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HS Baseball: Great Oak Beats Temecula Valley 8-2, Nighthawks Stop Chaparral 3-1

 Published on: May 2, 2015 @ 14:27

The Southwestern League Race Keeps Getting Tighter  

Great Oak 8
Temecula Valley 2

Great Oak’s Zack Knoll pitched into the seventh inning striking out nine, scattering six hits and gave up two runs as he picked up his third victory of the season. The 8-2 win evened the Wolfpack’s league record at 5-5 and was ignited off the bats of Mitch Hayes and Trey Endris.

The Golden Bears led 2-1 when Great Oak lit up Temecula Valley pitcher Isaiah Moten for four runs in the fifth to take the lead. The Wolfack scored two more in the sixth and another in the seventh to win it 8-2. Hayes went 2-for4 with a home run, scored twice and drove in three. Endris also had two hits, scored and three RBIs.

Davis Maldonado and Connor Trippet singled and scored while Ford Lane and Jarrod Iwasaki drove in the Golden Bears runs. Isaiah Moten struck out seven in the losing effort.

Murrieta Valley 3
Chaparral 1

Johnny Morrell pitched a complete game victory over Chaparral Friday, striking out nine Pumas while giving up just one run on five hits. The win kept the Nighthawks in a first place tie with Vista Murrieta. Morrell gave up the only Puma run in third and trailed until Murrieta Valley tied the game with a run in the fifth.

The Nighthawks pulled ahead with a run in the sixth and added an insurance run in the seventh. Morell didn’t need it as he put down the Pumas in the final frame to win the game 3-1.
Max Maitland was 2-for-3 and scored for the Nighthawks. Joey Fregosi, Brendan Morace and Aaron Shackelford drove in the Murrieta Valley runs.

Southwestern Leage Standings
Vista Murrieta            8-3
Murrieta Valley          7-3
Temecula Valley        6-5
Great Oak                   5-5
Chaparral                    5-6
Murrieta Mesa            1-10

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Project WAVES First Annual Chili Cook-Off Was a Great Hit for All

 Published on: May 2, 2015 @ 13:18

Cadets from the Murrieta Mesa High School NJROTC on Hand to Help the WAVES Project

The First Annual WAVES Chili Cook-Off was held at Europa Village Friday night. Locals from all over the Valley came out to sample some amazing chili, had a glass or two of wine and helped support the WAVES Wounded Warrior Project. The evening was a big hit for all and over $6,000 was raised. Europa Village also donated an additional 30% of their sales that evening to the cause.

Marina Inserra, the reigning Miss California was on hand to help judge the contest and helped crown the winners of the inaugural competition.  Volunteers from Murrieta Mesa’s Navel Junior ROTC were on hand to help dish out the Chili and lend a hand in the evenings festivities.

The WAVES provide an opportunity for Combat Wounded American Veterans and their families to experience scuba diving. Scuba diving can help the wounded warrior by promoting independence and self-confidence in many ways. The veteran will benefit from becoming an underwater equal to able bodied divers and discover new personal goals and opportunities.

If you are, or know of any veterans or wounded warriors who may be interested in the Project WAVES program, please contact: Kristi Underwood at (951) 326-4380 or visit them on the Web at


Cal League Baseball: Early Lead Holds in Storm Triumph

Published on: May 2, 2015 @ 10:38

Zech Lemond Goes Seven Strong Innings in 6-2 Win

HS Softball: Murrieta Valley Blasts Past Chaparral 5-1

 Published on: May 2, 2015 @ 10:16

Home Runs by Olivia Sanchez and Amber Bishop Lead the Nighthawk Attack

Nighthawk Ace Olivia Sanchez was dominant on the mound Friday afternoon as she stuck out nine, scattered three hits and led Murrieta Valley to a 5-1 victory over the Pumas. Sanchez allowed no earned runs and helped herself as she nailed a two run home run in the third inning.

The Nighthawks are unbeaten in Southwestern League play and the victory keeps the Murrieta Valley in a first place tie with Great Oak. The Wolfpack thrashed Temecula Valley 15-4 and are 6-0 in league.


Amber Bishop’s sacrifice fly brought home a run for the Nighthawks in the first inning. Murrieta Valley would lead for the rest of the game. Bishop added to the Nighthawk lead as she drove her sister Autumn home in the third inning with a huge homerun. Sanchez followed with a two run blast of her own with Kiylee Chenault on board to put Murrieta Valley ahead 5-1.

Taylor Morre drove in Reilly Peters for the lone Puma score in the seventh inning. Chaparral  starting pitcher Ylannah Bowman pitched five innings for the Pumas. The freshman walked two, struck out two and got stuck with the loss. Seirra Badillo came in to pitch an inning of scoreless relief in the sixth.

Murrieta Valley will play Vista Murrieta on Monday and two games against Temecula Valley next week. The Pumas play Vista Murrieta on Wednesday and Friday. Chaparral is 1-5 in Southwestern League Play.

Southwestern League Standings
Murrieta Valley          5-0
Great Oak                   6-0
Vista Murrieta            2-3
Temecula Valley        2-4
Murrieta Mesa           1-5
Chaparral                    1-5

 Photos by Mike Clary

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HS Baseball: Vista Murrieta’s Jack Moberg Throws a One Hit Shutout to Beat the Rams 1-0

Published on: May 2, 2015 @ 09:15

Murrieta Mesa Drops Another Heartbreaker, Falls to 1-10 in the Southwestern League 

Murrieta Mesa pitcher Austen Salcedo made his first start of the season and gave up just one run while taming the big Bronco Bats Friday. Unfortunately that was just not good enough. The Southwestern League’s ERA leader Jack Moberg was on the mound for the Broncos.

Moberg proceeded to shut down the Ram offense as he threw a one hit shutout to beat Murrieta Mesa 1-0. It was a classic duel as each team came up with big defensive plays and both pitchers were impressive. The Broncos scored the only run they needed in the fourth inning.

Freshman Jake Moberg helped out his older brother as he doubled and then advanced to third on  Connor Cannon’s single.He then stole home and scored. Jake was the only player to get two hits in the game. Salcedo left the game in the fifth inning and was replaced by Luke Reinert. The Mesa reliever proceeded to throw two scoreless innings but the damage had been done.

It was Moberg’s fifth victory of the season and drops his ERA to a miniscule .99. Moberg is the Southwestern League leader in both pitching categories. The victory keeps Vista Murrieta in a tied for first place with Murrieta Valley. The Broncos are 8-3 and the Nighthawks 7-3. Vista Murrieta will play two games with Chaparral next week.

Murrieta Mesa’s league record falls to 1-10. The Rams will face Great oak twice next week on Wednesday and Friday. The Wolfpack beat Temecula Valley 8-2 yesterday and are 5-5 in league play.

 Southwestern League Standings
Vista Murrieta            8-3
Murrieta Valley          7-3
Temecula Valley        6-5
Great Oak                   5-5
Chaparral                    5-6
Murrieta Mesa            1-10

Photos by Charles McKee

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HS Baseball: Southwestern League Baseball Standings & Stat Leaders

Published on: May 1, 2015 @ 09:39

Things are Heating Up in the Toughest High School Baseball League in the Nation

The Southwestern League is ranked as the “Toughest High School Baseball League in the Nation” by MaxPreps and things are starting to get even tougher. The Broncos are perched on top in first place with a record of 7-3 with five games left to play.

The Nighthawks are right behind with a 6-3 record followed by the surprising Temecula Valley Golden Bears who are 6-4.  Chaparral is 5-5 and in the fourth position with Great Oak and Murrieta Mesa in fifth and sixth.


The Golden Bears’ Davis Maldonado is leading the league in hitting with a .463 average. Bronco Connor Cannon is the Home run leader with four and Mitch Hayes of the Wolfpack has 30 RBIs despite being intentionally walked often.

Three pitchers are tied for the league lead for victories.  Murrieta Valley’s Nicko Cottone,  Johnny Morell and the Golden Bears’ Isaiah Moten have five wins each. Vista Murrieta’s Jack Moberg is the Southwestern legue ERA leader with a miniscule 1.24 average. Cammeron Haskell of Chaparral is the current stike out king with 49 Ks.

Southwestern Leage Standings
Vista Murrieta            7-3
Murrieta Valley          6-3
Temecula Valley        6-4
Chaparral                    5-5
Great Oak                   4-5
Murrieta Mesa            1-9

Hitting Leaders 
Batting Average
Davis Maldonado       .463
Max Maitland             .433
Jarrod Iwasaki            .424
Kevin Palm                  .414

Home Runs
Connor Cannon           4
Mitch Hayes               3
Andy Thomas             2
David Maldonado       2
Dominic Morace        2

Runs Batted In
Mitch Hayes               30
Aaron Shackleford      23                   
Jack Moberg               19
Connor Cannon           18
Kevin Palm                 18

Pitching Leaders Wins
Nicko Cottone            5
Johnny Morell            5
Isaiah Moten               5
Jack Moberg               4
Mitch Hayes               4

Earned Run Average
Jack Moberg               1.24
Brett Lockwood          1.77
Nicko Cottone            2.00
Connor Canon             2.10
Ian Nowak                   2.14

Strike Outs
Cameron Haskell        49
Isaiah Moten               44
Kyle Curran                36
Johnny Morell            33
Nicko Cottone            30

SOURCE: MaxPreps

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HS Softball: Five Nighthawk Home Runs Overwhelms Chaparral 11-4

Published on: Apr 30, 2015 @ 11:19

Amber Nelson, Olivia Sanchez and Amber Bishop Powers Murrieta Valley Past the Pumas

Amber Nelson and Olivia Sanchez hit two home runs each and Amber Bishop added another as Murrieta Valley rolled to an impressive 11-4 victory over Southwestern League rival Chaparral Wednesday. Sanchez also pitched a complete game and picked up her 13th victory of the season.
Murrieta jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first only to have the Pumas tie it in the third.  The Nighthawks scored three in the fourth and two more in the fifth and never looked back. Chaparral managed to bring home a run in the fifth before Murrieta Valley put the game away with four more in the seventh.
Nelson went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and five RBIs. Sanchez also drove in four runs for the Nighthawks. Bishop had three hits and two RBIs.
Taylor Moore went 3-for-3 and drove in a run for the Pumas. Jordan DiGiacinto, Reilly Peters and Ylannah Bowman also drove in a run each. Bowman pitched the entire game for Chaparral and ended up with the loss.
Murrieta Valley will be home as the two teams will be on the field again Friday.

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HS Baseball: Temecula Valley Rolls Over Rival Great Oak 7-3

Published on: Apr 30, 2015 @ 09:41

Jarrod Iwasaki Pitches the Golden Bears Past the Wolfpack

11139400_457026404452916_4767306037054973461_nTemecula Valley pitcher Jarrod Iwasaki struck out seven, scattered six hits and limited the big Wolfpack bats to three runs as he picked up a crucial Southwestern League victory Wednesday. Iwasaki also went 2-for-4 at the plate. Great Oak looked like they had Iwasaki's number as they scored two runs off of the Golden Bears starter to take a 2-1 lead in the first inning.

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Temecula Valley scored three runs in the second and never trailed again, scoring a run in the third, fourth and fifth. Iwasaki settled down and gave up only one more run in the third. The Golden Bears were helped along by five big Wolfpack errors and a wild pitch that scored David Maldonado from third in the fourth inning.

Maldonado ended the game going 2-for4 with a double and two runs scored. Ford Lane, Jacob Boney, and Matt Poladian each scored and drove in a run. Connor Trippet and Griffin Doran scored a run for the Golden Bears. Ryan Rivas and Caleb Harmon had an RBI each.

11164618_457024007786489_779185945364811509_nTrey Endris went 2-for-4 for Great Oak. The Golden Bears took the bat out of the Wolfpack’s Mitch Hayes, refusing to pitch to the slugger and issued two intentional walks. Brandon Stewart was 2-for-3 with a double. Tom Vasquez was the loser for Great Oak.

Temecula Valley Coach Tony Nobiensky quietly celebrated a career milestone after Wednesday’s game. It was the first time in six seasons that the Golden Bears had defeated the Wolfpack at Great Oak. The victory keeps last year’s CIF SS Division 2 Champions right in the race for the Southwestern League title. Murrieta Valley and Vista Murrieta are in first place with identical 6-3 records with TVHS a half game behind at 7-4.

The Wolfpack falls to 4-6 in league play and is looking for revenge when the two teams get together to play again this Friday. The game will be at Temecula Valley and will start at 3:30pm.

Photos by Charles McKee

Black Comedy to Open May 7 at Chaparral High School

Published on: Apr 29, 2015 @ 14:01

The  CHS Student-Directed Play Runs May 7, 8, and 9

TEMECULA, CA – Chaparral High School will debut the hilarious play Black Comedy as its spring student-directed production beginning May 7 in the school’s Performing Arts Center. Written by Peter Shaffer, the comedy of errors takes place in a London flat during a spring evening in 1966. 

With a storm thundering outside, Brindsley Miller, a young sculptor, and his debutante fiancĂ©e, Carol Melkett, have “borrowed” without permission expensive antique furniture from his neighbor Harold’s flat to impress an elderly millionaire art collector coming to view Brindsley’s work. The situation slides into disaster for Brindsley when the power fails and the flat goes dark, Harold returns early, and Brindsley’s ex-mistress, Clea, shows up unexpectedly.

“The play opens on a darkened stage, and is written to be staged under a reversed lighting scheme. A few minutes into the show, the storm causes a short circuit, and the stage is illuminated to reveal the characters in a ‘blackout’. The audience sees what the characters cannot.  The show is a hilarious comedy of misdirection, misunderstanding, and mistaken identity,” said Chris Irvin, CHS drama/musical theater teacher.

General admission tickets are $10 for adults; tickets for students with valid student ID, Seniors 55+, military personnel, and children under 12 are $8. Tickets may be purchased in advance from the school bookkeeper during regular schools hours (7:15 AM – 3:30 PM) or at the box office before each performance. 

The show runs May 7, 8, and 9 at 7 PM, with an addition 2 PM matinee on May 9.

Directed by senior Alexandra Flores with assistant director senior Karleigh Shepard,Black Comedy stars senior Zachary Downing, and features sophomores Julianna Smith and Rafael Loza; juniors Sidney Aptaker, Shannon McMahon, and Tag Pruitt; and seniors Nick Blum and Enrique Duenas.

CHS is located at the corner of Winchester and Nicolas Roads, 27215 Nicolas Road, Temecula. For more information regarding this performance, contact Irvin at (951) 533-3794

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Published on: Apr 28, 2015 @ 15:49

The Pumas Wins the Award for the Second Consecutive Year

April 28, 2015 – TEMECULA, CA –   The Chaparral High School student newspaper, The Platinum Press, has won its second consecutive first-place award in a national competition for high school journalists. The 2014-2015 SCHOLASTIC NEWSPAPER AWARD - FIRST PLACE recognition was presented by the New York-based American Scholastic Press Association (ASPA) in April as part of its Annual Contest/Review for Scholastic Yearbooks, Magazines and Newspapers.

“ASPA judges are selected from among high school journalism teachers, college newspaper advisors, and members of the newspaper industry. They evaluate all aspects of student-produced newspapers -- quality of writing, editing,   photography, layout, and design.  We ‘compete’ for this award nationally, and a first-place award is given to the top 20 percent of the newspapers evaluated each year,” said Ryan Leonhardi, CHS English teacher and newspaper advisor. “This award puts The Platinum Press in the company of many top high-school newspapers in the nation,” he added.

Leonhardi noted that not all schools that enter are recognized. The top billing is First Place with Special Merit, which goes to the top 5-10 percent of schools. Then ASPA First, Second, Third, and Honorable Mention or no awards are earned.  “We are fortunate to have amazing student journalists, and CHS is proud of their commitment and achievement,” he said.

The Platinum Press won its first ASPA First-Place Award in 2013-14. Leonhardi has served as newspaper advisor for the past two years.

In the Photo:
Staff members are (in alphabetical order): Paige Adame - Copy Editor; Brhet Bewely – Journalist; Ashley Brudzinski - Sports Editor; Sydney Clowdus – Journalist; Tristyn Coffeen - Managing Editor; Ciarra Corona – Journalist; Meg Greene - Arts & Entertainment Editor; McKenzie Janeway – Journalist; Arla Jimenez - School News Editor; Romy Ladero – Journalist; Joey Lanning – Journalist; Sam Lopez - Co-Editor in Chief; Reina Masquat - Graphics Manager; Joy Mead - Editorials Editor; Abby Mendiola – Journalist; Amanda Nguyen - Copy Editor; James Pangestu – Journalist; De'Ja Pendleton – Journalist; Amanda Perez – Journalist; Nick Raditsas – Journalist; Makayla Renner – Journalist; Justin Ruzeck – Journalist; Annie Smith - Co-Editor in Chief; Kylie Smith - Copy Editor; Claire Wilson - Copy Editor; and Natalie Witt – Journalist. Ryan Leonhardi is CHS English teacher and newspaper advisor. P

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Cal League Baseball: Storm Trounce Quakes in Series Finale

Published on: Apr 26, 2015 @ 20:48

13 Hit Attack Propels The Eyes to a 10-2 Win Sunday

Article By Tyler Zickel, The Lake Elsinore Storm

11064735_425961660898371_603791793332022391_nLAKE ELSINORE, CA - A three-run first was all the Lake Elsinore Storm needed Sunday, as The Eyes pounded out 13 hits en route to a 10-2 trouncing of the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes at The Diamond.

10424286_425961974231673_1785045372214225294_nLake Elsinore used just one hit to plate three in the first inning. Auston Bousfield started things with a lead-off walk, advancing to second on a wild pitch during the next at-bat. Another walk and a fielder's choice put runners on the corners with two outs. Nick Schulz walked to load the bases, and Kyle Gaedele worked a base on balls of his own to earn an RBI that made it 1-0. 
With the bases still loaded,Marcus Davis, who celebrated his 23rd birthday today, laced a two RBI single into centerfield to give the Storm a 3-0 advantage. Rancho Cucamonga starter Zach Bird (L, 2-1) walked five hitters in the frame, his lone inning of work in his fourth outing of the season.


11054826_425962900898247_3033457016663900653_nThe Storm doubled their lead in the second. River Stevens led off the inning with a walk, then stole second. After a groundout moved the runner to third, Fernando Perez was walked for the second time in as many plate appearances to put Storm on the corners. Gabriel Quintana followed with a hot shot to third that wasn't played cleanly, which allowed Stevens to score and make it 4-0. 

After a groundout sent the runners to second and third, Gaedele collected his second and third RBIs of the game with a single to left field, putting The Eyes up 6-0.

With the offense firing on all cylinders, Storm starter Ronald Herrera (W, 2-1) was loaded with ammunition of his own. The 19-year old from Maracay, Venezuela baffled Rancho hitters throughout his six inning appearance, blanking the Quakes by allowing just two hits with seven strikeouts.

10360456_425962640898273_4144346887191387740_nLeading 6-0, Lake Elsinore added two more in the fifth. Adolfo Reina singled, advancing to third onYale Rosen's first of two doubles in the game. Bousfield cashed in with an RBI single two batters later, and Perez earned an RBI with a groundout to make it 8-0.

After the Quakes put up a pair in the top of the seventh, the Storm got both runs back in the bottom of the eighth. Schulz doubled with one out then scored after Davis delivered his third hit of the afternoon two batters later. Reina followed with another base hit, then Rosen brought in Davis with his second double of the day.
1013865_425963064231564_9159899896874332436_nThe Storm bullpen continued its recent trend of impressive performance. Walker Weickel, Sam Holland and Luis Hernandez kept the lead intact to help secure the victory.

Five of nine Lake Elsinore hitters recorded multiple hits in the game. Schulz and Davis paced the offense with three hits apiece, and the latter joined Gaedele as a three RBI contributor. With his three for five performance today, Marcus Davis has now hit safely in nine of the last ten games he's played in.

11069359_425962544231616_1714662961389212253_nWith the win, the Storm (8-10) take the series 3-1 from the Quakes (10-8), who had won five straight against Lake Elsinore prior to Friday's game. The Storm have won back-to-back series for the first time in 2015 and finished the week with a 5-2 record.

After an off day Monday, Lake Elsinore will travel to San Bernardino on Tuesday for their first meeting with the Inland Empire 66ers. Rafael De Paula (1-1, 4.85 ERA) will oppose Victor Alcantara (1-2, 2.50 ERA) as The Eyes go for their fourth consecutive win. First pitch is slated for 7:05pm.

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HS Baseball: Bronco Bats Feast on Nighthawk Pitching

Published on: Apr 25, 2015 @ 10:41

Jack Moberg Homers and Pitches Vista Murrieta to a 11-0 Victory

Bronco starting pitcher Jack Moberg threw a two hit shutout for five innings, hit a home run and drove in two to lead Vista Murrieta 10-3 over the Nighthawks Friday. 

The victory created a tie for first place in the Southwestern League between the two teams with seven games left to play in the 2015 season.


The Broncos scored three runs in the first, second and third innings to jump out to a huge 9-0 lead. Vista Murrieta would score two more in fifth as Moberg picked up the win. Connor Cannon and Joey Hodapp each pitched an inning of scoreless relief as the Bronco trio shut out Murrieta Valley.

10407713_480158898798068_696959690075009689_nFreshman Jake Moberg, Jack’s younger brother, had three hits, scored two runs and drove in three. Luis Silva went 2-for-3 and scored twice. Angel Ortiz drove in two and scored three times for the Broncos. Mitch Morales and Hunter Tidwell had the other two RBIs.

The Nighthawk’s Johnny Morell gave up eight runs in two innings and picked up the loss. Reliever Brett Lockwood slso got shelled for three runs in two innings. Kase Gebbie was the other pitcher that Coach Monte Jones would use against Vista Murrieta.

The Broncos will be home to face Murrieta Mesa next. Murrieta Valley will also be home to play Chaparral. Come out and catch some outstanding baseball as things heat up in the powerful Southwestern League, ranked as the toughest High School Baseball league in the Nation by MaxPreps.

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HS Baseball: Great Oak Beats Chaparral 5-1

 Published on: Apr 25, 2015 @ 09:54

Zack Noll Strikes Out 9 and Wins it for the Wolfpack

11169971_378433242345769_1439797149092496319_nThe Wolfpack’s Zack Noll scattered three hits, giving up a run while striking out nine Pumas as he beat Chaparral 5-1. The victory kept Great Oak in the race for the title as they improved to 4-4 in league play with seven games left to play.


11156317_378432975679129_6617671558952529144_nBrandon Stewart singled and scored in the first inning to put Great Oak on top. The Wollfpack would score two more in the third and again in the sixth. 

Stewart went 2-for-2, scored twice and drove in two runs. Mitch Hayes had two hits and two RBIs with his double in the third. Try Endis, Garron Alexander and Zeke Young scored the other Wolfpack runs.

10014567_378433035679123_1581821390096874060_nThe Pumas scored Chaparral their only run off Knoll in the fourth when Brhet Brewley doubled and was driven home by Marc Sauceda. Sauceda had two hits against the Wolfpack. Jake Hitch and Casey McKelvie each had a hit in the game.

The Pumas will travel to Murrieta Valley to take on the Nighthawks who are tied for first place with Vista Murrieta. Great Oak will be at Temecula Valley to play the Golden Bears. The Bears are 10-7-1 overall and  5-4 in league.

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