The hunt for a CIF title in prep baseball is on

The prep playoff draw is out and a bunch of local teams are in the hunt as usual. That group is led by undefeated San Dimas (28-0), the top seed in Division 3.

Here is the rundown of games involving teams from the Sun/Bulletin coverage area.

DIVISION 2
Wednesday’s wild card games

Burbank at Damien
Carter at Mayfair
First round, May 22
Bonita at Cajon
Redlands East Valley at Chino Hills
Yucaipa at Mission Viejo
Etiwanda at Warren

DIVISION 3
First round, May 21

Palmdale-La Quinta winner at San Dimas

DIVISION 4
Wednesday’s wild card games

Silverado at Sultana
Rim of the World at Whittier
Colton at Century
Nordhoff at Montclair
First round, May 22
Calvary Chapel at Kaiser
Sultana-Silverado winner at San Gorgonio
Katella at Alta Loma
Patriot at Victor Valley
Sunny Hills-Godinez winner at Don Lugo
Whittier-Rim winner at Serrano
Jurupa Hills at Grand Terrace

DIVISION 5
Tuesday’s wild card games

Ontario Christian at Vista del Lago
Pomona at Azusa
Aquinas at Shadow Hills
Vista del Lago-Ontario Chr. winner at Big Bear
Granite Hills at Ridgecrest Burroughs
San Marino at Garey

DIVISION 6
First round, May 22

Silver Valley at Bloomington Christian
Upland Christian at Crean Lutheran

DIVISION 7
First round, May 21

Hesperia Christian at San Jacinto Valley
Cornerstone at Apple Valley Christian
Lucerne Valley at Excelsior Charter

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Glendora’s Mike LeDuc to make return to Damien

Glendora head coach Michael LeDuc, left, is congratulated by former Ramona (Riverside) head coach Dough Stockham who was LeDuc's high school coach after defeating Upland 63-56 for his 800th win as a head coach during a prep basketball game at Upland High School

Damien didn’t exactly have to look long and hard to find a successor to Matt Dunn as head boys basketball coach. Athletic Director Jeff Grant has announced former Glendora coach Mike LeDuc is that man.

LeDuc has been at Glendora since 1986, but had served as head coach at Damien from 1979 to 1986. He has 826 career wins, 124 coming in his first tenure at Damien.

LeDuc is the fourth winningest coach in California, second a mong active basketball coaches. His teams have won 15 league titles and four Southern Section titles.

Dunn resigned earlier this month to accept the same position at St. John Boscoe. Dunn led the Spartans to a Baseline League title and the Division 3 state championship which helped land him statewide coach of the year honors as well as Inland Valley

 

 

 

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Damien boys volleyball advances to semifinal for first time

Spartans mascot photo.

The Damien High School boys volleyball team advanced to the Division 5 semifinals for the first time in school history with a 3-1 (25-22, 25-21, 23-25, 25-22) win over Oakwood tonight.

The Spartans (24-6) will play next Wednesday against the winner of Ganesha-Sante Fe which is being played on Monday.

Junior libero Nick Hibshman tallied 35 digs to anchor the defense while senior setter Christian Hernandez registered 55 assists

The offense was balanced with four players hitting double digits in kills. Senior middle blocker John Prata had a team-high 16 kills but was followed closely by senior Chris Jorritsma with 15, junior Michael Spinney with 11 and junior Chris Mercado with 10.

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Ayala’s Kenisha Liu breaks 36-year old CIF D2 record in 100 Free

Junior Kenisha Liu of Ayala is a back-to-back champion in the 100-yard freestyle event while breaking a new meet record at the CIF Southern Section Division 2 record with a time of 49.72 seconds, that has stood strong for over 36-years.

The record was set in 1979 by Jill Sterkel from Hacienda Heights Wilson High.

“I just wanted to bounce back (from her first event in the 200 free) and see if I could get first in this event because I won it last year,” she said. “I wanted to be a defending champion.”

Ayala girls' 200 yard freestyle team that broke its record from 2013 with a time of 1:36.30.

Ayala girls’ 200 yard freestyle team that broke its record from 2013 with a time of 1:36.30.

Liu finished second in the 200 free event with a time of 1 minute and 47.22 seconds.

“I wanted to get first but I got second,” she said. “Its okay because Taylor Ault (of Sonora High) who won was amazing.”

Her efforts contributed to the team’s third place finish in the meet behind Crean Lutheran and Glendora.

Lui also competed in Ayala’s 200-yard freestyle relay team which broke its own record from 2013 with a time of 1 minute and 36.30 seconds. Liu was one of two members, along with Megan Delgado, of this year’s team that was also in the record-setting event in 2013.

Freshman Mikki Thompson and junior Shannon Steele were also apart of the 2015 Ayala team.

The group of Ayala girls also finished third in the overall team standings behind Crean Lutheran and Glendora.

Thompson finished third in the 200 IM and 500 free championship events.

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Damien baseball team rallies from poor start to get playoff spot

Damien takes on Chino Hills earlier this year.

Things weren’t looking good for the Damien baseball team early in the season. The Spartans lost 11 of their first 14 games and had three top line pitchers derailed by season-ending injuries.

But first-year head coach Andy Nieto rallied his troop. At the end of the season the Spartans (10-14, 8-7) found themselves still in the hunt for a playoff berth, something they secured with a doubleheader sweep of Rancho Cucamonga earlier in the week.

“You really have to keep playing,” Nieto said, of his team’s early obstacles. “I told them this will represent who they are. It’s part of our code and what we stress here. You fight to the end.”

The final drama played out on Wednesday with the six Baseline League teams involved in three doubleheaders. Damien had the best of the draw because it was facing last-place Rancho Cucamonga. That doubleheader finished ahead of the other two so the Spartans fate wasn’t completely determined until later in the day.

Nieto insists he was not focused on the finishes of the other games, mainly because his team had the head-to-head with four of the five teams in the league. He looked at the last week as pivotal.

“We looked at the last four games like it was a double elimination tournament and we ended up winning three of those four,” he said.

Nieto credited junior pitcher Nick Lodolo who has three straight complete games and a streak of 20 straight shutout innings. Among the other pitchers stepping up are sophomore Isaiah Paige, senior Joe Kelly and junior Sean Davis.

Among the position players who have stepped up are senior catcher Andrew Garcia, junior outfielder Daniel Benedict and senior first baseman Grant Woodward. Johnathan Olson, one of the injured pitchers who has signed with UCLA, has been playing the outfield.

“He was willing to do whatever we needed to help the team,” Nieto said of Olson. “That goes to show the character of the players and students we have here. “

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Here are results from second round boys volleyball and where they play next

Chris Mercado of Damien goes for shot against Indian Springs

Several boys volleyball teams were in action Thursday night. Here are the results and what’s next for the winners:

DIVISION 4
Thursday’s matches

Redlands def. Saddleback Valley Chr. 25-15, 25-22, 25-27, 25-22
St. Margaret’s def. Yucaipa 25-16, 25-15, 25-9
Saturday’s match
Saddleback Valley Chr. at Redlands

DIVISION 5
Thursday’s matches

Damien def. Indian Springs 25-10, 25-9, 25-14
Ganesha def. Loma Linda 25-14, 25-17, 25-19
Ontario Chr. def. West Covina 25-17, 18-25, 25-18, 22-25, 17-15
Arrowhead Chr. def. Nuview Bridge 25-13, 25-11, 25-18

Saturday’s matches
Damien at Oakwood
Ontario Chr. at Laguna Blanca
El Rancho at Arrowhead Christian

Monday’s match
Ganesha at Santa Fe

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Day 5: CIFSS Division 2 Swimming Prelims Coverage

The Girls 200 IM will feature a number of local coverage area swimmers.

Freshman Mikki Thompson of Ayala finished with the fastest time among area swimmers with a time of 2 minutes and 06.03 seconds, which lead to her being seeded third going into the championship race. CIF Swimming and Diving

Kathleen Gani of Diamond Bar is seeded No. 6 while Mikayla Jean of Redlands East Valley is seeded at No. 9. Gani had a time of 2:07.10 while Jean had a time of 2:08.28.

Emily Longfellow of REV finished third in the Girls 200 IM and is seeded at No. 10, placing her in the consolation finals. Longfellow missed a chance at the championship race by .02 after posting a time of 2:08.30.

Longfellow also competed in the 200 Medley Relay to meet the meet along with REV teammates, Alexa Melara, Autumn D’Arcy and Emily Rigsby. REV finished with a time of 1:48.29.

Redlands (Melissa Pepper, Summer D’Arcy, Niki Proctor and Alex Zak ) placed No. 6 going into the championship race with a time of 1:48.97.

Diamond Bar will also compete in the race as the No. 7 seed after a time of 1:49.37 in the prelims. Diamond Bar’s team consist of Gani, Jenna Lloyd, Kelly Cheng and Kelsey Lloyd.

For Ayala, Kenisha Liu qualified for the 100 yard free championship race following a prelim time of 51.21. Rigsby will compete in the consolation race.

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Ganesha boys volleyball wins another

The Ganesha boys volleyball team continued its storybook season with a 3-0 (25-14, 25-17, 25-19) sweep of Loma Linda in a second round Division 5 playoff match.

The Giants (23-4) got 13 kills from Kevin Martinez and 11 kills and eight digs from Thomas Espinoza. Sophomore middle Jorge Barajas, a basketball player turned volleyball player, added eight kills and seven blocks.

Setter Santana Carbajal dished out 30 assists.

It marks the first time in school history the team has been to the quarterfinal round.

“I think with that win the kids really started believing,” coach Joe Mariles said. “They played with energy and confidence. They were focused. It was all the things we had been preaching and it finally came together.”

The Giants will play at Santa Fe on Monday. That match was scheduled for Saturday but Ganesha has several graduation activities this weekend and Santa Fe agreed to move the match to Monday.

 

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Adrian Hui of Webb in the hunt for two individual CIF titles

Senior Adrian Hui of Webb will compete in the CIF Southern Section’s boys 50 yard freestyle championship event as the No. 1 seed. Hui had a qualifying time of 21.49 seconds.

Hui is also seeded No. 6 in the 100 yard butterfly following a time of 52.23 in the prelims.

David Albers of Webb will also compete in the consolation finals of the 50 yard freestyle. Albers is also competing in the consolation of the 100 yard free.

Richard Parnell will compete in the championship finals of the 100 free.

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Chino Hills’ Tannon Snow continues assault on softball record books

Senior shortstop Tannon Snow of Chino Hills has one major accolade under her belt and another looming on the horizon.

The University of Washington commit slugged two home runs in a 7-6 loss to Los Osos on Wednesday giving her a career total of 58, an all-time state best. She also has 26 on the season, one shy of the state single-season mark.

“I feel like I am seeing the ball really well right now and I am getting some good swings,” she said.

Snow has been on a tear of late with six home runs in the last three games. For much of the season she trailed senior Alyssa Palomino of Mission Viejo who happens to be her friend and travel ball teammate. Palomino has 56 and had that many when Snow was sitting at 50. The only reason Snow knew what the record were was the attention focused on Palomino as she was in pursuit of the same marks.

“I really never thought about any sort of record coming into the season,” she said. “I can;’t say it was goal because I didn’t know what any of the records were.”

One would think pitchers might be tempted to pitch around Snow but Huskies coach Mike Southworth says Snow has had the benefit of a lot of base runners on in front of her, including sophomore sister Taylon who bats first in the order with Brittney Garcia next and Tannon in the No. 3 hole.

Snow has had 11 home runs in 10 Baseline League games. She also has 80 RBI. Even more remarkable is the fact she has struck out just four times.

“What she has done is really phenomenal,” Southworth said. “I thought she would have good year if she stayed healthy because she has the talent and the work ethic, all the things it takes. But I don’t know if anyone could have imagined this.”

Her numbers are already impressive but her totals might have totally obliterated the record had she not missed eight games her sophomore year with a hand injury sustained when she got spiked in a play at second base.

Chino Hills is done with the regular season, having finished first in the Baseline League. Snow will get to continue her assault on the record books in the CIF Division 2 playoffs which start next week.

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