Chino Hills’ Michael Tenney and Los Osos’ Rachel Forbes successful at Baseline Swim Championships

Baseline League >> Chino Hills’ Michael Tenney finished first in the boys 200 and 500 yard freestyle events at the Baseline League Championship meet. Rachel Forbes of Los Osos finished first in the girls 200 and 500 free. Richie Campbell of Damien had first place finishes in the 50 and 100 free events.

Palomares League >> The Bulldogs’ defending CIF State Champion, Kenisha Liu, finished first in the 100 and 200 meter freestyle events at the Palomares League Championships. Liu finished with a time of 1 minute and 46.73 seconds in the 200, six seconds ahead of Katie Sulkevich of Glendora. In the 100, Liu finished with a three second lead over Glendora’s Catherine Sanchez with a time of 49.87.

Citrus Belt League >> Redlands East Valley won a school record 15 individual titles, including the girls 400 freestyle relay by Emily Longfellow, Autumn D’Arcy, Emily Rigsby and Sydney Benveniste. Jack Moyles won the boys 100 breaststroke event for REV. Redlands High School’s Niki Proctor won the girls 100 breaststroke event while Melissa Pepper won the 50 free with a time of 24.70 seconds.

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Battle of Baseline off; Now here is the new game plan

The Battle of the Baseline League on Saturday at Loan Mart Field is off.

The annual event, which features three games with all six Baseline League teams playing on the venue that houses the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, was called because the Quakes notified the teams that the field was unplayable.

The culprit was a city of Rancho Cucamonga “Play School” Graduation event scheduled to take place tonight that prevented the groundskeepers from covering the field today.

Players and coaches from each school sold tickets but the Quakes are not issuing refunds but offering admission to a Quakes game instead.

Some aren’t happy.

“My kids are disappointed,” Etiwanda coach Don Furnald said. “I had kids that sold 25-30 tickets and there probably would have been 1,200 or so people there between the six schools. Its a minor league field so it has to drain well, I don’t know why they couldn’t have waited until tomorrow morning.”

Others aren’t quite as upset.

“There’s nothing they could do about it,” Upland coach Mike Alonso said.

It is being left to the schools to decide a makeup date but there is little wiggle room because there is just one week left in the regular season and each team already has games Tuesday and Thursday.

Etiwanda and Rancho Cucamonga will try and play at 1 Saturday while Upland and Los Osos will go at 11 a.m. at Memorial Park, where Upland plays its home games.

Chino Hills and Damien, the top two teams, will try and play Monday.

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Etiwanda quarterback Andrew Kanatsky picks a college

Etiwanda High School quarterback Andrew Kanatsky has signed with NCAA Division II Malone University (Canton, Ohio).

He visited the school six or so weeks ago and liked what he saw in the small, private school with an enrollment of about 3,000. The Pioneers play at Hall of Fame Stadium adjacent to the NFL Football Hall of Fame.

“It’s a smaller school so I don’t think there will be distractions and I liked the atmosphere,” said Kanatsky, the Eagles starter the last two years. “They run the triple read option and that’s similar to what I ran here so I think it will be a good fit.”

Malone offered early but Kanatsky didn’t think it was quite enough of an offer to be able to make the move across the country. He was sold on a going to a community college but then Malone bettered the offer making the school more affordable.

He said the Pioneers have two quarterbacks but one is a senior and the school is bringing in three so he hopes to compete for playing time right away.

“They told me there will be open competition for the job so I’m excited about the chance,” he said.

Kanatsky threw for 2,056 yards (228.2 avg) with 20 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. He was a first-team All-Baseline League selection.

The Pioneers went 0-10 last year but compete in a strong conference in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Conference.

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Damien boys volleyball team draws top seed in Division 5 playoffs

Damien celebrates their win over Arrowhead Christian for the CIF-SS Division 5 boys volleyball championship at Cerritos College in Norwalk, CA, Saturday, May 23, 2015. Damien defeated Arrowhead Christian 3-1 for the title. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

Damien celebrates CIF title last spring. They are favored to repeat.

The Damien boys volleyball team won a CIF title last year. And while the Spartans might not be quite as potent as last year, they’re capable of repeating.

The CIF playoff pairings were released and the Spartans have drawn the No. 1 seed as expected. Not only are they the defending champion, they were ranked No. 1 much of the season.

“We’re not quite what we were last year but we’re still a pretty solid team,” coach Randy Bohlmann said. “We have some guys that have been there before so they have some big match experience.”

Damien cruised through the Hacienda League play, dropping just two sets in nine matches. Bohlmann’s squad was challenged in a couple of top notch tournaments though, the most notable one an event it won in San Diego last month.

The team is led by a trio of returning senior starters in libero Nick Hibshman and outside hitters Michael Spinney and  Chris Mercado.

The Spartans (27-7) will open the playoffs at home Tuesday against the winner of a wild card match between Dunn and Pomona, both third-place finishers in their respective leagues.

“We have played some pretty good competition so we’re about as ready as we can be,” Bohlmann said.

The Spartans did have a minor setback late in the season as junior setter Brandon Nyquist, a defensive specialist on the team last year, sustained a foot injury late in league play. Junior Jack Mitcher, who set on the junior varsity team last year, took over in his absence and did an admirable job,

Bohlmann isn’t sure what lineup he’ll use quite yet. He said they’re different type of setters so he can’t just run a 6-2 offense. Nyquist handled the job during the balance of the season but Mitchner is taller and can be a bigger asset when it comes to blocking,

There is considerable local representation in Division 5 with other wild card teams including Arrowhead Christian, the runner-up to Damien last year, Rim of the World and Ontario Christian with Loma Linda, Ganesha, Indian Springs and San Gorgonio in the main draw.

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Chino Hills coach Steve Baik issues statement on resignation


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Chino Hills boys basketball coach Steve Baik has resigned after a 35-0 record and national championship.

Here is his statement on that decision:

It is with a heavy heart that I announce my resignation as the Head Coach of the Chino Hills Boys Basketball team. This is the most difficult decision that I have ever had to make in my coaching career. Although the timing may be questioned, my reasons are completely related to my personal life.

This decision will allow me to prioritize my family and to be more present as a husband and father, specifically in the lives of my two young boys. Therefore, I am pursuing options that will allow me to work closer to home.

I have had the privilege of coaching some of the most incredible student-athletes at CHHS, and it goes without saying that this past season was the most special to me.

It has been such a blessing to work with amazing people such as my coaching staff, the faculty, and for Principal Brenes at Chino Hills High School. The support from the community and families has been incredible. I am particularly grateful to the Ball family for their trust in me over the past four years. They have also continued to support me in making this decision and I am thankful that our friendships will continue.

I will greatly miss the opportunity to coach these players through the rest of their high school careers, particularly Gelo and Eli as upcoming seniors, and Melo and Onyeka who will lead the charge thereafter. This is truly difficult for me as I have grown to deeply respect and love these boys as family.

I am confident this group will continue to have great success. I am so proud of all that was accomplished and I will be forever grateful for my time at Chino Hills High.

And here is link to news story.


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Battle of the Baseline baseball games coming up Saturday

Damien’s James Free II, Isaiah Paige and Daniel Benedict celebrate runs in the fourth inning against Upland at Upland Memorial Park in Upland, CA, Tuesday, April 19, 2016. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

The eighth annual Battle of the Baseline is coming up on Saturday at LoanMart Field, home of the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.

The games this time around should be even more compelling given how tight the league standings are with just three games left.

It will be Upland (14-9, 6-6) vs. Los Osos (6-16, 2-10)  at 11 a.m., Damien (12-9, 9-3) vs. Chino Hills (12-8-1, 7-5) at 2 p.m. with Etiwanda (15-7, 6-6) vs. Rancho Cucamonga (13-10, 6-6)  following at 5 p.m.

The middle battle features the top two teams with Damien holding a two-game lead over Chino Hills, which has won six of its last seven games, one of those over Damien earlier this week.

Chino Hills and Etiwanda tied for first place last season.

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Bonita’s Tyler Poepping headed to NAIA Midland (Neb.)

Bonita’s Tyler Poepping is headed to NAIA Midland University (Neb.) where he plans to compete in both basketball and golf.

Poepping was the second leading scorer for a Bearcats team that tied for the Palomares League title and advanced all the way to the Division 3AA championship game before losing to Oak Park.

A personal connection made all the difference. Kenny Walter, who graduated from Bonita a year ago, is at that same school. The two have kept in touch. Walter told his coach about Poepping and Poepping  watched several of that team’s game on live-stream.

He hasn’t visited the school yet but plans to do so later this month.

“I really thought it was my best option and it will be nice to go play where I have a good friend,” he said. “It really was the best option for me.”

Poepping averaged 16 points a game. He was a first team All-Palomares League and second team All-Inland Valley selection.

Poepping, known of his long distance shooting prowess, said he also considered two community colleges close to home – Chaffey and Citrus, as well as Houghton University in New York.

Poepping is undecided on a major but wants to work toward a career as a firefighter.

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Webb shortstop Ryan Whithorn signs with Concordia-Irvine

Webb shortstop Ryan Whithorn has signed with Concordia-Irvine.

He had been considering several schools on the East Coast including the Naval Academy, Iona and Georgetown but opted to stay closer to home and play for the school that is in its first year as a NCAA Division II competitor.

Whithorn plays shortstop for he Gauls but sees the potential to play the other infield positions as well and sees the potential to get some time on the field right away.

“I really liked the baseball program and I think it’s a place I’ll get the most out of my baseball experience,” he said. “It’s close enough my family and friends can come and see me play and far enough away I’ll still have some independence.”

“It is a Christian school and that was important to me too.”

Whithorn, a native of Claremont, plans to major in sports management.

Whithorn has helped the Gauls to a 12-5 record and a 5-3 mark in San Joaquin League play. He is hitting .389 with 6 doubles, 5 triples, 18 runs scored and 20 RBI in 17 games.


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CIF polls: Division 2, 4 baseball polls boasts lots of local teams

South Hills’ Jacob Amaya tries to make the out at second against Bonita’s Kurtis Redman at Bonita High School in La Verne, CA, Wednesday, April 27, 2016. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

Bonita and South Hills (above) are both among the teams ranked in CIF Division 2 baseball poll this week.

Division 1 – 1. JSerra; 2. El Toro; 3. Valencia; 4. JW North; 5. Murrieta Mesa; 6. Orange Lutheran; 7. Loyola; 8. Cypress; 9. Marina; 10. Aliso Niguel.

Division 2 – 1. Gahr; 2. South Hills; 3. Simi Valley; 4. Foothill; 5. Damien; 6. Carter; 7. San Clemente; 8. La Mirada; 9. Bonita; 10. Crescenta Valley. (Etiwanda, Ayala also received votes).

Division 3 – 1. Redondo Union; 2. Palm Desert; 3. Beckman; 4. Woodbridge; 5. Palos Verdes; 6. Quartz Hill; 7. Paloma Valley; 8. Bishop Amat; 9. Mira Costa; 10. tie, La Salle, Corona del Mar.

Division 4 – 1. Kaiser; 2. Don Lugo; 3. St. Bonaventure; 4. West Torrance; 5. San Gorgonio; 6. Troy; 7. Grace Brethren; 8. South Torrance; 9. Alta Loma; 10. Torrance.

Division 5 – 1. Woodcrest Chr.; 2. Citrus Hill; 3. Paraclete; 4. Village Chr.; 5. Sierra Vista; 6. Monrovia; 7. San Marino; 8. Cantwell Sacred Heart; 9. Sierra Canyon; 10. Shadow Hills.

Division 7 – 1. Excelsior Charter; 2. Santa Clarita Chr.; 3. Rolling Hills Prep; 4. Faith Baptist; 5. Riverside Prep; 6. Einstein Aca.; 7. Animo Leadership; 8. Aca. Academic Excellence; 9. Lennox Aca.; 10. New Roads.





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CIF polls: Etiwanda softball team still team to beat in Division 1

Etiwanda's Megan Stevens runs to home base after hitting a home run against St. Lucy's at Etiwanda High School in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, Tuesday, May 3, 2016. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)


Here are the newest CIF softball polls for the week of May. 2 with teams from the Sun/Daily Bulletin coverage area denoted in bold:

Division 1 – 1. Etiwanda; 2. Orange Lutheran; 3. Los Alamitos; 4. Huntington Beach; 5. Mater Dei; 6. Norco; 7. Corona Santiago; 8. ML King; 9. Garden Grove Pacifica; 10. Lakewood.

Division 2 – 1. Oaks Chr.; 2. La Harba; 3. Mission Viejo; 4. Valley View; 5. Oxnard; 6. South Hills; 7. Capistrano Valley; 8. Yucaipa; 9. Newbury Park; 10. Camarillo.

Division 3 – 1. Grand Terrace; 2. Bishop Amat; 3. Burbank Burroughs; 4. Gahr; 5. Laguna Hills; 6. Palos Verdes; 7. Alemany; 8. Warren; 9. La Mirada; 10. Redondo Union.

Division 4 – 1. Torrance; 2. Dos Pueblos; 3. North Torrance; 4. Buena; 5. Knight; 6. Palm Springs; 7. Santa Monica; 8. La Quinta; 9. Linfield Chr,.; 10. Patriot.

Division 5 – 1. St. Bonaventure; 2. Louisville; 3. Garden Grove; 4. Lompoc; 5. Silverado; 6. Templeton; 7. Lompoc Cabrillo; 8. Edgewood; 9. Santa Paula; 10. San Dimas.

Division 6 – 1. Paraclete; 2. Savanna; 3. Downey Cavalry Chapel; 4. St. Anthony; 5. Sierra Canyon; 6. Webb; 7. Windward; 8. Desert Chr. Aca.; 9. Alverno; 10. Yucca Valley.

Division 7 – 1. Rolling Hills Prep; 2. University Prep; 3. ACE; 4. Faith Baptist; 5. Foothill Tech; 6. Santa Clara; 7. Santa Rosa Aca.’; 8. Calvary Murrieta; 9. Crossroads Chr.; 10. Noli Indian.





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