Ontario Christian soccer coach wins 300th game

Ontario Christian boys soccer coach Len Fakkema won his 300th career game on Tuesday, an 8-0 victory over Aquinas. This is Fakkema’s 11th year at Ontario Christian, where he has earned 164 of his wins. He began his soccer coaching career in 1993 by starting the program at Lynden Christian in Lynden, Wash.

Fakkema said he only informed his team captains of the approaching milestone, but the captains shared the news with the rest of the team after win No. 299 on Friday.

“I didn’t think about it until the beginning of the season and figured I’d better total it up because this could be the year,” Fakkema said. “It’s quite an accomplishment.”

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All-CIF football selections: East Valley Division

Offensive Player of the Year: Tyler Stewart, Sierra Canyon, 12, QB.
Defensive Player of the Year: Brian Tucker, Sierra Canyon, 11 LB
Coach of the Year: Jon Ellinghouse, Sierra Canyon

Running back:
Xavier Menifield, Sierra Canyon, 11
Ryan Davis, Paraclete, 12
Brandon Gonzalez, Bishop Diego, 12
Jacob Taylor, Rim of the World, 11
Mike Salas, Ontario Christian, 12.
Nolan Tisdale, Bishop Diego, 12.
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All-Ambassador League football team

Player of the Year – Offense: Michael Salas, Sr., Ontario Christian
Player of the Year – Defense: Caleb McClure, Sr., Ontario Christian
Coach of the Year: Scott Hurst – Ontario Christian

Craig Bruinsma, Jr., Ontario Christian
Christian Dirksen, Jr., Ontario Christian
Caleb McClure, Sr., Ontario Christian
Michael Salas, Sr., Ontario Christian
T.J. Spykstra, Jr., Ontario Christian
Josh Tampio, Jr., Ontario Christian
Mark Urtz, Sr., Ontario Christian
Richard Anhaueser, Sr., Aquinas
Romero Flores, Jr., Aquinas
Burrell Handy, Sr., Aquinas
Frank Klementich, Sr., Aquinas
Drew Ybarra, Sr., Aquinas
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OCHS not exhausting itself on the way to league title

Small school football doesn’t present coaches with many options. Ontario Christian’s Scott Hurst uses all of his.

There are 27 players on the roster. None play offense and defense.

“When you have a guy play both ways there is someone behind him who may be a little bit of a drop- off,” Hurst said. “But if you let one guy play each position, he really takes ownership of it. And you don’t have to worry about the fatigue.”

Whatever Hurst is doing in his first season at Ontario Christian, a school with an enrollment of 510 students, it’s working.
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Ambassador League could return to familiarity

The name of the league wasn’t the only unfamiliar thing last season for the Ontario Christian and Aquinas high school football teams. After the schools played each other for a league championship six consecutive years, Ontario Christian was on the outside looking in at the new-look Ambassador League title race last season.

Aquinas, however, ended the season in a position it knows all too well. Coming off its fourth consecutive league title, the Falcons (4-1) enter league play tonight with the best record of any league team.

Five games into what it hopes will be a return to league title contention, an Ontario Christian team coming off a third-place finish that left it out of the playoffs last season is has shown plenty of signs under first-year head coach Scott Hurst that it is ready to return to familiarity.

“I believe we’ve played the toughest schedule of any team in the league through five games,” Hurst said. “But I still think Aquinas is the team to beat. Until somebody knocks them off, they’re the champions.”
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All-Ambassador League baseball team

Player of the Year: Michael Fagan, Linfield Christian
Pitcher of the Year: Trevor Oaks, Woodcrest Christian
Coach of the Year: Glen Prater, Woodcrest Christian

First team
Mickey Chupek, Jr., Woodcrest Christian
John Davis, Jr., Woodcrest Christian
Caleb Dirks, Sr., Woodcrest Christian
Edwin Gibbs, Jr., Woodcrest Christian
Trevor Oaks, Sr., Woodcrest Christian
Parker Strebel, Jr., Woodcrest Christian
Clint Hibma, Sr., Ontario Christian
Jordyn McMath, Jr., Ontario Christian
Alex Bush, Jr., Linfield Christian
Zach Cope, Jr., Linfield Christian
Michael Fagan, Sr., Linfield Christian
Sean Egan, Sr., Arrowhead Christian
Christien Pena, Sr., Arrowhead Christian
Brock Dudley, Sr., Calvary Murrieta
Jonathan Ruiz, Sr., Aquinas
Mark McMahon, Sr., Western Christian
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All-Ambassador League softball team

Player of the Year: Danielle Vega, Jr., Infielder, Aquinas
Pitcher of the Year: Cecily Ruiz, Fr., Aquinas
Coach of the Year: Chris Ybarra, Aquinas

First team
Chelsea Casas, Jr., Aquinas
Heaven Murguia, So., Aquinas
Cecily Ruiz, Fr., Aquinas
Corrina Smith, Jr., Aquinas
Jessica Valenzuela, So., Aquinas
Danielle Vega, Jr., Aquinas
Kayla Hatch, Jr., Calvary Murrieta
Julia Howell, Sr., Calvary Murrieta
Loryn Nichols, Jr., Calvary Murrieta
Mackenzie Hammar, Fr., Woodcrest Christian
Brooke Uribe, Jr., Woodcrest Christian
Mackenzie Magro, Jr., Arrowhead Christian
Sarah Stromwall, Sr., Arrowhead Christian
Jasmine Lara, Sr., Western Christian
Breezy Bernard, Sr., Linfield Christian
Taylor Lott, Sr., Ontario Christian
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Western Christian hires coach away from Whittier Christian

Western Christian hired Kevin Oberlander as its new head football coach Wednesday after Scotty Kirkpatrick stepped down following the 2010 season. Oberlander has served as quarterback coach and assistant offensive coordinator the last three years for a La Habra Whittier Christian program that reached the CIF-SS Mid-Valley finals last season and the semifinals in 2009.

Western Christian compiled a 4-16 record the past two seasons under Kirkpatrick, who stepped down to spend more time with his family. Whittier Christian’s record over the past two years is a combined 21-6.

Oberlander is a native of Atwater and played at Trinity University, an NAIA school outside of Chicago, where he coached after a stint playing arena football in Omaha, Neb. Oberlander’s wife graduated from Western Christian in 2002.

“For a young coach, he brings a lot of experience from the college level to his most recent experience at Whittier Christian High School.” Western Christian athletic director Nick Karavedas said. “Coach Oberlander understands that building a quality football program begins with building quality young men. We’re excited about what he brings and for the future of Western Christian football.”

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After CIF run in ’09, OCHS ‘a long shot’ to make playoffs

Ontario Christian High School football coach Laing Stevens doesn’t think he’ll have a difficult time keeping his team from feeling overconfident the final two games of the season. Starting the year with six losses in seven games can have that effect.

A year after reaching the CIF-SS East Valley Division championship game Ontario Christian began the 2010 season 1-6 before winning its first Ambassador League game Friday, a 36-7 defeat of Western Christian.

“We had a dry spell and we won a game but I don’t think there’s any reason for us to get cocky,” Stevens said. “We played a hard schedule this year but that wasn’t a 1-6 schedule. There’s probably not a team we played other than Whittier Christian that we couldn’t play with.”
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