Trainer to head RCC volleyball program

Riverside Athletic Director Barry Meier announced today that he has hired
Monica Trainer as the Tigers’ volleyball coach. Trainer has been an
assistant coach at UC Riverside for the past 22 years to UC Riverside Head
Coach Sue Gozansky.

Trainer becomes Riverside’s first full-time coach in nearly 10 years.

“This is a great time for me in my career,” said Trainer. “I’m excited to
run my own program. Obviously, I’ve learned a lot while at UCR, but I’m so
excited to try things on my own.”

Trainer said she knew from the beginning this was the right move for her.

“It’s funny as soon as I stepped on campus I felt welcome,” she said. “I
remember thinking after the interview how much I would love to work at the

“Everyone was so supportive and so personable.”

Trainer and her family have a lot of tradition with the community college
system. Her husband, Joe, is a graduate of the Riverside District’s nursing
program. Trainer herself attended San Bernardino Valley College and her
daughter attended Mt. San Jacinto College.

After attending San Bernardino Valley, Trainer began an outstanding
three-year career at San Jose State. She was drafted by the San Jose Diablos
of the International Volleyball Association, and a year later, she embarked
upon a four-year European semi-pro career, playing in Luzern, Switzerland
from 1981 to 1983 and in Albizzate, Italy, in 1983-84, winning championships
in both stops.

She returned to the United States in 1985 and joined Gozansky’s staff at UC
Riverside as an assistant. In her tenure, UCR has won a Division II national
title and made three trips to the Elite Eight.

Since 1978, Trainer has instructed at many summer camps throughout the
United States with UCLA volleyball coach Al Scates, AAF, Converse, and the
USVBA. In 1995 she traveled to Italy as coach of “Sports for
Understanding,” She has teamed with Gozansky to work with the Department of
Defense Dependent Students (DoDDS) Camp in Manheim, Germany, where she
taught volleyball to United States students who are living in Germany,
Italy, Turkey, Belgium and Greece.

Trainer has continued her volleyball playing career by participating in US
Volleyball Association (USAV) tournaments across the nation and has earned
11 All-America selections. She was a member of the Seniors national
championship team in 1990, 1992, 1994, 1999, 2000, 2002 and 2003.

Trainer attended Rim of the World High School, graduating in 1976. She
played softball, tennis and basketball, but did not play volleyball until
her senior year.

Trainer attended San Bernardino Valley College as a freshman, then
transferred to SJSU, where she graduated with a degree in human performance
and a minor in psychology. She went on to earn her teaching credential and a
master’s degree in guidance counseling from Cal State University, San
Bernardino. She is an American Red Cross Instructor Trainer for various
health, safety and aquatics programs for future teachers.

Trainer and her husband Joe live in Murrieta and are proud grandparents of
Daniel, Abigail and Elena.

Redlands to host SCIAC softball tournament

By winning the 2008 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Championship, the Bulldog softball team earned the right to host the first-ever conference postseason tournament. The inaugural double-elimination event takes place on Friday, May 2, and Saturday, May 3, at the Softball Field of Dreams at the University of Redlands. 


As the top seed, Redlands faces #4-seed Pomona-Pitzer Colleges at 11:30 a.m. on Friday.  The complete tournament schedule is listed below.


The winner of the postseason tournament earns the SCIAC’s automatic qualification to the NCAA Championships, which begin Thursday, May 8, at the University of Texas, Tyler.


Friday, May 2:

Game 1 9 a.m.                    #2 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps vs. #3 La Verne

Game 2 11:30 a.m.            #1 Redlands vs. #4 Pomona-Pitzer

Game 3 2 p.m.                    Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2

Game 4 4:30 p.m.              Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2


Saturday, May 3:

Game 5 9 a.m.                    Loser Game 4 vs. Winner Game 3               

Game 6 11:30 a.m.            Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5

Game 7 2 p.m.                    Only if necessary (first loss)



La Verne golf team wins SCIAC, advances to nationals

For the second year in a row, the University of La Verne golf team finished the conference schedule undefeated en route to claiming a SCIAC Championship.

This year, the Leopards put an exclamation point on the SCIAC title with a dazzling performance of 559 (284-275) at the SCIAC 36-Hole Championship Monday at Los Serranos Country Club in Chino Hills to outdistance second-place Redlands (573) by 14 strokes.

Prior to 2007, no SCIAC golf team had ever finished an entire season undefeated in league competition.

La Verne had five of its golfers finish in the top seven in the individual standings. Sophomore Andrew Kramer paced ULV with a second-pace effort of 138 (70-68). Senior Jordan Talah placed fourth overall at 141 (73-68) with senior Chris Davis placing fifth at 142 (71-71). Junior Rizal Amin earned a sixth-place finish carding a 143 (73-70) over 36 holes while freshman Kevin Smith finished tied for seventh at 144 (76-68).

Redlands golfer EJ Stenftenagle took first place in the individual standings at 136 (70-66).

Under head coach Rex Huigens, the Leopard squad racked up several conference honors following the 36-hole competition. Amin was named Co-Player of the Year while Smith earned Freshman of the Year honors.

ULV dominated the First-Team SCIAC selections with four spots. The quartet included Davis, Talah, Kramer and Mitchell Fedorka. Smith earned a spot on the Second Team.

Amin also was the co-winner of the Jess Clark Sportsmanship Award.

As the SCIAC Champion, La Verne secures an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships, held next month at Chateau Elan Resort in Braselton, GA. The Leopards are ranked sixth nationally in Division III.

Cal Poly women’s tennis team gets regional invite

The Cal Poly Pomona women’s tennis team will enjoy postseason play for the sixth time in the last seven years as the Broncos have been selected to the NCAA Division II Women’s Tennis Championship, the NCAA announced Wednesday.


            The Broncos, who finished the regular season 7-9 overall and 5-3 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association, are seeded fifth in the West Region and will face fourth seed and CCAA champion UC San Diego at 11 a.m. Saturday in La Jolla.

            “It’s an honor for our team to earn an NCAA berth,” Bronco coach Sandy Kriezel said. “It’s a deserving honor. No question, playing UC San Diego will be our biggest match of the season. We have a chance to win, although they’ve gotten us twice. We’ve gotten closer against them each time.”

            The Tritons won both of their matches against the Broncos, winning 9-0 at Cal Poly Pomona on Feb. 23 and then winning 8-1 on April 16. The Tritons have won 49 consecutive conference matches.

            The winner of the Cal Poly Pomona-UC San Diego match will play at two-time defending champion Brigham Young-Hawaii – the West Region’s top seed – at 1 p.m. May 7. The winner of that match will move on to the Round of 16 to be played in Houston on May 14-17.

            The Broncos have won four national championships in their history – 1980, 1981, 1991 and 1992.

            Representing Cal Poly Pomona are: senior Jenny Tsai (Artesia), junior Jessica Winkler (Fullerton), sophomore Mallory Brady (Torrance), freshman Jennifer Chow (Diamond Bar), freshman Kaitlin Wooldridge (Fort Collins, Colo.), freshman Michelle Stock (Valencia), sophomore Kara Fisher (Southampton, Bermuda), sophomore Fallon Blattner (Kihei, Hawaii), senior Ellyn Caprara (Carlsbad) and junior Kelley Wong (Rowland Heights).


SBVC slow in hiring a basketball coach

Nothing seems to get done quickly at San Bernardino Valley College. So it should be no surprise that the school is no closer to hiring a men’s basketball coach than it was months ago. That’s too bad because it was once the marquee sport at the school.

Gerry Wright did an admirable job the last two years, taking over in an emergency situation two years ago when Derrick Pugh (hired after the departure of Phil Mathews) was dismissed in December, just hours before a game.

Wright directed the team to a Foothill Conference title in 2006-07 and had his team in contention on the last day this season, despite having two big-time players.

But the school did not want to keep him on because the full-time staff position is based in the PE department, meaning he needed a master’s in PE. Forget that he has a master’s in education which would seem more impressive anyway. And forget that he has taught PE at every level.

So the job was listed again and now we wait.

Rumor is that the school has an impressive pool of candidates. But interviews haven’t even started and quality coaches aren’t going to stick around and wait for SBVC to do something. They’re going to look elsewhere before its too late.

And that means no one is out recruiting either. There are reasons athletes are still available late in the summer and none of them are usually good.

The longer this drags out, the worse the season is likely to be. The school is putting whoever it does choose behing the eight-ball from the start.

Local player honored at Southern New Hampshire

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Senior Mary Bradford (Big Bear, CA) of the Southern New Hampshire University softball team was named the recipient of SNHU’s Sportsmanship Award given out at the University’s annual athletic awards ceremony Monday night.

                A four-year starting pitcher for SNHU, Bradford has appeared in 65 games over her career.  Over that span the Penmen have enjoyed two of the most successful seasons in program history, including the program’s first NCAA Division II tournament appearance in 2006, and have won 75 games.

                This season, Bradford has registered a career and team-high nine victories, going 9-9 with a 3.22 ERA.  She has fanned 60 batters on the season while recording three shutouts.  She has allowed four or fewer hits in five starts this season, including complete-game two-hit victories over Bentley and AIC.  She was named Northeast-10 Pitcher of the Week on April 14 of this year after going 3-1 with a 1.50 earned run average and .147 opponent batting average that week.

                In 65 career appearances, Bradford has recorded 20 victories, 165 strikeouts and a 2.97 ERA in 313 innings of work.


Steinmeyer stars as Chaffey wins 6-2

By Michelle Gardner


Staff Writer


RANCHO CUCAMONGA — The Chaffey College baseball team isn’t just about offense after all.

Sophomore left-hander Andrew Steinmeyer proved that, pitching the Panthers to a 6-2 win over Foothill Conference foe Antelope Valley Tuesday. It was Chaffey’s first complete game of the season and came in the school’s last home game of the regular season.

Steinmeyer (5-1) needed just 119 pitches to dispose of the Marauders. The Corona native gave up two runs (both unearned), scattered four hits, walked none and struck out five.

“I was getting some calls on the inside fastball,” Steinmeyer said. “My curveball wasn’t great but I was able to throw for strikes a couple of times when I really needed it.”

Steinmeyer allowed lone runs in the second and sixth innings, an outfield error giving the Marauders (13-22, 7-12) the first and one by the catcher helping them to the other.

But Chaffey (27-8, 18-3) managed enough offense to make up for those miscues. It got one in the first, then took the lead with a pair in the second, with James Koerner singling and scoring on a hit by Robert Escalera who later raced home on a sacrifice fly by Jonathan Costantino.

The Panthers added to that in the fifth, extending its lead to 4-1 on a run-scoring double by Ryan Delgado.

They rounded out the scoring in the sixth with another pair. This time it was Costantino driving home a run and Mychal Johnson plating another with a ground out.

Antelope Valley threatened in the ninth as pinch hitter Jake Wood and Bryan Rasch singled with two outs, putting runners on the corners. The Chaffey pitching coach George Barnes made a trip to the mound just to give his pitcher a breather.

“He told me they were sticking with me, just to bear down,” Steinmeyer said.
The respit worked as Steinmeyer got the next hitter, Chase Doremus, on check swing to end the game.

The Panthers tallied nine hits with Ryan Delgado, Willie Holmes and Escalera getting two each. Costantino had two RBI and Johnson, Koerner and Escalera each scored twice.

About the only thing bothering coach Jeff Harlow after the game was the way his team ran the bases. It had three runners picked off the basepaths, the most notable problem coming in the third when it got its first two runners on, only to have them picked off in successive at-bats.

“That is definitely something we’re going to have to address before we get in the playoffs,” he said. “It didn’t hurt us here, but it did prevent us from blowing the game open and when you get in the playoffs you’re not going to have a lot of chances.”

Steinmeyer has combined with another sophomore, right-hander Andrew Schile, to give the Panthers a formidable 1-2 combination on the mound. Harlow said the duo is looking as strong as they did early in the season.

“They both pitched gems our first two games of the season,” Harlow recalled. “So it is nice to see us finishing the way we started. Hopefully we’ll carry that momentum into the playoffs.”

The Panthers close out the regular season with a double header against the Marauders at noon Friday at Clear Channel Stadium in Lancaster. The playoff should be announced over the weekend.

Cal State racks up CCAA softball honors

Cal State San Bernardino senior infielder Jordan Dahl today was named the California Collegiate Athletic Association’s most valuable player of the year by a vote of the conference coaches

Dahl, of Vacaville (Will Wood HS/Sacramento City College),  played 18 games at third base and the last 12 at shortstop for CSUSB in CCAA play, and was No. 1 in conference competition in hitting (.418), doubles (12), total bases (70), slugging percentage (.714), and was No. 2 in on base percentage (.491) and third in runs scored (25), hits (41),  RBI (21) and steals (10).

In the field, she handled 94 chances at third and shortstop with only two errors (.979 fielding percentage).

Overall, this season, Dahl batted ..375 in 61 games with 11 home runs,  15 doubles, a team-high 72 hits, a team-high 50 runs scored and stole 23 bases in 26 attempts. In 30 CCAA games she hit .475 in the leadoff position and .452 with runners in scoring position.

Joining Dahl on the all-CCAA first team were:

  • Freshman centerfielder Priscilla Curiel (San Bernardino/Cajon HS), who batted .329 in 30 CCAA games with a CCAA-leading eight home runs and 19 RBI and a .659 slugging percentage. Curiel handled 49 chances in the outfield without an error. Overall, Curiel hit .285 in 58 games with 10 home runs and 33 RBI.
  • Junior right-handed pitcher-outfielder Debbie Shisler (Phoenix, AZ./Scottsdale Christian Academy/West Alabama), who batted. .371 in 26 CCAA games and made only one error in 51 chances (.980) playing both left and right fields. In the circle, Shisler was 3-3 in CCAA play with a 2.77 earned run average. Overall, she hit .351 in 54 games with 10 doubles and 11 stolen bases, posting a 5-6 record in the circle with a 2.29 ERA and six complete games, two of them shutouts.
  • Senior second baseman Jamie Lowe (Norco, Norco HS, Cal Baptist) who batted .349 in 30 CCAA games with a CCAA-leading 12 sacrifice bunts hitting behind Dahl who led off most of the season. Lowe was an “at-large” selection. She hit .339 in 61 games, drew a team-high 30 walks and led the team in sacrifice bunts with 17.

Capping off the honors, Coach Tacy Duncan was named the CCAA’s “Coach of the Year”. In her three seasons, she had taken the team that struggled before she arrived to a third-place finish in the CCAA standings and the program’s first-ever appearance in a post-season championship tournament. CSUSB is also ranked No. 9 in the West Region.

Duncan’s team is 32-28-1 this season, equaling the second most wins in the history of the program dating back to 1987. In her three years, her teams are 80-87 overall and 47-47 in the CCAA. The program produced a dismal 38-129 record in the three years before her arrival.

Other first-team selections were Marissa Slattery, Natalie Galletly, Caitlin Klug and Lizzy Prescott from Humboldt State; Meghan Franksen, Jessica Gaumnitz and Alyssa Guzman of Cal State Stanislaus; Katie Jordan and Katie Garcia from Cal State Dominguez Hills and Allison May of UC San Diego.

Prescott was named the CCAA “Pitcher of the Year” while Nikki Ketteringham was selected as “Freshman of the Year.”

No Coyotes were selected to the second team..

Two SBVC athletes sign with Cal State L.A.

Two athletes from San Bernardino Valley College will be continuing their careers at Division II Cal State Los Angeles. Both basketball player Shy Walter and soccer standout Megan Dias will attend the school which competes in the CCAA along with locals Cal State San Bernardino and Cal Poly Pomona.

Dias, a midfielder out of Colony High School, is the schools all-time leader in scoring (28 goals) and points leader (72). She was a two-time all-conference selection, managing 11 goals and 14 assists last season in helping the Wolverines to their best season ever.

She will be joining an Eagle team coming off its best season ever at 13-6-4. The team was ranked as high as No. 15 nationally last year.

Walter, a 5-foot-10 shooting guard out of Perris High School, averaged 11.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.4 steals in helping the Wolverines (26-6, 15-1) to a Foothill Conference title. She had a season-high of 23 points against Rio Hondo and a high of nine rebounds twice. She was a first-team all-conference selection.

Thats a good place for her, Crebbin said. Its close to home but not too close to home. What she does well will work into their style of play and she should be able to play right away. I am very happy for her.

Cal State Los Angeles (9-17) finished ninth in the 11-team CCAA last year.

Cal State softball team makes history

Cal State San Bernardino rode the clutch hitting of Ashley Collinwood and Nicole Camarena and the solid relief pitching of Tawni Baker to a 3-2 victory over Cal State Stanislaus Saturday in the first game of their CCAA softball doubleheader.

    That victory was enough to give the Coyotes the No. 3 seed in the CCAA conference tournament next week at Humboldt State. The Lumberjacks (24-8) are the No. 1 seed while the Warriors (20-12) are the No. 2 seed and Cal State Monterey Bay (18-14) is the No. 4 seed.

    The Coyotes will play the Warriors in the first game of the tournament at 1 p.m. Thursday followed by the Humboldt-Monterey Bay game at 3:30 p.m.

    CSUSB lost the nightcap to the Warriors, 5-2, finishing the regular season with a 32-28-1 record and 17-13 in the CCAA, equaling the most wins the softball program has won in CCAA play since it joined the conference in 1991-92.

    The irony here is that two teams who didn’t make the CCAA tournament — UC San Diego and Cal State Dominguez Hills — are shoe-ins for the NCAA West Regional since they are ranked No. 2 and No. 5 respectively in the region. 

    The NCAA tournament is an eight-team affair and right now the Coyotes are in the No. 9 spot, behind San Francisco State, another team that didn’t make the CCAA tournament, having tied UCSD for sixth place at 15-17 in CCAA play. The Gators took three of four from UCSD this weekend.

    Other teams in the region top 10 are No. 6 Western Oregon, No. 7 Seattle and No. 10 Hawaii Pacific.

    For this moment in time, the Coyotes are celebrating their rising like a Phoenix from the ashes over the past three seasons since it was a cellar-dweller in the conference in 2003, 2004 and 2005.

    Head Coach Tacy Duncan has rebuilt the team into a regional contender, posting a .500 record against the top 10 teams CSUSB faced this year and taking three of four from UCSD in their CCAA series. The team went 27-27 in 2007 and was picked by the coaches to finish seventh this year.

    In game one Saturday, the Coyotes rallied from a 2-0 deficit to take a 3-2 lead in the top of the fifth and Duncan brought in Baker to relieve freshman left-hander Cassidy Lee. Baker pitched three dominant innings, allowing one hit and striking out three to give Lee her eighth win of the season.

    The three Coyote runs came when Tayler Wilson led off the fifth with a single and Debbie Shisler moved her to second with a bunt single. With one out, Jamie Lowe sacrificed both runners along. Collinwood, who had four RBIs on the day, touched Warriors pitcher Jessica Gaumnitz (14-7) for a double to score two runs. Camarena then singled to score Collinwood to make it 3-2 CSUSB.

    Camarena and Shisler were both two-for-three in the game as CSUSB had nine hits. The Warriors had just four hits off the combined efforts of Lee and Baker.

    In game two, Lee again was in the circle to pitch and went three innings, yielding three hits and two runs, both coming on a two-run homer by Alicia Reid.

    The Coyotes tied the game in the third as Wilson walked, Shisler reached on a fielder’s choice. Both runners moved up on a sacrifice by Jordan Dahl and Collinwood delivered again, this time a two-out double to tie the score at 2-2.

    Jackie Jacob (10-8) came on to pitch for CSUSB and Stanislaus scored two runs in the fourth and another in the fifth for a 5-2 lead before Baker came in to pitch the final 1.2 innings, giving up two hits and no runs.

    CSUSB tried to come back in the seventh, putting runners on first and second with two out but Wilson was thrown out at third on a steal attempt to end the game with the potential tying run at the plate with Jamie Lowe at bat.