Ganesha baseball team enjoys and deserves big celebration

VIDEO: Ganesha baseball coach Tony Green talks about his team’s league title win.

For Ganesha High School, a Miramonte League title in baseball was a long time in coming. The Giants secured that on Friday with a thrilling 4-2, nine-inning win over local rival Garey. That broke a 53-year title drought in that sport.

Ganesha’s Tyler Wardsworth leaps onto the dogpile to celebrate after Ganesha defeated Garey 4-2 in nine innings Friday May 13, 2016 to win their first Miramonte League baseball title in 53 years.   (Will Lester/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

So when the Giants got to celebrate, they did.

Perspective is always an interesting thing. The Etiwanda softball and Damien baseball teams secured Baseline League titles earlier in the week. For those teams there was hardly a High-Five, much less a celebration. Both have had success in those sports before so expectations are higher.

But when it has been THAT long between titles, you celebrate.

We have to cover the other leagues more thoroughly. The Miramonte has three teams that aren’t even in the Daily Bulletin coverage area. And let’s face it, in most sports the competition is sub-par to most other leagues. But it was nice to get out and see the two local baseball teams, not once, but twice the past week.

Friday’s game was old-school. Just a few bleachers, no outfield field. No frills for sure. But there was a great crowd and a great atmosphere . . . and one intense, well-played, interesting baseball game.

It’s hard to have a rivalry when one team beats the other consistently so this league title win for Ganesha could really jump start the rivalry between neighboring schools.

Ganesha hasn’t had the most decorated past when it comes to athletics but it has made great progress in several sports and baseball is the latest. Good for the Giants and that community.

Here is the link to my game story.

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Upland celebrates career of veteran baseball coach Mike Alonso

VIDEO: Seniors Raul Munoz and Skyler De Los Reyes talk about what their coach Mike Alonso meant to them.

This year here was going to be no changing of the mind.

Veteran Upland High School baseball coach Mike Alonso coached his last game today after 33 years heading the same program. The celebratory mood took a hit as the Highlanders had just lost to Rancho Cucamonga 7-2 at Memorial Park which cost them a playoff berth.

Festivities were held after the game. It was supposed to be a surprise. Alonso is one of those old-school types that doesn’t want any individual fanfare. The standing joke was that if the coach got wind of any special plans he wouldn’t have shown up.

So mum was the word. But no one was about to let him walk off without a proper send off. So they had one despite his wishes.

Alonso said the only moment that made him think something might be up was earlier in the week when he was speaking with Chaffey College coach Jeff Harlow who was expressing his disappointment that he was going to be unable to be at the final game and the festivities.

“I’m thinking, it’s no big deal, It’s just another game,” Alonso said.

A large gathering of coaches, former players and parents of players past and present were on hand to offer their thanks for the impact Alonso had on their lives.

Alonso said he had planned on the 2015 season being his last but since wife Annie had just retired he wanted to “give her one more year without him around.”

He told his team around December that he had made a definite decision and this time his mind wasn’t changing.

“The time was just right,” said Alonso, who finished with 599 career wins. “I like this group of senior kids and at the same time we have some really good juniors coming back. So the coach coming in will have a good place to start. I didn’t want to leave a bad situation for the person coming in after me.”

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Ganesha’s Anthony Longsworth headed to Greenville College

Versatile football standout Anthony Longsworth of Ganesha has decided to attend NCAA Division III Greenville College (Ill.).

The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder excelled at running back, defensive back and linebacker in leading the Giants to a 7-3 record and third-place showing in the Miramonte League.

Longsworth has not visited the school yet but did extensive research on line and has been in communication with the coaches.

“The coaches were very down to earth and I felt they had my best interest in mind,” Longsworth said. “I have been talking to them a lot and I could tell they wanted me.”

The Ganesha standout says he doesn’t prefer one position over another and said the coaches are considering him in both sides of the ball.

Longsworth was a first-team All-League athlete, excelling for the Giants after transferring from Silverado his sophomore year.

Longsworth plans to major in business with a minor in criminal justice.



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Boost Mobile All-Star Soccer games coming up Sunday

The first Boost Mobile Inland Valley Soccer All-Star Classic games are set for Sunday at Miller High School with the girls game getting underway at 4 and the boys following at 5:30 p.m.

The games in other sports, also sponsored by IE Sports Net, have proven a great success. This will be the first undertaking in soccer.

Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for students and $3 for students with ASB cards, kids under 12 and senior citizens.

Head coach –
Ryan Pacheco, Grand Terrace

Emily Aunger, Granite Hills
Megan Ball, Miller
Danika Bowman, Redlands East Valley
Sara Calvert, Oak Hills
Hannah Everett, Redlands
Evelyn Findlay, Grand Terrace
Sky Celeste Guisa, Carter
Demi Imbriani, Cajon
Maddie Jordan, Redlands
Sydney Kellar, Carter
Mackenzie Lerman, Rim of the World
Melanie Lopez, Colton
Moira O’Neill, Grand Terrace
Kaitlin Seebaran, Summit
Alicia Smith, Big Bear
Maria Ximena Vasquez, Colton

Coach –
Chris Van Duin, Rancho Cucamonga

Giselle Alvarado, Chaffey
Julia Bingham, St. Lucy’s
Alondra Castro, Ganesha
Jamie Daly, Chino Hills
Metztli Gonzalez, Etiwanda
Devyn Kelsey, Los Osos
Brooke Kortekaas, Alta Loma
Nicole Leggio, St. Lucy’s
Dae Lockett, Colony
Jessica Miclat, Chino Hills
Lauren Perry, Rancho Cucamonga
Sydney Robinson, Ontario Christian
Ayana Robles, Rancho Cucamonga
Jazmin Smith, Los Osos

Coach –
Erik Espino, Kaiser

Juan Aguilar, Fontana
Giovanni Arce, Rim of the World
Jesus Bolanos, Kaiser
Oscar Casillas, Fontana
Anthony Garcia, Kaiser
Santiago Gomez, Fontana
Jason Hernandez, Bloomington
Aaron Herrera, Sultana
Matheus Joaquim, Sultana
Sergio Lopez, San Gorgonio
Ivan Macias, Summit
Leonardo Medina, Bloomington
Christian Nunez, San Gorgonio
Kevin Salazar, Summit
Alejandro Villanueva, Summit

Coach –
Harry Cruz, Ontario

Manny Aguilar, Chino Hills
Jafe Chaves, Los Osos
Eduaredo Contreras, Chaffey
Cristian Fernandez, Ontario
Miguel Flores, Chaffey
Josh Gonzalez, Alta Loma
Max Kihm, Los Osos
Ismail Latty, Damien
Ian Lopez, Alta Loma
Eduardo Morales, Chaffey
Daniel Nwaogwugwu, Chino Hills
Chris Peralta, Ontario
Ben Riegsecker, Los Osos
Aaron Sanchez, Chino Hills
Jason Yepez, Ontario

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Four area baseball teams among Division 4 CIF ranking

Don Lugo’s Benny Aguilera celebrates a run by teammate Albert Luevano against Montclair at Don Lugo High School in Chino, CA, Wednesday, May 4, 2016. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

Don Lugo is ranked second in Division 2.

Here are CIF baseball polls in each division for week of May. 9 with teams in the Sun/Daily Bulletin coverage denoted in bold.

Division 1 – 1. JSerra; 2. El Toro; 3. Valencia; 4. Orange Lutheran; 5. Marina; 6. Cypress; 7. JW North; 8. Aliso Niguel; 9. Murrieta Mesa; 10. tie, Chaminade, Loyola.

Division 2 – 1. South Hills; 2. Gahr; 3. Simi Valley; 4. La Mirada; 5. Bonita; 6. Carter; 7. Crescenta Valley; 8. Mission Viejo; 9. Foothill; 10. Damien.

Division 3 – 1. Redondo Union; 2. Palm Desert; 3. Beckman; 4. Woodbridge; 5. Bishop Amat; 6. Quartz Hill; 7. Mira Costa; 8. Corona del Mar; 9. Temescal Canyon; 10. San Luis Obispo.

Division 4 – 1. Kaiser; 2. Don Lugo; 3. West Torrance; 4. St. Bonaventure; 5. Grace Brethren; 6. San Gorgonio; 7. Troy; 8. Alta Loma; 9. South Torrance; 10. Torrance.

Division 5 – 1. Woodcrest Chr.; 2. Paraclete; 3. Village Chr.; 4. Monrovia; 5. Sierra Vista; 6. Citrus Hill; 7. Cantwell Sacred Heart; 8. Shadow Hills; 9. San Marino; 10. Sierra Canyon.

Division 6 – 1. Sage Hill; 2. Flintridge Prep; 3. Crean Lutheran; 4. Calvary Murrieta; 5. Salesian; 6. Buckley; 7. Dunn; 8. Lancaster Desert Christian; 9. Santa Paula; 10. Providence.

Division 7 – 1. Excelsior Charter; 2. Santa Clarita Chr.; 3. Rolling Hills Prep; 4. Faith Baptist; 5. Aca. Academic Excellence; 6. Einstein Aca.; 7. Aninmo Leadership; 8. Riverside Prep; 9. Lennox Aca.; 10. New Roads.

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Etiwanda softball team still tops CIF Division 1 poll


Etiwanda's Megan Stevens runs to home base after hitting a home run against St. Lucy's at Etiwanda High School in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, Tuesday, May 3, 2016. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

Etiwanda’s Megan Stevens runs to home base after hitting a home run against St. Lucy’s at Etiwanda High School in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, Tuesday, May 3, 2016. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

Here are CIF polls for softball for week of May 9 with local teams denoted in bold:

Division 1 – 1. Etiwanda; 2. Orange Lutheran; 3. Los Alamitos; 4. Norco; 5. Corona Santiago; 6. Garden Grove Pacifica; 7. Huntington Beach; 8. Valencia; 9. Great Oak; 10. Lakewood.

Division 2 – 1. Oaks Christian; 2. La Habra; 3. Mission Viejo; 4. Valley View; 5. Oxnard; 6. South Hills; 7. Newbury Park; 8. Yucaipa; 9. Capistrano Valley; 10. Aliso Niguel.

Division 3 – 1. Grand Terrace; 2. Bishop Amat; 3. Gahr; 4. Burbank Burroughs; 5. Laguna Hills; 6. Palos Verdes; 7. Warren; 8. Alemany; 9. Redondo Union; 10. La Mirada.

Division 4 – 1. North Torrance; 2. Torrance; 3. Dos Pueblos; 4. Buena; 5. Knight; 6. La Quinta; 7. El Segundo; 8. Temescal Canyon; 9. Linfield Chr.; 10. Jurupa Hills.

Division 5 – 1. St. Bonaventure; 2. Louisville; 3. Garden Grove; 4. Lompoc; 5. Silverado; 6. Templeton; 7. Lompoc Cabrillo; 8. Edgewood; 9. Santa Paula; 10. San Dimas.

Division 6 – 1. Paraclete; 2. Savanna; 3.  St. Anthony; 4. Downey Cavalry Chapel; 5. Sierra Canyon; 6. Webb; 7. Windward; 8. Chadwick; 9. Alverno; 10. Desert Chr. Aca.

Division 7 – 1. Rolling Hills; 2. University Prep; 3. ACE; 4. Faith Baptist; 5. Foothill Tech; 6. Santa Clara; 7. Crossroads Chr.; 8. Santa Rosa Aca.; 9. Animo Leadership; 10. St. Monica Aca.





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Ganesha baseball team having success flying under the radar

The Ganesha baseball team has already secured a share of the Miramonte League title which is its first since 1963. One win in the last two this week against Garey and the Giants will win it outright.

The team was just 7-12 last year and 4-10 in league play which was only good enough for a tie for fourth.

This year the Giants are sitting at 15-3 overall and 12-1 in league play with games at Garey on Wednesday and Friday remaining. They defeated their local rival 1-0 on Monday to secure at least a share of the title but are not in the mood to shares, especially with a city rival.

“This is my third year and when I got the job I made the decision to bring all the young guys up and let them play,” coach Tony Green said. “We have just gotten a little bit better each year.”

The team has two pitchers on which it has relied – senior Emilio Delgado (9-1, 1.17) and sophomore Robert Cazares (6-2, 1.90), both right-handers. Delgado was the winner in Tuesday’s 1-0 win over Garey.

Junior Jesus Salcido, a three-year starter, anchors the infield at short.

Green also singles out the showing of catcher Matt Rhodus (.321, 17 RBIs), a transfer from Bonita who did not play for the Bearcats last season.

Other key players are right fielder Richard Melendez and sophomore center fielder Tyler Wardsworth. Green moved Melendez from center to right this year because of the large number of balls opponents have hit there and the move has paid off.

“Our mind-set really is to go out and compete on every pitch,” Green said. “That doesn’t change regardless of the opponent.”

The Giants have played considerably fewer games than most teams because it hasn’t played in any tournaments because it hasn’t gotten the funding from the school to do so. Green knows that is a step his team needs to elevate it to the next level.

“We know we’re under the radar a little bit and that’s OK,” he said. “We have been able to sneak up on people and we’re taking advantage of that while we can.”

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Damien boys volleyball team begins playoff trek

Here is the schedule of boys volleyball matches for local playoff teams:

Division 4
Tuesday’s first round

Templeton at Yucaipa
Citrus Valley at Cypress
Katella at Redlands

Division 5
Tuesday’s first round

Pomona at Damien
Ontario Christian at Indian Springs
Arrowhead Christian at Ganesha
Sierra Vista at Loma Linda
San Gorgonio at Santa Monica at Pacifica Christian

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CIF boys tennis draw is out

Here are the boys tennis matches for the coming week involving local schools:

Division 2
Wednesday’s first round

Charter Oak at Diamond Bar
Oxford Academy at Claremont
Bonita at Walnut

Division 4
Tuesday’s wild card matches

Victor Valley at Aquinas
Yucaipa at Barstow
Citrus Valley at Los Osos

Wednesday’s first round
Aquinas-Victor Valley winner at Redlands
Arrowhead Chr. at Rancho Cucamonga
Redlands East Valley at Etiwanda
Covina at Webb

Division 5
Tuesday’s wild card matches

Sultana at San Bernardino
Azusa at Grand Terrace
Montclair at Edgewood
Jurupa Hills at Magnolia

Wednesday’s first round
Don Boscoe-Jurupa Valley at Garey
Sultana-San Bernardino winner at Alta Loma
Rim of the World at Rancho Mirage
Hillcrest-Marshall winner at Summit
Elsinore-San Jacinto at San Gorgonio

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CIF-SS Girls Swimming Championships Preview

High school athletes from the CIF Southern Section will jump into the pool throughout the week at Riverside City College for the 2016 swim finals. 

On the Division 2 girls side, Ayala’s Kenisha Liu and Redlands’ Melissa Pepper return with the hope of capping off their high school careers on top.

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