Los Angeles Preps: Twentynine Palms

MLK Day schedule at Los Osos

January, 15, 2012
Rancho Cucamonga Los Osos will host an all-day event on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and it features an attractive matchup between Ventura (14-4) and La Verne Damien (15-1).

9:30 a.m. -- Twentynine Palms vs. Walnut
11 a.m. -- Miller vs. Irvine Northwood
12:30 p.m. -- Los Osos vs. Pomona
2 p.m. -- Chino vs. Bishop Amat
3:30 p.m. -- Pacific Hills vs. Chino Hills
5 p.m. -- Claremont vs. Glendora
6:30 p.m. -- Ventura vs. Damien
8 p.m. -- Chino Hills Ayala vs. Rialto Eisenhower

Inland Empire: Quick look at the softball playoffs

May, 16, 2011

Seeded I.E. teams:

Div. 1 – No. 2 Etiwanda, No. 3 Corona Santiago.

Div. 2 – No. 1 Chino Don Lugo, No. 3 Chino.

Div. 3 – No. 4 Chino Hills.

Div. 4 – No. 1 San Bernardino Aquinas.

Div. 5 – No. 2 Beaumont.

Div. 6 – No. 3 Citrus Valley.

Div. 7 – None.

Best wild-card games Tuesday:

Div. 1 – Corona at Temecula Great Oak. Corona finished fifth in the Big VIII League and should match up well against Great Oak, who beat the Panthers, 3-1, on March 14. The Wolfpack won their final four games to solidify the third place in the Southwestern League. Sophomore pitcher Hannah Dewey is 16-6 with a 2.87 ERA, including a seven-hitter in the victory against Corona.

Div. 2 – San Bernardino at Ontario. Sabrina Garcia will likely get the start in the pitcher’s circle for San Bernardino. She’s 12-7 with a 2.44 ERA and 69 strikeouts in 132 innings. Garcia is also hitting a team-high .343 with 14 RBIs.

Div. 3 – Redondo at Romoland Heritage. The Patriots reached the Division 5 semifinals two seasons ago and senior pitcher Bethany Slick remains their ace. Redondo enters the playoffs on a three-game losing streak but the Sea Hawks come from a very competitive league.

Div. 4 – Palm Springs at Phelan Serrano. Palm Springs pitcher Nicole Clements is 13-9 with a 1.63 ERA and 137 strikeouts in 142 innings. She’s also batting a team-high .535 with two home runs and 23 RBIs. Serrano won the Hemet Tahquitz tournament last month, knocking off Palm Desert in the championship game, 10-0.

Div. 5 – Montebello at Victorville Silverado. The Hawks enter the playoffs on a four-game losing streak with cost them a chance at the Desert Sky League. Silverado will likely continue to lean on the pitching arm of Alexis Conant, who is 10-5 with a 4.17 ERA.

Div. 6 – Twentynine Palms at Mojave. Julia Cullinan, a sophomore at Mojave, was second in the Southern Section with a .705 batting average. She also hit 10 home runs and was the team’s top pitcher with a 7-4 record. Twentynine Palms enters the playoffs riding a six-game winning streak.

Div. 7 – La Verne Calvary Baptist at Wildomar California Lutheran. Miranda Romero of California Lutheran batted .603 with nine home runs during the regular season.

Check back Wednesday for a preview of the top first-round games.

Inland Empire: Five things from the weekend

February, 7, 2011
1. They’ll probably be talking about Richard Ewing’s shot for years to come at Twentynine Palms. The Wildcats trailed by a point with 1.1 seconds remaining Friday night and Big Bear guard Owen David was at the free-throw line. He made the first and then intentionally missed the second but ended up missing the rim too, giving Twentynine Palms a chance to inbound the ball. Sean Lopez threw an overhand pass to Ewing at mid-court, who turned and threw the ball through the net to give the Wildcats a 46-45 victory and at least a share of the De Anza League title.

2. Upland was facing a must-win Friday at Etiwanda and the Highlanders came through with a 69-65 victory in a Baseline League game. John Gilliam and Myles Pearson scored 20 points each for Upland, which committed just two turnovers while forcing 13. The Highlanders remain in fourth place in league, but can get back in the top three by winning their final two games. Etiwanda, meanwhile, can clinch the league title outright by winning one of its final two games.

3. Rialto Eisenhower coach Steve Johnson must like the direction his team is headed after the Eagles knocked off Los Angeles Fairfax, 53-39, on Saturday at the Nike Extravaganza at Mater Dei. Eisenhower lost to Fairfax by 22 points back in December. Marvelle Harris scored 22 points and Keyon Sayles had 15 for the Eagles, who held the Lions to 30.7% shooting.

4. E.J. Twyman scored 30 points Thursday night to lead Elsinore to a 58-54 victory against Perris, clinching the Sunbelt League title for the second consecutive season. Perris managed to cut the deficit to one point with about a minute remaining and had the ball but Devon Ware’s layup rolled out and Twyman calmly sank four free throws down the stretch to end the rally. The Tigers also forced 25 turnovers.

5. Corona Santiago sophomore girls’ basketball player Chrishae Rowe scored a season-high 32 points Thursday to lead the Sharks to a 73-53 victory against Corona Centennial in a Big VIII League game. Rowe also had 13 rebounds, four assists and four steals in leading Santiago to its 13th consecutive victory against the Huskies. If the Sharks can beat Riverside North and Riverside Poly this week, they’ll finish unbeaten in league play for the fourth consecutive season.

Inland Empire: Boys basketball games of the week

February, 3, 2011
Upland (14-9, 3-4) at Etiwanda (23-1, 7-0), Friday, 6:30 p.m. – With the return of last season’s Baseline League co-MVP John Gilliam, who would have thought Upland would be scrambling for a playoff spot heading into the last two weeks of the regular season? But the Highlanders have dropped four of their last six league games and face a tough stretch run.

Rialto Eisenhower (14-7) vs. Los Angeles Fairfax (14-8) at Santa Ana Mater Dei, Saturday, 2:30 p.m. – Eisenhower coach Steve Johnson said last month that he planned to use this Nike Extravaganza game as a measuring stick to find out how far his team has progressed. The Eagles lost to Fairfax, 56-33, on Dec. 21, the start of four losses in five games, but seem to have righted the ship. Ontario Colony is also entered in the showcase. The Titans play Huntington Beach Ocean View at 11 a.m.

Big Bear (15-7, 6-2) at Twentynine Palms (16-6, 7-1), Friday, 7:30 p.m. – Twentynine Palms senior forward Zach Hill went for a season-high 22 points in leading the visiting Wildcats to a 59-54 victory against Big Bear three weeks ago in their first DeAnza League meeting. One more and they’ll clinch at least a share of the league title. A loss will likely create a three-way tie for first with Desert Hot Springs (13-9, 6-2).

Eastvale Roosevelt (15-5, 9-1) at Corona (15-6, 7-3) – Corona led by six points entering the fourth quarter when these teams met Jan. 10 but ended up losing, 57-49. Much of Roosevelt’s damage in that game was done by junior guard Shawn Joseph, who scored a season-high 17 points. With a win, the Mustangs can lock up at least second place in the Big VIII League and remain within a game of first-place Corona Centennial (19-3, 10-0).

Redlands Adventist (16-4, 9-2) at Bloomington Christian (16-6, 10-1), Tonight, 6 p.m. –In this small-school special, second place will be on the line in the Victory League. Redlands Adventist is ranked second in Division 6A, and Bloomington Christian is No. 15 in Division 5A. Bloomington Christian won the first meeting, 51-37. Bermuda Dunes Desert Christian Academy sits in first at 17-2, 11-0.

Looking ahead:

San Bernardino vs. San Bernardino Cajon at Cardinal City Arena, Monday, 7:30 p.m.

Inland Empire: Five things from the weekend

October, 25, 2010
1. Corona Centennial and Norco took care of business last weekend, setting up their Big VIII League showdown Friday at Norco. Centennial (7-0, 4-0) is ranked No. 1 in the Inland Empire by ESPNLA.com and the Cougars (6-1, 3-1) are No. 2. Norco running back Kelsey Young ran for 179 yards in the second quarter alone in a 35-15 victory against No. 10 Riverside King. Centennial defeated Corona Santiago, 69-13, extending its winless streak against the Huskies to 14 games.

2. Big-game performances don’t get much larger than the one delivered bv San Bernardino Cajon junior Damontrae Kazee during a 29-20 victory Friday against Colton (5-2, 3-1). Kazee scored three touchdowns, recovered three fumbles and had an interception to lead the Cowboys (5-2, 4-0) into sole possession of first place in the San Andreas League. Kazee, whose brother, Walter Kazee, is a running back for San Diego State, returned the opening kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown, caught a 30-yard touchdown pass later in the opening quarter and returned a fumble 25 yards for a score in the third to give Cajon a 22-13 lead.

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