Rancho Cucamonga cross country coach Terry Tierney talks about his girls team making CIF-SS Division 1 finals despite not getting the best race from No. 1 runner Erin Holton
Rancho Cucamonga High School defensive lineman Chris Unga has decided to attend Utah State. He made that decision after visiting the past weekend.
He was also considering University of Hawaii and had a trip planned there but canceled that after coming back from Utah. Boise State also came into the picture late, visiting him at school on Monday after he had already made up his mind.
One of the biggest factors in the decision for Unga, the Inland Valley’s Defensive Player of the Year, was that the school was willing to wait for him to start his collegiate career. Unga is planning a Morman mission trip after graduation. He said some Division I schools backed off of him because of that.
Rancho Cucamonga volleyball standout Kyle Miller has made a verbal commitment to UCLA.
Ok, she’s just a sophomore. But that’s how highly sought after she was this season.
Miller totaled 716 assists, 230 kills, 92 aces and 30 blocks. While she was a jack-of-all trades for the Baseline League champion Cougars (24-7), Miller will be a setter in college.
She chose UCLA after narrowing her decision down to that school as well as Stanford and Washington, also national powers.
“It’s close to home and my family and friends and it will be a really good degree to have after college,” she said. “I’m just relieved to have made that decision. Now I can focus on school and club. I hung up the phone and just cried because it was such a relief.”
Most Valuable Offensive Player - Trevor Wright, Upland
Most Valuable Defensive Player – Chris Unga, Rancho Cucamonga
First team offense
Ian Borngrebe, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
Chris Brenner, Sr., Los Osos
Durron Burton, Sr., Los Osos
Cristian Casillas, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
Jake Crites, Sr., Etiwanda
Blake Fisher, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
Donnie Greene, Jr., Upland
Tyler Hilinski, Jr., Upland
Marcellus Hunter, Sr., Alta Loma
Aaron Manning, Soph., Rancho Cucamonga
Ben Northrup, Sr., Glendora
Britton Noskof, Sr., Glendora
Kempson Pearce, Soph., Etiwanda
Darryn Ratliff, Sr., Etiwanda
Jesus Soltero, Jr., Alta Loma
Marquis Wimberly, Sr., Upland
First team defense
Treyjohn Butler, Soph., Etiwanda
Ralston Compton, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
Robert Cuevas, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga
Jeff Farrar, Sr., Upland
Ryan DeGuzman, Jr., Glendora
Dillon Fink, Sr., Glendora
Deshawn Fortune, Jr., Etiwanda
Uepi Kaufusi, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga
Mataele Kauvaka, Sr., Upland
Khaylen Kearse-Thomas, Jr., Etiwanda
Zach Lewallen, Jr., Glendora
Artuz Manning, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
Dillon Shiver, Sr., Los Osos
Tacory Spencer, Sr., Etiwanda
Dylan Taylor, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
Carlos Tobar, Sr., Los Osos
Michael West, Sr., Los Osos
Second team offense
Ugo Akams, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
Amrit Atwal, Sr., Alta Loma
Quinn Bechard, Sr., Alta Loma
Zach Berdnik, Sr., Etiwanda
Levi Bruce, Sr., Etiwanda
Kieran Campbell, Jr., Glendora
Ronnie Esther, Sr., Upland
Matt Fink, Soph., Glendora
Jayson Miles, Sr., Alta Loma
Khalil Muhammed, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga
Ryan Padilla, Sr., Glendora
Ethan Pulley, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
Amin Raad, Sr., Glendora
Caleb Repp, Jr., Los Osos
Christian Samarzich, Sr., Upland
Caleb Watkins, Soph., Glendora
Second team defense
Blaine Biemans, Sr., Alta Loma
Xavier Bunch, Sr., Alta Loma
Jacob Contreras, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga
Vincent Elefante, Jr., Upland
Gabriel Espinoza, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga
Tyrell Evans, Sr., Glendora
Colin Grady, Jr., Glendora
Elijah Jones, Jr., Upland
Jacob Jorgenson, Sr., Los Osos
Austin Lomeli, Sr., Upland
Kameron Powell, Jr., Upland
Alan Rios, Sr., Los Osos
Chris Rocha, Sr., Los Osos
Malik Shelton, Sr., Los Osos
Troy Thomas, Jr., Upland
Malik Ware, Sr., Etiwanda
Savion Whitney, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
Two local volleyball standouts have signed with Division I University of Montana. That duo consist of 6-foot-2 middle blocker Brianna Gardner of Alta Loma and Rachel DeArman of Colony.
Gardner helped the Braves to a third-place showing in the Baseline League, but more importantly a pair of wins in the playoffs. She tallied 86 kills and 31 blocks.
DeArman, a 5-9 setter and opposite hitter, helped Colony to second-place in the Mt. Baldy League.
In soccer, two standouts from Rancho Cucamonga are headed to the same institution. Defender Sandralee DeVille and midfielder Serafina Robles will both attend NAIA University of Great Falls in Montana.
Senior libero Cynthia Giron of Rancho Cucamonga set a career record for digs with 539. That breaks the old mark of Jordan Ortega who had 491
Giron actually broke the mark in the Cougars first playoff match against West Covina, then added to it with the second round and quarterfinal matches.
“She was a very big part of our success,” Cougars coach Aaron Flores said. “I don’t know where we would have been without her.”
Giron ranks 14th in all the Southern Section, averaging 6.1 digs per set.
Ortega, who graduated in 2010, now plays at nationally ranked Division II Cal State San Bernardino.