Webb football gets different opening week foe by accident

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The Webb School football team was supposed to play Temecula Prep in its season opener on Aug. 28.  Instead the Gauls will be playing DeAnza Hamilton and it has nothing to do with something the school did or didn’t do.

Webb coach Amahl Thomas says yes his team was to play Temecula Prep but that school had some sort of computer glitch and lost its schedule. It tried to recreate one but left Webb off the second time and scheduled Hamilton instead.

Needless to say that didn’t sit well with Webb.

When contacted, the CIF mandated that either Temecula Prep either play Webb or let Webb play the team it scheduled the second time.

So Webb will face Hamilton.

Not quite sure how you have a schedule in a computer and have no other record anywhere. But that’s the story.

And even if you lose that schedule, it would be hard to believe you wouldn’t at least remember your first opponent.

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Will Summit’s talent translate into a league championship?

Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Staff Photographer Running back Stephen Carr, who is verbally committed to USC, is one of four Summit High School players already with Division-I scholarship offers entering the 2015 season.

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Running back Stephen Carr, who is verbally committed to USC, is one of four Summit players with Division-I scholarship offers entering the 2015 season.

If it could convert scholarship offers into victories, Summit could crown itself today.

The SkyHawks football team enters the 2015 season with four players sporting Division-I offers, including Damian Alloway’s list of 16. Had he not committed to USC nearly two years before he could sign a letter of intent, running back Stephen Carr would presumably have more than five scholarship offers.

After becoming the first school other than Kaiser to win a Sunkist League championship – Summit claimed consecutive league titles in 2011 and 2012 – the SkyHawks have finished second the last two seasons. But talent hasn’t been much of an issue, according to head coach Nick Matheny.

“With our three guys at the skill positions, we’re pretty loaded,” Matheny said. “But we were talented last year too and we were only able to pull out six wins.”
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Montclair to host alumni men’s basketball game

Montclair will host its second annual alumni basketball game at 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 10.

The event is being planned by 2005 graduate Larry Gordon who went on to earn All-American honors at Cal Poly Pomona and now plays professionally overseas.

Admission is just $3 but the first 100 spectators will be admitted free, compliments of Gordon.

Last year’s events featured players who graduated as far back as the late 90’s and as recently as a couple of years ago.

 

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Rancho Cucamonga’s Jaylon Redd a top football recruit

Rancho Cucamonga coach Nick Baiz talks about his junior Jaylon Redd.

To say Rancho Cucamonga football coach Nick Baiz is high on his junior Jaylon Redd would be quite the understatement.

Redd may have an entire two years left but Baiz, in his 10th year heading the Cougars, already says he is one of the best players he has ever coached and by the end of his career could be THE best.

That’s saying something.

Well the colleges agree. Redd already has seven offers and that number will likely be in double digits soon.

The offers thus far are from Arizona, Washington, Washington State, USC, UCLA, Colorado and Michigan. Colorado was the first.

Redd, who can play both running back and defensive back, has taken unofficial visits to USC, UCLA and Oregon.

He says the one that surprised and impressed him the most was Michigan because it isn’t a school that typically goes for a lot of West Coast players.

He doesn’t prefer one position over another and says he wants to go to the school for which he can get on the playing field sooner. He also isn’t in a hurry to make up his mind.

“It’s still early. I have a lot of time,” he said. “I’m not going to rush it.”

Rancho Cucamonga’s Jaylon Redd talks about being heavily recruited.

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Rancho Elite girls basketball team wins State Games

 

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A girls basketball team from Rancho Elite came away with a gold medal at the California State Games Tournament at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego last month.

The team had to play in several qualifying tournaments just to get into regional from which the top three teams advanced. It finished with a 25-10 record and went 6-2 at the state games.

At the state games the team lost in the first round but still had three games to get into the championship. During each round the team held the last three foes to less than 40 points.

The members of the team were:

Sam Velasquez, Rancho Cucamonga
Amari Terry, Alta Loma
Taylor Goldsberry,  Cajon
Caylen Goldsberry, Cajon
Kourtney Casey, Summit
Taelor Grays Arnold, Summit
Kylie Mosley, Summit
Jamari Adams, Upland
Jordyn Penniman, Canyon Springs

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San Dimas football looks for same success under new coach

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The San Dimas football program was one of the San Gabriel Valley’s best in the decade-long tenure of Bill Zernickow. But Zernickow departed for a job in Oregon and his long-time assistant Mark Holman was handed the reigns.

So will things change? Probably not.

Expect the Saints to go with that same vaunted physical running game. The offensive and defensive lines are the team’s strong suit, according to Holman, so why not keep pushing the ball.

“This might be the best line we have had since  I have been here so we’d be stupid to not take advantage of that,” said Holman, who will call the offense. “We have always had success on the ground and we’re going to stick to that but that doesn’t mean we won’t throw it when we want to.”

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The Saints, who went 8-4 and were bounded from the playoffs in the second round by eventual Mid-Valley League champion Pomona, return three starters up front – seniors Youseff Hanna and Nathan Reep and sophomore Nathen Aceves, who started on varsity last year as a freshman.

A fourth, Charles Santisteban, also saw considerable playing time.

Just who will be the quarterback over center has yet to be determined. The graduation of the starter as left a vacancy and juniors Ernie Guerrero and Joey Tamayo, both on the junior varsity last season are fighting for the spot.

Other key performers on offense will be senior running back Edward Siapno and junior running back Jarell Sykes. Wide receivers will include juniors Ryan Berry, who did not play last year, and Anthony Bernal, a starter at linebacker last year.

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Senior defensive lineman Joey Erickson is the most notable veteran on defense.  He already has offers from Sacramento State, Montana and Montana State and Holman expects mroe to follow.

 

Other key players on defense are junior safety Kai Rodriguez, senior senior linebacker Steven Ojeda and senior end Mbanefo Akpom.

Last year the Saints were knocked off the Valle Vista League thrown by Northview, which again looms as the stiffest challenge. It was  bit of a rude awakening.

“It was definitely a wake-up call,” Holman said. “Our guys are coming back a bit hungrier. Sometimes you do take it for granted.”

The new season gets underway Sept. 4 with the Saints hosting Maranatha. The opening league game will be on Oct. 9 against Hacienda Heights Wilson.

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Snow sisters help Batbusters to national title

Those slammin’ Snow sisters were at it again over the weeekend.

Sisters Tannon and Taylon Snow of Chino Hills were part of an OC Batbusters softball team that finished fist at the prestigious Premier Girls Fastpitch Under-18 national tournament in various locations in Orange County.

Tha Batbustsers went 7-0, with Taylon, who will be a junior, going 1-for-3 in the final game and Tannon, who just graduated and is head to University of Washington, going 2-for-3.

In addition, Tannon was named to a 10-person Louisville Slugger team that competed in a skills challenge and made appearances at Disneyland as well as a Dodger-Angels game.

 

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It’s Oklahoma for Los Osos linebacker Bryce Youngquist

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Los Osos senior linebacker Bryce Youngquist has picked one O over another.

The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder announced today he’ll be attending the University of Oklahoma. He picked the Sooners over 14 other programs with Oregon being the other he most seriously considered.

He visited the school two weeks ago and that sealed the deal. He also made trips earlier to Oregon, Utah, Oregon State, Wisconsin and Washington State.

“I really fell in love with it when I went there,” he said. “It really seemed to have a family atmosphere and environment and it seemed like the right fit for me. I don;t need to have a big city. I think it’s a place where he can fit in and focus on what I need to do.”

Youngquist, a four-star recruit, got to take in the team’s spring game so he got a feel for the atmosphere that comes with football in Norman.

He also liked Oregon and said the recruiting process was stressful at first. Once the offers started coming in he felt less pressure and actually enjoyed the experience.

He wanted to announce his decision so he concentrate on his senior season with the Grizzlies.

Last season he played in only five games, recording 43 tackles, two sacks, one blocked punt and two caused fumbles.

Youngquist added that me plans to major in communications.

 

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Ayala swimmer Kenisha Liu qualifies for Olympic Trials

Senior Kenisha Liu of Ayala has qualified for the 2016 Olympic Trials in a third event.

Liu, the Daily Bulletin’s Girls Swimmer of the Year the past spring, recorded a 56.19 today in finishing fifth in the 100 freestyle at the Speedo Junior National Championships in Texas.

Liu set a qualifying mark in the 200 individual medley (2:18.61) at the California-Nevada Sectional long course meet earlier this month in Santa Clarita.

In December she set a qualifying mark in the 200 breaststroke at a meet in Federal Way, Wash.

The Olympic Trails will be held next June in Omaha, Nebraska. The Olympic trials meet is competitive and only the top two in each event will qualify to represent the United States in ‎Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Liu has not decided on a college yet but is being recruited by many Pac 12 schools and has the grades to go wherever she chooses.

Liu earned All-American honors this year from the NISCA in six events. Also earning national recognition were Mikki Thompson, Shannon Steele and Megan Delgado.

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LaMelo Ball commits to UCLA and hasn’t played a high school game

A third Ball is headed to UCLA.

No not Lonzo or younger brother LiAngelo. It’s the youngest of the family.

LaMelo Ball, 13, the youngest brother in the basketball playing family said today he too has committed to the Bruins even though he has yet to play a high school game.

“It is my dream school,” he said. “I decided to get it out of the way now instead of waiting for the future.”

Other schools looking at the youngest Ball included Virginia and Washington State but he opted to follow his brothers, although he said that wasn’t a major factor.

Lonzo, who will be a senior this fall, committed to the Bruins as a sophomore and last year as a sophomore LiAngelo did the same. All three will play together for the Huskies but they won;t be together at UCLA even for a year because Lonzo has made it known he wants to be “one and done” at UCLA.

The three brothers on the same floor will be a marquee attraction this winter. The three brothers combined for 93 points in a recent travel ball game for Big Ballers.

Here is the video from MaxPreps of that performance:

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