Ayala player tops All-Sierra League girls water polo

MVP - Meredith Arnett, Soph., Ayala

First team
Sarah Adams, Soph., Charter Oak
Hilary Adkins, Jr., St. Lucy’s
Sawyer Belville, Soph., Ayala
Bree Delamare, Sr., Chino Hills
Devin Holcomb, Soph., St. Lucy’s
Lauren Lancaster, Sr., St. Lucy’s
Morgan Stockham, Jr., Claremont
Tina Wilson, Sr., Claremont
Jessica Ybarra, Sr., Ayala

Second team
Kennedy Clark, Jr., Ayala
Caitlyn Cook, Jr., St. Lucy’s
Hailey Cory, Sr., Charter Oak
Nicole Feldtz, Jr., St. Lucy’s
Rachel Keuhl, Jr., Chino Hills
Giselle Martinez, Sr., Ayala
Kate Rivas, Sr., Charter Oak
Devynn Stein, Jr., Charter Oak
Amanda Weiler, Sr., Ayala

The Battle for the Baseline set for Saturday at Loan Mart Field

The annual Battle of the Baseline is coming up on Saturday with all six teams in action at Loan Mart Field.

The schedule – Glendora (10-4, 3-0) vs. Alta Loma (7-6, 0-4), 11 a.m.; Los Osos (4-7, 1-3) vs. Etiwanda (8-4, 2-1), 2 p.m.; Upland (13-1, 3-1) vs. Rancho Cucamonga (6-7, 2-2), 5 p.m.

The teams are so close geographically it always makes for a great competitive rivalry no matter who is playing who.

Most agree there is a long way to go with little decided this early. Los Osos has struggled uncharacteristically but the Grizzlies will likely still be there in the end.

Alta Loma looked solid in non-league play and was even ranked but has struggled since league play started.

But at this point no one is out of contention.

“There is still so many games to play,” Etiwanda coach Don Furnald says. “The team that wins could still have four or five losses. There is so much balance.”

Upland is ranked fifth in CIF Division 2 while Glendora is 10th, also in Division 2.





Charity event to be held at Los Osos Saturday

The fight against cancer is personal for Los Osos High School boys basketball coach Dave Smith. Five years ago he was diagnosed with Stage 4 Colo-Rectal and given 12-18 months to live.

Well he is now cancer free, and trying to help those afflicted by the disease.

He has started the Hoops for Hope charity event which will be held on Saturday at Los Osos High School. It will feature 10 teams, mostly from area fire departments. They’ll play in a double-elimination basketball tournament, the first game set for 10 a.m. and the final taking place about 5:30 p.m.

It’s a family event with music, a bounce house for kids and concessions also available.

Each team is paying $750. There is no “admission” charge but a suggested $10 donation at the door. The event has raised $90,000 in the previous four years so Smith expects the running total to easily eclipse six figures this year.

Proceeds go toward San Antonio Hospital Cancer Research Center and City of Hope as well as a third local designation.

The Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga and Chino fire departments have participated every year. Among the other entrants are San Bernardino County fire and San Antonio Hospital. Los Osos will also have a team of coaches participating.

Smith says he’d like to possibly expand the event in the future to include 12 teams. There was talk of having two sites if enough teams entered but Smith would prefer not to break it up into two.

He also started the event in honor of Chip Smith, a former Ontario firefighter who was undergoing treatment at the same time he was but wasn’t fortunate enough to survive. He passed away the night of the first tournament.

Chino High School soccer star headed to Cal State Fullerton

Brooke Ligtenberg club soccer

Chino High School junior soccer standout Brooke Ligtenberg has committed to Cal State Fullerton, according to TopDrawerSoccer.com.

She chose the Titans over other Division I schools including Loyola Marymount and University of the Pacific.

She was named Co-Most Valuable Player in the Mt. Baldy League, helping the Cowboys to a 13-7-1 mark and a first place league finish.

The Titans went 8-7-7 in 2013, including a 3-3-2 mark in the Big West Conference.


Chino Hills’ Bishop Mency headed to Rice

Chino Hills High School basketball standout Bishop Mency is headed to Rice.

The 6-foot-5 senior guard/forward was a four-year varsity letterman. He averaged 10.7 points and 5.3 rebounds in earning Sierra League first-team honors and leading the school to its best season in school history. Among his best games was a 24-point showing in the Southern Callifornia Regional semifinal against Fresno Edison.

Chino Hills (29-6) was Sierra League champion and marched all the way to the CIF Southern Section Open Division title game where it lost a tight game with eventual state champion Mater Dei.

Rice is coming off a 7-23 season but boasted a young team with two seniors and eight freshmen.

Mency was also considering San Jose State as well as a number of community colleges.



Colony football program holding training sessions for middle schoolers

Colony High School will conduct football training sessions for middle school students as a fund-raiser for the football program.

Instruction will be non-contact drills  under the direction of the school’s football staff.

Sessions are slated for 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturdays, April 6, 13, 27 and May 4 in the school’s football stadium. Registration and check in begins at 8 a.m. Forms are available on line at ColonyTitanFootball.com.

The donation of $100 should be made payable to CT Endzone Boosters. For more information e-mail offensive coordinator Kevin Davis at kevin_davis@cjuhsd.net.

Chino Hills dominates Sierra League boys basketball selections

MVPs – Lonzo Ball, Chino Hills, Soph., and Jeremy Hemsley, Damien, Jr..

First team
Austin Awosika Ayala, Soph.
LiAngelo Ball, Chino Hills, Fr.
KC Cyprian, Chino Hills, Sr.
Chris Edward, Claremont, Sr.
Malik Fitts, Damien, Jr.
Omar Mahmoud, Claremont, Sr.
Bishop Mency, Chino Hills, Sr.
Mark Williams, Chino Hills, Sr.

Second team
Jacob Estrada, South Hills, Sr.
Baron Franklin, Claremont, Sr.
Isaiah McCullough Damien, Jr.
Nnamdi Okongwu, Chino Hills, Jr.
Darik Pradia, South Hills, Sr.
Micah Robinson, Damien, Jr.
Christian Smith, Ayala, Sr.
Amier Thomas, Charter Oak, Jr.

McLaughlin heads Baseline League Boys Basketball selections

MVP – Jordan McLaughlin, Sr., PG, Etiwanda

First team
Kenny Barnes, Etiwanda
A.J. Bigornia, Glendora
Kameron Edwards, Etiwanda
Victor Joseph, Rancho Cucamonga
Daylan Lawrence, Rancho Cucamonga
Nate Olowo, Alta Loma
Marquis Reed, Upland
Levi Smith, Los Osos

Second team
Jamar Akoh, Los Osos
Dominick Alexander, Etiwanda
Brandon Brothers, Glendora
Nick Culver, Rancho Cucamonga
Jordan McNellys, Rancho Cucamonga
Tide Osifeso, Los Osos
Thomas Rico, Glendora
Deangelo Stowers, Upland

Honorable mention - Oliver Amajoyi, Los Osos; Brian Beard, Rancho Cucamonga; Kyle Bracy, Glendora; Blake Fisher, Rancho Cucamonga; Shawn Garey, Alta Loma; Ryan Henry, Los Osos; Solomon Hunt, Upland; Delewis Johnson, Etiwanda; Anthony Kirkwood, Alta Loma; Dominique Mosley, Upland; Jordan Naughton, Etiwanda.

Etiwanda dominates Baseline League Girls Basketball selections


MVP - McKynzie Fort, Sr., Etiwanda

First team
Alexis Alexander, Rancho Cucamonga
Alyssa Anderson, Etiwanda
Cherice Harris, Etiwanda
Alex Lindsey, Rancho Cucamonga
Amy Okonkwo, Etiwanda
Camille Parker, Alta Loma
Daeja Smith, Etiwanda
Irie Stokes, Upland

Second team
Paven Argyle, Glendora
Niah Curry, Los Osos
Olivia Habern, Glendora
Kyla Martin, Etiwanda
Kiana Mathews, Rancho Cucamonga
Sharon Ramirez, Los Osos
Amari Terry, Alta Loma
Olivia Watkins, Upland

Honorable mention - Sky Artega, Glendora; Megan Butterweck, Los Osos; Chariya Chilson, Upland; Alisa Davis, Los Osos; Megan Jeske, Alta Loma; Dominique McLaughlin, Etiwanda; Mazelle Millina, Etiwanda; Sheldyn Odom, Alta Loma; Kelly Sera, Glendora; Lakenya Ysaguirre, Upland.

Pruitt sisters lead All-Baseline Girls Soccer selections

MVP – Charlee Pruitt, Sr., GK, Alta Loma

First team
Amber Adams, Alta Loma
Victoria Bolden, Los Osos
Aubrielle Camacho, Los Osos
Carissa Christensen, Los Osos
Hailie Colotti, Etiwanda
Sommer Larrabee, Etiwanda
Kayla Lombardo, Rancho Cucamonga
Leah Mohammadi, Upland
Stacie Moran, Alta Loma
Ally Prisock, Rancho Cucamonga
Leah Pruitt, Alta Loma
Veronica Smeltzer, Glendora
Bella Solorzano, Upland
Jessica Taukeiaho, Etiwanda
Cristina Tucker, Upland
Denae Verdine, Alta Loma
Shayna Whieldon, Upland

Second team
Nicole Argentieri, Los Osos
Aspyn Audibert, Alta Loma
Katrina Boggus, Alta Loma
Haley Boroch, Upland
Samantha Brown, Glendora
Natalie Copernhaver, Upland
Lauren Flowers, Rancho Cucamonga
Sydney Johnson, Los Osos
Devyn Kelsey, Los Osos
Brooke Kortekaas, Alta Loma
Emily Lemus, Etiwanda
Idalys Martinez, Etiwanda
Taylor Overstreet, Glendora
Ayana Robles, Rancho Cucamonga
Stephanie Rodriguez, Upland
Devin Spolsdoff, Alta Loma
Tiffany Zhang, Upland

Honorable mention - Marina Diaz, Upland; Brianna Esquivel, Etiwanda; Dominique Gonzalez, Etiwanda; Lindsey Hennon, Los Osos; Jaqualine Jaurez, Glendora; Maddie Kantros, Upland; Andrea Mensen, Rancho Cucamonga; Cassidy Overstreet, Glendora; Lauren Perry, Rancho Cucamonga; Jazzmyn Smith, Los Osos; Dominique Stevens, Alta Loma; Malynda Tillman, Alta Loma;