No one knew quite what to expect when the CIF announced it was having an “Open” Division in which all the premier teams would compete.
Etiwanda boys coach Dave Kleckner, whose team was among those chosen, was vocal about not liking it. His objection is that his was going to be one of the few public schools lumped in with a bunch of high-profile private schools perceived to have a clear advantage.
Others have said they’d love the challenge if they thought they had the talent to really compete.
Chino Hills boys coach Steve Baik was one of those who was on the fence about it. The Huskies have been an up and coming team in recent years. Well they have officially arrived.
Chino Hills (26-4) will face Mater Dei (28-1) at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Honda Center in the championship game of that Open Division. Winning a CIF title in any Division is an accomplishment so this is the “king” of all accomplishments.
The Huskies weren’t the most talked about team in that Open division to start with but the Huskies are the team people ARE talking about now.
It’s a marvelously talented team with so many weapons. UCLA commit Lonzo Ball, just a sophomore, gets most of the attention. He has a freshman brother LiAngelo that might be even better before its all over. The two combined for a phenomenal play on Tuesday with LiAngelo getting a steal at the opponents end, then unleashing a full-court pass with one hand to his brother who connected for an easy layup. You won’t see a better play!
Seniors KC Cyrpian, Bishop Mency and Mark Williams have been stellar too. It was Cyprian leading the effort on Tuesday with 23 points (6 3-pointers) in a win over Redondo Union.
Big Man Nnamdi Okongwu is just a junior and has a lot of raw talent. He’ll work hard over the summer and should be a beast by next season.
The Huskies could have won Division 1-AA but what they’ll get out of this experience and tournament run will be far more rewarding.
Aaron Flores’ tenure at Rancho Cucamonga High School was a short one. He resigned after two years heading the varsity volleyball team to take a lead assistant and recruiting coordinator at Division I UC Irvine.
Flores, 29, directed the Cougars to a 24-7 showing, highlighted by a perfect record in the tough Baseline League. The Cougars advanced to he CIF quarterfinal before falling to South Torrance, He was the Inland Valley Coach of the Year.
The move wasn’t necessarily a surprise. Flores said he was up front with the administration when he was hired about his desire to return to the college level but was surprised a position opened up this soon.
Flores did serve as an assistant at UC Irvine the two years before he took the Rancho job. A string of coaching changes led to a vacancy there with Jamie Morrison, who had been in that position, taking a job with the Olympic team.
The UC Irvine program is headed by three-time Olympian Paula Weishoff.
Flores will stay on as an administrator with the Club West program but is giving up his coaching duties there.
A decision on his successor hasn’t yet been made but former Redlands East Valley Coach Eli Cuenca is meeting with school officials today.
The cupboard won’t be empty for who ever does take over. The Cougars still have the reigning Player of the Year in Kyle Miller, who will be a junior.
At Saturday’s CIF-SS Masters Wrestling Meet, wrestlers qualified for state. Here is the list of qualifiers from Masters and the place they finished:
David Gonzalez, Jr., San Dimas (1)
Zander Silva, Fr., Alta Loma (2)
Alex Nunez, Fr., Alta Loma (2)
Gabriel Chavez, Sr., Colony (6)
Josh Caro, Sr., Upland (9)
Kevin Hope, Sr., Carter (6)
Rene Sanchez, Jr., Upland (8)
Seth Morales, Sr., Bonita (3)
Nathan Aragon, Sr., Chino Hills (3)
Kaulin Garcia, Sr., Damien (9)
Deandre Johnson, Sr., Diamond Bar (4)
Cody Fahamokioa, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga (5)
Here is a list of all the Inland Valley Masters Wrestling qualifiers, which is today and Saturday at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, beginning at 10 a.m.. Top nine (out of 30) in each weight class advance to next week’s CIF State Championships. Wrestlers are listed by weight class with place they finished last week at CIF in parentheses. *-first round bye
David Gonzalez, San Dimas (1)*
Elijah Diaz, Montclair (2)
Zander SIlva, Alta Loma (2)
Mark Radgowski, Miller (4)
Bailey Terrones, Damien (4)
Aaron Garcia, Etiwanda (5)
Alex Nunez, Alta Loma (1)*
Etiwanda school administrators are expecting a sell out crowd for Friday night’s Open Division boys game between the Eagles and visiting Chino Hills.
So advanced tickets are on sale at the school on Wednesday and Thursday at the Student Store.
They can be purchased by students, as well a the public, at the store on Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 3:15 p.m., as well as Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students ages 5-13.
They go on sale at the gym at 5:45 p.m. with the game tipping off at 7 p.m.
Here’s what’s left for girls basketball playoffs. All these games are Wednesday:
Serra at Etiwanda
Rancho Cucamonga at Bonita
Long Beach Millikan at Chino Hills
Camarillo at Ayala
Burbank-Burroughs at Chino
Cajon at Tesoro
Alta Loma at Mira Costa
Redondo Union at Yucaipa
Culver City at Eisenhower
Patriot at Redlands East Valley
Jurupa Hills at Cerritos
Aquinas at Crean Lutheran
Webb at Santa Clara
The field of teams left in the title hunt is dwindling. Here’s what’s on tap this week:
Open Division (Friday)
Chino Hills at Etiwanda
Damien at Temecula Great Oak
Mission Viejo at Los Osos
Rancho Cucamogna at Santa Monica
Lanwdale at AB Miller
Elsinore at Claremont
Eisenhower at Pasadena
Redlands East Valley at Riverside Alrington
Hemet at Colony
Kaiser at Hart
The field has been whittled to just a few in girls water polo. Here’s what’s left, including the possibility of an all-local final.
Division 3 (Wednesday at Wollett Aquatic Center)
Los Osos vs. Arroyo Grande
Upland vs. Mira Costa
Division 4 (at Whittier)
Redlands East Valley vs. Riverside Poly
Division 7 (at neutral site)
Chino vs. Segerstrom
Lots of local teams survived first round CIF play in boys soccer. Here’s the list of games for Tuesday.
Claremont at San Clemente
Bloomington at Upland
Alta Loma at Warren
Corona at Fontana
Paramount at Colton
Redlands East Valley at Temecula Chaparral
Chino at Hawthorne
Ontario at Santa Paula
Diamond Bar at Monrovia
Jurupa Hills at Valley Christian
Rialto at Firebaugh
Cate at Arroyo Valley
St. Margaret’s at Webb
San Gorgonio at Chadwick
Riveside Rubideaux at Arrowhead Christian
Here are the CIF second round girls soccer games involving local teams
Harvard-Westlake at Los Osos
Upland at Corona del Mar
Aliso Niguel at Etiwanda
Chino Hills at Troy
Bishop Amat at Diamond Bar
Quartz Hill at Chino
Arrowhead Christian at St. Margaret’s
Grand Terrace at San Marino
Beaumont at Aquinas
Bloomington at Ontario Christian
Citrus Valley at Bishop Diego
Los Amigos at Carter
Big Bear at Segerstrom
San Dimas at Garden Grvoe
Rialto at Camarillo
Sierra Vista at Jurupa Hills
Tarbut V Torah at Pomona Catholikc