Damien boys volleyball team braces for tough semifinal

VIDEO: Damien coach Randy Bohlmann talks about quarterfinal win over Santa Fe.

The No. 1 Damien boys volleyball team survived a tough five-set match against No. 10 Santa Fe on Saturday night. But the playoff path will only get tougher.

The Spartans (30-7) will host North Hollywood Oakwood (21-5) at 7 p.m. Wednesday in a Division 5 semifinal. No. 4 Oakwood advanced with a 3-0 win over California.

“They’re very good. We’re going to have to play very well,” Damien coach Randy Bohlmann said.

Damien is the defending champion but it graduated its setter and its middle blockers. Senior outside hitter Michael Spinney has been the top offensive player. He had 20 kills in the Spartans most recent win.

Oakwood was the top finisher in the Liberty League.

The Spartans aren’t going without any knowledge of their foe. It’s the same team they beat last year in the quarterfinal 3-1.

Damien is the lone local team left in boys volleyball with Redlands and Loma Linda both losing their respective quarterfinals.

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First round baseball playoff scores and upcoming schedule

Carter High School players react after winning their playoff game against Etiwanda High School on Thursday, May 19, 2016. (Sarah Alvarado for the San Bernardino Sun)

Here is the list of baseball playoff scores involving local teams and who the winners play next:

Tuesday’s wild card game

Downey 7, Redlands 1

Thursday’s first round games
Carter 7, Etiwanda 6 (8 inn)
Damien 4, Royal 1
Villa Park 8, Bonita 1
Yucaipa 8, Simi Valley 7
La Mirada 1, Ayala 0
Rancho Cucamonga 6, Burbank Burroughs 3
Redlands East Valley 5, Trabuco Hills 4

Next Tuesday’s games
Carter at Foothill
Damien at Oxnard
Rio Mesa at Yucaipa
La Mirada at Rancho Cucamonga

Friday’s first round

San Dimas 3, Arroyo Grande 2

Next Tuesday’s game
San Dimas at Woodbridge

Tuesday’s wild card game

Patriot 2, Jurupa Hills 1
Victor Valley 5, Montclair 3
El Rancho 7, Bloomington 4

Thursday’s first round games
Patriot 6, Don Lugo 3
San Gorgonio 6, Victor Valley 3
Sultana 11, Summit 10
Kaiser 6, Sonora 5

Friday’s game
Rialto 2, Alta Loma 1

Next Tuesday’s games
Sultana at San Gorgonio
Ramona at Kaiser
Santa Fe at Rialto

Wednesday’s wild card games

Aquinas 6, Big Bear 3
Ontario Christian 11, El Monte 9
Rudbidoux 4, Webb 1

Friday’s first round games
Ganesha 4, Bishop Montgomery 3
Garey 4, San Marino 2 (10 inn)
Cantwell Sacred Heart 4, Ontario Chr. 1
Sierra Vista 5, Aquinas 1

Next Tuesday’s games
Monrovia at Ganesha
Cantwell Sacred Heart at Garey

Thursday’s first round games

Santa Paula 25, Upland Christian 0
Redlands Adventist 5, Hamilton 3

Next Tuesday’s games
Buckey at Redlands Adventist

Friday’s first round game

Aca. Academic Excellence 12, Lake Arrowhead Chr. 1

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First round CIF softball scores and upcoming schedule

Here is the complete rundown of the playoff games for softball involving our local teams:

Thursday’s first round

Etiwanda 7, ML King 2
Valencia 3, Valencia 0
Santa Margarita 10, St. Lucy’s 0
Chino 5, Rosary Academy 1
Vista Murrieta 2, Chino Hills 0

Tuesday’s games
Etiwanda at Mater Dei
Los Alamitos at Chino

Thursday’s first round

Redlands East Valley 7, Canyon Springs 6
Valley View 15, Redlands 0
Oaks Christian 10, Carter 3
Oxnard 5, Ayala 3
Yucaipa 7, San Luis Obispo 4

Tuesday’s games
La Habra at Redlands East Valley
Yucaipa at Fullerton

Tuesday’s wild card games

Tesoro 11, Kaiser 1
Harvard-Westlake 7, Montclair 6

Thursday’s first round
Grand Terrace 10, Peninsula 0
Don Lugo 10, Cerritos 0
Summit 4, Glendale 1
Chaffey 5, California 4

Tuesday’s games
Gran Terrace at San Clemente
Don Lugo at Warren
Gahr at Summit
Bishop Amat at Chaffey

Tuesday’s wild card games

San Gorgonio 6, Paloma Valley 4
Rialto 9, Indio 6
Palm Desert 7, Aquinas 2
Ontario Christian 5, Ocean View 0

Thursday’s first round
Jurupa Hills 14, South El Monte 4
Knight 9,. Ontario Christian 1
Palm Springs 12, San Gorgonio 1

Tuesday’s games
Ramona at Jurupa Hills

Tuesday’s wild card game

Northview 21, Garey 2

Thursday’s first round
San Dimas 9, Azusa 0
Templeton 13, Pomona Catholic 0
Nogales 11, Pomona 2

Tuesday’s games
San Dimas at Edgewood

Thursday’s first round

Twentynine Palms 6, Bloomington Christian 3
Rancho Mirage 11, Webb 6

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Don Lugo baseball team gets top seed but is limping into playoffs

The Mt. Baldy League champion Don Lugo baseball team has drawn the No. 1 seed for the CIF Southern Section Division 4 playoffs which begin on Tuesday. But first-year head coach Jeff Abel is a bit concerned about his Conquistadores (23-3) who play on Thursday against thee winner of a wild card game between Riverside Patriot (16-11) and Jurupa Hills (17-9).

There were a couple of injuries in Thursday’s regular season finale against Colony. Senior pitcher-outfielder Benny Aguilera sustained an ankle injury going after a foul ball and  is now on crutches.

Abel is hoping a week is enough time to at least get him healthy enough he can be in the lineup in the outfield or as a designated hitter but that is probably a stretch since he’s still on crutches. Abel doesn’t think he’s be able to pitch for at least a couple of weeks.

Losing Aguilera would be a major blow. Don Lugo graduated several players from last year’s team and Aguilera is the most experienced of those coming back.

There were a couple of less serious injuries. Junior outfielder Josh Ibarra strained a quad but remained in the game. Senior Albert Rizo injured his hand,. He came out of that game but Abel said he seemed better today.


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Ganesha baseball team enjoys and deserves big celebration

VIDEO: Ganesha baseball coach Tony Green talks about his team’s league title win.

For Ganesha High School, a Miramonte League title in baseball was a long time in coming. The Giants secured that on Friday with a thrilling 4-2, nine-inning win over local rival Garey. That broke a 53-year title drought in that sport.

Ganesha’s Tyler Wardsworth leaps onto the dogpile to celebrate after Ganesha defeated Garey 4-2 in nine innings Friday May 13, 2016 to win their first Miramonte League baseball title in 53 years.   (Will Lester/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

So when the Giants got to celebrate, they did.

Perspective is always an interesting thing. The Etiwanda softball and Damien baseball teams secured Baseline League titles earlier in the week. For those teams there was hardly a High-Five, much less a celebration. Both have had success in those sports before so expectations are higher.

But when it has been THAT long between titles, you celebrate.

We have to cover the other leagues more thoroughly. The Miramonte has three teams that aren’t even in the Daily Bulletin coverage area. And let’s face it, in most sports the competition is sub-par to most other leagues. But it was nice to get out and see the two local baseball teams, not once, but twice the past week.

Friday’s game was old-school. Just a few bleachers, no outfield field. No frills for sure. But there was a great crowd and a great atmosphere . . . and one intense, well-played, interesting baseball game.

It’s hard to have a rivalry when one team beats the other consistently so this league title win for Ganesha could really jump start the rivalry between neighboring schools.

Ganesha hasn’t had the most decorated past when it comes to athletics but it has made great progress in several sports and baseball is the latest. Good for the Giants and that community.

Here is the link to my game story.

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Upland celebrates career of veteran baseball coach Mike Alonso

VIDEO: Seniors Raul Munoz and Skyler De Los Reyes talk about what their coach Mike Alonso meant to them.

This year here was going to be no changing of the mind.

Veteran Upland High School baseball coach Mike Alonso coached his last game today after 33 years heading the same program. The celebratory mood took a hit as the Highlanders had just lost to Rancho Cucamonga 7-2 at Memorial Park which cost them a playoff berth.

Festivities were held after the game. It was supposed to be a surprise. Alonso is one of those old-school types that doesn’t want any individual fanfare. The standing joke was that if the coach got wind of any special plans he wouldn’t have shown up.

So mum was the word. But no one was about to let him walk off without a proper send off. So they had one despite his wishes.

Alonso said the only moment that made him think something might be up was earlier in the week when he was speaking with Chaffey College coach Jeff Harlow who was expressing his disappointment that he was going to be unable to be at the final game and the festivities.

“I’m thinking, it’s no big deal, It’s just another game,” Alonso said.

A large gathering of coaches, former players and parents of players past and present were on hand to offer their thanks for the impact Alonso had on their lives.

Alonso said he had planned on the 2015 season being his last but since wife Annie had just retired he wanted to “give her one more year without him around.”

He told his team around December that he had made a definite decision and this time his mind wasn’t changing.

“The time was just right,” said Alonso, who finished with 599 career wins. “I like this group of senior kids and at the same time we have some really good juniors coming back. So the coach coming in will have a good place to start. I didn’t want to leave a bad situation for the person coming in after me.”

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Ganesha’s Anthony Longsworth headed to Greenville College

Versatile football standout Anthony Longsworth of Ganesha has decided to attend NCAA Division III Greenville College (Ill.).

The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder excelled at running back, defensive back and linebacker in leading the Giants to a 7-3 record and third-place showing in the Miramonte League.

Longsworth has not visited the school yet but did extensive research on line and has been in communication with the coaches.

“The coaches were very down to earth and I felt they had my best interest in mind,” Longsworth said. “I have been talking to them a lot and I could tell they wanted me.”

The Ganesha standout says he doesn’t prefer one position over another and said the coaches are considering him in both sides of the ball.

Longsworth was a first-team All-League athlete, excelling for the Giants after transferring from Silverado his sophomore year.

Longsworth plans to major in business with a minor in criminal justice.



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Boost Mobile All-Star Soccer games coming up Sunday

The first Boost Mobile Inland Valley Soccer All-Star Classic games are set for Sunday at Miller High School with the girls game getting underway at 4 and the boys following at 5:30 p.m.

The games in other sports, also sponsored by IE Sports Net, have proven a great success. This will be the first undertaking in soccer.

Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for students and $3 for students with ASB cards, kids under 12 and senior citizens.

Head coach –
Ryan Pacheco, Grand Terrace

Emily Aunger, Granite Hills
Megan Ball, Miller
Danika Bowman, Redlands East Valley
Sara Calvert, Oak Hills
Hannah Everett, Redlands
Evelyn Findlay, Grand Terrace
Sky Celeste Guisa, Carter
Demi Imbriani, Cajon
Maddie Jordan, Redlands
Sydney Kellar, Carter
Mackenzie Lerman, Rim of the World
Melanie Lopez, Colton
Moira O’Neill, Grand Terrace
Kaitlin Seebaran, Summit
Alicia Smith, Big Bear
Maria Ximena Vasquez, Colton

Coach –
Chris Van Duin, Rancho Cucamonga

Giselle Alvarado, Chaffey
Julia Bingham, St. Lucy’s
Alondra Castro, Ganesha
Jamie Daly, Chino Hills
Metztli Gonzalez, Etiwanda
Devyn Kelsey, Los Osos
Brooke Kortekaas, Alta Loma
Nicole Leggio, St. Lucy’s
Dae Lockett, Colony
Jessica Miclat, Chino Hills
Lauren Perry, Rancho Cucamonga
Sydney Robinson, Ontario Christian
Ayana Robles, Rancho Cucamonga
Jazmin Smith, Los Osos

Coach –
Erik Espino, Kaiser

Juan Aguilar, Fontana
Giovanni Arce, Rim of the World
Jesus Bolanos, Kaiser
Oscar Casillas, Fontana
Anthony Garcia, Kaiser
Santiago Gomez, Fontana
Jason Hernandez, Bloomington
Aaron Herrera, Sultana
Matheus Joaquim, Sultana
Sergio Lopez, San Gorgonio
Ivan Macias, Summit
Leonardo Medina, Bloomington
Christian Nunez, San Gorgonio
Kevin Salazar, Summit
Alejandro Villanueva, Summit

Coach –
Harry Cruz, Ontario

Manny Aguilar, Chino Hills
Jafe Chaves, Los Osos
Eduaredo Contreras, Chaffey
Cristian Fernandez, Ontario
Miguel Flores, Chaffey
Josh Gonzalez, Alta Loma
Max Kihm, Los Osos
Ismail Latty, Damien
Ian Lopez, Alta Loma
Eduardo Morales, Chaffey
Daniel Nwaogwugwu, Chino Hills
Chris Peralta, Ontario
Ben Riegsecker, Los Osos
Aaron Sanchez, Chino Hills
Jason Yepez, Ontario

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Four area baseball teams among Division 4 CIF ranking

Don Lugo’s Benny Aguilera celebrates a run by teammate Albert Luevano against Montclair at Don Lugo High School in Chino, CA, Wednesday, May 4, 2016. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

Don Lugo is ranked second in Division 2.

Here are CIF baseball polls in each division for week of May. 9 with teams in the Sun/Daily Bulletin coverage denoted in bold.

Division 1 – 1. JSerra; 2. El Toro; 3. Valencia; 4. Orange Lutheran; 5. Marina; 6. Cypress; 7. JW North; 8. Aliso Niguel; 9. Murrieta Mesa; 10. tie, Chaminade, Loyola.

Division 2 – 1. South Hills; 2. Gahr; 3. Simi Valley; 4. La Mirada; 5. Bonita; 6. Carter; 7. Crescenta Valley; 8. Mission Viejo; 9. Foothill; 10. Damien.

Division 3 – 1. Redondo Union; 2. Palm Desert; 3. Beckman; 4. Woodbridge; 5. Bishop Amat; 6. Quartz Hill; 7. Mira Costa; 8. Corona del Mar; 9. Temescal Canyon; 10. San Luis Obispo.

Division 4 – 1. Kaiser; 2. Don Lugo; 3. West Torrance; 4. St. Bonaventure; 5. Grace Brethren; 6. San Gorgonio; 7. Troy; 8. Alta Loma; 9. South Torrance; 10. Torrance.

Division 5 – 1. Woodcrest Chr.; 2. Paraclete; 3. Village Chr.; 4. Monrovia; 5. Sierra Vista; 6. Citrus Hill; 7. Cantwell Sacred Heart; 8. Shadow Hills; 9. San Marino; 10. Sierra Canyon.

Division 6 – 1. Sage Hill; 2. Flintridge Prep; 3. Crean Lutheran; 4. Calvary Murrieta; 5. Salesian; 6. Buckley; 7. Dunn; 8. Lancaster Desert Christian; 9. Santa Paula; 10. Providence.

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

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Etiwanda softball team still tops CIF Division 1 poll


Etiwanda's Megan Stevens runs to home base after hitting a home run against St. Lucy's at Etiwanda High School in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, Tuesday, May 3, 2016. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

Etiwanda’s Megan Stevens runs to home base after hitting a home run against St. Lucy’s at Etiwanda High School in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, Tuesday, May 3, 2016. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

Here are CIF polls for softball for week of May 9 with local teams denoted in bold:

Division 1 – 1. Etiwanda; 2. Orange Lutheran; 3. Los Alamitos; 4. Norco; 5. Corona Santiago; 6. Garden Grove Pacifica; 7. Huntington Beach; 8. Valencia; 9. Great Oak; 10. Lakewood.

Division 2 – 1. Oaks Christian; 2. La Habra; 3. Mission Viejo; 4. Valley View; 5. Oxnard; 6. South Hills; 7. Newbury Park; 8. Yucaipa; 9. Capistrano Valley; 10. Aliso Niguel.

Division 3 – 1. Grand Terrace; 2. Bishop Amat; 3. Gahr; 4. Burbank Burroughs; 5. Laguna Hills; 6. Palos Verdes; 7. Warren; 8. Alemany; 9. Redondo Union; 10. La Mirada.

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

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

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

Division 7 – 1. Rolling Hills; 2. University Prep; 3. ACE; 4. Faith Baptist; 5. Foothill Tech; 6. Santa Clara; 7. Crossroads Chr.; 8. Santa Rosa Aca.; 9. Animo Leadership; 10. St. Monica Aca.





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