Citrus men keep bringing in awards

Just three days after winning the programs first ever State Championship, the 2007-2008 Mens Basketball team keeps on winning, post-season awards that is. Including State Tournament awards, Citrus received 11 individual post-season awards this year.

The Citrus College Men's Basketball team hold up the CCCAA State Championship trophy after winnthe state title on Sunday. The Owls kept up the winning this week, as they earned 11 different post-season honors, continuing to stake their claim as one of the best teams in program history.Both Buchi Awaji and Darren Moore top the list, as both were named Co-MVPs of the WSC South. Moore, who averaged 17.8 points per contest in WSC South play, was also named to the All-Tournament team at the State Championships this past weekend, and to the 1st team All-State list that was released at the tournament.

Alongside him was Awaji, who scored 17.2 points per game in conference play, and became the first player under Rick Croy to top 1,000 career points with a total of 1,021 points in his two year stint with the Fighting Owls. Awaji was also named State Tournament MVP, and 1st team All-State along with Moore.

Others who were awarded for their play this year, were sophomores Virgil Buensuceso who was named a 1st All-WSC honoree and an All-Tournament selection during Citrus State Championship run.

Freshmen Troy Payne and A.J. Gasporra rounded out the post season honors as both earned All-WSC South Honorable Mention honors. Payne led the Fighting Owls in rebounds this season, averaging 5.5 boards per game, while Gasporra made a team high 71 three pointers, all while averaging a team high 43.3% shooting from beyond 3-point arc.

Last but certainly not least, was the honor bestowed upon head coach Rick Croy, as he was named WSC South Coach of the Year. Croy who just finished his third season with the Fighting Owls has put together an impressive resume in which he has a 73-27 won-loss record, and a Citrus program best .730 winning percentage.

Cal Baptist wins national swimming titles

AN ANTONIO, Texas The celebration began just before the final event, the 400 free relay, got underway as both California Baptist teams received word that they had enough cushion to claim the fourth straight national title on the womens side and the third consecutive on the mens side.

The women finished with 729 total points while the men topped it off at 573.

Both Simon Fraser and SCAD teams finished second and third with SFUs women scoring 585 while the men finished at 503. SCADs women totaled 540 points while the men scored 465.5.

The Lancer women had eight top-four finishes with a pair of national champions. Nicole Shipman and Katelyn Butler each will bring home a national title as Shipman notched a 2:04.67 in the 200 back while Katelyn Butler just missed a school record by one-tenth of a second in the 100 free (51.83).

Kimie Cook, Elena Zanone and Elaina Hunter went 2-4 in the 200 breast with times of 2:23.55, 2:24.55 and 2:26.94. Meredith Krom and Angie Rodriguez each finished fourth with Krom swimming a 2:10.70 in the 200 back and Rodriguez swimming a 2:10.16 in the 200 fly.

The 400 free relay team capped off the womens events as Melissa Bowers, Stephanie Jung, Krista Chacon and Katelyn Butler combined for a fourth-place time of 3:34.38.

Vicente Andrade added his second national title to his collection with a 1:48.97 in the 200 back while fellow freshman Daniel Heihn placed third in the 200 fly (1:52.83).

Kent Klawer finished sixth in the 200 back (1:56.63). Matt Brown and Sean McPherson went 6-7 in the 100 free (46.76, 46.87) while Rickey Wilson and Barret Wilson went 6-7 in the 200 breast (2:14.04, 2:14.07).

The 400 free relay team closed out the 2008 national championships with a second-place finish as Andrade, Brian Jack, Brown and Sean McPherson combined for a 3:04.97.

Rick Rowland was named the Men’s Coach of the Year while Ben Wahlman and Lindsey Cline were each named Diver of the Year.

UCR adds to athletic department staff

UC Riverside has announced the hiring of Brent LeVasseur to serve as the Athletic Ticket Manager. LeVasseur comes to UCR after working as a Senior Financial Analyst and Vice President for Client Relationships for a private San Diego based company. He also has worked in the University of San Diego Compliance office as well as the ticketing offices for the X Games, California State games, and the San Diego Shockwave. LeVasseur duties at UCR will include ticket operation, group sales, and event management.

LeVasseur is in the process of completing his MBA in Sports Business Management from San Diego State University and is set graduate in June 2008. He completed his undergraduate degree in mathematics (with a minor in business) at Kalamazoo College (Michigan) in 2002.

Brent enjoys spending time with his wife Lacy, doing outdoor activities, and reading. LaVasseur and his wife live in Palm Desert.

CMS women swimmers finish 14th at nationals

CMS scored 70 points to finish 14th at the NCAA Division III Championships in Oxford, OH over the weekend. This is the third straight year and fifth time in the last seven years CMS has finished in the top 15.

The Athenas were led by the double All-American performance of Annie Perizzolo (FR, Aurora, CO). She finished second in the 200 breaststroke with a SCIAC record time of 2:18.31 and finished fifth in the 100 breaststroke with the second fastest time in SCIAC history (1:04.85).

In the 200, she broke her own SCIAC record in the prelims by 2.39 seconds to qualify third and then went 0.46 seconds faster in the final. In the 100, she swam a personal best of 1:05.18 in the prelims and then swam a lifetime best in the final.

Perizzolo also swam the breaststroke leg on both of CMS’ medley relays. The 400 medley relay team of Jenni Rinker (FR, Eagle River, AK)-Perizzolo-Kevyn Klein (SR, Northridge)-Monica Brazelton (SO, Santa Clara) won the consolation final with a SCIAC record time of 3:56.01. The same four made up the 200 medley relay team that finished 11th.

The 800 free relay of Rinker-Brazelton-Perizzolo-Carliann Brashier (FR, Highlands Ranch, CO) finished 14th. All three of these relays earned Honorable Mention All-American honors for finishing ninth to 16th. Rinker also earned individual HM All-American honors by finishing 13th in the 200 backstroke. Rinker set the CMS and SCIAC record of 2:06.25 in prelims and swam just 0.01 seconds slower in the final.

Rinker also set the CMS record of 58.89 in the 100 backstroke while finishing 18th. The 200 free relay team of Brazelton-Rinker-Perizzolo-Klein finished 17th, the 400 free relay team of Brazelton-Rinker-Brashier-Klein finished 19th and Brashier finished 20th in the 1650 free and 38th in the 200 and 500 frees.

La Verne’s Jones earns all-region honors

University of La Verne junior forward Trenecca Jones was named to the First Team All-West Region as voted on by Sports Information Directors in the region and announced on Wednesday.

A 5-9 product from Ontario and a 2008 First Team All-SCIAC selection, Jones helped lead La Verne to a 20-8 overall record and a second consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament.

Jones led the SCIAC in both scoring and rebounding for the second year in the row, averaging a double-double of 17.2 points and 10.9 rebounds in 2007-08. Moreover, she paced the Leos in field goal percentage at .503 to rank third overall in the conference.

She distinguished herself in the postseason by averaging 19.0 points and 11.7 rebounds in ULVs three tournament games. She helped lead the Leopards to the first-ever SCIAC Tournament Championship with a 17-point, 18-rebound effort in a 65-60 triumph over Redlands in the tournament semifinals on Feb. 28 along with a 20-point, 12-rebound performance in a 79-51 triumph over Occidental in the conference championship game on March 1. For her efforts, she was named SCIAC Female Athlete of the Week on March 5. Jones ended the season with a game-high 20 points in La Vernes 74-58 NCAA first round defeat to Puget Sound.

Jones registered a career-high 19 rebounds against Tri-State University (IN) on Dec. 17 while recording a season-high 34 points against UC Santa Cruz on Nov. 17. All told, she recorded 15 double-doubles for the Leopards this season. On February 16, Jones reached the 1,000-point milestone for her career in a 72-40 victory over Caltech, becoming the sixth Leopard in school history to reach 1,000 points.

A First Team All-Region selection last season, Jones is a repeat member on the squad and is the only SCIAC player to earn First Team honors.

Players were nominated for the awards by the Sports Information Directors at the various schools in the West Region. A record 606 players were nominated nationwide. The ballot was then made available to SIDs, who voted for 10 players in their region. SIDs voted for six frontcourt players and four backcourt players and the top vote-getters at each position were named to the All-Region team.

Cal State’s Pierce chosen to play in All-Star Game

Even though Cal State San Bernardino was eliminated from the NCAA mens basketball tournament last Friday in Anchorage, Alaska, one member of the Coyotes team will still be going to the NCAA Division II national championship event in Springfield, Mass.

Senior guard Marlon Pierce was chosen to the West team that will face off against a team of East players in the third annual NABC/NCAA Division II All-Star game on Friday at the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame.

Pierce will join nine other West players in playing on center court at the Hall of Fame where he and his teammates were part of the pre-Elite Eight dinner for the eight finalists at the 2007 tournament. CSUSB lost in the 2007 semifinals to Barton College, 80-79.

The only other CCAA conference player on the West squad will be CCAA most valuable player Devin Peal of Humboldt State. Players from the Great Lakes, North Central, South Central and West regions make up the team.

The team will be coached by CCAA coach of the year Bill Treseler of San Francisco State.
Alaska-Anchorage, the 2008 West Region champion, will represent the West in the Elite Eight at the MassMutual Center in Springfield on March 26-27 and March 29.

Pierce was an all-CCAA first team and NABC all-West Region first team selection this season. He averaged 12.2 points and 3.5 rebounds a game with 118 assists and 57 steals.

Joining Pierce on the West team are: former Mt. SAC standout Jeff Fahnbulleh (Kentucky Wesleyan), Cory Ambercrombie (Pittsburg State), David Dreas (St. Cloud State), Robert Lee (West Texas A&M), Vince Mosley (Gannon), Avery Patterson (Tarleton State), Paul Peterson (BYU-Hawaii), Atila Santos (Minnesota State, Mankato) and Peal.

Redlands baseball team comes up short

The University of Redlands baseball team got a chance to see how it stacks up against a national champion and the Bulldogs werent quite up to the task.

The Bulldogs fell to visiting Kean (N.J.) 9-6 on Tuesday in nonconference play at The Yard.
The Cougars (10-3), the defending Division III champion, pounded four Redlands pitchers for 18 hits and came up with some clutch defensive plays in the final innings to secure the win.

It was kind of a roller-coaster game, Redlands coach Scott Laverty said. They score, we score, they scored. When that happens and the other team makes a couple plays, it pretty much kills your momentum.

Kean, ranked No. 8 nationally, led 7-6 after six innings. The No. 18 Bulldogs (14-7) had a chance to tie it in the seventh as its first two runners reached base. Matt Goldstein missed on his first try at a sacrifice bunt and eventually grounded out to third. Chase Beatty then grounded into an inning-ending double play.

Laverty said he took the bunt off after the first strike and didnt regret that call even though it backfired.

He (Goldstein) has been swinging the bat so well and the first try wasnt very good, Laverty said. The third baseman was creeping in so I took it off. Seeing the way the defense was playing, I would play it the same way.

Kean, playing its fourth game on a spring-break swing through Southern California, then plated a pair of insurance runs in the eighth on three hits to go up 9-6.

Kean then came up with the play of the game in the bottom of the inning with two Bulldogs on and one out. Brandon Owashi lofted a fly ball into foul territory where three Cougars gave chase. Shortstop Mike Diaz, who entered the game when the starter went in to pitch, made a diving catch toward his left, then leaped to his feet and nailed the runner trying to advance to third to end the inning.

In the ninth, third baseman Chris Carrano dove toward the bag to snag a line drive off the bat of Jefre Johnson and leaped to his feet in time to make a strong throw to first base.

Senior first baseman Brian Schumaker had three hits to lead the Bulldogs offense,. The highlight was his fifth home run which came in Redlands three-run fifth. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, it came right after a runner was picked off.

It was a fastball inside, he said. They were trying to pitch around me but I was lucky to get just enough of it.

Johnson, Billy Lavelle and Corey Vane also had multiple hits with Johnson knocking home two runs.
San Gorgonio product Steven Dryden (0-1), who entered in relief of starter Nolan Nicholson in the sixth, took the loss.

Michael Noceri and Derek Gianakas had three hits each while Bryan Burke, Dan Mattonelli and Kevin ONeill each knocked in a pair of runs for Kean.

Junior Matt Grinkevich (2-0), the second of three Kean pitchers, earned the win.

The contest was the Bulldogs fifth in a stretch of nine nonconference games. They next play this Thursday against Rutgers-Newark at 2:30 p.m. and They resume SCIAC play against defending conference champion Pomona-Pitzer on March 28.

We played crummy today, Laverty said. We have a few more games to work out the kinks, though.

Cal State men fall short of goals

By Michelle Gardner

Staff Writer

A good start was probably the worst thing that could have happened to the Cal State San Bernardino mens basketball team.

The Coyotes were an impressive 8-0 despite a difficult schedule and they even boasted an exhibition win over Division I Youngstown State. So hopes for a return trip to the national semifinal were not unrealistic.

The Coyotes had their moments but didnt put 40 minutes together in any game after that. They settled for a still-stellar 22-8 record and a share of the CCAA title for the seventh time in nine years, both noteworthy accomplishments. But with three Elite appearances since 1999, the bar has been raised higher at Cal State.

This years run ended with a 67-63 loss to Brigham Young-Hawaii in the West Region quarterfinal at Anchorage.

I dont think we were as good as we thought we were, said Coyotes coach Jeff Oliver, who just wrapped up his sixth season heading the program. We relied a little too much on our defense and that carried us because we never got it totally together at the other end of the floor.

The Coyotes came up empty in the close games. They were just 1-3 in overtime and seven of their eight losses were by a total of 24 points. They lost three times when allowing 65 points or less.

Most of those games we win and it isnt even close if we have just an average offensive game, Oliver said.

The Coyotes, who won 20 games for the ninth time in 10 years, came in to the season having lost seven players including their top four scorers.

This years team seemed more balanced, with 12 players getting regular playing time, but it never got the same production it got from its top two departed players – Ivan Johnson and Prentice Harris.

I thought we had balance but it turned out to be a balance of mediocrity, Oliver added. We needed more production from our top guys and more production from our middle guys.

The good news for Oliver is that the Coyotes will start next season with more players who have experience in the system than was the case this year. Seven players are leaving, four of them starters. Among those are all-conference selections Michael Earl, Lance Ortiz and Marlon Pierce.

The core of six who will be counted on heavily next year includes guard Steve Gaston, center Devon Davis, forward Ryan Kinney and guard-forwards Renardo Bass, Phil Jones and Reggie Brown. Gaston, Brown and Kinney are threats form long distance but will need to be more consistent. Jones and Bass were both top-notch defenders but will be asked to contribute more on offense.

Oliver also is high on the three players who redshirted this year. Guards Tim Denson (Colorado State) and Omar Krayem (Eastern Washington) are both Division I transfers. Jordan Richard, a 6-foot-9 center out of Los Osos, has potential to fill the void left by the departure of Earl.

Oliver said he hopes to bring at least five players into the program, at least one at every position. As has been the case Oliver will look for experienced players out of the junior college ranks.

It never hurts to have some competition so I am hoping we get at least five, maybe as many as seven guys, he said.

Oliver said his team is not going back to the Disney West Coast Classic in Anaheim since the event is trying to rotate representation out of the CCAA. Humboldt State will be the likely conference participant.

The Coyotes will open the season with games at Seattle Pacific against Great Northwest Athletic Conference contenders Western Washington and Seattle Pacific.

They will go back to Las Vegas but not the same event they had played in the last two years against GNAC schools. Instead they will face Grand Canyon, which once was in the CCAA and now plays out of the Pacific West Conference, and San Francisco School of the Arts, which has been accepted into the Pac West for next season.

Oliver said he will also have exhibition games against two Division I schools which should be confirmed in the next month.


Bulldogs gear up for golf fundraiser

The 19th Annual University of Redlands Bulldog Bench Golf Tournament will take place at the historic Redlands Country Club on Monday, May 12, 2008.


We look forward to hosting this exciting and important event once again, Director of Athletics Jeff Martinez said.  This tournament is an excellent way to show your support for Bulldog Athletics while enjoying a great day out on the golf course.


The fundraising event benefits the University of Redlands intercollegiate athletic programs, which includes 21 varsity teams.  The day begins with a golf clinic by Senior PGA Tour Member Dave Stockton, followed by a round of golf at 11:30 a.m.  The golfers enjoy a barbecue lunch on the course and then return to the club house for a no-host social hour.  Tournament awards, raffle prizes and a live auction take place during dinner.


Cost to participate in this great day is $395, which includes green fees, cart, tee-prize package, foursome photo, door prize ticket, clinic, BBQ lunch and buffet dinner.  To attend the evening program, which includes dinner, auction and awards, the cost is only $75.  Supporters of the tournament may donate a door prize or auction item, or serve as a sponsor.  Sponsorship levels vary from $300, $1250, $2500, $5000 or more.  For more information or for sponsorship opportunities, please call the Department of Athletics at (909) 748-8400. 


All proceeds benefit the University of Redlands intercollegiate athletic teams.


CMS swimmer heading to nationals

By Michelle Gardner

Staff Writer

It wasnt a moment in the pool but one out of it that showed Claremont-Mudd-Scripps swimming coach Charlie Griffiths what freshman Nick Ostreim was made of.

Ostreim, 19, had just finished his best individual event at the SCIAC championships and hadnt even had time to catch his breath when Griffiths asked him to swim the anchor leg in the 800 free relay which was coming up next.
Ostreim said he was ready to go.

Thats a lot to ask, Griffiths said. Most guys would have tried to talk their way out of it or tell me to think about using someone else, especially on the anchor leg where theres more pressure. He didnt hesitate.

Minutes later Ostreim was back in the pool, swimming that anchor leg and touching out a Redlands swimmer for first place in one of the more dramatic events of the meet. The win helped the Stags to a team title that ended the Bulldogs seven-year run.
Im really competitive. I hate to lose, Ostreim said. With swimming you really have to have that inner drive and personal motivation to keep you going.

Griffiths thinks his standout also will be prepared when the stakes are higher this week. Ostreim will compete in the Division III national meet which starts Thursday at the University of Miami (Ohio).

He is the areas lone representative and one of only three men from the SCIAC to qualify, the others being senior backstroker Dickson Fai of Occidental and senior fly specialist Manny Sanchez of Whittier.

Ostreim will swim the 200-yard individual medley Thursday, the 100-backstroke Friday and his speciality, the 200-backstroke on Saturday. He is seeded sixth in the 200 with a season-best time of 1:51.81. First place is nearly three seconds faster but second place is within reach.

The meet sets up perfectly for him with two events to get used to the venue and the championship atmosphere before he goes out for his best race.

Griffiths admits the freshman has done better than he expected. He has cut nearly six seconds off his times in the 200-backstroke and the 200-individual medley and a full second off his time in the 100-backstroke – all significant improvements.

What makes those drops more impressive is that Ostreim missed the first two months of the season with mononucleosis. It wasnt until after Christmas that he was able to train.

He worked out the first two weeks and looked very good. He was leading the team through everything, Griffiths said. Then, the next week he didnt look quite the same. Then he missed a few days. When he came back from fall break we sent him to be checked out.

Despite the slow start Ostreim won the 200-backstroke at last months SCIAC meet, placed second in the 100-ackstroke to Fai and was third in the 200 IM. His goals for this weeks meet are more about his time than a placement.

Id like to swim my best times and maybe break the school records, he said. I cant control what someone else does so if I can go my best Ill be happy, very happy.

No matter what happens though, Ostreim has had a strong rookie season. He attended swimming power Brophy Prep in his native Phoenix, Ariz., and chose CMS over Lehigh (Penn.) because the weather is better and it is closer to home.

He first became familiar with the school through current teammate Alex Hill, who came out of Brophy Prep three years earlier.

Ostreim dabbled in other sports growing up including soccer and baseball. Swimming appealed to him because there is both an individual and team aspect to the sport.

It is individual but it is also a team because youre swimming relays and your there to cheer for you teammates, he said. Its the best of both worlds.