Baseline proves to be superior league in boys basketball

Damien coach Matt Dunn talks about how the Baseline prepared his team for the title run.

There are some strong leagues in Southern California when it comes to boys basketball. But it is the Baseline League looking like the best of all of them.

Not one, but two teams will be going for state championships this weekend as Damien takes on Campolindo for the Division 3 title at 4 p.m. Friday at Haas Pavilion at Cal-Berkeley.

Later in the day Chino Hills faces San Ramon Valley at 8 in the Division 1 final.

There easily could have been a third team in Etiwanda which competed with the elite of the elite in the Open Division and stayed in the Open for the state portion of the playoffs. The Eagles got to the semifinal before losing to LA Fairfax. It is the Eagles who boasted a rare win over Mater Dei AT Mater Dei in the CIF Southern Section.

The Baseline League was one of three leagues that got three teams into the Open Division for the Southern Section playoffs. The other two were the Trinity League (Mater Dei, St. John Bosco, Orange Lutheran) and the Del Ray (Cathedral, Bishop Montgomery, Cantwell Sacred Heart).

But to have two get to the final and another make the open semifinal, well that’s quite a feat.

All three local teams have something in common. They played very tough -schedules. They also had the benefit of great league games. So they’re battle tested. That has to be a factor in them advancing this far and playing in to April. Well, within a few days of April anyway.

We in the Inland Empire have always known how good the talent is here. This just might be what it takes for those outside out own little bubble to recognize it.

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Alta Loma’s Amy Armstrong chooses a local college

Amy Armstrong

Amy Armstrong of Alta Loma wanted to stay close to home for college and she was lucky to find a premier program in commuter distance.

The 6-foot-1 middle blocker has committed to Cal State San Bernardino a dominant competitor  in the California Collegiate Athletic Conference and a figure on the national scene under veteran coach Kim Cherniss.

It is a perfect fit.

Cherniss and assistant Danny Scott have done an outstanding job of developing players at the middle blocker position and have churned out several All-Americans there. They had two there last year in Tori May and Brenna McIntosh. May has graduated while McIntosh will be a senior.

Cherniss has also been good at maintaining a local presence on her roster. Yes she’ll go out and get that top recruit from elsewhere but there are always local players on her roster as well.

Armstrong was a key player for a Braves team that is coming off its best season in school history. Alta Loma (36-3) easily won the Mt. Baldy League and cruised to a Southern Section title. They went on to the state playoffs and marched all the way to the state title game before being dealt a 3-2 loss.

Armstrong, a first-team Mt. Baldy League selection, registered 171 kills and a team-high 109 blocks.

She was also considering Cal State East Bay and New Mexico-Highlands, both Division II schools.



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Ganesha’s Albert Henry chooses University of Redlands

Ganesha football standout Albert Henry has decided to continue his playing career at the University of Redlands.

Henry, a 5-foot-10, 230-pounder,  excelled at both running back and linebacker for the Giants, earning second team All-Miramonte League honors.

Ganesha coach Don Cayer says his player was looking to stay in Southern California.

The University of Redlands has always boasted one of the better programs in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC). The Bulldogs were 6-3 overall, 6-1 and second place in the conference.


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San Dimas baseball still sits first in Division 3 poll

San Dimas coach Mike Regan talks about his team.

Division 1 - JSerra; 2. Dana Hills; 3. Millikan; 4. Edison; 5. Harvard-Westlake; 6. Sherman Oaks Notre Dame; 7. El Toro; 8. Alemany; 9. Murrieta Valley; 10. Vista Murrieta.

Division 2 - 1. San Clemente; 2. Gahr; 3. Upland; 4. South Hills; 5. Glendora; 6. Ayala; 7. Crescenta Valley; 8. Camarillo; 9. Villa Park; 10. Oxnard.

Division 3 – 1. San Dimas; 2. Temescal Canyon; 3. Beckman; 4. Corona del Mar; 5. Palm Desert; 6. Mira Costa; 7. Paso Robles; 8. Redondo Union; 9. La Salle; 10. Coachella Valley.

Division 4 - 1. California; 2. West Torrance; 3. Alta Loma; 4. Sonora; 5. Alhambra; 6. South Torrance; 7. El Rancho; 8. Oak Hills; 9. Don Lugo; 10. Ramona.

Division 5 - 1. Santa Ynez; 2. Sierra Canyon; 3. Monrovia; 4. Village Chr.; 5. West Valley; 6. Maranatha; 7. Citrus Hill; 8. Temple City; 9. Whittier Chr.; 10. Capistrano Valley.

Division 6 - 1. Crean Lutheran; 2. Lanacaster Desert Chr.; 3. Pasadena Poly; 4. Desert Chr. Aca.; 5. Sage Hill; 6. Fillmore; 7. St. Genevieve; 8. St. Anthony; 9. Oxford Aca.; 10. Calavry Murrieta.

Division 7 - 1. Riverside Prep; 2. Excelsior Charter; 3. Santa Clarita Chr.; 4. Animo Leadership; 5. Rolling Hills; 6. Tarbu V’Torah; 7. New Roads; 8. Avalon; 9. Hillcrest; 10. Trinity Classical.

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Los Osos softball moves up to No. 3

Division 1 - 1. Orange Lutheran; 2. Corona Santiago; 3. Los Osos; 4. Saugus; 5. Norco; 6. Huntington Beach; 7. West Ranch; 8. Anaheim Canyon; 9. Upland; 10. Cypress.

Division 2 - Mission Viejo; 2. Yucaipa; 3. Fullerton; 4. Oaks Christian; 5. Dana Hills; 6. Cajon; 7. Troy; 8. South Hills; 9. Foothill; 10. Brea Olinda.

Division 3 - 1. Redondo Union; 2. La Serna; 3. San Clemente; 4. Burbank; 5. St. Paul; 6. Montclair; 7. Bishop Amat; 8. Gahr; 9. Mayfair; 10. Burbank Burroughs.

Division 4 - 1. Santa Ana; 2. Highland; 3. North Torrance; 4. Torrance; 5. Ocean View; 7. Aquinas; 8. South Torrance; 9. Apple Valley; 10. Ventura.

Division 5- 1. La Reina; 2. San Dimas; 3. St. Bonaventure; 4. Edgewood; 5. Lompoc Cabrillo; 6. Silverado; 7. Mary Star of the Sea; 8. Sierra Vista; 9. Schurr; 10. Pomona Catholic.

Division 6 - 1. Savanna; 2. Paraclete; 3. Boron; 4. Shadow Hills; 5. Vasquez; 6. Chadwick; 7. Yucca Valley; 8. Bloomington Chr.; 9. Sierra Canyon; 10. Oxford.

Division 7 - 1. ACE; 2. Grace Brethren; 3. Rolling Hills; 4. Faith Baptist; 5. Santa Clara; 6. University; 7. Animo Leadership; 8. Santa Clarita Chr.; 9. Archer; 10. Providence.

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Los Osos infielder Niko Navarro earns weekly honor

Senior third baseman Niko Navarro of Los Osos has been names Cal-Hi Sports Southern California Baseball Player of the Week.

Navarro, who has committed to San Diego State, is coming off a monster game against Baseline League foe Etiwanda.

He went 4-for-5 on the day with six RBI. Included in that showing were three home runs, his first three of the season.

He is hitting .476 through the first seven games of the season for the Grizzlies.

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Western Christian basketball coach steps down

Western Christian boys basketball coach Lester Simpson has resigned, Athletic Director Jose Ramirez confirms.

Simpson headed the program for three years, his teams going 25-43 in that stretch. The best season came in 2013-2014 when the Lancers went 16-7 overall and placed second in the Ambassador League.

The past season was a rebuilding one and the squad went just 1-20.

Ramirez said the position has already been flown inside. It is now open to outside applicants.










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CIF poll: Boys tennis

Here is the latest CIF poll for all divisions released Monday:

Division 1 - 1. Harvard-Westlake; 2. Los Alamitos; 3. University; 4. San Marino; 5. Peninsula; 6. Beverly Hills; 7. Santa Barbara; 8. Westlake; 9. Palos Verdes; 10 . Beckman.

Division 2 - 1. Santa Margarita; 2. Arcadia; 3. Crescenta Valley; 4. Sage Hill; 5. San Luis Obispo; 6. Arroyo Grande; 7. Diamond Bar; 8. Crean Lutheran; 9. West Ranch; 10. Pasadena Poly.

Division 3 - 1. Anaheim Canyon; 2. Great Oak; 3. Placentia Valencia; 4. Cypress; 5. Cerritos; 6. Troy; 7. Sunny Hills; 8. El Doraado; 9. Long Beach Wilson; 10. ML King.

Division 4 - 1. Laguna Beach; 2. Redlands; 3. Mark Keppel; 4. Maranatha; 5. Buckley; 6. Chino Hills; 7. Covina; 8. Rowland; 9. Rancho Cucamonga; 10. Ocean View

Division 5- 1. Heritage; 2. Beaumont; 3. Rosemead; 4. Bishop Montgomery; 5. Rancho Mirage; 6. Hemet; 7 Arroyo Valley; 8. Oak Hills; 9. Ramona; 10. Alta Loma.

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Damien takes over top spot in Division 5 boys volleyball poll

The Damien boys volleyball team is the top team in the area, at least if you go by the most recent CIF poll.

The Spartans (8-4) are ranked No. 1 in Division 5. Three of their four losses have come to Orange County teams in tournament play.

Damien, coached by Randy Bohlmann, is 3-0 in the Hacienda League heading into a non-league match today at Montebello 4-8).

Here is the entire poll for each division:

Division 1 - 1. Huntington Beach; 2. Loyola; 3. Mira Costa; 4. Corona del Mar; 5. Dana Hills; 6. San Clemente; 7. Newbury Park; 8. Westlake; 9. Los Alamitos; 10., tie, Foothill, Santa Barbara.

Division 2 - 1. Laguna Beach; 2. Burbank Burroughs; 3. Oak Park; 4. Simi Valley; 5. South Pasadena; 6. Valencia; 7. Aliso Niguel; 8. West Ranch; 9. Capistrano Valley; 10. Long Beach Poly.

Division 3 - 1. El Segundo; 2. Cathedral; 3. Gahr; 4. Warren; 5. Culver City; 6. Crossroads; 7. Bishop Montgomery; 8. Paloma Valley; 9. Santa Monica; 10., tie, Quartz Hill, Arroyo Grande.

Division 4 - 1. Saddleback Valley Chr.; 2. Santa Ynez; 3. Tustin; 4. St. Margaret’s; 5. Flintridge Prep; 6. Garden Grove; 7. Magnolia; 8. Crean Lutheran; 9. Yucaipa; 10. Bellflower.

Division 5 – 1. Damien; 2. Arrowhead Chr.; 3. Laguna Blanca; 4. Santa Fe; 5. Vistamar; 6. West Covina; 7. Los Altos; 8. Ganesha; 9. La Serna; 10. Oakwood.

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All-CIF honors: Boys basketball

Lonzo Ball puts down a dunk in playoff game last week

Player of Year:
Stephen Thompson Jr., Sr., Bishop Montgomery
Coach of Year: Doug Mitchell, Bishop Montgomery

First team
Jordam Schakel, Soph., Bishop Montgomery; CJ Hawkins Sr., Orange Lutheran; MJ Cage, Jr., Mater Dei; Res Pflueger, Sr., Mater Dei; Jeremy Hemsley, Sr., Damien; Shacquille Dawkins, Jr., Alemany; Kameron Edwards, Sr., Etiwanda; Sedrick Barefield, Sr., Corona Centennial; Cody Riley, Soph., Sierra Canyon; Milan Acquaah Jr., Cathedral; KJ Feagin, Jr., Long Beach Poly; Lonzo Ball, Jr., Chino Hills.

Player of Year:
Bennie Boatwright, Sr., Village Chr.
Coach of Year: Jon Shaw, Village Chr.

First team
Clifton Powell Jr., Sr., Village Chr.; Latrelle Franklin, Sr., Great Oak; TJ Shorts, Sr., Tustin; Torin Webb, Sr., Great Oak; Kaden Rasheed, Soph., Santa Margarita; Eyassu Worku, Jr., Los Alamitos; Conner Longmire, Sr., Calabasas; William English, Sr., Millikan; Michael Alvarez, Sr., Oak Park.

Player of Year:
Eric Patton, Sr., Foothill
Coach of Year: Rusty Van Cleave, Foothill

First team
Isaiah Brooks, Sr., Westlake; Stone Gettings, Sr., Loyola; Max Hazard, Sr., Loyola; Brae Ivey, Sr., Edison; Kurt Milch, Sr., Peninsula; Riley O’Hern, Sr., Foothill; Brandon Smith, Sr., Godinez; Kendall Smith, Sr., Mayfair; Zuri Williams, Sr., Walnut.

Player of Year:
Nicholas Anderson, Sr., Anaheim Canyon
Coach of Year: Nate Harrison, Anaheim Canyon

First team
Austen Awosika, Jr., Ayala
; Preston Beverly, Sr., Elsinore; Brandon Brothers, Sr., Glendora; Chandler Digham, Sr., Anaheim Canyon; Matt Hauser, Sr., Thousand Oaks; Broderick Jones, Sr., Lawndale; Dylan Kim, Sr., Mira Costa; Chimezie Metu, Sr., Lawndale; Nick Pallas, Sr., Tesoro.

Player of Year:
Robert Lewis, Compton
Coach of Year: Bill Berich, Redlands East Valley

First team
Bolden Brace, Jr., Santa Barbara; Caleb DeFabiis, Sr., Colony; Michael Enis, Sr., Savanna; Myles Franklin, Sr., Hart; Chris Harper, Sr., Redlands East Valley; Jovonntie Jackson, Jr., Compton; Kendall Lauderdale, Sr., La Mirada; Evan Leonard, Jr., Cerritos; Cameron Walker, Sr., Righetti.

Player of Year:
Josh Rodriguez, Sr., Sonora
Coach of Year: Mike Murphy, Sonora

First team
Ben Rico, Sr., Sonoral; Jeremy Carlyle, Sr., Gahr; Gregory Carlyle, Sr., Gahr; Joe Quintana, Soph., Bonita; Kyle Gray, Sr., Bonita; Roman Silva, Jr., Diamond Ranch; Christian Espinoza, Sr., Los Altos; Deonte Beckham, Jr., Buena park; Tyrek Adams, Jr., Pasadena.

Player of Year:
Chance Comanche, Sr., Beverly Hills
Coach of Year: Jarvis Turney, Beverly Hills

First team
Denzel Holt, Jr., Beverly Hills; Matt Crvrtlik, Jr., Corona del Mar; Jarrett Brodbeck, Sr., Esperanza; Nicholas Pete, Sr., Tahquitz; Trevor Treinen, Sr., Servite; Koko Kurdoghlian, Jr., La Canada; Tymoryae Glover, Sr., San Bernardino; Zamier Kelly, Jr., OCean View; Joey Toyama, Sr., South Pasadena.

Player of Year:
De’Anthony Melton, Jr., Crespi
Coach of Year: Russell White, Crespi

First team
Quinton Adlesh, Sr., Mission Prep; Brandon Williams, Fr., Crespi; Michael Qguine, Sr., Chaminade; Austen Moye, Sr., Oask Christian; Chibuzee Jacobs, Jr., Sherman Oaks Notre Dame; Alex Copeland, Sr., Harvard-Westlake; Jordan Ogundiran, Sr., Chaminade; Brandon Jones, Sr., Mission Prep; Alban Fletcher, Sr., Pomona.

Player of Year:
Tyler Dorsey, Sr., Marantha
Coach of Year: Tim Tucker, Maranatha

First team
Michael Bagafourian, Soph., Crean; Ryan Brooks, Sr., Trinity Classical; Brennen Bryant, Sr., Paraclete; Stedmon Bryant, Jr., Cerritos Valley Chr.; Austin Butler, Sr., Buckley; Jordan Cohen, Jr., Campbell Hall; Aaron Holliday, Sr., Campbell Hall; Ross Lee, Jr., St. Genevieve; Sean Romero, Jr., Maranatha.

Player of Year:
Jalen Harris, Soph., Windward, Miye Oni, Sr., Viewpoint.
Coach of Year: Steve Smith, Windward

First team
Ryan Apfel, Sr., Chadwick; Hezekiah Banks, Jr., Woodcrest Chr.; Quintae Campbell, Sr., Brentwood; Roman Davis, Sr., Windward; Irshad Hunte, Jr., Saddleback Valley Chr.; Maxwell Kupchak, Sr., Brentwood; Johanns Walker, Soph., St. Joseph.

Player of Year:
Terrance Powell, St. Bernard
Coach of Year: Ray Barefield, Rancho Christian

First team
Rob Fuller, Jr., St. Bernard; Trace Redfield, Jr., Rancho Chr.; Jamal Brower, Jr., Rancho Chr.; Simon Okolue, Sr., Capistrano Valley Chr.; Peter Abramsky, Sr., Capistrano Valley Chr.; Abid Oses, Sr., Bell-Jeff; Isaac Etter, Jr., Bell-Jeff; Brad Greene, Jr., Lone Pine; Neil Green, Sr., Mary Star of the Sea.

Player of Year:
Marcus Berkley, Sr., Orangewood
Coach of Year: Scott Dobyns, Hesperia Christian

First team
Caleb Thomas, Sr., Orangewood; Jared Hays, Sr., Hesperia Chr.; Victor Tsogt, Jr., Rio Hondo; Samuel Turner, Jr., LA Adventist; Tyler Pascale, Sr., Joshua Springs; Felix white, Jr., Besant Hill; James Meza, Sr., Upland Chr.; Brad Leontas, Soph., Hesperia Chr.; Matthew Eaton, Sr., Providence.

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