Miller’s John Romagnoli working hard to make All-Star game a success

VIDEO: Miller’s John Romagnoli talks about why he wanted to bring back this All-Star game.

Miller High School Athletic Director John Romagnolli has been working on bringing back the All-Star basketball games, previously sponsored by the Daily Bulletin.

He wanted to to have it again for the first time since 2009 last year but the plans weren’t quite in place and he didn’t want to have it just to have it if it couldn’t be a top-notch event.

Well it will make a long-awaited return a week from Sunday, April 19th at Miller High School.

The teams were honored with a breakfast/lunch today at the Jesse Turner Community Center in Fontana. They’ll practice next week.

There is representation from schools as far East as Banning and as far West as Covina Charter Oak and some from the High Desert. So those chosen are in select company. There will be 13 players on each of the two boys teams and girls teams so everyone will get to play.

There is representation from smaller schools such as Ontario Christian too. It’;s always nice to include those as well. There is emphasis on grades and character too not just playing ability.

The cross section of players also means student-athletes will get to play with and get to know others they might not have crossed paths with.

The Ajalee Lauder and Marcel Burke awards are being brought back. Those awards/scholarships are in memory of two young players who left this world way too early.

Lauder’s mother Bethel Trice, the girls coach at Jurupa Hills, will coach one of the girls teams – nice touch.

There are a lot of all-star games out there. But Romagnoli is setting this one up as something special. He has done a great job of that and the best is yet to come.

Boost Mobile has stepped up as a sponsor, as has IE Sports Net.

We’ll be posting updated rosters for the teams next week.

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Etiwanda’s Brianna Wheeler earns All-Tournament nod

The Etiwanda softball team turned in a good showing at the Michelle Carew Classic over the weekend, going 2-1. The loss came to defending CIF champion Mission Viejo 1-0 in 8 innings.

The Eagles also beat Saugus 3-2 and Bakersfield Centennial 4-3.

Junior pitcher-infielder Brianna Wheeler earned All-Tournament honors. It’s a noteworthy accolade given the level of competition in the event.

The other selections:

Most Valuable Player: Taylor McQuilllen, Mission Viejo.

All-Tournament: Alyssa Palomino, Mission Viejo; Terra McGowan, Mission Viejo; Kayleen Shafer, Mission Viejo; Colleen Sullivan, Poway; Malia Martinez, Poway; Kourtney Shaw, Poway; Brooke Bolinger, Yucaipa; Jordan Green, Yucaipa; Kelly Martinez, Yucaipa; Hailey Hilburn, Canyon; Nrianna Notschel, Canyon; Courtney Dineli, Amador Valley; Danielle Williams, Amador Valley; Nicole Joseph, Valencia; Sara Lillie, Vista Murrieta; Ashley Ross, Cypress; Dominque Espinoza, Pacifica; Autumn Storms, Great Oak; Sarah Brown, Sacramento Sheldon; Abby Lockman, Norco; Brianna Wheeler, Etiwanda; Mariah Lopz, Saugus; Amber Bishop, Murrieta Valley; Kylie Lundgren, Lakewood; Haley Tran, Aliso Niguel.

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Ayala baseball team gears up for tournament

Daniel Mendez - 2018 photo IMG_9847_zpsecb06748.jpg

The Ayala baseball team had lofty expectations this year and the Bulldogs are off to a good start at 9-4 overall and 4-1 in Palomares League play.

The Bulldogs will find out exactly where they stand as they participate in the National Classic hosted by Esperanza High School this week.

Ayala opens the event on Tuesday against Christian Brothers (Memphis, Tenn.) which is ranked 12th nationally by MaxPreps.

The event got underway Saturday with a barbecue and a Homerun Derby which provided the players a change to get to know each other.

Junior left-handerMatthew Acosta (3-0), who has committed to USC, will be on the mound for the opener.

“We got off to a little bit of a slow start but we have been playing well lately,” says coach Chris Vogt. “This tournament will be a great test for us.”

The Bulldogs boast a good mix of senior and underclassmen this year with most of the veterans on the pitching staff. Among the team’s other top hurlers is Erik Cha (2-2, 1.06), who has signed with Cal State Fullerton.

There have been plenty of pleasant surprises including sophomore outfielder Josh Bozoian (.467, 11 RBI.) There are also two freshmen in the starting lineup – third baseman Daniel Mendez (.300) and third baseman Kyle Velasquez (.333).

“We committed to this tournament over a year ago,” Vogt said. “It’s a great chance to play some other teams and we’re looking forward to it.”





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Damien’s Jeremy Hemsley selected for All-Star game

Damien senior Jeremy Hemsley (left), who led the Spartans to the Division III state championship, has been selected to play in the BallisLife All-American game on May 2 at Long Beach City College.

The event starts at 5 p.m. and will also include a dunk contest which will begin at 3:15 p.m.

The game will also feature seven local Southern California products along with nine Pac-12 recruits.

Hemsley, who has signed with San Diego State, will be joined by a bunch of other top-notch players.

Other participants include USC recruits Benny Boatwright (Village Christian) and Chimezie Metu (Lawndale), Arizona-bound Chance Comanche (Beverly Hills), Oregon St.-bound Stevie Thompson Jr. (Bishop Montgomery) and Oregon-bound Tyler Dorsey (Maranatha).



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Chino Hills’ Lonzo Ball Player of Year finalist

Junior guard Lonzo Ball of Chino Hills is one of six finalists for CalHi Sports state player of the year.

Ball, who has committed to UCLA, led the Huskies to the Division I state championship game. He is probably the most well-rounded player of the nominees.

The others are:

Tyler Dorsey, Sr., Maranatha (Oregon)
T.J. Leaf, Jr., Foothills Christian (Arizona)
Rex Plfueger, Sr., Mater Dei (Notre Dame)
Ivan Rabb, Sr., Bishop O’Dowd (Cal/Arizona)
Stephen Thompson, Sr., Bishop Montgomery (Oregon St)

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San Dimas baseball team on a roll, improves to 14-0

The San Dimas baseball team is on quite the roll and coaches Mike Regan and Mark Chiappelli are probably hoping the Saints don’t peak too soon.

The team is 14-0 with that start including three wins over local foe Bonita, the last being by a 5-0 tally in the championship game of the Anaheim Lions Tournament on Wednesday.

“It’s really a special group,” Regan says. “They have all played together growing up so they’re a pretty tight group. And they’re all very unselfish. It’s a pleasure to coach them.”

San Dimas has the No. 1 stud pitcher in senior Peter Lambert who has more than lived up to expectations. He’s 4-0 with a microscopic 0.52 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 27 innings.

But he has another standout as well in Jacob Castillo who is 4-0 as well and has yet to give up a run. That’s a pretty formidable 1-2 punch.

Those two are also a significant part of the offense when not on the mound. Lambert is hitting .302, Castillo .344.

Then there are Logan Murratalla (.333) and Joseph Millwee (.385).

But Regan has been most surprised by the contributions of sophomores Dante Palacio (.341) and Joseph Bahna who hit first and third in the lineup.

All are hoping to make up for last year’s playoff run which ended way too soon. This year they have the makings of a team that has the potential to go the distance.

Next up for the Saints is the Don Lugo Tournament. First up is Southlands Christian at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at San Dimas.






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Upland to have new boys basketball coach

Upland High School will have a third boys basketball coach in as many seasons.

The job is currently being flown outside the district. Athletic director John McNally says he hopes interviews can be done as early as next week.

McNally had been the longtime coach until last year when he assumed athletic director duties.

Josh Thomas coached the team last year. The Highlanders went 11-15, including a 3-7 record in the Baseline League. Upland finished fifth out of six teams and was not competitive with the top half of the league.

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CIF polls: Softball

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

Division 2 - 1. Mission Viejo; 2. Yucaipa; 3. Oaks Chr.; 4. Fullerton; 5. Troy; 6. South Hills; 7. Cajon; 8. Camarillo; 9. Simi Valley; 10. Claremont

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

Division 4 – 1. North Torrance; 2. Torrance; 3. Santa Ana; 4. Highland; 5. Aquinas; 6. Ocean View; 7. Dos Pueblos; 8. Ramona; 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. Schurr; 9. Louisville; 10. St. Monica.

Division 6- 1. Savanna; 2. Parclete; 3. Chadwick; 4. Crean Lutheran; 5. Webb; 6. Shadow Hills; 7. Serra; 8. Oxford; 9. St. Anthony; 10. Boron.

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

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Etiwanda baseball teams hits the road for rest of season

Etiwanda Eagles Boys Varsity Baseball Spring 14-15 team photo.

The Rancho Cucamonga baseball team isn’t the only homeless baseball team in the Baseline League. So is Etiwanda.

The Eagles had been using one of the side fields adjacent to the soccer fields at LoanMart Field as a home field because of construction of an on-campus stadium.

But coach Don Furnald made the call to find another venue, most notably because of a 21-8 loss to Los Osos in a game that featured six home runs.

The measurement all the way around is just 300 feet and Furnald thought that comprised the integrity of varsity games in a highly competitive league.

So now they’ll just be playing games against the scheduled opponent at the school’s field although they will be the home team on the scoreboard.

They still practice at that field and it will sill be used for freshman and junior varsity games.

“I don’t want that field to determine the outcome of a game,” he said. “We were still getting on a bus every day anyway. It really doesn’t make much of a difference where we go.”

It has worked out alright for the Eagles so far. They played a home game at Damien against the Spartans and came away with an 11-10 win on Wednesday. That came after they trailed 9-0.

Rancho Cucamonga also has a stadium being built on campus that has drive it off campus. Rancho practices at Heritage Park and plays game at Littleton Park.

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CIF polls: Boys tennis

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

Division 2 - 1. Santa Margarita; 2. Arcadia; 3. Crescenta Valley; 4. Sage Hill; 5. San Luis Obispo; 6. Diamond Bar; 7. Arroyo Grande; 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. Long Beach Wilson; 9. ML King; 10. Yorba Linda.

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

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

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