Chino Hills basketball player in bad shape after skateboard accident

Chino Hills High School basketball player Nnamdi Okongwu is in a hospital after a skateboarding accident left him in a coma.

Huskies basketball coach Steve Baik was on vacation in Hawaii when notified of the accident in a text from his athletic director so he knew few details.

The 6-foot-9 center, who will be a senior in the fall, was an integral factor in the Huskies Sierra League title and postseason run. The honorable mention All-Inland Valley selection helped the Huskies to a spot in the Southern Section Open Division championship game where they lost to nationally ranked No. 1 Mater Dei at the Honda Center.

Chino Hills played in the state portion of the playoffs in Division I and made the South Region championship before losing to Corona Centennial at Citizen’s Business Bank Arena.


Cayer named athletic director at Ganesha

Don Cayer has been named athletic director at Ganesha High School.

He previously served as a teacher at Fremont, which doesn’t have athletics. He was also football coach at Pomona for two years before moving over to Ganesha. He served as assistant athletic director last year so the responsibilities won’t be new to him.

Cayer is also the school’s head football coach, a position he took a year ago. The school district has restructured its staff positions so Cayer will have much of the school day to get administrative things done before heading to practice.

“It  should work out. At least that’s the plan,” he said.

Webb quarterback Kienan Dixon to head East

Webb junior receiver Kienan Dixon loses the ball with Army-Navy sophomore defensive back Cameron Coe providing tight coverage

Kienan Dixon of Webb School will attend and play football at NCAA Division III Dickinson College (Penn.).

The Upland native threw for 1,050 yards with seven touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 10 games last year for the Gauls (3-7).

Dickinson, a liberal-arts college that is home to 2,400 students from across the nation and around the world, competes in the Centennial Conference. The Red Devils were 3-7 overall, 3-6 in conference play.

CalHiSports recognizes Inland Valley softball talent

It was another banner year on the softball field for are high schools. Jurupa Hills won a championship and Citrus Valley and Chino were runners-up.

Not surprisingly, player from those teams are among those singled out by CalHiSports which names an All-State team, quite a venture for a state this big.

Senior pitcher Miranda Viramontes of Chino, junior shortstop Tannon Snow of Chino Hills and senior catcher Janell Wheaton of San Dimas were named to the elite All-State first team which included representatives from schools all sizes throughout the entire state.

Second team honorees include shortstop Paige Halstead of Los Osos, junior outfielder Zoe Casas of Aquinas, freshman outfielder Taylon Snow and senior pitcher Patricia Parks of Chino Hills and senior pitcher Natalie Calderas of Jurupa Hills.

Third team selections were senior second baseman McKenzie Long of Los Osos, outfielder Chloe Melanson of Bonita and third baseman Sara Ketelsleger of Ayala.

The Snow sisters, Casas, Halstead and junior pitcher Brooke Bolinger of Yucaipa also were named to the All-State first team underclassmen team.

Second-team underclassmen state honorees were junior catcher Kelly Martinez of Yucaipa, sophomore first baseman Alyssa Gonzalez of Chino and junior infielder Taylor Rowland of Ayala.

Separate teams were selected for medium and small schools. Wheaton, Calderas and senior Destiney Henderson fo Kaiser were first team medium schools selections while junior pitcher Taylor Troost of Citrus Valley was second team.

Among small schools first team honorees were Casas and junior pitcher Allie Hotetz of Aquinas, senior infielder Sarah Guillen of Pomona Catholic and sophomore outfielder Madison Paige of Ontario Christian.

Second team small school selections were senior infielder Autumn Bartholomay of Pomona Catholic, junior pitcher Ariana Ramos of Ontario Christian and senior Danielle Stusy-Henderson of Bloomington Christian.



All-CIF honors handed out in boys volleyball

Here is the complete list of honorees in boys’ volleyball:

Division 1
Player of Year -
TJ Defalco, Jr., OH, Huntington Beach
Coach of Year – Craig Pazanti, Huntingon Beach

Tyler Bird, Sr., Redondo Union; Hayden Boehle, Sr., Loyola; Tommy Brooks, Sr., Corona del Mar; Drake Evans, Sr., Huntingon Beach; Joey Martino, Sr., Corona del Mar; Eric Mathies, Sr., Dana Hills; Cole Paullin, Sr., Loyola; Vinny Pizzuti, Sr., Redondon Union; Louis Richard, Sr., Redondo Union; Brendan Sanders, Sr., Huntington Beach; Josh Tuaniga, Jr., Huntington Beach; Jacob Tuiotimariner, Sr., St. John Bosco.

Division 2
Player of Year -
Jacob Arnitz, Sr., OH, Esperanza
Coach of Year - Isaac Owens, Esperanza

Noah Blanton, Sr., Laguna Beach; Eric Chance, Sr., El Segundo; Jack Empey, Sr., Arroyo Grande; Storm Fa’agata, Sr., Lakewood; Tyler Fonteroy, Sr., Santa Barbara; Shane Hauschild, Sr., San Marcos; Ryan Heller, Sr., Esperanza; Ben Oxnard, Sr., Esperanza; Josh Riblett, Sr., South Torrance; Christian Widmer, Sr., San Marcos; John Paul Wollam, Sr., Laguna Beach; Jack Wyett, Sr., Laguna Beach.

Division 3
Player of Year -
Richard Yu, Jr., OH, South Pasadena
Coach of Year - Iris Najera, Gahr

Alex Ah Sue, Sr., Rio Mesa; Corey Chavers, Jr., Gahr; David Gonzalez, Jr., San Gabriel; Nick Graves, Sr., Crossroads; Greg Luck, Soph., South Pasadena; Noah Lourenco, Sr., Gahr; Mike Otazu, Sr., Heritage Chr.; Drew Pion, Sr., Windward; Justin Ramos, Sr., Paloma Valley; Andrew Rudchenko, Sr., South Pasadena; Daniel Velasquez,Sr., Warren; Matt Yoshimoto, Jr., Camarillo.

Division 4
Player of Year -
Alejandro Albarran, Sr., OH, Cathedral
Coach of Year – Michael Godby, Cathedral

Jonathan Alvarez, Sr., Cathedral; Joshua Canalas, Sr., Bellflower; Ben Dalgarn, Sr., La Salle; Erik Leggio, Sr., MB, Damien; Travis McGrand, Sr., Yucaipa; Matt Nichols, Jr., St. Margaret’s; Christian Perez, Sr., Santa Fe; Travis Pyrek, Sr., Bishop Montgomery; Carlos Rivera, Soph., Salesian; Peter Sarmiento, Sr., Bishop Montgomery; Connor Williams, Sr., La Salle.

Divsion 5
Player of Year -
Noah Dyer, Soph., S-OPP, Saddleback Valley Chr.
Coach of Year – Frankie Perales, Garden Grove

Arturo, Alday, Sr., Garden Grove; Ryan Bickett, Jr., Laguna Blanca; Kaleb Denmark, Jr., Arrowhead Chr.; Alec Jimenez, Sr., Saddleback Valley Chr.; Torrey Karlson, Sr., Saddleback Valley Chr.; Peter Le, Sr., Rancho Alamitos; Sione Masoe, Sr., Garden Grove; Jon Minsberg, Fr., Saddleback Valley Chr.; Neven Skoblar, Sr., Mart Star; Thomas Tauffee, Sr., Garden Grove; Derek Van Leeuwen, Sr., Ontario Chr.; Alex Vernardos, Jr.,m Vistamar.

All-CIF selections out in baseball

All CIF selections

Division 1
Player of Year -
Jack Flaherty, Harvard-Westlake
Player of Year - David Bacani, Santa Margarita

Jordan Bocko, Capistrano Valley; Griffin Canning, Santa Margarita; Ruben Cardenas, Alemany; Austin Colvin, Lakewood; Dylan Doherty, Foothill; Luke Dykstra, Westlake; Nathan Hadleu, Loyola; Tristan Hildebrand, Esperanza; Hudson Hughes, Foothill; Josh Morgan, Orange Lutheran; Daniel Patzlaff, Fountain Valley; Patrick Sandoval, Mission Viejo; Brian Schales, Edison; Scott Schultz, Fountain Valley; Brady Shockey, JSerra; Jackson Simonsgard, Thousand Oaks; Ezra Steinberg, Harvard-Westlake; Nick Valaika, Hart; Albee Weiss, Agoura; Cole Young, Norco.

Division 2
Player of Year -
Kyle Plantier, Temecula Valley
Coach of Year - Tony Nobiensky, Temecula Valley

Brandon Aoki, Camarillo; Kolby Allard, San Clemente; Dominic Colacchio, Aliso Niguel; Bailey Falter, Chio Hills; Tony Fonzo, Buena; Brian Gadsby, Crescenta Valley; Coltin Gerhart, Vista Murrieta Grant Hockin, Damien; Laine Huffman, Valencia Brandon Koch, Temecula Valley; Kyle Molnar, Aliso Niguel; Kale Morton, Glendora; Zack Noll, Great Oak; Louis Raymond, Dana Hills; Michael Russo, Crescenta Valley; Elijah Skipps, Cypress; Cody Sporrer, Chino Hills; Brad Wegman, Great Oak; Blake Wilson, La Mirada; Gavin Velasquez, South Hills.

Division 3
Player of Year -
Scott Hurst, Bishop Amat
Coach of Year - Andy Nieto, Bishop Amat

Andrew Bash, Palm Desert; Jaime Estrada, Gahr; Clay Fisher, La Quinta; Alex Garcia, Bishop Amat; Matt Kassowitz, Santa Monica; Gabriel Llanes, Downey; Marcus Lomax, Serra; Ryon Martinez, Loara; Duncan McKinnon, Redondo Union; Travis Moniot, Palm Desert; Eli Morgan, Peninsula; Aaron Pinto, St. Paul; Joe Quire, Bonita; Sabino Ramirez, Cathedral City; Sergio Robles, Bishop Amat; Jay Sterner, Culver City; Jonathan Teaney, Quartz Hill; Alan Terjo, Warren; Tyler Tungate, Downey; Chris Williams, Carden Grove.

Division 4
Player of Year -
Kyle Smith, Torrance
Coach of Year - Ollie Turner, Torrance

Daniel Alavrez, California; Gabe Armstrong, Sonora; Marco Briones, Alhambra; Nick Carino, Monrovia; Daniel Garcia, Century; Miles Glazier, San Marino; Preston GrandPre, Laguna Beach; Alex Labor, Northview; Peter Lambert, San Dimas; Chris Mathewson, Kaiser; Andrew Matus, Don Lugo; Daniel Millwee, San Dimas; Matt Mogollon, South Torrance; Ryan Mota, Kaiser; Manny Olloque, Torrance; Drake Pingel, South Torrance; Tyson Quolas, Oaks Chr.; Evan Sony, Sonora; Spencer Vogelbach, Oaks Chr.; Grant Wilhelm, Laguna Beach.

Division 5
Player of Year -
Zach Snyder, Santa Ynez
Coach of Year - Warren Dickey, Santa Ynez

Tommy Anderson, Oak Hills; Brandt Baker, Beaumont; Colby Barrick, Santa Ynez; Roosevelt Bates, Oak Hills; Solomon Bates, Oak Hills; Morgan Brannock, Big Bear; Blake Davidson, Citrus Valley; Chris Davidson, Village Chr.; Ryan Davis, Tahquitz; Augie Encinas, Mary Star; Jesse Garcia, Tahquitz; Eric Gutierrez, Sierra Vista; Jesse Hanckel, Village Chr.; Nick Michaels, Citrus Valley; Lorenzo, Perez, Arroyo; Brett Prater, Woodcrest Chr.; John Shurance, Linfield Chr.; Zach Torra, Santa Ynez; Derion Torres, Sierra Vista; Morgan Veitch, Big Bear.

Division 6
Player of Year -
Parker Cross, Capistrano Valley Chr
Coach of Year - Clemente Bonilla, Capistrano Valley Chr.

Caeden Barnes, Upland Chr.; Brock Bell, Sierra Canyon; AJ Discenzio, Valley Chr.; Matt Franco, Desert Chr.; Eric Fukuda, Valley Chr.; Jonah Halverson, Crean; Layne Henderson, La Verne Lutheran; Fox Kailawa, Mammoth; Ryan Linder, Oxford; Matt Markus, Crean; Luke Martin-Resnick, Windward; David Orndorf, Pasadena Poly; Chris Palmer, Desert Chr.; Adrian Pereira, Santa Clara; Jackson Ramey, Sierra Canyon; Parker Reposa, Sage Hill; Paul Sardo, Crean; Chaz Williams, St. Margaret’s

Division 7
Player of Year -
Arturo Rojas, Nuview Bridge
Coach of Year - Samuel Llausas, Nuview

Shannon Carroll, Dunn; Nolan Day, Riverside Chr.; Noah Dent, Santa Clarita Chr.; Jake Eisaguirre, Dunn; Zach Eli, Cate; Daniel Fanto, Hillcrest; Emmany Godinez, Coast Union; Armando Gonzalez, Concordia; Michael Horton, Nuview Bridge; Gehrig Kniffen, Coast Union; Christian Martinez, Avalon; Sam Mayes-Sanchez, Rolling Hills; Kyle Moore, Riverside Prep; Nick Natali, ACE; Nathan Oh, Fairmont; Esteban Ojeda, Nuview Bridge; Vision Pluma, Riverside Prep; Conley Runions, Valley Chr.; David Vela, Rolling Hills; Fabian Vitalm, Animo.

Two locals make USA Baseball Under-18 Team Trials

Two local athletes were among the 44 chosen nationwide to participate in the USA Baseball 18-under Team Trials from Aug. 23-29 in Houston, Tex. A final 20-man roster will be announced at the end of that event.

Juniors Bailey Falter of Chino Hills and Peter Lambert of San Dimas, both pitchers, were selected after their showing the past weekend after the gold medal game of the Tournament of Stars in Cary, N.C.

The event is held annually and serves as the primary selection vehicle for the 18U National Team Trials roster. Out of the 108 athletes that attended the tournament, 34 have been named to the trials roster.

Those 34 are joined by ten additional players that were named to trials through the 2013 17U National Team Identification Series and 2013 17U National Team Development Program.

Both Falter and Lambert are first-team All-Inland Valley selections this year. Falter, who has committed to UC Santa Barbara, was 8-2 with an 0.72 ERA in 68 innings while Lambert, who has committed to UCLA, was 11-2 with an 0.59 ERA in 83 innings.

Left-handed pitcher Kyle Robeniol of Los Osos is one of nine alternates. He was 6-4 with a 3.21 ERA in 57 innings.


Upland Christian’s Caeden Barnes to sign with San Diego Christian

Senior baseball standout Caeden Barnes of Upland Christian Academy signed a letter of intent to play baseball at San Diego Christian next year.  Festivities were held on Friday at the school.

Barnes was the Most Valuable Player in the Arrowhead League the past two seasons. He was an All-CIF selection as a junior,  with announcement of that honor for tis year not yet made.

Barnes hit .639 in 20 games with 9 doubles, 5 triples, 11 home runs, 17 stolen bases and 49 RBI.

On the mound he was equally successful, going with a 4-2 record and 1.51 ERA in 11 appearances.

Barnes also competed on the football team in the fall.

Claremont’s Chris Edward will play at Chaffey College

Claremont High School basketball standout Chris Edward has decided to stay close to home and will play at Chaffey College.

Edward, a 6-foot-7 post player, had impressive credentials. He was a first-team Inland Valley and All-CIF selection, averaging 18.4 points and 10 rebounds for the Wolfpack (20-10).

His high game of 34 points came in a 46-44 win over South Hills. Among his most noteworthy performances was a 28-point, 14-rebound showing in first-round, 63-58 playoff win over Cajon.

Edward said he didn’t draw much interest from Division I or II schools. Azusa Pacific wanted him to walk on but the cost of tuition at that school made him rule out that option.

“It was a little disappointing but there isn’t anything I can do about that now,” he said, about the lack of interest from high profile schools. “I will go there and hope to have two good years and then move one to someplace else.”

He’ll be a great addition at Chaffey, which advanced the state semifinal a year ago and finished as state runner-up in 2012.

Glendora’s Kale Morton tops Baseline League baseball list

MVP - Kale Morton, Sr., Glendora

First team
Alex Briggs, Jr., Glendora
Corey Brown, Sr., Etiwanda
Justin Cage, Sr., Glendora
Ryan Day, Sr., Los Osos
Joey Deceglie, Sr., Los Osos
Steven Elliott, Jr., Alta Loma
Griffen Herrera, Soph., Glendora
Elijah Lyman, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
Brandon Mourad, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
Niko Navarro, Jr., Los Osos
D.J. Peters, Sr., Glendora
Tommy Pincin, Sr., Upland
Alex Reyes, Sr., Upland
Josh Smith, Sr., Etiwanda

Second team
Thomas Berutto, Jr., Etiwanda
Brendan Cagle, Sr., Los Osos
Jeremy Conant, Jr., Alta Loma
Michael Escobedo, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
Eric Flores, Sr., Glendora
Michael Gomez, Sr., Upland
Joseph Hamilton, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga
Kyle Isbel, Jr., Etiwanda
Tyler Freeman, Fr. Etiwanda
Nick Kaye, Jr., Glendora
Jeff Kross, Jr., Upland
Dakota Oberhauser, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
D.J. Porter, Sr., Los Osos
Malcolm Smith, Jr., Los Osos

Honorable mention – Grant Ashcraft, Jr., Etiwanda; Gavin Coppin, Soph., Glendora; Jordan Dynes, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga; Robert Gibbs, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga; Tyler Lawson, Soph., Rancho Cucamonga; Alex Luna, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga; Patrick McGarvey, Sr., Upland; Kyle Robeniol, Jr., Los Osos; Connor Shepherd, Jr., Upland; Ryne Smith, Sr., Los Osos; Jason Wallace, Jr., Etiwanda; Caleb Watkins., Soph., Glendora