Matthew Hoekstra named football coach at Ontario Christian

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Matthew Hoekstra has been named head football coach at Ontario Christian. He replaces Rick Martin who had the job just one season, with the Knights going 3-7.

Hoekstra is no stranger to the school or the community. He is a 2001 graduate of Ontario Christian and has been on staff in the football program since 2009. He has served in several capacities, most recently as offensive coordinator.

Hoekstra earned a degree in exercise science from Northwestern College (Iowa) while a member of the football team. He also has a doctorate of physical therapy from Western University of Health Sciences.

He currently works as a pediatric rehabilitation therapist for San Bernardino County. – See more at: http://www.ocschools.org/athletics/oc-football-head-coach-matt-hoekstra/#sthash.gIaH7VSZ.IeAMkySD.dpuf

“We’re excited to have him,” Ontario Christian Athletic Director David Parkes said. “He knows the school and the community and will be a good fit.”

 

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MLK Day basketball results

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At Los Osos
Montclair 71, San Gorgonio 48
Jurupa Hills 69, Pomona 68
Claremont 60 , Gardena 46
Twentynine Palms 53, Charter Oak 51
Rancho Cucamonga 83, Victor Valley 32
Diamond Bar 80,  Silverado 67
Riverside King 65, Los Osos 50
Bishop Amat 72, Summit 49
Damien 69, Rancho Verde 50

At Pioneer MLK Showcase
Chino 43, Westminster 35

At La Salle
Etiwanda 68, Calabasas 45
Colony 54, Trinity Classical 45

At MLK Shooutout, Price HS
Beverly Hills 63, Diamond Ranch 52

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Big Baseline League boys basketball games coming up

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Most teams are playing non-league games today in conjunction with Martin Luther King Day, but there will be some compelling games coming up later in the week.

It’s a big week in the Baseline League as Chino Hills (12-3, 2-0) has games against its top two contenders in Damien (14-2, 2-0) and Etiwanda (12-5, 2-1).

The Huskies are coming off a 2-1 showing in an event at Missouri State University, the marquee game there being a showdown with Oak Hills Academy (Va.) that Chino Hills lost in the fourth quarter.

Here’s the schedule for this week’s Baseline League contests:

Wednesday’s game
Damien at Chino Hills

Friday’s games
Etiwanda at Chino Hills
Damien at Los Osos
Upland at Rancho Cucamonga

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Upland’s Jalen Moore commits to Oregon State

Strong safety Jalen Moore of Upland has committed to Oregon State. He indicated that on his Twitter Saturday night while on his visit to the Pac-12 school.

He was en route back to California today.

“The coaching staff really made me feel at home,” he said. “There is nothing here but school and football so there won’t be any distractions and I can stay focused.”

Moore, a 6-foot-1, 190-pounder, helped the Highlanders to a Baseline League title and overall mark of 10-3. It was his first year in California, having moved here from Denver, Col.

He had 52 tackles, 1 interception, 2 caused fumbles and a blocked field goal.

Moore had one other offer, that from South Dakota State but  the trip to Oregon state was his first “official” visit.

“I am thankful for this opportunity,” he said. “It just goes to show how fast things can happen.”

Moore is the second local to commit to Oregon State, the first being Pomona High School’s Shawn Wilson.

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Upland’s Elijah Jones will play in B2G Sports West Coast Bowl

Upland senior defensive back Elijah Jones will play in the 3rd annual B2G Sports West Coast Bowl held at Warren High in Downey on Jan. 25. Elijah Jones

The game will feature over 100 players, who will be continuing their careers in the NCAA next year, that were hand picked.

Each team will be coach by a pair of NFL legends, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens.

The West Coast Bowl committee will also hold other events during the weekend that include a 7-on–7 tournament for underclassmen and an educational symposium.

The game will be aired live on Fox Sports.

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Can Chino Hills boys basketball team make another run?

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No doubt the Chino Hills boys’ basketball team has talent. Ball brothers Lonzo and LiAngelo (Gelo) are enough to get any team deep into the playoffs.

But can this team win a CIF title, especially considering they’ll most likely be in the difficult Open Division?

After talking with coaches from the other Baseline League teams, the consensus is that will depend on the contribution of the supporting cast.

Last year that duo had some solid players around them in Bishop Mency, now starting at Rice as a true freshman, as well as K.C. Cyprian and Mark Williams.

The Huskies also had a big man in the middle in Nnamdi Okongwu, who tragically passed away over the summer after the injury sustained in a skateboarding accident.

So this season Ball brothers have some unproven players around them. Is there potential? Yes. But they’re still unproven.

The good news is that the Huskies (10-3) have played a challenging schedule which should help those players develop.

Head coach Steve Baik probably thought he was going to have the help those players needed but two transfers, one from Ayala and one from Upland, were not ruled eligible to play by the CIF after those transfers.

Those denials are under appeal but it isn’t often they’re overturned. So the Huskies will be going with the players they have right now.

We’ll see how the season plays out.

 

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Keith Richardson deserves Pomona football coaching nod

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It seems there is another football coaching opening every week.

There are vacancies at Diamond Ranch, Chino, Alta Loma and Claremont with Pomona also trying to decide what to do after its coach Aaron Jamieson was put on administrative leave right before the Red Devils first playoff game.

The Pomona position should be a no-brainer. Keith Richardson deserves that position.

When Jamieson was told to go away, the players were given the opportunity to vote for who they wanted to lead them the rest of the way. They chose Richardson, who had been the defensive coordinator. That spoke volumes.

All Richardson did was steer the team to the Mid-Valley Division championship. You can’t do better than that. Yes the Red Devils had some marvelously talented players, but Richardson kept the team on course when the adversity could have spelled the end to that title hope.

Let’s hope the right decision is forthcoming.

 

 

 

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Chaffey’s Toure Boyd commits to South Carolina

Chaffey College defensive back Toure Boyd liked the SEC enough that he has committed to South Carolina site unseen.

He will visit the school later this month but made a verbal commitment early today.

Boyd, a graduate of Rancho Cucamonga High School, grew up in Birmingham, Ala., this the SEC roots. He moved to California in the eighth grade but that didn’t change his loyalty.

“I always wanted to play in the SEC,” he said. “When some of the other offers dried up I decided that was where I wanted to go.”

Boyd, who played at College of the Desert as a freshman and at Chaffey last season, was also considering Southern Miss and Arizona, both of which he visited. The Arizona offer went away, as did one from Utah.

That opened the door for South Carolina.

Boyd plans to major kinesiology and wants to be able to do something with sports once he graduates.

“I want to be able to give back to kids,” he said.

Last year Boyd recorded 60 tackles, 1 sack, 1 interception, 2 forced fumbles and 1 fumble recovery.

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Jim Baty resigns football position at Chino

Add Chino to the growing list of school’s with head football coaching vacancies.

Jim Baty has resigned, citing family reasons. His wife Rebecca had a job change that has required more of her time so he wants to be available more for their four children who range in age from 5 to 12.

Baty had headed the Cowboys the last two years, directing the Cowboys to a 10-11 mark in that span.

The Cowboys were runner-up to Colony in the Mt. Baldy League in 2013, then lost a first-round playoff game to Paloma Valley.

They were also 5-5 in the past season, going 2-3 in the Hacienda League. They tied for fourth with Diamond Ranch ion the new league.

Baty also sustained a serious knee injury when he got rolled into during an Oct. 17 game against West Covina. He had surgery a week ago and has not been back to school since.

That had a minor role in that because of that he has spent more time with the family, which drove home the need to be available more.

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Alta Loma’s Kayla Cobbett commits to University of Great Falls

Alta Loma senior Kayla Cobbett has committed to the University of Great Falls over the winter break, where she will continue her soccer career.

Cobbett, who had offers from other programs, took a visit to UGF back in September.

“I was not really interested in the other (programs),” she said. “I liked that the team (at UGF) felt like a family and that their record is getting better and better each year.”

Cobbett expressed that the team’s recent improvement shows how hard they have been working and it was something she was excited to be a part of.

Cobbett knows what improvements she needs to make to her game to compete for a starting spot at the next level.

“I really hope to (play right away at UGF) but if I do not, I will not be afraid to compete for a spot,” she said. “I plan to improve on a lot especially my strength, speed and decision making.”

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