Pitcher Peter Lambert of San Dimas lands another honor

Right-hander Peter Lambert of San Dimas may be off starting his professional baseball career but the honors continue to roll in nonetheless.

Lambert, who was drafted in the second round by the Colorado Rockies, was one of just 11 players named to the All-California Team by USA Today.

Lambert was nothing short of spectacular. He had 13 starts and won all of those, completing nine. Five were shutouts and he allowed only four earned runs and managed 113 strikeouts in 83 innings for a miniscule ERA of 0.43.

Shortstop Branden Becker of Cajon, who was drafted and signed by the Baltimore Orioles, was named to the second team.

Here’s the complete list of players honored. It is a pretty select group.

Player of the Year: Joe DeMers, P, Pleasant Hill College Park, Sr.

FIRST TEAM
Justin Hooper, P, Concord De La Salle, Sr.
Peter Lambert, P, San Dimas, Sr.
Chris Betts, C, Long Beach Wilson, Sr.
Devin Davis, INF, Santa Clarita Valencia, Sr.
Nick Madrigal, INF, Elk Grove, Sr.
Tyler Nevin, INF, Poway, Sr.
Luke Williams, INF, Dana Point, Sr.
Daniel Amaral, OF, Huntington Beach, Sr.
Matt Smith, OF, Placentia El Dorado, Sr.
James Terrell, OF, St. Patrick-St. Vincent Vallejo, Sr.

SECOND TEAM
Marrick Crouse, P, Dana Hills, Sr.
Kyle Molnar, P, Aliso Viejo, Sr.
Patrick Sandoval, P, Mission Viejo, Sr.
Lucas Herbert, C, San Clemente, Sr.
Branden Becker, INF, Cajon, Sr.
John Cresto, INF, San Diego Cathedral Catholic, Sr.
Devin Davis, INF, Santa Clarita Valencia, Sr.
Royce Lewis, INF, Junipero Serra, So.
Anthony Gordon, OF, Terra Nova Pacifica, Sr.
Alex McKenna, OF, Mission Hills Bishop Alemany, Sr.
Jagger Rusconi, OF, West Ranch, Sr.

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Paige Halstead and Team USA place fifth

Los Osos High School graduate Paige Halstead was part of the USA Junior National team that finished fifth in the World Cup X Tournament which wrapped up Sunday at Barber Park in Irvine.

Halstead, a catcher who has signed with UCLA, went 2-for-16 (in eight games) in her first event with that team. Her hits were big hits as she had run-scoring singles in a 14-0 win over Argentina and a 14-1 win over Puerto Rico.

The event was won by the other USA Team, made up of the Senior Team members.

The USA Junior team beat Mexico 6-5 on Sunday to secure the fifth-place finish.

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Rancho Cucamonga boasts some big names in secondary

The Rancho Cucamonga football team boasted a couple major commitments this week as Thomas Graham Jr., a trasnfer from Eastvale Roosevelt, made a verbal to USC while Tayari Venable announced he’ll attend Washington State.

Introduction 2017: DB Tayari Venable

Both are juniors so nothing is signed, sealed or delivered yet and some kids change their minds. But the fact that both have opted for Pac 12 schools tells you the quality of players we’re talking about here.

Just how good should the Cougars secondary be? Well, pretty good. Not only does coach Nick Baiz have those two, there’s another junior-to-be in Jaylon Redd who started last year and saw saw significant playing time as a freshman.

Redd already has seven Pac 12 offers, the first of those coming shortly after his freshman year. Among his offers are USC and UCLA.

The fourth member of the Rancho secondary is Darriel Busby, who is the most experienced of the four but is smaller in stature which is going to limit his college prospects.

Baiz says its the best quartet at that position he has ever coached but he isn’t going overboard yet as far as his praise.

“We have some great players back there but it’s not just about them,” he said. “You have to have the pass rush. You have to stop the run. The defense is about each unit doing its job for them for it to be effective as whole.”

The Baseline League will be as tough as ever this year and there are several teams with potent passing attacks. So stay tuned.

 

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A quick look back at the prep athletes of the year

Well the book is officially closed on another year of high school sports. It’s always fun to go back and look at who the top performers were.

So here is a list of the athletes that were our Player of the Year in their respective sport. Good variety of schools represented which is always nice.

Daily Bulletin Football Player of Year Josh Woods, who played running back and  linebacker for Upland High School, Wednesday,...

FALL
Football: Josh Woods, Sr., Upland
Football (Offense): Shawn Wilson, Sr., Pomona
Football (Defense): Khaylan Thomas, Sr., Etiwanda
Girls volleyball: Meghan Buzzerio, Sr., Chino Hills
Girls cross country: Annie Boos, Soph., Claremont; Tess Rounds, Fr., Claremont
Boys cross country: Michael Teran, Sr., Jurupa Hills
Boys water polo: Stephen Cagle, Sr., Claremont
Girls tennis: Hermehr Kaur, Soph., Redlands
Girls golf: Bethany Wu., Sr., Diamond Bar

Chino Hills High School junior Lonzo Ball has been chosen as the 2015 Daily Bulletin boys basketball player of the year....

 

WINTER
Boys basketball: Lonzo Ball, Jr., Chino Hills
Girls basketball: Jackie Ricketson, Sr., Ayala
Girls soccer: Leah Pruitt, Sr., Alta Loma
Boys soccer: Eduardo Contreras, Jr., Chaffey
Wrestling: David Gonzalez, Sr., San Dimas
Girls water polo: Shelby Kraft, Jr., Los Osos

San Dimas High School pitcher Peter Lambert who went 13-0 this year helping the Saints to a league title and a 31-1 record....

SPRING
Baseball: Peter Lambert, Sr., San Dimas
Softball: Tannon Snow, Sr., Chino Hills
Girls swimming: Kenisha Kui, Jr., Ayala
Boys swimming: Brian Whittington, Sr., Los Osos
Boys golf: Jefferson Kao, Sr., Diamond Bar
Boys tennis: Andrew Leahy, Jr., Claremont
Boys track: Zach Shinnick, Soph., Damien
Girls track: Sklyer Daniel, Sr., Upland
Boys volleyball: Kaleb Denmark, Sr., Arrowhead Christian

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Ganesha football program taking small steps forward

When you’re football program isn’t steeped in tradition, you have to appreciate the smaller signs of progress. Such is the case with the Ganesha Giants.

Coach Don Cayer’s team improved from 3-7 in 2013 to 4-6 last fall. But they were also more competitive in games they lost.

Unfortunately modest improvement could have been more significant improvement but Ganesha lost the last four games after a 4-2 start.

Ganesha Football

“After awhile you get sick of being everyone’s doormat,” Cayer said. “We don’t talk about wins and losses. It’s about improvement and getting better each day. If  you do that hopefully it shows in the win column.”

There are other small signs of progress that haven’t shown up in the win column yet. Cayer is excited about his incoming freshman class and the number of players coming from his feeder schools who aren’t going elsewhere.

Also, Cayer, who also serves as the school’s athletic director, says his team had three home games where the team drew 1,000 spectators.

“It may not sound like much to some but I remember games when I was an assistant and you could count the number of people in the stands at kickoff,” he said.

The biggest on-field problem with the team last year was offense. Two of the games the team won were by the score of 7-6. Most troublesome was the offensive line. In fact it was such a sore spot that Cayer has taken over responsibility for the part of the team this year.

“Now it’s solely my fault if it’s still an issue,” he said.

The good news is that Cayer has nine returning starters on offense are seniors.  One of those who is not a senior is junior quarterback John Mosqueda, one of the players in the revolving door at that position last year.

Cayer admits Mosqueda just wasn’t ready last year but he tried everyone out of necessity and likes the improvement he has seen him thus far.

The strength of the offense appears to be wide receiver with a core that includes senior Marcione Harvey, Brian Chisholm, Albert Lewis and marcus Cooper. Harvey was in the program as an underclassmen, but moved to Arizona briefly, only to return before the school year was over. He is the speedster in the bunch.

Jimmy Lopez and Anthony Longsworth, both seniors, should see time in the backfield.

There will be several players seeing action on both sides of the ball with Longsworth and Chisholm also doing time in the secondary.

The top performer should be senior linebacker Mauriyon O’Brien, a 6-foot-3, 220-pounder whom Cayer says is drawing Division I interest.

Seniors Miguel Puentes and Samuel Davis will be on both sides of the line.

The schedule has been downgraded a bit with San Gabriel and Western Christian the new foes. The season begins on Aug. 28 at Mark Keppel, a team the Giants defeated last year.

The first home game will be the following week, Sept. 4, against Gladstone. Those were the two teams the Giants beat 7-6 last year.

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Rancho Cucamonga’s Tayari Venable picks Washington State

Junior Tayari Venable of Rancho Cucamonga is headed to Washington State. The 6-foot-2, 160-pounder made the declaration Wednesday night along with some of his peers.

The decision came down to where he thought he had the best opportunity to play early. The school also was the first to make an offer.

Introduction 2017: DB Tayari Venable

He was also considering UCLA, Arizona State, Washington and San Jose State. The only other school he had been to was UCLA, having played in a passing tournament there.

“I really looked at the depth chart at my position and I think I can play right away.” he said. “I also went there for a camp a month ago and I really liked it.”

Venable played a lot as a sophomore last year, managing 29 tackles and helping the Cougars to a third-place finish in the tough Baseline League.

He is the latest local to cast his lot with the school. Among those currently there are Kameron Powell, a former teammate, as well as former Upland quarterback Tyler Hilinski. Venable says he plans to talk to Powell later today.

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San Dimas’ Tommy Acuna commits to Arizona

 

San Dimas High School baseball standout Tommy Acuna has made a verbal commitment to University of Arizona.

Acuna played in the Junior Olympics in Arizona with Team California which gave that school an opportunity to scout him. The school had also seen him on a couple of other occasions.

“I’m really excited. It’s a great opportunity,” he said. “It’s the Pac 12 so it will be great competition.”

Acuna helped the Saints to a 31-1 record, a Valle Vista League title and a national rankings.

He earned first-team All-League honors, hitting .529 with eight doubles, 25 RBI and 13 runs scored. He started out the season serving primarily as designated hitter but stepped in at third base late in the season after an injury to the starter Joseph Bahna.

His father, Thomas Sr., always liked the school so it couldn';t have worked out better.

“He always liked that school. It was sort of his dream school,” Tommy said. “Now I am going there. It’s funny that it worked out that way.”

Acuna is considering majoring in law.

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Here’s how some of our local players are faring in the minor leagues

Matt Anderson

* Matt Anderson (Claremont/Chaffey College) – Mariners AA, Jackson (Miss.) of Southern League. Is 1-4, 3.60 ERA, 10 saves, 14 ER, 10 BB, 37 K’s in 35 innings.

* Matt Andriese (Redlands East Valley/UC Riverside) – Rays AAA, Durham (N.C.) of International League. Is 1-0, 2.70 ERA, 6 ER, 20 Ks, 5 BB, 20 innings.

* Branden Becker (Cajon) – Orioles Rookie, Gulf Coast League. Hitting .136 ut that is in just 5 games after signing following this year’s draft.

* Aaron Brooks (Cajon/CS San Bernardino) – Royals AAA, Omaha of International League. Is 4-4, 3.67 ERA, 31 ER, 75 Ks, 14 BB in 76 innings.

Geoff Broussard

* Geoff Broussard (Alta Loma/Cal Poly Pomona) – Angels High-A, Inland Empire of California League. Is 2-1 with 2.61 ERA, 3 saves, 6 ER, 37 Ks, 8 BB in 20 2/3 innings.

* Gary Brown (Diamond Bar) – Angels AAA, Salt Lake City of Pacific Coast League. Hitting .214, 3 doubles, 4 triples, 5 home runs, 27 RBI in 50 games.

* Chris Carlson (Chino Hills/Cal Poly Pomona) – Blue Jays Low-A, Lansing, Mich of Midwest League. Hitting .299 with 14 doubles, 2 triples, 1 home run, 21 runs scored and 17 RBI.

* Ethan Chapman (Upland Christian/CS San Bernardino) – Phillies AA, Reading of Eastern League. Hitting .083 in just 5 games. Just joined organization after being released by Royals where he spent the bulk of season at AA Northwest Arkansas.

* Matt Clark (Etiwanda) – Brewers AAA, Colorado Springs of Pacific Coast League. Hiting .269, 14 doubles, 1 triple, 12 home runs, 39 RBI, 30 runs in 71 games.

* Matt Davidson (Yucaipa) – White Sox AAA, Charlotte of International League. Hitting .236, 12 doubles, 13 home runs, 41 RBI, 25 runs in 76 games.

* Bailey Falter (Chino Hills) – Phillies Rookie, Gulf Coast League in Florida. Hasn’t pitched yet but joined them after signing afterthis year’s draft.

* Josh Fellahuer (Rancho Cucamonga) – Brewers AA, Biloxi, Miss. of Southern League. Hitting .286, 2 doubles, 1 home run, 11 RBI in 21 games.

Isaac Galloway

* Isaac Galloway (Los Osos) – Marlins AAA, New Orleans of Pacific Coast League. Hitting .243, 6 doubles, 2 triples, 17 RBI, 18 runs scored in 56 games.

* Kyle Garlick (Chino Hills/Cal Poly Pomona) – Dodgers Low-A, Great Lakes of Midwest League. Just reported there after a few games in rookie ball.

* Jeff Gelalich (Bonita) – Reds High-A, Daytona of Florida State League. Hitting .200 with 3 doubles, 2 triples, 7 stolen bases, 6 RBI, 17 runs scored in 47 games.

* Tommy Hanson (Redlands East Valley) – Giants High-A San Jose. Is 1-1, 2.25 ERA, 3 ER, 15 Ks, 5 BB, 12 innings. Has pitched at major league level with both the Braves and Angels.

* Grant Hockin (Damien) – Spent last year in Arizona rookie ball. Currently on disabled list.

* John Holdzkom (Rancho Cucamonga) – Pirates AAA, Indianapolis of International League. Is 2-0 with 3.38 ERA, 2 saves, 8 ER, 27 Ks, 15 BB.

* Chris Kohler (Los Osos) – A’s Short-A, Vermont of New York-Penn League. 1-0, 2.70 ERA in 10 innings, 3 ER, 1 BB, 10 K’s.

Jiovanni Mier

* Jiovanni Mier (Bonita) – Astros AA, Corpus Christi of Texas League. Hitting .264, 9 doubles, 2 triples, 5 home runs, 35 RBI, 29 runs in 58 games.

* Ryan Miller (San Bernardino Valley College) – Padres High-A, Lake Elsinore. Hitting .298 with 10 doubles, 3 triples, 2 home runs, 14 RBI, 14 runs scored in 24 games.

 

*Jacob Nottingham (Redlands) – Astros High-A, Lancaster of California League. Played first game last night after receiving promotion from Low-A Quad Cites where he hit .326 in 59 games and made the Midwest League All-Star team.

* Ricky Oropesa (Etiwanda) – Giants AA, Richmond of Eastern League. Hitting .282, 13 doubles, 1 home run, 9 home runs, 46 RBI in 70 games.

* R.J. Peace (Serrano) – Marlins Rookie, Gulf Coast League. Pitched his first 4 innings since signing after this year’s draft. Has 3 Ks’ 1 ER allowed.

* Cody Ponce (Damien/Cal Poly Pomona) – Brewers Rookie, Helena of Pioneer League. Has pitched in 2 games (5 innings) since signing last month after draft. He has 4 Ks, 2 ER and 0 BB.

* Addison Reed (Los Osos) – Diamondbacks AAA, Reno of Pacific Coast League. Has one scoreless inning after being sent down from the major league team.

* Daniel Robertson (Upland) – Rays AA, Montgomery (Ala.) of Southern League. Hitting .271, 15 doubles, 4 triples, 3 home runs, 32 runs scored, 32 RBI in 49 games.

* Jake Romanski (Chaffey College) – Red Sox AA, Portland of Eastern League. Hitting .100 in 3 games. But that was after hitting .262 in 47 games at High-A Salem and earning a promotion.

* Josh Smith (Etiwanda) – Diamondbacks rookie ball. Is 0-0, 16.20 ERA in 2 games, 1 2/3 inning, 3 ER, 2BB.

* Travis Taijeron (Cal Poly Pomona) – Mets AAA, Las Vegas of Pacific Coast League. Hitting .302 with 9 doubles, 2 triples, 13 home runs, 40 RBI, 38 runs scored in 66 games.

Dillon Tate

* Dillon Tate  (Claremont) – Rangers Short-A, Spokane of Northwest League. Just saw action in his first game and pitched a scoreless inning with 1 strikeout.

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