San Dimas’ Wheaton leads Valle Vista League softball honorees

Selections have been made for Valle Vista League softball honors. The top player was an easy choice. It goes to catcher Janell Wheaton of San Dimas, who is headed to University of Florida. Here’s the complete rundown.

MVP – Janell Wheaton, Sr., San Dimas

First team
P – Lindsay Hughes, Jr., San Dimas
P – Ana Mejia, Sr., Northview
P – Princess Nava, Jr., Covina
P – Alondra Reynoso, Soph., San Dimas
C – Yecenia Cardenas, Sr., Wilson
INF – Jennifer Aguinaga, Sr., San Dimas
INF – Monet Manning, Soph., Northview
INF – Haley Gomez, Sr., Northview
INF – Briana Quintana, Sr., San Dimas
INF – Carlie Salm, Soph., San Dimas
INF Isabella Sierra, Soph., Covina
OF – Davina Doran, Soph., San Dimas
OF – Mia Escobar, Soph., Nogales
OF – Samantha Hardwick, Jr., Covina
OF – Brooke Jackson, Fr., San Dimas
OF – Jocelyn Marquez, Sr., Northview

Second team
P – Sydney Jones, Jr., Baldwin Park
P – Breanna Lopez, Sr., Baldwin Park
P – Maxine Manrique, Sr., Nogales
C – Lauren Bodden, Jr., Covina
INF – Taylor Jaurique, Jr., Wilson
INF – Darlene Jaramillo, Northview
INF – Ali LeNoue, Soph., Covina
INF – Samantha Medrano, Jr., Covina
INF – Taylor Muse, Soph., Baldwin Park
INF – Danielle Perez, Soph., Wilson
OF – Krystal Perez, Sr., Nogales

Honorable mention - Brittany Ching, Jr., Covina; Alexis Morales, F., Nogales; Alexis Palacios, Sr., Wilson; Lisette Rosales, Fr., Nogales; Evelyn Ronquillo, Fr., Baldwin Park.


Viramontes, Chino head Mt. Baldy softball selections

The Mt. Baldy All-League softball selections. The MVP is no surprise, nor is the fact that CIF runner-up Chino has the most selections. Here’s the list:

MVP - Miranda Viramontes, Chino, Sr.

First team
Pearl Barroso, Chino, Fr.
Amanda Brashear, Chino, Soph.
Marina Duran, Don Lugo, Sr.
Corina Gamboa, Chino, Soph.
Alyssa Gonzalez, Chino, Soph.
Raina Hernandez, Colony, Soph.
Annemarie Huicochea, Ontario, Sr.
Kailey Palazzolo, Don Lugo, Sr.
Elexa Rangel, Chaffey, Soph.
Elizabeth Rodarte, Chaffey, Jr.
Journey Rojas, Chino, Fr.
Amanda Velasquez, Don Lugo, Jr.
Brittany Violette, Montclair, Jr.

Don Lugo dominates Mt. Baldy baseball selections

Here is the Mt. Baldy selections as made by the coaches.

Most Valuable Players - Andrew Matus, Don Lugo, Frank Donaldson, Don Lugo

First team
David Castaneda, Chaffey, Jr.
Damien Cauble, Ontario, Jr.
Noah Ehrhardt, Chaffey, Sr.
Adrian Garcia, Montclair, Sr.
Ryan Goff, Chino, Sr.
Danny Gomez, Montclair, Jr.
Matt Goytia, Don Lugo, Jr.
Kyle Guillement, Chino, Jr.
Andrew Martinez, Don Lugo, Sr.
Michael Martinez, Colony, Sr.
Daniel Perez, Don Lugo, Sr.
Chase Price, Don Lugo, Jr,.
Joshua Thorton, Chino, Jr.
Patrick Vizcaino, Don Lugo, Jr.

Rancho Cucamonga’s Jerry Chaney chooses San Diego State

Wide receiver Jerry Chaney of Rancho Cucamonga is the latest Inland Valley standout to make a college decision early.

The 6-foot-1, 175-pounder has made a verbal commitment to San Diego State after taking an official visit to that school today.

“I really liked the campus and the facilities and I had really good connection with the coaches,” he said.

Like most before him, Chaney said he wanted to get the decision out of the way early so he can focus on his senior season.

“The recruiting process is pretty long and it’s stressful,” he said. “I really wanted to be able to focus on my last season.”

Chaney helped the Cougars to a 10-2 record and share of the Baseline League title. He tallied 30 receptions for 355 yards and three touchdowns with a long of 60 yards.

Chaney also visited San Jose State, Fresno State and USC.

Damien’s Jeremy Hemsley commits to San Diego State

Count Damien High School junior basketball standout Jeremy Hemsley as one of those wanting to get the distraction of a college decision out of the way early.

The 6-foot-3 guard has made a verbal commitment to San Diego State, announcing that via Twitter early Thursday.

He averaged 22 points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals for the Spartans, Sierra League runners-up to Chino Hills. He stepped up when it mattered most with a season high of 37 points against both Mayfair and Temecula Great Oak, teams that made extended playoff runs. He also had 33 points against Chino Hills.

“I want to be able to focus on my senior season,” Hemsley said. “That’s a place I’ll be able to play my game and I think I’ll fit in well there.”

Hemsley has not officially visited the school but plans to do so soon. He has been to games at the school and had lengthy talks with the coaching staff.
The only official visit he made was to University of Washington. Colorado and Arizona State were among the others he was considering.

Hemsley was Co-Player of the Year in the Sierra League along with Chino Hills sophomore Lonzo Ball. He was also a first-team All-CIF and first-team All-Inland Valley selection.

The Aztecs are coming off a 31-5 season under coach Steve Fisher, Their season ended with a 70-64 loss to Arizona in the Sweet 16.

Etiwanda’s Sydnie Trostle decides on Cal Baptist

Etiwanda High School sophomore infielder Sydnie Trostle has decided to stick close to home and has committed to Cal Baptist.

Trostle helped the Eagles (18-8-1) to a Baseline League runner-up finish, hitting .377 with six doubles, a triple, five home runs and 22 RBI.

She thought about waiting for possible offers from Division I schools, but said Cal Baptist has always been high on her list.

“I want to be able to go to a place where I can focus on academics, too,” she said.

The Lancers went 46-13 last year, advancing to the West Region final in their first playoff-eligible season since moving from NAIA to NCAA Division II.

Inland Valley CIF-SS Masters Track and Field qualifiers

Here is a list of Inland Valley qualifiers for the CIF-SS Masters Track and Field Meet, which is Friday at Cerritos College. I don’t know possible scratches at this point, so there could be some changes come Friday.

100: 8. Damion Alloway (Summit) 10.74
200: 8. Thaddeus Smith (Damien) 21.36
400; 8. Mario Magana (Jr., Summit) 48.31
800: 9. Dillon Beckum (Fr., Bonita) 1:53.70
1600: None
3200: 4. Michael Teran (Sr., Jurupa Hills) 9:06.93.
4×100: 6. Carter 41.87
4×400: 5. Chino Hills 3:18.09
110 h: 2. Joseph Anderson (Fr., Upland) 14.02
300 h: None
HJ: Eric Moore (Sr., Carter) 6-9
LJ: None
TJ: None
PV: None
SP: None
DT: 5. Tyler Merkley (Jr., Los Osos), 167-8.

100: None
200: None
400: 9. Mikaela Adolphus (Jr., Upland) 56.42.
800: 5. Annie Boos (Fr., Claremont) 2:11.64, 6. Jacquelyn Hill (Fr., Etiwanda), 2:12.22.
1600: 11. Sydney Tullai (So., Ayala) 4:59.07
3200: None
4×100: None
4×400: None
100 h: None
300 h: None
HJ: Skyler Daniel (Jr., Upland) 5-7
LJ:   None
TJ: None
PV: 4. Marguerite Crokem (Jr., Chino) 11-9
SP: 8. Destiny Parker (Sr., Summit) 41-7 ½, 10. Sienna Tesimale (Jr., Colony), 41-5,
DT: None

Lots of local teams still battling for baseball, softball titles

The softball season is winding down wire with semifinal games coming up while baseball is in just the second round.

Here’s what’s left for teams in the Sun/Bulletin coverage area:

Tuesday’s semifinal games
Division 2

Chino Hills at Chino

Division 5
Anaheim Savana at Citrus Valley

Division 6
St. Bonaventure at Pomona Catholic (at Big League Dreams)

Wednesday’s semifinal game
Division 5

Ontario Chistian at Jurupa Hills


Tuesday’s games
Second round
Division 2

Garden Grove Pacifica at Chino Hills
Crescenta Valley at Redlands East Valley

Division 3
Warren at Diamond Bar
Carter at Paloma Valley
Bonita at Redondo Union

Division 4
Kaiser at Northview
California at Don Lugo
Victor Valley at South Torrance
San Dimas at Granite Hills

Division 5
Santa Ynez at Sultana
Citrus Hill at Big Bear
Templeton at Oak Hills
Village Christian at Ontario Christian

Division 6
St. Margaret’s at Upland Christian

Division 7
St. Michael’s at Aca Ac. Exc

Rancho Cucamonga’s Samantha Frost picks UCI

Rancho Cucamonga volleyball standout Samantha Frost has committed to Division I UC Irvine, according to coach Brandon Blevins.

At UCI she will join former coach Aaron Flores who resigned after the season to take the lead assistant coaching job there.
Frost was a first-team All-Baseline selection and honorable mention All-Inland Valley.

The 5-foot-9 outside hitter missed the first half of the season with an injury but still registered 136 kills and 179 digs, helping the Cougars complete Baseline League title undefeated. Her contribution also helped the Cougars advance to the CIF quarterfinal.

She also considered Penn State.

Etiwanda’s McKynzie Fort changes mind, headed to San Diego State

Etiwanda High School basketball standout McKynzie Fort signed with the University of Oregon during the early signing period last fall. But the talented guard was granted a release from that school and is now headed to San Diego State.

Fort, the Inland Valley Player of the Year, said the decision came down to family. She has had several deaths in the family in the last two years and hasn’t had the time to come to terms with so many losses and thought a school closer to home was in her best interest.

She said the decision had nothing to do with the coaching staff or players at Oregon.

“After really thinking about it, I didn’t think that was the best fit for me,” Fort said. “I talked about it a lot with my family and this was the best decision.”

Fort said she had been to San Diego State on an unofficial visit before she signed with Oregon but it had a previous coach and staff in place. She talked to a handful of schools after getting her release and Etiwanda coach Anders Anderson dealt with a handful of others.

Fort was also the Most Valuable Player of the Baseline League.  She shot 54 percent from the field and averaged a team-high 15.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2,.3 steals despite playing a gauntlet of tough nonleague and postseason foes.