Improving Ganesha football team looking to move to 5-1

Don’t look now but the Ganesha Giants are 4-1 with a good probability of making that 5-1 when they host winless Western Christian for Homecoming on Friday

Coach Don Cayer’s team was 4-6 a year ago so the prospect of a winning season is welcomed. Cayer isn’t getting too far ahead of himself because last year the Giants were 4-2, only to lose their last four games of the season.

The measuring stick is that Cayer’s schedule is the same as last year with the exception of one team so he thinks he can assess where his team stands.

“The big difference is last year we were 4-2 and we could have been 2-4,” he said, noting two 7-6 wins. “This year we’re beating these teams convincingly. For the first time in a long time here we have games on the schedule we should win.”

Junior quarterback John Mosqueda has led the resurgence. He has passed for 404 yards but is the leading rusher as well. After that it has been a successful running back by committee with seniors Anthony Longsworth, Mauriyon O’Brien and Jaylon Dean, with Dean also an integral factor on the other side of the ball.

The receiving core is also a balanced one.

The Giants start Miramonte League play on Oct. 9 against Bassett which also also provide a litmus test. Last year Ganesha lost to Bassett 42-0 and it came on the heels of a loss to Garey.

“We couldn’t have been any flatter that game than if we had been plowed over by steamroller,” Cayer said. “Playing them the first game will tell us exactly where we stand.”

Cayer still singles out Pomona as the team to beat.

“The graduated some players but they’re still the big dog until someone knocks them off.”


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Etiwanda freshman Julia Jimenez commits to Michigan softball

Etiwanda freshman Julia Jimenez announced on Twitter that she has committed to play at the University of Michigan.

Jimenez received the offer from the Wolverines before even starting her first season as a member of the Eagles softball team. IMG_0766.JPG

“It’s definitely overwhelming. It’s an honor and very humbling,” she explained in an email. “I am glad to see all my hard work and dedication pay off. The road only gets harder from here and now I have to work twice as hard.”

Jimenez, who was being recruited as a shortstop, stated that she also had full ride scholarship offers from Louisville and Texas A&M.

“It has been very exciting and stressful at the same time but it is a good stress at least,” said Gloria Jimenez, the mother of Julia.

Despite only being a freshman, she believes Michigan is the right place for her.

“It is a well balanced school,” Julia said. “All of the athletics, the education and the coaching staff.”

She made her verbal commitment over the phone with Carol Hutchins, the Wolverines’ softball coach.

“She said she would be honored to be my coach,”  Jimenez said. “She referred to me as a Wolverine and told me it is not about the size, but it’s the fight.”

Gloria believes the game of softball has really helped her daughter grow into the person she has become.

“It has really made her focus on her education, it has taught her life lessons and how to overcome failure,” Gloria said. “It has made her a stronger minded young lady and she is extremely confident on and off the field.”

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Montclair girls tennis quietly having another solid season

The Montclair girls tennis team is off to an 8-1 start and ranked No. 2 in Division 5. The Cavaliers won the Mt. Baldy League two years ago for the first time in 25 years and are bidding to do the same again this season.

Coach Doc Martin is pleased with his team’s progress. The school doesn’t traditionally get a lot of players with club or competitive backgrounds before they get to the high school level.

“This is a nice group of girls with good senior leaders,” Martin said. “They have bought in to what we’re trying to do and we’re doing pretty well.”

Senior Jazmyn Sandoval is the top singles player with junior Emily Lam playing at No. 2. martin is working on solidifying the rest of the singles lineup.

The sixth-year coach said the strength of the team is its doubles play with three quality teams. Those teams are seniors Sammy Valencia and Trish Montemayor at No. 1, juniors Vy Nguyen and Phi-Phi Do at No. 2 and sophomore Jereena Montemayor and junior Jenny Vu at No. 3.

The Cavaliers are 8-1 the lone loss to Alta Loma with whom they have split this season. Those two teams will play a third time on Oct. 13 which will likely decide the league title. Alta Loma has also had a solid season and is ranked No. 3 in the same division.

Montclair will play against Chaffey today.


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Versatile Kamari Pleasant of Etiwanda gets another D1 offer

Etiwanda High School senior Kamari Pleasant has excelled on both sides of the ball. But heading into this season he looked to destined to play safety in college. Well, not so fast.

Pleasant, a 6-foot-2, 185-pounder, is starting to get some attention as a wide receiver. Now he’s not being recruited as one or the other. He’s getting that proverbial tag “Athlete.”

That will should give him more options moving forward.

He has three offers – UTEP, Montana State and Oregon, with the latter coming as recently as Sunday.

“I have had a good season catching the ball and I’m getting some numbers there,” Pleasant said of the recent attention focused on him, “I am happy about that because ti gives me more options.”

Pleasant says he doesn’t prefer one over the other. He’ll do what ever gets him on the field faster.

He is actually the team’s leading rusher with 42 carries for 301 yards and two touchdowns. He has five receptions with one touchdown and has an interception on defense.

He is keeping his options open for now. He will take a visit to UCLA this weekend and one to USC the following week but those will both be unofficial. He hasn’t settled on any official trips.

The Eagles (2-3) are off the week and will start Baseline League play the following week against Upland.


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Six local teams make Central Division football poll

Daily Bulletin High School football Top 10; Rancho Cucamonga stays on top

Here are the CIF football polls for this week.

CENTRAL – 1. Charter Oak (4-1); 2. San Marino (5-0); 3. Summit (4-0); 4. Glendora (3-1); 5. Bonita (5-0); 6. Colony (1-3) and Claremont (5-0); 8. Kaiser (3-1); 9. West Covina (2-3); 10. Chaffey (5-0).

EASTERN – 1. Palm Springs (4-0); 2. Serrano (4-0); 3. Norte Vista (4-0); 4. Moreno Valley (4-0); 5. Rubidoux (5-0); 6. Ramona (4-1); 7. Vista del Lago (4-1); 8. Silverado (3-2); 9. Barstow (4-1); 10. Palm Desert (2-3).

EAST VALLEY – 1. St. Margaret’s (4-0); 2. Grace Brethren (5-0; 3. Brethren Chr. (5-0); 4. Calvary Murrieta (5-0); 5. Saddleback Valley Chr. (4-0); 6. St. Anthony (2-2); 7. Santa Paula (3-2); 8. Webb (4-1); 9. Crean Lutheran (3-2); 10. Cap Valley Chr. (1-1).

INLAND – 1. Heritage (5-0); 2. Redlands East Valley (3-1); 3. Cajon (4-0); 4. Rancho Verde (3-2); 5. Citrus Hill (3-2); 6. Redlands (3-1); 7. Carter (3-1); 8. Paloma Valley (3-2); 9. San Jacinto (5-0); 10. Yucaipa (3-1).

MID-VALLEY – 1. Sierra Canyon (5-0); 2. Paraclete (2-3); 3. Pomona (3-2); 4. Montebello (4-1); 5. Northview (4-1); 6. Brentwood (3-1); 7. Bell Gardens (3-2); 8. San Dimas (2-2); 9. Arroyo (3-2); 10. El Monte (3-2).

NORTHWEST – 1. Linfield Chr. (5-0); 2. Riverside Notre Dame (4-0); 3. Templeton (4-1); 4. Twentynine Palms (4-0); 5. Nipomo (2-3); 6. Ontario Chr. (4-1); 7. Bishop Montgomery (4-1); 8. Cerritos Valley Chr. (4-1); 9. Mission Prep (3-1); 10. Rancho Mirage (3-2).

PAC-5 – 1. Corona Centennial (4-0); 2. St. John Bosco (5-0); 3. Mater Dei (5-0); 4. Bishop Amat (4-1); 5. Alemany (4-1); 6. Long Beach Poly (3-1); 7. Serra (4-1); 8. Oaks Chr, (5-0); 9. JSerra (5-0); 10. Orange Lutheran (5-0).

SOUTHEAST – 1. Cathedral (4-0); 2. St. Francis (4-0); 3. Dominguez (3-2); 4. Downey (2-3); 5. La Serna (3-2); 6. La Mirada (2-3); 7. Paramount (3-2); 8. Burbank Burroughs (3-1); 9. Burbank (2-2); 10. Salesian (3-2).

SOUTHERN – 1. El Modena (3-1); 2. Westminster (4-0); 3. Anaheim Canyon (2-2); 4. Garden Grove (3-1); 5. Katella (4-0); 6. Santa Ana (4-0); 7. Brea Olinda (1-3); 8. Rancho Alamitos (3-1); 9. Costa Mesa (4-1); 10. Santa Ana Cavalry Chapel (2-2).

SOUTHWEST – 1. La Habra (4-1); 2. San Clemente  (4-1); 3. Corona del Mar (3-2); 4. Valencia Placentia (4-0); 5. Villa Park (4-0); 6. Foothill (3-1); 7. Buena (3-1); 8. Tustin (4-1); 9. Sonora (4-0); 10. Fullerton (4-1).

WESTERN – 1. Calabasas (5-0); 2. Mira Costa (4-0); 3. Redondo Union (4-1); 4. North Torrance (4-1); 5. West Torrance (2-2); 6. El Segundo (4-0); 7. Oak Park (5-0); 8. South Torrance (4-0); 9. Lawndale (3-1); 10. Morningside (4-0).

WEST VALLEY – 1. Mission Viejo (6-0); 2. Tesoro (4-1); 3. Vista Murrieta (3-1); 4. Upland (3-2); 5. Rancho Cucamonga (4-1); 6. San Juan Hills (5-0); 7. Los Alamitos (2-2); 8. Hart (3-1); 9. Murrieta Valley (4-1); 10. El Toro (3-2).





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Arrowhead Christian prevails over Ontario Christian tennis

ARROWHEAD CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 12, ONTARIO CHRISTIAN 6 >> The Eagles’ Kendall Bollock swept her singles competition in Ambassador League play against the Knights (0-8, 0-4). Kayla Dennis won two matches against Eagles. Arrowhead Christian Academy will play at 3:15 p.m. today against Aquinas. Ontario Christian will play at 3:15 p.m. today against Woodcrest Christian.

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Rancho Cucamonga stays No. 2 in Division 1A volleyball poll

Division 1AA – 1. Redondo Union; 2. Corona del Mar; 3. Great Oak; 4. Santa Margarita; 5. Mira Costa; 6. Marymount; 7. Chaparral; 8. Los Alamitos; 9. Lakewood; 10. Huntington Beach.

Division 1AA – Aliso Niguel; 2. Rancho Cucamonga; 3. Corona Santiago; 4. Villa Park; 5. ML King; 6. Chino Hills; 7. San Marcos; 8. Ventura; 9. Valencia; 10. Westlake.

Division 2AA – 1. Chadwick; 2. Village Christian; 3. Mayfield; 4. Esperanza; 5. Arroyo Grande; 6. Laguna Beach; 7. South Torrance; 8. Whittier Christian; 9. South Pasadena; 10. Yorba Linda.

Division 2A – 1. Louisville; 2. Viewpoint; 3. Troy; 4. Glendora; 5. Serrano; 6. Ridgecrest Burroughs; 7. Sierra Canyon; 8. Bonita; 9. La Quinta; 10. Apple Valley.

Division 3AA – 1. St. Margaret’s; 2. Elsinore; 3. Sage Hill; 4. Quartz Hill; 5. Rim of the World; 6. La Serna; 7. Culver City; 8. Highland; 9. Crean Lutheran; 10. Riverside Poly.

Division 3A – 1. Saddleback Valley Chr.; 2. Woodcrest Chr.; 3. Loma Linda; 4. La Sierra; 5. Hemet; 6. Templeton; 7. Santa Ynez; 8. San Gabriel; 9. Webb; 10. Riverside Notre Dame.

Division 4AA – 1. La Reina; 2, Alta Loma; 3. Laguna Beach; 4. Vistamar; 5. St, Paul; 6. Don Lugo; 7. Shadow Hills; 8. Pacifica Chr.; 9. St. Bonaventure; 10. Pomona Catholic.

Division 4A – 1. Cate; 2. Desert; 3. Duarte; 4. Gladstone; 5. Summit; 6. Fontana; 7. Mammoth; 8. St. Genevieve; 9. Mary Star of the Sea; 10. Century.

Division 5AA – 1. Santa Clarita Chr.; 2. Upland Chr. ;3. La Sierra; 4. Temecula Prep; 5. California Lutheran; 6. Buckley; 7. Coast Union; 8. Faith Baptist; 9. Trinity Classical; 10. Desert Chr. Aca.

Division 5A – 1. Tarbut V’Torah; 2. St. Monica; 3. University Prep; 4. Hillcrest; 5. Albert Einstein Aca.; 6. San Jacinto Valley Chr.; 7. Avalon; 8. AAE; 9. Excelsior Charter; 10. Riverside Prep.







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Montclair remains top local in CIF girls tennis polls

The polls are out for the new week and the Montclair Cavaliers remain No. 2 in division 5 which has the most local representation.

Here is the complete rundown:

Division 1- 1. Peninsula; 2. Mira Costa; 3. Harvard Westlake; 4. Dana Hills; 5. Campbell Hall; 6. University; 7. Corona del Mar; 8. Palm Desert; 9. San Marino; 10. Villa Park.

Division 2 – 1. Valencia; 2. Arcadia; 3. Laguna Beach; 4. Sage Hill; 5. Arroyo Grande; 6. Beverly Hills; 7. Santa Monica; 8. Vista Murrieta; 9. Troy; 10. Temecula Valley.

Division 3 – Placentia Valencia; 2. Santa Ynez; 3. Redlands; 4. Rio Mesa; 5. Cypress; 6. Orcutt Academy; 7. Long Beach Wilson; 8. Warren; 9. Templeton; 10. Mayfield.

Division 4 – 1. South Torrance; 2. Riverside Poly; 3. Serrano; 4. Alhambra; 5. Los Osos; 6. Arlington; 7. Riverside North; 8. West Torrance; 9. Garden Grove; 10. Bishop Montgomery.

Division 5 – 1. Maranatha; 2. Montclair; 3. Alta Loma; 4. Segerstrom; 5. Thacher; 6. Garey; 7. San Jacinto; 8. Orange; 9. Webb; 10. Norte Vista.


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Alta Loma grad Aeryn Owens earns college honor


Alta Loma High School graduate Aeryn Owens of Cal State Northridge has been named Big West Women’s Volleyball Freshman Player of the Week.

The 6-0 outside hitter averaged 4.14 kills per set as CSUN’s second-biggest offensive threat, helping the Matadors defeat UC Irvine and UC Davis on the opening weekend of Big West play.

Owens had 13 kills on a season-high .435 hitting against UCI, adding three digs and one block in the victory.  She equaled her season high with 16 kills on 44 swings (.250) in the win over the Aggies.

For the week, Owens hit .313 (29-8-67).

Owens helped Alta Loma to a CIF Division 4AA title as well as a berth in the Division 4 state championship game last year as a senior. It was the Braves best season ever.

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Mikey Dean’s numbers starting to open eyes despite his size

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Chaffey’s Mikey Dean is putting up some downright ridiculous offensive numbers. The Tigers have played five games and he has 1,415 yards and 21 touchdowns to lead the entire state in both those departments.

He has rushed for more than 200 yards in every game and has three games of 320 or more yards. In Thursday’s win over Colton he ran for 332 yards and six touchdowns.

He should have college  scouts coming at him in droves and that isn’t quite the case.

The dilemma is his size. He’s 5–foot-7 (and a half) and 165 pounds. No matter how fast or tough you are that’s a tough sell for colleges who want size, speed and ALL the intangibles in one package.

Dean has two offers – Division II Western New Mexico and NAIA Trinity (Ill.)

He took an unofficial visit the past weekend to Arizona and was on hand for the Wildcats game against UCLA. He loved everything about the experience and has had ongoing dialogue with coaches from that school. Only time will tell if something further develops.

“I really like it,” he said. “The coaches all seemed to know who I was and that made me feel good.”

Army and Navy are interested with Hawaii also recently coming into the mix.

Dean would be a nice addition for any school, no matter what his size. Schools really ought to start looking at the total package rather than just stature. Dean is also a 4.0 student and a quality individual. He deserves a shot somewhere.

The Tigers are off this week in preparation for their Mt. Baldy League opener against Ontario,

Dean had a modest goal of reaching 2,000 yards this season but that seems like a forgone conclusion.

“Now I’m shooting for 3,000,” he said.


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