Bulldogs crack rankings again

The University of Redlands football team is back in one national football ranking, cracking the American Football Coaches Association poll at No. 25.

The Bulldogs (5-1) were as high as No. 14 in that same poll, the highest ranking the team has ever achieved. But it fell out of that ranking after losing to Occidental 28-15 three weks ago.

Coach Mike Maynard’s squad is coming off a 48-0 homecoming thrashing of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. The Bulldogs looked a little more like themselves with a punishing defense and efficient offense.

Next up is a 1 p.m. game on Saturday at Pomona-Pitzer.

Field getting set for CCAA soccer event

With one week remaining in the regular season, the men’s field has been set and two of the four teams on the women’s side have been identified for the 2008 California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) postseason soccer championships that will be held November 7-9 on the campus of UC San Diego.

Sonoma State and Chico State from the North Division and Cal State L.A. and defending tournament champion Cal State Dominguez Hills from the South Division have qualified for the four-team men’s championship. The Seawolves (15-2-2, 9-1-2) have a five-point lead over the Wildcats (12-4, 8-4) and need one win in their final two matches to clinch the division title.

In the South Division, Cal State L.A. (12-3-2, 9-3-2) concluded CCAA play last weekend and has a one-point lead over Cal State Dominguez Hills (15-2-1, 9-2-1). The Toros conclude their regular season with road matches at Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State San Bernardino.

Seedings for the men’s championship will be announced at the conclusion of play on Sunday. Match times are scheduled for 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Friday, November 7.

On the women’s side, San Francisco State and UC San Diego have qualified for the CCAA Championships after winning the North and South Divisions, respectively.

The Gators (12-6-2, 10-3-1) will be making their first-ever CCAA Championships appearance, while the Tritons (13-2-2, 9-2-1) are appearing in the postseason for the seventh time.

Sonoma State (13-4-1, 8-3-1), Cal State Dominguez (11-7, 8-4) and Cal State San Bernardino (9-5-4, 6-4-2) all enter the final weekend of play still alive for the final two playoff berths.

The women’s championships will open next Friday with matches at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Host UC San Diego will play at 7 p.m.

2008 CCAA Soccer Championships Schedule

Nov. 7-9; La Jolla, Calif.



Friday, November 7


Men

Match 1: 11 a.m.

Match 2: 1:30 p.m.

Women

Match 1: 4:30 p.m.

Match 2: 7 p.m.

Sunday, November 9

Men’s Championship: 11:30 a.m.

Women’s Championships: 2 p.m.

Redlands soccer team makes rankings

The University of Redlands men’s soccer team picked up its second national ranking of the season with a No. 23 berth in the Oct. 28 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll, supplementing its preseason ranking of No. 8, which it received back on Aug. 12.

 

Currently, the team is riding a 12-match winning streak and is undefeated in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC). The latest victim of the men’s soccer team’s run was Occidental College as the Tigers fell at the hands of Redlands 5-1.

 

The last time the Bulldogs lost a match was on Sept. 10 when they fell to Chapman University in Orange by a 1-0 final.

 

No. 23 Redlands (13-4-1) hosts Cal Lutheran University Wednesday at 7 p.m. on Farquhar Field. Prior to the start of the game, the team will recognize its seniors in a pregame ceremony.

 

Basketball season fast approaching

It can’t really beTHAT time of year already, can it?

The fall sports haven’t even reached the playoffs yet and the start of winter sports is upon us. That means basketball.

The local colleges have all been stellar in that sport, so life is about to get a lot busier.

The two-year schools get going Nov. 7 with the men’s teams from both Chaffey and San Bernardino Valley College opening their seasons. Both will be playing tournament schedules until opening Foothill Conference play in January. In fact SBVC doesn’t make its home debut until Jan. 7.

Chaffey has a mix of returning players and newcomers and looked good in summer showcases. SBVC will be led by Quincy Brewer, an assistant coach under Gerry Wright last year. He has a completely new set of players, with the lone returning player one who missed much of last season with an injury.

The Division II schools will open one week later. Hopes are high at both Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State San Bernardino. The Coyotes were the coaches preseason pick to win the CCAA but the Broncos should have something to say about that. Stay tuned!

Coyotes stay No. 2, Cal Poly No. 20

The California Collegiate Athletic Association is one of the top conferences in the country when it comes to women’s volleyball. That is reflected in the national rankings with four teams ranked in the top 20 and another just missing the top 25.

Cal State San Bernardino is No. 2 in the most poll released Monday. Cal State Los Angeles is No. 13, UC San Diego No. 15 and Cal Poly Pomona No. 20.

Those teams should fight it out for first-place but all should qualify for the Pacific Regional which consists of eight teams from the three West Conferences – the CCAA, Great Northwest and Pacific West.

The only other conference that has that kind of depth is the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference which is led by reigning national champion Concordia-St. Paul.

Winning the conference is tough enough. Winning the regional is even tougher. So while Cal State is looking good at No. 2, the Coyotes will have a tough path ahead
If they make it to the elite Eight, they will truly deserve it.

Next up for the Coyotes is a 7 p.m. match Wednesday at Cal Poly Pomona. It will be equally big for the Broncos.

Redlands swim team opens the season

After an eight-month hiatus from competition, the University of Redlands men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams kicked off their seasons on Saturday hosting the UR Swim Invite at the Thompson Aquatic Center.

 

Redlands, Pomona-Pitzer Colleges, Occidental College, Chapman University and Grand Canyon University (AZ) joined up to compete in a five-team invite, and Redlands and Pomona-Pitzer won the men’s and women’s meets, respectively.

 

The Bulldog women amassed 521 points throughout the invitational and won by nearly 200 points. Pomona-Pitzer took second with 328.

 

On the men’s side, it was a three-team race for first, and Pomona-Pitzer ended up taking the first-place laurels with 383 points. Redlands settled for second with 357 points while Grand Canyon nabbed the third-place spot (343).

 

Sophomore Kelley Cooper (San Antonio, TX) starred on the women’s side, finishing second in the 200 freestyle with a 2:02.22 time, first in the 200 butterfly (2:16.96) and third in the 200 individual medley (2:18.13).

 

The depth at breaststroke proved to be in full force for the Bulldogs as sophomore Tory Haynes (Valley Center, CA) took first in the 200 breaststroke (2:38.46) and third in the 100 breaststroke (1:15.10).

 

Competing in her first meet for Redlands after transferring from Colorado College, sophomore Kat McIntosh (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) showed no signs of being intimidated by the pressure of Division III swimming in southern California as she placed third in the 100 freestyle with a 57.05 time, second in the 100 butterfly with a 1:02.33 standard and third in the 50 freestyle (26.12).

 

Also placing in the top four in their respective events for the Redlands women were senior Hillary Nicholson (Santa Cruz, CA) in the 200 backstroke (2:18.73, second), junior Melanie Loo (Waipahu, HI) in the 200 butterfly (2:17.98, second), sophomore Jo Navarro (Chandler, AZ) in the 200 butterfly (2:29.45, fourth), freshman Jenny Bates (Littleton, CO) in the 200 breaststroke (2:47.09, fourth), sophomore Kayla Desai (Lakewood, CO) and junior Danielle Caver (Highland, CA) in the 500 freestyle (5:42.38, tied for fourth) and freshman McKenzie Nakamura (Kenmore, WA) in the 100 butterfly (1:02.98, fourth) and the 200 individual medley (2:16.33, second).

 

In the final event of the meet, the 200 freestyle relay, the quartet of freshman Jaime Nippert (Gresham, OR), junior Leah Egbert (Antioch, CA), Caver and freshman K.C. Hughes (Gig Harbor, WA) edged the Redlands “B” relay, winning with a time of 1:47.21.

 

 Despite having most of its top swimmers in the heat of water polo season and therefore not competing at the time, the men’s team yielded some solid showings throughout the meet.

 

The team’s distance ace, sophomore Alec Alders (Los Angeles, CA), was a double-event winner, taking the 200 freestyle in a 1:49.87 time and the 500 freestyle in a 4:55.65 standard.

 

Making their debuts at the college level, freshman Steve Zarian (Superior, CO) and freshman Will Houser (Woodinville, WA) each displayed the raw talent that was added to the 2008-09 squad. Houser starred in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.73) and the 200 breaststroke (2:23.74) and placed fourth and third, respectively, in those events. Taking on the sprint freestyle events, Zarian fared well covering the 200 freestyle in 1:51.57 (third), the 100 freestyle in 50.62 (third) and the 50 freestyle in 23.27 (fifth).

 

Freshman Jesse Lieberman (Princeton, NJ) supplied swift performances in the butterfly events, placing second in the 200 butterfly (2:09.09) and third in the 100 butterfly (55.43).

 

The other male swimmers that placed in the top four were junior Marc Hicks (Granada Hills, CA) in the 500 freestyle (5:08.95, second), sophomore Sonny Morin (Seattle, WA) in the 200 butterfly (2:22.08, fourth) and junior Sheldon Gruendl (Danville, CA) in the 500 freestyle (5:10.84, fourth) and the 200 freestyle (1:53.07, fourth).

 

Redlands competes in its first dual meet next Saturday morning, Nov. 1, as it takes on Cal Baptist University in Riverside at 10:30 a.m.

 

Former Upland excelling on the East Coast

University of Massachusetts-Boston volleyball standout Megan MacAuley
has been named Little East Conference Volleyball Defensive Player of
the Week for her play during the week of October 20-26.

MacAuley, out of Upland High School, has anchored the defense all
season since making the move from outside hitter the past two seasons
to libero for this year. She averaged 5.40 digs per set in addition
to getting up for a block solo in 10 sets over three matches on the
week.

The junior had at least 10 digs in all three matches and scooped up
25 in a four-set victory at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on
Saturday and added 19 more digs in a three-set win over Plymouth
State University later on that day. The libero began the week with
10 digs in a 3-0 victory over Pine Manor College.

MacAuley became the Beacons’ career leader in digs on Oct. 7 at
Lesley University and now has 993 as she closes in on becoming the
only player in school history with 1,000 or more. She leads the team
with 4.37 digs per set, which ranks her seventh among LEC leaders.
MacAuley has registered 10 or more digs on 20 occasions with a
career-high of 29 vs. Smith College on Sept. 20.

Stags Down Cal Lu 2-0

The Stags traveled to Thousand Oaks on Saturday and shutout the California Lutheran University Kingsmen 2-0. CMS tallied two first-half goals and held onto the lead for the full 90 despite a very determined Kingsmen squad.  This was the second time this season CMS shutout Cal Lu.

The game started with multiple chances for the Stags to put one in the net and grab the lead and finally did so with help from Stefan Gonzalez (JR, San Gabriel in the 17th minute. Kevin Festini (SR, Fremont) sent in a dangerous cross that deflected off the CLU keeper Braden Hoyt to Gonzalez who expertly headed the ball into the goal.

The Stags doubled their lead in the 40th minute as Chris Lowen (FR, Cherry Hill, NJ) stayed onside and found himself one-on-one with the keeper after Ryan Weaver (SO, Monument, CO) played a beautiful ball over the Kingsmen defense. Lowen recorded his first collegiate goal as he ripped a shot from the edge of the box that found the side netting and left Hoyt helpless.

CMS took 11 total shot attempts on the day and forced three saves out of Hoyt. Center backs Tomislav Zbozinek (JR, Paradise Valley, AZ) and Nick Sparks (JR, La Caada) kept the Stags defense strong with outstanding play. Goalkeeper Ryan Fahey (JR, Bellevue, WA) earned the shutout for the Stags with three saves.

With just two games left in SCIAC play, the Stags (6-3-3) are in a good position to reach the SCIAC tournament, but still need good showings against Occidental and Redlands this week to ensure a good seed. CMS will travel to Occidental College on Wednesday afternoon in its final regular season road contest to take on the Tigers (6-5-1).

Cal Poly’s Gordon earns preseason honor

Cal Poly Pomona senior forward Larry Gordon was named to the Division II Bulletin 2008-09 Preseason All-American team that was announced on Thursday.

Gordon was one of 16 players selected to the team that consists of two players from each of the eight regions throughout the country.

As a junior, Gordon led Cal Poly Pomona to the championship game of the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) postseason tournament. The 6-foot-5 forward led the Broncos in scoring and was second in the CCAA after averaging 17.7 points and 9.1 rebounds a contest.

Cal Poly Pomona, which concluded the 2007-08 campaign with a 13-15 overall record, including a 10-10 mark in conference play, was selected to finish third in the 2008-09 CCAA Preseason Coaches Poll.

The Broncos make their season debut on November 8 when they play an exhibition game at UC Irvine. Cal Poly Pomona opens its regular season on November 18 when it hosts Vanguard.

Division II Bulletin 2008-09 Preseason All-Americans
 
Super 16
East                    Kendrick Easley, Mount Olive
                           Ted Scott, West Virginia State
Great Lakes       Jeff Bostic, Findlay (preseason player of the year)
                           Brandon Dagans, Lewis
Northeast           Jason Westrol, Bentley
                           Jonathan Schmidt, C.W. Post
North Central     Kevin Ratzsch, Northern State
                          Drake Beranek, Nebraska-Kearney
South                 Rob Eldridge, Florida Southern
                          Nick Kohs, Christian Brothers
South Atlantic    Anthony Hilliard, Elizabeth City State
                          Chris Commons, South Carolin-Aiken
South Central    Matthew Rogers, Southwest Baptist
                          Dejan Sencanski, Abilene Christian
West                  Larry Gordon, Cal Poly-Pomona
                          Lucas Alves, BYU-Hawaii
 
Honorable Mention
Malcolm Ingram, Philadelphia
Thomas Fraise, North Alabama
Antonio Houston, Catawba
Jake Morrow, Minnesota State
Hunter Henry, Northwest Missouri State
Stan Hall, Alderson-Broaddus
Ben Madgen, Augusta State
Billy Arre, Lock Haven
Lew Finnegan, Bentley
Kenny Boyd, Morehouse
Stephen Dennis, Kutztown
Garrett Siler, Augusta State
Tony Gugino, Hillsdale
Kenny Barker, Alaska Anchorage
Jesse Wagstaff, Metro State
Pierce Caldwell, Incarnate Word
Jason Genova, Lewis
Jake Linton, St. Martin’s
Darren Duncan, Merrimack
Jake Beitinger, Central Washington

Cal Poly’s Williams named top player of the week

Cal Poly Pomona middle blocker Vanessa Williams has been named Molten California Collegiate Athletic Association Women’s Volleyball Player of the Week for Oct. 20-26.

Williams, a senior from Riverside, Calif., led the Broncos to a pair of wins over Chico State and Cal State Stanislaus. In eight sets, Williams totaled 28 kills, two set assists, nine digs and 10 total blocks. She made just one error in 56 kill attempts for a .482 hitting percentage.

During a five-set match against Chico State, Williams collected 18 kills (no errors) in 35 attempts, eight digs and six blocks, while posting a .514 hitting percentage.

Williams came back on Saturday to register 10 kills and four blocks while registering a .429 hitting percentage during a three-set victory over Cal State Stanislaus.

Cal Poly Pomona returns to action on Wednesday when it hosts CCAA-leader Cal State San Bernardino beginning at 7 p.m.

Molten CCAA Women’s Volleyball Player of the Week:
Aug. 25-31: Jessica Granados (Cal State San Bernardino); Sept. 1-7: Jessica Granados (Cal State San Bernardino); Sept. 8-14: Ursula Vieira (Cal State L.A.); Sept. 15-21: Joliann Arzadon (Humboldt State); Sept. 22-28: Sylvia Schmidt (UC San Diego); Sept. 29-Oct. 5: Sara Hoffman (Cal State San Bernardino); Oct. 6-12: Gabriela Bulawczyk (Cal State L.A.); Oct. 13-19: Gabriela Bulawczyk (Cal State L.A.); Oct. 20-26: Vanessa Williams (Cal Poly Pomona).