La Verne baseball player honored

University of La Verne baseball standout Scott Marcus has been named 2008 Second Team All-America by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA).

A senior from San Dimas, Marcus was selected to the Second Team as a designated hitter.

Marcus led ULV in homers (14), RBI (68) and slugging percentage (.771) while boasting of a .371 average this season en route to earning Southern California Intercollegiate Atletic Conference (SCIAC) Player of the Year honors. Marcus also earned First Team All-West Region this season.

Marcus was the lone SCIAC representative among the First, Second or Third Team selections. He becomes the first Leopard baseball All-American since pitcher Scott Lindeen was selected ABCA Second Team All-America in 2005.

La Verne earned a trip to the NCAA Division III Baseball Tournament this season by winning the SCIAC Championship, its 19th conference baseball title in school history.

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Cal Poly Pomona puts on a good show despite the weather

More than 7,000 athletes gathered at Hilmer Lodge Stadium at Mt. SAC on Thursday for day one of the NCAA Division II Track and Field championships. One would have never guessed that the national meet was taking place in Southern California.

You could read the minds of those athletes from places like Abilene Christian, Nebraska-Kearney and North Dakota. THIS is Southern California? It was anything but sunny. Most of the opening day events took place in a steady drizzle and lightning halted the action twice for a total of three hours.

Athletes running the 10,000 meters were running at midnight.

The weather conditions made it hard for athletes to deliver their top performances and there was little or no crowd to speak of, just the diehards that were related to the competitors.

It’s too bad because the Broncos staff worked long and hard to put on the best show possible and it was raining on their parade.

Perhaps the most comical moment came when an idiot from Humboldt State leaped the fence during the rain delay and raced around the track carrying a giant green flag with the a gold letter H. Staff quickly ushered him off the track but he kept running around the perimeter of the fence, finally doing a faceplant rounding the corner.

The second best moment came when the track announcer, who for much of the event gave great informative background on the athletes, introduced an athlete from the Broncos as being from Cal State Pomona.

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Five Broncos earn All-conference tennis honors

Tsai leads five Cal Poly Pomona on all-CCAA teams


POMONA – Senior Jenny Tsai capped her four-year career with Cal Poly Pomona in fine fashion by earning first-team all-California Collegiate Athletic Association honors, the conference announced Wednesday.

            Tsai, an Artesia native, played No. 1 singles for the second consecutive season. She finished her four-year career with three all-CCAA honors. She completed her career with 44-39 record in singles play and 45-33 in doubles.

            “Jenny has played standout tennis during her entire career at Cal Poly Pomona,” coach Sandy Kriezel said. “She’s been a leader for us and she has shown a quiet resolve in everything she does. We’re going to miss her next season.”

            The Broncos placed four players on the all-CCAA second team – junior Jessica Winkler (Fullerton), sophomore Mallory Brady (Torrance) and freshmen Jennifer Chow (Diamond Bar) and Kaitlin Wooldridge (Fort Collins, Colo.).

            Winkler played No. 2 singles this past season and played No. 1 doubles (with Tsai) and finished the season at No. 3 doubles with Wooldridge. Winkler and Tsai were 3-4 overall and 4-5 overall with Wooldridge.

            Brady went 11-7 while playing at No. 3 singles. She was the winningest player for the Broncos this season.

            Chow came on strong late in the season. She went 5-4 overall (5-2 at No. 4 singles) and teamed with Tsai at No. 1 doubles (6-6).

            Wooldridge played No. 5 singles and went 6-8 at that spot and 10-10 overall. In addition to her doubles play with Winkler, she and Brady went 4-4 at No. 3 doubles.

            The Broncos finished the season 7-10 overall and earned their 21st trip to the NCAA Division II postseason. That number is the most of any Bronco athletic program in school history.


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