San Dimas baseball to play for tournament title

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The San Dimas baseball team registered a 2-1 win over St. Laurence (Burbank, Ill.) on Thursday to advance to the championship game of the Don Lugo Easter Tournament.

It was probably the best game and closest call of the season for the unbeaten Saints who got a walk-off run-scoring hit from Logan Murratalla for the win. Senior Jonathan Longtin went the distance on the mound, striking out nine.

The Saints (17-0) will host Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.) at 7 p.m. on Friday in the final game. Paul VI advanced with a win over Linfield Christian.

The third-place game will feature the host Don Lugo. The Conquistadores defeated Diamond Bar 9-8 on Thursday to earn the right to play Walnut at 3:30 p.m. Friday.

Walnut (5-7-2) advanced with a 6-4 victory over Pomona (8-5).

 

 

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Miller’s John Romagnoli working hard to make All-Star game a success

VIDEO: Miller’s John Romagnoli talks about why he wanted to bring back this All-Star game.

Miller High School Athletic Director John Romagnolli has been working on bringing back the All-Star basketball games, previously sponsored by the Daily Bulletin.

He wanted to to have it again for the first time since 2009 last year but the plans weren’t quite in place and he didn’t want to have it just to have it if it couldn’t be a top-notch event.

Well it will make a long-awaited return a week from Sunday, April 19th at Miller High School.

The teams were honored with a breakfast/lunch today at the Jesse Turner Community Center in Fontana. They’ll practice next week.

There is representation from schools as far East as Banning and as far West as Covina Charter Oak and some from the High Desert. So those chosen are in select company. There will be 13 players on each of the two boys teams and girls teams so everyone will get to play.

There is representation from smaller schools such as Ontario Christian too. It';s always nice to include those as well. There is emphasis on grades and character too not just playing ability.

The cross section of players also means student-athletes will get to play with and get to know others they might not have crossed paths with.

The Ajalee Lauder and Marcel Burke awards are being brought back. Those awards/scholarships are in memory of two young players who left this world way too early.

Lauder’s mother Bethel Trice, the girls coach at Jurupa Hills, will coach one of the girls teams – nice touch.

There are a lot of all-star games out there. But Romagnoli is setting this one up as something special. He has done a great job of that and the best is yet to come.

Boost Mobile has stepped up as a sponsor, as has IE Sports Net.

We’ll be posting updated rosters for the teams next week.

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All-star Girls Wrestling Match is tonight

Tonight, April 7, at 6:30 pm at Charter Oak High in Covina, is a Dual-Meet all-star girls wrestling match pitting teams from the East vs. West, roughly divided by the 57 Freeway. I believe entrance is free; it is just an event designed to promote girls wrestling.

The West team is coached by Tom Cote, the Charter Oak coach who formerly coached at Kaiser, Los Osos, Chaffey, Montclair and other places I can’t think of right now.

The East is coached by Montclair girls coach Matt Furr. Here is the East Lineup:

101 – Shandrea Shelby – Corona
106 – Sugey Ceja – Corona
111 – Alyssa Aceval – San Jacinto 
116 – Vanesa Contreras – Yucca Valley
121 – Kimberly Espinoza – Chaffey
126 – Maryssa Monterrossa – Montclair
131 – Ashley Pofek – La Sierra
137 – McKenna Hutchison – Upland
143 – Jasmine Cordero – Tustin
150 – Anna Castro – Carter
160 – Sarah Rahlwes – Redlands
170 – Kendall Reusing – La Sierra
189 – Diana Perez – Hillcrest
235 – Melissa Lopez – Hillcrest

Head Coach – Matthew Furr – Montclair
Asst. Coach – Mario Estrada – Titan Mercury Wrestling Club
Asst. Coach – Roman Medina – Chaffey
Asst. Coach – Cecilia Ramirez – Montclair
Asst. Coach – Vanessa Nordstrom – Titan Mercury Wrestling Club

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Etiwanda’s Brianna Wheeler earns All-Tournament nod

The Etiwanda softball team turned in a good showing at the Michelle Carew Classic over the weekend, going 2-1. The loss came to defending CIF champion Mission Viejo 1-0 in 8 innings.

The Eagles also beat Saugus 3-2 and Bakersfield Centennial 4-3.

Junior pitcher-infielder Brianna Wheeler earned All-Tournament honors. It’s a noteworthy accolade given the level of competition in the event.

The other selections:

Most Valuable Player: Taylor McQuilllen, Mission Viejo.

All-Tournament: Alyssa Palomino, Mission Viejo; Terra McGowan, Mission Viejo; Kayleen Shafer, Mission Viejo; Colleen Sullivan, Poway; Malia Martinez, Poway; Kourtney Shaw, Poway; Brooke Bolinger, Yucaipa; Jordan Green, Yucaipa; Kelly Martinez, Yucaipa; Hailey Hilburn, Canyon; Nrianna Notschel, Canyon; Courtney Dineli, Amador Valley; Danielle Williams, Amador Valley; Nicole Joseph, Valencia; Sara Lillie, Vista Murrieta; Ashley Ross, Cypress; Dominque Espinoza, Pacifica; Autumn Storms, Great Oak; Sarah Brown, Sacramento Sheldon; Abby Lockman, Norco; Brianna Wheeler, Etiwanda; Mariah Lopz, Saugus; Amber Bishop, Murrieta Valley; Kylie Lundgren, Lakewood; Haley Tran, Aliso Niguel.

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Ayala baseball team gears up for tournament

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The Ayala baseball team had lofty expectations this year and the Bulldogs are off to a good start at 9-4 overall and 4-1 in Palomares League play.

The Bulldogs will find out exactly where they stand as they participate in the National Classic hosted by Esperanza High School this week.

Ayala opens the event on Tuesday against Christian Brothers (Memphis, Tenn.) which is ranked 12th nationally by MaxPreps.

The event got underway Saturday with a barbecue and a Homerun Derby which provided the players a change to get to know each other.

Junior left-handerMatthew Acosta (3-0), who has committed to USC, will be on the mound for the opener.

“We got off to a little bit of a slow start but we have been playing well lately,” says coach Chris Vogt. “This tournament will be a great test for us.”

The Bulldogs boast a good mix of senior and underclassmen this year with most of the veterans on the pitching staff. Among the team’s other top hurlers is Erik Cha (2-2, 1.06), who has signed with Cal State Fullerton.

There have been plenty of pleasant surprises including sophomore outfielder Josh Bozoian (.467, 11 RBI.) There are also two freshmen in the starting lineup – third baseman Daniel Mendez (.300) and third baseman Kyle Velasquez (.333).

“We committed to this tournament over a year ago,” Vogt said. “It’s a great chance to play some other teams and we’re looking forward to it.”

 

 

 

 

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Damien’s Jeremy Hemsley selected for All-Star game

Damien senior Jeremy Hemsley (left), who led the Spartans to the Division III state championship, has been selected to play in the BallisLife All-American game on May 2 at Long Beach City College.

The event starts at 5 p.m. and will also include a dunk contest which will begin at 3:15 p.m.

The game will also feature seven local Southern California products along with nine Pac-12 recruits.

Hemsley, who has signed with San Diego State, will be joined by a bunch of other top-notch players.

Other participants include USC recruits Benny Boatwright (Village Christian) and Chimezie Metu (Lawndale), Arizona-bound Chance Comanche (Beverly Hills), Oregon St.-bound Stevie Thompson Jr. (Bishop Montgomery) and Oregon-bound Tyler Dorsey (Maranatha).

 

 

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Chino Hills’ Lonzo Ball Player of Year finalist

Junior guard Lonzo Ball of Chino Hills is one of six finalists for CalHi Sports state player of the year.

Ball, who has committed to UCLA, led the Huskies to the Division I state championship game. He is probably the most well-rounded player of the nominees.

The others are:

Tyler Dorsey, Sr., Maranatha (Oregon)
T.J. Leaf, Jr., Foothills Christian (Arizona)
Rex Plfueger, Sr., Mater Dei (Notre Dame)
Ivan Rabb, Sr., Bishop O’Dowd (Cal/Arizona)
Stephen Thompson, Sr., Bishop Montgomery (Oregon St)

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Rosters set for All-Star game vs. Riverside County

Skylar Lewis of Grand Terrace will be among the All-Star participants.

Cajon High School will again host a girls-boys basketball All-Star double-header against neighboring Riverside County.

The event is slated for next Friday, April 10 with the girls contest starting at 6 p.m.

Colony coach Christine Howard will direct the San Bernardino team.

Here are the rosters, although they’re subject to change.

San Bernardino County
Coach Christine Howard, Colony

#1 Amari Terry, Alta Loma
#3 Doyle-Bonet Walker, Summit
#3 Jazmyn Williams, Silverado
#10 Chidobe Okoro, Colony
#12 Emily Ayala, Chino Hills
#13 Jackie Ricketson, Ayala
#14 Jannon Otto, Oak Hills
#14 Lindsey Ybarra, Aquinas
#15 Alexis Frondarina, Victor Valley
#15 Alani Oneal-Williams, San Bernardino
#20 Jasmine Green, Barstow
#20 Kelisha Moody, Cajon
#21 Marleigh Brown, Chino Hills
#22 Britany Gonzalez, Jurupa Hills
#22 Tennia Hill, Silverado
#22 Skyler Lewis, Grand Terrace
#24 Jordyn Shane, Victor Valley
#32 Ashley Hughes, Sultana
#34 Jaci Bowman, Carter
#35 Anita Romero, Victor Valley

Riverside County
Coach Leonard DeCoud, JW North

#1 Sariah Church, Hemet
#4 Nokomis Cabrera, 29 Palms
#5 Alantis Babineaux, Norco
#10 Sara Hogman, Chapparel
#11 Madison Price, Mesa Grande
#12 Tamia Hewitt, Patriot
#12 Tatyana McFarland, Valley View
#13 Chaunea Johnson-Chapman, Canyon Springs
#13 Mikayla Williams, Great Oak
#20 Octavia Williams, Murrieta Mesa
#21 Chariaha Scott, JW North
#22 Alize Hancock, Paloma Valley
#23 Brijanae Knox, Centennial
#23 KeShara Scott, JW North
#30 Arianna Knox, Centennial
#32 Ashley Priest, Yucca Valley
#32 Britney Thomas, San Jacinto
#32 DiJanai Williams, JW North
#33 Kiana Ginwright, King

Boys
San Bernardino County
Coach: Ted Berry, Redlands
#00 Jarid Taylor, Arrowhead Christian
#1 Aaron James, San Bernardino
#2 Nathan zuvia, Grand Terrace
#3 Daniel Torres, Don Lugo
#4 Tymoreyae Glover, San Bernardino
#10 Kevin McNeal, Cajon
#10 Basieal Ayinalem, Silverado
#10 Markelle Harris, Eisenhower
#11 LJ Harrie, Sultana
#12 Julian Sinegal, Redlands East Valley
#13 Ajrun Solanki, Summit
#15 Nahjee Wilks, Redlands
#22 Joey Sponheim, Redlands
#22 Hunter Statham, Cajon
#23 Anthony Ford, Pacific
#23 Peter Bandele, Citrus Valley
#23 Caleb DeFabiis, Colony
#33 Phil Gutierrez, Yucaipa
#33 Jy’Aire Johnson, Colony

Riverside
#1 Jamal Smith, Rancho Verde
#2 DJ Nichols, Corona
#2 Khlail Stevenson, Roosevelt
# 2 Roberto Ross, Jurupa Hills
#3 Kamian Cederlind, Temecula Valley
#3 Latrelle Franklin, Great Oak
#3 Tyler Williams, Corona
#5 Nate Barker, Santiago
#5 London Harrell, Roosevelt
#5 David Hudak, Patriot
#10 Aaron Cordero, Palm Desert
#14 Bryant Moore, San Jacinto
#20 Torin Webb, Great Oak
#21 Ryan Heiligenthal, Santiago
#22 DJ Hamilton, King
#23 Anthony Murdica, Palm Desert
#24Frankie McQuay, Canyon Springs
#33 Zavier Harris, Temecula Valley
#45 Dabreon Chears, Jurupa Hills

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Don Lugo to host Easter baseball tournament

Here is the schedule for the Don Lugo Easter Tournament which begins next week. Will update with scores and next day’s schedule as the tournament progresses.

Tuesday’s games
at Don Lugo

St. Laurence, Ill. vs. Desert Christian, 9:30 a.m.
Paul VI vs. Paramount, Va., 12:30 p.m.
Linfield Christian vs. Don Lugo, 3:30 p.m.
Other games
Hesperia at Diamond Bar, 3:30 p.m.
Capistrano Valley Chr. at Walnut, 3:30 p.m.
Maranatha at Pomona, 3:30 p.m.
Southlands Christian at San Dimas, 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday’s games
at Don Lugo

Arroy Grande vs. Ridgecrest Burroughs, 12:30 p.m.

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San Dimas baseball team on a roll, improves to 14-0

The San Dimas baseball team is on quite the roll and coaches Mike Regan and Mark Chiappelli are probably hoping the Saints don’t peak too soon.

The team is 14-0 with that start including three wins over local foe Bonita, the last being by a 5-0 tally in the championship game of the Anaheim Lions Tournament on Wednesday.

“It’s really a special group,” Regan says. “They have all played together growing up so they’re a pretty tight group. And they’re all very unselfish. It’s a pleasure to coach them.”

San Dimas has the No. 1 stud pitcher in senior Peter Lambert who has more than lived up to expectations. He’s 4-0 with a microscopic 0.52 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 27 innings.

But he has another standout as well in Jacob Castillo who is 4-0 as well and has yet to give up a run. That’s a pretty formidable 1-2 punch.

Those two are also a significant part of the offense when not on the mound. Lambert is hitting .302, Castillo .344.

Then there are Logan Murratalla (.333) and Joseph Millwee (.385).

But Regan has been most surprised by the contributions of sophomores Dante Palacio (.341) and Joseph Bahna who hit first and third in the lineup.

All are hoping to make up for last year’s playoff run which ended way too soon. This year they have the makings of a team that has the potential to go the distance.

Next up for the Saints is the Don Lugo Tournament. First up is Southlands Christian at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at San Dimas.

 

 

 

 

 

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