Bonita football team should be at full strength for playoffs

The Bonita High School football team should be at full strength when it takes the field for a first round Central Division playoff game against Don Lugo on Friday.

Senior quarterback Tanner East left last weeks game against Ayala after taking a hard hit in the third quarter. Beacats coach Adrian Medrano said East, who has thrown for 1,991 yards and 21 touchdowns, is expected to play this week and could have gone back in the game if the outcome were in doubt.

Medrano chose to keep the player out with his team comfortably in front.

In addition wide receiver B.J. McLaurin is also expected to play. He has been slowed by a strained groin and did not play last week.

Bonita (8-2), the second place team out of the Palomares League, and Don Lugo (5-5), the second-place finisher in the Mt. Baldy League, will square off at 7 p.m. on Friday.

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Shelby Kraft of Los Osos chooses San Diego State too

Los Osos High School water polo standout Shelby Kraft is headed to San Diego State.

The reigning Most Valuable Player in the Baseline League declared her intention only a few days after Grizzlies teammate Delaney Parks did the same.


She says it is a nice coincidence. The two didn’t always plan to go to the same school, this one just happened to be that high on both their lists.

“It really was one of my top schools all along,” she said. “A lot of it had to do with academics. It has the program I want and a post-graduate too so i can stay at the same school.”

Kraft is looking to pursue a career as a registered dietician.

San Diego State is one of seven schools Kraft visited, five of which are Division I. That quintet included Long Beach State, San Jose State, Indiana, and Arizona State. She made the trip to Long Beach with Parks..

Kraft, also the Daily Bulletin Player of the Year, also liked what the water polo program had to offer so it was the best of both worlds.

“I really liked the coaches,” she said, “Of course San Diego is nice too so I liked everything about it.”


he water polo program had to offer so it was the best of both worlds.

“I really liked the coaches,” she said, “Of course San Diego is nice too so I liked everything about it.”




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CIF boys water polo draw is out

The field is set for all divisions in boys water polo. Here is the rundown on what’s to come for local teams:

Thursday’s first round

San Clemente at Damien
Chino Hills at Mira Costa
Villa Park at Los Osos

Tuesday’s wild card games

Chino at California
Cajon at Palm Desert
Bonita at Yucaipa
Wednesday’s first round
California-Chino winner at Claremont
Whittier at Webb
Los Altos-Arlington winner at Redlands
Sage Hill-Xavier Prep winner at Ayala
Redlands East Valley at Walnut

Tuesday’s wild card games

Alta Loma at Rowland
San Gorgonio at Los Amigos
Thursday’s first round games
Los Amigos-San G winner at Colony
Don Lugo at Fontana
Baldwin Park-Rancho Alamitos winner at San Dimas

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Delaney Parks of Los Osos picks San Diego State

Los Osos High School water polo standout Delaney Parks has made a verbal commitment to San Diego State.

Parks had some high profile schools from which to chose. She also visited Long Beach State, San Jose State, Michigan and Indiana.

“I liked all the schools,” she said. “But from the first time I stepped on the campus it felt like the perfect place. I liked the coaches and the players and I could see myself being very happy there for four years.”

Parks, who also compete for the Foothill Water Polo Club, helped the Grizzlies to CIF titles both her freshman and sophomore years. She has earned All-Baseline League honors all three years.

She plans to pursue a career in sports marketing or public relations.

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How the Top 10 prep football teams fared this week

1. Chino Hills (8-2) – Beat Etiwanda 45-21
Wins Baseline League
2. Rancho Cucamonga (7-3) – Lost to Upland 31-21
Finishes third in Baseline
3. Upland (7-3) Beat Rancho Cucamonga 31-21
Finishes second in Baseline
4. Summit (10-0) – Beat Fontana 39-7
Wins Sunkist League
5. Colony (7-3) – Beat Don Lugo 35-14
Wins Mt. Baldy League
6. Pomona (8-2) – Beats La Puente 61-14
Wins Miramomte League
7. Claremont (7-3) – Lost to South Hills 28-27
Finishes fourth in Palomares
8. Bonita (8-2) – Beat Ayala 37-7
Finishes second in Palomares
9 Carter (7-3) – Lost to Redlands 28-15
Tied for fourth in Citrus Belt League
10. Chaffey (8-2) – Beat Alta Loma 28-6
Finishes third in Mt. Baldy League

So here’s a break down of each league with scores and who finished where.
This week’s scores

Chino Hills 45, Etiwanda 21
Upland 31, Rancho Cucamonga 21
Los Osos 21, Damien 14
The finish – 1. Chino Hills; 2. Upland; 3. Rancho Cucamogna

This week’s scores

Colony 35, Don Lugo 14
Chaffey 23, Alta Loma 6
Ontario 34, Montclair 27
The finish – 1. Colony; 2. Don Lugo; 3. Chaffey

This week’s scores

Diamond Ranch 24, Los Altos 18
Chino 56, Walnut 14
Charter Oak 49, West Covina 14
The finish – 1. Charter Oak; 2. tie, Diamond Ranch and Chino (Chino gets 2 seed out of league based on head-to-head win).

This week’s scores

Bonita 37, Ayala 7
South Hills 28, Claremont 27
Glendora 25, Diamond Bar 10
The finish – 1. Glendora; 2. tie, Bonita and South Hills (Bonita advances as No. 2 see based on head-to-head)

This week’s scores

Summit 39, Fontana 7
Grand Terrace 34, Colton 14
Kaiser 34, Bloomington 19
The finish – 1. Summit; 2. Grand Terrace; 3. Kaiser

This week’s scores

Pomona 61, La Puente 14
Ganesha 42, Garey 30
Sage Hill 61, Bassett 57 (non-league gamne)
The finish – 1. Pomona; 2. Bassett; 3. Ganesha (Because it is 5-team league third-place is not guaranteed playoff berth but Ganesha is expected to get in.)

This week’s scores

Cajon 61, Miller 26
Citrus Valley 54, Eisenhower 0
Redlands 28, Carter 15
Redlands East Valley 53; Yucaipa 10
The finish – Cajon and REV tie for title (Cajon the top seed based on head-to-head); 3. Redlands

This week’s scores

San Dimas 63, Rowland 0
Northview 42, Covina 28
Wilson 35, Nogales 8
The finish – 1. Northview; 2. San Dimas; 3. Covina

This week’s scores

Linfield Christian 35, Ontario Christian 20
Arrowhead Christian 32, Western Christian 28
Notre Dame 28, Aquinas 7
The finish – 1. Notre Dame; 2. Linfield Christian; 3. Aquinas

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Final week predictions on tonight’s prep football games

It’s the final week and playoff berths are on the line. My guess as to how things will go tonight:

Rancho Cucamonga 21, Upland 17 – This really could go either way. Upland is starting a freshman QB with a great future. But maybe the Cougars take advantage of that tonight.

Damien 36, Los Osos 10 – The Grizzlies offense has struggled and Damien has been steadily improving, I am going with the Spartans.

Colony 32, Don Lugo 14 – Even if Don Lugo had its QB I would have picked Colony, Certainly a nice showing for the Conquistadores this season but the Titans are the cream of the crop here.

Chaffey 36, Alta Loma 21 – We’ll see if the Tigers bounce back. Alta Loma is young so I think the Braves might be a year away from some good things. Chaffey for now.

Montclair 21, Ontario – This one is to stay out of last place. The Cavaliers have looked a little less bad in recent weeks so I’ll go with the Cavs.

Bonita 27, Ayala 14 – Ayala has been up and down and up and down. I just feel more confident picking the Bearcats.

Claremont 28, South Hills 21 – Another one that should be close.  I’ll go with the Wolfpack at home.

Glendora 38, Diamond Bar 14 – The Tartans will have no trouble running the table in league play.

Chino 46, Walnut 10 – The Cowboys get the gimme game this week. With this league order of finish completely up in the air that’s a good thing.

Diamond Ranch 27, Los Altos 24 – This could go either way too. Heads says Panthers.

Summit 45, Fontana 7 – The SkyHawks will finish up the only area unbeaten and roll into the playoffs with momentum.

Kaiser 37, Bloomington 7 – The Cats will likely be the No. 3 team because of a loss to Grand Terrace. But they won’t lose this one.

San Dimas 38, Rowland 14 – Saints secure No. 2 spot in Valle Vista with no trouble.

Pomona 45, La Puente 14 – The Red Devils are rolling. They won’t hit a roadblock here.

Ganesha 45, Garey 7 – This might seem like an easy pick but Garey beat Ganesha last year. A playoff berth is on the line though. This time the Giants won’t screw up.

Carter  21, Redlands 20 – This is a big one in the jumbled Citrus Belt League. This one really could go either way.

Rim of the World 36, Rialto 10 – Rim has had a tough season but no where near as tough as Rialto’s. The Knights will end up winless.

Citrus Valley 38, Eisenhower 7 – Not a hard one to pick here. Moving on . . .

Linfield Christian 28, Ontario Christian 21 – Linfield will likely be the second-place finisher behind Notre Dame. Ontario Christian is coming off a costly loss last week and it doesn’t get easier this week.

Saddleback Valley Chr. 32, Webb 14 – The Gauls have struggled in league play and now they get the juggernaut. It won’t end well.


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Rancho Cucamonga, Alta Loma head local volleyball playoff qualifiers

The race for a volleyball title is on. Brackets in each division were just released. Here are the matches involving local teams:


Division 1A
Tuesday’s matches

Upland at Villa Park
Citrus Valley at Aliso Niguel
St. Lucy’s at Yucaipa
Redlands at Chino Hills
Redlands East Valley at Anaheim Canyon

Note: Rancho Cucamonga gets bye, plays REV/Canyon winner on Thursday


Division 2A
Tuesday’s matches

Claremont at Apple Valley
Sultana at Diamond Ranch
Sunny Hills at Bonita

Division 3AA
Tuesday’s matches

Rialto art El Segundo
Rim of World at Oxford Aca.
Jurupa Hills at Highland

Division 3A
Tuesday’s matches

Webb at Moreno Valley
Western Christian at Templeton
Aquinas at Gabrielino


Division 4AA
Tuesday’s matches

Pomona Catholic at Shadow Hills
GG Santiago at Don Lugo
Ontario at Segerstrom
Loara at Alta Loma

Division 4A
Tuesday’s matches

Azusa at Pomona
Santa Clara at Summit
La Puente at Fontana
Grand Terrace at Foothill Tech

Division 5AA
Tuesday’s matches

Redlands Adventist at Temecula Prep
Mesa Grande at Nuview Bridge

Division 5A
Tuesday’s matches

Apple Valley Chr. at Lake Arrowhead Chr.

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William Hackenberg a shining star in the Chino Hills defense

VIDEO: William Hackenberg talks about 45-21 win over Etiwanda.


All season long Chino Hills has used a tenacious defense to set the tone for the offense.

Last year it was Trent Goens in the middle of almost everything wreaking havoc.

This year that distinction goes to 5-foot-10, 215-pound senior defensive end William Hackenberg. Never heard of him? Well then you probably haven’t paid attention. He’s No. 11.

You wouldn’t have had reason to have heard of him before this season. He barely played as a sophomore or a junior because the Huskies already had stars playing ahead of him in Goens and J.P. Lanathou. Both those players have graduated, with Goens going on to Northwestern.


Now Hackenberg is finally getting a chance to shine. Yes it has been a long time coming.

“I really just kept hoping I’d get a chance,” he said, moments after the Huskies disposed of Etiwanda 45-21 in their regular season finale Thursday night. “It was frustrating but I just tried to keep preparing myself for when I did get a shot.”

Hackenberg went into Thursday’s game with 67 tackles, an astounding 21 1/2 of those for a loss. He has 10 1/2 sacks.

Who knows how those All-League votes are going to go. Usually the first place-team gets the top awards and the Huskies boast the best defense in the league. So Hackenberg would have to be a leading contender.

There are some good defensive players in the league – senior linebacker Bryce Youngquist of Los Osos, junior defensive back Jaylon Redd of Rancho Cucamonga and defensive back Treyjohn Butler among them.

After the game Etiwanda coach Kevin Davis sang Hackenberg’s praises.

“They have some good players on that side of the ball. He’s the guy I really like,” Davis said.

It just goes to show there is something to be said for playing against good teammates in practice preparing every day like your shot is coming tomorrow.

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Race for playoff spots in Hacienda League coming to end

All eyes will be focused on the scoreboards Friday night as high school football teams finish out the regular season. Playoff berths are on the line in many leagues with the race in the Hacienda League a compelling as ever.

The only sure thing is that Charter Oak (8-1, 4-0), which is the top-ranked team in the Central Division, is the league champion. Everything else is up in the air.

Heading into Friday’s play Chino (7-2, 2-2), Diamond Ranch (6-3, 2-2), Los Altos (5-2, 2-2) and West Covina (4-5, 2-2) are tied for second with Walnut (1-8, 0-4) bringing up the rear.

Diamond Ranch and Los Altos play each other so someone will take another loss. West Covina will be playing Charter Oak and Chino gets Walnut.

So the most likely scenario is Chino wins to move to 3-2, along with the winner of Diamond-Ranch-Los Altos. Chino has the head-to-head on both those teams so it would be the No. 2 seed, with the Diamond Ranch-Los Altos winner being the No. 3.

But it is seldom that easy. What would throw everything upside down would be for West Covina to upset Charter Oak which would make for a three-way tie for second (assuming Chino doesn’t lose to Walnut).

A coin flip would then factor in somehow.

Let the fun begin.



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