Girls Cross Country: Nunez a step above


Runnner of the year: Jessica Nunez
School: South Hills
Grade: Junior
Notable: Nunez finished the season the way she began – as the top girls runner in the area. She opened the fall by winning the Fastback Shootout at Mt. San Antonio College and completed it with a solid showing at the CIF State cross country championships. In between were solid performances, including a personal best time of 16 minutes, 55 seconds at the Woodbridge Invitational, where she finished sixth overall. Her season began on a hot and sunny day in Walnut at the Fastback Shootout on Sept. 8, when she turned in a stunning time of 11:33 to take first. But more importantly to her, she beat rival Hillary Hayes of Edison High School, who finished 18 seconds behind. She then went to Woodbridge and finished a strong sixth with a personal record of 16:55. Nunez was the dominant runner in the San Antonio League, earning MVP honors after sweeping several league meets and finishing first at league finals with a steady 18:11 time. She followed that up with a sixth-place finish in the Division II race at the CIF-SS championships with a time of 17:43. Nunez concluded the season with a 13th-place finish and a time of 18:26 at the state
Quotable: “The highlight for me was at the Woodbridge Invitational. I really wanted to use that (event as a barometer) and I was really pleased to run that 16:55.”

Coach of the year: Dave McKissick, South Hills

First Team
Marissa Horton, St. Lucy’s, Fr.
Liz Zuniga, South Hills, Jr.
Angela Tu, Wilson, Jr.
Lenore Moreno, West Covina, Sr.
Natalie Decamp, Charter Oak, So.

Second Team
Lauren Justus, Glendora, Jr.
Amanda Camarillo, South Hills, Jr.
Priscilla Llanos, Rowland, Fr.
Reina Sotelo, Los Altos, So.
Heather Jackson, Bonita, Fr.

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Boys Cross Country: Perez outran them all


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Runner of the year: Jason Perez
School: South El Monte
Grade: Sophomore
Notable: The sophomore enjoyed a breakout season and finished with a steady performance at the CIF-State championships. Perez, despite his youth, was the area’s lone qualifier to the state meet in Fresno, placing 31st in the Division III race with a solid run of 16 minutes, 20 seconds. His road to Fresno was paved by winning the
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Mission Valley League title and qualifying for the state meet by finishing 11th with a time of 15:44 at the CIF-Southern Section championships. He also had the best time of his career with a 15:26 earlier in the season.
Quotable: “I was so thrilled to race at (the state championships). It was amazing. It started a whole new chapter in my life. It was a super year, and I’m only a sophomore, so I think next year I have a good shot at winning (a state title).”

Coach of the year: Sonia Ayala, South El Monte

First Team
Andrew Centeno, South El Monte, Sr.
Thomas Finnigan, Glendora, Sr.
Brad Hernandez, Los Altos, Sr.
Eduardo Hernandez, Rowland, Sr.
Ricardo Rodriguez, La Puente, Sr.

Second Team
Sean Davidson, Walnut, Sr.
Joey Divizia, Glendora, Sr.
Randy Gonzalez, Bishop Amat, Sr.
Micah Ramos, Western Christian, Sr.
Simon Wong, Arroyo, Sr.

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Is Roche really done? It sure sounds like it

By Pete Marshall, Bulletin Staff Writer
CHINO HILLS – This time, Terry Roche said, he’s really done.
Roche announced his resignation as Chino Hills High School football coach and apparently ended one of the most successful head coaching careers in the area.
Roche, 56, will remain at the school as a work experience teacher, although he plans to retire from teaching in the next few years.
“I’m just getting a little bit older,” Roche said. “And I’m not as passionate as I’d like to be. I figured it’s time. It’s been a great seven years.”
Roche is the only head football coach the school has known since it opened with freshmen only in 2001.
In five varsity seasons at Chino Hills, Roche compiled a 39-15-1 record and took the Huskies to the playoffs four out of five years. The best season at Chino Hills was 2005, when the Huskies went 11-1. Chino Hills failed to make the playoffs in 2007.
Roche’s career record was 223-82-7, including stints at Chino Hills, Diamond Bar, Bellflower St. John Bosco, Ontario and Chowchilla high schools.
At Diamond Bar, Roche won four CIF-Southern Section titles, in 1984, ’95, ’98 and ’99, three of which were perfect 14-0 seasons. His Diamond Bar teams had a 27-game win streak in 1984-85 and a 26-game win streak in 1999-2000.
He stepped down after Diamond Bar lost in the 2000 CIF-SS semifinals to eventual champion Upland.
“That time, I left the door open (for a return),” Roche said. “It’s not open any more.”
Roche initially was only helping Chino Hills with the search for a new coach, but then became a candidate.
The only door Roche said will remain open is that of an assistant coach, if the new coach wants Roche to help.
“Coach Roche has built a solid program and never had a losing season here at Chino Hills High School,” Chino Hills principal Carl Hampton said in a statement. “We are grateful to him for all that he has brought to the program and our students. We look forward to having him continue to serve on our staff.”
Roche would like to have input on the hiring of a new coach and said he expected one or more of his assistants to apply.
“I’d hope I’d have a little bit of input,” he said. “You never know. I just want to spend more time with my grandchildren.”
He said there are no serious health issues, but Roche did admit the heat during August and September practices got to him.
“I had to get out of the heat a couple of times and I had a hard time breathing,” Roche said.
He said he initially told Chino Hills he would give the school five years. The thought of stepping down entered his mind early this season.
Roche also sees the sport changing, with teams opting for a spread offense.
“If I was 10 or 15 years younger, I’d be more willing to (change offenses),” Roche said. “I think four or five years down the road, that’s what people are going to.”
But Roche said he knows it would be hard to quit cold turkey.
“I wouldn’t want to do it full-time, but I’d like to help out at game time or part-time,” Roche said. “These are wonderful kids.”

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Boys Water Polo: Schofield earns top honors


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Player of the year: Nick Schofield
School: Damien
Grade: Senior
Position: Two-meter
Notable: Schofield enjoyed a banner season in leading the Spartans to another Sierra League championship. He ranked among the area leaders in goals and assists and did it while being the focal point of the opposition’s defensive game plan. The Spartans were ranked in the CIF-Southern Section Division III Top 5 most of the season before finishing the season with a tough 10-9 setback to South Pasadena in the quarterfinals. Schofield’s postseason honors included being named Sierra League MVP and earning All-CIF-SS for the second consecutive year, following up last season’s third-team selection with a first-team honor.
Quotable: “I’m grateful for everything. I put a lot of hard work in, and it all paid off in the end. I was surprised to (be named player of the year).”

Coach of the Year: Lani Ruh, Walnut

First Team
Gilbert Bonilla, Los Altos, Sr.
Brendan Cheng, Walnut, Sr.
Jeff Davis, Bonita, Sr.
Brian Donohoe, Damien, Jr.
Jeff Hoover, Bonita, Sr.
Jordan Rivas, Charter Oak, Sr.
Anthony Wade, San Dimas, Sr.

Second Team
Doug Carter, Damien, Sr.
Joey Convertino, Bonita, Sr.
Matthew Morales, Walnut, Jr.
Tommy Pacheco, Damien, Jr.
Michael Ruiz, La Puente, Sr.
Tyler Watkins, Rowland, Jr.
Steve Wosman, Rowland, Sr.

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Girls Volleyball: Esquivel leads the way


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Player of the year: Jade Esquivel, Los Altos
School: Los Altos
Grade: Senior
Position: Outside hitter
Notable: Esquivel helped the Conquerors enjoy one of their strongest campaigns in recent years. Los Altos earned a share of the Miramonte League title with Bonita and advanced to the second round of the CIF-Southern Section playoffs, finishing with a 22-10 record. Esquivel, the focal point of most opponents’ game plans, averaged nearly four kills per game. She also had the incredible knack of finding open space on the opposition’s side of the net, often when the defense appeared to be in perfect position. She also earned co-league MVP honors with Bonita’s Katy McCreery. She has yet to finalize her collegiate plans, but said she is leaning toward attending Cal State Los Angeles, where her mother was a volleyball standout.
Quotable: “It feels awesome (to be player of the year). I’ve been playing so long, so to finally be honored like this, it’s something I deserve.”

Coach of the year: Morgan Coberly, Bonita

First Team
Melissa Cole, Outside Hitter, Walnut, Sr.
Katy McCreery, Outside Hitter, Bonita, Sr.
Amanda Remy, Outside Hitter, St. Lucy’s, Sr.
Torrie Brown, Middle Blocker, Diamond Bar, Sr.
Melinda Gomez, Middle Blocker, South Hills, So.
Daniela Macias, Setter, Gladstone, Sr.

Second Team
Courtney Donaldson, Outside Hitter, Bonita, Jr.
Madison Horsely, Outside Hitter, San Dimas, Sr.
Cursty Jackson, Outside Hitter, Rowland, Sr.
Jazmen Russell, Middle Blocker, Los Altos, Fr.
Kelly Mort, Middle Blocker, South Hills, Sr.
Monique Sena, Setter, Bishop Amat, Sr.

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