Former Alta Loma coach ends up with league foe

Former Alta Loma football coach Joe Szczepanksi will be on the coaching staff at Ontario High School this season.

Szczepanski had headed the Braves program for four years but parted ways with that school in the fall although he still maintains a teaching position there.

Szczepanski will coach quarterbacks and help head coach John Kusleika run the offense.

“I am excited for the opportunity to try and help rebuild another program,” he said.

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Chino Hills celebrates 5 athletes making college decisions

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Five Chino Hills athletes celebrated their college decisions earlier this week.

The group includes brothers  Chris and Marcelo Arcos who plan on competing in cross county nearby at the University of La Verne.

Destinee Unabia is headed to Whittier College and Kailyn Riley to Indiana Tech to participate in track.

Alexa Lister is going the farthest away. She signed with Louisiana Tech for volleyball.

 

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Chino Hills sophomore LiAngelo Ball commits to UCLA

Chino Hills High School sophomore basketball standout LiAngelo Ball made a verbal commitment to UCLA on Wednesday.

He follows in the footsteps of much-heralded junior brother Lonzo who did the same a year ago. But Lonzo’s decision to go there wasn’t a factor in LiAngelo’s decision.

Why is that? Well Lonzo has said publicly he hopes to be one-and-done at UCLA and then go on to the NBA. If that happens he’d be leaving before LiAngelo gets there.

“I really like that they play an up-tempo game and the school has a great legacy in basketball,” he said.

The school being close to home was also a factor.  The brothers have considerable family support and presence at games and it’s something they would miss.

LiAngelo has made two unofficial visits to UCLA and never really considered another school.

Last season LiAngelo averaged 20.1 points and 3.5 rebounds with a season high of 53 in one early season tournament game. He was a first-team All-Inland Valley selection, helping the Huskies to a spot in the Division I state championship game.

He wanted to get the decision out of the way and make it public to focus on the rest of his high school career.

The high school season may have ended but he hasn’t stopped training. In addition to travel ball (Big Ballers) he is doing considerable conditioning.

“A lot of running hills and lifting weights,” he said. “We’re still working hard.”

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Chino High to host youth football camp

Chino High School will host a youth football camp dubbed “Don’t Wish For It, Work For It.”

The event will run from 9 a.m. to noon on May 16 at the school’s football stadium. The cost is just $5. Registration on site starts at 8 a.m.

Fundamentals will be stressed, along with the importance of academics.

Those with questions can contact coach Jesse Ceniceros at (909) 855-1623.

“We’re just trying to get out in the community,” said Ceniceros, who is in his first year after coming over from Norwalk. “We did this at Norwalk and had 100 or so kids. I think we can at least get that.”

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Rancho Cucamonga athlete makes college decision

Senior volleyball standout Kyriaki Tsigkounis of Rancho Cucamonga High School has committed to NCAA Division III Whittier College.

Last season Tsigkounis registered 128 kills, 107 digs and 133 assists for the Cougars who were second in the Baseline League behind Chino Hills.

Tsigkounis will get plenty of opportunities to play in front of friends and family. Whittier competes in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference along with locals University of La Verne, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Pomona-Pitzer.

She was also considering Occidental, another school that plays in that conference.

“When I went there I fell in love with the school,” says Tsigkounis, who carries a 4.0 grade point average. “I really liked the coaches and the team.”

Tsigkounis said she also considered going to college and just focusing on academics but wasn’t quite ready to end her competitive career.

“I really love the sport and I knew I would really miss it,” she said.

Last season the Whittier Poets went 8-17 overall and 6-10 in SCIAC play, placing sixth of nine teams in the conference.

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Chino Hills baseball team bolstered by newcomer

The Chino Hill High School baseball team won the Sierra League a year ago but was faced with the ultimate challenge this year in moving to the Baseline League.

If that weren’t enough the Huskies had a coaching change with Kyle Billingsley replaced by one of his former assistants in Kevin Chavez.

And the Huskies also graduated some key players.

Yes it’s a team game. But the Huskies have gotten an absolutely huge contribution from an unexpected source in senior Konnor Zickefoose. He played as a freshman, then didn’t the last two years.

Chavez was more than willing to have the player try out. Zickefoose, who also played linebacker on the school’s football team, didn’t just make the team, he earned a spot in the starting lineup. And he’s hitting clean-up.

That’s quite the addition to a lineup.

Heading into Wednesday’s game against Upland Zickefoose led the league in hitting (.481) and  slugging percentage (1.148). He was second in RBI (17), third in home runs (4) and third in on-base percentage (.533).

“We never imagined he would give us this,” Chavez said. “He has definitely been a pleasant surprise. If you’re going to be successful or win a league title you need one or two of those guys to come up big when maybe you didn’t expect it.”

 

 

 

 

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Chino High School celebrates athletes signing

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It’s never too late for a signing day celebration.

Today it was Chino High School honoring a handful of athletes who have decided on colleges. Four of those came in soccer and three were from a boys team that finished as CIF runner-up.

That list includes:

Brooke Ligtenberg, soccer – Cal State Fullerton
Blaine Quinzon, soccer – Ottawa University (Kansas)
Angel Flores, soccer – Hope International University
Baldemar Martinez, soccer, Rio Hondo College
Zachary Longe, baseball –  La Sierra University
Ashley Amancio, softball – Avila University
Devin Collins, football, University of LaVerne
Kenny Sutton, football, University of Redlands

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Upland’s Skyler Daniel signs with Auburn

Upland High School track standout Skyler Daniel has signed with SEC power Auburn.

Daniel, a high jump specialist, visited Auburn as well as Washington State and Temple.

“I really liked the environment and it was a place I could see myself living for the next four years,” she said.

Daniel is the reigning league champion in her event. She also placed fourth in the state last year and boasts a best of 5 feet, 8 inches, that coming last year and at state and this year at the California Relays last month.

That mark ranks her fourth overall in the Southern Section so far this spring.

Daniel plans to major in sociology with a focus on criminal tendencies and behavior. She would like to go into the law enforcement field.

 

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CIF baseball rankings: Loaded with local teams

Ayala is ranked 3rd in Division 3

Division 1 - 1. JSerra; 2. Dana Hills; 3. Edison; 4. Orange Lutheran; 5. Alemany; 6. Agoura; 7. Harvard-Westlake; 8. Valencia; 9. Corona; 10. Murrieta Valley.

Division 2 - 1. San Clemente; 2. Mission Viejo; 3. Ayala; 4. Villa Park; 5. Crescenta Valley; 6. South Hills; 7. Camarillo; 8. Foothill; 9. Bonita; 10. Upland.

Division 3 – 1. San Dimas; 2. Redondo Union; 3. Palm Desert; 4. El Segundo; 5. Temescal Canyon; 6. Beckman; 7. Mira Costa; 8. Corona del Mar; 9. Indio; 10. Paloma Valley.

Division 4 - 1. West Torrance; 2. Sonora; 3. California; 4. South Torrance; 5. Don Lugo; 6. Ramona; 7. Laguna Beach; 8. San Gorgonio; 9. Sultana; 10. Kaiser.

Division 5 - 1. Monrovia; 2. Village Chr.; 3. Santa Ynez; 4. Sierra Canyon; 5. Citrus Hill; 6. Hemet; 7. Woodcrest Chr.; 8. Temple City; 9. Sierra Vista; 10. Cerritos Valley Chr.

Division 6 – 1. Crean Lutheran; 2. Lancaster Desert Chr.; 3. Pasadena Poly; 4. Sage Hill; 5. Fillmore; 6. Salesian; 7. Calvary Murrieta; 8. Desert Chr. Aca.; 9. Flintridge Prep; 10. Nuview Bridge.

Division 7 - 1. Riverside Prep; 2. Excelsior Charter; 3. Animo Leadership; 4. Santa Clarita Chr.; 5. Rolling Hills Prep; 6. Avalon; 7. Bethl Chr.; 8. St. Monica; 9. Dunn; 10. tie, St. Michael’s, Einstein Aca.

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