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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All-Baseline League girls’ volleyball

Team champion – Rancho Cucamonga
MVP – Kylie Miller, Soph., Rancho Cucamonga

First team
Vanessa Aguillard, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
Sarah Dixon, Jr., Los Osos
Samantha Frost, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga
Cynthia Giron, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
Ashley Kaylor, Sr., Los Osos
Becca Lowden, Jr., Glendora
Lauren Nicholson, Sr., Upland
Aeryn Owens, Jr., Alta Loma
Kristen Sanchez, Jr., Alta Loma
Ashten Smith-Gooden, Sr., Los Osos

Second team
Breia Beale, Fr., Rancho Cucamonga
Danica Durdines, Sr., Los Osos
Breanna Golsch, Alta Loma, Jr.
Kerrigan Hect, Sr., Los Osos
Alyssa Herrera, Jr., Etiwanda
Christa Letourneau, Sr., Glendora
Erin Napolean, Sr., Etiwanda
Alyssa Ybanez, Sr., Los Osos
Calista Papakalos, Sr. Upland

Honorable mention – Alex Campos, Upland; Dana Chaney, Upland’ Kayla Fulton, Etiwanda; Delaney Goodrich, Los Osos; Olivia Habern, Glendora; Derrica Johnson, Etiwanda; Ashley Mickey, Alta Loma; Maddie Neely, Glendora; Gabrielle Oddo, Alta Loma; Courtney Patron, Rancho Cucamonga; Kyriaki Tsigkounis, Rancho Cucamonga.

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Baseline League boys water polo All-League

 

 

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Team champion – Los Osos
Most Valuable Player – Jared Strong, Sr., Los Osos

First team
Ben Andres, Sr., Los Osos
Ryan Beyer, Sr., Glendora
Josiah Gordan, Sr., Etiwanda
Tommy Halverson, Jr., Los Osos
Johnny Perez, Sr., Upland
Drake Santos, Sr., Los Osos
Hunter Schoeller, Fr., Rancho Cucamonga
Austin Stewart, Jr., Los Osos
Josh Vega, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga

Second team

Luke Andres, Soph., Los Osos
Corey Brooks, Sr., Los Osos
Zack Fevrara, Sr., Glendora
Vince Gudenau, Sr., Los Osos
Conner Pause, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga
Parker Schrich, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
Trevor Smith, Sr., Etiwanda
Andrew Torres, Jr., Upland
Ty Williams, Jr., Los Osos

Honorable mention – Rider Beyer, Glendora; Brody Coulter, Upland; Bryce Furukawa, Etiwanda; Joseph Galgani, Los Osos; Matthew Graham, Upland; Dawson Hartwig, Etiwanda; Shane Holt, Rancho Cucamonga; Austin McMillin, Rancho Cucamonga; Daniel Renteria, Glendora; Jordan Scott, Los Osos

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Football communities come together to help injured Santiago player

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A week ago Corona Santiago senior Jordan Walker was injured while making a routine tackle in a quarterfinal playoff loss to Upland. He sustained severe neck and spinal cord trauma and has remained in the hospital in critical condition.

The football community came together in honor of the fallen player Friday night. That Upland team was on the field again, this time taking on Corona Centennial. The Santiago team, including coach Jeff Steinberg, were in attendance, as were several other students and parents and followers of the Sharks program.

After the Huskies and Highlanders went through their warmups, they retreated to the locker room for a few minutes then came back and gathered at midfield, along with the Santiago team.

Steinberg addressed the crowd, then the teams took a knee for a prayer and a momentum of silence. It was a touching moment,

Members of the Upland booster club took up a collection that will go to the player’s family for medical expenses. They had almost $2,000 before the game even started. They final tally was $5,000.

Upland coach Tim Salter was not surprised.

“I know this community and it comes together for a good cause so I’m not surprised. “There are a lot of people out there thinking that could have been their kid.”

Donations can also be made in the players’ name through the websight Be Perfect Foundation.com. All the proceeds will go toward the player.

Upland and Corona Centennial players gathered, at midfield prior to their CIF semifinal game Friday night November 29, 2013, along with players from Corona Santiago at Upland High School, for Corona Santiago player Jordan Walker who suffered a serious spinal cord injury against Upland last week, all the players wore #55, Walker's number, on their helmets    (Will Lester/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

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Four more locals decide on colleges

Two local volleyball standouts have signed with Division I University of Montana. That duo consist of 6-foot-2 middle blocker Brianna Gardner of Alta Loma and Rachel DeArman of Colony.

Gardner helped the Braves to a third-place showing in the Baseline League, but more importantly a pair of wins in the playoffs. She tallied 86 kills and 31 blocks.

DeArman, a 5-9 setter and opposite hitter, helped Colony to second-place in the Mt. Baldy League.

In soccer, two  standouts from Rancho Cucamonga are headed to the same institution. Defender Sandralee DeVille and midfielder Serafina Robles will both attend NAIA University of Great Falls in Montana.

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Upland baseball player decides on Cal Poly SLO

Right-handed pitcher Michael Gomez of Upland High School is among the eight players signed by the baseball program at Division I Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder earned second-team All-Baseline League honors as a junior under head coach Mike Alonso.

Upland was 16-10 in 2013, finishing tied for third place in the Baseline League and qualifying for the CIF-Southern Section playoffs.

Last summer, Gomez participated in the Area Code Games and he has played summer ball for the San Gabriel Valley Arsenal.

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Rancho Cucamonga player sets school record

Senior libero Cynthia Giron of Rancho Cucamonga set a career record for digs with 539. That breaks the old mark of Jordan Ortega who had 491
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Giron actually broke the mark in the Cougars first playoff match against West Covina, then added to it with the second round and quarterfinal matches.

“She was a very big part of our success,” Cougars coach Aaron Flores said. “I don’t know where we would have been without her.”

Giron ranks 14th in all the Southern Section, averaging 6.1 digs per set.

Ortega, who graduated in 2010, now plays at nationally ranked Division II Cal State San Bernardino.

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The Wright catalyst for Upland

It was quite the closing act for Upland senior wide receiver Trevor Wright.

He didn’t just have a good night in the Highlanders 24-6 Baseline League upset of Rancho Cucamonga. He had a great night when coach Tim Salter needed him most.

Wright and fellow receiver Marquis Wimberly were called on to play defensive back too because starting DBs Joseph Ayala and Jeff Farrar were two of the three players suspended by the CIF on Thursday because of an altercation in the game against Etiwanda last week.

He hadn’t played there at all this year, although he did start every game there last year as a junior. Well his name was called all night. He was part of the reason the Cougars scored only six points all night.

On offense he had five catches for 73 yards, including a 20-yard reception in the first quarter for the games first score. He also had a 33-yard catch in the third quarter that set up a Luke Van Ginkle field goal that made it 17-6.

For good measure he threw a touchdown pass to quarterback Tyler Hilinski on a trick play that rounded out the scoring.

Earlier this fall Salter said he was surprised Wright hadn’t drawn more interest from Division I schools – maybe because he’s just 5-10 and he’s not blessed with blazing speed. But he does everything right. College scouts just need to check out that game film and see for themselves.

 

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Smith-Gooden named All-American

 

Senior Ashten-Smith Gooden of Los Osos High School has been named to the 2013 Under Armour High School All-American team.

The 6-foot-2 outside hitter who is headed to Cal, is hitting for an impressive .482 perentage, ranking her sixth in the Southern Section in that category. She has 382 kills, an average of 5.5 per game.

She also has 76 total blocks, 160 digs and 13 service aces.

The Under Armour team consists of 90 players from 33 states, with a 45-player first team and  45-player second team. Each player on the First Team will be invited to play in the Under Armour All-America Volleyball Match & Skills Competition at Key Arena on Dec. 20 in Seattle, Wash., in conjunction with the 2013 AVCA convention.

Requirements for nomination were that the student-athlete be in her senior year of high school, that she be nominated by her high school coach, that her coach be a member of the AVCA and that her individual season statistics versus all opponents for the entire season be entered into MaxPreps, a free service that aggregates and distributes data on high school sports.

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Cougar win marks changing of the guard

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Before the season started most people thought when it came to prep volleyball it was Los Osos, then everyone else. In fact, that’s exactly how one coach put it.

Well that turned out not to be the case as Rancho Cucamonga was the team that marched through Baseline League play unscathed. Well they have two matches left but those are just a formality.

The Cougars beat their rival twice – 3-0 and 3-1. Both were convincing.

Player for player Rancho didn’t measure up but the Cougars made up for that with all the other intangibles it takes to make a great team. Kylie Miller is just a great all-around player. She can hit, she sets, she can pass. And she has a serve that is nearly impossible to return. She has a solid cast around her too.

For Los Osos this will be a gut check. The Grizzlies will still make the playoffs and they will, no doubt, be a very formidable foe. They had won the last three titles before being dethroned. Sometimes you can win so much you can get complacent. And they do have probably the best player in the area in Ashten Smith-Gooden.  They’ll be just fine too. But Rancho winning only adds to what is a great rivalry . . . in pretty much every sport.

 

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