Men’s basketball standings – Dec. 26

School CCAA Pct. Overall Pct Streak Home Away Neutral
1. Cal State San Bernardino 2-0 1.000 9-1 .900 W2 2-1 1-0 6-0
Humboldt State 2-0 1.000 7-2 .778 W2 3-0 2-1 2-1
UC San Diego 2-0 1.000 5-2 .714 W5 5-1 0-1 0-0
4. Sonoma State 1-1 .500 5-1 .833 W2 2-0 1-1 2-0
Cal State L.A. 1-1 .500 6-2 .750 W3 5-2 1-0 0-0
San Francisco State 1-1 .500 6-3 .667 W2 3-0 2-2 1-1
Cal State Stanislaus 1-1 .500 2-6 .250 L3 2-1 0-4 0-1
Cal Poly Pomona 1-1 .500 1-5 .167 L2 1-1 0-2 0-2
9. Cal State Dominguez Hills 0-2 .000 5-3 .625 W1 2-2 1-1 2-0
Chico State 0-2 .000 4-5 .444 W1 3-1 0-3 1-1
CSU Monterey Bay 0-2 .000 1-7 .125 L3 0-0 0-6 1-1

Cal State’s Wilt wins weekly honor a third time

Cal State San Bernardino forward Vanessa Wilt has been named Wilson California Collegiate Athletic Association Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 17-23. It marks the third time this season Wilt has been honored.

Wilt, a 6-foot-1 senior from Hesperia, averaged 25 points and 15 rebounds in helping the Coyotes post a 1-1 record at the Dixie State College Tournament last week.

In a 75-54 loss to No. 15 Seattle Pacific, Wilt scored 18 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. She followed up that performance with 32 points and 16 points in an 89-84 overtime victory over Northwest Nazarene.

On the season, Wilt has recorded double-doubles in all eight games while averaging 20.6 points and 13.6 rebounds. She leads the conference in scoring, rebounds and blocked shots.

The men’s Player of the Week is senior Grayson Moyer of Humboldt State, the MVP of a tournament the Lumberjacks hosted last week.

Locals earn All-Tournament honors in Las Vegas

Several local basketball standouts earned All-Tournament honors at the Great Western Shootout in Las Vegas Tuesday and Wednesday at the Centennial Hills Center. The tournament featured four men’s team’s and four women’s teams with each game pitting a team from the California Collegiate Athletic Conference against one from the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

On the men’s side each conference won two games with Cal State San Bernardino going 2-0 and Cal Poly Pomona going 0-2 and both the GNAC teams – Western Washington and Central Washington – going 1-1.

The Coyotes’ Michael Earl was named Most Valuable Player. Other all-tournament selections were Marlon Pierce of Cal State, Larry Gordon of Cal Poly Pomona, Calin Schell and Fontana native Ira Graham of Western Washington and Jake Beitinger of Central Washington.

On the women’s side the GNAC fared better, winning three of four games with Central Washington going 2-0, Western and UC San Diego going 1-1 and Monterey Bay going 0-2.

Hanna Hull of Central Washington was named tourney MVP. She was joined on the team by Amanda Dunbar of Western, Michelle Osier and Alexis Gaskin of UCSD, Jenn Jacobs of Central Washington and Ja’Nae Westmoreland of Monterey Bay.

Westmoreland is a graduate of Rialto High School and San Bernardino Valley College.

Coyotes come from behind to beat Western Washington 71-65

LAS VEGAS _ The Cal State San Bernardino men’s basketball team has not been invited back to the Great Western Shootout in Las Vegas. The fact the Coyotes keep beating up on the host teams might have something to do with it.

The No. 10 Coyotes turned in another strong performance Wednesday night, upending Western Washington 71-65 at the Centennial Hills Center behind the play of tournament Most Valuable Player Michael Earl. That came one night after they routed the other host team Central Washington 83-60.

“They said there was some sort of miscommunication. They didn’t think we wanted to come back,” said Oliver, who will be looking to start his own event to be held the same event next year.

Not only have the Coyotes beaten both teams in successive years. They also beat Western Washington in its season opener in another tournament in Seattle in early Novemeber. The Coyotes (9-1) have handed the Vikings (7-2) both losses.

But both teams played better basketball in the most recent meeting. The Vikings came out quicker and were up by 13 at 32-19 with 8:33 to go. It was Fontana native Ira Graham igniting the charge with 16 of his 22 in the opening half.

“We seem to have some lapses and tonight we started with one,” Earl said. “They came out pretty amped up and we weren’t. We didn’t come out with the same energy we had. But we thought if we could stay close we would get them once we settled down and started playing our
game.”

The Coyotes battled back and only trailed by three at the half, 37-34.

It was nip and tuck the rest of the way with each team’s biggest lead of the half being three points. The game was knotted five times, the last at 65 with 1:51 to go after two free throws by Lance Ortiz.

Cal State went up for good moments later on a driving layup by Marlon Pierce with 1:27 to go. On the ensuing possession Graham took the ball and dribbled baseline but was called for stepping on the end line with 1:01 left.

“I really thought I was pushed out,” said Graham, who made the six-player all-tournament team. “But that’s not an excuse. That’s how basketball goes. We just made some mistakes dwn the stretch that hurt us.”

The Coyotes capitalized with Ortiz working time off the clock, then going baseline for a layup that gave Cal State a 69-65 edge with 24 seconds remaining.

Western Washington’s Harold McAllister set up for a 3-pointer on the next Vikings possession but his shot was batted away by Jason Gilzene with 13 seconds left. Ortiz knocked down a couple of free throws to put the game away.

Oliver appreciated coming out on top against a quality team in a tightly-contestd game. He also liked the way his team bounced back after being dealt a loss by NAIA Azusa Pacific on Friday.

“It was the wakeup call we needed,” he said. “I felt like we were regressing, not progressing and getting too complacent. Sometimes I think this team thinks it’s going to be too easy and that’s a mentality a team should never have or comes back to bit you in the butt.”

Earl tallied a team-high 16 points with six blocks. Pierce had 10, with eight rebounds, four steals and three assists to earn an all-tournament spot. Scoring was balanced after that with Reggie Brown and Renardo Bass and Ortiz chipping in with eight apiece. livcer used 11 players and 10 figured in the scoring.

Western shot 49 percent (25-for-51) while Cal State was slightly worse at 45.5 (25-for-55). It made up for that by going 18-for-22 from the free-throw line. The Coyotes were outrebounded 35-27 but forced 19 turnovers while making only nine.

“We really don’t have one person that has to be our go-to player. We have a lot of options,” Earl said. “That is good for us because no one has to have that pressure. We’re confident in each other.”

Oliver said he believed that Cal Poly Pomona was invited back to the CCAA vs. GNAC event with Cal State Stanislaus, traditionally a middle tier team, replacing the Coyotes.

Cal Poly men implode in final Vegas game

LAS VEGAS – Cal Poly basketball coach Greg Kamansky buried his head in his hands and stared at the floor in disbelief. Two of his players had just bobbled a loose ball and a Central Washington player scooped it up for an easy put back giving the Wildcats a 14-point lead.

There were still 12 minutes left but Kamansky knew his team wasn’t coming back. That premonition proved true as the reeling Broncos suffered a 84-66 loss in their second game of the Great Western Shootout at the Centennial Hills Center in Las Vegas Wednesday.

The loss dropped the Broncos to 1-5 on the season, although the good new is that an 0-4 part of that is non-conference play. It is the worst start for the school since going 1-6 to start the 1981-82 season.

After the game Kamansky kept his team in the lockerroom for 90 minutes. There was considerable shouting audible from the adjacent hallway.

“In all of these games we have had leads,” Kamansky said. “But in every one we have a good 10 minutes and then self destruct. We don’t have that mentality that allows us to respond when things get tough. Instead we just fall apart. That has to change soon.”

Even though it is early the frustration is showing on the court as well. Senior center Kaelen Daniels was ejected with 7:15 left in the first half and the Broncos up 21-20. Donnelle Booker had just been at the free-throw line and Daniels got tangled up with a Wildcat player underneath and was said to have thrown a punch.

Kamansky argued vehemently and was assessed a technical foul. Matt Penoncello only made two of four technicals tosses but Giovonne Woods drained a 3-pointer on the ensuing possession, giving Central a 25-21 lead.

Kamansky said he didn’t see what was called. He thought Daniels had been being held all game by Central’s Bryce Daub, something a Bronco assistant had asked the referees to watch. The coach thought Daniels was only trying to clear some room but will watch the video to see exactly what happened.

“I don’t want to say that cost us the game, but it was a momentum changer,” Kamansky added. “And we don’t have the kind of team that answers adversity in a positive manner.”

The Broncos were within two at 25-23 seconds later but it was all Wildcats (4-3) after that. Central outscored Cal Poly 14-7 the rest of the half and led 39-30 at the intermission.

Things didn’t get any better after that. The Wildcats started the second half with an 11-4 run and never looked back.

Junior forward Larry Gordon made up for a poor showing in the first half of Tuesday’s loss to Western Washington with 23 points, 10 rebounds,four blocks and two assists.

But he didn’t have a lot of help. Senior guard Angelo Tsagarakis netted 10 but six of those were from the free-throw line. He went just 2-of-8 from the field including an 0-for-5 from long distance.

The numbers actually made the contest look closer than it was with Central Washington shooting 48.3 percent (25-for-58) and Cal Poly Pomona managing 44 (22-for-50). Central went 17-for-26 for the line while the Broncos went 19-for-28 but the Wildcats were aided by an 11-for-23 effort from 3-point range compared to a 3-of-15 for the Broncos.

Central Washington had four players finish in double figures led by Penoncello with 18 and Nate Jackson with 17.

Next up for the Broncos is non-conference game against Division II LeMoyne on Dec. 30. Kamansky said he is not sure whether the ejection means Daniels will have to sit out that game.

Broncos fall to Western Washington in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS – Cal Poly Pomona coach Greg Kamansky wasn’t quite sure whether or not the 17-day layoff would help or hurt his team heading into the Great Western Shootout. It didn’t take him long to find out.

The Broncos were soundly beaten by Western Washington 73-64 Tuesday at the Centennial Hills Center in a game that wasn’t as close as the score indicates. They will be looking for a better outcome in today’s 2 p.m. game against Central Washington.

“We just got thrashed from top to bottom,” Kamansky said. “They were the better team, no doubt about it. We went completely blank on offense. We did that against San Francisco State. We did it against Vanguard and we did it again tonight.”

The Broncos (1-4) led early at 14-8 but that lead lasted only seven minutes. The Vikings pulled even when junior center Zach Bruce scored inside to tie the game at 19. The Vikings (7-1) took the lead for good moments later on a put back by junior forward Calin Schell.

Western Washington, which has won seven straight games since losing its season opener to Cal State San Bernardino, led 23-19 when Kevin Neveau scored inside with 6:12 left in the half to cut the deficit to two, 23-21.

But the Vikings reeled off the last 10 points of the half and the first eight of the second half, going up 41-21 on a jumper from the baseline by Derrick Webb. The scoring drought of 9:35 finally ended on two free throws by Larry Gordon but the Broncos were never in striking distance again.

Western Washington, out of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, maintained a double-digit lead most of the second half. The Broncos didn’t get within single digits until Gordon hit a pair of free throws with 30 seconds left.

Cal Poly Pomona shot 42.6 percent (23-for-54) but managed just 36 percent (9-for-25) in the first half. Angelo Tsagarakis had a team-high 19 points, including three 3-pointers. He also snagged eight rebounds and had four assists. Gordon added 15 with 10 rebounds but all of his points and seven boards came in the second half.

Kamansky cited the layoff for the sluggish performance.

“I hate to use that as an excuse but we definitely looked like we haven’t played in two weeks,” he said. “Our schedule has been erratic and we just haven’t been able to get in a rhythm.”

Western Washington, which shot 474 percent (27-for-57) was sparked by a local product as former Fontana High standout Ira Graham who tallied 14 points, 12 of those in the first half. He also collected five assists and a steal.

Graham, who leads the GNAC in scoring, admits he likes playing against the local teams.

“I definitely get more focused, more excited when I play the local teams,” the junior guard said. “I had a lot of family here so it made it even better.”

Kamansky added that the pressure is on to win the second game in the tournament. Teams from the CCAA and the GNAC battle for playoff berths in the Division II West Regional in March so this weekend’s games will have an impact.

“We aren’t leaving ourselves a lot of room for error,” he said. “Right now we don’t look like a good team.”

Cal State men punish Central Washington 83-60

LAS VEGAS – The last thing Cal State San Bernardino men’s basketball coach Jeff Oliver wanted was a shootout. His team has not played well on the offensive end of the floor and opponent Central Washington came in averaging 92.8 points.

It was indeed a shootout but only one team participated as the Coyotes cruised past the Wildcats 83-60 Tuesday in the Great Western Shootout at the Centennial Hills Center.

The defense was as tenacious as always. But it was one of the more complete efforts for the No. 10 Coyotes this season as they hit 50.8 percent from the field and came within a point of their season high. But the perfectionist in Oliver still came out despite the comfortable win.

“It was a great defensive effort. For us to guard a team like that and to limit them like we did was fantastic,” he said. “Offensively, we’re doing better but it was far from good. Maybe I’m
just a nitpicker.”

The point total was a season low for the Wildcats (3-3) and matched their season low of a year ago. It was also their least productive outing since 2004 when they were held to 47 once.

The Coyotes forced 22 turnovers and held their foe to 34 percent (16-for-47) from the field. Central had 24 points from the free-throw line so they got just 36 from the field.

“I thought they were going to be better than that, just by the numbers they were putting up,” senior center Michael Earl said. “But I guess you can contribute that to us playing well.”

Cal State blew the game open in the second half. It was even at 12 but the Coyotes tallied 10 of the next 12 points, surging out to a 24-14 lead on a driving layup by Marlon Pierce. The first half ended with the same point differential, the Coyotes up 39-29.

The Coyotes started the second half the way they ended the first. Reggie Brown hit a 3-pointer to give the Coyotes a 45-30 lead three minutes into the second half and Steve Gaston drained one the next trip down the floor to give Cal State a 48-30 lead that just got
bigger.

Oliver used 15 players and 12 of those scored. Earl led the way with 19, on 8-for-9 shooting from the field despite being slowed this week by the flu.

Pierce and Lance Ortiz also came up big. Pierce totaled 12 with five assists, four rebounds and two steals while Ortiz managed 11 with seven assists and four steals. The Coyotes chalked up 21 assists as a team.

There were also some big contributors off the bench as Philip Jones grabbed seven rebounds. Gaston added seven points, five assists and two steals.

All said the team came off Friday’s 78-75 overtime loss to NAIA Azusa Pacific more focused.

“We worked on passing the ball hard. We had gotten lackadaisical and were not getting guys open,” Ortiz said. “We came in here focused, ready to bounce back because we knew these were big games.”

The Coyotes play their second game of the tournament at 5 tonight against Western Washington (7-1) which turned back Cal Poly Pomona 73-64 earlier in the day. Western Washington’s only loss this season was to Cal State in the season opener played in Seattle.

Cal State men cruise past Central Washington

LAS VEGAS – The last thing Cal State San Bernardino men’s basketball coach Jeff Oliver wanted was a shootout. His team has not played well on the offensive end of the floor and
opponent Central Washington came in averaging 92.8 points.

It was indeed a shootout, but only one team participated as the Coyotes cruised past the Wildcats 83-60 Tuesday in the Great Western Shootout at the Centennial Hills Center.

The Coyotes’ defense was as tenacious as always, but it was one of the more complete efforts for the No. 10 Coyotes this season as they hit 50.8 percent from the field and came within a point of their season high.

But the perfectionist in Oliver still came out despite the comfortable win.

“It was a great defensive effort. For us to guard a team like that and to limit them like we did was fantastic,” he said.

“Offensively, we’re doing better, but it was far from good. Maybe I’m just a nitpicker.”

The point total was a season low for the Wildcats (3-3) and matched their season low of a year ago. It was also their least-productive outing since 2004, when they were once held to 47.

The Coyotes forced 22 turnovers and held their foe to 34 percent (16-for-47) from the field. Central had 24 points from the free-throw line, meaning they got just 36 from the field.

“I thought they were going to be better than that, just by the numbers they were putting up,” senior center Michael Earl said. “But I guess you can contribute that to us playing well.”

Reggie Brown hit a 3-pointer to give the Coyotes a 45-30 lead three minutes into the second half, and Steve Gaston drained one the next trip down the floor to give Cal State a 48-30 lead that just got bigger.

Oliver used 15 players, and 12 of those scored. Earl led the way with 19, on 8-for-9 shooting from the field, despite being slowed this week by the flu.

Pierce and Lance Ortiz also came up big. Pierce totaled 12 with five assists, four rebounds and two steals, while Ortiz managed 11 with seven assists and four steals. The Coyotes chalked up 21 assists as a team.

There were also some big contributors off the bench; Philip Jones grabbed seven rebounds, and Gaston added seven points, five assists and two steals.

The Coyotes play their second game of the tournament at 5 tonight against Western Washington (7-1), which turned back Cal Poly Pomona 73-64 earlier in the day. Western Washington’s only loss this season was to Cal State in the season opener played in Seattle.

Cal Baptist names new men’s soccer coach

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Ryan Jorden had been named the head coach of California Baptist University men’s soccer, Athletic Director Kevin Steele announced today.

Jorden becomes just the fourth head coach since CBU restarted men’s soccer in 1985, and he replaces Shayon Jalayer, who resigned in October after six seasons at the helm. This is Jorden’s first collegiate head coaching position.

“I am pleased that Ryan has accepted the position,” said Steele, who has now hired six new head coaches in less than three full years. “Ryan raised his stock immeasurably among an incredibly talented pool of applicants. His vast experience as a DI assistant and in the GSAC coupled with his enthusiasm and intelligence make him an excellent addition to our talented staff. We anticipate him taking this program to new levels of success in the very near future.”

Since 2000, Jorden has served as the lead assistant coach for Dave Wolf at GSAC-rival Westmont. During his time Santa Barbara, the Warriors were 82-39-11 and were consistently ranked in the NAIA Top 25. In 2000, the Warriors were ranked No. 1 in the NAIA, regional champions and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NAIA Tournament, finishing 19-5 overall. The Warriors were back-to-back GSAC co-champions in 2001 and 2002.

Jorden inherits a team that finished 6-10-1 in 2007, winning just two conference games. The Lancers have not made the playoffs since sharing the GSAC title in 1989.

With a penchant for player development, Jorden has worked and coached in all aspects of the soccer program, including fitness programming, scheduling and recruiting coordination. A graduate of Westmont, Jorden played for the Warriors from 1991-1994 and during that time was part of 65 wins and two national tournament appearances.

Jorden earned his bachelor’s in kinesiology from Westmont in 1995 and then became the assistant coach with the men’s soccer program at NCAA Division I Oregon State in 1996. During his four years at OSU, he completed his master’s degree in exercise science.

After returning to coach at Westmont for three years, he took a leave of absence in 2003 to pursue his Ph.D. in sport and exercise science with an emphasis in biomechanics at Northern Colorado and is currently ABD, expecting to defend in early 2008. During that 2003 season, he worked as an assistant coach with the UNC soccer program. Returning to Westmont in the fall of 2004, Jorden resumed his responsibilities in serving as a full-time member of the kinesiology faculty, teaching courses in biomechanics, research methods, motor control and a variety of physical activity courses.

A United States Soccer Federation (USSF) ‘A’ licensed coach with Olympic Development Program (ODP) experience in multiple states, Jorden just finished his 12th season of collegiate coaching. A native of Santa Barbara, Jorden and his wife Liz are proud parents of two sons, Graeme (four) and Evan (two).

Jorden will assume his new position Jan. 2.

Student-athlete profile – Carley Naddy, Redlands swimming

CARLEY NADDY
University of Redlands
Swimming

The lowdown: The 5-foot-8 senior excelled in the freestyle
events last year as a junior, contributing to a second-place team
finish in the SCIAC. Helped establish school records in the 200 free
relay (1:37.22), 400 free relay (3:32.19) and 800 free relay
(7:48.37). Was third in the 50 free (24.58) at the SCIAC and competed
in the NCAA National meet on four different relays. Helped the
Bulldogs to a No. 9 national ranking as a sophomore and set
a SCIAC record in winning the 50 free (23.83) and later placed 16th
at the national meet in that event.
Age: 21
Hometown: Danville, Calif.
High school: San Ramon Valley High School, 2004
Major: Business and psychology
Favorite team: Oakland Raiders
Favorite athlete: Natalie Coughlin
Favorite food: Mexican
Cant miss TV show: Greys Anatomy
Role model: My grandpa
Most memorable sports moment: Setting the SCIAC and school record in
the 50 free at the SCIAC meet in 2006.
Last good book you read: At First Sight by Nicholas Sparks
Celebrity you most want to meet: Patrick Dempsey
Whats in your CD player/iPod: Country (Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw).
Favorite movie: The Wizard of Oz
Favorite vacation spot: Cannon Beach, Ore.
Best advice anyone has given you: You can race and win from any lane
(my mom).
Pre-game ritual or superstition: Rubbing my hands on the block and
dring the block off with a towel.
Other hobbies: Photpography and scrapbooking
What do you want to be doing in five years: Be settled in my career
and hopefully traveling.