A guess (only a guess) at the weekend games

All the local colleges will be in action this week. This late in the season very few are playing for anything. The exception being the University of Redlands which has an outisde shot at sharing the conference title and a possibility of a wild card playoff berth.

Redlands at Pomona-Pitzer.

It’s one of the conference powerhouses against one of the lower tier teams. The Sagehens can throw the ball but don’t have much of anything else. The Bulldogs are deeper and more physical and should be able to overpower Pitzer’s offensive front so Jacob Caron might not have much time to get rid of the ball.

Redlands 44, Pitzer 14

La Verne at Whittier

This is a toss up but the Leopards have shown more progress lately than the Poets have.
La Verne 28, Whittier, 21

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at Chapman

CMS has a trio of quarterbacks, two of whom are coming off injuries and the other a junior that hasn’t played much. The Panthers are solid and are playing at home.

Chapman 32, CMS 14

Riverisde at Chaffey

Chaffey is coming off a loss to woeful Citrus and Riverside has played better competition than have the Owls. Chaffey is the most penalized team in the state, with 185 yards called against it last week. One of Chaffey’s two quarterbacks was a no-show in practice for the first half of the week. That isn’t good.

Riverside 28, Chaffey 14

Southwestern at San Bernardino Valley

Southwestern hung 41 on Victor Valley and Victor Valley trounced SBVC. This one should be ugly early, unfortunately.

Southwestern 48, SBVC 10

San Diego Mesa at Victor Valley

If O’Ryan Bradley is back at quarterback the Rams could win a close one. If not they will lose. He is scheduled to go, for now.
Victor Valley 28, Mesa 24

Pomona-Pitzer next up for the Bulldogs

When the University of Redlands lost to Occidental three weeks ago, hopes of a playoff bid appeared bleak. It might be natural to suffer a letdown, but the Bulldogs (5-1, 3-1) have lived up to their billing, beating two foes by a combined 101-14. Next up is a 1 p.m. contest Saturday at Pomona-Pitzer (2-4, 1-2).

“I have been proud of this team because that does show a lot of character,” Bulldogs Coach Mike Maynard said. “That was a huge, disappointing loss but it shows nothing can keep us down.”

Pitzer coach Roger Caron has been impressed with the way the Bulldogs regrouped after their loss.

“They’re going out and playing to the bitter end and letting things play out,” he said. “That’s a tribute to their kids and coaching staff that they have played that well after such a big letdown.”

This is yet another game that looks like a mismatch. The Bulldogs got back in the American Football Coaches Association poll at No. 25. More importantly they are ranked seventh in the West Region.

Redlands is ranked second in the country in total defense. Senior end Brock Arndt is tied for second nationally in both sacks and tackles for loss.

While the Sagehens have not fared well overall, they do boast a passing attack that ranks first in the SCIAC and 26th nationally.

Sophomore quarterback Jacob Caron, the coach’s son, is the catalyst. He has the two top receivers in the conference in senior Kevin Kelly and sophomore R.J. Maki.
Maynard said he plans to mix up his defenses to try and keep Caron off balance.

“He’s a very good quarterback and his receivers are solid,” Maynard said. “He’s very savy. He’s a coach’s son so they talk about coverages over the dinner table.”

Caron knows that they key to that passing will whether or not the smaller offensive line can withstand a bigger, more physical defensive front.

Redlands will dress 100 while Pitzer, which also has smaller players physically, will dress 40.

“We’re going to have to go out and play way over our heads,” Caron said.
In SCIAC play elsewhere La Verne (1-5, 1-3) will be at Whittier (1-5, 1-2) and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (2-4) will play nonconference foe Chapman (3-3).

On the community college front, Chaffey (4-3, 1-2) will host Riverside (2-6, 0-4) at 1 p.m. and San Bernardino Valley (0-7, 0-4) hosts first-place Southwestern (5-2, 4-0).

La Verne to host DIII West Regional

The University of La Verne serves as host of the West Region championships as part of the NCAA Division III Volleyball Tournament, announced by the NCAA today.  Dates for the regionals are November 13-15.

The selection marks the fourth time in this decade that the West Region championships has come to La Verne, which previously hosted in 2000, 2003 and 2006.

Other regional hosts for the 2008 NCAA Division III Championships includes Tufts University (New England), New York University (New York), Juniata College (Mid-Atlantic), Wittenberg University (Great Lakes), St. Thomas University (Central), Trinity University (South) and the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh (Midwest).

The participating teams, pairings and complete schedule for the championship will be announced Monday, November 10.

The championship finals will be held November 20-22 at the Shirk Center in Bloomington, Illinois and will be hosted by Illinois Wesleyan University.

This week’s local college games

RIVERSIDE (2-6, 0-4) at CHAFFEY (4-3, 1-2)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

About Chaffey: The Panthers need a win to keep even a remote shot at
a bowl bid alive. The Panthers have damaged their own cause with
penalties. They had 185 yards called against them in last week’s
costly 27-20 loss to Citrus. Chaffey continues to use two
quarterbacks buy Greg Sprowls will get the start this week. DT David
Williams is the latest injury casualty. The Panthers have some depth
there with Garrett Haro and Chris Ramos, both out of Claremont,
likely to see more action. RB Mark Chase and WR-KR Aaron Mays
continue to be the bright spots for coach Carl Beach.

About Riverside: The Tigers have found the going tough in the
National Division Central Conference. They have lost six straight
games, the last four all conference games. Cedric Foster (366 yards,
5 TDs) is the team’s leading rusher. Redlands High product Coy Glass
(1,246 yards, 11 TDs) directs an offense that averages 312 yards per
game. Miller grad Jacob Slouka is the top receiver. RCC has big-play
potential on special teams with James Calhoun on punt returns and
Corey Ham on kick returns. Sophomore SS Jamell Murry and Anthony
Caruthers (Redlands East Valley) lead the defense.


Kickoff: 6 p.m.

About Southwestern: The Jaguars had traditionally been a bottom tier
team in the old Foothill Conference but have emerged as the
frontrunner in the new American Division Mountain Conference. They
have won five straight games, the eye-opening one a 14-10 win over
nonconference foe Grossmont. The rushing game revolves around Kenslow
Smith (694 yards, 9 TDs) with QB Ryan Nelson (1,820 yards, 16 TDs)
directing the aerial game. His favorite target is George Bell (847
yards, 8 TDs). David Ferris (51 tackles) is the team’s top defender.

About SBVC: The Wolverines came up just short last week, falling to
Mt. San Jacinto 34-28. Freshman QB Danny Laugen(434 yards, 5 TDs)
has made great strides since taking over for injured Mike Stadler
three weeks ago. Other key offensive players arew RB Devon Libran and
WR Eric Charles. Freshman SS Dexter Reed had 12 tackles and two
interceptions to earn conference defensive player of the week honors.
Freshman SS Ricky Pesquera and freshman LB Shawn Borden are the
team’s leading tacklers.

VICTOR VALLEY (2-5, 2-2) at SAN DIEGO MESA (3-4, 3-1)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

Radio: 910-AM

About Victor: The Rams are looking to bounce back from a 41-19 loss
to conference leader Southwestern. Starting QB O’Ryan Bradley has
been sidelined with a hip flexor but is expected back this week. The
Rams rely on balance with Deandre Glasper (234 yards, 3 TDs) and Mel
Carmichael (204 yards, 4 TDs) sharing the workload out of the
backfield. Kenyatta Smith (383 yards, 2 TDs) is the top threat in
the passing game. Joshua Hudson (70 tackles) is the top defender. The
kicking game has been a bit inconsistent as well.

About Mesa: The Olympians have won three of their last four. Included
in that streak is a 31-27 win over L.A. Harbor, a team the Rams lost
to. Mesa averages 194 yards through the air with Philip Staback
directing the attack. Other prominent players in the offense are WR
Michael Medina (36 catches, 570 yards, 9 TDs) and RB Braxton Welford
(450 yards, 2 TDs). Sophomore LB Michael Johnson and ophomore DB Matt
Collins lead the defense. Mesa is in contention for a playoff berth
in the Mountain Conference (American Division).

REDLANDS (5-1, 3-1) at POMONA-PITZER (2-4, 1-2)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

Radio: KMET (1490-AM)

About Redlands: The Bulldogs boast a balanced attack, led by junior
QB Steve Smith who is coming off his best game as a starter. Zack
Schafer (602 yards, 9 TDs) is second in the SCIAC in rushing while
Jeff Stewart (403 yards, 4 TDs) is fifth. The Bulldogs rank second in
the country in total defense led by senior DE Brock Arndt, freshman
LB Ian Sluss and sophomore DB Mike Nicolini. The teaqm had six sacks
last week with Arndt getting three of those. Special teams are also
solid with punter Wes Norris and kicker Joe MacMillan.

About Pitzer: The Sagehens are all about the pass as QB Jacob Caron
(1,637 yards, 10 TDs) leads the conference and wide receivers Kevin
Kelley (51 catches, 729 yards, 5 TDs) and R.J. Maki (43 catches, 572
yards, 3 TDs) are 1-2 in receiving. Pitzer ranks sixth of seven teams
in rushing although Russell Oka is coming off a good showing in last
week’s win over Whittier. Senior TE Robert McNitt (ankle) is out for
the second week. Senior DB Taylor Barbour is second in the
conference in interceptions (4).

LA VERNE (1-5, 1-3) at WHITTIER (1-5, 0-3)

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

About La Verne: La Verne’s losses are to teams with a combined record
of 25-8. The Leopards are coming off a 40-27 loss to unbeaten
Occidental. Despite that loss coach Andy Ankeny was pleased with his
team responded down 34-0. Backup QB Christian Winnewisser played well
in relief of starter Anthony Andre. Seniors WRs Charles Lacy and Phi
Van Le have come up big in the passing game which has helped since
the Leos rank last in the conference running the ball. Senior LB
Jason Carpenter has been the steady leader on defense.

About Whittier: The Poets boast the leading rusher the conference in
Anthony Pomponio (686 yards, 8 TDs) but they have been erratic with
the passing game. It has a true freshman at the controls in Chino
product Taylor Fallon. Senior Shawn Briggs (24 catches, 347 yards, 4
TDs) is ninth in the SCIAC in receiving. Leading defenders are senior
LB Sean MacNeil, senior LB Steffen Santos and junior LB Brandon Boehm
(Serrano HS).


Kickoff: 1 p.m.

About Chapman: The Panthers are an independent but play all of the
SCIAC schools and are 2-2 against them thus far. They average 346
yards per game offense, 197 of that through the air. Senior Eric
Marty (1,183 yards, 9 TDs) runs the offense. Other key players in the
offense are RB Mike Christensen (648 yards, 8 TDs) and WR Kaleo Perez
(24 catches, 299 yards). Daniel Hartigan (46 tackles) is the top
tackler. Chino product Garrett Earls (40 tackles) is also a key

About CMS: The Stags are coming off a 48-0 loss to Redlands.
Quarterback has been issue. Coach Rick Candaele said he plans to
start Scott Yingling, who is returning from a shoulder injury. Ryan
Larsen is the backup but will see action. The best performance last
week was turned in by Landon Patoc who had two interceptions, Brock
Olson is the SCIAC leader in interceptions (6).

Soccer players earn academic honors

Scott Preckwinkle and Ross Middlemiss from Sonoma State, along with San Francisco State’s Robin Bowman and Cal Poly Pomona’s Bethany Meichsner represented the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) on the ESPN The Magazine District VIII Academic All-District Team that was announced on Thursday.

The All-District VIII team is made up of NCAA Division II and III players as well as players from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and two-year colleges. District VIII comprises schools from Alaska, Hawaii, California, Washington, Arizona, Idaho, Oregon, Utah, and British Columbia.

To be eligible, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.3 grade point average and be a starter or key reserve. The award is voted on by district Sports Information Directors. From all of the schools eligible, only 11 players are selected.

Middlemiss, an Academic All-District selection last year, has continued his superb work in the classroom, but his athletic prowess has increased tenfold. The Arcata native leads the entire west region in goals with 17 and his CCAA-leading total is eight more than second place. His 41 points and 74 shots attempted are also the best in the conference. Middlemiss is majoring in biology with a minor in Environmental Studies.

Preckwinkle, a senior defender from Sonoma, has been an anchor on the Seawolves’ outstanding defensive unit. A starter since his freshman year, Preckwinkle has found a knack for scoring goals in clutch situations. He scored twice in last year’s CCAA semifinals and scored the game-tying goal just minutes from the end of regulation against Fresno Pacific earlier this year. Preckwinkle is majoring in Kinesiology.

Bowman, a criminal justice major, is the only CCAA student-athlete selected to First Team.

Bowman has earned Dean’s List honors at San Francisco State the past three semesters and also has been named to the San Francisco State Department of Athletics Honor Roll. A year ago, she earned All-CCAA Academic honors and was selected All-CCAA. The senior midfielder leads the Gators this season with her nine goals and 20 points (two came from assists). Of her nine goals, five were game-winners this season.

Meichsner, a junior from Redlands, Calif., was named second team All-Academic. A psychology, management human resource major, Meichsner has totaled four points in 12 matches for Cal Poly Pomona.

Coyotes need to learn to play with pressure

Shortly after her team was upset by host Cal Poly Pomona 3-0 (27-25, 26-24, 25-22) Wednesday at a raucous Darlene May Gymnasium, Cal State San Bernardino volleyball coach Kim Cherniss stood near the Coyotes bench talking about what went wrong.

The loss creates a log jam at the top of the CCAA standings. The Broncos and Coyotes are tied for first with Cal State Los Angeles and UC San Diego, neither of whom played Wednesday, a half game out.

Cherniss talked about how exhausting it is to play with the target on your back. As the perennial CCAA frontrunner and a team that is seemingly always ranked in the top five nationally, the Coyotes are always going to be the team others want to beat. It’s a win that can help build a program. It’s a win that brings recognition to programs that strive to be in that position.

So yes, when teams beat the Coyotes they’re going to celebrate a little more loudly than if it were some other opponent.

It’s up to the Coyotes to rise to the occasion so that doesn’t happen.

While the Broncos played a stellar match from start to finish, many of the errors the Coyotes made were unforced. It was disappointing from a team with so many veteran players.

Now the CCAA is a crapshoot and UC San Diego looms. The Broncos play the Tritons on Friday and the Coyotes get them Saturday at Coussoulis Arena. Good news for the Coyotes because they are unbeaten at home. San Diego is a bitter rival so the Coyotes should have no trouble getting up for that one.

Coyotes get preseason national ranking

Cal State San Bernardino, coming off a 22-8 record and a share of the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) regular-season title a year ago, has been ranked No. 20 in the 2008-09 NABC Preseason Men’s Basketball Coaches Poll that was released on Thursday.

The Coyotes, who are also the preseason favorite to capture the 2009 CCAA title, received 40 points in the voting after finishing 14th in the 2007-08 final poll.

Findlay, Ohio, garnered the top spot in the NABC poll after concluding last season with a 28-5 mark. South Carolina Aiken was second and was followed by Bentley, Mass., Florida Southern and Augusta State.

Cal State San Bernardino received a Top 20 ranking despite losing three first-team All-CCAA performers in seniors Michael Earl, Lance Ortiz and Marlon Pierce. However, the Coyotes’ roster will be strengthened by the addition of guards Devin Montgomery and DuBois Williams, who join the Coyotes after time at Division I institutions Pepperdine and Saint Mary’s, respectively.

The 2008-09 season will begin November 7 when Humboldt State opens play in the Second Annual Disney Tip-Off Classic at the Anaheim Convention Center. CCAA play begins December 3 when Humboldt State hosts Sonoma State in Arcata, Calif.

The CCAA Tournament is slated for March 3-7 with the semifinals and finals scheduled for March 6 and 7 at Coussoulis Arena on the campus of Cal State San Bernardino.

2008-09 NABC/Division II Preseason Coaches Poll
1.   Findlay, Ohio (8) – 28-5                      
2.   South Carolina Aiken -  27-4                     
3.   Bentley, Mass. – 34-1                      
4.   Florida Southern – 24-9                      
5.   Augusta State, Ga. – 27-7                     
6.   Northern Kentucky – 21-8                      
7.   Central Oklahoma – 28-6                      
8.   Minnesota State – 22-7                      
9.   Winona State, Minn. – 38-1                      
10. Gannon, Pa. – 26-5                      
11. Grand Valley State, Mich. – 36-1                      
12. Southwest Baptist, Mo. – 22-8                      
13. Central Washington – 21-7                      
14. LIU-C.W. Post, N.Y. – 26-5                       
15. North Alabama – 27-9                       
16. Northwest Missouri State – 24-8                       
17. Lenoir-Rhyne, N.C. – 23-7                      
18. Drury, Mo. – 25-6                       
19. Tarleton State, Texas – 25-7                       
20. Cal State-San Bernardino – 22-8                      
21. Mount Olive, N.C. – 24-7                       
22. Kentucky Wesleyan – 24-8                       
23. Brigham Young-Hawaii – 20-8                       
24. Fort Lewis, Colo. – 24-6                       
25. Pittsburgh-Johnstown, Pa. – 23-8                       
Others receiving votes: Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) 20, Ferris State (Mich.) 18, Bowie State (Md.) 17, Central Missouri 17, Philadelphia (Pa.) 17, Benedict (S.C.) 14, Catawba (N.C.) 14, Christian Brothers (Tenn.) 14, Northern State (S.D.) 13, Clayton State (Ga.) 11, Arkansas-Monticello 9, Valdosta State (Ga.) 8, Delta State (Miss.) 7, St. Edward’s (Texas) 6, Virginia Union 6, Carson-Newman (Tenn.) 5, Metropolitan State (Colo.) 5, Montevallo (Ala.) 5, Armstrong Atlantic State (Ga.) 4, Pfeiffer (N.C.) 3, Northeastern State (Okla.) 2, Ashland (Ohio) 1, Millersville (Pa.) 1, Nebraska-Omaha 1.





Redlands water polo team moves up

Division III’s only team ranked in the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Varsity Top 20, No. 13 University of Redlands, moved up one spot in this week’s men’s rankings, according to a press release from the CWPA.


After a nail biting win over Pomona-Pitzer Colleges by a 6-5 final and a decisive 11-5 triumph over Occidental College, the Bulldogs jumped Santa Clara University for the 13th-place spot in the national poll.


The team also received a unanimous vote as the top squad in Division III, an honor that the maroon and gray has had the entirety of the season.


Redlands (18-7, 3-0 SCIAC) plays against Chapman University in Orange at 3 p.m. this afternoon and will travel to Caltech later in the evening to take on the Beavers at 7 p.m.

Leopards stay on a roll with 3-0 win

The University of La Verne volleyball team reached the 20-win plateau for the ninth consecutive season with a 3-0 Senior Night triumph over visiting Pomona-Pitzer Tuesday at Frantz Athletic Court.

Scores were 25-11, 25-23 and 25-10.

The Leopards, ranked third in the latest AVCA Top 25 Poll, improved to 20-2 overall and remained unbeaten in SCIAC play at 11-0. In the process the Leos snapped Pomona-Pitzer’s five-match conference win streak as the Hens fall to 18-8 and 7-4, respectively.

La Verne established control from the start, opening a 20-10 advantage on its way to a 25-11 verdict. The Leopards hit .400 in the first set while limiting the Sagehens to a .059 percentage.

The Hens battled the Leopards throughout the second stanza, reeling off four consecutive points after a 20-16 deficit to pull even at 20-20. Down 23-22, La Verne closed the set with three straight points, culminating in a Rebecca Villanueva ace to prevail 25-23.

The Leopards regained its focus in the third frame, seizing leads 7-1 and 15-5 before a block by Crista Jones finished the match for the Leopards’ 20th win of the season. La Verne hit .406 in the third set and held the Hens to a .028 clip.

For the match, La Verne hit .280 compared to .047 for Pomona-Pitzer. Moreover, the Green and Orange tallied nine blocks and six service aces.

Before the match, the Leopards honored its seniors in outside hitter Brianna Gonzales, opposite Madison Bradley and setter Yesenia Lopez.

La Verne continues conference action Saturday as it hosts Caltech at Frantz Athletic Court in an 11:30 am start.

Who to root for if you’re a Bulldog

The biggest game in the SCIAC football season will take place on Saturday and it won’t involve the University of Redlands. But it will go along way in determining the Bulldogs fate.

Occidental (6-0) will be at Cal Lutheran (5-1) for a 1 p.m. showdown. Both are tied atop the conference with 3-0 marks. Redlands (5-1) sits third at 3-1, having lost to Occidental earlier 28-15.

So if you’re Redlands, who are you pulling for in that game? There are pluses in both scenarios (assuming Redlands runs the table and beats Cal Lutheran later this season).

If Cal Lutheran wins, the probablity is that all three teams finish in a tie, each with one loss. In that case Cal Lutheran would advance to the playoffs with the SCIAC’s automatic berth based on the Rose Bowl rule.

All three teams would share the conference title. The down point is that both Occidental in Redlands would go into Pool C for playoff consideration. Pool C consists of the second place teams in conferences which would be considered for a wild card berth. Even if the SCIAC were to get a second team in, it probably would be Oxy because of the head-to-head win over Redlands, especially since the teams would both have the same record – 8-1.

If Oxy wins, Redlands would be able to deal Cal Lu a second loss, eliminating it from wild card contention. The SCIAC rarely gets a second team in the playoffs but Redlands would be a stong candidate with its lone loss to an unbeaten and nationally ranked team. Redlands has been ranked much of the year and played a strong enough nonconference schedule to at least be in the conversation.

Credit goes to the Bulldogs for overcoming that huge loss to Oxy and playing up to its capablitites. It was a devastating loss. But the Bulldogs regrouped and have played flawlessly since then despite some injuries. That is a testament to the character of the players and coaching staff.