Bonita’s Tyler Poepping is headed to NAIA Midland University (Neb.) where he plans to compete in both basketball and golf.
Poepping was the second leading scorer for a Bearcats team that tied for the Palomares League title and advanced all the way to the Division 3AA championship game before losing to Oak Park.
A personal connection made all the difference. Kenny Walter, who graduated from Bonita a year ago, is at that same school. The two have kept in touch. Walter told his coach about Poepping and Poepping watched several of that team’s game on live-stream.
He hasn’t visited the school yet but plans to do so later this month.
“I really thought it was my best option and it will be nice to go play where I have a good friend,” he said. “It really was the best option for me.”
Poepping averaged 16 points a game. He was a first team All-Palomares League and second team All-Inland Valley selection.
Poepping, known of his long distance shooting prowess, said he also considered two community colleges close to home – Chaffey and Citrus, as well as Houghton University in New York.
Poepping is undecided on a major but wants to work toward a career as a firefighter.
Webb shortstop Ryan Whithorn has signed with Concordia-Irvine.
He had been considering several schools on the East Coast including the Naval Academy, Iona and Georgetown but opted to stay closer to home and play for the school that is in its first year as a NCAA Division II competitor.
Whithorn plays shortstop for he Gauls but sees the potential to play the other infield positions as well and sees the potential to get some time on the field right away.
“I really liked the baseball program and I think it’s a place I’ll get the most out of my baseball experience,” he said. “It’s close enough my family and friends can come and see me play and far enough away I’ll still have some independence.”
“It is a Christian school and that was important to me too.”
Whithorn, a native of Claremont, plans to major in sports management.
Whithorn has helped the Gauls to a 12-5 record and a 5-3 mark in San Joaquin League play. He is hitting .389 with 6 doubles, 5 triples, 18 runs scored and 20 RBI in 17 games.
Bonita and South Hills (above) are both among the teams ranked in CIF Division 2 baseball poll this week.
Division 1 – 1. JSerra; 2. El Toro; 3. Valencia; 4. JW North; 5. Murrieta Mesa; 6. Orange Lutheran; 7. Loyola; 8. Cypress; 9. Marina; 10. Aliso Niguel.
Division 2 – 1. Gahr; 2. South Hills; 3. Simi Valley; 4. Foothill; 5. Damien; 6. Carter; 7. San Clemente; 8. La Mirada; 9. Bonita; 10. Crescenta Valley. (Etiwanda, Ayala also received votes).
Division 3 – 1. Redondo Union; 2. Palm Desert; 3. Beckman; 4. Woodbridge; 5. Palos Verdes; 6. Quartz Hill; 7. Paloma Valley; 8. Bishop Amat; 9. Mira Costa; 10. tie, La Salle, Corona del Mar.
Division 4 – 1. Kaiser; 2. Don Lugo; 3. St. Bonaventure; 4. West Torrance; 5. San Gorgonio; 6. Troy; 7. Grace Brethren; 8. South Torrance; 9. Alta Loma; 10. Torrance.
Division 5 – 1. Woodcrest Chr.; 2. Citrus Hill; 3. Paraclete; 4. Village Chr.; 5. Sierra Vista; 6. Monrovia; 7. San Marino; 8. Cantwell Sacred Heart; 9. Sierra Canyon; 10. Shadow Hills.
Division 7 – 1. Excelsior Charter; 2. Santa Clarita Chr.; 3. Rolling Hills Prep; 4. Faith Baptist; 5. Riverside Prep; 6. Einstein Aca.; 7. Animo Leadership; 8. Aca. Academic Excellence; 9. Lennox Aca.; 10. New Roads.
Here are the newest CIF softball polls for the week of May. 2 with teams from the Sun/Daily Bulletin coverage area denoted in bold:
Division 1 – 1. Etiwanda; 2. Orange Lutheran; 3. Los Alamitos; 4. Huntington Beach; 5. Mater Dei; 6. Norco; 7. Corona Santiago; 8. ML King; 9. Garden Grove Pacifica; 10. Lakewood.
Division 2 – 1. Oaks Chr.; 2. La Harba; 3. Mission Viejo; 4. Valley View; 5. Oxnard; 6. South Hills; 7. Capistrano Valley; 8. Yucaipa; 9. Newbury Park; 10. Camarillo.
Division 3 – 1. Grand Terrace; 2. Bishop Amat; 3. Burbank Burroughs; 4. Gahr; 5. Laguna Hills; 6. Palos Verdes; 7. Alemany; 8. Warren; 9. La Mirada; 10. Redondo Union.
Division 4 – 1. Torrance; 2. Dos Pueblos; 3. North Torrance; 4. Buena; 5. Knight; 6. Palm Springs; 7. Santa Monica; 8. La Quinta; 9. Linfield Chr,.; 10. Patriot.
Division 5 – 1. St. Bonaventure; 2. Louisville; 3. Garden Grove; 4. Lompoc; 5. Silverado; 6. Templeton; 7. Lompoc Cabrillo; 8. Edgewood; 9. Santa Paula; 10. San Dimas.
Division 6 – 1. Paraclete; 2. Savanna; 3. Downey Cavalry Chapel; 4. St. Anthony; 5. Sierra Canyon; 6. Webb; 7. Windward; 8. Desert Chr. Aca.; 9. Alverno; 10. Yucca Valley.
Division 7 – 1. Rolling Hills Prep; 2. University Prep; 3. ACE; 4. Faith Baptist; 5. Foothill Tech; 6. Santa Clara; 7. Santa Rosa Aca.’; 8. Calvary Murrieta; 9. Crossroads Chr.; 10. Noli Indian.
Here are this week’s CIF polls for boys volleyball for the week of May 2 with teams from the Sun/Daily Bulletin coverage area denoted in bold:
Division 1 – 1. Huntington Beach; 2. Loyola; 3. Mira Costa; 4. Newport Harbor; 5. Corona del Mar; 6. Tesoro; 7. Palos Verdes; 8. Westlake; 9. Redondo Union; 10. Mater Dei.
Division 2 – Oak Park; 2. Laguna Beach; 3. Burbank Burroughs; 4. West Ranch; 5. Loyola; 6. Simi Valley; 7. South Torrance; 8. Capistrano Valley; 9. Lakewood; 10. Hillcrest.
Division 3 – 1. Quartz Hill; 2. Cathedral; 3. El Segundo; 4. Santa Monica; 5. Cerritos Valley Christian; 6. Arroyo Grande; 7. San Gabriel; 8. Gahr; 9. Warren; 10. San Luis Obispo.
Division 4 – 1. Saddleback Valley Chr.; 2. Crean Lutheran; 3. Flintridge Prep; 4. Santa Ynez; 5. Cypress; 6. Channel Islands; 7. Bellflower; 8. Morro Bay; 9. St. Monica Catholic; 10. St. Margaret’s.
Division 5 – 1. Damien; 2. Laguna Beach; 3. El Rancho; 4. Oakwood; 5. California; 6. Loma Linda Aca.; 7. Pacifica Chr.; 8. Los Altos; 9. Indian Springs; 10. Santa Fe.
Redlands is ranked No. 1 in Division 4.
Here are the CIF boys tennis polls in each division for the week of May 2 with teams in the Sun/Daily Bulletin coverage area denoted in bold. Claremont is a new addition this week, breaking into the Division 2 rankings at No. 6:
Division 1 – 1. San Marino; 2. University; 3. Peninsula; 4. Mira Costa; 5. Palm Desert; 6. Corona del Mar; 7. Harvard-Westlake; 8. Beckman; 9. Los Alamitos; 10. Palos Verdes.
Division 2 – 1. Santa Margarita; 2. Arcadia; 3. West Ranch; 4. San Clemente; 5. Arroyo Grande; 6. Claremont; 7. Walnut; 8. Diamond Bar; 9. Crean Lutheran; 10. Sage Hill.
Division 3 – Valencia Placentia; 2. Cypress; 3. Great Oak; 4. Cerritos; 5. West Torrance; 6. Yorba Linda; 7. ML King; 8. Temecula Valley; 9. Sunny Hills; 10. Anaheim Canyon.
Division 4- . Redlands; 2. Laguna Beach; 3. Mark Keppel; 4. tie, Rowland, Rancho Cucamonga; 6. Etiwanda; 7. Los Osos; 8. Buckley; 9. tie, Maranatha, Tarbut V’Torah.
Division 5 – 1. Heritage; 2. Beaumont; 3. Hemet; 4. Rosemead; 5 Arroyo; 6. Alta Loma; 7. Downey; 8. Oak Hills; 9. Gahr; 10. Workman.
The Southern California Newspaper Group has announced its finalist for Team of the Year.
Here is the link to a rundown on each of the finalists.
Each of the publications in the SCNG nominated a team or individual for each category. The Daily Bulletin’s submission in this category was a no-brainer. It’s the undefeated and No. 1 Chino Chino Hills boys basketball team.
Among the other categories are Male and Female Athlete of Year as Well as Scholar Athlete of Year, Coach of Year, Game of Year, Performance of Year and Inspirational Story of Year.
Stay tuned for news on the others.
Tiffany Kennedy-Cummings had quite the senior season in 2015 at Chino High School. Well she picked up where she left off as a freshman this year at Mt. SAC.
Kennedy-Cummings has been named state Pitcher of the Year in helping the Mounties to another stellar showing.
Kennedy-Cummings went 13-2 with 2 saves and an 0.94 ERA. That ERA was the best in Southern California and second in the entire state. She managed 113 strikeouts in 127 innings.
Among the highlights of her season was a perfect game in the regular season finale against Orange Coast won by the Mounties 12-0 in five innings.
Also earning All-So Cal honors are Aimee Rodriguez and Jessica Olivera of Mt. SAC, Bonita High School grad Celine Spathias of Citrus and Jordan Emanuele and Redlands East Valley grad Danielle Lopez of Riverside.
Don Lugo High School pitching standout Alissa Noble has signed with NCAA Division I University of Toledo (Ohio).
It might seem like a random school for an athlete from Southern California to attend but it was a matter of being in the right place at the right time.
Noble was playing in a travel ball tournament in Hemet and was having a particularly good day. The coach of one of the team’s Noble was playing against has a daughter who is the coach at Toledo.
He told her about Noble and encouraged her to send video. The rest is history.
Noble, who plays travel ball with Firecrackers out of Rancho Cucamonga, went to visit the school and liked what she saw. She is looking forward to a change of scenery.
“It was snowing and I had never seen snow before,” she said. “I’m ready for a change. It just seemed like a good fit.”
Noble also visited Cal State San Marcos and Sonoma State, both NCAA Division II schools.
Noble has been the primary pitcher for the Conquistadors (10-5, 7-1) who have a three-game lead in the Mt. Baldy League heading into Friday’s game against Ontario.
She plans to major in athletic training or sports nutrition.
Toledo plays in the Mid-American Conference. The Rockets are currently 15-31.
Bonita High School basketball standout Russell Hernandez has decided to attend school and play basketball at Cal Lutheran.
Hernandez, a 5-foot-11 guard, helped the Bearcats (28-7) to a share of the Palomares League title and a berth in the Division 3AA CIF title game where they lost to Oak Park at the Honda Center.
Hernandez put the emphasis on academics and will be majoring in exercise science.
“Education comes first and they have good science programs,” he said. “I like that its not too close to home but close enough I can get back on weekends.”
Hernandez was also considering Division II Hawaii Pacific and Division III schools in Pacific (Ore.) and Pomona-Pitzer. He visited Pomona-Pitzer and Hawaii Pacific.
He was thrilled with the way his high school career played out.
“Of course it would have been nice to win that last one but it was all we could have hoped for and it was an unbelievable season,” he said.