Baseline teams hit the road


first_imgBut out of those, only two – Etiwanda and Los Osos – start the postseason with home games. Rancho Cucamonga (16-12) travels to Hawthorne (16-10), a team Burke said features quick, small guards – the type of squad that has given the Cougars matchup problems in the past. “It’s going to be a tough game, there’s no doubt about it,” Burke said. “Fortunately, we have a pretty resilient group of kids who are looking forward to the test.” Claremont (18-10), which finished fourth in the league, will travel more than 130 miles each way en route to Santa Barbara San Marcos (14-12). The Wolfpack are led by Jordan Block, who averages more than 27 points per game and is third in the Southern Section in scoring. Alta Loma – which got into the playoffs last year when another team forfeited – didn’t have to worry about relying on someone else this season. “The way we look at it is that we have the best league in the division,” RCHS coach Bill Burke said. “Playing in front of a packed house at Etiwanda, playing Osos in a great atmosphere – we’ve been battle-tested. There’s not too much that fazes our kids.” All six Baseline League teams made the playoffs, with Etiwanda, Los Osos and Upland finishing in a three-way tie for first place. The Braves (12-15) earned enough victories to become eligible, and have a trip to Irvine Woodbridge (15-11) as a result. Rialto and Eisenhower also play road games today in the wild-card round, participating in D2AA. Four teams in the area have D2AA home games tonight: Fontana, Don Lugo, Norco and San Dimas. Of those, the Conquistadores have an especially intriguing storyline. The team was short of the 11 wins needed to qualify for an at-large spot, but a 57-53 victory against Montclair in a tiebreaker game gave Don Lugo the Mt. Baldy League’s third and final seed. As a result, the Conquistadores host Crescenta Valley tonight. Montclair still made the playoffs and will travel to Burbank tonight. All games have 7:30 p.m. start times. Also, there is one area girls soccer game this afternoon: Garey hosts Miller in D2 wild-card action. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img When the CIF-Southern Section boys basketball playoffs open tonight, the three wild-card teams from the Baseline League will travel a combined 470 miles to and from their respective playoff sites. Rancho Cucamonga, Claremont and Alta Loma will each hit the road in a quest to win a game and advance to Division I-A first-round play beginning Friday. last_img read more

Uganda’s Lawrence Ndugga on hunt for greener pastures


first_img Tags: Bul FCHighlands Park FCLawrence Ndugga Ndugga (left) during his brief stint in Cyprus (Photo by Agency)JOHANNESBURG – Uganda’s U-23 midfielder, Lawrence Ndugga has traveled to South Africa seeking greener pastures.The former BUL FC player is understood to have departed for Johannesburg based side, Highlands Park Football Club where he will undergo trials.Nduga has been featuring in the Botswana Premier League with Shooting Stars FC for the last two years after joining them from Nkwazi FC of Zambia.At shooting stars in Botswana, Ndugga has registered 5 goals and 8 assists in the two seasons he has been there.He has previously played for Kira young, Bright stars FC and BUL FC in the Startimes Premier League, Uganda. He also had a semiprofessional stint with Cyprus Club, Mormenekse F.C during the 2016/17 season which did not last long.Upon arrival in South Africa, Ndugga was optimistic about passing the trials at Highlands Park FC;“All i s well since i arrived here at Modderfontein Park, above all have already adjusted to the weather here. I just pray i pass through these trials.” Said Ndugga in a Facebook post.In case the trials become a success, Ndugga will join other Ugandans in the South Africa top tier including Dennis Onyango ( Mamelodi Sundowns),  Geoffrey Walusimbi (Kaizer Chiefs) and Allan Kateregga( Cape town city).Highlands Park currently sit 12th on the Premier Soccer League (PSL) 16 team log.Comments last_img read more