St. Lucy’s water polo standout Devin Holcomb commits to Cal

Senior water polo player Devin Holcomb of St. Lucy’s has made a verbal commitment to Cal and plans to sign with that school next Wednesday.

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“I really like the coach and I really want to win a national championship,” she said. “They have a great program and I think I’ll have the chance to do that there.”

Holcomb, who also plays with the Foothill Water Polo Club, will be in her ninth year competing in the sport. She earned second team All-League honors as a freshman and was a first team selection the last two years.

Last season Holcomb scored 46 goals with 111 steals, 41 assists and 39 ejections drawn.

She has been in the Olympic Development Program the last five years and is a three-time US Junior National Team member.

She made her official visit to Cal last weekend. It was the only official visit she took but she also made unofficial trips to San Diego State, UC San Diego, UC Davis, UC Irvine and Princeton.

She plans to pursue a career in sports medicine or physical therapy.

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Alta Loma’s Kylie Szczepanksi decides on a college

Alta Loma High School volleyball standout Kylie Szczepanski (right) has decided on a college.

The 6-foot-1 middle blocker is headed to NAIA Northwest University in Kirkland, Wash., right outside of Seattle.

Szczepanski was a starter on a Braves team that won a CIF Division 4AA title last year and marched all the way to the Division 4 state championship match.

She has been relied upon even more this year as one of just two returning players and has helped the Braves to a 25-7 record, a Mt. Baldy League title and No. 2 ranking in Division 4AA.

Szczepanski has recorded 75 kills and 64 total blocks and recently earned All-Tournament honors at an event the Braves competed in at Crescenta Valley.

She plans to major in biology/pre-med and much of the decision came down to academics.

“The school is very hands on and has great resources in the science department,” she said. “They have a lot of new technology and it will be a great place to learn.”

Of course Szczepanski also liked the volleyball end of her official visit in September. She also made an unofficial trip to the school with her family.

“I really liked the coach and it was a great group of girls. They were very welcoming,” she said.

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Rancho Cucamonga’s Bria Beale chooses UC Irvine

At first Rancho Cucamonga volleyball standout Bria Beale thought she wanted to go away from home to get the real college experience. But she has had a change of heart and has decided to stay closer to home and attend and play volleyball at UC Irvine.

Beale has a sister that attends Cornell and watching her experience has made her realize staying close to home isn’t that bad.

Beale, just a junior, also made unofficial visits to Colorado State, Nebraska, UCLA, and Long Beach State but playing at UCI seemed liked the logical choice.

She has made countless trips to the school, the first of those coming in eighth grade. She has been there for several matches and has a former teammate playing there now in Samantha Frost.

She also participated in a volleyball camp there and has been to the school for academic endeavors as well.

“I feel very comfortable there so it should be a smooth transition,” said Beale, who plans to major in biology. “I also liked that it was a little bit of a smaller school atmosphere. I also liked the academics because I am a student first. That is very important to me.”

Beale has helped the Cougars (26-6) to a No. 1 ranking in Division 1A. She has a team-high 265 kills and hit for a .417 percentage. She also has 49 aces, 21 blocks and 255 digs.

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Rancho Cucamonga’s Kylie Miller nets All-American honor

Rancho Cucamonga High School senior volleyball standout Kylie Miller has landed the first of what is sure to be many All-American honors when she was lauded a first-team selection by Under Armour.

Miller, a 5-foot-11 setter, was one of just 24 players nationwide chosen to the first team.

“It’s a  nice honor. I don’t think it has really sunk in yet because I’m so focused on our team in the playoffs,” she said. “It’s nice to be mentioned along with so many other great players.”

Miller, who has committed to UCLA, has 236 kills and is hitting at a whopping 54% percent clip for the Cougars (26-6), who are ranked first in Division 1A. She also has 50 aces, 38 blocks, 178 digs and 267 assists.

The approximately 600 nominations are a record number for the program, resulting in a combined 150 All-Americans and Honorable Mention All-Americans. Many already committed to play collegiate volleyball at some of the top schools in the country.

Miller and all the other players named to the the first team will be invited to play in the Under Armour All-America Volleyball Match & Skills Competition which will be held at the CenturyLink Center on Dec. 18 in conjunction with the 2015 AVCA Annual Convention.

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Little drama left in Miramonte League in football playoff picture

Ganesha quarterback John Mosqueda is taken down by Pomona's Javaris Steward and Brian Lamb at Pomona High School in Pomona, CA., Friday, October 16, 2015. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

There is very little left up for grabs come Friday night in the Miramonte League.

Reigning CIF champion Pomona (7-2, 3-0) is already assured of at least a share of the league title and since it has already beaten Bassett (6-3, 3-1) it has secured the top seeding out of the league as well.

Pomona will be finishing the regular season with a home game against La Puente (3-6, 1-2) Friday night.

The Red Devils, ranked fourth in the Mid-Valley Division, have won five straight games. Throw out the forfeit win against Garey and Pomona has outscored its last four foe by a cumulative 230-44. It has been ridiculously easy.

Ganesha (6-3, 1-2) is the team still on the bubble but with the easiest game left. The Giants have a road game at Garey (1-8, 0-3) and can assure themselves third place with a victory because even if La Puente was to upset Pomona, Ganesha beat La Puente head to head.

A third-place team in the five-team league is not guaranteed a playoff berth but Ganesha coach Don Cayer says he has it on good authority that if his team wins it will be in because there are four at-large berths in the division.

Ganesha hasn’t made the playoffs since 1997 and hasn’t won six games since the same year. If there is any danger of the Giants looking past their city rival they need to look back only as far as last year when they were in similar situation and lost to Garey 19-7.

“There is definitely unfinished business,” Cayer said. “Our guys haven’t forgotten.”

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Mt. Baldy League football order to be decided on field

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There won’t be any tie for any spot in the Mt. Baldy League when it comes to football thanks to the match-ups the final week.

It will be defending champion Colony (6-3, 4-0), ranked fifth in the Central Division, squaring off against Don Lugo (5-4, 4-0) on Friday for the top spot. The Titans are looking for their seventh title in the last 10 years while Don Lugo is looking for its first league title since winning back-to-back titles in 2003 and 2004.

The Conquistadores will be without senior quarterback Dane Ford who sustained a broken collarbone. He is having surgery today.

Then there’s the battle for the other playoff spot as Alta Loma (4-6, 2-2) plays at Chaffey (7-2, 2-2) will be facing off for third place. Most thought it would be Chaffey providing the stiffest competition for Colony but that wasn’t the case as the Titans trounced the Tigers, ranked 10th in the Central Division, last week 43-0.

Much was expected of Chaffey this season but no one knew what was to come of Alta Loma because it is under a first-year coach in Mark Pasquarella. The playoff drought has been a long one for the Braves. They last qualified as an at-large team out of the Baseline in 2008.

Lastly there’s the battle to stay out of last place as Ontario (4-5, 0-4) plays at Montclair (4-5, 0-4). It’s probably appropriate those two are playing for that the last week because their paths this season have been quite similar. Both went 4-1 in non-league play doing so largely because they didn’t play a tough schedule early and have been exposed since starting league play.

But top to bottom the Mt. Baldy has come a long way.


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CIF football rankings feature a lot of local teams

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Defending CIF champion Colony is ranked 5th in the Central Division heading into the final week of the regular season.

Here are the CIF football rankings in each division as we head into the final slate of games for the regular season. Daily Bulletin coverage teams are in bold.

Central Division – 1. Charter Oak (8-1); 2. Summit (9-0); 3. San Marino (9-0); 4. Glendora (8-1); 5. Colony (6-3); 6. Claremont (7-2); 7. Bonita (7-2); 8. Chino (7-2); 9. Monrovia (6-3); 10. Chaffey (7-2).

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

East Valley Division – 1. Grace Brethren (9-0); 2. Saddleback Valley Chr. (9-0); 3. Calvary Murrieta (9-0); 4. Crean Lutheran (7-2); 5. Brethren Chr. (8-1); 6. St. Margaret’s (7-2); 7. St. Monica (8-1); 8. St. Anthony (5-4); 9. Desert (7-2); 10. tie, Capistrano Valley Chr. (4-5), Santa Clarita Chr. (6-3).

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

Mid-Valley Division – 1. Sierra Canyon (9-0); 2. Paraclete (5-4); 3. Montebello (8-1); 4. Pomona (7-2); 5. Northview (8-1); 6. Arroyo (7-2); 7. San Dimas (6-3); 8. Baldwin Park (6-3); 9. Covina (6-3); 10. Rosemead (5-4).

Northern Division – 1. Camarillo (9-0); 2. Arroyo Grande (8-1); 3. Lompoc (8-10; 4. Palmdale (9-0); 5. Thousand Oaks (7-2); 6. Bishop Diego (9-0); 7. Newbury Park (6-3); 8. Atascadero (7-2); 9. St. Joseph (7-2); 10. Paso Robles (5-4).

Northwest Division – 1. Riverside Notre Dame (9-0); 2. Twentynine Palms (9-0); 3. Linfield Chr. (8-1); 4. Mission Prep (7-2); 5. Bishop Montgomery (8-1); 6. Cerritos Valley Chr. (8-2); 7. Nipomo )5-5); 8. Rancho Mirage (8-2); 9. Desert Hot Springs (6-3); 10. Aquinas (6-3).

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

Southeast Division – 1. La Serna (7-2); 2. La Mirada (6-3); 3. Dominguez (6-3); 4. Cathedral (8-1); 5. Burbank Burroughs (8-1); 6. St. Francis (6-3); 7. Downey (5-4); 8. Warren (7-2); 9. Burbank (6-3); 10. Harvard-Westlake (6-3).

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

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

Western Division – 1. Calabasas (8-1); 2. Palos Verdes (6-3); 3. North Torrance (8-1); 4. Mira Costa (8-1); 5. Redondo Union (7-2); 6. Lawndale (8-1); 7. Oxnard Pacifica (7-2); 8. Oxnard (6-3); 9. Buena (7-2); 10. Ventura (5-4).

West Valley Division – 1. Mission Viejo (10-0); 2. Vista Murrieta (8-1); 3. Tesoro (7-2); 4. Chino Hills (7-2); 5,. San Juan Hills (8-1); 6. Edison (6-3); 7. Rancho Cucamonga (7-2); 8. Upland (6-3); 9. Murrieta Valley (7-2); 10. Valencia (6-3).






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Los Osos shortstop Charlie Verrone picks Butler

Los Osos High School baseball standout Charlie Verrone has made a verbal commitment to Division I Butler University (Indianapolis, Ind.).

He made an unofficial trip to the school in September and plans to make an official one in the coming months.

“I really loved the coaches and it was a great small school environment,” he said. “They told me I would be given just as much of a chance to play as the guys already there and as an athlete that’s what you want to hear.”

Verrone also took unofficial trips to James Madison (Va.) and Fordham and was talking to Cal State Northridge and UC San Diego.

Verrone, who hit .271 for the Grizzlies last season, plans to major in economics.

The Butler Bulldogs are coming off a 23-30 season that included an -10 showing in the Big East.

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Rancho Cucamonga retains top volleyball rankings

Here are the volleyball rankings for the week of Nov. 2 in all divisions. Teams in bold are on in the Daily Bulletin coverage area:

Division 1AA – 1. Redondo Union; 2. Great Oak; 3. Santa Margarita; 4. Mira Costa; 5. Mater Dei; 6. Corona del Mar; 7. Huntington Beach; 8. Edison; 9. Flintridge Sacred Heart; 10. Chaparral.

Division 1A – 1. Rancho Cucamonga; 2. Corona Santiago; 3. Aliso Niguel; 4. Trabuco Hills; 5. Valencia; 6. Ventura; 7. San Marcos; 8. Chino Hills; 9. St. Lucy’s; 10. Westlake.

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

Division 2A – 1. Louisville; 2. Serrano; 3. Viewpoint; 4. Sierra Canyon; 5. Glendora; 6. Troy; 7. Burbank Burroughs; 8. Palm Desert; 9. Bonita; 10. Diamond Ranch.

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

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

Division 4AA – 1. La Reina; 2. Alta Loma; 3. Vistamar; 4. Laguna Beach; 5. Shadow Hills; 6. Archer; 7. St. Bonaventure; 8. St. Monica; 9. St. Anthony; 10. St. Paul.

Division 4A – 1. Cate; 2. Desert; 3. Gladstone; 4. Summit; 5. Duarte; 6. Mammoth; 7. Fontana; 8., St. Genevieve; 9. Centruy; 10. Foothill Tech.

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

Division 5A – 1. Tarbut V’Torah; 2. Avalon; 3. St. Monica Aca.; 4. AAE; 5. University Prep; 6. Hillcrest Chr.; 7. Einstein Aca.; 8. Riverside Prep; 9. Lucerne Valley; 10. Lake Arrowhead Chr.





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CIF rankings for boys water polo are out

Here are the CIF rankings for boys water polo:

Division 1 – 1. Mater Dei; 2. Harvard-Westlake; 3. Loyola; 4. Huntington Beach; 5. Orange Lutheran; 6. Corona del Mar; 7. Newport Harbor; 8. Agoura; 9. Long Beach Wilson; 10. JSerra.

Division 2- 1. Foothill; 2. Dana Hills; 3. Santa Barbara; 4. Los Osos; 5. Mira Costa; 6. Damien; 7. San Marcos; 8. El Toro; 9. Villa Park; 10. Palos Verdes.

Division 3 – 1. Murrieta Valley; 2. Laguna Beach; 3. Capistrano Valley; 4. tie, Vista Murrieta, Moorpark; 6. Montebello; 7. Yorba Linda; 8. Aliso Niguel; 9. Royal; 10. Costa Mesa.

Division 4 – 1. Righetti; 2. Crescenta Valley; 3. Hoover; 4. Santa Monica; 5. El Segundo; 6. Troy; 7. Cerritos; 8. Arroyo Grande; 9. Sonora; 10. Flintridge Prep.

Division 5 – 1. Claremont; 2. La Serna; 3. Redlands; 4. Ayala; 5. Webb; 6. Redlands East Valley; 7. Yucaipa; 8. Poly; 9. Palm Desert; 10. Cajon.

Division 6 – Segerstrom; 2. Temescal Canyon; 3. Malibu; 4. Placentia Valencia; 5. Lakeside; 6. Kennedy; 7. Cypress; 8. Garden Grove Pacifica; 9. Ocean View; 10. Carpenteria.

Division 7 – 1. Rio Mesa; 2. San Dimas; 3. Jurupa Valley; 4. Colony; 5. Oxnard; 6. Don Lugo; 7. Oxnard Pacifica; 8. Alta Loma; 9. Hacienda Heights Wilson; 10. Rowland.

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