NBA players versus the current CIF champions… this could actually be a compelling matchup.
Dallas Mavericks point guard Darren Collison, USC forward Byron Wesley and several other Etiwanda alumni who have continued their careers beyond high school will take on the reigning CIF-SS Division 1AA champions Friday night at Etiwanda High School.
Click on the link below to see the flyer.
Thursday’s 1-5 record doesn’t do justice to the heartbreak felt by local softball teams in Thursday’s quarterfinals. San Dimas lost in extra innings, Ayala (pictured above) coughed up a final-inning two-run lead and Kaiser’s eight-run second inning wasn’t enough in a 15-9 loss. Defending CIF champion Chino was the lone survivor thanks to the Division 2 No. 3 seed’s 10-0 win over Dana Hills. Fellow defending CIF champ Pomona Catholic is still alive in Division 6, but won’t play until Friday after its expected opponent today, Indio Shadow Hills, was removed from the playoffs for taking illegal batting practice.
Etiwanda’s team of nine freshman ousted the No. 3 seed on the way to the quarterfinals, but the lone local in Division 1 couldn’t get past Yorba Linda. Ayala, the fourth-place team from the Sierra League that ended the season of Division 2 No. 1 seed Mission Viejo on Tuesday, had a 3-1 lead entering the final inning of an error-marred 5-3 loss to Long Beach Millikan. Chino Hills, another defending CIF champ, was hoping for an all-Sierra League semifinal with Ayala but struck out 11 times in a 2-0 loss to Lakewood ace Janelle Hayes.
Here are all of Thursday’s quarterfinal scores:
MVPs: Fabian Venegas, Montclair, Sr.
Parker Tormey, Don Lugo, Sr.
Daniel Sandoval, Chino, Sr.
Joseph Gutierrez, Chaffey
Anthony Reyes, Montclair
David Roman, Montclair
Adrian Garcia, Montclair
Edgar Fonseca, Montclair
Apparently the Division 3 No. 1 seed and defending CIF champion didn’t suffer the biggest upset of the day. The Bonita baseball team’s 3-1 first-round loss to Los Angeles Cathedral, the third-place team from the Del Rey League, qualifies as the most glaring shocker in the Inland Valley. But Mater Dei, MaxPreps.com’s No. 1 team in the country, went down in the first round too. In fact, three of the four No. 1 seeds in the baseball playoffs that played Thursday made early exits from the postseason.
Lakewood 5, El Modena 0
El Dorado 1, Long Beach Poly 0
Thousand Oaks 9, Anaheim Canyon 4
Los Alamitos 6, West Ranch 5
Cathedral 3, Bonita 1
Peninsula 9, Carter 0
La Quinta 4, San Gorgonio 0
Lakewood 5, El Modena 0
Diamond Ranch two-way lineman Kammy Delp picked up his ninth scholarship offer Monday, but schools like San Jose State better get in a word while they can. The 6-foot-5, 318-pound junior is a national recruit, he just doesn’t have the offers to match. Yet.
Delp already has five Pac-12 offers – UCLA, USC and Oregon have visited but not offered – and has received visits at spring practice from Alabama, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Michigan, etc. The list just keep growing and the offers are likely soon to follow, according to Diamond Ranch head coach Roddy Layton.
“He could end up with 20 or 30 offers,” Layton said. “Every school that comes out has the same reaction, ‘Oh, he’s bigger than I thought he was.’”
Ayala athletic director Warren Reed made one last plea with five proposals remaining at Monday’s Mt. SAC area releaguing meeting, only one of which included his school in the Baseline League. Apparently it fell on deaf ears.
Ayala and Chino Hills joined Etiwanda, Los Osos, Rancho Cucamonga and Upland in perhaps the closest thing we’ve seen to a super-league in the Inland Valley in the last 10 years. There is no doubt in my mind Ayala ended up in the absolute worst situation of any school in the Inland Valley, joining a league where the other five schools have an enrollment of at least 3,000 to Ayala’s 2,500. Those other five school’s however, will be fascinating to watch as Chino Hills brings strong football, basketball, baseball, softball and soccer programs.
Alta Loma was the big winner, moving to a Mt. Baldy League that is now weaker sans Chino, a two-time football league champion in the last three years. Bonita knew it was leaving the Hacienda League, but was thrilled to land in the Sierra as opposed to the Baseline, where two of the last five remaining proposals placed the Bearcats.
Here is a look at all the new leagues in the Mt. SAC area beginning in the fall of 2014:
Bonita knows it isn’t welcome back in the Hacienda League. Not after its baseball and two basketball teams lost two league games combined in three years.
Thus, the Bearcats are proactive in their pursuit of the Sierra League. It’s certainly a better destination than the Baseline. Just ask Glendora.
Of the 20 proposals that will be voted on in Monday’s releaguing meeting, 11 land the Bonita in the Sierra League versus six in the Baseline. The proposal that is chosen will take effect in the fall of 2014.
“We’ve been winning most of the league championships,” Bonita athletic director Eric Podley said of Bonita’s three years in the Hacienda League. “We realize that it’s understood our league doesn’t want us to return and we’re sensitive to that. I think we feel like the Sierra League is a good fit.”
There is a 50 percent chance at Monday’s releaguing meeting that the Baseline League will get even more competitive. Yes, you read that correctly.
The league that has produced two semifinalists for two years running in arguably the toughest football playoff division in California could be deeper beginning in the fall of 2014. Of the 20 releaguing proposals for the Mt. SAC area that will be voted on Monday, 10 of them include Chino Hills in the Baseline League.
Aside from the obvious geographic and economic reasons, Chino Hills was not shy about its preference to remain in the Sierra League, where it has won three football league championships in the last five years.
“Football is the money sport that I think people generally judge a school by,” Chino Hills athletic director Derek Bub said. “Unfortunately that’s what might get us moved. But we haven’t dominated the Sierra League in all sports. We’ve been in the middle of the pack.”
1. Bonita (24-3) Locked up Hacienda League title by beating Diamond Bar
2. Kaiser (22-3) Allowed an average of 1.2 runs the last nine games
3. Los Osos (19-5) Clinched Baseline title with no-hitter against Glendora
4. San Dimas (22-6) Two clutch wins over Northview won Valle Vista title
5. Carter (18-6) San Andreas League champs have won 10 of their last 11
6. Diamond Bar (19-5) Brahmas fell short against Bonita in bid for league title
7. Chino (16-9) Won last eight league games to share Mt. Baldy title
8. Montclair (18-6) Outright bid for Mt. Baldy title derailed by Chino
9. Don Lugo (20-6) Caught late breaks to finish with share of Mt. Baldy title
10. Claremont (12-11) Wolfpack holding on to second in wild Sierra race