Valle Vista League football honors

San Dimas beats Paraclete for Mid-Valley Division title

(No positions or grades for players were given)

MVP – Darreon Lockett, Pomona
Lineman of Year – Jared Trujillo San Dimas
MVP Offense – Joseph Mayorga, San Dimas
MVP Defense – Darryl Aggers, Pomona

First team offense
Shawn Wilson, Pomona
Desmond Bobo, Pomona
Jayson Miller, Baldwin Park
Fasuto Martinez, San Dimas
Pearnell Smally IV, Covina
Darren Torres, Covina
Mike Moran, Bladwin Park
Bryan Salinas, Northview
Mike Zapata, San Dimas
Fidel Castro, San Dimas
Ruben Retana, Covina
Victor Valdez, Pomona
Noah Reep, San Dimas
Dylan Mora, Baldwin Park

First team defense
Desmond Bobo, Pomona
Shawn Wilson, Pomona
Erick Ware, San Dimas
Kheeyon Woods, Pomona
Jared Brito, Northview
Erasmo Isiorida, Northview
Bobby Rios, San Dimas
Anthony Urrea, Covina
Bryan Salinas, Northview
Josiah Erickson, San Dimas
Darren Torres, Covina
Brian Torres, Pomona

Second team offense

Raymond Baraza, Baldwin Park
Christian Padilla, Covina
Daniel Valencia, Northview
Josh Avila, San Dimas
Christian Blackman, Northview
Manny Lua, Pomona
James Gonzalez, Nogales
Matt Arellano, Nogales
Francisco Perez, Baldwin Park
Alex Arroyas, Pomona
Jaron Reed, Northview
Luis Palma, Baldwin Park
Ben Rodriguez, Covina
Jared Brito, Northview
Colin Rumbin, San Dimas

Second team defense
Daniel Valencia, Northview
Christian Padilla, Covina
Nicholas Ybarra, Northview
Jacob Martin, Nogales
Victor Valdez, Pomona
Derek Kearns, San Dimas
Libner Castillo, Pomona
David Valadez, Covina
Max Flores, Northview
Mitchell Giles, San Dimas
Michael Roberts, Covina
Ricky Padilla, Northview

Honorable mention – Chris Salcido, San Dimas; Justin Padilla, Baldwin Park; Erik Williams, Covina; Ricky Beltran, San Dimas; Dequan Earl, Pomona; Anthony Guardado, Nogales; Robert Conway, Wilson; Jaron Reed, Northview; Aaron Ballard, Wilson; Jason Wallace, San Dimas; Rocky Mosqueda, Nogales; Andrew Guevara, Covina; Erik Hurrola, Wilson; Anthony Montez, Pomona; Ronnie Silva; Alberto Valenzuela, Baldwin Park; Mateo Ovalle, Nogales; Austin Maldonado, Wilson; Ryan Caveness, Covina; Oscar Sandoval, Wilson.

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Valle Vista League boys water polo honors

MVP – Brandon Howell, San Dimas

First team
Nick Calderone, San Dimas
Ryan Chaney, San Dimas
Leon Chen, Wilson
Steven Garcia, Nogales
Woody Gruber, San Dimas
Pablo Herrera, Nogales
Adam Leon, Wilson
Alex Nitinthorn, San Dimas
Alex Osuna, Nogales
Augustine Pimental, Baldwin Park

Second team
Abel Aguilar, La Puente
Pedro Cardenas, Wilson
Angel Flores, Sierra Vista
Andy Funes, Baldwin Park
Nathan Garcia, San Dimas
Carlos Hernandez, Wiulson
Oscar Medrano, Nogales
Zach Patrick, San Dimas
Drago Reyes, Sierra Vista
Paolo Villarreal, Nogales

Honorable mention – Alex Camacho, Nogales; Ian Castillo, La Puente; Susie Curiel, Sierra Vista; Carlos De Luche, Baldwin Park; Ricardo Garcia, Baldwin Park; Joshua Juarez, Baldwin Park; Dustin Lam, Sierra Vista; Fidel Mao, Wilson; Jordan McEvoy, San Dimas; Daniel Ochoa, La Puente; Kory McMillen, Sierra Vista; Sean Ngyuen, Wilson; Anibel Ruiz, Baldwin Park;

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Valle Vista League volleyball honors

MVP – Hannah Doonan, San Dimas

First team
Jacqueline Cabral, Nogales
Joleen Cambe, Nogales
Hannah Eap, Pomona
Kelli Iwamoto, Wilson
Hannah Nance, San Dimas
Miku Ramirez, Wilson
Dae Tuaua, Covina
Elizabeth Velasquez, Northview
Katelyn Winiecki, San Dimas

Second team
Jackie Clark, San Dimas
Jacqueline Garcia, Northview
Zulma Gutierrez, Baldwin Park
Gennna Henderson, San Dimas
Kaitlyn Iwamoto, Wilson
Amber Kemper, Northview
Tiffany Lui, Wilson
Kalani Martinez, San Dimas
Kayla Nepomuceno, Nogales
Tracy Santos, Covina

Honorable mention – Jamie Apusen, Nogales; Chantel Avila, Pomona; Dani Bezanson, Wilson; Cami Buckman, Covina; Guadalupe Figueroa, Pomona; Indira Gante, Pomona; Sara Harding, Covina; Serena Hausman, Covina; Jessica Hine, San Dimas; Nancy Lopez, Nogales; Tanya Lopez, Baldwin Park; Megan Macasaet, Northview; Ashley Rendon, Nogales; Anabelle Ruiz, Pomona; Raquel Tirado, Northview.

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Upland RB Payton ruled ineligible for 2013 due to athletically motivated transfer

San Dimas running back Jake Payton will be forced to sit out his senior season after a ruling today that his transfer to Upland was athletically motivated. The CIF-SS denied Payton’s transfer due to a violation of rule 510, according to its website.

forsaleThis is the second high profile football transfer in the Inland Valley to receive this ruling in the offseason. Payton can only hope to have more success in the appeals process than Diamond Bar transfer Antonio Hull. Originally, San Dimas planned not to challenge Payton’s transfer to Upland, but changed its tune this week.

“We had a change of heart, it’s a group decision,” Zernickow told the San Gabriel Valley Tribune on Monday. “My opinion is that you can’t say nothing if something happened.”

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San Dimas challenging transfer of star RB Payton to Upland

The San Gabriel Valley Tribune’s Aram Tolegian is reporting that San Dimas will challenge the transfer of star running back Jake Payton to Upland on the grounds of athletic motivation. San Dimas originally said it wouldn’t challenge the transfer of the running back who had 1,658 yards and 22 touchdowns last season.

“We had a change of heart, it’s a group decision,” San Dimas football coach Bill Zernickow told the Tribune. “My opinion is that you can’t say nothing if something happened.”

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Inland Valley goes 0 for 3 in CIF-SS baseball semifinals


Diamond Bar wasn’t alone. The Brahmas suffered the fate of the other two local baseball teams in Tuesday’s CIF-SS semifinals, falling a game short of playing for a championship. After Diamond Bar couldn’t convert a third-inning leadoff triple into a run, it was all downhill in a 10-2 loss to second-seeded Gardena Serra.

Though San Dimas avoided an Oaks Christian ace expected to be a first-round draft pick, the Saints fell to the No. 1 seed, 3-0. Division 2 No. 3 seed Los Osos went down in heartbreaking fashion, falling victim to a two-out single in the final inning of a 3-2 loss to second-seeded Temecula Valley. Ontario Christian, the final local baseball team standing, will play its Division 5 semifinal today after the game was delayed due to Oak Hills’ graduation.

For all CIF-SS baseball semifinal scores, click the link below.

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Garey, Pomona hoping to form new league with Montview members

Garey certainly makes a convincing argument for why it should be granted relief from the Mt. Baldy League.

Take its track record in girls’ sports. Only twice in the last three years has Garey not finished last in the league in any sport.

The process of releaguing begins Friday, when Garey will inform all principals and athletic directors in the Mt. SAC area of its request for relief after seven years in the Mt. Baldy League.

“The sad fact is that not only are we coming in last place for the majority of our programs, but we are also getting completely dominated by our league opponents for the majority of our teams at all levels,” Garey athletic director John McGaha said. “Garey hasn’t been in a league where we could be competitive in most sports for more than ten years, but we are hoping this will finally change.”

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San Dimas girls land three on Division 6 All-CIF soccer team

San Dimas is the only local girls soccer team with more than one player on the all-CIF teams released Monday, which assuredly makes the Saints the only team with three. Goalkeeper Britain Chaputa and junior midfielders Daisy Duran and Morgan Quaternick were all named to the Division 6 all-CIF team on the heels of carrying San Dimas within eight minutes of a CIF-SS championship. The Saints’ season ended with a stunning 3-2 loss to Citrus Valley Feb. 27 in the CIF championship game, but all-CIF honors are a welcome reprieve.

Player of the Year: Abbi Williams, Sr. Defense – Chaminade
Coach of the Year: Mike Evans – Chaminade

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Four things and one wild guess

1. This is a weekly feature I’ll be posting on the blog every Wednesday evening with a few nuggets of information that won’t necessarily be limited to prep sports. After the four items, I’ll always include one bold prediction that will make me look good on the rare occasion that I’m right. But until that happens…

2. Plans for football stadium construction projects to be completed by next summer at Pomona Unified District schools Diamond Ranch, Garey and Pomona were recently enhanced. The original budget of $10 million included funding for bleachers, field lighting, scoreboards, goal posts and turf fields at Diamond Ranch and Garey. Pomona, which is in the third season of playing games on its home field while Diamond Ranch and Garey still share Ganesha’s field, was to receive just bleachers.

With the recent approval of $5 million to that budget, now all three schools will also receive synthetic tracks, turf fields, restrooms, concession stands and ticket booths. Construction is already underway on the stadiums, which will be usable by next season, according to school board president Jason Rothman. Work on the restrooms, concession stands and ticket booths will begin following the conclusion of this football season.

3. St. Lucy’s volleyball team’s sweep of Chino Hills on Tuesday will be replayed on Time Warner Cable’s SoCal 101 on Friday at 9:30 p.m. Randy Rosenbloom will call the play-by-play and Paul Westphal is the color commentator. There will be additional replays of the game on Saturday at 4 p.m. and Monday at 7 p.m. The victory moved two-time defending CIF champion St. Lucy’s to 11-5 on the season and 4-0 in the Sierra League. Chino Hills (14-7, 2-2), which played St. Lucy’s in the CIF final two years ago, is tied for third place in league.

4. Rancho Cucamonga’s boys cross country team moved into the state rankings this week at No. 10 in Division 1 thanks in part to a second-place finish at the Inland Empire Challenge on Saturday. The Ayala boys dropped from fourth to ninth in the Division 2 rankings while the Bonita girls held steady at No. 3 in Division 3.

My wild guess this week is that the Rancho Cucamonga football team won’t lose another game this season. The Cougars have lost twice by a combined total of 13 points, including last week’s 19-7 defeat at the hands of Upland. But they’ll only get healthier as they make a run to the CIF-SS Inland Division championship.

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There’s at least one thing not strange in Valle Vista

Bill Zernickow dubbed this season the strangest of his eight in the Valle Vista League.

Thankfully for the San Dimas High School football coach, the one thing not so strange is his team’s success.

San Dimas has won a CIF championship under Zernickow, reached at least the semifinals of the playoffs each of the last three years and finished lower than second in league just once in his tenure.

The consistency is undeniable.

But for all their success, the Saints have only one outright league championship in the past seven years. Entering league play tonight against Hacienda Heights Wilson, San Dimas is hoping another consistent performance translates into something that hasn’t been so consistent – a league title.

“To see the fluctuation with everybody else is so weird,” Zernickow said. “This team is, I don’t want to say we’re right there, but I think we’re better than we have been the last two years.”
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