The first Male Athlete of the Week is . . .

For something new this year we’re picking a male and female athlete of the week.

Coaches we need your help, particularly for sports we don’t cover on a daily basis. Send us your nominations by Sunday night each week. You can e-mail the information to

Winners will be announced on-line Tuesdays and in the newspaper on Wednesday.

There were no girls sports last week so we just have a boy this week.

Here is our first honoree:




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Rancho Cucamonga football team to get air time

Friday night’s football game between Rancho Cucamonga and Norco will be televised on Prime Ticket.

The game kicks off at 7:30 p.m.

Both teams were impressive in their season opener with Rancho cruising past defending CIF champion Trabuco Hills and Norco easily defeating Etiwanda.

Another local team will have its game live-streamed on Fox Sports Prep Zone. That game will feature JSerra at Chino Hills at 7 p.m.

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Week 0 Scores and how the Top 10 fared

Here’s how the Daily Bulletin Top 10 fared tonight

No. 1 Rancho Cucamonga def. Trabuco Hills 45-0
No. 2 Upland def. Palmdale Knight 49-6
No. 3 Chino Hills def. No. 7 Ayala 31-0
No. 4 Colony def. West Covina 28-21
No. 5 Etiwanda lost to Norco 66-13
No. 6 Pomona lost to Oak Hills 31-13
No. 7 Ayala lost to No. 3 Chino Hills 31-0
No. 8 Carter def. Los Osos 30-3
No. 9 San Dimas did not play
No. 10 Chaffey def. Lakeside 35-6

Some notes from tonight

* Upland coach Tim Salter picked up his 200th win with the Highlanders victory.

* Several first-year coaches picked up wins in their debut. That group includes Mark Pasquarella (Alta Loma), Coco Jarin (Claremont), Matt Hoekstra (Ontario Christian)

* Tonight’s win by Chino Hills over Ayala was the sixth straight for the Huskies in the rivalry game. Five of the six have been decided by two touchdowns or more.

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Here’s where you can follow all the football action

Can’t make it to a high school football game tonight. Here’s where we’ll keep you updated on all the action:

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Get your plays and high school athletes recognized

We’re starting a new feature. We’ll be picking a male and female Athlete of the Week as well as a football Play of the Week.

Since we can only be at a few games a week, we’re going to need your help to keep us posted on games we’re  not at..

Send your Athlete of the Week nominations to me as well as your clips for Play of the week. They must be received by 10 a.m. Monday morning.

E-mail the to

Coaches, we also need you to call us with your game scores on Friday night. You can designate it to an assistant or a scorekeeper. (We’d rather it not necessarily be from a parent unless that person has authorization from the head coach.) We’ll need just a couple of details, enough to write maybe three sentences.

The phone number to check in with us is (909) 483-9362 or (909) 483-9368. We need your phone calls by 10 p.m. I realize that is tight.

Thanks and best of luck.



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My Week 0 predictions, for better or worse . . .

I’ve debated whether or not I want to make predictions. Too many people take them personally. Well I am going to give it a shot. It’s nothing against anybody or any team. Since it’s the first week I have to go a lot on last year and who is coming back.

So without further adieu . . .

Chino Hills 24, Ayala 21 – Not that the Bulldogs can’t win. They’re a good team and I have them ranked No. 7 in the Inland Valley but I have Chino Hills No. 3 and it has owned its rival of late. Until they beat the Bulldogs I’ll go with the Huskies.

Barstow 34, Miller 7 – Barstow is coming off an 8-3 season while Miller was 1-9. Enough said.

Chaffey 21, Lake Elsinore-Lakeside 7 – The Tigers have Mikey Dean. Against a team that was 2-8 that is probably more than enough.

Colony 27, West Covina 21 – A tough one to call. Two ranked teams a CIF champ vs. a playoff team. I’ll go with the team that has the title and a veteran quarterback coming back.

Pomona 28, Oak Hills 21 – This could be one of the best games of the night. The Red Devils graduated some talent but have plenty of athletes so I’ll still give them the nod.

Don Lugo 34, Walnut 10 – This was lopsided last year in the Conquistadores favor. I don’t expect that to change.

Duarte 17, Diamond Bar  14 – Two teams that had miserable seasons a year ago. The Brahmas are very young so I’ll go with the Falcons in the season opener.

Claremont 27, El Rancho 24 – El Rancho clobbered the Wolfpack last year but it was senior-laden. The Wolfpack also inherited a quality quarterback which might be enough to turn the tide.

Etiwanda 21, Norco 17 – This one was a nail biter last year and should be the same again. I’ll go with the Eagles defense making enough plays against one of the top quarterbacks in the area.

Rancho Cucamonga 27, Trabuco Hills 7 – Trabuco Hills is the defending CIF champ but it graduated a ton of players and has a new coach. And it lost to the Cougars last year with that great team.

Ganesha 14, Keppel 7 – The Giants won this game 7-6 last year and they got a quality transfer that will have an impact on both side of the ball so thats gives them the slight edge.

Heritage Christian 24, Ontario Christian 14  –  Ontario is under a new coach so who knows what to expect. It will start a sophomore quarterback and its the first game of the season so give the edge to Heritage.

Hesperia 21, Fontana 10 – The Scorpions are young but should have enough to beat a Fontana team that hasn’t had much to cheer about in awhile.

Carter 21, Los Osos 7 – The Grizzlies are much improved but are they improved enough to score enough points against a quality defense. Probably not.

Upland 45, Palmdale Knight 7 – Upland beat this team 70-something to nothing last year. Yes they graduated some people, but Knight still has no chance.

Ontario 17, Garey 7 – Another two teams that are struggling. The Jaguars beat the Vikings last year and Garey’s best two players transferred. So chalk one up for Ontario.

Rowland 21, Alta Loma 14 – Teams withe similar showings last year and the Braves have a new coach. Would probably pick the other way if it was a little later in the season but it isn’t so . . .

Bonita 24, Schurr 14 – Bonita beat Schurr last year pretty convincingly. That won’s change.

Diamond Ranch 17, South Hills 14 – A toss-up game and it is one that marks the debut of Panthers coach Jimmy Welker. He has played it close to the vest in divulging what he has to worth with but I’ll give it to the Panthers.

Sultana  14, Eisenhower 7 – This is a tossup between struggling teams so this is a total guess.

Calvary Murrieta 45, Western Christian 7 – Calvary cruised in this game last year and finished 8-3 on the season. Western went 2-8 and has a new coach.

Webb 28, Hamilton 10 – Webb is a team on the rise, Hamilton not so. Give it to the Gauls.

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The CIF preseason football polls are out . . .

Here are the first CIF football polls of the season:

SoCal Prep Legends Awards to honor best high school athletes in the area

West Valley Division
1. Vista Murrieta
2. Rancho Cucamonga
3. Mission Viejo
4. Great Oak
5. Tesoro
6. El Toro
7. Upland
8. Los Alamitos
9. Edison
10. Chino Hills

Central Division
1. Colony
2. Glendora
3. Charter Oak
4. Kaiser
5. West Covina
6. San Marino
7. Monrovia
8. Bonita
9. Summit
10. Ayala

Inland Division
1. Redlands East Valley
2. Heritage
3. Citrus Hill
4. Carter
5. Riverside Poly
6. Rancho Verde
7. Cajon
8. San Gorgonio
9. Redlands
10. Paloma Valley

Mid-Valley Division
1. Lancaster Paraclete
2. Sierra Canyon
3. Pomona
4. Northview
5. San Dimas
6. Viewpoint
7. Bell Gardens
8. Brentwood
9. Montebello
10. Baldwin Park

Eastern Division
1. Palm Springs; 2. Serrano; 3. Oak Hills; 4. La Quinta; 5. Norte Vista; 6. Moreno Valley; 7. Silverado; 8. Barstow; 9. Hesperia; 10. Palm Desert

Northern Division – 1. Paso Robles; 2. Arroyo Grande; 3. Thousand Oaks; 4. Atascadero; 5. Newbury Park; 6. Camarillo; 7. Lompoc; 8. Palmdale; 9. Nordhoff; 10. St. Joseph.

Northwest Division – 1. Nipomo; 2. Templeton; 3. Linfield Christian; 4. Shadow Hills; 5. Arrowhead Christian; 6. Maranatha; 7. Heritage Christian; 8. Mission Prep; 9. Morro Bay; 10. Pasadena Poly.

Southern Division – 1. Garden Grove; 2. Brea Olinda; 3. Anaheim Canyon; 4. El Modena; 5. Westminster; 6. Santa Ana Calvaery Chapel; 7. Rancho Alamitos; 8. Los Amigos; 9. Estancia; 10. Katella.

Southwest Division – 1. San Clemente; 2. La Habra; 3. Trabuco Hils; 4. Villa Park; 5. Corona del Mar; 6. Capistrano Valley; 7. Buena Park; 8. Foothill; 9. Troy; 10. Sonora.

Pac-5 Division – 1. Corona Centennial; 2. St. John Bosco; 3. Bishop Amat; 4. Santa Margarita; 5. Mater Dei; 6. Long Beahc Poly; 7. Crespi; 8. Alemany; 9. Orange Lutheran; 10. Servite.

Southwest Division – 1. Downey; 2. La Mirada; 3 Cathedral; 4. St. Francis; 5. La Serna; 6. Paramount; 7. Crescenta Valley; 8. Dominguez; 9. Salesian; 10. El Rancho.

Western Division – 1. Palos Verdes; 2. Ventura; 3. West Torrance; 4. Oxnard; 5. North Torrance; 6. Redondo Union; 7. Rio Mesa; 8. Simi Valley; 9. El Segundo; 10, tie, Agoura and Calabasas.




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Don Lugo football team gets boost from unlikely source

Last year the Don Lugo team was one of the most improved teams in the area going from last to third in the Mt. Baldy League to make the playoffs.

Many of those players graduated so second-year coach Luis Garcia is counting on newcomers to keep the progress coming.

But one player has come through who wasn’t on the radar three months ago.

Junior Anthony Miller didn’t even play football last year, although he did compete on the wrestling team. Garcia had him penciled in on the junior varsity. But Miller, a 5-foot-10, 170-pounder, has looked so good not only has he earned spot on the varsity, he is challenging for a starting position at running back and/or linebacker.

“He has been a real beast,” Garcia says. “He plays hard, practices hard and he’s tough.”

Don Lugo, 6-4 a year ago, opens the new season on Friday at Walnut. It defeated the same opponent 41-14 to start last season with Walnut ending the season with a 2-8 record.

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