Don Lugo High School pitching standout Alissa Noble has signed with NCAA Division I University of Toledo (Ohio).
It might seem like a random school for an athlete from Southern California to attend but it was a matter of being in the right place at the right time.
Noble was playing in a travel ball tournament in Hemet and was having a particularly good day. The coach of one of the team’s Noble was playing against has a daughter who is the coach at Toledo.
He told her about Noble and encouraged her to send video. The rest is history.
Noble, who plays travel ball with Firecrackers out of Rancho Cucamonga, went to visit the school and liked what she saw. She is looking forward to a change of scenery.
“It was snowing and I had never seen snow before,” she said. “I’m ready for a change. It just seemed like a good fit.”
Noble also visited Cal State San Marcos and Sonoma State, both NCAA Division II schools.
Noble has been the primary pitcher for the Conquistadors (10-5, 7-1) who have a three-game lead in the Mt. Baldy League heading into Friday’s game against Ontario.
She plans to major in athletic training or sports nutrition.
Toledo plays in the Mid-American Conference. The Rockets are currently 15-31.
Bonita High School basketball standout Russell Hernandez has decided to attend school and play basketball at Cal Lutheran.
Hernandez, a 5-foot-11 guard, helped the Bearcats (28-7) to a share of the Palomares League title and a berth in the Division 3AA CIF title game where they lost to Oak Park at the Honda Center.
Hernandez put the emphasis on academics and will be majoring in exercise science.
“Education comes first and they have good science programs,” he said. “I like that its not too close to home but close enough I can get back on weekends.”
Hernandez was also considering Division II Hawaii Pacific and Division III schools in Pacific (Ore.) and Pomona-Pitzer. He visited Pomona-Pitzer and Hawaii Pacific.
He was thrilled with the way his high school career played out.
“Of course it would have been nice to win that last one but it was all we could have hoped for and it was an unbelievable season,” he said.
Etiwanda remains No. 1 in Division 1, after beating Chino Hills in dramatic game on Friday.
Here are the CIF polls in softball for each division with teams from the Sun/Bulletin coverage area denoted in bold:
Division 1 – Etiwanda; 2. Orange Lutheran; 3. Huntington Beach; 4. Los Alamitos; 5. Mater Dei; 6. Nocro; 7. Corona Santiago; 8. ML King; 9. Garden Grove Pacifica; 10. St. Lucy’s.
Division 2 – 1. MIssion Viejo; 2. Oaks Chr.; 3. La Habra; 4. Valley View; 5. Oxnard; 6,. Breal Olinda; 7. South Hills; 8. Yucaipa; 9. Newbury Park; 10. Villa Park.
Division 3 – 1. Grand Terrace; 2. Bishop Amat; 3. Gahr; 4. Burbank Burroughs; 5. San Juan Hills; 6. Palos Verdes; 7. La Mirada; 8. Redondo Union; 9. Alemany; 10. Warren.
Division 4 – 1. Torrance; 2. Dos Pueblos; 3. North Torrance; 4. Buena; 5. Knight; 6. Palm Springs; 7. Santa Monica; 8. La Quinta; 9. Linfield Chr.; 10. Patriot.
Division 5 – 1. St. Bonaventure; 2. Louisville; 3. Garden Grove; 4. Lompoc Cabrillo; 5. Silverado; 6. Templeton; 7. Edgewood; 8. San Dimas; 9. Schurr; 10. Pomona Catholic.
Division 6 – 1. Paraclete; 2. Savanna; 3. Downey Cavalry Chapel; 4. St. Anthony; 5. Sierra Canyon; 6. Webb; 7. Windward; 8. Desert Chr. Aca.; 9. Pasadena Poly; 10. Chadwick.
Division 7 – 1. Rolling Hills Prep; 2. University Prep; 3. ACE; 4. Faith Baptsit; 5. Foothill Tech; 6. Santa Clara; 7. Archer; 8. Santa Rosa Aca.; 9. Calvary Murrieta; 10. Noli Indian.
Here are the newest CIF baseball rankings in each division with teams from the Sun/Daily Bulletin coverage area denoted in bold:
Division 1 – Orange Lutheran; 2. JSerra; 3. Murrieta Mesa; 4. JW North; 5. El Toro; 6. Valencia; 7. Millikan; 8. El Toro; 9. Cypress; 10. Corona Santiago.
Division 2 – 1. Gahr; 2. Bonita; 3. Foothill; 4. South Hills; 5. Simi Valley; 6. Damien; 7. Carter; 8. San Clemente; 9. Burbank Burroughs; 10. Crescenta Valley.
Division 3 – `1. Redondo Union; 2. Palm Desert; 3. Woodbridge; 4. Beckman; 5. Palos Verdes; 6. Bishop Amat; 7. Quartz Hill; 8. Paloma Valley; 9. Corona del Mar; 10. Mira Costa.
Division 4 – 1. Kaiser; 2. St. Bonaventure; 3. West Torrance; 4. Don Lugo; 5. Troy; 6. San Gorgonio; 7. Colony; 8. Grace Brethren; 9. Ridgecrest Burroughs; 10. Santa Ana Cavalry Chapel.
Division 5 – 1. Citrus Hill; 2. Woodcrest Chr.; 3. Paraclete; 4. Village Chr.; 5. Sierra Vista; 6. Monrovia; 7. San Marino; 8. Cantwell Sacred Heart; 9. Linfield Chr.; 10. Sierra Canyon.
Division 6 – 1. Crean Lutheran; 2. Sage Hill; 3. Flintridge Prep; 4. Salesian; 5. Calvary Murrieta; 6. Buckley 7. Dunn; 8. Lancaster Desert Chr.; 9. Santa Paula; 10. Rancho Chr.
Division 7 – 1. Excelsior Charter; 2. Santa Clarita Chr.; 3. Rolling Hills Prep; 4. Faith Baptist; 5. Riverside Prep; 6. Einstein Aca.; 7. Animo Leadership; 8. Aca. Academic Excellence; 9. Lennox Ac.; 10. New Roads.
Here are the newest CIF boys volleyball rankings with teams from the Sun/Daily Bulletin coverage area denoted in bold:
Division 1 – 1. Huntington Beach; 2. Loyola; 3. Mira Costa; 4. Newport Harbor; 5. Palos Verdes; 6. Corona del Mar; 7. Harvard-Westlake; 8. San Clemente; 9. Tesoro; 10. tie, Mater Dei, Redondo Union.
Division 2 – 1. Oak Park; 2. Laguna Beach; 3. Burbank Burroughs; 4. West Ranch; 5. Royal; 6. Simi Valley; 7. South Torrance; 8. Capistrano Valley; 9. Lakewood; 10. Hillcrest.
Division 3 – 1. Quartz Hill; 2. Cathedral; 3. El Segundo; 4. Santa Monica; 5. Cerritos Valley Chr.; 6. Arroyo Grande; 7. San Gabriel; 8. Gahr; 9. Warren; 10. San Luis Obispo.
Division 4 – 1. Saddleback Valley Chr.; 2. Crean Lutheran; 3. Flintridge Prep; 4. Santa Ynez; 5. Cypress; 6. St. Margaret’s 7. Channel Islands; 8. Century; 9. Tustin; 10. Yucaipa.
Division 5 – 1. Damien; 2. Laguna Blanca; 3. El Rancho; 4. Los Altos; 5. La Serna; 6. California; 7. Loma Linda Aca.; 8. Santa Fe; 9. Indian Springs; 10. Providence.
Here are the CIF polls for boys tennis in all divisions for the week of April 25. Teams in the Sun/Daily Bulletin coverage area are denoted in bold:
Division 1 – San Marino; 2. University; Mira Costa; 4. Peninsula; 5. Palm Desert; 6. Corona del; Mar; 7. Harvard-Westlake; 8. Beckman; 9. Los Alamitos; 10. Palos Verdes.
Division 2 – 1. Santa Margarita; 2. Arcadia; 3. West Ranch; 4. Arroyo Grande; 5. San Clemente; 6. Crean Lutheran; 7. Walnut; 8. Diamond Bar; 9. Pasadena Poly; 10. Sage Hill.
Division 3 – 1. Cypress; 2. Placentia Valencia; 3. Great Oak; 4. Cerritos; 5. West Torrance; 6. Yorba Linda; 7. ML King; 8. Temecula Valley; 9. Sunny Hills; 10. South Torrance.
Division 4 – 1. Redlands; 2. Laguna Beach; 3. Mark Keppel; 4. Rowland; 5. Etiwanda; 6. Los Osos; 7. Buckley; 8. Rancho Cucamonga; 9. Maranatha; 10. Laguna Blanca.
Division 5 – 1. Heritage; 2. Beaumont; 3. Hemet; 4. tie, Rosemead, Arroyo; 6. Bishop Montgomery; 7. Alta Loma; 8. Oak Hills; 9. Downey; 10. Gahr.
Bonita High School will conduct a free heart screening program from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.
Sudden cardiac arrest is the No. 1 killer of student athletes and the No. 2 killer of people under the age of 25. Cardiologist and doctors associated with the UCLA Medical School and the Saving Hearts Foundation will be present to screen athletes between the ages of 12 – 25.
Participants do not have to be students at Bonita High School.
Attached you will find a flyer for the event. Those interested in attending should preregister at www.savingheartsfoundation.com.
Many have had a hard time trying to decide which of the Chino Hills freshman basketball standouts have had the bigger impact – center Onyeka Okongwu or guard LaMelo Ball.
Well MaxPreps couldn’t decide either and has named the two Co-Freshman Players of the Year. It is quite an honor given that five players were chosen to the first team nationwide and two come from the same team.
Here is the link to the MaxPreps rundown on those chosen.
Ayala senior basketball standout Miles President now knows his college destination – It’s Claremont’s Harvey Mudd College where he’ll study engineering and play for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men’s basketball team,
That school was his first choice all along with Caltech his second choice. He plans to study engineering.
“I was definitely on edge waiting to see if I got in,” he said. “They’re both small schools so they don’t admit a lot of students.”
President carries a 4.1 grade-point average. He got a perfect ACT score and got an impressive 2,350 in his SAT.
NCAA Division III schools don’t give athletic scholarships and there are no letters-of-intent. His scholarship will be an academic one.
He went to see games at both of his top selections and thinks he can get playing time as a freshman.
Getting into his top choice caps off a stellar season. President helped the Bulldogs (34-4) to a CIF-Southern Section Division 2-AA title, averaging 17.2 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.
The Bulldogs also fared well in the state portion of the playoffs, finishing as Division III state runner-up, losing the title game to Manteca last month in Sacramento.
“It definitely has been a great season,” he said. “We put in a lot of work and have been playing together so long. It was nice to see everything come together the way it did.”
In January Etiwanda senior guard Garrett Carter made a verbal commitment to NCAA Division II Chico State. A month later he de-committed.
Today he signed with Cal State Los Angeles, which plays in the same conference.
“We just weren’t on the same page,” said Carter, a second-team All-Inland Valley selection the last two years. “They didn’t seem to want me as they first said they did.”
Carter said he got a D in a particular class and needed a special admittance to get in which the school could have given but opted not to.
As soon as his decision to back out of that commitment was made public, Carter says Cal State Los Angeles pursued him heavily. He went and worked out with the team and had a good rapport with the players and coaching staff.
That made his decision easy.
“They really wanted me and I think they’ll treat me right,” Carter said, of the school with which he signed.”
Carter never did visit Chico State. He had one planned during spring break but never took it after backing out of the commitment.