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).


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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.

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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.


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