Upland boys tennis team wins CIF academic award

The Upland boys tennis team has quite the accomplishment to celebrate and it doesn’t come on the court.

The Higlanders have been named winner of the 2017 Southern Section Team Academic champion, beating out more than 1,500 other schools in varsous sports.

The 11 members of the Upland team boasted a cumulative grade-point average of 4.33. (unweighted 3.82) and will be honored with a banner at Angels Stadium next Tuesday.

Members of the teram are juniors Riley Lizardo, Ben Costello and Ryan Oda, sophomores Chase Bledsoe, Bryan Dodd, Steven Booth, Jeff Reed and Chris Nguyen and freshmen Nathan Nguyen, Tony Chang and Reid Lizardo.

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Claremont soccer star Sophie Jones commits to Arizona

Claremont sophomore soccer standout Sophie Jones made a verbal commitment to the University of Arizona over the weekend.

She has always wanted to play in the Pac-12 so when that school offered, she saw no need to look elsewhere.

Jones  visited the school before the season started and also took an unofficial trip to Long Beach State. She also had some discussions with UCLA.

“I always wanted to play in the Pac-12 and it’s a place I think I can go in there and play right away. I really don’t want to red-shirt.”

Jones said one of the reasons she didn’t consider UCLA a little more thoroughly is the caliber of players there, many in the Olympic pool, would make it harder to get on the field soon.

She also liked what she saw with the University of Arizona located in Tucson.

“I like how the university there is the center of everything,” she said. “They really make it special to be a student-athlete there I think it will be a lot of fun.”

Jones said she really didn’t want to wait to see what other offers might come her way because spots at the premier schools fill up quickly. Since she saw a school she liked she saw no need to wait.

Jones was the leading scorer for the Wolfpack (25-4-2) last season with 23 goals and 10 assists, helping her team to the Division 3 Southern Section title game as well as a berth in the Southern California Regional final. She was a first-team All-CIF selection.

One of her goals came in the closing seconds of the Southern California regional final against Our Lady of Peace and sent the Wolfpack into the So Cal championship game.


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Webb baseball coach Jeff Stodgel notches 100th win

Webb baseball coach Jeff Stodgel picked up his 100th career win earlier this month when the Gauls defeated Rio Hondo 1-0.

The game featured a two-hit, complete game shutout performance by starting pitcher Wyatt Albert with Adrian Alvarez getting the game’s lone RBI in the fifth inning.

Stodgel credits the players and staff he has worked with over the years, particularly Brian Killian, who has been on his staff for every game since Stodgel became the head coach in 2010.

The Gauls are off to an 11-3 start with a 4-1 mark in San Joaquin League play.

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San Dimas graduate Hannah Doonan headed to Dixie State

Volleyball standout Hannah Doonan had some four-year college offers coming out of San Dimas High School two years ago but none of those were schools she was 100 percent sold on. So she decided to go the community college route and spent two years at Grossmont in San Diego.

It paid off. Doonan landed an offer from NCAA Division II Dixie State (Utah) and it was the perfect one.

She he’ll be headed top that school in the fall with two years of eligibility left.

She visited that school and December and was also considering Fresno Pacific.

“I liked the coach there,” Doonan said. “She has the same passion and the same energy as my coach as Grossmont so it felt very similar. Then when I went to visit I absolutely fell in love with the place.”

Doonan, a 5-foot-10 outside hitter, was a second-team Pacific Coast Conference pick at Grossmont at a freshman and was a first-team selection last season.

Last season the Griffins went 27-2 and advanced to the state semifinal before losing to Fresno City. In 89 sets Doonan tallied a team-high 251 kills and 68 aces, both team highs, as well as 204 digs.

She is earning her AA in business from Grossmont and plans to major in business with emphasis on Social media at Dixie State.

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Chaffey baseball team in the hunt for Mt. Baldy League title

Chaffey High School baseball coach Max Pinedo thought he had a team with potential when he took over three years ago. But he had a young team laden with sophomores and a few freshmen.

Well those players are veterans now and Pinedo is looking for his team to do something it hasn’t done in a very long time – win a Mt. Baldy League title.

Knocking defending champion Don Lugo off the throne won’t be easy but the Tigers will give it a shot. The teams have played once and that game ended in a scoreless tie because of the poor weather conditions. The next showdown will be April 25 at Don Lugo.

Chaffey has two games next week against local rival Ontario first though.

“We always had high expectations we were just a little young,” Pinedo said. “The kids have matured a lot in the last couple of years and now we’re looking to make a run.”

The Tigers (10-3-1, 5-1-1) were fourth in the league last year but can equal their overall and league win totals of last year with just one more victory.

Pinedo says he also has a close-knit group of players that has been together for several years so that bond has proven beneficial as well.

Senior Lawrence Castaneda (3-0, 1.29) and junior Rhese Gomez (3-1, 1.96) are the top two starting pitchers. Gomez, who has committed to Nevada-Reno, also plays outfield when not on the mound while Castaneda plays shortstop.

Junior Jeremiah Duran has also logged some time on the mound.

Pinedo also singles out the play of leadoff hitter and middle infielder Justin Martinez as well as Zachary Ehrhardt, both seniors.

He adds that Ehrhardt’s play is indicative of the mentality of the rest of the team.

“He just does all the little things,” Pinedo said. “He is completely selfless. He doesn’t care about his numbers. It is about what he can do to help the team.”

Chaffey’s league loss came to Alta Loma, a team Pinedo is high on despite it’s record.

Chaffey’s nonleague losses were to Baseline schools Upland and Etiwanda with the loss to the Eagles coming in the championship game of the Cougar Classic at Rancho Cucamonga.

“It was good to play those schools,” he said, “We like seeing that kind of competition because it only helps you.”

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Miramonte League honors: Boys Basketball

Player of Year: Lorenzo Delgado, Senior, Pomona

First team

Maleke Artis, Sr., Garey
Jorge Barajas, Sr., Ganesha
Joel Contreras, Sr., Pomona
Kai Faust, Sr., Garey
Daniel Felix, Jr., Edgewood
Fabian Garcia, Sr., Pomona
Ralphie Macias, Jr., La Puente
Ozzy Mancilla, Sr., Edgewood
Jason Pico, Jr., Bassett
Ivan Richmond, Jr., Pomona

Second team

Eddie Gaslum, Sr., Garey
Ronald Gavarreta, Soph., La Puente
Jason Gonzalez, Sr., La Puente
Isaac Gutierrez, Sr., Edgewood
Luis Lopez, Soph., Ganesha
Carlos Perez, Soph., Bassett
Omar Perez, Sr., Pomona
Rudy Suarez, Fr., Bassett
Tyree Thomas, Jr., Garey
Niko Yamamoto, Jr., Edgewood

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Miramonte League honors: Girls Basketball

Player of Year: MyJoi Adams, Senior Pomona
MVP Offense: Kassandra Aguilera, Seniors, Bassett
MVP Defense: Desiree Lewis, Freshman, Pomona

First team
Mariah Carter, Jr., Pomona
Ashton Caster, Soph., Bassett
Briana Gomez, Sr., Bassett
Yasmin Mendoza, Jr., Edgewood
Jamya Mickens, Fr. Garey
Brenda Rojas, Jr., Pomona
Valarie Valencia, Sr., LaPuente

Second team
Berlin Bonilla, Sr., La Puente
I’zhanae Harbor, Jr., Pomona
Sofias King, Sr., Edgewood
Destiny Marsh, Fr., Garey
Felicia Montana, Sr., La Puente
Jacqueline Orendain, Jr., Ganesgha
Leolonni Wood, Soph., Garey


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Miramonte League honors: Boys Soccer

Here is list of those honored in boys soccer for the Miramonte League this season in boys soccer:

Player of year: Ivan Escobar, Sr., Garey
MVP Offense: Johnny Herrera, Soph., La Puente
MVP Defense: Nicasio Olivera, Soph., Garey
MVP Goal Keeper: Marco Mendez, Jr., Pomona

First team
Blas Acosta Valencia, Jr., Ganesha
Jose Avila, Soph., Bassett
Roberto Bobadilla, Soph., Pomona
Carlos Cano, Sr., Garey
Ernesto Cueva, Jr., Bassett
Adrian Flores, Sr., Edgewood
Aldo Garcia, Soph., La Puente
Adrian Jimenez, Sr., Garey
Favian Loza, Jr., Ganesha
Hugo Oseguera, Jr., La Puente
Cesar Pena, Sr., Garey
Brandon Pineda, Soph., Garey
Jaime Rodriguez, Jr., Pomona
Andres Salazar, Jr., Garey
Marcos Salazar, Sr., La Puente

Second team
Vidal Capetllo, Jr., Pomona
Javier Cazares, Ganesha
Sergio Chavez, Jr., Pomona
Ivan Diaz, Sr., Garey
Jorge Garcia, Sr., Garey
Jorge Guillen, Soph., Garey
Luis Garcia, Sr., Pomona
Yordi Guerrero, Soph., La Puente
Edgar Jimenez, Ganesha
Joseph Mendoza, Jr., Bassett
Humberto Mota, Sr., Bassett
Enrique Navarro, Sr., Edgewood
Alex SantaCruz, Soph., La Puente
Andrew SantaCruz, Soph., La Puente
Christian Verdugo, Soph., Garey

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Miramonte League honors: Girls Soccer

Here is list of players honored for the Miramonte League in girls soccer this season:

Player of the Year: Araceli Soto, Sophomore, Pomona
MVP Offense: Jazmine Coronet, Senior, Edgewood
MVP Defense: Anahi Chimal, Senior, Garey
MVP Goal Keeper: Iliana Gallegos, Senior, Garey

First team
Veronica Alvarez, Sr., Garey
Isabel Correa, Sr., Garey
Brenda Flores, Sr., Pomona
Jamie Lopez, Sr., Ganesha
Ashley Luevanos, Sr., Bassett
Cassandra Murillo, Sr., La Puente
Andrea Noguez, Jr., Garey
Jacqueline Ramirez, Soph., Pomona
Dejah Rangel, Sr., Bassett
Zazdeli Rodriguez, Sr., Ganesha
Abigail Salvador, Fr., Pomona
Vilma San Juan, Jr., Pomona
Araceli Valdez, Sr., La Puente
Natalie Zaragoza, Sr., Pomona

Second team
Melissa Casillas, Sr., Pomona
Yesenia Casillas, Soph., Pomona
Kimberly Cirillo, Jr., Pomona
Martha Cordero, Sr., Bassett
Kelly Dam, Sr., La Puente
Yadira Florez, Sr., La Puente
Leslie Garcia, Sr., Edgewood
Asuzena Herrera, Soph., Ganesha
April Keo, Sr., Garey
Johanna Lopez, Jr., Pomona
Victoria Reyes, Sr., Ganesha
Carla Segura, Jr., Bassett
Genesis Trejo, Soph., Garey
Kimberly Uribe, Fr., Garey
Jessica Vargas, Fr., ganesha

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Chino’s Jacob Aguilera signs with Humboldt State for soccer

Chino soccer standout Jacob Aguilera didn’t plan on playing soccer in college. He had planned on going somewhere but was going to focus on academics.

But he ended up finding a school he thought fit him both athletically and academically.

He signed with NCAA Division II Humboldt State earlier this week.

“It’s really nice there. There are a lot of trees and good scenery,” said Aguilera, who plans to major in environmental engineering. “It just really fit me perfectly.”

The senior midfielder took a trip to look at colleges with academics in mind and visited Division II schools Cal State Monterey Bay and Cal State East Bay as well as Division III UC Santa Cruz.

Then he head about an ID camp being held at Humboldt State and decided to go. He liked the players he met and tried out for the team, eventually earning a spot.

The rest is history.

“It is kind of funny how it all worked out. I am very excited about the opportunity.”

Aguilera has played on the Chino varsity full-time since his sophomore year. This season he helped the Cowboys to a 19-8-4 record with a 7-2-1 mark in the Hacienda League that was good enough for first place..

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