Mt. SAC’s Brown to play at Long Beach State

Sahfiya Brown helped the Mt. SAC women’s basketball team to its third
straight state title. Now the 5-foot-11 forward is on to bigger
things, signing with Division I Long Beach State, Mounties coach
Laura Beeman confirmed.

Brown, a graduate of Etiwanda High School, averaged 8.4 points and
6.8 rebounds in helping the Mounties to a 37-1 record the past
season, that lone loss coming in the season opener.

Her season high of 19 points came against Los Angeles City. She also
reached double figures in 13 other games and had a season best of 18
rebounds against Taft.

Brown, who earned first-team All-South Coast Conference honors, is
the third Mt. SAC player to declare for a Division I school following
Jazlyn Davis (Arizona State) and Kendra Calvin (Cal).

Beeman added that guard Zsa Zsa Lawson will attend Division II
Brigham Young-Hawaii.

Cal State golfer in the hunt for national title

Sophomore Gene Webster Jr. matched his
opening round of 69 Thursday to move within one shot
of the lead at the 2008 NCAA Division II National Golf
Championship on a warm, humid day at Memorial Park
Golf Course.

Webster’s second straight 69 came while playing in
the same threesome with 36-hole co-leader Jude
Estaquio of Florida Southern who came back to earth
with a 74 Thursday after a sizzling 63 on Wednesday.

Estaquio and West Florida’s Kyle Scott are tied at 137
- three under par for the tournament.

Meanwhile, the Coyotes improved their Wednesday score
by one shot on Thursday but lost ground in the team
standings, slipping from 14th to 15th spot with a
36-hole total of 577, 18 shots behind the second round
leader – Georgia College and State University.

CSUSB can make up some ground in a hurry on Friday if
the team performs well since they are only eight shots
out of seventh spot and 10 shots out of fourth place.

The 72-hole tournament over the 7,158-yard course
that hosted the PGA Tour’s Houston Open for 12 years
from 1951 to 1963 ends on Saturday.

Webster, a graduate of Arroyo Valley High School in
San Bernardino, played the back nine first in the
morning hours on a day that was cloudy with
temperatures in the mid-70s to low-80s and humidity
around 80 percent.

He bogeyed No. 11, a 238-yard par-3, then got back to
even for the day with a birdie at the 473-yard par-4
12th hole and finished the inward nine with pars. On
the front side, he birdied the 388-yard, par-4 sixth
hole and parred the rest to finish at 69.

Not far behind is Coyotes junior Micah Burke who is
just four shots off the lead but tied for 19th spot in
a closely-contested tournament. Burke improved from
his 72 on opening day to a one-under-par 69 Thursday
to finish 36 holes at 141 – one over par.

Burke made all pars on the back nine and was even
through three holes on the front when he suffered a
bogey at the fourth hole. He got back to even with a
birdie two on the 223-yard, par-3 seventh hole and
closed out his round with a birdie at No. 9, a
409-yard, par 4.

Senior Dane Bagnell improved by one shot Thursday
with a 73 but is tied for 69th spot with a two-day
total of 147 – seven over par. Bagnell played steady
golf, parring all the holes on the back nine and the
first three holes on the front, but made a string of
three straight bogeys at the fourth, fifth and sixth
holes.

Sophomore Joe Alldis slipped from 74 to a 77 on
Thursday to place 94th at 151. Senior Bill Clayton
shot his second consecutive 80 for a non-scoring total
of 160. The fifth highest score is dropped in team
scoring in collegiate golf.

The weather in Houston calls for continued cloudiness
with possible thunderstorm activity on Friday and high
humidity.

2008 NCAA DIVISION II GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP
@ Memorial Park Golf Course in Houston, TX.
Team scores: 1. Georgia College & State
University – 559; 2. Indianapolis – 564; 3. Clayton
State – 566; 4. (tie) West Florida, Colorado-Colo.
Springs and Grand Canyon – 567; 7. St. Edwards – 569;
8. (tie) Grand Valley State, North Alabama, Nova
Southeastern and Western Washington – 571; 12. (tie)
Belmont Abbey and South Carolina-Aikin — 572; 14.
Florida Southern – 573; 15. CSUSB COYOTES – 577; 16.
Sonoma State – 578; 17. Washburn – 579; 18. Newberry -
586; 19. Indiana (PA) – 586; 20. Bryant – 597.

Individual leaders: 1. (tie) Jude Estaquio (Fla.
Southern) 63-74–137; Kyle Scott (West Florida) 72-65 -
137; 3. (tie) Gene Webster (CSUSB) 69-69–138; Jeff
Goff (South Carolina-Aiken) 67-71 -138; Sean Packer
(West. Washington) 69-69 -138; Billy Shider (Georgia
College) 72-66–138; Will Wilcox (Clayton St.) 66-72 -
138.

CSUSB cards: 3. Gene Webster Jr. – 69-69-138; 19.
Micah Burke – 72-69 – 141; 69 – Dane Bagnell – 74-73 -
147; 94. Joe Alldis – 74-77–151; 104. Bill Clayton -
80-80 – 160.

Cal State reloads with 10 baseball recruits

Cal State San Bernardino baseball coach Don Parnell has begun to fill positions on his pitching staff for the 2008-09 season by signing four talented community college players from the San Diego area.

Parnell has also signed six high school seniors, five of them from Inland Empire schools.

The Coyotes have inked Dan Stenavich, a right-handed pitcher, and Jorge Dryjanski, a left-handed pitcher, both from Southwestern College, a team that produced a 22-3 regular season record and won the Pacific Coast Conference title.

Stenavich is 8-2 with a 1.88 earned run average in 16 appearances, 13 of them starts. He struck out 52 in 86 innings. He pitched a six-hitter in a 5-1 Southwestern win over El Camino in the state JC playoffs.

Dryjanski is 7-1 with a 3.27 ERA with 16 appearances, 11 of them starts. He has 57 strikeouts in 74 innings pitched.

Also joining the mound corps for CSUSB will be Kevin McLaughry, a lefty from Grossmont College who had a 2.27 earned run average and a 4-2 record for a team that went 20-20 on the regular season and finished third in the Pacific Coast Conference. Garret Jones, another lefthander from Grossmont, also signed.

Heading the list of prep players who have signed with the Coyotes is Aaron Brooks of Cajon High School in San Bernardino, the San Andreas League champions. At last report, Brooks was hitting .507 with nine homers and 40 runs batted in and posted a 7-1 record on the mound with a 1.07 ERA.

Also coming to CSUSB next year are:

  • Terrance Buchanan, a shortstop from Mount Carmel High School in San Diego, who hit .380 this year.
  • Andrew Harrison, a slugging first-baseman from Norte Vista HS in Riverside.
  • Matt Winn, an outfielder from Canyon Springs HS in Moreno Valley.
  • Darren Dworak, an infielder from Damien HS in LaVerne who batted. 494 with four home runs, 32 RBI, an .802 slugging percentage and a .560 on-base percentage with 28 runs scored.
  • Ken Othman, a catcher from Martin Luther King HS in Riverside, who is batting .465 with two homers, 23 RBI, a .597 slugging percentage and a .460 on-base percentage.

SCIAC baseball honors announced

2008 All-SCIAC Baseball Selections Announced
May 14, 2008

The 2008 All-SCIAC Baseball Selections have been announced.  University of La Verne Leopards claimed the SCIAC Conference title.  Scott Marcus, a senior from La Verne has been named Player of the Year.  The First and Second All-SCIAC Teams are listed below. 

Player of the Year:

 Scott Marcus, SR

University of La Verne

 

 

 

First Team

 

 

Pitchers

Tim Jolly, SO

University of La Verne

 

Michael McCarthy, SO

University of Redlands

 

Nolan Nicholson, JR

University of Redlands

Catcher

Jefre Johnson, SO

University of Redlands 

Infielders 

Andrew Blomberg, JR

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

 

Anthony Cappelletti, JR 

Whittier College

 

Paul Hartmann, SO

California Lutheran University

 

Drew Hedman, JR

Pomona-Pitzer Colleges

 

Brandon Huerta, JR

Pomona-Pitzer Colleges

 

Jack Mehl, SR

University of La Verne

Outfielders

Charles Acker, SR

Whittier College

 

Kyle Rizzo

University of Redlands

 

Alex Weber-Shapiro, SO  

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

 

 

 

Second Team

 

 

Pitchers

David Colvin, FR

Pomona-Pitzer Colleges 

 

Matt Jones, JR

Occidental College

 

Jimmy Wilfong, SR

University of La Verne

Catcher 

Adam Franks, SR

Occidental College

Infielders

Trevor Boucher, SR

University of La Verne

 

David Iden, JR

California Lutheran University

 

James Kang, SO

Pomona-Pitzer Colleges

 

Mike Moretti, JR

University of La Verne 

 

Travis Nishioka, SO

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps  

 

Brian Schumaker, SR

University of Redlands

Outfielders

Glenn Gray, SO

Occidental College

 

Michael Joannides, SR

Pomona-Pitzer Colleges

 

Zachary Mandelblatt, JR

Pomona-Pitzer Colleges

 

Redlands second at nationals with 18 holes left

With one round left to play in the NCAA Division III tournament at Chateau Elon, the University of Redlands golf team is in a familiar position – second.

The Bulldogs qualified for the event in 2004, 2005 and 2006 and finished as national runner-up on all three occasions.

The first two times the Bulldogs were far enough back they didn’t have a chance to win. But now they’re ready to shed the bridesmaid label.

“We’re in it to win it,” Redlands coach Art Salvesen said. “We are right where we need to be. It’s all up to us on the final day.”

St. John Fisher (893) remains in first place with Redlands (897) next. It had started the day eight strokes out but shot a 293, its best round of the tournament while St. John Fisher shot a 297.

The Bulldogs steady twosome of Ross Canavan and E.J. Stenftenagel led the way. Canavan (220) shot an even par-71 for the day and is tied for fourth place individually while Stenftenagel (222), the lone holdover from the runner-up team in 2006, managed a 2-over 73 and is tied for ninth.

The Bulldogs No. 5 man also came up with a clutch performance. Alex Hedlund bounced back back from an opening-day 83 to post the second-best score on his team the last two days, including a 72 Thursday.

“He (Hedlund) was the key for us,” Salvesen said. “We know we have two guys that are going to right around par but he gave us a big lift today.

Also checking in for the Bulldogs were Scott Pena (80-234) and J.C. Riter (77-234).

The University of La Verne, which led by 10 strokes after the first day, is tied for seventh after a 298 for a 54-hole total of 911.

Rizal Amin, Chris Davis and Mitchell Fedorka (227) are part of a five-way tie for 27th with Fedorka boasting the Leos bestr round of the day – a 1-under 70. Rounding out the scoring are Andrew Kramer (79-232), Jordan Talah (78-238) and

Coyotes to compete in D2 national

The golf team from Cal State San Bernardino will compete in the NCAA Division II national golf tournament beginning today in Texas, but just getting there proved to be a challenge.

It’s the third straight season the Coyotes have reached the national tournament, a 72-hole event played at Memorial Park Golf Course in Houston. The field will include 20 teams and 10 individuals from non-qualifying teams.

The 24th-ranked Coyotes finished 11th in the event last season and seventh in 2006 with many of the same contributors.

Cal State San Bernardino has yet to have all five players put together good rounds in the same tournament like it did a year ago in capturing the school’s first regional title. But it is capable.

“We had to knock off one of the top teams in the country just to get here,” Cal State coach Tom Mainez said. “So I don’t think finishing in the top five is unrealistic.”

Sophomore Gene Webster heads the effort. The San Bernardino native has not had quite the season he did in 2007 as a freshman but appears to be getting closer as evidenced by a second-place individual showing last week at the West Regional tourney.

Mainez said it is part mental and part physical.

“He put too much pressure on himself, being the defending everything. We had a talk about that last week,” Mainez said. “He was also going through a change in his swing.”

Rounding out the quintet representing the Coyotes are seniors Dane Bagnell and Bill Clayton, junior Micah Burke and sophomore Joe Alldis. Bagnell had a 68 and led after the first day of the regional and finished a still respectable 10th.

There was plenty of drama to get to this point.

Last week at the West Region Tournament the Coyotes had to beat Cal State Stanislaus, the No. 6 team in the country, on an extra hole after tying for fourth in the team standings with the Warriors.

The Coyotes had finished their round early and were in fifth but Cal State Monterey Bay, playing behind the Coyotes, faltered late.

“We thought we were going to just miss out and had already loaded stuff in the van,” Mainez said. “Then we started watching the scoreboard and they (Monterey Bay) started slipping. So I told the guys get stuff out and start taking some swings just in case.”

It’s a good thing they did. The Coyotes ended up winning the one-hole playoff to claim the final spot out of the region.

CCAA member Sonoma State is among the leading contenders for a team title. The Seawolves are ranked second nationally led by conference Player of the year Jarin Todd and a local product, senior Kyle Hopkins out of Apple Valley Christian.

University of West Florida is ranked No. 1. Barry University (Miami, Fla.) is the defending champion.

La Verne, Redlands have good day at golf nationals

It was a good first day for the local teams at the Division III national golf championship Tuesday at Chateau Elon Resort in Braselton, Ga.

The University of La Verne surged out to a 10-stroke lead with a 7-over 291 while SCIAC foe University of Redlands is tied for fourth in the 35-team field at 20-over 304.

Skidmore is a distant second (301) while St. John Fisher is third (302).
Leopards coach Rex Huigens is optimistic but guarded, citing the fact that the 72-hole tournament is being conducted over two courses.

“We’ll have a lot better idea where we stand after the second round. We played the easier of thre two today,” he said. “But we are hitting the ball well so we’re off to a good start.”

The Leos and the Bulldogs both played the par-71, 7,030-yard Chateau course. Seven of the top eight teams played that one. The other is the par-71 6,728-yard Woodlands course.
A cut will be made after today’s round and all teams will play the final two rounds on the same course.

“The one is longer but its straighter,” Huigens said. “The other one is shorter and tighter and there is a lot more potential to get into trouble.”

La Verne had two players in the top five with Andrew Kramer shooting an even-par 71 and Chris Davis right behind him at 72.

Rounding out the scoring were Rizal Amin (74) and Jordan Talah (74) who were in a logjam of seven players tied for 16th place. Mitchell Fedorka (75) was the non-scoring member of the team.

The Bulldogs are led by Ross Canavan, one of just three players that broke par. He shot a 1-under 70, just two strokes behind leader Scott Harris of Pacific (68).
Also representing the Bulldogs are E.J. Stenftenagel (75), Scott Pena (77), J.C. Riter (81) and Alex Hedlund (83).

“You can’t win a title on the first day but you can lose it,” Redlands coach Art Salvesen said. “Today will be the difference. This one is real man’s course.”

La Verne baseball team gears up for West Regional

It isn’t where you start but where you finish that makes a difference. There is no better proof of that than the University of La Verne baseball team.

At no point during the regular season were the Leopards ever first in the SCIAC. They didn’t move into the top spot until the final day of the regular season when they swept Pomona-Pitzer and University of Redlands lost twice to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.

But it will be coach Scott Winterburn’s team representing the SCIAC in the six-team Division III West Region Tournament that starts today at McMurry University in Abilene, Tex.

The Leopards (25-14-1) open play at 10 a.m. against Southern Califorinia rival Chapman (35-3), the nation’s top-ranked team.

That will be one of three games on tap with the others pitting George Fox (28-12) against Trinity, Tex. (32-13) and Cal State East Bay (26-14) against host McMurray (29-17).

La Verne’s finish this season was the opposite of last season when the Leopards were on top only to drop a spot after falling to Whittier in extra innings in the final game of the season.

“Last year we pretty much led it the entire way. This year we never led,” Winterburn said. “Go figure. That’s the thing I find most ironic.”

Only a fantastic finish put the Leopards in position to have a chance. They won their last eight games and 13 of their last 14 conference games.

Winterburn said his team didn’t get too wrapped up in where it was in the standings.

“We weren’t worried about how far behind we were,” he said. “We just wanted to play better baseball. Then the teams ahead of us starting losing and we had a chance again. “

Today’s foe is not an unfamiliar one. The Leopards played the Panthers in a three-game non-conference series and lost all three – 4-0, 4-2 and 11-5.

It will be La Verne’s first postseason appearance since 2005 when the Leopards were eliminated by Chapman which was hosting the tournament.

Pitchers Ryan Rose and Jimmy Wilfong and outfielder Brandon Mikkelson, all seniors, are the main holdovers from that team.

Winterburn said sophomore Tim Jolly (5-3, 4.36), a product of Damien High School, would be the likely starter. He went the first game against Chapman in April, giving up just two hits and three runs in a game that was scoreless until the fifth.

Rose (7-3, 6.38) and junior Jesse Sweet (5-3, 3.88) are the other starters. Wilfong (5-2, 2.05) has a team-high 20 appearances, 17 of those out of the bullpen.

The offense is led by senior designated hitter Scott Marcus who hit .375, led the conference in RBI (62) and total bases (125) and was second in runs scored (51) and home runs (13).
Among the other veterans are second baseman Trevor Boucher (.364, 31 RBI) and shortstop Jack Mehl (.369, 58 runs).

The Panthers, who are looking for their fourth straight regional title, have been ranked No. 1 the entire season. Their losses were to Pomona-Pitzer, Redlands and McMurry.
Chapman is hitting .357 as a team (14th nationally) and averaging 9.1 runs a game led by designated hitter Stuart Hyman (.400), third baseman Tristan Phillips (.426) and outfielder Mike Vass (.395, 43 runs, 42 RBI).

“Our guys have hung in there all year,” Winterburn said. “We have some momentum and we have nothing to lose because no one expected us to get here.

All-SCIAC softball awards

CONFERENCE CHAMPION: UNIVERSITY OF REDLANDS


HEAD
COACH: LAURIE NEVAREZ

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: NICKY NEUMANN, UNIVERSITY OF REDLANDS

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: MOLLY YRIARTE, WHITTIER COLLEGE

FIRST TEAM

Pitcher

Katie Brnca

University of Redlands

Pitcher

Julia Cruz

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges

Catcher

Alyssa Corley

Pomona-Pitzer Colleges

1st Base

Melissa Munoz

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges

2nd Base

Dory Baga

University of Redlands

Shortstop

Ashley Paul

University of La Verne

3rd Base

Lynsey Padilla

University of La Verne

Outfield

Michelle Harvey

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

Outfield

Vicky Ovieda

Whittier College

Outfield

Remy Kawaguchi

University of Redlands 

DP

Amanda Doeppel

University of Redlands

Utility

Billy McGrane

Pomona-Pitzer Colleges

At-Large

Melissa Carlson

University of La Verne

SECOND TEAM

Pitcher

Olivia Ellis

University of Redlands

Pitcher

Lizzy Chacon

California Lutheran University 

Catcher

Emily Robertson

California Lutheran University

1st Base

Nicole Acevedo

Whittier College

2nd Base

Trish McCormick

University of La Verne

Shortstop

Melanie Hamlin

University of Redlands

3rd Base

Christine Calderon

Pomona-Pitzer Colleges

Outfield

MacKenzie Smith

Pomona-Pitzer Colleges

Outfield

Kari Granger

University of La Verne

Outfield

Mandy Brenner

University of La Verne

DP

Alexis Garcia

Pomona-Pitzer Colleges

Utility

Erika Weingart

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges

At-Large

Gabriela Chavez

Occidental College

La Verne softball standout saluted

Ashley Paul has been named SCIAC Female Athlete of the Week on May 9 for her efforts during La Verne’s SCIAC Tournament championship run in softball.

A freshman shortstop from Glendora and a First Team All-SCIAC selection, Paul batted .438 in four games to help lead La Verne to the first-ever SCIAC Tournament Championship. On May 2 Paul went 3-4 with two runs scored in a 10-0 win over CMS and followed with a two-run double in the Leopards’ 4-1 triumph over Pomona-Pitzer.

Against top-seed and seventh-ranked Redlands on May 3, she went 2-3 in the opening-game loss, and closed with a single and a run scored as ULV prevailed 5-4 over the Bulldogs to capture the tournament crown and secure a berth in the NCAA West Regionals.

Paul, a starting guard on the Leopard basketball team, finished the regular season with a team-high .433 batting average including a .469 clip in conference play.