Etiwanda softball standout Dana Housley has passed away, Eagles coach Dave Masucci confirmed.
Housley, 15, was competing in a travel ball game with the California Thunder on Saturday in Fontana and had an aneurysm while at bat in the final inning. Medical personnel hurried to the scene and she was rushed to Kaiser Permanente where she had remained on life support ever since.
Masucci said Housley was a promising young player, so much so that she had seen some time on the varsity squad despite being just a freshman. Much of her season was on the junior varsity but he had planned to bring her up for the playoff run.
The Eagles took to the field in her honor on Tuesday but lost a playoff game at Murrieta Valley 4-2. Players from both teams wore bows in their hair with her No. 21 on them. There were several posters
An outpouring of support for Housley, her family and the Etiwanda community has been evident. There were remembrances of her at games all over Southern California on Tuesday.
A GoFundMe account to help the family has already generated more than $56,000. Here is a link to that if you want to help.
Sophomore shortstop Brett Borgogono of Chino HIlls High School has made a verbal commitment to Cal State Fullerton.
Borgogono is hitting .333 with 23 runs scored and 12 RBI, which helped the Huskies to a share of the Baseline League title and a berth in the Division 2 quarterfinals.
He has visited the school on at least four occasions and grew up a Titan fan because his father went there. So it was not a difficult decision.
“I like the team chemistry and the coaching staff and I think playing there will help me take my game to the next level,” he said.
Borgogno was also considering Oregon, San Diego State and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
He plans to major in business.
“I am sure of the decision so I figured why wait,” he said of making his announcement early. “I have always wanted to go there.”
Here are the scores from Tuesday’s playoff games and what the winners have next:
Los Osos 3, Corona Santiago 2
Murrieta Valley 4, Etiwanda 2
Anaheim Canyon 5, Chino Hills 3
Los Osos at El Modena
Yucaipa 3, Capistrano Valley 0
Agoura 4, Citrus Valley 3
Oaks Christian at Yucaipa
Grand Terrace 9, Tesoro 0
Redondo Union 4, Montclair 0
Cerritos at Grand Terrace
Aquinas 4, Ocean View 2
Dos Pueblos at Aquinas
San Dimas 8, Edgewood 1
San Dimas at Mary Star of the Seas
Sierra Canyon 5, Webb 0
Carter defeated Etiwanda in a Division 2 game on Tuesday.
A rundown of the playoff scores from Tuesday and who the winners play next:
Bonita 7, Gahr 2
Chino Hills 6, Rio Mesa 2
Royal 7, Damien 1
Carter 2, Etiwanda 1
Bonita at San Clemente
Moorpark at Chino Hills
Carter at Crescenta Valley
Dan Dimas 17, Garden Grove 0
San Dimas at Santa Monica
San Gorgonio 6, St. Bonaventure 4
Sunny Hills 7, Grand Terrace 6
California at San Gorgonio
Salesian 2, Bloomington Christian 0
The season finally came to an end for the Damien boys volleyball team.
The Spartans (26-7), who won a CIF Southern Section title in Division 5, were dealt a 3-0 loss (25-17, 25-15, 25-18) by Corona del Mar in the first match of the Southern California Region of the state playoffs.
The Spartans were seeded eighth and played in Division 5 all season while Corona del Mar was the top seed and came out of Division 1 so Damien coach Randy Bohlmann thought his team held its own.
“We came out and really competed,” said Bohlmann, whose school has had a team for just five years and had never been past the quarterfinal until this season. “They’re a very, very good team and it was fun to play against a team of that level.”
Chris Jorritsma had 10 kills and a block while Chris Mercado added eight kills. Junior libero Nick Hibshman had 16 digs while senior setter Christian Hernandez tallied 28 assists.
Bohlmann thinks his team will now have higher expectations after experiencing a deep run in the playoffs. He currently has 48 players in the program, something few other programs can claim.
“We have a pretty good pipeline now,” he said. “We might not be quite this good but I still think we’re going to be pretty good moving forward.”
The Etiwanda High School softball team took to the field against Murrieta Valley in a first round playoff game today. But all were still thinking about freshman first baseman Dana Housley who had a brain aneurysm while at bat late in a travel game on Saturday.
Murrieta Valley prevailed 4-2 to move on to the quarterfinal. Etiwanda ends its season 24-9.
It was a pretty somber team that filed into the dugout an hour before the game. There were few words spoken.
It wasn’t until the third inning or so that the girls seemed to get focused on the game. They hit some balls hard which seemed to give then some confidence after the Nighthawks got a 2-run home run in the first.
After the game players struggle more with their emotions, many breaking down in the post-game huddle. But they handled themselves well and felt the support of the extended softball community.
Here’s what both coaches had to say about playing under the tough circumstances:
VIDEO: Etiwanda coach Dave Masucci.
VIDEO: Murrieta Valley coach Sean Parks.
See more expressions of support here for Dana
Etiwanda freshman softball standout Dana Housley continues fighting for her life as friends, teammates and the softball community rally around her.
The team is scheduled to play a second-round Division 1 playoff game at 3:15 today at Murrieta Valley. Coach Dave Masucci, also the school’s athletic director, says the game is still on as of now.
Masucci said Sunday night the game would probably be played if Housley was still on life support but would probably be postponed if that were not the case. But being a holiday weekend he had not been able to touch base with anyone from the opposing school or the CIF.
Masucci said if the game was moved to Wednesday, then if the Eagles won he would ask that the next game be moved from Thursday to Friday.
Housley sustained a brain aneurysm while at the plate to hit in the last inning of a travel ball game for the California Thunder on Saturday. Her condition has not changed.
She spent much of the season playing on the junior varsity team but had seen some time on the varsity and Masucci said he was planning on having her with the varsity for the postseason.
As of Tuesday morning a GoFundMe account to help Housley’s family and already generated more than $43,000 in contributions nationwide. Here is the link for the GoFundMe account if you want to help.
The softball community and Etiwanda High School family has been saddened by the news of a brain aneurysm sustained by Dana Housley during a travel ball game on Saturday.
Dana just competed her freshman year and played primarily on the junior varsity team although she did see time at the varsity level. Eagles coach Dave Masucci said Housley was going to be brought up to the varsity for the playoffs but she has been out with an unrelated illness.
She is in ICU at Kaiser in Fontana.
Here is some information provided by her travel ball organization.
Masucci said the status of Tuesday’s playoff game at Murrieta Valley is still up in the air and he hasn’t had a chance to contact the CIF or the opposing school.
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It has been a good week for Los Osos track standout Tyler Merkley.
He also formalized his college plans, signing with Kansas State.
He followed by taking first place in the discus (181-1) and third in shot put in the CIF Southern Section meet over the weekend at Cerritos College.
Oh, he graduated too!
Merkley also visited Arizona, Brigham Young and Texas Tech before making that tough decision.
“I really liked the coaches and I thought that would be the place for me,” he said. “It was actually fun going to the schools and seeing what they had to offer. This was the best fit.”
Merkley actually plans on specializing in the hammer throw, an event that is not contested at the high school level in California. He says he has been training in that event quite heavily over the last year and is ranked No. 4 in the country in that discipline.
He has two older brothers that compete in collegiate track which is how he first familiarized himself with the event. His oldest brother Craig is a sophomore at BYU while another brother, Kyle, is at Riverside Community College.
He’ll also throw the discus in college.
The Damien boys volleyball team is the lone local team advancing to the Southern California Regional of the state playoffs.
The Spartans have drawn the No. 8 seed in Division II and will play at No. 1 Corona del Mar at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.
Damien (26-6) won the CIF Southern Section title in Division 5, defeating Arrowhead Christian 3-1 title match on Saturday at Cerritos College.
Corona del Mar (29-5) lost the Division 1 final to Huntington Beach.