Heather Inglima takes over volleyball program at Chino

Heather Inglima has been named head volleyball coach at Chino High School.

She had served as the junior varsity coach the last two years and wants to help a program that was 1-41 over the last two years under the previous coach.

“The biggest thing is to instill some confidence and get them to start having fun again,” she said. ”

“When you have a couple of years like they have had, people start playing selfish,” she added. “I want to get them back to working together and playing together as a team and help them build those sisterhood bonds that come when you play on a team. Then you can start being successful.”

Inglima, 31, is a 2002 graduate of Upland High School where she competed for the Highlanders.

Her junior varsity team went 5-15 a year ago, which was an improvement over 3-17 the previous year.

It may seem like an uphill battle but she said about 50 percent of the players in the program have some club experience so all is not lost. Her modest goal for the first year is to make the playoffs as one of the representatives out of the Hacienda League which has been dominated by Los Altos and Diamond Ranch of late.

“We have five teams in our league and three make the playoffs,” she said. “I don’t think that it out of reach.”


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Steve Baik talks about transition from Chino Hills to LA Fairfax

Steve Baik, head coach for Chino Hills boys basketball, led the team to an unbeaten season, and a CIF state championship, has resigned as head coach. (Staff file photo/Southern California News Group)

Steve Baik admits when he stepped down as basketball coach at Chino Hills earlier this month he thought about not coaching. You can’t do much better than what his team did last year – undefeated, national championship.

And he wanted to spend more time with his wife and two sons.

Then Los Angeles Faifax coach Harvey Kitani, a close friend of his, called and told him he was going to step down there to take a position at Rolling Hills Prep and the door was open there. It was an opportunity Baik could not pass up.

“With the program and tradition they have there it is a great opportunity,” he said, talking about the new position for the first time. “I am going to keep the staff there that is already in place. Will be a great place to just worry about coaching basketball.”

Baik lives in Altadena not far off the 2 freeway and says the commute has been cut in half so the job does get him a little closer to home.

With Chino Hills and Fairfax both likely being in the Open Division again next year his new team could be facing his old team. He thinks they’ll likely meet in summer play along the way too and says he will be the Huskies No. 1 fan when the teams are not playing each other.

“I’m going to miss all those kids and I wish nothing but the best for them. I love them like sons,” Baik said. “I’m going to be their biggest fan.”

News of his appointment broke on Friday, a few hours before the Huskies were presented national championship mementos from both MaxPreps and USA Today. He didn’t want to talk about the new job then and take away from the attention he wanted on his now former players.

Baik had been with the Huskies for nine years, the last six of those as head coach.
With all the festivities honoring his team taking place Baik acknowledges there was never going to be a “good” time to resign or announce a new position which is also why he considered not coaching the next school year.

“Opportunities like this don’t come around often,” he said. “I felt like I had to jump at it but will always be grateful for my time at Chino Hills.”

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Damien volleyball gets first round home game in playoffs

Damien Spartans of La Verne won the CIF-SS Division 5 boys volleyball championship against Laguna Blanca Owls of Santa Barbara by winning three matches in a row at Cerritos College Saturday, May 21, 2016.(Photo by Walt Mancini/Pasadena Star-News)

Southern Section playoffs aren’t enough. No, there are also state playoffs.

So fresh off repeating as CIF Southern Section Division 5 champions, the Damien volleyball team is gearing up once again. The third-seeded Spartans (32-7) will host No. 6 Encinitas San Dieguito Academy in Division III play at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

San Dieguito was the Valley League champion and won the San Diego section Division 3  championship.

Sometimes teams have trouble getting excited about another round of playoffs but Spartans coach Randy Bohlmann thinks his team will be up for the challenge.

“Last year we got a tough draw and had Corona del Mar in the first round so the guys pretty much knew our chances weren’t good,” he said. “I think they’re more excited this time.”

Here is link to story on Damien’s win over Laguna Blanca in Saturday’s CIF Division 5 title match.




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Chino Hills boys basketball team collects honors: Baik confirms new job

The undefeated and national champion Chino Hills boys basketball team was honored in festivities at the school’s football stadium Friday night.

Representatives from MaxPreps were on hand to present the Huskies their national championship trophy with coach Steve Baik, who resigned two weeks ago, accepting on behalf of the team.

USA Today, another of the outlets that crowned the Huskies national champion, presented a banner.

The Huskies went 35-0, winning CIF Open Division honors and going on to win a state title as well.

They scored 100 points or more 18 times and won every playoff game by 20 points or more. That kind of dominant effort has most basketball experts putting the Huskies among the best high schools teams ever assembled.

Lonzo Ball, the lone senior on the squad, was presented an award for being named National Player of the Year.

Younger brother LaMelo and Onyeka Okongwu were joint recipients of the Freshman of the Year honor. Okongwu was not on hand but LaMelo collected his award.

Baik confirmed that he had just accepted the head coaching position at Los Angeles Fairfax High School but didn’t want to comment on that and take attention away from his team.


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Upland Christian gets baseball playoff bid at last minute

Boys Republic was the fourth-place team out of the Arrowhead League in the Division 6 draw but injuries are preventing the school from fielding a team.

The league is allowed to replace Boys Republic in the bracket prior to the completion of the first-round of playoff but the fifth-place team, Riverside Christian, also declined to participate. That left the decision to the sixth-place team – Upland Christian, 5-14-1 overall and 4-9-1 in league play.

Athletic Director Mark Edgemon checked with first-year coach Brandon Daily and the team and they were eager for the opportunity. So they will play at Santa Paula at 3:15 p.m. Thursday.

Edgemon said he was notified at 1 p.m. Tuesday. The team hadn’t practice since its regular season ended a week ago. It will have two practices before the playoff game but still wanted the chance.

“It’s a young team and it will be a good experience for them,” Edgemon said. “If they weren’t up for it, we wouldn’t have said yes but they really wanted a chance to be in the playoffs.”

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Upland track standout Kierra Davis signs with UC Davis

Upland High School track standout Kierra Davis wasn’t sold on UC Davis at first. The coach wanted her to run the 400 meters and she was more interested in focusing on the 100 and 200.

But the more she talked with the coaching staff, the more she was willing to hear what they had to say. A visit to the school last month also proved to be the turning point and she ended up signing with the NCAA Division I institution.

“They really wanted me and showed so much interest,” she said. “I went up there and I really liked it and thought it would be a great fit for me.”

Davis also had offers from UNLV, Sacramento State and Liberty (Va.) with UC Irvine also heavily pursuing her.

Another positive of picking UC Davis that she has a former teammate there in Mikaela Adolphus, who is just finishing her freshman year. The two have talked extensively and are looking forward to being teammates once again.

“That will definitely make it a lot more fun,” she said. “She was my host when I went for the visit and we had a great time.”

The Highlanders standout has emerged as one of Southern California’s top sprinters. She ranks ninth in the 200, her favorite event, with a best of 24.40 coming at the Baseline League finals. She is also 19th in the 100 with a best of 12.06.

Davis is also a key runner for the 4×100 relay that is currently ranked fourth with a best of 47.14 coming at the Mt. SAC Relays.

Davis plans to major in psychology or sociology.

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Damien boys volleyball team braces for tough semifinal

VIDEO: Damien coach Randy Bohlmann talks about quarterfinal win over Santa Fe.

The No. 1 Damien boys volleyball team survived a tough five-set match against No. 10 Santa Fe on Saturday night. But the playoff path will only get tougher.

The Spartans (30-7) will host North Hollywood Oakwood (21-5) at 7 p.m. Wednesday in a Division 5 semifinal. No. 4 Oakwood advanced with a 3-0 win over California.

“They’re very good. We’re going to have to play very well,” Damien coach Randy Bohlmann said.

Damien is the defending champion but it graduated its setter and its middle blockers. Senior outside hitter Michael Spinney has been the top offensive player. He had 20 kills in the Spartans most recent win.

Oakwood was the top finisher in the Liberty League.

The Spartans aren’t going without any knowledge of their foe. It’s the same team they beat last year in the quarterfinal 3-1.

Damien is the lone local team left in boys volleyball with Redlands and Loma Linda both losing their respective quarterfinals.

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First round baseball playoff scores and upcoming schedule

Carter High School players react after winning their playoff game against Etiwanda High School on Thursday, May 19, 2016. (Sarah Alvarado for the San Bernardino Sun)

Here is the list of baseball playoff scores involving local teams and who the winners play next:

Tuesday’s wild card game

Downey 7, Redlands 1

Thursday’s first round games
Carter 7, Etiwanda 6 (8 inn)
Damien 4, Royal 1
Villa Park 8, Bonita 1
Yucaipa 8, Simi Valley 7
La Mirada 1, Ayala 0
Rancho Cucamonga 6, Burbank Burroughs 3
Redlands East Valley 5, Trabuco Hills 4

Next Tuesday’s games
Carter at Foothill
Damien at Oxnard
Rio Mesa at Yucaipa
La Mirada at Rancho Cucamonga

Friday’s first round

San Dimas 3, Arroyo Grande 2

Next Tuesday’s game
San Dimas at Woodbridge

Tuesday’s wild card game

Patriot 2, Jurupa Hills 1
Victor Valley 5, Montclair 3
El Rancho 7, Bloomington 4

Thursday’s first round games
Patriot 6, Don Lugo 3
San Gorgonio 6, Victor Valley 3
Sultana 11, Summit 10
Kaiser 6, Sonora 5

Friday’s game
Rialto 2, Alta Loma 1

Next Tuesday’s games
Sultana at San Gorgonio
Ramona at Kaiser
Santa Fe at Rialto

Wednesday’s wild card games

Aquinas 6, Big Bear 3
Ontario Christian 11, El Monte 9
Rudbidoux 4, Webb 1

Friday’s first round games
Ganesha 4, Bishop Montgomery 3
Garey 4, San Marino 2 (10 inn)
Cantwell Sacred Heart 4, Ontario Chr. 1
Sierra Vista 5, Aquinas 1

Next Tuesday’s games
Monrovia at Ganesha
Cantwell Sacred Heart at Garey

Thursday’s first round games

Santa Paula 25, Upland Christian 0
Redlands Adventist 5, Hamilton 3

Next Tuesday’s games
Buckey at Redlands Adventist

Friday’s first round game

Aca. Academic Excellence 12, Lake Arrowhead Chr. 1

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First round CIF softball scores and upcoming schedule

Here is the complete rundown of the playoff games for softball involving our local teams:

Thursday’s first round

Etiwanda 7, ML King 2
Valencia 3, Valencia 0
Santa Margarita 10, St. Lucy’s 0
Chino 5, Rosary Academy 1
Vista Murrieta 2, Chino Hills 0

Tuesday’s games
Etiwanda at Mater Dei
Los Alamitos at Chino

Thursday’s first round

Redlands East Valley 7, Canyon Springs 6
Valley View 15, Redlands 0
Oaks Christian 10, Carter 3
Oxnard 5, Ayala 3
Yucaipa 7, San Luis Obispo 4

Tuesday’s games
La Habra at Redlands East Valley
Yucaipa at Fullerton

Tuesday’s wild card games

Tesoro 11, Kaiser 1
Harvard-Westlake 7, Montclair 6

Thursday’s first round
Grand Terrace 10, Peninsula 0
Don Lugo 10, Cerritos 0
Summit 4, Glendale 1
Chaffey 5, California 4

Tuesday’s games
Gran Terrace at San Clemente
Don Lugo at Warren
Gahr at Summit
Bishop Amat at Chaffey

Tuesday’s wild card games

San Gorgonio 6, Paloma Valley 4
Rialto 9, Indio 6
Palm Desert 7, Aquinas 2
Ontario Christian 5, Ocean View 0

Thursday’s first round
Jurupa Hills 14, South El Monte 4
Knight 9,. Ontario Christian 1
Palm Springs 12, San Gorgonio 1

Tuesday’s games
Ramona at Jurupa Hills

Tuesday’s wild card game

Northview 21, Garey 2

Thursday’s first round
San Dimas 9, Azusa 0
Templeton 13, Pomona Catholic 0
Nogales 11, Pomona 2

Tuesday’s games
San Dimas at Edgewood

Thursday’s first round

Twentynine Palms 6, Bloomington Christian 3
Rancho Mirage 11, Webb 6

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Don Lugo baseball team gets top seed but is limping into playoffs

The Mt. Baldy League champion Don Lugo baseball team has drawn the No. 1 seed for the CIF Southern Section Division 4 playoffs which begin on Tuesday. But first-year head coach Jeff Abel is a bit concerned about his Conquistadores (23-3) who play on Thursday against thee winner of a wild card game between Riverside Patriot (16-11) and Jurupa Hills (17-9).

There were a couple of injuries in Thursday’s regular season finale against Colony. Senior pitcher-outfielder Benny Aguilera sustained an ankle injury going after a foul ball and  is now on crutches.

Abel is hoping a week is enough time to at least get him healthy enough he can be in the lineup in the outfield or as a designated hitter but that is probably a stretch since he’s still on crutches. Abel doesn’t think he’s be able to pitch for at least a couple of weeks.

Losing Aguilera would be a major blow. Don Lugo graduated several players from last year’s team and Aguilera is the most experienced of those coming back.

There were a couple of less serious injuries. Junior outfielder Josh Ibarra strained a quad but remained in the game. Senior Albert Rizo injured his hand,. He came out of that game but Abel said he seemed better today.


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