San Dimas clinches fifth straight Valle Vista baseball title

The San Dimas baseball team secured it’s fifth straight Valle Vista League title when it defeated Covina 11-1 Tuesday night.

The Saints (20-5) have a game left Thursday against Covina, then its on to the postseason where they will be competing in a very tough Division 2.

It is a younger version of the Saints than what coaches Mike Regan and Mark Chiappelli are used to with several freshmen playing key roles.

“We have potential but we have a lot of guys that haven’t been there before,” Regan said. “You get to the playoffs and you’re going to see better pitching and you never know how younger guys are going to respond.”

Regan singled out the leadership of his experienced seniors in Dante Palacio, Joseph Bahna and Lorenzo Llorens. Bahna, who is hitting .387, has signed with NCAA Division II Cal State San Marcos while Palacio, hitting .377 with a team-high 24 RBIs, is headed to Cal Poly Pomona.

Palacio had two hits and three RBI while Bahna slugged a two-run home run to highlight Tuesday’s win. Freshman Isiah Marquez also had a pair of hits.

Sophomore Zach Jacobs (7-2, 1.15) went the distance and picked up the win in the league-clinching game.

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Claremont soccer player Elisabeth Chua headed to UCR

Claremont High School soccer standout Elisabeth Chua has committed to UC Riverside.

The junior forward managed seven goals and eight assists in helping the Wolfpack (25-4-2) to the Division 3 Southern Section championship game as well as the Southern California Regional final of the state playoffs.

She was a first-team All-Palomares League selection.

“I have a friend from club that is going there and it’s close to home so my friends and family can see me play,:” Chua said. “So I’m happy.”

Chua was also considering Pepperdine and NCAA Division II Azusa Pacific. She plans to major in sports medicine.

UCR is coming off a 5-10-4 season which included a 2-5-1 in the Big West.

“I am really hoping to be able to go in there and play right away,” she said. “I am going to work hard to make that happen.”

 

 

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CIF softball rankings out as regular season nears end

Here are this week’s CIF softball rankings:

Division 1 – 1. Norco; 2. Los Alamitos; 3. Mater Dei; 4. Orange Lutheran; 5. Mission Viejo; 6. Valencia; 7. La Habra; 8. Huntington Beach; 9. Garden Grove Pacifica; 10. Corona Santiago.

Division 2 – 1. Gahr; 2. Santa Margarita; 3. Rio Mesa; 4. Camarillo; 5. Simi Valley; 6. La Quinta; 7. Riverside Poly; 8. Agoura; 9. Sunny Hills; 10. Upland.

Division 3 – 1. Newbury Park; 2. Murrieta Mesa; 3. Redlands; 4. Los Altos; 5. La Mirada; 6. Knight; 7. Ayala; 8. Patriot; 9. El Dorado; 10. Corona Centennial.

Division 4 – 1.  Edgewood; 2. Buena; 3. Aquinas; 4. Savanna; 5. Palm Desert; 6. Rubidoux; 7. La Canada; 8. Arcadia; 9. Segerstrom; 10. Placentia Valencia.

Division 5 – 1. Alemany; 2. South Torrance; 3. West Torrance; 4. Heritage Chr.; 5. Fillmore; 6. South El Monte; 7. Templeton; 8. Maranatha; 9. Sultana; 10. Colony.

Division 6 – 1. Sierra Canyon; 2. Sherman Oaks Notre Dame; 3. St. Anthony; 4. Santa Paula; 5. Harvard-Westlake; 6. Culver City; 7. Nordhoff; 8. Mary Star of the Sea; 9. Carpenteria; 10. Webb.

Division 7 – 1. Village Chr.; 2. Santa Ynez; 3. Mountain View; 4. Covina; 5. Century; 6. Santa Rosa Aca; 7. Grace Brethren; 8. Connelly; 9. Carnegie; 10. Campbell Hall.

 

 

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CIF baseball rankings feature lots of locals

Here are this week’s CIF rankings in baseball with teams from the Sun/Bulletin coverage area denoted in bold:

Division 1 – 1. Huntington Beach; 2. El Toro; 3. West Ranch; 4. Sherman Oaks Notre Dame; 5. South Hills; 6. Vista Murrieta; 7. Harvard-Westlake; 8. Valencia; 9. Corona; 10. JSerra.

Division 2 – 1. St. John Bosco; 2. Crescenta Valley; 3. Moorpark; 4. Newbury Park; 5. Etiwanda; 6. Beckman; 7. Corona del Mar; 8. La Mirada; 9. Rio Mesa; 10. tie, Ayala, Glendora.

Division 3 – 1. Quartz Hills; 2. El Segundo; 3. Don Lugo; 4. Walnut; 5. Reighetti; 6. Paso Robles; 7. Anaheim Canyon; 8. Charter Oak; 9. Citrus Valley; 10. Torrance.

Division 4 – 1. Capistranbo Valley Chr.; 2. Maranatha; 3. Tahquitz; 4. Temecula Valley; 5. Grace Brethren; 6. Serra; 7. Cathedral; 8. La Quinta; 9. Shadow Hills; 10. Fullerton.

Division 5 – 1. Oak Hills; 2. La Canada; 3. Katella; 4. Chaffey; 5. Grand Terrace; 6. Heritage; 7. Oxnard Pacifica; 8. Campbell Hall; 9. Hillcrest; 10. Jurupa Hills.

Division 6 – 1. Rancho Christian; 2. Rancho Mirage; 3. Pasadena Poly; 4. Dunn; 5. St. Anthony; 6. Ontario; 7. Pomona; 8. Southlands Christian; 9. Malibu; 10,. Viewpoint.

Division 7 – 1 . Faith Baptist; 2. Boron; 3. Arrowhead Chr.; 4. Lennox Aca; 5. Carnegie; 6. San Jacinto Valley; 7. Einstein Aca; 8. Upland Chr; 9. Bethel Chr.; 10. Apple Valley Chr.

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Damien sophomore steals the show in Baseline tennis finals

 

Tennis standout Ian Habbestad of Damien has had quite the start to his high school career.

The Spartans sophomore won the Baseline League individual title last week at Etiwanda. That marked a second for him as he won last year as a freshman as well.

Habbestad won in dominant fashion, not dropping a set in any of his four matches. In the final he bested Rancho Cucamonga’s Miles Clark 6-0, 6-2.

Clark was one of just two players that had beaten him this season.

“He is a very talented young player,” Damien coach Bill Urquhart said. “I can’t say him winning it this year was a surprise because he won it last year too. He has been the bright spot for us this year.”

Habbestad is 56-2 on the season which includes a 29-1 in league play.
He has earned a spot in the CIF sectional coming up in Redlands but he will not compete due to a previously schedule family commitment out of town.

“I know he’s disappointed but he will have the chance again,” the coach said of his player missing the rest of the postseason.

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Damien boys volleyball team starts defense of CIF title

The Damien boys volleyball team will have its work cut out for it if it is to win a third straight CIF championship.

The Spartans (18-11) graduated most of the key players from that team and they have also moved up from Division 5 to Division 3. They will take on Laguna Blanca in a first round playoff game on Tuesday.

It will be a rematch of last year’s Division 5 championship match.

“We got a tough draw. That will be a tough first round match,” Damien coach Randy Bohlmann said. “They have a lot of their key players back and we’re not as good.”

The Spartans are coming off a 3-3 showing at the Crescenta Valley Tournament so Bohlmann is hoping getting that many matches in a short period of time has helped his team fine tune the areas that needed work.

“We played pretty well,” he said. “I think we can hang in with these teams in Division 3, there just is a lot more depth and more good teams.”

Damien finished in a three-way tie for first in the Hacienda League with Los Altos and Claremont. Claremont got the top seed out of the league and will have a home match Tuesday against Yucaipa.

Here is the list of area teams and when they play:

Saturday’s wild card matches
Division 5

Garey at Woodcrest Christian
Arrowhead Christian at Pomona
Don Lugo at AGBU-Pasadena
Rialto at Rancho Christian
Ramona at Indian Springs

Tuesday’s first round
Division 3

Damien at Laguna Blanca
Yucaipa at Claremont

Division 4
Redlands East Valley at San Jacinto

Division 5
Eisenhower-AGBU winner at Ganesha
Rialto-Rancho Chr winner at Loma Linda
San Gabriel-Norwalk winner at San Gorgonio

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Chino Hills duo to play in basketball all-star game

Chino Hills’ LiAngelo Ball (#3), drives to the basket between Damien’s Justin Hemsley (#43), and Ezekiel Alley (#5) during the second half of Friday night’s Baseline League game at Damien High School in La Verne, Ca., January 27, 2017. The national ranked Huskies beat the Spartans 124-102, getting their 57th straight win. (Photo by John Valenzuela/SCNG)

LiAngelo Ball and Eli Scott of Chino Hills will be participating in the BallisLife All-Star game at 6 p.m. Saturday at Long Beach City College.

Doors open at 3 p.m. with festivities beginning at 4 p.m. including 3-point shooting and dunk competitions.

Last year LiAngelo’s older brother Lonzo took part in the event and was named most valuable player.

Among the other players slated to compete are Jalen Hill of Corona Centennial and Jaylen Hands of Foothills Christian, who along with Ball have signed with UCLA.

Scott has singed with Loyola Marymount.

Here is the link for those who want more information.

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Alta Loma basketball standout Camille Parker picks CS Monterey Bay

Senior basketball standout Camille Parker of Alta Loma has committed to NCAA Division II Cal State Monterey Bay.

She was also considering schools in the same conference close to home in Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State San Bernardino as well as Division III Wisconsin-LaCrosse.

Alta Loma junior Camille Parker, 16.   (Will Lester/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

“It has my major (hospitality management) and that is a big thing,” she said. “But the style they play is the same is what I am used to so I can fit right in. I also felt very comfortable there and that’s important because I am going to spend four years there.”

Parker was a four-time All-Inland Valley selection which included a Newcomer of the Year honor as a freshman.

The past season she helped the Braves to a 15-7 record that included a Mt. Baldy League championship.

She is the two-time league MVP, last season averaging  14.5 points, 14 rebounds, 6.9 assists and 5,6 steals. She had 17 double-doubles, four triple-doubles and two quadruple-doubles.

 

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Dennis Latimore named boys basketball coach at Chino Hills

Dennis Latimore will be the third coach in as many years as he takes the helm of the Chino Hills High School boys basketball program next season.

He will replace Stephan Gilling whose team went 30-3 in his only season.

Gilling was a walk-on coach and did not work full-time at the school. The school district policy is to open a job to candidates on campus first and only seek the off-campus coach if a suitable candidate is not found.

Latimore, whose appointment was approved at tonight’s board meeting, is an English teacher at the school, starting in that role in January.

He played college basketball at both Arizona and Notre Dame, spending his first two seasons (2001-2003) at Arizona, then spending the last two (2003-2005) playing for the Fighting Irish, earning his B.A. in English from Notre Dame.

He also earned a Master’s in Urban education from Loyola Marymount.

Latimore served as head coach for View Park High School for two years, leading the team to the 2014 CIF Division 5 Los Angeles City Section championship as well as the Division V Southern California Regional final of the state playoffs. His team was 23-6 in that run.

Chino Hills does graduate LiAngelo Ball but still could be a formidable foe the coming season. The youngest Ball brother, LaMelo, will be a junior, as will be big man Onyeka Okongwu, although rumors have persisted that both could be going elsewhere next season.

 

 

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Baseline League honors: Boys Basketball

Chino Hills LiAngelo Ball (3) drives to the basket for two of his game high 72 points as he is defended by Rancho Christian's Isaiah Mobley (right) during the first half Wednesday night in Corona. Chino Hills defeated Rancho Christian 128-108 during the Corona Centennial basketball tournament in Corona. The 72 points by Ball were the 10th most ever scored by a California high school player. (Will Lester-SCNG/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

MVP: LiAngelo Ball, Senior, Chino Hills

First team
LaMelo Ball, Soph., Chino Hills
Kessler Edwards, Jr., Etiwanda
Justin Hemsley, Sr., Damien
Elijah McCullough, Jr., Damien
Onyeka Okongwu, Soph., Chino Hills
Eli Scott, Sr., Chino Hills
Cameron Shelton, Jr., Damien
Kelvin Wright, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga

Second team
Ezekial Alley, Sr., Damien
Colin Cunniff, Sr., Damien
Phaquan Davis, Soph., Chino Hills
Shane Johnson, Sr., Los Osos
Toby Okwuoki, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga
Miles Oliver, Sr., Etiwanda
Bryce Parker, Jr., Upland
Osys Stokes, Sr., Upland
Ofure Ujadughele, Jr., Chino Hills

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