Aquinas volleyball displaced during gym renovation

I just spoke with the new Aquinas girls volleyball coach, Victoria Cachapero. I didn’t know until recently that former coaches Sara Rice and Jessica Granados left the school to coach at Beaumont. Cachapero is a Redlands High grad who in recent years coached at Eisenhower and Grand Terrace.

She told me that the team is currently displaced as the gym undergoes renovations. The team plays on the road to start the season and won’t be back in the until “early October” according to athletic director Chris Ybarra. The Falcons have been having to practice at other gyms, including Loma Linda Academy, to prepare for the season.

“It’s going to be much more modern with team rooms,: Ybarra said. Ybarra said there will be an expansion of the gym later this year.

They won’t be at home until October, so the volleyball team’s Ambassador League schedule will be backloaded with home games. It will be interesting to see how  that affects Aquinas in the playoff race. Last year, Aquinas finished second behind Woodcrest Christian, and just ahead of Loma Linda Academy. LLA is No. 6 in my preseason poll, while Aquinas is unranked. Aquinas could find its way into the top 10, led by sejnior MBs Indira Page and Michaella Elad and senior OH Kristen Goggin as well as promising freshman OH Eliana Chavira.

 

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Thursday’s prep football game previews

Thursday’s prep football games
Chaffey (1-0) vs. Riverside Patriot (0-0), at Rubidoux HS, 7 p.m.: The Tigers are led by senior RB Michael Dean who rushed for 320 yards and four touchdowns last week in a win over Lakeside. This will be the opener for Patriot which is coming off a 6-5 season with a first round playoff loss to Vista del Lago. Top players are QB John Holder, RB Miguel Alvarez and WR Samuel Cortez — all seniors.

Venice (1-0) at Upland (1-0), 7 p.m.: The Highlanders cruised past Palmdale Knight 49-6 in their opener. Junior standout Nathan Tilford saw minimal playing time in that game after injuring his back. Darreyon Jones rushed for 216 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries in his absence. Venice was a 28-21 winner over Granada Hills in its opener. Key players are QB Alex De La Cruz, OL Enrique Luna and WR-DB Pierce McLurkin.

: Bloomington (0-0) vs. Ontario (1-0) at Montclair HS, 7 p.m.: Like last year, Ontario opened the season with a win against Garey, then faced Bloomington, playing its first game. Bloomington won last year’s game 28-7 for the team’s only win. It’s different this year as Ontario coach John Kusleika is in his second season, while Bloomington coach Brian Kidd is in his first. Kidd, who plans on passing more this year, has only one starter player back at the same position they played last year, so limiting mistakes will be key. The Bruins will be focusing on slowing Ontario QB Cameron Poe, who ran for 190 yards and three touchdowns last week.

Eisenhower (0-1) at Newport Beach Newport Harbor (0-0), 7 p.m.: It was a rough start to the season for Eisenhower, which was routed by 52-14 by a Sultana team that went 2-8 last year. Coach Mike Clark had only seven players in that game who had ever played a varsity down before and only one who had started. Clark said he wasn’t pleased with the way “it got away” from them last week and the fatigue. They were hurt by injuries. LB/P Edgar Inchaurregui tore his ACL in pregame warm-ups and is lost for the season. WR/DB Lomario Howard missed the game with a groin strain, but Clark hopes to have him back this week.

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Nominate boys and girls athletes of the week

The Sun is going to be seeking nominations each week for a boy and a girl athlete of the week. You can email me at pete.marshall@langnews.com to give me the details, but those should come in by Monday at noon.

We’re also seeking football play of the week highlight videos. Send me a link to the video by the same deadline. Check out the L.A. News Group’s new web site, with plays of the week and athletes of the week: http://socalpreplegends.com/

Because football was the only sport last week, here’s The Sun’s Athlete of the Week.

http://www.sbsun.com/sports/20150901/sundaily-facts-socal-prep-legends-boys-athlete-of-the-week-alexander-mattison

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The Sun’s girls volleyball preseason Top 10

For better or for worse, here’s my Sun Preseason Girls Volleyball Top 10

A more detailed list is here: http://www.sbsun.com/sports/20150901/the-suns-high-school-volleyball-preseason-top-10

1. RANCHO CUCAMONGA (22-9 last year)
2. CHINO HILLS (27-7)
3. REDLANDS EAST VALLEY (26-4)
4. YUCAIPA (18-11)
5. CITRUS VALLEY (20-7)
6. LOMA LINDA ACADEMY (20-5)
7. SERRANO (23-4)
8. RIM OF THE WORLD (18-10)
9. ALTA LOMA (33-3)
10. SUMMIT (15-7)
Others receiving consideration: Aquinas (18-5), Fontana (19-4).

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Etiwanda needs to regroup for upcoming game vs. Summit

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The trophy for Friday’s rivalry game between Etiwanda and Summit.

It was a tough debut for Etiwanda football coach Kevin Davis.

The Eagles were completely throttled by a quality Norco team 66-13. The good news is that’s only one game and Davis thinks his team will learn from its mistakes which were many.

 

The Eagles need to regroup in a hurry though. Looming on Friday is the “Fight for 15″ rivalry game against Summit at Miller High School.

Davis is still optimistic though.

“The good thing is that there was no finer-pointing. Everyone took ownership for their own mistakes. In the past there might have been some of that and bickering on the sidelines. But everyone came in the next day on time and ready to go.”

Davis says his team went in confident but not necessarily overconfident or cocky.

It was just a matter of things steamrolling out of control. There were seven turnovers, beginning with the opening kickoff.

Davis is also glad to have a game in hand to iron out the problem spots where as Summit was idle last week.

“Having one last week will probably help us more than not having one will hurt them,” he said.

With Summit boasting several Division I players, most notably RB Stephen Carr, a USC commit, and DB Damian Alloway, the Eagles will again have their hands full. Their showing this week will be a great indicator as to whether this team can live up to expectations or it will be like those in the past who have underachieved.

 

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Week 1 Sun High School Football Top 10


Above, Rancho Cucamonga coach Nick Baiz talks about routing Trabuco Hills, 45-10 on Friday.

After Week 0, a lot of San Bernardino County’s top high school football teams won

THE SUN TOP 10
1. REDLANDS EAST VALLEY (0-0)
Always chooses to take bye in Week 0
Previous: 1
Next: Friday at Chaminade (1-0)
2. RANCHO CUCAMONGA (1-0)
Routed defending Southwest Division champion
Previous: 2
Next: Friday at Norco (1-0)
3. UPLAND (1-0)
Young team showed promise against overmatched opponent
Previous: 3
Next: Thursday vs. Venice (1-0)
4. CHINO HILLS (1-0)
Overwhelmed city rivals
Previous: 4
Next: Friday vs. JSerra (1-0)
5. COLONY (1-0)
Downed defending Hacienda League champs
Previous: 5
Next: Friday vs. Alemany (1-0) at Oceanside
6. CARTER (1-0)
Unveiled passing attack vs. Los Osos
Previous: 6
Next: Friday vs. Rialto (0-1)
7. SERRANO (1-0)
Fourth 40-point game in last 6
Previous: 7
Next: Friday at Silverado (1-0)
8. SAN GORGONIO (1-0)
393 total yards vs. Citrus Valley
Previous: 8
Next: Friday at No. 10 Kaiser (0-0)
9. SUMMIT (0-0)
Expectations are high
Previous: 9
Next: Friday vs. Etiwanda (0-1) at Miller HS
10. KAISER (0-0)
4 of 5 preseason opponents were in playoffs last year
Previous: 10
Next: Friday vs. No. 8 San Gorgonio (1-0)
Dropped out: None.
Others under consideration: Cajon (1-0), Oak Hills (1-0), Redlands (1-0),

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UCLA commit Lokeni Toailoa sets example on Twitter following ejection

What Carter High linebacker and UCLA commit Lokeni Toailoa did with his Twitter account should serve as an example for fellow athletes to follow.

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Carter High linebacker Lokeni Toailoa, third player located on the right, is committed to UCLA.

Following a call by the referee that led to the ejection of Toailoa in Friday’s game against Los Osos, which will cause him to miss Carter’s upcoming game against city-rival Rialto High, the four-star linebacker decided to remove his Twitter page.

Whether any highly recruited athlete will admit it or not, they are always under the microscope and face constant pressure because of their status and talent.

By removing oneself from a social media platform like Twitter, Toailoa avoided all drama that can come from social media users, while at the same time allowing him as a player to reflect on the situation and move forward.

Anytime I have spoken with Lokeni, he has been nothing but respectful.

While it was a bit shocking to hear he was ejected from a game, I think the way he went about handling his business off the field, with what I am assuming is a brief stint away from the website, was done honorably.

This generation’s high school athletes do not realize just how easy it is to lose a scholarship or interest from a college because of their actions. In a case like this, being poked at and responding in a particular way could be enough to lose it all.

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Mattison led San Bernardino with 6 TDs in Week 0 victory

SAN BERNARDINO 44, ARROYO VALLEY 14
The Cardinals running back Alexander Mattison scored six touchdowns on 13 carries for 313 yards in victory over the Hawks in the season opener. The Cardinals quarterback Demondre King rushed for 88 yards on seven carries while A’caunti Morris contributed with a 41-yard scoop-and-score touchdown. The Cardinals (1-0) will play at 7 p.m. Friday against Riverside Hillcrest.
BONITA 49, SCHURR 2
Tanner East completed 15 of 23 passes for 174 and two touchdowns as Bonita rolled over visiting Schurr in the nonleague game. East connected with nine different Bearcats before sitting out the second half. Both Brandon Bradshaw and Romeo Gutierrez each found the end zone twice on the ground. Schurr was led by Anthony Varela who rushed 18 times for 67 yards.  
CHAFFEY 35, LAKESIDE 6
The Tigers running back Michael Dean rushed for four TDs and over 200 yards against Lakeside. Jovanni Sanchez also caught a touchdown for the Tigers.
COLONY 28, WEST COVINA 21 
Jiaire Wade scored his fourth touchdown of the game with 1:54 to play to rally reigning CIF Southern Section Central Division champion Colony in the nonleague game. Wade scored all four of Colony’s touchdowns. He rushed for 105 yards on 24 carries. He also scored a two-point PAT. West Covina took a 21-20 lead with 6:15 left in the game. Mike Gomez scored from the 8 and J.D. Algandar broke the tie with the successful extra-point attempt. West Covina turned the ball over five times.
 
UPLAND 49, KNIGHT 6
Head coach Tim Salter collected his 200th victory.

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