CIF-SS Girls Swimming Championships Preview

High school athletes from the CIF Southern Section will jump into the pool throughout the week at Riverside City College for the 2016 swim finals.

On the Division 2 girls side, Ayala’s Kenisha Liu and Redlands’ Melissa Pepper return with the hope of capping off their high school careers on top.

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Redlands East Valley swimming sets school record

Citrus Belt League >> Redlands East Valley won a school record 15 titles, including the girls 400 freestyle relay by Emily Longfellow, Autumn D’Arcy, Emily Rigsby and Sydney Benveniste. Jack Moyles won the boys 100 breaststroke event for REV. Redlands High School’s Niki Proctor won the girls 100 breaststroke event while Melissa Pepper won the 50 free with a time of 24.70 seconds.
Baseline League >> Chino Hills’ Michael Tenney finished first in the boys 200 and 500 yard freestyle events at the Baseline League Championship meet. Rachel Forbes of Los Osos finished first in the girls 200 and 500 free. Richie Campbell of Damien had first place finishes in the 50 and 100 free events.
Palomares League >> The Bulldogs’ defending CIF State Champion, Kenisha Liu, finished first in the 100 and 200 meter freestyle events at the Palomares League Championships. Liu finished with a time of 1 minute and 46.73 seconds in the 200, six seconds ahead of Katie Sulkevich of Glendora. In the 100, Liu finished with a three second lead over Glendora’s Catherine Sanchez with a time of 49.87.

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Citrus Belt League 2015-16 winter all-league teams

Finally posted, all of the Citrus Belt League all-league teams for winter 2015-16

2016 Citrus Belt boys basketball-2

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VIDEOS: Carter’s Kenny Clark is taken by Green Bay Packers in NFL draft

4 videos below from Carter HS/UCLA product Kenny Clark’s draft party.

First, having already received the phone call from the Green Bay Packers, Kenny, friends and family wait to hear the pick announced:

Below, he talks about whether he expected to go in the first round and whether he was surprised to be picked by the Packers.

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Victor Valley’s Reggie Lawson is done pitching

Victor Valley senior pitcher/infielder Reggie Lawson’s pitching season is over.

According to a text sent by his coach, A.J. LeDay, Lawson is “done for (the) season.” LeDay didn’t elaborate as to why, but last week said Lawson was day-to-day.

Lawson, who signed with Arizona State, was ranked as the No. 26 draft prospect by Baseball America. According to maxpreps.com, the 6-foot-4, 190-pound right-hander last pitched April 5. He has continued to play infield in the absence of pitching.

This season, Lawson is 3-0 with a 1.20 ERA and 43 strikeouts in 35 innings. He is batting .469 with one home run, 13 runs scored and nine RBIs, but his draft prospects are primarily as a pitcher.

Of course many people speculate as to what the problem is. I don’t know, so I won’t toss out guesses.

Many think Lawson will be a first round pick in early June, but how will this news affect that? Regardless of the reason, scouts will want to know why Lawson stopped pitching. Is it serious or just precautionary? Will they get medical reports (if there are any)? Will he throw a side session just before the draft just to show scouts he’s worthy of a high draft pick?

All that remains to be seen. But it’s possible, if his draft stock falls, that the (temporary) loss for pro baseball will be Arizona State’s gain.

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Results from the IE Track and Field Championship

Michael Norman of Vista Murrieta set a meet record with a time of 10.28 seconds in the 100-meter dash.

Citrus Valley’s Claire Graves held a brief lead before Sultana’s Stefani Gaskell surged ahead and wouldn’t be reeled in. Gaskell held off a strong kick from Graves to win in 10:52.00, which was .75 ahead of the Citrus Valley junior. Yucaipa’s Delaney Ellsworth was third (10:53.32).

The Redlands East Valley girls 400-meter relay team of Azariyah Scott, Madelynn Gray, Arian Brown and Emerald Bowens held off Rancho Verde to win the relay in what Bowens said was a school-record time of 47.85 seconds.

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Summit’s Jennifer Sandoval signs with San Jose State


Jennifer Sandoval liked the sport first, then realized it could be the means to an end.
Sandoval, the standout cross country and track and field runner, signed Friday with San Jose State.
“I felt like it was the right fit for me because … I got along well with the team,” she said. “I saw how their atmosphere was and their work ethic, and I really liked that.”
Sandoval was the Daily Bulletin runner of the year and a first-team runner for The Sun last cross country season when she finished fourth overall in Division II at the CIF State Championships at Woodward Park in Fresno. She completed the course with a time of 17 minutes, 32.8 seconds.
Sandoval said she had several scholarship offers, but wanted a full scholarship, which many of them were not willing to give. In the end, it was between San Jose State and Azusa Pacific.
“I know I’m going to need to get faster, I want to run three miles in the 16s,” she said. “So I’ll be OK when I run the longer distances in college.”
Not only does she expect to run cross country for the Spartans, she said she said in track she could run the 5,000 meter, 10,000 meter and/or 3,000 meter steeplechase.

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REV’s Jaelan Phillips names Top 5

Redlands East Valley’s Jaelan Phillips announced that he has narrowed his list of 19 college offers down to five with the announcement of his top choice to follow tomorrow at noon.
Phillip’s Top 5 includes four schools from the PAC-12 (Washington, Stanford, UCLA and USC) and Notre Dame being the fifth.
UCLA has been a dream school for Phillips and a program that has drawn the interest of several Inland Empire athletes, especially the last few years. 
It would be hard to rule out Stanford as a contender, a place Phillips could fit right in as a student-athlete seeing as how he holds a highly regarded grade point average at REV. Phillips made two trips to the University, one of which was for a junior day event on Feb. 27.
While five schools have reached the final round of the Phillips’ sweepstakes, it is the end of the road for some highly touted programs such as Alabama, LSU, Florida and Michigan.

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Aquinas girls basketball coach Ron Simmons resigns

BY LANDON NEGRI
STAFF WRITER
Ron Simmons has stepped down as Aquinas girls basketball coach after nine seasons, and assistant Xavier Gomez will replace him, Simmons confirmed Wednesday.
Simmons will continue his position as vice principal at Aquinas, he said. Gomez previously coached at Riverside Notre Dame for 17 years.
Aquinas went 25-2 this season, earned an Ambassador League co-championship and No. 1 seed in the Division 5AA playoffs but was upset in the quarterfinals by eventual Division V state finalist Sun Valley Village Christian.
Under Simmons, a former standout guard at Yucaipa in the late 1980s, the Falcons reached the Southern Section semifinals twice and reached the second round of the state tournament two years ago.
“I need to focus on some personal things – things I have been putting aside for a long time,” Simmons said. “I’ll miss it a lot. The team was a part of my family and that’s kind of the way we ran our program.”

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Ambassador League all-league teams: basketball, soccer

Loma Linda-Aquinas

Loma Linda Academy’s Corinne Atiga is guarded by Aquinas’ Madison Ybarra during a January game.

All-AMBASSADOR LEAGUE

BOYS BASKETBALL

Player of Year: Alex Wright, Jr., Woodcrest Christian
Coach of Year: Scott Mossman, Woodcrest Christian
Sportsmanship Award: Loma Linda Academy

First team
Hezekiah Banks, Sr., Woodcrest Christian
Dondre Bausley, Fr., Notre Dame
Matthew Brown, Jr., Arrowhead Christan
Michael Camacho, Sr., Loma Linda Academy
Marcus Felder, Jr., Aquinas
David Garman, Sr., Woodcrest Christian
Alex Gishwiller, Jr., Ontario Christian
Daniel Hill, Sr., Loma Linda Academy
Anthony Holland, Fr., Notre Dame
Richard Serrano, Sr., Linfield Christian
Jonny Tillman, Jr., Woodcrest Christian
Jake Tsai, Sr., Loma Linda Academy
Alexander White, Jr., Linfield Christian

Second team
Darien Addison, Soph., Aquinas
Brendan Conrad, Jr., Ontario Christian
Corbin Edelbach, Sr., Loma Linda Academy
Sam Fu, Sr., Western Christian
Raymond Gonzalez, Sr., Aquinas
Justin Myhre, Sr., Woodcrest Christian
Vicente Perez, Jr., Notre Dame
Joey Prudencio, Sr., Linfield Christian
Masol Robbins, Soph., Notre Dame
Justin Strikwerda, Jr., Arrowhead Christian

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Player of Year: Jenna Preston, Sr., Aquinas
Coach of Year: Lucio Camacho
Sportsmanship Award: Woodcrest Christian

First team
Corinne Atiga, Sr., Loma Linda Academy
Jenna Bartholomew, Jr., Western Christian
Megan Burt, Jr., Aquinas
Maci Chen, Jr., Loma Linda Academy
Kamryn Eigersma, Soph., Arrowhead Christian
Michaella Elad, Sr., Aquinas
Cece Ewing, Sr., Loma Linda Academy
Brianna Mendoza, Sr., Notre Dame
Giovanna Mendoza, Sr., Notre Dame
Sydney Moran, Fr., Linfield Cristian
McKenna Prater, Sr., Woodcrest Christian
Shireen Qishta, Sr., Western Christian
Madison Ybarra, Soph., Aquinas

Second team
Naya Alkhouri, Fr., Aquinas
Jackie Agustines, Jr.,m Loma Linda Academy
Brooke Cortez, Sr., Western Christian
Ashley Dawson, Sr., Aquinas
Taylor Olsen, Soph., Woodcrest Christian
Jenna Mesman, Jr., Ontario Christian
Cassie Peterson, Jr., Loma Linda Academy
Gloria Serna, Sr., Notre Dame
Roxy Standsberry, Sr., Arrowhead Christian
Hannah Thalmayer, Jr., Arrowhead Christian

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