Rancho Cucamonga football quartet to play in two weeks

The Rancho Cucamonga football team is 5-0 and ranked fifth in Division 1. The Cougars have a bye this week before opening Baseline League play on Oct. 7 against Upland.

Football enthusiasts around Southern California are eager to see what happens when the four Corona Centennial transfers, via way of Upland, become eligible. That quartet consists of Sione Piutau, Semisi Pahulu, Liahona Pahulu and Siani Malere, two of who were probably starters at Centennial.

Cougars coach Nick Baiz said the quartet won’t be eligible to play against Upland, which would add to the drama of the already-heated rivalry. They would be eligible to play the following week, Oct. 14, against Los Osos.

They have been practicing but Baiz said it is too soon to know what role they will fill.

“They will be given an opportunity,” Baiz said. “But we have some pretty good players there already and they haven’t beaten anyone out yet.”

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San Dimas’ Jarell Sykes also excelling on defense

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Senior Jarell Sykes of San Dimas is most noted for his efforts on offense. He has rushed for 3,304 yards and 42 touchdowns the last three years. He had 2,129 of that last year in helping the Saints to the Mid-Valley championships game,

But second-year head coach Mark Holman has been pleased with Sykes play on defense as well. Last week the Saints shut out Diamond Bar 49-0 and Sykes was a big part of that for his defensive efforts against Brahmas junior Shane Wells, the top receiver in the Inland Valley.

Wells has 34 catches for 530 yards and caught passes for more than 100 yards in Diamond Bar’s first four games. Last week Sykes, who moved over from safety to corner, held Wells to three receptions for 21 yards.

“We thought that was our best shot,” Holman said of putting Sykes on Wells. “That was our Plan A and we had a Plan B but we didn’t have to go to it.”

Sykes, an All-Inland Valley selection last year, has drawn some interest from some lower Division I schools as a running back but Holman is trying to sell his player on defense and working on putting together film on him there in hopes of landing him higher profile offers.

“I think he’d be great where ever you put him but there are a lot of running backs out there and a lot fewer guys that can play defense like he can,” Holman said.

San Dimas (4-0), ranked third in Division 8, plays Thursday night against California High of Whittier which is 3-1 but has beaten three teams that are a combined 0-15.

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Local teams hold strong in CIF volleyball polls

Bonita’s Kellie Pichotta hits over the block of Ayala’s Sierrah Flores. The host Bulldogs pushed their rival to five games before losing Tuesday.

Division 1 – 1. Mater Dei; 2. San Juan Hills; 3. Edison; 4. Mira Costa; 5. Santa Margarita; 6. Huntington Beach; 7. Lakewood; 8. Marymount; 9. Redondo Union; 10. Flintridge Sacred Heart.

Division 2- 1. Ventura; 2. Orange Lutheran; 3. Marlborough; 4. El Dorado; 5. Beckman; 6. Esperanza; 7. Temecula Valley; 8. Palos Verdes; 9. South Torrance; 10. Murrieta Valley.

Division 3 – 1. Bishop Montgomery; 2. Sage Hill; 3. Glendora; 4. Lakewood St. Joseph; 5. Saddleback Valley Christian; 6. West Ranch; 7. Notre Dame; 8. Agoura; 9. Calabasas; 10. Troy.

Division 4 – 1. Elsinore; 2. Claremont; 3. Sierra Canyon; 4. Monrovia; 5. Arcadia; 6. Westridge; 7. Bonita; 8. Mission Prep; 9. Camarillo; 10. Redlands.

Division 5 – 1. Mayfair; 2. La Quinta; 3. Culver City; 4. El Segundo; 5. Quartz Hill; 6. Alemany; 7. Valley View; 8. Oak Hills; 9. JW North; 10. Xavier Prep.

Division 6 – 1. Laguna Blanca; 2. Crossroads; 3. Gabrielino; 4. Santa Ynez; 5. El Rancho; 6. Hueneme; 7. Ridgecrest Burroughs; 8. Vistamar; 9. Bell Gardens; 10. Beaumont.

Division 7 – 1. St. Paul; 2. St. Anthony; 3. St. Monica; 4. Loma Linda; 5. Riverside Notre Dame; 6. Ontario Christian; 7. Archer School; 8. Schurr; 9. Garden Grove; 10. Summit.

Division 8 – 1. Pomona Catholic; 2. Gladstone; 3. Grace Brethren; 4. Burbank Burroughs; 5. Foothill Tech; 6. Mary Star of the Sea; 7. Linfield Christian; 8. Nordhoff; 9. Orangewood; 10. Duarte.

Division 9 – 1. Millikin Community; 2. Mammoth; 3. Upland Christian; 4. Anaheim; 5. Faith Baptist; 6. Oakwood; 7. Santa Clarita Christian; 8. Trinity Classical; 9. Capistrano Valley Christian; 10. Nuview Bridge.

Division 10 – 1. University Prep; 2. Thousand Oaks Hillcrest; 3. Southlands Christian; 4, Santa Rosa Academy; 5. Einstein Academy; 6. San Jacino Valley; 7. Avalon; 8. Eastside Christian; 9. Hesperia Christian; 10. AAE.





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A nod to other Athlete of Week nominees

Summit’s Stephen Carr (#7) breaks away from the San Gorgonio defense for a touchdown during the first half of Thursday’s non league game at AB Miller High School in Fontana, Ca., September 8, 2016. (Photo by John Valenzuela/The Sun)

As usual it was a tough call for this week’s Athlete of Week honors. Click on the names to see what they did for the week:

The boys winner is Stephen Carr, senior football standout from Summit.

The girls winner is Alexis Cardoza, volleyball player from Chino Hills


Mitchell Fargo, Senior, Webb water polo – Scored seven goals in Tuesday’s 12-11 loss to San Marino, leading a seven goal comeback that fell just
short. On the season Fargo has 86 goals.

Rudy Garcia, Junior, Don Lugo football – Threw for 230 yards and four touchdowns in his best varsity performance, a 37-27 win over local rival Chino on Friday in the annual Milk Can game.

Willie Morris, Senior, Chino football – The well rounded football standout scored all four touchdowns for the Cowboys in 37-27 loss to Don Lugo. He had 7 carries for 143 yards 3 pass receptions for 139 yards to go with 99 yards on three special teams returns. Oh, he also played the  entire game at defensive back.


Jordin Bishop, Ayala volleyball – Tallied 23 kills in Palomares League loss to Bonita and another 23 in a win over Diamond Bar. Then in a weekend tournament hosted by the Bulldogs, Bishop registered 35 kills in 10 sets.


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Ron Haywood named boys basketball coach at Western Christian

Ron Haywood has been named head boys basketball coach at Western Christian.
Haywood served as an assistant to Eric Cooper last year at Diamond Ranch, which won a CIF Division 3-A title.

An old connection actually led him to the position. Rhyen Siemer, who had been Haywood’s assistant during his three-year tenure at Rancho Christian, had taken the girls basketball position. When the boys opening came up, he let Haywood know and encouraged him to think about it.

“It came at a good time. I was thinking about what I wanted to do the coming season,” he said. “I went and talked to them and I liked what they had to say.”

The fact that the team was just 1-42 over the last two years wasn’t enough to scare him off.

In fact, Haywood worked a summer clinic at the school and was encouraged by the players’ desire to get better.

“We got done and they wanted to keep playing,” he said. “They were excited about having someone that really wanted to invest the time in helping them get better. When I started out at Rancho Christian we had eight players and five were freshman. I am not afraid of having to build a program.”

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Rancho Cucamonga’s Jaylon Redd commits to Oregon

Rancho Cucamonga’s Jaylon Redd is tripped up by Murrieta Valley’s Joe Montoya at Rancho Cucamonga High School in Rancho Cucamonga, CA., Friday, September 16, 2016. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Southern California News Group)

Rancho Cucamonga football standout Jaylon Redd wanted to celebrate his 18th birthday by making a big decision. He did just that, deciding the University of Oregon was the place he wanted to spend his college career.

Redd, a 5-foot-9, 180-pound defensive back, announced that decision today via video put together with the help of Bleacher Report. He started thinking about the concept about two weeks ago. It took about eight hours to film.

Redd went to Oregon in the spring along with teammate Thomas Graham on an unofficial visit. He plans to go back again in November, the weekend the Ducks play Stanford.

“It’s one of the schools I have been thinking about for awhile,” he said, moments after tweeting out the link to his video. “I think it will be a great fit for me and be a place I have a chance to play as a freshman.”

The only official visit Redd took was to Nebraska. He might still make one to UCLA because it is close to home. The Bruins have been pursuing him quite heavily in recent weeks.

Redd had 16 offers, 11 of those from Pac-12 schools. Among the others were Oklahoma, Michigan and Notre Dame.

Redd is one of the most coveted defensive backs in the country although much of his playing time this season for the Cougars (5-0) has been at running back. He has rushed for 754 yards and 10 touchdowns on just 93 tries and has managed more than 100 yards in every game so far this season.

Cougars coach Nick Baiz has spelled Redd on defense because he has depth there but Redd has played on that side of the ball against certain teams that throw the ball more proficiently.

Redd, who last week celebrated a selection to the prestigious Under-Armour All American game, plans to major in sports psychology and would like to get a master’s in business.


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Chino Hills volleyball team shows promise with tournament win

Chino Hills volleyball coach Andy Farrow wasn’t surprised his team got off to a slow start.

He was appointed late when the previous new coach hired had to back out of the job due to a full-time job commitment. And he only has about half a schedule, the first match coming about two weeks after most other teams played theirs.

But the Huskies have progressed, just in time for Baseline League play.

Chino Hills won the championship of the Ayala Tournament over the weekend despite playing without top player Kenzie Koerber who was making her official visit to the University of Utah to which she had already verbally committed.

The Huskies defeated Corona Santiago 25-20 in the one and only set of the title match. The final had to be limited to that so that the teams wouldn’t surpass the limit of playing 12 sets in a day.

Other big wins in that event came against Claremont, a team to whom they lost a non-league match to their second match of the season, as well as Riverside King.

“It’s a matter of getting to know each other,” Farrow said. “We played a solid six rotations and served well. It was just having more matches to get comfortable.”

Senior outside hitter Alexis Cardoza was named tournament most valuable player while junior setter Brooke Magill and junior libero Reva Blitz also earned All-Tournament honors.

Senior Taylor Johnson and sophomore Raeleen Saunders split time in the front row in place of Koerber while junior Kendra Lim played Koerber’s spot in the back row.

The Huskies, now 11-1, continue league play on Tuesday against Upland.


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A rundown of prep football scored for Week 4

Don Lugo's Khoury Bethley gets pulled down by Chino's Brandon Serrano at Chino High School in Chino, CA., Friday, September 23, 2016. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Citrus Belt League

Cajon 46, Miller 6 (photos) (story)
Patriot 48, Bloomington 14

Citrus Belt League

Redlands 34, Carter 0
Citrus Valley 62, Eisenhower 20
Redlands East Valley 34, Yucaipa 17
Alta Loma 24, Claremont 7
Apple Valley 56, Adelanto 14
Aquinas 56, Rancho Christian 29
Arroyo Valley 48, Ramona 0
Big Bear 30, Twentynine Palms 27
Bishop 28, Silver Valley 18
Bonita 39, Diamond Ranch 14 (story)
Calipatria 36, Riverside Prep 20
Cerritos Valley Christian 58, Ontario Christian 7
Colton 35, La Sierra 14
Damien 40, Monrovia 0
Don Lugo 37, Chino 27 (photos) (story)
Downey 42, Chino Hills 22
Etiwanda 21, Chaffey 2
Excelsior 29, Vasquez 14
Fontana 49, Rialto 14
Indian Springs 22, San Bernardino 14
Jurupa Hills 34, Hemet 21
La Habra 42, Colony 36 2 OT
Northview 35, Pomona 0
Oak Hills 35, San Gorgonio 7 (story)
Ontario 27, Jurupa Valley 13
Rancho Cucamonga 17, Citrus Hill 14 (story)
Redlands 34, Carter 0 (story)
Redlands East Valley 34, Yucaipa 17 (story)
Ridgecrest Burroughs 32, Barstow 7
San Dimas 49, Diamond Bar 0 (story)
Serrano 55, Kaiser 0
Silverado 35, Hesperia 0
Summit 35, Elsinore 28 (story)
Upland 38, Great Oak 25
Victor Valley 17, Sultana 10
Village Christian 43, Ganesha 8
Webb 48, Upland Christian 14
Westminster La Quinta 27, Garey 20
Woodbridge 55, Rim of the World 43
Yucca Valley 58, Palo Verde Valley 14

St. Bernard vs. Arrowhead Christian at Citrus Valley HS
Hawkins at Western Christian

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Upland football coach could miss second straight game

Referee Rocky Bettar, center, talks with Upland head coach Tim Salter prior to Upland’s game against Venice earlier this month.

Upland football coach Tim Salter was not in attendance at last week’s 62-7 loss to Mater Dei and is not sure whether or not he will be at his school this Friday when the Highlanders (2-2) take on Temecula Great Oak (2-1).

Salter slipped and fell while at school the Monday before the Mater Dei game, breaking his fibula. He didn’t know the injury was that bad but sought medical attention after practice on Monday.

He had planned on going to the game but being on the sidelines was not an option because of the chance of getting run into. The stadium is an older one without an elevator so taking it in from the press box was not an option either.

“I really felt bad for the kids,” Salter said of the loss and being completely overwhelmed. “I really did want to be there.”

There are a myriad of issues, particularly with workman’s compensation so until all that paperwork and red tape are taken care of Salter is having to stay away from practice.

His assistants tape practice and he watches via I-pad and he is in close communication with them. He says it also helps having a veteran staff with many assistants who have been with him most of his tenure.

He had a cast put on today which replaced a soft cast.

“It was just one of those things,” he said. “The team is in good hands and I trust my assistants. It’s just tough not being there like I would like.”


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Bonita basketball player Joe Quintana makes college decision

The Loyola Marymount men’s basketball program has made quite the inroads to Inland Empire basketball programs.

Just a couple weeks after landing a commitment of Eli Scott of Chino Hills, the Lions got another as Joe Quintana of Bonita made a verbal commitment to the program.

Joe Quintana (2) of Bonita High School, drives to the basket, during the Bonita High School vs La Jolla County Day High School, Division III State Basketball Playoffs, at Bonita High School in La Verne, CA., Wednesday, March 9, 2016. (Photo by James Carbone for the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

Quintana, a 6-foot-2 shooting guard, is a two-time All-Inland Valley and CIF selection. Last year he led the Bearcats (28-7) to the Division 3AA championship game.

He is noted for his 3-point prowess and poise in pressure situations.

Quintana took his official visit to the school with his parents and two brothers and liked the “family” feel he got and liked that it was relatively close to home.

The style of play was also a factor.

“The style of play is a lot like we play at Bonita so I am going to feel comfortable there,” he said. “It really was a good fit all the way around because I didn’t want to go too far away.”

Quintana also had offers from Utah Valley, UC Riverside, Pepperdine and Campbell (N.C.) but he didn’t take any other visits. Pepperdine likely would have been the next option but Quintana took that one out of the equation when the school landed two other guard commits.

Quintana plans to major in kinesiology or sports medicine.


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