Chaffey players pick schools

Several Chaffey College football players have made decisions on their future.

Defensive backs Colin Barrier (Etiwanda HS) and Dennis Gilleylen and linebacker Derek Walker (Hesperia HS) will attend Fort Lewis.

Kicker Justin Veazie (Chino HS) has opted for South Dakota while running back Matt Biggers is going to Delaware State.

Coach Carl Beach added that running back Jahmel Rover (Eisenhower HS) will return for his sophomore season. He was debating Division I options but Beach said the right offer did not come up.

Baseball teams battling in the Foothill Conference

It looks like there will be a race to the finish in the Foothill Conference with three baseball teams battling for the runner-up spot, assuming Chaffey (23-9, 14-3) stays on top.

Three teams have advanced to the playoffs in some years past but that probably wont happen this year.
Next up for the Wolverines (22-16, 12-6) is a three-game series against Rio Hondo (20-15-1, 13-4-1). The Roadrunners will come to Arrowhead Credit Union Park Thursday for a 2:30 p.m. contest. The teams will play a doubleheader Saturday at noon in Whittier.

SBVC finishes its schedule the following week against Cerro Coso. Meanwhile Rio Hondo closes out the season with Desert (21-16, 13-5) which faces Chaffey (24-9, 15-3) this week.

Rio Hondo also has to finish a seven-inning game with Mt. San Jacinto that was called after five because of darkness.

SBVC coach Bill Mierzwik said he is most concerned about Desert, not because he is overlooking Rio Hondo but because he has no control over what that team does while it has a head-to-head with Rio.

Were done with them (Desert) and they have the tiebreaker over us because they took two of three from us, he said. We at least control our own destiny when it comes to Rio Hondo.

Mierzwik, in his 18th year, also said his current team has been one of the most enjoyable ones he has coached.
He says being in contention is an admirable feat because the teams does not have a home field and has had to play its home games at five different venues.

These guys just deal with it, he said. There hasnt been one complaint. They just go out and play. If it was our team from a few years ago they would do nothing but complain.

Mierzwik adds the character of the team was evident early when a handful of players saved a women in the neighborhood from a pitbull attack before a practice in February.

We have had a lot of close games and we havent had a break, he said. You would think were due some positive kharma our way. Were still waiting.

Coyotes third in CCAA Golf Tournament

PASO ROBLES Senior Dane Bagnell and junior Micah Burke both shot sub-par rounds Tuesday as Cal State San Bernardino finished third in the 10th annual California Collegiate Athletic Association Mens Golf Championship at Hunter Ranch Golf Club.

Bagnell shot his lowest round of the season, a four-under-par 68, to wind up in a tie for 11th place among the 35 individuals in the event with a 54-hole total of 219, three over par for the tournament.

Burke came in with a three-under par 69 to finish on the 6,741-yard, par-72 course to tie for fourth place, 11 shots back of tournament medalist Eric Justesen of Cal State Stanislaus who lapped the field with a 14-under-par total of 202, closing with a five-under 67 after shooting 65 and 70 on Monday.

Both Burke and Webster were named to the all-CCAA first team selected by the conference coaches.

As expected Sonoma State led wire-to-wire for its first-ever CCAA championship in mens golf  with an aggregate 54-hole total of 858, finishing four shots ahead of 2007 champion Cal State Stanislaus (862) and 11 shots ahead of the Coyotes (869).

Sonoma States Jarin Todd, who won three tournaments this year and had the lowest stroke average in the CCAA at 70.5, was named the CCAAs player of the year.

His coach, Val Verhunce, was named CCAA coach of the year.

            The Seawolves will host the NCAA West-Northwest Super Regional on May 5-7 at Adobe Creek Golf Course in Petaluma.

            With its third-place finish, Cal State San Bernardino, ranked No. 8 in the region entering the tournament, most likely reserved a tee time for the regional where they are the defending West champions. The top eight teams and five individuals from non-qualifying teams advance to the regional.

            It takes a team to post an aggregate score and senior Bill Clayton stepped up when it counted, shooting a two-over-par 74 that enabled the Coyotes to post their low team round of the tournament 284.

            Sophomore Gene Webster, tied for second place in the event after 36 holes with a four-under-par total of 140 on rounds of  69 and 71 on Monday, skied to a 79 on Tuesday and finished in a tie with Bagnell in 11th spot at 219.

            Sophomore Joe Alldis improved his position each round, starting with a 76 on Monday morning, shooting 74 in the afternoon and posting a one-over 73 to help the Coyotes distance themselves from the fourth-place finisher, Cal State Monterey Bay. The Otters were 12 shots in back of CSUSB in fourth spot at 881.

            Four Coyotes finished in the top 20 while all five members of Sonoma State were in the top 16 and ties. The Seawolves are ranked No. 1 in the West.

            Hunter Ranch as been Justesens personal playground in three of the last four CCAA tournaments.  He won CCAA championship medalist honors for the third time in four years. He finished first in 2005 at 11 under over the same course while playing for Cal State Monterey Bay, then a provisional CCAA member,  and won it in 2007 competing for Stanislaus, also at 11 under. He has played nine rounds at Hunter Ranch at 36 under par.

            CSUSB has finished second or third in three of the last four CCAA tournaments.

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            2008 CCAA All-CONFERENCE TEAM

            Micah Burke (CSUSB), Gene Webster (CSUSB), Jarin Todd (Sonoma St.), Kyle Hopkins (Sonoma St.), Eric Justesen (CS Stanislaus), Lucas Delgado (Chico St.), John Jackson (CS Monterey Bay); Jacob OKeefe (Sonoma St.); Andy Moren (CS Stanislaus); Ryan Trask (Chico St.).

            MVP Jarin Todd (Sonoma St).

            Freshman of Year Patrick Bauer (Sonoma St.)

            Newcomer of Year Lucas Delgado (Chico St.)

            Coach of Year Val Verhunce (Sonoma St.)

 

            2008 CCAA MENS GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP

                  @ Hunter Ranch Golf Club in Paso Robles

 

TEAM: 1. Sonoma State 858; 2. CS Stanislaus 862; 3. COYOTES 869; 4. CS Monterey Bay 881; 5. Chico State 884; 6. UC San Diego 891; 7. CS Dominguez Hills 930.

INDIVIDUALS: 1. Eric Justesen (Stanislaus) 70-65-67 202; 2. Jarin Todd (Sonoma St.) 70-72-68 210; 3. John Jackson (CS Monterey Bay) 71-69-72 212; 4. (tie) Micah Burke (CSUSB) 71-73-69 213; Jason McHargue (CS Stanislaus) 75-72-66 213.

COYOTE CARDS: 4. Micah Burke (71-73-69 213); 11. (tie) Gene Webster (69-71-79 219) and Dane Bagnell (76-75-68 219); 16. Joe Alldis (76-74-73 223);

30. Bill Clayton (81-79-74 234).

 

Hanson mowing them down in Myrtle Beach

There might not be a more dominant pitcher in minor league baseball right now than the Inland Empire’s own Tommy Hanson.

Hanson, 21, was drafted in the 22nd round of the 2005 June amateur free agent draft by the Atlanta Braves. He played locally at Redlands East Valley High School and Riverside Community College.

He is off to a terrific start with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, the Braves High-A affiliate of the Carolina League, earning league Pitcher of the Week honors for the second straight week. He picked up wins against Kinston and Winston-Salem, going 11 scoreless innings in which he surrendered just four hits and struck out 12.

On the season the 6-foot-6 right-hander has pitched 22 innings in four starts and has 32 strikeouts, the most by a pitcher at any level. He has given up just five hits and one run (It was unearned) while walking six and has a batting average against of .071.

You have to wonder how long it wll be before the Braves move him up to see what he can do at the next level. He split last season between Low-A Rome of the South Atlantic League and Myrtle Beach. Between the two he tallied 154 strikeouts in 133 innings.

He was named the Braves ninth-best prospect by Baseball America and was tabbed at the No. 8 prospect in the Carolina League.

Cal State’s Reichel signs with IBL team

Cal State San Bernardino senior David Reichel has signed with the Los Angeles Lightning of the International Basketball League which plays through June.

The IBL is made up of  teams from the Midwest and West Coast along with teams from China, Canada and The Netherlands. The league is a showcase for professional leagues overseas as well the NBA, ABA and other domestic pro circuits.

The Lightning plays its home games at Cal Lutheran in Thousand Oaks, just a few miles from Reichels home in Camarillo where he played his high school ball and one year at nearby The Masters College before coming to CSUSB.

The 6-8 Reichel scored six points in eight minutes of action in Saturdays game against Battle Creek, Mich.

Two veteran NBA players are the marquee players for the Lightning 11-year NBA veteran Lamond Murray and Fred Vinson, most recently an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Clippers. Murray was a first-round draft pick of the Clippers and also played for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Denver Nuggets.

This is an opportunity for me to show what I can do and hope I can sign a contract with an international team in Europe, Australia or Asia, said Reichel, who will get his bachelors degree in business from CSUSB in June.

He said the IBL has a 50 percent success rate of placing players with pro teams at higher levels and overseas.

Asked about the quality of play in the IBL compared to NCAA Division II, Reichel said, Everyone is not that much quicker, but they are much stronger and the veterans know all the tricks of the trade.

Reichel had an outstanding year for the Coyotes in 2006-07, averaging  5.6 points a game in 32 games, helping CSUSB post a 26-6 record and win the NCAA Div. II West Regional. The team made the Elite Eight for the third time in the history of the program and became the first to advance to the Final Four, beating Wingate 100-73 in the quarterfinals.

He averaged 14 minutes per game, shot 54 percent from the field and set a new all-time single-season record by hitting 50 percent of his three-pointers (39 of 78) in 2006-07.

His senior season was marred by a thumb injury that forced him to miss six games and affected his shooting and playing time. He averaged 5.1 points per game but shot only 36 percent from the field. Still, he averaged 15 minutes per game for a team that won a CCAA conference co-championship.

Reichels best performance of 2007-08 was a career-high, 17-point outing against Kentucky Wesleyan in early November in the Disney West Coast Classic. He averaged 7.4 points a game before being hurt during the Christmas break. He scored 11 points against Humboldt State in CSUSBs 82-73 win on Jan. 26 and grabbed a career-high eight rebounds against UC San Diego in the CCAA tournament quarterfinals on March 4.

The Lightning is owned and managed by Mark Harwell, a television and film executive. The head coach is Ron Quarterman, former coach at L.A. Pierce College and an assistant with the L.A. Aftershock of the ABA.

The IBL teams include Bellingham, WA., Snohomish County, WA., Vancouver, WA.,, Portland, Ore., Tacoma, WA., Central Oregon, Las Vegas, NV., Elgin, Ill., Elkhart, Ind., Chicago, Grand Rapids, Mich, and three international teams Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Shanxi, China; and Holland.

The Lightning play most of their games at home at CLU, but will be traveling to Las Vegas, Chicago, Indiana and Michigan for games. The team is in the Southwest Division of the IBL along with Central Oregon, Portland, China and Las Vegas. The IBL is adding seven more teams in 2009, according to its website.

 

CCAA Golf Tournament starts Monday

The Ninth Annual California Collegiate Athletic Association Mens Golf Championships is scheduled to open
Monday at the par-72, 7,741-yard Hunter Ranch Golf Course in Paso Robles.

The 54-hole event opens with 36 holes on Monday and concludes with  the final 18 on Tuesday. Mondays opening round is scheduled to begin at 7:34 a.m. and Tuesdays final round is set to start at 7:25  a.m.

The seven-team field includes Cal State Dominguez Hills, Cal State San Bernardino, Cal State Stanislaus, Chico State, UC San Diego, Sonoma State and Cal State Monterey Bay. Cal State Stanislaus senior All-American Erick Justesen is the defending individual medalist after he helped the Warriors to the 2007 championship.

Sonoma State, which is coming off a win at the Buzzini/Stanislaus Invitational on Tuesday, enters the CCAA Championships ranked No. 2 in the latest Golfstat rankings, while Cal State Stanislaus is No. 6
and Chico State is No. 14.

The Seawolves enter the CCAA Championships with three team victories, while Cal State Stanislaus and Chico State have each won two tournaments.

Junior All-American and 2007 Jack Nicklaus Award winner Jarin Todd leads Sonoma State, which captured two tournaments during the fall portion of its schedule. The Redmond, Wash., native has captured three individual medalist honors this season, and tops the CCAA with a 70.5 stroke average.

The Seawolves boast four of the CCAAs top five stroke average leaders as Apple Valley native Kyle Hopkins (73.2), Patrick Bauer (73.4) and Jacob OKeefe (73.5) rank third, fourth and fifth, respectively.

Justesen is second in the CCAA with a 71.9 stroke average and has victories at the Sonoma State Invitational and CSUMB Otter Invitational.

Cal State Stanislaus captured last years championships with a 4- under par total of 860. The victory snapped a string of five straight wins by Cal State Bakersfield, which left the CCAA following the 2007 season to move to Division I. The Warriors captured the first-ever event when it won in 1999 at the Turlock Golf & Country Club.

CCAA Mens Golf Champions

Team

1999 Cal State Stanislaus
2000 Grand Canyon
2001 Cal State Stanislaus
2002 Cal State Bakersfield
2003 Cal State Bakersfield
2004 Cal State Bakersfield
2005 Cal State Bakersfield
2006 Cal State Bakersfield
2007 Cal State Stanislaus

Individuall

1999 Yascha Feld (CSUS)
2000 John Davis (GCU)
2001 Marc Lawless (CSUS)
2002 Jason Boyd (UCD)
2003 Bill Noon (CSUB)
2004 D.J. Fernando (CSUB)
2005 Mark Baker (CSUB)
2006 Brady Baguio (CSUB)
2007 Erick Justesen (CSUS)

SBVC and Chaffey split doubleheader

Local rivals Chaffey and San Bernardino Valley College squared off in a Foothill Conference twinbill Saturday at Cal Baptist University, both games ending up 9-8 with Chaffey taking the opener and SBVC the nightcap.

The conference-leading Panthers (24-9, 15-3) took a 9-6 lead into the final inning of the opener, only to see the Wolverines (22-16, 12-6) storm back in the ninth.

Dwight Robinson singled and Alex Aunchman walked. A pair of passed balls advanced the runners. Robinson scored on a single by Dustin Williams and Sam Konnoff stroked a run-scoring double.
Chaffey used three pitchers in the inning but Dane Delfs got the last two outs to secure the win for Tim Redmon (3-0).

Anthony Delgado had three hits, two of them home runs, for Chaffey while Adrian Carmona had three for the Wolverines.

It was the reverse in the second game with SBVC having to withstand a Chaffey rally. The Wolverines were up 9-3 through four innings and 9-5 going into the seventh.

A sacrifice fly by James Koerner plated Willie Holmes who had doubled. Ryan Delgado walked and eventually scored on a balk. The Panthers drew within one when Mychal Johnson singled home Delgado.

But with two outs and two runners on pinch hitter Gerry Hernandez grounded out to first.
Starter Tommy Bills (7-1) got the win and Adrian Carmona the save.

Broncos sweep two from Gators in baseball

Junior right-hander Brandan King (Walnut) threw a three-hit shutout and junior Chris Brehm (Murrieta) continued his fine play at the plate as the Cal Poly Pomona Broncos earned a pair of victories over visiting San Francisco State in California Collegiate Athletic Association baseball Saturday at Scolinos Field.

 

            The Broncos, now 13-25 overall and 10-15 in the CCAA, look to earn a series sweep over the Gators (7-37-1, 1-26) with the finale played at 11 a.m. Sunday at Scolinos Field.

 

GAME 1: Broncos 11, SF State 0

            King (3-2) earned his first complete-game effort on the season and shut down the Gators. He struck out seven, issued no walks, but did hit two batters in a stellar effort.

            The Broncos earned a 1-0 lead in the first as Kyle Boggio (senior, Santa Clarita) tripled to open the game. Brehm picked up the RBI on an infield ground-out.

            Cal Poly Pomona gained another run in the second as senior Andres Fernandez (San Fernando) lifted a sacrifice fly to center that scored junior Josh Potter (Orange), who reached on a single.

            The Broncos broke the game wide open with an eight-run fourth inning and sent 12 to the plate. Fernandez hit a two-run double that scored junior Chris Wilson (Rancho Cucamonga) and freshman Joe Villa (Hacienda Heights), who both singled. After Boggio flew out to right field, the Broncos continued to score with two outs. Fernandez scored after Jason Jordan (senior, Huntington Beach) reached base on an error. After senior John Daniels (Rancho Cucamonga) singled, senior A.J. Cavaletto hit a run-scoring single that scored Brehm, who reached on an error.

            Junior Josh Potter (Orange) then walked, bringing Wilson to the plate for the second time in the inning. He answered with a three-run double and the Broncos led 10-0.

            The Broncos added a run in the sixth when Villa doubled to score Wilson, who also doubled.

            Wilson finished 4-for-5 with three RBI and a pair of doubles. Fernandez also had three RBI.

 

GAME 2: Broncos 5, SF State 2

            The Broncos grabbed a 5-0 run lead after three innings and held on for the sweep.

            Three straight walks put Daniels, Cavaletto and Potter on as the Broncos threatened in the second. Daniels scored on a wild pitch thrown by Gator starter Matt Edgecombe. Wilson added a sacrifice fly to left that scored Cavaletto. Two batters later, senior Matt Davidson (Laguna Hills) also hit a sacrifice fly, this time to center that scored Potter.

            Leading 3-0, the Broncos added their other two runs in the third. Brehm delivered with a two-run home run to left field that scored Jordan, who reached on a double.

            Freshman Casey Yokubaitis (Goleta) earned the win for the Broncos. He threw 5 2 /3 innings, scattering six hits, two runs both earned struck out two and did not issue a walk. Senior Sean Hunter (Oakland) entered in the seventh and picked up the save with two strikeouts. He now has five saves this season.

Coyote softball teams splits with Chico State

By Michelle Gardner

Staff Writer

SAN BERNARDINO – All season long the Cal State San Bernardino softball team has relied on its offense. The Coyote bats did their job again Saturday as the host team smacked four home runs in an 8-4win over Chico State in the nightcap of a CCAA doubleheader.

Chico State salvaged a split because of a 6-4 win in the opener but the Coyotes swept a doubleheader Friday, giving them three wins in a four-game set that rounded out the home schedule.

The Coyotes (30-26-1, 15-11) had nine home runs in the series. They lead the conference in that category as well as most other offensive departments. They are among the national leaders in home runs with 59.

We have a lot of girls that can really hit the ball and it has been our strong suit all year, coach Tacy Duncan said. That really showed in the second game.

The split helps the Coyotes in their pursuit of a conference tournament berth. They started the day third, one spot ahead of where they need to finish.They wrap up the season with a four-game set at second-place Stanislaus next weekend.

But players dont feel the burden of the stretch run.

Its a game and its fun so we really dont feel pressure, said junior Tori Beaudette, who led the charge with two home runs in the nightcap.

The Coyotes trailed 3-1 early, their lone run coming on a solo shot by Ashley Collinwood in the first.

But the sticks woke up in the fourth as Beaudette launched her fifth of the season to lead off the inning. Tayler Wilson reached on a fielders choice and Debbie Shisler followed with an infield single. Jordan Dahl, the No. 5 hitter in the conference, then stroked a three-run shot to put the Coyotes up 5-3. Beaudette delivered a two run-shot an inning later and the Coyotes were not threatened again.

The win went to Tawni Baker who entered in relief in the top of the fifth.

The second game also featured a pair of great defensive plays by center fielder Priscilla Curiel. The Cajon High product made a nice catch to end the Chico sixth, then made an even better one to start the seventh. She raced to her right and made a sprawling grab of a ball off the bat of Nickie Jarrett that was headed to the gap.
Wilson and Shisler had two hits for the Coyotes in the opener but the difference was a five-run third by the Wildcats (24-25, 12-16).

A sweep would have been big given that the Coyotes end the season on the road against a quality for but Duncan was satisfied.

Its tough to sweep so we have to be happy winning three of four. This conference is tough and were playing each other so many times youre not going to beat the same team every time, she said.

The game was the last at home for six Cal State seniors who were honored after the game. That group includes Baker, Wilson, Dahl, Jackie Jacob, Nicole Camarena and Jamie Lowe.

Broncos sign two high school basketball stars

By Michelle Gardner

 

Staff Writer

Cal Poly Pomona got off to a good start with its recruiting class signing a pair of players coach Greg Kamansky thinks can make an impact right away.

Kevin Ryan, a 6-foot-7, 220-pound forward out of El Segundo High School, and Dwayne Fells, a 235-pound forward out of Fullerton High School, are the first to sign letters of intent.

I am very pleased. This gets us off to a great start, Kamansky said. Theyre guys that can be program changers. You never know how guys are going to progress but they have that kind of potential.

Ryan averaged 22 points and 15 rebounds, earning Pioneer League Most Outstanding Player honors this past season.

Fells averaged 20 points and 14 rebounds, earning first-team all-Freeway League honors. He was the leagues Most Valuable Player as a junior in 2007 and was a two-time, all-CIF selection.

Those additions address one of the Broncos biggest needs with the departure of center Kaelen Daniels and his backup Kein Neveu.

Kamansky said he is still looking to add three or four more players, with the biggest emphasis now going to the guard position. While the Broncos recruiting focus has typically been on high school graduates, he might look to fill that void with a more experienced transfer.

Cal Poly graduates shooting guard Angelo Tsagarakis but does already have a quality player in the fold in Austin Swift, a Division I transfer who redshirted last year because of an ankle injury.

We never seem to have a problem with the big men but we never get enough guards, he said.

The Broncos finished 13-15 this past season and just missed their fifth NCAA Division II postseason berth in six seasons by finishing second in the CCAA Tournament.

Were hoping these guys can get us back to where were challenging for a conference title and back up there with the elite teams, he said.