CMS doubles team wins D3 title

Gui Schils (JR, Shaker Heights, OH) and Larry Wang (JR, Orange) won the NCAA Division III Men’s Doubles Championship on Sunday with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Andy Bryan/Charlie Paukert of Gustavus Adolphus.

This is the first title for both and CMS’ fifth doubles championship. Schils and Wang reached the semifinals of the NCAA Championships in 2006 and the quarterfinals in 2007.

The pair had their most difficult match in the first round as they beat Dan Greenberg/Bret Thacher from Williams 6-3, 3-6, 6-4. They beat the #4 seed – Randy Loden/Kaz Murata of Mary Washington 6-2, 6-2 in the quarterfinals and the #1 seed – Jared Kamel/Marc Vartabedian of UC Santa Cruz 7-6 (4), 7-6 (2) in the semifinals.

Wang and Schils had played all four teams earlier this season. They lost to the Williams (March 29) and UC Santa Cruz (April 13) teams and beat the Mary Washington (March 5) and Gustavus Adolphus (March 26) teams earlier this season. In the team championships, they beat the UC Santa Cruz team in third round play and the Williams team in the quarterfinal round.

Earlier in the week, CMS finished third in the team competition, beating Middlebury in the consolation final, one day after losing in the championships semifinals.

Former UCR baseball player called up by Red Sox

 
UC Riverside baseball alum Chris Smith was promoted to the Boston Red Sox big league squad on Sunday. Smith will be wearing #59 in the Boston bullpen as the Red Sox host a four-game series with the Kansas City Royals beginning tonight.

Smith spent three years at UCR before he was taken in the third round of the 2002 Major League Baseball Amature Draft by the Red Sox. His final season was his best at UCR. In 2002 he set the school record for strikeouts in a season with 127 in 136 innings pitched. Also that year, he held opposing batters to a .249 average and produced a 2.91 ERA.

Smith had a 1.45 ERA in 10 appearances for the Triple A Pawtucket Red Sox before getting called up. He was second on the team with four saves and had struckout 28 batters in 31.0 innings pitched.

He is the second former Highlander to currently be in the big leagues, joining Troy Percival who enters the week fifth in the American League in saves with 11 for the Tampa Bay Rays.

Calderon, Wagar earn top athleteic honors at UR

Director of Athletics Jeff Martinez announced yesterday that senior track & field standout Natalie Calderon (Pasadena, CA) and senior tennis player Eric Wagar (Yakima, WA) were named the 2008 Frank Serrao Student-Athletes of the Year. Given in honor of longtime football coach Frank Serrao, this award acknowledges the top male and top female student-athletes who best exemplify strong academic and athletic success at the University of Redlands.

Calderon boasts a 3.797 cumulative GPA while majoring in Communicative Disorders. This season, she helped the Bulldog women’s track & field team win the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Championship for the first time since 1978. This Dean’s List member alone accounted for 68 of Redlands’ 131 points by winning the Triple Jump, Long Jump, 100m Dash, 200m Dash, and 100m Hurdles, and contributing to the first-place showing of the 4x400m Relay and the second-place finish of the 4x100m Relay. This member of Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honors Society was named the SCIAC Track & Field Female Athlete of the Year for the second-consecutive season.

 In addition, Calderon currently owns the Redlands records as well as the best Division III performances of the season in the Long Jump and Triple Jump, gaining NCAA Automatic Qualifying marks.

Last year, she won the NCAA Championship in the Long Jump while taking fourth in the Triple Jump. She heads to the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, on May 22 to defend her title. Finally, Calderon has been nominated for the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship for spring sports.

With plans to attend dental school in the fall, Wagar offers a cumulative GPA of 3.874 as a Chemistry major and Biology minor. As a four-year member of the men’s tennis team, he has helped the Bulldogs advance onto the NCAA Championships every year of his career.

During the 2008 season, Wagar provided a singles record of 25-4 at the #2 spot and advanced onto the NCAA Individual Championships, which begin Friday at Bates College (ME). In doubles, he competed at the #1 spot, garnering a mark of 17-13. A two-time recipient of the prestigious Jim Verdieck Coach’s Award,

Wagar was honored with the 2008 ITA Arthur Ashe Award for Sportsmanship and Leadership for the West Region with possible national recognition still to come. In addition, this two-time All-SCIAC performer was a finalist for the highly-acclaimed Walter Byers Scholarship and has been nominated for the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. After landing on the Dean’s List every semester of his career, Wagar’s impressive academic accolades culminated in election to the Phi Beta Kappa honor society.

Calderon and Wagar will be presented with their awards at the University of Redlands Honors Convocation on Friday, May 23, at 10 a.m.

Second place becoming a habit for UR golf team

Second place in anything is pretty good. When it’s a sporting event of national caliber, it’s an even more noteworthy accomplishment.

But for the University of Redlands golf team it has to be getting a bit old.

The Bulldogs just returned from the Division III national tournament in Braselton, Ga., where they placed second, only three strokes behind champion St. John’s (Minn.). Not bad for a team that needed an at-large bid just to get into the tournament.

But coach Art Salvesen’s team has been there – done that.

Redlands qualified for the event in 2004 and it finished second.

It returned the following year – and finished second.

Then it went back again in 2006. Yup! It finished second.

The runner-up label was spared for a year as the Bulldogs did not qualify in 2007.

But of those finishes this second-place has to be hardest take. The first two times the Bulldogs were far enough back after the first day that second-place was all they could have hoped for.

This year they started the final round, only four shots behind then-leader St. John Fisher. Playing in the same group with that opponent, they made up those strokes early and led most of the final round, only to falter on the last three holes when it was within their grasp.

St. John’s, playing in front of the Bulldogs, had a final round 291.

The Bulldogs will likely be back again next year since they didn’t have a senior on their talented squad. Here’s to hoping they can land that long-awaited title.

Another ironic twist is that last year, the one in which the Bulldogs sat out, local rival La Verne went to nationals and they too finished second. That gives the SCIAC five straight second-place finishes at the national event.

Cal State golf team finishes 18th at DII nationals

Cal State San Bernardino’s men’s golf team
shot a collective 17 over par Saturday to wind up 18th
in the 20-team field on the final day of the NCAA
Division II Golf Championship at Colonial Park Golf
Course.

Senior Dane Bagnell, playing the final round of golf
in his collegiate career, produced the team’s low
score of the day, a two-over-par 72, to finish in a
tie for 70th spot in the field of 105 golfers with a
72-hole total of 294, 14 over par.

Sophomore Gene Webster, selected earlier this week as
a member of the PING/Golf Coaches Association all-West
Region team, was the highest finisher among the
Coyotes, shooting a four-over-par 74 to finish at 285,
five-over-par and tied for 20th spot.

Junior Micah Burke had a 75 to finish at 290, 10 over par and in a
tie for 45th place.  Sophomore Joe Alldis shot 78 for a four-day total of
303 and senior Bill Clayton closed out his collegiate
career with a 76 for a 72-hole total of 313. A double
bogey at the 18th hole cost Clayton a round of 74,
which would made for a more enjoyable finish.

Despite the disappointing finish, the Coyotes can
enjoy the fact they have competed in three straight
national championships and ranked among the top 20
teams in NCAA Division II in each of those years.

CSUSB finished the tournament with a total of 1170, 50
over par for the event.

Three teams tied for first place at the end of 72
holes – West Florida, the nation’s No. 1 ranked team,
North Alabama and St. Edwards, all at 1129 – 41 shots
ahead of CSUSB – requiring a playoff to decide the
winner.

Jude Estaquio of Florida Southern and Jeff Goff of
South Carolina Aiken wound up tied for medalist honors
at 278 – two under par, requiring a playoff to decide
the winner. Jarin Todd of Sonoma State and Erick
Justesen of Cal State Stanislaus were among five
players tied for third at 279. Todd shot a 66 Saturday
to make a run at the top.

NCAA DIV. II NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GOLF TOURNAMENT
@ Colonial Park Golf Course in Houston, Tex.

TEAMS: 1 (tie) West Florida, North Alabama and St.
Edwards – 1129; 4. George College & State Univ. -
1132; 5. Nova Southeastern – 1137; 6. Florida Southern
- 1142; 7. South Carolina-Aiken – 11423; 8. (tie)
Indianapolis and Western Washington – 1144; 10.
Clayton State – 1150; 11. Grand Canyon – 1151; 12.
(tie) Belmont Abbey and Colorado-Colo. Springs – 1152;
14. Grand Valley State – 1156; 15. Washburn – 1161;
16. Sonoma State – 1167; 17. Indiana (Pa.) – 1169; 18.
COYOTES – 1170;
19. Newberry College – 1186; 20.
Bryant – 1189.

INDIVIDUALS: 1. (tie) Jude Estaquio (Fla. Southern) -
63-74-73-68 – 278; Jeff Goff (South Carolina-Aiken) -
67-71-70-70 – 278; 3. (tie) Matt Galloway (West Fla.)
- 73-70-65-71 – 279; Erick Justesen (CS Stanislaus) -
73-68-69-69 – 279; Jarin Todd (Sonoma St.) -
69-72-72-66 – 279; and two others.

COYOTE CARDS – 20. Gene Webster – 69-69-73-74 – 285;
45. Micah Burke – 72-69-74-75 – 290; 70. Dane Bagnell
- 74-73-75-72 – 294; 95. Joe Alldis – 74-77-74-78 -
303; 102. Bill Clayton – 80-80-77-76 – 313.

Broncos qualify seven for DII national track meet

BRONCOS QUALIFY SEVEN FOR NCAAs: When the NCAA Division II Track and Field Championships take place at Mt. San Antonio College on May 22-24, the Cal Poly Pomona men’s and women’s teams will be represented in fine fashion.

Seven Broncos have qualified for the meet that Cal Poly Pomona will play host to next week. The men’s team will send three student-athletes – seniors Sofiane Meniri (800 meters, Villeurbanne, France) and Joaquin Ortiz (800 meters, Woodland), and sophomore Jonathan Williams (100 meters, Temecula).

The women’s team will send four student-athletes – seniors Claudia Garcia (10,000 meters, Whittier) and Adrienne Schumm (10,000 meters, Chino Hills), junior Jasmine Winn (long jump, Pomona) and sophomore Tokunbo Adeniji (400 meters, Pomona).

“Reaching the NCAA Championships is a testament to their hard work,” said first-year Bronco coach Troy Johnson. “Their belief in themselves and their hard work has gotten them to this point.

“To have seven represent our school is an honor for themselves and to our coaching staff. It’s a great first year to start off the program.”

Meniri won the 800 meters in 1:52.22 at the California Collegiate Athletic Association meet held at Cal State Los Angeles on May 2-4. Ortiz arguably is the most improved runner on the men’s team this season as he dropped his time more than six seconds from year ago at 1:52.27. Williams (10.53) competed in last year’s event in Charlotte, N.C., and looks to earn his first all-America honor.

For the women, Schumm and Garcia both will race in the 10,000 meters. At last week’s Occidental Relays, Schumm established a personal best 36 minutes and 23.54 seconds. She also won the CCAA 10,000. Garcia owns a qualifying time of 36:53.27 – also a personal best.

Winn, who competed in the long jump at last year’s NCAA meet, owned the nation’s top mark in the long jump for the early part of the season at 19 feet, 3 inches.

Tokunbo improved nearly four seconds this season in her event and owns a personal-best 55.49.

About Occidental Relays: Junior Tiffany Turner (La Crescenta) established a school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and senior Joaquin Ortiz (Woodland) earned an NCAA Division II provisional mark in the 800 meters as Cal Poly Pomona finished its regular season track and field schedule at the Occidental Relays onMay 10.

Senior Adrienne Schumm (Chino Hills) also had a standout performance as she improved her time in the 10,000 meters in 36 minutes and 23.54 seconds.

Turner ran the steeplechase in 11:08.87 seconds, surpassing the mark of 11:18.88 set by Emma Hartel in 2007. Turner’s time met NCAA Division II provisional status, but did not meet the standard set Monday.

That Turner established the record at Occidental is noteworthy. She competed in last season’s event as an unattached runner in the 5000 while studying at Glendale College and it was her first-ever race in a track and field event.

Ortiz continued his assault on his event and established a personal-best mark of 1:52.27.

Schumm’s time ranks as the 14th fastest in the country. Teammate Claudia Garcia (senior, Whittier) ran 36:35.27 at Mt. SAC in April and ranks 17th in the country.

Sophomore David Rhodes (Auburn) established a collegiate best 15-0 3/4 in the pole vault to round out the top Bronco competitors.

2008 NCAA Division II Track and Field Championships Advisory:

May 22-24, 2008 Walnut, Calif.

Hilmer Lodge Stadium

Cal Poly Pomona University Host institution

When: May 22-24, 2008. First-day events run from 10:30 a.m. to 9:05 p.m. Second-day events run from 10:00 a.m. to 9:25 p.m. Third-day events run from 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Where: Walnut, Calif., on the campus of Mt. San Antonio College

Participants: More than 800 participants (including student-athletes, coaches and administrators) from around the country are expected to visit the San Gabriel Valley for the event.

Meet History: The NCAA has been holding a men’s championship since 1963 and a women’s championship since 1982. This will mark the third time in the event’s history that Cal Poly Pomona has played host to the event and the second time in the last five years (1980 and 2004). Both previous events were held at Mt. SAC.

Cal Poly Pomona announces baseball signees

 
POMONA – Cal Poly Pomona baseball coach Mike Ashman has announced that 14 student-athletes have signed letters-of-intent to study and play baseball for the Broncos next season.

 

The group is headlined by Claremont High School RHP Kevin Bosson, who was 5-2 with a 1.99 ERA for the Wolfpack this past spring. His season included a no-hitter against Upland HS and a 15-strikeout performance against Los Osos HS.

 

“This is a sound group of newcomers who we look forward to having in our program,” Ashman said. “Our staff worked exceptionally hard this offseason and in particular credit should be given to recruiting coordinator Ryan Heil, who since coming on board as a full-time assistant this year has been passionate in his recruiting efforts.”

 

Other Broncos signees include:

 

LHP Matt Dunbar (South Torrance HS)

 

RHP Casey McCarthy (Hart HS)

 

OF Jacob Bews (Del Oro HS)

 

RHP Graham Bills (Riverside Community College)

 

OF Cass Morrison (Carlsbad HS)

 

C Bryan Lucas (Hart HS)

 

OF Jamall Grimes (Long Beach Poly HS)

 

OF Jordan Hinshaw (Long Beach Poly HS)

 

SS Richie McDowell (Ohlone College)

 

SS Erik Reidel (Santa Rosa College)

 

3B Jenzen Torres (Hart HS

 

RHP Alex Bowen (Villa Park HS)

 

2B/RHP Chuck Andrews (Cochise, Ariz., Community College)

Redlands golf team is national runner-up – again!

It was another case of so near and yet so far for the University of Redlands golf team as the Bulldogs finished second at the Division III national tournament at Chateau Elon Resort in Braselton, Ga. Friday.

The Bulldogs did not qualify for the event last year but posted three straight second-place showings in 2004, 2005 and 2006.

Redlands shot a 14-over 298 to finish with a 72-hole total of 1,195. St. John Fisher, which started the day with a four-stroke lead over Redlands, carded a 22-over 306 and was third at 1,199.

But it was St. John (Minn.), fourth at the start of the day, that came from eight strokes out with a 291 to finish at 1,192.

The recent finish was a bit more disappointing because the Bulldogs had the lead, only to falter on the final three holes. Redlands made up the deficit on St. John Fisher in the first six holes and led until the final three holes, losing seven strokes on the last three.

Ross Canavan was the top individual for the Bulldogs, shooting a 2-over 73 for a 9-over 293 total. E.J. Stenftenagel tied for 10th (75-297).

The player that made the big difference for a third straight day was Alex Hedlund. Normally the No. 5 player, he had a 2-over 73 and was 23rd overall (302).
Scott Pena and J.C. Riter had indentical 77s and both finished at 311.

The University of La Verne, which beat Redlands head-to-head eight times this season, settled for ninth (1,219) in the last match for retiring coach Rex Huigens.

The Leopards had most of its returners from last year’s national runner-up team and led after the first round. But nothing went right the last three days.

“Golf can be a fickle game,” Huigens said. “We had a good first day but after that we were terrible, no other way to put it.”
 

Junior Rizal Amin (74-302) was the top finisher for the Leopards in 23rd. He was followed by Mitchell Fedorka (78-305), Chris Davis (83-309), Andrew Kramer (79-311) and Jordan Talah (76-314)

Huigens said he will miss the camaraderie of his players.

“Any time you do something for that long, it will be a little emotional when you stop doing it,” he said. “But the relationships will go on.”