Two Baseline basketball coaches get state honor

The Baseline League proved its meddle this season as Damien won the league and went on to win the Division III state championship.

Chino Hills got to the Division I state final and Etiwanda likely could have but was in the Big Boy Division, also known as the Open and lost a SoCal Regional semifinal.

But coaches Dave Kleckner of Etiwanda and Matt Dunn of Damien have been recognized for their team’s showing.

CalHi Sports picks a statewide coach in each division and has chosen both Kleckner (Division I) and Dunn (Division III).

It’s pretty elite company to say the least and to think that the Inland Valley had two coaches honored is quite the compliment.

Dunn directed the Spartans to a 29-5 mark that included a first-place finish in the school’s first year in the more competitive Baseline. The season was capped off with the state championship win over Campolindo.

Kleckner’s Eagles went 24-9, finishing second to Damien in the league. But Etiwanda advanced to the Open Division final before falling to Bishop Montgomery. That run also included a semifinal win over Mater Dei at Mater Dei.

In the state portion of the playoffs Etiwanda remained in the Open division and ended up losing to another perennial power in LA Fairfax.

The overall state honor went to Chuck Rapp of San Mateo Serra. He was the Division II nominee. Other winners were Russell White of Crespi (Division IV) and John Maffucci of Carlsbad Army-Navy (Division V),


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Rosters finalized for Inland Valley All-Star Classic

Malik Fitts of Division III state champion Damien will among the All-Star participants.

Miller High School will be the site of the Inland Valley All-Star Classic basketball games on Sunday, girls starting at 4 p.m. and boys to follow.

The games will be aired on KMET (1490-AM) radio.

Here are the final rosters:

Boost Blue Boys
Coach: Bill Berich, Redlands East Valley

A.J. Bigornia, Glendora
Caleb DeFabiis, Colony
Dillon Estrada, Montclair
Dashawn Faison, Miller
Tymoryae Glover, San Bernardino
Chris Harper, Redlands East Valley
Tamer Jabsheh, Rancho Cucamonga
Kaimani Maxwell, Alta Loma
Kevin McNeal, Cajon
Omar Nasri, San Dimas
Henry Norman, Kaiser
Robert Rosas, Jurupa Hills
Amier Thomas, Charter Oak
Alex Ziska, Redlands East Valley

Boost White Boys
Robbie Von Pertz, Upland Christian

Francisco Alvarez, Los Osos
Basleal Ayinalem, Silverado
Tyus Dennis, Ontario Christian
Malik Fitts, Damien
Alban Fletcher, Pomona
Kyle Gray, Bonita
L.J. Harrie, Sultana
Jared Hayes, Hesperia Christian
Cole Henson, Yucaipa
James Meza, Upland Christian
Jared Nyivih, Chino Hills
Arjun Solanki, Summit
Andy Torices, Damien
Nathan Zuvia, Grand Terrace

Boost Blue Girls
Bethel Trice, Jurupa Hills

Marleigh Brown, Chino Hills
Ky Fantroy, Indian Springs
Britney Gonzalez, Jurupa Hills
Leah Harrison, Los Osos
Tennia Hill, Silverado
Cora Ianniciello, Big Bear
Skyler Lewis, Grand Terrace
Tecumseh Madison, Banning
Miranda Nicks, Redlands East Valley
Jackie Ricketson, Ayala
Samantha Velasquez, Rancho Cucamonga
Olivia Watkins, Upland
Kiana Wright, Diamond Ranch

Boost White Girls
Kelly Hennessy, Oak Hills

Joyclyn Arrington, Montclair
Emily Ayala, Chino Hills
Jaci Bowman, Carter
Delilah Cerda, Eisenhower
Odaly Chavarria, Rialto
Alisa Davis, Los Osos
Allyah George, Eisenhower
Marissa Granados, Beaumont
Breanna Marquez, Ganesha
Jannon Otto, Oak Hills
Elyanna Rios, Chaffey
Tanika Stephenson, Miller
Irie Stokes, Upland

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CIF polls: Baseball

Bonita is ranked No. 4 this week in Division 4

Week of Feb. 13

Division 1 – 1. JSerra; 2. Dana Hills; 3. Edison; 4. Alemany; 5. Orange Lutheran7. Agoura; 6. Harvard-Westlake; 7. Agoura; 8. Corona; 9. Valencia; 10. Mater Dei.

Division 2- 1. San Clemente; 2. Upland; 3. South Hills; 4. Bonita; 5. Mission Viejo; 6. Camarillo; 7. Foothill; 8. tie, Villa Park, Ayala; 10. tie, Gahr, Crescenta Valley.

Division 3 – 1. San Dimas; 2. El Segundo; 3. Temescal Canyon; 4. Redondo Union; 5. Palm Desert; 6. Corona del Mar; 7. Mira Costa; 8. Bishop Amat; 9. Beckman; 10. Coachella Valley.

Division 4 – 1. Sonora; 2. West Torrance; 3. California; 4. South Torrance; 5. Oak Hills; 6. Ramona; 7. Laguna Beach; 8. Don Lugo; 9. San Gorgonio; 10. Alhambra.

Division 5 – 1. Monrovia; 2. Village Chr.; 3. Santa Ynez; 4. Sierra Canyon; 5. Citrus Hills; 6. Woodcrest Chr.; 7. Temple City; 8. Whittier Chr.; 9. Hemet; 10. Lompoc.

Division 6 – 1. Crean Lutheran; 2. LancasterDesert Chr.; 3. Pasadena Poly; 4. Fillmore; 5. Sage Hill; 6. Salesian; 7. Flintrdige Prep; 8. Desert Chr. Aca.; 9. Vasquez; 10. Calvary Murrieta.

Division 7 – 1. Riverside Prep; 2. Excelsior Charter; 3. Animo Leadership; 4. Santa Clarita Chr.; 5. Rolling Hills; 6. Tarbut V’Torah; 7. Avalon; 8. Hillcrest Chr.; 9. New Roads; 10. AAE.


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CIF polls: Softball

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Ciera Schick of Los Osos unleashes a pitch.

For week of Feb. 13.

Division 1 – 1. Garden Grove Pacifica; 2. ML King; 3. Chino; 4. Cypress; 5. Anaheim Canyon; 6. Los Osos; 7. Chino Hills 8. Vista Murrieta; 9. Marina; 10. Norco.

Division 2 – 1. Mission Viejo; 2. Yucaipa; 3. Oaks Christian; 4. Fullerton; 5. Troy; 6. South Hills; 7. Citrus Valley; 8. Camarillo; 9. Simi Valley; 10. Cajon.

Division 3 – 1. Sna Clemente; 2. La Serna; 3. Burbank; 4. Bishop Amat; 5. Montclair; 6. Grand Terrace; 7. Burbank Burroughs; 8. Warren; 9. Mira Costa; 10. Gahr.

Division 4 – 1. North Torrance; 2. Torrance; 3. Santa Ana; 4. Highland; 5. Aquinas; 6. Ocean View; 7. Dos Pueblos; 8. El Segundo; 9. Segerstrom; 10. Monrovia.

Division 5 – 1. La Reina; 2. San Dimas; 3. St. Bonaventure; 4. Edgewood; 5. Lompoc Cabrillo; 6. Silverado; 7. St. Monica; 8. La Quinta; 9. Mary Star of the Sea; 10. Fillmore.

Division 6 – 1. Savanna; 2. Paraclete; 3. Crean Lutheran; 4. Webb; 5. Shadow Hills; 6. Serra; 7. Flintridge Prep; 8. St. Anthony; 9. Desert Chr. Aca.; 10. Boron.

Division 7 – 1. Faith Baptist; 2. Grace Brethren; 3. Rolling Hills; 4. Santa Clara; 5. ACE; 6. University Prep; 7. Animo Leadership; 8. Temecula Prep; 9. Einstein Aca.; 10. Santa Clarita Chr.

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CIF polls: Boys tennis

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 Top singles and nationally ranked sophomore, Neil Tengbumroong of Diamond Bar.

Week of Feb. 13.

Division 1 – 1. Beverly Hills; 2. Harvard-Westlake; 3. Los Alamitos; 4. University; 5. San Marino; 6. Mira Costa; 7. Peninsula; 8. Santa Barbara; 9. Westlake; 10. Palos Verdes.

Division 2 – 1. Santa Margarita; 2. Arcadia; 3. Crescenta Valley; 4. San Clemente; 5. Sage Hill; 6. San Luis Obispo; 7. Diamond Bar; 8. Arroyo Grande; 9. Crean Lutheran; 10. tie, Pasadena Poly, West Ranch.

Division 3 – 1. Anaheim Canyon; 2. Great Oak; 3. Valencia Placentia; 4. Cypress; 5. Cerritos; 6. Troy; 7. Sunny Hills; 8. Long Beach Wilson; 9. ML King; 10. Yorba Linda.

Division 4 – 1. Laguna Beach; 2. Redlands; 3. Mark Keppel; 4. Maranatha; 5. Buckley; 6. Covina; 7. Chino Hills; 8. Rowland; 9. Orange; 10. Ocean View.

Division 5- 1. Heritage; 2. Beaumont; 3. Alta Loma; 4. Bishop Montgomery; 5. Rosemead; 6. Hemet; 7. Montclair; 8. Rancho Mirage; 9. Jurupa Valley; 10. Arroyo Valley.

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CIF polls: Boys volleyball

For week of April 13

Division 1 – 1. Huntington Beach; 2. Loyola; 3. Mira Costa; 4. Corona del Mar; 5. Dana Hills; 6. San Clemente; 7. Newbury Park; 8. Westlake; 9. Los Alamitos; 10. tie, Foothill, Santa Barbara.

Division 2 – 1. Laguna Beach; 2. Burbank Burroughs; 3. Oak Park; 4. Valencia; 5. Aliso Niguel; 6. Simi Valley; 7. South Pasadena; 8. Royal; 9. Canyon Country Canyon; 10. Long Beach Poly.

Division 3 – 1. El Segundo; 2. Cathedral; 3. Arroyo Grande; 4. Paloma Valley; 5. Gahr; 6. Warren; 7. Culver City; 8. Crossroads; 9. Bishop Montgomery; 10., tie, Santa Monica, Quartz Hills.

Division 4 – 1. Saddleback Valley Chr.; 2. Santa Ynez; 3. St. Margaret’s; 4. Flintridge Prep; 5. Bellflower; 6. Magnolia; 7. Yucaipa; 8. Kennedy; 9. Tustin; 10. Garden Grove.

Division 5 – 1. Damien; 2. Arrowhead Christian; 3. Laguna Blanca; 4. Santa Fe; 5. West Covina; 6. Vistamar; 7. Ganesha; 8. Oakwood; 9. Ontario Christian; 10. Diamond Ranch.

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Chino High School seeking two coaches

Chino High School has openings for head girls soccer coach as well as head girls basketball coach, athletic director Mike Hinkle confirms.

Sandra Van Emricqs stepped down after five years heading the basketball program. The Cowboys went 17-7 last year including a first-place finish in the Hacienda League. They won a first-round playoff game, then lost a second round game to Santa Barbara.

Her record in five years was a stellar 94-32 overall, 54-4 in league play.

Erika Zimmeran resigned as soccer coach. That program was also successful. The Cowboys went 18-5-2,losing a first game to Pacifica 2-1.

Don’t know if it’s a coincidence or what, but there has been an awful lot of turnover in coaches at the school in the last two years.



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Ontario boys soccer coach Vince Mangione steps down

After serving as an integral part of the Ontario High School soccer program for the last seven years, Vince Mangione has decided to take some time away.

But he’s thinks he’s leaving the program in good hands.

“I just needed to take some time for me,” he said. “They’ll still be successful. Nothing has to change.”

Mangione had served as head of the program with most of that time spent as the direct head of he varsity team. This season he had more direct dealings with a young junior varsity squad and left Michael McCarson and Moses Venegas deal directly with the varsity.

Mangione also enlisted the help of Harry Cruz this season.
The position has to officially be flown but Mangione expects those coaches to remain in their capacity.

He plans to still pitch in but it will be on an informal basis as time permits. He also teaches history at the school and will stay in that capacity.

The boys soccer program has become that school’s flagship program. Mangione helped lead the Jaguars to a CIF title in the 2012-2013 season.

His record as head varsity coach was 77-21-23 with an overall mark of 104-25-26. The Jaguars were 23-8 the year they won a championship.

“I am going to miss it. I just need to take a step away for now,” he said.

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Volleyball standout Alexa Lister decides on Louisiana Tech

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Middle hitter Alexa Lister of Chino Hills High School has committed to NCAA Division I Louisiana Tech.

At 6-foot-4 she is an imposing force at the net. She was under the radar when it came to high school volleyball because she had changed schools several times, most recently going from Chino Hills to Don Lugo. She wasn’t ruled eligible by the CIF after that transfer and ended up going back to Chino Hills last semester.

Fortunately the exposure she got from playing club ball helped land her Division opportunities.

“I wasn’t worried that not playing this year would hurt my recruiting. I was just disappointed that it was my senior year and I didn’t get to play,” she said.

She visited Louisiana Tech last month. It was the only official trip she took although she was also being sought after by others including Pitt and UC Davis.

“I really liked the area and the town and it’s a real college atmosphere,” she said. “They really get behind their teams.”

Lister, the daughter of Elaine and former NBA player Alton Lister, plans to major in political science with concentration in pre-law. She also like the school’s academic offerings as a national research institution.

Louisiana Tech is coming off a 10-20 season. It competes in Conference USA. The “Techsters” had a young team last year with no seniors and just three juniors.

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San Dimas baseball to play for tournament title

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The San Dimas baseball team registered a 2-1 win over St. Laurence (Burbank, Ill.) on Thursday to advance to the championship game of the Don Lugo Easter Tournament.

It was probably the best game and closest call of the season for the unbeaten Saints who got a walk-off run-scoring hit from Logan Murratalla for the win. Senior Jonathan Longtin went the distance on the mound, striking out nine.

The Saints (17-0) will host Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.) at 7 p.m. on Friday in the final game. Paul VI advanced with a win over Linfield Christian.

The third-place game will feature the host Don Lugo. The Conquistadores defeated Diamond Bar 9-8 on Thursday to earn the right to play Walnut at 3:30 p.m. Friday.

Walnut (5-7-2) advanced with a 6-4 victory over Pomona (8-5).



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