Baseline League honors: Boys basketball

Justin and league MVP Jeremy Hemsley talk about state title and playing on the same team.

MVP: Jeremy Hemsley, Sr., Damien

First team
Francisco Alvarez, Sr., Los Osos
Lonzo Ball, Jr., Chino Hills
LiAngelo Ball, Soph., Chino Hills
Kameron Edwards, Sr., Etiwanda
Malik Fitts, Sr., Damien
Tamer Jabsheh, Sr, Rancho Cucamonga
Delewis Johnson, Sr., Etiwanda
Bryce Peters, Jr., Damien
Micah Robinson, Sr., Damien
Braxton Shaw, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
Isaiah White, Jr., Upland

Second team
Bryce Ayers, Sr., Los Osos
Garrett Carter, Jr., Eitwanda
Julian Ducree, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
Blake Fisher, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
Solomon Hunt, Jr., Upland
Jordan Naughton, Sr., Etiwanda
Jared Nyivih, Sr., Chino Hills
Miles Oliver, Soph., Etiwanda
Andy Torices, Sr., Damien

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Baseline League honors: Girls baskeball

MVPs: Dominique McLaughlin, Jr.,Eitwanda and Irie Stokes, Sr., Upland

First team
Emily Ayala, Sr., Chino Hills
Marleigh Brown, Sr., Chino Hills
Alisa David, Sr., Los Osos
Maezelle Millian, Soph., Etiwanda
Janessa Thropay, Sr., Chino Hills
Samantha Velasquez, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
Olivia Watkins, Sr., Upland
Mikaylah Wilson, Soph., Etiwanda
Alize Williams, Soph., Etiwanda
Maryrose Wintroath, Sr., St. Lucy’s

Second team
Megan Butterweck, Sr., Los Osos
Dominiqe Castillo, Sr., Etiwanda
Natalie Guillen, Jr., St. Lucy’s
Jalyn Harris, Soph., Rancho Cucamonga
Natalie Henderson, Jr., Chino Hills
Leilia Orji, Jr., Etiwanda
Ally Seebalac, Soph., Chino Hills
Nasreen Torki, Sr., Upland

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Baseline Leage honors: Boys soccer

MVP: Timothy Ebiner, Sr., Damien

First team
Simon Bustamante, Sr., Chino Hills
Noah Dacko, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
Conal Dennison, Jr., Damien
Adam Emery, Sr., Los Osos
Andrew Flores, Sr., Upland
David Gang, Sr., Damien
Andrew Hernandez, Sr., Chino Hills
Julyan Johnson, Sr., Etiwanda
Ibrahim Lewally, Sr., Upland
James Metoyer, Sr., Chino Hills
Herman Meza, Jr., Damien
Favian Salinas, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga
Alex Samarzich, Sr., Upland
Garrett Souza, Sr., Damien
Braden Thuraisingham, Sr., Los Osos

Second team
Ryan Adams, Jr., Chino Hills
Tyler Braker, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga
Kelvin Chavez, Sr., Etiwanda
Dylan DiGrazia, Jr., Damien
JOrdan Dyer, Sr., Upland
Brett Franchino, Sr., Chino Hills
Giovanni Perez, Soph., Los Osos
Andrew Gomanda, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
Joaquin Jaime, Soph., Upland
Max Kihm, Jr., Los Osos
Ryan Matthews, Jr., Chino Hills
Jaie Peshawaria, Sr., Chino Hills
Jacon Reyes, Soph., Upland
Victor Romero, Jr., Damien
Jacob Salas, Sr., Damien
Tyler Schrock, Soph., Upland
Corey Valdivia, Soph., Damien

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Baseline League honors: Girls soccer

MVPs: Bryanna Duckett, Soph., Rancho Cucamonga and Shayna Whieldon, Sr., Upland

First team
Annie Bailey, Sr., Los Osos
Destiny Collins, Sr., Chino Hills
Natalie Copenhaver, Soph., Upland
Lauren Flowers, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
Dayna Garcia, Sr., Chino Hills
Danya Hart, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
Devyn Kelsey, Jr., Los Osos
Sommer Larrabee, Sr., Etiwanda
Nicole Leggio, Jr., St. Lucy’s
Emily Lemus, Jr., Etiwanda
Jessica Miclat, Jr., Chino Hills
Lauren Perry, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga
Alyssa Pigoni, Soph., Upland
Yvette Rodriguez, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
Jazmin Smith, Jr., Los Osos

Second team
Sydney Adams, Sr., Chino Hills
Julia Bingham, Jr., St. Lucy’s
Brielle Bourgeois, Sr., Chino Hills
Serena Camacho, Soph., Los Osos
Alyssa Carthan, Jr., Chino Hills
Marina Diaz, Jr., Upland
Metzli Gonzalez, Jr., Etiwanda
Mariah Johnson, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
Madeline LaClaire, Soph., Los Osos
Idalys Martinez, Sr., Etiwanda
Hannah McKinney, Jr., Los Osos
Ayana Robles, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga
Oliva Seddon, Jr., Chino Hills
Claudia Soto, Soph., Chino Hills
Jessica Staehler, Jr., Los Osos
Jordan Tadros, Soph., St. Lucy’s
Tiffany Zhang, Sr., Upland

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Baseline League honors: Girls water polo

MVP: Shelby Kraft, Jr., Los Osos

First team
Hilary Adkins, Sr., St. Lucy’s
Raquel Anton,Jr., Rancho Cucamonga
Rachel Fusco, Soph., Los Osos
Devin Holcomb, Jr., St. Lucy’s
Amanda Jarvis, Sr., Upland
Jessica Kimberling, Soph., Los Osos
Rachel Kuehl;, Sr., Chino Hills
Denise Mammolito, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga
Delaney Parks, Jr., Los Osos
Lexi Puhl, Jr., Etiwanda
Hope Vickers, Sr., Upland

Second team
Clarice Aguilar, Jr., Los Osos
Willow Brown, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga
Caitlyn Coook, Sr., St. Lucy’s
Danielle D’Andrea, Soph., Los Osos
Nicole Feldtz, Sr., St. Lucy’s
Sabarina Garabet, Soph., St. Lucy’s
Delaney Geppert, Soph., Los Osos
Sarah Graham, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
Charlotte Marsh, Jr., Chino Hills
Sydnee Scott, Sr., Upland
Rylee Williams, Fr., Los Osos

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Alta Loma’s Kirsten Sanchez commits to La Verne

Alta Loma High School volleyball standout Kristen Sanchez (center) wanted to choose a college relatively close to home. She did just that. committing to University of La Verne today.

Sanchez was team captain and starting libero for a Braves team that won Mt. Baldy League, Southern Section (Division 4AA)  and Southern California Regional (Division 4) titles. The Braves (36-3) also finished at state runner-up, losing the title match to Sonora 3-2.

She tallied a team-high 459 digs and was a first-team All-Inland Valley selection.

Sanchez also considered Vanguard and Concordia-Irvine as well as Grand Canyon University (Ariz).

“It felt like a good fit,” she said. “It was close to home and I really liked the team.”

Sanchez has a twin brother T.J. who will also be attending the school. The two went to a campus orientation together. They wanted to got to schools close together but it worked out they liked the same one.

The two are close. T.J. is known to the school’s volleyball enthusiasts as the guy who dressed up as the banana and led the cheering section at the team’s matches.

The University of La Verne volleyball team, coached by Jenna Panatier, went 20-7 last season. The Leopards advanced to the postseason but lost a first round NCAA Division III match to Trinity (Tex.) 3-0 at Cal Lutheran University.

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Chino Hills boys will learn from tough state setback

Chino Hills coach Steve Baik talks about double overtime loss to San Ramon Valley

The Chino Hills boys basketball team couldn’t quite finish the job. The Huskies lost the Division I state title game to San Ramon Valley 79-71 in double overtime Friday night at Cal-Berkeley.

There will be a lot of “what ifs” for the Huskies. The biggest of those . . . What if star player Lonzo Ball hadn’t fouled out with 3:17 left in regulation of a nip and tuck contest?

The Huskies did will to survive a first overtime but collapsed in the second. But give San Ramon Valley some credit. The Wolves made all the clutch shots down the stretch.

The Huskies have gotten just enough offense from players not named Ball to advance this far. But in the end the inexperience of those players showed.

The scarey thing, the entire team will be back in tact. The team has five seniors, but only one of those saw significant playing time, that being Jared Nyivih. They’ll also have the two transfers who weren’t eligible and are expected to be huge contributors next year in Shane Hopkins (Ayala) and Eli Scott (Upland).

They’ll also have another Ball, this one also supposedly very good.

Look for the Huskies to use this loss as motivation moving forward.


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Damien captures Division III championship

VIDEO: Damien coach Matt Dunn talks about his team and the win.

Battle tested. The Damien Spartans were definitely that.

Coach Matt Dunn’s team played a tough non-league schedule, then outlasted the likes of Etiwanda and Chino Hills to win the Baseline League which was likely the toughest league, at least in Southern California, this season.

Not only did the Spartans (29-5) win the league, they went 9-1 which is pretty impressive. And they were the new kid on the block.

Now they are the Division III STATE champions, having surged past Campolindo 70-57 on Friday at Haas Pavilion at Cal-Berkeley.

When it came to the postseason, the Spartans were calm and collected under pressure. The big game atmosphere didn’t get to them. When the Cougars made a run, the Spartans stayed poised.

These players trust on each other. That has to be part of the confidence and poise as well. Jeremy Hemsley is the leader and the most talented player. But there were a lot of contributors, as is usually the case for a quality team and program.

Hemsley had 20 points and 10 rebounds. But Micah Robinson was huge – 17 points off the bench including five 3 pointers. Sophomore Justin Hemsley, Jeremy’s brother, had some key rebounds in the second half. Bryce Peters had 12 while Malik Fitts had nine with 12 rebounds, the highlight being a big 3-point play in the fourth quarter.



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Chino Hills boys basketball team to play in Florida next December

The Chino Hills boys basketball team has developed a national reputation in the past couple of years led by a marquee player in UCLA-bound junior Lonzo Ball.

Well the Huskies will be part of the 43rd Culligan City of Palms Classic field Dec.18-23 in Fort Myers, Fla. The event has become one of the nation’s premier basketball events.

The event features 20 teams from around the country, 16 of which compete in one main bracket with four others in what is called a Signature Series. Those schools are typically from basketball academies/boarding schools.

Tournament Director Donnie Wilkie says Chino Hills was one of the first schools he locked in for the coming season. He typically tries to get teams from different geographic regions while sprinkling in some locals.

Sierra Canyon, which won the Division V state title early Friday, played in the event last year. Mater Dei has competed there on multiple occasions.

“We try to get the big fish from as many ponds as possible and then put them in one big pond,” Wilkie said. “We’re about great teams and great players but great stories too.”




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All the CIF state championship results and games

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Here is the complete schedule for CIF state championship games this weekend at Cal-Berkeley:

Friday’s games

Division V Girls – La Jolla Country Day 40, Eastside (Palo Alto) 36
Division V Boys -  Sierra Canyon 80, University (San Francisco) 55
Division III Girls – Bishop O’Dowd 55, Brea Olinda 40
Division III Boys – Damien 70, Campolindo (Moraga) 57
Division I Girls – McClatchy (Sacramento) 65, Serra 61 (2 OT)
Division I Boys -  San Ramon Valley 79, Chino Hills 71 (2 OT)

Saturday’s games
Division IV Girls – Sierra Canyon 69, Brookside Chr. (Stockton) 56
Division IV Boys – Crespi 47, Capital Christian (Sacramento) 44
Division II Girls – Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) 53, Mark Keppel 31
Division II Boys – La Mirada 71, Archbishop Mitty 70 (2 OT)
Open Girls – St. Mary’s (Stockton) 76, Mater Dei 69
Open Division Boys: Bishop O’Dowd 65, Mater Dei 64 (OT)





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