A week-by-week look at our “Athlete of Week” selections

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Here’s a week-by-week look at who our selections for So Cal Prep Legends Athletes of the Week have been.

Athletes are nominated by a coach, assistant coach or athletics director from their school.

Administrators who want to nominate an athlete can do so by e-mailing us at sports@Inland newspapers.com by Sunday night. Let us know your athlete and what he/she did for the week.

BOYS
Feb. 14LaMelo Ball, Chino Hills, basketball
* Feb. 7 Kyle Scalmanini, Claremont basketball
Jan. 31 – Kevin Aguilar, Montclair soccer
Jan. 24 – Joe Quintana, Bonita basketball
* Jan. 17 – Iysaiah Rojas, Los Osos basketball
Jan. 10Osys Stokes, Upland basketball
Dec. 19Cameron Shelton, Damien basketball
* Dec. 12 – Eric Moreno, Montclair basketball
Dec. 5 – LiAngelo Ball, Chino Hills basketball
Nov. 29 – Owen Bishop, Claremont cross country
* Nov. 22 – Thomas Graham, Rancho Cucamonga football
Nov. 15 – Troy Temmink, Summit football
Nov. 8 – Tommy McDonnell, Etiwanda football
Nov. 1 – Nathan Tilford, Colony football
* Oct. 25 – Anthony Miller, Don Lugo football
Oct. 18 – Duy Tran-Sampson, Claremont football
* Oct. 11 – Jaylon Redd, Rancho Cucamonga football
Oct. 4 – Michell Fargo, Webb water polo
Sept. 27Stephen Carr, Summit football
* Sept 20Antoine Paul, Ontario football
Sept. 13 – Kyle Jones, Upland football
Sept. 6 – Andrew Almazan, Chino football
Aug. 26 – Jacob Camargo, Damien football

GIRLS

Feb. 14 – McKenna Hutchison, Upland wrestling
* Feb. 7 Camille Parker, Alta Loma basketball
Jan. 31 – Briyanna Coleman, Bonita basketball
* Jan. 24- Jazzlyn Johnson, Ontario basketball
Jan. 17 – Ashlyn Farino, Alta Loma soccer
* Jan. 10Easton Armstrong, Western Christian soccer
* Dec. 19Diamond Bishop, Upland basketball
Dec. 12 – Serena Camacho, Los Osos soccer
* Dec. 5 – Molly Tucker, St. Lucy’s soccer
* Nov. 29 – Morgan Hall, Loma Linda volleyball
Nov. 22 – Annie Boos, Claremont cross country
Nov. 15 – Mikaela Ramirez, Ayala cross country
Nov. 8 – Simone Bliss, Claremont volleyball
* Nov. 1 – Angelica Kusnowwo, Diamond Bar golf
Oct. 25 – Kenzie Koerber, Chino Hills volleyball
Oct. 18. – Jacquelyne Hill, Etiwanda cross country
Oct. 11 – Annie Boos, Claremont cross country
Oct. 4 – Sahara Martinez, Bonita volleyball
Sept. 27Alexis Cardoza, Chino Hills volleyball
Sept. 20 – Bria Beale, Rancho Cucamonga volleyball
Sept. 13 – Annaka Jorgenson, Ontario Christian volleyball
Sept. 6 – Mary Bagshaw, Rancho Cucamonga volleyball

* denotes athlete also was voted overall So Cal athlete of week in on-line fan balloting

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Shane Hile named head football coach at Claremont

Shane Hile has been named football coach at Claremont. He replaces Jose “Coco” Jarin who was fired after directing the program the last two years.

It will be the first head coaching job for Hile, a 1989 graduate of Garey High School.

He is no stranger to the school, having been employed there as a special education teacher since 2010.

“I have been at this school nine years, seven as a teacher,” he said. “This is my school and my community so when the job opened up I was excited about the opportunity.”

Hile, 45, was also on the football staff at Claremont from 2009 to 2013 under Jarin’s predecessor Mike Collins who had headed the program for more then two decades. The last year of that term was spent as defensive coordinator.

More recently he spent two years at Upland where he coached the defensive line, Last year Upland played Claremont so Hile saw the Wolfpack first hand. It was also an odd dynamic.

“It was definitely a bit strange having kids I really cared about on both sidelines,” he said.

Hile singles out time he spent learning from other veteran coaches as good preparation, Besides Collins and Tim Salter at Upland he was at Damien from 2002 to 2008 where he worked with John and Tom Carroll, as well as Scott Morrison, now at Corona Santiago.

The first task will be to assemble a coaching staff and Hile said he is open to all options, including coaches who wee on Jain’s staff.

As far as offensive and defensive philosophies, Hile said he isn’t set on one. He will assess his personnel before deciding what schemes to run.

“The most important thing we’re going to do is stick with the philosophy of this school. We want good students and good character people in this program both as players and coaches.”

Hile will look to improve on a 3-7 finish of last year that included a 1-4 in Palomares League play.

He will also have to do that without the team’s top player as junior linebacker Solomon Tuliaupupu transferred to Mater Dei last month.

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Inland Valley CIF-SS Masters wrestling qualifiers

The CIF-SS Masters Wrestling Meet is this Friday and Saturday at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario.

Here are Inland Valley wrestling qualifiers, with placement at last week CIF. Sixth place finishers can get in as alternates, some of whom know now they are in and others who won’t know until Friday. Top 9 in each weight class advance to state

106 lbs
Robert Casanave, Jr., Bonita (3)
Daniel Galvan, Jr., Alta Loma (1)
Frankie Lira, Sr., Upland (5)
Alfonso Rome, Sr., Ayala (4)
113
Brian Palafox, So., Carter (5)
120
Sebastian Campos, Jr., Etiwanda (3)
Ryan Marquez, Sr., Bonita (5)
Alex Nunez, Sr., Alta Loma (1)
Jonathan Smart, Jr., Montclair (5)
126
David Acosta, Sr., Damien (4)
Michael Cardial, Sr., Diamond Bar (2)
Mark Avila, Jr., Carter (3)
Tino Lopez, Jr., Alta Loma (1)
Johnny Vargas, Sr., Montclair (3)
132
Nick Blandino, Fr., Etiwanda (4)
Ray Cordova, Sr., Alta Loma (1)
138
Jacob Blandino, Fr., Etiwanda (5)
Abe Cervantes, Sr., Los Osos (2)
Miguel Flores, Sr., Carter (4)
Julian Martinez, Sr., Ayala (5)
Christian Rivas, Sr., Chino Hills (4)
145
Jerry Rubio, Jr., Carter (2)
Zander Silva, Sr., Alta Loma (1)
152
Diego Carillo, Jr., Etiwanda (4)
Eric Serrano, Sr., Carter (6)
160
Gevorg Hope, Sr., Bonita (1)
Cole Pruitt, Jr., Alta Loma (5)
Jacob Wright, Sr., Los Osos (2)
170
Steven Ardon, Jr., Carter (5)
Geovanny Torres, Sr., Bonita (2)
182
Nathan Smith, Sr., Etiwanda (2)
195
None
220
James Farner, Sr., San Dimas (5)
Xavier Torres, Sr., Rialto (6)
285
Nick Gannuscio, Sr., Alta Loma (4)
Justin Salazar, Jr., Ayala (6)
Diego Sanchez, Jr., Montclair (3)
Matt Williams, Jr., Los Osos (4)

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Don Lugo’s Trevor Goulet signs with NAIA Trinity International

Don Lugo offensive line standout Trevor Goulet has signed with NAIA-Division I Trinity International (Ill.)

Goulet was a three-year starter at guard, the last two of those at Don Lugo. He also started his sophomore year at Chino.

Goulet  was a first-team All-CIF selection in Division 8 and also a first-team All-Inland Valley selection by the Daily Bulletin.

The 6-foot-3, 285-pounder was a big factor in the Conquistadores averaging 399 yards a game total offense.

He visited the school two weeks ago and also toured NAIA-Division 2 University of Jamestown (N.D.).

“I really liked the coach-player relationship there,” he said. “They treat you like men. It’s also a Christian school and that was important to me.”

Goulet plans to major in business.

Although he played center and guard at Don Lugo he said the school has plans to move him to tackle.

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CIF girls water polo playoffs get underway this week

The CIF announced the draw for each division in girls water polo. Here is the list of games involving teams from the Sun/Daily Bulletin coverage area:

DIVISION 1
Wednesday’s first round

Los Osos at Mater Dei

DIVISION 2
Wednesday’s first round

Bonita at Schurr

DIVISION 3
Tuesday’s Wild card match

La Habra at Rancho Cucamonga

DIVISION 4
Tuesday’s wild card

Chaparral at Chino Hills
Wednesday first round
Long Beach Poly at Yucaipa
Charter Oak-Westlake winner at Claremont

DIVISION 5
Tuesday’s wild card matches

Redlands at Arlington
Fltinridge Sacred Hart at San Dimas
Wednesday’s first round
Millikan-Oxnard Pacifica winner at Cajon

DIVISION 6
Wednesday’s first round

Walnut at Alta Loma
Redlands East Valley at Kennedy
Cerritos at Webb

DIVISION 7
Tuesday’s first round

Norte Vista at Fontana
Palm Springs at San Bernardino
La Mirada at Chaffey (at Ontario HS)
Santa Fe at Pomona Catholic
Valley View at San Gorgonio
Don Lugo at Noreno Valley
Summit at Diamond Bar

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Chaffey girls water polo team having unprecedented success

What a difference a year can make.

In 2016 the Chaffey girls water polo team finished 8-20 and only 2-8 in the Mt. Baldy League which was only good enough for fifth place out of six teams.

But this year the Tigers went 22-5 overall and 9-1 in league play to tie Alta Loma for the top spot. It marks the first league title in the history of the girls program which started in 2001.

The Tigers are the No. 3 seed in the CIF Southern Section Division 7 playoffs which begin on Tuesday. The Tigers will face La Mirada (13-11) in  a 5 p.m. match at nearby Ontario High School.

There were no high-profile transfers, no influx of talented freshman. It’s the same team.

“It was really just hard work,” says coach Carlos Mendez, who also directs the school’s boys program. “The girls just decided they wanted to be better and they put in the hours to get better.”

Mendez credits his team captains – senior Briana Kuri and junior Michelle Molina who were the catalysts of the resurgence. The two set the tone and have provided strong leadership.

Mendez also made a change, moving junior Stevie Mendoza from the goal to a field player and inserting junior Destiny Montgomery in at goal. The moved helped the Tigers in both places.

Mendez also thinks the girls team has been inspired by the showing of the boys team which finished as Division 7 runner-up in the fall.

“They saw that water polo can be a successful sport here,” Mendez said “This is the type of school where the kids interact so the girls have seen what the boys did and talked to them about it. They don’t see why they can’t do the same thing.:

The school had to find an alternative site for its home playoff games because half of the pool is too shallow. League by-laws allow for games to be played there but the CIF requires a regulation pool for the postseason.”

 

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Etiwanda girls basketball team lands Open Division invite

As expected the Etiwanda girls basketball team will be one of the 16 battling for a CIF Southern Section championship in the Open division.

The Eagles, who have won 22 straight games, finished the regular season ranked second in Division 1-AA behind Long Beach Poly, another of the Open qualifiers.

Etiwanda (24-1) crushed all competitors in the Baseline League but also played a non-league schedule that included six games against Open teams. It went 5-1 in those six games with the loss coming to Alemany.

This will be the fourth time in the five years of the Open Division Etiwanda has competed in the highest classification.

The pairings will be announced on Sunday but given Etiwanda’s ranking it is likely it will be the No. 2. Coach Anders Anderson doesn’t even have a guess as to who his team will get in the first round.

“I’m really not sure how the bottom of the bracket is going to be set,” he said. “We’ll have to wait and see.”

Here are the other Open Division qualifiers in alphabetical order:
– Alemany (20-6)
– Brea Olinda (21-5)
– Chaminade (16-9)
– Fairmont Prep (21-6)
– Harvard-Westlake (22-3)
– Lakeside (22-3)
– Mater Dei (20-6)
– Millikan (18-6)
– Orangewood Academy (19-7)
– Long Beach Poly (20-3)
– Serra (20-6)
– Sierra Canyon (20-3)
– Troy (18-6)
– Ventura
– Windward

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Don Lugo linebacker Anthony Miller signs with Ottawa University

Don Lugo football standout Anthony Miller has signed with NAIA University (Kan.).

Miller, a 6-foot, 195-pounder who also excels in wrestling, was one of the breakout stars in Inland Valley football this season, helping the Conquistadores (10-3) to a Mt. Baldy League championship as well as a CIF semifinal playoff berth in Division 8.

He tallied 174 tackles, 25 of those for a loss, with 10 sacks. He was a first-team All-Inland Valley selection by the Daily Bulletin and was named CIF Defensive Player of the Year in Division 8. He shared league Defensive Player of the year honors with teammate Tzion Dixon.

Miller hasn’t visited the school yet. but he has done a lot of research about the school on-line.  The school knew about him early because its defensive coordinator is a former player of Don Lugo coach Greg Gano.

Miller did not play football as a sophomore and is slightly undersized for a linebacker so he hasn’t been on the radar of many schools. He is thankful for the opportunity.

“I am excited about the chance to play college football,” he said. “This is an opportunity for me to better myself and prepare for the future.”

He plans to major in either civil engineering or something in the law enforcement field.

Here is link to a story on him in the Daily Bulletin during Don Lugo’s playoff run.

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Upland boys basketball team savoring big win over Etiwanda

The Upland High School boys basketball team picked up a big win on Tuesday night when it upended Etiwanda 50-49.

The Highlanders looked much-improved early in the season, with that run highlighted by a victory at the San Gabriel Classic. But it had been a tough go in Baseline League play as Upland was 0-8 going into the game with Etiwanda. There were some close calls, three-point losses to both Los Osos and Rancho Cucamonga.

Upland coach Anthony Mason admitted his team was in need of a moral boost. Ironically, he says that probably came in a loss – the 91-60 loss to Chino Hills on Friday.

The Highlanders spotted the Huskies an 18-0 lead with players reluctant to shoot. After a timeout Mason had his team regroup and they were more competitive after that.

The first time the teams played Upland lost to Chino HIlls 106-54 in a game that wasn’t even that close.

“The big thing in that game (against Chino Hills) was that they competed and they didn’t back down,” he said. “It was much different than the first time we played them. It was a whole different feel and I think they took that into the Etiwanda game. They realized they didn’t have to be intimidated by anybody.”

The difference in the Etiwanda game was a 3-point play by Bryce Parker with 18 seconds left Nick Bates scored a team-high 22 points while Michael Flynn and Osys Stokes chipped in with 13 and 11 respectively.

The Highlanders close out league play on Thursday at Los Osos. The game could loom large for playoff seeding purposes as both are in Division 2-AA with Los Osos currently ranked 13th and Upland 14th.

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Diamond Ranch to hold alumni baseball game this Saturday

Diamond Ranch High School will hold an alumni baseball game at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday at the school.

Gates open at 10 a.m. with the varsity team taking batting practice at that time,

There will be a Home Run Derby with players getting 10 swings for $10.

There is a $5 donation charge for admission with all proceeds going toward the schools baseball program.

The Panthers open the new season on Feb. 25 at Bonita.

 

 

 

Those interested in playing should email drpanthersbaseball@gmail.com and RSVP.

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Montclair quarterback Andrew Harrison has decided on a college

It was a strange season for Montclair High School quarterback Andrew Harrison but there is a happy ending as he has landed an opportunity to play in college.

Harrison plans to sign with the University of La Verne on Thursday.

He started his high school career at Upland but transferred to Bonita before this school year started. He was ruled ineligible by the CIF, and then transferred to Montclair. He had to sit out five games so his season was limited to the Cavaliers five Mt. Baldy League games.

In those five games Harrison completed 89 for 161 passes for 1,098 yards with five touchdowns and four interceptions.

Harrison said the multiple transfers and not getting to play half the season hurt his recruiting chances but he has tried to stay grounded and welcomes the chance he does have.

He credits his parents for helping him keep things in perspective.

“It was difficult but I knew something would come along,” he said. “You can’t worry about what happened in the past. I am happy for this opportunity.”

Harrison was also considering some other small coaches such as NAIA Sterling (Kan.) and NCAA Division III’s St. Norbert’s (Wis.), Trinity (Conn.) and University of Northwestern-St. Paul.

He was happy with the opportunity to play close to home.

“I really liked the coaching staff,” he said. “I have been over there a few times and had a chance to sit down and talk to them and I felt like it would be good fit for me.”

 

 

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