Chino Hills High School to hold softball camp

Chino Hills High School will be hosting its annual summer camp for all
athletes who will be entering the high school in the fall.

The camp will run from 4:30 to 8 on June 16-17. The cost is $75 and all athletes must have a physical on file at the trainer’s office before they can attend.

For more information on the camp please call the athletic office at the high school at (909) 606-7540, extension 5470.

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Rancho Cucamonga HS to host Team USA scrimmage

Rancho Cucamonga High School will be the site of a scrimmage featuring the USA Women’s National Volleyball team. The event is being hosted by the school in conjunction with Forza Volleyball.

It will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday. Volleyball legend Karch Kiraly, the national team coach, will conduct a question and answer session at 5:45 p.m. Players will also be available for pictures and autographs after the scrimmage.

The USA Team is currently ranked No 1 in the world and is currently preparing for a series of matches against China, one to be held at UC Irvine on June 9 and the other June 12 at Cal State San Bernardino.

“It’s a great opportunity for people in the community to see the highest level of volleyball,” says Rancho Cucamonga program head Brandon Blevins. “We’re honored to be able to have the match here at our school.”Blevins said

There is no cost of those 18-under. The admission charge for others is just $5 with that going toward team expenses.

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Familiar face returns to coach volleyball at St. Lucy’s

St. Lucy’s has a new, old volleyball coach

Franco Maccia has been named to replace Sean Douglas who left after seven years to take the women’s volleyball position at Life Pacific College in nearby San Dimas which is reviving its program.

Macchia most recently served as head coach at Los Osos. But he preceded Douglas at St. Lucy’s coaching there from 2005 to 2007.

“He really was the best fit,” Regents Athletic Director Valarie Pentolino said. “He had success when he was here the first time and we think he’’l do the same again and be able to pick up where Sean left off.”

Macchia led St. Lucy’s to two Sierra League tenures his first tenure there, his team’s going 36-7 overall and 17-1 in league play.

Macchia will remain a physical education teacher at Colony but actually lives in walking distance of St. Lucy’s.

He was the offical “head” of the program at Los Osos but let his assistant Damien Reyes handle more of the responsibilities last year. Reyes will be going with him oiver to St. Lucy’s.

Ironically, old coaches coming back to a former school is the trend this year in the Baseline League. Scott Robertson is back at Upland and Aaron Flores is back at Rancho Cucamonga. Chino Hills will be the only school in the league that starts next year with the same coach it had last year.

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Local area swimmers headed to inaugural CIF State meet

Inaugural CIF State Swimming and Diving

Event 3 – Girls 200 Medley Relay

No. 21 seed RedlandsCIF State Swim

1) Melissa Pepper 2) Summer D’Arcy 3) Niki Proctor 4) Alex Zak 5) Victoria Benitez 6) Mia Ryan 7) Libby Pry

No. 22 seed Redlands East Valley

1) Emily Longfellow 2) Alexa Melara 3) Autumn D’Arcy 4) Emily Rigsby 5) Sidney McNeil 6) Erin Doolittle 7) Allison Wieseler

Event 4 – Boys 200 Medley Relay 

No. 9 seed Redlands East Valley

1) Fernando Duenas 2) Jack Moyles 3) Benji Duenas 4) Kyle Acevedo 5) Reymond Munson 6) Christian Solis 7) Wade Allsup 8) Daniel Precie

No. 23 seed Damien

1) Steven Fleurant 2) Mac Quinn 3) Grant Farias 4) Richie Campbell 5) Diego Torres-Casso 6) Sean Murakoshi 7) Jakob Burris 8) Max Ries

Event 5 – Girls 200 Freestyle

No. 2 seed Ayala – Kenisha Liu

Event 6 – Boys 200 Free

No. 16 Chino Hills – Michael Tenney

Event 7 – Girls 200 IM

No. 13 seed Mikki Thompson

Event 8 – Boys 200 IM

No. 21 seed Redlands – Collin Green

Event 9 – Girls 50 Free

No. 15 seed Redlands – Melissa Pepper

Event 10 – Boys 50 Yard Free

No. 13 seed Damien – Richie Campbell

Event 11 – Girls 100 Butterfly

No. 23 seed Diamond Bar – Kathleen Gani

Event 12 – Boys 100 Butterfly

No. 18 seed Redlands East Valley – Fernando Duenas

Event 13 – Girls 100 Yard Freestyle

No. 1 seed Ayala – Kenisha Liu

Event 14 – Boys 100 Yard Free


Event 15 – Girls 500 Free

No. 8 seed Ayala – Mikki Thompson

No. 22 seed Redlands – Marleigh Aulis

Event 16 – Boys 500 Free

No. 10 seed Chino Hills – Michael Tenney

No. 17 seed Redlands – Collin Green

Event 17 – Girls 200 Free Relay

No. 7 seed Ayala

1)  Megan Delgado 2) Shannon Steele 3) Mikki Thompson 4) Kenisha Liu 5) Emma Ahadoberry 6) Marissa Gaslan 7) Colleen Gamboa 8) Sawyer Belville

Event 19 – Girls 100 Back


Event 20 – Boys 100 Backstroke

No. 17 seed Redlands East Valley – Fernando Duenas

Event 21 – Girls 100 Breaststroke

No. 23 seed Redlands – Niki Proctor

Event 22 – Boys 100 Breaststroke

No. 18 seed Los Osos – Brian Whittington

No. 22 seed Redlands East Valley – Jack Moyles

Event 23 – Girls 400 Free Relay

No. 8 seed Ayala

1)  Megan Delgado 2) Shannon Steele 3) Mikki Thompson 4) Kenisha Liu 5) Emma Ahadoberry 6) Marissa Gaslan 7) Colleen Gamboa 8) Sawyer Belville

No. 22 seed Redlands East Valley

1) Emily Longfellow 2) Mikayla Jean 3) Autumn D’Arcy 4) Emily Rigsby 5) Erin Doolittle 6) Sidney McNeil 7) Allison Wieseler

Event 24 – Boys 400 Yard Free

No. 17 Redlands
1) Tom Frye 2) Tyler Ocasio-Pare 3) Collin Green 4) Shea Macready 5) Matthew Keeling 6) Jack Topoleski 7) Nick Cortz 8) Matthew Ryan

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Chino softball looking for playoff run, here’s the draw

The softball playoffs start this week and the local teams all have tough paths if they are to make a run deep in the postseason.

Chino has advanced to three straight CIF finals, all in Division 2, but the Cowboys are in Division 1 now and would have to beat the top seed in the second round, and that is if they can get past Los Osos first.

Here’s the rundown of games involving teams from the Bulletin/Sun coverage area:

Thursday’s games

Yorba Linda at Etiwanda (at Big League Dreams)
Vista Murrieta at Chino Hills
Upland at Garden Grove Pacifica
Friday’s game
Los Osos at Chino

Thursday’s games

Redlands East Valley at Sunny Hills
Aliso Niguel at Citrus Valley
Cajon at Valley View
Bonita at Yucaipa

Tuesday’s wild card game

Chaffey at Fontana
Thursday’s games
Don Lugo at St. Paul
Kaiser at Warren
Peninsula-Arcadia winner at Grand Terrace
Hemet-Beckman winner at Montclair

Tuesday’s wild card games

Arroyo Valley at Apple Valley
Palm Springs at Jurupa Hills
Thursday’s games
Apple-Arroyo winner at Ontario Christian
LaSerna-Heritage Chr winner at Oak Hills
Loara-Riv Notre Dame winner at Rialto
Palm Desert at Aquinas

Tuesday’s wild card game

Garey at Rubidoux
Thursday’s games
Victor Valley at Sierra Vista
Barstow at San Dimas
Nogales at Silverado

Thursday’s game

Rio Hondo Prep at Webb
Bloomington Chreistian at Katella

Thursday’s games

Grove-Temecula Prep winner at Upland Christian
Academy Careers Exp at Lake Arrowhead Christian
Connelly-Bishop Diego winner at Hesperia Christian

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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.

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

First round, May 21

Palmdale-La Quinta winner at San Dimas

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

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

First round, May 22

Silver Valley at Bloomington Christian
Upland Christian at Crean Lutheran

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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