Los Osos defensive end chooses Yale

Los Osos High School defensive lineman Michael West has decided on a college. It’s Yale.

West visited that school the second week of December and also took a trip to Brown. He also had a visit planned to Dartmouth but canceled that after making up his mind on Yale. He plans to major in engineering.

“I have been a good student all of my life and I’m looking forward to continuing that,” West said. “I know it will be a challenge. One reason I really liked the school was the resources it has in place to help students.”

Yale went 5-5 last year under second-year coach Anthony Reno. West will be part of his second recruiting class.

“I liked the coach and players and the program is building. I am looking forward to being part of it,” West added.

West was a first-team All-Baseline League selection. The 6-2, 195-pounder totaled 41 tackles, 7 sacks, 1 fumble recovery, 2 caused fumbles and 2 blocked field goals.

He holds a 4.4 grade-point average.

Inland Empire Basketball Classic starts today

Do you want to get your fill of high school basketball? Well this is your week as the Inland Empire Classic gets underway at several area high schools.

The will be 24 teams competing, beginning with pool play. each pool has three teams. Later in the week the winners of each pool advance to elimination play.

Here are the pools and schedule:

Purple pool - RancSo Cucamonga, Fontana, Canyon Springs
Black – Miller, Colton, Corona Santiago
Red – Colony, Rialto, Silverado
Navy – Los Osos, 29 Palms, Sunny Hills
Green – Upland, Apple Valley, Moreno Valley
Grey – Chino Hills, Lakeside, Alta Loma
Silver – Etiwanda, Citrus Valley, Roosevelt
White – Compton, Montclair, Redlands East Valley

Monday’s games
4 p.m. – Lakeside vs. Alta Loma at Rancho Cucamonga
4 p.m. – Montclair vs. Redlands East Valley at Miller
5:30 p.m. – Los Osos vs. 29 Palms at Rancho Cucamonga
5:30 p.m. – Citrus Valley vs. Etiwanda at Miller
5:30 p.m. – Apple Valley vs. Moreno Valley at Colony
7 p.m. – Fontana at Rancho Cucamonga
7 p.m. – Colton at Miller
7 p.m. – Silverado at Colony

Tuesday’s games
4 p.m. – Compton vs. Montclair at Colony
4 p.m. – 29 Palms vs. Sunny Hills at Upland
5:30 p.m. – Chino Hills vs. Lakeside at Colony
5:30 p.m. – Roosevelt vs. Citrus Valley at Upland
5:30 p.m. – Fontana vs. Canyon Springs at Miller
7 p.m. – Rialto at Colony
7 p.m. – Apple Valley at Upland
7 p.m. – Corona Santiago at Miller

Wednesday’s games
3 p.m. -Silverado vs. Rialto at Rancho Cucamonga
3 p.m. – Colton vs. Corona Santiago at Upland
4:30 p.m. – Los Osos vs. Sunny Hills at Rancho Cucamonga
4:30 p.m. – Compton vs. Redlands East Valley at Upland
6 p.m. – Alta Loma vs. Chino Hills at Rancho Cucamonga
6 p.m. Etiwanda vs. Roosevelt at Upland
7:30 p.m. – Canyon Springs at Rancho Cucamonga
7:30 p.m. – Moreno Valley at Upland

First-round playoff predictions

I’ve been a little under the weather this week, so I didn’t recap my picks or my record for picking last week. I will recap all of that after this week, I hope.

First round playoff picks

Moreno Valley Rancho Verde 28, Colton 20
Kaiser 28, Moreno Valley Canyon Springs 14
Paloma Valley 35, Chino 17
Summit 21, Riverside Poly 17
La Quinta 42, Chaffey 21

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Thursday’s prep football scores, Friday’s predictions

Recap of Thursday’s scores:
Etiwanda 47, Alta Loma 17
Redlands 45, Miller 0
RIdgecrest Burroughs 28, Granite HIlls 14
PREDICTIONS of Friday’s Games
Western Christian 27, Aquinas 10
Ontario Christian 31, Arrowhead Christian 17
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Martinez appearance the highlight of major cross country meet

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One of the major cross country meets of the season took place today at Glen Helen Regional Park. It was the annual Inland Empire Challenge, featuring the best of San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

So it was only appropriate that Rancho Cucamonga native Brenda Martinez was a star attraction. Martinez became the first American women ever to win a medal in the 800 meters at the World Championships when she got the bronze in August.

For more than four hours she signed autographs. We have all been to celebrity autograph cattle call signings. You’re lucky if the person looks up while quickly scribbling their name. Not only did Brenda sign, she personalized every one of them, even making sure she had the proper spelling of their first name. She talked to each of the 1,000 or so people in line and also obliged every person that wanted their photo taken with her.

The only break she took was when she had to jump up on the makeshift stage to help present awards.

The cute moment of the day came when runner Steven Cabral of San Jacinto asked if he could give her a kiss. She glanced over at husband Carlos who gave her the go ahead. She let the upstart runner give her a peck on the cheek.

On the table next to her, a monitor with the video of her 800 meter race at Worlds ran on a loop so all could see her impressive performance. Many seemed in awe of her great kick that helped her nudge out a fellow American for the bronze.

It’s great not only to have an athlete from the Inland Empire represent on the international stage, but one who wants to step up and be a role model and inspire, particularly the Hispanic community.

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CIF-SS Girls’ volleyball polls

Newest poll released Sept. 9

Division 1-AA - 1. Lakewood; 2. Los Alamitos; 3. Corona del Mar; 4. Redondo Union; 5. Long Beach Poly; 6. Marymoumt; 7. Notre Dame Academy; 8. Tesoro; 9. Mater Dei; 10 Newport Harbor

Division 1-A – 1. La Salle; 2. El Dorado; 3. Laguna Beach; 4. Bishop Montgomery; 5. Capistrano Valley; 6. San Juan Hills; 7. Thousand Oaks; 8. St. Lucy’s; 9. Louisville; 10. Anaheim Canyon.

Division 2-AA – 1. Los Osos; 2. Riverside Martin Luther King; 3. South Torrance; 4. Corona Santiago; 5. Oaks Christian; 6. North Torrance; 7. Downey; 8. Rancho Cucamonga; 9. Los Altos; 10. Alta Loma.

Division 2-A - 1. Whittier Christian; 2. Chadwick; 3. Yorba Linda; 4. Mayfield; 5. Arcadia; 6. Serrano; 7. Oxnard; 8. Troy; 9. Pasadena Poly; 10. Burbank Burroughs.

Division 2-A - 1. Whittier Christian; 2. Chadwick; 3. Yorba Linda; 4. Mayfield; 5. Arcadia; 6. Serrano; 7. Oxnard; 8. Troy; 9. Pasadena Poly; 10. Burbank Burroughs.

Division 3-AA – 1. Rim of the World; 2. Windward; 3. Santa Monica; 4. Sierra Canyon; 5. La Serna; 6. Mayfair; 7. Riverside Poly; 8. Viewpoint; 9. Quartz Hill; 10. Silverado

Division 3-A – 1. Sage Hill; 2. Templeton; 3. Aquinas; 4. St. Margaret’s 5. Ontario Christian; 6. Nipomo; 7. Crean Lutheran; 8. La Sierra Academy; 9. San Gabriel Academy; 10. San Dimas.

Division 4-AA – 1. Saddleback Valley Christian; 2. Hemet; 3. St. Paul; 4. Don Lugo; 5. Connelly; 6. Colony; 7. Ocean View; 8. Cantwell Sacred Heart; 9. San Jacinto; 10. St. Monica.

Division 4-A – 1. Pacifica Christian; 2. Cate; 3. Laguna Blanca; 4. Rolling Hills Prep; 5. Archer; 6. St. Anthony; 7. Vistamar; 8. Nordhoff; 9. Milken Community; 10. Lancaster Paraclete.

Division 5-AA - 1. Alverno; 2. Pomona Catholic; 3. Coastal Christian; 4. Lancaster Desert Christian; 5. Santa Clarita Christian; 6. La Sierra Academy; 7. Boron; 8. Upland Christian; 9. Coast Union; 10. Faith Baptist.

Division 5-A – 1. Orangewood Christian; 2. St. Monica Academy; 3. Riverside Christian; 4. Nuview Bridge; 5. West Shores; 6. Excelsior Charter; 7. Lake Arrowhead Christian; 8. Trona; 9. Pacific Lutheran; 10. Riverside Prep.

Etiwanda basketball standout headed to USC


Reigning Inland Valley Player of the Year Amy Okonkwo of Etiwanda High School has made a verbal commitment to USC.

Okonkwo averaged 15.7 points and 9.5 rebounds her first year with the Eagles (28-4) after transferring from Baseline League rival Los Osos.

She was at her best in the biggest games, scoring a season-high 28 points in the Eagles’ 73-72 win over Mater Dei, then ranked No. 1 in the nation, in the CIF Southern Section semifinal. Included in that point tally was a 3-pointer in overtime that gave her team a 67-64 lead it never relinquished.

The 6-foot-1 forward also tallied 19 against Corona Santiago in the CIF championship game and 18 against Long Beach Poly in a state playoff loss.

Okonkwo heads a group of five all headed to Division I schools. The others are point guard McKynzie Fort (Oregon), wing Alyssa Anderson (UNLV), point guard Cherise Harris (Arizona) and center Daeja Smith (Cal State Fullerton).

Rim’s top returner from CIF champion volleyball team transfers to Los Osos

Alyssa Ybanez, left, transferred from Rim of the World to Los Osos.

Alyssa Ybanez, left, transferred from Rim of the World to Los Osos.

It’s hard to imagine the Los Osos volleyball team getting much better, but that’s exactly what happened this offseason. The team that finished one win shy of the first CIF championship in school history gained two transfers, one of which helped lead her team to a CIF title last season.

Alyssa Ybanez, the 2012 Mountain Valley League offensive MVP, transferred to Los Osos along with 6-foot-1 Aquinas middle blocker Delaney Goodrich. They will join a core of players at Los Osos including the reigning Daily Bulletin Player of the Year, Cal-bound senior Ashten Smith-Gooden and Ashley Kaylor, a first team All-Valley selection last season.

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Redlands High baseball earns “Field of the Year” award

Redlands High baseball coach Estevan Valencia reported several awards his program won recently.

First, the RHS baseball field was chosen as the 2013 National High School Baseball Coaches Association Region 8 (there are only 8 regions in the country) and is up for consideration for National Field of the year. The national winner will be announced December 6.

Also, Jacob Nottingham and Angel Landazuri, who were both first team all-CIF, were named TPX Louisville Slugger All-Americans. Nottingham was a first-team all-American, Landazuri was second team.

Nottingham has started his pro career in the minors with the Houston Astros and Landazuri is headed to UC Riverside.

Other Terriers to play in college include: Sean Smith (Chico State), Anthony Aguila (Arizona Western College), Darryl Miller (football and baseball at Azusa Pacific), Hayden Haight (University of Redlands).

Michael Anderson agrees to coach Arroyo Valley girls basketball


Michael Anderson, new girls basketball coach at Arroyo Valley

Michael Anderson, new girls basketball coach at Arroyo Valley

Michael Anderson, who led Rialto High School’s girls basketball program to prominence in his five years as head coach, is the new head coach at Arroyo Valley he said.

Anderson built a 123-21 record in five years, winning at CIF-SS title in 2011 and was runner-up in the state that year. He stepped down after last season to spend time with his mother, who had suffered a stroke.

His mother lives with him, from where he can “walk to Arroyo Valley.”

Anderson said he talked to seven different schools after last season, but “Arroyo Valley was my first choice all along.”

Anderson takes over an Arroyo Valley program that went 6-20 last season and was blown out by Anderson’s Rialto squad by an average of 64 points in two San Andreas League games.

A full story will be on sbsun.com.