Rancho Cucamonga football players getting offers

Quarterback Angel Matute of Rancho Cucamonga has gotten his first offer. Cougars coach Nick Baiz confirmed that came from Arkansas State.

Matute, a 6-foot-4, 220-pounder, threw for 2,855 yards and 24 touchdowns last year as a junior.

He took over the starting post midway through his sophomore year and has been the incumbent there ever since.

Aaron Manning

Also, junior running back Aaron Manning got an offer from Northern Arizona. The Cougars had depth at that position but Manning was the leading ground gainer with 766 yards and 9 touchdowns.  He had two games of more than 100 yards.

The top draw from that team continues to be sophomore defensive Jaylon Redd who has offers from USC, UCLA, Washington, Arizona State and Colorado.

He was a first team All-Inland Valley and CIF selection last year.


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Baseline League braces for fantastic finish

Led by Bailey Falter (above) Chino Hills is a top contender for league title.

Just when it looked like Upland was in control of the Baseline League baseball race before the week began. They were 5-0. But then the Highlanders slipped up and lost back-to-back games to Damien, whom most thought would be a top contender but had struggled miserably.

So Upland has come back to the pack and even Damien worked its way back in although the Spartans still have some work to do.

We’re about halfway through and the top spot as well as the other playoff berths are up for grabs.

No doubt the league is stronger than ever before with the addition of Damien and Chino Hills. Glendora, which moved to the Palomares, won it last year and and was on par with the other two but both the two new teams are an upgrade over the other departed team.

So every game the rest of the way should be a battle.

Here are the current standings:

Upland   5-2  13-5
Etiwanda 4-3  12-4
Chino Hills 4-3 11-6
Los Osos 3-4 6-9
Damien 3-4 5-11
Rancho 2-5 12-7

Here is this week’s schedule:

Tuesday’s game
Los Osos vs. Rancho Cucamonga (at Jay Littleton)

Wednesday’s games
Upland at Chino Hills
Etiwanda at Damien

Friday’s games
Chino Hills at Upland (Memorial Park)
Etiwanda at Damien
Rancho Cucamonga at Los Osos

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Jessica Miclat and Julia Bingham named to U.S. Soccer Under-18 training camp roster

Rancho Cucamonga's Ayana Robles, left, and Chino Hills' Jessica Miclat fight for control of the ball at Los Osos High School in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, Wednesday, January 28, 2015. Chino Hills defeated Rancho Cucamonga 1-0. (Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

Rancho Cucamonga’s Ayana Robles, left, and Chino Hills’ Jessica Miclat (middle) fight for control of the ball. (Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

Jessica Miclat of Chino Hills and Julia Bingham of St. Lucy’s were among the 24 players from across the country to be selected to the roster for the U.S. Soccer Under-18 Women’s National Team training camp that will take place from April 19 through 26 in Chula Vista.

“It is not only a blessing but also a huge honor to represent my country while playing and doing the one thing I love the most (playing soccer),” Miclat stated.

From the 24 players selected to participate in the training camp, a total of 18 will make the final roster, according to Miclat.

Miclat believes she has something to offer the team if she were to make the final roster.

“I offer my hard work and dedication,” she said. “I know that throughout the training sessions and scrimmages…my touches and knowledge of the game will improve but it’s my hard work and heart and dedication that got me there and will carry on, if I am selected on the team.”

It would not be the first time Miclat, who was named to the 2015 All-Inland Valley Area team, and Bingham, who signed with USC, would be teammates if they were both named to the final roster.

The two juniors played at St. Lucy’s together during their freshman and sophomore years.

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Lonzo Ball lands ANOTHER postseason award

Yet another award for Chino Hills basketball standout Lonzo Ball.

A few days after earning national recognition, Ball has garnered praise from CalHi Sports which named the Division I player of the Year as well as the state’s overall top junior.

Ball, a 6-foot-6 guard, can play any position on the floor and boasted top notch numbers in several offensive categories, averaging 24.3 points, 11.3 rebounds, 9.1 assists, five steals and five blocked shots per game playing tough non-league competition and in arguably the toughest league in the state.

He was also CalHi Sports sophomore of the year last season.

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Alta Loma volleyball standouts make it official

The Alta Loma volleyball team had quite the season. The Braves won a Mt. Baldy League title, cruised to a Southern Section title (Division 4AA) and went all the way to the state championship match.

Three of the key figures from that team signed their letters of intent today, making their college decision official.

Two will be staying close to home and one will be in commuter distance. Middle blocker Amy Armstrong will play at Cal State San Bernardino, a prominent player on the national scene at the Division II level.

Libero Kristen Sanchez will play at University of La Verne, which has national Elite Eight  appearances at the Division III level.

Outside hitter Breanna Golsch will move on to Cal State Dominguez Hills, which plays in the same conference as Cal State San Bernardino and another local, Cal Poly Pomona.

A fourth player, Aeryn Owens, signed in February with Cal State Northridge.

Good luck in the next step of your career girls.

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Khalil Muhammad commits to UCLA


Rancho Cucamonga football player Khalil Muhammad stated on Twitter that he has committed to play football at UCLA, after taking a trip to the campus last week.

Muhammad is listed as an athlete but will likely join the Bruins as a running back.

He joins Lokeni Toailoa of Carter High in Rialto, who had committed to UCLA in March.

Other coverage area players, who will be on the UCLA roster as early as the upcoming season include Nate Meadors of San Gorgonio and Josh Woods of Upland.

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Chino Hills’ Lonzo Ball lands another honor

Chino Hills basketball standout Lonzo Ball has another accolade to add to his growing resume.

The 6-foot-6 guard was one of the top five juniors in the country according to MaxPreps which named an All-American junior team that consisted of five players on first team, five on second and five on third.

Ball, who has committed to UCLA, nearly averaged a triple-double (24.3 points, 11.3 rebounds, 9.1 assists per game) while leading Huskies to Division I state title game.

Only one other Californian was singled out, that player being T.J. Leaf of Foothills Christian who was a second team selection.


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Two Baseline basketball coaches get state honor

The Baseline League proved its meddle this season as Damien won the league and went on to win the Division III state championship.

Chino Hills got to the Division I state final and Etiwanda likely could have but was in the Big Boy Division, also known as the Open and lost a SoCal Regional semifinal.

But coaches Dave Kleckner of Etiwanda and Matt Dunn of Damien have been recognized for their team’s showing.

CalHi Sports picks a statewide coach in each division and has chosen both Kleckner (Division I) and Dunn (Division III).

It’s pretty elite company to say the least and to think that the Inland Valley had two coaches honored is quite the compliment.

Dunn directed the Spartans to a 29-5 mark that included a first-place finish in the school’s first year in the more competitive Baseline. The season was capped off with the state championship win over Campolindo.

Kleckner’s Eagles went 24-9, finishing second to Damien in the league. But Etiwanda advanced to the Open Division final before falling to Bishop Montgomery. That run also included a semifinal win over Mater Dei at Mater Dei.

In the state portion of the playoffs Etiwanda remained in the Open division and ended up losing to another perennial power in LA Fairfax.

The overall state honor went to Chuck Rapp of San Mateo Serra. He was the Division II nominee. Other winners were Russell White of Crespi (Division IV) and John Maffucci of Carlsbad Army-Navy (Division V),


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Rosters finalized for Inland Valley All-Star Classic

Malik Fitts of Division III state champion Damien will among the All-Star participants.

Miller High School will be the site of the Inland Valley All-Star Classic basketball games on Sunday, girls starting at 4 p.m. and boys to follow.

The games will be aired on KMET (1490-AM) radio.

Here are the final rosters:

Boost Blue Boys
Coach: Bill Berich, Redlands East Valley

A.J. Bigornia, Glendora
Caleb DeFabiis, Colony
Dillon Estrada, Montclair
Dashawn Faison, Miller
Tymoryae Glover, San Bernardino
Chris Harper, Redlands East Valley
Tamer Jabsheh, Rancho Cucamonga
Kaimani Maxwell, Alta Loma
Kevin McNeal, Cajon
Omar Nasri, San Dimas
Henry Norman, Kaiser
Robert Rosas, Jurupa Hills
Amier Thomas, Charter Oak
Alex Ziska, Redlands East Valley

Boost White Boys
Robbie Von Pertz, Upland Christian

Francisco Alvarez, Los Osos
Basleal Ayinalem, Silverado
Tyus Dennis, Ontario Christian
Malik Fitts, Damien
Alban Fletcher, Pomona
Kyle Gray, Bonita
L.J. Harrie, Sultana
Jared Hayes, Hesperia Christian
Cole Henson, Yucaipa
James Meza, Upland Christian
Jared Nyivih, Chino Hills
Arjun Solanki, Summit
Andy Torices, Damien
Nathan Zuvia, Grand Terrace

Boost Blue Girls
Bethel Trice, Jurupa Hills

Marleigh Brown, Chino Hills
Ky Fantroy, Indian Springs
Britney Gonzalez, Jurupa Hills
Leah Harrison, Los Osos
Tennia Hill, Silverado
Cora Ianniciello, Big Bear
Skyler Lewis, Grand Terrace
Tecumseh Madison, Banning
Miranda Nicks, Redlands East Valley
Jackie Ricketson, Ayala
Samantha Velasquez, Rancho Cucamonga
Olivia Watkins, Upland
Kiana Wright, Diamond Ranch

Boost White Girls
Kelly Hennessy, Oak Hills

Joyclyn Arrington, Montclair
Emily Ayala, Chino Hills
Jaci Bowman, Carter
Delilah Cerda, Eisenhower
Odaly Chavarria, Rialto
Alisa Davis, Los Osos
Allyah George, Eisenhower
Marissa Granados, Beaumont
Breanna Marquez, Ganesha
Jannon Otto, Oak Hills
Elyanna Rios, Chaffey
Tanika Stephenson, Miller
Irie Stokes, Upland

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CIF polls: Baseball

Bonita is ranked No. 4 this week in Division 4

Week of Feb. 13

Division 1 – 1. JSerra; 2. Dana Hills; 3. Edison; 4. Alemany; 5. Orange Lutheran7. Agoura; 6. Harvard-Westlake; 7. Agoura; 8. Corona; 9. Valencia; 10. Mater Dei.

Division 2- 1. San Clemente; 2. Upland; 3. South Hills; 4. Bonita; 5. Mission Viejo; 6. Camarillo; 7. Foothill; 8. tie, Villa Park, Ayala; 10. tie, Gahr, Crescenta Valley.

Division 3 – 1. San Dimas; 2. El Segundo; 3. Temescal Canyon; 4. Redondo Union; 5. Palm Desert; 6. Corona del Mar; 7. Mira Costa; 8. Bishop Amat; 9. Beckman; 10. Coachella Valley.

Division 4 – 1. Sonora; 2. West Torrance; 3. California; 4. South Torrance; 5. Oak Hills; 6. Ramona; 7. Laguna Beach; 8. Don Lugo; 9. San Gorgonio; 10. Alhambra.

Division 5 – 1. Monrovia; 2. Village Chr.; 3. Santa Ynez; 4. Sierra Canyon; 5. Citrus Hills; 6. Woodcrest Chr.; 7. Temple City; 8. Whittier Chr.; 9. Hemet; 10. Lompoc.

Division 6 – 1. Crean Lutheran; 2. LancasterDesert Chr.; 3. Pasadena Poly; 4. Fillmore; 5. Sage Hill; 6. Salesian; 7. Flintrdige Prep; 8. Desert Chr. Aca.; 9. Vasquez; 10. Calvary Murrieta.

Division 7 – 1. Riverside Prep; 2. Excelsior Charter; 3. Animo Leadership; 4. Santa Clarita Chr.; 5. Rolling Hills; 6. Tarbut V’Torah; 7. Avalon; 8. Hillcrest Chr.; 9. New Roads; 10. AAE.


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