Damien kicker changes his mind

Damien High School kicking standout Tristan Vizcaino had committed to Washington State as far back as July.

But University of Washington came in with a late offer and the Spartan senior ended up changing his mind after visiting the campus and the Huskies coaching staff over the weekend.

Vizcaino, an all Sierra League and first team All-Inland Valley selection, said he was originally slated to visit Washington the first weekend in December but that was right when then-coach Steve Sarkisian left for the USC job. He waited until the dust cleared before rescheduling that visit.

He got a good vibe from new coach Chris Peterson, who made the move from Boise State, as well as special teams coordinator Jeff Choate, who came in from Florida.

He called the Washington State coaching staff Sunday night, soon after he returned from the Washington visit to let them know of his decision.

“I was set on Washington State but when this came up at the end of my regular season I thought I owed it to myself to at least think about it,” he said. “I felt bad having to tell a school I changed my mind but it’s part of the recruiting game. I had to do what was best for me.”



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Sierra League football honors

Athletes of the Year – Adam Goss, Sr., South Hills; Donavin Washington, Sr., Charter Oak; Eric Prevost, Sr., Charter Oak.
Offensive MVP – Zion Echols, Soph., Charter Oak
Defensive MVP – Trent Goens, Soph., Chino Hills

First team offense
QB Brian Meyette, Sr., Ayala
RB Kory Brown, Sr, Charter Oak
RB Brysen Charbonier, Jr., Chino Hills
RB Cecil Fleming, Sr., Claremont
RB Dylan Thigpen, Soph., Damien
OL Jordan Austin, Sr., Claremont
OL Ray Fathauer, Sr., Damien
OL Mike Green, Sr., Chino Hills
OL Alex Haston, Sr., Charter Oak
OL Dominic Johnson, Sr., South Hills
OL Tate Larson, Sr., Damien
WR Josh Dozal, Sr., Ayala
WR Chazz Eldridge, Sr., Chino Hills
WR Baron Franklin, Sr., Claremont
WR D’Angelo Ross, Sr., South Hills
WR Donovan Walker, Sr., Chino Hills
K Tristan Vizcaino, Sr., Damian
ST Tanner Carew, Sr., Damien

First team defense
DB Philip Afia, Jr., Ayala
DB Leroy Cloud, Sr., Damien
DB Carlos Delgado, Sr., South Hills
DB Chazz Eldridge, Sr., Chino Hills
DB Candy Nava, Sr., Charter Oak
LB Mason Behr, Sr., South Hills
LB Jose Bonilla, Sr., Charter Oak
LB Matt Chavez, Sr., South Hills
LB Josh Ferrer, Sr., Claremont
LB Nick Markarian, Jr., Ayala
LB Luke McKay, Jr., Chino Hills
LB Jason Ortiz, Jr., Charter Oak
LB Joe Provenzano, Sr., Damien
LB Anthony Rosales, Soph., Chino Hills
DL David Apodaca, Sr., Charter Oak
DL Khylan Brooks, Sr., Charter Oak
DL Matt Daley, Sr., Damien
DL Ryan Rodriguez, Sr., South Hills
DL Patrick Sanchez, Jr., Damien

Second team offense
QB Daniel Martinez, Sr., Chino Hills
RB Lawon Carney, Sr., South Hills
RB James Carter, Jr., Ayala
RB Craig Myers, Sr., Claremont
RB Brian Phelan, Jr., Ayala
OL Clay Garcelli, Jr., Chino Hills
OL Nico Jaffe, Sr., Claremont
OL Andrew Leadingham, Sr., South Hills
OL Parker Blakeslee, Sr., Claremont
OL Oscar Perez, Sr., Charter Oak
OL Andrew Posner, Sr., Ayala
WR Brandon Burnhem, Sr., Claremont
WR Carlos Delgado, Sr., South Hills
WR Andrew Herber, Sr., Chino Hills
WR Mackenzie Sternquist, Jr., Damien
WR Elijah Taylor, Sr., Chino Hills
K Tristan Gonzalez, Sr., South Hills

Second team defense
DB Alfonso Basurto, Sr., Ayala
DB Todd Green, Sr., Charter Oak
DB Tyrus Lineberger, Jr., Chino Hills
DB D’Angelo Ross, Sr., South Hills
DB Cameron Tyus, Sr., Claremont
LB Jacob Adams, Sr., Damien
LB Cody Darrow, Soph., Ayala
LB Stephen Schaap, Sr., Ayala
LB James Stephens, Sr., Claremont
LB Addison Whitham, Sr., Claremont
LB Conner Wilson, Soph., Chino Hills
DL Elijah Campbell, Jr., Ayala
DL Nick Carrillo, Sr., South Hills
DL Isaiah Flowers, Soph., Ayala
DL Nico Jaffe, Sr., Claremont
DL JP Lanathoua, Jr., Chino Hills

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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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Sierra League cross country honors

– Sydney Tullai, Ayala

First team
Jennifer Acevedo, South Hills
Merin Arft, Claremont
Janelle Baeskens, Claremont
Annie Boos, Claremont
Kiana Cavanaugh, Claremont
Emily Ebiner, St. Lucy’s
Shelby Hightower, South Hills
Megan Renken, Claremont
Morgan Tanner, Ayala
Olivia Valderrama, South Hills

Second team

Gillian Antona, Claremont
Celine Arteaga, Chino Hills
Ashlyn Barajas, Ayala
Jade Carmone, South Hills
Erin Cavalho, Chino Hills
Samantha Gomez, Ayala
Kaitlyn Lopez, Ayala
Vanessa Ashley Ramirez, Ayala
Cassidy Rogers, Chino Hills
Amanda Sevilla, Ayala

– Cameron Mitchell, Damien

First team
Marcelo Arcos, Chino Hills
Andrew Arvizu, Chino Hills
Anthony Avila, Ayala
Christian Barajas, Ayala
Gavin Bradley, Ayala
Patrick Bruce, Damien
Anthony Ceccarelli, Claremont
Nathaniel Colletti, Chino Hills
Timothy Corvese, Damien
Tom Englebert, Claremont
Adam Johnson, Claremont
Bryce Kasamoto, Claremont
Steven Kahn, Ayala
Dylan Powers, Claremont
Kyle Reed, Chino Hills
Daniel Ross, Claremont
Jonah Ross, Claremont
Sebastian Sanchez, Ayala
Eric Stevens, Damien
Peter Torres, Chino Hills

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Chino Hills setter makes college decision

Mallory Beard Women's Volleyball Recruiting Profile

Senior setter Mallory Beard of Chino Hills has committed to NCAA Division I Hampton University (Va.). She visited the school earlier this month.

Beard, who helped the Huskies (17-8) to a share of the Sierra League title, has 530 assists (8.5 pg), 120 digs and 29 aces. The highlight of her season was a week in early October in which she was named national player of the week.

Beard, who plans to major in performing arts or psychology, also considering Jackson State (Miss.) and Coppin State (Md.).

Hampton is 16-10 overall and 10-2 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

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Chino Hills grabs share of Sierra League volleyball crown

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The St. Lucy’s volleyball team has been the juggernaut in the Sierra League the last few years. Well Chino Hills proved it will be a force to reckon with come playoff time too.

The Huskies (17-8, 9-1) were convincing in a 25-21, 25-19, 25-19 win over St. Lucy’s in the regular season finale for both teams Tuesday night. The two tie for the league title, meaning a coin flip will determine the top seed.

St. Lucy’s (16-8, 9-1) won the first time the teams played – in not so dominant fashion 25-23, 25-22, 25-15.

This time it was just the Huskies night. Countless times a Huskies players would stick out a hand to try and keep a ball in play and somehow it found an open spot on the other side of the court. Sometimes you get the bounces, sometimes you don’t.

The Huskies boast one of the top players in Southern California in Meghan Buzzerio, a junior who has already committed to Arizona. They have a gutty little setter in Mallory Beard and a rapidly improving middle blocker in junior Alexa Lister who can be an imposing figure at the net. The rest of the cast isn’t too shabby either.

St. Lucy’s is a formidable foe too. The Regents will regroup and be just fine.

Let the playoffs begin!

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Damien celebrates Carew’s selection

Senior Tanner Carew was the man of the hour today at Damien High School.

The Oregon-bound football standout was named to the prestigious U.S. Army All American Bowl to be played in January in San Antonio, Tex. Just 90 players nationwide were selected. Representatives from the game and the Armed Services were on hand to formally present Carew with his jersey in a noon gathering in the Senior Quad.

It’s an honor because of the caliber of player chosen for the event. There are lots of senior All-Star games, locally and throughout the country. But this one puts added emphasis on character and leadership – attributes the armed services embrace.

Carew saw the game on television for the first time when he was in the fourth grade and told dad Marty it was one he would like to participate. Well that goal has come to fruition. He’ll be a great representative of Damien High School, the Inland Valley and Southen California.



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Chino Hills setter honored


Chino Hills High School senior setter Mallory Beard has been named California High School Player of the Week by the American Volleyball Coaches Association for her play the week of Sept. 28-Oct. 2.

The Huskies had just one match last week, beating South Hills 3-0 (25-19, 25-17, 27-25) in Sierra League play. But in that three-set match Beard registered 47 assists and enabled her team to hit .484 as a team.

Chino Hills (10-7) plays local rival Ayala tonight.


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Chino Hills to stick with 2 quarterbacks

Chino Hills football coach Matt Bechtel is taking a page for Lane Kiffin’s book although he has to hope his has a happier ending.

Bechtel is going with two quarterbacks – sophomore Zac Sturdivent and junior Daniel Martinez. In this case it’s not that neither is doing the job, it’s that both ARE getting it done.

If he has to go into Sierra League play still undecided on one, so be it.

“They’re both doing a good job of managing the game and moving the chains and that’s what we ask them to do,” he said. “I’d be doing the a disservice if I decided on one.”

“We’ll just have two game plans, one for each guy. It’s just more work for me but that’s OK.”

The Huskies are 1-1. They’re coming off a 47-42 loss to highly-regarded Bishop Amat.

It won’t get any easier this week as the Huskies will be taking on Tesoro (2-0) on Thursday, the shorter week making for another challenge.





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Chino Hills games still on

The football games between Chino Hills and Riverside Arlington will go on as scheduled, despite the tragic death of an Arlington player earlier this week.

Huskies coach Matt Bechtel said he was concerned about the situation as well but was notified that school wanted to proceed.

The varsity game is slated for 7 p.m. on Friday at Ramona High School.

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