Aaron Flores’ tenure at Rancho Cucamonga High School was a short one. He resigned after two years heading the varsity volleyball team to take a lead assistant and recruiting coordinator at Division I UC Irvine.
Flores, 29, directed the Cougars to a 24-7 showing, highlighted by a perfect record in the tough Baseline League. The Cougars advanced to he CIF quarterfinal before falling to South Torrance, He was the Inland Valley Coach of the Year.
The move wasn’t necessarily a surprise. Flores said he was up front with the administration when he was hired about his desire to return to the college level but was surprised a position opened up this soon.
Flores did serve as an assistant at UC Irvine the two years before he took the Rancho job. A string of coaching changes led to a vacancy there with Jamie Morrison, who had been in that position, taking a job with the Olympic team.
The UC Irvine program is headed by three-time Olympian Paula Weishoff.
Flores will stay on as an administrator with the Club West program but is giving up his coaching duties there.
A decision on his successor hasn’t yet been made but former Redlands East Valley Coach Eli Cuenca is meeting with school officials today.
The cupboard won’t be empty for who ever does take over. The Cougars still have the reigning Player of the Year in Kyle Miller, who will be a junior.
Etiwanda school administrators are expecting a sell out crowd for Friday night’s Open Division boys game between the Eagles and visiting Chino Hills.
So advanced tickets are on sale at the school on Wednesday and Thursday at the Student Store.
They can be purchased by students, as well a the public, at the store on Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 3:15 p.m., as well as Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students ages 5-13.
They go on sale at the gym at 5:45 p.m. with the game tipping off at 7 p.m.
Here’s what’s left for girls basketball playoffs. All these games are Wednesday:
Serra at Etiwanda
Rancho Cucamonga at Bonita
Long Beach Millikan at Chino Hills
Camarillo at Ayala
Burbank-Burroughs at Chino
Cajon at Tesoro
Alta Loma at Mira Costa
Redondo Union at Yucaipa
Culver City at Eisenhower
Patriot at Redlands East Valley
Jurupa Hills at Cerritos
Aquinas at Crean Lutheran
Webb at Santa Clara
The field of teams left in the title hunt is dwindling. Here’s what’s on tap this week:
Open Division (Friday)
Chino Hills at Etiwanda
Damien at Temecula Great Oak
Mission Viejo at Los Osos
Rancho Cucamogna at Santa Monica
Lanwdale at AB Miller
Elsinore at Claremont
Eisenhower at Pasadena
Redlands East Valley at Riverside Alrington
Hemet at Colony
Kaiser at Hart
The field has been whittled to just a few in girls water polo. Here’s what’s left, including the possibility of an all-local final.
Division 3 (Wednesday at Wollett Aquatic Center)
Los Osos vs. Arroyo Grande
Upland vs. Mira Costa
Division 4 (at Whittier)
Redlands East Valley vs. Riverside Poly
Division 7 (at neutral site)
Chino vs. Segerstrom
Lots of local teams survived first round CIF play in boys soccer. Here’s the list of games for Tuesday.
Claremont at San Clemente
Bloomington at Upland
Alta Loma at Warren
Corona at Fontana
Paramount at Colton
Redlands East Valley at Temecula Chaparral
Chino at Hawthorne
Ontario at Santa Paula
Diamond Bar at Monrovia
Jurupa Hills at Valley Christian
Rialto at Firebaugh
Cate at Arroyo Valley
St. Margaret’s at Webb
San Gorgonio at Chadwick
Riveside Rubideaux at Arrowhead Christian
Here are the CIF second round girls soccer games involving local teams
Harvard-Westlake at Los Osos
Upland at Corona del Mar
Aliso Niguel at Etiwanda
Chino Hills at Troy
Bishop Amat at Diamond Bar
Quartz Hill at Chino
Arrowhead Christian at St. Margaret’s
Grand Terrace at San Marino
Beaumont at Aquinas
Bloomington at Ontario Christian
Citrus Valley at Bishop Diego
Los Amigos at Carter
Big Bear at Segerstrom
San Dimas at Garden Grvoe
Rialto at Camarillo
Sierra Vista at Jurupa Hills
Tarbut V Torah at Pomona Catholikc
Earlier this week veteran coach John Kusleika was appointed head coach at Ontario High School. If anyone can turn the Jaguars around, he’s the guy.
Most recently he served as offensive coordinator for long time friend Kurt Bruich at Redlands East Valley. He also served as an assistant at Rancho Cucamonga, as well as at the University of La Verne since his most noteworthy stint as head coach at Alta Loma High school.
What he did at Alta Loma was impressive. In seven years directing the Braves Kuslieka’s teams were 37-36-1 with four playoff appearances. They haven’t come close to sniffing the playoffs since then.
Yep, it’s been awhile since the school won a Baseline League game – 2008 to be exact. But his teams won league games each season.
Most would say the Ontario job isn’t a good one. The track record in football hasn’t been good for awhile. Ron Stocking, who started last season as head coach, wasn’t on staff at the school. And Kusleika won’t be either, at least for now. He teaches at Los Osos. That presents an obstacle in itself.
I always considered him a good coach who makes the most and does a lot with a little. This will be a true test!
Bonita and Alta Loma High schools will join together for benefit baseball scrimmages in honor of former baseball coach Ted Persell.
Persell, an assistant at Bonita last year and head coach at Alta Loma the previous decade, died in automobile accident in December.
Those two schools will square off with the freshmen and varsity teams playing each other at 6:30 p.m. at Bonita and the junior varsity teams playing at 3:15 p.m. at Alta Loma.
There is no admission charge but donations will be taken at the gate. The concession stand will be open and a 50-50 raffle held with all proceeds going to Persell’s family.
Persell grew up in Duarte and played at Bishop Amat. Bonita coach John Knott said he might look into expanding the event into a tournament to include part of the San Gabriel Valley.
Rancho Cucamonga High School defensive lineman Chris Unga has decided to attend Utah State. He made that decision after visiting the past weekend.
He was also considering University of Hawaii and had a trip planned there but canceled that after coming back from Utah. Boise State also came into the picture late, visiting him at school on Monday after he had already made up his mind.
One of the biggest factors in the decision for Unga, the Inland Valley’s Defensive Player of the Year, was that the school was willing to wait for him to start his collegiate career. Unga is planning a Morman mission trip after graduation. He said some Division I schools backed off of him because of that.