Two locals make USA Baseball Under-18 Team Trials

Two local athletes were among the 44 chosen nationwide to participate in the USA Baseball 18-under Team Trials from Aug. 23-29 in Houston, Tex. A final 20-man roster will be announced at the end of that event.

Juniors Bailey Falter of Chino Hills and Peter Lambert of San Dimas, both pitchers, were selected after their showing the past weekend after the gold medal game of the Tournament of Stars in Cary, N.C.

The event is held annually and serves as the primary selection vehicle for the 18U National Team Trials roster. Out of the 108 athletes that attended the tournament, 34 have been named to the trials roster.

Those 34 are joined by ten additional players that were named to trials through the 2013 17U National Team Identification Series and 2013 17U National Team Development Program.

Both Falter and Lambert are first-team All-Inland Valley selections this year. Falter, who has committed to UC Santa Barbara, was 8-2 with an 0.72 ERA in 68 innings while Lambert, who has committed to UCLA, was 11-2 with an 0.59 ERA in 83 innings.

Left-handed pitcher Kyle Robeniol of Los Osos is one of nine alternates. He was 6-4 with a 3.21 ERA in 57 innings.


Etiwanda’s Michael Neal commits to Washington

Eitwanda High School football standout Michael Neal has made a verbal commitment to University of Washington.

The 6-foot-4, 200-pound wide receiver put up modest statistics last year with just nine catches for 127 yards but that was because the Eagles were a run-first team.

Because of that, Neal considered himself one of those “under the radar” players.

He has not visited the school yet. He plans to take an “unofficial” visit there in August and than go on an “official” visit sometime during the football season.

“They really wanted me and they offered me,” he said. “I felt good about that and it showed they really wanted me that they offered when they didn’t have a lot to go on.”

Among the other schools showing some interest were Arizona, Arizona State and San Diego State although those schools had not formally offered.

Chino names Chloe Ainsworth new volleyball coach

Served 16 more aces than anyone else on her team in high school.

Chloe Ainsworth has been named volleyball coach at Chino High School.

She had served as an assistant varsity and head junior varsity coach last year at Riverside Christian.

Ainsworth, 23, is a native of the Inland Empire, having played at Norco High School and Cal Baptist University.

“I’m excited  about getting to work with the girls,” Ainsworth said. “I really want to bring an energy to the job.”

Ainsworth will be a walk-on coach. She also works at a 24-Hour Fitness in Ontario. She had originally applied for the vacant job at Claremont but did not get an interview there. Her resume was then forwarded to Chino Athletic Director Mike Hinkle.

Chino returns most of its key players. The Cowboys  went 10-14 last year, placing fifth in the Mt. Baldy League.  They put together a good showing in the postseason, winning two playoff matches.




Chino Hills’ Taylon Snow earns state honor

Outfielder Taylon Snow of Chino Hills has been named State Freshman of the Year by CalHiSports.

Snow set a CIF Southern Section record with 72 hits and batted .567. She had multi-hit games in the team’s last 16 games of the season, including all Sierra League contests and all four CIF Southern Section playoff games. Snow also hit five homers with 24 RBI.

She has already committed to University of Washington along with junior sister Tannon, the Huskies shortstop.

Among her other honors this year were a first-team All-Sierra League selection as well as All-Inland Valley first-team selection by the Daily Bulletin.

Among the other honorees were Mission Viejo pitcher Taylor McQuillin, who was named the Junior Player of the Year for leading here team to a CIF Division 2 championship with a 1-0 win over Chino in the title game.

Upland Christian’s Caeden Barnes to sign with San Diego Christian

Senior baseball standout Caeden Barnes of Upland Christian Academy signed a letter of intent to play baseball at San Diego Christian next year.  Festivities were held on Friday at the school.

Barnes was the Most Valuable Player in the Arrowhead League the past two seasons. He was an All-CIF selection as a junior,  with announcement of that honor for tis year not yet made.

Barnes hit .639 in 20 games with 9 doubles, 5 triples, 11 home runs, 17 stolen bases and 49 RBI.

On the mound he was equally successful, going with a 4-2 record and 1.51 ERA in 11 appearances.

Barnes also competed on the football team in the fall.

Claremont’s Chris Edward will play at Chaffey College

Claremont High School basketball standout Chris Edward has decided to stay close to home and will play at Chaffey College.

Edward, a 6-foot-7 post player, had impressive credentials. He was a first-team Inland Valley and All-CIF selection, averaging 18.4 points and 10 rebounds for the Wolfpack (20-10).

His high game of 34 points came in a 46-44 win over South Hills. Among his most noteworthy performances was a 28-point, 14-rebound showing in first-round, 63-58 playoff win over Cajon.

Edward said he didn’t draw much interest from Division I or II schools. Azusa Pacific wanted him to walk on but the cost of tuition at that school made him rule out that option.

“It was a little disappointing but there isn’t anything I can do about that now,” he said, about the lack of interest from high profile schools. “I will go there and hope to have two good years and then move one to someplace else.”

He’ll be a great addition at Chaffey, which advanced the state semifinal a year ago and finished as state runner-up in 2012.

Glendora’s Kale Morton tops Baseline League baseball list

MVP - Kale Morton, Sr., Glendora

First team
Alex Briggs, Jr., Glendora
Corey Brown, Sr., Etiwanda
Justin Cage, Sr., Glendora
Ryan Day, Sr., Los Osos
Joey Deceglie, Sr., Los Osos
Steven Elliott, Jr., Alta Loma
Griffen Herrera, Soph., Glendora
Elijah Lyman, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
Brandon Mourad, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
Niko Navarro, Jr., Los Osos
D.J. Peters, Sr., Glendora
Tommy Pincin, Sr., Upland
Alex Reyes, Sr., Upland
Josh Smith, Sr., Etiwanda

Second team
Thomas Berutto, Jr., Etiwanda
Brendan Cagle, Sr., Los Osos
Jeremy Conant, Jr., Alta Loma
Michael Escobedo, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
Eric Flores, Sr., Glendora
Michael Gomez, Sr., Upland
Joseph Hamilton, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga
Kyle Isbel, Jr., Etiwanda
Tyler Freeman, Fr. Etiwanda
Nick Kaye, Jr., Glendora
Jeff Kross, Jr., Upland
Dakota Oberhauser, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
D.J. Porter, Sr., Los Osos
Malcolm Smith, Jr., Los Osos

Honorable mention – Grant Ashcraft, Jr., Etiwanda; Gavin Coppin, Soph., Glendora; Jordan Dynes, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga; Robert Gibbs, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga; Tyler Lawson, Soph., Rancho Cucamonga; Alex Luna, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga; Patrick McGarvey, Sr., Upland; Kyle Robeniol, Jr., Los Osos; Connor Shepherd, Jr., Upland; Ryne Smith, Sr., Los Osos; Jason Wallace, Jr., Etiwanda; Caleb Watkins., Soph., Glendora

Los Osos’ Long heads Baseline League softball selections

MVP - McKenzie Long, Sr., 2B, Los Osos

First team
Peyton Angulo, Fr., Upland
Alicia Brown, Sr., Glendora
Jessica Brown, Sr., Alta Loma
Taylor Clinkaberry, Sr., Upland
Lauren Delgadillo, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
Julia Gilbert, Sr., Etiwanda
Paige Halstead, Jr., Los Osos
Joei Samper, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
Irma Sanchez, Sr., Los Osos
Kiahna Silva, Sr., Etiwanda
Ciera Schick, Jr., Los Osos
Megan Stevens, Soph., Etiwanda
Karah Wiseman, Soph., Rancho Cucamonga
Marissa Young, Sr., Los Osos

Second team
Reanna Cervantes, Jr., Upland
Hope Davalos, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
Hailey Freeman, Soph., Etiwanda
Lauren Gutierrez, Fr., Upland
Candace Haliburton, Soph., Etiwanda
Kirstin Lopez, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga
Martiza Martinez, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
Taylor Ramos, Jr., Etiwanda
Vanessa Taukeiaho, Soph., Etiwanda
Taylor Tetone, Fr., Glendora
Carly Thomas, Sr., Los Osos
Melissa Tullar, Sr., Los Osos
Emily Wilcox, Jr., Alta Loma
Kendall Woken, Sr., Glendora
Samantha Young, Jr., Los Osos

Honorable mention - Sydney Barker, Jr., Upland; Daisy Conchas, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga; Morgan Cutler, Sr., Glendora; Samantha Diaz, Fr., Rancho Cucamonga; Kirtsen Durazo, Sr., Upland; Kaitlyn Jennings, Jr., Los Osos; Tyler king, Fr., Upland; Tawney Lilley, Jr., Alta Loma; Taylor Martinez, Jr., Upland; Kristina Seymour, Jr., Alta Loma; Kayla Sok, Jr., Glendora; Sydnie Trostle, Soph., Etiwanda; Samanatha Vacko Soph., Los Osos; Christina Valdez, Soph., Etiwanda; Breanna Wheeler, Soph., Etiwanda

Chino’s Viramontes a finalist for prestigious softball honor

Chino High School senior pitcher Miranda Viramontes is a finalist for CalHisSport’s Mr. Softball State Player of the Year.

Viramontes led the Cowboys to a spot in the Division 2 championship game where they lost to No. 1 Mission Viejo 1-0 in nine innings. She boasted a 25-1 record with 0.28 ERA and 298 strikeouts in 174 innings.

If that weren’t enough, Viramontes hit .415 with 10 home runs and 36 RBI.

Viramontes now looks to start her collegiate career at the University of Utah.

The other finalists:
Kaylee Carlson, Garden Grove Pacifica
Julia Deponte, Vacaville
Johanna Grauer, Amador Valley
Jazmyn Jackson, Archbishop Mitty
Taylor McQuillin, Mission Viejo
Alexis Osorio, Riverside King
Alyssa Palomino, Mission Viejo
Kylee Perez, Alhambra Martinez