Etiwanda basketball player Garrett Carter signs with Cal State LA

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.



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Claremont softball player Katrina Merrick signs with Ferris State


Claremont High School softball standout Katrina Merrick is a native Californian and loves the beach. So the last thing she could have imagined was going to a cold weather climate to play softball – but she is.

Merrick signed a letter of intent with NCAA Division II Ferris State (Mich.) today. She even took her official visit in February when it is still cold there.

“People can’t believe I’m going there,” she said. “But I really feel like I need to get away and become more independent. I think I can go there and really mature.”

Merrick, who plays first base and third base, met Ferris State coach Wally King at a showcase in which her travel ball team was competing.

“He (King) was looking for someone that can really hit the ball and that’s what I do best,” she said.

She was also considering Hiram College (Ohio) as well as Division III Whittier. She plans to major in psychology or criminal justice.

Merrick has helped the Wolfpack to a 12-4 record.

Ferris State, located in Big Rapids, Mich., is currently 28-16 overall and 13-7 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

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Kaiser holds down top spot in CIF Division 4 baseball

Kaiser pitcher Jonathan Gonzalez throws out a Victor Valley baserunner during a recent game in Norco. (Will Lester/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

Here are the CIF baseball polls for all divisions the week of April 18 with teams in the Sun/Bulletin coverage area denoted in bold.

Division – 1. Orange Lutheran; 2. JSerra; 3. Murrieta Mesa; 4. Valencia; 5. JW North; 6. Oaks Chr.; 7. El Toro; 8. Corona Santiago; 9. Sherman Oaks Notre Dame; 10. Huntington Beach.

Division 2 – 1. Gahr; 2. Bonita; 3. Moorpark; 4. Burbank Burroughs; 5, Foothills; 6. South Hills; 7. San Clemente; 8. Simi Valley; 9. Upland; 10. Crescenta Valley.

Division 3 – 1. Redondo Union; 2. Mira Costa; 3. Beckman; 4. Corona del Mar; 5. Palm Desert; 6. Palos Verdes; 7. Woodbridge; 8. Bishop Amat; 9. San Luis Obispo; 10. La Salle.

Division 4 – 1. Kaiser; 2. Don Lugo; 3. West Torrance; 4. St. Bonaventure; 5. Patriot; 6. Grace Brethren; 7. Troy; 8. Santa Ana Cavalry Chapel; 9. San Gorgonio; 10. Ridgecrest Burroughs.

Division 5 – 1. Citrus Hill; 2. Woodcrest Chr.; 3. San Marino; 4. Paraclete; 5. Cantwell Sacred Heart; 6. Village Chr.; 7. Sierra Vista; 8. Monrovia; 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. Santa Paula; 9. Lancaster Desert Chr.; 10. Rio Hondo Prep.

Division 7 – 1. Excelsior Charter; 2. Santa Clarita Chr.; 3. Rolling Hills Prep; 4. Faith Baptist; 5. AAE; 6. Animo Leadership; 7. Riverside Prep; 8. Einstein Aca.; 9. Lennox Aca.; 10. New Roads.





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Etiwanda takes loss but stays on top of CIF Division 1 poll

Here are the CIF softball polls for the Week of April 18 with teams in the Sun/Bulletin coverage area denoted in bold:

Division 1 – 1. Etiwanda; 2. Los Alamitos; 3. Huntington Beach; 4. West Ranch; 5. Mater Dei; 6. Orange Lutheran; 7. ML King; 8. Norco; 9. Rosary; 10. Lakewood.

Etiwanda’s Megan Stevens (#12) fields a throw against Los Osos during the third inning of Baseline League softball game at Los Osos High School in Rancho Cucamonga, Ca, (Photo by John Valenzuela/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

Division 2 – 1. Mission Vieho; 2. Oaks Chr.; 3. La Habra; 4. Riverside Poly; 5. Brea Olinda; 6. Fullerton; 7. Valley View; 8. Righetti; 9. Yucaipa; 10. Agoura.

Division 3 – 1. Grand Terrace; 2. Bishop Amat; 3. Gahr; 4. Burbank Burroughs; 5. Redondo Union; 6. Laguna Hills; 7. Alemany; 8. Beckman; 9. Whittier; 10. West Valley.

Division 4 – 1. Torrance; 2. Dos Pueblos; 3. North Torrance; 4. Buena; 5. Temescal Canyon; 6. La Quinta; 7. Knight; 8. El Segundo; 9. Linfield Chr.; 10. Rialto.

Division 5 – 1. St. Bonaventure; 2. Louisville; 3. Garden Grove; 4. Lompoc Cabrillo; 5. Silverado; 6. Templeton; 7. Edgewood; 8. San Dimas; 9. La Reina; 10. Santa Paula.

Division 6 – 1. Paraclete; 2. Savanna; 3. Downey Cavalry Chapel; 4. St. Anthony; 5. Sierra Canyon; 6. Webb; 7. Shadow Hills; 8. Windward; 9. Chadwick; 10. Desert Chr. Aca.

Division 7 – 1. Rolling Hills Prep; 2. ACE; 3. University Prep; 4. Faith Baptist; 5. Santa Clara; 6. Foothill Tech; 7. Archer; 8. Burbank Providence; 9. Calvary Murrieta; 10. Noli Indian.


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Etiwanda’s Aidan Anderson chooses Canadian school

Middle linebacker Aidan Anderson of Etiwanda has signed with University of Regina in Saskatchewan, Canada.

It probably seems like a random school for an athlete from the Inland Empire to choose but there is a connection as the head coach of the team is Steve Bryce, who coached at Etiwanda for 10 years (the last in 2011) and still has ties here.

Anderson visited the school a couple of weeks ago and liked what he saw.

“It is a little far away and it’s cold but it was nice,” he said. “I’m excited about the opportunity. I can’t wait to go back when it’s a little greener. I was there at the end of winter and everything was still a little brown.”

There will also be a small adjustment as Canadian football is played on a bigger field and with 12 per side.

“That will definitely be a little different,” Anderson said. “But it will be fun.”

Anderson, one of the Eagles team captains, tallied 72 tackles, 3 sacks, 7 hurries, 2 forced fumbles and 1 recovery.

Anderson also competes in wrestling, earning second team All-Inland Valley honors. Regina also fields a wrestling team and Anderson hasn’t ruled out competing in that too but will see what time demands come with football first.

He plans to major in world history or a social science.

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Summit runner Jennifer Sandoval signs with San Jose State

Summit High School cross country and track Jennifer Sandoval has signed with San Jose State.

“I felt like it was the right fit for me because … I got along well with the team,” she said. “I saw how their atmosphere was and their work ethic, and I really liked that.”

Cross county runner of the year Jennifer Sandoval on the track at Summit High School in Fontana, CA on Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. (Photo by Rachel Luna/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

Sandoval was a first-team pick for the All-Sun cross country team last fall when she finished fourth overall in Division II at the CIF State Championships at Woodward Park in Fresno. She completed the course with a time of 17 minutes, 32.8 seconds.

Sandoval said she had several scholarship offers, but wanted a full scholarship, which many schools were unable to give. In the end, it was between San Jose State and Azusa Pacific.

“I know I’m going to need to get faster, I want to run three miles in the 16s,” she said. “So I’ll be OK when I run the longer distances in college.”

Not only does she expect to run cross country for the Spartans, she said she said in track she could run the 5,000 meter, 10,000 meter and/or 3,000 meter steeplechase.

As far as this track and field season goes, Sandoval is running well. She finished a 3,200 meter race at the Mt. SAC Relays in 10:39.46, ranked as the 12th-best time in the state this year.

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Chino softball team loses a key player and forfeits game in tough week

The Chino softball team is also used to battling deep into the playoffs but the Cowboys have their work cut out for them if that is to be the case this year.

Senior pitcher Courtney Springman is out for the season with a shoulder injury which leaves duty in the circle to freshman Violet Salazar.

Springman had to come out of a Hacienda League game against Los Altos (which the Cowboys lost 4-1) on Thursday. The injury was diagnosed as either a partially torn rotator cuff or severe sprain with 30 to 45 days rest recommended.

“She is capable,” coach Mike Smith said of Salazar. “She just doesn’t have a lot of experience. Courtney is 6-1 and throw mid 60s and Violet is 5-1 and throws mid 50’s so its just different.”

The Cowboys do have the luxury of having a good defense which they’ll have to bank on now.

The Cowboys also had a strange scenario play out at a weekend tournament at Corona Santiago. They defeated Chaminade earlier in the day 5-1 with Salazar in the circle. But then ended up with a forfeit against host Santiago of a game they were winning 4-0.

Smith had left to go to a track meet in which his son was competing, leaving the team in the hands of is longtime assistant Sean Brashear. But Brashear got ejected in the third inning after a Chino player was called out on a play at third base. Smith said Brashear was tossed for an obscenity which he disputes.

Since there was no other coach, the game had to go down as a forfeit.

“It has been a tough week,” Smith said. “But we’re not changing our expectations. We still expect to go out there and win a league tile but it will be more difficult now.”

The Cowboys are 8-7 overall and 1-1 in league play with a home game coming up today against West Covina.

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Defending champ Damien tops Division 5 poll

Here are the CIF boys volleyball polls for the week of April 18th with teams in the Sun/Bulletin coverage area denoted in bold:

Division 1 – Newport Harbor; 2. Loyola; 3. Palos Verdes; 4. Huntington Beach; 5. Mira Costa; 6. Corona del Mar; 7. Newbury Park; 8. Westlake; 9. Edison; 10. Mater Dei.

Division 2 – 1. Oak Park; 2. Laguna Beach; 3. Burbank Burroughs; 4. West Ranch; 5. Simi Valley; 6, Royal; 7. South Torrance; 8. Capistrano Valley; 9. Valencia; 10. Lakewood.

Division 3 – 1. Quartz Hill; 2. Cathedral; 3. El Segundo; 4. Warren; 5. Santa Monica; 6. Arroyo Grande; 7, Cerritos Valley Christian; 8. San Gabriel; 9. Gahr; 10. San Luis Obispo.

Division 4 – 1. Saddleback Valley Chr.; 2. Crean Lutheran; 3. Flintridge Prep; 4. Santa ; 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. Oakwood; 6. La Serna; 7. California; 8. Loma Linda Aca.; 9. Indian Springs; 10. Santa Fe.


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Three Baseline League teams ranked in Division 4 tennis

Here are the boys tennis polls for the week of April 18 with teams from the Sun/Bulletin coverage area denoted in bold:

Division 1- 1. Peninsula; 2. San Marino; 3. University; 4. Palm Desert; 5. Mira Costa; 6. Corona del Mar; 7. Harvard-Westalke; 8. Beckman; 9. Woodridge; 10. Northwood.

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. West 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, Beaumont; 3. Hemet; 4. tie, Rosemead, Arroyo; 6. Bishop Montgomery; 7. Alta Loma; 8. Rim of the World; 9. Downey; 10. Gahr.

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Claremont High track athletes excel at Mt. SAC Relays

CHS track
The Claremont High School track team delivered some record-breaking performance over the weekend at the Mt. SAC Relays, held this year at Cerritos College.
The boys 4 x 1600 meter relay team of senior Sergio Espinoza, junior Owen Bishop, senior Tab Backman and junior Ryan Renken ran a 17:26, which bested the CHS school record by 24 seconds and took the Gold medal in last Men’s event of the meet on Saturday night. It was the fourth fastest time in the nation this year.
There were individual highlights as well Junior Annie Boos, Junior broke a school record in the mile with a 4:56.86 – the 13th fastest time in the state this year.
Renken also set a new CHS record in the mile, running 4:15.97, the 20th fastest time in the state.
CHS athletes did compete in many other events at the meet, and won silver medals in the girls 4 x 100 meter hurdles shuttle relay, the girls 4 x 800m relay, and the boys 110m hurdles shuttle relay.
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