Stephen Gilling to replace Steve Baik at Chino Hills

There isn’t much more the Chino Hills boys basketball team could have done last year. The Huskies were 35-0, won league, state, regional and national championships. Perhaps win by a bigger margin. But the Huskies are going to try.

Stephen Gilling was named head coach today, replacing Steve Baik who served as head coach the last six years.

It was a good choice. Gilling is from the area, having graduated from nearby Ayala in 2005 where he excelled under then coach Tom Gregory.

He has also been on staff for the last two years so he knows the personnel and the style of play that has been the Huskies trademark. The school would have been stupid to look outside for a successor,

Gilling won’t be looking to put his own stamp on the program, He’ll go with what has worked. Chino Hills will run the same entertaining, up-tempo offense that made them a phenomenon across the country.

“If it’s working you don’t go out and change anything,” he said. “You can always be stronger, bigger, better. We’re going to go out and try and do it even better than we did last year.”

Indeed there will be pressure to repeat. The Huskies only graduated one player, although that player is Lonzo Ball, the straw that stirred the drink, so to speak.

The other two Ball brothers – senior LiAngelo and sophomore LaMelo will be back, as will be senior Eli Scott and sophomore Onyeka Okongwu who rounded out the starting lineup. All have multiple Division I offers with both the other Balls having committed to UCLA.

Nothing short of another title is expected.

The Huskies scored 100 points or more 18 times, tying a state record. That was a particularly impressive number given the caliber of competition the Huskies faced.
They won every playoff game by 20 points or more with no outcome more convincing than a 48-point win over national power Mater Dei which had been ranked as high as sixth nationally.

“We have the same expectations,” Gilling said. “That’s what we’re out there working hard toward. The guys are getting better.”

Gilling played guard for two years at Colorado State, then moved on to Long Beach State where he spent three years, the first as a red-shirt,

He is on the Chino Hills campus as an aide and was the person Baik endorsed as his successor.

“I’m excited about the opportunity and we’re looking forward to picking up where we left off last year,” he said.

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Catching up with new Chino Hills football coach Chris Stevens . . .

It has been quite a season of turnover in the high school football coaching ranks. Perhaps the most interesting change has come at Chino Hills were veteran Chris Stevens has taken over for Matt Bechtel who led the Huskies to a Baseline League title and West Valley Division semifinal berth a year ago.

Stevens had most recently coached at Monrovia but welcomed the chance to return to the Inland Valley, admitting that the commute from his Chino home to Monrovia got tiresome.

He has had the spring to become familiar with his personnel. Just what does he think and what has he done differently?

“It was a great spring,” he said. “We won’t necessarily be running a new offense we’ll just look to take it up-tempo a bit. We’re going to be quicker on the ball and try and get more plays off.”

Stevens kept many of the coaches previously on the staff under Bechtel, including line coaches Scott Smith and Paul Garcelli and running backs coach Larry Moore, who did not coach last year but had been on staff before.

Among the others are Walter Ford, who had coached defensive backs but will be the defensive coordinator, as well as Jose Espinzoa (wide receivers) and Tony Gomez (defensive line).

Among those jumping on board will be Scott Calles, a former player at the school who will help with wide receivers. Other newcomers include Ryan Marquez (linebackers), Trevin Loza, outside linebackers), both from Ayala.

The new playoff groupings were recently announced and Chino Hills was at the top end of Division 2 while league foes Upland and Rancho Cucamonga are in Division 1 with some real powerhouse teams such as Corona Centennial and St. John Bosco.

What does Stevens think of that?

“Division 1 is going to be tough,” he said. “Those are teams that never have a down year. They just keep reloading. We’re happy to be where we’re at.”

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Bonita’s Tommy Delgado commits to Loyola Marymount

Bonita baseball standout Tommy Delgado has decided on a college and it is NCAA Division I Loyola Marymount.

He didn’t see a need to wait any longer to make his decision public. He visited the school last month and also made unofficial trips to Arizona, Cal State Fullerton, USC and St. Mary’s.

He was considering a handful of other schools as well.

“It was a school that met all my needs and wants,” he said. “I wanted to stay relatively close to home and I like the location. The coaches were amazing and it’s a good academic school. They have also sent players to the pros and that was a big thing for me too.”

Delgado has been a two year starter for the Bearcats, drawing playing time immediately as a freshman in 2015, hitting .316 with 17 RBI and 21 runs scored in 31 games.

The past season he hit .388 with 33 runs scored, 25 RBI, 7 doubles, 5 triples and 5 home runs.

Delgado can play a variety of positions but his favorite is shortstop and that’s is the position the Lions were recruiting him at.

“I’ll play where ever they need me but that’s where I prefer to play and I think it’s my best position,” he said.

He plans to major in business.

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Damien volleyball coach and player get top honors in Division 5

Damien High School volleyball player Nick Hibshman, The Sun/Daily Bulletin Player of the Year, Thursday, June 9, 2016. Hibshman helped the Spartans win back to back CIF-SS championships. (Photo by John Valenzuela/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

Damien repeated as CIF champion in Division 5 so it is no surprise that the Spartans were big winners when All-CIF accolades were handed out Monday.

Coach Randy Bohlmann was named Division 5 Coach of the Year while senior libero Nick Hibshman was named Player of the Year.

Also making the cut were seniors Michael Spinney and Chris Mercado.

Here is the entire list of players honored in Division 5.

Player of Year: Nick Hibshman, Sr., Damien
Coach of Year:Randy Bohlmann, Damien

First team
Nicholas Arauz, Jr., S, El Rancho
Bailey Bland, Sr., OH, Pacifica Christian
Michael Camacho, Sr., S, Loma Linda
Isaiah Canales, Sr., OH, Sante Fe
Grayson Clendednon, Sr., OH, California
Sam Eisner, Sr., OH, Oakwood
Phillip Fauntleroy, Jr., OH, Laguna Blanca
Ethan Jacobsen, Sr., OH, Providence
Chris Mercado, Sr., OH, Damien
Pierce O’Donnell, Sr., S, Laguna Blanca
Michael Spinney, Sr., OH, Damien
Javier Torres, Sr., MB, El Rancho

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Sunkist League honors: Baseball

Kaiser’s shortstop Oscar Rocha gets the front end of a double play as Victor Valley’s Seth Escamilla (8) slides in late during the 5th inning Thursday March 31,2016 during the Darryl Kile Memorial Tournament at Norco High School. (Will Lester/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

MVP: Oscar Rocha, Jr., Shortstop, Kaiser

First team
Juan Barriga, Sr., Kaiser
Armando Duenas, Jr., Kaiser
John Gonzalez, Jr., Kaiser
Noah Johnson, Jr., Bloomington
Dillon Krah, Sr., Bloomington
Esteban Luna, Sr., Fontana
Arnold Magana, Jr., Fontana
Hubert Mann, Sr., Kaiser
Jacob Martin, Jr., Bloomington
Jesse McGonigal, Sr., Summit
Abraham Ramirez, Sr., Bloomington
Alfredo Rodriguez, Sr., Summit
Matthew Russano, Sr., Colton
Tristan Salcido, Sr., Summit
Dominic Tejada, Jr., Grand Terrace
Ammon Ursula, Jr., Summit
Justin Wells, Sr., Kaiser

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CIF announces playoff divisions for girls volleyball

Rancho Cucamonga's Karson Bacon (#42) and Bria Beale (#33) block a shot attempt by St. Lucy's Loryn Carter (#17) during Tuesday's Baseline League match at Rancho Cucamonga High School in Rancho Cucamonga, Ca., October 20, 2015. (Photo by John Valenzuela/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

Just as in football, the CIF has announced a new playoff format that places teams in divisions based on competitive balance, strength of schedule and past performance using a points formula.

The current format and divisions will be in effect the next two years.

Rancho Cucamonga is the lone local placed in Division 1. Here is the rundown:

DIVISION 1 – Mater Dei, Redondo Union, Huntington Beach, Santa Margarita, Lakewood, Edison, Great Oak, Corona del Mar, Aliso Niguel Chaparrel, Los Alamitos, Long Beach Poly, MIra Costa, San Clemente, Tesoro, Vista Murrieta, Marymount, Flintridge Sacred Heart, San Juan Hills, Valencia, JSerra, Long Beach Wilson, Corona Santiago, Harvard-Westlake, Dana Hills, San Marcos, Villa Park, El Toro, Woodbridge, Trabuco Hills, Rancho Cucamonga, Newport Harbor.

DIVISION 2 – Hart, Northwood, Orange Lutheran, South Torrance, Beckman, Marlborough, Murrieta Valley, Chino Hills, Redlands East Valley, Village Chr., Laguna Beach, Fountain Valley, Chadwick, Capistrano Valley, Santa Barbara, Esperanza, Westlake, St. Lucy’s, Temecula Valley, Compton, Mayfield, Mission Viejo, Ventura, Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, Yucaipa, Martin Luther King, Thousand Oaks, Millikan, Louisville, Palos Verdes, Oaks Christian, El Dorado, Peninsula, Arroyo Grande.

DIVISION 3 – Cajon, Anaheim Canyon, West Ranch, Citrus Valley, University, Foothill, Agoura, Troy, Los Osos, Dos Pueblos, Newbury Park, Jordan, Laguna Hills, Rosary, Norco, Burbank Burroughs, Murrieta Mesa, Yorba Linda, Buena, Lakewood St. Joseph’s, North Torrance, Morningside, Calabasas, Marina, Whittier Chr., La Salle, Oxnard, Ayala, Bishop Montgomery, Serrano,  South Pasadena, Moorpark, Brea Olinda, Simi Valley, La Canada, Sage Hill, Saddleback Valley Chr., Notre Dame Aca., West Torrance, Pasadena Poly Saugus, Downey, Irvine.

DIVISION 4 – Elsinore, San Luis Obispo, Monrovia, Glendora, Rim of the World, Royal, Sierra Canyon, Santa Monica, Bonita, Redlands, Lynwood, Eisenhower, Roosevelt, Claremont, Warren, Upland, Westridge, Gahr, Palm Springs, Chaminade, Burbank, Palm Desert, Glendale, Corona Centennial,  Atascadero, Arcadia, Rio Mesa, Bishop Amat, Pasadena, Viewpoint, Camarillo, Canyon Country Canyon, Mission Prep, Paso Robles, Miller, Corona, Golden Valley, Apple Valley, Crescenta Valley, Riverside Poly, Los Altos, Oak Park, Sonora, Paramount, Etiwanda, Torrance, Diamond Bar.

DIVISION 5 – Walnut, Santa Ana Calvary Chapel, Windward, Firebaugh, Cypress, Maranatha, Cerritos Valley Chr., South Hills, El Modena, Xavier Prep, Fullerton, St. Margaret’s, Chino, Mayfair, El Segundo, Placentia Valencia, Righetti, Alemany, Garden Grove Pacifica, La Reina, Estancia, Costa Mesa, Sultana, Highland, Alta Loma, Pioneer Valley, Quartz Hill, Valley View, Compton Centennial, San Marino, Rio Hondo Prep, Crean Lutheran, Granite Hills, Temple City, Oak Hills, Serra, La Serna, La Quinta, Culver City, JW North, Kennedy, California, Hoover, Cerritos, Tustin, Templeton, La Habra, San Gabriel, Campbell Hall.

DIVISION 6 – Norwalk, Crossroads, Leuzinger, Dominguez, Hemet, Rancho Verde, Diamond Ranch, Hawthorne, Woodcrest Chr., Hesperia, Flintridge Prep, Sunny Hills, Victor Valley, Immaculate Heart, Carter, Rialto, Coachella Valley, La Sierra, Inglewood, West Covina, Paraclete, Santa Maria St. Joseph, Aquinas, La Mirada, Vistamar, Gabrielino, Brentwood, Santa Ynez, Heritage, Godinez, Glenn, Segerstrom, Ridgecrest Burroughs, Charter Oak, Western, Laguna Blanca, Bell Gardens, Barstow, El Rancho, Buena Park, Pioneer, Cathedral City, Bellflower, Whitney, Montebello, Channel Islands, Santa Fe, Hueneme, Beaumont, Shadow Hills, Temescal Canyon, Saddleback, Artesia, Silverado, Arlington.

DIVISION 7 – Ramona St. Paul, Hillcrest, Hacienda Heights Wilson, St. Bonaventure, Oxnard Pacifica, Lancaster, Heritage Chr. Downey Cavalry Chapel, Muir, Lakeside, Eastside, Archer, Loma Linda, Morro Bay, Garden Grove, Jurupa Hills, Paloma Valley,  Riverside Notre Dame, San Dimas, Schurr, West Valley, El Monte, Northview, Don Lugo, Oxford Aca., Moreno Valley, Garden Grove Santiago, Covina, Lompoc, Brethren Chr., Webb, Alhambra, Knight, Beverly Hills, Vista del Lago, Lawndale, St. Anthony, Century, Pacifica Chr.,  Western Chr., Ontario Chr., Antelope Valley, Rubidoux, Arroyo, Indio, Keppel, Adelanto, Santa Maria, Fairmont Prep, Nipomo, Perris, Villanova Prep, Nogales, Littlerock, St. Monica, Patriot, Fontana, Tahquitz, Ocdean View.

DIVISION 8 – Arroyo Valley, San Jacinto, San Gorgonio, Citrus Hill, Desert Mirage, Mary Star, Gladstone Indian Springs, Norte Vista, Duarte, Katelle, Rosemead, Jurupa Valley, Pomona Catholic, Nordhoff, Grand Terrace, Colony, South El Monte, Grace Brethren, Orcutt Aca., Azusa, Banning, Loara, Connelly, Lompoc Cabrillo, San Bernardino, Savanna, Twentynine Palms, Ontario, Bolsa Grande, Cantwell Sacred Heart, Mountain View, Rowland, Foothill Tech, Arrowhead Chr., Linfield Chr., Big Bear, Pomona, Desert, Pacific, Rolling Hills Prep, Marshall, Palmdale, Yucca Valley, Cate, St. Mary’s, Santa Paula, Orange, Temecula Prep, Hawthorne MSA, Wildwood, Burbank Providence, Santa Barbara Providence, Westmister, San Gabriel Mission, Los Amigos, St. Genevieve, Santa Ana Valley, Rancho Mirage, Santa Ana, Colton, Santa Clara, Dunn, California Aca., Orangewood Aca., Malibu.

DIVISION 9 – Ramona Convent, Ojai Valley, Buckley, Midland, Desert Hot Springs, Rancho Alamitos, Anaheim, Edgewood, Chaffey, Upland Chr., Milken Comm, Besant Hill, Coast Union, Magnolia, Bassett, Montclair, Bishop Conatty-Loretto, La Puente, Fillmore, Bloomington, Bishop Diego, Baldwin Park, Kaiser, Oakwood, New Roads,. San Gabriel Ca., Vazquez, La Sierra Aca., Garey, Workman, Da Vinci Design, Carpenteria, Cal Lutheran, Alverno, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Desert Chr. Aca., Glendale Adv.,  Trinity Classical, Capistrano Valley Chr., Mammothm Ganesha, Bellarmine-Jefferson, Sierra Vista, Lancaster Desert Chr., Santa Clarita Chr., Calvary Murrieta, Pacific Hills, Holy Martyrs, Boron, St. Bernard, AGBU Canoga Park, Mesa Grande, St. Pius, Tarbu V’Torah, Holy Family,  Coastal Chr., Faith Baptist, Rancho Chr., Palm Valley, St. Monica Aca., Santa Maria Valley Chr., Nuview Bridge, Thacher, Silver Valley, Pilibos, de Toldeo, Pacific Lutheran, Mojave, Lone Pine, Cuyama Valley.





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New CIF Divisions for football are out

The much anticipated divisions are out for CIF fall sports.

Here is the rundown for football. Teams are listed in order of their power ranking which put them into that particular division:

DIVISION 1 (18 schools): Corona Centennial, St. John Bosco, Mission Viejo, Mater Dei, Bishop Amat, Vista Murrieta, Serra, JSerra, Orange Lutheran, Servite, Long Beach Poly, Loyola, Santa Margartia, Tesoro, Upland, Rancho Cucamonga, Alemany, Chaminade.

DIVISION 2 (18 schools): Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, Chino Hills, San Clemente, Oaks Christian, Norco, Redlands East Valley, Westlake, Citrus Hill, St. Bonaventure, La Habra, Crespi, El Toro, Camarillo, Arroyo Grande, Great Oak, Valencia, Heritage, Murrieta Valley.

DIVISION 3 (19 schools): Palos Verdes, Thousand Oaks, Buena Park, Edison, Rancho Verde, Los Alamitos, Newbury Park, St. Fancis, Villa Park, Hart, La Serna, Oak Hills, Cathedral, Serrano, Corona Santiago, La Mirada, San Juan Hills, Paso Robles, Atascadero.

DIVISION 4 (19 schools): Charter Oak, Lompoc, Etiwanda, Glendora, Palm Springs, Downey, Colony, Lakewood, Corona del Mar, Dominguez, Damien, Carter, Trabuco Hills, Valencia Placentia, Cajon, Sierra Canyon, Chaparral, Redondo Union, Murrieta Mesa.

DIVISION 5 (22 schools): Martin Luther King, Moorpark, Harvard-Westlake, Capistrano Valley, Temecula Valley, Ventura, Sonora, Santa Maria St. Joseph, Corona, Redlands, Calabasas, Fountain Valley, Roosevelt, Los Osos, Foothill, San Jacinto, Salesian, Bishop Diego, Riverside Poly, Troy, Palomar Valley, La Quinta.

DIVISION 6 (22 schools): West Covina, San Marino, Yucaipa, Bonita, West Torrance, Mira Costa, Paramount, Saugus, Summit, Newport Harbor, Palmdale, Oxnard, Los Altos, Paraclete, Elsinore, Crescenta Valley, Canyon Country Canyon, Lawndale, Nipomo, Long Beach Wilson, Simi Valley, Pomona.

DIVISION 7 (23 schools): Long Beach Cabrillo, Huntington Beach, Oxnard Pacifica, Diamond Ranch, South Hills, Royal, Anaheim Canyon, San Gorgonio, El Segundo, St. Margaret’s Episcopal, Monrovia, Ayala, Norte Vista, Righetti, Tustin, Warren, Golden Valley, St. Paul, Millikan, North Torrance, Claremont, Fullerton, Linfield Chr.

DIVISION 8 (25 schools): Moreno Valley, Brea Olinda, Grace Brethren, Yorba Linda, Burbank Burroughs, Burbank, San Dimas, Don Lugo, Chino, Temescal Canyon, Garden Grove, Laguna Hills, Kaiser, Saddleback Valley Chr., Chaffey, Buena, Northview, Pioneer Valley, Long Beach Jordan, El Modena, Hemet, Sunny Hills, Citrus Valley, Rio Mesa, Visa del Lago.

DIVISION 9 (29 schools): Palm Desert, Esperanza, Silverado, Woodbridge, La Salle, Antelope Valley, Santa Barbara, Riverside Notre Dame, Ridgecrest Burroughs, West Ranch, Eastside, Aliso Niguel, Mayfair, El Rancho, Cypress, Perris, South Torrance, Maranatha, California, Norwalk, Muir, Hesperia, Kennedy, Cerritos Valley Chr., Lynwood, Arrowhead Chr., Diamond Bar. Morningside, Agoura,

DIVISION 10 (38 schools): Tahquitz, Rubidoux, Garden Grove Pacifica, Dana Hills, Apple Valley, Nordhoff, Inglewood, Templeton, Alta Loma, Brentwood, Barstow, Whittier, JW North, University, Beaumont, Beckman, West Valley, Santa Ynez, Viewpoint, Brethren Chr., St. Anthony, Mission Prep, Irvine, Santa Fe, Grand Terrace, Gahr, Luezinger, Arlington, Aquinas, Peninsula, San Luis Obispo, Torrance, Shadow Hills, Pasadena Poly, Dos Pueblos, Santa Monica, Northwood, South Pasadena.

DIVISION 11 (38 schools): Culver City, Bellflower, Heritage Chr., Ontario Chr., Pioneer, Coachella Valley, La Sierra, Eisenhower, Twentynine Palms, Quartz Hill, Crean Lutheran, Highland, Channel Islands, Covina, Miller, Valley View, Ramona, Katella, Xavier Prep, Oak Park, San Bernardino, Pasadena, Lompoc Cabrillo, Westminster, Victor Valley, Lakeside, Montebello, Arcadia, Bell Gardens, Morro Bay, Jurupa Hills, Bishop Montgomery, Canyon Springs, Capistrano Valley Chr., Sultana, Western, Rancho Alamitos, Rosemead.

DIVISION 12 (46 schools): Cathedral City, Carpenteria, Marina, Schurr, La Canada, Walnut, El Dorado, Montclair, Desert, Rancho Mirage, Banning, Patriot, San Marcos, Santa Ana Cavalry Chapel, Arroyo, Village Chr., Compton, Calvary Murrieta, Artesia, Rim of the world, Fillmore, Colton, St. Genevieve, Adelanto, Hawthorne, Big Bear, Hillcrest, Segerstrom, Ontario, Fontana, Santa Paula, Desert Hot Springs, Baldwin Park, St. Monica Compton Centennial, Vasquez, Whittier Chr., Estancia, Saddleback, Los Amigos, Verbum Dei, Bassett, Pacific, Silver Valley, Santa Ana Valley, Santa Maria.

DIVISION 13 (84 schools): Rio Hondo Prep, Rancho Chr., Knight, Ocean View, Beverly Hills, Cantwell Sacred Heart, Webb, Rowland, Glendale, Godinez, Temple City, Cerritos, Santa Ana, Windward, Bloomington, Desert Mirage, Santa Clarita Chr., Indio, Azusa, El Monte, La Puente, Hueneme, Mary Star, Malibu, Western Chr., McAuliffe, Campbell Hall, Anaheim. Granite Hills, Hoover, Ganesha, Jurupa Valley, Garden Grove Santiago, Costa Mesa, Nogales, Magnolia, Glenn, Lancaster, Boron, Alhambra, South El Monte, Laguna Beach, Littlerock, Hacienda Heights Wilson, Southlands Chr., Excelsior Charter, Santa Clara, Indian Springs, Gabrielino, Yucca Valley, Orange, St. Bernard, Garey, Arroyo Valley, Savanna, Rialto, Blair, Nuview Bridge, Westminster La Quinta, Mountian View, Loara, Fairmont Prep, Sierra Vista, Century, San Gabriel, Hamilton, Firebaugh, Gladstone, Mammoth, Lancaster Desert Chr., Duarte, Don Bosco Tech, Cal Military, Bolsa Grande, Keppel, Workman, Marshall, Riverside Prep, California School-Deaf, Santa Rosa, Sherman Indian, Temecula Prep, Trinity Classical, Upland Chr.

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Chino Hills’ Lonzo Ball given one last national award

Chino Hills High School’s Lonzo Ball, left, drives up the court as Bishop Montgomery High School’s Ethan Thompson defends during a CIF Open Division State Regional Final at Walter Pyramid on Saturday, March 19, 2016 in Long Beach, Ca. (Micah Escamilla/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

Add another honor the the growing resume of Chino Hills basketball standout Lonzo Ball.

MaxPreps has named the 6-foot-6 guard who is headed to UCLA its Male High School Athlete of the Year.  That’s not basketball player of the year, yes he claimed that title earlier. This one is Athlete of Year, like for all sports.

Everyone knows by know Ball propelled the Huskies to a 35-0 record that included league, section, regional and state championships, topped off by national championships from seven of eight polls.

Ball was the lone senior on that team and averaged a triple-double with 23.9 points, 11.5 assists and 11.3 rebounds per game – numbers pretty much unheard of at the high school level.

Earlier this season he was named National Player of the Year by MaxPreps, USA Today, Naismith and Morgan Wooten. He also earned three state Player of the Year awards.

Here is link to full MaxPreps story on the latest honor.

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Samuel Lopez named new baseball coach at Bonita

Bonita Baseball

Samuel Lopez wasn’t looking for a new teaching and coaching position.

But when you’re successful, sometimes those positions find you.

Lopez, 33, who led Carter to a league baseball title three times in five years as head coach, has been approved as the new coach at Bonita.

Lopez replaces John Knott, who stepped down last month to take the job as coach at Mt. San Antonio College.

“They reached out to me, to see if I was interested in applying. I wasn’t looking to leave (Carter), but Bonita’s a very successful, established program. I thought it was worth taking a look at,” Lopez said.

In five years at Carter, Lopez compiled a 98-40 record, making the playoffs in all five years, and winning a league title three times, including this season in the Citrus Belt League. Each of the last three seasons Carter won at least one playoff game, including a run to the CIF Southern Section quarterfinals in 2015. Prior to Lopez’s arrival, Carter had missed the playoffs four straight seasons.

“When I came to Carter, there was no real expectation,” he said. “But there’s an expectation there now.”

While he helped create an expectation to win at Carter, there has been that expectation at Bonita for a long time. Bonita won a CIF-SS title under Knott in 2012.

“There’s the expectation to win and to remain one of the better programs in the area. (The Palomares League) is one of the toughest leagues in Division 2,” Loepz said.

Knott announced his resignation before the end of the season and Bonita fell in the first round of the CIF-SS Division 2 playoffs, Carter lost in the second round of the Division 2 playoffs.

Lopez, a product of Miller High School, Chaffey College and Cal State San Bernardino, taught health at Carter and will teach physical education at Bonita. He said one of his assistant coaches at Carter, Adam Fimbres, will join him at Bonita. Carter pitching coach David Nolasco plans to stay at Carter, Lopez said.

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Citrus Belt League honors: Baseball

Carter celebrates their win over Redlands at Redlands High School in Redlands, CA, Friday, May 13, 2016. Carter defeated Redlands 6-5 to share the Citrus Belt League title with Redlands East Valley. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/The Sun)

MVP: Marcos Castanon, Jr., SS, Carter

First team
Jacob Barnes, Sr., Yucaipa
Peter Brooks, Sr., Redlands
Ryan Bunse, Sr., Cajon
Michael Carpentier, Fr., Citrus Valley
Juan Castro, Sr., Miller
Isaiah Davis, Sr., Carter
Roger Fair, Jr., Carter
Gabriel Gordillo, Sr., Cajon
Justin Guizar, Sr., Redlands
Joseph Lomeli, Fr., Yucaipa
Eduardo Martinez, Sr., Carter
Tyler Van Marter, Sr., Yucaipa
Andrew Miner, Sr., Redlands East Valley
Paul Rojas, Sr., Redlands East Valley
Ryan Silva, Jr., Redlands East Valley
Anthony Villegas, Jr., Carter
Tristan Workman, Jr., Citrus Valley

Second team
Aaron Andreas, Sr., Redlands East Valley
Mason Corneliussen, Sr., Cajon
Brody Evans, Jr., Cajon
Koby Glass, Sr., Redlands
Mario Gonzalez, Jr., Miller
Isaac Humildad, Sr., Redlands East Valley
Tristen Macias, Sr., Yucaipa
Miguel Martin, Sr., Eisenhower
Fabian Muniz, Sr., Miller
Gabriel Olvera, Sr., Eisenhower
Nikolas Pagan, Sr., Redlands East Valley
Devin Oerez, Sr., Yucaipa
Joseph Rodriguez, Jr., Redlands East Valley
Chris Ruiz, Sr., Redlands
Cody Stevens, Jr., Yucaipa
Austin Warner, Jr., Citrus Valley
Justin Wear, Sr., Redlands East Valley

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