Chino Hills freshman lands offer from UCLA

Chino Hills High School freshman Onyeka Okongwu is quite a hot commodity.

The 6-foot-9 center has been offered by UCLA, according to Chino Hills coach Steve Baik.

Okongwu’s stock has been rising rapidly. He came up huge foe the Huskies ina  71-67 win over Bishop Montgomery on Saturday at the Fairfax State Preview at Cerritos College.

On a night when much-heralded senior standout Lonzo Ball had a tough shooting game, Okongwu delivered 10 points, 7 rebounds and 6 block shots with one of those coming on a potential game-winning basket by the Knights in the last minute.

Okongwu is the fourth player from this year’s team offered by the Bruins. The senior Ball already has signed with UCLA. Younger brothers LiAngelo, a junior, and LaMelo, a freshman, have made verbal commitments.




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Chino Hills’ Andre Ball ready to return

Sophomore guard Andre Ball should return to the Chino Hills lineup this week.

Ball has been out for six weeks with a dislocated knee sustained in the first game of the MaxPreps Holiday Classic Dec. 26.

After the Huskies polished off Bishop Montgomery 71-67 Saturday night Ball, the cousin of the three Ball brothers, said he plans to try and play against Rancho Cucamonga on Tuesday.

Andre Ball was the team’s first player off the bench and his absence has affected the team’s depth. Coach Steve Baik has used primarily six players in the tougher games.

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Summit QB Cade Sparks commits to Indiana State

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Summit High School senior Cade Sparks has committed to Indiana State, doing so while on his visit there this weekend.

The 6-foot-4 quarterback was the Inland Valley Player of the Year, helping Summit to a 12-1 season that included and undefeated regular season and berth in the CIF Central Division semifinal.

“I couldn’t be happier,” he said. “I have felt like this was going to be the perfect place for me and after coming to visit, I know this is the right decision.”

Indiana State was Sparks’ lone offer. Much of that was because he transferred from tiny Western Christian after his sophomore year and he played behind and established starter as a junior. So he didn’t get a chance to really show his skills until this season.

UC Davis was also interested but it was a ironic twist that result in Indiana State being the school.

Sycamores Head Coach Mike Sanford has a son, also named Mike, who is an assistant coach at Notre Dame and was visiting Summit to recruit wide receiver Damian Alloway. while there he noticed Sparks.

He said he didn’t need a quarterback but he did know a school that did, his dad’s Indiana State team. And the rest is history.

While there weren’t a lot of other options, Sparks is more than happy with what transpired.

“I wouldn’t say it’s a relief, it’s more of a goal accomplished,” he said. “It was tough at times hearing schools say, maybe if we saw you last year. But everything worked out for the best and I am very happy.”


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Etiwanda basketball standout Garrett Carter commits to Chico State

Etiwanda senior basketball standout Garrett Carter has made a verbal commitment to Chico State.

He has yet to visit the school but plans to do so in March during spring break.

Some Division I schools were interested including Florida State but he opted to go with the Division II school which plays in the California Collegiate Athletic Association along with several other Southern California schools.

“They have been interested in me for a long time and I just felt a lot of love from them,” he said. “I think it will be a great place for me.”

Carter, a 6-foot-guard, was a second-team All-Inland Valley selection last year. He has had a knack for making big shots. Most notable was his game-winning shot at Mater Dei in the Open Division semifinal last March won by the Eagles 52-49. He had 13 in that game including several clutch plays in the closing minute.

Carter plans to major in mass communications or broadcasting.



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Los Osos football standout Mason Vega decides on college

A lot of local athletes will be signing National Letter of Intent next Wednesday. Los Osos High School senior Mason Vega never imagined himself being one of those guys. But he indeed will be.

Vega had never played football at any level before this season but will be signing with Division I Portland State.  He felt good about the decision after a visit to the school last weekend.

He has played basketball but it wasn’t until this year that he decided to try football.

“I had a lot of people telling me I ought to try,” he said. “I was going to go out last year and then for whatever reason I just didn’t. This was my last year and I didn’t want to have any regrets.”

Vega says he had a former basketball teammate in Shane Johnson whose dad talked about having a family member whose biggest regret was not playing football, or at least given it a try.

“That was the person that really put me over the edge as far as actually doing it,” Vega said. “I never would have thought I would get this far this far so it turned out to be a great decision.”

Vega, a 6-foot-3, 220-pounder, also had an offer from Idaho and took an unofficial visit to San Diego State. He played defensive end for the Grizzlies but was recruited as an outside linebacker.

Vega tallied 48 tackles, 13 of those for a loss, and had a fumble recovery for the Grizzles (4-6).

Vega plans to major in psychology.

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Rancho Cucamonga to honor former basketball player

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The Rancho Cucamonga High School basketball team will honor former player Nick Culver in festivities before Friday night’s home game against Damien.

Culver is a 2014 graduate of the school and was in his sophomore year at La Sierra University in Riverside. He collapsed and and died in December after having a seizure shortly after practice.

Cougars head coach Bill Burke said Culver’s parents are expected to be in attendance and a special presentation will be made to them. Several of Culver’s former teammates are expected to attend as well.

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Chaffey’s Mikey Dean, Colony’s Khalil Dorsey honored by CalHi Sports

Two local players have earned All-State recognition by Cal-Hi Sports.

In the Medium Schools category, Colony senior defensive back Khalil Dorsey was named to the first team while Chaffey senior running back Mikey Dean was named to the second team.

Dorsey tallied 92 tackles and seven interceptions and owns the single season and career record for interceptions. He was the Mt. Baldy Defensive Player of the Year and a first-team All-Inland Valley selection.

Dean, who has committed to Idaho State, rushed for 2,555 yards and 37 touchdowns the past season including nine games of 100 or more yards and seven of more than 200 yards. He was the Daily Bulletin’s Inland Valley Offensive Player of the Year.

Earlier in the week senior linebacker Josiah Erickson of San Dimas was named first team defense for Small Schools.

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Chino Hills heads local teams in CIF boys basketball rankings

Here are CIF rankings in girls basketball for week of Jan. 25 with teams from the Sun/Bulletin coverage area denoted in bold:

Division 1AA – 1. Chino Hills; 2. Bishop Montgomery; 3. Mater Dei; 4. Redondo Union; 5. Corona Centennial; 6. Damien; 7. Roosevelt; 8. Santa Margarita; 9. Los Alamitos; 10.  Long Beach Poly; 11. Rancho Verde; 12. Village Chr.; 13. JW North; 14. Etiwanda; 15. St. John Bosco; 16. Compton.

Division 1A – 1. Santa Monica; 2. Riverside Poly; 3. Temecula Valley; 4. Beaumont; 5. tie, Walnut, Foothill; 7. Camarillo; 8. Villa Park; 9. Cresecnta Valley; 10. Beckman; 11. Highland; 12. Burbank Burroughs; 13. Cajon; 14. Oxnard; 15. Peninsula; 16. Valley View.

Division 2AA – 1. Ayala; 2. Edison; 3. Kaiser; 4. West Ranch; 5. Capistrano Valley; 6. El Toro; 7. Loyola; 8. Newport Harbor; 9. Claremont; 10. Miller; 11. Tesoro; 12. Mira Costa; 13. Woodbridge; 14. Thousand Oaks; 15. Burbank; 16. Citrus Hill.

Division 2A – 1. Santa Barbara; 2, tie, La Mirada, Lynwood; 4. Redlands East Valley; 5. Hart; 6. Northwood; 7. Mayfair; 8. Cerritos; 9. Torrance; 10. Simi Valley; 11. Agoura; 12. Royal; 13. Dos Pueblos; 14. Whittier; 15. Kennedy; 16. Silverado.

Division 3AA – 1 . Calabasas; 2. Oak Park; 3. Gahr; 4. Cathedral; 5. Los Altos; 6. Esperanza; 7. Dominguez; 8. Colony; 9. Bonita; 10. San Marcos; 11. tie, Pasadena, Buena Park; 13. Hesperia; 14. Palm Desert; 15. Moorpark; 16. La Sierra.

Division 3A – 1. Crespi; 2. Inglewood; 3. Diamond Ranch; 4. Rancho Mirage; 5. Beverly Hills; 6. Servite; 7. Corona del Mar; 8. Yorba Linda; 9. Tahquitz; 10. Lompoc Cabrillo; 11. Chaminade; 12. Ocean View; 13. Bishop Amat; 14. Palm Springs; 15. Golden Valley; 16. Gabriellino.

Division 4AA –1 . Orange Lutheran; 2. Alemany; 3. Cantwell Sacred Heart; 4. La Canada; 5. Harvard-Westlake; 6. Serra; 7. JSerra; 8. Sherman Oaks Notre Dame; 9. Laguna Beach; 10. Mission Prep; 11. San Gabriel Aca.; 12. San Dimas; 13. Atascadero; 14. St. Francis; 15. El Segundo; 16. San Marino.

Division 4A – 1. Viewpoint; 2. Maranatha; 3. Heritage Chr.; 4. Crean Lutheran; 5. St. Anthony; 6. Campbell Hall; 7. Cerritos Valley Chr.; 8. La Salle; 9. Compton Centennial; 10. Trinity Classical; 11. Oaks Chr.; 12. Twentynine Palms; 13. Whittier Chr.; 14. Muir; 15. St. Bonaventure; 16. St. Paul.

Division 5AA – 1. Sierra Canyon; 2. Santa Maria St. Joseph; 3. Saddleback Valley Chr.; 4. Flintridge Prep; 5. Brentwood; 6. Woodcrest Chr.; 7. Blair; 8. Chadwick; 9. St. Margaret’s; 10. Oakwood; 11. Yeshiva; 12. Pasadena Poly; 13. Temecula Prep; 14. Santa Clara; 15. Providence; 16. Linfield Chr.

Division 5A – 1. Rancho Chr.; 2. Capistrano Valley Chr.; 3. St. Bernardin; 4. Shalhevet; 5. Santa Clarita Chr.; 6. Orangewood Aca.; 7. Valley Torah; 8. Holy Martys; 9. Rolling Hills Prep; 10. tie, Pilibos, Aquinas; 12. Bishop Diego; 13. Thacher; 14. Tarbut V’Torah; 15. Ribet Aca.; 16. Brethren Chr.







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Here are latest CIF polls in girls basketball

Here are latest CIF girls basketball polls with teams in the Bulletin/Sun Coverage area denoted in bold:

Division 1AA – 1. Long Beach Poly; 2. Chaminade; 3. Mater Dei; 4. Windward; 5. Vista Murrieta; 6. Troy; 7. Sierra Canyon; 8. Alemany; 9. Serra; 10. Etiwanda; 11. Ventura; 12. Santa Barbara; 13. Valencia; 14. Fairmont Prep; 15. Orangewood Aca.; 16. Millikan.

Division 1A – 1. Cajon; 2,. Valley View; 3. Mira Costa; 4. Summit; 5. Huntington Beach; 6. Diamond Bar; 7. Burbank Burroughs; 8. Chino Hills; 9. Arroyo Valley; 10. Camarillo; 11. El Rancho; 12. Crescenta Valley; 13. Westminster; 14. Cypress; 15. Beckman; 16. Dana Hills.

Division 2AA – 1. Canyon Country Canyon; 2. Buena; 3. Oak Hills; 4. Woodbridge; 5. Foothill; 6. Mark Keppel; 7. JW North; 8. Chino; 9. Newbury Park; 10. Alta Loma; 11.  North Torrance; 12. Burbank; 13. tie, Arroyo Grande, Ontario; 15. Kennedy; 16. Saugus.

Division 2A – 1. Norco; 2. Rowland; 3. Anaheim Canyon; 4. Redlands East Valley; 5. Dos Pueblos; 6. Temescal Canyon; 7. Agoura; 8. Lawndale; 9. La Habra; 10. Hart; 11. Whittier; 12. Mayfair; 13. Tustin; 14. Cerritos; 15. Rio Mesa; 16. Temple City.

Division 3AA – 1. Brea Olinda; 2. Orange Lutheran; 3. tie, Patriot, Sonora; 5. Lakeside; 6. South Torrance; 7. Esperanza; 8. South Hills; 9. Victor Valley; 10. Yorba Linda; 11. Bonita; 12. Los Altos; 13. Indio; 14. Moorpark; 15. Shadow Hills; 16. Sultana.Division

Division 3A – 1. Oaks Chr.; 2. Antelope Valley; 3 La Canada; 4. Corona del Mar; 5. Righetti; 6. Cabrillo; 7. Barstow; 8. Leuzinger; 9. South Pasadena; 10. Palos Verdes; 11. Ridgecrest Burroughs; 12. South El Monte; 13. Ocean View; 14. Tahquitz; 15. San Luis Obispo; 16. Jurupa Valley.

Division 4AA – 1. Harvard-Westlake; 2. St. Monica; 3. St. Paul; 4. Rosary; 5. Marymount; 6. Duarte; 7. tie, Covina, Flintridge Sacred Heart; 9. Lakewood St. Joseph; 10. Lompoc; 11. El Segundo; 12. Foothill Tech; 13. Estancia; 14. Sherman Oaks Notre Dame; 15. Yucca Valley; 16. St. Lucy’s.

Division 4A – 1. St. Anthony; 2. tie, Brentwood, Cantwell Sacred Heart; 4. Viewpoint; 5. Notre Dame Aca.; 6. Paraclete; 7. Lousiville; 8. Crossroads; 9. Twentynine Palms; 10. La Salle; 11. St. Mary’s; 12. Cerritos Valley Chr.; 13. Whittier Chr.; 14. Riverside Notre Dame; 15. St. Bonaventure; 16. St. Genevieve.

Division 5AA – 1. Loma Linda; 2. Aquinas; 3. Santa Clara; 4. Oxford Aca.; 5. Flintridge Prep; 6. Mission Prep; 7. Providence; 8. Village Chr.; 9. Desert; 10. Sherman Indian; 11. tie, Santa Ana Cavalry Chapel, Rio Hondo Prep; 13. Silver Valle; 14. Western Chr.; 15. AAE; 16. Santa Maria St. Joseph.

Division 5A – 1. Bloomington Chr.; 2. tie, Avalon, Holy Martyrs; 4. Faith Baptist; 5. Shalehevet; 6. Trinity Classical; 7. Calvary Murrieta; 8. Pilibos; 9. Bishop Diego; 10. Capistrano Valley Chr.; 11. Santa Maria Valley Chr.; 12. CSDR; 13. Boron; 14. Le Lycee; 15. Yeshiva;16. St. Bernard.

Division 6 – 1. Price; 2. California Lutheran; 3. Mesa Grande; 4. St. Monica Aca.; 5. Bell-Jeff; 6. Crossroads Chr.; 7. Desert Chr. Aca.; 8. Pilgrim; 9. Providence; 10. Coastal Chr.; 11. Riverside Chr.; 12. Big Pine; 13. Brethren Chr.; 14. Hesperia Chr.; 15. Trona; 16. Apple Valley Chr.





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San Dimas senior Josiah Erickson earns state honor

San Dimas High School senior Josiah Erickson has been named first-team All State (Small Schools) by CalHiSports.

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Erickson, a 6-foot-1, 220-pounder, earlier earned All-CIF honors as well as All-Inland Valley honors. He registered 158 tackles, 18 of those for a loss. He also managed 15 sacks, three fumbles cause and three fumbles recovered.

Erickson was a three-year starter, helping the Saints to a 10-4 record and a berth in the CIF Mid-Valley Division title game the past season.

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