Etiwanda softball team falls 4-2 but thoughts are still with teammate

The Etiwanda High School softball team took to the field against Murrieta Valley in a first round playoff game today. But all were still thinking about freshman first baseman Dana Housley who had a brain aneurysm while at bat late in a travel game on Saturday.

Murrieta Valley prevailed 4-2 to move on to the quarterfinal. Etiwanda ends its season 24-9.

It was a pretty somber team that filed into the dugout an hour before the game. There were few words spoken.

It wasn’t until the third inning or so that the girls seemed to get focused on the game. They hit some balls hard which seemed to give then some confidence after the Nighthawks got a 2-run home run in the first.

After the game players struggle more with their emotions, many breaking down in the post-game huddle. But they handled themselves well and felt the support of the extended softball community.

Here’s what both coaches had to say about playing under the tough circumstances:

VIDEO: Etiwanda coach Dave Masucci.

VIDEO: Murrieta Valley coach Sean Parks.

See more expressions of support here for Dana

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Etiwanda softball game still on as player fights for her life

Etiwanda freshman softball standout Dana Housley continues fighting for her life as friends, teammates and the softball community rally around her.

The team is scheduled to play a second-round Division 1 playoff game at 3:15 today at Murrieta Valley. Coach Dave Masucci, also the school’s athletic director, says the game is still on as of now.

Masucci said Sunday night the game would probably be played if Housley was still on life support but would probably be postponed if that were not the case. But being a holiday weekend he had not been able to touch base with anyone from the opposing school or the CIF.

Masucci said if the game was moved to Wednesday, then if the Eagles won he would ask that the next game be moved from Thursday to Friday.

Housley sustained a brain aneurysm while at the plate to hit in the last inning of  a travel ball game for the California Thunder on Saturday. Her condition has not changed.

She spent much of the season playing on the junior varsity team but had seen some time on the varsity and Masucci said he was planning on having her with the varsity for the postseason.

As of Tuesday morning a GoFundMe account to help Housley’s family and already generated more than $43,000 in contributions nationwide. Here is the link for the GoFundMe account if you want to help.

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Etiwanda softball standout Dana Housley battling for her life

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The softball community and Etiwanda High School family has been saddened by the news of a brain aneurysm sustained by Dana Housley during a travel ball game on Saturday.

Dana just competed her freshman year and played primarily on the junior varsity team although she did see time at the varsity level. Eagles coach Dave Masucci said Housley was going to be brought up to the varsity for the playoffs but she has been out with an unrelated illness.

She is in ICU at Kaiser in Fontana.

Here is some information provided by her travel ball organization.

Masucci said the status of Tuesday’s playoff game at Murrieta Valley is still up in the air and he hasn’t had a chance to contact the CIF or the opposing school.

Please help this family any way you can. Here is link to more info:



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Tyler Merkley of Los Osos signs with Kansas State

It has been a good week for Los Osos track standout Tyler Merkley.

He also formalized his college plans, signing with Kansas State.

He followed by taking first place in the discus (181-1) and third in shot put in the CIF Southern Section meet over the weekend at Cerritos College.

Oh, he graduated too!

Merkley also visited Arizona, Brigham Young and Texas Tech before making that tough decision.

“I really liked the coaches and I thought that would be the place for me,” he said. “It was actually fun going to the schools and seeing what they had to offer. This was the best fit.”

Merkley actually plans on specializing in the hammer throw, an event that is not contested at the high school level in California. He says he has been training in that event quite heavily over the last year and is ranked No. 4 in the country in that discipline.

He has two older brothers that compete in collegiate track which is how he first familiarized himself with the event. His oldest brother Craig is a sophomore at BYU while another brother, Kyle, is at Riverside Community College.

He’ll also throw the discus in college.

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Damien volleyball to face top seed in state playoff opener

Damien's Christian Hernandez (99) reacts after scoring against Santa Fe in the first game of a prep volleyball match at Damien High School in La Verne, Calif., on Wednesday, May 20, 2015. Damien won 25-17, 25-19, 29-27. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

The Damien boys volleyball team is the lone local team advancing to the Southern California Regional of the state playoffs.

The Spartans have drawn the No. 8 seed in Division II and will play at No. 1 Corona del Mar at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

Damien (26-6) won the CIF Southern Section title in Division 5, defeating Arrowhead Christian 3-1 title match on Saturday at Cerritos College.

Corona del Mar (29-5) lost the Division 1 final to Huntington Beach.

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CIF-SS Track and Field: Inland Valley Masters qualifiers

Inland Valley’s CIF-SS Masters Track and Field qualifiers from Saturday’s CIF-SS Finals:

Alta Loma: James Wilson (triple jump).
Bonita: Dillon Beckum (800, 1600), BJ McLaurin (triple jump).
Chino: Taylor Crockem (shot put).
Colony: Khalil Dorsey (110 hurdles, long jump).
Damien: 4×100, Zachary Shinnick (200, 400), Thaddeus Smith (100, 200).
Diamond Ranch: Daniel Stokes (100, 200),
Etiwanda: Jacquelyn Hill (800).
Jurupa Hills: Devon Reed (3200).
Los Osos: Tomi Adegoke (long jump), Aidan Christensen (300 hurdles), Tyler Merkley (shot put, discus), Michael Pertusati (shot put, discus), Caleb Repp (400).
Rancho Cucamonga: girls 4×400 relay, Jalyn Harris (400).
San Dimas: Hannah Nance (high jump).
Summit: Jennifer Sandoval (3200).
Upland: girls 4×100, Mikaela Adolphus (400), Joseph Anderson (110 hurdles, 300 hurdles), Skyler Daniel (high jump), Kierra Davis (200), Jada Hicks (100 hurdles), Antonio Woodard (200).
Webb: Stirling McCulloch (high jump).

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First round CIF baseball scores and second round schedule

Chino Hills baseball and Bailey Falter rout Redlands East Valley, 7-1

Chino Hills was a first round winner over Redlands East Valley.

Here is complete rundown on first round playoff results and where the winners play next:

First round

Chino Hills 7, Redlands East Valley 1
Damien 8, Glendora 7
Mission Viejo 6, Yucaipa 4
Etiwanda 2, Warren 1
Carter 3, Foothill 1
Bonita 5, Cajon 2
Tuesday’s games
Chino Hills at Rio Mesa
Damien at Royal
Etiwanda at Carter
Gahr at Bonita

First round

San Dimas 9, La Quinta 0
Tuesday’s game
Garden Grove at San Dimas

First round

Santa Ana Cavalry Chapen 1, Kaiser 0
San Gorgonio 3, Silverado 1
Katella 2, Alta Loma 0
Victor Valley 5, Patriot 1
Serrano 3, Whittier 0
Sunny Hills 3, Don Lugo 2
Grand Terrace 2, Jurupa Hills 1
Laguna Beach 20, Colton 0
Granite Hills 11, Ridgecrest Burroughs 3
South Torrance 13, Montclair 4
Tuesday’s games
San Gorgonio at St. Bonaventure
Victor Valley at Serrano
Grand Terrace at Sunny Hills
Laguna Beach at Grabnite Hills

First round

Big Bear 7, Ontario Christian 6
San Marino 4, Garey 0
Tuesday’s game
Village Christian at Big Bear

First round

Bloomington Christian 6, Silver Valley 2
Crean Lutheran 18, Upland Christian 0
Tuesday’s game
Bloomington Christian at Salesian

First round

Excelsior Charter 27, Lucerne Valley 3
Hesperia Christian 10, San Jacinto Valley 4
Apple Valley Christian 30, Cornerstone 14
ACE 1, St. Monica 0
Tuesday’s games
Excelsior at New Roads
Avalon at Hesperia Christian
Riverside Prep at Apple Valley Christian
Cavalry Chapel at ACE

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First round softball scores and second round schedule

Los Osos defeated Chino 3-1 in a first round game between traditional powers on Friday

Here’s what happened in the first round of CIF softball play and who the winners play next:

First round

Los Osos 3, Chino 1
Chino Hills 16, Vista Murrieta 6
Etiwanda 5, Yorba Linda 0
Garden Grove Pacifica 11, Upland 1
Tuesday’s games
Corona Santiago at Los Osos
Etiwanda at Murrieta Valley
Anaheim Canyon at Chino Hills

First round

Citrus Valley 5, Aliso Niguel 4
Valley View 3, Cajon 2
Yucaipa 10, Bonita 0
Tuesday’s games
Agoura at Citrus Valley
Yucaipa at Capistrano Valley

First round

Grand Terrace 2, Peninsula 1
St. Paul 3, Don Lugo 2
Gahr 8, Fontana 0
Warren 5, Kaiser 1
Montclair 3, Hemet 2
Tuesday’s games
Grand Terrace at Tesoro
Montclair at Redondo Union

First round
Apple Valley 2, Ontario Christian 1
Ramona 13, Jurupa Hills 12
Loara 10, Rialto 2
Aquinas 10, Palm Desert 0
Oak Hills 16, Patriot 5
Tuesday’s games
Temescal Canyon at Apple Valley
Aquinas at Ocean View
Torrance at Oak Hills

First round

San Dimas 13, Barstow 1
Silverado 15, Nogales 0
Tuesday’s games
Edgewod at San Dimas
Silverado at Flintridge Sacred Heart

First round

Alverno 14, Mesa Grande 0
Webb 9, Rio Hondo Prep 0
Katella 18, Bloomington Christian 1
Tuesday’s game
Webb at Sierra Canyon

First round

Upland Christian 3, Temecula Prep 2
Bishop Diego 24, Hesperia Christian 2
ACE 20, Lake Arrowhead Christian 0
Tuesday’s games
University Prep at Upland Christian
Bishop Diego at ACE

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Kenisha Liu of Ayala wins two individual titles at inaugural CIF State Swimming Championships

Ayala’s Kenisha Liu finished second in the 200 yard freestyle during the CIF division 2 swimming finals in the Riverside Aquatics Complex at Riverside City College in Riverside, Calif., on Saturday, May 16, 2015. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

Kenisha Liu of Ayala High School won two individual events at the inaugural CIF State Championship Meet. She competed in the Girls 100 and 200-yard freestyle events.

She had a time of 1 minute and 46.14 seconds in the 200-yard freestyle championship race.

“I was so nervous before my 200 free because I had set goals for myself before the meet and once I won I felt a lot of relief,” Liu said. “Going into the 100 free, I had calmed down and I was just motivated to win another event.”

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CIF State Swim and Dive: Day 1 Inland Area results and updates

Ayala’s Kenisha Liu will be seeded second, following her time of 1 minute and 49.12 seconds in the prelims, going into the Girls 200-Yard Freestyle Championship Race at the CIF State Swimming and Diving meet.

Liu will compete in the Girls 100 free championship race after a 50.42 second prelim time earned her the second seed.

Mikki Thompson of Ayala finished 13th in standings following prelims and will compete in the consolation finals of the girls 200 IM.

Michael Tenney of Chino Hills qualified for the boys 500 freestyle event as the No. 5 seed following a time of 4:30.29 . He also finished 18th in the Boys 200 free. He will be an alternate for consolation finals.

Stay tuned for more throughout the day

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