Miller football standout Freddy Livai headed to BYU

freddy_livaiThe Miller High football team is still looking to get some on-field success, but it’s getting it off the field.

Soon-to-be senior linebacker/defensive end Freddy Livai has verbally committed to Brigham Young University.

“It’s been my dream school ever since eighth grade,” said Livai. “And my cousin goes there.”

Livai’s cousin is Sione Takitaki, who played at Menifee Heritage in high school and will be a sophomore this season.

Livai won’t be joining his cousin right away, however. As a Mormon, he intends to go on a church mission immediately after high school.

The BYU commitment didn’t come without plenty of offers. He received interest from several Pac-12 schools and, according to Rivals.com, he received offers from Colorado, Oregon State, UNLV, Washington State and Weber State.

As a junior Livai played defensive end and strongside linebacker, recording 93 tackles, 9 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 1 interception and 18 tackles for loss.

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Alta Loma’s Taylor Kettle will play volleyball at Troy

Taylor Kettle of Alta Loma High School announced on Twitter that she will continue playing volleyball for the next four years after verbally committing to Troy University. She will officially sign next week.

Kettle did not expect to continue her volleyball career after plans to attend UC Santa Barbara as a student.

During her time at Alta Loma, she was a member of the soccer and volleyball programs.

The volleyball program won the CIF Southern Section Championship in 2015 and was the runner-up for the CIF State Championship.

 

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Etiwanda freshman Dana Housley passes away

Etiwanda softball standout Dana Housley has passed away, Eagles coach Dave Masucci confirmed.

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Housley, 15, was competing in a travel ball game with the California Thunder on Saturday in Fontana and had an aneurysm while at bat in the final inning. Medical personnel hurried to the scene and she was rushed to Kaiser Permanente where she had remained on life support ever since.

Masucci said Housley was a promising young player, so much so that she had seen some time on the varsity squad despite being just a freshman. Much of her season was on the junior varsity but he had planned to bring her up for the playoff run.

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The Eagles took to the field in her honor on Tuesday but lost a playoff game at Murrieta Valley 4-2. Players from both teams wore bows in their hair with her No. 21 on them. There were several posters

An outpouring of support for Housley, her family and the Etiwanda community has been evident. There were remembrances of her at games all over Southern California on Tuesday.

A GoFundMe account to help the family has already generated more than $56,000. Here is a link to that if you want to help.

 

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Brett Borgogno of Chino Hills commits to Cal State Fullerton

Sophomore shortstop Brett Borgogono of Chino HIlls High School has made a verbal commitment to Cal State Fullerton.

Borgogono is hitting .333 with 23 runs scored and 12 RBI, which helped the Huskies to a share of the Baseline League title and a berth in the Division 2 quarterfinals.

He has visited the school on at least four occasions and grew up a Titan fan because his father went there. So it was not a difficult decision.

“I like the team chemistry and the coaching staff and I think playing there will help me take my game to the next level,” he said.

Borgogno was also considering Oregon, San Diego State  and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

He plans to major in business.

“I  am sure of the decision so I figured why wait,” he said of making his announcement early. “I have always wanted to go there.”

 

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Tuesday’s softball playoff scores and what’s coming up

San Dimas softball knocks off undefeated Edgewood, 8-1, in second round of CIF playoffs

Here are the scores from Tuesday’s playoff games and what the winners have next:

DIVISION 1
Tuesday’s games

Los Osos 3, Corona Santiago 2
Murrieta Valley 4, Etiwanda 2
Anaheim Canyon 5, Chino Hills 3
Thursday’s game
Los Osos at El Modena

DIVISION 2
Tuesday’s games
Yucaipa 3, Capistrano Valley 0
Agoura 4, Citrus Valley 3
Thursday’s game
Oaks Christian at Yucaipa

DIVISION 3
Tuesday’s games
Grand Terrace 9, Tesoro 0
Redondo Union 4, Montclair 0
Thursday’s game
Cerritos at Grand Terrace

DIVISION 4
Tuesday’s game

Aquinas 4, Ocean View 2
Thursday’s game
Dos Pueblos at Aquinas

DIVISION 5
Tuesday’s game

San Dimas 8, Edgewood 1
Thursday’s game
San Dimas at Mary Star of the Seas

DIVISION 6
Tuesday’s game

Sierra Canyon 5, Webb 0

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Tuesday’s baseball playoff scores and what’s coming up

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Carter defeated Etiwanda in a Division 2 game on Tuesday.

A rundown of the playoff scores from Tuesday and who the winners play next:

DIVISION2
Tuesday’s games

Bonita 7, Gahr 2
Chino Hills 6, Rio Mesa 2
Royal 7, Damien 1
Carter 2, Etiwanda 1
Friday’s games
Bonita at San Clemente
Moorpark at Chino Hills
Carter at Crescenta Valley

DIVISION 3
Tuesday’s games

Dan Dimas 17, Garden Grove 0
Friday’s game
San Dimas at Santa Monica

DIVISION 4
Tuesday’s games

San Gorgonio 6, St. Bonaventure 4
Sunny Hills 7, Grand Terrace 6
Friday’s games
California at San Gorgonio

DIVISION 6
Tuesday’s game

Salesian 2, Bloomington Christian 0

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Los Osos softball team pulls upset of top seed

The Los Osos softball team may have finished a disappointing third in the Baseline League this season but the Grizzlies are trying to make up for that with a nice run in the postseason.

So far coach Mike Randall’s team has done just that. Los Osos upset top-seeded Corona Santiago 3-2 in a Division 1 second round game today.

Randall was confident his team was going to come out on top, saying as much earlier in the day. The fact that his team defeated Santiago 4-1 in a non-league game early this season had a lot to do with that.

“I told the girls not to buy into the hype,” he said. “They’re good. But I don’t think there is a team out there we can’t beat if we play our game.”

The Grizzlies, who needed last inning heroics to win a first round game over Chino, trailed Santiago 2-0 but got even with a pair of runs on the same play in the fifth. Pitcher Ciera Schick got a run home with a sacrifice fly but another run came home on an error.

The eventual game-winning hit came off the bat of Lexi Colon with two outs in the bottom of the sixth.

The boosts Los Osos (20-12) into a quarterfinal game on Thursday at El Modena (21-8) which defeated Huntington Beach 8-2.

 

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Damien boys volleyball falls in state playoff opener

The season finally came to an end for the Damien boys volleyball team.

The Spartans (26-7), who won a CIF Southern Section title in Division 5, were dealt a 3-0 loss (25-17, 25-15, 25-18) by Corona del Mar in the first match of the Southern California Region of the state playoffs.

The Spartans were seeded eighth and played in Division 5 all season while Corona del Mar was the top seed and came out of Division 1 so Damien coach Randy Bohlmann thought his team held its own.

“We came out and really competed,” said Bohlmann, whose school has had a team for just five years and had never been past the quarterfinal until this season. “They’re a very, very good team and it was fun to play against a team of that level.”

Chris Jorritsma had 10 kills and a block while Chris Mercado added eight kills. Junior libero Nick Hibshman had 16 digs while senior setter Christian Hernandez tallied 28 assists.

Bohlmann thinks his team will now have higher expectations after experiencing a deep run in the playoffs. He currently has 48 players in the program, something few other programs can claim.

“We have a pretty good pipeline now,” he said. “We might not be quite this good but I still think we’re going to be pretty good moving forward.”

 

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Etiwanda softball team falls 4-2 but thoughts are still with teammate

The Etiwanda High School softball team took to the field against Murrieta Valley in a first round playoff game today. But all were still thinking about freshman first baseman Dana Housley who had a brain aneurysm while at bat late in a travel game on Saturday.

Murrieta Valley prevailed 4-2 to move on to the quarterfinal. Etiwanda ends its season 24-9.

It was a pretty somber team that filed into the dugout an hour before the game. There were few words spoken.

It wasn’t until the third inning or so that the girls seemed to get focused on the game. They hit some balls hard which seemed to give then some confidence after the Nighthawks got a 2-run home run in the first.

After the game players struggle more with their emotions, many breaking down in the post-game huddle. But they handled themselves well and felt the support of the extended softball community.

Here’s what both coaches had to say about playing under the tough circumstances:

VIDEO: Etiwanda coach Dave Masucci.

VIDEO: Murrieta Valley coach Sean Parks.

See more expressions of support here for Dana

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Etiwanda softball game still on as player fights for her life

Etiwanda freshman softball standout Dana Housley continues fighting for her life as friends, teammates and the softball community rally around her.

The team is scheduled to play a second-round Division 1 playoff game at 3:15 today at Murrieta Valley. Coach Dave Masucci, also the school’s athletic director, says the game is still on as of now.

Masucci said Sunday night the game would probably be played if Housley was still on life support but would probably be postponed if that were not the case. But being a holiday weekend he had not been able to touch base with anyone from the opposing school or the CIF.

Masucci said if the game was moved to Wednesday, then if the Eagles won he would ask that the next game be moved from Thursday to Friday.

Housley sustained a brain aneurysm while at the plate to hit in the last inning of  a travel ball game for the California Thunder on Saturday. Her condition has not changed.

She spent much of the season playing on the junior varsity team but had seen some time on the varsity and Masucci said he was planning on having her with the varsity for the postseason.

As of Tuesday morning a GoFundMe account to help Housley’s family and already generated more than $43,000 in contributions nationwide. Here is the link for the GoFundMe account if you want to help.

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