Etiwanda takes loss but stays on top of CIF Division 1 poll

Here are the CIF softball polls for the Week of April 18 with teams in the Sun/Bulletin coverage area denoted in bold:

Division 1 – 1. Etiwanda; 2. Los Alamitos; 3. Huntington Beach; 4. West Ranch; 5. Mater Dei; 6. Orange Lutheran; 7. ML King; 8. Norco; 9. Rosary; 10. Lakewood.

Etiwanda’s Megan Stevens (#12) fields a throw against Los Osos during the third inning of Baseline League softball game at Los Osos High School in Rancho Cucamonga, Ca, (Photo by John Valenzuela/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

Division 2 – 1. Mission Vieho; 2. Oaks Chr.; 3. La Habra; 4. Riverside Poly; 5. Brea Olinda; 6. Fullerton; 7. Valley View; 8. Righetti; 9. Yucaipa; 10. Agoura.

Division 3 – 1. Grand Terrace; 2. Bishop Amat; 3. Gahr; 4. Burbank Burroughs; 5. Redondo Union; 6. Laguna Hills; 7. Alemany; 8. Beckman; 9. Whittier; 10. West Valley.

Division 4 – 1. Torrance; 2. Dos Pueblos; 3. North Torrance; 4. Buena; 5. Temescal Canyon; 6. La Quinta; 7. Knight; 8. El Segundo; 9. Linfield Chr.; 10. Rialto.

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

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

Division 7 – 1. Rolling Hills Prep; 2. ACE; 3. University Prep; 4. Faith Baptist; 5. Santa Clara; 6. Foothill Tech; 7. Archer; 8. Burbank Providence; 9. Calvary Murrieta; 10. Noli Indian.


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Etiwanda’s Aidan Anderson chooses Canadian school

Middle linebacker Aidan Anderson of Etiwanda has signed with University of Regina in Saskatchewan, Canada.

It probably seems like a random school for an athlete from the Inland Empire to choose but there is a connection as the head coach of the team is Steve Bryce, who coached at Etiwanda for 10 years (the last in 2011) and still has ties here.

Anderson visited the school a couple of weeks ago and liked what he saw.

“It is a little far away and it’s cold but it was nice,” he said. “I’m excited about the opportunity. I can’t wait to go back when it’s a little greener. I was there at the end of winter and everything was still a little brown.”

There will also be a small adjustment as Canadian football is played on a bigger field and with 12 per side.

“That will definitely be a little different,” Anderson said. “But it will be fun.”

Anderson, one of the Eagles team captains, tallied 72 tackles, 3 sacks, 7 hurries, 2 forced fumbles and 1 recovery.

Anderson also competes in wrestling, earning second team All-Inland Valley honors. Regina also fields a wrestling team and Anderson hasn’t ruled out competing in that too but will see what time demands come with football first.

He plans to major in world history or a social science.

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Summit runner Jennifer Sandoval signs with San Jose State

Summit High School cross country and track Jennifer Sandoval has signed with San Jose State.

“I felt like it was the right fit for me because … I got along well with the team,” she said. “I saw how their atmosphere was and their work ethic, and I really liked that.”

Cross county runner of the year Jennifer Sandoval on the track at Summit High School in Fontana, CA on Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. (Photo by Rachel Luna/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

Sandoval was a first-team pick for the All-Sun cross country team last fall when she finished fourth overall in Division II at the CIF State Championships at Woodward Park in Fresno. She completed the course with a time of 17 minutes, 32.8 seconds.

Sandoval said she had several scholarship offers, but wanted a full scholarship, which many schools were unable to give. In the end, it was between San Jose State and Azusa Pacific.

“I know I’m going to need to get faster, I want to run three miles in the 16s,” she said. “So I’ll be OK when I run the longer distances in college.”

Not only does she expect to run cross country for the Spartans, she said she said in track she could run the 5,000 meter, 10,000 meter and/or 3,000 meter steeplechase.

As far as this track and field season goes, Sandoval is running well. She finished a 3,200 meter race at the Mt. SAC Relays in 10:39.46, ranked as the 12th-best time in the state this year.

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Chino softball team loses a key player and forfeits game in tough week

The Chino softball team is also used to battling deep into the playoffs but the Cowboys have their work cut out for them if that is to be the case this year.

Senior pitcher Courtney Springman is out for the season with a shoulder injury which leaves duty in the circle to freshman Violet Salazar.

Springman had to come out of a Hacienda League game against Los Altos (which the Cowboys lost 4-1) on Thursday. The injury was diagnosed as either a partially torn rotator cuff or severe sprain with 30 to 45 days rest recommended.

“She is capable,” coach Mike Smith said of Salazar. “She just doesn’t have a lot of experience. Courtney is 6-1 and throw mid 60s and Violet is 5-1 and throws mid 50’s so its just different.”

The Cowboys do have the luxury of having a good defense which they’ll have to bank on now.

The Cowboys also had a strange scenario play out at a weekend tournament at Corona Santiago. They defeated Chaminade earlier in the day 5-1 with Salazar in the circle. But then ended up with a forfeit against host Santiago of a game they were winning 4-0.

Smith had left to go to a track meet in which his son was competing, leaving the team in the hands of is longtime assistant Sean Brashear. But Brashear got ejected in the third inning after a Chino player was called out on a play at third base. Smith said Brashear was tossed for an obscenity which he disputes.

Since there was no other coach, the game had to go down as a forfeit.

“It has been a tough week,” Smith said. “But we’re not changing our expectations. We still expect to go out there and win a league tile but it will be more difficult now.”

The Cowboys are 8-7 overall and 1-1 in league play with a home game coming up today against West Covina.

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Defending champ Damien tops Division 5 poll

Here are the CIF boys volleyball polls for the week of April 18th with teams in the Sun/Bulletin coverage area denoted in bold:

Division 1 – Newport Harbor; 2. Loyola; 3. Palos Verdes; 4. Huntington Beach; 5. Mira Costa; 6. Corona del Mar; 7. Newbury Park; 8. Westlake; 9. Edison; 10. Mater Dei.

Division 2 – 1. Oak Park; 2. Laguna Beach; 3. Burbank Burroughs; 4. West Ranch; 5. Simi Valley; 6, Royal; 7. South Torrance; 8. Capistrano Valley; 9. Valencia; 10. Lakewood.

Division 3 – 1. Quartz Hill; 2. Cathedral; 3. El Segundo; 4. Warren; 5. Santa Monica; 6. Arroyo Grande; 7, Cerritos Valley Christian; 8. San Gabriel; 9. Gahr; 10. San Luis Obispo.

Division 4 – 1. Saddleback Valley Chr.; 2. Crean Lutheran; 3. Flintridge Prep; 4. Santa ; 5,. Cypress; 6. St. Margaret’s; 7. Channel Islands; 8. Century; 9. Tustin; 10. Yucaipa.

Division 5 – 1. Damien; 2. Laguna Blanca; 3. El Rancho; 4. Los Altos; 5. Oakwood; 6. La Serna; 7. California; 8. Loma Linda Aca.; 9. Indian Springs; 10. Santa Fe.


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Three Baseline League teams ranked in Division 4 tennis

Here are the boys tennis polls for the week of April 18 with teams from the Sun/Bulletin coverage area denoted in bold:

Division 1- 1. Peninsula; 2. San Marino; 3. University; 4. Palm Desert; 5. Mira Costa; 6. Corona del Mar; 7. Harvard-Westalke; 8. Beckman; 9. Woodridge; 10. Northwood.

Division 2 – 1. Santa Margarita; 2. Arcadia; 3. West Ranch; 4. Arroyo Grande; 5. San Clemente; 6. Crean Lutheran; 7. Walnut; 8. Diamond Bar; 9. Pasadena Poly; 10. Sage Hill.

Division 3 – 1. Cypress; 2. Placentia Valencia; 3. Great Oak; 4. Cerritos; 5. West Torrance; 6. Yorba Linda; 7. ML King; 8. Temecula Valley; 9. Sunny Hills; 10. West Torrance.

Division 4 – 1. Redlands; 2. Laguna Beach; 3. Mark Keppel; 4. Rowland; 5. Etiwanda; 6. Los Osos; 7. Buckley; 8. Rancho Cucamonga; 9. Maranatha; 10. Laguna Blanca.

Division 5 – 1. Heritage, Beaumont; 3. Hemet; 4. tie, Rosemead, Arroyo; 6. Bishop Montgomery; 7. Alta Loma; 8. Rim of the World; 9. Downey; 10. Gahr.

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Claremont High track athletes excel at Mt. SAC Relays

CHS track
The Claremont High School track team delivered some record-breaking performance over the weekend at the Mt. SAC Relays, held this year at Cerritos College.
The boys 4 x 1600 meter relay team of senior Sergio Espinoza, junior Owen Bishop, senior Tab Backman and junior Ryan Renken ran a 17:26, which bested the CHS school record by 24 seconds and took the Gold medal in last Men’s event of the meet on Saturday night. It was the fourth fastest time in the nation this year.
There were individual highlights as well Junior Annie Boos, Junior broke a school record in the mile with a 4:56.86 – the 13th fastest time in the state this year.
Renken also set a new CHS record in the mile, running 4:15.97, the 20th fastest time in the state.
CHS athletes did compete in many other events at the meet, and won silver medals in the girls 4 x 100 meter hurdles shuttle relay, the girls 4 x 800m relay, and the boys 110m hurdles shuttle relay.
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Diamond Ranch’s Roman Silva commits to UTEP

The season came together nicely for Diamond Ranch senior basketball standout Roman Silva.

The 7-foot-1 center took full advantage of his first full season of high school basketball, helping the Panthers to a CIF Southern Section Division 3A title and winning Player of the Year honors in the process.

Diamond Ranch’s Roman Silva (22) has helped lead the Panthers to Saturday’s Division 3A championship at Azusa Pacific University. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

It has all led to a verbal commitment to the University of Texas-El Paso.

Silva has not visited the school yet but plans to do so in the next month. But he got a good feel from the coaching staff which has made three visits to Southern California, the first of those by head coach Tim Floyd just to watch Silva practice.

“They seemed very genuine and they really wanted me,” Silva said. “I really felt like I could trust them and that was big for me.”

This truly was a breakout season for Silva. He played on the freshman team at Etiwanda his first year but played little on the varsity the next year.

He transferred to Diamond Ranch for his junior year but had the mandatory sit out period and finally got to play in January.

This year he averaged 18.6 points, 10.8 rebounds and 2.8 blocks, notching 21 double-doubles on the season. His playoff numbers were even better. He averaged 21.6 points, 15.1 rebounds and 3.3 blocks in the postseason.

He was also selected to the Daily Bulletin’s All-Inland Valley team.

Silva also had an offer from Division I Campbell (N.C.).

While Silva hasn’t visited UTEP, he has gotten a good first-hand account of the school and what it has to offer from CJ Cooper, the son of Panthers coach Eric Cooper, who played there.

“I definitely talked to him a lot,” Silva said. “It really helps having someone you know that went there because they’re going to be straight with you. I am excited about the opportunity.”

Silva plans to enroll for a summer session which starts in July. He hasn’t decided opn a major but is considering engineering.

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Honors continue to roll in for Chino Hills basketball players


Chino Hills' Lonzo Ball has been chosen as the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin's boys basketball Player of the Year.   (Will Lester/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

Chino Hills’ Lonzo Ball has been chosen as the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin’s boys basketball Player of the Year. (Will Lester/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

The storybook season for the Chino Hills boys basketball team, continues to lands its players individual accolades.

Senior guard Lonzo Ball, who has already garnered four national player of the year and a state player of the year awards, has been named Mr. California Basketball by CalHi Sports. He averaged a tripled double – 23.9 points, 11.3 rebounds and 11.5 assists, adding in 5.1 steals and 2 blocks a game.

He is the first state player of the year from the Inland Empire since current San Antonio Spurs standout Kawhi Leonard (Riverside Martin Luther King) in 2009. If you consider the San Gabriel Valley as part of the greater Inland Empire region along the 60-71 corridor, Ball joins Corey Benjamin (Fontana ’96) Casey Jacobsen (Glendora ’99) and Scott Williams (Hacienda Heights Wilson ’86) as winners of the state’s most prestigious honor from the vast region in the last 30 years.

In addition, CalHisSports named 6-foot-9 center Onyeka Okongwu the state freshman of the year. He averaged 7.9 points and 8.2 rebounds but upped that to 11 points, 9 rebounds and 7.4 blocks in the playoffs. His defensive presence was also evident in the number of shots he affected in the paint.

Here is the link to CalHi Sports players of year and link to overall player of year for those who want more information to see complete list of players honored.

Lonzo’s younger brother LiAngelo got recognition elsewhere. He was named second team “Junior Class” All-American by MaxPreps which picks All-American teams for each of four classes. He averaged a team-high 27.4 points with a best of 41 against High Point Christian (N.C.)

Here is link to that list of honorees.




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Damien boys volleyball team ready for another postseason run

Seniors Chris Mercado, Nick Hibshman and Michael Spinney were All-Tournament selections at an event last weekend in San Diego.

The Damien boys volleyball team won a CIF title a year ago. While the Spartans graduated a couple of key players they still look poised and ready for another postseason run.

Coach Randy Bohlmann’s team is 16-4 and ranked No. 1 in Division 5. The squad turned in a convincing performance last week at the Scripps Ranch Tournament in San Diego, going 7-1 and winning the event which included 24 teams competing at four different venues.

The team is working with a new setter and new middles but the transition has gone rather smoothly.

“We’re not quite as efficient as we were last year but we’re improving and we’re doing pretty well,” Bohlman said. “This tournament was good for us. There was some good competition and we did well so we’re probably where we need to be.”

Junior Brandon Nyquist, a defensive specialist last year, has done an admirable job in the setting role previously held by Christian Hernandez. Among the other newcomers is senior Sam Waldschmitt, who played as a freshman but didn’t the last two years, choosing to focus on basketball.

The veteran core is led by libero Nick Hibshman and outside hitters Chris Mercado and Michael Spinney – all seniors. The three were named to the All-Tournament team at the recent event and have provided the foundation for the success that has come this season.

“We really pretty scrappy,” Bohlmann said. “We get to a lot of balls and we’re never out of a point.”

The Spartans opened Hacienda League play with a 3-0 win over No. 8 West Covina on Tuesday. They play at No. 10 Diamond Ranch today so they’ll truly be able to se where they stand.

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