All-Christian League basketball, soccer teams

BOYS BASKETBALL
MVP
Courtland Wharton, Sr., Aquinas
Coach of the Year
Jeff Wheeler, Western Christian

first team
Gerald Amene, Jr., Aquinas
Shaquille Gilbert, Jr., Aquinas
Courtland Wharton, Sr., Aquinas
Andrew Hyde, Jr., Western Christian
Gabe Perez, Sr., Western Christian
Sammy Santillano, Sr., Western Christian
Aaron Sanchez, Sr., Ontario Christian
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OCHS’ Lachelt to be a preferred walk-on at Oklahoma

Ontario Christian High School’s Andrew Lachelt, who played a variety of positions for the Knights, has accepted an offer from the University of Oklahoma to be a preferred walk-on as a wide receiver, according to his father, Brent Lachelt.

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Lachelt suffered a multitude of injuries during his high school career, beginning with shoulder problems that forced him from his original position of quarterback. After surgery to repair a torn ACL last year, Lachelt had his best season as a senior. The Christian League offensive MVP earned all-CIF honors as the Knights’ leading passer and second-leading rusher (by a mere 24 yards). Playing the position he’ll man at Oklahoma, he had 12 receptions for 199 yards and three touchdowns for Ontario Christian, which reached the CIF championship game.

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Eastern, East Valley, Mid-Valley, Inland All-CIF teams

EASTERN DIVISION
Co-Offensive Players of the Year: Michael Karls, QB, Palm Springs, Sr. & Nephi Garcia, RB, Palm Springs, Jr.
Co-Defensive Players of the Year: Josh Shirley, LB, Kaiser, Sr. & Christian Spears, LB, Palm Springs, Sr.
Coach of the Year: Steve Fabian, Palm Springs

OFFENSE
Quarterback
Nigel Barksdale, San Jacinto, Sr., 6-0 180 12
Derrick Dison, Ridgecrest Burroughs, Jr., 6-0 175
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La Verne Lutheran football calls it quits for ’09

Down to 14 healthy players, the La Verne Lutheran football team has elected to forfeit the remainder of its games this season.

In their first year as an 11-man football team, the Trojans simply couldn’t withstand the ambitious schedule arranged by former coach Bobby Godinez, who quit late enough in the school year that Rob Castaneda was hired a little more than three months ago.

A roster consisting of four players in June increased to 23 in time for the season opener but by the time La Verne Lutheran lost its third game in as many tries 88-0 to Webb Sept. 19, seven players were lost to injury, one to disciplinary issues and one to Arizona.

“We just couldn’t continue with our schedule because we would have gotten pummeled,” Castaneda said. “Our only healthy players left were underclassmen and it wasn’t fair to them and it wasn’t fair to the teams we’d be playing. The whole school is disappointed but these things just weren’t foreseeable.”
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