Carter’s Lokeni Toailoa named Butkus semifinalist

Carter High School senior linebacker Lokeni Toailoa has been named a semifinalist for the 31st annual Butkus Award which honors the nation’s best linebackers at the collegiate and high school levels.

Ten linebackers from nine universities were named semi-finalists, including two high school Butkus Award winners, Jaylon Smith (2012) and Raekwon McMillan (2013).

Finalists in both divisions will be announced Nov. 23, and winners will be notified on or before Dec. 8.

The Pro Butkus Award winner will be announced in early 2016.

Selection is handled by a panel of 51 coaches, recruiters, scouts and journalists who vote separately and confidentially using a 3-2-1 process. Selectors and selection criteria are posted at

The high school finalists are:

Krys Barnes Liberty High School, Bakersfield, Calif.
Tuf Borland Bolingbrook High School, Ill.
Breland Brandt Windward High School, Los Angeles.
Devin Bush Flanagan High School, Pembroke Pines, Fla.
Ben Davis Gordo High School, Ala.
Michael Divinity John Ehret High School, Marrero, La.
Brendan Ferns Saint Clairsville High School, Ohio
Mique Juarez North High School, Torrance, Calif.
Caleb Kelly Clovis West High School, Fresno, Calif.
Tre Lamar Roswell High School, Ga.
Shaquille Quarterman Oakleaf High School, Orange Park, Fla.
Rahshaun Smith IMG Academy, Bradenton, Fla.
Lokeni Toailoa Wilmer Carter High School, Rialto, Calif.
Maxs Tupai Murray High School, Salt Lake City, Utah
Devin White North Webster High School, Springhill, La.
Lyndell Wilson Carver Senior High School, Montgomery, Ala.

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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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Jaylon Dean transfers from Kaiser to Ganesha

Christmas came a little early for Ganesha football coach Don Cayer.

Jaylon Dean has transferred from Sunkist League champion Kaiser to Ganesha, Cayer confirmed.

The CIF has already ruled him eligible for the coming season. Dean, a 5-foot-10, 225 pounder, is expected to make an immediate impact.

“He will be a difference maker, especially on defense because that’swhere he has played the most,” Cayer said. “We have some skill players on offense but he gives us more options there.

Dean was an All-League selection last year on defense with 53 tackles and four sacks. Cayer says he will use him on both sides of the ball.

“We don’t get a transfer of this caliber that often,” he said. “We’re talking an All-League kid on a first place team. We’re excited to have him.”

Ganesha opens the season at Mark Keppel on Aug. 28.

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Kaiser football heads into new season with higher expectations

A CIF championship in 2012. A semifinal appearance in 2013. A 45-14 first-round playoff loss in 2014.

Which of these is not like the other?

Kaiser’s ears are still ringing from the “wake-up call” it received eight months ago. The Cats’ run a proud football program, something regularly reflected on the scoreboard. Blowout losses are uncommon, even less common in the postseason, where Kaiser strung together a successful five-year run including 11 playoff wins – prior to last season.

AR-141029608“That first-round loss was bothersome,” Kaiser coach Phil Zelaya said. “The players haven’t forgotten about that. But it says a lot about where we’re at against these new teams. All three teams from our league were out in the first round. That’ll tell you something about the competition.” Continue reading

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Diamond Ranch HS to host college basketball expo for high school players

Are you a boys basketball player in their senior year of high school or at a junior college who feels they have been overlooked? Well, there is an event coming up that will interest you.

Diamond Ranch High School will host a college showcase designed to hook prospective players up with college programs. It will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. on Friday and is open to athletes from all schools.

Players will each compete in at least three games in order to showcase their skills. They will also get an update on new academic regulations that will directly affect them.

A dozen or so college coaches from NAIA, Division II and Division III schools will be on hand. There will also be some reps from community colleges.

The cost is $50.

Last year 10 players who participated got college spots.

For more information see or call (909) 396-0151.

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Chino Hills’ Tannon Snow named state softball Player of Year

Chino Hills senior Tannon Snow was named MaxPreps National Player of the Year earlier this month. So it was a no-brainer that the organization tabbed her California’s Large Schools Player of the Year.

That announcement came today and Snow was joined by several other local players including her sophomore sister Taylon.

Snow, who is headed to University of Washington, hit a state record 28 home runs in 32 games and drove in 89. Of her 62 base hits, 44 were for extra bases. She also homered 11 times in the last seven games.

Yucaipa’s Dave Kivett was named Coach of the Year as the Thunderbirds upset Mission Viejo in the CIF Division 2 title game.

Other Bulletin/Sun coverage area players named first team All-State:

P Brooke Bolinger, Sr., Yucaipa
C Paige Halstead, Sr., Los Osos
C Kelly Martinez, Jr., Yucaipa
OF Kennedy Clark, Sr., Ayala
OF Taylon Snow, Chino Hills, Soph.

Given the level of talent in the state, it’s quite significant to have that many local singled out.

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Rancho Cucamonga HS to host Team USA scrimmage

Rancho Cucamonga High School will be the site of a scrimmage featuring the USA Women’s National Volleyball team. The event is being hosted by the school in conjunction with Forza Volleyball.

It will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday. Volleyball legend Karch Kiraly, the national team coach, will conduct a question and answer session at 5:45 p.m. Players will also be available for pictures and autographs after the scrimmage.

The USA Team is currently ranked No 1 in the world and is currently preparing for a series of matches against China, one to be held at UC Irvine on June 9 and the other June 12 at Cal State San Bernardino.

“It’s a great opportunity for people in the community to see the highest level of volleyball,” says Rancho Cucamonga program head Brandon Blevins. “We’re honored to be able to have the match here at our school.”Blevins said

There is no cost of those 18-under. The admission charge for others is just $5 with that going toward team expenses.

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Prep basketball players get one last chance to excel

The Inland Valley All-Star basketball games returned after a six-year hiatus. The games were well received by players, coaches and spectators.

In the boys game, the Blue team defeated the White 106-103 , led by the efforts of Damien’s Malik Fitts.

In the girls game, Ayala’s Jackie Ricketson, named the Daily Bulletin Player of the Year last week, helped the Blue team to a 66-63 win.


Event organizer John Romagnoli, athletic director at Miller, said about 1,000 spectators took in the contests, which was considerably better than he expected.

Two special awards were handed out. The Aujali Lauder Award went to Olivia Watkins of Upland while the Marcel Burke Award went to Omar Nasri of San Dimas.

The award were named in honor of two young basketball players that left us way too early.  There were designed to go to players based on athletics, academics their positive energy and passion for the game.

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All-Star rosters announced for Inland Valley Classic

Redlands East Valley’s Chris Harper is scheduled to play for the blue team

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.

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
Coach: 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
Coach: 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
Coach: 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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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.

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