Claremont’s Emilee Rohrer makes verbal commitment to USC

Claremont High School volleyball standout Emilee Rohrer grew up a UCLA fan and most of the members of her family her Bruins fans as well.

But the 6-foot-2 sophomore outside hitter went in another direction when deciding where she wants to go to college, making a verbal commitment to USC over the weekend.

“I have been a diehard UCLA fan all my life and always wanted to go there. USC was just an option,” she said. “Then I went to visit USC and I was really blown away. I loved the campus, the coaches were so nice. I loved everything it had to offer.”

Rohrer had a stellar freshman campaign last fall for the Wolfpack, tallying 242 kills and registering a hitting percentage of .303.

She is also a versatile player as evidenced by 146 digs, 22 aces and 15 blocks.

She was a first team Palomares League selection and was chosen the Daily Bulletin’s Newcomer of the Year. More impressive was her selection to USA Volleyball’s A1 Select team made up from top players throughout the country.

She made several other unofficial visits as well, making those to UCLA, Pepperdine, Minnesota, and Washington. The offer came from USC in May.

“I really took my time and thought about the decision,” she said. “It really has kind of taken a weight off my shoulders so I can concentrate on having a great season.”

Rohrer plans to major in occupational therapy.

 

 

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Here are your Week 0 prep football games

THURSDAY
Jurupa Hills vs. Gladstone at Citrus College
Serrano vs. Lancaster Paraclete (at Antelope Valley College)

FRIDAY
Arroyo Valley at San Bernardino
Barstow at Miller
Cajon at Roosevelt
California Military Institute at Aquinas
Chaffey at Lake Elsinore-Lakeside
Chino Hills at Ayala
Citrus Valley at San Gorgonio
Colony at West Covina
Corona Santiago at Redlands
Don Lugo at Walnut
Duarte at Diamond Bar
Eastside at Adelanto
El Rancho at Claremont
Norco vs. Etiwanda (at Colony)
Ganesha at Keppel
Granite Hills at Yucca Valley
Heritage Christian at Ontario Christian
Hesperia at Fontana
Los Osos at Carter
Mayfair at Grand Terrace
Montclair at San Gabriel
Ontario at Garey
Pomona at Oak Hills
Rancho Christian vs. Arrowhead Christian (at Citrus Valley)
Rialto at Victor Valley
Riverside Prep vs. Brethren Christian at Ocean View
Rowland vs. Alta Loma (at Chaffey)
Santa Paula vs. Indian Springs (at Pacific)
Schurr at Bonita
Silverado at Apple Valley
South Hills at Diamond Ranch
Sultana at Eisenhower
Trabuco Hills vs. Rancho Cucamonga (at Los Osos)
Upland at Palmdale Knight
Webb at Hamilton
Western Christian vs. Calvary Murrieta (at Vista Murrieta)

SATURDAY
Excelsior vs. Big Bear (at Big Bear Middle School)

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Chino Hills volleyball has head coaching change

The Chino Hills High School volleyball team has had a coaching change, well sort of.

Kassandra McInteer has stepped down after four years heading the program after getting a full-time job with a schedule that didn’t allow her to continue coaching.

The program has been handed over to Dana Buzzerio who is no stranger to the position. She has been in the program for eight years. The first four of those were as head coach with McInteer her assistant. The two then flipped positions.

“We think a like and have always been on the same page so not much will change,” Buzzerio says. “We just have a lot of new players this year.”

Buzzerio’s daughter Meghan was the Inland Valley Player of the Year last fall as a senior. Another daughter, Courtney, will be the starting setter this year. The entire family has been active on the club scene for the last 10 years as well.

McInteer also had to step down from her duties as a club coach and says she will miss the sport.

“It has been part of my life for a long time but I’m leaving the program in good hands,” she said.

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Diamond Bar football looks to regroup after tough season

Last year was a learning one for Marcus Hughes, who had just taken the helm of the Diamond Bar football program. It’s hard enough to come into a program new. Try coming in when you’re from another part of the country.

So the New York native comes into this season feeling a whole lot more comfortable.

Last year the Brahmas were also hit with some key injuries late in the season, many of those to skill position players.

“We’re light years ahead of where we were last year,” Hughes says. “Just having a whole off-season has been huge. “The learning curve when you’re from the outside is much steeper than people think.”

Much of the cast that contributed to last year’s 3-7 showing has graduated so this will be a young Brahma squad.

Hughes thinks the strength of this team will be in the offensive line which is led by senior David Omana, a three-year starter who is drawing some looks from smaller Division I colleges. Junior Bryan Kwon has moved from guard to center and will also be counted on heavily.

Junior Grant Mestas is the newcomer at quarterback. He directed the junior varsity team a year ago but did get some playing time on varsity late last season when starter Tyler Peterson was injured.

The entire backfield will be new. Hughes is looking at senior Dimaggio Rico, used primarily as a cornerback and return specialist, to shoulder much of the load.

The wide receiving core is also unproven but Hughes likes the potential. Top players there are sophomore Koby Duru, who is up from the freshman team, and junior J.C. Holmes, up from the junior varsity.

Top athletes on defense should include senior linebacker Connor Donohue, senior lineman Blake Goodman, who has made a transition from fullback, senior defensive end Andrew Gomez and defensive back Christian Kim.

A couple of sophomores are in pivotal positions on defense with Hughes singling out sophomores Ryan Vargas and Wayne Schuster who will be in the linebacking spots with Schuster a converted quarterback.

Hughes has taken over offensive coordinator duties and is changing up the offense. He will be looking to emphasize the run a bit more.

“Last year I took what I had been used to and tried to combine that with what they were used to here and it never really worked,” he said. “We as a coaching staff down and put thought into what was the best fit for our personnel.”

There is also a change defense as J.D. Thompson and Eddie Hernandez will coordinate that side of the ball. Hernandez was on staff last year as a line coach while Thompson is a new addition.

The Brahmas open the season on Friday against Duarte, which is coming off a 2-8 showing in 2014.

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Rancho Cucamonga volleyball looks to regain league title

Kylie Miller unleashes a shot in match last year against Los Osos.

Last year Chino Hills came into the Baseline and swiped away the league title the Cougars had won the previous year.

Well it’s a new season and Rancho Cucamonga looks like it is poised to that that crown back, with Chino Hills and St. Lucy’s looking like the most formidable foes.

Coach Aaron Flores is back at the helm after a year away in which he served a an assistant at Division I UC Irvine.

Senior Kylie Miller, who committed to UCLA as a sophomore, will lead the way. The most versatile player in the Inland Valley tallied 288 kills, 225 digs, 71 service aces and 27 total blocks. She divided time between and setting but this year will be used as an outside hitter with junior Mary Bagshaw, who transferred from Bonita last year assuming setting duties full time.

“This is going to be a great year for her,” Flores said. “Playing just hitter will also allow her to focus more on defense and passing which is a little tougher when you’re setting.”

The other reason for such optimism is the cast of players around Miller. Last year Karson Bacon burst on the scene as a freshman and notched 147 kills and a team-high 43 blocks. She has grown a bit and now stands 6-4 and Flores says she is drawing the same interest Miller did two years ago.

Other key returning players are junior outside hitters Sydney Culpepper and Bria Beale who combined for 395 kills last year. Last year Beale injured an ankle right before the playoffs which was a major blow to the team’s postseason hopes and the Cougars suffered a second round loss to Hart.

“This is the best team the school has ever had,” Flores says boldly. “We have a lot of potential and I am very excited.”

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Chino Hills, Ayala battle in rivalry game for season opener

VIDEO: Chino Hills football coach Matt Bechtel talks about the rivalry game against Ayala.

When Chino Hills was dispatched from the Sierra to the Baseline League last year, so went the rivalry between Ayala and Chino Hills separated by just 4.3 miles.

But the teams will square off in the season opener for both at 7 p.m. Friday at Ayala.

Chino Hills is coming off a second-place finish last year in the Baseline, the lone team finishing in front of it being Upland. The Huskies finished 8-3 overall, with a first-round playoff loss to Temecula Great Oak.

Meanwhile, Ayala is coming off a 6-4 regular season in which it was tied for third in the Palomares but missed out on the playoffs because of a tiebreaker.

The Huskies hold an 8-3 lead in the series and Ayala hasn’t won the rivalry game since 2008. Here’s how the previous games between the two have played out.

2014 – Did not play
2013 – Chino Hills 52, Ayala 28
2012 – Chino Hills 49, Ayala 34
2011 – Chino Hills 40, Ayala 17
2010 – Chino Hills 36, Ayala 8
2009 – Chino Hills 14, Ayala 7
2008 – Ayala 18, Chino Hills 17
2007 – Ayala 19, Chino Hills 10
2006 – Chino Hills 42, Ayala 21
2005 – Chino Hills 20, Ayala 7
2004 – Chino Hills 21, Ayala 16
2003 – Ayala 21, Chino Hills 17

VIDEO: Ayala coach Randy Reams talks about rivalry game against Chino Hills

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Damien’s Bryce Peters overwhelmed with college options

Damien High School senior Bryce Peters admits he has been caught a little off guard by the college recruiting process. He got his first offer as a freshman and it was from UTEP. By the end of his sophomore year he had nine.

But now the Spartans standout has more than 20. Chalk that up to a good showing in travel ball as well as Damien’s run to the Division 3 state championships earlier this spring.

“It has just kind of exploded,” he said. “I am thankful for the opportunities but it has been a little overwhelming at time. My phone is blowing up and it seems like every week there is a new school calling me.”

Peters has gotten a lot of help through the process from his parents, as well uncles Tracy and Cameron Murray.

Peters, a first-team All-Inland Valley and Baseline League selection, has cut his list to six schools – UNLV, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Kansas State and Division I newcomer Grand Canyon.

He has visited Wyoming and Utah and will travel to UNLV next week while Colorado is on the schedule for Sept. 10. He has yet to schedule Kansas State but plans to do so.

He has had unofficial trips to others including USC and Pepperdine and looked around at Cal when the Spartans where there to play in the state title game in March.

He plans to major in architecture so that will play a major role in his decision.

He would also like to play in a program where hard-nosed defense is a focal point.

“I know what hard-nosed, tough defense is,” he said. “You play as much basketball as most college players have and everyone can score. But not everyone can go out there and play great defense.”

As to the rumors that Peters was considering transferring to Findlay Prep in Las Vegas? Well they were true. But Peters decided to stay put, mainly because it his senior year and the talks he had with Mike LeDuc, who replaced Matt Dunn who accepted the same position at St. John Bosco.

With the core of the Spartans title-winning team having graduated, Peters looms as the marquee player.

“If it wasn’t my senior year I probably would have done it,” he said. “But everything works out and I’m excited about this coming season. People are underestimating us because of the players we lost, but we’ll be ready.”

 

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Pomona Catholic volleyball team competing in Hawaii

The Pomona Catholic volleyball team has quite the road trip to start the new season. The Pacers are currently in Hawaii competing in the Kamehameha Schools Maui Invitational.

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The event is pool play, followed by an elimination bracket and coach Randy Bohlmann says his team will get at least matches, possible nine.

The competition is still and Bolmann’s team is young. He is also playing without his best player as Deanna Seno is currently sidelined with a dislocated shoulder.

The matches don’t count in the Pacers record so there is nothing to lose.

“This will give us a chance to try some different lineups and experiment,” Bohlmann said. “We’re probably going to take some lumps but it’s a learning process.”

The Pacers won a CIF title in Division 5AA two years ago but went just 14-15 last year, moving up to a tougher league and a tougher Division in 4AA.

Bohlmann singled out the play of sophomore middle-opposite Franki Piloti, senior middle blocker Jeannie Church and sophomore outside hitter Jazlyn Dizon.

It is the third time Bohlmann has taken a team to Hawaii so he is a veteran at mastering the ins and outs that come with such an excursion. So yes the team has had time for some fun adventures such as zip-lining and snorkeling.

“It definitely helps with team bonding too,” he said. “It’s nice to do things away from the court instead of only spending time together when it comes to matches and practice.”

The Pacers get the season underway for real at the Gladstone Tournament which begins Sept. 2

 

 

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Los Osos grad Paige Halstead part of winning USA team

Los Osos High School graduate Paige Halstead was part of the U.S. Junior National team which won the Gold medal at the WBSC Junior Women’s World Championship today at Oklahoma City.

The USA team went 9-0 in the event, defeating Japan 8-1 in the championships game.

The American team was never really challenged with the other wins coming over Chinese Taipei 10-0, Italy 20-0, Australia 6-1, Brazil 16-0, Puerto Rico 7-2, Mexico 16-0, Czech Republic 7-0, Canada 14-2 and Japan 14-2.

Halstead, a catcher, played in four games and went 4-for-8 with a double, five RBI and four runs scored.

Halstead will be headed to UCLA for her freshman year later this month.

 

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Etiwanda’s Treyjohn Butler his has priorities straight

VIDEO: Treyjohn Butler talks about his decision.

Etiwanda High School defensive back Treyjohn Butler clearly gets it.

Most high school athletes can’t wait to be wined and dined by prospective colleges and most have visions of playing professionally dancing in their heads.

Butler, who plans to major in mechanical engineering,  knows that latter opportunity comes for only a chosen few. One of the reasons he decided on Stanford is the academic success for which the school is noted. After making public his decision to sign with that Pac 12 school, he talked about his discussions with the professors in the engineering department as much as those with the coaches.

Not that the other schools he was considering aren’t solid academic institutions, but you can’t go wrong with a degree from Stanford.

He also said he was turned off by one school’s constant barrage of negative comments about his eventual choice. He appreciated the way Stanford stayed the course and talked only about what it had to offer not where it thought some other school came up short.

So yes, this young man gets it.

Etiwanda coach Kevin Davis asked Butler to address the gathering of 400 or so made up largely of fellow football players and classmates. Butler’s advice was to not waste a minute and take advantage of every minute, every practice, every game.

He also says he has been overwhelmed by the number of younger student-athletes who have reached out to him on social media asking his advice on the pressure and obstacles that come with being a high profile athlete.

He says he is open to sharing his experience because he wondered a lot of the same things when he was in their place.

These “kids announcing their decisions” stories can get monotonous. You ask the same questions, write pretty much the same story, inserting the name of whatever school.

But I found this one a breath of fresh air.

 

 

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