Broncos strong at Cal-Nevada meet

FRESNO Senior Claudia Garcia (Whittier) and sophomore Tokunbo Adeniji (Pomona) each met NCAA Division II provisional qualifying standards at the Cal-Nevada Invitational, held Friday and Saturday at Fresno State University.
            Garcia finished fifth in the 5,000 meters on Friday in 17 minutes, 39.16 seconds to meet the standard. It marked a personal best for the senior and gave the Broncos five points in the team competition.

            The feat meant that much more to Garcia, who a few weeks ago did not finish a 5,000 race due to a shoe problem.

            Claudia ran extremely well and for her to run that well after having a disappointment last time out means that much more, Bronco coach Troy Johnson said. She ran a solid race. Im very happy for her. Shes put in the effort, no question.

            Adeniji ran a 56.68 time in the 400 during Fridays qualifying round. She missed reaching the finals by two-hundredths of a second.

            Tokunbo easily ran the best race as a Bronco and I couldnt be more proud of her, Johnson said. Its a shame that she missed by that close of a margin of reaching the finals, but she has put herself in solid position to improving. I like what she has shown.

            Junior Jasmine Winn (Pomona) finished sixth in the long jump with at 18 feet, 7 inches.

            For the men, sophomore Jonathan Williams (Temecula) finished third in the 200 in 21.42 seconds. Freshman Carter Griffin (Anaheim) finished third in the 400 in a  personal-best 48.81. Senior Joaquin Ortiz (Woodland) ran a personal best 1:55.92 in Fridays preliminaries, then eclipsed that time with a 1:54.24 in the finals. He finished seventh. Senior Sofiane Meniri was ninth in the finals in 1:58.75.

            Carter has really shown that he has unlimited potential, Johnson said. He keeps improving and that pleases me, big time. Joaquin cut his times substantially, and to do it on back-to-back nights shows what he is capable of doing. Im proud of both those young men.

            Were making not just improvement, but quality improvement for both of our teams. Those are the things that make you a difference maker.

            Junior Brian Roser (Chino) finished fourth in the 400 hurdles in 53.89 seconds.

            The Broncos return to the track Saturday at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational.

 

Student-athlete profile, Brittany martinez, Chaffey softball

BRITTANY MARTINEZ

Chaffey College

Softball

The lowdown: The freshman leads the state in homeruns with 10 and is batting over .500 for the Panthers (20-14, 7-1) who are currently second in the Foothill Conference. Starts in left field but has also been used in right and in center. Was at Chaffey in 2006-07 but did not play. Carries a 3.1 GPA.

Age: 19

Hometown: Ontario

High school: Don Lugo High School, 2006

Major: Psychology

Favorite athlete: Leah OBrien-Amico (outfielder on three Gold-medal winning USA Olympic teams).

Favorite team: New York Yankees

Role model: My parents

Most memorable sports moment: Receiving Mt. Baldy League MVP my freshman year on the varsity team.

Most embarrassing sports moment: 1. Being intiated because I was dressed up crazy and everyone was laughing and 2. Losing my front tooth at a softball practice on Valentines Day.

Person most influential in your athletic success: My dad, physically and my mom, mentally.

Best advice anyone has given you: Follow your heart and everything else will fall into place.

Celebrity you most want to meet: Julia Roberts

Favorite food: Mexican food – dads home-cooked carne asada, rice and beans.

Cant miss TV show: The Hills

Favorite movie: A League of Their Own

Last good book you read: Harry Potter

Whats in your CD player/iPod: Carrie Underwood

Favorite vacation spot: Rosarito, Mexico, anywhere by the beach

Pre-game ritual or superstition: Getting pumped from music and having assistant coach Justin sing international harvester with the team.

Other hobbies: Hanging out with loved ones, going to the beach.

What would you like to be doing in five years? Hopefully done with college and be a peace officer, have a home and possibly be married.

Student-athlete profile, Drew Hedman, Pomona-Pitzer baseball

DREW HEDMAN

Pomona-Pitzer

Baseball

The lowdown: The junior first baseman is coming off a week in which he earned Division III national player of the week honors. In 25 games he is hitting .452 (42-for-93) with 47 RBI, 32 runs, nine doubles and 13 home runs with a slugging percentage of .968. He also has a fielding percentage of .991. Was a first-team All-SCIAC, All-West Region and All-American selection as a junior when he hit .389 with 14 home runs and 56 RBI in 43 games. Also carries a 3.61 GPA.

Age: 21

Hometown: Redding

High school: Shasta High School, 2005

Major: Politics, Philosophy, Economics (with concentration on economics).

Favorite athlete: Travis Hafner, J.T. Snow

Favorite team: San Francisco Giants

Role model: My parents because they are honest, hard-working and generous people.

Most memorable sports moment: Last year on the last day of the regular season when our baseball team qualified for the regional tournament.

Most embarrassing sports moment: I was so excited for my first game as a freshman that I didnt pay attention to the lineup and I went to the wrong position, only to have the person who was playing that position tell me I was in the wrong spot.

Person most influential in your athletic success: My dad. He taught me to play hard, to work hard at practice and to push myself in the weight room. He taught me to play hard but play smart. Many days when I was younger were spent throwing the ball in the backyard or hitting at my school.

Best advice anyone has ever given you: Dont ne satisfied. There is always room for improvment.

Pre-game ritual or superstition: I always give my batting gloves to my first base coach right when the game starts. Even after checking the lineup and knowing the answer, I ask our statistician where I am hitting in the order.

Cant miss TV show: The Office

Celebrity you most want to meet: Michael Jordan

Last good book you read: White Fang (while I was studying abroad in Spain it was the only book in English in my room).

Favorite food: Steak

Favorite movie: Gladiator

Favorite vacation spot: Anywhere sunny, warm, with a beach nearby.

Other hobbies: Working out, listening to music, playing the piano.

Whats in your CD player/iPOD: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Citizen Cope, Jay-Z, Tom Petty.

What do you want to be doing in five years?: I want to play baseball as long as I can. After that I could see myself getting my MBA and working as a sports agent or in a front office of a baseball team.

- Compiled by Michelle Gardner

Student-athlete profile, Amy Thomas, Cal Baptist softball

AMY THOMAS

Cal Baptist University

Softball

The lowdown: The senior pitcher has helped the Lancers (37-3) to a No. 2 national ranking. Is 20-2 with an 0.75 ERA and 122 strikeouts and 85 hits allowed in 141 innings. Played her first two seasons at Cal State Dominguez Hills, then transferred as a junior which allowed her to play with older sister Candice. Earned GSAC, regional and national pitcher of the years honors last year as a junior when she went 28-2 with an 0.56 ERA and 187 strikeouts in 188 innings. Carries a 3.4 GPA.

Age: 21

Hometown: Barstow

High school: Barstow High School, 2004

Major: Kinesiology

Favorite athlete: Jon Garland (Hes an amazing pitcher).

Favorite team: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Role model: My mom because she is so strong and accomplishes everything she sets her mind to.

Most memorable sports moment: Receiving NAIA Pitcher of the Year last year at nationals. It came as a pleasant surprise to me, one I will never forget.

Most embarrassing sports moment: Running off the field when there were only two outs in the inning.

Person most influential in your athletic success: My parents both played huge roles in my success. My dad may have been the one on the field but my mom was at home working hard and pushing me on academics.

Best advice anyone has ever given you: Real pitchers paint the black.

Pre-game ritual or superstition: I need to pitch with a fake nail on my right index finger. My teammates think it is all in my head but I know it helps.

Cant miss TV show: One Tree Hill

Last good book you read: I Kissed Dating Goodbye by Joshua Harris. It gave me a whole different perspective on the Christian way of dating.

Favorite food: Italian (especially Olive Garden)

Favorite movie: The Notebook

Favorite vacation spot: Anywhere I can get a good deep tissue massage, and of course the beach just reading a good book.

Other hobbies: Yoga, pilates, volleyball, shopping and surfing.

Whats in your CD player/iPOD: Three Doors Down, Goo Goo Dolls, Josh Gracin, Kenny Chesney and Carrie Underwood.

 

What do you want to be doing in five years?: I would like to be a successful physical therapist helping others.

- Compiled by Michelle Gardner

Student-athlete profile, Dustin Williams, SBVC baseball

DUSTIN WILLIAMS

San Bernardino Valley College

Baseball

The lowdown: The freshman shortstop has helped the Wolverines to a 15-11 mark, serving as an offensive catalyst out of the leadoff spot. Is hitting .308 with 22 RBI, 10 doubles, three triples, a home run 20 runs scored and 12 stolen bases. Earned first-team all-league honors and represented his school in the annual all-star game as a senior. Also carries a 3.0 GPA.

Age: 19

Hometown: Huntington Beach

High school: Riverside Rubidoux, 2006

Major: Business management

Favorite athlete: Jose Reyes

Favorite team: New York Yankees

Role model: Derek Jeter/Ozzie Smith

Most memorable sports moment: Hitting my first two career high school home runs in the same game against my old high Ramona.

Most embarrassing sports moment: I dove for a ball up the middle and landed on my face but it was a hrow down on a runner stealing second on ball four.

Person most influential in your athletic success: My mom.

Best advice anyone has given you: To stay focused on what I can do and not to let what anyone says affect the way I play.

Celebrity you most want to meet: Derek Jeter

Favorite food: Angel hair pasta with shrimp scampi

Cant miss TV show: Any Yankees game

Favorite movie: The Sandlot

Last good book you read: Beowolf

Whats in your CD player/iPod: Kanye Wests Colleg Dropout

Favorite vacation spot: Lake Havasu

Pre-game ritual or superstition: Clean my cleats and listen to Kanye West.

What would you like to be doing in five years? Playing pro ball.

Chaffey softball team must overcome weak conference

Chaffey College softball coach Jimmy Rodriguez was more than a little miffed last Wednesday when College of the Desert called to forfeit a game it was supposed to be play at Chaffey in two hours.

Panthers athletic director Bob Olivera forced the Roadrunners hand and refused to accept the forfeit, telling the school to pick another day, any day.

The schools originally agreed on Tuesday but Desert came up with another excuse on why that wasnt good. The schools finally settled on April 14th.

It turns out it isnt the first time Desert has tried that stunt. It forferited to Antelope Valley on March 5, saying it didnt have enough players. But it was able to play three games two days later at a tournament hosted by Golden West.

What makes bailing on the games a little fishy is that Antelope Valley (26-4, 9-0) is the top team in the conference and Chaffey (20-14, 7-1) is second.

The whole season has been a difficult one for Rodriguez who has a solid team but would make the playoffs by default just because of the Foothill Conference is so weak.  SBVC, Victor and Rio Hondo are a combined 17-63. Add in third place Mt. San Jacinto and it is a still-woeful 28-79. Barstow (0-27, 0-9) started the season with a team but folded. Victor Valley and San Bernardino Valley havent been competitive.

The former SBVC coach bailed in the fall and the only reason the Wolverines have salvaged a season is that soccer coach Kristin Hauge, who played softball at Cal Poly Pomona when it had a team, stepped in.

It has been tough, Rodriguez said. We want to try and be competitive in the postseason but this makes it very difficult and our conference in losing credability.

Rodriguez said it will be tough in the end of the season to dole out all-conference honors since Deserts individual numbers would be misleading if it hadnt played the top two teams.

He also thinks statistics for games against Barstow should be throw out since not everyone played them.

Victor Valley gets a shot at the Mavericks

The Victor Valley College baseball team will play an exhibition game at 7:05 Tuesday at Stater Bros. Stadium against the High Desert Mavericks, the Seattle Mariners High-A affiliate of the California League.

Part of the proceeds will go toward the schools baseball program. About $4,000 was raised last year.

It’s really a lot of fun, Rams coach Bob Smith said. Our guys enjoy playing against the pros and the kids come and have a great time. They don’t know the difference. They’re just having fun.

Smith said freshman Louis Martus (Sultana HS) would probably start but he plans to use a handful of pitchers.

The Rams are coming off a doubleheader sweep of Mt. San Jacinto on Saturday. They are eld by sophomores Blane Lloyd and Luke Mullinax.

 

Coyote pitcher earns CCAA weekly honor

Senior right-hander Cheyne Hann of Cal State San Bernardino has been named CCAA Pitcher of the Week.

He turned in a dominating performance against No. 26 Cal State Stanislaus Saturday, throwing a complete-game two-hit shutout in an 11-0 Coyote win.

In nine innings Hann struck out six while facing just 31 batters four over the minimum. Two of the base runners reached on errors. Hann did not allow a runner past second base and retired the side in order five times.

He is the second Coyote pitcher in two weeks to earn the award as senior Matt Long did so two weeks ago.

No. 11 Redlands men look to regional play

The University of Redlands mens tennis team is gearing up for another run at the regional playoffs. The No. 11 Bulldogs, coached by Geoffe Roche, are 15-3 with seven wins over nationally ranked opponents.

The Bulldogs have advanced to regional play for 16 straight years. They usually end up running into either UC Santa Cruz and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, who are top contenders again this season.

I like to think we have played good enough competition were going to be ready, Roche said. We return most of our team and they did too so it will be a battle.

The Bulldogs have been bolstered by the addition of sophomore Matt Liebman, a transfer from the University of Delaware who has moved into the No. 1 slot. That has strengthened the lineup by allowing senior Eric Wagar, who was No. 1 last year, to move down to No. 2.

Rounding out the top five are junior Aron Ouye, sophomore Mike Reading, junior Chris Trippel and sophomore Jeff Hammond. The doubles lineup consists of Wagar and senior Ransom Cook at No. 1, Reading and senior Zack Hasenyager at No. 2 and Hammond and freshman Keven Wong at No. 3.

I think its just a matter of everyone being a year older and more experienced, Roche said. Now they all know more about what theyre facing.

The three losses have all been to top 10 teams – No. 5 Middlebury (6-3), No. 9 Williams (5-4) and No. 10 University of Mary Washington (6-3).

No doubt the most dramatic match came last week as the Bulldogs upset No. 1 Gustavus Adolphus (Minn.) 5-4, the pivotal match coming when Wagar won the last match of the day in a third-set tiebreaker.

The Bulldogs were up 2-1 after doubles but the Gusties won three of the five singles matches to tie it with Wagar still out on the court.

It doesnt get any more exciting than that, Roche said. It was a great match and a great atmosphere. And what makes it even more interesting is that he was in that same position last year and lost. So it was ironic.

Next up for the Bulldogs is a Wednesday home match against Concordia-Irvine, a quality NAIA program. The most notable matches will come on April 11 when the Banana Slugs come in and April 12, the last match of the season, when the defending SCIAC champion CMS team pays a visit.

Chaffey product playing in D2 Elite Eight

There may not be any local team representation at the Division II Elite Eight, but the Inland Empire is being represented on the women’s team from Alaska-Anchorage.

Former Eisenhower High School and Chaffey College standout Lillie Parks plays for the Seawolves who are competing in the women’s Elite Eight at University of Nebraska-Kearney. The Seawolves (30-4) won their quarterfinal Wednesday, beating Franklin-Pierce in overtime 71-65.

Parks only played five minutes but went 0-for-1 from the field. She had one steal but had three fouls which limited her playing time off the bench.

Next up for the Seawolves is a semifinal against Northern Kentucky (26-8) today. Parks was a valuable reserve all season. Hopefully the nerves will be gone and she will have a better showing in the next game.