Alta Loma girls water polo team goes unbeaten in league play

The Alta Loma girls water polo team didn’t just want to win a Mt. Baldy League title.  They wanted to leave no doubt – They didn’t.

The Braves completed the Mt. Baldy League season 10-0 with a 13-5 win over Chaffey on Tuesday. They head into the postseason 17-8 overall and are ranked seventh in Division 7.

Junior goal keeper Mallory Johnson managed 15 saves, continuing her string of stellar performances.

Senior Ashley Hernadez and junior Vanessa Murray each had five goals while freshman Julia Bensing-Ruiz added two. Junior Allison Hensel rounded out the scoring.

“The fact it was a rebuilding year and we achieved what we did says a lot about the heart of my girls,” Braves coach Kevin Nesbit said. “Sometimes passion and determination outweigh logic. It didn’t come easy.”

Alta Loma advanced to the CIF semifinal a year ago but graduated eight players, including all of its starters.

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Here are latest CIF rankings in boys basketball

Here are the latest CIF boys basketball rankings with teams in the Daily Bulletin/Sun coverage area denoted in bold:

Division 1AA – 1. Chino Hills; 2. Bishop Montgomery; 3. Mater Dei; 4. Redondo Union; 5. Corona Centennial; 6. Damien; 7. Roosevelt; 8. Santa Margarita; 9. Long Beach Poly; 10. Los Alamitos; 11. Rancho Verde; 12. JW North; 13. St. John Bosco; 14. Etiwanda; 15. Compton; 16. Village Chr.

Division 1A – 1. Santa Monica; 2. Temecula Valley; 3. Walnut; 4. Riverside Poly; 5. Beaumont; 6. Camarillo; 7.  Foothill; 8. Villa Park; 9. Beckman; 10. Cajon; 11. Highland; 12. Crescenta valley; 13. Burbank Burroughs; 14. Peninsula; 15. Oxnard; 16. Valley View.

Division 2AA – 1. Ayala; 2. Edison; 3. Kaiser; 4. El Toro; 5. Loyola; 6. Capistrano Valley; 7. West Ranch; 8. Newport Harbor; 9. Claremont; 10. Tesoro; 11. Miller; 12. Mira Costa; 13. Thousand Oaks; 14. Burbank; 15. Citrus Hill; 16. Woodbridge.

Division 2A – 1. Lynwood; 2. Santa Barbara; 3. Hart; 4. Redlands East Valley; 5. La Mirada; 6. Northwood; 7. Mayfair; 8. Simi Valley; 9. Torrance; 10. Cerritos; 11. Agoura; 12. Whittier; 13. Dos Pueblos; 14. Royal; 15. Silverado; 16. Western.

Division 3AA – 1. Oak Park; 2. Calabasas; 3. Esperanza; 4. Dominguez; 5. Colony; 6. Gahr; 7. Cathedral; 8. Bonita; 9. Los Altos; 10. Pasadena; 11. San Marcos; 12. Hesperia; 13.  Buena Park; 14. Palm Desert; 15. La Sierra; 16. tie, Arlington, Moorpark.

Division 3A – 1. Crespi; 2. Inglewood; 3. Diamond Ranch; 4. Rancho Mirage; 5. Beverly Hills; 6. Yorba Linda; 7. Corona del Mar; 8. Lompoc Cabrillo; 9. Tahquitz; 10. Servite; 11. Ocean View; 12. Bishop Amat; 13. Palm Springs; 14. Gabrielino; 15. Chaminade; 16. tie, Leuzinger, Golden Valley.

Division 4AA – 1. Orange Lutheran; 2. Alemany; 3. La Canada; 4. Cantwell Sacred Heart; 5. Harvard-Westlkae; 6. Sherman Oaks Notre Dame; 7. Serra; 8. JSerra; 9. Mission Prep; 10. Laguna Beach; 11. San Dimas; 12. San Gabriel Aca.; 13. Atascadero; 14. St. Francis; 15. El Segundo; 16. Buckley.

Division 4A – 1. Viewpoint; 2. Maranatha; 3. Heritage Chr.; 4. Crean Luth.; 5. Campbell Hall; 6. St. Anthony; 7. La Salle; 8. Cerritos Valley Chr.; 9. Oaks Chr.; 10. Compton Centennial; 11. Trinity Classical; 12. Twentynine Palms; 13. St. Bonaventure; 14. St. Paul; 15. Morningside; 16. Muir.

Division 5AA – 1. Sierra Canyon; 2. Santa Maria St. Joseph; 3. tie, Flintridge Prep, Saddleback Valley Chr.; 5. Brentwood; 6. Woodcrest Chr.; 7. Chadwick; 8. Blair; 9. St. Margaret’s; 10. Oakwood; 11. Yeshiva; 12. Pasadena Poly; 13. Santa Clara; 14. Temecuale Prep; 15. Loma Linda; 16. Linfield Chr.

Division 5A – 1. St. Bernard; 2. Rancho Chr.; 3. Capistrano Valley Chr,.; 4. Shalhevet; 5. Santa Clarita Chr.; 6. Valley Torah; 7. Orangewood Aca.; 8. Holy Martyrs; 9. Rolling Hills Prep; 10. Thacher; 11. Aquinas; 12. Bishop Diego; 13. tie, Bloomington Chr., Tarbut V’Torah; 15. AGBU/Canoga Park; 16. Upland Chr.

Division 6 – 1. Renaissance Aca.; 2. Price; 3. McAuliffe; 4. Lone Pine; 5. Hesperia Chr.; 6. Rio Hondo Prep; 7. Apple Valley Chr.; 8. Desert Chr. Aca.; 9. Bell-Jeff; 10. Santa Maria Providence; 11. tie, Santa Maria Valley Chr., California Luth.; 13. Newbury Park Adv.; 14. Joshua Springs; 15. Lancaster Bap.; 16. Trona.

 

 

 

 

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Here are newest CIF girls basketball rankings

Here are the girls basketball rankings in each division for the week of Feb. 8 with teams in the sun/Bulletin coverage area denoted in bold:

Division 1AA – 1. Long Beach Poly; 2. Chaminade; 3. Mater Dei; 4. Vista Murrieta; 5. Windward; 6. Troy; 7. Sierra Canyon; 8. Alemany; 9. Serra; 10. Etiwanda; 11. Ventura; 12. Santa Barbara; 13. Fairmont Prep; 14. Valencia; 15. Millikan; 16. Corona Centennial.

Division 1A – 1. Cajon; 2. Mira Costa; 3. Huntington Beach; 4. Summit; 5. Valley View; 6. Burbank Burroughs; 7. Diamond Bar; 8. tie, Chino Hills, Camarillo; 10. Crescenta Valley; 11. El Rancho; 12. Westminster; 13. Arroyo Valley; 14. Cypress; 15. Aliso Nigue; 16. University.

Division 2AA – 1. Canyon Country Canyon; 2. Oak Hills; 3. tie, Buena, Woodbridge; 5. Mark Keppel; 6. Foothill; 7. Chino; 8. Newbury Park; 9. JW North; 10. Alta Loma; 11. North Torrance; 12. Arroyo Grande; 13. Kennedy; 14. Tesoro; 15. Burbank; 16. El Toro.

Division 2A – 1. Rowland; 2. Norco; 3. Anaheim Canyon; 4. Agoura; 5. Redlands East Valley; 6. Temescal Canyon; 7. Lawndale; 8. Dos Pueblos; 9. Hart; 10. Mayfair; 11. Whittier; 12. La Habra; 13. Cerritos; 14. Tustin; 15. Rio Mesa; 16. Thousand Oaks.

Division 3AA – 1. Brea Olinda; 2. Orange Lutheran; 3. tie, Patriot, Sonora; 5. Lakeside; 6. Victor Valley; 7. South Hills; 8. Esperanza; 9. South Torrance; 10. Los Altos; 11. Indio; 12. Bonita; 13. Colony; 14. Yorba Linda; 15. El Monte; 16. Palm Springs.

Division 3A – 1. Oaks. Chr.; 2. Antelope Valley; 3. La Canada; 4. Corona del Mar; 5. Righetti; 6. Lompoc Cabrillo; 7. tie, Leuzinger, Barstow; 9. South Pasadena; 10. Ridgecrest Burroughs; 11. Palos Verdes; 12. South El Monte; 13. Ocean View; 14. Tahquitz; 15. Hacienda Heights Wilson; 16. Sierra Vista.

Division 4AA – 1. Harvard-Westlake; 2. St. Paul; 3. St. Monica; 4. Marymount; 5. Rosary; 6. Duarte; 7. Covina; 8. Flintridge Sacred Heart; 9. Lakewood St. Joseph; 10. Lompoc; 11. tie, Foothil Tech, El Segundo; 13. Estancia; 14. Sherman Oaks Notre Dame; 15. Yucca Valley; 16. Laguna Beach.

Division 4A – 1. St. Anthony; 2. Cantwell Sacred Heart; 3. Brentwood; 4. Viewpoint; 5. Notre Dame Aca.; 6. Louisville; 7. Twentynine Palms; 8. Paraclete; 9. Crossroads; 10. St. Mary’s; 11. La Salle; 12. Cerritos Valley Chr.; 13. Whittier Chr.; 14. tie, Riverside Notre Dame, St. Bonaventure; 16. St. Genevieve.

Division 5AA – 1. Aquinas; 2. Loma Linda; 3. Oxford Aca.; 4. Flintridge Prep; 5. Santa Clara; 6. Mission Prep; 7. Providence; 8. Village Chr.; 9. Desert; 10. Sherman Indian; 11. Silver Valley; 12. Santa Ana Cavalry Chapel; 13. Rio Hondo Prep; 14. AAE; 15. Western Chr.; 16. Santa Maria St. Joseph.

Division 5A – 1. Bloomington Chr.; 2. Holy Martyrs; 3. Avalon; 4. Faith Baptist; 5. Shalhevet; 6. Trinity Classical; 7. Pilibos; 8. Bishop Diego; 9. Santa Maria Valley Chr.; 10. Capistrano Valley Chr.; 11. Le Lycee; 12. Calvary Murrieta; 13. Boron; 14. tie, Lucerne Valley, Santa Clarita Chr.; 16. St. Bernard.

Division 6 – 1. Price; 2. California Lutheran; 3. Bell-Jeff; 4. Mesa Grande; 5. St. Monica Aca.; 6. Crossroads Chr.; 7. Desert Chr. Aca.; 8. Big Pine; 9. Pilgrim; 10. Providene; 11. Coastal Chr.; 12. Apple Valley Chr.; 13. Baker Valley; 14. Brethren Chr.; 15. Hesperia Chr.; 16. Trona..

 

 

 

 

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Here are CIF rankings in boys soccer

Here are the CIF rankings for week of Feb. 8 in boys soccer with local teams denoted in bold:

Division 1 – 1. Paramount; 2. Servite; 3. Loyola; 4. Los Alamitos; 5. St. John Bosco; 6. Palos Verdes; 7. Warren; 8. Edison; 9. Santa Barbara; 10. Corona Centennial.

Division 2 – 1. Montebell; 2. Long Beach Cabrillo; 3. Anaheim; 4. Bell Gardens; 5. Santa Ana; 6. Aliso Niguel; 7. Sunny Hills; 8. Rancho Verde; 9.Laguna Hills; 10. tie, Century, Arlington.

Division 3 – 1. Cathedral; 2. Chaffey; 3. Redlands East Valley; 4. Pasadena; 5. Claremont; 6. Ontario; 7. Corona del Mar; 8. Diamond Bar; 9. Santa Maria; 10. tie, Citrus Valley, San Luis Obispo.

Division 4 – 1. Godinez; 2. Placentia Valencia; 3. Valencia; 4. Bellflower; 5. Hart; 6. Artesia; 7. Estancia; 8. South Torrance; 9. Temescal Canyon; 10. Sultana.

Division 5 – 1. Garey; 2. Garden Grove Santiago; 3. Ganesha; 4. Diamond Ranch; 5. Adelanto; 6. San Gorgonio; 7. Animo Leadership; 8. Indian Springs; 9. Crossroads; 10. tie, South El Monte, Tahquitz.

Division 6 – 1. Desert Mirage; 2. Monrovia; 3. Woodcrest Chr.; 4. Covina; 5. Nogales; 6. La Canada; 7. Lennox Aca.; 8. CAMS; 9. Shadow Hills; 10. tie, Ontario Chr., Moreno Valley.

Division 7 – 1. University Prep; 2. Mammoth; 3. Fillmore; 4. Saddleback Valley Chr.; 5. Riverside Prep; 6. California Military Ins.; 7. Santa Rosa Aca.; 8. Grace Brethren; 9. Laguna Blanca; 10. St. Paul.

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Here are latest CIF polls in girls soccer

Here are the latest CIF polls for girls soccer with teams in the Sun/Daily Bulletin coverage area denoted in bold:

Division 1 – 1. Aliso Niguel; 2. Harvard-Westlake; 3. El Toro; 4. Tesoro; 5. Mater Dei; 6. Huntington Beach; 7. San Clemente; 8. Santa Margarita; 9. Edison; 10. Esperanza, Chino Hills.

Division 2 – 1. Westlake; 2. Troy; 3. Redondo Union; 4. Vista Murrieta; 5. Corona Santiago; 6. Temecula Valley; 7. Palos Verdes; 8. Norco; 9. Northwood; 10., tie, Mira Costa, Hart.

Division 3 – 1. South Hills; 2. San Luis Obispo; 3. West Torrance; 4. Warren; 5. Cypress; 6. El Dorado; 7. Pasadena Poly; 8. Yorba Linda; 9. San Marcos; 10. tie, Quartz Hill, Los Altos.

Division 4 – 1. La Mirada; 2. Moopark; 3. Royal; 4. Mayfair; 5. Arcadia; 6. Riverside Poly; 7. St. Margaret’s; 8. Oak Hills; 9. Serrano; 10. tie, Santa Monica, Bellflower.

Division 5 – 1. Sierra Canyon; 2. Oxnard; 3. La Serna; 4. California; 5. Alta Loma; 6. Ocean View; 7. Santa Ana Cavalry Chapel; 8. La Quinta; 9. Palm Desert; 10. Laguna Beach.

Division 6 – 1. Sierra Vista; 2. Bloomington; 3. Paloma Valley; 4. Temescal Canyon; 5. Grand Terrace; 6. Schurr; 7. San Gorgonio; 8. Heritage Chr.; 9. Gabrielino; 10. Maranatha.

Division 7 – 1. Grace Brethren; 2. St. Anthony; 3. Garden Grove; 4. St. Genevieve; 5. Vistamar; 6. Shadow Hills; 7. Foothill Tech; 8. Tarbut V’Torah; 9. University Prep; 10. AAE.

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Here are CIF polls in girls water polo

Here are the CIF rankings in girls water polo for the week of Feb. 8 with local teams denoted in bold:

Division 1 – 1. Laguna Beach; 2. Orange Lutheran; 3. San Marcos; 4. Dos Pueblos; 5. Foothill; 6. Corona del Mar; 7. Mater Dei; 8. Santa Barbara; 9. Santa Margarita; 10. Newport Harbor.

Division 2 – 1. Murrieta Valley; 2. El Toro; 3. San Clemente; 4. Los Osos; 5. Schurr; 6. Vidta Murrieta; 7. Agoura; 8. Long Beach Wilson; 9. Dana Hills; 10. Rancho Cucamonga.

Division 3 – Arroyo Grande; 2. ML King; 3. Troy; 4. Mira Costa; 5. Corona Santiago; 6. Redondo Union; 7. La Serna; 8. Palos Verdes; 9. Harvard-Westlake; 10. Righetti.

Division 4 – 1. Royal; 2. Riverside Poly; 3. Missio Viejo; 4. Crescenta Valley; 5. Ayala; 6. Bonita; 7. Warren; 8. tie, Capistrano Valley, Laguna Hills, Trabuco Hills.

Division 5 – 1. Los Altos; 2. La Canada; 3. Palm Desert; 4. Temple City; 5. La Quinta; 6. Chino; 7. Charter Oak; 8. South Pasadena; 9. Rio Mesa; 10. Cajon.

Division 6 – 1. Santa Monica; 2. Ocean View; 3. Westridge; 4. Lompoc Cabrillo; 5. Mayfield; 6. Segerstom; 7. Cypress; 8. Temescal Canyon; 9. Hemet; 10. Culver City.

Division 7 –  1. Hillcrest; 2. Foothill Tech; 3. Jurupa Valley; 4. San Dimas; 5. Malibu; 6. Webb; 7. Alta Loma; 8. Santa Ana Valley; 9. Hacienda Heights Wilson; 10. Savanna.

 

 

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Chino Hills’ Josh Zappala signs with University of San Diego

Defensive back Josh Zappala of Chino Hills is the first player from the Huskies to decide on a college, signing with University of San Diego while on his visit there this weekend.

Zappala was a pivotal player for the Huskies (10-3) who went undefeated in Baseline League play and advanced to the West division semifinal before losing to No. 1 and eventual champion Mission Viejo.

“It had everything I wanted,” Zappala said. “It’s a good education, a good football program. And it’s close enough to home but not home.”

Zappala also took visits to Cornell and Division II Azusa Pacific.

The 5-foot-10, 170-pounder  managed 59 tackles, one interception and a fumble recovery. He was a second team All-Baseline League selection.

Zappala is carrying a 3.83 grade-point average and plans to major in biology.

San Diego is coming off a 9-2 season that included a 7-1 mark in conference play.

 

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Etiwanda’s Jordan McLaughlin leading USC resurgence

The USC men’s basketball team has been one of the biggest surprises in college basketball this season. And it has been a local player proving instrumental in that showing.

Sophomore guard Jordan McLaughlin, out of Etiwanda High School, is averaging a team-high 12.6 points a game. He had nine points and 10 assists in the 80-61 win over UCLA on Thursday.

A night later McLaughlin was taking a game at his old high school, sitting court side as the Eagles squared off with Damien.

Here’s what he had to say about the showing of his team this season:

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Alta Loma girls water polo team defying the odds

It’s hard enough having to rebuild once. Try doing it twice in one season. That has been the tough task the Alta Loma girls water polo team has faced. And despite that, the team has clinched a Mt. Baldy League title and is just one win away from a perfect league record.

The Braves advanced to the CIF semifinal last year before falling to a talented Hillcrest team.

But the Braves graduated eight seniors, seven of those starters.

Then the player who was supposed to be the starting goalie abruptly quit in late August after participating in the entire summer program. Coach Kevin Nesbit called on junior Mallory Johnson, who had only just started playing the sport in June. Her rapid progress is a major factor in the team’s 16-6 record which includes a 9-0 in league play.

“She really answered the call,” said Nesbit, of his goalie who has 67 saves in league play.

Then mid-season another player quit. It wasn’t a matter of sticking one player in that position. It was a lineup change that resulted in a lot of moving parts.

Senior Ashley Hernandez, who has 29 goals in league play, was among the players having to adapt to a new position. Among the others was senior Kyleigh Marquez.

Nesbit also singles out the play of junior Vanessa Murray, the team’s leading scorer, as well as freshman Julia Bensing-Ruiz, who Nesbit says is small but crafty with high water polo IQ.

The Braves are currently ranked seventh in Division 7. As to just how far this team can go? Nesbit was only hoping for a first round win last year and his team far exceeded that. He won’t put anything past this team.

“I think anything is possible with this team,” he said.

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Local teams ready for Nike Extravaganza at Mater Dei

Four local basketball teams will be taking a break from league play on Saturday and will be participating in the Nike Extravaganza at Mater Dei High School.

Here is the complete schedule:

Friday’s games
4 p.m. – Windward vs. JSerra
5:30 p.m. – St. John Bosco vs. Village Christian
7 p.m. – Mater Dei (girls) vs. Centennial (Nev.)
8:30 p.m. – Shadow Mountain (Ariz.) vs. Mater Dei

Saturday’s games
8:30 a.m. – Colony vs. Sonora
10 a.m. – Palm Desert vs. Corona Santiago
11:30 a.m. – Ayala vs. Servite
1:15 p.m. Santa Margarita vs. Etiwanda
2:45 p.m. – LA Fairfax vs. Los Alamitos
4:15 p.m. – Westchester vs. Orange Lutheran
5:45 p.m. – Corona Centennial vs. De La Salle
7:15 p.m. – Chino Hills vs. Bishop Gorman (Nev.)
8:45 p.m. – Mater Dei vs. Foothills Christian

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