San Dimas’ Wheaton leads Valle Vista League softball honorees

Selections have been made for Valle Vista League softball honors. The top player was an easy choice. It goes to catcher Janell Wheaton of San Dimas, who is headed to University of Florida. Here’s the complete rundown.

MVP – Janell Wheaton, Sr., San Dimas

First team
P – Lindsay Hughes, Jr., San Dimas
P – Ana Mejia, Sr., Northview
P – Princess Nava, Jr., Covina
P – Alondra Reynoso, Soph., San Dimas
C – Yecenia Cardenas, Sr., Wilson
INF – Jennifer Aguinaga, Sr., San Dimas
INF – Monet Manning, Soph., Northview
INF – Haley Gomez, Sr., Northview
INF – Briana Quintana, Sr., San Dimas
INF – Carlie Salm, Soph., San Dimas
INF Isabella Sierra, Soph., Covina
OF – Davina Doran, Soph., San Dimas
OF – Mia Escobar, Soph., Nogales
OF – Samantha Hardwick, Jr., Covina
OF – Brooke Jackson, Fr., San Dimas
OF – Jocelyn Marquez, Sr., Northview

Second team
P – Sydney Jones, Jr., Baldwin Park
P – Breanna Lopez, Sr., Baldwin Park
P – Maxine Manrique, Sr., Nogales
C – Lauren Bodden, Jr., Covina
INF – Taylor Jaurique, Jr., Wilson
INF – Darlene Jaramillo, Northview
INF – Ali LeNoue, Soph., Covina
INF – Samantha Medrano, Jr., Covina
INF – Taylor Muse, Soph., Baldwin Park
INF – Danielle Perez, Soph., Wilson
OF – Krystal Perez, Sr., Nogales

Honorable mention - Brittany Ching, Jr., Covina; Alexis Morales, F., Nogales; Alexis Palacios, Sr., Wilson; Lisette Rosales, Fr., Nogales; Evelyn Ronquillo, Fr., Baldwin Park.


Etiwanda’s Sydnie Trostle decides on Cal Baptist

Etiwanda High School sophomore infielder Sydnie Trostle has decided to stick close to home and has committed to Cal Baptist.

Trostle helped the Eagles (18-8-1) to a Baseline League runner-up finish, hitting .377 with six doubles, a triple, five home runs and 22 RBI.

She thought about waiting for possible offers from Division I schools, but said Cal Baptist has always been high on her list.

“I want to be able to go to a place where I can focus on academics, too,” she said.

The Lancers went 46-13 last year, advancing to the West Region final in their first playoff-eligible season since moving from NAIA to NCAA Division II.

Lots of local teams still battling for baseball, softball titles

The softball season is winding down wire with semifinal games coming up while baseball is in just the second round.

Here’s what’s left for teams in the Sun/Bulletin coverage area:

Tuesday’s semifinal games
Division 2

Chino Hills at Chino

Division 5
Anaheim Savana at Citrus Valley

Division 6
St. Bonaventure at Pomona Catholic (at Big League Dreams)

Wednesday’s semifinal game
Division 5

Ontario Chistian at Jurupa Hills


Tuesday’s games
Second round
Division 2

Garden Grove Pacifica at Chino Hills
Crescenta Valley at Redlands East Valley

Division 3
Warren at Diamond Bar
Carter at Paloma Valley
Bonita at Redondo Union

Division 4
Kaiser at Northview
California at Don Lugo
Victor Valley at South Torrance
San Dimas at Granite Hills

Division 5
Santa Ynez at Sultana
Citrus Hill at Big Bear
Templeton at Oak Hills
Village Christian at Ontario Christian

Division 6
St. Margaret’s at Upland Christian

Division 7
St. Michael’s at Aca Ac. Exc

Los Osos softball team sees past wins and losses



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Shelby Qualley didn’t get a single at-bat for the Los Osos softball team this season, at least not in a game. But make no mistake about it – she is every bit as much a part of the team as senior Marissa Young, who has pitched the majority of the innings for the Grizzlies this year.

Qualley is a 16-year-old junior with Down’s Syndrome. She attends practices and games just like every other member. She has always hung out in the classroom of coach Mike Randall because all the other players hung out there.

So two years ago Randall made her part of the team. She would even get a chance to hit a time or two at the end practice.

When Shelby asked the coach before a scrimmage early last year when she was going to get to hit in the game, Randall paused. After much deliberation he came up with a idea.

After every game, even before the teams shake hands, Shelby goes to the plate. Her teammates stand side-by-side along the third base line. The other team is still in the field, but gather in the infield. The pitcher lobs her a ball until she gets a hit. Sometimes it takes a few pitches. But she eventually hits the ball, runs the bases, and comes around to touch home plate.

Her teammates pick her up and toss her in the air. Only then do the traditional post-game festivities begin.

Randall always discusses the routine with the opposing coach before the game and 90% of them are fully on board with the plan.

“It just puts things in perspective,” Randall said. “Yes to us sports are important. But they’re not really as important as we sometimes think they are.”

This seemed to be a particularly close group of players. They’re bond is evident in the way they have rallied around Shelby and included her as part of the team. Thumbs up to them for seeing past hits and errors, wins and losses.

And thumbs up to the other teams for seeing the value in that moment as well.

CIF Baseball draw is out, the complete pairings


Division 1
No local teams

Division 2
Tuesday wild card games
Etiwanda at Yucaipa
Mayfair at Ayala
Cajon at Temecula Valley
Damien at St. Joseph’s
Santa Barbara at Los Osos
Hoover at Rancho Cucamogna

Thursday’s first round
San Clemente-Woodbridge winner at Chino Hills
Los Osos-Santa Barbara winner at Redlands East Valley

Division 3
Tuesday wild card games
Walnut at Rialto

Thursday first round
Diamond Bar at West Torrance
Indio at Carter
San Gorgonio at Temescal Canyon
Lancaster-Cathedral City winner at Bonita

Division 4
Tuesday wild card games

El Rancho at Montclair
Godinez at Grand Terrace
Chaffey at Fontana

Thursday first round games
Temple City-Rid Burroughs winner at Kaiser
Wilson-Calvary Chapel winner at Don Lugo
Godinez-Grand Terrace winner at San Dimas
Chino at Granite Hills

Division 5
Wednesday wild card games

Aquinas at Maranatha
Arrowhead Christian at Riv-Notre Dame

Friday first round games
Hemet at Citrus Valley
Hesperia at Big Bear
Jurupa Hills at Cantwell Sacred Heart
Shadow Hills at Ontario Christian

Division 6
Tuesday wild card games
Rio Hondo Prep at Boys Republic
Marshall at Redlands Adventist

Thursday first round games
Webb at Desert Christian
Bloomington Christian at Santa Clara
Temecula Prep at Upland Christian

Division 7
No local teams

Chino Hills volleyball standout picks Seton Hall

Chino Hills High School junior volleyball standout Cherise Hennigan will be changing coasts.

The 5-foot-10 outside hitter has made a verbal commitment to Seton Hall after visiting that school, along with Fordham and Manhattan College.

The is looking forward to the change of scenery.

“I don’t like California and I’m not a beach girl,” she said. “I know that sounds strange to everyone here. I’m looking forward to having all four seasons.”

Hennigan, who has traveled extensively while playing with Club West, has made several trips to the East Coast and has always enjoyed the vibrancy and history of cities such as New York and Philadelphia.

Seton Hall is located in South Orange, N.J. The Pirates were 16-16 last season, 7-9 inthe Big East.

Hennigan recorded 91 kills and helped the Huskies to a share of the Sierra League title.

She plans to major in biology.

Local football players nominated for prestigious game

Several local football standouts are among the 400 players nationwide nominated for the prestigious U.S. Army All-American Bowl, this year scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 3 in San Antonio.

Area players making the first list include defensive back Kanya Bell and athlete Antonio Hull of Diamond Bar, defensive backs Elijah Jones and Kameron Powell of Upland and offensive lineman Joseph Price and wide receiver Malik Lovette of Redlands East Valley.

A tour to present jerseys and honor those making the final cut to 90 will begin in the fall.

The past game the lone local participant was Damien long snapper Tanner Carew who is headed to University of Oregon.

It’s a well-respected all-star game with character and academics factors in the selection along with athletic ability.

Baseline League finals track and field champions

100: 1. Tyrin Wells (Upland) 10.92
200: 1. Antonio Woodard (Upland) 21.68
400: 1. Antonio Woodard (Upland) 48.48
800: 1. Parker Saele (Glendora) 2:00.76
1,600: 1. Mat Holton ( Rancho Cucamonga) 4:28.66
3,200: 1. Mat Holton (Rancho Cucamonga) 9:52.33
4×100 relay: 1. Upland 42.72
110 HH: 1. Joseph Anderson (Upland) 14.32
300 IH: 1. Aidan Christensen (Los Osos) 40.26
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Damien duo improves to 34-0, cruise through Sierra League

Damien High School has a dynamic doubles duo.

Juniors Angelo Mollo and David Washington cruised through the regular season 30-0 without breaking a sweat. Well they added to that by also winning the league prelims held Tuesday and Wednesday at Claremont Club.

They won two matches on Tuesday which propeled them into Wednesday’s play where they won a morning match 6-2, 6-0 to get to the final against the No. 2 team of JR Meneses and Nick Tangsouvanh of Ayala. It was one of their toughest matches of the season but the Damien two were victorious 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 to claim the league doubles championship.

Both finalists advance to the CIFSS tournament at the end of May.