Here’s to the top individual performances of past year

Another school year has come and gone. There were a lot of great performances in about every sport.

So here’s a countdown of what I think are the top 10 individual showings. I know there are probably some I missed and I can’t really include everyone. I tried to get a lot of sports rep[resented.

So here we go . . .

10. Zach Shinnick, Soph., Damien track

 

He was the area’s top performer at the state track meet with a second-place finish in the 200 meters (21.10) and a third in the 400 (47.19). That even bettered his showing at the Southern Section meet in which he placed third in both events. He also anchored Damien’s 4×400 relay team.

9. Paige Halstead, Sr., Los Osos softball

The UCLA bound catcher hit .568 with 16 doubles, 1 triple, 3 home runs, 36 RBI and 38 runs scored. She had 17 multiple hit games even though opponents pitched around her. Oh yeah, no one dared run on her either. She is currently playing with the USA National 18-under team.

 

8. Jeremy Hemsley, Sr., Damien basketball

Hemsley was the catalyst of a Spartans team that won a tough Baseline League and went on to win a Division 3 state title. He averaged 22.7 points and 7 rebounds, earning first team All-CIF and league honors.

7. Austin Stewart, Sr., Los Osos water polo

He helped the Grizzlies to the Division 2 title game where Los Osos lost to top seed Foothill. Despite moving up two notches from Division 4 to 2 he managed 90 goals, 96 steals, 42 assists, 32 ejections drawn.

 

6. Shawn Wilson, Sr., Pomona football

Wilson helped the Red Devils to the CIF Mid-Valley Division title. He factored in on both sides of the ball with 50 receptions for 1,375 yards and 19 touchdowns on offense. He also tallied 104 tackles, 6 interceptions and 1 caused fumble. He is headed to Oregon State.

5. Josh Woods, Sr., Upland football

Woods, who is headed to UCLA, was a standout on both side of the ball for the Highlanders.  He rushed for 767 yards and 11 touchdowns on 94 carries. He might have been used more had he not been a full-time starter on defense where he managed 92 tackles, 11 sacks and 2 interceptions.

 

 

4. Leah Pruitt, Sr., Alta Loma soccer

The San Diego State bound star was on the precipice of setting a long-standing single-season scoring record. She had 37, one short of that record, then she sustained what was believed to be a season ending knee injury. Not only did she come back in a month, she came back strong, finishing with 41 goals and leading the Braves on a playoff run.

3. Peter Lambert, Sr., San Dimas baseball

You can’t do much better than 13-0 with 113 strikeouts in 83 innings and an ERA of 0.43. He had 13 starts, completed 9 of those, 5 of which were shutouts. He was drafted in the second round by the Rockies (44th pick overall).

2. Lonzo Ball, Jr., Chino Hills basketball

The junior guard did something pretty much unheard of at the high school level, nearly averaging a triple double. The UCLA commit averaged 25 points, 11.2 rebounds and 9.1 assists to got with 5 steals and 5 blocked shots. And that is against top notch competition. Any other year he’d be No. 1o n the list.

1. Tannon Snow, Sr., Chino Hills softball

Her numbers were simply ridiculous. She hit .569 but out of her 62 hits, 44 were for extra bases. So she had more home runs (28) than she did singles (18). She had 89 RBI, an average of almost 3 per game. The home run and RBI totals were state records. She also set career records in both.

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Local players in the hunt for All-State honors in baseball

CalHi Sports is in the process of doling out its postseason honors for the springs sports.

It has published a list of players from each section up for All-State honors.

Here is the list of Southern Section candidates from the Daily Bulletin/Sun coverage area.

They’re listed in alphabetical order with grade, position and school.

Solomon Bates, Sr., P, ONF, Oak Hills
Branden Becker, Sr., SS, Cajon
Kenny Boardman, Sr., P-INF, Grand Terrace
Morgan Brannock, Sr., P, Big Bear
Jacob Castillo, Jr., P-SS, San Dimas
Chris Ceballos, Sr., OF, Chino Hills
Joey Chapman, Sr., P, 1B-OF, Yucaipa
Steven Elliott, Sr., OF, Alta Loma
Bailey Falter, Sr., P, Chino Hills
Justin Gomez, Sr., C, Bonita
Peter Lambert, Sr., P, San Dimas
Logan Murratalla, Sr., 1B, San Dimas
Niko Navarro, Sr., 3B, Los Osos
RJ Peace, Sr., P-OF, INF, Serrano
Robert Peterson, Sr., La Verne Lutheran
Hazahel Quijada, Sr., P, San Gorgonio
Taylor Sims, Sr., P-INF, Cajon

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A round of applause for coaches who led their teams to great things

Yesterday’s Top 10 featured the top team performances of the past school year. Now it’s time to highlight the coaches, who don’t get nearly enough credit most of the time.

Naturally many on this list are ones from team’s we spotlighted yesterday. And yes it’s hard to narrow it down to just 10. I also wanted to include some that weren’t obvious choices, so here goes . . .

10. Ben Davies, Alta Loma girls soccer (24-5)
The Braves looked to be a true threat to win a Division 5 CIF title all season. Then star player Leah Pruitt went down with what looked like a season-ending knee injury vs. Montclair on Jan. 28. There was a brief hiccup the next game as the Braves lost to Colony. But they regrouped nicely, even without Pruitt to win the league title. Pruitt amazingly returned vat the end of the season and Alta Loma managed to get to the quarterfinal before losing to Palm Desert 3-0.

9. Jackie Robinson, Los Osos track
The Grizzles took five athletes to the state competition and four of those placed in a total of five events. There were two athletes in the throwing events but the other athletes were all in different events. Versatility indeed.

8. Luis Garcia, Don Lugo football (6-5)
This one might surprise people but the Conquistadores weren’t on anyone’s radar. They haven’t been good – 3-7 in 2013 and I picked them last this year. Well they went 6-4 under a first-year coach and were third in the Mt. Baldy. Only a 9-7 loss to Chaffey kept them out of second. The Conquistadores turned in an admirable performance in the playoffs, losing to perennial title contender Monrovioa 26-20 in overtime. They also took the Milk Can from local rival Chino which had dominated them as of late.

7. Christine Howard, Colony girls basketball (22-9)
The Titans went all the way to the Division 2A CIF title game before falling to South Torrance 57-56. They were the co-champion in the Mt. Baldy League with Alta Loma, splitting regular season games with the Braves. Colony also got that far with a balanced offense, not relying heavily on any one player.

6. Tishanna Pope, Alta Loma volleyball (36-3)

The Braves had no competition in the Mt. Baldy League so the toughest task for Pope was trying to find a way to keep her team sharp and focused when they didn’t have an equal. Teams that lack competition in the regular season frequently crash and burn in the playoffs – not the Braves who won a CIF title and finished as state runner-up.

5. Jason Schmelzeisen, Chaffey boys  soccer (22-2-5)
The Tigers had a tough task at hand just in Mt. Baldy League play and they finished first, not securing that outright title until a 4-3 overtime win against Ontario the final game of the regular season. That win also came despite playing a man down. Chaffey got to the Division 3 title game before falling to Cathedral 2-0.

4. Randy Bohlmann, Damien volleyball (26-7)
The Spartans won the Division 5 CIF title this season, getting past the quarterfinal for the first time in school history. Bohlmann started the program five years ago so he was the one laying the foundation. Now he is reaping the benefits. The Spartans also did a masterful job of shutting down a marquee player in the CIF title match.

3. Dave Kleckner, Etiwanda boys basketball (24-9)

OK, he’s one that could be on the list every year. And maybe the Eagles didn’t win the Baseline League for the first time in more than a decade. But it was how his team bounced back after that. His team beat both Chino Hills and Damien the second time through league play. It made a run to a CIF final that included a win AT Mater Dei and one over Sierra Canton to whom it lost earlier in the season. The Eagles stayed in the elite Open Division in basketball, losing a SoCal regional semifinal to LA Fairfax.

2. Keith Richardson, Pomona football (11-4)
Richardson had to right the ship and keep his team focused amid numerous distractions, the most notable being the dismissal of the head coach right before the playoffs. Richardson, then the defensive coordinator, took over and did just that. He was officially rewarded with the head coaching position.

1. Matt Dunn, Damien boys basketball (29-5)

The Spartans move from one league into the Baseline, probably the most competitive in all the Southern Section. And they win nine of 10 league games, finishing ahead of Etiwanda and Chino Hills. They lost a second round Open Division CIF game to Orange Lutheran but capitalized on the second chance and won a state title in Division 3 in that portion of the playoffs. A lot of coaches have trouble getting a team up for the state playoffs after a CIF run. No problem here. Some said the Spartans would have been better off in Division 3, a probable easy winner, and not in the Open. Dunn said, “Bring it On.”

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Football camp coming up at Los Osos

Football staff from the University of Utah will conduct an Elite Prep Football Camp on June 26 at Los Osos High School (6001 Milliken Ave., Rancho Cucamonga).

The event is open to athletes in the 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 graduating classes for a cost of $50.

For more information call (310) 734-1397. You can register online at www.thegridironacademy.com.

 

 

 

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Peter Lambert a state player of the year finalist

San Dimas senior right-hander Peter Lambert is one of five finalists for Mr. Baseball Player of the Year chosen by Cal-Hi Sports.

Lambert, who was drafted in the second round by the Colorado Rockies, had 13 starts and completed nine of those. Five were shutouts and he allowed only four earned runs and managed 113 strikeouts in 83 innings for a miniscule ERA of 0.43.

And that’s just what he did on the mound. He also hit .295 and came up with some clutch hits, excelling at shortstop when not on the mound.

The other four finalists are also quality candidates. They are:

* Chris Betts, Long Beach Wilson – hit .473 with 8 HRs and 29 RBI. A second round draft choice by the Rays.

* Joe DeMers, College Park-Pleasant Hill – Was 13-1 with an 0.51 ERA on the mound and hit .447 with 6 HRs and 44 RBI. Signed with Washington.

* Drew Finley, San Diego Rancho Bernardo – Went 11-1 with an 0.81 ERA and 131 strikeouts. Signed with USC, also drafted in third round by Yankees.

* Lucas Herbert, San Clemente – Batted .417 with 8 HRs. Was drafted in second round by the Braves.

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Here’s to the teams that made the past school year memorable

It was a banner year for the Inland Valley in the past season, with more teams playing for a title than ever before.

So here’s a countdown of some of the teams that provided us great story lines the past year. (This is for teams in our coverage area which is from San Dimas up to Rialto.)

Yes it’s hard to pick one over another but consideration was given to level of competition and obstacles each overcame. So without further adieu.

10. CHAFFEY BOYS SOCCER (22-2-5)
The Mt. Baldy league is not that competitive when it comes to most sports. The exception to that is boys soccer where the competition is top-notch and it was the Tigers prevailing. Chaffey went all the way to the Division 3 final before losing to Cathedral 2-0.

9. ETIWANDA GIRLS BASKETBALL (20-6)
The Eagles have traditionally been a title contender and held their own in the Elite Open Division. While the Eagles didn’t win a league title this year, they did make the Division 1AA final before losing to Millikan. That was a significant accomplishment because coach Anders Anderson graduated nine seniors, six of them Division I players. So this run came with an entirely new cast.

8. CLAREMONT BOYS WATER POLO (22-11)
The Wolfpack, coached by Kristin Rodriguez, cruised to a Division title. How easy was it? Well the Wolfpack outscored their postseason foes by a cumulative total of 69-33 winning each by at least eight goals. That’s pretty easy!

7. DAMIEN BOYS VOLLEYBALL (26-7)

The Spartans,coached by Randy Bohlmann, have only fielded a team for five years and now they are one of the elite team, this year bringing home the Division 5 title. This was the first time they had advanced past the quarterfinal and they did it with a very balanced offensive attack and a steady defensive prowess.

6. SAN DIMAS BASEBALL (31-1)
The Saints would have been higher on the list had they not been upset by Walnut in the Division 3 semifinal. But the Saints did reel off 31 straight wins and were ranked No. 1 in the country. They also boasted a 1-2 pitching combination of Peter Lambert and Jacob Castillo that was unmatched. Thanks to those 2, the Saints finished with a team ERA of 0.53.

5. CHINO HILLS BOYS BASKETBALL
Oh where to start with the Huskies. They had the forfeit of nine wins that thwarted any chance of a league title. They lost to Mater Dei in the Open Division quarterfinal but redeemed themselves with a run in the state portion of the playoffs, losing a double-overtime game against San Ramon in the Division I state final in Berkeley. The season also started in tragic fashion as the team dealt with the loss of big man Nnamdi Okongwu who sustained a fatal head injury while skateboarding over the summer.

4. COLONY FOOTBALL (12-2)
The Titans, coached by Steve Randall, captured the Central Division title with a seemingly-easy 35-7 thrashing of Los Altos. Colony title hopes took a hit late when junior QB Josh Thompson injured his shoulder. But senior Jordan Johnson filled in admirably during the stretch run of the regular season and Thompson returned for the playoffs.

3. ALTA LOMA VOLLEYBALL (36-3)


The Braves won the Mt. Baldy League easily but also captured the Division 4AA Southern Section title. That wasn’t all. The Braves, coached by Tishana Pope, cruised through the state portion of the playoffs, finally losing to North Division rep Sonora in the state title game. It was the deepest run by any Chaffey Unified School District team.

2. POMONA FOOTBALL (11-4)
The Red Devils won the Mid-Valley Division after a tumultuous season that included a couple of forfeits. The Devils also had distractions that included a bomb threat at school the day of a playoff game and the removal of the head coach right before another. Defensive coordinator Keith Richardson took over the head coach duties on an interim basis and was later rewarded with the position.

1. DAMIEN BASKETBALL (29-5)

The Spartans, coached by Matt Dunn, were quite the story, winning the Division 3A state championship. But they also finished first in the Baseline League, the most competitive in all the Southern Section, in the first year in that league. That meant beating the likes of Etiwanda and Chino Hills. A mark of 9-1 in league play was quite impressive given the level of competition in the league.

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Tannon Snow finalist for statewide player honor

Chino Hills senior shortstop Tannon Snow is among the five finalist for Ms. Softball Player of the Year awarded by CalHi Sports.

Snow, who is headed to Washington, set a single season state record with 28 home runs as well as a single season state record for RBI (89). She also slammed 60 career home runs, breaking the career mark of Mission Viejo’s Alyssa Palomino who is one of the other candidates.

Snow also boasts 212 career RBI, a .501 career batting average, .573 season batting average, 7-for-8 with four homers and 16 RBI in one day (two games in Arizona tourney) plus an eight RBI day in a playoff win against Vista Murrieta.

The other candidates also boast strong numbers.

 

They are:

* Brooke Bolinger (Yucaipa)
Led Yucaipa to the Division 2 title, highlighted by a win over Mission Viejo in the title game. In addition to the shutout of Mission Viejo, Bolinger had 15 other shutouts, a 31-3 record, a 0.27 ERA with 306 strikeouts in 211 1/3 innings.

* Rachel Garcia (Palmdale Highland)
Garcia, who is headed to UCLA, already has been named as the Gatorade State Player of the Year. Her final season totals as a pitcher showed her with a 26-2 record, 418 strikeouts in 175 innings and a 0.20 ERA. She also hit .691 batting average with 20 home runs.

* Taylor McQuillin (Mission Viejo)
Hit .352 average in addition to her ridiculous pitching numbers. She ended her career with 103 wins for a new CIF Southern Section record. She also had 35 straight wins prior to the loss to Yucaipa and had 389 strikeouts and a 0.31 ERA.

* Alyssa Palomino (Mission Viejo)
Palomino hit 16 more homers in her senior season and was the first player in the state to eclipse the previous Cal-Hi Sports state record of 53 career home runs. Palomino herself had that record surpassed. Nonetheless, she still hammered out 58 career homers for the second-highest total in state history. She hit .532 and had a .619 on-base percentage.

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IEBCA All-Star baseball game rosters set

Hazahel Quijada of San Gorgonio

The annual Inland Empire Baseball Coaches Association All-Star game is set for 7 p.m. Monday at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino.

Players were nominated by their coaches.

Here are roster although they’re subject to change.

San Bernardino
Adan Alvarado, OF, San Gorgonio
Eric Ascension, OF, Kaiser
Branden Becker, SS< Cajon
Kenny Boardman. RHP, Grand Terrace
Joseph Chapman, RHP, Yucaipa
Anthony Cruz, OF-LHP, Redlands East Valley
Derek Escobar, 2B, Grand Terrace
Alex Estrada, OF, Colton
Vincent Garcia, SS< Silverado
Jacob Giesman, 3B, Silverado
Jake Gozzo, 1B-P, Redlands East Valley
Zachary Grande, C, Cajon
Luis Hernandez, OF, Carter
Isaiah Kinder, 2B, Yucca Valley
Adam Lovell, OF, Carter
Kel McPeck, 1B, Redlands
RJ Peace, RHP, Serrano
Tyler Penix, LHP, Citrus Valley
Hazahel Quijada, LHP, San Gorgonio
Hunter Reade, 3B, Yucaipa
Adrian Sanchez, SS< Arroyo Valley
Taylor Sims, RHP, Cajon
Alex Spadafora, C, Serrano
Ryan Taylor, LHP, Aquinas
Charles Whitley, 1B, Citrus Valley
Jacob Lopez, OF, Miller
Head Coach: Robert Grande, Cajon
Assistants: Mike Spinuzzi, Kaiser; Brian Schoenborn, Yucca Valley; Robert De La Torre, Aquinas; Estevan Valencia, Redlands.

Riverside
Daniel Argomont, RHP, Roosevelt
Zach Barnes, RHP, San Jacinto
Demetri Evans, C, Tahquitz
Parker Fokken, RHP-INF, Paloma Valley
Adrian Garcia, 3B, Arlington
Brennen Geraghty, RHP, Beaumont
Matt Hardy, OF, La Sierra
Mitch Hayes, SS, Great Oak
Jarrod Iswasaki, C, Temecula Valley
Jacob Johnson, OF, Arlington
Seth Kaneen, LHP, Corona
Robert Luna, LHP, Patriot
David Maldonado, 2B, Temecula Valley
Ismael Martinez, C, Ramona
Dean Miller, OF, Ramona
Justin Montgomery, RHP, Norco
Angel Ortiz, INF, Vista Murrieta
Andrew Quintero, RHP, JW North
JT Richards, 3B, Corona
Aaron Shackelford, 3B, Murrieta Valley
Yeagor Taylor, 1B, Hemet
Eli Thomas, OF, Temescal Canyon
Hunter Tidwell, OF, Vista Murrieta
Jed Walz, P-INF, Paloma Valley
Brandon Whetnight, RHP, Norte Vista
Head coach: Ty Detrinidad, Corona Santiago
Assistants: Matt Mosiello, Visa Murrieta; Steve Madril, JW North; Justin Solis, Norte Vista; Tim Kleveno, Corona Centennial.

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