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

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

Athletes are nominated by a coach, assistant coach or athletics director from their school.

Administrators who want to nominate an athlete can do so by e-mailing us at sports@Inland newspapers.com by Sunday night. Let us know your athlete and what he/she did for the week.

BOYS
May 24 – Tim Kams, Los Osos tennis
* May 17David Wang, Diamond Bar swimming
* May 10 – Jared Caldarone, San Dimas swimming
* May 3 – Josh Ibarra, Don Lugo baseball
April 25Steven Rivas, Etiwanda baseball
April 18 – Ryan Renken, Claremont track
* April 11 – Joseph Anderson, Upland track
April 4 – Khoury Bethley, Don Lugo baseball
March 28 – Isaiah Paige, Damien baseball
* March 21 – Steven Rivas, Etiwanda baseball
March 14 – Spencer Stewart, Webb baseball
March 7 – Zander Silva, Alta Loma wrestling
* Feb. 28 – Rodrick Mccobb, Colony basketball
Feb. 21 – Justin Hemsley, Damien basketball
Feb. 14LaMelo Ball, Chino Hills, basketball
* Feb. 7 Kyle Scalmanini, Claremont basketball
Jan. 31 – Kevin Aguilar, Montclair soccer
Jan. 24 – Joe Quintana, Bonita basketball
* Jan. 17 – Iysaiah Rojas, Los Osos basketball
Jan. 10Osys Stokes, Upland basketball
Dec. 19Cameron Shelton, Damien basketball
* Dec. 12 – Eric Moreno, Montclair basketball
Dec. 5 – LiAngelo Ball, Chino Hills basketball
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

GIRLS
May 24 – Jayln Harris, Rancho Cucamonga track
May 17 – Mikki Thompson, Ayala swimming
May 10 – Ashley Anumba, Los Osos track
* May 3Audrey Sellers, St. Lucy’s softball
* April 25 – Alyssa Mercado, Ontario track
April 18 – Brooke Johnson, Chino Hills softball
April 11 – Sam Blazek, Diamond Bar track
April 4 – Jada Hicks, Upland track
March 28 – Destinee Lopez, Bonita softball
* March 21 – Lauren Gutierrez, Upland softball
March 14 – Breanne Ha, Los Osos basketball
March 7 – Kyra Tisopulos, Claremont soccer
Feb. 28 – Dynnah Buckner, Los Osos basketball
Feb. 21 – Mallory Johnson, Alta Loma water polo
Feb. 14 – McKenna Hutchison, Upland wrestling
* Feb. 7 Camille Parker, Alta Loma basketball
Jan. 31 – Briyanna Coleman, Bonita basketball
* Jan. 24- Jazzlyn Johnson, Ontario basketball
Jan. 17 – Ashlyn Farino, Alta Loma soccer
* Jan. 10Easton Armstrong, Western Christian soccer
* Dec. 19Diamond Bishop, Upland basketball
Dec. 12 – Serena Camacho, Los Osos soccer
* Dec. 5 – Molly Tucker, St. Lucy’s soccer
* 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

* denotes athlete also was voted overall So Cal athlete of week in on-line fan balloting

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Damian Staricka named new football coach at Chino

Chino High School has filled a couple of coaching vacancies with Damian Staricka taking over the football program and Diane Murillo named to head the boys basketball program.

Staricka succeeds Jesse Ceniceros who stepped down earlier this month after directing the program for two years. He said at the time he didn’t plan on taking another head job but ended got named head coach at El Monte days later.

Staricka was an assistant under Ceniceros, coaching the secondary and serving as scout team coordinator.

The Cowboys underachieved last season, going just 4-7 despite returning 17 starters.

Staricka is in his second year as a science teacher on campus, He has also worked in the girls basketball program under head coach Jonathan Davis.

His last head football coaching position came in the High Desert at Granite Hills High School in 2013 and 2014.

“There is a lot of potential here so I’m happy for the opportunity,” he said.
Staricka said he would not run the double-wing offense on which Ceniceros was dependent. He has only been working with his team for a week so he hasn’t had enough time to assess his personnel before deicing what type of offense would be best.

He said worth ethic will be a big factor.

“We need to get back to working hard, bring your lunch pail to work and buying in,” he said. “Kids better not show up in August and think they’re going to play. The work has to start now.”

Staricka is a 1989 graduate of Big Bear high School. He played two years at University of San Diego, then transferred to Nicholls State where he played baseball.

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St. Lucy’s softball team takes out top seed Gahr in second round

St. Lucy's Samantha Garcia (20) is surrounded by her team as she reaches home plate during a prep softball game St. Lucy's Priory High School in Glendora, Calif. on Wednesday 26, 2017. St. Lucy's defeated Chino Hills 17-8. (Correspondent photo by Trevor Stamp)

The St. Lucy’s softball team may have settled for a second-place finish in the Baseline League but the Regents have apparently saved their best for last.

The team turned in the biggest upset of perhaps any early round game when it stunned top seed and undefeated Gahr  10-4 in a Division 2 second round game on Tuesday.

St. Lucy’s (18-6) will now host Villa Park (23-8) on Thursday in a quarterfinal contest.

Doing homework made all the difference.

Regents coach David Gaither was able to get a pretty good rundown on his opponent from a fellow coach. He made copies and gave one to each player. The rest is history.

“It was the best scouting report I have ever gotten on a team,” Gaither said. “We knew exactly what pitches they liked to hit, what pitches people got them out on before. The girls went out and executed everything we wanted to do.”

The standouts in the contest were the same ones that have performed well all season. It was a good effort from senior Dakota Casper in the circle. Casper, who has signed with Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, has pitched almost every inning for her team over the last four years.

Third baseman Samantha Garcia had a pair of home runs – a three-run homer and solo shot. She is hitting ..578 with 24 RBI on the season.

Sophomore catcher Audrey Sellers added a grand slam. She is hitting .451 with 32 RBI, 10 doubles and nine home runs.

It would be natural for the Regents to think they have a pretty good shot at going all the way since they have already taken out the top seed. But that isn’t quite the case.

“We’re not looking past anybody,” Gaither said. “We’re only worried about the next game ahead of us.”

 

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First round in softball and second round matchups

Photo published for Upland defeats Canyon Springs to begin CIF-SS softball playoffs

Here are all the scores from first round softball games from teams in the Sun/Daily Bulletin coverage area with update on who the winners play next:

DIVISION 1
First round
Vista Murrieta 7, Chino Hills 0
Grand Terrace 11, Valley View 1
Orange Lutheran 12, Etiwanda 2
Capistrano Valley 14, Chino 5

Tuesday’s game
Grand Terrace at Mater Dei

DIVISION 2
First round
St. Lucy’s 5, Glendora 3
La Quinta 11, Redlands East Valley 1
Upland 11, Canyon Springs 6
Sunny Hills 2, Don Lugo 0

Tuesday’s games
Gahr at St. Lucy’s
Upland at Charter Oak

DIVISION 3
First round
Mayfield 10, San Dimas 3
Ayala 7, Apple Valley 0
Patriot 4, Summit 3
Hart 11, Redlands 8

Tuesday’s game
St. Bonaventure at Ayala

DIVISION 4
First round
Silverado 3, Oak Hills 2
Jurupa Hills 12, San Juan Hills 2
Beaumont 12, Aquinas 2
Montclair 12, Arcadia 1

Tuesday’s games
Buena at Silverado
Jurupa Hills at Placentia Valencia
Montclair at Arroyo

DIVISION 5
First round

Colony 12, Yucca Valley 2
Sultana 13, Sierra Vista 2
Vista del Lago 12, San Gorgonio 2
Barstow 9, Pomona Catholic 4

Tuesday’s games
Colony at Sultana
South El Monte at Barstow

DIVISION 6
First round

Webb 8, University Prep 2
Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 8, Victor Valley 0

Tuesday’s game
Webb at Carpenteria

DIVISION 7
First round

St. Genevieve 9, Upland Christian 1
Hamilton 18, Lake Arrowhead Chr. 4
Archer School 10, La Verne Lutheran 0
AAE 17, Heritage Chr. 3

Tuesday’s game
Santa Ynez at AAE

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First round CIF baseball scores and second round matchups

Etiwanda’s Steven Rivas (#8) is mobbed by his teammates after hitting a walk-off home run in the seventh inning to defeat Beckman 6-5 during Friday’s CIF-SS Division 2 playoff game at Etiwanda High School in Rancho Cucamonga, Ca., May 19, 2017. (Photo by John Valenzuela/SCNG)

Here are first round scores for teams in the Daily Bulletin/Sun coverage area as well as schedule for second round:

DIVISION 1
First round
South Hills 4, Damien 0
Redlands East Valley 7, Corona Santiago 4

Tuesday’s game
Sherman Oaks Note Dame at REV

DIVISION 2
Etiwanda 6, Irvine Beckman 5
Mira Costa 7, San Dimas 3
Ayala 8, Corona del Mar 3
Palm Desert 3, Kaiser 2 (14 inn)

Tuesday’s games
Village Christian at Etiwanda
Mira Costa t Ayala

DIVISION 3
San Gorgonio 4, Los Osos 3
Riverside Poly 1, Citrus Valley 0
Don Lugo 13, Cajon 1

Tuesday’s games
Quartz Hill at San Gorgonio
Don Lugo at Santa Fe

DIVISION 4
Victor Valley 7, Shadow Hills 3

Tuesday’s game
Victor Valley at Sonora

DIVISION 5
Oak Hills 14, Ontario Christian 4
Palm Springs 4, Jurupa Hills 0
Grand Terrace 7, Saddleback Valley Chr. 9
Chaffey 8, Rialto 0
Atascadero 8, Garey 0
Apple Valley 9, Acad Acad Exc 1

Tuesday’s games
Oak Hills at Salesian
Jurupa Valley at Grand Terrace
Chaffey at North Torrance

DIVISION 6
Rancho Christian 5, Silverado 1
Big Bear 11, Vista del lago 2
Barstow 2, Ontario 0
Pomona 3, Santa Clarita Chr. 0

Tuesday’s games
Big Bear at St. Anthony
Pomona at Barstow

DIVISION 7
Apple Valley Chr. 22, Packinghouse Chr. 0
Upland Chr. 17, Noli Indian 3
Bethel Chr. 3, Redlands Adventist 2
Arrowhead Chr. 14, Oakwood 4
Hamilton 8, La Verne Lutheran 1

Tuesday’s games
Apple Valley Chr. at Upland Chr.
Hamilton at Arrowhead Chr.

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Ontario baseball team bounces back from horrific season

For most baseball teams a 10-9 overall record isn’t much to get excited about. When you were 3-18 the previous year and hadn’t made the playoffs in a decade it is reason for celebration.

That is the case for the Ontario baseball team which went from 0-15 in league play a year ago to a third-place finish and playoff berth this season.

The Jaguars will play at Barstow in a first round Division 6 game Thursday.

Dan Gonzalez is in his second year heading the program and said last year was a learning one for all involved.

“We started in August and they all bought in,” he said. “We told them trust in us and trust in each other and good things would happen.”

Gonzalez singled out the fifth game of the season against Alta Loma at LoanMart Field as a turning point. The Jaguars were 2-2 through their fist four and improved to 3-2 with the 4-1 win. It gave the team as many wins in league play alone as it had managed all the previous season.

“That seemed like they game they started believing they could play with these other teams,” Gonzalez said.

The effort has been led by junior Oscar Rauda, who can play shortstop and center but has also been used as the closer.

Junior Juan De La Torre and senior Jesse Estrada are the two main starting pitchers.

Gonzalez said he count on his offense and pitching with the sore spot at times being defense.

“We’re definitely excited to build on this,” Gonzalez said. “The kids have started seeing that they can play with these teams and their confidence is growing.”

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Former Los Osos baseball standout gets minor league award

Former Los Osos baseball standout Isaac Galloway has been named Pacific Coast League Player of the Week

Galloway, drafted in the eighth round in 2008, plays for the Marlins Triple-A affiliate in New Orleans. Last week he went 10 for 24 with five home runs, 10 RBIs an eight runs scored.

The five home runs came in a four-game series in Reno, including two-homer efforts on Thursday and Sunday. The 10-year pro had just one prior multi-home run game in his career.

Galloway hit safely in all five games during the week, going 10-for-24 with a league-leading 10 RBI along with eight runs scored and a stolen base. He has hit safely in nine of 10 games since returning to New Orleans on May 2 from a stint with Double-A Jacksonville (Fla.), where he batted .405 in 10 games.

On the season he is hitting .270 in 25 games with 16 RBI and 12 runs scored.

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Montclair softball team hopes to keep momentum in playoffs

There may be no team that has done a better job of flying under the radar than the Montclair softball team.

The Cavaliers spent much of the season second in the Mt. Baldy League to defending champion Don Lugo. But the Cavaliers won their last seven games and defeated the Conquistadores twice in the last week of the regular season, both times by a run, to snatch away that league title.

They are hoping to keep that momentum heading into the playoffs.
The Cavaliers (16-10) start Division 4 play on Thursday against the winner of a wild card game between Arcadia and Highland.

Montclair coach Gilbert Diaz has a simple explanation for his team coming together so late in the season.

“We’re young and it just took us some time to gel and all get on the same page,” he said. “We’re playing well at the right time.”

Monique Cazares, one of just four seniors on the squad, has handled the majority of the load in the pitching circle the last two years. She had been a first baseman her first two years when the Cavaliers had a dominant pitcher in Brittany Violette who graduated in 2015 after leading the team to a league title.

Cazares relies more on the drop ball and the defense behind her than Violette who was a strikeout pitcher. She is also hitting .365 with 24 RBIs, five doubles, two triples and three home runs,

Anchoring that defense is senior shortstop Alyssa Diaz (.312).

Elsewhere the team is young. Among the key players are sophomore third baseman Nikki Marquez (.367, 18 RBIs), sophomore second baseman Rayanne LaBeau (.414), freshman first baseman Jayden Diaz (.310) and sophomore catcher Lindsey Caballero (.333, 16 RBIs).

Some might thing having that young a team can be a hindrance when the postseason rolls around because so few have the experience of playoff pressure.

Last season Montclair was league runner-up and lost its playoff opener to Harvard-Westlake 7-6.

But Diaz thinks his team’s performance down the stretch will be equally as helpful.

“We were in a lot of close games that we had to win,” he said. “Our backs were to the wall the last couple of weeks and the girls performed. That experience should help us.”

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CIF boys tennis scores and who the winners play next

 

Redlands' Rohan Reddy, left, and Ishaan Shrivastav, right, compete in their doubles match during Wednesday's CIF-SS Division 2 first-round playoff against La Quinta at Redlands High School in Redlands, Ca., May 10, 2017. (Photo by John Valenzuela/The Facts/SCNG)
Here are scores from CIF Southern Section boys tennis and what’s next for the winners:

Division 2
Second Round

Diamond Bar 10, West Torrance 8
Redlands 13, Anaheim Canyon 5

Monday’s quarterfinals
Diamond Bar at Redlands

Division 3
Second Round

Cate 12, Webb 6
Buckley 12, Rancho Cucamonga 6
Etiwanda 14, Aliso Niguel 4

Monday’s quarterfinal
Etiwanda at JSerra

Division 4
Second round
Los Osos 16, Tarbut V’Torah 2
Maranatha 14, Yucaipa 4
Arroyo 10, Redlands East Valley 8
Oak Hills 10, Hemet 8

Monday’s quarterfinals
Oak Hills at Los Osos

Division 5
Second round
Garey 12, Ontario 6
Rubidoux, 9. San Gorgonio 9
(Rubidoux wins on tiebreaker)
Arrowhead Christian 14, Edgewood 4
Paloma Valley 12, Kaiser 6

Monday’s quarterfinals
Garey at Magnolia
Arrowhead Christian at Gahr

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Etiwanda baseball standout Marcus Johnson decides on Duke

Etiwanda High School pitcher Marcus Johnson is just a sophomore but he already has his mind made up when it comes to college. He is committed to Duke.

It came down to athletics and academics. He plans to major in mathematics.

“I wanted to have a degree that if baseball doesn’t work out will pay off for me,” he said. “It’s a good school and it’s the ACC so the baseball is good. It was the best of both worlds.”

Johnson took an unofficial visit to the school in February. He also visited Pepperdine and was talking to other NCAA Divsion I’s in Virginia and Oregon State.

He didn’t see the need to wait and longer to see if other offers would come along.

“I have heard some people say commit, commit and others say wait,” he said. “I always told my parents if I found the right school that fit athletically and academically I’d pull the trigger.”

Johnson has been a key factor in Etiwanda’s run to a Baseline League title. He is 7-2 with a 1.87 ERA in 10 starts (52 1/3 innings).

The Eagles (22-3) have completed the regular season and start playoff action next week.

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Etiwanda boys tennis team looking to continue run in postseason

The Etiwanda boys tennis team has been one on the rise the past couple of years. Well the Eagles are officially here!

Etiwanda (16-2, overall, 9-1 league) shared the Baseline League title with Rancho Cucamonga, easily won a Southern Section Division 3 first round playoff match against Burbank earlier this week and will face Aliso Niguel in a second-rounder today.

Three years ago virtually the same team was 0-10 in league play.

It’s a young squad too, so the Eagles should be a force to reckon with next year as well.

“We were close last year but everything has come together this year,” says long-time coach Brent Lunt. “I thought this team had a good chance to get to the semifinals but I think we have the potential to make the finals if everyone plays their best.”

The team has a lot of depth with Lunt boasting four players he can rotate into the three singles slots – sophomore Eric Chang (27-6), juniors Sachin Reddi (37-12) and DeAndre Siringo-Ringo (33-10) and his sophomore brother Clyde (26-4).

The player that doesn’t compete in singles teams with freshman Dominic Estrada for one of the doubles teams. That player lately has been DeAndre who had relegated his role in singles to help the team which Lunt points to as evidence of his team’s unselfishness.

Victor Siapno and senior Ramiz Ahmed join forces at No. 1 doubles.

Should the Eagles advance, they would likely face second-seeded JSerra in the next round which would be a tough task. But Lunt doesn’t rule his team out.

“It would take everyone really stepping up, but they’re capable,” he said.

Here’s a rundown on what area teams are left in the hunt . . .

Division 2
West Torrance at Diamond Bar
Redlands at Anaheim Canyon

Division 3
Webb at Cate
Rancho Cucamonga at Buckley
Aliso Niguel at Etiwanda

Division 4
Tarbut V’Torah at Los Osos
Maranatha at Yucaipa
Redlands East Valley at Arroyo

Division 5
Ontario at Garey
Paloma Valley at Kaiser
San Gorgonio at Rubidoux
Arrowhead Christian at Edgewood

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