Claremont’s Jake Gentry commits to Azusa Pacific

Claremont baseball standout Jake Gentry has committed to NCAA Division II Azusa Pacific University.

Gentry, a catcher and infielder, was a first team All-Palomares League selection last year as a junior. He hit .370 with 3 doubles, 3 triples and 11 RBI.

“I liked the whole community atmosphere and it’s close to home,” Gentry said. “They really liked their sports there. I want to be part of that, go to the football games and just enjoy that part of college.”

Gentry plans to major in journalism or broadcasting. He had been talking to a handful of other schools but nothing formal materialized.

Azusa Pacific is coming off a 30-20 season in the spring. The Cougars have enjoyed considerable success since moving from NAIA to Division II.



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CIF football brackets unveiled

The CIF is announcing football pairings all morning. Here are the brackets.

All first round games Friday at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise notes

First round

Tesoro at (1)Mater Dei
Vista Murrieta at Bishop Amat
Orange Lutheran at Rancho Cucamonga
Servite at (4) Mission Viejo
Upland at (3) St. John Bosco (7 p.m. at Cerritos College)
Santa Margarita at Gardena Serra
Chaminade at Long Beach Poly
JSerra at (2) Corona Centennial

First round
El Toro at (1) Heritage
Chino Hills at San Clemente
Westlake at Arroyo Grande
Sherman Oaks Notre Dame at (4) Valencia
La Habra at (3) Oaks Christian
Great Oak at Redlands East Valley
Norco at Citrus Hill
St. Bonaventure at (2) Murrieta Valley

First round
Paso Robles at (1) La Mirada
Serrano at La Serna
Los Alamitos at Villa Park
(4) St. Francis at Palos Verdes
Hart at (3) Cathedral
Oak Hills at Rancho Verde
San Juan Hills at Buena Park
Newbury Park at (2) Edison

First round

Lakewood at (1) Sierra Canyon
Cajon at Redondo
Glendora at Charter Oak
Damien at (4) Downey
Murrieta Mesa at (3) Corona del Mar
Colony at Palm Springs
Etiwanda at Placentia Valencia
Carter at (2) Lompoc

First round
Harvard-Westlake at (1) Calabasas
Troy at Santa Maria St. Joseph
San Jacinto at Eastvale Roosevelt
Redlands at (4) La Quinta
King at (3) Paloma Valley
Salesian at Bishop Diego
Moorpark at Ventura
Foothill at (2) Capistrano Valley

First round

San Marino at (1) Los Altos
Paramount at Mira Costa
Long Beach Wilson at Pomona
(4) Saugus at Crescenta Valley
West Covina at (3) Summit
West Torrance at Lawndale
Paraclete at Nipomo
Palmdale at (2) Yucaipa

First round

Linfield Christian at (1) Oxnard Pacifica
St. Paul at Monrovia
St. Margaret’s at North Torrance
Diamond Ranch at (4) Norte Vista
South Hills at (3) San Gorgonio
Huntington Beach at Tustin
Golden Valley at Ayala
Anaheim Canyon at (2) El Segundo

First round

Sunny Hills at (1) El Modena
Rio Mesa at San Dimas
Kaiser at Yorba Linda
Laguna Hills at (4) Garden Grove
Moreno Valley at (3) Don Lugo
Temescal Canyon at Saddleback Valley Christian
Brea Olinda at Burbank
Chino at (2) Northview

First round
La Palma Kennedy at (1) Cerritos Valley Christian
El Rancho at Norwalk
Santa Barbara at Agoura
Ridgecrest Burroughs at (4) Riverside Notre Dame
Perris at (3) Silverado
La Salle at Mayfair
Cypress at Woodbridge
Muir at (2) Antelope Valley

First round

Westminster at (1) Katella
Jurupa Hills at Twentynine Palms
Arcadia at Oak Park
Quartz Hill at (4) Bishop Montgomery
Coachella Valley at (3) Montebello
Covina at Victor Valley
Heritage Christian at Rancho Alamitos
Valley View at (2) Culver City

First round

Verbum Dei at (1) Arroyo
Schurr at Fillmore
Silver Valley at Calvary Murrieta
Santa Ana Valley at (4) Segerstrom
Santa Paula at (3) Pacific
Carpinteria at St. Genevieve
Hillcrest at Big Bear
Los Amigos at (2) Rancho Mirage

First round

Alhambra at (1) Santa Ana
Azusa at Carnegie
Laguna Beach at Duarte
El Monte at (4) Boron
Rio Hondo Prep at (3) South El Monte
Santa Clarita Christian at Sierra Vista
La Puente at Godinez
Anza Hamilton at (2) Rancho Christian

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Etiwanda pulls off huge rally in win over Damien

It hasn’t been the greatest of seasons for the Etiwanda Eagles, which makes their performance against Damien tonight even more noteworthy. Coach Kevin Davis’ team went into the game with a 3-6 record and 1-3 in the Baseline  League.

Damien went in a stellar 6-3 and was really the only team that put up much of a fight against mighty Rancho Cucamonga.

Davis was still convinced that a win over Damien would get his team into the playoffs and harped on that all week to his team. A win would mean the teams tied in the league standings but Etiwanda would have the head-to-head.

Well it wasn’t looking so good for Etiwanda which trailed 42-16 going into the fourth quarter. It wasn’t until  several minutes later that the rally even started.

Davis said his team recovered two onside kicks and jumped on a Damien fumble which helped keep the ball rolling.

He credited running back Kasmir Dina and quarterback Tommy McDonnell for igniting the rally. Dina has seen a lot of playing time in place of the injured Lawrence Starks who has been out with a high ankle sprain.

McDonnell has been the starter much of the year but was on in relief of Justin Hamel.

The comeback was complete with a 7-yard slant pass from McDonnell to Geordon Porter with under a minute left.

Etiwanda 46, Damien 42

The teams are both in Division 4 which means Etiwanda would likely have to be taken ahead of Damien despite the worse overall record and Davis said there are other teams with worse records than his.

“It has to be one of the biggest wins we have ever had here,” Davis said. “I can’t even explain it. We’ll remember this one for a long time.”

Davis is the head coach but he also serves as the offensive coordinator. He decided to call the game from the press box which he has always done as an offensive coordinator but never as the head coach.

“I just thought I needed to do that to give us the best chance to win,” he said.

We’ll have to wait until Sunday to see just how that outcome affects the playoff draw. But it sure has sent a buzz through the Inland Valley tonight.

Etiwanda was 3-7 last year in the first year of the Davis tenure. It was still looking for a signature win. Well it is looking no longer.




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Claremont water polo standout Bruno Snow decides on a college

Bruno Snow, Claremont

Harvard has always been the top college choice for Claremont water polo standout Bruno Snow, even going back to grade school. Well it’s official . . . that’s where he is headed.

“It’s been the top school on my list since I was 6 or 7,” he said. “I just didn’t know if it was an attainable goal so I didn’t really allow myself to focus on that. So I am pretty happy about the opportunity to go there.”

Snow, a four-year varsity standout, was considering a number of other schools including Stanford, UCLA, Brown and Johns Hopkins but he liked Harvard so much he really didn’t have a second choice.

Snow hasn’t “officially” been accepted but has received the customary “likely” letter that that is probably coming soon.

Snow helped the Wolfpack to a CIF championship as a sophomore in 2014. He has scored 116 goals this season and 388 in his impressive career. He also plays for the Foothill Water Polo Club.

He welcomes the change of scenery that comes with moving to the East Coast.

“It is definitely be a big adjustment. I’ll have to get used to cold weather and a change of seasons,” he said.

Snow is undecided on a major.

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Pomona football team on a winning streak at the right time


Pomona went 0-6 in non-league play and it looked like the Red Devils Miramonte League reign was in definite jeopardy. Coach Keith Richardson’s team has rebounded quite nicely and it secured a league title last week with a 54-21 win over La Puente.

Of course it probably helped that the Miramonte is one of the weaker leagues in the Southern Section.

Richardson said much of the early struggles were the result of injuries, with as many as seven starters out at a given time. Most of those players are healthy and ready to go now.

He also credits the emergence of sophomore quarterback Daniel Limon. The Red Devil began the season with Ricky Lua at quarterback. He’s a wide receiver but was inserted at quarterback out of necessity.

The Red Devils’ non-league schedule was considerably tougher than the league schedule and Richardson didn’t think Limon was quite ready to start against that caliber of competition. But Limon has made great progress since then.

Richardson also credits the play of senior lineman Oliver Deerr, one of just two holdovers from the title winning-team of two years ago.

Pomona (4-6) has a bye this week to get ready for the playoffs. Richardson expects his team to get top seeded Los Altos in the first round. Chalk that up to the poor overall record and the quality of the league.

The playoff draw will be unveiled on Sunday.


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Here’s what’s on tap for prep volleyball tonight

Chino Hills’ Reva Blitz and Taylor Johnson celebrate a point against Rancho Cucamonga at Rancho Cucamonga High School in Rancho Cucamonga, CA., Thursday, October 20, 2016. Chino Hills shut out Rancho Cucamonga in three sets. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/SCNG)

CIF volleyball playoffs start today. Here is a list of matches including teams from the Sun/Bulletin coverage area:

Division 1
Aliso Niguel at Rancho Cucamonga

Division 2
Murrieta Valley at Yucaipa
Millikan at Chino Hills
St. Lucy’s at Sherman Oaks Notre Dame

Division 3
Cajon at Serrano
Ayala at La Salle
Los Osos at Citrus Valley

Division 4
Bonita at Camarillo
Redlands at Rim of the World
Diamond Bar at Los Altos
Apple Valley at Torrance
Sonora at Claremont

Division 5
Chino at Alta Loma
Alremany at Granite Hills
Sultana at Valley View
Tustin at Oak Hills

Division 6
Diamond Ranch at Rancho Verde
Victor Valley at Hemet
Rialto at Shadow Hills
Aquinas at Beaumont
Barstow at Heritage

Division 7
Lancaster at Don Lugo
Moreno Valley at Summit
Hillcrest at Loma Linda
Mark Keppel at San Dimas
Webb at Vista del Lago
Jurupa Hills at Patriot
Riverside Notre Dame at Fontana
Ontario Christian at Northview

Division 8
Yucca Valley at Colony
Pomona Catholic at Pomona
Grand Terrace at Rancho Mirage
San Jacinto at Big Bear

Division 9
Milliken Community at Mesa Grande
Holy Martyrs at Upland Christian

Division 10
San Fernando Valley at Hesperia Christian
Riverside Prep at Immanuel Christian
Redlands Adentist at Lake Arrowhead Christian
La Verne Lutheran at University Prep

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Unbeaten Rancho Cucamonga leads local team in CIF football rankings

Rancho Cucamonga’s Jaylon Redd attempts to get around Damien’s defense on Friday, October 29, 2016. (Sarah Alvarado for the Daily Bulletin)

Division 1 – 1. Mater Dei (9-0); 2. Corona Centennial (9-1); 3. St. John Bosco (7-2); 4. Mission Viejo (9-0); 5. Rancho Cucamonga (9-0); 6. Serra (6-3); 7. Long Beach Poly (6-3); 8. Bishop Amat (7-3); 9. Vista Murrieta (7-2); 10. Chaminade (6-3).

Division 2 – 1. Heritage (9-0); 2. Murrieta Valley (7-2); 3. Oaks Christian (7-2); 4. Valencia (7-2); 5. Arroyo Grande (8-1); 6. Norco (6-3); 7. San Clemente (7-2); 8. Redlands East Valley (7-2); 9. Chino Hills (6-3); 10. Citrus Hill (6-3).

Division 3 – 1. La Mirada (7-2); 2. Edison (8-1); 3. Cathedral (9-0); 4. Oak Hills (8-1); 5. St. Francis (8-1); 6. Villa Park (8-1); 7. Rancho Verde (8-1); 8. Buena Park (8-1); 9. La Serna (6-3); 10. San Juan Hills (7-3).

Division 4 – 1. Sierra Canyon (9-0, includes 1 forfeit win); 2. Lompoc (9-0); 3. Corona del Mar (8-1); 4. Downey (8-1); 5. Charter Oak (8-1); 6. Palm Springs (7-3); 7. Colony (6-3); 8. Damien (6-3); 9. Cajon (6-3); 10. Redondo Union (5-4).

Division 5 – 1. Calabasas (9-0); 2. Paloma Valley (9-0); 3. Capistrano Valley (8-1); 4. La Quinta (6-3); 5. Roosevelt (7-2); 6. Ventura (7-2); 7. Moorpark (7-2); 8. Troy (7-2); 9. Salesian (5-4); 10. Redlands (5-4).

Division 6 – 1. Los Altos (9-0); 2. Yucaipa (8-1); 3. Summit (8-1); 4. Saugus (8-1); 5. Paraclete (6-3); 6. Mira Costa (7-2); 7. Long Beach Wilson (7-2); 8. Crescenta Valley (8-1); 9. Paramount (7-2); 10. Elsinore (6-3).

Division 7 – 1. Oxnard Pacific (7-2); 2. El Segundo (8-1); 3. San Gorgonio (6-3); 4. Norte Vista (7-2); 5. St. Margaret (7-2); 6. Tustin (7-2); 7. Golden Valley (5-4); 8. Monrovia (5-4); 9. Ayala (5-4); 10. St. Paul (4-5, includes 2 forfeit losses).

Division 8 – 1. Grace Brethren (8-1, not eligible for post-season); 2. El Modena (8-1); 3. Northview (8-1); 4. Don Lugo 97-2); 5. Garden Grove (7-2); 6. Yorba Linda (7-2); 7. Saddleback Valley Chr. (6-3); 8. Brea Olinda (5-4); 9. San Dimas (7-2); 10. Burbank (6-3).

Division 9 – 1. Cerritos Valley Chr. (7-2); 2. Antelope Valley 97-2); 3. Silverado (7-2); 4. Riverside Notre Dame (6-3, includes 2 forfeit losses); 5. Mayfair (6-3); 6. La Salle (6-3); 7. Cypress (6-3); 8. Norwalk (6-3); 9. Muir (5-4); 10. Ridgecrest Burroughs (5-4).

Division 10 – 1. Rubidoux (9-0); 2. Aquinas (7-2, includes 1 forfeit loss); 3. Leuzinger (7-2); 4. Brethren Chr. (8-1, includes 1 forfeit loss); 5. Dos Pueblos (7-2); 6. Santa Ynez (8-1); 7. St. Anthony (7-2); 8. Grand Terrace (7-2); 9. Pasadena Poly (8-0); 10. Garden Grove Pacifica (5-4).

Division 11-  1. Katella (9-0); 2. Culver City (6-3); 3. Arcadia (8-1); 4. Montebello (8-1); 5. Bishop Montgomery (6-3); 6. Ramona (7-1-1); 7. Crean Lutheran (7-2); 8. Quartz Hill (6-3); 9. Victor Valley (8-2); 10. Oak Park (6-3).

Division 12 – 1. Arroyo (8-1); 2. Rancho Mirage (7-2); 3. Pacific (8-1); 4. Segerstrom (8-1); 5. Calvary Murrieta (7-2); 6. St. Genevieve (8-1); 7. Santa Maria (5-4); 8. Rim of the World (5-3-1); 9. Whittier Chr. (6-4); 10. Santa Paula (5-4).

Division 13 – 1. Santa Ana (9-0, includes 1 forfeit win); 2. Nogales (8-1); 3. Rancho Christian (7-2); 4. Campbell Hall (7-2); 5. Orange (6-3, includes 1 forfeit loss); 6. South El Monte (8-1); 7. Mary Sta of the Sea (6-3); 8. Yucca Valley (7-2); 9. Boron (6-3); 10. Sierra Vista (6-3).




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CIF cross country polls filled with local teams

Yucaipa High School runner Victoria Gaitan, holding first place as she approaches the finish line, in the Citrus Belt League  varsity cross country finals,  at Yucaipa Community Park, on  Saturday, October 29, 2016. (Frank Perez/Correspondent)

Here are the CIF rankings this week in girls and boys cross country with area teams denoted in bold:

Division 1 – 1. Great Oak; 2. Dana Hills; 3. Roosevelt; 4. El Toro; 5. California; 6. Placentia Valencia; 7. Burbank Burroughs; 8. Arcadia; 9. Yucaipa; 10. Beaumont; 11. Trabuco Hills; 12. Arroyo Grande; 13. tie, Redondo Union, Chaparral.

Division 2 – 1. Claremont; 2. West Ranch; 3. Loyola; 4. Mira Costa; 5. Saugus; 6. Ventura; 7. Simi Valley; 8. Mission Viejo; 9. Ayala; 10. Anaheim Canyon; 11. Newport Harbor; 12. Woodbridge; 13. Thousand Oaks.

Division 3 – 1. Brea Olinda; 2. West Torrance; 3. Paso Robles; 4. St. John Bosco; 5. Cathedral; 6. Sultana; 7. Palos Verdes; 8. Ocean View; 9. Bonita; 10. Rubidoux; 11. Baldwin Park; 12. Bloomington; 13. Indio.

Division 4 – 1. Foothill Tech; 2. JSerra; 3. San Luis Obispo; 4. Harvard-Westlake; 5. Oaks Christian; 6. El Segundo; 7. Big Bear; 8. Bishop Amat; 9. Covina; 10. Granite Hills; 11. Yucca Valley; 12. Nipomo; 13. Crean Lutheran.

Division 5 – 1. Desert Christian; 2. Flintridge Prep; 3. Cerritos Valley Chr.; 4. St. Margaret’s; 5. Thacher; 6. Xavier Prep; 7. Pasadena Poly; 8. Campbell Hall; 9. Brentwood; 10. Ontario Chr.; 11. Orcutt Academy; 12. Viewpoint; 13. tie., Pacifica Chr., St. Joseph.

Division 1 –
1. Great Oak; 2.Arcadia; 3. Yucaipa; 4. Vista Murrieta; 5. ML King; 6. Long Beach Poly; 7. Dana Hills; 8. San Clemente; 9. Trabuco Hills; 10. Fountain Valley; 11. El Toro; 12. Walnut; 13. Foothill.

Division 2 – 1. Claremont; 2. Anaheim Canyon; 3. Saugus; 4. Capistrano Valley; 5. Mira Costa; 6. Northwood; 7. Serrano; 8. Ventura; 9. West Ranch; 10. Tesoro; 11. Channel Islands; 12. Simi Valley; 13. Mission Viejo.

Division 3 – 1. Palos Verdes; 2. Moorpark; 3. Esperanza; 4. Norwalk; 5. Corona del Mar; 6. Laguna Hills; 7. West Torrance; 8. Brea Olinda; 9. Royal; 10. Oak Park; 11. Bonita; 12. Yorba Linda; 13. Bolsa Grande.

Division 4 – 1. Bishop Amat; 2. JSerra; 3. Foothill Tech; 4. Mayfield; 5. La Canada; 6. Laguna Beach; 7. El Segundo; 8. Big Bear; 9. Covina; 10. Harvard-Westlake; 11. San Luis Obispo; 12. Marymount; 13. Granite Hills.

Division 5 – 1. Flintridge Prep; 2. Pacifica Chr.; 3. St. Margaret’s; 4. Sage Hill; 5. Sacred Heart of Jesus; 6. Pasadena Poly; 7. Bell-Jeff; 8. Brentwood; 9. Chadwick; 10. Orcutt Academy; 11. Viewpoint; 12. Pomona Catholic; 13. Woodcrest Chr.






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CIF water polo rankings include a dozen local teams

Here are the CIF rankings this week in boys water polo with area teams denoted in bold:

Division 1 – 1. Harvard-Westlake; 2. Huntington Beach; 3. Orange Lutheran; 4, Mater Dei; 5. Foothill; 6. Loyola; 7. Newport Harbor; 8. Corona del Mar; 9. El Toro; 10. Dana Hills.

Division 2 – 1. Laguna Beach; 2. Agoura; 3. Santa Margarita; 4. Murrieta Valley; 5. Long Beach Wilson; 6. Ventura; 7. Palos Verdes; 8. Hoover; 9. Dos Pueblos; 10. Villa Park.

Division 3 – 1. Oaks Christian; 2. Redlands East Valley; 3. Aliso Niguel; 4. Riverside Poly; 5. San Clemente; 6. La Serna; 7. Ayala; 8. Claremont; 9. Troy; 10. Crespi.

Division 4 – 1. Northwood; 2. Sherman Oaks Notre Dame; 3. Chino Hills; 4. Rancho Cucamonga; 5. Redondo Union; 6. Royal; 7. Cerritos; 8. La Quinta; 9. Walnut; 10. St. John Bosco.

Division 5 – 1. Corona; 2. La Canada; 3. Burroughs; 4. Temple City; 5. Murrieta Mesa; 6. Jurupa Valley; 7. San Dimas; 8. San Juan Hills; 9. Great Oak; 10. Santa Ynez.

Division 6 – 1. Xavier Prep; 2. Ocean View; 3. Diamond Bar; 4. Alta Loma; 5. Chino; 6. Arcadia; 7. Roosevelt; 8. Villanova Prep; 9. Rowland; 10. Etiwanda.

Division 7 – 1. Katella; 2. Santa Maria; 3. Chaffey; 4. Shadow Hills; 5. Pasadena Poly; 6. La Sierra; 7. Granite Hills; 8. Arroyo Valley; 9. Charter Oak; 10. La Mirada.





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Upland baseball standout Drew Cowley commits to Cal Poly Pomona

Upland baseball standout Drew Cowley has committed to Cal Poly Pomona.

The school has a good baseball program and it’s close to home which were both big factors in that decision. He also plans to major in engineering, another factor that led him to make the decision.

“I’m close to my family and they’ll be able to come to my games,” Cowley said. “It just was the right fit. All the pieces of the puzzle came together.”

Cowley, a first-team All-Baseline League selection last spring, also visited Cal and was considering a handful of other schools including UC Santa Barbara.

He was invited to a summer showcase at Cal Poly Pomona and the Broncos heavily pursued him after that.

“I am going to go there and work hard and maybe I can get some playing time as a freshman,” he said.


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