BREAKING: Matt Dunn steps down at Damien for job at St. John Bosco

Damien High School boys basketball coach Matt Dunn has resigned after directing the Spartans program the last 12 years. He will take the same position at St. John Bosco.

“I am excited about this opportunity,” he said. “Yes there are mixed emotions because I love Damien. It (Bosco) has a great tradition of success in multiple sports and I am looking forward to learning by watching those coaches and seeing what  they do.”

Dunn was the Daily Bulletin’s Coach of the Year this season after leading the Spartans (29-5) to a Baseline League title their first year in the league. That alone was a significant feat given the presence of other competitors such as Chino Hills and Etiwanda.

The Spartans competed in the elite Open Division in the CIF playoffs and were a one-point loser to Orange Lutheran. But they were selected for the state playoffs and proceeded to win a Division 3 state championship, capped by a 70-57 win over Campolindo in the title came at Cal-Berkeley.

Dunn also served as Director of Marketing at Damien but he will not have to wear multiple hats at the new school. He’ll only have to coach basketball.

Dunn and wife Joy and their three children, ages 6 to 12, live in Glendora and don’t plan on relocating.



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CIF polls: Baseball

Division 1 – 1. JSerra; 2. Huntington Beach; 3. Dana Hills; 4. Agoura; 5. Alemany; 6. Orange Lutheran; 7. Aliso Niguel; Harvard-Westlkake; 9, Cypress; 10. Vista Murrieta.

Division 2 – 1. San Clemente; 2. Glendora; 3. Foothill; 4. Mission Viejo; 5. South Hills; 6. Camarillo; 7. Etiwanda; 8. Cajon; 9. Burbank Burroughs; 10. Crescenta Valley.

Division 3 – 1. San Dimas; 2. Redondo Union; 3. Palm Desert; 4. El Segundo; 5. Temescal Canyon; 6. Paloma Valley; 7. Mira Costa; 8. Nogales; 9. Corona del Maer; 10. Beckman.

Division 4- 1. West Torrance; 2. California; 3. South Torrance; 4. Don Lugo; 5. Ramona; 6. Serrano; 7. Laguna Beach; 8. San Gorgonio; 9. Troy; 10. Ridgecrest Burroughs.

Division 5 – 1. Monrovia; 2. Village Chr.; 3. Santa Ynez; 4. Sierra Canyon; 5. Woodcrest Chr.; 6. Capistrano Valley Chr.; 7. Citrus Hill; 8. Hemet; 9. Sierra Vista; 10. Ontario Chr.

Division 6 – 1. Lancaster Desert Chr. ;2 . Pasadena Poly; 3. Sage Hill; 4. Crean; 5. Fillmore; 6. Nuview Bridge; 7.Calvary Murrieta; 8. Desert Chr. Aca; 9. Salesian; 10. Oxford.

Division 7 – 1. Excelsior Charter; 2. Santa Clarita C hr.; 3. Rollling Hills; 4. Animo Leadership; 5. Riverside Prep; 6. AAE, Avalon; 8. St. Monica Aca. 9. Tarbt V’Torah; 10. Dunn

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CIF polls: Softball

Chino Hills (white) moved back into the Division 1 poll this week.

Division 1 – 1. Corona Santiago; 2. Garden Grove Pacifica; 3. Orange Lutheran; 4. Los Alamitos; 5. Murrieta Valley; 6. West Ranch; 7. Mater Dei; 8. ML King; 9. Cypress; 10. Chino Hills.

Division 2 – 1. Mission Viejo; 2. Yucaipa; 3. Valley View; 4 Agoura; 5. Glendora; 6. Simi Valley; 7. Oaks Chr.; 8. South Hills; 9. La Habra; 10. Canyon Springs.

Division 3 – 1. Grand Terrace; 2. La Serna; 3. Burbank; 4. Warren; 5. Montclair; 6. Gahr; 7. Burbank Burroughs; 8. St. Paul; 9. Bishop Amat; 10. Cerritos.

Division 4 – 1. North Torrance; 2. Highland; 3. Torrance; 4. Dos Pueblos; 5. Loara; 6. Aquinas; 7. Ocean View; 8. Segerstrom; 9. El Segundo; 10. Temescal Canyon.

Division 5 – 1. St. Bonaventure; 2. Lompoc Cabrillo; 3. Garden Grove; 4. St. Monica Cath; 5. Mary Star of the Sea; 6. Fillmore; 7. San Dimas; 8. Santa Ana Calvary Chapel; 9. Edgewood; 10. La Reina.

Division 6 – 1. Savanna; 2. Paraclete; 3. Webb; 4. Shadow Hills; 5. St. Anthony; 6. Alverno; 7. Vasquez; 8. Serra; 9. Oxford Aca; 10. Windward.

Division 7 – 1. Rolling Hills Prep; 2. Grace Brethren; 3. Faith Bap.; 4. Santa Clara; 5. University Prep; 6. ACE; 7. Animo Leadership; 8. St. Monica Aca; 9. Einstein Aca; 10. Archer.



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CIF polls: Boys volleyball

Week of May 4

Division 1 – 1. Huntington Beach; 2. Loyola; 3. Corona del Mar; 4. Newbury Park; 5. Mira Costa; 6. Westlake; 7. Dana Hills; 8. San Clemente; 9. Foohill; 10. Santa Barbara.

Division 2 – 1. Oak Park; 2. Valencia; 3. Burbank Burroughs; 4. Laguna Beach; 5. Aliso Niguel; 6. South Pasadena; 7. Royal; 8. Simi Valley; 9. Capistrano Valley; 10. Crescenta Valley.

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

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

Division 5 – 1. Damien; 2. Arrowhead Chr.; 2. Laguna Blanca; 4. Santa Fe; 5. Ganesha; 6. St. Genevieve; 7. Vistamar; 8. Ontario Chr.; 9. LeLycee; 10. Los Altos.




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CIF polls: Boys tennis

Week of May 4

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

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

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

Division 4 – 1. Laguna Beach; 2. Redlands; 3. Mark Keppel; 4. Maranatha; 5. Buckley; 6. Rowland; 7. Covina; 8. Chino Hills; 9. Santa Ynez; 10. Los Osos.

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


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Can anyone stop the San Dimas baseball team?

The San Dimas baseball team heads into this week with a still spotless record at 24-0. The next opponent – Rowland (7-11).

So can anyone stop the Saints?

Many say a loss would be a good thing. The Saints still have a Valle Vista League title in hand and it might keep the players from getting too complacent. But veteran coach Mike Regan doesn’t buy that.

“You never want to lose,” he said. “Of course if we are I’d rather it happen now than in the playoffs.”

Regan says he is guarding against just that. Before Thursday’s game against Covina he discussed the matter and stressed the importance on focus and not getting too far ahead. It worked. The Saints rolled to a 10-0 win.

“I think it was one of our best all-around games of the season,” he said.

Of course the Saints, ranked No. 1 in Division 3, have the formidable 1-2 punch on the mound in senior Peter Lambert (9-0, 0.24) and junior Jacob Castillo (8-0, 0.12). There is also a solid No. 3 in senior Jonathan Longtin (3-0, 0.00). Angel Maya, who threw a no-hitter in his first game after becoming eligible after a transfer, has been used out of the bullpen.

The unsung hero has been sophomore third baseman Joseph Bahna. Regan said going into the season he was missing a starter at the hot corner and a leadoff hitter. Bahna has filled both of those roles admirably.

“He hasn’t just made the routine plays he has made all the difficult ones too,” Regan said.

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Colony’s Caleb DeFabiis makes college decision

Colony High School basketball standout Caleb DeFabiis has made a college decision and he’s sticking close to home.

The 5-foot-10 guard and team captain has committed to NCAA Division II Azusa Pacific.

DeFabiis was a first-team All-Mt. Baldy League and All-CIF selection. He also earned second team All-Inland Valley honors by the Daily Bulletin.

He averaged 11.9 points and hit a team-high 43 3-pointers in leading the Titans to their 10th straight league title.

“I really kind of wanted to stay close to home and it has a very good program,” he said.

DeFabiis plans to major in business management with a minor in athletic coaching.

Azusa Pacific is coming off an impressive showing in its first year in transitioning to Division II from NAIA. The Cougars went 27-6 and advanced to the West Region final before losing to Pac West rival Cal Baptist.


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Chino Hills senior Tannon Snow hits 50th career HR

Senior Tannon Snow (above, left) of Chino Hills blasted her 50th career home run today in the Huskies 19-1 win over Rancho Cucamonga.

Only six players in Southern Section history have reached that milestone.

Snow’s home run to dead center field came on the first pitch she saw in the fifth inning and came with Brittany Garcia on base.

Snow, who has signed with Washington, has been sitting on 49 for a few games and admitted she might have been pressing just a bit. She was relieved to get the milestone round-tripper.

“I just came up there and took a deep breath,” she said. I got a good pitch to hit.

She’s close to the state record holder, senior Alyssa Palomino of Mission Viejo who has 56, also hitting one today. The two also happen to play for the same travel ball team to they have had fun with the chase.

It hasn’t been hard to keep track of each other.

“It’s all over social media,” Snow laughed.

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Palomares League boasts top-notch baseball

When it comes to high school sports in the Inland Valley, the Baseline gets the most attention. And rightfully so.

Not only is the champion of that league likely to make a pretty significant impact in the playoffs, so are the teams that finish second or third.

The biggest example of that is boys basketball where Damien, Etiwanda and Chino Hills all made deep playoff runs with Damien and Chino Hills also getting to STATE championship finals.

But when it comes to baseball, the Palomares League is better, at least this season. It’s a new league this season and it has an interesting mix of teams. You have two reigning league champions from last year in Glendora (Baseline) and Bonita (Hacienda).

And you have two teams that were second to those in Diamond Bar, which was just behind Bonita and South Hills, which finished a nudge behind Chino Hills in the Sierra.

Then there are Ayala and Claremont.

At one point this season four teams from the league were ranked in the CIF Division 2 poll. Bonita and Ayala faltered last week so South Hills (4) and Glendora (6) are the ones still holding strong in the latest poll released Monday.

South Hills went into first place today wit ha 4-2 win over Ayala. Both coaches Darren Murphy of South Hill and Chris Vogt of Ayala talked about how tough the league is and how at least one good team will be left out when it comes to the playoffs.

This year there are no at-large bids to a fourth-place finisher so it will be the top three advancing. Right now its Bonita the odd team out but there is a long way to go. There are sure to be some hard-fought, intense games the rest of the way.

Here’s what the coaches had to say after Wednesday’s game:

VIDEO: Ayala coach Chris Vogt

VIDEO: Bonita coach Darren Murphy

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