Eisenhower tops first CIF Division 6 baseball poll

Here the first CIF baseball polls of the season. Teams from the Sun/Daily Bulletin coverage area are denoted in bold.

Division 1 – 1. Huntington Beach; 2. South Hills; 3. Harvard Westlake; 4. Orange Lutheran; 5. Valencia; 6. Mission Viejo; 7. Mater Dei; 8. tie, Servite, El Toro, JSerra.

Division 2 – 1. La Mirada; 2. Glendora; 3. Newbury Park; 4. Yucaipa; 5. ML King; 6. Capistrano Valley; 7. Carter; 8. Oaks Christian; 9. Edison; 10. Beckman.

Division 3 – 1. Roosevelt; 2. San Gorgonio; 3. Don Lugo; 4. Warren; 5. Sage Hill; 6. Sierra Canyon; 7. Corona Centennia; 8. El Segundo; 9. Paraclete; 10. Diamond Bar.

Division 4 – 1. Grace Brethreen; 2. Sierra; 3. Los Altos; 4. Temecula Valley; 5. Maranatha; 6. Alta Loma; 7. West Covina; 8. Tahquitz; 9. Shadow Hills; 10. Burbank.

Division 5 – 1. Oak Hills; 2. Katella; 3. Century; 4. Granite Hills; 5. Sunny Hills; 6. Jurupa Hills; 7. Oak Park; 8. Campbell Hall; 9. Templeton; 10. Buckley.

Division 6 – 1. Eisenhower; 2. Baldwin Park; 3. Costa Mesa; 4. Viewpoint; 5. Racho Christian; 6. Oxford Academy; 7. Hueneme; 8. Santa Paula; 9. Southlands Christian; 10/ Dominguez.

Division 7 – 1. Lennox Academy; 2. Arrowhead Christian; 3. Boron; 4. Antelope Valley; 5. Milliken Community; 6. Santa Ana Valley; 7. Adelanto; 8. Bolsa Grande; 9. Carnegie; 10. Faith Baptist.





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Etiwanda tops CIF Division 1 softball poll

Here are the first CIF softball rankings of the season. Teams from the Daily Bulletin/Sun coverage area are denoted in bold.

Division 1 – 1. Etiwanda; 2. Great Oak; 3. Los Alamitos; 4. Mater Dei; 5. Norco; 6. Oaks Christian; 7. Orange Lutheran; 8. Garden Grove Pacifica; 9. Valencia; 10. Yorba Linda

Division 2 – Villa Park; 2. Gahr; 3. Camarillo; 4. St. Lucy’s; 5. Riverside Poly; 6. Brea Olinda; 7. Dana Hills; 8. Santa Margarita; 9. San Clemente; 10. Aliso Niguel.

Division 3 – 1. Murrieta Mesa; 2. Redlands; 3. Ramona; 4. La Mirada; 5. Los Altos; 6. Irvine; 7. Fullerton; 8. Ayala; 9. Corona Centennial; 10. El Dorado.

Division 4 – 1.  Savanna; 2. Buena; 3. Thousand Oaks; 4. Placentia Valencia; 5. La Canada; 6. Lakewood St. Joseph; 7. Colton; 8. Montebello; 9. Whittier; 10. Mira Costa.

Division 5 – Not reported

Division 6 – 1. Garden Grove Santiago; 2. Rancho Alamitos; 3. Sherman Oaks Notre Dame; 4. Nuview Bridge; 5. Santa Paula; 6. Victor Valley; 7. Hesperia; 8. Granite Hills; 9. Azusa; 10. Academy Careers-Exploration.

Division 7 – 1. Century; 2. Bishop Conatty-Loretto; 3. Villanova Prep; 4. Brentwood; 5. Santa Rosa Aca.; 6. AAE; 7. Village Christian; 8. St. Genevieve; 9. Hawthorne MSA; 10. Perris.


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Rancho Cucamonga track standout Jordan Venglass picks Cal

Rancho Cucamonga High School’s Jordan Venglass has visited 15 or so colleges. So when he decided which one he wanted to attend he was very sure. The track standout made a verbal commitment with Cal, doing so while on an official visit to the school over the weekend.

He will sign the official letter of intent on April 12 – the spring signing day.

Venglass, who specializes in the javelin, has been visiting schools since his sophomore year, most of those unofficial. Many also came because he was competing at a meet at that school or in the area.

“I have been there a couple of times and I really like it,” he said. “It’s been a long road but I thought this was best for me both athletically and academically.”

Venglass says he was also heavily considering West Point, Air Force, Cal State Fuillerton and UC San Diego.

The javelin is not contested at the high school level but Venglass has a personnel best of 186 feet. He is hoping to reach 205 feet this year so he can qualify for the United State Junior National team.

Success in the discipline runs in the family. His father is a coach and younger sister Abby is an up and coming thrower as well.

Venglass plans to major in either economics or pre-med. He also plans to participate in Army ROTC.

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Etiwanda girls basketball coach Anders Anderson prepares for final game

The Etiwanda girls basketball team is one of those that fell short of a CIF Southern Section championship but gets new life in the state portion of the playoffs which begin this week.

The Eagles (26-2) will travel to San Marcos Mission Hills (29-2) on Friday for a 7 p.m. Open Division showdown.

Sometimes coaches find it hard motivating a team for another run after they just had one but Eagles coach Anders Anderson says his team welcomes the opportunity.

“We have a younger team and we’re still hungry,” he said, “They definitely look at this as a chance to make for an earlier exit from the playoffs than what we wanted.”

Etiwanda was seeded second but lost the Section Open Division semifinal 60-49 to Harvard-Westlake which in turn lost the championship game to top seed Long Beach Poly.

The other reason Anderson and his team are looking forward to a shot at redemption – it will be his last hurrah.

Anderson has said this will be his last season coaching and he has already told his team. He made that decision even before the season started.

The biggest factor is the geographic distance between his children whom he would like to see compete in their respective sports. Daughter Alyssa is playing basketball at UNLV and son Aiden is playing college football in Canada.

Another son Alec is a junior at Etiwanda and he competes in football and wrestling.

“Our family dynamic has changed,” he said. “I want to be able to watch the kids in their sports and my wife and I would like to do some of the things we haven’t been able to do to this point because I was busy coaching.”

Anderson is one of the area’s most successful coaches with a record of 185-37 (.833) that comes despite playing a difficult schedule. His teams went a combined 79-1 in league play and he’ll hand over a streak of 69 straight league wins to his successor.
He took over a good program and helped it to the next level.

“This really was the right time,” he said. “I have enjoyed it but the dynamic in the game is changing too. It’s probably a good time for a younger, more energetic person to take over.”

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Claremont girls soccer team to play without top player in title game

The Claremont girls soccer team will play for the CIF title at noon on Saturday at Warren High School in Downey against No. 2 South Torrance. But they will do so without their top player.

The Wolfpack (23-2-2) come into the contest with some momentum, having knocked off top seed Bishop Amat 1-0 in the semifinal. But in that contest leading scorer Sophie Jones was red-carded so the sophomore standout must sit this one out.

Tracey said he checked out all avenues of appeal but knew the chances of having that overturned were slim so the team is pressing onward.

“It shouldn’t even have been a foul,” he said, of the play that sidelined his top player. “We have a lot of depth and a lot of players that can score so I still like our chances.”

Jones tallied 21 goals and 10 assists for 52 points, more than twice that of the second-leading scorer. Sophomore Janelle Gutierrez is second on the team in points with 24 on eight assists and eight goals. Junior Elisabeth Chua is third in scoring with seven goals and seven assists.

Senior Mackenzie Boulware is fourth in scoring at 17 points. She had the lone goal in the win over Bishop Amat.

The Wolfpack, winners of the Palomares League, have registered 14 assists with junior Allison Bifone in the net for most of those. Junior Hope Hyland has also been an integral player in the backfield.

South Torrance (18-1-2), the Pioneer League winner, is the second seed. The Spartans advanced to the final with a 5-2 win over Flintridge Prep. They have won 13 straight games since settling for a 1-1 tie with Marymount in December.

Claremont last appeared in the CIF title game in 2012 and it beat Bishop Amat 2-0.

South Torrance was Division 4 champion in 2014.

General admission for the contest is $10 with students (with ID) and cildren getting in for $5.

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Clarermont girls soccer team to face off with No. 1 Bishop Amat

Claremont is the lone local team left in girls soccer.

The Wolfpack (22-2-2) will play their Division 3 semifinal at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Bishop Amat (24-3) which is the top seed and top finisher out of the Del Reyt League.

The school has been to the championship match once, that coming in 2012 when they lost to that same Bishop Amat.

Tim Tracey has headed the Claremont program the last 16 years.

“They’re the favorite so the pressure really isn’t on us,” he said. “Our girts are ready but they’re a good team so we will have to play our best.”

The Wolfpack are led by sophomore Sophie Jones who has 21 goals and 10 assists this season.

There is a lot of balance after that. Janelle Gutierrez, also a sophomore has eight goals and eight assists.

Tracey said this team has also prided itself on defense. The team has 14 shutouts with junior Allison Bifone getting the majority of the playing time in net with the other keeper being junior Hollyn Carlton.

He also singled out the defensive unit that also includes senior Katie Weaver and juniors Hope Hyland, Kyra Tisopulos, Zenani Dennis and Oksana Sosnovsky.

That defense will see its stiffest test of the season as the Lancers have  two players in Sophia Serafin and Nayeli Diaz who have combined for 57 goals.

The winner of the contest will play for the title against the winner of the other semifinal pitting South Torrance against Flintridge Prep.

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A wrap on the girls water polo season

The Alta Loma girls won their first ever CIF title in the sport.

Here’s a recap of scores from the CIF Southern Section girls water polo championships with links to stories on matches involving local teams:

Division 1 – Laguna Beach 6, San Marcos 2
Division 2 – Schurr 6, Riverside Poly 4
Division 3 – Redondo Union 10, Villa Park 5
Division 4 – Peninsula 9, Anaheim Canyon 4
Division 5 – Pasadena Poly 10, Xavier Prep 5
Division 6 – Alta Loma 6, Redlands East Valley 5
Division 7 – Santa Ynez 8, Diamond Bar 6

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Shane Hile named head football coach at Claremont

Shane Hile has been named football coach at Claremont. He replaces Jose “Coco” Jarin who was fired after directing the program the last two years.

It will be the first head coaching job for Hile, a 1989 graduate of Garey High School.

He is no stranger to the school, having been employed there as a special education teacher since 2010.

“I have been at this school nine years, seven as a teacher,” he said. “This is my school and my community so when the job opened up I was excited about the opportunity.”

Hile, 45, was also on the football staff at Claremont from 2009 to 2013 under Jarin’s predecessor Mike Collins who had headed the program for more then two decades. The last year of that term was spent as defensive coordinator.

More recently he spent two years at Upland where he coached the defensive line, Last year Upland played Claremont so Hile saw the Wolfpack first hand. It was also an odd dynamic.

“It was definitely a bit strange having kids I really cared about on both sidelines,” he said.

Hile singles out time he spent learning from other veteran coaches as good preparation, Besides Collins and Tim Salter at Upland he was at Damien from 2002 to 2008 where he worked with John and Tom Carroll, as well as Scott Morrison, now at Corona Santiago.

The first task will be to assemble a coaching staff and Hile said he is open to all options, including coaches who wee on Jain’s staff.

As far as offensive and defensive philosophies, Hile said he isn’t set on one. He will assess his personnel before deciding what schemes to run.

“The most important thing we’re going to do is stick with the philosophy of this school. We want good students and good character people in this program both as players and coaches.”

Hile will look to improve on a 3-7 finish of last year that included a 1-4 in Palomares League play.

He will also have to do that without the team’s top player as junior linebacker Solomon Tuliaupupu transferred to Mater Dei last month.

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Inland Valley CIF-SS Masters wrestling qualifiers

The CIF-SS Masters Wrestling Meet is this Friday and Saturday at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario.

Here are Inland Valley wrestling qualifiers, with placement at last week CIF. Sixth place finishers can get in as alternates, some of whom know now they are in and others who won’t know until Friday. Top 9 in each weight class advance to state

106 lbs
Robert Casanave, Jr., Bonita (3)
Daniel Galvan, Jr., Alta Loma (1)
Frankie Lira, Sr., Upland (5)
Alfonso Rome, Sr., Ayala (4)
Brian Palafox, So., Carter (5)
Sebastian Campos, Jr., Etiwanda (3)
Ryan Marquez, Sr., Bonita (5)
Alex Nunez, Sr., Alta Loma (1)
Jonathan Smart, Jr., Montclair (5)
David Acosta, Sr., Damien (4)
Michael Cardial, Sr., Diamond Bar (2)
Mark Avila, Jr., Carter (3)
Tino Lopez, Jr., Alta Loma (1)
Johnny Vargas, Sr., Montclair (3)
Nick Blandino, Fr., Etiwanda (4)
Ray Cordova, Sr., Alta Loma (1)
Jacob Blandino, Fr., Etiwanda (5)
Abe Cervantes, Sr., Los Osos (2)
Miguel Flores, Sr., Carter (4)
Julian Martinez, Sr., Ayala (5)
Christian Rivas, Sr., Chino Hills (4)
Jerry Rubio, Jr., Carter (2)
Zander Silva, Sr., Alta Loma (1)
Diego Carillo, Jr., Etiwanda (4)
Eric Serrano, Sr., Carter (6)
Gevorg Hope, Sr., Bonita (1)
Cole Pruitt, Jr., Alta Loma (5)
Jacob Wright, Sr., Los Osos (2)
Steven Ardon, Jr., Carter (5)
Geovanny Torres, Sr., Bonita (2)
Nathan Smith, Sr., Etiwanda (2)
James Farner, Sr., San Dimas (5)
Xavier Torres, Sr., Rialto (6)
Nick Gannuscio, Sr., Alta Loma (4)
Justin Salazar, Jr., Ayala (6)
Diego Sanchez, Jr., Montclair (3)
Matt Williams, Jr., Los Osos (4)

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Don Lugo’s Trevor Goulet signs with NAIA Trinity International

Don Lugo offensive line standout Trevor Goulet has signed with NAIA-Division I Trinity International (Ill.)

Goulet was a three-year starter at guard, the last two of those at Don Lugo. He also started his sophomore year at Chino.

Goulet  was a first-team All-CIF selection in Division 8 and also a first-team All-Inland Valley selection by the Daily Bulletin.

The 6-foot-3, 285-pounder was a big factor in the Conquistadores averaging 399 yards a game total offense.

He visited the school two weeks ago and also toured NAIA-Division 2 University of Jamestown (N.D.).

“I really liked the coach-player relationship there,” he said. “They treat you like men. It’s also a Christian school and that was important to me.”

Goulet plans to major in business.

Although he played center and guard at Don Lugo he said the school has plans to move him to tackle.

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