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 www.TheCollegeExpo.org 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.

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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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Miller’s John Romagnoli driving force behind All-Star game return

VIDEO: Miller athletic director John Romagnoli talks about bringing back the All-Star game.

Miller High School Athletic Director John Romagnolli has been working on bringing back the former Daily Bulletin All-Star basketball games for the last two years.

He wanted to to have it again for the first time since 2009 last year but the plans weren’t quite in place and he didn’t want to have it just to have it if it couldn’t be a top-notch event.

Well it will make a long-await return a week from Sunday, April 19th at Miller High School.

The teams were honored with a breakfast/lunch today at the Jesse Turner Community Center in Fontana. They’ll practice next week.

There is representation from schools as far East as Banning and as far West as Covina Charter Oak and some from the High Desert. So those chosen are in select company. There will be 13 players on each of the two boys teams and girls teams so everyone will get to play.

The cross section of players also means student-athletes will get to play with and get to know others they might not have crossed paths with.

The Ajalee Lauder and Marcel Burke awards are being brought back. Those awards/scholarships are in memory of two young players who left this world way too early.

Lauder’s mother Bethel Trice, the girls coach at Jurupa Hills, will coach one of the girls teams – nice touch.

There are a lot of all-star games out there. But Romagnoli, previously the boys’ basketball coach at Miller, is setting this one up as something special. He has done a great job of that and the best is yet to come.

Boost Mobile has stepped up as a sponsor, as has IE Sports Net.

We’ll be posting updated rosters for the teams next week.

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Upland’s Vincent Elefante chooses Sacramento State

Upland High School football standout Vincent Elefante has committed to Sacramento State. He broke the news via Twitter today.

Elefante has been to the school twice, once for a summer football camp and another time during the regular season when it played Montana State.

He was shown around campus by former Upland teammate Trevor Wright, who is just starting his sophomore year here there.

“I really liked it there and think it’s a good place to take my game to the next level,” he said.

Elefante played defensive end the past season for the Highlanders but expects to move to defensive tackle.

He also had considered Weber State and New Mexico, both places he had official visits scheduled for later this month.

Elefante was a first-team All-Inland Valley and Baseline League selection. The 6-foot-4, 280-pounder registered 43 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 fumbles caused and one fumble recovery.

He plans to major in anatomy/physiology or communications.

The Hornets went 7-5 overall and 4-4 in the Big Sky Conference the past season.

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Bloomington Christian to host girls basketball tournament

Several local teams will be taking part in a girls basketball tournament Dec. 26-30 at Bloomington Christian. Here’s the run down.

Pool A –Jurupa Valley, Riverside Prep, Ontario, Bloomington, Glendale Adventist.
Pool B – Carter, Pacific, San Bernardino, Pomona, Bloomington Christian.

Pool play games Dec. 26
1:30 p.m. – Glendale Adventist
3 p.m. – Carter vs. Pacific
4:30 p.m. – Jurupa Valley vs. Riverside Prep
6 – Bloomington vs. ONtario
7:30 p.m. – Bloomington Chr. vs. San Bernardino
Dec. 27
1:30 p.m. – Carter vs. Pomona
3 p.m. – Bloomington vs. Jurupa Valley
4 p.m. San Bernardino vs. Ontario
6 p.m. – Glendale Adv vs. Riverside Prep
7:30 p.m. – Pacific vs. Bloomington Chr.
Dec. 29
1:30 p.m. – Riverside Prep vs. Ontario
3 p.m. – San Bernardino vs. Bloomington
4:30 p.m. – Glendale Adv vs. Jurupa Valley
7:30 p.m. – Carter vs. Bloomington Chr.
Dec. 30
1:30 p.m. – 5th in Pool B vs. 5th in Pool1
3 p.m. – 4th in Pool B vs. 4th in Pool 1
4:30 p.m. – 3rd in Pool B vs. 3rd in Pool 1
6 p.m. – 2nd in Pool B vs. 2nd Pool A
7:30 p.m. – 1st in Pool B vs. 1st in Pool A

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