Chino Hills volleyball team shows promise with tournament win

Chino Hills volleyball coach Andy Farrow wasn’t surprised his team got off to a slow start.

He was appointed late when the previous new coach hired had to back out of the job due to a full-time job commitment. And he only has about half a schedule, the first match coming about two weeks after most other teams played theirs.

But the Huskies have progressed, just in time for Baseline League play.

Chino Hills won the championship of the Ayala Tournament over the weekend despite playing without top player Kenzie Koerber who was making her official visit to the University of Utah to which she had already verbally committed.

The Huskies defeated Corona Santiago 25-20 in the one and only set of the title match. The final had to be limited to that so that the teams wouldn’t surpass the limit of playing 12 sets in a day.

Other big wins in that event came against Claremont, a team to whom they lost a non-league match to their second match of the season, as well as Riverside King.

“It’s a matter of getting to know each other,” Farrow said. “We played a solid six rotations and served well. It was just having more matches to get comfortable.”

Senior outside hitter Alexis Cardoza was named tournament most valuable player while junior setter Brooke Magill and junior libero Reva Blitz also earned All-Tournament honors.

Senior Taylor Johnson and sophomore Raeleen Saunders split time in the front row in place of Koerber while junior Kendra Lim played Koerber’s spot in the back row.

The Huskies, now 11-1, continue league play on Tuesday against Upland.


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Chino Hills volleyball team looking to play catch up

The Chino Hills volleyball team comes into the new season trying to play catch up – literally.

Coach Dana Buzzerio, who had been in the program for eight years, stepped down after last season and Christina Johnson was named her successor. But Johnson had to resign before even coaching the first match because of new job responsibilities in her full-time gig at Cal State San Bernardino.

Enter Andy Farrow, also the assistant for Randy Bohlmann with the very successful Damien boys’ program. He interviewed in July but wasn’t formally approved until this week. So the girls have practiced with an on-campus faculty member looking on.

Farrow has a daughter that went through the program so he was familiar with the school and the program’s history so he is a good choice, albeit a late one.

The Huskies won’t play their first match until Sept. 13 and they will have only two before starting Baseline League play. Farrow was able to pick up a tournament at the end of the season but he is still looking to pickup a tournament or a handful of individual matches.

The light schedule is likely the result of the administrative turnover. Who knows where the ball was dropped. Not only did the Huskies have more than one change in coaches, the school also changed athletic directors.

“We’re going to be two to three months behind every team we’re going to be playing against,” Farrow said. “We just have to do what we can do and tray and get where we need to be by the end of the season.”

The Huskies do have talent. Senior Kenzie Koerber has committed to Utah and senior outside hitter Alexis Cardoza is a returning first team All-Inland Valley selection. That’s a good start.

Farrow will be looking to fill a void at setter as junior Courtney Buzzerio transferred to Orange Lutheran. Farrow said he has four candidates for that spot but he doesn’t have a lot of matches to experiment.

Baseline competition should be tough with Rancho Cucamonga looming as heavy favorite. St. Lucy’s is always in the playoff mix and Los Osos seems much improved. We’ll see how this drama plays out.


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All-CIF selections are out in girls volleyball

Here are the All-CIF selections in girls volleyball for each division released on Monday. Players from teams in the Bulletin/Sun coverage area are denoted in bold:

Player of Year – Norene Iosia, Sr., S, Redondo Union
Coach of Year – Tommy Chaffins, Redondo Union

Jessie Harris, Sr., Corona del Mar; Megan Rice, Sr., Redondo Union; Rachel Ritchie, Jr., Mater Dei; Rachel Hall, Sr., Huntington Beach; Bailee Huzinega, Sr., Great Oak; Milan Stokes, Sr., Long Beach Wilson; Makena Martin, Sr., Mater Dei; Meghan McClure, Jr., Santa Margarita; Devon Chang, Soph., Santa Margarita; Camryn Sanchez, Jr., Huntingon Beach; Kaylie Milton, Jr., Orange Lutheran.

Player of Year –
Allison Kautor, Sr., Opp, Trabuco Hills
Coach of Year – Craig Moothart, Trabuco Hills

Katherine Plummer, Sr., Aliso Niguel; Kenzie Koerber, Jr., Chino Hills; Kylie Miller, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga; Jessie Prichard, Sr., Corona Santiago; Chloe Allen, Sr., San Marcos; Antoinette Rolda, Sr., Trabuco Hills; Emily Burns, Sr., Valencia; Lauren Russ, Soph., Valencia; Sammy Slater, Jr., Ventura; Janell Walley, Sr., Yucaipa; Kaytlin Yost, Sr., El Dorado.

Player of Year –
Kyra Banko, Sr., OH, Village Christian
Coach of Year – Brent Asuka, Village Christian

Selby Schnobrich, Sr.,; Meghan Lacey, Sr., Village Chr.; Clare Lenihan, Jr., Chadwick; Courtney Bond, Sr., Chadwick; Cmaeron Dorn, Sr., Laguna Beach; Katelyn Carballo, Sr., Laguna Beach; Karly Eastley, Sr., South Torrance; Yagoda Jedrzejczak, Sr., Esperanza; Sarah Johnson, Sr., Mayfield; Allison Martinez, Soph., Westridge; Emily Sonny, Sr., Arroyo Grande.

Player of Year –
Kaitlin Morely, Sr., OH, Louisville
Coach of Year – Dhiraj Coats, Louisville

Zoe Fleck, Soph., Sierra Canyon; Katelyn David, Sr., Louisville; Natalie Aston, Jr., Louisville;
May Pertofsky, Fr., Sierra Canyon; Stephanie Umeh, Sr., Notre Dame; Jenai King, Jr., Notre Dame; Sedona Hansen, Sr., Serrano; Jordan Holman, Soph., Serrano; Simone Bliss, Jr., Claremont; Riley Jacobs, Sr., Glendora; Danielle Ryan, Sr., Burbank Burroughs; Chantal Zahrndt, Sr., Troy.

Player of Year –
Camryn Purdom, Sr., Valley View
Coach of Year – Jennifer Barlage, Valley View

Michelle Mendizabel, Sr., Valley View; Martha Epenesa, Jr., Valley View; Brooke Earkman, Sr., Santa Monica; Allie Barrett, Sr., Santa Monica; Gabby Benck, Sr., St. Margaret’s; Megan Taflinger, Jr., Quartz Hill; Alex Morones, Sr., Elsinore; Maddy Newcombe, Sr., Rim of the World; Katelyn Evans, Sr., Highland; Laura Butler, Sr., La Serna; Monique Awanyai, Sr., Mayfair; Kirsta Hernandez, Jr., Culver City.

Player of Year –
Shannon Geraty, Sr., MB, Saddleback Valley Chr.
Coach of Year – Carmen Stratton, Saddleback Valley Chr.

Lily Dyer, Soph., Saddleback Valley Chr.; Kaitlyn O’Brien, Sr., Saddleback Valley Chr.; Lauren Ralston, Sr., Templeton; Emily Burns, Sr., Templeton; Kayla Redfield, Sr., Loma Linda; Madison Field, Sr., Loma Linda; Tesa Oaks, Jr., Woodcrest Chr.; Anna Stevenson, Sr., Woodcrest Chr.; Grace Johnson, Jr., Hemet; Julia Vuong, Sr., San Gabriel; Kassidy Hamer, Sr., Santa Ynez; Kayla Dickerson, Sr., Bell Gardens.

Player of Year –
Phoebe Madsen, Sr., Opp, Laguna Blanca
Coach of Year – Jason Donnelly, Laguna Blanca

Katie Engle, Sr., St. Paul; Dani Abrams, Sr., Laguna Blanca; Emily Lafitte, Sr., Laguna Blanca; Gabrielle Oddo, Sr., Alta Loma; Kylie Szczepanski, Sr., Alta Loma; Christian Luhnow, Sr., Archer; Haven Hill, Sr., St. Bonaventure; Ryan D’Angelo, Jr., Vistamar; Isabelle Simqu, Sr., La Reina; Katie Byrne, Sr., La Reina; Anissa Hernandez, Jr., Shadow Hills; Montez Ulgaese, Sr., St. Anthony.

Player of Year
– Devyn Cross, Sr., MB, Desert
Coach of Year – Debbie Lewis, Desert

Jaslin Mani, Sr., Summit; Elizabeth Shelton, Sr., Desert; Tesheara Nelson, Sr., Desert; Jordon Wilson, Sr., Summit; Maritz Santiago, Jr., Gladstone; Peyton Shelburne, Sr., Cate; Delany Mayfield, Jr., Cate; Daisy Portillo, Sr., Duarte; Taylor Sanders, Sr., Mammoth; Emily Faburrieta, Sr., Fontana; Jennifer Juarez, Soph., Century; Melissa Martinez, Sr., Katella.

Player of Year – Rachel Holmes, Sr., OH, Upland Christian
Coach of Year – Micah Langston, Upland Christian

Brooke Madkin, Soph., Upland Chr.; Jordyn Pugh, Sr., Upland Chr.; Kylie Brown, Sr., Santa Clarita Chr.; Kiana Krumm, Sr., La Sierra; Tiana Whittington, Jr.,San Gabriel Aca.; Kati Aguilar, Jr., California Lutheran; Taylor Webster, Jr., Faith Baptist; Paige Singleton, Soph., Glendale Adv.; Xue DiMaggio, Sr., Coast Union; Cami Frahmann. Jr., Desert Chr. Aca.; Gracie Gwinn, Sr., Santa Clarita Chr.

Player of Year –
Therese Boles, Sr., OH, St. Monica
Coach of Year – Darren Bradley, St. Monica

Molly Hagen, Jr., St. Monica; Rose Goodwin, Sr., St. Monica; Lauren Cohen, Jr., Tarbut V’Torah; Kyra Wyman, Jr., Tarbut V’Torah; Selina Morones, Jr., Avalon; Kiya Hernandez, Sr., Avalon; Kirsten Mueller, Jr., Hillcrest; Carolina Phillips, Sr., AAE; Dajia Padilla, Jr., University Prep; Brianna Sanford, Jr., Einstein Aca.; JJ Flitsch, Fr., Lake Arrowhead. Chr.

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Baseline League honors: Girls Volleyball

MVP – Kylie Miller, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga

First team
Karson Bacon, Soph., Rancho Cucamonga
Bria Beale, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga
Alexis Cardoza, Jr., Chino Hills
Loryn Carter, Sr., St. Lucy’s
Sydney Culpepper, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga
Alex Everett, Sr., St. Lucy’s
Diana Flores, Soph., Etiwanda
Kenzie Koerber, Jr., Chino Hills
Nicole Nevarez, Soph., Los Osos
Danielle Thomas, Sr., Upland

Second team
Mary Bagshaw, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga
Jenna Bailey, Jr., St. Lucy’s
Courtney Buzzerio, Soph., Chino Hills
Francesca D’Aquila, Sr., St. Lucy’s
Amber Gunsur, Sr., Upland
Raven Hunsaker, Jr., Etiwanda
Brooklynn Hill, Soph., Rancho Cucamonga
Makaena Overby, Soph., Los Osos
Caliah Sadiq, Sr., Upland
Janessa Thropay, Sr., Chino Hills
Madison Wolf, Sr., Los Osos

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Roundup: Ontario Christian boys XC qualifies for CIF prelims

Boys Cross Country

AMBASSADOR LEAGUE >> Ontario Christian finished third in the team standings of the 2015 boys league championships 5k event. The Knights qualified for the CIF prelims following the top three finish. Jakob Eichor was the top finisher for the Knights following a second place finish with a time of 16 minutes, 18.2 seconds.
CHINO HILLS 3, ST. LUCY’S 0 >> Kenzie Koerber had 19 kills for the Huskies in the victory over the Regents, 25-15, 25-13, 25-21. Alexis Cardoza contributed to the victory with 10 kills and seven digs while Courtney Buzzerio had 38 assists and two aces.┬áThe Huskies will compete in the Redondo Union Tournament on Friday and Saturday.
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Setter Sarah Dixon of Chino Hills named All-American

Sarah Dixon talks about playing Los Osos and winning Baseline title Tuesday night

Senior setter Sarah Dixon of Chino Hills High School earned third-team All-American honors by Under Armour. She is the lone local earning the prestigious honor.

Dixon, who has committed to University of Arizona, was the catalyst of a Huskies team that is ranked fifth in CIF Division 1-A. The team wrapped Baseline League play unbeaten with a convincing 3-0 win at Los Osos Tuesday.

On the season Dixon has tallied 900 assists, an average of 9.7 per set. She also ranks second on the team in digs with 214. She also has 48 service aces and 26 blocks.


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Chino Hills volleyball standout commits to Naval Academy


Senior Darby Minton (above, in pink jersey) of Chino Hills High School has made a verbal commitment to Naval Academy.

Minton, a 5-foot-9 libero, has registered 218 digs for a Huskies team that is 13-5 overall, 2-0 in Baseline League play and ranked seventh in CIF-SS Division 1-AA.

She visited the Annapolis-based service academy a couple of weeks ago and it completely changed her mind.

“Before I went there I wouldn’t have imagine myself going to any branch of the service,” she said. “But I got a good feel of the team and what to expect and got to know the coach. I even slept in the dorms so I got to know some of the players. I really felt good about going there.”

Minton isn’t sure about a major but is considering oceanography or operations rescue. She knows balancing athletic and academic endeavors as well as military commitment will not be an easy task.

“It’s going to be about time management and prioritizing,” she said.

As a junior at Chino Hills Minton recorded 348 digs, contributing to a 19-9 showing and spot in the CIF quarterfinals where the Huskies lost 3-1 to Harvard-Westlake. She was a first-team Sierra League selection.

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All-CIF selections out in girls volleyball

Here are the complete All-CIF teams:

Division 1-AA
Players of Year
– Crissy Jones, Los Alamitos, Frankie Shebby, Mater Dei
Coach of the Year – Dave Huber, Los Alamitos

Players – Haley Hobson, Corona del Mar; Tia Scambray, Dana Hills; Cadie Bates, Great Oak; Megan Kruidhof, Lakewood; Reni Meyer Whalley, Marymount; Skylar Caputo, Mira Costa, Taylor Wheatley, Orange Lutheran; Norene Iosia, Redondo Union; Rylee Hunt, Los Alamitos; Annie Hale, Los Alamitos; Jaden Pickell, Mater Dei.

Division 1-A
Player of Year
– Haley DeSales, LaSalle
Coach of Year – Adam Black, Harvard-Westlake

Players – Lindsay Ruddins, Aliso Niguel; Meghan Buzzerio, Chino Hills; Kelly Clues, El Dorado; Sofia Coffey, Flintridge Sacred Heart; Josephine Kremer, Harvard-Westlake; Nicole Elattrache, Harvard-Westlake; Caroline Knop, La Salle; Alyssa Taveras, La Salle; Sussanah Muno, Sherman Oaks Notre Dame; Sydney Bast, St. Lucy’s; Peyton Grahovac, Villa Park; Katherine Bloch, Sherman Oaks Notre Dame.

Division 2-AA
Player of Year
– Chanel Hoffman, Corona Santiago
Coach of Year – Arlen Elvik, Corona Santiago

Players Aeryn Owens, Alta Loma; Ashten Smith-Gooden, Los Osos; Ashley Kaylor, Los Osos; Kalei Greeley, Martin Luther King; Shelby Livingston, Oaks Chr.; Grace Napolitano, Oaks Chr.; Kylie Miller, Rancho Cucamonga; Jessie Prichard, Santiago; Alexandra Kloehn, Santiago; Kori Kutsch, South Torrance; Sabryn Roberts, North Torrance; Claire Kiffer-Wright, South Pasadena.

Division 2-A
Player of Year
– Deanna Blaine, Whittier Christian
Coach of Year – Shawn Hunter, Whittier Christian

Players – Lexi Resch, Whittier Chr.; Claire Lenihan, Chadwick, Alina Smith, Cypress; Natalie Johnson, Mayfield; Olivia Mediano, Palm Springs; Madison Holl, Oxnard; Selby Schnobrich, Village Chr.; Kylee Wolfe, Whittier Chr.; Jennifer Washlee, Whittier Chr.; Aspen Potter, Yorba Linda; Kayla Chapman, Troy.

Division 3-AA
Player of Year
– Collette Franz, Viewpoint
Coach of Year – Frank Pontello, Viewpoint

Players – Lara Schwieyer, Viewpoint; Christina Cornelius, Viewpoint; TaeLeon Butler, Windward; Kyra Hill, Sierra Canyon; Cassidy Paperny, Culver City; Melissa Martinez, La Serna; Claire Kovensky, Citrus Valley; Ifeoma Ufondu, Quartz Hill; Lauren Purdon, Valley View; Rachel Furash, Viewpoint; Maria Difranco, Santa Monica.

Division 3-A
Player of Year
– Kekai Whitford, Sage Hill
Coach of Year – Dan Thomassen, Sage Hill

Players – Halland McKenna, Sage Hill; Maddy Abbott, Sage Hill; Kayla Scheel, Crean Lutheran; Katie Kyckelhahn, Crean Lutheran; Amanda Kirtley, Aquinas; Daisia LaBrie, La Sierra; Gabrielle Benk, St. Margaret’s; Itali Andrade, Western Chr.; Autumn Russell, Templeton; Alexandria Carlson, Santa Ynez, Amanda Reifer, Jurupa Valley.

Division 4-AA
Player of Year
– Heidi Dyer, Saddleback Valley Chr.
Coach of Year – Carmen Strattonm Saddleback Valley Chr.

– Jaelyn Green, Saddleback Valley Chr.; Tristan Self, Hemet; Baylee Christian, Hemet; Riley Kelly, St Paul; Ayana Knowles, Don Lugo; Alyssa Cazares, Shadow Hills; Rayven Roman, Summit; Rachel DeArman, Colony; Nada Dragovic, Cantwell Sacred Heart; Jade Anderson, Fairmont Prep; Elyse Vega, West Valley; Gisela Govea, Fontana.

Division 4-A
Player of Year
– Grace Minchin, Pacifica Chr.
Coach of Year – Julie Bennett, Pacifica Chr.

Players – Maile Lane, Pacific Chr.; Clara Madsen, Laguna Blanca; Phoebe Madsen, Laguna Blanca; Olivia Leventhal, Crossroads; Cydney Pierce, Cate; Natalie Stephanus, Vistamar; Marielle O’Campo; St. Anthony; McKenna Clawson, Nordhoff; Catherine Collins, Paraclete; Kathy McKiernan, La Puente; Carolyn Urquieta, La Puente; Kaity Bailey, Villanova Prep.

Division 5-AA
Player of Year – Deana Seno, Pomona Catholic
Coach of Year- Randy Bohlman, Pomona Catholic

Players – Leah Miranda, Pomona Catholic; Justine Zepeda, Bishop Conaty-Loretto; Kelly Berger, Mammoth; Taylor Webster, Faith Baptist; Shauna Cyr, La Sierra; Madison Zelenski, Lancaster Desert Chr.; Kylie Brown, Santa Clarita Chr.; Elizabeth Shelton, Desert; Bethany Young, Coastal Chr.; Jeni Ecklund, Apple Valley Chr.; Olivia Hough, Hesperia Chr.; Lauren Peters, San Gabriel Mission.

Division 5-A
Player of Year
– Sami Whitaker, Riverside Chr.
Coach of Year – Joyceann Duncan, Riverside Chr.

Players – Megan Holmes, Riverside Chr.; Karina Muneton, West Shores; Kirtsen Mueller, Hillcrest Chr.; Julie Cameron, Nuview Bridge; Jannet Olvera, Orangewood Aca.; Michelle Mole, Excelsior Charter; Ana Tse, St. Monica; Emily Curtin, Lake Arrowhead Chr.; Vanessa Sanchez, Avalon; Graecyn Boyd, Rancho Chr.; Emily Cook, Palm Valley; Danielle Cox, Trona.

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Sierra League volleyball honors

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Team champion – St. Lucy’s and Chino Hills
MVP – Meghan Buzzerio, Jr., Chino Hills

First team
Sydney Bast, Sr., St. Lucy’s
Mallory Beard, Sr., Chino Hills
Samanatha Bozoian, Jr., Ayala
Loryn Carter, Soph., St. Lucy’s
Erin Clark, Sr., Ayala
Janie Feldsher, Sr., Claremont
Cherise Hennigan, Jr., Chino Hills
Veronica La Pierre, Sr., St. Lucy’s
Gina Valvo, Sr., Claremont

Second team
Denise Brittain, Jr., Claremont
Annalyese Fasuel, Sr., Claremont
Alexa Lister, Soph., Chino Hills
Juliet McClure, Jr., St. Lucy’s
Alisa McKissick, Sr., South Hills
Darby Minton, Jr., Chino Hills
Stephanie Morioka, Sr., South Hills
Cheyanne Patin, Jr., Ayala
Casey Wagner, Charter Oak

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