CIF softball rankings:

The Montclair softball team is ranked No. 3 in Division 3. They currently lead the Mt. Baldy League.

CIF rankings for week of April 20

Division 1 - 1. Orange Lutheran; 2. Corona Santiago; 3. Upland; 4. Norco; 5. Mater Dei; 6. Anaheim Canyon; 7. Los Alamitos; 8. Murrieta Valley; 9. West Ranch; 10. Cypress.

Division 2 - 1. Mission Viejo; 2. Yucaipa; 3. Oaks Christian; 4. Fullerton; 5. Troy; 6. South Hills; 7. La Habra; 8. Camarillo; 9. Simi Valley; 10. Canyon Springs.

Division 3 - 1. Grand Terrace; 2. La Serna; 3. Montclair; 4. Burbank; 5. San Clemente; 6. Bishop Amat; 7. Burbank Burroughs; 8. Warren; 9. Mira Costa; 10. Cerritos.

Division 4 - 1. North Torrance; 2. Torrance; 3. Highland; 4. Aquinas; 5. Dos Pueblos; 6. Ocean View; 7. Segerstrom; 8. El Segundo; 9. Santa Ana; 10. Monrovia.

Division 5 - 1. San Dimas; 2. St. Bonaventure; 3. Lompoc Cabarillo; 4. St. Monica; 5. Westminster La Quinta; 6. Edgewood; 7. Silverado; 8. Fillmore; 9. Mary Star of the Sea; 10. Louisville.

Divsion 6 - 1. Savanna; 2. Paraclete; 3. Webb; 4. Shadow Hills; 5. Serra; 6. St. Anthony; 7. Pasadena Poly; 8. Boron; 9. Desert Christian Aca.; 10. Sierra Canyon.

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CIF boys tennis rankings: Alta Loma up to third

CIF rankings for week of April 20

Division 1 - Beverly Hills; 2. Los Alamitos; 3. Harvard-Westlake; 4. University; 5. San Marino; 6. Peninsula; 7. Santa Barbara; 8. Beckman; 9. Palm Desert; 10. Mira Costa.

Division 2 - 1. Santa Margarita; 2. Arcadia; 3. Crescenta Valley; 4. San Clemente; 5. Sage Hill; 6. San Luis Obispo; 7. Diamond Bar; 8. West Ranch; 9. Crean Lutheran; 10., tie, Arroyo Grande, Pasadena Poly.

Division 3 – 1. Anaheim Canyon; 2. Great Oak; 3. Valencia Placentia; 4. Cypress; 5. Cerritos; 6. Sunny Hills; 7. Troy; 8. Long Beach Wilson; 9. ML King; 10. Yorba Linda.

Division 4 - 1. Laguna Beach; 2. Redlands; 3. Mark Keppel; 4. Maranatha; 5. Buckley; 6. Rowland; 7. Chino Hills; 8. Covina; 9. Orange; 10. Ocean View.

Division 5 - 1. Heritage; 2. Beaumont; 3. Alta Loma; 4. Bishop Montgomery; 5. Rosemead; 6. Hemet; 7. Montclair; 8. Jurupa Valley; 9. Arroyo Valley; 10. Rancho Mirage.

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CIF boys volleyball rankings: Damien stays No. 1 in D5

Here are the boys volleyball rankings for week of April 20

Division 1 - 1. Huntington Beach; 2, Loyola; 3. Corona del Mar; 4. Newbury Park; 5. Mira Costa; 6. Dana Hills; 7. San Clemente; 8. Westlake; 9. Los Alamitos; 10, tie, Santa Barbara, Foothill.

Division 2 - 1. Laguna Beach; 2. Burbank Burroughs; 3. Oak Park; 4. Valencia; 5. Aliso Niguel; 6. Simi Valley; 7. South Pasadena; 8. Royal; 9. Canyon Country Canyon; 10. Long Beach Poly.

Division 3 - 1. El Segundo; 2. Cathedral; 3. Arroyo Grande; 4. Paloma Valley; 5. Gahr; 6. Warren; 7. Culver City; 8. Bishop Montgomery; 9. Quartz Hill; 10. Viewpoint.

Division 4 - 1. Saddleback Valley Chr.; 2. Santa Ynez; 3. Bellflower; 4. St. Margaret’s; 5. Flintridge Prep; 6. Tustin; 7. Garden Grove; 8. Magnolia; 9. Redlands; 10. Cerritos.

Division 5 – 1. Damien; 2. Arrowhead Christian; 3. Laguna Blanca; 4. Santa Fe; 5. Ganesha; 6. Vistamar; 7. West Covina; 8. Ontario Christian; 9. St. Genevieve; 10. LeLycee.

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Prep basketball players get one last chance to excel

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The Inland Valley All-Star basketball games returned after a six-year hiatus. The games were well received by players, coaches and spectators.

In the boys game, the Blue team defeated the White 106-103 , led by the efforts of Damien’s Malik Fitts.

In the girls game, Ayala’s Jackie Ricketson, named the Daily Bulletin Player of the Year last week, helped the Blue team to a 66-63 win.

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Event organizer John Romagnoli, athletic director at Miller, said about 1,000 spectators took in the contests, which was considerably better than he expected.

Two special awards were handed out. The Aujali Lauder Award went to Olivia Watkins of Upland while the Marcel Burke Award went to Omar Nasri of San Dimas.

The award were named in honor of two young basketball players that left us way too early.  There were designed to go to players based on athletics, academics their positive energy and passion for the game.

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Rancho Cucamonga football players getting offers

Quarterback Angel Matute of Rancho Cucamonga has gotten his first offer. Cougars coach Nick Baiz confirmed that came from Arkansas State.

Matute, a 6-foot-4, 220-pounder, threw for 2,855 yards and 24 touchdowns last year as a junior.

He took over the starting post midway through his sophomore year and has been the incumbent there ever since.

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Also, junior running back Aaron Manning got an offer from Northern Arizona. The Cougars had depth at that position but Manning was the leading ground gainer with 766 yards and 9 touchdowns.  He had two games of more than 100 yards.

The top draw from that team continues to be sophomore defensive Jaylon Redd who has offers from USC, UCLA, Washington, Arizona State and Colorado.

He was a first team All-Inland Valley and CIF selection last year.

 

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Baseline League braces for fantastic finish

Led by Bailey Falter (above) Chino Hills is a top contender for league title.

Just when it looked like Upland was in control of the Baseline League baseball race before the week began. They were 5-0. But then the Highlanders slipped up and lost back-to-back games to Damien, whom most thought would be a top contender but had struggled miserably.

So Upland has come back to the pack and even Damien worked its way back in although the Spartans still have some work to do.

We’re about halfway through and the top spot as well as the other playoff berths are up for grabs.

No doubt the league is stronger than ever before with the addition of Damien and Chino Hills. Glendora, which moved to the Palomares, won it last year and and was on par with the other two but both the two new teams are an upgrade over the other departed team.

So every game the rest of the way should be a battle.

Here are the current standings:

Upland   5-2  13-5
Etiwanda 4-3  12-4
Chino Hills 4-3 11-6
Los Osos 3-4 6-9
Damien 3-4 5-11
Rancho 2-5 12-7

Here is this week’s schedule:

Tuesday’s game
Los Osos vs. Rancho Cucamonga (at Jay Littleton)

Wednesday’s games
Upland at Chino Hills
Etiwanda at Damien

Friday’s games
Chino Hills at Upland (Memorial Park)
Etiwanda at Damien
Rancho Cucamonga at Los Osos

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Jessica Miclat and Julia Bingham named to U.S. Soccer Under-18 training camp roster

Rancho Cucamonga's Ayana Robles, left, and Chino Hills' Jessica Miclat fight for control of the ball at Los Osos High School in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, Wednesday, January 28, 2015. Chino Hills defeated Rancho Cucamonga 1-0. (Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

Rancho Cucamonga’s Ayana Robles, left, and Chino Hills’ Jessica Miclat (middle) fight for control of the ball. (Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

Jessica Miclat of Chino Hills and Julia Bingham of St. Lucy’s were among the 24 players from across the country to be selected to the roster for the U.S. Soccer Under-18 Women’s National Team training camp that will take place from April 19 through 26 in Chula Vista.

“It is not only a blessing but also a huge honor to represent my country while playing and doing the one thing I love the most (playing soccer),” Miclat stated.

From the 24 players selected to participate in the training camp, a total of 18 will make the final roster, according to Miclat.

Miclat believes she has something to offer the team if she were to make the final roster.

“I offer my hard work and dedication,” she said. “I know that throughout the training sessions and scrimmages…my touches and knowledge of the game will improve but it’s my hard work and heart and dedication that got me there and will carry on, if I am selected on the team.”

It would not be the first time Miclat, who was named to the 2015 All-Inland Valley Area team, and Bingham, who signed with USC, would be teammates if they were both named to the final roster.

The two juniors played at St. Lucy’s together during their freshman and sophomore years.

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Lonzo Ball lands ANOTHER postseason award

Yet another award for Chino Hills basketball standout Lonzo Ball.

A few days after earning national recognition, Ball has garnered praise from CalHi Sports which named the Division I player of the Year as well as the state’s overall top junior.

Ball, a 6-foot-6 guard, can play any position on the floor and boasted top notch numbers in several offensive categories, averaging 24.3 points, 11.3 rebounds, 9.1 assists, five steals and five blocked shots per game playing tough non-league competition and in arguably the toughest league in the state.

He was also CalHi Sports sophomore of the year last season.

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Alta Loma volleyball standouts make it official

The Alta Loma volleyball team had quite the season. The Braves won a Mt. Baldy League title, cruised to a Southern Section title (Division 4AA) and went all the way to the state championship match.

Three of the key figures from that team signed their letters of intent today, making their college decision official.

Two will be staying close to home and one will be in commuter distance. Middle blocker Amy Armstrong will play at Cal State San Bernardino, a prominent player on the national scene at the Division II level.

Libero Kristen Sanchez will play at University of La Verne, which has national Elite Eight  appearances at the Division III level.

Outside hitter Breanna Golsch will move on to Cal State Dominguez Hills, which plays in the same conference as Cal State San Bernardino and another local, Cal Poly Pomona.

A fourth player, Aeryn Owens, signed in February with Cal State Northridge.

Good luck in the next step of your career girls.

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Khalil Muhammad commits to UCLA

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Rancho Cucamonga football player Khalil Muhammad stated on Twitter that he has committed to play football at UCLA, after taking a trip to the campus last week.

Muhammad is listed as an athlete but will likely join the Bruins as a running back.

He joins Lokeni Toailoa of Carter High in Rialto, who had committed to UCLA in March.

Other coverage area players, who will be on the UCLA roster as early as the upcoming season include Nate Meadors of San Gorgonio and Josh Woods of Upland.

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