-American, marking the third straight year that a CPP player has earned the accolade. It also makes six honorees in the six years of head coach Randy Betten‘s tenure.

Koval, a graduate of Alta Loma High School,  is the 29th All-American in the history of the Broncos’ baseball program.

He leads the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) in earned run average (1.91) and ranks second in wins with nine. He has allowed just five extra base hits, all of which were doubles. Through 2016, Koval owns a 9-3 record in 89.1 innings pitched. He has struck out 65 hitters.

In early May, Koval was selected as the CCAA Pitcher of the Year. Last week in the opening game of the West Regional, Koval tossed 7.1 shutout innings as the Broncos went on to defeat Chico State 11-1 in that game.

Koval’s honor comes from the NCAA Division II Conference Commissioner’s Association (CCA) and the entire All-America team is featured hereGet Acrobat Reader. The CCA encourages and promotes Division II athletics and high standards of sportsmanship as important elements of higher education.

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Ganesha catcher Matt Rhodus signs with NAIA school

Ganesha High School baseball standout Matt Rhodus has signed with NAIA Valley City College in North Dakota.

Rhodus signing

Rhodus was a key player for the Giants (18-5) who captured their first league title in 50 years. He played first base, catcher and outfield but was being recruited as a catcher.

“I really think that’s my best position,” he said. “I’m really going to focus on that and I’m exicted about the opportunity.”

Rhodus hit .305 with 17 RBI and 19 runs scored and was noted as a solid defensive catcher a well, earning first-team Miramonte League honors.

He was also one of the Giants team captains.

Rhodus plans to visit the school next month. He did get to meet with the coaches and players, traveling to Arizona when that team was there for a spring break tournament.

He got hooked up with that particular school because two of Ganesha’s assistant coaches, Carlos Rosales and Robert Wiley, are alumni of that school.

Rhodus plans to major in math.


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Heather Inglima takes over volleyball program at Chino

Heather Inglima has been named head volleyball coach at Chino High School.

She had served as the junior varsity coach the last two years and wants to help a program that was 1-41 over the last two years under the previous coach.

“The biggest thing is to instill some confidence and get them to start having fun again,” she said. ”

“When you have a couple of years like they have had, people start playing selfish,” she added. “I want to get them back to working together and playing together as a team and help them build those sisterhood bonds that come when you play on a team. Then you can start being successful.”

Inglima, 31, is a 2002 graduate of Upland High School where she competed for the Highlanders.

Her junior varsity team went 5-15 a year ago, which was an improvement over 3-17 the previous year.

It may seem like an uphill battle but she said about 50 percent of the players in the program have some club experience so all is not lost. Her modest goal for the first year is to make the playoffs as one of the representatives out of the Hacienda League which has been dominated by Los Altos and Diamond Ranch of late.

“We have five teams in our league and three make the playoffs,” she said. “I don’t think that it out of reach.”


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Steve Baik talks about transition from Chino Hills to LA Fairfax

Steve Baik, head coach for Chino Hills boys basketball, led the team to an unbeaten season, and a CIF state championship, has resigned as head coach. (Staff file photo/Southern California News Group)

Steve Baik admits when he stepped down as basketball coach at Chino Hills earlier this month he thought about not coaching. You can’t do much better than what his team did last year – undefeated, national championship.

And he wanted to spend more time with his wife and two sons.

Then Los Angeles Faifax coach Harvey Kitani, a close friend of his, called and told him he was going to step down there to take a position at Rolling Hills Prep and the door was open there. It was an opportunity Baik could not pass up.

“With the program and tradition they have there it is a great opportunity,” he said, talking about the new position for the first time. “I am going to keep the staff there that is already in place. Will be a great place to just worry about coaching basketball.”

Baik lives in Altadena not far off the 2 freeway and says the commute has been cut in half so the job does get him a little closer to home.

With Chino Hills and Fairfax both likely being in the Open Division again next year his new team could be facing his old team. He thinks they’ll likely meet in summer play along the way too and says he will be the Huskies No. 1 fan when the teams are not playing each other.

“I’m going to miss all those kids and I wish nothing but the best for them. I love them like sons,” Baik said. “I’m going to be their biggest fan.”

News of his appointment broke on Friday, a few hours before the Huskies were presented national championship mementos from both MaxPreps and USA Today. He didn’t want to talk about the new job then and take away from the attention he wanted on his now former players.

Baik had been with the Huskies for nine years, the last six of those as head coach.
With all the festivities honoring his team taking place Baik acknowledges there was never going to be a “good” time to resign or announce a new position which is also why he considered not coaching the next school year.

“Opportunities like this don’t come around often,” he said. “I felt like I had to jump at it but will always be grateful for my time at Chino Hills.”

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Damien volleyball gets first round home game in playoffs

Damien Spartans of La Verne won the CIF-SS Division 5 boys volleyball championship against Laguna Blanca Owls of Santa Barbara by winning three matches in a row at Cerritos College Saturday, May 21, 2016.(Photo by Walt Mancini/Pasadena Star-News)

Southern Section playoffs aren’t enough. No, there are also state playoffs.

So fresh off repeating as CIF Southern Section Division 5 champions, the Damien volleyball team is gearing up once again. The third-seeded Spartans (32-7) will host No. 6 Encinitas San Dieguito Academy in Division III play at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

San Dieguito was the Valley League champion and won the San Diego section Division 3  championship.

Sometimes teams have trouble getting excited about another round of playoffs but Spartans coach Randy Bohlmann thinks his team will be up for the challenge.

“Last year we got a tough draw and had Corona del Mar in the first round so the guys pretty much knew our chances weren’t good,” he said. “I think they’re more excited this time.”

Here is link to story on Damien’s win over Laguna Blanca in Saturday’s CIF Division 5 title match.




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Chino Hills boys basketball team collects honors: Baik confirms new job

The undefeated and national champion Chino Hills boys basketball team was honored in festivities at the school’s football stadium Friday night.

Representatives from MaxPreps were on hand to present the Huskies their national championship trophy with coach Steve Baik, who resigned two weeks ago, accepting on behalf of the team.

USA Today, another of the outlets that crowned the Huskies national champion, presented a banner.

The Huskies went 35-0, winning CIF Open Division honors and going on to win a state title as well.

They scored 100 points or more 18 times and won every playoff game by 20 points or more. That kind of dominant effort has most basketball experts putting the Huskies among the best high schools teams ever assembled.

Lonzo Ball, the lone senior on the squad, was presented an award for being named National Player of the Year.

Younger brother LaMelo and Onyeka Okongwu were joint recipients of the Freshman of the Year honor. Okongwu was not on hand but LaMelo collected his award.

Baik confirmed that he had just accepted the head coaching position at Los Angeles Fairfax High School but didn’t want to comment on that and take attention away from his team.


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Upland Christian gets baseball playoff bid at last minute

Boys Republic was the fourth-place team out of the Arrowhead League in the Division 6 draw but injuries are preventing the school from fielding a team.

The league is allowed to replace Boys Republic in the bracket prior to the completion of the first-round of playoff but the fifth-place team, Riverside Christian, also declined to participate. That left the decision to the sixth-place team – Upland Christian, 5-14-1 overall and 4-9-1 in league play.

Athletic Director Mark Edgemon checked with first-year coach Brandon Daily and the team and they were eager for the opportunity. So they will play at Santa Paula at 3:15 p.m. Thursday.

Edgemon said he was notified at 1 p.m. Tuesday. The team hadn’t practice since its regular season ended a week ago. It will have two practices before the playoff game but still wanted the chance.

“It’s a young team and it will be a good experience for them,” Edgemon said. “If they weren’t up for it, we wouldn’t have said yes but they really wanted a chance to be in the playoffs.”

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Upland track standout Kierra Davis signs with UC Davis

Upland High School track standout Kierra Davis wasn’t sold on UC Davis at first. The coach wanted her to run the 400 meters and she was more interested in focusing on the 100 and 200.

But the more she talked with the coaching staff, the more she was willing to hear what they had to say. A visit to the school last month also proved to be the turning point and she ended up signing with the NCAA Division I institution.

“They really wanted me and showed so much interest,” she said. “I went up there and I really liked it and thought it would be a great fit for me.”

Davis also had offers from UNLV, Sacramento State and Liberty (Va.) with UC Irvine also heavily pursuing her.

Another positive of picking UC Davis that she has a former teammate there in Mikaela Adolphus, who is just finishing her freshman year. The two have talked extensively and are looking forward to being teammates once again.

“That will definitely make it a lot more fun,” she said. “She was my host when I went for the visit and we had a great time.”

The Highlanders standout has emerged as one of Southern California’s top sprinters. She ranks ninth in the 200, her favorite event, with a best of 24.40 coming at the Baseline League finals. She is also 19th in the 100 with a best of 12.06.

Davis is also a key runner for the 4×100 relay that is currently ranked fourth with a best of 47.14 coming at the Mt. SAC Relays.

Davis plans to major in psychology or sociology.

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