Coyotes’ Reichel heads to Japan

Cal State San Bernardino graduate David Reichel, who set a men’s basketball season record for three-point field goal percentage in 2006-07, has signed a contract to play for the Oita Head Devils in the Basketball Japan League.

Reichel, a 6-8 forward, caught the attention of league officials during a three-day tryout staged by the league in Las Vegas in July.

“I did pretty well, averaging 18 points in three games,” Reichel told the Ventura County Star newspaper.

The Camarillo resident will head for Japan soon in order to get ready for a 52-game season that begins Oct. 11.

Reichel played for the Los Angeles Lightning in a pro development league during the spring and early summer.

“It’s pretty much a dream come true,” Reichel told the Ventura County Star. “I’ve always wanted to get paid to play basketball. I’m grateful to have the opportunity.”

He told the newspaper that the credit for him being noticed goes to his agent, Greg Foster, a former NBA player, for bringing Reichel to the attention of international leagues.

“I’ll get a car. They will pay for my housing, which will allow me to sock away everything I earn,” he told the Ventura newspaper.

Reichel was a key player in the Coyotes’ run to a NCAA Division II West Region title in 2006-07, advancing to the NCAA national semifinals. He averaged 5.6 points per game, shooting 54.5 percent from the field and a team record 50 percent (39 of 78) from three-point range on a team that went 26-6.

A hand injury limited Reichel to an average of 10 minutes per game in 15 games for the Coyotes in 2007-08 as they won a CCAA conference co-championship.

He received his bachelor’s degree in business with an emphasis in management and a minor in real estate finance.

“I didn’t want a normal job, at least not yet,” Reichel told the Ventura newspaper.

 

La Verne player named week’s best

Volleyball standout Brianna Gonzales was named SCIAC Female Athlete of the Week in helping the Leopard squad to a 4-0 debut last weekend.

A senior outside hitter from Whittier, Gonzales was named Tournament Most Valuable Player after helping lead fifth-ranked La Verne to a 4-0 mark – including three wins over nationally-ranked teams – at the Premier Invitational Sept. 5-6 in Tacoma, Wash.

A 2007 AVCA First Team All-American, Gonzales averaged 3.46 kills per game for the weekend. She also had three double-doubles with her kills and digs. She has been nominated for AVCA National Player of the Week for her efforts this past weekend. She tallied 15 kills and 9 digs against seventh-ranked and tournament host Puget Sound in a four-game win.

Against #12 CSU East Bay, Gonzales collected a match-high 17 kills along with 15 digs in a four-game triumph over the Pioneers. She finished with 12 kills and 11 digs as the Leopards prevailed over #6 Trinity in four games.

Cal Baptist gears up for game at Seton Hall

California Baptist University men’s basketball head coach Tim Collins has announced the addition of another major NCAA Division I opponent to the Lancers’ 2008-09 schedule.

Seton Hall Tuesday (Dec. 9) at 7:30 p.m. in the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The game will be an exhibition for the Lancers and will count as an official game for the Pirates.
 
“We are very honored and thankful for the opportunity that Head Coach Bobby Gonzales, his staff and the athletic administration of Seton Hall University have given to our institution,” said Collins. “This experience will be a lifelong memory for our players and institution. To be able to play against a Big East member in this fantastic atmosphere and enter into the basketball tradition created at Seton Hall is a blessing to our players and institution. We have had the opportunity to compete against some quality Division I opponents the past few years, always hopeful to create enough resistance in the game to help both teams.”

Redlands to host cross country meet

The University of Redlands Cross Country Invitational Saturday will take place on the University of Redlands campus instead of at the Redlands Sports Complex on the corner of E. San Bernardino Ave. and N. Dearborn St.

 

Starting and finishing at the main quad on the campus, which is located on E. Colton Avenue, the event’s start time will remain the same for both men and women. The women start their 6K race at 9 a.m. while the men start their 8K race an hour later at 10 a.m.

 

SBVC, RCC to battle for The Bell

The football teams from San Bernardino Valley and Riverside Community College will square off at 6 p.m. Saturday at SBVC. At stake will be the 350-pound Victory Bell which has been in the Tigers possession since 2002. That was the last time the teams played and RCC prevailed 27-17.

SBVC hasn’t won the contest since 1996 but that is misleading because the teams have played just three times since then.

RCC claims to have a 35-28-1 edged in the series.

SBVC claims the all-time record is a bit closer – 35-32-1.

We’ll have to confirm who is right in that regard before we preview the game later in the week.

SBVC has a handful of players on its roster from Riverside County. RCC has nearly two dozen on its roster from San Bernardino County, the majority of those products of high schools in Redlands.

Based on the showing of both teams on Saturday, RCC has to be considered a heavy favorite.

We’ll see.

Victor Valley football team has potential

The Victor Valley College football team started its gauntlet of tough non-conference foes over the weekend and the news was both good and bad. The bottom line was a 52-31 loss to Riverside Community College in the first ever meeting between the schools.

The Rams offense is light years ahead of last season when it used five quarterbacks with no success.

The man directing the offense is freshman quarterback O’Ryan Bradley. Or as another newspaper called him – Ryan O’Bradley. Or as a radio crew called him – Bradley O’Ryan. It will probably be screwed up a few more times this season. But the guy can throw.

Coach Dave Hoover has manyy more playmakers than he has had in the last few years. If the Rams can improve on defense they’re going to win some games when American Division, Mountain Conference play gets underway in two more weeks.

Stay tuned!

Victor Valley loses opener to RCC 52-31

By Michelle Gardner
Staff Writer

RIVERSIDE – Last year the biggest problem for the Victor Valley
College football team was offense. That doesn’t look to be the
problem this year.

Freshman quarterback O’Ryan Bradley threw for 236 yards and the
Rams amassed 441 yards total offense but fell to host Riverside
Community College Saturday at Wheelock Field in the 2008 debut for
both teams.

Victor Valley Coach Dave Hoover was not surprised with the numbers
since his team looked much the same in last week’s scrimmage. While
they moved the ball successfully against a quality foe, they gave up
359 yards.

“We didn’t play hard enough and we didn’t play physical enough,”
Hoover said after addressing his team at midfield. “It was the first
college game for a lot of these guys and I don’t think they
understood the intensity you have to play it. I hope they know now.”

That doesn’t mean the winning side was completely satisfied
either. Riverside’s Bill Brown wasn’t pleased with his defense or his
special teams as the Tigers missed four extra points.

“I wasn’t happy that we gave up 51 points and we have to work on
our special teams,” he said. “We have some great athletes and we’re
going to make some plays. If we can iron out a few things, we should
have a chance at winning the conference.”

Victor Valley stuck with RCC early. It spotted the host team a
7-0 lead with Redlands High graduate Coy Glass directing a 62-yard
drive on the team’s first possession that ended with a 36-yard toss
to Travis Carter.

The Rams drew even on their ensuing possession, striking with the
big play as Bradley connected with Silverado product Deandre
Glasper on a 70-yard pass play with Glasper hauling in the pass at
the Tigers 30 and racing the rest of the way.

The Rams took a 10-7 lead on a 39-yard field goal by Andrew
Paredes but that lead was short lived as RCC retaliated soon after
with a drive of its own, this one ending with an 8-yard toss from
Glass to former high school teammate Corey Ham, giving the Tigers
back a 13-10 lead.

Victor Valley’s second lead of the game came when O.C. Craig
returned a punt 36 yards for a touchdown to go up 17-13. But that
would be its last advantage. RCC scored twice more before the end of
the half, both times on scoring passes by Glass. His 4-yarder to
Winston Hutchinson gave the Tigers a 20-17 edge and was the fourth
lead change of the half.

A 29-yarder from Glass to Jacob Slouka with 2:45 left in the second
quarter made it 27-17 and the Rams were never within single digits
again.

O’Bradley spread the ball out to nine different receivers with his
favorite target being Glasper, who caught four passes for 74 yards.
He also rushed for 47 on 11 tries. The biggest weapon in the ground
game was Ryan Sampson who who only had four carries but managed
66yards.

“I am disappointed because I thought it was a winnable game,”
Hoover said. “And it only gets tougher from here.”

Meanwhile Glass threw for 184 yards, evenly split among seven
receivers. He threw five touchdowns without an interception.

The Tigers rushed for 175 yards, 156 of that by Cedric Foster.

Next week the Rams will host Palomar at 1 p.m. while the Tigers
will head to the neighboring county to renew their rivalry with San
Bernardino Valley College at 6 p.m.

Victor Valley 10 7 7 7 – 31
Riverside 13 21 6 6 – 52

R – Travis Carter 36 pass from Coy Glass (Albert Jiminez kick)

VV – DeAndre Glasper 30 pass from O’Ryan Bradley (Andrew Paredes
kick)

VV – Parades 39 FG

R – Corey Ham 8 pass from Glass (kick failed)

VV – O.C. Craig 36 punt return (Paredes kick)

R – Winston Hutchenson 4 pass from Glass (Jiminez kick)

R – Jacob Slouka 29 pass from Glass (Jiminez kick)

R – Cedric Foster 7 run (Jiminez kick)

VV- Glasper 3 run (Paredes kick)

R- Foster 3 run (kick failed)

R – Hutchenson 9 pass from Glass (kick failed)

VV – Mel Carmichael 1 run (Paredes kick)

SBVC looks to rebound from opening loss

The fact that his team probably wasn’t supposed to win is of little
concern to San Bernardino Valley College football coach Pat Meech.

The Wolverines dropped their season opener 34-17 Saturday at College
of the Desert. The new conference alignment and playoff structure has
teams in the lesser division like SBVC playing teams in the so-called
power division before their own conference play starts so the chances
of a 0-3 start are definitely there.

But Meech isn’t looking at it that way.

“We haven’t put much emphasis on it so I don’t think our kids are
that aware of who is in what division. We’re just trying to go out
there and get better each day,” he said. “In the past you played
like teams in non-conference. Then it got tougher when you played
conference. This is really the other way around but you still hope to
win or two.”

The Wolverines got off to a slow start and it was all uphill after
that. They had turnovers on their first three possessions – an
interception off a tip and two fumbles. The Roadrunners turned all
three into touchdowns to go up 21-0 and led 26-0 before the
Wolverines scored.

The rushing game only managed 22 yards, 11 of that coming on a
touchdown run by Dewayne Booker. Meech said the lack of productivity
was the result of a combination of things. The offensive line didn’t
play up to par but the backs also didn’t find some of the holes that
were there. The deficit also forced the Wolverines to abandon the run
early.

The air attack, directed by sophomore quarterback Mike Stadler,
did tally 219 yards. Booker caught four passes for 20 yards while
Robert Anderson snagged three for 50. The biggest play was a
54-yarder to Aaron Barlow. Meech was most pleased with his line in
that regard.

“We did a pretty good job of protecting the passer,” he said.
“That was good to see because we were hurried quite a bit last
season.”

The defense performed adequately enough, given the poor field
position most of the night. Top tacklers were strong safety freshman
Ricky Pesquera, sophomore defensive back Justin Solis and freshman
defensive end Jim O’Brien.

A couple of injuries in Thursday’s practice forced a change in
personnel. Center Hugo Garcia (ankle) and defensive lineman Bobby
Martinez (knee) actually got hurt on the same play. Both missed
Saturday’s game but are expected back for next week’s rivalry game
against Riverside which opened its season with a 52-31 win over
Victor Valley.

Meech said he would likely make some personnel changes when the team
takes to the practice field today. The coaching staff spent much of
Sunday breaking down the game film, as well as going over the RCC
game.

RCC leads the series 35-28 but the teams last played in 2002. SBVC’s
last win in the series was in 1996 – 32-20.

Meech, who lives in Riverside and assisted Tigers coach Bill Brown
for two years before taking the head job at SBVC, is looking forward
to the contest dubbed “The Bell Game.”

“It will be a lot of fun,” he said. “Most of these kids had a real
rivalry game in high school so I hope this takes them back. It will
be good to re-establish this rivalry. We’re neighboring communities
where there are a lot of ties.”

Wilt to play basketball in Netherlands

 
Former Cal State San Bernardino All American Vanessa Wilt is headed to the Netherlands to play professional basketball.

The 6-foot-1 center signed last week to play with the Leiderdorp Basketball Club which is based out of the city by the same name. She will leave today.

“I have a lot of emotions,” said Wilt, a graduate of Sultana High School. “One day I’m scared death and I’m wondering what in the world I’m doing. Then the next day I’m excited and I can’t wait.”

Wilt spent two years at NAIA Cal Baptist, but transferred to Cal State for her junior season. As a senior she led the CCAA conference in scoring (18.9 ppg), rebounding (13.4 rpg), field goal percentage (54.7) and blocked shots (71). Those numbers also put her among the national leaders. Wilt finished second in the nation in rebounding, eighth in blocked shots, 23rd in field goal percentage and 26th in scoring.

Wilt accumulated 25 double-doubles (points and rebounds) in 29 games this season and 36 for her two-year career, in which she led the Coyotes to a 38-19 record and the first back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances since the university moved to Division II in 1991-92.

She smashed the team’s single-season record for blocked shots (old mark was 59), giving her 112 for two seasons, one shy of the all-time career mark of 113. Her 388 rebounds was a single-season record as was her rebounds per game average. She tied the team’s single-game scoring record with 39 in a game at home against Cal State Los Angeles.

Wilt said another team in the same league contacted Coyotes coach Kevin Becker two months ago. She talked with that team several times but that team signed a couple of other American players, leaving her out in the cold since clubs can have no more than two foreign players on their roster.

She thought the opportunity was dead and registered for classes at Cal State to work toward finishing her degree. Then the other team contacted her last week. She is thrilled with the opportunity.

“I never thought I was going to be good enough to play in college, let alone professional basketball,” she said. “So I’m thrilled. It will be a challenge.”

The team made arrangements for her flight and housing. She will be sharing a house with the other American player who competed at the University of South Dakota. Pay will be $1,000 a month with her living expenses (with the exception of food) paid for by the club.

“I am very happy for her,” Becker said. “Not a lot of players get this chance. If she had turned it down, who knows if it would have come up again because there are more and more great college players coming out every year.”

So much for those plans . . .

We had planned on doing a feature story on a player from each of the local football teams to kick off the season. In the case of Chaffey College, the profile was to be on running back Jahmel Rover.

It seemed the perfect story. Highly touted kid out of Eisenhower High School. Went to San Jose State but didn’t play because of a paperwork snafu. Had a great freshman year and was again being looked at by Division I schools.

I go out to Chaffey, only to find out he isn’t around. Had to go to the doctor to have his knee looked at because he had tweaked it the day before in practice. But the coaches didn’t seem overly concerned.

I head back out the next day. This time I talk to the young man. We get the pictures. I think we’re good to go.

Then I start writing the story but before I get too far into it something tells me to call the coach just to touch base and see about the extent of the injury. Sure enough, he’s done. out for the season. Scrap that game plan.

I scramble to come up with an alternative which works out – defensive lineman Marcus Austin.

This isn’t the first time that has happened. It happened like three times in one year at a previous paper. But that was a long time ago.

Dan Selway be careful.

Ashton Clarke be very careful!

It isn’t the first time