Alta Loma girls water polo team defying the odds

It’s hard enough having to rebuild once. Try doing it twice in one season. That has been the tough task the Alta Loma girls water polo team has faced. And despite that, the team has clinched a Mt. Baldy League title and is just one win away from a perfect league record.

The Braves advanced to the CIF semifinal last year before falling to a talented Hillcrest team.

But the Braves graduated eight seniors, seven of those starters.

Then the player who was supposed to be the starting goalie abruptly quit in late August after participating in the entire summer program. Coach Kevin Nesbit called on junior Mallory Johnson, who had only just started playing the sport in June. Her rapid progress is a major factor in the team’s 16-6 record which includes a 9-0 in league play.

“She really answered the call,” said Nesbit, of his goalie who has 67 saves in league play.

Then mid-season another player quit. It wasn’t a matter of sticking one player in that position. It was a lineup change that resulted in a lot of moving parts.

Senior Ashley Hernandez, who has 29 goals in league play, was among the players having to adapt to a new position. Among the others was senior Kyleigh Marquez.

Nesbit also singles out the play of junior Vanessa Murray, the team’s leading scorer, as well as freshman Julia Bensing-Ruiz, who Nesbit says is small but crafty with high water polo IQ.

The Braves are currently ranked seventh in Division 7. As to just how far this team can go? Nesbit was only hoping for a first round win last year and his team far exceeded that. He won’t put anything past this team.

“I think anything is possible with this team,” he said.

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Local teams ready for Nike Extravaganza at Mater Dei

Four local basketball teams will be taking a break from league play on Saturday and will be participating in the Nike Extravaganza at Mater Dei High School.

Here is the complete schedule:

Friday’s games
4 p.m. – Windward vs. JSerra
5:30 p.m. – St. John Bosco vs. Village Christian
7 p.m. – Mater Dei (girls) vs. Centennial (Nev.)
8:30 p.m. – Shadow Mountain (Ariz.) vs. Mater Dei

Saturday’s games
8:30 a.m. – Colony vs. Sonora
10 a.m. – Palm Desert vs. Corona Santiago
11:30 a.m. – Ayala vs. Servite
1:15 p.m. Santa Margarita vs. Etiwanda
2:45 p.m. – LA Fairfax vs. Los Alamitos
4:15 p.m. – Westchester vs. Orange Lutheran
5:45 p.m. – Corona Centennial vs. De La Salle
7:15 p.m. – Chino Hills vs. Bishop Gorman (Nev.)
8:45 p.m. – Mater Dei vs. Foothills Christian

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A Signing Day list of who is going where

Etiwanda football players Treyjohn Butler (Stanford), Billy Carter (Arizona Christian), Kendall Greer (Northern Arizona) and Kamari Pleasant (Washington).


Damian Alloway, Summit, UCLA
Treyjohn Butler, Etiwanda, Stanford
Cohl Cabral, Los Osos, Arizona State
Billy Carter, Etiwanda, Arizona Christian
Jordan Charles, Ayala, University of San Diego
Andrew Davis, Upland, Dixie State
Mike Dean, Chaffey, Idaho State
Khalil Dorsey, Colony, Northern Arizona
Josiah Erickson, San Dimas, Sacramento State
Kelon Ferdinand, Upland, Colorado-Mesa
Isaiah Flowers, Ayala, Western New Mexico
Marquise Green, Carter, San Jose State
Kendall Greer, Etiwanda, Northern Arizona
Brent Hernandez, Carter, Western New Mexico
Freddy Livai, Miller, Brigham Young
Aaron Manning, Rancho Cucamonga, Northern Arizona
Shey Newton, Webb, University of San Diego
Mauriyon O’Brien, Ganesha, Dixie State
Kamari Pleasant, Etiwanda, Washington
Grant Porter, Upland, Washington State
Cameron Record, Damien, University of San Diego
Liam Ryan, Damien, Washington State
Jason Smith, Carter, University of Redlands
Cade Sparks, Summit, Indiana State
Marcus Strong, Carter, Washington State
Dylan Thigpen, Damien, Idaho
Josh Thompson, Colony, Dixie State
Leni Toailoa, Carter, UCLA
Lokeni Toailoa, Carter, UCLA
Mason Vega, Los Osos, Portland State
Jabari Watson, Summit, Boise State

Julia Bingham, St. Lucy’s USC
Danika Bowman, Redlands East Valley, BYU
Madison Burke, Redlands, Chico State
Alyssa Carthan, Chino Hills, Sacramento State
Khatelan Casilan, Rancho Cucamonga, Alabama A&M
Skylar Cleveland, Grand Terrace, UNLV
Katelynn DeVille, Rancho Cucamonga, Simpson University
Metztli Gonzalez, Etiwanda, Marshall
Sam Hanawalt, Bonita, Boise State
Gabby Hinojosa, Citrus Valley, CS Northridge
Devyn Kelsey, Los Osos, Arizona State
Brooke Kortekaas, Alta Loma, Idaho State
Nicole Leggio, St. Lucy’s Pepperdine
Emily Lemus, Etiwanda, Hawaii Pacific
Sandy Lule, Rancho Cucamonga, Soka University
Kaylee Mackenzie, Chino Hills, Metro State
Hannah McKinney, Los Osos, Nebraska-Lincoln
Jessica Miclat, Chino Hills, UC Irvine
Sammy O’Connor, St. Lucy’s UC Irvine
Lauren Perry, Rancho Cucamonga, Cal State San Marcos
Sydney Robinson, Ontario Christian, The Master’s
Ayana Robles, Rancho Cucamonga, Seattle University
Olivia Seddon, Chino Hills, Northern Colorado
Jazmin Smith, Los Osos, CS Los Angeles
Christine Van den Berg, Colony, Grand View
Madison Walker, St. Lucy’s, St. Martin’s

Jonathan Garcia, Redlands East Valley, Hawaii-Hilo
Brian Robinson, Ontario Christian, CS Dominguez Hills

Luke Andres, Los Oso, Air Force
Matt Maier, Damien, USC

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Ayala running back Jordan Charles headed South

Ayala High School running back Jordan Charles has committed to and will sign with the University of San Diego on Wednesday.

Charles’ second choice was Dartmouth. He was also considering Harvard and Brown. The Ivy League education was appealing but he opted to stay closer to home.

“They have a good business school and that’s what I am interested in,” Charles said. “It’s also close enough my family and friends can come see me play.”

Charles has been the top offensive player for the Bulldogs the last two years. This season he rushed for 1,017 yards on 176 carries with six games of 100 or more yards despite injuries to both ankles that slowed him.

In 2014 as a junior he ran for 1,012 yards with four games of 100 yards or more.

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Here are CIF boys soccer rankings

Here are the CIF boys soccer rankings for the week of Feb. 1. Local teams in Sun/Bulletin coverage area denoted in bold:

Division 1 – 1. Paramount; 2. Servite; 3. Loyola; 4. Los Alamitos; 5. St. John Bosco; 6. Palos Verdes; 7. Warren; 8. Santa Barbara; 9. Edison; 10. tie, Corona Centennial, Royal.

Division 2 – 1. Long Beach Cabrillo; 2. Laguna Hills; 3. Montebello; 4. Bell Gardens; 5. Santa Ana; 6. Anaheim; 7. Sunny Hills; 8. Rancho Verde; 9. Katella; 10. Aliso Niguel.

Division 3 – 1. Cathedral; 2. Chaffey; 3. Diamond Bar; 4. Redlands East Valley; 5. Pasadena; 6. Ontario; 7. Claremont; 8. Pioneer Valley; 9. Corona del Mar; 10. tie, Salesian, Citrus Valley.

Division 4 – 1. Godinez; 2. Placentia Valencia; 3. Valencia; 4. Artesia; 5. Bellflower; 6. Hart; 7. Estancia; 8. Brea Olinda; 9. South Torrance; 10. tie, Chaparral, Temescal Canyon.

Division 5 – 1. Garden Grove Santiago; 2. Garey; 3. Ganesha; 4. South El Monte; 5. Los Altos; 6. Adelanto; 7. Diamond Ranch; 8. Animo Leadership; 9. Indian Springs; 10. tie San Gorgonio, Crossroads.

Division 6 – 1. Desert Mirage; 2. Monrovia; 3. Woodcrest Chr.; 4. Covina; 5. Nogales; 6. Shadow Hills; 7. La Canada; 8. Lennox Aca.; 9. Moreno Valley; 10. tie, Vistamar, Rubidoux.

Division 7 – 1. University Prep; 2. Mammoth; 3. Fillmore; 4. Riverside Poly; 5. Santa Rosa Aca.; 6. St. Paul; 7. Saddleback Valley Chr.; 8. Grace Brethren; 9. Mojave; 10. Tarbut V’Torah.



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Here are CIF girls soccer rankings

Here are the CIF rankings in girls soccer for the week fo Feb. 1 with local teams denoted in bold:

Division 1 – 1. Aliso Niguel; 2. Mater Dei; 3. Harvard-Westlake; 4. Tesoro; 5. El Toro; 6. San Clemente; 7. Edison; 8. JSerra; 9. Esperanza; 10. tie, Chaminade, Santa Margarita.

Division 2 – Westlake; 2. Troy; 3. Redondo Union; 4. Vista Murrieta; 5. Corona Santiago; 6. Temecula Valley; 7. Palos Verdes; 8. Oaks Chr.; 9. Norco; 10. tie, Northwood, Mira Costa.

Division 3 – `. South Hills; 2. San Luis Obispo; 3. Yorba Linda; 4. West Torrance; 5. Warren; 6. Cypress; 7. Pasadena Poly; 8. San Marcos; 9. El Dorado; 10. tie, Claremont, North Torrance.

Division 4 – 1. La Mirada; 2. Moorpark; 3. Serrano; 4. Royal; 5. Arcadia; 6. Mayfair; 7. Santa Monica; 8. Riverside Poly; 9. St. Margaret’s; 10. Oak Hills.

Division 5 – 1. Sierra Canyon; 2. Oxnard; 3. La Serna; 4. Santa Ana Cavalry Chapel; 5. California; 6. Alta Loma; 7. Ocean View; 8. Laguna Beach; 9. Palm Desert; 10., La Quinta, Tahquitz.

Division 6 – 1. Bloomington; 2. Sierra Vista; 3. Grand Terrace; 4. Paloma Valley; 5. Temescal Canyon; 6. Gabrielino; 7. Schurr; 8. San Gorgonio; 9. Heritage Chr.; 10/., tie Colton, Maranatha.

Division 7 – 1. Grace Brethren; 2. St. Anthony; 3. Garden Grove; 4. St. Genevieve; 5. Shadow Hills; 6. Vistamar; 7. University Prep; 8. Foothill Tech; 9. Tarbut V’Torah; 10. AAE.

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The latest CIF girls water polo rankings are up

Here are the CIF girls water polo polls for the week of Feb. 1 with local teams in the Daily Bulletin/Sun coverage area denoted in bold:

Division 1 – Orange Lutheran; 2. Laguna Beach; 3. Foothill; 4. San Marcos; 5. Dos Pueblos; 6. Corona del Mar; 7. Santa Barbara; 8. Mater Dei; 9. Los Alamitos; 10. tie, Newport Harbor, Santa Margarita.

Division 2 – 1. Murrieta Valley; 2. El Toro; 3. San Clemente; 4. Los Osos; 5. Vista Murrieta; 6. Schurr; 7. Agoura; 8. Long Beach Wilson; 9. Dan Hills; 10. St. Lucy’s.

Division 3 – .1. Arroyo Grande; 2. ML King; 3. Troy; 4. Redondo Union; 5. Mira Costa; 6. Corona Santiago; 7. La Serna; 8. Peninsula; 9. Palos Verdes; 10. Righetti.

Division 4 – 1. Royal; 2. Riverside Poly; 3. Mission Viejo; 4. Crescenta Valley; 5. Ayala; 6. Bonita; 7. Warren; 8. Laguna Hills; 9. Capistrano Valley; 10. Trabuco Hills.

Division 5 – 1. Los Altos; 2. La Canada; 3. Palm Desert; 4. Temple City; 5. La Quinta; 6. Chino; 7. Charter Oak; 8. South Pasadena; 9. Rio Mesa; 10, Cajon.

Division 6 – 1. Santa Monica; 2. Ocean View; 3. Lompoc Cabrillo; 4. Westridge; 5. Mayfield; 6. Segerstrom; 7. Cypress; 8. Hemet; 9. Temescal Canyon; 10. Culver City.

Division 7 – 1. Hillcrest; 2. Foothill Tech; 3. Jurupa Valley; 4. San Dimas; 5. Malibu; 6. Webb; 7. Alta Loma; 8. Santa Ana Valley; 9. Hacienda Heights Wilson; 10. Savanna.

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Running back Nathan Tilford transfers from Upland to Colony

Junior Nathan Tilford, expected to be one of the Inland Valley’s most sought after recruits next season, has transferred from Upland to Colony, Titans coach Steve Randall confirmed.

Randall wouldn’t elaborate further except to say Tilford has enrolled. The school is going through the paperwork process that comes with a transfer.

Tilford, a 6-foot-3, 195-pounder, ran for 887 yards and 12 touchdowns on just 106 carries last year for the Highlanders. Coach Tim Salter used Tiflord and senior Darreyon Jones in the backfield.

Tilford has also played some linebacker.

Tilford has been an impact player since his freshman year, even drawing a scholarship offer from USC as an eighth-grader.


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Chino Hills freshman lands offer from UCLA

Chino Hills High School freshman Onyeka Okongwu is quite a hot commodity.

The 6-foot-9 center has been offered by UCLA, according to Chino Hills coach Steve Baik.

Okongwu’s stock has been rising rapidly. He came up huge foe the Huskies ina  71-67 win over Bishop Montgomery on Saturday at the Fairfax State Preview at Cerritos College.

On a night when much-heralded senior standout Lonzo Ball had a tough shooting game, Okongwu delivered 10 points, 7 rebounds and 6 block shots with one of those coming on a potential game-winning basket by the Knights in the last minute.

Okongwu is the fourth player from this year’s team offered by the Bruins. The senior Ball already has signed with UCLA. Younger brothers LiAngelo, a junior, and LaMelo, a freshman, have made verbal commitments.




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Chino Hills’ Andre Ball ready to return

Sophomore guard Andre Ball should return to the Chino Hills lineup this week.

Ball has been out for six weeks with a dislocated knee sustained in the first game of the MaxPreps Holiday Classic Dec. 26.

After the Huskies polished off Bishop Montgomery 71-67 Saturday night Ball, the cousin of the three Ball brothers, said he plans to try and play against Rancho Cucamonga on Tuesday.

Andre Ball was the team’s first player off the bench and his absence has affected the team’s depth. Coach Steve Baik has used primarily six players in the tougher games.

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