San Dimas pitcher Peter Lambert earns national honor

San Dimas senior pitcher has been named Pre-season All-American by Louisville Slugger.

The players on this list are among the most sought after athletes at their respective positions pro scouts and college recruiters.

The majority of the players have committed to a college and most have received national recognition already. Many were players of the year in their league, region or state and have racked up a number of awards. They were nominated for the honor by their high school coach.

Lambert, who has signed with UCLA, was 11-2 with an 0.59 ERA last season as a junior. He had 11 complete games in 13 outings with 102 strikeouts in 83 innings.

 

For the 19th straight year, Louisville Slugger is sponsoring the High School All-America team. The staff of Collegiate Baseball newspaper selects the team.

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SoCal Shootout at Azusa Pacific coming up

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The 13th annual Southern California Shootout is slated for Saturday at Azusa Pacific University.

There will be a full slate of boys’ basketball games, the first at 9 a.m. and the last coming 12 hours later.

Here’s the full schedule:

9 a.m. – Rowland vs. Flintridge Prep
10:30 a.m. – Walnut vs. Villa Park
Noon - Diamond Bar vs. Mission Viejo
1:30 p.m. - Corona Santiago vs. Colony
3 p.m.- Glendora vs. Los Osos
4:30 p.m. – Los Altos vs. ML King
6 p.m. – Etiwanda vs. Gahr
7:30 p.m. – Cantwell Sacred Heard vs. Damien
9 p.m. – La Canada vs. Claremont

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Just who could be the X-factor for Chino Hills

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The talk all season when it comes to the Chino Hills boys basketball team has centered around who will emerge as a scoring threat after the talented Ball brothers – Lonzo and Gelo.

Those two were a big part of the Huskies run to an Open Division title game last year but all basketball enthusiasts recognize that Mark Williams, Bishop Mency and K.C. Cyprian were equally as responsible.

The those three graduated, so what now.

It has taken three-quarters of a season but maybe the Huskies have someone emerging in freshman Cameron Shelton.

He had 13 in the Huskies 67-63 overtime win against Etiwanda tonight. Included in that point total were three 3-pointers, all of which came at crucial times.

He is a freshman starting on a quality team, which pretty much tells you all you need to know. He didn’t have a very good game on Wednesday against Damien, but he bounced back nicely tonight.

He is the team’s third-leading scorer behind the brothers Ball. He also looks pretty poised on the court, even in pressure situations.

“He has a chance to be very special,” Chino Hills coach Steve Baik says. “We have already seen it at times. We just need him to be a little more consistent but the talent is there.”

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Alta Loma’s wrestling and girls water polo remain undefeated in league play

The Alta Loma Braves athletic teams have found its stride in league with both the wrestling team and the girls water polo team undefeated in league play.

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Chino Hills basketball teams need to regroup quickly

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The Chino Hill boys basketball team is at a crossroad. And after tonight we’ll know a lot about what this teams is made of.

The Huskies are officially 3-13, 0-3 in the Baseline League after the forfeiture of nine games was made public on Thursday.

Tonight Chino Hills will host defending league champion Etiwanda (13-5, 2-1) at 6:30 p.m. The Eagles are a big enough challenge when you’re NOT facing adversity.

And the Eagles will be smarting a bit too after a last-second loss to Damien earlier this week so you know they’ll be fired up and looking for redemption as well.

Maybe its good the Huskies are facing one of the tougher foes. It leaves them no choice but to focus or it could be an ugly night. If they we’re facing a less challenging for there might be a tendency to just go through the motions and think they can get by.

The Huskies really can’t afford any loss now if they hope to finish in the top three in league and secure an automatic playoff berth.

They also really need a quality win to bolster their resume if they hope to gain a bid in the Open Division. It won’t look good, if in the worst case scenario, they go 0-4 vs. the other big two in Etiwanda and Damien.

How do you think the Huskies fare tonight?

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BREAKING: Chino Hills boys basketball team to forfeit 11 games

Confirmation today that Chino Hills boys basketball will be forfeiting 11 games.

Here is the word from school district spokesman Julie Gobin:

“It has come to our knowledge that a student-athlete participated in CIF competition despite being scholastically ineligible. Therefore, administrators at Chino Hills HS have chosen to self-report to CIF and to forfeit the 11 games in which the student participated. These forfeitures do not affect the wins achieved at the 2015 Bass Pro Shops Tournament of Champions this past weekend in Springfield, Missouri. Chino Hills High School has implemented a new system to ensure this does not occur again.”

Julie Gobin, communications director for CVUSD

The Huskies were 12-4 on the court and 2-1 in Baseline League play after a loss to Damien last night.

Representatives from Upland and Rancho Cucamonga say they have been notified of forfeits that included games against their teams, both of which Huskies won on the court.

So Chino Hills is officially 0-3 in the Baseline, heading into game on Friday vs. Etiwanda. And that will be tough one.

“This definitely changes things,” says Rancho Cucamonga coach Bill Burke, whose team is now 16-4 overall and 2-1 in Baseline. “It really does open the door for us, maybe even Upland.”

Upland Athletic Director John McNally said his school had been notified it was getting a win via the forfeit as well.

Of the 11 games the ineligible student participated in, nine were wins. So the Huskies are 3-13 overall, 0-3 in league.

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Damien basketball team takes control of Baseline League

VIDEO: Damien coach Matt Dunn talks about the win

Damien boys basketball coach Matt Dunn will say there is a long way to go. Isn’t that what they’re all conditioned to say after every win, even one that has a team in an advantageous position.

But indeed the Spartans are in the driver’s season after a convincing 94-78 win over Chino Hills. The Spartans owned this one from about the 4:00 minute mark of the first quarter.

So they’re only three games into Baseline League play. but Damien (15-2, 3-0) has wins over the two teams considered the other front runners in Etiwanda and Chino Hills. And in the second round it will have Chino Hills at home, with Damien always a tough venue for the visitors.

It was a masterful coaching job by Dunn. The Spartans took a few minutes to get on track but when they did they were a pleasure to watch.

The Spartans were not intimidated and never backed off.

It may have been tempting for the Spartans to go into a defensive shell or just take the air out of the ball once they got a lead in the fourth quarter. but they didn’t do that. They kept attacking and did what they did to get that lead.

Now is the gut check for Chino Hills, which has probably been knocked back down to earth. They have to refocus quick because they have Etiwanda on Friday and the Eagles will be ready.

The other thing painfully obvious is how much the Huskies miss those they graduated in Mark Williams, K.C. Cyprian and Bishop Mency. Sometimes you don’t know what have, until it’s gone.

And let’s not forget Nnamdi Okongwu, who would have been a senior but tragically passed away after injuries sustained in a summer skateboard accident.

The Huskies have marvelously talented players in the Ball brothers, Lonzo and Gelo. But they can’t do it alone. Chino Hills has some good young players, but they’re still developing. Of the young ones, I think freshman Cameron Shelton has great potential.

How those players mature the rest of the way may determine if Chino Hills has another run in it.

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