Rancho Cucamonga athlete makes college decision

Senior volleyball standout Kyriaki Tsigkounis of Rancho Cucamonga High School has committed to NCAA Division III Whittier College.

Last season Tsigkounis registered 128 kills, 107 digs and 133 assists for the Cougars who were second in the Baseline League behind Chino Hills.

Tsigkounis will get plenty of opportunities to play in front of friends and family. Whittier competes in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference along with locals University of La Verne, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Pomona-Pitzer.

She was also considering Occidental, another school that plays in that conference.

“When I went there I fell in love with the school,” says Tsigkounis, who carries a 4.0 grade point average. “I really liked the coaches and the team.”

Tsigkounis said she also considered going to college and just focusing on academics but wasn’t quite ready to end her competitive career.

“I really love the sport and I knew I would really miss it,” she said.

Last season the Whittier Poets went 8-17 overall and 6-10 in SCIAC play, placing sixth of nine teams in the conference.

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Chino Hills baseball team bolstered by newcomer

The Chino Hill High School baseball team won the Sierra League a year ago but was faced with the ultimate challenge this year in moving to the Baseline League.

If that weren’t enough the Huskies had a coaching change with Kyle Billingsley replaced by one of his former assistants in Kevin Chavez.

And the Huskies also graduated some key players.

Yes it’s a team game. But the Huskies have gotten an absolutely huge contribution from an unexpected source in senior Konnor Zickefoose. He played as a freshman, then didn’t the last two years.

Chavez was more than willing to have the player try out. Zickefoose, who also played linebacker on the school’s football team, didn’t just make the team, he earned a spot in the starting lineup. And he’s hitting clean-up.

That’s quite the addition to a lineup.

Heading into Wednesday’s game against Upland Zickefoose led the league in hitting (.481) and  slugging percentage (1.148). He was second in RBI (17), third in home runs (4) and third in on-base percentage (.533).

“We never imagined he would give us this,” Chavez said. “He has definitely been a pleasant surprise. If you’re going to be successful or win a league title you need one or two of those guys to come up big when maybe you didn’t expect it.”

 

 

 

 

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Chino High School celebrates athletes signing

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It’s never too late for a signing day celebration.

Today it was Chino High School honoring a handful of athletes who have decided on colleges. Four of those came in soccer and three were from a boys team that finished as CIF runner-up.

That list includes:

Brooke Ligtenberg, soccer – Cal State Fullerton
Blaine Quinzon, soccer – Ottawa University (Kansas)
Angel Flores, soccer – Hope International University
Baldemar Martinez, soccer, Rio Hondo College
Zachary Longe, baseball –  La Sierra University
Ashley Amancio, softball – Avila University
Devin Collins, football, University of LaVerne
Kenny Sutton, football, University of Redlands

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Upland’s Skyler Daniel signs with Auburn

Upland High School track standout Skyler Daniel has signed with SEC power Auburn.

Daniel, a high jump specialist, visited Auburn as well as Washington State and Temple.

“I really liked the environment and it was a place I could see myself living for the next four years,” she said.

Daniel is the reigning league champion in her event. She also placed fourth in the state last year and boasts a best of 5 feet, 8 inches, that coming last year and at state and this year at the California Relays last month.

That mark ranks her fourth overall in the Southern Section so far this spring.

Daniel plans to major in sociology with a focus on criminal tendencies and behavior. She would like to go into the law enforcement field.

 

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CIF baseball rankings: Loaded with local teams

Ayala is ranked 3rd in Division 3

Division 1 – 1. JSerra; 2. Dana Hills; 3. Edison; 4. Orange Lutheran; 5. Alemany; 6. Agoura; 7. Harvard-Westlake; 8. Valencia; 9. Corona; 10. Murrieta Valley.

Division 2 – 1. San Clemente; 2. Mission Viejo; 3. Ayala; 4. Villa Park; 5. Crescenta Valley; 6. South Hills; 7. Camarillo; 8. Foothill; 9. Bonita; 10. Upland.

Division 3 – 1. San Dimas; 2. Redondo Union; 3. Palm Desert; 4. El Segundo; 5. Temescal Canyon; 6. Beckman; 7. Mira Costa; 8. Corona del Mar; 9. Indio; 10. Paloma Valley.

Division 4 – 1. West Torrance; 2. Sonora; 3. California; 4. South Torrance; 5. Don Lugo; 6. Ramona; 7. Laguna Beach; 8. San Gorgonio; 9. Sultana; 10. Kaiser.

Division 5 – 1. Monrovia; 2. Village Chr.; 3. Santa Ynez; 4. Sierra Canyon; 5. Citrus Hill; 6. Hemet; 7. Woodcrest Chr.; 8. Temple City; 9. Sierra Vista; 10. Cerritos Valley Chr.

Division 6 – 1. Crean Lutheran; 2. Lancaster Desert Chr.; 3. Pasadena Poly; 4. Sage Hill; 5. Fillmore; 6. Salesian; 7. Calvary Murrieta; 8. Desert Chr. Aca.; 9. Flintridge Prep; 10. Nuview Bridge.

Division 7 – 1. Riverside Prep; 2. Excelsior Charter; 3. Animo Leadership; 4. Santa Clarita Chr.; 5. Rolling Hills Prep; 6. Avalon; 7. Bethl Chr.; 8. St. Monica; 9. Dunn; 10. tie, St. Michael’s, Einstein Aca.

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CIF softball rankings: Montclair moves up to No. 3

The Montclair softball team is ranked No. 3 in Division 3. They currently lead the Mt. Baldy League.

CIF rankings for week of April 20

Division 1 – 1. Orange Lutheran; 2. Corona Santiago; 3. Upland; 4. Norco; 5. Mater Dei; 6. Anaheim Canyon; 7. Los Alamitos; 8. Murrieta Valley; 9. West Ranch; 10. Cypress.

Division 2 – 1. Mission Viejo; 2. Yucaipa; 3. Oaks Christian; 4. Fullerton; 5. Troy; 6. South Hills; 7. La Habra; 8. Camarillo; 9. Simi Valley; 10. Canyon Springs.

Division 3 – 1. Grand Terrace; 2. La Serna; 3. Montclair; 4. Burbank; 5. San Clemente; 6. Bishop Amat; 7. Burbank Burroughs; 8. Warren; 9. Mira Costa; 10. Cerritos.

Division 4 – 1. North Torrance; 2. Torrance; 3. Highland; 4. Aquinas; 5. Dos Pueblos; 6. Ocean View; 7. Segerstrom; 8. El Segundo; 9. Santa Ana; 10. Monrovia.

Division 5 – 1. San Dimas; 2. St. Bonaventure; 3. Lompoc Cabarillo; 4. St. Monica; 5. Westminster La Quinta; 6. Edgewood; 7. Silverado; 8. Fillmore; 9. Mary Star of the Sea; 10. Louisville.

Divsion 6 – 1. Savanna; 2. Paraclete; 3. Webb; 4. Shadow Hills; 5. Serra; 6. St. Anthony; 7. Pasadena Poly; 8. Boron; 9. Desert Christian Aca.; 10. Sierra Canyon.

Division 7 – 1. Faith Baptist; 2. Grace Brethren; 3. Rolling Hills; 4. Santa Clara; 5. ACE; 6. University Prep; 7. Animo Leadership; 8. St. Monica; 9. Einstein Academy; 10. Santa Clarita Chr.

 

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CIF boys tennis rankings: Alta Loma up to third

CIF rankings for week of April 20

Division 1 – Beverly Hills; 2. Los Alamitos; 3. Harvard-Westlake; 4. University; 5. San Marino; 6. Peninsula; 7. Santa Barbara; 8. Beckman; 9. Palm Desert; 10. Mira Costa.

Division 2 – 1. Santa Margarita; 2. Arcadia; 3. Crescenta Valley; 4. San Clemente; 5. Sage Hill; 6. San Luis Obispo; 7. Diamond Bar; 8. West Ranch; 9. Crean Lutheran; 10., tie, Arroyo Grande, Pasadena Poly.

Division 3 – 1. Anaheim Canyon; 2. Great Oak; 3. Valencia Placentia; 4. Cypress; 5. Cerritos; 6. Sunny Hills; 7. Troy; 8. Long Beach Wilson; 9. ML King; 10. Yorba Linda.

Division 4 – 1. Laguna Beach; 2. Redlands; 3. Mark Keppel; 4. Maranatha; 5. Buckley; 6. Rowland; 7. Chino Hills; 8. Covina; 9. Orange; 10. Ocean View.

Division 5 – 1. Heritage; 2. Beaumont; 3. Alta Loma; 4. Bishop Montgomery; 5. Rosemead; 6. Hemet; 7. Montclair; 8. Jurupa Valley; 9. Arroyo Valley; 10. Rancho Mirage.

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CIF boys volleyball rankings: Damien stays No. 1 in D5

Here are the boys volleyball rankings for week of April 20

Division 1 – 1. Huntington Beach; 2, Loyola; 3. Corona del Mar; 4. Newbury Park; 5. Mira Costa; 6. Dana Hills; 7. San Clemente; 8. Westlake; 9. Los Alamitos; 10, tie, Santa Barbara, Foothill.

Division 2 – 1. Laguna Beach; 2. Burbank Burroughs; 3. Oak Park; 4. Valencia; 5. Aliso Niguel; 6. Simi Valley; 7. South Pasadena; 8. Royal; 9. Canyon Country Canyon; 10. Long Beach Poly.

Division 3 – 1. El Segundo; 2. Cathedral; 3. Arroyo Grande; 4. Paloma Valley; 5. Gahr; 6. Warren; 7. Culver City; 8. Bishop Montgomery; 9. Quartz Hill; 10. Viewpoint.

Division 4 – 1. Saddleback Valley Chr.; 2. Santa Ynez; 3. Bellflower; 4. St. Margaret’s; 5. Flintridge Prep; 6. Tustin; 7. Garden Grove; 8. Magnolia; 9. Redlands; 10. Cerritos.

Division 5 – 1. Damien; 2. Arrowhead Christian; 3. Laguna Blanca; 4. Santa Fe; 5. Ganesha; 6. Vistamar; 7. West Covina; 8. Ontario Christian; 9. St. Genevieve; 10. LeLycee.

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Prep basketball players get one last chance to excel

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The Inland Valley All-Star basketball games returned after a six-year hiatus. The games were well received by players, coaches and spectators.

In the boys game, the Blue team defeated the White 106-103 , led by the efforts of Damien’s Malik Fitts.

In the girls game, Ayala’s Jackie Ricketson, named the Daily Bulletin Player of the Year last week, helped the Blue team to a 66-63 win.

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Event organizer John Romagnoli, athletic director at Miller, said about 1,000 spectators took in the contests, which was considerably better than he expected.

Two special awards were handed out. The Aujali Lauder Award went to Olivia Watkins of Upland while the Marcel Burke Award went to Omar Nasri of San Dimas.

The award were named in honor of two young basketball players that left us way too early.  There were designed to go to players based on athletics, academics their positive energy and passion for the game.

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