A nod to a few athlete of week nominees

Here are this week’s So Cal Prep Legends Athletes of the Week:

Boys winner is: Andrew Almazan, Chino football


Girls winner is: Mary Bagshaw, Rancho Cucamonga volleyball

We had a lot of good nominees this week. Unfortunately we can only pick one boy and one girl.

Just wanted to give a mention to some of the other worthy candidates put up by a representative of the school or the Bulletin staff:

  • Jarell Sykes, senior, RB, San Dimas: Ran for 168 yards and 2 touchdowns and caught 2 passes for 80 yards and 2 touchdowns in a 55-14 win over Maranatha on Friday.
  • E.J. Pasiwicz, senior, RB-WR-DB, Bonita: Ran for 227 yards and 4 touchdowns on 29 carries in Friday’s 36-28 win over Santa Fe.
  • Khoury Bethley, junior, RB-SS, Don Lugo: Ran for 263 yards on 18 carries and added 2 receptions for 27 yards, scoring 4 touchdowns in all in a 41-20 victory over Pomona on Friday.
  • Albert Louis, senior, CB-WR, Ganesha: Had 2 big interceptions in 38-21 win over Gladstone on Thursday at Charter Oak. Returned one 86 yards for a score and brought the other back 70 yards. He also had a touchdown catch of 30 yards.
  • Cam’reon Dean, senior, WR-DB, Summit: Scored 3 touchdowns in a win over Hesperia, two of those coming on punt returns and the other coming on a touchdown catch. Was also a factor on defense with 6 tackles.

 

 

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Damien, Chino Hills crack CIF football polls this week

Here are the new CIF polls for football released today:

Division 1 – Mater Dei (2-0); 2. St. john Bosco (2-0: 3. Corona Centennial (1-1); 4. Mission Viejo (2-0); 5. Vista Murrieta (2-0); 6, JSerra (2-0); 7. Long Beach Poly (1-1); 8. Alemany (1-1); 9. Chaminade (1-1); 10. Anmta Margarita (1-1).

Division 2 – 1. Murrieta Valley (2-0); 2. Oaks Christian (1-1); 3. Redlands East Valley (1-0); 4. Chino Hills (2-0); 5.Heritage (2-0); 6. San Clemente (1-1); 7. Sherman Oaks Notre Dame (2-0); 8. La Habra (1-1); 9. St. Bonaventure (1-1); 10. Norco (1-1).

Division 3 – 1. Edison (2-0); 2. Cathedral (2-0); 3. La Mirada (1-1); 4. Villa Park (1-0); 5. San Juan Hills (2-0); 6. Newbury Park (1-0); 7. Buena Park (1-0); 8. Hart (1-0); 9. Palos Verdes (1-0); 10. Oak Hills (1-0).

Division 4 – 1. Charter Oak (2-0); 2. Sierra Canyon (3-0); 3. Lompoc (2-0); 4. Murrieta Mesa (1-0); 5. Cajon (1-0); 6. Corona del Mar (1-1); 7. Dominguez (1-1); 8 Colony (1-1); 9. Redondo Union (1-1); 10. Damien (2-0).

Division 5- 1. Calabasas (2-0); 2. Bishop Diego (2-0); 3. Corona (2-0); 4. Paloma Valley (2-0); 5. Ventura (2-0); 6. Capistrano Valley (2-0); 7. Harvard-Westlake (2-0); 8. Salesian (1-1); 9. Redlands (1-1); 10. Moorpark (1-1).

Division 6 – 1. Summit (2-0); 2. Mira Costa (1-0); 3. West Torrance (1-0); 4. Lawndale (1-0); 5. Long Beach Wilson (2-0); 6. Yucaipa (1-0); 7. Los Altos (2-0); 8. Crescenta Valley (1-0); 9. Saugus (2-0);l 10. Canyon Country Canyon (1-1).

Division 7 – 1. Linfield Christian (1-0); 2. St. Margaret’s (2-0); 3. El Segundo (1-0); 4. San Gorgonio (2-0); 5. North Torrance (1-1); 6. Oxnard Pacifica (1-1); 7. Long Beach Cabrillo (1-1); 8. South Hills (1-1); 9. Huntington Beach (1-1); 10. Golden Valley (2-0).

Division 8 – 1. El Modena (1-0); 2. Grace Brethren (2-0); 3. Moreno Valley (1-0); 4. Brea Olinda (1-0); 5. Chino (1-1); 6. Garden Grove (2-0); 7. Hemet (2-0); 8. Laguna Hills (0-1); 9. Burbank (1-1); 10. Burbank Burroughs (0-1).

Division 9 – 1. Ridgecrest Burroughs (2-0); 2. Riverside Notre Dame (2-0); 3. La Salle (2-0); 4. Muir (2-0); 5. Perris (2-0); 6. Cypress (2-0); 7. Lynwood (2-0); 8. Palm Desert (1-0); 9. Antelope Valley (0-1); 10. tie, Valley Christian (1-1), Norwalk (1-1).

Division 10 – 1. Brethren Christian (2-0); 2. Aquinas (1-0); 3. Rubidoux (1-0); 4. Dos Peublos (1-1); 5. Santa Ynez (2-0); 6. Apple Valley (2-0); 7. Arlington (1-1); 8. Alta Loma (1-1); 9 Mission Prep (0-1); 10. Grand Terrace (1-1).

Division 11 – 1. Ramona (2-0); 2. Crean Lutheran (2-0); 3. Oak Park (2-0); 4. Twebtynine Palms (2-0); 5. Coachella Valley (2-0); 6. Bishop Montgomery (1-0); 7. Covina (1-0); 8. Ontario Christian (1-1); 9. Culver City (0-1); 10. Channel Islands (2-0).

Division 12 – 1. Banning (1-1); 2. Calvary Murrieta (2-0); 3. Segerstrom (2-0); 4. Rancho Mirage (2-0); 5. Schurr (2-0); 6. Rim of the World (0-0-1); 7. Arroyo (1-0-1); 8. Pacific (2-0); 9. Santa Maria (2-0); 10. Marina (2-0).

Division 13 – 1. Santa Ana (1-0); 2, Rancho Christian (2-0); 3. Campbell Hall (2-0); 4. Rio Hondo Prep (1-0); 5. Mary Star of the Sea (2-0); 6. Hueneme (2-0); 7. Godinez (0-1); 8. Nogales (2-0); 9. Orange (2-0); 10. Yucca Va.ley (2-0).

 

 

 

 

 

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New girls golf team at Upland off to strong start

Upland High School has added not just one sport, but a couple of them. This year the school is fielding a girls golf team, a boys volleyball team and a full girls wrestling team.

The girls golf team is off to a 3-0 start heading into a match today against Bishop Amat at Mountain Meadows. The Highlanders are not in a league but do have a complete schedule so they can qualify for the CIF Southern Section postseason. They will be going as far as Van Nuys and Fullerton and are making multiple trips deep into Riverside County.

The go-ahead was given in May. Vicki Raus, an English teacher at Upland, stepped in as coach, She has always been part of a golfing family, with two younger brothers who played at Damien and then went on to play for the Air Force Academy.

“We always had golf on the television, That was our sport,” she said.

There were four girls competing on the Upland boys team last year, one of whom graduated. Those returning three – seniors Jenny Ho and Amanda Gomez and junior Amelia Castro — were the start of this team.

From there Raus did everything she could to get the word out. It worked. Now there are 20 players, 14 of whom had not played a full match until this season. Some even had to borrow a set of clubs.

“I am not surprised because this is a large community and everyone has been so supportive,” Raus said. “It is a very encouraging start.”

There appears to be a good foundation for the future. The team’s top player is freshman Gabrielle Lawrence, who is from Upland but wanted to play so badly she was debating going to another school before hearing Upland was adding the sport. Another freshman, Julie Silva, has also been consistently in the team’s top five.

“It really has been a lot of fun starting a team from scratch,” Raus said, “It has already been so rewarding

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Ayala’s Kyle Velazquez makes commitment to D1 St. Mary’s

Ayala High School junior shortstop Kyle Velazquez has committed to NCAA Division I St. Mary’s.

Velazquez hit .407 last year as a sophomore, starting on the varsity. He had eight doubles, 14 RBI, 19 runs scored and eight stolen bases in helping the Bulldogs to an 18-13 record and third-place finish in the tough Palomares League.

He visited the school last month and also made trips to USC, Arizona, Texas-Arlington, New Mexico and Cal Baptist. The decision came down to St. Mary’s and New Mexico.

“I really like the head coach. He’s a great guy,” Velazquez said. “And I really felt at home the minute I set foot on the campus.”

Velazquez, who plans to major in business, didn’t feel the need to wait and see if any other offers came along.

“This way the decision is done and it’s a lot less stress,” he said. “I can focus on keeping my academics up and working on my game.”

 

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Complete list of prep football scores from Week 1

Etiwanda High School's Lawrence Starks (21) is brought down by Redlands East Valley's Jaelan Phillips during a game on Friday, September 2, 2016 in Redlands, Ca. (Micah Escamilla/Redlands Daily Facts, SCNG)

Thursday’s games
Arroyo Valley 20, San Bernardino 18
Ganesha 38, Gladstone 21

Friday’s games
Apple Valley 67, Granits Hills 7
Arrowhead Christian 20, Big Bear 10
Ayala 38, Alta Loma 31
Bloomington 38, Nuview Bridge 8
Bonita 36, Santa Fe 28
Calvary Murrieta 33, Ontario Christian 14
Charter Oak 63, Colony 10
Chino 50, Baldwin Park 23
Chino Hills 21, Diamond Ranch 13
Citrus Valley 40, Beaumont 34 (OT)
Damien 30, Glendora 22
Diamond Bar 34, Walnut 9
Don Lugo 41, Pomona 20
Garey 22, San Gabriel 12
Heritage 48, Los Osos 14
Jurupa Hills 12, Chaffey 9
Jurupa Valley 32, Indian Springs 6
Kaiser 15, Warren 15
Lakeside 27, Colton 7
Mammoth 15, Upland Christian 8
Mission Viejo 42, Oak Hills 28
Murrieta Mesa 70, Montclair 14
Murrieta Valley 41, Redlands 28
Nogales 56, Ontario 28
Pacific 42, Adelanto 6
Perris 38, Miller 15
Ramona 63, Rialto 0
Rancho Cucamonga 48, Norco 20
Rancho Verde 48, Carter 13
Redlands East Valley 31, Etiwanda 6
Roosevelt 44, Eisenhower 10
San Dimas 55, Maranatha 14
San Gorgonio 35, Fontana 7
Serrano 37, Silverado 6
Sultana 7, Norte Vista 0
Summit 33, Hesperia 7
Upland 42, Claremont 3
Webb 55, Western Christian 0
Yucaipa 34, Grand Terrace 13

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An update on Upland baseball player Jacob Beltran

And now for some good news.

You all night remember Upland baseball player Jacob Beltran. He collapsed on a baseball field in January, having a seizure as the result of a malformation of a vein in his brain.

If you missed it or need a refresher, here is the link to my earlier story.

Lots of surgeries followed, although he miraculously came back and played his senior season at Upland. He was our So Cal Prep Legends Award winner for inspiration.

Jacob had a major surgery in June to remove the vein that had been he source of his problem. Well he has been cleared by his doctor, the vein is gone now and he’ll need no further follow-ups.

He gives all the credit to his doctor Marc Adam Vanefsky who works out of Kaiser in Anaheim.

Now he can focus on playing baseball without a worry. He had some interest from NCAA Division II schools before the health issue surfaced. But he will go to Chaffey College and play there in hopes of bettering his game so he has some more options in two years.

 

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Inland Empire Volleyball tournament to take place at two local schools

The Inland Empire Volleyball Classic will be held on Friday and Saturday at Los Osos and Etiwanda high schools.

Pool play will take place on Friday with bracket play slated for Saturday.

Here is a rundown of the pools/participating teams:

Pool A (at Los Osos) – Temecula Valley, Bonita, Norco
Match 1 Temecula vs. Norco; Match 2 Bonita vs. Norco; Match 3 Temecula vs Bonita

Pool B (at Los Osos) – Claremont, Upland, Woodcrest Christian
Match 1 Claremont vs. Woodcrest; Match 2 Upland vs. Woodcrest; Match 3 Claremont vs. Upland

Pool C (at Los Osos) – Los Osos, El Dorado, Apple Valley
Match 1 Los Osos vs. Apple Valley; Match 2 El Dorado vs. Apple Valley; Match 3 Los Osos vs. El Dorado

Pool D (at Etiwanda) – Serrano, Murrieta Valley, La Salle, Etiwanda
Match 1 Serrano vs. La Salle; Match 2 Murrieta vs. Etiwanda; Match 3 Serrano vs. Etiwanda; Match 4 Murrieta vs. La Salle; Match 5 La Salle vs. Etiwanda; Match 6 Serrano vs. Murrieta.

Pool E (at Etiwanda) – Santiago, Glendora, Roosevelt, Los Altos
Match 1 Santiago vs. Roosevelt; Match 2 Glendora vs. Los Altos; Match 3 Santiago vs,. Los Altos; Match 4 Glendora vs. Roosevelt; Match 5 Roosevelt vs. Los Altos; Match 6 Santiago vs. Glendora.

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Chino Hills volleyball team looking to play catch up

The Chino Hills volleyball team comes into the new season trying to play catch up – literally.

Coach Dana Buzzerio, who had been in the program for eight years, stepped down after last season and Christina Johnson was named her successor. But Johnson had to resign before even coaching the first match because of new job responsibilities in her full-time gig at Cal State San Bernardino.

Enter Andy Farrow, also the assistant for Randy Bohlmann with the very successful Damien boys’ program. He interviewed in July but wasn’t formally approved until this week. So the girls have practiced with an on-campus faculty member looking on.

Farrow has a daughter that went through the program so he was familiar with the school and the program’s history so he is a good choice, albeit a late one.

The Huskies won’t play their first match until Sept. 13 and they will have only two before starting Baseline League play. Farrow was able to pick up a tournament at the end of the season but he is still looking to pickup a tournament or a handful of individual matches.

The light schedule is likely the result of the administrative turnover. Who knows where the ball was dropped. Not only did the Huskies have more than one change in coaches, the school also changed athletic directors.

“We’re going to be two to three months behind every team we’re going to be playing against,” Farrow said. “We just have to do what we can do and tray and get where we need to be by the end of the season.”

The Huskies do have talent. Senior Kenzie Koerber has committed to Utah and senior outside hitter Alexis Cardoza is a returning first team All-Inland Valley selection. That’s a good start.

Farrow will be looking to fill a void at setter as junior Courtney Buzzerio transferred to Orange Lutheran. Farrow said he has four candidates for that spot but he doesn’t have a lot of matches to experiment.

Baseline competition should be tough with Rancho Cucamonga looming as heavy favorite. St. Lucy’s is always in the playoff mix and Los Osos seems much improved. We’ll see how this drama plays out.

 

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Chino Hills football team already dealing with key injuries

It might be one game into the season but Chino Hills is already dealing with a couple of injuries that could loom large.

Senior offensive lineman Connor Garcelli and junior running back Sean O’Donnell both sustained knee injuries in Friday’s 19-7 victory over cross-town rival Ayala.

Head coach Chris Stevens says O’Donnell will definitely be out and he’ll have other tests, possibly and MRI, this week.

The injury to Garcelli, a preseason All-Inland Valley selection, looks less severe. Stevens says Garcelli wants to play against Diamond Ranch on Friday and probably could if the game were significant but he is leaning toward holding the 6-foot-3, 275-pound tackle out so the injury doesn’t become a lingering one that Garcelli will have to play through all season.

If Garcelli can’t go, the start would go to sophomore Caleb Shockey.

O’Donnell ran for 77 yards on 15 carries in the opener, With him out more of the load might fall on the team’s other back, sophomore Walter Carl, who ran for 130 yards on 19 tries.

“They are both good kids and they want to play but we have to look at the bigger picture,” Stevens said. “We need to have them healthy in the long run.”

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Ganesha football game now slated for Thursday

The Ganesha High School football team is scheduled to play Gladstone this week. The site has changed three times and the day has changed too but as of now the teams are slated to play on Thursday at Charter Oak High School.

Gladstone does not have its own field which is the reason for the uncertainty. It is one of four schools that use Citrus College for a home venue and three of those schools are slated to have home games this week.

Giants coach Don Cayer hopes the game starts by 7 since it is a school night but it will be taking place AFTER a junior varsity game so it could be later.

Ganesha opened the season with a 28-8 win over Mark Keppel while Gladstone lost to South El Monte 40-7.

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