Valle Vista League honors: Baseball

MVP: Jessie Garcia, San Dimas

First team
Joseph Bahna, Jr., San Dimas
Hank Chen, HH Wilson
Corey Frutos, Jr., Covina
Josh Guzman, Sr., Northview
Luis Huizar, Sr., Rowland
Sean Lewison, Sr., Covina
Lorenzo Llorens, Jr., San Dimas
Justin Martinez, Jr., Covina
Dante Palacio, Jr., San Dimas
Jimmy Portillo, Sr., Northview
Matt Rodriguez, Sr., HH Wilson
Ethan Suarez, Sr., HH Wilson
Pablo Valenzuela, Sr., Nogales
Ryan White, Sr., Covina
Jacob Wilson, Sr., Northview
Victor Zepeda, Soph., San Dimas

Second team
Ray Benevidez, Sr., Covina
Hugo Candelas, Sr., Covina
Mark Cazares, Sr., HH Wilson
Jonathan Guardado, Jr., Nogales
Ryan Hurtado, Jr., Covina
Zach Jacobs, Fr., San Dimas
Michael Landeros, Soph., Nogales
Mat Orozco, Jr., HH Wilson
Joe Robles, Jr., Nogales
Ruben Rosales, Sr., Northview
Art Ruiz, Fr., San Dimas
Matt Sanchez, Sr., Northview
D.J. Simmons, Soph., Northview
Benny Torres, Soph., San Dimas
Austin Wolford, Jr., Covina

Honorable mention: Alan Antolin, Sr., Rowland; Aaron Aparicio, Jr., HH Wilson; Luciano Cardenas, Sr., Nogales; Joseph Oliveras, Fr., San Dimas; Nick Rodriguez, Sr., Rowland; Frankie Sanchez, Jr., HH Wilson; Miguel Vega, Sr., HH Wilson.

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Valle Vista League honors: Girls Softball

MVP: Alondra Reynoso, Sr., San Dimas

First team
Karyna Baldomino, Jr., Rowland
Emily Bracamonte, Fr., HH Wilson
Mia Escobar, Sr., Nogales
Brooke Jackson, Jr., San Dimas
Janelle Meono, Fr., HH Wilson
Alexia Morales, Jr., Nogales
Alison LeNoue, Soph., Covina
Monet Manning, Sr., Northview
Britney Orozco, Soph., Northview
Clarissa Reynoso, Soph., San Dimas
Alexandria Rodriguez, Soph., San Dimas
Carlie Salm, Sr., San Dimas
Isabella Sierra, Sr., Covina
Peui Tafisi, Sr., Nogales
Brianna Torres, Fr., HH Wilson

Second team
Kennedy Anderson, Sr., San Dimas
Davina Doran, Sr., San Dimas
Valarie Espinoza, Sr., Covina
Taylor Fig, Fr., Northview
Austyn Helmuth, Soph., San Dimas
Darlene Jaramillo, Sr., Northview
Charleen Macias, Soph., Northview
Ashley Michaels, Sr., HH Wilson
Amanda Pablo, Soph., Rowland
Danielle Perez, Sr., HH Wilson
Destiny Razo, Sr., Covina
Erin Recillas, Soph., Nogales
Lisette Rosales, Jr., Nogales
Isela Serafin, Soph., Nogales
Aliya Velasquez, Fr., Northview

Honorable mention: Savannah Bonillas, Fr., Nogales; Kaitlyn Higgins, Soph., Covina; Tyler Martinez, Sr., Northview; Amanda Moscal, Fr, Rowland; Ashley Newton, Soph., San Dimas; Taylor Rodriguez, Jr., HH Wilson; Lizette Rosales, Soph., Covina; Melissa Sanchez, Sr., Nogales; Marissa Suarez, Jr., Covina.

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Here are qualifiers for CIF state track meet coming this weekend

Colony's Khalil Dorsey wins the Division 2 110 High Hurdles during the CIF Southern Section track and field finals at Cerritos College in Norwalk, Calif., on Saturday, May 21, 2016. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

Well track season is about over. All that is left is the state competition coming up this weekend at Buchanan High School in Clovis.

Here is the list of local athletes who have qualified for that meet with their best time/mark and the place in which they are seeded:


Girls 4×100 Relay – Upland (Jada Hicks, Kierra Davis, Kennedy Smith, Amya Small), 5th, 4.49.

Boys 4×100 Relay – Rancho Cucamonga (Jaylon Redd, Thomas Graham, Carl Chavannes, Joseph Tyler), 14th, 42.03.

Girls 1,600 – Annie Boos (Claremont), 3rd, 4:48.95

Girls 100 hurdles – Jada Hick (Upland), 7th, 14.14

Boys 110 hurdles – Joseph Anderson (Upland), 4th, 14.08; Khalil Dorsey (Colony), 11th, 14.28.

Girls 400 meters – Jaylyn Harris (Rancho Cucamonga), 15th, 55.62.

Boys 400 meters – Alex Perez (Damien), 7th, 47.71.

Boys 100 meters – Asani Hampton (Yucaipa), 14th, 10.76.

Girls 800 meters – Jaquelyn Hill (Etiwanda), 7th, 2.09.88.

Boys 800 meters – Xolan Brown (Redlands), 7th, 1.52.76.

Girls 300 hurdles – Dilini Amarasekari (Etiwanda), 11th, 43.79.

Boys 330 hurdles – Joseph Anderson (Upland), 6th, 37.72.

Boys 200 meters – Ryan Moya-Chapron (Colony), 17th, 21.86.

Girls 4×400 Relay – Rancho Cucamonga (Chelsea Davis, Tatyanna Pooler, Jaylen Davis, Jayln Harris), 8th, 3:49.66.

Girls high jump – Hannah Nance (San Dimas), 21st, 5-5.

Girls Triple Jump – Abu Iriafen (Los Osos), 13th, 13-38.6

Girls shot put – Taylor Crockem (Chino), 6th, 45-1.25; Ashley Anumba (Los Osos), 10th, 42-3; China Garcia (Big Bear), 18th, 40-0.75.

Girls discus – Ashley Anumba (Los Osos), 19th, 144-9.

Boys long jump – Khalil Dorsey (Colony), 15th, 22-9.50; Michael Dean (Chaffey), 16th, 22-8.25; Elijah Lily (Cajon), 20th, 22-6.50.

Boys triple jump – B.J. McLaurin (Bonita), 11th, 46-7.25.

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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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