Claremont cross country teams hold lofty rankings

Here are boys and girls cross country rankings for Sept. 12:

BOYS
Division 1 –
Dana Hills; 2. Great Oak; 3. Burbank Burroughs; 4. Roosevelt; 5. California; 6. Beaumont; 7. Placentia Valencia; 8. El Toro; 9. Arcadia; 10. Yucaipa.

Division 2 – Loyola; 2. Claremont; 3. Mira Costa; 4. Ventura; 5. Anaheim Canyon; 6. West Ranch; 7. Mission Viejo; 8. Ayala; 9. San Juan Hills; 10. Tesoro.

Division 3 – 1. Brea Olinda; 2. West Torrance; 3. Baldwin Park; 4. Cathedral; 5. St. John Bosco; 6. Paso Robles; 7. Sultana; 8 . Palos Verdes; 9. Esperanza; 10. Ocean View.

Division 4 – 1. Foothill Tech; 2. San Luis Obispo; 3. JSerra; 4. Oaks Christian; 5. Harvard-Westlake; 6. Costa Mesa; 7. Yucca Valley; 8. Covina; 9. Big Bear; 10. E; Segundo.

Division 5 – 1. Flintridge Prep; 2. Desert Christian; 3. St. Margaret’s; 4. Thacher; 5. Cerritos Valley Christian; 6. Brentwood; 7. Woodcrest Christian; 8. Pasadena Poly; 9. Xavier Prep; 10. Santa Maria St. Joseph.

GIRLS

DIVISION 1 – 1. Great Oak; 2. Arcadia; 3. Long Beach Poly; 4. Vista Murrieta; 5. ML King; 6. California; 7. Dana Hills; 8. Trabuco Hills; 9.Yucaipa; 10. Foothill.

Division 2 – 1. Claremont; 2. Saugus; 3. Ventura; 4. Capistrano Valley; 5. Anaheim Canyon; 6. Serrano; 7. Mission Viejo; 8. Mira Costa; 9. Ayala; 10. Tesoro.

Division 3 – 1. Palos Verdes; 2. Esperanza; 3. Moorpark; 4. Oak Park; 5. Norwalk; 6. Laguna Hills; 7. Bolsa Grande; 8. Corona del Mar; 9. Yorba Linda; 10. Brea Olinda.

Division 4 – Foothill Tech; 2. JSerra; 3. Bishop Amat; 4. Atascadeo; 5. Covina; 6. Harvard-Westlake; 7. La Canada; 8. Mayfield; 9. Marymount; 10. San Luis Obispo.

Division 5 – Flintridge Prep; 2. Sage Hill; 3. Woodcrest Christian; 4. Pacifica Christian; 5. Bell-Jeff; 6. Brentwood; 7. St. Margaret’s; 8. Xavier Prep; 9. Pasadena Poly; 10. Sacred Heart of Jesus.

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An update on bus crash involving Chino Hills opponent

A bus carrying 15 football players and three coaches from Legacy High School in Broomfield, Col., which played at Chino Hills on Thursday, was involved in a serious accident on its return to its home state.

The contingent had arrived at Denver International Airport and was on its way out of the airport for the 40 minute trek back to is school when the bus veered off the road and struck a median.

The bus driver did not survive. The students were all taken to a hospital, treated and released, according to Jon Yunt of the Daily Camera in Boulder. The coaches, who had been sitting in the front of the bus, were the most seriously injured.

Head coach Wayne Vorhees sustained a skull fracture.

Chino Hills coach Chris Stevens flew to Colorado this morning to visit the coaches and offer his support.

The Huskies (3-0) are off the week. They defeated Legacy on Thursday 28-24 on a 56-yard pass from Austin Zavala to Noah Rigney with six seconds left.

Yunt said Legacy has a game scheduled for Friday but the status of that game is still in question.

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A week-by-week look at our “Athlete of Week” selections

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Here’s a week-by-week look at who our selections for So Cal Prep Legends Athletes of the Week have been:

BOYS
Sept. 27Stephen Carr, Summit football
Sept 20Antoine Paul, Ontario football
Sept. 13 – Kyle Jones, Upland football
Sept. 6 – Andrew Almazan, Chino football
Aug. 26 – Jacob Camargo, Damien football

GIRLS
Sept. 27Alexis Cardoza, Chino Hills volleyball
Sept. 20 – Bria Beale, Rancho Cucamonga volleyball
Sept. 13 – Annaka Jorgenson, Ontario Christian volleyball
Sept. 6 – Mary Bagshaw, Rancho Cucamonga volleyball
Aug. 26 – Claire Kovensky, Citrus Valley volleyball

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Chino Hills senior Eli Scott chooses Loyola Marymount

Chino Hills High School junior, Eli Scott, plays strong forward for the Chino Hills basketball team, he poses for a picture at the Chino Hills High School gym in Chino Hills, CA., Thursday, March 24, 2016. Eli Scott transfered from Upland High School last year and had to sit out because of the transfer, but now he is part of the of tittle winning No. 1 team. (Photo by James Carbone for the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

Chino Hills basketball standout Eli Scott has made a verbal commitment to NCAA Division I Loyola Marymount.

He also had offers from UC Riverside, UC Irvine and Utah State but Loyola Marymount was the only school he visited.

“I like their style of play and when I went to visit it felt like a family,” Scott said. “I have also known coach Morris (assistant coach Reggie Morris) for a long time.”

Scott said he liked the school and its program but the fact that is was relatively close to home was a bonus. He is glad to stay to stay close with former teammate Lonzo Ball, now at UCLA, and Ball’s two brothers LiAngelo and LaMelo current Huskies teammates who have also committed to UCLA.

Scott is happy to have the decision made before the season starts.

“I want to be able to work on my game and getting better,” he said.

Scott, a 6-foot-4 forward, transferred to Chino Hills from Upland his sophomore year but wasn’t cleared to play by the CIF so he had to sit out. He had a breakout season last year as a junior, helping the Huskies to a 35-0 record that included state and national championships.

While the Ball brothers got most of the accolades, Scott was an impact player as well, averaging 15.8 points and 8.6 rebounds and earning first team All-Baseline League and All-Inland Valley honors.

Here is link to a story on Scott that ran late last basketball season.

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Complete football score list for Sept 9-11

Redlands East Valley's Armando Herrera is tackled by Upland's Andre Barnes during the first half of Friday's non-league game at Upland High School in Upland, Ca., September 9, 2016. (Photo by John Valenzuela/Southern California News Group)

Here are results from this weeks games from team in the Daily Bulletin-San Bernardino Sun coverage area:

THURSDAY’S GAMES
Chino Hills 28, Legacy (Col.) 24 (story)
Summit 36, San Gorgonio 25 (story)
San Dimas 63, Ontario 20 (story)

FRIDAY’S GAMES
Adelanto 28, Lancaster 8
Aquinas 35, Crean Lutheran 7
Barstow 49, Desert 13
Bonita 49, South Pasadena 28 (story)
Cajon 32, Kaiser 8 (photos) (story)
California 32, Pomona 12
Carter 30, Riverside North 24
Chaffey 15, Patriot 0
Chino 62, Hillcrest 30
Citrus Valley 50, Jurupa Hills 18 (story)
Colony 67, Gardena 18
Colton 40, Arroyo Valley 6
Damien 38, Claremont 7 (story)
Diamond Bar 27, Covina 7
Diamond Ranch 22, Ayala 21 (OT)
Duarte 44, Montclair 20
Etiwanda 52, Riverside Poly 7
Garey 40, Gladstone 16
Grand Terrace 21, West Valley 0
Jurupa Valley 41, Ganesha 0
Knight 12, Granite Hills 7
La Quinta 41, Webb 19
Los Osos 19, Alta Loma 15
Miller 42, Vista del Lago 15
Oak Hills 50, Palm Dale 14
Ontario Christian 35, Calvary Chapel 7
Pacific 48, Indian Springs 12
Quartz Hill 21, Serrano 14
Ramona 19, Fontana 0
Rialto, 43, Bloomington 34
Rim of the World 54, San Bernardino 0
Rancho Cucamonga 49, Don Lugo 7 (story)
Silverado 21, Sultana 14 (story)
Upland 44, Redlands East Valley 34 (photos) (story)
Victor Valley 21, Hesperia 12
Whittier Chr. 42, Arrowhead Chr. 14 (story)
Yucaipa 56, Palm Desert 0

SATURDAY’S GAME
Santa Fe Christian 50, Big Bear 7

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Chino Hills loses running back Sean O’Donnell for season

A damper was put on Chino Hills’ game against Legacy (Col.) even before the opening  kickoff as the Huskies learned Thursday afternoon that junior running back Sean O’Donnell is lost for the season with a torn ACL sustained in the season opener against Ayala two weeks ago.

O’Donnell tallied 15 carries for 77 yards and a touchdown before limping off with the knee injury in the fourth quarter against the Bulldogs.

He had an X-ray the Monday after the game, then had and MRI later in the week but the result didn’t come until today.

The Huskies defeated Legacy (Col.) 28-24 Thursday night with sophomore Walter Carl running for 117 yards on 18 carries.

Carl had 130 against Ayala and 95 last week against Diamond Ranch.

Noah Rigney, who caught the game-winning touchdown pass, had a carry for nine yards in the most recent win but no one else factored into the rushing total.

Huskies coach Chris Stevens conceded that he’ll have to come up with another ball carrier. Chino Hills has a bye next week to figure out just who that will be.

“It hurts our depth,” Stevens said of the injury. “They were a pretty good 1-2 punch. We definitely need someone else to help out there so it’s a good time to have that bye.

 

 

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Kaiser opponent’s decision: go for the tie or win?

Last week, Kaiser settled for a 15-15 tie with Downey Warren, but not by its own choice.
Here’s the situation as told to me from Kaiser coach Phil Zelaya:

Warren scored the game’s first touchdown and went for 2 to go up 8-0. Kaiser answered and also went for 2 to tie the score, 8-8.

Then Kaiser scored again, this time kicked the extra point to go up 15-8. Warren answered right back and quickly went down the field to score a touchdown with about 25 seconds left.

“It looked like they were going to go for 2,” Zelaya said.

It was big Warren crowd, a “White Out” night for the fans and coach Raul Lara, the former coach at Long Beach Poly decided to kick the extra point. It was successful and the game finished in the tie although Kaiser nearly had a chance to win in the final seconds.

Some preseason games have overtime, by mutual agreement from coaches, but most do not. Coaches want to play 48 minutes, but don’t see the need to play extra time, risking injury, in a game that likely has no bearing on whether or not they make the playoffs.

So what would Zelaya have done?

“I would’ve gone for 2,” he said.

Yes, a tie is better than a loss. But don’t you want your team to see you’re willing to go for it? I would’ve gone for the win, too.

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Upland transfer Darren Jones ruled ineligible at Cajon

Four high profile football transfers from Upland to Corona Centennial were ruled ineligible by the CIF Southern Section, but Centennial wasn’t the only school to have transfers from Upland denied.

Darren Jones, a sophomore who led Upland in receiving as a freshman last year with 19 receptions for 437 yards and five touchdowns, had transferred to Cajon and hoped to be a big part of the Cowboy offense. That won’t happen anytime soon as CIF-SS also ruled him ineligible for football and basketball until next July. Rogers said Upland contested Jones’ transfer.

“I think he’s going to file an appeal with the state (CIF), as far as I know,” Cajon coach Nick Rogers said. “But that would take several weeks.”

Rogers doesn’t agree with Upland contesting the transfer.

“I’m like Kim (Battin, former Cajon coach). If a guy doesn’t want to play here, let him go,” Rogers said.

Unlike other schools, Cajon has not been a destination for many transfers Rogers said. He notes that he lost three varsity players to transfers (two to Pacific and one to San Gorgonio) and got only one varsity player back, receiver Tre’veon Wellmaker from Jurupa Hills.

“If this is a recruiting competition, I’m not doing a very good job,” Rogers said.

 

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Chino Hills football team to play Colorado opponent on Thursday

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Chino Hills will play Legacy High School out of Bloomfield, Col. tonight at 7:30 p.m. A junior varsity game between the two is set for 3:15, thus the later than normal start for the varsity.

That game was set up before Chris Stevens was named Huskies head coach. He said the game was set up through a travel agency that connects out of state foes with California teams with scheduling openings based on comparable factors such as school enrollment and demographics.

Part of the deal is that teams play on Thursday so the weekend is left free for sightseeing before departure on Sunday.

“It is always fun to play someone different,” he said.

Stevens added that junior running back Sean O’Donnell is still out with a knee injury. Offensive lineman Connor Garcelli, who sprained a knee in the same game two weeks ago, will be a game-day decision.

What could factor in is that next week the Huskies (2-0) have a bye so that would give each player another two weeks to heal.

Stevens also praised the recent play of senior quarterback Austin Zavala and senior linebacker Dylan Tucker.

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San Dimas, Ontario football teams set for Thursday night game

The game between Ontario (0-2) and host San Dimas (2-0) was originally scheduled for Friday but the move to 7 p.m. on Thursday was necessitated by not having enough officials to cover all the Friday night games.

The officials association reached out to some schools to see who would be interested in moving a game to Thursday and San Dimas was happy to oblige. Of course the Saints did so after checking with their opponent which didn’t have a problem with the move either.

Ontario just opened an on-campus stadium this year but has a permanent road team previously the Jaguars have always played a lot of Thursday games.

“It really didn’t make a difference to us,” Ontario coach John Kusleika said. “If that’s what they needed to do we were fine with it.”

Ontario is still looking for its first win of the season after being dealt a 56-28 loss by much-improved Nogales last week. The Jaguars turned the ball over four times which led to 21 Nogales points.

San Dimas is coming off a 55-14 shellacking of Maranatha and has outscored its first two opponents by a combined 97-28.

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