Claremont girls soccer team ranked eighth in Division 3

Here are the latest CIF rankings in girls for the week of Jan. 19:

Division 1 – 1. Aliso Niguel 2. Edison; 3. San Clemente; 4. Santa Margarita; 5. Mater Dei; 6. Esperanza; 7. Harvard-Westlake; 8. Tesoro; 9. El Toro; 10., tie, Chaminade, JSerra.

Division 2 – 1. Palos Verdes; 2. Oaks Christian; 3. Mira Costa; 4. Vista Murrieta; 5. Troy; 6. Corona Santiago; 7. Temecula Valley; 8. Westlake; 9. ML King; 10. tie, Sunny Hills, Norco.

Division 3 – 1. South Hills; 2. Yorba Linda; 3. West Torrance; 4. Warren; 5. Cypress; 6. San Luis Obispo; 7. Pasadena Poly; 8. Claremont; 9. El Dorado; 10. Flintridge Prep.

Division 4 – 1. Moorpark; 2. Arcadia; 3. Royal; 4. La Mirada; 5. Serrano; 6. Mayfair; 7. Santa Monica; 8. St. Margaret’s; 9. San Marino; 10. Oak Park.

Division 5 – 1. Sierra Canyon; 2. Segerstrom; 3. Palm Desert; 4. Estancia; 5. Santa Ana Cavalry Chapel; 6. Laguna Beach; 7. Oxnard; 8. La Serna; 9. California; 10. Ocean View.

Division 6 – 1. Bloomington; 2. Temescal Canyon; 3. Grand Terrace; 4. Sierra Vista; 5. Palomar Valley; 6. Gabrielino; 7. Maranatha; 8. Schurr; 9. San Gorgonio; 10. tie, Heritage Christian, Colton.

Division 7 – Grace Brethren; 2. Garden Grove; 3. St. Genevieve; 4. St. Anthony; 5. Shadow Hills; 6. Vistamar; 7. Rancho Mirage; 8. University Prep; 9. San Gabriel Mission; 10. Pomona Catholic.


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Bonita football coach Adrian Medrano steps down


The turnover in coaching during the off-season continues.

This time it is Bonita with the vacancy as Adrian Medrano has resigned.

He had headed the program the last four years, with his teams going 27-18 in that stretch and making the playoffs in three of the four years.

The Bearcats went 8-3 last season. They finished tied for second  in the Palomares League and lost in the first round of the Central Division playoffs to Don Lugo.

Medrano was on staff before that, serving as an assistant under the coach he replaced in Eric Podley.

Athletic Director Darren Baumunk confirmed the resignation and said Medrano met with the players Wednesday afternoon.

“He is pursing other opportunities,” Baumunk said.

Medrano remains on staff as an English teacher. He did not return messages left for him.

Montclair recently named a coach and Ayala and Chino Hills are among the more prominent of the dozen or so vacancies yet to be filled.

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Chino Hills’ Lonzo Ball gets All-American jersey

Chino Hills senior Lonzo Ball talks about being selected for McDonald’s All-American Game.

Chino Hills basketball standout Lonzo Ball was presented his McDonald’s All-American game jersey in noon hour festivities at the school on Wednesday.

He was flanked on stage by his younger brothers LiAngelo and LaMelo and Huskies head coach Steve Baik, as well as members of the All-American staff.

He was cheered by fellow students and administrators.

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“It’s a game you dream about playing in and I’m honored to be selected,” he said.

Ball found out Sunday night while the team was on the East Coast participating in the HoopHall Classic in Springfield, Mass.

“It was great having my teammates there with me when I found out,” he said.

The game will be held March 30 at the United Center in Chicago and features the top 24 players from around the country.

Huskies coach Steve Baik feels fortunate to have had the opportunity to coach a player of Ball’s caliber.

“I feel like I won the Power Ball Lottery getting to coach a player like him for four years,” he told the crowd.

It has been quite the season for the Huskies (18-0) who remain the No. 1 ranked team in the country. They face Damien on Friday in what is expected to be their stiffest test in Baseline League play.

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Etiwanda’s Kamari Pleasant backs off Arizona State commitment

Etiwanda defensive back Kamari Pleasant has de-commited from Arizona State and is now looking at other options.

Kamari Pleasant

Pleasant won’t be wasting any time making up his mind though. He said he plans to announce his decision on Thursday and it will be between USC, Oregon and Washington, all of which he has already visited.

It all came down to a numbers game. The Sun Devils got commitments from some other safeties, pushing Pleasant down on their list – or so he thinks.

“It all came down to how they wanted to use me and when they wanted me to enroll,” he said. “They were signing five DBs and already had three and said I might have to gray shirt  if they got some others.”

Pleasant made that decision today. He contacted  Arizona State to let them know of his decision, then contacted other schools to let them know he was still available.

Pleasant, a first-team All-Baseline League selection had eight offers from which to choose when he made the decision for the first time.


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Bloomington leads local wrestling teams in Central ranking

Here are the latest CIF dual meet wrestling rankings for week of Jan. 19:

Central – 1. Northview; 2. Bloomington; 3. Alta Loma; 4. Charter Oak; 5. Rowland; 6, Ayala; 7. Diamond Bar; 8. Chino Hills; 9. Walnut; 10. Upland.

Coastal – 1. Servitw; 2. Laguna Hills; 3. Fountain Valley; 4. Trabuco Hills; 5. Santa Ana; 6. St. John Bosco; 7. San Clemente; 8. Yorba Linda; 9. El Dorado; 10. Irvine.

Eastern Valley – 1. Temecula; 2. Corona Centennial; 3. Victor Valley; 4. Oak Hills; 5. Temescal Canyon, ML King; 7. Sultana; 8. Hemet; 9. Vista Murrieta; 10. Citrus Hill.

Northern – 1. Bishop Amat; 2. Ventura; 3. Pioneer valley; 4. Dos Pueblos; 5. Atascadero; 6. Paso Robles; 7. Highland; 8. Royal; 9. Oxnard Pacifica; 10. Thousand Oaks.

Southern – 1. Mira Costa; 2. Desert Mirage; 3. Shadow Hills; 4. Santa Monica; 5. Bassett; 6. Magnolia; 7. CSD-Riverside; 8. Santa Paula; 9. Faith Baptist; 10. Peninsula.

Western – 1. San Marino; 2. Downey; 3. Mayfair; 4. Warren; 5. California; 6. Millikan; 7. Montebello; 8. Lakewood; 9. Glenn; 10. Arroyo.



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Los Osos, St. Lucy’s water polo teams hold Down D2 rankings

Here are the CIF rankings in girls water polo for week of Jan. 19:

DIVISION 1 – 1. Orange Lutheran; 2. Laguna Beach; 3. Foothill; 4. San Marcos; 5. Dos Pueblos; 6. Corona del Mar; 7. Santa Barbara; 8. Mater Dei; 9. Newport Harbor; 10. Los Alamitos.

DIVISION 2 – 1. Murrieta Valley; 2. El Toro; 3. Vista Murrieta; 4. San Clemente; 5. Los Osos; 6. Schurr; 7. Dana Hills; 8. Agoura; 9. Long Beach Wilson; 10. St. Lucy’s.

DIVISION 3 – 1. Arroyo Grande; 2. ML King; 3. Mira Costa; 4. Troy; 5. Corona Santiago; 6. La Serna; 7. Palos Verdes; 8. Redondo Union; 9. Righetti; 10. Harvard-Westlake.

DIVISION 4 – 1. Royal; 2. Missio Viejo; 3. Riverside Poly; 4. Ayala; 5. Crescenta Valley; 6. Bonita; 7. Warren; 8. Cerritos; 9. Trabuco Hills; 10. Laguna Hills.

DIVISION 5 – 1. Palm Desert; 2. Los Altos; 3. Temple City; 4. La Quinta; 5. La Canada; 6. Yucaipa; 7. Cajon; 8. Charter Oak; 9. Rio Mesa; 10. Monrovia.

DIVISION 6 – 1. Santa Monica; 2. Ocean View; 3. Lompoc Cabrillo; 4. Westridge; 5. Tenescal Canyon, Segerstrom’; 7. Cypress; 8. Mayfield; 9. Hemet; 10. Culver City.

DIVISION 7 – 1. Hillcrest; 2. Foothill Tech; 3. Jurupa Valley; 4. Malibu; 5. Santa Ana Valley; 6. San Dimas; 7. Hacienda Heights Wilson; 8. Webb; 9. Rowland; 10. Alta Loma.



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No. 1 Chino Hills basketball team cruises to win in televised event

The No. 1 Chino Hills Huskies blew a close game open in the second half and went on to a 100-75 win over High Point Christian (N.C.) on Monday at the HoopHall Classic in Springfield, Mass.

The game was televised by ESPNU and was part of a four-day basketball showcase.

Chino Hill (17-0) led 43-39 at the half over High Point, a team it beat 94-82 earlier this season at the City of Palms Classic in Florida.

Senior point guard Lonzo Ball led the way with 15 points, 10 rebounds and 18 assists. Junior brother LiAngelo Ball added a team-high 29 while freshman La Melo Ball tossed in 21 points.

It will be a quick turnaround for the Huskies who resume Baseline League play Tuesday against Upland. It will be the first home game of the season for the Huskies.

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Lonzo Ball of Chino Hills chosen to All-American game

It is the first of what are sure to be many honors as Chino Hills senor point guard Lonzo Ball has been chosen to participate in the prestigious McDonald’s All-American game on March 30 at the United Center in Chicago.

Ball, who has signed with UCLA, has led the Huskies to a 16-0 record and No. 1 spot in the country in multiple national polls.

Here is the complete list of those chosen:


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Los Osos graduate Stephen Johnson signs with Kentucky

Stephen Johnson had a breakout season at College of the Desert. Now he is taking his talent to the SEC – University of Kentucky to be exact.

Johnson, a 2013 graduate of Los Osos, signed with the school last week and will leave on Monday having enrolled early.

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Johnson, a 6-foot-3, 190-pounder, completed 257 of 441 passes (58.3%) for 3,210 yards with 34 touchdowns and 7 interceptions.

He originally signed with Grambling out of high school and red-shirted his first year.

He started the first four games of the 2014 season, then sustained a sprained ankle that resulted in him missing several weeks. He never really got a chance to get the job back when he returned.

Johnson had the feeling he wasn’t going to get the job back as sophomore either so he got back in touch with Desert coach Jack Steptoe, with whom he was familiar from his participation in some camps which he attended while in high school.

His outstanding season for the Roadrunners helped land him multiple offers. Besides Kentucky he had offers from Hawaii, Arkansas State, Florida A&M, Eastern Michigan, Morgan State, Nevada-Reno and Lamar.

“They are very passionate about their sports there,” Johnson said of Kentucky. “I really liked the coaches and the team. There will be competition for the position but I’m not afraid of that.”

Johnson is hoping enrolling early will give him a leg up on the competition. He plans to major in economics or business.

“You really have to do that if you’re going to come in and play at this level,” he added.



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Former NFL standout R.J. Stanford joins Chino coaching staff

Chino High School head football coach Jesse Ceniceros has added a quality assistant to his staff in former NFL standout R.J. Stanford.

Stanford, 27, most recently played for the Miami Dolphins from 2012 to 2014. He also played for the Carolina Panthers from 2010 to 2011.

“It will be great to have someone of his caliber helping us,”Ceniceros said. “He played in college and in the NFL so we’re fortunate to have him.

Stanford, who played in college at Utah, is a graduate of Chino but Ceniceros didn’t know him since this was his first year at at the school.

Ceniceros conducted a football clinic for kids upon his arrival and Stanford offered to help.

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