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.

Huge Baseline League softball game moved to Monday

The Los Osos and Etiwanda softball teams were supposed to square off today at Etiwanda with first place on the line. That game has been moved to Monday.

The outbreak of the Etiwanda Fire that resulted in the evacuation of Los Osos High School, among others, was a factor. But Eagles Athletic Director Dave Masucci, who is also the Etiwanda softball coach, said he and Los Osos coach Mike Randall talked earlier in the week and were planning to move the game anyway, just based on the heavy winds in the area.

“Its too important of a game to have it determined by some fluke play or those kind of conditions,” Masucci said. “We want to have a great game so we have no regrets later.”

Los Osos (17-3-, 8-1) is ranked fourth in CIF Division 1 while Etiwanda (14-4-1, 8-1) is 10th.

The two teams are tied for first in the Baseline League. Etiwanda won the first game between the teams 8-6 but had an unexpected slip up in league play against Upland last week.


Don Lugo volleyball pair headed to Massachusettes

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Volleyball standouts Ayana Knowles and Cherry Baylon of Don Lugo have signed letters of intent with American International College, a Division II institution located in Springfield, Mass. which competes in the Northeast-10 Conference.

The duo helped the Conquistadores to a 13-9 record that included a Mt. Baldy League championship and berth in the CIF 4-AA semifinals. It was the deepest run in the playoffs in school history.

Both girls also played club ball for Chino Valleyballerz.

American is coming off a 14-16 season that included an 8-6 showing in conference play.

Webb volleyball standout headed to Division III power

Claremont native Katie Dickins, a four-year letter winner at Webb School, will move on to NCAA Division III volleyball power Juniata (Penn).

Dickens, a 5-foot-3 setter, tallied  578 assists (8.4 avg), with 178 digs. She led the league in assists per set during the 2011 and 2012 seasons.

Dickins was named team captain for both her high school and Pacific Juniors Volleyball Club teams and in 2009 she was a member of the A2 USA High Performance Team as a setter.

Last season Dickens led Webb to an 18-9 record.

She’ll be joining a Juniata program that has won eight national championships and produced 120 All-Americans.

Los Osos baseball player discharged from hospital

The baseball field can be a dangerous place. That’s sometimes easy to forget. But the Los Osos baseball team was reminded of that on Wednesday.

Senior outfielder Matt Fryendell was standing outside the dugout when he was struck in the head by a bat that came out of the hands of another player who was at the plate.

The player went down immediately. He didn’t lose consciousness but every precaution was taken and he was airlifted to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center for tests.

He had a concussion but escaped further injury and was discharged from the hospital Wednesday night.

His team was waiting for him there when he returned.

“It was very, very scarey,” Grizzlies Coach Chris Romero said. “It could have been a whole lot worse. We’re thankful it wasn’t worse.”

The Grizzlies were scheduled to play at Alta Loma today. That game was postponed Wednesday night when the players’ status was uncertain.

No makeup date has been set but Romero said he’ll let Alta Loma decide that date since they were so willing to postpone it in the first place and it’s their home game.

Let’s all hope Fryendell continues on the road to recovery and is back on the diamond soon.

New CIF Southern Section softball polls

Division 1 – 1. Corona Santiago; 2. Esperanza; 3. Garden Grove Pacifica; 4. Los Osos; 5. Martin Luther King; 6. Huntington Beach; 7. Vista Murrieta; 8. Marina; 9. Anaheim Canyon; 10. Norco. Others: West Ranch.

Division 2 - 1. Mission Viejo; 2. Chino; 3. Chino Hills; 4. Dana Hills; 5. Oaks Christian; 6. South Hills; 7. Redlands; 8. San Clemente; 9. Yucaipa; 10. Charter Oak.

Division 3 – 1. La Serna; 2. St. Paul; 3. North Torrance; 4. Burbank; 5. Bishop Amat; 6. Atascadero; 7. Righetti; 8. Burbank Burroughs; 9. Highland; 10. Torrance. Others: Warren, La Salle.

Division 4 – 1. Dos Pueblos; 2. Hemet; 3. La Quinta; 4. Beaumont; 5. Garden Grove; 6. Loara; 7. Ocean View; 8. Santa Ana; 9. Segerstrom; 10. Paloma Valley. Others: Westminster, Rancho Alamitos, Heritage.

Division 5 – 1. Jurupa Hills; 2. Aquinas; 3. Citrus Valley; 4. Savanna; 5. Lancaster Paraclete; 6. Santa Ana Cavalry Chapel; 7. Ontario Christian; 8. Silverado; 9. Montebello; 10. Lompoc Cabrillo. Others: San Dimas, Schurr.

Division 6 – 1. Bell-Jeff; 2. Pomona Catholic; 3. St. Bonaventure; 4. Cantwell Sacred Heart; 5. Shadow Hills; 6. Mary Star of the Sea; 7. St. Monica; 8. Pasadena Poly; 9. Santa Paula; 10. Oxford Aca. Others: Westridge, St. Anthony, Vasquez, Grace Brethren.

Division 7 - 1. Mesa Grande; 2. Southlands Chr.; 3. University Prep; 4. Aca of Career/Exploration; 5. Bloomington Chr.; 6. Crossroads Chr.; 7. Archer School; 8. Santa Clarita Chr.; 9. Faith Baptist; 10. Coast Union.