Here’s basketball schedule for Battle Zone

There will be lots of basketball action over the next week at Corona Centennial and Riverside Poly high schools with lots of local schools among the competing teams. Among the featured teams are Chino Hills and Etiwanda. Here is the rundown:

At Corona Centennial

3:45 p.m. – Glendora vs. Roosevelt
5:15 p.m. – Chino Hills vs. San Bernardino
6:45 p.m. Cathedral vs. Corona Santiago
8:15 p.m. – Corona Centennial vs. Rialto

At Riverside Poly
4:30 p.m. – Foothill Christian vs. Great Oak
6 p.m. – Etiwanda vs. Alice Baxter
7:30 p.m. – Rancho Christian vs. Riverside Poly

At Corona Centennial

4:45 p.m. – San Bernardino vs. Santiago
6:15 p.m. – Foothill Christian vs. Etiwanda
7:45 p.m. – Centennial vs. Rancho Christian

At Riverside Poly
5:45 p.m. – Glendora vs. Alice Baxter
7:15 p.m. – Cathedral vs. Rialto

At Corona Centennial

4:45 p.m. – Riverside Poly vs. Great Oak
6:15 p.m. – Chino Hills vs. Roosevelt
7:45 p.m. p.m. – Foothill Christian vs. Centennial

At Corona Centennial

4 p.m. – Chino Hills vs. Great Oak
5:30 p.m. – Etiwanda vs. Rancho Christian
7 p.m. – Cathedral vs. Roosevelt

At Riverside Poly
4:15 p.m. – San Bernardino vs. Alice Baxter
5:45 p.m. – Glendora vs. Santiago
7:15 p.m. – Riverside Poly vs. Rialto

At Corona Centennial

3:45 p.m. – Santiago vs. Alice Baxter
5:15 p.m. – Foothill Christian vs. Rancho Christian
6:45 p.m. -Cathedral vs. Chino Hills
8:15 p.m. – Etiwanda vs. Centennial

At Riverside Poly
4:15 p.m. – Rialto vs. Great Oak
5:45 p.m. – San Bernardino vs. Glendora
7:45 p.m. – Roosevelt vs. Riverside Poly

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Two local volleyball teams still battling for state honors

The state playoffs continue on Saturday. We have two local left. Here is more on them.

Alta Loma (30-8) vs. Laguna Blanca (18-8), at Dos Pueblos HS, 7 p.m.: Who doesn’t want a shot at redemption and the Braves will get just that. This is a rematch of the CIF Division 4AA Southern Sectional a week ago won by Laguna 3-2 after Alta Loma squandered a 2-1 lead. The Braves were the state runner-up a year ago but only have two players back form that team which had been though all the pressure packed matches imagineable, Senior outside hitter Gabrielle Oddo, one of the two holdovers from that team, has been the marquee player for the Braves. The other is senior MB Kylie Szczepanski. Junior Jada Sharpe is second on the team in kills. Laguna Blanca boasts a young team as well with just three seniors. Phoebe Madsen, one of the seniors, is the Owls top player,

at Upland Christian (25-7) vs. Pasadena St. Monica (25-4-2), at Rancho Cucamonga, 7 p.m.: The Eagles are the top seed after winning the Division 5AA Southern Section championship by outlasting Santa Clarita Christian a week ago. Upland Christian, which has won nine of its last 10 matches, is led by the duo of senior hitter-blocker Rachel Holmes and sophomore hitter-setter Brooke Madkin. St. Monica was the Division 5A champion, winning 3-2 over Tarbut V’Torah in the title match and comes in riding a 12-match win streak.

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A quick look at tonight’s prep football playoff games


Mission Viejo (12-0) at Chino Hills (10-2), 7:30 p.m.:

 The top-seeded Diablos advanced with a 42-21 win over Murrieta Valley and have had just one game this season decided by single digits. They are the defending CIF champion and have won 24 straight games dating to back-to-back losses to start the 2014 season. The brother tandem of Colin and Brenden Schooler were key last week and are being relied upon more as season progresses. They are transfers from Trabuco Hills, which won Southwest last year. The Huskies don’t have a lot of big name Division I talent but used a solid defense and a workmanlike offense to unseat perennial Baseline League champion Upland. The Huskies rely on the ground game led by Grady O’Donnell and Curtis Price while DE William Hackenberg and LB Anthony Rosales have been the catalysts on defense. The Chino Hills losses were to quality foes in Bishop Amat and JSerra.

Vista Murrieta (11-1) vs. Rancho Cucamonga (9-3), at Los Osos HS, 7 p.m.:

 The Broncos are coming off a 21-14 win over Upland while Rancho is coming off a 53-28 thrashing of Tesoro. Vista Murrieta has reached the semifinals for the seventh straight year while Rancho has done so for the sixth time in the last eight years. The Broncos are directed by junior QB Karson Greeley and rely on a punishing ground game. One of the main contributors there is Cole Dubots, whose 93-yard TD run was the difference last week. Senior S Tanner Williams and senior DB Dwayne Johnson are the leading tacklers. Senior Aaron Manning has been the most versatile standout for the Cougars, with junior Jaylon Redd a major contributor on both sides of the ball for the Cougars. Coach Nick Baiz also singles out the play of MLB Cameron Smith, DB Darriel Busby and OL Nathan Thomas Thomas


San Dimas (9-3) vs. Calabasas Viewpoint (7-5), at Agoura HS, 7 p.m.:

The Saints have win five straight games since a loss to Northview that cost them a Valle Vista League title. Coach Mark Holman said two first-quarter turnovers were pivotal in that game and the Saints have done a good job of taking care of the ball and regrouping since then, Junior Jarell Sykes has been a major force both offensive and defensively and on special teams. The coach also singles out LB Steven Ojeda, LB Joey Erickson and Mbanefo Akpom. Viewpoint seems to be putting it together as the right time. It was second in a three-team league and was just 5-5 in the regular season. Viewpoint advanced with a 37-35 win last week over Covina, the same team San Dimas beat in the regular season 42-0.

Pomona (11-2) at Sierra Canyon (12-0) at Granada Hills HS, 7 p.m.: The Red Devils are the reigning CIF champions but have needed late touchdowns in the closing seconds to get by their first two playoff opponents. In both cases it has been senior Darreon Lockett, the most experienced and versatile player from last year’s team, providing the heroics. However, Sierra Canyon is the top seed in the division, and will be looking for a little redemption — it was Pomona that ended its playoffs run in the quarterfinal last year, 33-20. The Trailblazers are led by junior QB Niko Harris, who has thrown for 2,625 yards and 39 TDS with 5 interceptions, Junior Josua Cole has rushed for 1,793 yards and 27 touchdowns.


Summit (12-0) at San Marino (12-0), 7 p.m.: It says something for the Central Division when two undefeated teams, No. 2 Summit and No. 3 San Marino are playing each other in the CIF-SS semifinals. Summit is coming off a lackluster offensive performance in a 13-9 win over Chino. The passing game wasn’t in sync and coach Nick Matheny thinks part of that was because of star WR Damian Alloway’s tight groin. But Matheny said physical therapy this week has done wonders for Alloway. Unlike last week’s opponent, Chino, San Marino’s passing game is its strength. Perhaps the SkyHawks’ best defensive unit is its line, so pressure on QB Carson Glazier (3,237 yards passing, 39 TDs, 1 INT) is likely critical to slowing down the Titans, who average 50.9 points per game. Summit will have to worry about several receivers, most notably J.P. Shohfi, who has 85 catches for 1,586 yards and 23 touchdowns. He has scored a touchdown in every game, and has four straight games of at least 120 receiving yards. The SkyHawks could count on many of their opponents making critical mistakes, but can’t depend on that against the Titans. “They are extremely fundamentally sound,” Matheny said.

INLAND DIVISIONMenifee Heritage (12-0) at Cajon (11-1), 7 p.m.: For a while last week, it looked like three Citrus Belt League teams might make the semifinals, but as it turns out, fourth-seeded Cajon is the last one and the Cowboys have a difficult task in taking on top-seeded Heritage, a team that has made at least the semifinals five straight years. Cajon has had success with long passes this year from Jayden Daniels to WRs such as Tyrone Gasaway, Giovanni Daniel and Phillip Ryan, but coach Nick Rogers thinks that will be much more difficult against a Heritage team that typically keeps two safeties deep. Although Wilbur Murray and Aaron Ortega have both been good running the ball this year for Cajon, Rogers said he plans on using Elijah Lilly, who has 165 yards on just eight carries this season, more in the run game this week because he has big-play capabilities. Cajon will need to cut down on its penalties and take advantage of limited offensive chances against a Heritage team that averages 262 yards rushing per game, led by 5-foot-10, 192-pound Jalen Glover (1,249 yards, 17 TDs).


Aquinas (8-4) vs. Riverside Notre Dame (12-0) at Riverside North HS, 7:30 p.m.: It’s not known whether The Shield, the trophy these rival teams play for, will be up for grabs in this playoff game, believed to be the first time the teams have ever met in the playoffs. But regardless, something bigger is at stake: a berth in the CIF-SS championship game. It’s only been three weeks since these teams played in the Ambassador League finale, as top-seeded Notre Dame won 28-7. Notre Dame only had 246 total yards in the game, but that was plenty because Aquinas turned the ball over five times, all on fumbles. “We turned the ball over five times, and we can’t do that again and give them a short field. They’re really fast and physical,” Aquinas coach Jordan Brusig said.

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Former Chino standout Mike Surina to coach his former team

Chino High School has a new baseball coach and it is someone familiar to the community and local baseball enthusiasts.

Mike Surina, 27, is coming back to coach at the school from which he played baseball and football and graduated in 2006.

He also went on to play at Chaffey College and then at the University of La Verne where he was a two-time first team All-SCIAC selection at catcher. He also earned All-West Region honors as a senior.

“I love this school and this community,” he said. “It’s in my blood. I couldn’t be more happy to be coming back here to coach.”

The timing couldn’t have been more perfect for Surina, 27, who already works in the district as a language arts teacher at Magnolia Junior High, one of Chino’s feeder schools and one which he attended as well.

He applied for the position a year ago when it was last open but had to withdraw his name from consideration when he got a job in the Hesperia Unified School District.

He also interviewed for the Don Lugo job earlier this year after getting the teaching job closer to home. He says it just goes to show everything works out in the end.

“The timing is impeccable. It is like this was meant to be,” he said. “I really want to get our kids that should be going to this school and keep them here instead of seeing them go off to Damien or Bishop Amat or some other school.”

The Cowboys are coming off an 11-15 that included a 6-8 mark in the Hacienda League that was only good enough for fifth place out of six teams.

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Three local volleyball teams moving on to state

The CIF Southern Section volleyball championships are complete. But three teams have earned the right to advance to the state portion of the competition.

Alta Loma and Summit will compete in Division IV. The Braves (29-8), who lost the Division 4AA title match to Santa Barbara Laguna Blanca, have earned the 4 seed and will be at home on Tuesday against N. 5 Sierra (32-3), the Central Section champion.

Summit (22-4), which lost the Division 4A final to Desert, will be on the road to play at No. 1 Laguna Blanca, to whom Alta Loma just lost.

In Division 5, Upland Christian (24-7) has drawn the top seed and will be at home against Madison (15-8), out of the San Diego Section. Upland Christian defeated Santa Clarita Christian for the Southern Section Division 5AA championship Friday night.

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The prep football playoff rundown

Here are the scores from tonight’s action

Glendora 28, Colony 14
Charter Oak 52, Monrovia 14
Summit 13, Chino 9
San Marino 52, Don Lugo 10
Next week
Summit at San Marino

Rancho Cucamonga 53, Tesoro 28
Chino Hills 16, Valencia 14
Vista Murrieta 21, Upland 14
Next week
Mission Viejo at Chino HIlls
Vista Murrieta vs. Rancho Cucamonga (at Los Osos)

Rancho Verde 28, Redlands East Valley 24
Citrus Hills 20, Redlands 16
Heritage 31, Yucaipa 10
Cajon 24, San Jacinto 13

Pomona 62, Northview 55
San Dimas 43, Lancaster Paraclete 28
Next week
Pomona at Sierra Canyon
San Dimas at Viewpoint

Northwest Division
Aquinas 35, Maranatha 14

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Upland coach Tim Salter likes chances of league rival

Upland coach Tim Salter and his Highlanders have played both Tesoro and Rancho Cucamonga this year. Those teams are squaring off in a West Valley Division quarterfinal at Los Osos.

Tesoro is the favorite and has an outstanding quarterback in Devon Modster who has committed to Arizona.

But Salter likes the chances of his Baseline League rival because of the quality of its defensive backs.

“They haven’t seen a team that has that much speed and defends the pass that well,” Salter said of Rancho.

Upland actually gets the winner of that game if it wins tonight against Vista Murrieta.

Upland lost to Tesoro on Sept. 11 30-28 and defeated Rancho in the last game of the regular season on Nov. 6, 31-21.

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Three local teams set to battle for volleyball titles

Three local teams are set for CIF championship matches. Here is the rundown on those:

Upland Christian (23-7) vs. Santa Clarita Christian (18-4-1), 5 p.m. at Cerritos College today: This is a rematch of last year’s championship match won by Santa Clarita Christian 3-2 (15-11 in the fifth set). Both teams have many of the same players. Upland Christian relies on a talented senior outside hitter and team captain in Rachel Holmes, who has 315 kills, 212 digs and 88 aces. Sophomore Brooke Madkin has added 172 kills and 334 assists, sharing setting duties with junior Heidi Lemelin (265 assists). Upland Christian had to battle past California Lutheran 3-2 in the semifinals. Santa Clarita Christian, which went undefeated in the Heritage League, defeated La Sierra 3-1 in its semifinal. The Cardinals will play in the third title match in the 22-year tenure of head coach Darcy Brown. Their top player is senior Kylie Brown, the reigning player of the year in the division.

Alta Loma (23-7) vs. Laguna Blanca (16-8), 4:30 p.m. at Cerritos College on Saturday: The Braves are the defending CIF champion and Division 4 state runner-up. This run has been a bit more of a surprise because the Braves gradiated eight players from that team and have only two holdovers – seniors Gabrielle Oddo and Kyle Szczepanksi. Oddo has tallied a team-high 510 kills while Szczepanksi leads the team in blocks with 102. Alta Loma, seeded second, is also running a 6-2 offense with freshman and sophomore setters. Among the other newcomers who have excelled are juniors Jada Sharpe (247 kills) and Victoria Duarte (101 blocks). Laguna Blanca advanced with a 3-2 win over Archer while Alta Loma advanced with a 3-1 win over St. Bonaventure.

Summit (22-3) vs. Desert (Edwards AFB) (25-2), 2 p.m. at Rio Hondo College on Saturday
: This is the first appearance in a title match for Summit, which upset No. 1 Cate in the semifinal. The team is led by senior Jordon Wilson who had 13 kills in the semifinal win over Cate. Among the other key players are senior hitter Lorelle Kennedy and junior middle blocker Shaiann Palos. Top player for Desert are junior Elizabeth Shelton (385 kills, 68 aces) and senior Devyn Cross (362 kills, 105 blocks).

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CIF-SS cross country finals: When the locals run

The CIF-SS cross country Finals at Saturday at Mt. San Antonio College. Top 7 teams plus up to 5 individuals advance to CIF State Championships.

Here are race times with Inland Valley entries:

Race 1: Division 3 girls, 7:45 a.m.
Bonita (No. 6 in CIF-SS)

Race 2: Division 4 girls, 8:05 a.m.
Shaylynn Wynn, San Dimas

Race 3: Division 3 boys, 8:25 a.m.

Race 4: Division 4 boys, 8:45 a.m.

Race 5: Division 5 girls, 9:05 a.m.
Mikayla Mays, Upland Christian

Race 6: Division 1 boys, 9:25 a.m.
Rancho Cucamonga (No. 13 in CIF-SS)
Peter Torres, Chino Hills

Race 7: Division 2 girls, 9:45 a.m.
Claremont (No. 3 in CIF-SS)

Race 8: Division 5 boys, 10:05 a.m.
Ontario Christian
Western Christian (No. 13 in CIF-SS)
Raphael Huang, Webb

Race 9: Division 1 girls, 10:25 a.m.
Rancho Cucamonga (Erin Holton won her Prelims heat)
Sarah Holloway, Los Osos
Jennifer Sandoval, Summit (No. 3 in her Prelims heat last week)

Race 10: Division 2 boys, 10:45 a.m.
Claremont (No. 7 in CIF-SS)
Steven Khan, Ayala

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