Peter Lambert of San Dimas lands MaxPreps honor

The honors keep getting better for San Dimas pitcher Peter Lambert.

The recently-graduated right-hander has been named All-American by MaxPreps which picked only 30 players nationwide for the first team.

Lambert, who was drafted in the second round by the Colorado Rockies, went 13-0 with an 0.34 ERA. He had 5 shutouts, 113 strikeouts and 16 walks in 83 innings. He also hit .295 batting average (31 for 105) with 23 runs, 27 RBIs, 6 doubles, 3 home runs.

Here is the elite list of players picked:

P Beau Burrows, Weatherford (Tex.)
P Peter Lambert, San Dimas, Calif.
P Austin Smith, Park Vista (Lake Worth, Fla.)
P Juan Hillman, Olympia (Orlando, Fla.)
P Kale Breaux, Sulphur (La.)
P Donny Everett, Clarksville (Tenn.)
P Max Wotell, Marvin Ridge (Waxhaw, N.C.)
P Jason Barber, Oxford (Miss.)
P Tristan McKenzie, Royal Palm Beach (Fla.)
P Joe DeMers, College Park (Pleasant Hill, Calif.)
C Tyler Stephenson, Kennesaw Mountain (Kennesaw, Ga.)
C Cory Zangari, Carl Albert (Midwest City, Okla.)
C Chris Betts, Woodrow Wilson (Long Beach, Calif.)
1B Luken Baker, Oak Ridge (Conroe, Texas)
1B Luke Shilling, Notre Dame Prep (Pontiac, Mich.)
IF Brendan Rodgers, Lake Mary (Fla.)
IF Cadyn Grenier, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
IF Ke’bryan Hayes, Concordia Lutheran (Tomball, Texas)
IF Cornelius Randolph, Griffin (Ga.)
IF Tyler Nevin, Poway (Calif.)
IF Tyler Wyatt, Liberty (Peoria, Ariz.).
OF Dazmon Cameron, Eagle’s Landing Christian, (McDonough, Ga.)
OF Kyle Tucker, Plant (Tampa, Fla.)
OF Ashton Bardzell, Ramsey (N.J.)
OF Nick Plummer, Brother Rice (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.)
OF Trent Clark, Richland (North Richland Hills, Texas)
OF Jahmai Jones, Wesleyan (Norcross, Ga.)
UT Bryan Hudson, Alton (Ill.)
UT Mike Nikorak, Stroudsburg (Pa.)
UT Austin Riley, DeSoto Central (Southaven, Miss.)

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Don Lugo baseball coach Joe Marcos leaves one job, stays with another

Joe Marcos has been part of Don Lugo High School for a long time – since 1975 to be exact. But he’s starting to ween himself off of the jobs he holds.

Marcos, 60, has resigned as baseball coach. He’ll stay on for one more year as athletic director but plans to retire completely following the completion of the next school year.

The end came a lot quicker than I wanted it too,” he said. “It was definitely a tough decision because I love this program and these kids and the school. But I don’t know there was ever going to be a good time but it seemed like the right time.”

Marcos said the timing also seemed right because he didn’t want to leave both positions as the same time, leaving multiple voids for the school to have to fill. He also thought it would be good to be around in some capacity to assist the new coach should he need it.

Marcos started at the school as a walk-on assistant in 1975 and did that until getting the head coaching job in 1985.He picked up his 500th win earlier this season when the Conquistadors defeated Mt. Baldy League foe Montclair 10-3.

He has been athletic director since 1999.

There have been a lot of career highlights but Marcos says he particularly enjoyed the years he coached son Ryan, who graduated in 2000. The previous year the team got all the way to the semifinals.

“I am going to miss the players and the friendships,” Marcos said. “It’s amazing now with social media and what not, you find out you had an impact on a kid’s life. That’s very rewarding.”

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Ontario Christian to host baseball camp

Ontario Christian High School (931 W. Philadelphia St.) is hosting a four day summer baseball camp July 13-16.

Ontario Christian head coach Chuck Belk will direct the program in conjunction with U.S. Baseball Academy.

It is open to players in grades 1-12 and are limited to six players per coach. Sessions are offered in advanced hitting, pitching, catching, fielding and base running.

Space is limited. Registration is now under way. For more information, visit www.USBaseballAcademy.com or call toll-free 866-622-4487.

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Montclair football looking for better start to new season

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Rarely do the first few games of the season prove to be a turning point. For the Montclair Cavaliers that was indeed the case.

Montclair officially went 3-7 but it was on the field at 5-5. The difference were forfeits of the first two games of the season both of which they won decidedly over San Gabriel (42-0) and Garey (23-6).

That came after the Cavaliers won a third game which would have made them 3-0. Alas, it was 1-2.

Coach T.J. Fiorenza tried to stress that his team did win on the field and that the ultimate goal of a league title was still in sight but he doesn’t think his team ever really bounced back mentally.

“I don’t think out guys ever bounced back,” he said. “I know it was early but we never really were the same after that.”

But it’s a new year and Fiorenza is as optimistic as most coaches. He returns seven starters on offense and four on defense so improving on last year’s fifth-place finish in the Mt. Baldy League is doable.

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“I think we’re going to be a lot better,” he said. “Our guys worked hard and I liked what I saw out of the passing leagues. We’re definitely looking forward to that new start.”

Senior Jose Campos inherits the starting quarterback spot after seeing some playing time a year ago.

Fiorenza expects the wide receiving unit to be his best. Among the other experienced athletes coming back there are  seniors Joseph Martinez and Gustavo Herrera and juniors Devin Mclee and Robin Wiley.

Othe veterans are senior corner back Dante Haro, senior offensive lineman Nick Orozco, senior safety Daniel Carlin, senior defensive end-tight end Jose Rivera and senior linebacker Cris Arismendez.

Among the newcomers is sophomore strong safety Roy Wiley, younger brother of Robin, who Firoenza says has outstanding potential.

Other promising newcomers include sophomore defensive tackle Diego Sanchez, junior running back-linebacker Matthew Mendibles and junior linebacker Jason Le.

“The key for us, like it always is, is staying healthy,” Fiorenza says. “We can’t afford to lose guys, especially for a long time.”

The Cavaliers open the season Aug. 28 at San Gabriel. The first game will be the following week against Garey.

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Pitcher Peter Lambert of San Dimas lands another honor

Right-hander Peter Lambert of San Dimas may be off starting his professional baseball career but the honors continue to roll in nonetheless.

Lambert, who was drafted in the second round by the Colorado Rockies, was one of just 11 players named to the All-California Team by USA Today.

Lambert was nothing short of spectacular. He had 13 starts and won all of those, completing nine. Five were shutouts and he allowed only four earned runs and managed 113 strikeouts in 83 innings for a miniscule ERA of 0.43.

Shortstop Branden Becker of Cajon, who was drafted and signed by the Baltimore Orioles, was named to the second team.

Here’s the complete list of players honored. It is a pretty select group.

Player of the Year: Joe DeMers, P, Pleasant Hill College Park, Sr.

FIRST TEAM
Justin Hooper, P, Concord De La Salle, Sr.
Peter Lambert, P, San Dimas, Sr.
Chris Betts, C, Long Beach Wilson, Sr.
Devin Davis, INF, Santa Clarita Valencia, Sr.
Nick Madrigal, INF, Elk Grove, Sr.
Tyler Nevin, INF, Poway, Sr.
Luke Williams, INF, Dana Point, Sr.
Daniel Amaral, OF, Huntington Beach, Sr.
Matt Smith, OF, Placentia El Dorado, Sr.
James Terrell, OF, St. Patrick-St. Vincent Vallejo, Sr.

SECOND TEAM
Marrick Crouse, P, Dana Hills, Sr.
Kyle Molnar, P, Aliso Viejo, Sr.
Patrick Sandoval, P, Mission Viejo, Sr.
Lucas Herbert, C, San Clemente, Sr.
Branden Becker, INF, Cajon, Sr.
John Cresto, INF, San Diego Cathedral Catholic, Sr.
Devin Davis, INF, Santa Clarita Valencia, Sr.
Royce Lewis, INF, Junipero Serra, So.
Anthony Gordon, OF, Terra Nova Pacifica, Sr.
Alex McKenna, OF, Mission Hills Bishop Alemany, Sr.
Jagger Rusconi, OF, West Ranch, Sr.

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Paige Halstead and Team USA place fifth

Los Osos High School graduate Paige Halstead was part of the USA Junior National team that finished fifth in the World Cup X Tournament which wrapped up Sunday at Barber Park in Irvine.

Halstead, a catcher who has signed with UCLA, went 2-for-16 (in eight games) in her first event with that team. Her hits were big hits as she had run-scoring singles in a 14-0 win over Argentina and a 14-1 win over Puerto Rico.

The event was won by the other USA Team, made up of the Senior Team members.

The USA Junior team beat Mexico 6-5 on Sunday to secure the fifth-place finish.

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Rancho Cucamonga boasts some big names in secondary

The Rancho Cucamonga football team boasted a couple major commitments this week as Thomas Graham Jr., a trasnfer from Eastvale Roosevelt, made a verbal to USC while Tayari Venable announced he’ll attend Washington State.

Introduction 2017: DB Tayari Venable

Both are juniors so nothing is signed, sealed or delivered yet and some kids change their minds. But the fact that both have opted for Pac 12 schools tells you the quality of players we’re talking about here.

Just how good should the Cougars secondary be? Well, pretty good. Not only does coach Nick Baiz have those two, there’s another junior-to-be in Jaylon Redd who started last year and saw saw significant playing time as a freshman.

Redd already has seven Pac 12 offers, the first of those coming shortly after his freshman year. Among his offers are USC and UCLA.

The fourth member of the Rancho secondary is Darriel Busby, who is the most experienced of the four but is smaller in stature which is going to limit his college prospects.

Baiz says its the best quartet at that position he has ever coached but he isn’t going overboard yet as far as his praise.

“We have some great players back there but it’s not just about them,” he said. “You have to have the pass rush. You have to stop the run. The defense is about each unit doing its job for them for it to be effective as whole.”

The Baseline League will be as tough as ever this year and there are several teams with potent passing attacks. So stay tuned.

 

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A quick look back at the prep athletes of the year

Well the book is officially closed on another year of high school sports. It’s always fun to go back and look at who the top performers were.

So here is a list of the athletes that were our Player of the Year in their respective sport. Good variety of schools represented which is always nice.

Daily Bulletin Football Player of Year Josh Woods, who played running back and  linebacker for Upland High School, Wednesday,...

FALL
Football: Josh Woods, Sr., Upland
Football (Offense): Shawn Wilson, Sr., Pomona
Football (Defense): Khaylan Thomas, Sr., Etiwanda
Girls volleyball: Meghan Buzzerio, Sr., Chino Hills
Girls cross country: Annie Boos, Soph., Claremont; Tess Rounds, Fr., Claremont
Boys cross country: Michael Teran, Sr., Jurupa Hills
Boys water polo: Stephen Cagle, Sr., Claremont
Girls tennis: Hermehr Kaur, Soph., Redlands
Girls golf: Bethany Wu., Sr., Diamond Bar

Chino Hills High School junior Lonzo Ball has been chosen as the 2015 Daily Bulletin boys basketball player of the year....

 

WINTER
Boys basketball: Lonzo Ball, Jr., Chino Hills
Girls basketball: Jackie Ricketson, Sr., Ayala
Girls soccer: Leah Pruitt, Sr., Alta Loma
Boys soccer: Eduardo Contreras, Jr., Chaffey
Wrestling: David Gonzalez, Sr., San Dimas
Girls water polo: Shelby Kraft, Jr., Los Osos

San Dimas High School pitcher Peter Lambert who went 13-0 this year helping the Saints to a league title and a 31-1 record....

SPRING
Baseball: Peter Lambert, Sr., San Dimas
Softball: Tannon Snow, Sr., Chino Hills
Girls swimming: Kenisha Kui, Jr., Ayala
Boys swimming: Brian Whittington, Sr., Los Osos
Boys golf: Jefferson Kao, Sr., Diamond Bar
Boys tennis: Andrew Leahy, Jr., Claremont
Boys track: Zach Shinnick, Soph., Damien
Girls track: Sklyer Daniel, Sr., Upland
Boys volleyball: Kaleb Denmark, Sr., Arrowhead Christian

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Ganesha football program taking small steps forward

When you’re football program isn’t steeped in tradition, you have to appreciate the smaller signs of progress. Such is the case with the Ganesha Giants.

Coach Don Cayer’s team improved from 3-7 in 2013 to 4-6 last fall. But they were also more competitive in games they lost.

Unfortunately modest improvement could have been more significant improvement but Ganesha lost the last four games after a 4-2 start.

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“After awhile you get sick of being everyone’s doormat,” Cayer said. “We don’t talk about wins and losses. It’s about improvement and getting better each day. If  you do that hopefully it shows in the win column.”

There are other small signs of progress that haven’t shown up in the win column yet. Cayer is excited about his incoming freshman class and the number of players coming from his feeder schools who aren’t going elsewhere.

Also, Cayer, who also serves as the school’s athletic director, says his team had three home games where the team drew 1,000 spectators.

“It may not sound like much to some but I remember games when I was an assistant and you could count the number of people in the stands at kickoff,” he said.

The biggest on-field problem with the team last year was offense. Two of the games the team won were by the score of 7-6. Most troublesome was the offensive line. In fact it was such a sore spot that Cayer has taken over responsibility for the part of the team this year.

“Now it’s solely my fault if it’s still an issue,” he said.

The good news is that Cayer has nine returning starters on offense are seniors.  One of those who is not a senior is junior quarterback John Mosqueda, one of the players in the revolving door at that position last year.

Cayer admits Mosqueda just wasn’t ready last year but he tried everyone out of necessity and likes the improvement he has seen him thus far.

The strength of the offense appears to be wide receiver with a core that includes senior Marcione Harvey, Brian Chisholm, Albert Lewis and marcus Cooper. Harvey was in the program as an underclassmen, but moved to Arizona briefly, only to return before the school year was over. He is the speedster in the bunch.

Jimmy Lopez and Anthony Longsworth, both seniors, should see time in the backfield.

There will be several players seeing action on both sides of the ball with Longsworth and Chisholm also doing time in the secondary.

The top performer should be senior linebacker Mauriyon O’Brien, a 6-foot-3, 220-pounder whom Cayer says is drawing Division I interest.

Seniors Miguel Puentes and Samuel Davis will be on both sides of the line.

The schedule has been downgraded a bit with San Gabriel and Western Christian the new foes. The season begins on Aug. 28 at Mark Keppel, a team the Giants defeated last year.

The first home game will be the following week, Sept. 4, against Gladstone. Those were the two teams the Giants beat 7-6 last year.

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