Another Ball brother, LaMelo, picks UCLA

From Staff Writer Michelle Gardner:

A third Ball is headed to UCLA.

No not Lonzo or younger brother LiAngelo. It’s the youngest of the family.

LaMelo Ball, 13, the youngest brother in the basketball playing family said today he too has committed to the Bruins even though he has yet to play a high school game.

“It is my dream school,” he said. “I decided to get it out of the way now instead of waiting for the future.”

Other schools looking at the youngest Ball included Virginia and Washington State but he opted to follow his brothers, although he said that wasn’t a major factor.

Lonzo, who will be a senior this fall, committed to the Bruins as a sophomore and last year as a sophomore LiAngelo did the same. All three will play together for the Huskies but they won;t be together at UCLA even for a year because Lonzo has made it known he wants to be “one and done” at UCLA.

The three brothers on the same floor will be a marquee attraction this winter. The three brothers combined for 93 points in a recent travel ball game for Big Ballers.

Here is the video from MaxPreps of that performance:

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Could Leni Toailoa go to UCLA too?

Two Toailoas to UCLA?
Well-decorated Carter linebacker Lokeni Toailoa has already committed to UCLA. Now, his brother, Leni could be joining him there. Leni, recruited as a defensive back, received a scholarship offer to join Lokeni at UCLA this week. The brothers are both seniors at Carter, although Lokeni is older.
According to coach Alex Pierce, Leni is considering the offer, even though he had already given a verbal commitment to San Jose State back in March.

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MaxPreps.com releases all-state baseball team

As we near football season, we are still getting state honors for baseball and softball.

The all-state baseball team is out, and here are some of the honorees from San Bernardino County and Inland Valley

BASEBALL

Large Schools, first team
Bailey Falter, Sr., P, Chino Hills
Chris Ceballos, Sr., OF, Chino Hills

Large Schools, second team
Kyle Isbel, Sr., INF, Etiwanda

Medium Schools
Player of the year: Peter Lambert, Sr., P, San Dimas
First Team
Peter Lambert, Sr., P, San Dimas
RJ Peace, Sr., OF, Serrano
Hazahel Quijada, Sr., Util, San Gorgonio
Jacob Castillo, Jr., Util, San Dimas

Second team
Soloman Bates, Sr., INF, Oak Hills
Saxon Andross, Jr., OF, Serrano

Small Schools
First Team
Kaleb Murphy, Sr., C, Excelsior

Second Team
Cameron Wilson, So., INF, Excelsior

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Cajon girls basketball wins Cal State San Bernardino Tournament

Cajon 2015 girls basketball summer league champion photo

For the 13th year in a row, Cajon’s girls basketball won the Cal State San Bernardino Tournament. The tournament was last weekend and Cajon defeated Riverside Poly 80-20, South El Monte 64-35, Serrano 65-35 and Hillcrest 56-21 to win the tournament. Included on the team are 3 returning all-county players: Player of the Year Kayla Washington as well as first-team players Tyra and Tyla Turner.  Returning players Dezarae Embry, Jada Johnson and Haylee Saurette along with newcomers Deja McBath, Haylee Howard-Radde and Adriana Teque were part of the team.

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Citrus Belt League spring all-league teams

It doesn’t appear that these Citrus Belt League all-league teams were posted before so here they are:
2015 Citrus Belt League baseball2015 Citrus Belt League softball

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REV coach James Cordes reflects on loss of Ed Castro

Redlands East Valley baseball coach James Cordes is writing a diary for the Redlands Daily Facts about his experiences about coaching in the Cape Cod League this summer. While much of his column is about his Cape Cod experience, I wanted to publish what Cordes wrote about Ed.

Late ex-Daily Facts reporter Ed Castro

From James Cordes: “I also wanted to take a moment to reflect on Ed Castro, having lost him last week. I worked with Ed for the past four years, always pleased when he was able to cover our games or write a feature on the Wildcats. He was a rare find these days – an on-the-job sports journalist doing his best to cover a demanding city with as much equity and responsibility as possible.

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REV coach James Cordes

My father is a man of the same cut – he has been a sports editor and reporter for 40 years in Sun Valley, Idaho. Each spring when he and my mother visit, my father would always go out of his way to stop into the Daily Facts office and say hello to Ed. They seemed to have a mutual respect for each other, making their way in a seemingly thankless job.
I wish the print journalism industry wasn’t racing towards extinction as quickly as it is. But, with men such as we had with Ed, it continues to hang on and maintain relevance.
Rest in peace, Ed. You will be missed.”

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Cal-Hi Sports’ all-state softball teams are out

Does it seem like there is an endless number of awards for some of our area softball players? It does to me, I guess because our softball is so good in this area. This might be one of the last, the Cal-Hi Sports all-state team:

All-state players from San Bernardino County

1st Team
Paige Halstead, Sr., C, Los Osos
Brooke Bolinger, Sr., P, Yucaipa
Tannon Snow, Sr., INF, Chino Hills
Zoe Casas, Sr., OF, Aquinas
Kennedy Clark, Sr., OF, Ayala

2nd team:
Kelly Martinez, Jr., C, Yucaipa
Eliyah Flores, So., INF, Grand Terrace
Taylon Snow, So., OF, Chino Hills
Cierra Schick, Sr., Multi-purpose, Los Osos

3rd team
Taylor Troost, Sr., P, Citrus Valley
Tiffany Kennedy-Cummings, Sr., Multi-Purpose, Chino

Medium Schools First Team
Eliyah Flores, So., INF, Grand Terrace

Medium Schools 2nd Team
Melanie Olmos, So., Multi-purpose, Grand Terrace

Small Schools First Team
Allie Hotetz, Sr., P, Aquinas
Zoe Casas, Sr., OF, Aquinas
Madison Paige, Jr., OF, Ontario Christian

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Etiwanda and Summit football will have more at stake in rivalry

Etiwanda and Summit High Schools are separated by just 3.53 miles. So it only makes sense that the Eagles and SkyHawks play for more than just bragging rights.

Starting this year they will. All the details are being ironed out but the Sept. 4 game will be called the “Fight for 15,” or some variation thereof. It is in reference to the fact that the two are opposite sides of that particular freeway.

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Etiwanda coach Kevin Davis, who came over after two years as offensive coordinator at Colony, graduated from Etiwanda in 1997. He also previously served as assistant there and remembers talk about establishing such a game back then.

So one of the first things he did upon getting the head job was calling Summit counterpart Nick Matheny and asking his opinion on the matter. As expected, Matheny was on board. It didn’t take much to rally support for the idea from the administration at both schools.

Summit uses Miller as its home field and Etiwanda has used Miller as its home field when playing Fontana schools, so the game will be played there.

“I took it to my guys and they really loved the idea,” Davis said. “The schools are so close the kids all know each other. Everyone loves rivalry games so why not do it?”

Last year the teams played to a 6-6 tie, the game cut short prematurely by a power failure early in the fourth quarter.

“After that game it seemed like the perfect time to start it,” Davis said.

“Last year I surprised at just how big that game was,” Matheny said. “It was a great atmosphere. The kids all know each other and the schools are close so it is a game we should keep playing.”

It will be the second game of the season for Etiwanda which opens the season against Norco on Aug. 28. It will be the opener for Summit which plays a scrimmage against Jurupa Valley, also on Aug. 28.

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Memories of Late Daily Facts Reporter Ed Castro

I really enjoyed working with Ed Castro (who passed away Tuesday night) during his time at the Daily Facts. Since the Sun and Daily Fats both cover Redlands and we’re the same company, we’d trade information, coordinate coverage and sometimes even be at the same events. That included several REV football games last year.

It also included the Arrowhead Christian championship game and we shared a motel room in Nipomo. That one didn’t end too well. I was leaving early on Sunday morning, while Ed was going to stay in the area to watch football with some friends. He awoke on Sunday to find me, about ready to leave, and a maintenance person mopping up after I flooded the bathroom (don’t ask). Ed would only give me a hard time about it when I brought it up. But he was a good guy who didn’t seem bothered.
Ed was a good guy who worked hard, cared about sports in Redlands had a great sense of humor and was very humble. He could be a bit insecure, because while he covered the day-to-day events in Redlands, I would come in and cover the bigger events, and he would refer to me, with perhaps a bit of sarcasm as “The A Team.” Ed, you were the real A team.
Here are some memories of Ed

First, Ed’s greatest “hit.” He took this video at the opening of an ACA football game and stood in there until he got the shot. The video went viral.

Click below, to read tweets from the Redlands community about Ed’s passing.
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Tannon Snow named Maxpreps National player of the Year

Chino Hills High School shortstop Tannon Snow admits keeping the secret wasn’t easy. And this was a really big secret.
The Washington-bound standout has been named MaxPreps National Player of the Year, meaning she’s the best player in the entire country.
A representative called her a month or so ago to do the interview but the announcement didn’t come until last night. So word is out now, finally!

“I kept wondering when it was going to come out so I could tell people,” she said. “It’s truly an honor with all the great players that had great years. It’s awesome. I don’t even know what to say.”
Snow, an all-Sun selection put up just insane offensive numbers. In 32 games she hit a state-record 28 home runs and drove in a state-record 89 runs. She added 13 doubles and three triples so 44 of her 62 hits were for extra bases. She batted .573 and walked 16 times, with a slugging percentage of 1.513 and an unheard-of OPS of 2.129.
Snow’s numbers made her a strong candidate but some of the other top honors from other outlets went to other players, mainly due to the Huskies only getting to the CIF-SS quarterfinals.
“Our team didn’t go as far so I thought maybe those other players had the edge,” she said.
There are still more impressive numbers for Snow: in 21 games, she had two or more base hits. She drove in a teammate in 27 of Chino Hills 32 games and in 22 of the games she drove home more than two.
Snow homered in 19 games and had eight multi-homer games. Twice during the season, she homered in five or more games in a row. She hit three home runs and drove in seven runs in one game.
But the most amazing statistic is that in her final seven games, she homered 11 times
In addition to new state single-season  records for homers and RBI, Snow set state career records with 60 home runs and 212 RBIs and set a CIF-SS record for 21 doubles in a season.

The other locals also earned first-team honors with strong seasons.
Among the other players who landed on first team, earning All-American honors were pitcher Brooke Bolinger of Yucaipa, The Sun’s Player of the Year, and Taylor McQuillan of Mission Viejo, whose teams met in the CIF Division 2 title game.
Bolinger led Yucaipa to a 31-3 record and the Southern Section Division 2 title, beating undefeated and then-No. 1 Mission Viejo, 1-0. She had 306 strikeouts with a 0.26 ERA and limited opponents to a .088 batting average. She will attend University of Nevada.

Paige Halstead of Los Osos was named first team All-American at catcher. The USA Junior National Team member batted .568, scored 38 times and had 36 RBIs. She has signed with UCLA.
Zoe Casas of Aquinas is the fourth San Bernardino County player making the first-team. The Florida State-committed senior batted .736 with 64 hits, giving her a state record 251 base hits. In 105 games, she scored 193 runs and struck out just three times. For her four seasons at Aquinas, she batted .681.

–Written mostly by Michelle Gardner. Tweaked and edited by Pete Marshall

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