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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Familiar face returns to coach volleyball at St. Lucy’s

St. Lucy’s has a new, old volleyball coach

Franco Maccia has been named to replace Sean Douglas who left after seven years to take the women’s volleyball position at Life Pacific College in nearby San Dimas which is reviving its program.

Macchia most recently served as head coach at Los Osos. But he preceded Douglas at St. Lucy’s coaching there from 2005 to 2007.

“He really was the best fit,” Regents Athletic Director Valarie Pentolino said. “He had success when he was here the first time and we think he’’l do the same again and be able to pick up where Sean left off.”

Macchia led St. Lucy’s to two Sierra League tenures his first tenure there, his team’s going 36-7 overall and 17-1 in league play.

Macchia will remain a physical education teacher at Colony but actually lives in walking distance of St. Lucy’s.

He was the offical “head” of the program at Los Osos but let his assistant Damien Reyes handle more of the responsibilities last year. Reyes will be going with him oiver to St. Lucy’s.

Ironically, old coaches coming back to a former school is the trend this year in the Baseline League. Scott Robertson is back at Upland and Aaron Flores is back at Rancho Cucamonga. Chino Hills will be the only school in the league that starts next year with the same coach it had last year.

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Chino softball looking for playoff run, here’s the draw

The softball playoffs start this week and the local teams all have tough paths if they are to make a run deep in the postseason.

Chino has advanced to three straight CIF finals, all in Division 2, but the Cowboys are in Division 1 now and would have to beat the top seed in the second round, and that is if they can get past Los Osos first.

Here’s the rundown of games involving teams from the Bulletin/Sun coverage area:

DIVISION 1
Thursday’s games

Yorba Linda at Etiwanda (at Big League Dreams)
Vista Murrieta at Chino Hills
Upland at Garden Grove Pacifica
Friday’s game
Los Osos at Chino

DIVISION 2
Thursday’s games

Redlands East Valley at Sunny Hills
Aliso Niguel at Citrus Valley
Cajon at Valley View
Bonita at Yucaipa

DIVISION 3
Tuesday’s wild card game

Chaffey at Fontana
Thursday’s games
Don Lugo at St. Paul
Kaiser at Warren
Peninsula-Arcadia winner at Grand Terrace
Hemet-Beckman winner at Montclair

DIVISION 4
Tuesday’s wild card games

Arroyo Valley at Apple Valley
Palm Springs at Jurupa Hills
Thursday’s games
Apple-Arroyo winner at Ontario Christian
LaSerna-Heritage Chr winner at Oak Hills
Loara-Riv Notre Dame winner at Rialto
Palm Desert at Aquinas

DIVISION 5
Tuesday’s wild card game

Garey at Rubidoux
Thursday’s games
Victor Valley at Sierra Vista
Barstow at San Dimas
Nogales at Silverado

DIVISION 6
Thursday’s game

Rio Hondo Prep at Webb
Bloomington Chreistian at Katella

DIVISION 7
Thursday’s games

Grove-Temecula Prep winner at Upland Christian
Academy Careers Exp at Lake Arrowhead Christian
Connelly-Bishop Diego winner at Hesperia Christian

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The hunt for a CIF title in prep baseball is on

The prep playoff draw is out and a bunch of local teams are in the hunt as usual. That group is led by undefeated San Dimas (28-0), the top seed in Division 3.

Here is the rundown of games involving teams from the Sun/Bulletin coverage area.

DIVISION 2
Wednesday’s wild card games

Burbank at Damien
Carter at Mayfair
First round, May 22
Bonita at Cajon
Redlands East Valley at Chino Hills
Yucaipa at Mission Viejo
Etiwanda at Warren

DIVISION 3
First round, May 21

Palmdale-La Quinta winner at San Dimas

DIVISION 4
Wednesday’s wild card games

Silverado at Sultana
Rim of the World at Whittier
Colton at Century
Nordhoff at Montclair
First round, May 22
Calvary Chapel at Kaiser
Sultana-Silverado winner at San Gorgonio
Katella at Alta Loma
Patriot at Victor Valley
Sunny Hills-Godinez winner at Don Lugo
Whittier-Rim winner at Serrano
Jurupa Hills at Grand Terrace

DIVISION 5
Tuesday’s wild card games

Ontario Christian at Vista del Lago
Pomona at Azusa
Aquinas at Shadow Hills
Vista del Lago-Ontario Chr. winner at Big Bear
Granite Hills at Ridgecrest Burroughs
San Marino at Garey

DIVISION 6
First round, May 22

Silver Valley at Bloomington Christian
Upland Christian at Crean Lutheran

DIVISION 7
First round, May 21

Hesperia Christian at San Jacinto Valley
Cornerstone at Apple Valley Christian
Lucerne Valley at Excelsior Charter

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Glendora’s Mike LeDuc to make return to Damien

Glendora head coach Michael LeDuc, left, is congratulated by former Ramona (Riverside) head coach Dough Stockham who was LeDuc's high school coach after defeating Upland 63-56 for his 800th win as a head coach during a prep basketball game at Upland High School

Damien didn’t exactly have to look long and hard to find a successor to Matt Dunn as head boys basketball coach. Athletic Director Jeff Grant has announced former Glendora coach Mike LeDuc is that man.

LeDuc has been at Glendora since 1986, but had served as head coach at Damien from 1979 to 1986. He has 826 career wins, 124 coming in his first tenure at Damien.

LeDuc is the fourth winningest coach in California, second a mong active basketball coaches. His teams have won 15 league titles and four Southern Section titles.

Dunn resigned earlier this month to accept the same position at St. John Boscoe. Dunn led the Spartans to a Baseline League title and the Division 3 state championship which helped land him statewide coach of the year honors as well as Inland Valley

 

 

 

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Damien boys volleyball advances to semifinal for first time

Spartans mascot photo.

The Damien High School boys volleyball team advanced to the Division 5 semifinals for the first time in school history with a 3-1 (25-22, 25-21, 23-25, 25-22) win over Oakwood tonight.

The Spartans (24-6) will play next Wednesday against the winner of Ganesha-Sante Fe which is being played on Monday.

Junior libero Nick Hibshman tallied 35 digs to anchor the defense while senior setter Christian Hernandez registered 55 assists

The offense was balanced with four players hitting double digits in kills. Senior middle blocker John Prata had a team-high 16 kills but was followed closely by senior Chris Jorritsma with 15, junior Michael Spinney with 11 and junior Chris Mercado with 10.

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