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

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

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