Rancho Cucamonga’s Hunter Schoeller headed to UC Irvine

Rancho Cucamonga water polo standout Hunter Schoeller has decided to attend UC Irvine.

Schoeller, a four-time first-team All-Baseline League selection, was also considering Pepperdine and UC San Diego. He has visited UC Irvine twice, as well as as UC San Diego.

“I just liked the atmosphere a little bit better and I have a lot of friends going there too so I thought it was the best fit,” he said.

Schoeller has been a bit part of the improvement of the Cougars program. He scored a single-season record of 160 goals the past season which also helped land him All-Inland Valley honors by the Daily Bulletin.

He also had 58 assists, 63 steals and 96 ejections drawn.

Schoeller is undecided on a major.

Here is a link to a story we ran earlier this year on Hunter and his brother Austin.

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Chaffey, Don Lugo baseball teams settle for scoreless tie

he baseball teams from Don Lugo and Chaffey battled each other and the weather elements last week.

But they’ll settle for a scoreless tie because their game was halted in the seventh inning because of rain.

Don Lugo coach Jeff Abel said both he and Chaffey counterpart Max Pinedo thought the game would be finished at a later date, perhaps before the next regularly scheduled game between the two.

After checking with the CIF the next day they were told since the teams played four innings it was a regulation game and would go down as a tie,

Abel said when the game was called it wasn’t raining that hard. The problem was that fresh balls were not being put into play often enough and the ones being used just became difficult to handle for both pitchers.

The tie makes defending Mt. Baldy League champion Don Lugo 9-0-1 overall and 1-0-1 in league play and Chaffey 5-3-1 overall and 0-1-1 in league play.

Don Lugo takes a break from league play this week and is hosting a spring break tournament while Chaffey gets back into league play Tuesday against Ontario.

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Don Lugo to host Spring Break Baseball Tournament this week

Don Lugo will host it’s annual spring break tournament. It will feature nine schools, one short of what is traditional but one dropped out at the last minute.

It will start on Monday with pool play, with games on Thursday dependent on pool finishes and runs allowed.

Group 1: San Dimas, Buckley. Temple City
Group 2: Don Lugo, El Rancho, Centennial
Group 3: Hacienda Heights Wilson, Mayfair, Arroyo Valley

Monday’s games
Noon –
Don Lugo vs. Centennial (at Don Lugo)
3 p.m. – Mayfair vs. Wilson (at Don Lugo)
3:30 p.m. – San Dimas vs. Buckley (at San Dimas)

Tuesday’s games
Noon –
Temple City vs. Buckley (at Don Lugo)
3 p.m. – El Rancho vs. Don Lugo (at Don Lugo)
7 p.m. – Wilson vs. Arroyo Valley (at San Dimas)

Wednesday’s games
Noon –
El Rancho vs. Centennial (at Don Lugo)
3 p.m. – Mayfair vs. Arroyo Valley (at Donl Lugo)
3:30 p.m. – San Dimas vs, Temple City (at San Dimas)

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Alta Loma players, coach head All-CIF selections in girls water polo

All-CIF selections are out in girls water polo. Here is list of the locals from schools in the Daily Bulletin/Sun coverage area earning the prestigious accolade:

Division 4
Kerston Corns, senior, Yucaipa
Lauren Hoyle, junior, Claremont
Makenna Moore, junior, Claremont

Division 5
Chloe Casey, senior, Cajon

Division 6
Kevin Nesbit, Alta Loma, Coach of Year
Cydney Bell, Alta Loma, Player of Year
Julia Bensing-Ruiz, sophomore, Alta Loma
Mary Davis, sophomore, Webb
Mallory Johnson, senior, Alta Loma
Morgan Kramer, senior Redlands East Valley
Natalie Rees, senior, Redlands East Valley

Division 7
Michelle Molina, junior, Chaffey
Destiny Montgomery, junior, Chaffey
Hannah Murray, junior, Diamond Bar
Phoebe Tsui, junior, Diamond Bar
Ashley Yo, junior, Diamond Bar

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CIF girls water polo playoffs get underway this week

The CIF announced the draw for each division in girls water polo. Here is the list of games involving teams from the Sun/Daily Bulletin coverage area:

Wednesday’s first round

Los Osos at Mater Dei

Wednesday’s first round

Bonita at Schurr

Tuesday’s Wild card match

La Habra at Rancho Cucamonga

Tuesday’s wild card

Chaparral at Chino Hills
Wednesday first round
Long Beach Poly at Yucaipa
Charter Oak-Westlake winner at Claremont

Tuesday’s wild card matches

Redlands at Arlington
Fltinridge Sacred Hart at San Dimas
Wednesday’s first round
Millikan-Oxnard Pacifica winner at Cajon

Wednesday’s first round

Walnut at Alta Loma
Redlands East Valley at Kennedy
Cerritos at Webb

Tuesday’s first round

Norte Vista at Fontana
Palm Springs at San Bernardino
La Mirada at Chaffey (at Ontario HS)
Santa Fe at Pomona Catholic
Valley View at San Gorgonio
Don Lugo at Noreno Valley
Summit at Diamond Bar

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Chaffey girls water polo team having unprecedented success

What a difference a year can make.

In 2016 the Chaffey girls water polo team finished 8-20 and only 2-8 in the Mt. Baldy League which was only good enough for fifth place out of six teams.

But this year the Tigers went 22-5 overall and 9-1 in league play to tie Alta Loma for the top spot. It marks the first league title in the history of the girls program which started in 2001.

The Tigers are the No. 3 seed in the CIF Southern Section Division 7 playoffs which begin on Tuesday. The Tigers will face La Mirada (13-11) in  a 5 p.m. match at nearby Ontario High School.

There were no high-profile transfers, no influx of talented freshman. It’s the same team.

“It was really just hard work,” says coach Carlos Mendez, who also directs the school’s boys program. “The girls just decided they wanted to be better and they put in the hours to get better.”

Mendez credits his team captains – senior Briana Kuri and junior Michelle Molina who were the catalysts of the resurgence. The two set the tone and have provided strong leadership.

Mendez also made a change, moving junior Stevie Mendoza from the goal to a field player and inserting junior Destiny Montgomery in at goal. The moved helped the Tigers in both places.

Mendez also thinks the girls team has been inspired by the showing of the boys team which finished as Division 7 runner-up in the fall.

“They saw that water polo can be a successful sport here,” Mendez said “This is the type of school where the kids interact so the girls have seen what the boys did and talked to them about it. They don’t see why they can’t do the same thing.:

The school had to find an alternative site for its home playoff games because half of the pool is too shallow. League by-laws allow for games to be played there but the CIF requires a regulation pool for the postseason.”


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Etiwanda girls basketball team lands Open Division invite

As expected the Etiwanda girls basketball team will be one of the 16 battling for a CIF Southern Section championship in the Open division.

The Eagles, who have won 22 straight games, finished the regular season ranked second in Division 1-AA behind Long Beach Poly, another of the Open qualifiers.

Etiwanda (24-1) crushed all competitors in the Baseline League but also played a non-league schedule that included six games against Open teams. It went 5-1 in those six games with the loss coming to Alemany.

This will be the fourth time in the five years of the Open Division Etiwanda has competed in the highest classification.

The pairings will be announced on Sunday but given Etiwanda’s ranking it is likely it will be the No. 2. Coach Anders Anderson doesn’t even have a guess as to who his team will get in the first round.

“I’m really not sure how the bottom of the bracket is going to be set,” he said. “We’ll have to wait and see.”

Here are the other Open Division qualifiers in alphabetical order:
– Alemany (20-6)
– Brea Olinda (21-5)
– Chaminade (16-9)
– Fairmont Prep (21-6)
– Harvard-Westlake (22-3)
– Lakeside (22-3)
– Mater Dei (20-6)
– Millikan (18-6)
– Orangewood Academy (19-7)
– Long Beach Poly (20-3)
– Serra (20-6)
– Sierra Canyon (20-3)
– Troy (18-6)
– Ventura
– Windward

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Diamond Ranch to hold alumni baseball game this Saturday

Diamond Ranch High School will hold an alumni baseball game at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday at the school.

Gates open at 10 a.m. with the varsity team taking batting practice at that time,

There will be a Home Run Derby with players getting 10 swings for $10.

There is a $5 donation charge for admission with all proceeds going toward the schools baseball program.

The Panthers open the new season on Feb. 25 at Bonita.




Those interested in playing should email drpanthersbaseball@gmail.com and RSVP.

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Chino Hills girls soccer team moves up to No. 5

Here are this week’s CIF rankings in girls soccer with teams from the Sun/Daily Bulletin coverage area denoted in bold:

Division 1 – JSerra; 2. Aliso Niguel; 3. Westlake; 4. Los Alamitos; 5. Chino Hills; 6. Harvard-Westlake; 7. Mater Dei; 8. Corona Santiago; 9. Hart; 10. tie, Tesoro, Palos Verdes.

Division 2 – 1. Corona del Mar; 2. Redondo Union; 3. Vista Murrieta; 4. Moorpark; 5. Temecula Valley; 6. Sunny Hills; 7. San Luis Obispo; 8. Quartz Hills; 9. La Mirada; 10. tie, Newport Harbor, Redlands East Valley.

Division 3 – 1. Bishop Amat; 2. South Torrance; 3. Santa Monica; 4. Claremont; 5. Serrano; 6. Flintridge Prep; 7. Glendora; 8. Royal; 9. Chaminade; 10. tie,Oxnard, St. Margaret’s.

Division 4 – 1. La Quinta; 2. Laguna Beach; 3. Alta Loma; 4. Temescal Canton; 5. Sierra Canyon; 6. Bloomington; 7. Estancia; 8. Culver City; 9. Oxnard Pacifica; 10. tie, Brentwood, Marymount.

Division 5 – 1. Palm Desert; 2. Cathedral City; 3. Montclair; 4. Western Christian; 5. St. Genevieve; 6. Crean Lutheran; 7. Beverly Hills; 8. Viewpoint; 9. Windward; 10. Hemet.

Division 6 – 1. Los Amigos; 2. Valley Christian; 3. Grace Brethren; 4. Katella; 5. Beaumont; 6. University Prep; 7. Coachella Valley; 8. Webb; 9. Riverside Prep; 10. tie, Jurupa Hills, Santa Rosa Academy.

Division 7 – 1. San Gabriel Mission; 2. Rancho MIrage; 3. CAMS; 4. Carpenteria; 5. Arroyo; 6. OC Pacifica Christian; 7. Big Bear; 8. Pomona Catholic; 9. Lennox Academy; 10. tie, St. Bernard, Garey.


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Updated list of Inland Valley football players who have signed

Rancho guys

Rancho Cucamonga players (back) Austin Piceno, Tyree Baker, Coach Nick Baiz, (front) Tayari Venable, Darren Hall, Jaylon Redd.

Tyree Baker, Rancho Cucamonga, Trinity (Conn.)
Stephen Carr, Summit, USC
Tzion Dixon, Don Lugo, Humboldt State
Emmanuel Flowers, Ayala, Michigan State
Trevor Goulet, Don Lugo, Trinity International
Thomas Graham, Rancho Cucamonga, Oregon
Andre Grayson, Etiwanda, Utah State
Trey Green, Diamond Ranch, Idaho State
Darren Hall, Rancho Cucamonga, San Diego State
Andrew Harrison, Montclair, University of La Verne
Bahari Holloway, Colony, Delaware State
Lomario Howard, Eisenhower, Azusa Pacific
Max Masad, Chino Hills, Concodia-St. Paul (Minn.)
Anthony Miller, Don Lugo, Ottawa University
Nate Neal, Etiwanda, UNLV
Josh Oregel, Damien, Western Colorado
Austin Piceno, Rancho Cucamonga, Wisconsin Lutheran
Jaylon Redd, Rancho Cucamonga, Oregon
Sonny Robision, Carter, University of Redlands
Tyler Sweet, Upland, Western Oregon
Gary Theard, Upland, Naval Academy
Nathan Tilford, Colony, Arizona
Andrew Toothman, Damien, Abilene Christian
Grant Trueman, Chino Hills, University of San Diego
Tayari Venable, Rancho Cucamonga, San Diego State

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