Los Osos, Chino Hills earn CIF rankings in Division 1 girls soccer

Here are the CIF rankings for girls soccer the week of Jan. 10 with area teams denoted in bold:

Division 1 – 1. Los Alamitos; 2. Santa Margarita; 3. JSerra; 4. Tesoro; 5. Aliso Niguel; 6. Harvard-Westlake; 7. Westlake; 8. Dana Hills; 9. Hart; 10. tie, Los Osos, Chino Hills.

Division 2 – 1. Corona del Mar; 2. Redondo Union; 3. Temecula Valley; 4. Sunny Hills; 5. Villa Park; 6. Visa Murrieta; 7. Moorpark; 8. Mira Costa; 9. Newport Harbor; 10. tie, San Luis Obispo, Quartz Hill.

Division 3 – 1. Royal; 2. Bishop Amat; 3. South Torrance; 4. Mayfair; 5. Glendora; 6. Claremont; 7. Santa Monica; 8. Flintridge Prep; 9. St. Margaret’s; 10. tie, Chaminade, Oxnard.

Division 4 – 1. Sierra Canyon; 2. Temescal Canyon; 3. La Quinta; 4 Santa Ana Cavlary Chapel; 5. Alta Loma; 6. Estancia; 7. Silverado; 8. Camarillo; 9. Simi Valley; 10. tie, Ventura, Grand Terrace.

Division 5 – 1. Cathedral City; 2. Palm Desert; 3. Hemet; 4. St. Genevieve; 5. Viewpoint; 6. Western Christian; 7. Immaculate Heart; 8. Beverly Hills; 9. Santa Paula; 10. Windward.

Division 6 – 1. Los Amigos; 2. Valley Christian; 3. Webb; 4. Katella; 5. Beaumont; 6. Ontario; 7. St. Anthony; 8. Grace Brethren; 9. University Prep; 10. Academy of Academic Excellence.

Division 7 – 1. California Academy of Math-Science; 2. San Gabriel Mission; 3. Saddleback; 4. Whittier; 5. Arroyo; 6. Rancho Mirage; 7. Big Bear; 8. Perris; 9. Connelly; 10. Gladstone.


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Nine local teams earn CIF rankings in girls water polo

Here are this weeks CIF rankings for the week of Jan. 9 with teams from the Bulletin/Sun coverage area denoted in bold:

Division 1 – 1. Laguna Beach; 2. Dos Pueblos; 3. San Marcos; 4. Orange Lutheran; 5. Mater Dei; 6. Corona del Mar; 7. Foothill; 8. Los Alamitos; 9. Santa Barbara; 10. Huntington Beach.

Division 2 – 1. ML King; 2. La Canada; 3. Agoura; 4. Riverside Poly; 5. Schurr; 6. Santa Monica; 7. Bonita; 8. Troy; 9. Vista Murrieta; 10. Dana Hills.

Division 3- 1. Villa Park; 2. Redondo Union; 3. Corona Santiago; 4. Righetti; 5. Rio Mesa; 6. Long Beach Wilson; 7. Marina; 8. La Serna; 9. Thousand Oaks; 10. Warren.

Division 4 – 1. Peninsula; 2. Anaheim Canyon; 3. Palos Verdes; 4. Aliso Niguel; 5. Long Beach Poly; 6. Brea Olinda; 7. Claremont; 8. Laguna Hills; 9. Westlake; 10,. Yucaipa.

Division 5 – 1. Oaks Christian; 2. Pasadena Poly; 3. Tesoro; 4. Malibu; 5. Woodbridge; 6. Xavier Prep; 7. Fullerton; 8. Beaumont; 9. Santa Ana Valley; 10. Cajon.

Division 6 – 1. Paso Robles; 2. Lakeside; 3. Webb; 4. Glendora; 5. Temecula Valley; 6. Alta Loma; 7. Walnut; 8. Garden Grove; 9. Redlands East Valley; 10. Elsinore.

Division 7 – 1. Santa Fe; 2. Chaffey; 3. Diamond Bar; 4. Santa Fe; 5. Atascadero; 6. Western; 7. Louisville; 8. Burbank; 9. Valley View; 10. Whittier.






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Inland Valley heavily represented in CIF wrestling rankings

Bloomington High School wrestler Mohammed Shalabi, top, tries to pin Yucaipa High school Marcus Alvarez, during the 113lbs championship match of the Inland Empire Tournament of Champions wrestling tournament, at Colton High School on Saturday, January 7, 2017. (Photo by Frank Perez for SCNG)

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

Central Division – 1. Northview; 2. Alta Loma; 3. Hillcrest; 4. Montclair; 5. Bloomington; 6. Ayala; 7. Norte Vista; 8. Diamond Bar; 9. San Dimas; 10. tie, Grand Terrace, South Hills.

Coastal Division – 1. St. John Bosco; 2. Servite; 3. Santa Ana; 4. Esperanza; 5. Laguna Hills; 6. Cypress; 7. Santa Ana Cavalry Chapel; 8. Trabuco Hills; 9. Fountain Valley; 10. Marina.

Eastern Division – 1. Sultana; 2 Temecula Valley; 3. Victor valley; 4. Yucaipa; 5. Corona Santiago; 6. Temescal Canyon; 7. ML King; 8. Oak Hills; 9. Palm Desert; 10. tie, Citrus Hill, Paloma Valley.

Northern Division- 1. Righetti; 2. Bishop Amat; 3. Paso Robles; 4. Oxnard Pacifica; 5. Rio Mesa; 6. Buena; 7. Thousand Oaks; 8. Dos Publeos; 9. Santa maria; 10. Highland.

Southern Division – 1. Irvine; 2. Rim of the World; 3. Rancho Mirage; 4. Mira Costa; 5. Valencia; 6. Peninsula; 7. Coachella Valley; 8. La Puente; 9. Schurr; 10. Dana Hills.

Western Division – 1. Mayfair; 2. Millikan; 3. Downey; 4. Glenn; 5. Warren; 6. West Torrance; 7. Long Beach Poly; 8. Lakewood; 9. La Mirada; 10. tie, Arroyo, Paramount.

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Chino Hills’ Taylon Snow makes USA national team

Chino Hills senior softball standout Taylon Snow has landed a spot on the prestigious United States Junior National team.

Snow, a shortstop who has signed with Auburn, is a three-time All-Inland Valley and Baseline League selection.

She was one of just 24 players picked from around the country. She returned on Monday night from a tryout in Clearwater, Fla. that included the top players from around the country and was notified that she made the team this morning by e-mail.

It came as a mild surprise because she had been coming off a torn quad sustained during travel ball in September.

“I really only had a week to get ready and some girls had been training for months,” she said. “I just wanted to go out there and give it my best. I was thankful just for the invitation and the chance to try out.”

Players will go to training camp in Oklahoma City in June in preparation for two major events – the world Cup of Softball and the WBSC Wold Championships, both in July,
Until then she will continue preparing for her last season with the Huskies.

“I’m better,” she said of the injury. “I just have that feel you have when you’re not in the best shape because you were out. I just want to keep working because you can always get better.”

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All-Tournament team from Classic at Damien announced

The first Classic at Damien” is history. Mater Dei took top honors, beating Damien 82-63 to win the Gold Bracket. Here is link to game story.

Roosevelt edged Corona Centennial 66-64 to take third place.

Here is the All-Tournament team announced after the title tilt:

Most Valuable Player: Spencer Freedman, Jr., Mater Dei

Ezekial Alley, Sr., Damien
Jemarl Baker, Sr., Roosevelt
Riley Battin, Jr., Oak Park
Troy Brown, Sr., Las Vegas Centennial
Harrison Butler, Jr., Mater Dei
Devante Doutrive,m Sr., Birmingham
Kessler Edwards, Jr., Etiwanda
Justin Hemsley, Sr., Damien
Jalen Hill, Sr., Corona Centennial
D.J. McDonald, Jr., Alemany
Matthew Mitchell, Sr., Roosevelt
Isaiah Mobley, Soph., Rancho Christian
Gio Nelson, Corona Centennial
Cameron Shelton, Jr., Damien
Justice Sueing, Sr., Master Dei
J.J. Watson, Sr., St. John Bosco
Zafir Williams, Sr., Long Beach Poly

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Rancho Cucamonga girls soccer team wins Nike So Cal event

Baseline League play hasn’t even started yet and the Rancho Cucamonga girls soccer team has had to deal with adversity. And it has succeeded.

The Cougars (10-1-1) were victorious at the Southern California Nike Classic in Oceanside going 4-0, highlighted by a 2-1 victory over Ventura in the championship game Thursday afternoon.

Coach Chris Van Duin was missing eight players due to injury or other soccer commitments yet the Cougars still prevailed.

“We have had some kids step up that were younger players, junior varsity players last year that have really filled in and we have had some others that have moved to different positions,” he said. “It’s tough not to have all your players available but this is when you can really learn about your team.”

Among the player stepping up is sophomore Sara Rosas who scored a goal in each of the four tournament games while filling in for another player who was out sick.

Van Duin also singled out the play of senior forward Makayla Soll and senior midfielder Leilani Ramirez with Ramirez moving around and playing every position on the field but goalkeeper.

Van Duin has been using three goal keepers – seniors Alexus Jones and Cameron Marlar and junior Bianca Clemente. It would be nice to settle on one but all have played well and Van Duin doesn’t see a reason to not continue and play all three.

Moving forward the Cougars will be without senior Grace Coehlo and junior Emily Mokricky, both of whom are out with knee injuries and will be lucky to return by the end of league play.

The Cougars are off until Jan. 10 when they start Baseline League play at Upland. Chino Hills is the defending league champion with the Cougars finishing second by just a point.

“It’s going to be as tough as ever,” he said. “We’re all going to knock each other off. No one gets through unscathed so it’s nice to know you have a team of players that can handle a little adversity.”




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Upland boys basketball a team on the rise

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It has been several years since the Upland boys basketball team has been competitive with the top teams in the Inland Valley. Well the Highlanders are a team finally headed in the right direction.

The Highlanders are 12-3, with eight straight wins under second-year head coach Anthony Mason.

They are coming off a 73-49 win over Sunny Hills in the championship game of the San Gabriel Valley Classic on Thursday at Monrovia High School. That was a win over a Sunny Hills team that went 4-1 at the recent Inland Empire Classic with one of those wins over much-improved Los Osos.

Mason is encouraged.

“We’re probably a little ahead of where I thought we would be,” Mason said. “Last year was a definite learning curve for me, getting to know the kids and them getting to know me and figuring out a good space to be in when it came to dealing with them.”

This is Mason’s first head job, although he was Upland’s interim coach the year veteran coach John McNally was sidelined from a stroke. Before getting the job at Upland full-time he had served as assistant coach for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women’s basketball team.

Upland was 11-16 under the previous coach in 2014-2015, then went 10-18 last year in Mason’s first year so they have already easily surpassed that win total at the midway point.

Mason said a change in the style of play from last year has been beneficial. Last year the Highlanders were a more deliberate, half-court type team. Mow they’re pushing the pace and going more up-tempo.

It was a matter of happy median between what style was best given the personnel and what the players wanted to do.

“It was a matter of figuring out what system they were willing to buy into,” Mason said. “They wanted to get up and down the floor and I thought we had the athletes to do that so that has helped.”

Senior Osys Stokes has led the way, averaging 23 points a game and earning most valuable player honors in the just concluded tournament. Senior Nick Bates (14.5 ppg) is the second leading scorer with junior Bryce Parker averaging a double-double, 10-10.


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Webb football standout Apollo Thomas to play at Pomona-Pitzer

Versatile Webb football standout Apollo Thomas will play close to home at NCAA Division III Pomona-Pitzer.

Thomas excelled as both wide receiver and defensive back for the Gauls. (4-6) He had 21 catches for 425 yards and six touchdowns and racked up 137 tackles and 14.5 sacks on defense.

He was also considering UC Davis as well as some smaller schools on the East coast.

The Pomona-Pitzer football program enjoyed quite the resurgence last year. The Sagehens finished 6-3 overall in 5-2 in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

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Rancho Cucamonga defender Darren Hall chooses San Diego State

Rancho Cucamonga defensive back Darren Hall has committed to San Diego State, choosing that school from among 13 Division I offers.

The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder played sparingly last year, getting into games late when opposing teams were in passing situations but his stock rose over the spring and summer.

He was a first-team All-Baseline League selection the past season, recording 47 tackles, a recovered fumble and a forced fumble.

“I worked hard,” he said. “Even though I wasn’t a starter I was working like I was and I just tried to keep that mentality and stay positive.”

Hall attended a Rivals camp in Fullerton and a Nike Opening camp in Redondo . The Cougars’ showing this year helped as well.

With defensive backs Jaylon Redd and Thomas Graham seeing so much time on the offensive side of the ball Hall got more of a chance to shine and he delivered given the opportunity.

He made official visits to Nevada, Utah and Colorado. He took an unofficial trip to San Diego State but plans to go back there on an official visit next month.

A lot of factors helped him narrow down his list of choices.

“I looked at places I could see myself being, schools where the coaching staffs had been there awhile and one that were the best for my academic interest,” said Hall, who plans to major in communications.

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Ayala ready for Best of West girls basketball event

Ayala will again host the Best of the West girls basketball tournament starting Tuesday.

Here are first round match-ups:

Tuesday’s games
9 a.m. – Los Osos vs. Colony
10:30 a.m. – Eisenhower vs. Rancho Cucamonga
Noon – Grand Terrace vs. Temescal Canyon
1:30 p.m. – Citrus Valley vs. Walnut
3 p.m. – Banning vs. Ayala
4:30 p.m. – Joshua Springs vs. Twentynine Palms
6 p.m. – Oak Hills vs. Capistrano Valley
7:30 p.m. – Victor Valley vs. San Luis Obispo

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