Rancho Cucamonga’s Tyler Lawson commits to Long Beach State

Rancho Cucamonga pitcher Tyler Lawson has made a verbal commitment to Big West power Long Beach State.

Lawson, a 6-foot-4 righthander, was 4-6 but boasted an impressive ERA of 2.26 as his team was offensively challenged at times last season

.Lawson earned second-team All-Baseline League honors. He struck out 40 and walked just seven in 65 innings.

“It was my first offer and they have always shown a lot of interest in me,” Lawson said of the school with which he plans to sign in November. “I think it will a great place for me to develop and reach my full potential.”

Lawson, a starter for the Cougars on varsity in 2014 as a sophomore, also visited UC Santa Barbara, UC Riverside and Michigan as well as rising Division II powers Azusa Pacific and Cal Baptist.

He plans to major in business.

“I really liked the coaches,” he added. “They said they think I can eventually be a top five round draft pick. A lot of schools tell you that because that’s what you want to hear but they seemed to have a game plan of how to get me there.”


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Upland grad Marquis Wimberly headed to UNLV

Upland High School graduate Marquis Wimberly has committed to UNLV.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound wide receiver is headed into his sophomore year at Chaffey College and was relieved to have the recruiting process behind him.

“The whole process is stressful, fun, there’s pressure. It has a lot of ups and downs,” he said. “Having the decision out of the way is a big relief. Now I can just work on getting better and showing what I can do.”

Wimberly had seven offers with UNLV joined by Idaho, South Alabama, North Arizona, Northern Texas, Georgia State and Weber State.

He said the campus atmosphere and coaching staff made the difference. Wimberly said he hit it off right away with new head coach Tony Sanchez.

“I liked the atmosphere of the campus and the town,” he said. “And I really like coach Sanchez both as a coach and as a person.”

Wimberly caught 49 passes for 659 yards and three touchdowns in 11 games last year for the Chaffey Panthers.

He said he is looking forward to competing for a starting spot in 2016. Typically community college players that move on to Division I schools are brought in to contribute right away since they only have two years of eligibility left.



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Local baseball players earn All-State honors from Cal-Hi Sports

Several locals have earned All-State honors from Cal-Hi Sports. Here’s the rundown of locals from the Dailey Bulletin/Sun coverage area saluted:

P Bailey Falter, Sr., Chino Hills
P Peter Lambert, Sr., San Dimas


INF Branden Becker, Sr., Cajon
OF Chris Ceballos, Sr., Chino Hills
UT Kyle Robeniol, Sr., Los Osos

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Locals named to CalHi Sports Underclass softball team

As usual, several players earned special recognition from CalHi Sports which released its All-Underclass team.

Remember this is a particularly elite list since it consists of players from all divisions throughout the entire talent-laden state.

The first team list included these locals from the Daily Bulletin/Sun coverage area:

Taylon Snow of Chino Hills was the 2014 State Freshman of the Year and has committed to Washington, where she plans to reunite with recently graduated sister Tannon Snow (also a multiple all-state underclass pick). Photo: FloSoftball.com.

C Kelly Martinez, Jr., Yucaipa
INF Eliyah Flores, Soph., Grand Terrace
INF Megan Stevens, Jr., Etiwanda
OF Taylon Snow, Soph., Chino Hills
OF Vanessa Taukeiaho, Jr., Etiwanda

Second team selections included:

Melanie Olmos, Soph., Grand Terrace

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Chino Hills’ Tannon Snow named top softball player in country

Chino Hills High School shortstop Tannon Snow admits keeping the secret wasn’t easy. And this was a really big secret.

The Washington-bound standout has been named MaxPreps National Player of the Year, meaning she’s the best player in the entire country.

A representative called her a month or so ago to do the interview but the announcement didn’t come until last night. So word it out now, finally!

“I kept wondering when it was going to come out so I could tell people,” she said. “It’s truly an honor with all the great players that had great years. It’s awesome. I don’t even know what to say.”

Snow put up just insane offensive numbers. In 32 games she hit a California single-season record 28 home runs and drove in a state-record 89 runs. She added 13 doubles and three triples so 44 of her 62 hits were for extra bases. She batted .573 and walked 16 times, with a slugging percentage of 1.513 and an unheard-of OPS of 2.129.

Among the other players who landed on first team, earning All-American honors were pitcher Brooke Bolinger of Yucaipa and Taylor McQuillan of Mission Viejo, whose teams met in the CIF Division 2 title game.

Snow numbers made her a strong candidate but some of the other top honors from other outlets went to other players, mainly due to the Huskies only getting to the quarterfinal.

“Our team didn’t go as far so I thought maybe those other players had the edge,” she said.

There are still more impressive numbers for Snow: in 21 games, she had two or more base hits. She drove in a teammate in 27 of Chino Hills 32 games and in 22 of the games she drove home more than two.

Snow homered in 19 games and had eight multi-homer games. Twice during the season, she homered in five or more games in a row. She hit three home runs and drove in seven runs in one game.

But the most amazing statistic is that in her final seven games, she homered 11 times.

The other locals also earned first-team honors with strong seasons. Bolinger led Yucaipa to a 31-3 record and the Southern Section Division II title, beating undefeated and then-No. 1 Mission Viejo, 1-0. She had 306 strikeouts with a 0.26 ERA and limited opponents to a .088 batting average. She will attend Nevada-Reno.

Paige Halstead of Los Osos was named first team All-American at catcher. The USA Junior National Team member batted .568, scored 38 times and had 36 RBIs. She has signed with UCLA.

Zoe Casas of Aquinas is the fourth local making the first-team. The Florida State-committed senior batted .736 with 64 hits, giving her a state record 248 base hits. In 105 games, she scored 193 runs and struck out just three times. For her four seasons at Aquinas, she batted .681.


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Colony football team aiming to defend Central title

Some say it’s harder to stay at the top than get to the top. Count Colony High School football coach Steve Randall among those who agrees.

“You’re on everyone’s radar when you’re the defending champion,” he said. “We’re not going to sneak up on anyone.”

Well the Titans (12-2) are confronting the challenge of defending head on. They’re playing as tough a non-league schedule as you’ll see so they should be prepared by the time Mt.Baldy League play rolls around.

The Titans graduated 30 or so seniors, with a dozen of those being significant impact players.

Leading the returning cast is senior quarterback Josh Thompson, who has thrown for 4,465 yards and 37 touchdowns in the last two years. He separated his shoulder later in the regular season and was thought to be lost for the season only to return for the title game against Los Altos.

“He worked really hard in the off-season to get stronger,” Randall said. “He has looked good. We’re looking for more good things out of him this season.”

Some of the other vital cogs in the offense are gone. Look for Fred Harrison to shoulder some of the load carried by the departed Ryan Kinard with Tyrone Hatchett pitching in as well. Senior Tre Bland and sophomroe newcomer Oscar Noyola will be among the big bodies up front clearing the way.

Hugo Malana and Marcos Valencia headline the receiving core.

The offense will be a bit different this season. Chalk that up to the departure of offensive coordinator Kevin Davis who left for the head position at Etiwanda.

Randall says his team will not go up-tempo all the time as it did last year. Instead it will pick and choose its spots. Thompson will also be more over center as opposed to in shotgun formation.

“I like going up-tempo but it hurt as at times,” Randall said. “So we’ll be more conventional at times.”

Randall singles out the defensive line as the team’s strong suit. Returner Tyrique Faatiglia will head the effort along with a couple of newcomers in junior Jacob Chagolla.

Other key defenders include defensive back Khalil Dorsey, who had 11 interceptions last year, as well as newcomer Dallas Trena and linebacker Elijah Arellano.

The Titans begin defense of their title on Aug. 28 with an opener at West Covina, a foe that made it to the second round of the playoffs a year ago.

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Peter Lambert of San Dimas lands MaxPreps honor

The honors keep getting better for San Dimas pitcher Peter Lambert.

The recently-graduated right-hander has been named All-American by MaxPreps which picked only 30 players nationwide for the first team.

Lambert, who was drafted in the second round by the Colorado Rockies, went 13-0 with an 0.34 ERA. He had 5 shutouts, 113 strikeouts and 16 walks in 83 innings. He also hit .295 batting average (31 for 105) with 23 runs, 27 RBIs, 6 doubles, 3 home runs.

Here is the elite list of players picked:

P Beau Burrows, Weatherford (Tex.)
P Peter Lambert, San Dimas, Calif.
P Austin Smith, Park Vista (Lake Worth, Fla.)
P Juan Hillman, Olympia (Orlando, Fla.)
P Kale Breaux, Sulphur (La.)
P Donny Everett, Clarksville (Tenn.)
P Max Wotell, Marvin Ridge (Waxhaw, N.C.)
P Jason Barber, Oxford (Miss.)
P Tristan McKenzie, Royal Palm Beach (Fla.)
P Joe DeMers, College Park (Pleasant Hill, Calif.)
C Tyler Stephenson, Kennesaw Mountain (Kennesaw, Ga.)
C Cory Zangari, Carl Albert (Midwest City, Okla.)
C Chris Betts, Woodrow Wilson (Long Beach, Calif.)
1B Luken Baker, Oak Ridge (Conroe, Texas)
1B Luke Shilling, Notre Dame Prep (Pontiac, Mich.)
IF Brendan Rodgers, Lake Mary (Fla.)
IF Cadyn Grenier, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
IF Ke’bryan Hayes, Concordia Lutheran (Tomball, Texas)
IF Cornelius Randolph, Griffin (Ga.)
IF Tyler Nevin, Poway (Calif.)
IF Tyler Wyatt, Liberty (Peoria, Ariz.).
OF Dazmon Cameron, Eagle’s Landing Christian, (McDonough, Ga.)
OF Kyle Tucker, Plant (Tampa, Fla.)
OF Ashton Bardzell, Ramsey (N.J.)
OF Nick Plummer, Brother Rice (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.)
OF Trent Clark, Richland (North Richland Hills, Texas)
OF Jahmai Jones, Wesleyan (Norcross, Ga.)
UT Bryan Hudson, Alton (Ill.)
UT Mike Nikorak, Stroudsburg (Pa.)
UT Austin Riley, DeSoto Central (Southaven, Miss.)

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Bonita’s Amanda Legaspi headed to international event

Bonita High School sophomore Amanda Legaspi will be represent the USA this summer in the UANA Pan American Youth Water Polo Championships

The event runs from Aug. 24 through Sept. 4 in Kingston, Jamaica.

Legaspi is a member of the United States Women’s National Cadet Team and the Foothill Water Polo Club.

Last year as a freshman she earned first team All-CIF and All-Palomares League honors.

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Four local baseball standouts earn Cal-Hi Sports honor

Four local baseball players have been to the All-State Underclassmen team by Cal-Hi Sports.

The quartet is led by San Dimas juniors Jacob Castillo and Tommy Acuna. Both were named to the first team with Castillo selected as a pitcher and Acuna named as an infielder.

The duo led San Dimas to a 31-1 record. Castillo, who has committed to San Diego State, was 11-1 with an 0.43 ERA and also hit .341. Meanwhile Acuna, who committed to Arizona just last week, his .529 with 25 RBI.

Two locals also earned second team honors. Sophomore shortstop Tyler Freeman was named in the infield while Ayala junior Matthew Acosta was named in the outfield.

Freeman, who has committed to Texas Christian, hit .398 and scored 27 runs in helping the Eagles to a Baseline League title.

Acosta, who has signed with USC, was the top player for the Bulldogs. He hit .4689 and scored 25 runs.

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Bonita football team will be dependent on newcomers

Last year the Bonita High School football team was a bit lucky to slip into the playoffs. The Bearcats were part of a three-way tie for third place but got in the playoffs based on a tiebreaker.

They made the most of the opportunity, advancing all the way to the CIF Central Division semifinal before falling to Los Altos, 27-13.

But if the Bearcats are to move on and make a run this year coach Adrian Medrano will have to get major contributions from a lot of newcomers.

“We graduated a lot of players and some really key players,” he said. “And our league is tough. So we’re going to have to grow up quickly.”

Bonita (8-5 last year, 2-3 in the Palomares League) will have several players coming from a junior varsity squad that was 9-1 so there is potential.

Among the few players returning is senior quarterback Tanner East (above).

Other veterans include B.J. McLaurin, a wide receiver and defensive back who was also one of the area’s top track standouts, as well as lineman Baylee Smith, wide receiver Josh Peifer, linebacker-lineman Nathan Smedley, linebacker Giovanni Luna, free safety Darien Gamell and defensive back Amir Ainsworth – all seniors.

Ainsworth saw some playing time last year on special teams and was the backup to top defender Danny Gelalich.

Angel Verdugo rushed for 1,373 yards and 18 touchdowns a year ago but he is among the departed. This year Medrano says it will be more “running back by committee.”

Among those who will factor into the game plan are senior Brandon Bradshaw, the second-leading rusher behind Verdugo, as well as  senior Romeo Gutierrez.

Medrano is also high on junior wide receiver Dylan Flores who can contribute in a number of areas.

“We really don’t have that star player,” Medrano said. We’re one of those teams that really relies on having a lot of guys that come in and work hard and play together.”

Bonita gets the new season underway on Aug. 28 with a home game against Montebello Schurr.

The Bearcats open league play at South Hills on Oct. 16.

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