Here are the CIF boys soccer rankings for the week of Feb. 1. Local teams in Sun/Bulletin coverage area denoted in bold:
Division 1 – 1. Paramount; 2. Servite; 3. Loyola; 4. Los Alamitos; 5. St. John Bosco; 6. Palos Verdes; 7. Warren; 8. Santa Barbara; 9. Edison; 10. tie, Corona Centennial, Royal.
Division 2 – 1. Long Beach Cabrillo; 2. Laguna Hills; 3. Montebello; 4. Bell Gardens; 5. Santa Ana; 6. Anaheim; 7. Sunny Hills; 8. Rancho Verde; 9. Katella; 10. Aliso Niguel.
Division 3 – 1. Cathedral; 2. Chaffey; 3. Diamond Bar; 4. Redlands East Valley; 5. Pasadena; 6. Ontario; 7. Claremont; 8. Pioneer Valley; 9. Corona del Mar; 10. tie, Salesian, Citrus Valley.
Division 4 – 1. Godinez; 2. Placentia Valencia; 3. Valencia; 4. Artesia; 5. Bellflower; 6. Hart; 7. Estancia; 8. Brea Olinda; 9. South Torrance; 10. tie, Chaparral, Temescal Canyon.
Division 5 – 1. Garden Grove Santiago; 2. Garey; 3. Ganesha; 4. South El Monte; 5. Los Altos; 6. Adelanto; 7. Diamond Ranch; 8. Animo Leadership; 9. Indian Springs; 10. tie San Gorgonio, Crossroads.
Division 6 – 1. Desert Mirage; 2. Monrovia; 3. Woodcrest Chr.; 4. Covina; 5. Nogales; 6. Shadow Hills; 7. La Canada; 8. Lennox Aca.; 9. Moreno Valley; 10. tie, Vistamar, Rubidoux.
Division 7 – 1. University Prep; 2. Mammoth; 3. Fillmore; 4. Riverside Poly; 5. Santa Rosa Aca.; 6. St. Paul; 7. Saddleback Valley Chr.; 8. Grace Brethren; 9. Mojave; 10. Tarbut V’Torah.
Here are the CIF rankings in girls soccer for the week fo Feb. 1 with local teams denoted in bold:
Division 1 – 1. Aliso Niguel; 2. Mater Dei; 3. Harvard-Westlake; 4. Tesoro; 5. El Toro; 6. San Clemente; 7. Edison; 8. JSerra; 9. Esperanza; 10. tie, Chaminade, Santa Margarita.
Division 2 – Westlake; 2. Troy; 3. Redondo Union; 4. Vista Murrieta; 5. Corona Santiago; 6. Temecula Valley; 7. Palos Verdes; 8. Oaks Chr.; 9. Norco; 10. tie, Northwood, Mira Costa.
Division 3 – `. South Hills; 2. San Luis Obispo; 3. Yorba Linda; 4. West Torrance; 5. Warren; 6. Cypress; 7. Pasadena Poly; 8. San Marcos; 9. El Dorado; 10. tie, Claremont, North Torrance.
Division 4 – 1. La Mirada; 2. Moorpark; 3. Serrano; 4. Royal; 5. Arcadia; 6. Mayfair; 7. Santa Monica; 8. Riverside Poly; 9. St. Margaret’s; 10. Oak Hills.
Division 5 – 1. Sierra Canyon; 2. Oxnard; 3. La Serna; 4. Santa Ana Cavalry Chapel; 5. California; 6. Alta Loma; 7. Ocean View; 8. Laguna Beach; 9. Palm Desert; 10., La Quinta, Tahquitz.
Division 6 – 1. Bloomington; 2. Sierra Vista; 3. Grand Terrace; 4. Paloma Valley; 5. Temescal Canyon; 6. Gabrielino; 7. Schurr; 8. San Gorgonio; 9. Heritage Chr.; 10/., tie Colton, Maranatha.
Division 7 – 1. Grace Brethren; 2. St. Anthony; 3. Garden Grove; 4. St. Genevieve; 5. Shadow Hills; 6. Vistamar; 7. University Prep; 8. Foothill Tech; 9. Tarbut V’Torah; 10. AAE.
Here are the CIF girls water polo polls for the week of Feb. 1 with local teams in the Daily Bulletin/Sun coverage area denoted in bold:
Division 1 – Orange Lutheran; 2. Laguna Beach; 3. Foothill; 4. San Marcos; 5. Dos Pueblos; 6. Corona del Mar; 7. Santa Barbara; 8. Mater Dei; 9. Los Alamitos; 10. tie, Newport Harbor, Santa Margarita.
Division 2 – 1. Murrieta Valley; 2. El Toro; 3. San Clemente; 4. Los Osos; 5. Vista Murrieta; 6. Schurr; 7. Agoura; 8. Long Beach Wilson; 9. Dan Hills; 10. St. Lucy’s.
Division 3 – .1. Arroyo Grande; 2. ML King; 3. Troy; 4. Redondo Union; 5. Mira Costa; 6. Corona Santiago; 7. La Serna; 8. Peninsula; 9. Palos Verdes; 10. Righetti.
Division 4 – 1. Royal; 2. Riverside Poly; 3. Mission Viejo; 4. Crescenta Valley; 5. Ayala; 6. Bonita; 7. Warren; 8. Laguna Hills; 9. Capistrano Valley; 10. Trabuco Hills.
Division 5 – 1. Los Altos; 2. La Canada; 3. Palm Desert; 4. Temple City; 5. La Quinta; 6. Chino; 7. Charter Oak; 8. South Pasadena; 9. Rio Mesa; 10, Cajon.
Division 6 – 1. Santa Monica; 2. Ocean View; 3. Lompoc Cabrillo; 4. Westridge; 5. Mayfield; 6. Segerstrom; 7. Cypress; 8. Hemet; 9. Temescal Canyon; 10. Culver City.
Division 7 – 1. Hillcrest; 2. Foothill Tech; 3. Jurupa Valley; 4. San Dimas; 5. Malibu; 6. Webb; 7. Alta Loma; 8. Santa Ana Valley; 9. Hacienda Heights Wilson; 10. Savanna.
Junior Nathan Tilford, expected to be one of the Inland Valley’s most sought after recruits next season, has transferred from Upland to Colony, Titans coach Steve Randall confirmed.
Randall wouldn’t elaborate further except to say Tilford has enrolled. The school is going through the paperwork process that comes with a transfer.
Tilford, a 6-foot-3, 195-pounder, ran for 887 yards and 12 touchdowns on just 106 carries last year for the Highlanders. Coach Tim Salter used Tiflord and senior Darreyon Jones in the backfield.
Tilford has also played some linebacker.
Tilford has been an impact player since his freshman year, even drawing a scholarship offer from USC as an eighth-grader.
Chino Hills High School freshman Onyeka Okongwu is quite a hot commodity.
The 6-foot-9 center has been offered by UCLA, according to Chino Hills coach Steve Baik.
Okongwu’s stock has been rising rapidly. He came up huge foe the Huskies ina 71-67 win over Bishop Montgomery on Saturday at the Fairfax State Preview at Cerritos College.
On a night when much-heralded senior standout Lonzo Ball had a tough shooting game, Okongwu delivered 10 points, 7 rebounds and 6 block shots with one of those coming on a potential game-winning basket by the Knights in the last minute.
Okongwu is the fourth player from this year’s team offered by the Bruins. The senior Ball already has signed with UCLA. Younger brothers LiAngelo, a junior, and LaMelo, a freshman, have made verbal commitments.
Sophomore guard Andre Ball should return to the Chino Hills lineup this week.
Ball has been out for six weeks with a dislocated knee sustained in the first game of the MaxPreps Holiday Classic Dec. 26.
After the Huskies polished off Bishop Montgomery 71-67 Saturday night Ball, the cousin of the three Ball brothers, said he plans to try and play against Rancho Cucamonga on Tuesday.
Andre Ball was the team’s first player off the bench and his absence has affected the team’s depth. Coach Steve Baik has used primarily six players in the tougher games.
Summit High School senior Cade Sparks has committed to Indiana State, doing so while on his visit there this weekend.
The 6-foot-4 quarterback was the Inland Valley Player of the Year, helping Summit to a 12-1 season that included and undefeated regular season and berth in the CIF Central Division semifinal.
“I couldn’t be happier,” he said. “I have felt like this was going to be the perfect place for me and after coming to visit, I know this is the right decision.”
Indiana State was Sparks’ lone offer. Much of that was because he transferred from tiny Western Christian after his sophomore year and he played behind and established starter as a junior. So he didn’t get a chance to really show his skills until this season.
UC Davis was also interested but it was a ironic twist that result in Indiana State being the school.
Sycamores Head Coach Mike Sanford has a son, also named Mike, who is an assistant coach at Notre Dame and was visiting Summit to recruit wide receiver Damian Alloway. while there he noticed Sparks.
He said he didn’t need a quarterback but he did know a school that did, his dad’s Indiana State team. And the rest is history.
While there weren’t a lot of other options, Sparks is more than happy with what transpired.
“I wouldn’t say it’s a relief, it’s more of a goal accomplished,” he said. “It was tough at times hearing schools say, maybe if we saw you last year. But everything worked out for the best and I am very happy.”
Etiwanda senior basketball standout Garrett Carter has made a verbal commitment to Chico State.
He has yet to visit the school but plans to do so in March during spring break.
Some Division I schools were interested including Florida State but he opted to go with the Division II school which plays in the California Collegiate Athletic Association along with several other Southern California schools.
“They have been interested in me for a long time and I just felt a lot of love from them,” he said. “I think it will be a great place for me.”
Carter, a 6-foot-guard, was a second-team All-Inland Valley selection last year. He has had a knack for making big shots. Most notable was his game-winning shot at Mater Dei in the Open Division semifinal last March won by the Eagles 52-49. He had 13 in that game including several clutch plays in the closing minute.
Carter plans to major in mass communications or broadcasting.
Summit (Fontana, Calif.) WR Damian Alloway announced that he has committed to UCLA.
He decided to join the Bruins over offers such as Notre Dame, Washington and Oregon among others.
Alloway joins 7-on-7 Ground Zero teammates and local area standouts, Lokeni Toailoa and Leni Toailoa from Carter High.
Alloway could have gotten on the San Bernardino Sun All-Area team on offense or defense. On defense, he led Summit High School with six interceptions, which he returned for 105 yards. He also had 28 solo tackles.
On offense, he was nearly unstoppable, catching 55 passes for 1,084 yards and 23 touchdowns while also rushing for 185 yards and two touchdowns. He also scored two more touchdowns on returns.
A lot of local athletes will be signing National Letter of Intent next Wednesday. Los Osos High School senior Mason Vega never imagined himself being one of those guys. But he indeed will be.
Vega had never played football at any level before this season but will be signing with Division I Portland State. He felt good about the decision after a visit to the school last weekend.
He has played basketball but it wasn’t until this year that he decided to try football.
“I had a lot of people telling me I ought to try,” he said. “I was going to go out last year and then for whatever reason I just didn’t. This was my last year and I didn’t want to have any regrets.”
Vega says he had a former basketball teammate in Shane Johnson whose dad talked about having a family member whose biggest regret was not playing football, or at least given it a try.
“That was the person that really put me over the edge as far as actually doing it,” Vega said. “I never would have thought I would get this far this far so it turned out to be a great decision.”
Vega, a 6-foot-3, 220-pounder, also had an offer from Idaho and took an unofficial visit to San Diego State. He played defensive end for the Grizzlies but was recruited as an outside linebacker.
Vega tallied 48 tackles, 13 of those for a loss, and had a fumble recovery for the Grizzles (4-6).
Vega plans to major in psychology.