Ambassador League softball honors are out

Player of Year - Zoe Casas, Aquinas
Pitcher of Year - Allie Hotetz, Aquinas
Coach of Year – Chris Ybarra, Aquinas
Sportsmanship Award - Western Christian

First team
Jackie Agustines, Fr., Loma Linda
Julie Brackett, Sr., Woodcrest Christian
Martisa Cardona, Jr., Aquinas
Kylie Dazalla, Jr., Aquinas
Cortney Ducharm, Fr., Calvary Murrieta
Mackenzie Hammer, Sr., Woodcrest Christian
Nicole Hooyenga, Sr., Arrowhead Christian
Haylee Klosterman, Soph., Ontario Christian
Lauren Mara, Sr., Woodcrest Christian
Sarah McWaters, Soph., Calvary Murrieta
Yoselin Navarro, Sr., Aquinas
Madison Paige, Soph., Ontario Christan
Areana Ramos, Jr., Ontario Christian
Morgan Santana, Jr., Ontario Christian

Second team
Erica Almarez, Jr., Aquinas
McKenna Arvin, Jr., Aquinas
Ashley Ekberg, Fr., Woodcrest Christian
Casey Jacob, Soph., Ontario Christian
Ciera Luna, Jr., Aquinas
Amanda Malinowski, Sr., Arrowhead Christian
Ilana Mayer, Sr., Westarn Christian
Anyssa Medina, Sr., Ontario Christian
Andie Olson, Sr., Western Christian
Molly Paschall, Sr., Linfield Christian
Bri Savant, Jr., Calvary Murrieta
Jasmin Valenzuela, Jr., Aquinas
Ariana Zaragoza, Fr., Ontario Christian

Baseline League track and field champions

BOYS
100: 1. Tyrin Wells (Upland) 10.92
200: 1. Antonio Woodard (Upland) 21.68
400: 1. Antonio Woodard (Upland) 48.48
800: 1. Parker Saele (Glendora) 2:00.76
1,600: 1. Mat Holton ( Rancho Cucamonga) 4:28.66
3,200: 1. Mat Holton (Rancho Cucamonga) 9:52.33
4×100 relay: 1. Upland 42.72
110 HH: 1. Joseph Anderson (Upland) 14.32
300 IH: 1. Aidan Christensen (Los Osos) 40.26
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Battle for the Baseline coming up Saturday at Loan Mart Field

The annual Battle of the Baseline is coming up on Saturday with all six teams in action at Loan Mart Field.

The schedule – Glendora (10-4, 3-0) vs. Alta Loma (7-6, 0-4), 11 a.m.; Los Osos (4-7, 1-3) vs. Etiwanda (8-4, 2-1), 2 p.m.; Upland (13-1, 3-1) vs. Rancho Cucamonga (6-7, 2-2), 5 p.m.

The teams are so close geographically it always makes for a great competitive rivalry no matter who is playing who.

Most agree there is a long way to go with little decided this early. Los Osos has struggled uncharacteristically but the Grizzlies will likely still be there in the end.

Alta Loma looked solid in non-league play and was even ranked but has struggled since league play started.

But at this point no one is out of contention.

“There is still so many games to play,” Etiwanda coach Don Furnald says. “The team that wins could still have four or five losses. There is so much balance.”

Upland is ranked fifth in CIF Division 2 while Glendora is 10th, also in Division 2.

Charity basketball game this Saturday at Los Osos

The fight against cancer is personal for Los Osos High School boys basketball coach Dave Smith. Five years ago he was diagnosed with Stage 4 Colo-Rectal and given 12-18 months to live.

Well he is now cancer free, and trying to help those afflicted by the disease.

He has started the Hoops for Hope charity event which will be held on Saturday at Los Osos High School. It will feature 10 teams, mostly from area fire departments. They’ll play in a double-elimination basketball tournament, the first game set for 10 a.m. and the final taking place about 5:30 p.m.

It’s a family event with music, a bounce house for kids and concessions also available.

Each team is paying $750. There is no “admission” charge but a suggested $10 donation at the door. The event has raised $90,000 in the previous four years so Smith expects the running total to easily eclipse six figures this year.

Proceeds go toward San Antonio Hospital Cancer Research Center and City of Hope as well as a third local designation.

The Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga and Chino fire departments have participated every year. Among the other entrants are San Bernardino County fire and San Antonio Hospital. Los Osos will also have a team of coaches participating.

Smith says he’d like to possibly expand the event in the future to include 12 teams. There was talk of having two sites if enough teams entered but Smith would prefer not to break it up into two.

He also started the event in honor of Chip Smith, a former Ontario firefighter who was undergoing treatment at the same time he was but wasn’t fortunate enough to survive. He passed away the night of the first tournament.

All-CIF selections announced for football

The All-CIF selections have just been announced and there are a lot of locals that have earned recognition. Here’s the list of locals by divisions:

Mid-Valley Division
Offensive Player of Year – Joseph Mayorga, San Dimas
Defensive Player of Year – Bobby Rios, San Dimas
Coach of the Year – Bill Zernickow, San Dimas
Others locals named – Desmond Bobo, Pomona; Joey Erickson, San Dimas; Fasuto Martinez, San Dimas; Jared Trujillo, San Dimas; Shawn Wilson, Pomona; Mike Zapata, San Dimas.

East Valley Division
Offensive Player of Year
– Damian Wright, Jurupa Hills
Coach of the Year – Ed McMillon, Jurupa Hills
Other locals named – Eric Banks, Jurupa Hills; Lionel Crosby, Jurupa Hills; Ricardo De La Torre, Jurupa Hills; Santana Diaz, Big Bear; Tyler Drake, Jurupa Hills; David Falefitu, Twentynine Palms; Justin Hardin, Rim of the World; Brad Hargis, Western Chr.; Brandon Hatfield, Ontario Chr.; Andrew Henry, Western Chr.; Shiloh Hurd, Citrus Valley; Brett Kokesh, Citrus Valley; Carter McDonough, Big Bear; Brad Mowbray, Arrowhead Chr.; Nikolas Navarro, Jurupa Hills; Leland Orrin, Western Chr.; Sarkis Panossian, Western Chr.; Tre Prudhomme, Big Bear; Kourde Roberts, Jurupa Hills; Taylan Seaman, Big Bear; Blake Smith, Big Bear; Joshua Sparks, Jurupa Hills; Titus Stewart, Western Christian; Jamie Taylor, Rim of the World; Matt Thompson, Arrowhead Chr.; Derek Van Leeuwen, Ontario Chr.; Talo Wilson, Twentynine Palms; John Wood, Western Chr.

Inland Division
Local players named
- Matteo Biscotti, Redlands East Valley; Terry Clarendon, Eisenhower; Chazz Eldridge, Chino Hills; Tawon Green, Eisenhower; Tyler Hilinski, Upland; Matalei Kauvaka, Upland; Tate Larson, Damien; Malik Lovette, Redlands East Valley; Artuz Manning, Rancho Cucamonga; Micah St. Andrews, Eisenhower; Brandon Scott, Yucaipa; Chris Unga, Rancho Cucamonga; Trevor Wright, Upland.

Eastern Division
Local players named
– Malik Anderson, San Gorgonio; Augustine Beltran, Silverado; Grant Coonce, Serrano; Chris Crummel, Hesperia; Xavier Dehaler, Serrano; Dante Finney, San Gorgonio; Jay Henderson, Serrano; Sana Jenkins, Silverado; Dillon Jennies, Oak Hills; Trevon Lee, Carter; John Macksey, Serrano; Brandon Mapstead, Apple Valley; Geno Mastandrea, Oak Hills; Maurice McKnight, Arroyo Valley; Nathan Meadors, San Gorgonio; Chance Padilla, Silverado; Tahir Rashed-Mills, San Gorgonio; Julian Rodriguez, San Gorgonio;

Central Division
Local players named
– Fran Cole, Kaiser; Kyle Curry, Colony; Jonathan Guzman, Kasier; Devin Imbach, Colony; Brendan Hadley, Colony; Clayton Howard, Kaiser; Joshua Johnson, Kaiser; Ryan Kinard, Colony; Weslee Lewis, Kasier; Daniel Tesimale, Colony; Jonathan Trucks, Colony; Haketeli Tuivai, Colony; Augie Vega, Colton.

Southeast Division
Local players named
– Tyler Brown, Diamond Bar; Will Bryan, Diamond Ranch; Kammy Delp, Diamond Ranch; Matt Preston, Diamond Ranch.

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

CENTRAL DIVISION
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:
BASELINE LEAGUE
Etiwanda 47, Alta Loma 17
CITRUS BELT LEAGUE
Redlands 45, Miller 0
DESERT SKY LEAGUE
RIdgecrest Burroughs 28, Granite HIlls 14
PREDICTIONS of Friday’s Games
AMBASSADOR LEAGUE
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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