All-Mt. Baldy League honors – girls water polo

Most Valuable Player – Alexa Cardenas, Chino, Sr.

Liz Celestino, Don Lugo, Jr.,
Madison Dromgoole, Chino, Soph.
Emily Goins, Colony
Marcedes Lopez, Colony
Kayla Martinez, Don Lugo, Sr.
Madelena Meza, Chino, Soph.
Patricia Mojica, Chaffey, Sr.
Analicia Teague Burrola, Chaffey, Sr.
Veronica Valadez, Ontario, Sr.
Brye Varner, Don Lugo, Jr.
Sarah Wuertz, Chino, Jr.

Mt. Baldy League wrestling finals results

We couldn’t get all the results in the paper, but here are the results at the Mt. Baldy League wrestling finals from Saturday

106 pounds
1) Elijah Diaz (Montclair)
2) Carlos Rodriguez (Ontario)
3) Henry Romo (Chino)

113 pounds
1) Eric Calderon (Montclair)
2) Alejandro Gallardo (Chaffey)
3) Anthony Castro (Ontario)
 
120 pounds
1) Samuel Aguilar (Chaffey)
2) Michael Bobeda (Montclair)
3) John Sounds (Chino)
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Ontario continuing search for head football coach

Ontario High School is in the process of selecting a new head football coach.

Athletic Director Ryan Alvarez, who took the job on an interim basis after Ron Stocking stepped down three games into last season, decided not to seek the job on a permanent basis because of the workload already involved with that job.

Alvarez said the school will be interviewing three in district candidates on Monday.

After those interviews a decision will be made on whether or not it needs to be advertised outside.

Don Lugo coach steps down

Don Lugo football coach Lou Randall has resigned.

Randall, 62, had only headed the Conquistadores for the last two years but had been in the coaching profession almost four decades.

He called it a personal decision but adds that he plans to retire at the end of the school year.

He cited the demands of the job as well as the difficulty in balancing football and teaching a full load of math classes. He also lives in Moreno Valley, making for a difficult commute.

He says he’d like to be on someone’s staff as an assistant but it would probably be a school closer to home.

All-Mt. Baldy League boys water polo

FIRST TEAM
Bryan Medeiros, Sr., Don Lugo (MVP)

Jorge Cardosa, Sr., Montclair
Cameron Frye, Sr., Colony
Jose Godinez, Sr., Montclair
Brian Gonzalez, Jr., Chaffey
Constantinos Gufus, Soph., Don Lugo
Kennith Gomez, Jr., Don Lugo
Marc Ibarra, Jr. Don Lugo
Demetrio Martinez, Sr., Colony
Michael Meza, Jr., Chino
Jeremy Padilla, Sr., Ontario
Brett Rhode, Sr., Chino
Blake Smith, Sr., Colony
David Tapia, Sr., Montclair
Tyler Vigneault, Sr., Don Lugo

All Mt. Baldy League volleyball

Most Valuable Player - Ayana Knowles, Sr., Don Lugo
Team champion – Don Lugo
Marisa Anderson, Sr., Don Lugo
Stephanie Arevalo, Sr., Chaffey
Lorraine Avila, Sr., Chaffey
Cherry Baylon, Sr., Don Lugo
Rachel DeArman, Sr., Colony
Sernah Essien, Sr., Ontario
Rebecca Garcia, Sr., Chino
Dae Lockett, Soph., Colony
Dominique Mireles, Sr., Don Lugo
Andrea Ochoa, Sr., Garey
Sienna Tesimale, Jr., Colony

All-Mt. Baldy League football is out

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Team champion – Colony
Most Valuable Player – QB Josh Thompson, Soph., Colony
Outstanding lineman – Sione Matelau, Sr., Chaffey
Offensive MVP – Kyle Curry, Sr., Colony
Defensive lineman MVP – Daniel Tesimale, Sr., Colony
Defensive MVP – Malik Demby, Sr., Chino

OFFENSE

QB Dane Ford, Soph., Don Lugo
QB Josh Thompson, Soph., Colony
QB Josh Thornton, Jr., Chino
FB Stephon Randolph, Jr., Ontario
RB Phillip Gallegos, Sr., Montaclair
RB Devan Imback, Sr., Colony
OL Tyler Baeza, Jr., Ontario
OL Raymond Matelau, Jr., Chaffey
OL Brandon Pires, Jr., Colony
OL Josh Ramirez, Sr., Colony
OL Carlos Robledo, Sr., Colony
OL Sergio Sahagun, Sr., Montclair
OL Hakiteli Tuiavai, Sr., Colony
OL Adrian Ward, Sr., Chaffey
WR Gabriel Betancourt, Sr., Chino
WR Robert Butanda, Sr., Ontario
WR Kyle Curry, Sr., Colony
WR Zach Field, Jr., Colony
WR Drew Gonzalez, Sr., Montaclair
WR Chris Jackson, Soph., Garey
WR Melchor Valencia, Sr., Chino
TE Preston Carr, Jr., Don Lugo
TE Aaron Fort, Jr., Chaffey

DEFENSE
DE Adrian Echeverria, Sr., Don Lugo
DE Niko Kueneman, Sr., Chino
DE Kenny Sutton, Jr., Chino
LB Xavier Davila, Sr., Garey
LB Jaedon Destine, Sr., Chino
LB Louie Duran, Sr., Montclair
LB Brendan Hadley, Sr., Colony
LB Daniel Meza, Sr., Don Lugo
LB Sal Ortega, Jr., Garey
DB Guillermo Alvizo, Sr., Montclair
DB Ryan Kinard, Jr., Colony
DB James Oxier, Jr., Chaffey
DB Ervin Richard, Jr., Colony
DB Ray Valentine, Jr., Chino

Chino girls pull major upset

When it comes to high school volleyball, there are usually very few surprises in the first round.

Well the Chino High School volleyball team sure provided one of those. The fourth-place team out of a weak Mt. Baldy League turned in a 3-2 (25-15, 15-25, 15-25, 25-14, 15-7) win over Sunkist League champion Fontana which came in with a 22-3 record.

By the way, Chino parted ways with is coach a month ago., making the story tat much better.

Give new coach Ariel Rorabaugh much of the credit. She was the junior varsity coach until the varsity coach was removed.  She says confidence was a big factor. That is, building up that of her team.

And the players too say that is the what has made the difference.

Yes, Fontana probably took their opponent lightly. But after the Steelers won the second and third games convincingly, it only seemed like just a matter of time before they wrapped it up. But that didn’t happen.

Chino made all the plays in the last two games. Fontana seemed to tighten up. Sometimes it’s easier in that situation when you are the underdog with nothing to lose.

 

 

Don Lugo wins first Mt. Baldy volleyball title

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The Don Lugo volleyball team is celebrating a Mt. Baldy League title and it has been a long time coming. In fact, it is believed to a first in the sport for the Conquistadores.

This should have come easy but didn’t. On the court the Conquistadores went undefeated in league play but they had to forfeit four matches, three of those Mt. Baldy matches, due to incorrect information provided on what was later ruled an eligible transfer.

So officially Don Lugo is 11-8 overall, 9-3 in league. It looked like the team would have to settle for a tie for first but when Chino knocked off Colony the last match of the season it gave the Conquistadores an unshared title. Call it poetic justice.

The rise of the program has come thanks in part to the arrival of the Chino Volleyballerz, a club team started by Don Lugo coach Eve Knowles who had recently moved into the area and was looking for a place for daughter Ayana to play. There wasn’t one so she started one. That’s never an easy chore.

When the Don Lugo position opened she was asked to take it and she did.

Like other sports, volleyball has become a year-round game. You can’t compete unless the balance of your team plays year-round. Clubs provide feeder programs for area high schools and colleges but you can’t control who goes where. So as a club coach you could be grooming players for rival high schools. So those who work with clubs are doing it for the advancement of the sport as much as anything.

Hopefully the progress of the Don Lugo program and the Chino club program will be the catalyst for improvement in other Inland Empire programs as well. That would benefit everybody.

 

 

 

 

Colony coach has tough decision

Colony High School football coach Steve Randall stood on the field at Chaffey a half hour from kickoff talking about his senior running back Devan Imbach. To play him or not to pay him.

Imbach sustained a stress fracture three weeks ago and has missed the last couple of games. Fortunately for Randall and the Titans those games were against lesser foes.

But Randall was debating whether to play Imbach on Friday against the Tigers. He left the decision on suiting up to Imbach so Randall knew what would happen. He was dressing out.

But Randall said his trainers are keeping an eye on the star player.

Randall said he’d like to get him in the game for a few carries rather than have him try and play in next week’s game against Chino, which could be for a Mt. Baldy League title, without having carried the ball for month.

He’s a gamer so if it’s up to him he’ll get in.

“He’s one of those guys we have to save from himself,” Randall said.