Student-athlete profile – Marlon Pierce, Cal State San Bernardino basketball

MARLON PIERCE
Cal State San Bernardino
Basketball

The lowdown: The 6-foot-2 senior point guard is averaging 10
points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.8 steals in helping
the Coyotes to a 7-1 start and No. 6 national ranking. Season-high
thus far has been 22 points against Monterey Bay. Also has a high of
eight rebounds against Western Washington. Role as a junior was more
of a ball distributor but he still averaged 6.5 points, 2.7 rebounds,
2.8 assists and 1.9 steals depite sharing playing time at the
point. Came to the Coyotes from Cuyamaca Community College
in the San Diego area.
Age: 21
Hometown: San Diego
High school: Helix High School, 2004
Major: Commnications
Favorite athlete: Michael Jordan
Role model: My dad (Larry Pierce)
Most memorable sports moment: Winning the 2007 West Regional
championship game last year and winning a CIF championship game my
senior year of high school.
Most embarrassing moment: Disclocating my shoulder my sophomore year
of high school in the last practice of the season.
Last good book you read: The Bible
Favorite movie: American Gangster
Cant miss TV show: The Wire
Celebrity you most want to meet: Actress Lauren London
Favorite food: Macaroni and cheese, Mexican food (from San Diego taco
shops).
Whats in your CD player/iPod: Jay Z-American Gangster
Other hobbies: Poker, bowling and all other sports
Favorite vacation spot: Las Vegas
Best advice anyone has given you: Youve got a lot of stuff ahead of
you, dont let the past get in the way of it (my dad).
Pre-game ritual or superstition: Pray before every game and at
halftime.
What do you want to be doing in five years: Working in sports
broadcasting.

- Compiled by Michelle Gardner

Redlands women down UC Santa Cruz

Redlands - After back-to-back losses, the University of Redlands women’s basketball team rebounded in fine fashion on Sunday with a decisive 71-55 victory over Division III opponent UC Santa Cruz.  Despite late comeback runs by the Banana Slugs, the Bulldogs maintained their composure and continued to pull away with strong shooting and stifling defense.

The early part of the game saw a back-and-forth contest with UCSC gaining a five-point lead at 15:51 in the first half.  However, Redlands responded with relentless defense that resulted in 23 points off of 23 Slug turnovers.  Although UCSC moved within three late in the second half, the Bulldogs took advantage of opportunities and handled the ball well to hold the lead.
 
Sophomore forward Meghan Yetman (shown in photo; Danville, CA) led the way once again for the Bulldogs, scoring a season-high 26 points to lead the both teams.  In addition, Redlands boasted three other players in double figures with senior guard Valerie Katayama (Huntington Beach, CA) adding 13, junior post player Lindsey McFerran (Lakewood, CA) providing 12, and sophomore guard Ali Bueno (San Jose, CA) chipping in 11.  As a team, Redlands shot 36.4% from the field, accompanied by a much improved 78.8% from the free-throw line.

Santa Cruz gained 14 points from senior point guard Talia Joyce (Carson City, NV) while sophomore forward Jessica Andrusaitis (Durham, CA) added 12.  Junior forward Melissa Junge (Sunnyvale, CA) rounded out the double-digit figures for Santa Cruz with 10 points.
 
Later this month, Bulldog women’s basketball (5-3) continues non-conference play on the road in Michigan at the Kalamazoo Classic. On December 29, Redlands takes on Kalamazoo College (MI) at 4 p.m. EST and then faces Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology on December 30 at 2 p.m. EST.  Redlands returns home on January 10 for the first conference game of the season and hosts Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at 7:30 p.m.

Student-athlete profile – Monica Emanuel, CMS swimming

MONICA EMANUEL
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Swimming

The lowdown: The talented senior is a three-time SCIAC champion in
1-meter diving, recording a score of 342.20 in the finals as a junior
in helping the Athenas to the team title. Has finished first in that
event in the last most recent two meets this seasons with a score of
214.75 in a dual meet against Caltech and a 225.45 in a win over
Occidental. Has helped the Athenas to a No. 11 national ranking.
Age: 21
Hometown: Walnut Creek
High school: College Park High School, 2004
Major: Neuroscience
Favorite athlete: Kristian Ipsen (Decorated junior national diver).
Favorite team: Oakland As
Cant miss TV show: House
Favorite food: Stir fry
Role model: Eric Sargent (my physical therapist)
Most memorable sports moment: Winning the 1-meter diving at the SCIAC
meet by 0.6 points in 2006 when I was having really bad back problems.
Most embarrassing moment: Hitting my head on the diving board in 2002
and getting carried off the pool deck on a stretcher. I ended up
getting eight stitches and breaking my nose.
Person most influential in your athletic success: My older brother
Mark who also dove for CMS.
Last good book you read: Stumbling Upon Happiness by Daniel Gilbert
Favorite movie: A River Runs Through it.
Favorite vacation spot: Alaska
Whats in your CD player/iPod: Continuum by John Mayer
Celebrity you most want to meet: Lance Armstrong
Best advice anyone has given you: When you get frustrated or feel
like everything is caving in on you, just go outside, take a deep
breath, and say to yourself its going to be alright.
Pre-game ritual or superstition: I have to make sure my hands arent
too wet or too dry. so I wipe them on my swimsuit and my legs. I also
talk to myself while Im on the diving board reminding myself of
things I have to remember to do in the dive.
Other hobbies: weightlifting, working as an athletic trainer
What do you want to be doing in five years: I would like to be
working as a physicians assistant for a neurosurgeon or an
orthopedic surgeon.
- Compiled by Michelle Gardner

 

Student-athlete profile – Robert Hughes, La Verne basketball

ROBERT HUGHES
University of La Verne
Basketball

The lowdown: Has been a spark coming off the bench for the Leopards,
averaging 10 points and 4.1 rebounds while shooting .642 from the
field. Chalked up 19 points and five rebounds in an 84-81 win over
Willamette and had 14 points and nine rebounds in a 78-55 win over
Pacific Union as the Leopards (4-4) have already equaled their win
total of last season. Was second on the team in scoring (10.2 ppg)
and rebounding (5.6 rpg) as a junior and recorded a team-high 33
blocks.
Age: 21
Hometown: North Edwards
High school: Boron High School, 2004
Major: Business administration
Favorite athlete: Serena Williams
Favorite team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Role model: My parents
Most memorable sports moment: Beating my brother in teather ball in
the fourth grade because after that I knew anything was possible.
Most embarrassing moment: My string was loose in my shorts in junior
high and I went up for a layup and they fdel off to my ankles.
Person most influential in your athletic success: High school
basketball coach David and Brad Wiggs.
Last good book you read: The Road
Favorite movie: Three Ninjas Kick Back
Cant miss TV show: Heroes, Brothers and Sisters
Celebrity you most want to meet: Jimmy Neutron
Favorite food: Orange chicken from Panda Express
Whats in your CD player/iPod: Destinys Child
Other hobbies: deep sea fishing, snowboarding, wakeboarding
Favorite vacation spot: Mammoth
Best advice anyone has given you: Just do what you do and have fun.
Pre-game ritual or superstition: Always eat a Snickers bar before
every game.
What do you want to be doing in five years: Managing a business of my
own or become a matador.

Yucaipa resident sets swim record for Lancers

LAS VEGAS, Nev.Brad Terwilliger and the men’s 400 medley relay team highlighted a quick Saturday for the California Baptist swim team at the UNLV Winter Invitational.

Terwilliger, product of Yucaipa High School, set a school record in the 500 free with his time of 4:34.68 which was good enough to capture the B final and was the fifth fastest time overall. He set the record last year at the NAIA Championships with a 4:34.87.

Vicente Andrade, Bryan Haile, Terwilliger and Alan Ogden swam a fourth-place time of 3:24.21 in the 400 medley. UNLV, UC Santa Barbara and TCU, all NCAA Division I schools, were the only schools to swim a faster time. The Rebels won the race with a 3:20.94.

Haile also took seventh in the 50 free (21.36) and Ogden placed 12th (21.51) and both helped the 200 free relay team take ninth. Both Haile and Ogden combined with Brian Jack and Sean McPherson to swim a 1:25.60.

Nicole Shipman, Elena Zanone, Angie Rodriguez and Katelyn Butler combined for a 4:00.98 in the 400 medley relay placing 14th on the women’s side of the meet.

Shipman is an Upland resident and graduate iof Glendora High School.

Cal Baptist adds cross country program

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — California Baptist University will add men’s and women’s cross country as intercollegiate sports, Athletic Director Kevin Steele announced today.

The Lancers will begin competing in the fall of 2008, and a national search for a head coach will begin immediately. In addition to wrestling, which was added last week, CBU will now offer 20 sports.

“We are pleased to bring men’s and women’s cross country back to the CBU campus and intend for it to move quickly into national prominence,” said Steele, who has now overseen the addition of six sports since he began at CBU in the summer of 2005.

California Baptist first sponsored cross country in the 1960s and then again ran it from 1995-2003. CBU was once a GSAC-power and national-contender in men’s cross country, claiming four straight GSAC titles and four straight Top 10 finishes at the NAIA Championships from 1998-2001, including a third place finish in 2001. Also, the Lancer women advanced to three straight NAIA Championships from 1998-2000.

CBU becomes the tenth Golden State Athletic Conference institution to compete in both men’s and women’s cross country. Four GSAC men’s teams were ranked in the final NAIA Top 25 of 2007, while five women’s teams were ranked.

Currently 192 NAIA institutions sponsor men’s cross country while 199 institutions sponsor women’s cross country. The NAIA Championships are usually run the third weekend of November.

Beeman builds a winner at Mt. SAC

Laura Beeman was outside Selland Arena in Fresno, talking on her cell phone moments after her Mt. San Antonio College women’s basketball team won a state tournament semifinal game, seeking information on thenext opponent.

She was approached by 6-foot-2 Carmen Deal, a freshman at Pasadena City College, who wanted to transfer.

Beeman knew Deal well, having played against her twice in the 2006-07 season. Beeman told the player she needed to talk to her coach about leaving and enroll at Mt. SAC before she could speak with her.

Deal did that and showed up in the fall, bringing with her an attitude other coaches had warned Beeman about. But Beeman didn’t turn the player away. She welcomed the chance to make a difference.

It has paid off again as Deal has transformed into a solid team player on and off the court.

“That’s my specialty,” said Beeman. “I like taking these kids that are considered problems and working with them. You give them your soul, they’ll give you theirs back.”

Beeman’s caring, tough-love approach has worked. The San Bernardino native is in her 13th year heading the Mt. SAC program. She has 307 career wins, four 30-win seasons and eight 20-win seasons, highlighted by three state titles in the last four years.

The Mounties (15-1) face San Bernardino Valley College (7-2) at 5:30 tonight.

While she is pleased with the wins, it is the graduation rate and her success advancing players that she is most proud of. Lauren Ervin, the cornerstone of the state title team in 2006, is the leading scorer at Arkansas and hasn’t forgotten her first conversation with Beeman.

“She told me not to expect any special treatment just because I had athletic ability. If I didn’t plan on going to class or working hard, I better go play somewhere else,” Ervin said. “A lot of coaches say that, but they don’t mean it. I knew better than to test her because if you get in her doghouse it’s hard to get out.”

Beeman, 39, lives in Huntington Beach but hasn’t forgotten her roots. Parents Jerry and Judy still live in San Bernardino and are regulars at most games along with her 92-year-old grandmother Lois.

Brother Bobby took over the the pharmacy business which still bears the family name. Laura also has two sisters, Lisa and Cheryl.

She admits she doesn’t get back as often as she would like, especially during the season but did return last week to help decorate the family Christmas tree.

Beeman attended San Gorgonio High School as a freshman, then transferred to San Bernardino High School where she played for three years.

She signed early with Division I Weber State but a serious knee injury derailed that plan. Instead she played close to home at UC Riverside, then coached by Nancy Simpson, who later spent 12 years at Cal State San Bernardino.

Beeman decided to end her playing career for good after a second knee injury that season but Darryl Smith, an assistant coach at Cal State, tracked her down at the mall where she was working and convinced her to give it one last shot.

“I really had no intention of playing again,” Beeman said. “Two knee injuries had me convinced basketball was not going to be part of my future.”

Beeman relented and played two years for the Coyotes, helping them to a 24-4 mark and West Regional final in 1990. She is second in career assists (379 in her two years and also has the second and third-best numbers for assists in a season, 203 (1989-90) and 176 (1990-91.

She finished her degree in business marketing but opted not to play as a senior.

“I just lost my love of the game,” she said. “I didn’t want to play if my heart wasn’t totally in it. I don’t like taking on something unless I am going to give it my absolute best.”

After graduating she took a job in marketing and promotions with the High Desert Mavericks baseball team in its inaugural season.

But she was back in the game a year later when an assistant at the University of Redlands asked her to work for the women’s team as a graduate assistant. She did that for two years while pursuing a masters.

She first applied for the Mt. SAC job when it opened in 1994. It was given to Sherry Stevenson but Beeman was asked to stay on as an assistant. A year later the school opened the job again and Beeman was given the nod.

She had a five-year plan in place, with her biggest adjustment the classroom environment. The team went a respectable 17-12 her first year.

“I wasn’t new to basketball but I was new to the academic scene,” she said. “I had never taught in high school, forget college.”

Beeman said a turning point came in 1999 when she brought in Brian Crichlow as her lead assistant. He had been serving as the head girls coach at Pomona and became familar with Beeman when she started recruiting some of his players.

Crichlow said Beeman’s work ethic is contagious.

“You come in here and she has a practice plan laid out, a scouting report on the next opponent. She is watching film,” he said. “It makes you want to dive right in too because you can see how much work she has already put in before you even get there.”

Beeman has accomplished everything she can at the community college level and admits she would never count out moving on to a four-year institution, but isn’t actively seeking the opportunity.

She won’t consider a move unless it’s the perfect job for her.

“If it were the right time, the right place and the right situation and I knew I was going to have complete control of the program, yes, I would absolutely think about it,” Beeman said. “But I can also see myself being a Mountie the rest of my life.”

CMS swimmer earns weekly SCIAC honor

Ryan Kristensen (FR, Saugus) has been selected SCIAC Athlete of the Week for the weeks of November 26 – December 9.

He won five events as the Stags won at Caltech and beat Occidental at home.  He won the 200 free (1:52.21) and anchored (22.44) the winning 200 free relay against Caltech.  He won the 50 free (22.17) and 100 free (48.56) and anchored (49.42) the winning 400 medley relay against Occidental.  Kristensen currently has the top times in the SCIAC in both the 50 and 100 free.

Occidental basketball player Stacy Roshon was named the top female performer.

Cal State men gear up for Azusa Pacific

By Michelle Gardner

Staff Writer

SAN BERNARDINO The Cal State San Bernardino men put their unbeaten record and lofty state ranking on the line again tonight but this time they will do so against an unfamiliar foe.

NAIA contender Azusa Pacific will march into Coussoulis Arena for a 7:30 p.m. contest. While the game wont factor into the all-important regional rankings since the Cougars (5-4) are not a Division II school, it is counted in the overall record used for national ranking purposes.
Coach Jeff Oliver wont take this game any differently however.

It may not count in the region but were not taking it any differently than a conference game, he said. Were going to go out there and try to win, whether it takes playing 12 guys, or shortening the bench and playing eight.

The No. 6 Coyotes (7-0) have been idle for the last two weeks but swept Monterey Bay and San Francisco State to start CCAA play on Nov. 30. The team has been solid on defense, allowing an average of just 58 points a game and forcing an average of 19 turnovers. Now Oliver and assistant Paul Trevor have been focusing on offense where the Coyotes have struggled a bit. The bright spot is that the team has not been beaten despite being inconsistent there.

I thought we made a lot of progress there the last two games, said Oliver, the most successful coach in the programs history. But we have to keep fine-tuning. Even though we have gotten through unscathed, we know we have tougher games ahead of us.

Unlike in years past, Oliver has used the same starting lineup in six of the seven games. That quintet includes senior guards Lance Ortiz (13.3 ppg, 5.3 apg) and Marlon Pierce (9.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 4.4 apg), junior guard-forward Renardo Bass, senior forward David Reichel (7.7 ppg) and senior center Michael Earl (10.9 ppg, 5.9 rpg).
Junior guard Steve Gaston has provided a spark off the bench, scoring 15 in the Coyotes last contest.

The Coyotes will also be bolstered by the return of 6-foot-5 senior forward-center Joseph Tillman. He had only one quarter of eligibility remaining so he sat out the fall but is now able to play with the posting of grades this week.

Azuza Pacific, which competes in the Golden State Athletic Conference, is coming off a 29-7 mark in 2006-2007. They are just above .500 this season despite boasting a roster that includes five Division I bouncebacks.
Among those is Upland High School product Todd Martin (9.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg), a 6-7 senior forward who came over from Troy State after his sophomore year. Other key players are 6-5 senior Davon Roberts (13.3 ppg, 6 rpg), who played previously at Sacramento State, and 6-2 sophomore guard Mike Danielian (12.3 ppg), who moved over from Cal State Fullerton.

The Cougars are directed by first-year coach Justin Leslie who had been the top assistant the last five years and played for that head coach Bill Odell.

Anyone that thinks this is going to be an easy game because it isnt a CCAA school is wrong, Oliver said. They play in a very good conference. Those top teams are just as good as the better teams in ours.

The Coyotes will then turn their attention back to Division II play with games Tuesday and Wednesday against Central Washington and Western Washington in the Great West Shootout in Las Vegas.

The next three games will not be aired on radio but are available on the Internet through the Coyotes athletic websight at http://athletics.csusb.edu.

Chaffey men cruise past Pasadena City

Freshman guard Winston Robinson scored 27 points, including an 11-for-12 showing from the free-throw line as Chaffey downed Pasadena City College 100-93 Wednesday night in a non-conference game. It was the fourth straight win for the Panthers.

Sophomore guard Brandon Clemons contributed 15 points including three 3-pointers for Chaffey, which entered as the second-highest scoring team in the state.

Chaffey (8-5) will play in a tournament at College of the Desert Dec. 27-29.

Pasadena dropped to 1-9 on the season.