Redlands football team earns preseason ranking

The University of Redlands football team is No. 22 in USA Today Sports Weekly’s Preseason Poll for NCAA Division III programs. Redlands is the only team from the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) to be included on the poll. In addition, the Bulldogs join the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (TX) as the only schools from the western part of the United States.

Last season, Redlands went 8-2 overall, which included an exciting 24-12 road-victory over Whitworth University. In addition, the Bulldogs captured a share of the conference title with a 5-1 SCIAC mark, earning the program’s 28th championship in school history. In addition, the football team advanced onto the NCAA playoffs for the fifth time.

During the 2007 campaign, Bulldog football gained 14 players on the All-SCIAC teams, including the Offensive Player of the Year in upcoming senior quarterback Dan Selway (Villa Park, CA). In addition, Redlands looks forward to the return of upcoming senior defensive linemen Gavril Gabriel (Downey, CA) and Brock Arndt (Valencia, CA), who earned All-West Region Second Team honors. Most recently, Gavril landed on the Consensus Draft Services Division III Preseason All-American Second Team for Defense.

Overall, the Bulldogs return eight offensive and eight defensive starters for the 2008 season.

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Lancers pitcher signs with Padres

Four-time All-GSAC Steve Goins inked a free agent deal with the San Diego Padres organization earlier this week.

After going undrafted in the MLB First-Year Player Draft two weeks ago, Goins was enrolled at Riverside Community College, taking lab courses needed so he could begin work on becoming a physician’s assistant as well as working part-time. Baseball was just a memory.

Monday afternoon, however, CBU head coach Gary Adcock received a call from a scout in the Padres organization inquiring about Goins. Adcock quickly and frantically called Goins to notify him that the organization needed another pitcher.

“I was in my first class on the first day of class when I happened to turn my phone on,” said Goins. “There were all these missed calls and texts from my family, Gary and the scout. I stepped outside to check my messages, came back in, packed my stuff up and left right then and there. I was definitely excited and had to work hard to quickly change my plans.”

Goins quit his job, put school on hold and headed out Tuesday for Peoria, Ariz., and the Arizona (Rookie) League. Shortly after arriving, he threw his first bullpen session Wednesday and all signs point to his first professional appearance sometime this weekend.

“It feels good to be a part of the sport again,” said Goins. “I’m just taking it one day at a time and seeing where this might lead.”

One of the finest players in the history of the program, Goins just completed a remarkable four-year career. During his career on the mound, Goins was 26-10 with a 3.17 ERA. In 300.2 career innings, he had 295 strikeouts. He tossed 10 complete games and five shutouts and also collected three saves. He won a career-high eight games and had a career-low 2.58 ERA as a 2008 senior.

Goins also hit .354 with a program-record 62 doubles to go along with 134 runs, 137 RBIs and 12 home runs. This past season, Goins hit .391 with 15 doubles and four home runs. He never hit worse than .317 and never had fewer than 54 hits and 14 doubles in any one season.

He will only pitch for the Padres.

“This is a great opportunity for Steve,” said Adcock. “He is very deserving and it will be exciting to see what type of pitcher he can become since he is able to just focus on pitching and not having to worry about playing on the infield or hitting.”


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Rialto native heads to Olympic track trials

Rialto native Damein White admits he had ulterior motives for taking up track. He liked the fact that it could pay for his education if he were good. But there was something he liked even better.

“My friends told me it was a good way to get girls,” he said with a chuckle.

While that may have been the impetus to get started, White, a junior at Cal State Los Angeles, has quickly risen through the ranks to earn a place in the 200-meter dash at the United States Olympic Trials, which start today and run through July 6 in Eugene, Ore.

Not bad for a guy that only took up the sport when he started college three years ago.

“It was a chance to better myself,” he said. “If they’re going to pay me to go school, why not do it?”

White spent his freshman year at Garey High School, but transferred to Rialto the following year when his family moved from Pomona to San Bernardino. He excelled in football, playing tight end on the same team with Ryan Grice-Mullen, who went on to star as a wide receiver at the University of Hawaii.

College was not originally in White’s plans. After finishing high school he got a job making decent money and even moved out on his own.

It was close friend and Rialto teammate Francis Nunez that convinced him to come with him to a track practice at Riverside Community College, where Nunez was competing.

Then-coach Aaron Goodman remembers Nunez bringing his friend.

“He (Nunez) said he had this friend that wanted to try out with us,” Goodman recalled. “I didn’t think anything of it at the time because we have guys come in here all the time and we never turn them away. He didn’t have any technique but he had potential.”

White spent that year working on the technical aspects of the sport, since he was just a rookie. The Tigers had several sprint specialists so his contribution came on relays.

The following year Goodman went over to Long Beach City as sprint coach, with White and Nunez following him. The move paid off, as White won a state championship in the 200 meters and placed third in the 400. Being a quick study helped.

“A lot of guys come to college and they think they know everything,” he said. “I had never competed before so I knew I didn’t know anything. I really listened to what my coaches told me, let it sink in and went out and did it.”

Some Division I schools were interested, including Arizona State. But White, 22, chose to stay closer to home and go to Cal State Los Angeles along with Nunez.

It helped that Goodman had a strong working relationship with Eagles coach Christopher Asher, who has many of the same philosophies.

“I wasn’t taken in by the whole Division I thing,” White said. “You can run fast anywhere.”

White’s showing with the Eagles this season put him on the map. He took first in the 100 and 200 and ran the second leg of a winning 4×100 relay at the CCAA championships.

His time of 20.55 in the 200 was a personal best and met the provisional qualifying standard for the upcoming trials. It also ranked him first nationally among Division II athletes.

At the Division II nationals at Cal Poly Pomona, White finished second in the 200 and sixth in the 100, both won by junior Dennis Boone of St. Augustine. The relay team, which also included Nunez, placed third with a school record time of 40 seconds flat.

He didn’t take any time off after that meet, shifting his focus to the trials. Asher isn’t worried about having two big meets so close together.

“We have really been working him more toward this one any way,” Asher said. “Division I athletes have it tougher because they only have 10 days between the two. He has had five weeks.”

White admits he is still new enough in the sport that gets excited about his surroundings. He is a big fan of  Tyson Gay, the top American and world record holder in the 200.

“I’ll probably be the only guy out there racing against him, then asking for his autograph,” White said.

Coincidentally, White’s specialty comes up July 4.

“I plan on providing the fireworks,” he laughed.

White’s future appears to be bright. He has achieved good results in a short time even though he admits he doesn’t like lifting weightsa distaste for weightlifting and he isn’t good about watchingis lax about his diet.

Asher would also like to see him start running the 400 meters, something Goodman has always pushed as well.

All know that this likely won’t be his first Olympic trials. He could have at least two more after this.

“There is still a lot he doesn’t know. But he’s getting there,” Asher said. “Male runners don’t usually reach their peak till at least their mid 20’s. And he still is relatively new to the sport. He has great potential. This is just the start for him. He can go as far in this sports as he wants to go.”

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