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Can’t make it to a high school football game tonight. Here’s where we’ll keep you updated on all the action:

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Get your plays and high school athletes recognized

We’re starting a new feature. We’ll be picking a male and female Athlete of the Week as well as a football Play of the Week.

Since we can only be at a few games a week, we’re going to need your help to keep us posted on games we’re  not at..

Send your Athlete of the Week nominations to me as well as your clips for Play of the week. They must be received by 10 a.m. Monday morning.

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Coaches, we also need you to call us with your game scores on Friday night. You can designate it to an assistant or a scorekeeper. (We’d rather it not necessarily be from a parent unless that person has authorization from the head coach.) We’ll need just a couple of details, enough to write maybe three sentences.

The phone number to check in with us is (909) 483-9362 or (909) 483-9368. We need your phone calls by 10 p.m. I realize that is tight.

Thanks and best of luck.



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My Week 0 predictions, for better or worse . . .

I’ve debated whether or not I want to make predictions. Too many people take them personally. Well I am going to give it a shot. It’s nothing against anybody or any team. Since it’s the first week I have to go a lot on last year and who is coming back.

So without further adieu . . .

Chino Hills 24, Ayala 21 – Not that the Bulldogs can’t win. They’re a good team and I have them ranked No. 7 in the Inland Valley but I have Chino Hills No. 3 and it has owned its rival of late. Until they beat the Bulldogs I’ll go with the Huskies.

Barstow 34, Miller 7 – Barstow is coming off an 8-3 season while Miller was 1-9. Enough said.

Chaffey 21, Lake Elsinore-Lakeside 7 – The Tigers have Mikey Dean. Against a team that was 2-8 that is probably more than enough.

Colony 27, West Covina 21 – A tough one to call. Two ranked teams a CIF champ vs. a playoff team. I’ll go with the team that has the title and a veteran quarterback coming back.

Pomona 28, Oak Hills 21 – This could be one of the best games of the night. The Red Devils graduated some talent but have plenty of athletes so I’ll still give them the nod.

Don Lugo 34, Walnut 10 – This was lopsided last year in the Conquistadores favor. I don’t expect that to change.

Duarte 17, Diamond Bar  14 – Two teams that had miserable seasons a year ago. The Brahmas are very young so I’ll go with the Falcons in the season opener.

Claremont 27, El Rancho 24 – El Rancho clobbered the Wolfpack last year but it was senior-laden. The Wolfpack also inherited a quality quarterback which might be enough to turn the tide.

Etiwanda 21, Norco 17 – This one was a nail biter last year and should be the same again. I’ll go with the Eagles defense making enough plays against one of the top quarterbacks in the area.

Rancho Cucamonga 27, Trabuco Hills 7 – Trabuco Hills is the defending CIF champ but it graduated a ton of players and has a new coach. And it lost to the Cougars last year with that great team.

Ganesha 14, Keppel 7 – The Giants won this game 7-6 last year and they got a quality transfer that will have an impact on both side of the ball so thats gives them the slight edge.

Heritage Christian 24, Ontario Christian 14  –  Ontario is under a new coach so who knows what to expect. It will start a sophomore quarterback and its the first game of the season so give the edge to Heritage.

Hesperia 21, Fontana 10 – The Scorpions are young but should have enough to beat a Fontana team that hasn’t had much to cheer about in awhile.

Carter 21, Los Osos 7 – The Grizzlies are much improved but are they improved enough to score enough points against a quality defense. Probably not.

Upland 45, Palmdale Knight 7 – Upland beat this team 70-something to nothing last year. Yes they graduated some people, but Knight still has no chance.

Ontario 17, Garey 7 – Another two teams that are struggling. The Jaguars beat the Vikings last year and Garey’s best two players transferred. So chalk one up for Ontario.

Rowland 21, Alta Loma 14 – Teams withe similar showings last year and the Braves have a new coach. Would probably pick the other way if it was a little later in the season but it isn’t so . . .

Bonita 24, Schurr 14 – Bonita beat Schurr last year pretty convincingly. That won’s change.

Diamond Ranch 17, South Hills 14 – A toss-up game and it is one that marks the debut of Panthers coach Jimmy Welker. He has played it close to the vest in divulging what he has to worth with but I’ll give it to the Panthers.

Sultana  14, Eisenhower 7 – This is a tossup between struggling teams so this is a total guess.

Calvary Murrieta 45, Western Christian 7 – Calvary cruised in this game last year and finished 8-3 on the season. Western went 2-8 and has a new coach.

Webb 28, Hamilton 10 – Webb is a team on the rise, Hamilton not so. Give it to the Gauls.

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Should Chino Hills-Ayala football game be moved to a neutral site

The prep football season opener between Chino Hills and Ayala sold out in a day. Sale of tickets at the school was open to the general public so many students were left out and disgruntled.

Some are calling for the game to be moved to an alternative site with a bigger seating capacity. But is that the way to go?

Chino Hills Athletic Director Phil Garcia is against that idea. He goes a lot on recent experience. He had to move a boys basketball game against Mater Dei in March from his school to Colony in Ontario and he ended up losing money. How much?

“Maybe not $1,000 but hundreds,” he said.

Garcia says he also talked to Don Lugo Athletic Director Joe Marcos who talked about moving a Milk Can game against rival Chino several years ago to Chaffey College and that didn’t go over well for the same reason.

Garcia also doesn’t want to give up home field advantage.

“That’s theirs this year and it should be so I don’t want my team to give it up next year,” he said.

The teams also don’t have the luxury of a suitable facility in the neighborhood. Mt. SAC is about 13, depending which school are coming from. Chaffey is about 20.

Moving the game literally out of the city will also likely take away from the atmosphere and community feel. It’s about a backyard rivalry and wouldn’t it be different it was played in another city several miles away.

Garcia says the schools may look into how they distribute tickets so that many students wouldn’t be left out. But he is against the idea of selling on campus just to students because he dubbed it “a community event, not just a school event.”

What do you think?


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Caleb Arreola to start at quarterback for Chino Hills

Senior Caleb Arreola will start at quarterback for Chino Hills which opens the season on Friday at crosstown rival Ayala.

Arreola was the backup to Zac Sturdivant last year and actually started the one playoff game against Temecula Great Oak because Sturdivant was out injured.

Coach Matt Bechtel expected junior Brett Borgogno to challenge for the job and he did but experience proved to be a key factor. Borgogno started on the freshman team two years ago but did not play last year.

“It’s not like riding a bike. You don’t just pick it back up again with no problem,” Bechtel said. “The speed of the game is also completely different. Caleb had varsity reps last year. It’s not the same going from junior varsity to varsity or freshman to varsity.”


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The CIF preseason football polls are out . . .

Here are the first CIF football polls of the season:

SoCal Prep Legends Awards to honor best high school athletes in the area

West Valley Division
1. Vista Murrieta
2. Rancho Cucamonga
3. Mission Viejo
4. Great Oak
5. Tesoro
6. El Toro
7. Upland
8. Los Alamitos
9. Edison
10. Chino Hills

Central Division
1. Colony
2. Glendora
3. Charter Oak
4. Kaiser
5. West Covina
6. San Marino
7. Monrovia
8. Bonita
9. Summit
10. Ayala

Inland Division
1. Redlands East Valley
2. Heritage
3. Citrus Hill
4. Carter
5. Riverside Poly
6. Rancho Verde
7. Cajon
8. San Gorgonio
9. Redlands
10. Paloma Valley

Mid-Valley Division
1. Lancaster Paraclete
2. Sierra Canyon
3. Pomona
4. Northview
5. San Dimas
6. Viewpoint
7. Bell Gardens
8. Brentwood
9. Montebello
10. Baldwin Park

Eastern Division
1. Palm Springs; 2. Serrano; 3. Oak Hills; 4. La Quinta; 5. Norte Vista; 6. Moreno Valley; 7. Silverado; 8. Barstow; 9. Hesperia; 10. Palm Desert

Northern Division – 1. Paso Robles; 2. Arroyo Grande; 3. Thousand Oaks; 4. Atascadero; 5. Newbury Park; 6. Camarillo; 7. Lompoc; 8. Palmdale; 9. Nordhoff; 10. St. Joseph.

Northwest Division – 1. Nipomo; 2. Templeton; 3. Linfield Christian; 4. Shadow Hills; 5. Arrowhead Christian; 6. Maranatha; 7. Heritage Christian; 8. Mission Prep; 9. Morro Bay; 10. Pasadena Poly.

Southern Division – 1. Garden Grove; 2. Brea Olinda; 3. Anaheim Canyon; 4. El Modena; 5. Westminster; 6. Santa Ana Calvaery Chapel; 7. Rancho Alamitos; 8. Los Amigos; 9. Estancia; 10. Katella.

Southwest Division – 1. San Clemente; 2. La Habra; 3. Trabuco Hils; 4. Villa Park; 5. Corona del Mar; 6. Capistrano Valley; 7. Buena Park; 8. Foothill; 9. Troy; 10. Sonora.

Pac-5 Division – 1. Corona Centennial; 2. St. John Bosco; 3. Bishop Amat; 4. Santa Margarita; 5. Mater Dei; 6. Long Beahc Poly; 7. Crespi; 8. Alemany; 9. Orange Lutheran; 10. Servite.

Southwest Division – 1. Downey; 2. La Mirada; 3 Cathedral; 4. St. Francis; 5. La Serna; 6. Paramount; 7. Crescenta Valley; 8. Dominguez; 9. Salesian; 10. El Rancho.

Western Division – 1. Palos Verdes; 2. Ventura; 3. West Torrance; 4. Oxnard; 5. North Torrance; 6. Redondo Union; 7. Rio Mesa; 8. Simi Valley; 9. El Segundo; 10, tie, Agoura and Calabasas.




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Don Lugo football team gets boost from unlikely source

Last year the Don Lugo team was one of the most improved teams in the area going from last to third in the Mt. Baldy League to make the playoffs.

Many of those players graduated so second-year coach Luis Garcia is counting on newcomers to keep the progress coming.

But one player has come through who wasn’t on the radar three months ago.

Junior Anthony Miller didn’t even play football last year, although he did compete on the wrestling team. Garcia had him penciled in on the junior varsity. But Miller, a 5-foot-10, 170-pounder, has looked so good not only has he earned spot on the varsity, he is challenging for a starting position at running back and/or linebacker.

“He has been a real beast,” Garcia says. “He plays hard, practices hard and he’s tough.”

Don Lugo, 6-4 a year ago, opens the new season on Friday at Walnut. It defeated the same opponent 41-14 to start last season with Walnut ending the season with a 2-8 record.

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Alta Loma volleyball team looks to defend title with new cast

The Alta Loma High School volleyball team had that magical run last year that a coach usually only dreams of.

The Braves went 33-3, cruised to the Mt. Baldy League title, won a Southern Section CIF title in Division 4AA and finished as the STATE runner-up. It was the deepest run by any Chaffey Joint Unified School District team in history . . . in any sport.

But the Braves graduated eight of the 10 players so they will be hard-pressed to repeat that run. Does the new squad feel the pressure to defend that feat? Not really.

“The only pressure they feel is what they put on themselves to be good,” says coach Cindy Gurney, who is taking the reigns as the lone coach after sharing billing with Tishana Pope who resigned. “They realized that was a once in a lifetime team and run that probably won’t happen again.”

The two holdovers from that team are outside hitter Gabrielle Oddo and middle blocker Kylie Szczepanksi, both seniors.

The hardest person to replace is always the setter. The Braves will run a 6-2 with freshman Cassidy Gallahan and sophomore Cecelia White sharing the duties.

Among the other newcomers Gurney is hoping will pick up the slack offensively is junior Jada Sharpe, a standout on the junior varsity last season.

“Our goal is win the league and play well in the preseason and that will hopefully set us up with a good seed and draw for the playoffs,” Gurney said. “We have some younger players who have a lot of potential.”

Gurney says not much has changed from a coaching standpoint. Not only did she coach with Pope, but Caitlyn Hall, who was on the staff last year as well, has returned.

Most of the players from that team went on and will be playing in college. An update on where they are all at. Most are relatively close to home:

Aeryn Owens, Cal State Northridge
Amy Armstrong, Cal State San Bernardino
Breanna Golsch, Cal State Dominguez Hills
Kristen Sanchez, University of La Verne
Taylor Kettle, Troy (Ala.)

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Alta Loma graduates land collegiate soccer honors

A couple of Alta Loma High School graduates have had quite the start to the collegiate season at San Diego State.

Stacie Moran is the MW Defensive Player of the Week.

Freshman forward Leah Pruitt was named the Mountain West Conference Offensive Player of the Week, while sophomore Stacie Moran earned Defensive Player-of-the-Week honors.

Pruitt, who broke the Alta Loma single season scoring record and was the Inland Valley Player of the Year as a senior, was a huge factor in both Aztec victories.

In the 6-0 win over she tallied one goal and one assist.

Stacie  Moran

Then at No. 16/17 Kentucky on Sunday, she assisted on both goals to help her team secure the 2-0 victory.

Meanwhile Moran continued her stellar play from a year ago when she was voted to the all-MW second team as a freshman. She started both games and was the only Aztec to play the full 90 minutes in each outing.



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