Top baseball players from six leagues to play in all-league event

The top players from six leagues will be showcased in the second annual San Gabriel Valley High School All-League All-Star Challenge on Saturday at Maverick Park in West Covina.

The 11 a.m. game will pit the Miramonte League against the Marmonte League with the 3 p.m. contest featuring the Hacienda and Valle Vista.

Capping off the event is the Baseline against the Palomares at 6 p.m. with Etiwanda coach Don Furnald, whose team won the Division 2 championship, directing the Baseline team.

The event was the idea of South Hills coach Darren Murphy.

Players who earned first-team All-league honors will be on their respective teams with players from the second team and honorable mention used to fill in where needed.

The event is sponsored by Frozen Ropes.

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Local softball standouts get set for College World Series

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The NCAA College World Series (softball) starts on Thursday in Oklahoma City and there are a number of athletes from the Sun/Daily Bulletin coverage area who part of teams in the hunt.

A quick look at those players and the numbers they have put up this year:

* Paige Halstead (Los Osos), Soph., C, UCLA – Hit .286 with 24 runs, 21 RBI, 4 doubles, 1 triple, 6 home runs.

* Sahvanna Jaquish (Redlands East Valley), Sr., C-INF, LSU – Hitting .331 with 40 runs, 60 RBI, 12 doubles and 9 home runs. A first-team NFCA All-American.

* Justine McLean (Rancho Cucamonga), Sr., OF, Florida – Hitting .287 with 40 runs scored, 16 RBI, 1 triple.

* Melanie Olmos (Grand Terrace), Fr., P, Oklahoma –

* Delaney Spaulding (Etiwanda), Sr., INF, UCLA – Hitting .381 with 57 runs, 43 RBI, 17 doubles, 1 triple and 16 home runs.

* Vanessa Taukeiaho (Etiwanda), Fr., OF, Oklahoma –

* Janell Wheaton (San Dimas), Jr., C-1B, Florida – Hitting .261 with 23 runs, 31 RBI, 10 doubles, 1 triple, 3 home runs.

First round games:

Oregon vs. Washington

Oklahoma vs. Baylor

Florida vs. Texas A&M


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Ayala girls soccer coach Matt Hodges killed in car accident

Ayala High School soccer coaches Gabby Constante and Matt Hodges died as a result of injuries sustained in a crash Monday north of Desert Center.

The Southern California soccer community has been shaken by the death of Ayala girls soccer coach Matt Hodges and three others in an automobile accident Monday.

Here is the link to the Daily Bulletin new story on the accident.

Kaitlyn Arreola, who just completed her junior year at Chino Hills, had Hodges as a club coach for four years and expressed her sentiments.

“Matt always knew how to have fun and make a connection with us . He pushed our limits because he knew we had more potential . He was more than a coach, he was family . Everyone who knew him loved him and enjoyed his presence . He will be missed dearly and especially all us girls . We know he’s in a better place now .

“I will always remember whenever he saw any of his players he would run and give us a high five. Also, during practice he would just stop and start dancing to lighten up the mood when we were frustrated.”

Added senior Alexis Vera, also of Chino Hills . . .

“Matt was a great coach. He made me feel wanted and important as a player. I remember my freshman year he tried getting me to go to Ayala. He would try to bribe and tease me about the rivalry between Chino Hills and Ayala. He was taken from us too soon and I’m still in shock that he’s gone but he’s in a better place now with Papa Hodges.”

Hodges just finished his fourth year directing the Bulldogs. They were 36-46-10 in his tenure, the best season coming in 2014-2015 when they won the Palomares League, and advanced to the second round of the CIF playoffs before losing to Yorba Linda 2-1.

Chino Hills coach Andy Plascencia was still reeling from the news. He had a close relationship with Hodges over the last eight years from both club and high school ball. Hodges worked in the same Legends FC but also was head junior varsity coach for Plascencia in stints at both Chino Hills and St. Lucy’s.

“He really cared about his players, on and off the field. He always put their interest first.”

“He loved his players with all his heart. Matt and Gabby would both spend countless hours talking about their players. It was evident that both Gabby and Matt wanted their players to be successful. I know both would want their players to know they loved every moment they spent with them and they must continue the love that Gabby and Matt showed. Their legacy will forever be one of love.”

 The Ayala softball team played in a CIF Division 3 semifinal playoff game today at Newhall-Hart. A moment of silence was observed before that game.

A display honoring the coaches at Ayala High School.

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St. Lucy’s softball team takes out top seed Gahr in second round

St. Lucy's Samantha Garcia (20) is surrounded by her team as she reaches home plate during a prep softball game St. Lucy's Priory High School in Glendora, Calif. on Wednesday 26, 2017. St. Lucy's defeated Chino Hills 17-8. (Correspondent photo by Trevor Stamp)

The St. Lucy’s softball team may have settled for a second-place finish in the Baseline League but the Regents have apparently saved their best for last.

The team turned in the biggest upset of perhaps any early round game when it stunned top seed and undefeated Gahr  10-4 in a Division 2 second round game on Tuesday.

St. Lucy’s (18-6) will now host Villa Park (23-8) on Thursday in a quarterfinal contest.

Doing homework made all the difference.

Regents coach David Gaither was able to get a pretty good rundown on his opponent from a fellow coach. He made copies and gave one to each player. The rest is history.

“It was the best scouting report I have ever gotten on a team,” Gaither said. “We knew exactly what pitches they liked to hit, what pitches people got them out on before. The girls went out and executed everything we wanted to do.”

The standouts in the contest were the same ones that have performed well all season. It was a good effort from senior Dakota Casper in the circle. Casper, who has signed with Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, has pitched almost every inning for her team over the last four years.

Third baseman Samantha Garcia had a pair of home runs – a three-run homer and solo shot. She is hitting ..578 with 24 RBI on the season.

Sophomore catcher Audrey Sellers added a grand slam. She is hitting .451 with 32 RBI, 10 doubles and nine home runs.

It would be natural for the Regents to think they have a pretty good shot at going all the way since they have already taken out the top seed. But that isn’t quite the case.

“We’re not looking past anybody,” Gaither said. “We’re only worried about the next game ahead of us.”


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First round in softball and second round matchups

Photo published for Upland defeats Canyon Springs to begin CIF-SS softball playoffs

Here are all the scores from first round softball games from teams in the Sun/Daily Bulletin coverage area with update on who the winners play next:

First round
Vista Murrieta 7, Chino Hills 0
Grand Terrace 11, Valley View 1
Orange Lutheran 12, Etiwanda 2
Capistrano Valley 14, Chino 5

Tuesday’s game
Grand Terrace at Mater Dei

First round
St. Lucy’s 5, Glendora 3
La Quinta 11, Redlands East Valley 1
Upland 11, Canyon Springs 6
Sunny Hills 2, Don Lugo 0

Tuesday’s games
Gahr at St. Lucy’s
Upland at Charter Oak

First round
Mayfield 10, San Dimas 3
Ayala 7, Apple Valley 0
Patriot 4, Summit 3
Hart 11, Redlands 8

Tuesday’s game
St. Bonaventure at Ayala

First round
Silverado 3, Oak Hills 2
Jurupa Hills 12, San Juan Hills 2
Beaumont 12, Aquinas 2
Montclair 12, Arcadia 1

Tuesday’s games
Buena at Silverado
Jurupa Hills at Placentia Valencia
Montclair at Arroyo

First round

Colony 12, Yucca Valley 2
Sultana 13, Sierra Vista 2
Vista del Lago 12, San Gorgonio 2
Barstow 9, Pomona Catholic 4

Tuesday’s games
Colony at Sultana
South El Monte at Barstow

First round

Webb 8, University Prep 2
Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 8, Victor Valley 0

Tuesday’s game
Webb at Carpenteria

First round

St. Genevieve 9, Upland Christian 1
Hamilton 18, Lake Arrowhead Chr. 4
Archer School 10, La Verne Lutheran 0
AAE 17, Heritage Chr. 3

Tuesday’s game
Santa Ynez at AAE

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First round CIF baseball scores and second round matchups

Etiwanda’s Steven Rivas (#8) is mobbed by his teammates after hitting a walk-off home run in the seventh inning to defeat Beckman 6-5 during Friday’s CIF-SS Division 2 playoff game at Etiwanda High School in Rancho Cucamonga, Ca., May 19, 2017. (Photo by John Valenzuela/SCNG)

Here are first round scores for teams in the Daily Bulletin/Sun coverage area as well as schedule for second round:

First round
South Hills 4, Damien 0
Redlands East Valley 7, Corona Santiago 4

Tuesday’s game
Sherman Oaks Note Dame at REV

Etiwanda 6, Irvine Beckman 5
Mira Costa 7, San Dimas 3
Ayala 8, Corona del Mar 3
Palm Desert 3, Kaiser 2 (14 inn)

Tuesday’s games
Village Christian at Etiwanda
Mira Costa t Ayala

San Gorgonio 4, Los Osos 3
Riverside Poly 1, Citrus Valley 0
Don Lugo 13, Cajon 1

Tuesday’s games
Quartz Hill at San Gorgonio
Don Lugo at Santa Fe

Victor Valley 7, Shadow Hills 3

Tuesday’s game
Victor Valley at Sonora

Oak Hills 14, Ontario Christian 4
Palm Springs 4, Jurupa Hills 0
Grand Terrace 7, Saddleback Valley Chr. 9
Chaffey 8, Rialto 0
Atascadero 8, Garey 0
Apple Valley 9, Acad Acad Exc 1

Tuesday’s games
Oak Hills at Salesian
Jurupa Valley at Grand Terrace
Chaffey at North Torrance

Rancho Christian 5, Silverado 1
Big Bear 11, Vista del lago 2
Barstow 2, Ontario 0
Pomona 3, Santa Clarita Chr. 0

Tuesday’s games
Big Bear at St. Anthony
Pomona at Barstow

Apple Valley Chr. 22, Packinghouse Chr. 0
Upland Chr. 17, Noli Indian 3
Bethel Chr. 3, Redlands Adventist 2
Arrowhead Chr. 14, Oakwood 4
Hamilton 8, La Verne Lutheran 1

Tuesday’s games
Apple Valley Chr. at Upland Chr.
Hamilton at Arrowhead Chr.

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Former Los Osos baseball standout gets minor league award

Former Los Osos baseball standout Isaac Galloway has been named Pacific Coast League Player of the Week

Galloway, drafted in the eighth round in 2008, plays for the Marlins Triple-A affiliate in New Orleans. Last week he went 10 for 24 with five home runs, 10 RBIs an eight runs scored.

The five home runs came in a four-game series in Reno, including two-homer efforts on Thursday and Sunday. The 10-year pro had just one prior multi-home run game in his career.

Galloway hit safely in all five games during the week, going 10-for-24 with a league-leading 10 RBI along with eight runs scored and a stolen base. He has hit safely in nine of 10 games since returning to New Orleans on May 2 from a stint with Double-A Jacksonville (Fla.), where he batted .405 in 10 games.

On the season he is hitting .270 in 25 games with 16 RBI and 12 runs scored.

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CIF boys tennis scores and who the winners play next


Redlands' Rohan Reddy, left, and Ishaan Shrivastav, right, compete in their doubles match during Wednesday's CIF-SS Division 2 first-round playoff against La Quinta at Redlands High School in Redlands, Ca., May 10, 2017. (Photo by John Valenzuela/The Facts/SCNG)
Here are scores from CIF Southern Section boys tennis and what’s next for the winners:

Division 2
Second Round

Diamond Bar 10, West Torrance 8
Redlands 13, Anaheim Canyon 5

Monday’s quarterfinals
Diamond Bar at Redlands

Division 3
Second Round

Cate 12, Webb 6
Buckley 12, Rancho Cucamonga 6
Etiwanda 14, Aliso Niguel 4

Monday’s quarterfinal
Etiwanda at JSerra

Division 4
Second round
Los Osos 16, Tarbut V’Torah 2
Maranatha 14, Yucaipa 4
Arroyo 10, Redlands East Valley 8
Oak Hills 10, Hemet 8

Monday’s quarterfinals
Oak Hills at Los Osos

Division 5
Second round
Garey 12, Ontario 6
Rubidoux, 9. San Gorgonio 9
(Rubidoux wins on tiebreaker)
Arrowhead Christian 14, Edgewood 4
Paloma Valley 12, Kaiser 6

Monday’s quarterfinals
Garey at Magnolia
Arrowhead Christian at Gahr

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CIF softball rankings out as regular season nears end

Here are this week’s CIF softball rankings:

Division 1 – 1. Norco; 2. Los Alamitos; 3. Mater Dei; 4. Orange Lutheran; 5. Mission Viejo; 6. Valencia; 7. La Habra; 8. Huntington Beach; 9. Garden Grove Pacifica; 10. Corona Santiago.

Division 2 – 1. Gahr; 2. Santa Margarita; 3. Rio Mesa; 4. Camarillo; 5. Simi Valley; 6. La Quinta; 7. Riverside Poly; 8. Agoura; 9. Sunny Hills; 10. Upland.

Division 3 – 1. Newbury Park; 2. Murrieta Mesa; 3. Redlands; 4. Los Altos; 5. La Mirada; 6. Knight; 7. Ayala; 8. Patriot; 9. El Dorado; 10. Corona Centennial.

Division 4 – 1.  Edgewood; 2. Buena; 3. Aquinas; 4. Savanna; 5. Palm Desert; 6. Rubidoux; 7. La Canada; 8. Arcadia; 9. Segerstrom; 10. Placentia Valencia.

Division 5 – 1. Alemany; 2. South Torrance; 3. West Torrance; 4. Heritage Chr.; 5. Fillmore; 6. South El Monte; 7. Templeton; 8. Maranatha; 9. Sultana; 10. Colony.

Division 6 – 1. Sierra Canyon; 2. Sherman Oaks Notre Dame; 3. St. Anthony; 4. Santa Paula; 5. Harvard-Westlake; 6. Culver City; 7. Nordhoff; 8. Mary Star of the Sea; 9. Carpenteria; 10. Webb.

Division 7 – 1. Village Chr.; 2. Santa Ynez; 3. Mountain View; 4. Covina; 5. Century; 6. Santa Rosa Aca; 7. Grace Brethren; 8. Connelly; 9. Carnegie; 10. Campbell Hall.



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Damien boys volleyball team starts defense of CIF title

The Damien boys volleyball team will have its work cut out for it if it is to win a third straight CIF championship.

The Spartans (18-11) graduated most of the key players from that team and they have also moved up from Division 5 to Division 3. They will take on Laguna Blanca in a first round playoff game on Tuesday.

It will be a rematch of last year’s Division 5 championship match.

“We got a tough draw. That will be a tough first round match,” Damien coach Randy Bohlmann said. “They have a lot of their key players back and we’re not as good.”

The Spartans are coming off a 3-3 showing at the Crescenta Valley Tournament so Bohlmann is hoping getting that many matches in a short period of time has helped his team fine tune the areas that needed work.

“We played pretty well,” he said. “I think we can hang in with these teams in Division 3, there just is a lot more depth and more good teams.”

Damien finished in a three-way tie for first in the Hacienda League with Los Altos and Claremont. Claremont got the top seed out of the league and will have a home match Tuesday against Yucaipa.

Here is the list of area teams and when they play:

Saturday’s wild card matches
Division 5

Garey at Woodcrest Christian
Arrowhead Christian at Pomona
Don Lugo at AGBU-Pasadena
Rialto at Rancho Christian
Ramona at Indian Springs

Tuesday’s first round
Division 3

Damien at Laguna Blanca
Yucaipa at Claremont

Division 4
Redlands East Valley at San Jacinto

Division 5
Eisenhower-AGBU winner at Ganesha
Rialto-Rancho Chr winner at Loma Linda
San Gabriel-Norwalk winner at San Gorgonio

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