Top baseball players from six leagues to play in all-league event

The top players from six leagues will be showcased in the second annual San Gabriel Valley High School All-League All-Star Challenge on Saturday at Maverick Park in West Covina.

The 11 a.m. game will pit the Miramonte League against the Marmonte League with the 3 p.m. contest featuring the Hacienda and Valle Vista.

Capping off the event is the Baseline against the Palomares at 6 p.m. with Etiwanda coach Don Furnald, whose team won the Division 2 championship, directing the Baseline team.

The event was the idea of South Hills coach Darren Murphy.

Players who earned first-team All-league honors will be on their respective teams with players from the second team and honorable mention used to fill in where needed.

The event is sponsored by Frozen Ropes.

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Montclair’s Kevin Aguilar commits to Cal State San Bernardino

Montclair High School soccer standout Kevin Aguilar has committed to Cal State San Bernardino.

Aguilar, a forward-midfielder, picked the local NCAA Division II school after also considering UC Riverside.

Aguilar helped the Cavaliers (27-2-1) to a Mt. Baldy League title as well as a berth in the Division 5 semifinals where they lost to Indian Springs in penalty kicks.

He scored a team-high 29 goals with five assists. He was second on the team in total points with 63 and was a first-team Mt. Baldy League selection.

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Valle Vista League honors: Baseball

MVP: Lorenzo Llorens, Sr., Pitcher, San Dimas

First team
Joseph Bahna, San Dimas
Anthony Baltazar, Northview
Tank Espalin, San Dimas
Cory Frutos, Covina
Joe Gacia, Northview
Zach Jacobs, San Dimas
Ian Katz, Rowland
Justin Martinez, Covina
Matthew Orozco, Wilson
Dante Palacio, San Dimas
Matthew Rodriguez, Wilson
Francisco Ruiz, Baldwin Park
D.J. Simmons, Northview
Matthew Wells, Baldwin Park
Art Zambrano, Wilson

Second team
Nin Burns, Covina
Jimmy Castro, Baldwin Park
Cody Crowder, Northview
Andrew Duran, Northview
Jalen Guzman, San Dimas
Christian Jauregui, Baldwin Park
Robert Medina, Northview
Kaeland Nelson, Covina
David Ramirez, Wilson
Gabriel Salcido, Rowland
Frank Sanchez, Wilson
D’Andre Smith, San Dimas
Jack Strickland, San Dimas
Pablo Thompson, Baldwin Park
Isaac Verdugo, Baldwin Park

Honorable mention: Nick Barrera, Wilson; Daniel Chavez, Covina; Tommy Clark, Northview; Seth Flores, Wilson; Isaiah Marquez, San Dimas; Joshua Meza, Rowland; Julian Reynoso, Rowland; Jacobo Robles, Baldwin Park; Steven Romero, Rowland.

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Valle Vista League honors: Softball

MVP: Brooke Jackson, San Dimas

First team
Mia Ayala, Wilson
Kayna Baldomino, Rowland
Mia Brito, Covina
Sofia Cardenas, Northview
Samantha Corona, San Dimas
Bailey Griego, Covina
Austyn Helmuth, San Dimas
Janelle Meono, Wilson
Amanda Moscal, Rowland
Ashley Newton, San Dimas
Brittany Orozco, Northview
Clarissa Reynoso, San Dimas
Lisette Rosales, Covina
Alyah Rueff, Baldwin Park
Alyssa Ochoa, Baldwin Park
Aliya Velasquez, Northview

Second team
Marissa Acosta, Northview
Taylor Alcala, Covina
Elena Bahnimtewa, Wilson
Jadyn Cabrera, Northview
Brooke Fuss, San Dimas
Alyssa Hernandez, Rowland
Carmen Lopez, Wilson
Eve Ramirez, San Dimas
Lauren Ramirez, Rowland
Alexa Ramos, Baldwin Park
Olivia Real, Baldwin Park
Alexandria Rodriguez, San Dimas
Taylor Rodriguez, Wilson
Ashlei Sanchez, San Dimas
Marissa Suarez, Covina

Honorable mention: Andrea Apodaca, Covina; Jaclyn Catania, Northview; Taylor Fig, Northview; Lilly Gomez, Wilson; Kaitlyn Higgins, Covina; Charlene Macias, Northview; Evelyn Ronquillo, Baldiwn Park;

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Ambassador League honors: Baseball

Arrowhead Christian Academy shortstop Robert Cruz tries to make a diving stop against Gladstone. (Frank Perez/Correspondent)

Player of Year: Robert Cruz, Sr., Arrowhead Christian
Pitcher of Year: Kevin Wiseman, Sr., Linfield Christian
Coach of Year: Ken Whitworth, Linfield Christian
Sportsmanship Award: Arrowhead Christian

First team
Jason Brown, Sr., Ontario Christian
Ryan Dipoma, Sr., Linfield Christian
Michael Franklin, Jr., Notre Dame
Donovin Griffin, Sr., Aquinas
Andrew Hernandez, Sr., Ontario Christian
Jordan Keller, Soph., Woodcrest Christian
Connor Kostecka, Sr., Linfield Christian
Ethan Manning, Sr., Western Christian
Jacob Maza, Jr., Woodcrest Christian
Tyler Montanez, Sr., Arrowhead Christian
Jacob Reyes, Soph., Arrowhead Christian
Wesley Scott, Soph., Woodcrest Christian
Luke Stratton, Sr., Linfield Christian
Cooper Whitworth, Soph., Linfield Christian

Second team
Tyler Baca, Jr., Linfield Christian
Josh Ferreri, Sr., Arrowhead Christian
Brett Finnel, Jr., Woodcrest Christian
Tucker Gross, Soph., Arrowhead Christian
Shaun Hernandez, Jr., Woodcrest Christian
Jonah Hooks, Fr., Woodcrest Christian
Anthony Macchia, Fr., Western Christian
Garrett Pittman, Jr., Notre Dame
Morgan Samora, Jr., Western Christian
Moses Serrano, Soph., Ontario Christian
Billy Strohm, Jr., Linfield Christian
Austin Willis, Jr., Linfield Christian

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Ambassador League honors: Softball

Aquinas High School Maya Gonzalez  beats the throw to second base, against Ontario Christian in an Ambassador League softball game at Aquinas High School in San Bernardino. Thursday, March 23, 2017. (Photo by Frank Perez/Correspondent)

Player of Year: Bobbiann Pratt, Fr., Aquinas
Pitcher of Year: Autumn Moya, Jr., Ontario Christian
Coach of Year: Ryan Anderson, Woodcrest Christian
Sportsmanship Award: Linfield Christian

First team
Brandi Almarez, Sr., Aquinas
Brissa Alvarado, Jr., Aquinas
Miranda Arellano, Soph., Aquinas
Andrea Barragan, Fr., Notre Dame
Ashlynne Burk, Soph., Ontario Christian
Ryleigh Cassicaburu, Fr., Woodcrest Christian
Courtney Duchame, Sr., Linfield Christian
Kam,ryn Eigersma, Jr., Arrowhead Christian
Maya Gonzalez, Fr., Aquinas
Melanie Lienberger, Jr., Western Christian
Taylor Olsen, Jr., Woodcrest Christian
Alex Perez, Jr., Linfield Christian
Meghan Robertson, Soph., Notre Dame
Alexis Toledo, Soph., Ontario Christian

Second team
Allveia Alexander, Fr., Woodcrest Christian
Jackie Augustine, Sr., Loma Linda Academy
Daniela Barragan, Jr., Notre Dame
Mariah Diaz-Gian, St., Notre Dame
Lauren Hammarstrom, Soph., Linfield Christian
Kaitlyn Hawkins, Fr., Ontario Christian
Payton Howie, Soph., Linfield Christian
Marlisa Lee, Fr., Arrowhead Christian
Allyson Manquan, Sr., Ontario Christian
Paige Markley, Fr., Woodcrest Christian
Abbi Miranda., Fr., Aquinas
Tatianna Portillo, Sr., Aquinas
Gabby Rojas, Sr., Aquinas

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Ambassador League honors: Boys volleyball

Player of Year: Alex Wright, Woodcrest Christian
Coach of Year: Jeff Loh, Loma Linda Academy
Sportsmanship Award: Woodcrest Christian

First team
Cameron Albee, Sr., Woodcrest Christian
Anthony Cabrales, Sr., Western Christian
Brenden Conrad, Sr., Ontario Christian
Marcelo Desia, Sr., Loma Linda Academy
Hunter Egeland, Soph., Wesetrn Christian
Ian Dodson, Sr., Woodcrest Christian
Isaiah Han, Jr., Arrowhead Christian
Andrew Loh, Sr., Loma Linda Academy
Micah Punl, Sr., Loma Linda Academy
Caleb Sechrist, Sr., Arrowhead Christian

Second team
Jack Dejager, Jr., Western Christian
Matal Mayne, Sr., Loma Linda Academy
Elijah Mopera, Sr., Loma Linda Academy
Matt Nava, Jr., Ontario Christian
Trevor Rankin, Soph., Arrowhead Christian
Easton Small, Sr., Woodcrest Christian
Travis Struiksma, Sr., Ontario Christian
Jacob Vanhaaster, Jr., Woodcrest Christian

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Ambassador League honors: Boys tennis

Singles Player of Year: Deepak Tummala, Sr., Webb
Doubles Team of Year: Giovanni Cordero/Justin Rigsby, Arrowhead
Sportsmanship Award: Notre Dame
Coach of Year: Debi Klink., Arrowhead Christian

First team singles
Nathan Hayes, Sr., Arrowhead Christian
Matthew Johnson, Soph., Arrowhead Christian
Tom Liu, Jr., Webb
Carter Rigsby, Soph., Arrowhead Christian

First team doubles
Ben Casilas/Jeo DeJesus, Aquinas
Kia Nalbandi/Juan Pablo Calderoni, Soph., Webb
Matthew Lanum/Matthew Terbest, Arrowhead Christian
Raphael Huang/Darren Hsu, Webb

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Ambassador League honors: Golf

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Player of Year: William Mouw, Soph., Ontario Christian
Coach of Year: Mark Moore, Linfield Christian
Sportsmanship Award: Woodcrest Christian

First team
Ethan Azurin, Fr., Aquinas
Linnul Chen, Jr., Linfield Christian
Kevin Jack, Soph., Ontario Christian
Riley Leach, Soph., Linfield Christian
Braden L’Heureux, Jr., Linfield Christian
Max Moore, Sr., Linfield Christian
Katlyn Walski, Sr., Ontario Christian
Noah Woolsey, Sr., Linfield Christian
Hannah Zerman, Soph., Ontario Christian

Second team
Elijah Brown, Fr., Woodcrest Christian
Aman Desai, Jr., Loma Linda Academy
Brett Dickinson, Fr., Arrowhead Christian
Alex Honneycutt, Sr., Linfield Christian
Desiree Munguia, Fr., Aquinas
Kevin Pilcher,Fr., Western Christian
Aristen Polanco, Jr., Aquinas
T.J. Roe, Sr., Western Christian
Nathan Thornton, Jr., Woodcrest Christian
Stewart Van Dam, Sr., Arrowhead Christian

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Loss in title game doesn’t spoil season for Chaffey baseball team

Someone forgot to tell the Chaffey High School baseball team you’re supposed to be a little nervous when your school is making its first appearance in a championship game in nearly 50 years.

The Tigers lost one of the most hard-fought title games in recent memory on Saturday night, coming up short against Anaheim Katella 3-0 in 11 innings at UC Riverside.

But from the first pitch coach Max Pinedo’s team played like it belonged. The problem was so did the other team.

In the game before Chaffey’s, Righetti lost the title game in Division 3 to Walnut 14-2.  Maye a loss like that is easier to take because it is obvious you’re not the better team so no matter how you would have played, your chance of winning wasn’t good.

Lose a tough one like that and you’re thinking of every little play that might have made the difference between winning and losing.

It was one great defensive play after another that kept the game scoreless through 10 innings. Chaffey third baseman Sergio Garcia made no fewer than four spectacular plays, in addition to a few tough ones.

A game of inches? Yes it is. In the sixth of a scoreless game Chaffey had a man on second and two outs. Garcia then roped a ball down the left field line that would have easily scored the runner. It was foul by inches. He struck out on the next pitch.

In the ninth with one out and a runner on second Lawrence Castaneda, who pitched seven scoreless innings on the mound and then moved to shortstop, came up with one out and a runner on second and hit a ball that sliced down the right field line, falling foul by a couple of feet. He ended up flying out to center.

The Tigers played so well it’s a shame an error to start the 11th paved the way for three unearned runs which proved their downfall.

So the Tigers, who finished with a nice 20-6-1 record, flinched first. But they still walk away with their first Mt. Baldy League title since 1995 and a first championship game appearance since 1971.

It was a tough post-game for the Tigers who had trouble holding back tears. But it was a valiant effort and one of which they, the school, the district and the Inland Valley can be proud.

Here is the link to the game story from that contest in case you missed it.

Chaffey's Anthony Gula (#8) tags out Katella's Andres Agredano (#13) during the fourth inning of Saturday's CIF Southern Section Division 5 baseball championship game at UC Riverside Baseball Complex in Riverside, Ca., Saturday, June 3, 2017. (Photo by John Valenzuela/SCNG)


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