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

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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).

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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.

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