Mt. Baldy League honors: Baseball

Don Lugo’s Benny Aguilera celebrates a run by teammate Albert Luevano against Montclair at Don Lugo High School in Chino, CA, Wednesday, May 4, 2016. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

MVP: Benny Aguilera, Sr., Pitcher-Outfielder, Don Lugo

First team
Lawrence Castaneda, Jr., Chaffey
Josh Ibarra, Jr., Don Lugo
Daniel Jaime, Jr., Alta Loma
Jordan James, Jr., Alta Loma
Albert Luevano, Soph., Don Lugo
Patrick Perez, Sr., Colony
Max Reyes, Jr., Alta Loma
Jacob Ramirez, Jr., Montclair
Oscar Rauda, Soph., Ontario
Marcus Rodelo, Sr., Colony
Alex Rubio, Sr., Chaffey
Christian Serna, Soph., Alta Loma
Joshua Torres, Soph., Don Lugo
Jesse Villalobos, Sr., Montclair
Josh Villamarin, Jr., Montclair
Nestor Zamora, Sr., Don Lugo

** No second team was provided

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Mt. Baldy League honors: Softball

MVP: Alissa Noble, Sr., Pitcher, Don Lugo

First team
Jocelyn Alvarado, Sr., Montclair
Cynthia Barba, Jr., Colony
Monique Cazares, Jr., Montclair
Breanna Ceballos, Jr., Chaffey
Alyssa Diaz, Jr., Montclair
Kaila Eastburn, Fr., Chaffey
Clarissa Felix, Sr., Ontario
Jessica Gomez, Fr., Chaffey
Raina Hernandez, Sr., Colony
Alyssa Huerta, Soph., Alta Loma
Kyleigh Marquez, Sr., Alta Loma
Valeria Ortiz, S.r, Don Lugo
Emily Portesi, Sr., Don Lugo
Ciara Rizo, Soph., Don Lugo
Emily Sevilla, Jr., Don Lugo

** A second team was not provided

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Mt. Baldy League honors: Boys tennis

Singles MVP: Sean Murphy, Alta Loma

First team singles
Santi Maldanado, Alta Loma
Victor Maldanado, Alta Loma
Oscar Noyola, Colony

Second team singles
Dan Basurto, Montclair
Tommy Dinh, Montclair
Gabriel Snachez, Ontario

Doubles MVPs: Brandon Morgan/Brandon Wallace, Alta Loma

First team doubles
Derek Doran/Brian Pen, Montclair
Ethan Whitford/Luke Craig, Alta Loma
Michael Nguyen/Seth Hamel, Ontario

Second team doubles
Joseph Estrada/Joshua Rodriguez, Chaffey
Nick O’Neil/Daniel McManaman, Alta Loma
Jason Cruz/Andres Nunez, Ontario

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Ayala girls golf team wins CIF academic award

The Ayala girls golf team is one of 32 being honored by the CIF for its academic achievement the past school year.

Earlier in the week the CIF announced its academic team champions, a program what was initiated in 1996 to reward teams with the highest collective grade-point-averages, based on an unweighted 4.0 scale, in their respective sport.

Each recipient will receive a banner, suitable for display in their school gym.

All nominees were their respective CIF Section Academic Team Champions. Section offices forwarded their winners in all sports to the state office for consideration.

The Southern Section had 15 teams represented, followed by five teams for the San Diego Section. The Central and Central Coast Sections had four teams each, followed by the North Coast and San Francisco Sections with three and one teams respectively.

The Ayala team boasted a cumulative GPA of 3.93. Members of the team are:

* Kaitlin Broad, senior
* Megan Broad, freshman
* Lauren Chen, freshman
* Anisha Choi, junior
* Julie Choi, senior
* Brianna Falt, junior
* Jada Falt, freshman
* Kathryn Feith, junior
* Danielle Kim, senior
* Lauren Lium freshman
* Allie Montero, senior
* Kendall Montero, senior
* Moriah, Spann, freshman
* Sabrinal Villamil, freshman
* Mary Wang, freshman
* Katherine Yuhan, freshman


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Damien’s Nick Lodolo taken in draft by Pittsburgh Pirates

Damien starting pitcher Nick Lodolo (10) fires to the plate against Rancho Cucamonga in a varsity baseball game at Damien High School in La Verne, CA on Friday, April 15, 2016. Damien defeated Rancho Cucamonga, 4-0. (Photo by Rachel Luna/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

Damien High School left-handed pitcher was the first local player taken in the major league baseball free agent draft when he was picked by the Pittsburgh Pirates as the 41st overall pick (Lottery round A after first round).

Lodolo went 8-2 with a 1.97 earned run average and 83 strikeouts in 65 innings, helping the Spartans to the Baseline League title and a berth in the CIF Southern Section Division 2 semifinals.

Lodolo has signed earlier with Texas Christian University but now will face the tough decision on whether to go to school or go professional.

He had indicated all along that he preferred school and was asking for a lot of money and thought that would discourage teams from taking him in the high rounds. That wasn’t the case.

He had talked to several teams recently but the Pirates were not one of them.

“I still have yet to talk to him and neither has my advisor,” Lodolo said, “It’s just been a long, strange day. I thought they knew I would be a tough sign.”

Lodolo said he watched the early picks on line, but then left to go to a his girlfriend’s graduation, never thinking his name would be called. It wasn’t long before he knew something was up.

“My phone just blew up, people calling and texting congratulations,” he said.

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Etiwanda’s Vanessa Taukeiaho earns USA Today All-American honor

Etiwanda’s Vanessa Taukeiaho celebrates her three-run homer to win the game against Chino Hills in the bottom of the seventh inning at Etiwanda High. 
Jennifer Cappuccio Maher - Staff Photographer

Senior outfielder Vanessa Taukeiaho of Etiwanda High School was one of just 10 players nationwide named to USA Today’s All-American first team.

Taukeiaho, who has signed with Oklahoma, hit .640 (64 for-100) with 15 doubles, 2 triples, 20 home runs, 56 RBI and 54 runs scored. She boasted a slugging percentage of 1.430 and an on-base percentage of .692.

Taukeiaho was only held off base in a game twice all year and she had at least one extra-base hit in 24 of 32 games.

Here is the link to the players chosen:

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Palomares League honors: Baseball


South Hills, led by Johnny Dearth, hosts Damien in a CIF-SS Division 2 semifinal on Tuesday.
(Photo by Keith Birmingham Pasadena Star-News)

MVP: Johnny Dearth, Jr., South Hills

First team
Matthew Acosta, Sr., Ayala
Jacob Amaya, Jr., South Hills
Brandon Bradshaw, Sr., Bonita
Tommy Delgado, Soph., Bonita
Brandon Dieter, Soph., South Hills
Aaron Fong, Sr., South Hills
Jake Gentry, Jr., Claremont
Griffen Herrera, Sr., Glendora
Gino Manzani, Sr., Diamond Bar
Chris Moya, Sr., South Hills
Adam Seminaris, Jr., Ayala
Kyle Velasquez, Soph., Ayala
Caleb Watkins, Sr., Glendora
A.J. Woodall, Sr., Bonita

Second team
Chris Burnett, Sr., Ayala
Jordan Chavez, Sr., Diamond Bar
Quinn Cotter, Sr., South Hills
Jacob Dominguez, Jr., South Hills
Jake Gaudet, Sr., Glendora
Kenji Henderson, Jr., Bonita
Joseph Kim, Sr., Diamond Bar
Daniel Mendez, Soph., Ayala
Kanlos Morales, Jr., South Hills
Joe Naranjo, Fr., Ayala
Nick Peiffer, Sr., Bonita
Hayden Petrovick, Sr., South Hills
Cole Prentice, Sr., Claremont
Cruz Rivas, Soph., Diamond Bar
Nate Schneider, Jr., Bonita
Keola Viloria, Sr., Diamond Bar
Noah Williams, Sr., Bonita
Bryce Wooldridge, Soph., Glendora

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Palomares League honors: Softball

MVP: Natalie Lugo, Jr., Pitcher, South Hills

First team
Christie Aguilar, Sr., South Hills
Cady Giles, Soph., Claremont
Randi Farricker, Sr., Glendora
Hannah Hughbanks, Fr., Ayala
Megan Jones, Soph., Bonita
Cambria Keefer, Sr., Glendora
Katie Kempton, Soph., Claremont
Ally Longtree, Sr., Ayala
Destinee Lopez, Jr., Bonita
Melysia Ortega, Sr., South Hills
Clariss Perez, Sr., South Hills
Taylor Tetome, Jr., Glendora
Jessika Trujillo, Sr., Ayala
Katelyn Williams, Jr., Ayala
Elizabeth Wilson, Soph., Diamond Bar

Second team
Brooke Aguirre, Jr., Glendora
Celia Cerezo, Sr., Ayala
Carolyn Deutsch, Fr., Diamond Bar
Nadine Garcia, Soph., Glendora
Azarayha Holguin, Fr., South Hills
Ellen Lasko, Soph., Diamond Bar
Kaylee Moore, Fr., Ayala
Leticia Morales, Sr., Bonita
Lani Moreno, Jr., Claremont
Emily Parades, Jr., Bonita
Anabelle Reyes, Jr., Glendora
Clareesa Santiago, Fr., Glendora
Mariah Tovar, Sr., South Hills
Gabby Underwood, Jr., Bonita
Jorden Urban, Jr., Ayala
Rebecca Winder, Jr., Diamond Bar


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Palomares League honors: Boys/girls swimming

Ayala's Kenisha Liu swims in the Girls Varsity 200 Yard Freestyle Championship Final during Saturday's CIF-SS Division II Swimming Championships at Riverside City College in Riverside, CA Saturday, May 14, 2016. (Photo by Mark Dustin for SCNG)

200 medley relay: Diamond Bar (Kathleen Gani, Kelsey Lloyd, Kelly Cheng, Jenna Lloyd)
200 free: Kenisha Liu, Ayala
200 IM: Alexis Margett, Glendora
50 free: Catherine Sanchez, Glendora
100 fly: Alexis Margett, Glendora
100 free: Kensiha Liu, Ayala
500 free: Katie Sulkevich, Glendora
200 free relay: Ayala (Megan Delgado, Ariel Woodren, Mikki Thompson, Kenisha Liu)
100 back: Kathleen Gani, Diamond Bar
100 breast: Jenna Lloyd, Diamond Bar
400 free relay: Diamond Bar (Kelsey Lloyd, Kelly Cheng, Jenna Lloyd, Kathleen Gani)

200 medley relay:
Diamond Bar (Aaron Tamura, Brian Li, Kevin Vargas, Christian Park
200 free: Andrew Benson, Ayala
200 IM: Kevin Vargas, Diamond Bar
50 free: William Huang, Diamond Bar
100 fly: Jonathan Olvea, Glendora
100 free: Andrew Benson, Ayala
500 free: Michael Lee, Diamond Bar
200 free relay: Diamond Bar (Kevin Vargas, Christian Park, Michael Lee, William Huang)
100 back: Jonathan Olvera, Glendora
100 breast: Preston Li, Diamond Bar
400 free relay: Diamond Bar (Prestin Li, Brian Li, Michael Lee, William Huang).

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Palomares League honors: Boys golf

MVP: Julio Ibarra, Soph., Glendora

First team
Sam Cho, Fr., Diamond Bar
James Johnson, South Hills
Jarrett Perry, Bonita
Michael Poland, Sr., Ayala
Josh Song, Sr., Diamond Bar
Dylan Stone, Sr., Diamond Bar

Second team
Danny Barnes, Bonita
Jacob Ewing, Sr., Glendora
Daniel Futral, Jr., Glendora
Kyle Hutchinson, Sr., Ayala
Thomas Lee, Soph., Diamond Bar
Tyler Poepping, Sr., Bonita

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