Chino Hills boys basketball team collects honors: Baik confirms new job

The undefeated and national champion Chino Hills boys basketball team was honored in festivities at the school’s football stadium Friday night.

Representatives from MaxPreps were on hand to present the Huskies their national championship trophy with coach Steve Baik, who resigned two weeks ago, accepting on behalf of the team.

USA Today, another of the outlets that crowned the Huskies national champion, presented a banner.

The Huskies went 35-0, winning CIF Open Division honors and going on to win a state title as well.

They scored 100 points or more 18 times and won every playoff game by 20 points or more. That kind of dominant effort has most basketball experts putting the Huskies among the best high schools teams ever assembled.

Lonzo Ball, the lone senior on the squad, was presented an award for being named National Player of the Year.

Younger brother LaMelo and Onyeka Okongwu were joint recipients of the Freshman of the Year honor. Okongwu was not on hand but LaMelo collected his award.

Baik confirmed that he had just accepted the head coaching position at Los Angeles Fairfax High School but didn’t want to comment on that and take attention away from his team.


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Upland Christian gets baseball playoff bid at last minute

Boys Republic was the fourth-place team out of the Arrowhead League in the Division 6 draw but injuries are preventing the school from fielding a team.

The league is allowed to replace Boys Republic in the bracket prior to the completion of the first-round of playoff but the fifth-place team, Riverside Christian, also declined to participate. That left the decision to the sixth-place team – Upland Christian, 5-14-1 overall and 4-9-1 in league play.

Athletic Director Mark Edgemon checked with first-year coach Brandon Daily and the team and they were eager for the opportunity. So they will play at Santa Paula at 3:15 p.m. Thursday.

Edgemon said he was notified at 1 p.m. Tuesday. The team hadn’t practice since its regular season ended a week ago. It will have two practices before the playoff game but still wanted the chance.

“It’s a young team and it will be a good experience for them,” Edgemon said. “If they weren’t up for it, we wouldn’t have said yes but they really wanted a chance to be in the playoffs.”

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Upland track standout Kierra Davis signs with UC Davis

Upland High School track standout Kierra Davis wasn’t sold on UC Davis at first. The coach wanted her to run the 400 meters and she was more interested in focusing on the 100 and 200.

But the more she talked with the coaching staff, the more she was willing to hear what they had to say. A visit to the school last month also proved to be the turning point and she ended up signing with the NCAA Division I institution.

“They really wanted me and showed so much interest,” she said. “I went up there and I really liked it and thought it would be a great fit for me.”

Davis also had offers from UNLV, Sacramento State and Liberty (Va.) with UC Irvine also heavily pursuing her.

Another positive of picking UC Davis that she has a former teammate there in Mikaela Adolphus, who is just finishing her freshman year. The two have talked extensively and are looking forward to being teammates once again.

“That will definitely make it a lot more fun,” she said. “She was my host when I went for the visit and we had a great time.”

The Highlanders standout has emerged as one of Southern California’s top sprinters. She ranks ninth in the 200, her favorite event, with a best of 24.40 coming at the Baseline League finals. She is also 19th in the 100 with a best of 12.06.

Davis is also a key runner for the 4×100 relay that is currently ranked fourth with a best of 47.14 coming at the Mt. SAC Relays.

Davis plans to major in psychology or sociology.

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Damien boys volleyball team braces for tough semifinal

VIDEO: Damien coach Randy Bohlmann talks about quarterfinal win over Santa Fe.

The No. 1 Damien boys volleyball team survived a tough five-set match against No. 10 Santa Fe on Saturday night. But the playoff path will only get tougher.

The Spartans (30-7) will host North Hollywood Oakwood (21-5) at 7 p.m. Wednesday in a Division 5 semifinal. No. 4 Oakwood advanced with a 3-0 win over California.

“They’re very good. We’re going to have to play very well,” Damien coach Randy Bohlmann said.

Damien is the defending champion but it graduated its setter and its middle blockers. Senior outside hitter Michael Spinney has been the top offensive player. He had 20 kills in the Spartans most recent win.

Oakwood was the top finisher in the Liberty League.

The Spartans aren’t going without any knowledge of their foe. It’s the same team they beat last year in the quarterfinal 3-1.

Damien is the lone local team left in boys volleyball with Redlands and Loma Linda both losing their respective quarterfinals.

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First round baseball playoff scores and upcoming schedule

Carter High School players react after winning their playoff game against Etiwanda High School on Thursday, May 19, 2016. (Sarah Alvarado for the San Bernardino Sun)

Here is the list of baseball playoff scores involving local teams and who the winners play next:

Tuesday’s wild card game

Downey 7, Redlands 1

Thursday’s first round games
Carter 7, Etiwanda 6 (8 inn)
Damien 4, Royal 1
Villa Park 8, Bonita 1
Yucaipa 8, Simi Valley 7
La Mirada 1, Ayala 0
Rancho Cucamonga 6, Burbank Burroughs 3
Redlands East Valley 5, Trabuco Hills 4

Next Tuesday’s games
Carter at Foothill
Damien at Oxnard
Rio Mesa at Yucaipa
La Mirada at Rancho Cucamonga

Friday’s first round

San Dimas 3, Arroyo Grande 2

Next Tuesday’s game
San Dimas at Woodbridge

Tuesday’s wild card game

Patriot 2, Jurupa Hills 1
Victor Valley 5, Montclair 3
El Rancho 7, Bloomington 4

Thursday’s first round games
Patriot 6, Don Lugo 3
San Gorgonio 6, Victor Valley 3
Sultana 11, Summit 10
Kaiser 6, Sonora 5

Friday’s game
Rialto 2, Alta Loma 1

Next Tuesday’s games
Sultana at San Gorgonio
Ramona at Kaiser
Santa Fe at Rialto

Wednesday’s wild card games

Aquinas 6, Big Bear 3
Ontario Christian 11, El Monte 9
Rudbidoux 4, Webb 1

Friday’s first round games
Ganesha 4, Bishop Montgomery 3
Garey 4, San Marino 2 (10 inn)
Cantwell Sacred Heart 4, Ontario Chr. 1
Sierra Vista 5, Aquinas 1

Next Tuesday’s games
Monrovia at Ganesha
Cantwell Sacred Heart at Garey

Thursday’s first round games

Santa Paula 25, Upland Christian 0
Redlands Adventist 5, Hamilton 3

Next Tuesday’s games
Buckey at Redlands Adventist

Friday’s first round game

Aca. Academic Excellence 12, Lake Arrowhead Chr. 1

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First round CIF softball scores and upcoming schedule

Here is the complete rundown of the playoff games for softball involving our local teams:

Thursday’s first round

Etiwanda 7, ML King 2
Valencia 3, Valencia 0
Santa Margarita 10, St. Lucy’s 0
Chino 5, Rosary Academy 1
Vista Murrieta 2, Chino Hills 0

Tuesday’s games
Etiwanda at Mater Dei
Los Alamitos at Chino

Thursday’s first round

Redlands East Valley 7, Canyon Springs 6
Valley View 15, Redlands 0
Oaks Christian 10, Carter 3
Oxnard 5, Ayala 3
Yucaipa 7, San Luis Obispo 4

Tuesday’s games
La Habra at Redlands East Valley
Yucaipa at Fullerton

Tuesday’s wild card games

Tesoro 11, Kaiser 1
Harvard-Westlake 7, Montclair 6

Thursday’s first round
Grand Terrace 10, Peninsula 0
Don Lugo 10, Cerritos 0
Summit 4, Glendale 1
Chaffey 5, California 4

Tuesday’s games
Gran Terrace at San Clemente
Don Lugo at Warren
Gahr at Summit
Bishop Amat at Chaffey

Tuesday’s wild card games

San Gorgonio 6, Paloma Valley 4
Rialto 9, Indio 6
Palm Desert 7, Aquinas 2
Ontario Christian 5, Ocean View 0

Thursday’s first round
Jurupa Hills 14, South El Monte 4
Knight 9,. Ontario Christian 1
Palm Springs 12, San Gorgonio 1

Tuesday’s games
Ramona at Jurupa Hills

Tuesday’s wild card game

Northview 21, Garey 2

Thursday’s first round
San Dimas 9, Azusa 0
Templeton 13, Pomona Catholic 0
Nogales 11, Pomona 2

Tuesday’s games
San Dimas at Edgewood

Thursday’s first round

Twentynine Palms 6, Bloomington Christian 3
Rancho Mirage 11, Webb 6

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Don Lugo baseball team gets top seed but is limping into playoffs

The Mt. Baldy League champion Don Lugo baseball team has drawn the No. 1 seed for the CIF Southern Section Division 4 playoffs which begin on Tuesday. But first-year head coach Jeff Abel is a bit concerned about his Conquistadores (23-3) who play on Thursday against thee winner of a wild card game between Riverside Patriot (16-11) and Jurupa Hills (17-9).

There were a couple of injuries in Thursday’s regular season finale against Colony. Senior pitcher-outfielder Benny Aguilera sustained an ankle injury going after a foul ball and  is now on crutches.

Abel is hoping a week is enough time to at least get him healthy enough he can be in the lineup in the outfield or as a designated hitter but that is probably a stretch since he’s still on crutches. Abel doesn’t think he’s be able to pitch for at least a couple of weeks.

Losing Aguilera would be a major blow. Don Lugo graduated several players from last year’s team and Aguilera is the most experienced of those coming back.

There were a couple of less serious injuries. Junior outfielder Josh Ibarra strained a quad but remained in the game. Senior Albert Rizo injured his hand,. He came out of that game but Abel said he seemed better today.


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Ganesha baseball team enjoys and deserves big celebration

VIDEO: Ganesha baseball coach Tony Green talks about his team’s league title win.

For Ganesha High School, a Miramonte League title in baseball was a long time in coming. The Giants secured that on Friday with a thrilling 4-2, nine-inning win over local rival Garey. That broke a 53-year title drought in that sport.

Ganesha’s Tyler Wardsworth leaps onto the dogpile to celebrate after Ganesha defeated Garey 4-2 in nine innings Friday May 13, 2016 to win their first Miramonte League baseball title in 53 years.   (Will Lester/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

So when the Giants got to celebrate, they did.

Perspective is always an interesting thing. The Etiwanda softball and Damien baseball teams secured Baseline League titles earlier in the week. For those teams there was hardly a High-Five, much less a celebration. Both have had success in those sports before so expectations are higher.

But when it has been THAT long between titles, you celebrate.

We have to cover the other leagues more thoroughly. The Miramonte has three teams that aren’t even in the Daily Bulletin coverage area. And let’s face it, in most sports the competition is sub-par to most other leagues. But it was nice to get out and see the two local baseball teams, not once, but twice the past week.

Friday’s game was old-school. Just a few bleachers, no outfield field. No frills for sure. But there was a great crowd and a great atmosphere . . . and one intense, well-played, interesting baseball game.

It’s hard to have a rivalry when one team beats the other consistently so this league title win for Ganesha could really jump start the rivalry between neighboring schools.

Ganesha hasn’t had the most decorated past when it comes to athletics but it has made great progress in several sports and baseball is the latest. Good for the Giants and that community.

Here is the link to my game story.

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Upland celebrates career of veteran baseball coach Mike Alonso

VIDEO: Seniors Raul Munoz and Skyler De Los Reyes talk about what their coach Mike Alonso meant to them.

This year here was going to be no changing of the mind.

Veteran Upland High School baseball coach Mike Alonso coached his last game today after 33 years heading the same program. The celebratory mood took a hit as the Highlanders had just lost to Rancho Cucamonga 7-2 at Memorial Park which cost them a playoff berth.

Festivities were held after the game. It was supposed to be a surprise. Alonso is one of those old-school types that doesn’t want any individual fanfare. The standing joke was that if the coach got wind of any special plans he wouldn’t have shown up.

So mum was the word. But no one was about to let him walk off without a proper send off. So they had one despite his wishes.

Alonso said the only moment that made him think something might be up was earlier in the week when he was speaking with Chaffey College coach Jeff Harlow who was expressing his disappointment that he was going to be unable to be at the final game and the festivities.

“I’m thinking, it’s no big deal, It’s just another game,” Alonso said.

A large gathering of coaches, former players and parents of players past and present were on hand to offer their thanks for the impact Alonso had on their lives.

Alonso said he had planned on the 2015 season being his last but since wife Annie had just retired he wanted to “give her one more year without him around.”

He told his team around December that he had made a definite decision and this time his mind wasn’t changing.

“The time was just right,” said Alonso, who finished with 599 career wins. “I like this group of senior kids and at the same time we have some really good juniors coming back. So the coach coming in will have a good place to start. I didn’t want to leave a bad situation for the person coming in after me.”

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Ganesha’s Anthony Longsworth headed to Greenville College

Versatile football standout Anthony Longsworth of Ganesha has decided to attend NCAA Division III Greenville College (Ill.).

The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder excelled at running back, defensive back and linebacker in leading the Giants to a 7-3 record and third-place showing in the Miramonte League.

Longsworth has not visited the school yet but did extensive research on line and has been in communication with the coaches.

“The coaches were very down to earth and I felt they had my best interest in mind,” Longsworth said. “I have been talking to them a lot and I could tell they wanted me.”

The Ganesha standout says he doesn’t prefer one position over another and said the coaches are considering him in both sides of the ball.

Longsworth was a first-team All-League athlete, excelling for the Giants after transferring from Silverado his sophomore year.

Longsworth plans to major in business with a minor in criminal justice.



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