So Cal Prep Legends Team of Year nominees announced

The Southern California Newspaper Group has announced its finalist for Team of the Year.

Here is the link to a rundown on each of the finalists.

Each of the publications in the SCNG nominated a team or individual for each category. The Daily Bulletin’s submission in this category was a no-brainer. It’s the undefeated and No. 1 Chino Chino Hills boys basketball team.

Among the other categories are Male and Female Athlete of Year as Well as Scholar Athlete of Year, Coach of Year, Game of Year, Performance of Year and Inspirational Story of Year.

Stay tuned for news on the others.

 

 

 

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Chino Hills basketball players share national honor

Chino HIlls High School's LaMelo Ball, right, drives to the basket as Mater Dei High School's MJ Cage defends during the CIF Open Division semifinals on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 in Chino, Ca. (Micah Escamilla/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

Many have had a hard time trying to decide which of the Chino Hills freshman basketball standouts have had the bigger impact – center Onyeka Okongwu or guard  LaMelo Ball.

Well MaxPreps couldn’t decide either and has named the two Co-Freshman Players of the Year. It is quite an honor given that five players were chosen to the first team nationwide and two come from the same team.

Here is the link to the MaxPreps rundown on those chosen.

 

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Honors continue to roll in for Chino Hills basketball players

 

Chino Hills' Lonzo Ball has been chosen as the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin's boys basketball Player of the Year.   (Will Lester/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

Chino Hills’ Lonzo Ball has been chosen as the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin’s boys basketball Player of the Year. (Will Lester/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

The storybook season for the Chino Hills boys basketball team, continues to lands its players individual accolades.

Senior guard Lonzo Ball, who has already garnered four national player of the year and a state player of the year awards, has been named Mr. California Basketball by CalHi Sports. He averaged a tripled double – 23.9 points, 11.3 rebounds and 11.5 assists, adding in 5.1 steals and 2 blocks a game.

He is the first state player of the year from the Inland Empire since current San Antonio Spurs standout Kawhi Leonard (Riverside Martin Luther King) in 2009. If you consider the San Gabriel Valley as part of the greater Inland Empire region along the 60-71 corridor, Ball joins Corey Benjamin (Fontana ’96) Casey Jacobsen (Glendora ’99) and Scott Williams (Hacienda Heights Wilson ’86) as winners of the state’s most prestigious honor from the vast region in the last 30 years.

In addition, CalHisSports named 6-foot-9 center Onyeka Okongwu the state freshman of the year. He averaged 7.9 points and 8.2 rebounds but upped that to 11 points, 9 rebounds and 7.4 blocks in the playoffs. His defensive presence was also evident in the number of shots he affected in the paint.

Here is the link to CalHi Sports players of year and link to overall player of year for those who want more information to see complete list of players honored.

Lonzo’s younger brother LiAngelo got recognition elsewhere. He was named second team “Junior Class” All-American by MaxPreps which picks All-American teams for each of four classes. He averaged a team-high 27.4 points with a best of 41 against High Point Christian (N.C.)

Here is link to that list of honorees.

 

 

 

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Baseline League honors: Boys basketball

Chino Hills High School’s Lonzo Ball, left, drives up the court as Bishop Montgomery High School’s Ethan Thompson defends during a CIF Open Division State Regional Final at Walter Pyramid on Saturday, March 19, 2016 in Long Beach, Ca. (Micah Escamilla/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

MVP: Lonzo Ball, Sr., G, Chino Hills

First team
LaMelo Ball, Fr., Chino Hills
LiAngelo Ball, Jr., Chino Hills
Garrett Carter, Sr., Etiwanda
Tian Daniels, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
Dion Hamilton, Sr., Los Osos
Miles Oliver, Jr., Etiwanda
Bryce Peters, Sr., Damien
Elizjah Scott, Jr., Chino Hills
Isaiah White, Sr, Damien
Nate Williams, Sr., Upland

Second team
Kessler Edwards, Soph., Etiwanda
Justin Hemsley, Jr., Damien
Shane Johnson, Jr., Los Osos
Darren Jones, Fr., Upland
Kyle Lounsbury, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
Elijah McCullough, Soph., Damien
Onyeka Okongwu, Fr., Chino Hills
Liam Ryan, Sr., Damien
Cameron Shelton, Soph., Chino Hills
Krystian Wilson, Soph., Etiwanda
Kelvin Wright, Soph., Rancho Cucamonga

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Will Chino Hills boys basketball retain No. 1 national ranking?

Well the Chino Hills boys basketball team has done all it can do to secure the mythical national championship.

The Huskies (35-0) put the finishing touch on an undefeated season, beating Concord De La Salle 70-50 to win the Open Division crown on Saturday in Sacramento. Chino Hills was No. 1 in multiple national polls so it wouldn’t be likely they’d fall out of the top spot.

 

Or could they? Here’s the monkey wrench in the dilemma.

There is an event called the Dick’s Sporting Goods National Tournament which starts Thursday in New York and features a field of eight teams, all elite teams that have been part of the national picture all season.

Chino Hills is not playing in that event, through no fault of its own. It is an unsanctioned event and the CIF has never allowed a team from California to compete in it, not even the Mater Dei teams that have been highly ranked.

So will not playing in that event hurt the Huskies? I don’t think it should. The played a difficult schedule and have 11 wins over teams that have been ranked. Mater Dei was a top 10 team and the Huskies beat them by 48 points. So they’re beating good teams handily.

Montverde Academy (Fla) has won the event the last three years and is ranked No. 2 behind Chino Hills in the USA Today poll and is No. 3 in MaxPreps behind the Huskies and Oak Hill (Va.).

Chino Hills beat Montverde in a tournament in Florida so that win should speak volumes. Granted it was a 1-point win back in December but it’s still a head-to-head victory.

Among the other teams in the Dick’s event are Oak Hill, Findlay Prep (Nev.) and St. Benedict’s, all top 10 teams by both MaxPreps and USA Today.

We’ll see how it plays out.

 

 

 

 

 

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Chino Hills’ Lonzo Ball gets third national player of year award

Chino Hills High School’s Lonzo Ball, left, drives up the court as Bishop Montgomery High School’s Ethan Thompson defends during a CIF Open Division State Regional Final at Walter Pyramid on Saturday, March 19, 2016 in Long Beach, Ca. (Micah Escamilla/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

The awards continue to roll in for senior guard Lonzo Ball of Chino Hills.

Ball, who propelled the Huskies to a 35-0 record and No. 1 national ranking, added a third national player of the year award to his resume, being named by USA Today.

Earlier this month the UCLA-signee was named recipient of the Naismith and Wooten awards. He has also been named Gatorade state player of the year.

Ball averaged 23 points, 9.4 rebounds, 9.4 assists, 4.7 steals and 1.9 blocks per game. He had 16 triple-doubles on the season, nearly averaging a triple-double.

In addition, Huskies coach Steve Baik has been named USA Today Coach of the Year, his second national coach of the year accolade.

 

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Chino Hills basketball team forces CIF to alter schedule

The Chino Hills boys basketball team has generated so much buzz the CIF has had to adjust on the fly as the postseason progresses.

After the Huskies (33-0) surged past El Cajon Foothills Christian 82-62 in the Open Division semifinal Tuesday night at Colony, the CIF released a new schedule and plans for the title game on Saturday against Bishop Montgomery at Long Beach State’s Pyramid.

Normally spectators could buy a ticket and it would be good for admission to all games that day. But because of the expected crowd, the venue will be cleared after the 5 p.m. game and another admission charged for  the marquee game featuring the nation’s No. 1 ranked team.

Other games were each bumped an hour to allow organizers time to do that.

Chino Hills High School’s Elijah Scott, top, dunks over Foothills Christian High School’s Luis Salgado, left, and Jordan Starr during a Southern California Regional semifinal basketball game on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at Colony High School in Ontario, Ca. Chino Hills won the game 82-62. (Micah Escamilla/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

When announced most saw that as cha-ching, cha-ching let the cash register ring as the CIF stands to profit big time from another admission. Tickets are $16 for adults, $ for students and senior citizens and probably 5,000 can be crammed into the The Pyramid. Do the math.

But CIF spokesman Thom Simmons said it was more a matter of being able to accommodate fans from the schools in that last game, with a strong likelihood that people from the earlier games wouldn’t leave, meaning there would be little room left for those wanting to just see the final game and the ones that did get in would likely have to settle for lesser seats. That was the case last week at the Honda Center when Chino Hills also highlighted the bill.

Complicating matters, there are two schools from Long Beach playing earlier in the day so those games should also draw well.

Chino Hills’ Lonzo Ball (#2), drives to the basket against Immanuel High School during the frist half of Friday’s CIF-SS Open Division State Playoff game at Chin Hills High Schoolin Chino Hills , Ca, Friday, March 11, 2016. (Photo by John Valenzuela/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

“There have been times we didn’t draw 4,000 the entire day,” Simmons said. “That was one of the reasons we went from a bigger venue to the smaller one in the first place. “We’re dealing with something we have never had to deal with before and it’s a good problem to have.”

Simmons said the bigger venues the event has been held in have included Galen Center, The Forum, Long Beach Arena and Citizen’s Business Bank Arena in Ontario.

The contract with the Pyramid is up after this year and Simmons said the CIF would likely discuss all options. Chino Hills graduates only one player. Granted it’s Lonzo Ball. But they Huskies should still be very good so the level of interest in the team should remain high.

“I don’t think they’re going to drop of that much,” Simmons said. “They’re still going to be very good.”

Simmons says in his two decades he has never seen a team generate this much buzz so the CIF has had to take unprecedented measures.

Tickets are on sale at both schools and a limited number are available on line at www.LongBeachState.com/CIF. Once those tickets are sold out a limited number of “standing-room only” tickets will be available, also on line.

 

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Lonzo Ball lands a second national player of year honor

Chino Hills boys basketball coach Steve Baik has said all along he believes he has the best player in the country in senior point guard Lonzo Ball. Well a lot of experts agree.
The UCLA-bound senior picked up his second national player of the year award on Thursday when he was named Naismith High School Player of the Year by the Atlanta Tip-Off Club.
Chino Hills High School's Lonzo Ball dunks against Mater Dei High School during the CIF Open Division semifinals on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 in Chino, Ca. (Micah Escamilla/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

That comes one day after he was selected the 2016 Morgan Wootten National Player of the Year.

“It’s a great honor,” Ball said. “Right now I am just focused on the team and winning, I think when the season is over all of those other things will sink in.”

Ball has been the catalyst of a Huskies team that is 31-0 and ranked No. 1 in multiple national polls. Chino Hills won its first Southern Section Open Division championship last Saturday at the Honda Center defeating Sierra Canyon, ranked sixth nationally, 103-85. Ball tallied 20 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists in that game, making for an unprecedented 15th triple-double of the season.

On the season he is averaging 24 points, 13 rebounds and 11.7 assists. Averaging double figures in three categories was his goal going into the season.

“That was something I really wanted to do because I just missed it last year,” he said. “I knew I had a good team around me so it was possible.”

Making the individual honors all the more rewarding is that it comes in a year when he is playing with his two brothers as well as teammates to whom he is close.

“The chemistry is there and we all really like playing together,” he said. “I definitely couldn’t do it without them.”

The Huskies begin the state portion of the playoffs tonight hosting Immanuel at 7 p.m.

The team success has also earned recognition for Baik has been named Naismith High School Boys Coach of the Year.

The Huskies have topped 100 points in 17 games this season and outscored the opposition in the Southern Section playoffs by an average margin of 34.5 points per game.

The winners were decided by a select group of journalists around the nation based on outstanding coaching performances during the 2015-2016 high school basketball season.

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Chino Hills coach Steve Baik selected national coach of year

Chino Hills head coach Steve Baik talks to his players during a break in the action at Spalding Hoophall Classic (Photo: David Butler II, USA TODAY Sports)

Chino Hills boys basketball coach Steve Baik and St. Mary’s (Stockton, Calif.) girls basketball coach Tom Gonsalves were named the Naismith High School Coaches of the Year on Wednesday by the Atlanta Tipoff Club.

Baik led Chino Hills (31-0) to the No. 1 ranking in multiple national polls as well as the school’s first CIF Southern Section Open Division championship. Chino Hills topped 100 points in 17 games this season and outscored the opposition in the Southern Section playoffs by an average margin of 34.5 points per game.

“I am truly humbled and incredibly honored to be selected for the prestigious Naismith Award,” Baik said in a statement. “This award is really about all of the amazing people in my life that have given me so much, from my wife and sons, who have sacrificed so much for me to pour into my players, to all of my past and present coaches and players, who have given their very best effort on the court.”

The winners were decided by a select group of journalists around the nation based on outstanding coaching performances during the 2015-2016 high school basketball season.

RELATED: Naismith boys All-America teams

RELATED: Naismith girls All-America teams

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Chino Hills’ Lonzo Ball lands national honor

Chino Hills senior Lonzo Ball led his Huskies to the MaxPreps Holiday Classic Open Division title and MVP honors after a 96-80 defeat of Redondo Union. (Photo: David Hood, MaxPreps.com)

Chino Hills High School senior point guard Lonzo Ball has been named 2016 Morgan Wootten National Player of the Year.

Ball, a UCLA signee who is ranked No. 1 overall among point guards in the ESPN 100, recently led the Huskies to their first Southern Section Open Division crown after a 105-83 thrashing of Sierra Canyon Chino Hills (31-0) is the top ranked team in the USA Today Super 25.

“Words cannot express how honored I am to be chosen as the 2016 McDonald’s All American Games Player of the Year,” said Ball, who scored 20 points, snagged 17 rebounds and dished out 10 assists in the win over Sierra Canyon. “This honor is shared by so many people in my life. I have great coaches, I’ve played with great teammates, I have a family that believes in me, and I have fun playing basketball every day. There have been so many basketball successes along the way, but this one is definitely one of my greatest achievements.”

Ball will be honored during the McDonald’s All-American Game on March 29 in Chicago.

 

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