PHOTOS: Indian Springs boys soccer advance to CIF-SS Division 4 finals

By Staff report | Press-Enterprise February 27, 2018 at 8:47 pm Hart’s Darwin Herrera and Indian Springs’ Kobe Lupercio jump for the ball at Indian Springs High School in San Bernardino, CA., Tuesday, February 27, 2018. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)Indian Springs celebrates a goal against Hart at Indian Springs High School in San Bernardino, CA., Tuesday, February 27, 2018. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)Hart’s Lawrence Luna and Indian Springs’ Christian Duarte fight for control of the ball at Indian Springs High School in San Bernardino, CA., Tuesday, February 27, 2018. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)Indian Springs’ Jose Claros tries to move the ball between Hart’s Brandon Martinez and Caleb Davenport at Indian Springs High School in San Bernardino, CA., Tuesday, February 27, 2018. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)Indian Springs’ Jexson Bueso falls as Hart’s Krikor Soghomonian takes control of the ball at Indian Springs High School in San Bernardino, CA., Tuesday, February 27, 2018. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)Hart’s Darwin Herrera gives direction at Indian Springs High School in San Bernardino, CA., Tuesday, February 27, 2018. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)Indian Springs’ Danny Godinez runs into Hart goalie Kevin Perez at Indian Springs High School in San Bernardino, CA., Tuesday, February 27, 2018. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)Indian Springs celebrates a goal against Hart at Indian Springs High School in San Bernardino, CA., Tuesday, February 27, 2018. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)Hart’s Dillon Vega reacts after Indian Springs Continue Reading

Girls high school basketball: Players, teams to watch and questions for the rest of the season

Sand Springs’ Destiny Johnson (left) battles for possession with Victory Christian’s Taylor Sanders (right) during a Tournament of Champions game on Dec. 27. MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World Players to watch Mya Bhinhar Owasso • Senior • Guard Helped lead Rams to a 6A runner-up finish as a sophomore and seems fully recovered from injury-riddled junior year. Missouri State signee dazzles in the open court. Able to rebound, speed the ball down the floor and score or distribute at the other end. Part of talented Owasso squad led by fellow four-year starters Terryn Milton and Leiloni Culley. Named MVP of the Tournament of Champions and Skiatook Invitational. Raven Blackbear Mounds • Senior • Forward Moved from nearby Beggs, where she was part of back-to-back 3A state tournament teams and 70 wins over the past three years. Could be missing puzzle piece as 2A No. 5 Eagles try to break through to the state tournament. Strong in the post and draws a crowd. Averages 17.1 points and 12.9 rebounds. Had 28 points and 25 rebounds in semifinal game of the Davenport Hardwood Classic. “She’s the one every team we play will be trying to stop,” coach Brett Brooksher said. Jadyn Byrd Jenks • Junior • Center Always a long child, measured 23½ inches at birth, said her mother, Janar Byrd (Green). Now stands 6-foot-4. Emerged as an East Central sophomore last season and had four points and five rebounds in a 51-44 win over Ardmore in the 5A championship game. Averaging 16 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks this season before moving to Jenks over the Christmas break. Will be eligible for the Trojans on Jan. 18. Got college recruiters’ attention by dominating AAU showcase tournaments last summer. Has scholarship offers from the likes of Florida, Clemson, Louisiana Tech, Florida International, Tulsa, OSU, Arkansas. Gabby Gregory Holland Hall • Junior • Forward Combines Continue Reading

High school baseball: Shawnee’s Todd Boyer, former Metro Christian coach Jeff Shafer and two others to join OBCA Hall of Fame

Todd Boyer, who guided Shawnee to three consecutive Class 5A state titles and put the Wolves atop the national rankings last spring, will be one of four new inductees into the Oklahoma Baseball Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame. Joining Boyer is former Metro Christian coach Jeff Shafer; former Carl Albert coach Wayne Dozier, who guided the Titans to five state titles over 17 seasons; and Hal Holt, who coached two state championship teams at Sentinel. The four men will be inducted at 6 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 13, as part of the OBCA’s annual Winter Clinic at Oklahoma State University. The Hall of Fame banquet will be held at the Best Western Hotel, 315 N. Husband, in Stillwater. Clinic sessions will be held Friday, Jan. 12, and Saturday, Jan. 13, in OSU”s Student Union Theater Room 203. Clinic speakers include OSU head coach Josh Holliday; Cleveland Indians infield coach Kai Correa; Miami Marlins scout Brian Kraft; OSU pitching coach Rob Walton; Connors State coach Perry Keith and Central Oklahoma coach John Martin. Martin, Holliday, Keith and Correa will appear on Jan. 12, at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., respectively. On Jan. 13, Correa will speak again at 10:30 a.m., Walton will appear at 1 p.m. and Kraft will appear at 2 p.m. Boyer, now Shawnee athletic director, guided the Wolves to a 277-130 record over 11 seasons. The 2017 team went 40-0 and will carry a 52-game winning streak into 2018. Shafer coached 23 high school seasons at Metro Christian, Shawnee, Edmond Santa Fe and Tecumseh, winning 490 games, nine regional titles and four state-semifinal finishes. He also coached six seasons at Seminole State College, guiding the Trojans to 227 wins and a 2009 junior college World Series appearance in 2009. Dozier went 563-162 in 17 seasons at the Carl Albert helm, winning 15 regional titles and state championships in 2007, 2009, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Holt guided Sentinel for 10 fall and spring baseball seasons, amassing a Continue Reading

Mark your calendar for the biggest high school sports stories of 2018

With the new year begun, let’s look ahead to several of the major stories that will be impacting Northeast Tarrant County for 2018. District basketball resumes this week. The soccer season begins on Thursday. Realignment On Feb. 1, the next two years will be decided for the 15 area high school programs. The programs of note that will be greatly impacted are Haslet V.R. Eaton and Richland. Those two schools are moving up to Class 6A. With the 6A minimum at 2,190, Eaton knew there was a chance it was going to move up when it turned in 2,222. That number is a little misleading, because that school is going through its first senior class. There is more room to grow. On the other hand, Richland may have been somewhat shocked when it came up with 2,207. But the reality is that the Rebels are going to have to deal with the consequences of whatever 6A district they land in. They will be one of the smallest schools in the whole classification. Justin Northwest will be dropping into Class 5A Division II. Birdville, Grapevine and Colleyville Heritage will be in 5A Division I. Justin Northwest boys hoops back to state? The Texans may have been the surprise story in 2017 when they advanced to the Class 5A state tournament. But they aren’t anymore. This program has been dealing with and will continue to deal with taking everybody’s best shot. Now that district play is the focus for the remainder of the season, this is where Mike Hatch’s program understands that all that was done in November and December was preparation for this 14-game run. Then, should all go as expected for the Texans to make the playoffs, it turns into a one-game season in the playoffs. Led by sophomore national recruit guard Avery Anderson, the talent is there to return to San Antonio. But they’ve got to do the work. Another special spring? This area enjoyed an embarrassment of baseball riches when both Grapevine and Southlake Carroll advanced to the state tournaments last Continue Reading

Top High School Sports Stories of 2017

Monday brings on a new year and as 2017 closes, high school sports once again gave the fans and media something to talk about with spectacular play after play. Records were set, history made, championships won and the reality of disappointment made for an exciting year. As an old page is turned to a new, we take a look back at the top high school sports stories from the Star Telegram - happy new year and bring on 2018. 1. THE YEAR OF THE KELLER INDIANS Can any school top the year Keller had in 2017? The Indians made history and won multiple championships. In basketball, the boys team, led by Star-Telegram player of the Year RJ Nembhard, now at TCU, went all the way to San Antonio to play at the state tournament for the first time in program history. The Lady Indians also made history by going to the regional tournament for the first time. The train to state wouldn’t stop there as the girls soccer team made it to the state tournament. AK Ward, now at Mississippi State, was voted the Star-Telegram player of the year. But there’s more! Looking to defend its 6A state title, the Keller softball team went to Austin and won the crown for the second-straight year. And add another player of the year award to the mantle as Indians’ pitcher Dylann Kaderka took home the honor. A few months later, the football team made the playoffs for the first time since 2014 and volleyball was Co-District 3-6A champs for the second-straight year. Cross country gets into the mix too as the Lady Indians, like softball, made it back-to-back 6A state championships. Texas A&M signee Julia Black won the silver medal and was named the Star-Telegram girls runner of the year. Swimming went to state, and all golf, tennis and track teams won district titles. 2. MANSFIELD TIMBERVIEW, METROPLEX DOMINATE STATE HOOPS Come Monday morning, January 1st, 2018, let’s expect both the boys and girls basketball teams at Timberview High School to be atop the Class 5A state Continue Reading

Toledo’s top high school sports stories of 2017

Share Tweet Share Email Comments Print The Whiteford Bobcats football team of sixth-year coach Jason Mensing had a burning desire to get back to Ford Field in Detroit to take care of some unfinished business. After the Bobcats had fallen 35-6 to 12-time champion Muskegon Catholic Central in the 2016 Michigan Division 8 state football championship game, nothing less than a 2017 championship would quench their desire. On Nov. 24, Whiteford arrived back at Ford Field and closed the deal, taking a decisive 42-21 D-8 title game victory over Saginaw Nouvel Catholic. It capped a perfect 14-0 season for the Bobcats, who outscored foes 737-183, an average of 52.6 to 13.1 per game. Their season point total was the second highest in Michigan prep history, and the Bobcats became the first Tri-County Conference team to win a state football championship. The victory capped the best three-year run in Whiteford’s football history. A state semifinal advancement in 2015 (10-3 record) was followed by the 13-1 state runner-up finish in 2016. Finishing its business made Whiteford the top area high school story of 2017, that according to a poll voted on by 24-member panel of current and former Blade sports staffers, and other area media members and coaches. The Bobcats received 14 of the 24 first-place votes and 181 of a possible 240 voting points in the poll. Whiteford quarterback Thomas Eitniear (1) scores an uncontested touchdown in the first half of the Bobcats' state championship game win. THE BLADE/KATIE RAUSCH Enlarge | Buy This Image 1. Bobcats finish business When Jason Mensing became Whiteford’s head football coach to start the 2012 season, he inherited a Bobcats program that was typically solid, but not quite good enough to win a Tri-County Conference championship (since 1994) or make a deep Michigan playoff run. Six seasons and 61-13 record later, Mensing, his staff of experienced assistants, and the Bobcats have reached the Continue Reading

Preview: Hardwood heroes dot Ohio high school boys basketball landscape

Officially, December means dribbles and dunks in the Tristate as high school competition moves from stadiums to the intimate confines of a gym.Already, one school has caught the eye of the national pundits with last year's Division I state runner-up Moeller being ranked No. 17 in the USA Today Super Preseason Top 25.  As Crusaders coach Carl Kremer well knows, a lot can happen from December to March when the winners cut down the nets at Ohio State's Schottenstein Center.  League-by-league, division-by-division, it is always a marathon and never a sprint. The Enquirer's preseason coaches poll can be found here. More: Preseason hoop hype comes to Moeller Greater Catholic League-SouthMoeller appreciates the USA Today notoriety, but Carl Kremer is quick to point out four starters from last year's team won't be on the court this winter. Keegan McDowell, Caleb Canter and Riley Voss are all playing in college and Miles McBride was injured as Moeller's quarterback this fall (a March return would be an absolute best case scenario). "I don't know what team with one returning starter (point guard Isaiah Payton) gets that kind of expectation," Kremer said. "Maybe the answer is because Jaxson Hayes and Jeremiah Davenport have had great summers."Hayes grew 4 inches since last season and could top 7-feet before he exits stage left.  As a result, he was recruited by many, including Kentucky, Xavier and Butler before eventually signing with Texas. Davenport, who actually played more minutes than Hayes last season, will play at Wright State. Moeller will also be aided by Roger Bacon transfer Alec Pfriem, who averaged 13 points as a sophomore for the Spartans. Another interesting transfer is sophomore Max Land, who was in Mason's program last winter. Land will sit out the first 11 games before he's eligible. He is the son of former Roger Bacon and University of Cincinnati forward Eugene Land.Prior to last season, Elder and Continue Reading

Colorado Rockies hire Walt Weiss, who coached a high school baseball team last year, as new manager

DENVER — Walt Weiss is making the rare jump from the high school dugout to the big leagues. The Colorado Rockies hired the former major league shortstop Wednesday night to replace manager Jim Tracy, who resigned Oct. 7 with one year and $1.4 million left on his contract rather than return to a club where its assistant general manager had moved into an office in the clubhouse. The 1988 AL Rookie of the Year with Oakland, Weiss played shortstop for the Rockies from 1994-97 and was a special assistant to general manager Dan O’Dowd from 2002-08. He left to spend more time with his family and last season coached Regis Jesuit High School outside Denver, in Aurora, to a 20-6 record and the 5A semifinals of the state championship. Weiss’ son, Brody, is in his senior year at the school. The Rockies made the announcement after owner Dick Monfort and top officials deliberated at the general managers’ meetings in Indian Wells, Calif. — held at a hotel Monfort owns, the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa. Weiss didn’t return a phone message and e-mail from The Associated Press. A team spokesman said Weiss would be introduced at a news conference Friday at Coors Field. “It was a lot of different things,” general manager Dan O’Dowd said before suggesting senior vice president of major league operations Bill Geivett speak about Weiss’ hiring. Geivett didn’t immediately return phone messages. Weiss and Arizona coach Matt Williams were the finalists to replace Tracy, who quit following the worst season in franchise history. Rockies bench coach Tom Runnells and first baseman Jason Giambi also interviewed, with Giambi saying he would retire as a player if he got the job. The 48-year-old Weiss spent parts of 14 seasons in the major leagues, also playing for Oakland (1987-92), Florida (1993) and Atlanta (1998-2000). A .258 career hitter, he was played in the 1998 All-Star Game at Continue Reading

WATCH: Shore’s greatest high school pitchers ever

Scouts have been flocking to the Jersey Shore to see Barnegat left-hander Jason Groome, considered the No. 1 prospect in the country.And CBA's senior right-hander Luca Dalatri hasn't lost a game since the final start of his freshman year.Sprinkle in in a healthy dose of top-flight hurlers throughout Monmouth and Ocean counties this season, and what you have right now is a glorious time for pitching within the Shore Conference.When Major League Baseball conducts its First-Year Player Draft on June 9, any number of them could be selected. And Groome might just go with the first pick overall, which would make him the first player ever from New Jersey to be taken in that slot.But the area has long been a hotbed for live arms with the potential to succeed at higher levels.So who have been the greatest pitchers ever to take the mound at the high school level?It's not an easy task trying to sort through all the names and numbers.Someone like Middletown's John Montefusco, who went on to star for the San Francisco Giants in the 1970s, for instance, was better known as a shortstop in high school. He came of age as a pitcher playing at Brookdale Community College, helping put that program on the map.Although it's difficult to compare players from different eras with the current limits on innings often skewing the numbers, the talent pool has certainly been deep over the years, with no-hitters and state championships dotting so many resumes.So now, with so many storylines involving local hurlers this season, here's a look at some of the best over the past six decades, in alphabetical order: Jason Arre, Toms River South (1999)When Arre became only the second player at the time to reach 30 career wins at the Shore, he did it in style, beating Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament final.He finished his career on the mound with a 30-8 record. As a senior, Arre went 10-3, with a 0.88 ERA, allowing just 55 hits and striking out 95 in 80 innings.He also finished with Continue Reading

America’s best high schools: A look at the schools that excel

There are more than 18,000 public high schools in the United States. What if you could take a snapshot of each one and capture, at a particular moment, what kinds of students were enrolled there and the caliber of the education provided them? If you were to collect these individual snapshots into one huge national yearbook, which high school would be chosen as "Most Likely to Succeed," meaning that it set the best example of how to prepare students to achieve their post-graduation goals? We've attempted to answer that pivotal question in the following pages, our first ever ranking of America's Best High Schools. Using a formula produced in collaboration with School Evaluation Services, a K-12 data research and analysis business run by Standard & Poor's, we put high schools in 40 states through a three-step analysis. First, we measured how each school's students performed on state tests, adjusting for student circumstances. We next evaluated how well each school's disadvantaged students did. Finally, we looked at whether the school was successful in providing college-level coursework. The 100 schools that did the best in this analysis earned gold medals. The next 405 schools were awarded silver medals, and an additional 1,086 schools earned bronze. Like any good photograph, the details of the data gathered for this project reveal a number of fascinating stories. Most notable is the variety among the schools that have earned the highest honor. Our first-place winner, Thomas Jefferson High School in suburban Washington, D.C., picks its students from the children of the nation's leaders. Yet just 10 slots lower, Hidalgo High School on the border of Texas and Mexico has found success educating a student body comprising the children of challenged immigrants. And in Boston, the nation's oldest school carries on an exemplary tradition while a new charter school explores innovations such as housing tutors in dormitories on the third floor of its building. A good Continue Reading