Chino High School seeking two coaches

Chino High School has openings for head girls soccer coach as well as head girls basketball coach, athletic director Mike Hinkle confirms.

Sandra Van Emricqs stepped down after five years heading the basketball program. The Cowboys went 17-7 last year including a first-place finish in the Hacienda League. They won a first-round playoff game, then lost a second round game to Santa Barbara.

Her record in five years was a stellar 94-32 overall, 54-4 in league play.

Erika Zimmeran resigned as soccer coach. That program was also successful. The Cowboys went 18-5-2,losing a first game to Pacifica 2-1.

Don’t know if it’s a coincidence or what, but there has been an awful lot of turnover in coaches at the school in the last two years.



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Ontario boys soccer coach Vince Mangione steps down

After serving as an integral part of the Ontario High School soccer program for the last seven years, Vince Mangione has decided to take some time away.

But he’s thinks he’s leaving the program in good hands.

“I just needed to take some time for me,” he said. “They’ll still be successful. Nothing has to change.”

Mangione had served as head of the program with most of that time spent as the direct head of he varsity team. This season he had more direct dealings with a young junior varsity squad and left Michael McCarson and Moses Venegas deal directly with the varsity.

Mangione also enlisted the help of Harry Cruz this season.
The position has to officially be flown but Mangione expects those coaches to remain in their capacity.

He plans to still pitch in but it will be on an informal basis as time permits. He also teaches history at the school and will stay in that capacity.

The boys soccer program has become that school’s flagship program. Mangione helped lead the Jaguars to a CIF title in the 2012-2013 season.

His record as head varsity coach was 77-21-23 with an overall mark of 104-25-26. The Jaguars were 23-8 the year they won a championship.

“I am going to miss it. I just need to take a step away for now,” he said.

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Volleyball standout Alexa Lister decides on Louisiana Tech

Alexa Lister Women's Volleyball Recruiting Profile

Middle hitter Alexa Lister of Chino Hills High School has committed to NCAA Division I Louisiana Tech.

At 6-foot-4 she is an imposing force at the net. She was under the radar when it came to high school volleyball because she had changed schools several times, most recently going from Chino Hills to Don Lugo. She wasn’t ruled eligible by the CIF after that transfer and ended up going back to Chino Hills last semester.

Fortunately the exposure she got from playing club ball helped land her Division opportunities.

“I wasn’t worried that not playing this year would hurt my recruiting. I was just disappointed that it was my senior year and I didn’t get to play,” she said.

She visited Louisiana Tech last month. It was the only official trip she took although she was also being sought after by others including Pitt and UC Davis.

“I really liked the area and the town and it’s a real college atmosphere,” she said. “They really get behind their teams.”

Lister, the daughter of Elaine and former NBA player Alton Lister, plans to major in political science with concentration in pre-law. She also like the school’s academic offerings as a national research institution.

Louisiana Tech is coming off a 10-20 season. It competes in Conference USA. The “Techsters” had a young team last year with no seniors and just three juniors.

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San Dimas baseball to play for tournament title

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The San Dimas baseball team registered a 2-1 win over St. Laurence (Burbank, Ill.) on Thursday to advance to the championship game of the Don Lugo Easter Tournament.

It was probably the best game and closest call of the season for the unbeaten Saints who got a walk-off run-scoring hit from Logan Murratalla for the win. Senior Jonathan Longtin went the distance on the mound, striking out nine.

The Saints (17-0) will host Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.) at 7 p.m. on Friday in the final game. Paul VI advanced with a win over Linfield Christian.

The third-place game will feature the host Don Lugo. The Conquistadores defeated Diamond Bar 9-8 on Thursday to earn the right to play Walnut at 3:30 p.m. Friday.

Walnut (5-7-2) advanced with a 6-4 victory over Pomona (8-5).



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Miller’s John Romagnoli working hard to make All-Star game a success

VIDEO: Miller’s John Romagnoli talks about why he wanted to bring back this All-Star game.

Miller High School Athletic Director John Romagnolli has been working on bringing back the All-Star basketball games, previously sponsored by the Daily Bulletin.

He wanted to to have it again for the first time since 2009 last year but the plans weren’t quite in place and he didn’t want to have it just to have it if it couldn’t be a top-notch event.

Well it will make a long-awaited return a week from Sunday, April 19th at Miller High School.

The teams were honored with a breakfast/lunch today at the Jesse Turner Community Center in Fontana. They’ll practice next week.

There is representation from schools as far East as Banning and as far West as Covina Charter Oak and some from the High Desert. So those chosen are in select company. There will be 13 players on each of the two boys teams and girls teams so everyone will get to play.

There is representation from smaller schools such as Ontario Christian too. It’;s always nice to include those as well. There is emphasis on grades and character too not just playing ability.

The cross section of players also means student-athletes will get to play with and get to know others they might not have crossed paths with.

The Ajalee Lauder and Marcel Burke awards are being brought back. Those awards/scholarships are in memory of two young players who left this world way too early.

Lauder’s mother Bethel Trice, the girls coach at Jurupa Hills, will coach one of the girls teams – nice touch.

There are a lot of all-star games out there. But Romagnoli is setting this one up as something special. He has done a great job of that and the best is yet to come.

Boost Mobile has stepped up as a sponsor, as has IE Sports Net.

We’ll be posting updated rosters for the teams next week.

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All-star Girls Wrestling Match is tonight

Tonight, April 7, at 6:30 pm at Charter Oak High in Covina, is a Dual-Meet all-star girls wrestling match pitting teams from the East vs. West, roughly divided by the 57 Freeway. I believe entrance is free; it is just an event designed to promote girls wrestling.

The West team is coached by Tom Cote, the Charter Oak coach who formerly coached at Kaiser, Los Osos, Chaffey, Montclair and other places I can’t think of right now.

The East is coached by Montclair girls coach Matt Furr. Here is the East Lineup:

101 – Shandrea Shelby – Corona
106 – Sugey Ceja – Corona
111 – Alyssa Aceval – San Jacinto 
116 – Vanesa Contreras – Yucca Valley
121 – Kimberly Espinoza – Chaffey
126 – Maryssa Monterrossa – Montclair
131 – Ashley Pofek – La Sierra
137 – McKenna Hutchison – Upland
143 – Jasmine Cordero – Tustin
150 – Anna Castro – Carter
160 – Sarah Rahlwes – Redlands
170 – Kendall Reusing – La Sierra
189 – Diana Perez – Hillcrest
235 – Melissa Lopez – Hillcrest

Head Coach – Matthew Furr – Montclair
Asst. Coach – Mario Estrada – Titan Mercury Wrestling Club
Asst. Coach – Roman Medina – Chaffey
Asst. Coach – Cecilia Ramirez – Montclair
Asst. Coach – Vanessa Nordstrom – Titan Mercury Wrestling Club

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Etiwanda’s Brianna Wheeler earns All-Tournament nod

The Etiwanda softball team turned in a good showing at the Michelle Carew Classic over the weekend, going 2-1. The loss came to defending CIF champion Mission Viejo 1-0 in 8 innings.

The Eagles also beat Saugus 3-2 and Bakersfield Centennial 4-3.

Junior pitcher-infielder Brianna Wheeler earned All-Tournament honors. It’s a noteworthy accolade given the level of competition in the event.

The other selections:

Most Valuable Player: Taylor McQuilllen, Mission Viejo.

All-Tournament: Alyssa Palomino, Mission Viejo; Terra McGowan, Mission Viejo; Kayleen Shafer, Mission Viejo; Colleen Sullivan, Poway; Malia Martinez, Poway; Kourtney Shaw, Poway; Brooke Bolinger, Yucaipa; Jordan Green, Yucaipa; Kelly Martinez, Yucaipa; Hailey Hilburn, Canyon; Nrianna Notschel, Canyon; Courtney Dineli, Amador Valley; Danielle Williams, Amador Valley; Nicole Joseph, Valencia; Sara Lillie, Vista Murrieta; Ashley Ross, Cypress; Dominque Espinoza, Pacifica; Autumn Storms, Great Oak; Sarah Brown, Sacramento Sheldon; Abby Lockman, Norco; Brianna Wheeler, Etiwanda; Mariah Lopz, Saugus; Amber Bishop, Murrieta Valley; Kylie Lundgren, Lakewood; Haley Tran, Aliso Niguel.

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Ayala baseball team gears up for tournament

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The Ayala baseball team had lofty expectations this year and the Bulldogs are off to a good start at 9-4 overall and 4-1 in Palomares League play.

The Bulldogs will find out exactly where they stand as they participate in the National Classic hosted by Esperanza High School this week.

Ayala opens the event on Tuesday against Christian Brothers (Memphis, Tenn.) which is ranked 12th nationally by MaxPreps.

The event got underway Saturday with a barbecue and a Homerun Derby which provided the players a change to get to know each other.

Junior left-handerMatthew Acosta (3-0), who has committed to USC, will be on the mound for the opener.

“We got off to a little bit of a slow start but we have been playing well lately,” says coach Chris Vogt. “This tournament will be a great test for us.”

The Bulldogs boast a good mix of senior and underclassmen this year with most of the veterans on the pitching staff. Among the team’s other top hurlers is Erik Cha (2-2, 1.06), who has signed with Cal State Fullerton.

There have been plenty of pleasant surprises including sophomore outfielder Josh Bozoian (.467, 11 RBI.) There are also two freshmen in the starting lineup – third baseman Daniel Mendez (.300) and third baseman Kyle Velasquez (.333).

“We committed to this tournament over a year ago,” Vogt said. “It’s a great chance to play some other teams and we’re looking forward to it.”





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Damien’s Jeremy Hemsley selected for All-Star game

Damien senior Jeremy Hemsley (left), who led the Spartans to the Division III state championship, has been selected to play in the BallisLife All-American game on May 2 at Long Beach City College.

The event starts at 5 p.m. and will also include a dunk contest which will begin at 3:15 p.m.

The game will also feature seven local Southern California products along with nine Pac-12 recruits.

Hemsley, who has signed with San Diego State, will be joined by a bunch of other top-notch players.

Other participants include USC recruits Benny Boatwright (Village Christian) and Chimezie Metu (Lawndale), Arizona-bound Chance Comanche (Beverly Hills), Oregon St.-bound Stevie Thompson Jr. (Bishop Montgomery) and Oregon-bound Tyler Dorsey (Maranatha).



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Chino Hills’ Lonzo Ball Player of Year finalist

Junior guard Lonzo Ball of Chino Hills is one of six finalists for CalHi Sports state player of the year.

Ball, who has committed to UCLA, led the Huskies to the Division I state championship game. He is probably the most well-rounded player of the nominees.

The others are:

Tyler Dorsey, Sr., Maranatha (Oregon)
T.J. Leaf, Jr., Foothills Christian (Arizona)
Rex Plfueger, Sr., Mater Dei (Notre Dame)
Ivan Rabb, Sr., Bishop O’Dowd (Cal/Arizona)
Stephen Thompson, Sr., Bishop Montgomery (Oregon St)

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