What’s the old saying? To be the best, you have to beat the best? Well the Chino Hills volleyball team did that when they convincingly turned back defending Baseline League champion Rancho Cucamonga Tuesday night.
The Huskies, playing their first match on that league after moving from the Sierra League, registering a 25-21, 25-6, 24-26, 25-17 win. It really wasn’t that close as the host team led the three games all by wide margins.
The set the Huskies lost came after a 25-6 rout in the second game. They probably got a little complacent and lost focus while the Cougars decided they couldn’t go down quite like that.
Rancho’s Kylie Miller is the reigning Bulletin Player of the Year but Chino Hills senior Meghan Buzzerio tallied 25 kills and served notice she very much wants that award this season.
So now Rancho will have to hold serve when the two teams play there later this season.
No they’re not the only two contenders but they do seem like the best of the lost by far. Los Osos graduated all its top players and had setter Sarah Dixon transfer to Chino Hills so the Grizzlies are in rebuilding mode.
So is traditional power St. Lucy’s, which moved from the Sierra League with Chino Hills.
Upland and Etiwanda haven’t stacked up to the others in recent years and Upland graduated its marquee player who had been the centerpiece of the team for four years.
Chino Hills plays at Rancho Cucamonga on Oct. 23. The Cougars will be better and probably be a bit more determined. Stay tuned.
There will be basketball action at Chino Hills High School today in honor of former Huskies standout Nnamdi Okongwu, who died over the summer after sustaining a head injury while skateboarding.
There will be several informal games today at the school.
Action gets underway with Cantwell vs. Alemany at 2 p.m.
Chino Hills will follow against Tsinghua (China), with Los Angeles Fairfax taking on the Chinese team at 5.
The last game of the night will feature a team on which Nnamdi’s younger brother Oneyka plays.
Ontario Christian School is looking for a varsity girls basketball coach.
Athletic Director David Parkes said Kristen Hoekstra resigned so she could pursue her master’s. She had headed the program since the 2006-2007 season.
“She didn’t think she could give her all to both,” Parkes said. “We’re definitely going to miss her. She did a great job of creating a personality for that program.”
Parkes said interested candidates can get an application on the school’s website.
The second annual Jake Pilkerton Memorial Baseball Game is slated for 1 p.m. Nov. 8 at Fiscalini Field.
Pilkerton was a baseball standout at Rim of the World High School, then went on to play two years at San Bernardino Valley College and two at Cal State San Bernardino.
Pilkerton, who played second base and earned multiple honors in his prep and collegiate career, was killed in an automobile accident on Aug. 3, 2013.
There will be a raffle, memorabilia and food and beverages available with the proceeds going toward a trust fund that will be distributed to help the baseball programs at all three schools for which Pilkerton played.
Athletes who played with him at one of the three schools are invited to play in the nine-inning contest.
Donation items are still needed, as are players or volunteers to help run the event.
For more information or to help out call Matthew Winn at (951) 807-9867 or Catherine Figone at (760) 899-9473.
1. Lakewood; 2. Redondo Union; 3. Santa Margarita; 4. Corona del Mar; 5. Great Oak; 6. Mira Costa; 7. Sherman Oaks Notre Dame; 8. Long Beach Poly; 9. Los Alamitos; 10. Orange Lutheran.
1. Aliso Niguel; 2. Villa Park; 3. Chino Hills; 4. Valencia; 5. Santa Barbara; 6. ML King; 7. Corona Santiago; 8. San Marcos 9. Thousand Oaks; 10. Rancho Cucamonga.
1. South Torrance; 2. Whittier Christina; 3. Mayfield; 4. North Torrance; 5. Yorba Linda; 6. Chadwick; 7. South Pasadena; 8. Moorpark; 9. Arroyo Grande; 10. Pasadena Poly.
1. Troy; 2. Palm Springs; 3. Viewpoint; 4. Windward; 5. Cypress; 6. Oxnard; 7. Arcadia; 8. Glendora; 9. Notre Dame; 10. Sierra Canyon.
1. Sage Hill; 2. Quartz Hill; 3. Culver City; 4. Rim of the World; 5. St. Margaret’s; 6. Victor Valley; 7. La Serna; 8. Santa Monica; 9. Valley View; 10. Beverly Hills.
1. Saddleback Valley Christian; 2. Aquinas; 3. Santa Ynez; 4. Hemet; 5. San Dimas; 6. Morro Bay; 7. La Sierra; 8. Templeton; 9. San Jacinto; 10. San Gabriel.
1. Alta Loma; 2. LaReina; 3. St. Paul; 4. St. Bonaventure; 5. Laguna Blanca; 6. Pacific Christian; 7. Vistamar; 8. Garden Grove; 9. Milliken Community; 10. St. Anthony.
1. Cate; 2. Azusa; 3. Desert; 4. Gladstone; 5. Fontana; 6. Duarte; 7. Desert Christian; 8. Summit; 9. Mammoth; 10. Anaheim.
Webb School soccer standout Daniel Crisostomo has committed
to UC Irvine, which is ranked No. 9 in the most recent NCAA Div 1 poll.
Crisostomo, a resident of Rancho Cucamonga, has been an all Prep League first team selection each of his
first three seasons, taking home Offensive MVP honors as a junior.
Crisostomo will be leading Webb’s soccer team in their transition to the
San Joaquin League this winter and is hoping to help lead the Gaul’s
program to their first league championship since 2009.
Thursday, Sept. 18
Bloomington at Chaffey
Littlerock at Granite Hills
Friday, Sept. 19
Serrano at Adelanto
Victor Valley at Apple Valley
Bishop at Arrowhead Christian
Oak Hills at Arroyo Valley
Ayala at Snow Canyon (St. George, Ut)
Barstow at Sultana
South El Monte at Bonita
Colton at Cajon
Temecula Chaparral at Carter
Chino at Ontario
Bishop Amat at Chino Hills
Covina at Claremont
Pomona at Colony
St. Paul at Damien
Brea Olinda at Diamond Bar
Diamond Ranch at Schurr
Sonora at Don Lugo
Rialto at Eisenhower
Fontana at Miller
Ganesha at Baldwin Park
Garey at Saddleback Valley Christian
Glendora at Los Altos
Norte Vista at Hesperia
Summit at Alta Loma
Twentynine Palms at Indian Springs
Jurupa Hills at Dominguez
Valley View at Kaiser
Los Osos at JW North
Ontario Christian at El Cajon Christian
Pacific at Hillcrest
Murrieta Valley at Rancho Cucamonga
Palm Desert at Redlands
Rancho Verde at Redlands East Valley
Rim Of The World at Desert Hot Springs
San Bernardino at Perris
San Dimas at Rosemead
Yucaipa at San Gorgonio
Silverado at Santiago
Upland at Mater Dei (at Santa Ana Stadium)
Western Christian at St. Anthony
Yucca Valley at Palo Verde Valley
Here are the latest CIF boys water polo polls. Solid local representation:
Harvard-Westlake; 2. Mater Dei; 3. Loyola; 4. Huntington Beach; 5. Agoura; 6. Newport Harbor; 7. Ccorona del Mar; 8. Servite; 9. Santa Margarita; 10. Los Alamitos.
1. Foothill; 2. Los Osos; 3. San Marcos; 4. Dos Pueblos; 5. Dana Hills; 6. Damien; 7. Mira Costa; 8. Villa Park; 9. Ventura; 10. Palos Verdes.
1. Laguna Beach; 2. Murrieta Valley; 3. Capistrano Valley; 4. La Canada; 5. Montebello; 6. Royal; 7. Aliso Niguel; 8. South Pasadena; 9. Trabuco Hills; 10. Vista Murrieta.
1. Righettil; 2. Cerritos; 3. Glendale; 4. El Segundo; 5. Arroyo Grande; 6. Santa Monica; 7. Crescenta Valley; 8. Sunny Hills; 9. Flintridge Prep; 10. Troy.
1. Claremont; 2. Los Altos; 3. Redlands; 4. La Serna; 5. Riverside Poly; 6. Webb; 7. Ayala; 8. Glendora; 9. Walnut; 10. Redlands East Valley.
1. Malibu; 2. Temescal Canyon; 3.Segerstrom; 4. Beaumont; 5. Valencia; 6. Santa Ynez; 7. Hemet; 8. Ocean View; 9. Lompoc Cabrillo; 10. Tustin.
1. Oxnard; 2. Rio Mesa; 3. Don Lugo; 4. San Dimas; 5. San Gorgonio; 6. Rowland; 7. La Quinta; 8. Garden Grove; 9. Oxnard Pacifica; 10. Jurupa Valley and Ramona.
The Ayala High School baseball team will hold its third annual golf tournament at 11 a.m. on Oct. 27 at Western Hills Country Club in Chino Hills.
There are different levels of participation and sponsorship. The fee is $125 to play as an individual or $500 for a foursome.
The event will also feature longest drive, closest to pin and putting contests.
Checks should be made payable to the Ayala Baseball Booster Club. For more information call Larry Kanne at(562) 754-7237 or Tonya Carr (951) 237-4920 or go to www.AyalaBulldogsBaseball.com. The entry deadline is Oct. 13.
The school is also looking for raffle donations, hole sponsors and beverage sponsors.
Proceeds will go toward the baseball program. With the budget crunch teams are having to do a lot of their own fund-raising so help out if you can.
Basketball standout Derrick Bruce of Colony High School has decided he’ll play next year at Oregon State but first he is headed to Florida. It’s not as confusing as it sounds.
Bruce, a first-team All Inland Valley selection last year, graduated in June but has decided to attend West Oaks, a prep school in Orlando first. Then he’ll head to Oregon State in the fall of 2015.
“I want to get bigger and stronger and work on my game,” he said. “I think it will help a lot before going and playing in the Pac-12.”
Bruce averaged 21.3 points, 5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3.1 steals in helping the Titans (23-8) to a Mt. Baldy League title and berth in the Division 2-A quarterfinals. He had a season high of 40 points against Chino.
His postseason accolades include being named Mt. Baldy League Most Valuable Player as well as first-team All-CIF honors in Division 2-A.
Oregon State was the only school he visited. He also had a trip planned to Gonzaga but cancelled that after making his commitment. He also made unofficial trips to Cal and USC.
“I am very excited about being to compete in the Pac-12,” he said. “And I really liked the coaching staff at Oregon State.”