Alta Loma atheltics teams thriving in Mt. Baldy League

Most high school sports enthusiasts thought Alta Loma High School was in store for a special season in moving from the tough Baseline League to the Mt. Baldy which is a better fit demographically and from a population standpoint.

Well it has been just that and there is still a long way to go.

The Braves have won league titles in six sports with that run starting back in the fall with titles in girls volleyball and girls tennis. The volleyball team also made it all the way to the state championship match.

This winter the school claimed titles in wrestling, girls basketball, girls water polo and girls soccer. The title in girls basketball was the first in more than three decades in that sport.

The Braves were also second in boys soccer and tied for second in boys basketball.

“We thought we were going to be pretty competitive but we have done even better than we thought we would, especially with our girls sports,” Athletic Director Brett Proctor said. “It has definitely been a fun ride.”

Despite moving to the new league Proctor said it also has been important to maintain the rivalries his teams have developed with its geographic rivals in the Baseline. Rancho Cucamonga has been especially willing to schedule non-league games across the boards.

“That’s important to the kids and the whole community,” Proctor said. “We want to still play those teams as much as we can.”

We’re just hitting playoffs for the winter sports but it will be up the spring sports teams to continue that momentum.

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Alta Loma water polo wins program’s first league title

 

The Alta Loma Braves girls water polo team won its first league championship in the program’s history following a 10-2 victory over Don Lugo in Mt. Baldy League play.

Prior to the season, the Braves had set several goals in mind which included going undefeated in league and winning the Mt. Baldy League title.

While the Braves fell one game short of going undefeated following the loss to Colony, 5-4, on the road, the league title was still in reach.

“As soon as the buzzer rang it felt so good to know we made history. It felt like we were on top of the world and no one could take that from us,” senior Lexy Poveda said. “It was satisfying to know that all our hard work paid off.”

For many of the seniors members, they are able to recall the the growth they have seen from within the program over the last few seasons.

“We were all so happy and excited with how far we have come. From Last season, we have all grown together and become the players that we are,” said senior Raeann Lopez. “I love all the girls to death and a big thank you to coach Kevin (Nesbit) for pushing us to our limits even when we didn’t like it.”

While the only goal for the Braves to accomplish this season is a CIF Title according Nesbit and he believes the only one standing in their way is themselves.

“Our biggest challenge is ourselves and realizing goals can be met with team work,” he said. “This group is the foundation for where we want to go.”

The Braves will wait for the CIF pairings to be announced to determine their first game in the playoffs.

The Braves end the regular season, in which they didn’t have a pool of their own, with an 19-8 overall record and a 9-1 league record.

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Alta Loma’s wrestling and girls water polo remain undefeated in league play

The Alta Loma Braves athletic teams have found its stride in league with both the wrestling team and the girls water polo team undefeated in league play.

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Alta Loma’s Kayla Cobbett commits to University of Great Falls

Alta Loma senior Kayla Cobbett has committed to the University of Great Falls over the winter break, where she will continue her soccer career.

Cobbett, who had offers from other programs, took a visit to UGF back in September.

“I was not really interested in the other (programs),” she said. “I liked that the team (at UGF) felt like a family and that their record is getting better and better each year.”

Cobbett expressed that the team’s recent improvement shows how hard they have been working and it was something she was excited to be a part of.

Cobbett knows what improvements she needs to make to her game to compete for a starting spot at the next level.

“I really hope to (play right away at UGF) but if I do not, I will not be afraid to compete for a spot,” she said. “I plan to improve on a lot especially my strength, speed and decision making.”

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Alta Loma girls soccer season takes a turn for the worse

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Alta Loma senior soccer standout Leah Pruitt was widely considered the top player in the area – hands down.

The Braves (13-4) were ranked No. 1 in Division 5 and looked like they were going to cruise to a CIF title and be a threat in the state portion of the playoffs as well.

But all of that is in jeopardy now as Pruitt sustained a knee injury against Montclair last week that will sideline her six to eight weeks, according to coach Ben Davies.

She sustained the injury against Montclair and missed the next game against Colony which the Braves lost 4-3.

“That’s obviously a big piece of the puzzle and it changes everything.” Davies said. “Now we have to refocus.”

Freshman Ashlyn Favoro will get the bulk of the playing time in Pruitt’s absence.

Making the timing even worse, Pruitt was one goal short of the school’s single scoring record of 37 goals. She had 36, with two already in that game against Montclair.

That injury is a real shame. Pruitt, who has committed to San Diego State, was a great player to watch and I am told by many people, an even better kid.

Now it’s up to Davies to rally his troop.

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Alta Loma’s Brett Proctor gets state award

Long-time Alta Loma High School Athletic Director Brett Proctor has been named state athletic director of the year.

The honor came at a winter meeting of the California State Athletic Director’s Association over the weekend in Reno, Nev.

Proctor started out as girls athletic director in 1992 and was tabbed had of both boys and girls in 2000.

He is the fifth representative from the Foothill-Citrus Athletic Director’s Association to be so honored.

The others were Jim Drake (Upland), Steve Martin (Ayala), Ray Moore (Diamond Bar)  and Toki Ochi (La Puente Bassett).

 

 

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All-Baseline League football honors

Upland High School vs Rancho Cucamonga High School during Friday night football game November 8, 2013 at Upland High School in Upland.LaFonzo Carter/ Staff Photographer

Most Valuable Offensive Player - Trevor Wright, Upland
Most Valuable Defensive Player – Chris Unga, Rancho Cucamonga

First team offense
Ian Borngrebe, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
Chris Brenner, Sr., Los Osos
Durron Burton, Sr., Los Osos
Cristian Casillas, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
Jake Crites, Sr., Etiwanda
Blake Fisher, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
Donnie Greene, Jr., Upland
Tyler Hilinski, Jr., Upland
Marcellus Hunter, Sr., Alta Loma
Aaron Manning, Soph., Rancho Cucamonga
Ben Northrup, Sr., Glendora
Britton Noskof, Sr., Glendora
Kempson Pearce, Soph., Etiwanda
Darryn Ratliff, Sr., Etiwanda
Jesus Soltero, Jr., Alta Loma
Marquis Wimberly, Sr., Upland

First team defense
Treyjohn Butler, Soph., Etiwanda
Ralston Compton, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
Robert Cuevas, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga
Jeff Farrar, Sr., Upland
Ryan DeGuzman, Jr., Glendora
Dillon Fink, Sr., Glendora
Deshawn Fortune, Jr., Etiwanda
Uepi Kaufusi, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga
Mataele Kauvaka, Sr., Upland
Khaylen Kearse-Thomas, Jr., Etiwanda
Zach Lewallen, Jr., Glendora
Artuz Manning, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
Dillon Shiver, Sr., Los Osos
Tacory Spencer, Sr., Etiwanda
Dylan Taylor, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
Carlos Tobar, Sr., Los Osos
Michael West, Sr., Los Osos

Second team offense
Ugo Akams, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
Amrit Atwal, Sr., Alta Loma
Quinn Bechard, Sr., Alta Loma
Zach Berdnik, Sr., Etiwanda
Levi Bruce, Sr., Etiwanda
Kieran Campbell, Jr., Glendora
Ronnie Esther, Sr., Upland
Matt Fink, Soph., Glendora
Jayson Miles, Sr., Alta Loma
Khalil Muhammed, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga
Ryan Padilla, Sr., Glendora
Ethan Pulley, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
Amin Raad, Sr., Glendora
Caleb Repp, Jr., Los Osos
Christian Samarzich, Sr., Upland
Caleb Watkins, Soph., Glendora

Second team defense
Blaine Biemans, Sr., Alta Loma
Xavier Bunch, Sr., Alta Loma
Jacob Contreras, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga
Vincent Elefante, Jr., Upland
Gabriel Espinoza, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga
Tyrell Evans, Sr., Glendora
Colin Grady, Jr., Glendora
Elijah Jones, Jr., Upland
Jacob Jorgenson, Sr., Los Osos
Austin Lomeli, Sr., Upland
Kameron Powell, Jr., Upland
Alan Rios, Sr., Los Osos
Chris Rocha, Sr., Los Osos
Malik Shelton, Sr., Los Osos
Troy Thomas, Jr., Upland
Malik Ware, Sr., Etiwanda
Savion Whitney, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga

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