Former Etiwanda standout Kameron Edwards chosen for foreign trip

Former Etiwanda High School basketball standout Kameron Edwards of Pepperdine will be going to Italy with a group of players from Athletes in Action.

The 6-foot-6 forward is coming off a stellar freshman campaign in which he earned All West Coast Conference Freshman honors. He averaged 7.2 points and 4.2 rebounds, starting 28 of 32 games.

In the classroom, he achieved West Coast Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll “bronze” honors and was a Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete.

“I’m really looking forward to meeting everyone and bonding with the guys in beautiful Italy,” Edwards said. “I know that we’ll be doing a lot of traveling and sight-seeing with workouts and four games. Coach (Marty) Wilson first gave me a call about it in May, and it still feels surreal. I’m excited that this will happen. I think it’s a good opportunity to play against some good competition, work with new people and expand my game.”

The team will gather at Mercer University on Aug. 9 for training camp and leave three days later, returning Aug. 20.

The squad is currently scheduled to play four games, two against Italian teams and the others against teams from Lithuania and Kosovo. They will visit the Italian cities of Milan, Venice and Como.

The team is coached by Mercer’s Bob Hoffman and includes 10 student-athletes, nine of which play at the Division I level.

Athletes in Action’s aim is to spread the Christian message through sport. In addition to giving team members a memorable basketball and cultural opportunity, they’ll also have the chance to spread their faith.

 

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Colony football team counting on new arrival Nathan Tilford

The Colony High School football team is always among the area’s best and this season should be another in which the Titans contend for a CIF title. They were the Central Division champion two years ago.

While the Titans graduated some key players including quarterback Josh Thompson, they inherited one of Southern California’s mots prized prospects in Nathan Tilford who transferred from Upland along with brother Jakob.

Tilford rushed for 887 yards and 12 touchdowns on 106 tries as a junior at Upland. That was second on the team as Highlanders coach Tim Salter split ball carrying duties between Tilford and Darreyon Jones.

Colony coach Steve Randall said Tilford, who has committed to Arizona, will be more utilized than he was at Upland and even indicated the top-notch recruit will likely see time on defense as well.

Randall said Tilford has been a welcomed addition since coming over after the second semester.

“It’s almost like he has been here all four years,” Randall said. “:He’s a very humble kid and bought into the way things we do here right away. He has never once given us any kind of attitude or a problem.”

Jakob Tilford, also a senior, will likely start at corner.

The Titans are coming off an 8-4 showing last year. Colony won the Mt. Baldy League and was sent home from the playoffs with a second round loss to Glendora.

Besides the two Tilford brothers, the Titans got another transfer in Elijah White, whom Randall also expects to have a major impact. White, a 6-foot-2, 325-pound defensive tackle, came over from Diamond Bar.

The Titans open the season at home on Aug. 26 against West Covina.

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Local softball players singled out by Cal-Hi Sports

Etiwanda High School softball player Vanessa Taukeiaho, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin Player of the Year, Thursday, June 16, 2016. Taukeiaho is committed to play next year at the University of Oklahoma. (Photo by John Valenzuela/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

The season may be long over but Cal-Hi Sports just released its All-State softball teams and several locals were among those recognized.

Etiwanda was the most recognized of the local teams as senior outfielder Vanessa Taukeiaho and senior first baseman Megan Stevens both were named to the first team while pitcher Briana Wheeler and outfielder Candace Haliburton, also both seniors, were third team honorees.

Taukeiaho, earlier named the Daily Bulletin Player of the year,  led the state in home runs with 20 while hitting .640 with 56 RBI.

CIF champion Grand Terrace also had multiple players honored with pitcher Melanie Olmos, who like Taukeiaho has signed with Oklahoma, making first team and junior Eliyah Flores named to the second.

Other first team selections included junior shortstop Taylon Snow of Chino hills and senior catcher Kelly Martinez of Yucaipa.

Here is the link to the entire team selected for those interested.

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Bonita setter Sahara Martinez headed to UTEP

Bonita High school volleyball standout Sahara Martinez has committed to University of Texas-El Paso.

The three-year varsity starter made that decision today. She visited the school in June and also took trips to Hartford (Conn.), UC Irvine as well as Concordia-Irvine.

She was also talking to a handful of other schools including Youngstown State and Eastern Washington.

“It has everything I was looking for,” she said. “It’s the right size and it’s Division I. It’s a full scholarship so it’s also room and board. It’s a pretty campus and a great neighborhood and I loved the coaches.”

Martinez said even though she is sure of the decision, it was a tough one. The distance from home wasn’t necessarily a factor.

“My mom always told me it’s a good chance to experience something different and I have always taken that to heart,” she said. “It’s only four years. I’m a California girl at heart so I’ll be back.”

Martinez is a three-time All-Palomares League selection. Last year she helped the Bearcats to a 24-10 record that included a 7-3 in league play that was good enough for second place behind Glendora.

Martinez registered 413 assists, 131 digs, and 27 service aces.

She plans to major in psychology.

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Etiwanda’s Tyler Freeman selected to all-star game

Etiwanda High School shortstop Tyler Freeman has been chosen to participate in the Perfect Game All-American game to be held at 5 p.m. on Aug. 14 at Petco Park in San Diego.

The event will be broadcast live by the MLB Network.

“It’s an honor to be chosen and I am very excited,” he said. “It’s one of those things you dream about.”

Freeman, who has committed to Texas Christian, just rounded out his junior year with the Eagles. The repeat first-team All-Inland Valley selection hit .388 (33 for 85) with 29 runs scored, 17 RBIs, 11 doubles, 3 home runs and 13 stolen bases.

Freeman was chosen based on his showing in Perfect Game sponsored events. He plays with the California Baseball Academy.

He competed in a recent showcase in Florida and credits his performance in that for helping land him a spot.

There has been no time off since the spring season ended for Freeman. He has a tryout for the Area Code games tomorrow at USC and will be headed to Arizona for another travel ball event later this month.

“I really haven’t had a day off but that’s OK because I love playing the game,” he said. “You don’t need a day off when you love what you do.”

Here is link to rosters of players chosen for the game.

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Damien graduate Cody Ponce earns weekly minor league honor

Former Cal Poly Pomona pitcher Cody Ponce got a late start to the season due to some “forearm fatigue.” But Ponce, also a product of Damien High School, has rebounded quite nicely and is having a stellar season.

Ponce, the Brewers’ No. 8 prospect, tossed a pair of scoreless outings last week, lasting 11 innings in total, while striking out 17 and walking none for Class A Advanced Brevard County to capture the Florida State League Pitcher of the Week award.

The award is Ponce’s first as a pro since he was taken in the second round of the 2015 Draft out of Cal Poly Pomona.

“I think it came down to whatever was working that day,” Ponce said. “But really in that sense, it was all [catcher Dustin Houle]. I don’t think I shook him maybe more than once or twice. He was just great behind the dish for two great games. I have to give it up to him. And then I had some great guys behind me making all the plays. I couldn’t have done this without them.”

Ponce’s first gem of the week came last Monday when he fanned five batters and allowed only two hits over five scoreless innings against Dunedin in what had been his longest start of the season up to that point. He one-upped himself five days later by lasting six frames, while fanning a career-high 12 and scattering only three hits. His 17 strikeouts were tied for third-most in the minors for the week of July 4-10 and were more than his dozen strikeouts over his five starts (14 innings) combined.

As impressive as the strikeout numbers were last week, the 6-foot-6 right-hander was happier with his zero in the walks column.

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Rancho Cucamonga setter Mary Bagshaw selects a college

Rancho Cucamonga senior setter Mary Bagshaw  has committed to UC San Diego where she plans to walk on with the volleyball team.

The decision had much to do with academics. Bagshaw is undecided on a major but is considering something in a medical field. She didn’t consider any other school.

“It really was my first choice all along,” she said. “It’s a good school academically and the volleyball program is very competitive so it was the best of both worlds for me.”

Bagshaw registered 697 assists, 117 digs and 19 service aces in helping the Cougars to a 28-7 showing that included a 10-0 mark in Baseline League play last year. Her playing time was sporadic depending on whether senior Kylie Miller was used in a hitting or a setting role.

But the Cougars will be reliant on her in the fall with Miller having graduated and moving on to UCLA. Rancho returns a pair of Division I players in outside hitter Bria Beale and middle blocker Karson Bacon who has committed to UC Irvine and Oregon respectively.

“I am very excited about next season. I think we’re still going to be very good,” she said. “I definitely learned a lot from playing and practicing with Kylie and I am ready.”

UC San Diego is coach by Ricci Luyties, a member of the gold-medal winning United States Olympic Team in 1988. The Tritons are coming off a 20-12 showing last year, including a 14-6 mark in CCAA play that was good enough for third place in the tough conference.

 

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Damien pitcher Matt Amrhein commits to Cal Baptist

Damien High School pitcher Matt Amrhein has committed to NCAA Division II Cal Baptist.

He was the solid No. 2 pitcher for the Spartans behind senior left-hander Nick Lodolo and helped give Damien a formidable 1-2 punch on the mound. He was 6-1 in Baseline League play, helping the Spartans to their first league title since 2004.

He was also considering Cal State Monterey Bay and Colorado at Colorado Springs, both also Division II schools.

He liked the offerings at Cal Baptist and the fact that is was close to home. He also visited Monterey Bay.

“It really felt like home there and I like that my family will be able to come see me play,” said Amrhein, a 6-foot right-hander.

He is the latest local player to join the Riverside-based college. Teammate Harrison Spohn has committed to the school, although he is just a junior. Rancho Cucamonga’s Logan Rinehart has also signed there.

Amrhein was a first team All-Baseline League and second-team All-Inland Valley selection. He was also a second team pick in football, excelling as kicker.

 

 

 

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John Hermosillo named head baseball coach at Diamond Ranch

John Hermosillo has been named baseball coach at Diamond Ranch.

Hermosillo, 37, had served as an assistant coach at Diamond Bar the last four years. Before that he spent three years as head coach at La Puente and spent from 2003 to 2005 as pitching coach at Damien.

He’ll be attempting to revive a program that went 10-17 overall the past season including a 3-12 and last-place showing in the Hacienda League.

“The biggest thing will be establishing a rapport with the kids and generating some enthusiasm and pride,” he said.

Hermosillo is a 1995 graduate of Garey and now works as a teacher in the Pomona Unified School District.

He was a pitcher and first baseman in his playing days which included two years at Imperial Valley Community College, then two years at NCAA Division II Augusta State (Ga.). He was a Division II All-American his senior year.

He is looking forward to the challenge that faces him.

“There is some talent but the team hasn’t been up to par,” he said. “I can’t really say how many games I think we can win but we should be able to compete and that’s the important thing.”

Charter Oak and Walnut tied for first place in the league the past season and usually loom as the top contenders.

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Chino Hills’ Meghan Buzzerio transfers from Arizona to Iowa

Volleyball standout Meghan Buzzerio of Chino Hills is transferring from University of Arizona to Iowa.

Buzzerio, the Inland Valley Player of the Year as a senior at Chino Hills High School in 2014, red-shirted at Arizona last year so she will still have four years of eligibility remaining.

“I really liked the school, it just didn’t work out for me volleyball-wise,” she said. “I thought it was best to go somewhere I’d be part of the bigger picture.”

Buzzerio, a 6-foot-1 outside hitter, had committed to Arizona as a sophomore.  She said the fact that she red-shirted this year did not factor into the decision since most recruits going into major programs end up doing that as well.

She visited Iowa and liked what the school had to offer. The coaching staff there had previously been at Marquette and had tried to recruit Buzzerio to that school in the first place.

Buzzerio is already in Iowa. She had originally planned on taking summer classes but it working out with the team and helping the staff there conduct summer camps.

“I really felt like they had a plan for me,” she said. “They sat down with me and said this is where we see you in two years, in three years and this is how you’re going to get there. ”

Of course going further from home might make it tough since Buzzerio comes from a close-knit family.

“That will be a little tough but we have all talked about it and this is for the best. I’m excited about the opportunity there,” she said.

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