Alta Loma’s Max Reyes signs with Azusa Pacific

Infielder Max Reyes of Alta Loma was among the large number of Inland Valley Valley finalizing his college decision, signing with NCAA Division II Azusa Pacific today.

Reyes, a second baseman and shortstop, helped the Braves (14-9-1) to a second-place showing in the Mt. Baldy League last spring. He has been a starter since his freshman year.

Azusa Pacific was the only school he visited but he had also been talking to Cal State Bakersfield and Cal Poly Pomona.

“I liked the campus and the small school feel,” he said. “The baseball program is very good and it’s close to home and those were things I was looking for.”

Reyes, who plans to major in business, said he didn’t feel like waiting to see if any other offers came along should he have a stellar senior season.

“I really like what they had to offer so I didn’t see the need to wait.” he said.

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Here’s our list of local athletes signing

BASEBALL
Joseph Bahna, San Dimas, Cal State San Marcos
Brett Borgogno, Chino Hills, Cal State Fullerton
Marcos Castenon, Carter, UC Santa Barbara
Drew Cowley, Upland, Cal Poly Pomona
Tyler Freeman, Etiwanda, Texas Christian
Jake Gentry, Claremont, Azusa Pacific
Chris Jimenez, Etiwanda, Long Beach State
Jarret Lindsay, Bonita, Point Loma Nazarene
Kalani Matton, Damien, Cornell
Isaiah Paige, Damien, Michigan
Hayden Pearce, Glendora, CS San Bernardino
Michael Pineiro, Los Osos, Maryland
Chad Plant, Upland, UC Santa Barbara
Max Reyes, Alta Loma, Azusa Pacific
Nathan Schneider, Bonita, St. Mary’s
Ryan Rodriguez, Upland, UC Davis
Adam Seminaris, Ayala, Long Beach State
Harrison Spohn, Damien, Cal Baptist

SOFTBALL
Alyssa Avalos, St. Lucy’s, Baylor
Jocelyn Baldon, Chino Hills, Cal State East Bay
Dakota Casper, St. Lucy’s Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Giana Ceccerelli, St. Lucy’s, Bryant University
Alyssa Diaz, Montclair, Delaware State
Samantha Diaz, Rancho Cucamonga, UNLV
Alyssia Duarte, Upland, Seattle University
Lauren Flores, Bonita, Hawaii-Hilo
Lauren Gutierrez, Upland, Nevada-Reno
Brooke Jackson, San Dimas, Concordia
Daymian Johnson, Carter, New Mexico
Tyler King, Upland, East Carolina
Destinee Lopez, Bonita, Metro State
Elyse Morris, Webb, St. John’s
Elizabeth Rienton, Upland, La Sierra
Mikayla Rubin, Chino Hills, Fairfield
Taylon Snow, Chino Hills, Auburn
Alondra Vicary, Jurupa Hills, College of Charleston
Brittany Vicary, Jurupa Hills, College of Charleston
Koryna Wright, Rancho Cucamonga, Metro State

VOLLEYBALL
Jenna Bailey, St. Lucy’s, Lafayette College
Bria Beale, Rancho Cucamonga, UC Irvine
Kenzie Koerber, Chino Hills, Utah
Sahara Martinez, Bonita, Texas-El Paso
Brennan Miller, St. Lucy’s, Houston Baptist

BOYS BASKETBALL
Joe Quintana, Bonita, Loyola Marymount

TRACK
Joseph Anderson, Upland, Oregon
Zach Shinnick, Damien, USC

SWIMMING
Mia Bailey, Alta Loma, Wyoming

GIRLS WATER POLO
Sabrina Garabet, St. Lucy’s, USC

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A quick rundown on the CIF volleyball semifinals

Five area teams are still in the hunt for a CIF volleyball title.  Here’s a list of the games and something on each.

DIVISION 2
Chino Hills (24-6) at Irvine Beckman (24-11) – The Huskies are the Baseline League champion and advanced to the semifinal with a quarterfinal upset of N. 3 seed Orange Lutheran. Senior Alexis Cardoza, whos has committed to Cal State San Bernardino, leads the team in kills (278) and is second in digs (265). The other notable standout is Utah commit Kenzie Koerber (217 kills), also a senior. Beckman was the third-place team in the Paciofic Coast League. It advanced with a 3-0 win over the No. 2 seed El Dorado.

DIVISION 4
Claremont (20-7) at Sierra Canyon (28-3) –
The second-seeded Wolfpack come in with a nine-match win streak. They beat Glendora in the regular season finale to earn a share of the Palomares League title, the school’s first in the sport in 18 years. Senior Simone Bliss boasts a team-high 201 kills. USC commit Emilee Rohrer is second (177). The catalyst of the offense is setter Kyle Robinson who has committed to Oregon. Daniel Reighter, the team’s sixth coach in as many years, does also got to a 6-2 offense with Merisa Marquez the other setter. Sierra Canyon, the Gold Coast League champion, is the third seed. The Trailblazers are led by 6-2 sophomore May Pertofsky (377 kills) and senior Cameron Antoine Dillon (259 kills, 103 blocks).

DIVISION 7
Riverside Notre Dame (26-9) at Ontario Christian (20-5) –
The teams are no stranger to each other, coming out of the same league. Ironically Notre Dame was only the third-place finisher in league and Ontario Christian the fourth. Notre Dame won both regular season matches 3-1 and 3-2 (15-12 in fifth). Sophomore Annaka Jorgenson (388 kills, 177 digs) is the dominant offensive weapon for the Knights. Notre Dame is more balanced with three players boasting 200 or more kills.

Division 8
Pomona Catholic (24-7) at Grace Brethren (19-6) –
The Pacers are the third seed, with Grace Brethren the second. Pomona Catholic was only the fourth-place finisher in its league but the top team teams were ranked 1-2 in Division 7. Junior Franki Piloto is the offensive leader. Grace was the second-place team out of the Tri-Valley League. The Lancers are balanced, with three players boasting 150 or more kills and another at 110.

Division 9
Capistrano Valley Christian at Upland Christian (26-3) –
The second-seeded Eagles were CIF champion and state runner-up last year and have mounted a nice run despite losing their top two players from that team. Freshman Jenna Holmes (371 kills) has been a key newcomer. She is the younger sister of one of the graduated players Rachel Holmes. Junior Makenna Lundquist (218 kills) has also excelled.  CVC, Co-Champion in the Express League, is the third seed. Sophomore rightside hitter Keara Rutz is the marquee player.

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Victor Rosalez named boys soccer coach at Chino

Chino has a new boys soccer coach as Victor Rosalez has been named successor to Josh Hill who departed for a job on the staff with the UCLA men’s team.

Rosalez has been on staff at the school the last 10 years as a security officer. He is not new to the soccer program either having headed the junior varsoty team for the last five years and helping Hill with the varsity.

He wasn’t the original choice as the first person selected back out of the job but he was happy to take over the reigns of what has been a successful program.

The Cowboys were 10-10-3 last season but were in rebuilding mode after graduating a lot of players from the 2014 team that went 19-7-2 and finished as CIF runner-up.

“We have a lot of players that were on the junior varsity last year so they know me,” he said. “We all communicate so it should be a smooth transition.”

Chino opens the season on Nov. 18 against local rival Don Lugo. The team has been practicing but is still without a handful of athletes who are still playing football.

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Claremont’s Jake Gentry commits to Azusa Pacific

Claremont baseball standout Jake Gentry has committed to NCAA Division II Azusa Pacific University.

Gentry, a catcher and infielder, was a first team All-Palomares League selection last year as a junior. He hit .370 with 3 doubles, 3 triples and 11 RBI.

“I liked the whole community atmosphere and it’s close to home,” Gentry said. “They really liked their sports there. I want to be part of that, go to the football games and just enjoy that part of college.”

Gentry plans to major in journalism or broadcasting. He had been talking to a handful of other schools but nothing formal materialized.

Azusa Pacific is coming off a 30-20 season in the spring. The Cougars have enjoyed considerable success since moving from NAIA to Division II.

 

 

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CIF football brackets unveiled

The CIF is announcing football pairings all morning. Here are the brackets.

All first round games Friday at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise notes

DIVISION 1
First round

Tesoro at (1)Mater Dei
Vista Murrieta at Bishop Amat
Orange Lutheran at Rancho Cucamonga
Servite at (4) Mission Viejo
Upland at (3) St. John Bosco (7 p.m. at Cerritos College)
Santa Margarita at Gardena Serra
Chaminade at Long Beach Poly
JSerra at (2) Corona Centennial

DIVISION 2
First round
El Toro at (1) Heritage
Chino Hills at San Clemente
Westlake at Arroyo Grande
Sherman Oaks Notre Dame at (4) Valencia
La Habra at (3) Oaks Christian
Great Oak at Redlands East Valley
Norco at Citrus Hill
St. Bonaventure at (2) Murrieta Valley

DIVISION 3
First round
Paso Robles at (1) La Mirada
Serrano at La Serna
Los Alamitos at Villa Park
(4) St. Francis at Palos Verdes
Hart at (3) Cathedral
Oak Hills at Rancho Verde
San Juan Hills at Buena Park
Newbury Park at (2) Edison

DIVISION 4
First round

Lakewood at (1) Sierra Canyon
Cajon at Redondo
Glendora at Charter Oak
Damien at (4) Downey
Murrieta Mesa at (3) Corona del Mar
Colony at Palm Springs
Etiwanda at Placentia Valencia
Carter at (2) Lompoc

DIVISION 5
First round
Harvard-Westlake at (1) Calabasas
Troy at Santa Maria St. Joseph
San Jacinto at Eastvale Roosevelt
Redlands at (4) La Quinta
King at (3) Paloma Valley
Salesian at Bishop Diego
Moorpark at Ventura
Foothill at (2) Capistrano Valley

DIVISION 6
First round

San Marino at (1) Los Altos
Paramount at Mira Costa
Long Beach Wilson at Pomona
(4) Saugus at Crescenta Valley
West Covina at (3) Summit
West Torrance at Lawndale
Paraclete at Nipomo
Palmdale at (2) Yucaipa

DIVISION 7
First round

Linfield Christian at (1) Oxnard Pacifica
St. Paul at Monrovia
St. Margaret’s at North Torrance
Diamond Ranch at (4) Norte Vista
South Hills at (3) San Gorgonio
Huntington Beach at Tustin
Golden Valley at Ayala
Anaheim Canyon at (2) El Segundo

DIVISION 8
First round

Sunny Hills at (1) El Modena
Rio Mesa at San Dimas
Kaiser at Yorba Linda
Laguna Hills at (4) Garden Grove
Moreno Valley at (3) Don Lugo
Temescal Canyon at Saddleback Valley Christian
Brea Olinda at Burbank
Chino at (2) Northview

DIVISION 9
First round
La Palma Kennedy at (1) Cerritos Valley Christian
El Rancho at Norwalk
Santa Barbara at Agoura
Ridgecrest Burroughs at (4) Riverside Notre Dame
Perris at (3) Silverado
La Salle at Mayfair
Cypress at Woodbridge
Muir at (2) Antelope Valley

DIVISION 11
First round

Westminster at (1) Katella
Jurupa Hills at Twentynine Palms
Arcadia at Oak Park
Quartz Hill at (4) Bishop Montgomery
Coachella Valley at (3) Montebello
Covina at Victor Valley
Heritage Christian at Rancho Alamitos
Valley View at (2) Culver City

DIVISION 12
First round

Verbum Dei at (1) Arroyo
Schurr at Fillmore
Silver Valley at Calvary Murrieta
Santa Ana Valley at (4) Segerstrom
Santa Paula at (3) Pacific
Carpinteria at St. Genevieve
Hillcrest at Big Bear
Los Amigos at (2) Rancho Mirage

DIVISION 13
First round

Alhambra at (1) Santa Ana
Azusa at Carnegie
Laguna Beach at Duarte
El Monte at (4) Boron
Rio Hondo Prep at (3) South El Monte
Santa Clarita Christian at Sierra Vista
La Puente at Godinez
Anza Hamilton at (2) Rancho Christian

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Etiwanda pulls off huge rally in win over Damien

It hasn’t been the greatest of seasons for the Etiwanda Eagles, which makes their performance against Damien tonight even more noteworthy. Coach Kevin Davis’ team went into the game with a 3-6 record and 1-3 in the Baseline  League.

Damien went in a stellar 6-3 and was really the only team that put up much of a fight against mighty Rancho Cucamonga.

Davis was still convinced that a win over Damien would get his team into the playoffs and harped on that all week to his team. A win would mean the teams tied in the league standings but Etiwanda would have the head-to-head.

Well it wasn’t looking so good for Etiwanda which trailed 42-16 going into the fourth quarter. It wasn’t until  several minutes later that the rally even started.

Davis said his team recovered two onside kicks and jumped on a Damien fumble which helped keep the ball rolling.

He credited running back Kasmir Dina and quarterback Tommy McDonnell for igniting the rally. Dina has seen a lot of playing time in place of the injured Lawrence Starks who has been out with a high ankle sprain.

McDonnell has been the starter much of the year but was on in relief of Justin Hamel.

The comeback was complete with a 7-yard slant pass from McDonnell to Geordon Porter with under a minute left.

Etiwanda 46, Damien 42

The teams are both in Division 4 which means Etiwanda would likely have to be taken ahead of Damien despite the worse overall record and Davis said there are other teams with worse records than his.

“It has to be one of the biggest wins we have ever had here,” Davis said. “I can’t even explain it. We’ll remember this one for a long time.”

Davis is the head coach but he also serves as the offensive coordinator. He decided to call the game from the press box which he has always done as an offensive coordinator but never as the head coach.

“I just thought I needed to do that to give us the best chance to win,” he said.

We’ll have to wait until Sunday to see just how that outcome affects the playoff draw. But it sure has sent a buzz through the Inland Valley tonight.

Etiwanda was 3-7 last year in the first year of the Davis tenure. It was still looking for a signature win. Well it is looking no longer.

 

 

 

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Claremont water polo standout Bruno Snow decides on a college

Bruno Snow, Claremont

Harvard has always been the top college choice for Claremont water polo standout Bruno Snow, even going back to grade school. Well it’s official . . . that’s where he is headed.

“It’s been the top school on my list since I was 6 or 7,” he said. “I just didn’t know if it was an attainable goal so I didn’t really allow myself to focus on that. So I am pretty happy about the opportunity to go there.”

Snow, a four-year varsity standout, was considering a number of other schools including Stanford, UCLA, Brown and Johns Hopkins but he liked Harvard so much he really didn’t have a second choice.

Snow hasn’t “officially” been accepted but has received the customary “likely” letter that that is probably coming soon.

Snow helped the Wolfpack to a CIF championship as a sophomore in 2014. He has scored 116 goals this season and 388 in his impressive career. He also plays for the Foothill Water Polo Club.

He welcomes the change of scenery that comes with moving to the East Coast.

“It is definitely be a big adjustment. I’ll have to get used to cold weather and a change of seasons,” he said.

Snow is undecided on a major.

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Pomona football team on a winning streak at the right time

 

Pomona went 0-6 in non-league play and it looked like the Red Devils Miramonte League reign was in definite jeopardy. Coach Keith Richardson’s team has rebounded quite nicely and it secured a league title last week with a 54-21 win over La Puente.

Of course it probably helped that the Miramonte is one of the weaker leagues in the Southern Section.

Richardson said much of the early struggles were the result of injuries, with as many as seven starters out at a given time. Most of those players are healthy and ready to go now.

He also credits the emergence of sophomore quarterback Daniel Limon. The Red Devil began the season with Ricky Lua at quarterback. He’s a wide receiver but was inserted at quarterback out of necessity.

The Red Devils’ non-league schedule was considerably tougher than the league schedule and Richardson didn’t think Limon was quite ready to start against that caliber of competition. But Limon has made great progress since then.

Richardson also credits the play of senior lineman Oliver Deerr, one of just two holdovers from the title winning-team of two years ago.

Pomona (4-6) has a bye this week to get ready for the playoffs. Richardson expects his team to get top seeded Los Altos in the first round. Chalk that up to the poor overall record and the quality of the league.

The playoff draw will be unveiled on Sunday.

 

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Here’s what’s on tap for prep volleyball tonight

Chino Hills’ Reva Blitz and Taylor Johnson celebrate a point against Rancho Cucamonga at Rancho Cucamonga High School in Rancho Cucamonga, CA., Thursday, October 20, 2016. Chino Hills shut out Rancho Cucamonga in three sets. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/SCNG)

CIF volleyball playoffs start today. Here is a list of matches including teams from the Sun/Bulletin coverage area:

Division 1
Aliso Niguel at Rancho Cucamonga

Division 2
Murrieta Valley at Yucaipa
Millikan at Chino Hills
St. Lucy’s at Sherman Oaks Notre Dame

Division 3
Cajon at Serrano
Ayala at La Salle
Los Osos at Citrus Valley

Division 4
Bonita at Camarillo
Redlands at Rim of the World
Diamond Bar at Los Altos
Apple Valley at Torrance
Sonora at Claremont

Division 5
Chino at Alta Loma
Alremany at Granite Hills
Sultana at Valley View
Tustin at Oak Hills

Division 6
Diamond Ranch at Rancho Verde
Victor Valley at Hemet
Rialto at Shadow Hills
Aquinas at Beaumont
Barstow at Heritage

Division 7
Lancaster at Don Lugo
Moreno Valley at Summit
Hillcrest at Loma Linda
Mark Keppel at San Dimas
Webb at Vista del Lago
Jurupa Hills at Patriot
Riverside Notre Dame at Fontana
Ontario Christian at Northview

Division 8
Yucca Valley at Colony
Pomona Catholic at Pomona
Grand Terrace at Rancho Mirage
San Jacinto at Big Bear

Division 9
Milliken Community at Mesa Grande
Holy Martyrs at Upland Christian

Division 10
San Fernando Valley at Hesperia Christian
Riverside Prep at Immanuel Christian
Redlands Adentist at Lake Arrowhead Christian
La Verne Lutheran at University Prep

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