Stags wrestle SCIAC swim title from Redlands

The men’s swimming and diving team won the 2008 SCIAC Championship on Saturday in dominating fashion. They scored 1012 points, 252.5 points better than second-place Redlands which had won the last seven in a row.

This was the team’s 28th title overall (most of any team in CMS history) and their first since 2000.

The Stags crowned three more champions on Saturday. They completed the sweep of all five relays at the meet by winning the 400 freestyle relay with a team of Andrew Cosentino (FR, Greenwich, CT), Andrew Kishino (FR, Riverside), John Sloat (JR, Lafayette) and Ryan Kristensen (FR, Saugus). Cosentino completed a sweep of his own by adding the 100 freestyle title (46.42) to his wins in the 50 and 200 frees. Nick Ostreim (FR, Phoenix, AZ) swam the second fastest 200 backstroke time in CMS history (1:51.81) in the prelims and won the event in the evening final. Both Cosentino and Ostreim’s times were NCAA-qualifying marks.

SCIAC Runner-ups on Saturday included Ian McGinnity (FR, Mesa, AZ) in the 1650 freestyle and Xavier Ramos (FR, Alta Loma) in the 200 butterfly.

CMS had 11 champions in the meet along with seven seconds and eight thirds in the 20 events at the Championships.

CMS wins SCIAC women’s swimming title

The women’s swimming and diving team won their sixth straight and tenth overall SCIAC Championship on Saturday. They scored 938 points, 308 points better than second place. 

Annie Perizzolo (FR, Aurora, CO) was named SCIAC Athlete of the Year at the conclusion of the meet.  She won both the 100 and 200 breaststrokes and had NCAA automatic-qualifying times in both events (she was the only swimmer, male or female, to hit an NCAA “A” mark in the meet).  The 200 breast time was a SCIAC record and the 100 breast time was a SCIAC meet record.  She was also on the 200 and 400 medley relay teams which both set SCIAC records.

CMS crowned two additional champions besides Perizzolo (200 breast) on Saturday.  The 400 freestyle relay team of Quirina Mitchell (SO, Kingsburg), Monica Brazelton (SO, Santa Clara), Danielle Peebles (JR, La Mesa) and Jenni Rinker (FR, Eagle River, AK) swam an NCAA-qualifying time of 3:35.16 as did Carliann Brashier (FR, Highlands Ranch, CO) in winning the 1650 freestyle (17:29.52).

SCIAC Runner-Ups on Saturday included Rinker in the 200 backstroke.  She also had an NCAA-qualifying time (2:08.28) as did both Chrysanthia Cheung Lau (FR, Ontario, 17:45.23) and Peebles (17:47.21) in the 1650 free.

CMS had nine champions in the meet in addition to seven seconds and seven thirds in the 20 events at the Championships. 

Cunningham puts his name in UCR record books

Senior Larry Cunningham became the UCR all-time scoring leader after he put up a season-high 31 points and led the Highlanders (7-17, 3-9 Big West) to a 79-62 victory over the visiting Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (11-14) in front of a season-high 1,214 fans at the Student Rec Center Saturday night.

Cunningham knocked down a free-throw with 1:10 remaining in the game to surpass Howard Lee (1969-72) who had held the record for nearly 36 years after finishing with 1,386 in his career. The Highlanders knocked down 57.4% of their shots as Cunningham finished 10-for-15 from the floor including three from beyond the arc and all eight of his free-throw attempts.

UCR used 16 first-half points by Cunningham and a 13-4 run half through the half to take a 34-20 lead after the first 20 minutes. The Highlanders had all players hitting their shots as they made 14-of-26 (53.8%) from the floor as a team with seven players recording baskets in the half.

Both teams would trade baskets for nearly all of the second half before the Highlander defense forced some stops down the stretch and then capitalized on the other end, eventually building double digit leads in the final minutes. The Rainbow Warriors were forced to foul in those final minutes but UCR knocked down 11 of their final 12 attempts from the foul line to pick up their third consecutive ESPNU BracketBuster win. They beat Idaho last season and Southeast Missouri in 2005-06.

The first-half run and the second-highest points scored in a half by the Highlanders on the season, proved to be too much for Hawaii. UCR shot 13-of-21 (61.9%) in the second-half and also won the battle on the boards, 30-23 to pick up their second straight victory.

Four Highlanders finished in double-figures with junior Severing Gates putting up 11 points and juniors Cleavon Barlow and Christian Soto each finishing with 10 points. Junior Aaron Scott brought down a game-high eight rebounds and finished with nine points.

Hawaii had all five of their starters finish in double figures led by Kareem Nitoto and Riley Luettegerodt who each put up 13 points.

The 31-point effort was Cunningham’s first 30-point effort of the season and seventh 20-plus game for him this season.

UCR returns to Big West action with a trip up north to face Cal Poly on Thursday and UC Santa Barbara on Saturday.

SBVC playoff hopes dim after 68-64 loss to Desert

By Michelle Gardner

Staff Writer

PALM DESERT – With four Foothill Conference teams tied for first place on the final day of the regular season, it was only appropriate that a game between two of those came down to the last possession.

College of the Desert emerged with a 68-64 win over San Bernardino Valley College Saturday. Playoff pairings will be decided on Monday but the Roadrunners (21-9, 10-4) will likely be the third-seeded team out of the conference behind Antelope Valley (24-10, 10-4) and Mt. San Jacinto (27-6, 10-4).

San Bernardino (13-15, 9-5), which won the conference a year ago, settles for fourth. While as many as five teams have gotten in before, the Wolverines will probably not advance because of their overall record.

The game also probably marked the end of Gerry Wrights tenure as coach. His masters degree is in education rather than physical education which the school requires.

I told them it was a pleasure coaching them and watching them mature as players and men, Wright said. I enjoyed my two years year and I am going to miss them.

The game was tied at 61 with 3:01 left. The Wolverines went ahead 63-61 on a putback by Sylvester Burel with 2:15 left. It was their first lead since 30-29 at 4;14 of the first half.

SBVC made it 64-61 on a free throw by Burel but that would be the last point the visitors scored. Deserts Julius Lang nailed the first of two free throws with 1:24 left to make it 64-62.

He missed the second but SBVC failed to block out and Deserts Spencer Dayton grabbed the rebound. The end result was a 3-pointer from the corner by DAndre James that gave the host team a 65-62 lead with 1:10 to go.
SBVCs Lewis Leonard, the second-leading scorer in the state, netted 26 in the game but misfired on a long jumper the next trip down the court and Desert grabbed the rebound.

Down 66-64, Johnny Barnes missed a turn-around jumper that would have tied the game, pretty much sealing the visitors fate.

Foul trouble was a factor for the Wolverines as Wright has nine players but uses only seven. Most of the calls went the way of the home team in the opening half which ended with the Roadrunners up 43-33.
In the first 20 minutes 18 personal fouls were called against the Wolverines with 10 against Desert.

The Roadrunners had just seven field goals but went 20-of-23 from the line while SBVC shot 7-of-10 from the stripe.

Desert led by as many as 12 in the second half, that lead coming at 52-40 on a fast break layup Antoine Davis.

I was proud of our guys. They fought hard and never gave up, even when we had some things working against us, Wright said.

Lewis also had nine rebounds and two blocks. Barnes added 14 points, eight rebounds and two blocks. Burel was the third player in double figures with 10 points.

The Wolverines went just 4-10 in nonconference play, making a better finish in conference play crucial. Desert coach Henry Viveros had words of praise for the Wolverines despite the defeat.

“It’s a shame they had such a tough time early in the season because they’re a quality team,” he said. “I think they’re one of the top 20 teams.”




Foothill Conference men’s basketball standings

Foothill Conference mens standings

Mt. San Jacinto               9-4     25-6
Antelope Valley               9-4     23-10
Desert                            9-4     20-9
San Bernardino VC          9-4     13-14
Chaffey                           7-6     17-12
Rio Hondo                       5-8     9-20
Victor Valley                   3-10    11-20
Barstow                          1-12    3-25

Todays games

San Bernardino at Desert, 3 p.m.
Barstow at Antelope Valley, 7 p.m.
Rio Hondo at Mt. San Jacinto, 3 p.m.
Chaffey at Victor Valley, 3 p.m.

Four teams look for Foothill honors on final day

By Michelle Gardner

Staff Writer

San Bernardino Valley College mens basketball coach Gerry Wright has been stressing a sense of urgency for three weeks now because the Wolverines poor showing in nonconference play didnt leave room for error when it came to qualifying for the playoffs.

But that phrase has taken on new meaning in the last week. Saturday is the last day of the regular season and the defending champion Wolverines (13-14) are one of four teams tied for first atop the Foothill Conference, all at 9-4.

The others are College of the Desert (20-9), Antelope Valley (23-10) and Mt. San Jacinto (25-6).
SBVC will be at Desert for a 3 p.m. game Saturday while the other two teams face easier finales. Mt. San Jacinto is hosting Rio Hondo (9-20), also at 3 p.m., while Antelope Valley entertains last-place Barstow (3-25) at 7 p.m.

We have had our backs to the wall for awhile now, Wright said. We have had to play likes its a playoff game just to get in this position so this is nothing new for us.

The 20-team South playoff draw will be announced Monday. Let the jockeying for position begin.

The most likely scenario is that three teams will end up tied. If that happens, all would share conference title honors. Coaches are meeting Sunday to vote on all-conference and coach of the year honors but they also have to submit a ranking of teams in order for consideration by the the executive committee determining the draw.
SBVC is in the most precarious position because of its 4-10 mark in nonconference, with none of those wins coming over a quality foe.

Wright expects the only debate to be over the first seed since Antelope and Mt. San Jacinto split their games. Antelope won one meeting 78-72, Mt. San Jacinto the other 78-75. In the state power rankings Antelope is 12th and Mt. San Jacinto 14th.

The third spot will be decided by the SBVC-Desert head-to-head. The Wolverines won the first meeting 95-88 although Desert beat SBVC 94-89 in a tournament game in December.

It is that close.

A lot of people say the conference is down this year. I dont buy that, said Mt. San Jacinto coach Patrick Springer who is on the executive committee.Look at how close the competition is between these teams.

The conference has gotten as many as five teams into the playoffs before but managed just three last year. So the Wolverines need the win today more than Desert does.
Then theres Chaffey (17-12, 7-6) which will finish fifth no matter what the outcome of its 3 p.m. game at Victor Valley (11-20, 3-10).

The Panthers helped force the logjam by upsetting Mt. San Jacinto in overtime Wednesday. They have also beaten Antelope Valley and have quality nonconference wins over Imperial Valley and Los Angeles Southwest, both first place finishers in their conferences.

But the Panthers cant make the playoffs unless the other four go too. Coach Jeff Kleins team slipped up against Rio Hondo a week ago and lost both games to SBVC.

It would be a shame if we didnt go because I think were a top 20 team, Klein said. But if we dont get it is because there were a couple of games we let get away.

The other factor that turned the race upside was the reversal of Deserts forfeiture of 14 games (five in conference). The Roadrunners were dealt the significant penalty on Jan. 25 after an athlete who came out after football was not listed on an eligibililty form for basketball. The school won its appeal earlier this week.
Springer, who played college basketball with Wright at Iowa, said he will fight for all five teams but knows that is asking a lot.

SBVC and Chaffey are not quite what they have been in the past. But theyre still quality teams, he said. I dont know of anybody that wants to see either of them in the first round.

Cal State men surge past rival Broncos

By Michelle Gardner

Staff Writer

SAN BERNARDINO _ The Cal State San Bernardino mens basketball team knew better than to take Cal Poly Pomona lightly. The Coyotes had lost five straight games to the Broncos including the first this season, one in which the once-proud program has struggled.

But the No. 20 Coyotes (20-5, 13-4) righted that wrong, handing their area rival a 69-58 setback Thursday at Coussoulis Arena.

The win extended the Coyotes ‘ CCAA lead to one and a half games over both defending champion Humboldt State and UC San Diego.

This was the monkey off my back, Cal State coach Jeff Oliver said. I still dont have a good feel on how to attack them but I think were getting closer.

The Broncos (10-12, 9-8), who were picked to finish second in the conference in a preseason poll of member coaches, need one win in their last three games to earn a spot in the eight-team conference tournament. They have lost four of their last six contests.

Jason Gilzene is among the handful of Coyote seniors who had not beaten the Broncos and he came up big with a team-high 17 points, highlighted by 8-for-8 shooting from the field.

We talked about it all day, he said of the Coyotes bad showing against the Broncos recently. We had to get that monkey off our back and it was our last chance to do it. Today the game just came to me.

The Broncos only lead of the first half came at 2-0. The Coyotes biggest lead came at 35-26 on a 3-pointer by Marlon Pierce. They led 36-28 at the intermission.

Cal State then scored five of the first seven points in the second half with a runner by Gilzene giving the Coyotes a 38-28 lead and a 3-pointer by Lance Ortiz extending it to 41-30.

The Coyotes took control midway through the second half. Cal Poly was still in striking distance at 46-39 but Gilzene got the next two buckets, making it 50-39.

Cal State led by as many as 14 twice, the last time coming at 58-44 with 6:57 left only to have the Broncos cut it to single digits with six straight points from the line.

A Cal State turnover led to a bucket by Kyle Krause that closed the gap to seven at 60-53 with 3:01 left but the Coyotes answered on their end with a putback by Gilzene off a Pierce miss, making it 62-53.

The Broncos were also within seven at 62-55 with 2:01 left but Michael Earl scored inside and was fouled on the play. He missed the free throw but the Coyotes corraled the rebound and ran enough time off the clock to put the game away.

Gilzene was followed in the scoring column by Renardo Bass with 13. Pierce had eight points and a team-high six assists.

The Coyotes did an extraordinary job on Broncos junior Larry Gordon, who was second in the conference in scoring and had reached double digits in every game. Gordon scored 12 points but all of those came from the line. He was 0-for-4 from the field.

Angelo Tsagarakis had 19, including four 3-pointers. He made his first four free-throws on the night to extend his streak to 25 straight but missed on his fifth of the night.


The Broncos attempted only 27 shots and were outrebounded 28-17.

Broncos coach Greg Kamansky said the Coyotes bench play made the difference.

Their bench is one of the better ones in the league. I dont know that Olivers saying his team played that much better. Its a late-season game and they got it done.

Added Oliver, We did a good job of knowing where he (Gordon) was and defending him but we didnt do a good job of spotting Tsagarakis.”

UC San Diego (15-7, 11-5), which is one game behind the Coyotes, is the next foe for both teams. The Tritons will play Cal State at Coussoulis Arena tonight, then move on to Kellogg Gymnasium to play the Broncos on Saturday. The Tritons beat both teams in the first round of conference play.

La Verne wins first SCIAC golf event

The University of La Verne boasted the top four individual finishers and cruised to a a first-place team showing at the first SCIAC tournament of the season at the 6,628-yard par 72 Empire Lakes.

The Leopards, the national Division III runner-up a year ago, tallied 284 while Claremont-Mudd Scripps was second (305) and Redlands third (306). Pomona-Pitzer tied Cal Lutheran for fourth (319).

The Leos Mitchell Fedorka took medalist honors with a 70. Teammates Rizal Amin and Andrew Kramer were one stroke back while Chris Davis was two back. Also representing the school were Jordan Talah (75) and Kevin Smith (78).

John Morris had the best finish for the Stags (74) . His teammates included Luke Redfern (75), Kurt Scheline (76) and Kyle Cassella (80).

Ross Canavao was the top player for Redlands (75).  Other finishers for the Bulldogs were Nick Giordano (76), Scott Pena (77), E.J. Stenftenagel (78) and Ryan Williams (79).l

Aex Nakao led the Sagehens (77).

Chaffey women get important win

With 13 points, Tamesha Jackson led four Panthers in double figures in a 61-49 win over Mt. San Jacinto on Wednesday. With the win the Panthers remained third in the conference with one game left.

Christina Warren and Zipporah Brown each had 12 points for Chaffey (23-7, 11-4 Foothill Conference) and Aundria Anderson had 10.

Sophomore Michelle Simmons led Mt. San Jacinto (20-10, 12-3) with 18 points.

Chaffey plays host to Victor Valley at 1 p.m. Saturday in its regular-season finale.

The win by Chaffey gives the conference title to San Bernardino Valley College which did not play Wednesday. The Wolverines had a one-game lead over Mt. San Jacinto entering play.

Sagehens’ Reynolds earns top honor

Senior Jabarri Reynolds of Pomona-Pitzer is this week’s SCIAC Male Athlete of the Week.

 Reynolds led the Sagehens to a 2-0 week. In a 52-42 home win over 6th street rival CMS, Reynolds scored 19 points, including 3-5 from three-point range, and grabbed 11 rebounds. Reynolds also committed zero turnovers in 35 minutes of action.

 In a stunning 62-47 road win over the number one team in the conference and West region Occidental, Reynolds shot 8-12 from the field en route to a 19 point, seven rebound performance.

Occidental’s Brianne Brown was named Female Athlete of the Week.