Ayala baseball team to hold golf tourney fundraiser

The Ayala High School baseball team will hold a golf tournament that will serve as a major fundraiser for the coming season. The event is slated for Monday, Oct. 26 at Western Hills Country Club in Chino Hills.

Registration starts at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start at 11 a.m. The cost is $125 for an individual of $500 for a foursome.

For an extra $40 an individual can purchase a “Super” ticket which entitles the participant to 5 raffle tickets, a $10 Golfsmith gift card as well as entry into the putting, longest drive, closest to pin contests and more.

A dinner, awards and memorabilia auction will follow the golf outing.

Deadline for entries is Oct. 16.

For more information call Larry Kanne at 562-754-7237 or email him at larryscubs@aol.com or Tonya Carr at 951-237-4920 or email Tonyacarr@verizon.net.

You can also fin information at www.AyalaBulldogsBaseball.com.




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The rundown on all the football action night

Here is a rundown from all the prep football scores tonight, starting with how the Top 10 Fared:

1. Rancho Cucamonga (4-1) Did not play
2. Upland (3-2) Did not play
3. Chino Hills (3-2) Did not play
4. Summit (5-0) Beat Norte Vista Thursday 35-21
5. Bonita (5-0) Did not play
6. Claremont (5-0) Did not play
7. Chaffey (5-0) Did not play
8. Carter (3-2) Lost to Yucaipa 20-18
9. Pomona (4-2) Beat Santa Monica 51-0
10. Kaiser (3-2) Lost to Glendora Thursday 29-24

Redlands East Valley 52, Redlands 14
Colony 39, Riverside Poly 0
Los Osos 23, Silverado 20
Damien 34, Ayala 21
Grand Terrace 53, Arlington 22
Cajon 62, Citrus Valley 7
Miller 21, Eisenhower 13
Yucaipa 20, Carter 18
Bloomington 23, Pacific 13
Chino 29, Rowland 25
Montclair 16, Hacienda Heights Wilson 0
San Beranrdino 21, Indian Springs 14
Ganesha 47, Western Christian 9
Barstow 43, Rim of the World 0
Garey 27, Sierra Vista 26
Moreno Valley 67, Colton 0
Aquinas 44, Saddleback 7

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Picking the week 5 winners . . .

I went 22-2 in picks last week to take my season total to 96-28, then went 5-0 i games last night. So getting better, now 101-28.

There aren’t a lot of games this week as most are getting ready for league play next week . . .

Colony 27, Riverside Poly 21 – Alright faith in the Titans. Josh Thompson & Company don’t fail me now.

Carter 21, Yucaipa 14 – We”ll see if the Lions have recovered from getting pummeled by REV last week. I think Alex Pierce will rally the troops.

Miller 24, Eisenhower 17 – Both these programs are struggling mightily so it should be a competitive game and could go either way. Flipped a coin.

Damien 24, Ayala 14 – Going with Damien because it has looked slightly better than Ayala and Ayala is a team a still can’t figure out. The Bulldogs have talent but something isn’t right.

Chino 32, Rowland 10 – The Cowboys have to avoid the proverbial letdown after an emotionally draining game last week. I think they’ll be OK though.

Sierra Vista 28, Garey 14 – Sierra is 2-2 and Garey is winless so have to go with the team that has won games.

Ganesha 42, Western Christian 7 – The Giants are improved and Western Christian has a lot of issues. No question here.

Montclair 27, Wilson 14 – The Cavaliers have looked improved too. I’ll take them at home this week.

Silverado 21, Los Osos 17 – This could be a  pretty good game and the Grizzlies have been impressive the last two weeks. But I’ll go with the Hawks at home.

Pomona 24, Santa Monica 10 – This is a game the Red Devils somehow lost last year. I don’t see that happening again.








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Roundup: Western Christian volleyball wins in Ambassador League play

WESTERN CHRISTIAN 3, LINFIELD CHRISTIAN 1 >> Kalin Miramontes had 12 kills with 14 digs and four aces in the Lancers’ victory over the Lions, 22-25, 25-19, 25-17, 25-20 in Ambassador League play. Kayla Wu contributed to the win with eight kills, four aces and 29 digs for the Lancers (6-4, 1-3) while Jenna Bartholomew had 21 assists and nine digs. Western Christian will play at 6 p.m. today at Ontario Christian.
Ontario Christian 3, Loma Linda Academy 2 >> Madison Field had 20 hills and four digs for the Roadrunners in the Ambassador League loss to the Knights.
GAREY 14, LA PUENTE 4 >> Leslie Sibrian and Tien Nguyen won all three of its doubles sets for the Vikings (12-1, 9-0) in the Miramonte League victory over the Warriors. Garey will play at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday against Bassett.
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Former Damien star Malik Fitts commits to South Florida

Former Damien High School basketball standout Malik Fitts has made a verbal commitment to the University of South Florida in Tampa, Fla.

Fitts, who helped the Spartans to the CIF Division 3 state championship in March, is currently enrolled at Brewster Academy, a private prep school located in Wolfeboro, N.H.

He had been playing in a travel ball tournament in Las Vegas when he was spotted by South Florida coach Orlando Antigua.

He had been playing on the same team as another player who had committed to USF.

“I had 31 points and played very well and he started talking to me after that,” Fitts said.

Fitts was also considering DePaul, Bradley, Nevada and Hawaii. He had unofficial visits to Portland and UC Riverside.

The 6-foot-5 shooting guard had some offers coming out Damien but wanted to take an extra year to work on maturing physically as well as improving his SAT test score.

Fitts was a first team Baseline League and All-Inland Valley selection last year as a senior.

Fitts plans to major in business.

“I am really excited about the opportunity,” he said.

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Improving Ganesha football team looking to move to 5-1

Don’t look now but the Ganesha Giants are 4-1 with a good probability of making that 5-1 when they host winless Western Christian for Homecoming on Friday

Coach Don Cayer’s team was 4-6 a year ago so the prospect of a winning season is welcomed. Cayer isn’t getting too far ahead of himself because last year the Giants were 4-2, only to lose their last four games of the season.

The measuring stick is that Cayer’s schedule is the same as last year with the exception of one team so he thinks he can assess where his team stands.

“The big difference is last year we were 4-2 and we could have been 2-4,” he said, noting two 7-6 wins. “This year we’re beating these teams convincingly. For the first time in a long time here we have games on the schedule we should win.”

Junior quarterback John Mosqueda has led the resurgence. He has passed for 404 yards but is the leading rusher as well. After that it has been a successful running back by committee with seniors Anthony Longsworth, Mauriyon O’Brien and Jaylon Dean, with Dean also an integral factor on the other side of the ball.

The receiving core is also a balanced one.

The Giants start Miramonte League play on Oct. 9 against Bassett which also also provide a litmus test. Last year Ganesha lost to Bassett 42-0 and it came on the heels of a loss to Garey.

“We couldn’t have been any flatter that game than if we had been plowed over by steamroller,” Cayer said. “Playing them the first game will tell us exactly where we stand.”

Cayer still singles out Pomona as the team to beat.

“The graduated some players but they’re still the big dog until someone knocks them off.”


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Etiwanda freshman Julia Jimenez commits to Michigan softball

Etiwanda freshman Julia Jimenez announced on Twitter that she has committed to play at the University of Michigan.

Jimenez received the offer from the Wolverines before even starting her first season as a member of the Eagles softball team. IMG_0766.JPG

“It’s definitely overwhelming. It’s an honor and very humbling,” she explained in an email. “I am glad to see all my hard work and dedication pay off. The road only gets harder from here and now I have to work twice as hard.”

Jimenez, who was being recruited as a shortstop, stated that she also had full ride scholarship offers from Louisville and Texas A&M.

“It has been very exciting and stressful at the same time but it is a good stress at least,” said Gloria Jimenez, the mother of Julia.

Despite only being a freshman, she believes Michigan is the right place for her.

“It is a well balanced school,” Julia said. “All of the athletics, the education and the coaching staff.”

She made her verbal commitment over the phone with Carol Hutchins, the Wolverines’ softball coach.

“She said she would be honored to be my coach,”  Jimenez said. “She referred to me as a Wolverine and told me it is not about the size, but it’s the fight.”

Gloria believes the game of softball has really helped her daughter grow into the person she has become.

“It has really made her focus on her education, it has taught her life lessons and how to overcome failure,” Gloria said. “It has made her a stronger minded young lady and she is extremely confident on and off the field.”

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Montclair girls tennis quietly having another solid season

The Montclair girls tennis team is off to an 8-1 start and ranked No. 2 in Division 5. The Cavaliers won the Mt. Baldy League two years ago for the first time in 25 years and are bidding to do the same again this season.

Coach Doc Martin is pleased with his team’s progress. The school doesn’t traditionally get a lot of players with club or competitive backgrounds before they get to the high school level.

“This is a nice group of girls with good senior leaders,” Martin said. “They have bought in to what we’re trying to do and we’re doing pretty well.”

Senior Jazmyn Sandoval is the top singles player with junior Emily Lam playing at No. 2. martin is working on solidifying the rest of the singles lineup.

The sixth-year coach said the strength of the team is its doubles play with three quality teams. Those teams are seniors Sammy Valencia and Trish Montemayor at No. 1, juniors Vy Nguyen and Phi-Phi Do at No. 2 and sophomore Jereena Montemayor and junior Jenny Vu at No. 3.

The Cavaliers are 8-1 the lone loss to Alta Loma with whom they have split this season. Those two teams will play a third time on Oct. 13 which will likely decide the league title. Alta Loma has also had a solid season and is ranked No. 3 in the same division.

Montclair will play against Chaffey today.


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Versatile Kamari Pleasant of Etiwanda gets another D1 offer

Etiwanda High School senior Kamari Pleasant has excelled on both sides of the ball. But heading into this season he looked to destined to play safety in college. Well, not so fast.

Pleasant, a 6-foot-2, 185-pounder, is starting to get some attention as a wide receiver. Now he’s not being recruited as one or the other. He’s getting that proverbial tag “Athlete.”

That will should give him more options moving forward.

He has three offers – UTEP, Montana State and Oregon, with the latter coming as recently as Sunday.

“I have had a good season catching the ball and I’m getting some numbers there,” Pleasant said of the recent attention focused on him, “I am happy about that because ti gives me more options.”

Pleasant says he doesn’t prefer one over the other. He’ll do what ever gets him on the field faster.

He is actually the team’s leading rusher with 42 carries for 301 yards and two touchdowns. He has five receptions with one touchdown and has an interception on defense.

He is keeping his options open for now. He will take a visit to UCLA this weekend and one to USC the following week but those will both be unofficial. He hasn’t settled on any official trips.

The Eagles (2-3) are off the week and will start Baseline League play the following week against Upland.


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