Ganesha baseball team having success flying under the radar

The Ganesha baseball team has already secured a share of the Miramonte League title which is its first since 1963. One win in the last two this week against Garey and the Giants will win it outright.

The team was just 7-12 last year and 4-10 in league play which was only good enough for a tie for fourth.

This year the Giants are sitting at 15-3 overall and 12-1 in league play with games at Garey on Wednesday and Friday remaining. They defeated their local rival 1-0 on Monday to secure at least a share of the title but are not in the mood to shares, especially with a city rival.

“This is my third year and when I got the job I made the decision to bring all the young guys up and let them play,” coach Tony Green said. “We have just gotten a little bit better each year.”

The team has two pitchers on which it has relied – senior Emilio Delgado (9-1, 1.17) and sophomore Robert Cazares (6-2, 1.90), both right-handers. Delgado was the winner in Tuesday’s 1-0 win over Garey.

Junior Jesus Salcido, a three-year starter, anchors the infield at short.

Green also singles out the showing of catcher Matt Rhodus (.321, 17 RBIs), a transfer from Bonita who did not play for the Bearcats last season.

Other key players are right fielder Richard Melendez and sophomore center fielder Tyler Wardsworth. Green moved Melendez from center to right this year because of the large number of balls opponents have hit there and the move has paid off.

“Our mind-set really is to go out and compete on every pitch,” Green said. “That doesn’t change regardless of the opponent.”

The Giants have played considerably fewer games than most teams because it hasn’t played in any tournaments because it hasn’t gotten the funding from the school to do so. Green knows that is a step his team needs to elevate it to the next level.

“We know we’re under the radar a little bit and that’s OK,” he said. “We have been able to sneak up on people and we’re taking advantage of that while we can.”

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Damien boys volleyball team begins playoff trek

Here is the schedule of boys volleyball matches for local playoff teams:

Division 4
Tuesday’s first round

Templeton at Yucaipa
Citrus Valley at Cypress
Katella at Redlands

Division 5
Tuesday’s first round

Pomona at Damien
Ontario Christian at Indian Springs
Arrowhead Christian at Ganesha
Sierra Vista at Loma Linda
San Gorgonio at Santa Monica at Pacifica Christian

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CIF boys tennis draw is out

Here are the boys tennis matches for the coming week involving local schools:

Division 2
Wednesday’s first round

Charter Oak at Diamond Bar
Oxford Academy at Claremont
Bonita at Walnut

Division 4
Tuesday’s wild card matches

Victor Valley at Aquinas
Yucaipa at Barstow
Citrus Valley at Los Osos

Wednesday’s first round
Aquinas-Victor Valley winner at Redlands
Arrowhead Chr. at Rancho Cucamonga
Redlands East Valley at Etiwanda
Covina at Webb

Division 5
Tuesday’s wild card matches

Sultana at San Bernardino
Azusa at Grand Terrace
Montclair at Edgewood
Jurupa Hills at Magnolia

Wednesday’s first round
Don Boscoe-Jurupa Valley at Garey
Sultana-San Bernardino winner at Alta Loma
Rim of the World at Rancho Mirage
Hillcrest-Marshall winner at Summit
Elsinore-San Jacinto at San Gorgonio

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CIF-SS Girls Swimming Championships Preview

High school athletes from the CIF Southern Section will jump into the pool throughout the week at Riverside City College for the 2016 swim finals. 

On the Division 2 girls side, Ayala’s Kenisha Liu and Redlands’ Melissa Pepper return with the hope of capping off their high school careers on top.

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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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