Tyler Merkley of Los Osos signs with Kansas State

It has been a good week for Los Osos track standout Tyler Merkley.

He also formalized his college plans, signing with Kansas State.

He followed by taking first place in the discus (181-1) and third in shot put in the CIF Southern Section meet over the weekend at Cerritos College.

Oh, he graduated too!

Merkley also visited Arizona, Brigham Young and Texas Tech before making that tough decision.

“I really liked the coaches and I thought that would be the place for me,” he said. “It was actually fun going to the schools and seeing what they had to offer. This was the best fit.”

Merkley actually plans on specializing in the hammer throw, an event that is not contested at the high school level in California. He says he has been training in that event quite heavily over the last year and is ranked No. 4 in the country in that discipline.

He has two older brothers that compete in collegiate track which is how he first familiarized himself with the event. His oldest brother Craig is a sophomore at BYU while another brother, Kyle, is at Riverside Community College.

He’ll also throw the discus in college.

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Damien volleyball to face top seed in state playoff opener

Damien's Christian Hernandez (99) reacts after scoring against Santa Fe in the first game of a prep volleyball match at Damien High School in La Verne, Calif., on Wednesday, May 20, 2015. Damien won 25-17, 25-19, 29-27. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

The Damien boys volleyball team is the lone local team advancing to the Southern California Regional of the state playoffs.

The Spartans have drawn the No. 8 seed in Division II and will play at No. 1 Corona del Mar at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

Damien (26-6) won the CIF Southern Section title in Division 5, defeating Arrowhead Christian 3-1 title match on Saturday at Cerritos College.

Corona del Mar (29-5) lost the Division 1 final to Huntington Beach.

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First round CIF baseball scores and second round schedule

Chino Hills baseball and Bailey Falter rout Redlands East Valley, 7-1

Chino Hills was a first round winner over Redlands East Valley.

Here is complete rundown on first round playoff results and where the winners play next:

DIVISION 2
First round

Chino Hills 7, Redlands East Valley 1
Damien 8, Glendora 7
Mission Viejo 6, Yucaipa 4
Etiwanda 2, Warren 1
Carter 3, Foothill 1
Bonita 5, Cajon 2
Tuesday’s games
Chino Hills at Rio Mesa
Damien at Royal
Etiwanda at Carter
Gahr at Bonita

DIVISION 3
First round

San Dimas 9, La Quinta 0
Tuesday’s game
Garden Grove at San Dimas

DIVISION 4
First round

Santa Ana Cavalry Chapen 1, Kaiser 0
San Gorgonio 3, Silverado 1
Katella 2, Alta Loma 0
Victor Valley 5, Patriot 1
Serrano 3, Whittier 0
Sunny Hills 3, Don Lugo 2
Grand Terrace 2, Jurupa Hills 1
Laguna Beach 20, Colton 0
Granite Hills 11, Ridgecrest Burroughs 3
South Torrance 13, Montclair 4
Tuesday’s games
San Gorgonio at St. Bonaventure
Victor Valley at Serrano
Grand Terrace at Sunny Hills
Laguna Beach at Grabnite Hills

DIVISION 5
First round

Big Bear 7, Ontario Christian 6
San Marino 4, Garey 0
Tuesday’s game
Village Christian at Big Bear

DIVISION 6
First round

Bloomington Christian 6, Silver Valley 2
Crean Lutheran 18, Upland Christian 0
Tuesday’s game
Bloomington Christian at Salesian

DIVISION 7
First round

Excelsior Charter 27, Lucerne Valley 3
Hesperia Christian 10, San Jacinto Valley 4
Apple Valley Christian 30, Cornerstone 14
ACE 1, St. Monica 0
Tuesday’s games
Excelsior at New Roads
Avalon at Hesperia Christian
Riverside Prep at Apple Valley Christian
Cavalry Chapel at ACE

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First round softball scores and second round schedule

Los Osos defeated Chino 3-1 in a first round game between traditional powers on Friday

Here’s what happened in the first round of CIF softball play and who the winners play next:

DIVISION 1
First round

Los Osos 3, Chino 1
Chino Hills 16, Vista Murrieta 6
Etiwanda 5, Yorba Linda 0
Garden Grove Pacifica 11, Upland 1
Tuesday’s games
Corona Santiago at Los Osos
Etiwanda at Murrieta Valley
Anaheim Canyon at Chino Hills

DIVISION 2
First round

Citrus Valley 5, Aliso Niguel 4
Valley View 3, Cajon 2
Yucaipa 10, Bonita 0
Tuesday’s games
Agoura at Citrus Valley
Yucaipa at Capistrano Valley

DIVISION 3
First round

Grand Terrace 2, Peninsula 1
St. Paul 3, Don Lugo 2
Gahr 8, Fontana 0
Warren 5, Kaiser 1
Montclair 3, Hemet 2
Tuesday’s games
Grand Terrace at Tesoro
Montclair at Redondo Union

DIVISION 4
First round
Apple Valley 2, Ontario Christian 1
Ramona 13, Jurupa Hills 12
Loara 10, Rialto 2
Aquinas 10, Palm Desert 0
Oak Hills 16, Patriot 5
Tuesday’s games
Temescal Canyon at Apple Valley
Aquinas at Ocean View
Torrance at Oak Hills

DIVISION 5
First round

San Dimas 13, Barstow 1
Silverado 15, Nogales 0
Tuesday’s games
Edgewod at San Dimas
Silverado at Flintridge Sacred Heart

DIVISION 6
First round

Alverno 14, Mesa Grande 0
Webb 9, Rio Hondo Prep 0
Katella 18, Bloomington Christian 1
Tuesday’s game
Webb at Sierra Canyon

DIVISION 7
First round

Upland Christian 3, Temecula Prep 2
Bishop Diego 24, Hesperia Christian 2
ACE 20, Lake Arrowhead Christian 0
Tuesday’s games
University Prep at Upland Christian
Bishop Diego at ACE

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Chino Hills’ Tannon Snow still slugging away

Senior shortstop Tannon Snow of Chino Hills continues to add to her gaudy offensive numbers.

In the Huskies 16-6 first round playoff win over Vista Murrieta on Thursday Snow, who has signed with Washington, slugged a double and two home runs, accounting for eight RBI.

She had a two-run home run in the first inning while her grand slam home run came as part of a 12-run sixth inning.

The two home runs gave her 28, breaking the state’s single season record of 27. It also marked the 59th and 60th career home runs. She break the state career record in that category in the last game of the regular season.

“I have seen kids get on a hot streak, both in baseball and softball,” Chino Hills coach Mike Southworth says. “But this is absurd. I have never seen anything quite like this.”

Snow’s RBI numbers are equally impressive. She has 88 on the season (in 31 games) and 211 for her career.

The Huskies (24-9) play Anaheim Canyon in the second round of the playoffs on Tuesday.

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Chino, Los Osos softball trying to find their groove in playoffs

The softball teams from Chino and Los Osos will square off today at 3:15 p.m. in a first round CIF division 1 game. It’s unusual they would meet in a first round game. Both are used to finishing first in their league which justifies a better playoff draw.

But both have had their issues this season. Chino (17-7-1) has made three straight trips to a CIF title game, winning titles in 2012 and 2013 and losing an extra-inning heart-breaker to nationally ranked Mission Viejo 1-0 in the title game a year ago.

The Cowboys settled for a share of the Hacienda League title this season and had uncharacteristic league losses to West Covina and Charter Oak.

Coach Mike Smith said before the season started the new league into which he moved was weaker than the one he moved out of in the Mt. Baldy. Maybe now that he has finished a year in that league he has changed his mind. But he’s pretty tuned in to the travel ball happenings and personnel of each team so that probably isn’t the case.

The only player his team graduate was stud pitcher Miranda Viramontes. Senior Tiffany Kennedy-Cummings (11-5, 1.40) has filled in admirably and her numbers are stellar so there must be an issue elsewhere.

Complacency? Maybe. Smith has had to get on his teams at time this season about that very issue and admits he isn’t quite sure what to expect with his team as the playoffs start.

Los Osos (18-12)  won Baseline a year ago and dropped just one game. This year coach Mike Randall’s team settled for third. They were lucky to finish third, needing an upset of Chino Hills the final game of the regular season to finish there.

Sure, the addition of Chino Hills made repeating difficult to begin with, but the Grizzlies have lost to the likes of St. Lucy’s and Upland, both teams they have not struggled with before now.

Like Chino, Los Osos graduated a top line pitcher. But unlike the Cowboys, the Grizzlies also graduated some key position players, including infielder McKenzie Long, the league player of the year who has gone on to a stellar freshman season at Michigan State.

So one team is going to be ushered out of the playoffs in the first round, something to which it is not accustomed.

The reward for the winner is an an appointment with top seed Corona Santiago, barring a jarring upset in that first round game.

It’s time to see what both these teams are made of.

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San Dimas rolls to 9-0 playoff win behind Peter Lambert

VIDEO: Senior Peter Lambert of San Dimas talks about his one-hitter against La Quinta.

The top-seeded San Dimas baseball team had no trouble in its first round Division 3 opener, beating visiting La Quinta 9-0.

The Saints (29-0) got the usual stellar outing from ace Pete Lambert (12-0) who allowed just one base runner, that coming on a two-out double in the sixth. He struck out four.

Lambert, San Dimas baseball cruise past La Quinta 9-0 in playoff opener

Did the Saints really need to have their ace out there in the first game? Probably not. La Quinta was a third-place team in its league and had an overall record under .500. So they could have still won the game with one of their other pitchers.

Many coaches would have opted to hold back the ace for the next game but Mike Regan opted not to do so. Of course most teams don’t have the luxury of a No. 2 pitcher the caliber of Jacob Castillo (10-0).

The numbers of the two are pretty ridiculous. Lambert has given up a paltry four earned runs in 76 innings for a miniscule ERA of 0.37.

How about Castillo? Well he’s 11-0 and has given up just one, yes one, run in 69 innings for an even more miniscule 0.10. He’ll get the all for Tuesday’s second round contest against Garden Grove.

Is there a better 1-2 punch on the mound anywhere? Probably not.

This is a team with other quality arms as well so it is suited for a run deep into the playoffs. Stay tuned!

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Damien, Arrowhead Christian to square off in Division 5 boys volleyball final

VIDEO: Damien coach Randy Bohlmann talks about his team’s most recent win and advancing to CIF title match.

The seeding held true so it will be No. 1 Damien (25-6) and No. 2 Arrowhead Christian Academy (25-2) squaring of for the CIF Division 5 boys volleyball championship on Saturday at Cerritos College.

Both teams have been stellar all season. The Spartans cruised through Hacienda League play without a loss. Coach Randy Bohlmann knew his team had postseason potential so he made sure it played a difficult non-league schedule in preparation.

Damien has won seven straight matches, the last loss coming to Taft on May at the Crescenta Valley Tournament.

The Spartans, who had never been past the quarterfinal until this season, boast a balanced offense, with senior setter Christian Hernandez being the catalyst.  Offensive standouts include seniors John Prata and Chris Jorritsma and juniors Michael Spinney and Chris Mercado.

Arrowhead Christian (25-2), won the Ambassador League without much trouble. The Eagles have won 17 straight matches, the most recent being a 3-0 sweep of Laguna Blanca in Wednesday’s semifinal.

Their lone losses this season have been to Warren and St. John Boscoe.

ACA is more reliant on a dominant player in senior Kaleb Denmark, who had 24 kills in the semifinal win. How dominant is he? Well he has 178 kills and the second most comes from senior Tanner Joritsma with 96.

Senior Joey Savala is the setter.

 

 

 

 

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Chino Hills High School to hold softball camp

Chino Hills High School will be hosting its annual summer camp for all
athletes who will be entering the high school in the fall.

The camp will run from 4:30 to 8 on June 16-17. The cost is $75 and all athletes must have a physical on file at the trainer’s office before they can attend.

For more information on the camp please call the athletic office at the high school at (909) 606-7540, extension 5470.

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Rancho Cucamonga HS to host Team USA scrimmage

Rancho Cucamonga High School will be the site of a scrimmage featuring the USA Women’s National Volleyball team. The event is being hosted by the school in conjunction with Forza Volleyball.

It will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday. Volleyball legend Karch Kiraly, the national team coach, will conduct a question and answer session at 5:45 p.m. Players will also be available for pictures and autographs after the scrimmage.

The USA Team is currently ranked No 1 in the world and is currently preparing for a series of matches against China, one to be held at UC Irvine on June 9 and the other June 12 at Cal State San Bernardino.

“It’s a great opportunity for people in the community to see the highest level of volleyball,” says Rancho Cucamonga program head Brandon Blevins. “We’re honored to be able to have the match here at our school.”Blevins said

There is no cost of those 18-under. The admission charge for others is just $5 with that going toward team expenses.

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