Yucaipa players dominate CBL softball selections

The Division 2 CIF champion Yucaipa Thunderbirds have landed all the top honors for softball. Here is the complete list of players honored:

Most Valuable Player: Kelly Martinez, Jr., C, Yucaipa
Most Outstanding Pitcher: Brooke Bolinger, Sr., Yucaipa

First team
Victoia Avalos, Sr., Miller
Annie Bakenhus, Sr., Yucaipa
Katekyn Biley, Sr., Citrus Valley
Maya Cabang, Sr., Carter
Briana Cassidy, S., Cajon
Kirsten Caudle, Sr., Cajon
Mallorie Cross, Jr., Yucaipa
Autumn Gillespie, Sr., Redlands East Valley
Skie Munoz, Sr., Redlands
Maxine Ortega, Soph., Citrus Valley
Jacquelyn Ortiz, Sr., Redlands East Valley
Monica Pasiillas, Sr., Redlands
Riley Plogger, Jr., Redlands East Valley
Zoe Richard, Jr., Citrus Valley
Melissa Sota, Sr., Eisenhower
Taylor Troost, Sr., Citrus Valley

Second team
Natalie Alas, Sr., Cajon
Taylor Babbitt, Sr., Citrus Valley
Jocelyn Chavez, Jr., Eisenhower
Jordan Green, Sr., Yucaipa
Eve Harvey, Fr., Redlands East Valley
Danielle Lopez, Sr., Redlands East Valley
Megan Martin, Soph., Yucaipa
Laura Mendez, Sr., Carter
Chrsytal Obando, Jr., Miller
Jada Overby, Soph., Redlands
Jeanette Ponce, Sr., Cajon
Taryn Rahler, Sr., Cajon
Angelica Redmond, Sr., Miller
Leilani San Pedro, Jr., Redlands East Valley
Gabrielle Ursay, Soph., Eisenhower
Jayme Steward, Soph., Redlands
Daisy Vizcarra, Sr., Carter
Morgan Zamora, Fr., Cajon

Honorable mention: Deziree Valdez, Soph., Carter; Carsyn Taitague, Fr., Citrus Valley; Helena Ramirez, Soph., Eisenhower; Halayna Chavez, Sr., Miller; Raylene Anaya, Soph., Redlands; Julia Solomon, Fr., Redlands East Valley; Keely Clark, Fr., Yucaipa.

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Redlands’ Cal Mende leads CBL boys volleyball picks

Here is the complete list of boys honored by the Citrus Belt League for volleyball:

MVP: Cal Mende, Sr., Redlands

First team
Raul Duran, Jr., Citrus Valley
Troy Fields, Redlands
Antwione George, Sr., Eisenhower
Brian Goh, Jr., Redlands East Valley
Christopher Green, Sr., Citrus Valley
Dalton Johnson, Sr., Yucaipa
Donshay Lefridge, Sr., San Gorgonio
Shynol McClain, Sr., Redlands East Valley
Chandler Oliver, Sr., Yucaipa
Manuel Savalza, Soph., Riverside Poly
Jaziel Villalvazo, Sr., Redlands

Second team
Aryoc Arellano, Sr., Redlands
Mitchell DeBoer, Jr., Citrus Valley
Lance Diaz, Sr., Carter
Daniel Fisher, Sr., Redlands East Valley
Joshua Martinez, Sr., Redlands East Valley
Reed Mortensen, Jr., Redlands
Rasheed Ogaldez, Jr., Carter
Joey Paulo, Soph., Riverside Poly
Jesse Sommerfelt, Sr., Citrus Valley
Cameron Salvatierra, Soph., Redlands East Valley
Sean Stange, Jr., Yucaipa
James Zarglis, Sr., Yucaipa

Honorable mention: Esgardo Duarte, Jr., Citrus Valley; Dorian Fedrick, Jr., Redlands East Valley; Kim Aiken, Soph., Redlands East Valley; Johnathan Ramirez, Jr., San Gorgoin.

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San Dimas pitcher Peter Lambert signs with Colorado Rockies

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It’s official. Peter Lambert is a professional baseball player.

The San Dimas High School pitcher signed with the Colorado Rockies today. He was drafted by that organization earlier this month in the second round with the 44th overall pick in the draft.

It was the highest any player from the school had gone in the draft.

Lambert signing means he will not be attending UCLA, the college with which he signed.

But that seemed like a forgone conclusion after being drafted so highly. Lambert was nothing short of spectacular. He had 13 starts and completed nine of those. Five were shutouts and he allowed only four earned runs and managed 113 strikeouts in 83 innings for a miniscule ERA of 0.43.

And that’s just what he did on the mound.  He also hit .295 and came up with some clutch hits, excelling at shortstop when not pitching.

Lambert is currently in Colorado with his family.  Right after signing he caught another flight to Grand Junction, Col., where he will begin his career with the team’s Short-Season rookie ball team.

“It hasn’t quite sunk in yet. I’m sure it will soon,” he said. “I am relieved to have it over and excited about getting going again.”

 

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Cal-Hi Sports announces All-State softball nominees

Brooke Bolinger and Kelly Martinez of Yucaipa celebrate a CIF state title in Division 2.

CalHi Sports has announced its list of All-State nominees for softball.

The players are broken down by section with the Southern Section featuring a lot of locals in the Sun/Bulletin coverage area.

Here are the locals in the running:

Hailey Arteaga, Jr., Webb
Annie Bakenhus, Sr., Yucaipa
Brooke Bolinger, Sr., Yucaipa
Alyssa Burke, Sr., Fontana
Zoe Casas, Sr., Aquinas
Kennedy Clark, Sr., Ayala
Savanna Corr, Sr., Chino Hills
Raelene Estrada, Jr., Rialto
Eliyah Flores, Soph., Grand Terrace
Paige Halstead, Sr., Los Osos
Allie Hotetz, Sr., Aquinas
Lindsey Hughes, Sr., San Dimas
Vanessa Juarez, Sr., Pomona Catholic
Megan Martin, Sr., Yucaipa
Kelly Martinez, Sr., Yucaipa
Chloe Melanson, Sr., Bonita
Skie Munoz, Sr., Redlands
Melanie Olmos, Jr., Grand Terrace
Morgan Parsons, Soph., Grand Terrace
Asia Pumphrey, Fr., Bloomington Christian
Areana Ramos, Sr., Ontario Christian
Taylor Rowland, Sr., Ayala
Ciera Schick, Sr., Los Osos
Tannon Snow, Sr., Chino Hills
Taylon Snow, Soph., Chino Hills
Megan Stevens, Jr., Etiwanda
Vanessa Taaukeiaho, Jr., Etiwanda
Brittany Vicary, Jr., Jurupa Hills

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Here’s to the top individual performances of past year

Another school year has come and gone. There were a lot of great performances in about every sport.

So here’s a countdown of what I think are the top 10 individual showings. I know there are probably some I missed and I can’t really include everyone. I tried to get a lot of sports rep[resented.

So here we go . . .

10. Zach Shinnick, Soph., Damien track

 

He was the area’s top performer at the state track meet with a second-place finish in the 200 meters (21.10) and a third in the 400 (47.19). That even bettered his showing at the Southern Section meet in which he placed third in both events. He also anchored Damien’s 4×400 relay team.

9. Paige Halstead, Sr., Los Osos softball

The UCLA bound catcher hit .568 with 16 doubles, 1 triple, 3 home runs, 36 RBI and 38 runs scored. She had 17 multiple hit games even though opponents pitched around her. Oh yeah, no one dared run on her either. She is currently playing with the USA National 18-under team.

 

8. Jeremy Hemsley, Sr., Damien basketball

Hemsley was the catalyst of a Spartans team that won a tough Baseline League and went on to win a Division 3 state title. He averaged 22.7 points and 7 rebounds, earning first team All-CIF and league honors.

7. Austin Stewart, Sr., Los Osos water polo

He helped the Grizzlies to the Division 2 title game where Los Osos lost to top seed Foothill. Despite moving up two notches from Division 4 to 2 he managed 90 goals, 96 steals, 42 assists, 32 ejections drawn.

 

6. Shawn Wilson, Sr., Pomona football

Wilson helped the Red Devils to the CIF Mid-Valley Division title. He factored in on both sides of the ball with 50 receptions for 1,375 yards and 19 touchdowns on offense. He also tallied 104 tackles, 6 interceptions and 1 caused fumble. He is headed to Oregon State.

5. Josh Woods, Sr., Upland football

Woods, who is headed to UCLA, was a standout on both side of the ball for the Highlanders.  He rushed for 767 yards and 11 touchdowns on 94 carries. He might have been used more had he not been a full-time starter on defense where he managed 92 tackles, 11 sacks and 2 interceptions.

 

 

4. Leah Pruitt, Sr., Alta Loma soccer

The San Diego State bound star was on the precipice of setting a long-standing single-season scoring record. She had 37, one short of that record, then she sustained what was believed to be a season ending knee injury. Not only did she come back in a month, she came back strong, finishing with 41 goals and leading the Braves on a playoff run.

3. Peter Lambert, Sr., San Dimas baseball

You can’t do much better than 13-0 with 113 strikeouts in 83 innings and an ERA of 0.43. He had 13 starts, completed 9 of those, 5 of which were shutouts. He was drafted in the second round by the Rockies (44th pick overall).

2. Lonzo Ball, Jr., Chino Hills basketball

The junior guard did something pretty much unheard of at the high school level, nearly averaging a triple double. The UCLA commit averaged 25 points, 11.2 rebounds and 9.1 assists to got with 5 steals and 5 blocked shots. And that is against top notch competition. Any other year he’d be No. 1o n the list.

1. Tannon Snow, Sr., Chino Hills softball

Her numbers were simply ridiculous. She hit .569 but out of her 62 hits, 44 were for extra bases. So she had more home runs (28) than she did singles (18). She had 89 RBI, an average of almost 3 per game. The home run and RBI totals were state records. She also set career records in both.

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Local players in the hunt for All-State honors in baseball

CalHi Sports is in the process of doling out its postseason honors for the springs sports.

It has published a list of players from each section up for All-State honors.

Here is the list of Southern Section candidates from the Daily Bulletin/Sun coverage area.

They’re listed in alphabetical order with grade, position and school.

Solomon Bates, Sr., P, ONF, Oak Hills
Branden Becker, Sr., SS, Cajon
Kenny Boardman, Sr., P-INF, Grand Terrace
Morgan Brannock, Sr., P, Big Bear
Jacob Castillo, Jr., P-SS, San Dimas
Chris Ceballos, Sr., OF, Chino Hills
Joey Chapman, Sr., P, 1B-OF, Yucaipa
Steven Elliott, Sr., OF, Alta Loma
Bailey Falter, Sr., P, Chino Hills
Justin Gomez, Sr., C, Bonita
Peter Lambert, Sr., P, San Dimas
Logan Murratalla, Sr., 1B, San Dimas
Niko Navarro, Sr., 3B, Los Osos
RJ Peace, Sr., P-OF, INF, Serrano
Robert Peterson, Sr., La Verne Lutheran
Hazahel Quijada, Sr., P, San Gorgonio
Taylor Sims, Sr., P-INF, Cajon

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A round of applause for coaches who led their teams to great things

Yesterday’s Top 10 featured the top team performances of the past school year. Now it’s time to highlight the coaches, who don’t get nearly enough credit most of the time.

Naturally many on this list are ones from team’s we spotlighted yesterday. And yes it’s hard to narrow it down to just 10. I also wanted to include some that weren’t obvious choices, so here goes . . .

10. Ben Davies, Alta Loma girls soccer (24-5)
The Braves looked to be a true threat to win a Division 5 CIF title all season. Then star player Leah Pruitt went down with what looked like a season-ending knee injury vs. Montclair on Jan. 28. There was a brief hiccup the next game as the Braves lost to Colony. But they regrouped nicely, even without Pruitt to win the league title. Pruitt amazingly returned vat the end of the season and Alta Loma managed to get to the quarterfinal before losing to Palm Desert 3-0.

9. Jackie Robinson, Los Osos track
The Grizzles took five athletes to the state competition and four of those placed in a total of five events. There were two athletes in the throwing events but the other athletes were all in different events. Versatility indeed.

8. Luis Garcia, Don Lugo football (6-5)
This one might surprise people but the Conquistadores weren’t on anyone’s radar. They haven’t been good – 3-7 in 2013 and I picked them last this year. Well they went 6-4 under a first-year coach and were third in the Mt. Baldy. Only a 9-7 loss to Chaffey kept them out of second. The Conquistadores turned in an admirable performance in the playoffs, losing to perennial title contender Monrovioa 26-20 in overtime. They also took the Milk Can from local rival Chino which had dominated them as of late.

7. Christine Howard, Colony girls basketball (22-9)
The Titans went all the way to the Division 2A CIF title game before falling to South Torrance 57-56. They were the co-champion in the Mt. Baldy League with Alta Loma, splitting regular season games with the Braves. Colony also got that far with a balanced offense, not relying heavily on any one player.

6. Tishanna Pope, Alta Loma volleyball (36-3)

The Braves had no competition in the Mt. Baldy League so the toughest task for Pope was trying to find a way to keep her team sharp and focused when they didn’t have an equal. Teams that lack competition in the regular season frequently crash and burn in the playoffs – not the Braves who won a CIF title and finished as state runner-up.

5. Jason Schmelzeisen, Chaffey boys  soccer (22-2-5)
The Tigers had a tough task at hand just in Mt. Baldy League play and they finished first, not securing that outright title until a 4-3 overtime win against Ontario the final game of the regular season. That win also came despite playing a man down. Chaffey got to the Division 3 title game before falling to Cathedral 2-0.

4. Randy Bohlmann, Damien volleyball (26-7)
The Spartans won the Division 5 CIF title this season, getting past the quarterfinal for the first time in school history. Bohlmann started the program five years ago so he was the one laying the foundation. Now he is reaping the benefits. The Spartans also did a masterful job of shutting down a marquee player in the CIF title match.

3. Dave Kleckner, Etiwanda boys basketball (24-9)

OK, he’s one that could be on the list every year. And maybe the Eagles didn’t win the Baseline League for the first time in more than a decade. But it was how his team bounced back after that. His team beat both Chino Hills and Damien the second time through league play. It made a run to a CIF final that included a win AT Mater Dei and one over Sierra Canton to whom it lost earlier in the season. The Eagles stayed in the elite Open Division in basketball, losing a SoCal regional semifinal to LA Fairfax.

2. Keith Richardson, Pomona football (11-4)
Richardson had to right the ship and keep his team focused amid numerous distractions, the most notable being the dismissal of the head coach right before the playoffs. Richardson, then the defensive coordinator, took over and did just that. He was officially rewarded with the head coaching position.

1. Matt Dunn, Damien boys basketball (29-5)

The Spartans move from one league into the Baseline, probably the most competitive in all the Southern Section. And they win nine of 10 league games, finishing ahead of Etiwanda and Chino Hills. They lost a second round Open Division CIF game to Orange Lutheran but capitalized on the second chance and won a state title in Division 3 in that portion of the playoffs. A lot of coaches have trouble getting a team up for the state playoffs after a CIF run. No problem here. Some said the Spartans would have been better off in Division 3, a probable easy winner, and not in the Open. Dunn said, “Bring it On.”

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