A week-by-week look at our “Athlete of Week” selections


Here’s a week-by-week look at who our selections for So Cal Prep Legends Athletes of the Week have been:

Nov. 29 – Owen Bishop, Claremont cross country
Nov. 22 – Thomas Graham, Rancho Cucamonga football
Nov. 15 – Troy Temmink, Summit football
Nov. 8 – Tommy McDonnell, Etiwanda football
Nov. 1 – Nathan Tilford, Colony football
Oct. 25 – Anthony Miller, Don Lugo football
Oct. 18 – Duy Tran-Sampson, Claremont football
Oct. 11 – Jaylon Redd, Rancho Cucamonga football
Oct. 4 – Michell Fargo, Webb water polo
Sept. 27Stephen Carr, Summit football
Sept 20Antoine Paul, Ontario football
Sept. 13 – Kyle Jones, Upland football
Sept. 6 – Andrew Almazan, Chino football
Aug. 26 – Jacob Camargo, Damien football

Nov. 29 – Morgan Hall, Loma Linda volleyball
Nov. 22 – Annie Boos, Claremont cross country
Nov. 15 – Mikaela Ramirez, Ayala cross country
Nov. 8 – Simone Bliss, Claremont volleyball
Nov. 1 – Angelica Kusnowwo, Diamond Bar golf
Oct. 25 – Kenzie Koerber, Chino Hills volleyball
Oct. 18. – Jacquelyne Hill, Etiwanda cross country
Oct. 11 – Annie Boos, Claremont cross country
Oct. 4 – Sahara Martinez, Bonita volleyball
Sept. 27Alexis Cardoza, Chino Hills volleyball
Sept. 20 – Bria Beale, Rancho Cucamonga volleyball
Sept. 13 – Annaka Jorgenson, Ontario Christian volleyball
Sept. 6 – Mary Bagshaw, Rancho Cucamonga volleyball

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A complete rundown of final day at Prestasater Classic

Here are final scores from the last day of action at the Gary Prestasater Classic at San Dimas High School:

Championship – Rancho Cucamonga 59, Upland 54
3rd place – San Dimas 67, South Hills 59
5th place – Arcadia73, Rowland 62
7th place – Ridgecrest Burroughs 52, Alta Loma 51
9th place – Silverado 761, Bell Gardens 31

Most Valuable Player – Kelvin Wright, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga

All-Tournament team
Michael Flynn, Upland
Cole Hayes, Burroughs
Curtis Hong, Rowland
Donnell Leffridge, San Dimas
Isaac Nelson, Arcadia
Toby Okworoki, Rancho Cucamonga
Ronny Rafeh, San Dimas
Jason Rodriguez, South Hills
Osys Stokes, Upland
Darren Williams, Rancho Cucamonga

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All-Star volleyball game coming up Sunday at Miller

The Inland Valley All-Star Volleyball Classic will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday at Miller High School.

Chino coach Heather Inglima will direct one team while Yucaipa’s Amber Von Kaenel will coach the other.

This is the second year of the event. The teams were not divided by geographic boundaries but separated to provide a balanced, competitive match. Organizers also wanted to give players a chance to compete with those they haven’t traditionally played with so high school teammates could be on opposite side of the net this time.

The admission fee is $5 for adults and $3 for kids, veterans and senior citizens.

Here are the players chosen to participate:

Bria Beale, Rancho Cucamonga
Jordin Bishop, Ayala
Simone Bliss, Claremont
Courtney Chew, Apple Valley
Kacy Hele, Granite Hills
Hailey Hubbard, Big Bear
Kenzie Koerber, Chino Hills
Claire Kovensky, Citrus Valley
Diana Maile, Redlands East Valley
Makaila Montello, Chino
Marissa Montoya, Glendora
Ryley Moore, Sultana
Veronica Ramirez, Miller
Juvelina Rodriguez, Fontana

Alexis Cardoza, Chino Hills
Telanni Childs, Upland
Tylia Dixon, Don Lugo
Victoria Duarte, Alta Loma
Natalie Escher, Redlands
Kayla Fisher, Yucaipa
Natalie Hadder, Yucaipa
Roni Rea Lopez, Grand Terrace
Sahara Martinez, Bonita
Nicole Omwanghe, Claremont
Shiann Palos, Summit
Leslie Parades, Ontario
Ashlynn Ritter, Ontario Christian
Brooklyn Wilson, Cajon

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Chino Hills senior LiAngelo Ball has night to remember

Chino Hill’s LiAngelo Ball at Haas Pavillion in Berkeley, CA on Friday, March 27, 2015. 2nd half of CIF State Division 1 boys basketball final between Chino Hills and Danville’s San Ramon Valley. San Ramon Valley won 79-71 in double overtime. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze)

It has been quite a start to the season for the Chino Hills boys basketball team and senior LiAngelo Ball in particular.

The middle of the basketBall brothers has scored 154 points in his team’s first three games at the Corona Centennial BattleZone. It was a 72-point output in Wednesday night’s 128-108 over Rancho Christian that had social media buzzing and the most knowledgeable experts scouring through record books.

Ball, who will follow older brother Lonzo to UCLA, shot 44 percent (28-for-60) from the field which included a 13-for-32 showing from long distance.

It was the most points in school history and the sixth most all-time in a game in CIF-SS history, and tenth best single-game in state history.

Tigran Grigorian of Los Angeles Mesrobian holds the CIF-SS record with 100 points in a game set in 2002-03.

First-year coach Stephan Gilling, who took over the reigns from Steve Baik, says that likely won’t be the last time Ball puts up those kind of numbers.

“We’re going to see more games like that,” Gilling said. “He’s a scorer.”

Ball had 26 in the Huskies first game, a 101-82 win over Rancho Verde on Monday. He then dumped in 56 on Tuesday in a 121-89 win over Orange Lutheran.

While scoring is LiAngelo’s forte, Gilling said the other dynamic that has been added to his game is the role of leader. Lonzo had been that player all four of his year but with him having departed, that role is now squarely on LiAngelo.

“This is is team now,” Gilling said. “He’s been through it all and knows his role now is to take on that part of the game too.”


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Chris Rix football camp and combine coming up next month

The sixth annual Chris Rix Christmas Combine and Power Camp is slated for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17 at Maranatha High School (169 S St John Ave., Pasadena). It is open to athletes ages 8 to 18.

The morning will be reserved for basic skills testing with the afternoon featuring other sessions including a guest speaker yet to be determined. Rix said the skills testing will give the participants their exact numbers so they know exactly what they need to work on to get to the next level.

The cost is $150 or $75 with a toy donation for charity.

“It started six years ago because we had a lot of kids that were done with the season and looking for something to keep them going,” said Rix, the former Florida State quarterback and current sideline reporter for Fox Sports West. “It grew from there.”

Here is link for more information and athlete sign-up and here is another with video. The event is limited to the first 100 who register. For more information, call (909) 762-8975.


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Webb names new coaches in two spring sports

The Webb School has a pair of new coaches as Ron Smith has been selected to take over the softball program and Chanel Parker chosen for the head track position.

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Parker is a six-time All American, with most of her accolades coming in hurdles. She was captain of the varsity track team during each of her four years at Narbonne High School in Harbor City.

After spending her freshman year of college at University of Hawaii, Parker returned to Southern California, competing for Cal State Dominguez Hills and winning a national championship as part of the Toros’ 4×400 meter relay team.

Parker has been an assistant coach at CSU-Dominguez Hills and at Carson High School, where she served on her father’s coaching staff.

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Smith, a graduate of Corona High School, most recently served as hitting coach at Riverside Community College but has 30 years of coaching experience in the Inland Empire.

His coaching career began as an assistant varsity coach at Norco High School, then moved on to Roosevelt. He had two coaching stints at his alma mater, from 1997 to 2006, and from 2014 to 2015. Corona made two CIF Finals appearances in Smith’s first tenure.

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Claremont, Ontario Christian remain in state volleyball hunt

VIDEO: Claremont’s Emilee Rohrer talks about her team getting a second chance in the state playoffs.

The volleyball teams from Claremont and Ontario Christian to to the court again on Tuesday looking to get one step closer to a state title.

The Southern California Regional semifinals are scheduled. Claremont (22-8), the No. 11 seed, will travel to No. 2 Lakewood-St. Joseph’s (27-14) in Division II play.

Claremont has had quite the season under first-year coach Daniel Reighter, The Wolfpack claimed a share of the Palomares League title by beating Glendora in the regular season finale. It is the first league title in the sport in 18 years.

Claremont lost in Southern Section play in the semifinal to Sierra Canyon but has been impressive in its state tournament play. The Wolfpack advanced with a 3-0 win over Westridge Saturday.

St. Joseph was the second-place team out of the Del Rey League behind La Salle. It defeated Glendora 3-1 to win the Southern Section Division 3 championship.

Elsewhwere, No. 6 Ontario Christian (22-6) will be at No. 2 Point Loma (22-12) in Division IV action.

The Knights, led by sophomore Annaka Jorgenson, bested rival Riverside Notre Dame on Saturday in the So Cal quarterfinal. It was the fourth time those teams had played and Notre Dame had won the first three.

Point Loma was the second-place team out of the City Western League. It lost in the quarterfinals of the San Diego draw in Division 1.

Regional finals are slated for Saturday with the highest seeded team hosting. Those winners advance to state title games on Sat., Dec. 6 against the Northern California winner at Santiago Canyon College.

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Rancho Cucamonga cracks national football rankings

The Mater Dei, St. John Bosco and Corona Centennial football teams have been ranked nationally all season.  Now add a fourth Southern California team, Rancho Cucamonga.

The Cougars (12-0) have jumped into the MaxPreps rankings at No. 19 on he heels of an impressive 42-26 win over Mission Viejo on Friday.  Mission Viejo had won 39 straight games and two straight CIF titles with that win streak dating back more than two years.

Those four teams are the four left vying for CIF-Southern Section Division 1 honors. On Friday Bosco squares off Centennial at Cerritos College while Rancho plays No. 3 Mater Dei, the highest ranked of those teams.


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Alta Loma’s Max Reyes signs with Azusa Pacific

Infielder Max Reyes of Alta Loma was among the large number of Inland Valley Valley finalizing his college decision, signing with NCAA Division II Azusa Pacific today.

Reyes, a second baseman and shortstop, helped the Braves (14-9-1) to a second-place showing in the Mt. Baldy League last spring. He has been a starter since his freshman year.

Azusa Pacific was the only school he visited but he had also been talking to Cal State Bakersfield and Cal Poly Pomona.

“I liked the campus and the small school feel,” he said. “The baseball program is very good and it’s close to home and those were things I was looking for.”

Reyes, who plans to major in business, said he didn’t feel like waiting to see if any other offers came along should he have a stellar senior season.

“I really like what they had to offer so I didn’t see the need to wait.” he said.

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Here’s our list of local athletes signing

Joseph Bahna, San Dimas, Cal State San Marcos
Brett Borgogno, Chino Hills, Cal State Fullerton
Marcos Castenon, Carter, UC Santa Barbara
Drew Cowley, Upland, Cal Poly Pomona
Tyler Freeman, Etiwanda, Texas Christian
Jake Gentry, Claremont, Azusa Pacific
Chris Jimenez, Etiwanda, Long Beach State
Jarret Lindsay, Bonita, Point Loma Nazarene
Kalani Matton, Damien, Cornell
Isaiah Paige, Damien, Michigan
Hayden Pearce, Glendora, CS San Bernardino
Michael Pineiro, Los Osos, Maryland
Chad Plant, Upland, UC Santa Barbara
Max Reyes, Alta Loma, Azusa Pacific
Nathan Schneider, Bonita, St. Mary’s
Ryan Rodriguez, Upland, UC Davis
Adam Seminaris, Ayala, Long Beach State
Harrison Spohn, Damien, Cal Baptist

Alyssa Avalos, St. Lucy’s, Baylor
Jocelyn Baldon, Chino Hills, Cal State East Bay
Dakota Casper, St. Lucy’s Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Giana Ceccerelli, St. Lucy’s, Bryant University
Alyssa Diaz, Montclair, Delaware State
Samantha Diaz, Rancho Cucamonga, UNLV
Alyssia Duarte, Upland, Seattle University
Lauren Flores, Bonita, Hawaii-Hilo
Lauren Gutierrez, Upland, Nevada-Reno
Brooke Jackson, San Dimas, Concordia
Daymian Johnson, Carter, New Mexico
Tyler King, Upland, East Carolina
Destinee Lopez, Bonita, Metro State
Elyse Morris, Webb, St. John’s
Elizabeth Rienton, Upland, La Sierra
Mikayla Rubin, Chino Hills, Fairfield
Taylon Snow, Chino Hills, Auburn
Alondra Vicary, Jurupa Hills, College of Charleston
Brittany Vicary, Jurupa Hills, College of Charleston
Koryna Wright, Rancho Cucamonga, Metro State

Jenna Bailey, St. Lucy’s, Lafayette College
Bria Beale, Rancho Cucamonga, UC Irvine
Kenzie Koerber, Chino Hills, Utah
Sahara Martinez, Bonita, Texas-El Paso
Brennan Miller, St. Lucy’s, Houston Baptist

Joe Quintana, Bonita, Loyola Marymount

Joseph Anderson, Upland, Oregon
Zach Shinnick, Damien, USC

Mia Bailey, Alta Loma, Wyoming

Sabrina Garabet, St. Lucy’s, USC

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A quick rundown on the CIF volleyball semifinals

Five area teams are still in the hunt for a CIF volleyball title.  Here’s a list of the games and something on each.

Chino Hills (24-6) at Irvine Beckman (24-11) – The Huskies are the Baseline League champion and advanced to the semifinal with a quarterfinal upset of N. 3 seed Orange Lutheran. Senior Alexis Cardoza, whos has committed to Cal State San Bernardino, leads the team in kills (278) and is second in digs (265). The other notable standout is Utah commit Kenzie Koerber (217 kills), also a senior. Beckman was the third-place team in the Paciofic Coast League. It advanced with a 3-0 win over the No. 2 seed El Dorado.

Claremont (20-7) at Sierra Canyon (28-3) –
The second-seeded Wolfpack come in with a nine-match win streak. They beat Glendora in the regular season finale to earn a share of the Palomares League title, the school’s first in the sport in 18 years. Senior Simone Bliss boasts a team-high 201 kills. USC commit Emilee Rohrer is second (177). The catalyst of the offense is setter Kyle Robinson who has committed to Oregon. Daniel Reighter, the team’s sixth coach in as many years, does also got to a 6-2 offense with Merisa Marquez the other setter. Sierra Canyon, the Gold Coast League champion, is the third seed. The Trailblazers are led by 6-2 sophomore May Pertofsky (377 kills) and senior Cameron Antoine Dillon (259 kills, 103 blocks).

Riverside Notre Dame (26-9) at Ontario Christian (20-5) –
The teams are no stranger to each other, coming out of the same league. Ironically Notre Dame was only the third-place finisher in league and Ontario Christian the fourth. Notre Dame won both regular season matches 3-1 and 3-2 (15-12 in fifth). Sophomore Annaka Jorgenson (388 kills, 177 digs) is the dominant offensive weapon for the Knights. Notre Dame is more balanced with three players boasting 200 or more kills.

Division 8
Pomona Catholic (24-7) at Grace Brethren (19-6) –
The Pacers are the third seed, with Grace Brethren the second. Pomona Catholic was only the fourth-place finisher in its league but the top team teams were ranked 1-2 in Division 7. Junior Franki Piloto is the offensive leader. Grace was the second-place team out of the Tri-Valley League. The Lancers are balanced, with three players boasting 150 or more kills and another at 110.

Division 9
Capistrano Valley Christian at Upland Christian (26-3) –
The second-seeded Eagles were CIF champion and state runner-up last year and have mounted a nice run despite losing their top two players from that team. Freshman Jenna Holmes (371 kills) has been a key newcomer. She is the younger sister of one of the graduated players Rachel Holmes. Junior Makenna Lundquist (218 kills) has also excelled.  CVC, Co-Champion in the Express League, is the third seed. Sophomore rightside hitter Keara Rutz is the marquee player.

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