Local softball players singled out by Cal-Hi Sports

Etiwanda High School softball player Vanessa Taukeiaho, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin Player of the Year, Thursday, June 16, 2016. Taukeiaho is committed to play next year at the University of Oklahoma. (Photo by John Valenzuela/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

The season may be long over but Cal-Hi Sports just released its All-State softball teams and several locals were among those recognized.

Etiwanda was the most recognized of the local teams as senior outfielder Vanessa Taukeiaho and senior first baseman Megan Stevens both were named to the first team while pitcher Briana Wheeler and outfielder Candace Haliburton, also both seniors, were third team honorees.

Taukeiaho, earlier named the Daily Bulletin Player of the year,  led the state in home runs with 20 while hitting .640 with 56 RBI.

CIF champion Grand Terrace also had multiple players honored with pitcher Melanie Olmos, who like Taukeiaho has signed with Oklahoma, making first team and junior Eliyah Flores named to the second.

Other first team selections included junior shortstop Taylon Snow of Chino hills and senior catcher Kelly Martinez of Yucaipa.

Here is the link to the entire team selected for those interested.

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Softball’s Snow sisters of Chino Hills headed to Auburn

Chino Hills High School senior softball player Tannon Snow, 17, has been selected as the 2015 Inland Valley Daily Bulletin Softball Player of the Year. June 11, 2015 (Will Lester/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

The Snow sisters are taking their talents to the Southeastern Conference – Auburn to be exact.

Tannon, who set a state records for home runs and RBI both in a single season season and a career at Chino Hills, just rounded out her freshman season at the University of Washington while younger sister Taylon just finished her junior year at Chino Hills High School.

Tannon did get a release from Washington earlier this month so she will be eligible to play next year for the Tigers. She was appreciative of the fact that school granted her one. That isn’t always the case for high-profile players that end up finding out their first choice wasn’t the right fit.

If she had transferred to a school in the Pace-12 she would have had to sit out the season.

Chino Hills sophomore softball player Taylon Snow, 15. June 11, 2015 (Will Lester/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

“There were a lot of factors and it all just added up. It wasn’t a good fit,” she said. “I just wasn’t happy and couldn’t see staying there another three years.”

Snow had originally committed to Arizona State but that coaching staff left before she actually signed there and she ended up at Washington. That former coaching staff from Arizona State is now at Auburn so when she had to look elsewhere that was a natural selection.

Once she was granted the release she was able to seek out other options.

“They told me when they first recruited me they were always going to want me,” Snow said of the coaching staff at Auburn,

Of course the sisters wanted to go to the same school. The path for Taylon wasn’t quite so complicated since she had not yet signed.

The girls visited Auburn last week and felt like it was the right decision.

“It’s a real college town and they are very passionate about their sports,” Taylon said. “We really liked everything about it and we can’t wait to play there.”

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Snow sisters help Batbusters to national title

Those slammin’ Snow sisters were at it again over the weeekend.

Sisters Tannon and Taylon Snow of Chino Hills were part of an OC Batbusters softball team that finished fist at the prestigious Premier Girls Fastpitch Under-18 national tournament in various locations in Orange County.

Tha Batbustsers went 7-0, with Taylon, who will be a junior, going 1-for-3 in the final game and Tannon, who just graduated and is head to University of Washington, going 2-for-3.

In addition, Tannon was named to a 10-person Louisville Slugger team that competed in a skills challenge and made appearances at Disneyland as well as a Dodger-Angels game.

 

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Locals named to CalHi Sports Underclass softball team

As usual, several players earned special recognition from CalHi Sports which released its All-Underclass team.

Remember this is a particularly elite list since it consists of players from all divisions throughout the entire talent-laden state.

The first team list included these locals from the Daily Bulletin/Sun coverage area:

Taylon Snow of Chino Hills was the 2014 State Freshman of the Year and has committed to Washington, where she plans to reunite with recently graduated sister Tannon Snow (also a multiple all-state underclass pick). Photo: FloSoftball.com.

C Kelly Martinez, Jr., Yucaipa
INF Eliyah Flores, Soph., Grand Terrace
INF Megan Stevens, Jr., Etiwanda
OF Taylon Snow, Soph., Chino Hills
OF Vanessa Taukeiaho, Jr., Etiwanda

Second team selections included:

Melanie Olmos, Soph., Grand Terrace

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Chino Hills’ Tannon Snow breaks CIF single-season home run record

Tannon Snow, a University of Washington commit, went 5 for 5 with three home runs for the Chino Hills Huskies in the victory over St. Lucy’s, 22-7, on senior night.

Snow’s second home run broke the CIF Southern Section single-season home run record, according to Huskies head coach Mike Southworth.

Chino Hills softball players Tannon, left, a senior, and Taylon Snow, a sophomore, have both committed to play at the University of Washington. (John Valenzuela—Inland Valley Daily Bulletin Staff Photographer)

Chino Hills softball players Tannon, left, a senior, and Taylon Snow, a sophomore, have both committed to play at the University of Washington. (John Valenzuela—Inland Valley Daily Bulletin Staff Photographer)

Snow’s third home run increased her record and total on the season to 23 home runs.

The win also provided the Huskies sole possession of the Baseline League Championship for 2015.

“It was a pretty amazing day,” Southworth said.

Tannon’s sister, Taylon Snow contributed to the Huskies with a 3 for 6 performance as she scored two runs and brought in three. Kylie Michael went 3 for 4 for a three-run home run against the Regents.

Chino Hills will wrap up the season next week with games against Etiwanda and Los Osos.

“These next two games will be a big deal for us as we prepare for CIF,” Southworth said.

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Two local softball standouts earn national recognition

Senior Paige Halstead of Los Osos and sophomore Taylon Snow of Chino Hills have been singled out by USA Today as preseason All-Americans.

The newspaper selected 20 players from around the country.
Both were first-team All-CIF and All-Inland Valley honorees last year.

Halstead, who has signed with UCLA, hit .500 (38 for 76) as a junior with 10 doubles, three triples, six home runs and 30 RBI. She played shortstop last year but is being moved to catcher to fill a void there.

Snow, who has committed to Washington, hit .567 with eight doubles, two triples, five home runs, 24 RBI and 39 runs scored as a freshman. She was named statewide Freshman of the Yea last year by CalHiSports.

 

 

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Chino Hills’ Taylon Snow earns state honor

Outfielder Taylon Snow of Chino Hills has been named State Freshman of the Year by CalHiSports.

Snow set a CIF Southern Section record with 72 hits and batted .567. She had multi-hit games in the team’s last 16 games of the season, including all Sierra League contests and all four CIF Southern Section playoff games. Snow also hit five homers with 24 RBI.

She has already committed to University of Washington along with junior sister Tannon, the Huskies shortstop.

Among her other honors this year were a first-team All-Sierra League selection as well as All-Inland Valley first-team selection by the Daily Bulletin.

Among the other honorees were Mission Viejo pitcher Taylor McQuillin, who was named the Junior Player of the Year for leading here team to a CIF Division 2 championship with a 1-0 win over Chino in the title game.

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