Yucaipa players dominate CBL softball selections

The Division 2 CIF champion Yucaipa Thunderbirds have landed all the top honors for softball. Here is the complete list of players honored:

Most Valuable Player: Kelly Martinez, Jr., C, Yucaipa
Most Outstanding Pitcher: Brooke Bolinger, Sr., Yucaipa

First team
Victoia Avalos, Sr., Miller
Annie Bakenhus, Sr., Yucaipa
Katekyn Biley, Sr., Citrus Valley
Maya Cabang, Sr., Carter
Briana Cassidy, S., Cajon
Kirsten Caudle, Sr., Cajon
Mallorie Cross, Jr., Yucaipa
Autumn Gillespie, Sr., Redlands East Valley
Skie Munoz, Sr., Redlands
Maxine Ortega, Soph., Citrus Valley
Jacquelyn Ortiz, Sr., Redlands East Valley
Monica Pasiillas, Sr., Redlands
Riley Plogger, Jr., Redlands East Valley
Zoe Richard, Jr., Citrus Valley
Melissa Sota, Sr., Eisenhower
Taylor Troost, Sr., Citrus Valley

Second team
Natalie Alas, Sr., Cajon
Taylor Babbitt, Sr., Citrus Valley
Jocelyn Chavez, Jr., Eisenhower
Jordan Green, Sr., Yucaipa
Eve Harvey, Fr., Redlands East Valley
Danielle Lopez, Sr., Redlands East Valley
Megan Martin, Soph., Yucaipa
Laura Mendez, Sr., Carter
Chrsytal Obando, Jr., Miller
Jada Overby, Soph., Redlands
Jeanette Ponce, Sr., Cajon
Taryn Rahler, Sr., Cajon
Angelica Redmond, Sr., Miller
Leilani San Pedro, Jr., Redlands East Valley
Gabrielle Ursay, Soph., Eisenhower
Jayme Steward, Soph., Redlands
Daisy Vizcarra, Sr., Carter
Morgan Zamora, Fr., Cajon

Honorable mention: Deziree Valdez, Soph., Carter; Carsyn Taitague, Fr., Citrus Valley; Helena Ramirez, Soph., Eisenhower; Halayna Chavez, Sr., Miller; Raylene Anaya, Soph., Redlands; Julia Solomon, Fr., Redlands East Valley; Keely Clark, Fr., Yucaipa.

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Redlands’ Cal Mende leads CBL boys volleyball picks

Here is the complete list of boys honored by the Citrus Belt League for volleyball:

MVP: Cal Mende, Sr., Redlands

First team
Raul Duran, Jr., Citrus Valley
Troy Fields, Redlands
Antwione George, Sr., Eisenhower
Brian Goh, Jr., Redlands East Valley
Christopher Green, Sr., Citrus Valley
Dalton Johnson, Sr., Yucaipa
Donshay Lefridge, Sr., San Gorgonio
Shynol McClain, Sr., Redlands East Valley
Chandler Oliver, Sr., Yucaipa
Manuel Savalza, Soph., Riverside Poly
Jaziel Villalvazo, Sr., Redlands

Second team
Aryoc Arellano, Sr., Redlands
Mitchell DeBoer, Jr., Citrus Valley
Lance Diaz, Sr., Carter
Daniel Fisher, Sr., Redlands East Valley
Joshua Martinez, Sr., Redlands East Valley
Reed Mortensen, Jr., Redlands
Rasheed Ogaldez, Jr., Carter
Joey Paulo, Soph., Riverside Poly
Jesse Sommerfelt, Sr., Citrus Valley
Cameron Salvatierra, Soph., Redlands East Valley
Sean Stange, Jr., Yucaipa
James Zarglis, Sr., Yucaipa

Honorable mention: Esgardo Duarte, Jr., Citrus Valley; Dorian Fedrick, Jr., Redlands East Valley; Kim Aiken, Soph., Redlands East Valley; Johnathan Ramirez, Jr., San Gorgoin.


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San Dimas pitcher Peter Lambert signs with Colorado Rockies

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It’s official. Peter Lambert is a professional baseball player.

The San Dimas High School pitcher signed with the Colorado Rockies today. He was drafted by that organization earlier this month in the second round with the 44th overall pick in the draft.

It was the highest any player from the school had gone in the draft.

Lambert signing means he will not be attending UCLA, the college with which he signed.

But that seemed like a forgone conclusion after being drafted so highly. Lambert was nothing short of spectacular. He had 13 starts and completed nine of those. Five were shutouts and he allowed only four earned runs and managed 113 strikeouts in 83 innings for a miniscule ERA of 0.43.

And that’s just what he did on the mound.  He also hit .295 and came up with some clutch hits, excelling at shortstop when not pitching.

Lambert is currently in Colorado with his family.  Right after signing he caught another flight to Grand Junction, Col., where he will begin his career with the team’s Short-Season rookie ball team.

“It hasn’t quite sunk in yet. I’m sure it will soon,” he said. “I am relieved to have it over and excited about getting going again.”


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Cal-Hi Sports announces All-State softball nominees

Brooke Bolinger and Kelly Martinez of Yucaipa celebrate a CIF state title in Division 2.

CalHi Sports has announced its list of All-State nominees for softball.

The players are broken down by section with the Southern Section featuring a lot of locals in the Sun/Bulletin coverage area.

Here are the locals in the running:

Hailey Arteaga, Jr., Webb
Annie Bakenhus, Sr., Yucaipa
Brooke Bolinger, Sr., Yucaipa
Alyssa Burke, Sr., Fontana
Zoe Casas, Sr., Aquinas
Kennedy Clark, Sr., Ayala
Savanna Corr, Sr., Chino Hills
Raelene Estrada, Jr., Rialto
Eliyah Flores, Soph., Grand Terrace
Paige Halstead, Sr., Los Osos
Allie Hotetz, Sr., Aquinas
Lindsey Hughes, Sr., San Dimas
Vanessa Juarez, Sr., Pomona Catholic
Megan Martin, Sr., Yucaipa
Kelly Martinez, Sr., Yucaipa
Chloe Melanson, Sr., Bonita
Skie Munoz, Sr., Redlands
Melanie Olmos, Jr., Grand Terrace
Morgan Parsons, Soph., Grand Terrace
Asia Pumphrey, Fr., Bloomington Christian
Areana Ramos, Sr., Ontario Christian
Taylor Rowland, Sr., Ayala
Ciera Schick, Sr., Los Osos
Tannon Snow, Sr., Chino Hills
Taylon Snow, Soph., Chino Hills
Megan Stevens, Jr., Etiwanda
Vanessa Taaukeiaho, Jr., Etiwanda
Brittany Vicary, Jr., Jurupa Hills

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Here’s to the top individual performances of past year

Another school year has come and gone. There were a lot of great performances in about every sport.

So here’s a countdown of what I think are the top 10 individual showings. I know there are probably some I missed and I can’t really include everyone. I tried to get a lot of sports rep[resented.

So here we go . . .

10. Zach Shinnick, Soph., Damien track


He was the area’s top performer at the state track meet with a second-place finish in the 200 meters (21.10) and a third in the 400 (47.19). That even bettered his showing at the Southern Section meet in which he placed third in both events. He also anchored Damien’s 4×400 relay team.

9. Paige Halstead, Sr., Los Osos softball

The UCLA bound catcher hit .568 with 16 doubles, 1 triple, 3 home runs, 36 RBI and 38 runs scored. She had 17 multiple hit games even though opponents pitched around her. Oh yeah, no one dared run on her either. She is currently playing with the USA National 18-under team.


8. Jeremy Hemsley, Sr., Damien basketball

Hemsley was the catalyst of a Spartans team that won a tough Baseline League and went on to win a Division 3 state title. He averaged 22.7 points and 7 rebounds, earning first team All-CIF and league honors.

7. Austin Stewart, Sr., Los Osos water polo

He helped the Grizzlies to the Division 2 title game where Los Osos lost to top seed Foothill. Despite moving up two notches from Division 4 to 2 he managed 90 goals, 96 steals, 42 assists, 32 ejections drawn.


6. Shawn Wilson, Sr., Pomona football

Wilson helped the Red Devils to the CIF Mid-Valley Division title. He factored in on both sides of the ball with 50 receptions for 1,375 yards and 19 touchdowns on offense. He also tallied 104 tackles, 6 interceptions and 1 caused fumble. He is headed to Oregon State.

5. Josh Woods, Sr., Upland football

Woods, who is headed to UCLA, was a standout on both side of the ball for the Highlanders.  He rushed for 767 yards and 11 touchdowns on 94 carries. He might have been used more had he not been a full-time starter on defense where he managed 92 tackles, 11 sacks and 2 interceptions.



4. Leah Pruitt, Sr., Alta Loma soccer

The San Diego State bound star was on the precipice of setting a long-standing single-season scoring record. She had 37, one short of that record, then she sustained what was believed to be a season ending knee injury. Not only did she come back in a month, she came back strong, finishing with 41 goals and leading the Braves on a playoff run.

3. Peter Lambert, Sr., San Dimas baseball

You can’t do much better than 13-0 with 113 strikeouts in 83 innings and an ERA of 0.43. He had 13 starts, completed 9 of those, 5 of which were shutouts. He was drafted in the second round by the Rockies (44th pick overall).

2. Lonzo Ball, Jr., Chino Hills basketball

The junior guard did something pretty much unheard of at the high school level, nearly averaging a triple double. The UCLA commit averaged 25 points, 11.2 rebounds and 9.1 assists to got with 5 steals and 5 blocked shots. And that is against top notch competition. Any other year he’d be No. 1o n the list.

1. Tannon Snow, Sr., Chino Hills softball

Her numbers were simply ridiculous. She hit .569 but out of her 62 hits, 44 were for extra bases. So she had more home runs (28) than she did singles (18). She had 89 RBI, an average of almost 3 per game. The home run and RBI totals were state records. She also set career records in both.

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Local players in the hunt for All-State honors in baseball

CalHi Sports is in the process of doling out its postseason honors for the springs sports.

It has published a list of players from each section up for All-State honors.

Here is the list of Southern Section candidates from the Daily Bulletin/Sun coverage area.

They’re listed in alphabetical order with grade, position and school.

Solomon Bates, Sr., P, ONF, Oak Hills
Branden Becker, Sr., SS, Cajon
Kenny Boardman, Sr., P-INF, Grand Terrace
Morgan Brannock, Sr., P, Big Bear
Jacob Castillo, Jr., P-SS, San Dimas
Chris Ceballos, Sr., OF, Chino Hills
Joey Chapman, Sr., P, 1B-OF, Yucaipa
Steven Elliott, Sr., OF, Alta Loma
Bailey Falter, Sr., P, Chino Hills
Justin Gomez, Sr., C, Bonita
Peter Lambert, Sr., P, San Dimas
Logan Murratalla, Sr., 1B, San Dimas
Niko Navarro, Sr., 3B, Los Osos
RJ Peace, Sr., P-OF, INF, Serrano
Robert Peterson, Sr., La Verne Lutheran
Hazahel Quijada, Sr., P, San Gorgonio
Taylor Sims, Sr., P-INF, Cajon

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Football camp coming up at Los Osos

Football staff from the University of Utah will conduct an Elite Prep Football Camp on June 26 at Los Osos High School (6001 Milliken Ave., Rancho Cucamonga).

The event is open to athletes in the 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 graduating classes for a cost of $50.

For more information call (310) 734-1397. You can register online at www.thegridironacademy.com.




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Peter Lambert a state player of the year finalist

San Dimas senior right-hander Peter Lambert is one of five finalists for Mr. Baseball Player of the Year chosen by Cal-Hi Sports.

Lambert, who was drafted in the second round by the Colorado Rockies, had 13 starts and completed nine of those. Five were shutouts and he allowed only four earned runs and managed 113 strikeouts in 83 innings for a miniscule ERA of 0.43.

And that’s just what he did on the mound. He also hit .295 and came up with some clutch hits, excelling at shortstop when not on the mound.

The other four finalists are also quality candidates. They are:

* Chris Betts, Long Beach Wilson – hit .473 with 8 HRs and 29 RBI. A second round draft choice by the Rays.

* Joe DeMers, College Park-Pleasant Hill – Was 13-1 with an 0.51 ERA on the mound and hit .447 with 6 HRs and 44 RBI. Signed with Washington.

* Drew Finley, San Diego Rancho Bernardo – Went 11-1 with an 0.81 ERA and 131 strikeouts. Signed with USC, also drafted in third round by Yankees.

* Lucas Herbert, San Clemente – Batted .417 with 8 HRs. Was drafted in second round by the Braves.

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Here’s to the teams that made the past school year memorable

It was a banner year for the Inland Valley in the past season, with more teams playing for a title than ever before.

So here’s a countdown of some of the teams that provided us great story lines the past year. (This is for teams in our coverage area which is from San Dimas up to Rialto.)

Yes it’s hard to pick one over another but consideration was given to level of competition and obstacles each overcame. So without further adieu.

The Mt. Baldy league is not that competitive when it comes to most sports. The exception to that is boys soccer where the competition is top-notch and it was the Tigers prevailing. Chaffey went all the way to the Division 3 final before losing to Cathedral 2-0.

The Eagles have traditionally been a title contender and held their own in the Elite Open Division. While the Eagles didn’t win a league title this year, they did make the Division 1AA final before losing to Millikan. That was a significant accomplishment because coach Anders Anderson graduated nine seniors, six of them Division I players. So this run came with an entirely new cast.

The Wolfpack, coached by Kristin Rodriguez, cruised to a Division title. How easy was it? Well the Wolfpack outscored their postseason foes by a cumulative total of 69-33 winning each by at least eight goals. That’s pretty easy!


The Spartans,coached by Randy Bohlmann, have only fielded a team for five years and now they are one of the elite team, this year bringing home the Division 5 title. This was the first time they had advanced past the quarterfinal and they did it with a very balanced offensive attack and a steady defensive prowess.

The Saints would have been higher on the list had they not been upset by Walnut in the Division 3 semifinal. But the Saints did reel off 31 straight wins and were ranked No. 1 in the country. They also boasted a 1-2 pitching combination of Peter Lambert and Jacob Castillo that was unmatched. Thanks to those 2, the Saints finished with a team ERA of 0.53.

Oh where to start with the Huskies. They had the forfeit of nine wins that thwarted any chance of a league title. They lost to Mater Dei in the Open Division quarterfinal but redeemed themselves with a run in the state portion of the playoffs, losing a double-overtime game against San Ramon in the Division I state final in Berkeley. The season also started in tragic fashion as the team dealt with the loss of big man Nnamdi Okongwu who sustained a fatal head injury while skateboarding over the summer.

The Titans, coached by Steve Randall, captured the Central Division title with a seemingly-easy 35-7 thrashing of Los Altos. Colony title hopes took a hit late when junior QB Josh Thompson injured his shoulder. But senior Jordan Johnson filled in admirably during the stretch run of the regular season and Thompson returned for the playoffs.


The Braves won the Mt. Baldy League easily but also captured the Division 4AA Southern Section title. That wasn’t all. The Braves, coached by Tishana Pope, cruised through the state portion of the playoffs, finally losing to North Division rep Sonora in the state title game. It was the deepest run by any Chaffey Unified School District team.

The Red Devils won the Mid-Valley Division after a tumultuous season that included a couple of forfeits. The Devils also had distractions that included a bomb threat at school the day of a playoff game and the removal of the head coach right before another. Defensive coordinator Keith Richardson took over the head coach duties on an interim basis and was later rewarded with the position.


The Spartans, coached by Matt Dunn, were quite the story, winning the Division 3A state championship. But they also finished first in the Baseline League, the most competitive in all the Southern Section, in the first year in that league. That meant beating the likes of Etiwanda and Chino Hills. A mark of 9-1 in league play was quite impressive given the level of competition in the league.

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