The San Bernardino Valley College football team seems to be making some progress – just not enough, or as quickly as coach Pat Meech would like.
The Wolverines are coming off a 28-10 loss to Compton in an American Division, Mountain Conference game Saturday night.
At least it was somewhat competitive.
The good news . . . Next week the Wolverines get Mt. San Jacinto, which like SBVC is 0-6 overall and 0-3 in conference play. Someone has to win. The fact that they are playing a team in the same situation has to give the players at least a little confidence.
The bad news is that SBVC could be without quarterback Mike Stadler who missed last week’s game and has been nursing a sore shoulder pretty much all season. For the Wolverines to get rid of the goose egg, it will take a team effort, especially if Stadler can’t go.
Game time in Hemet is 1 p.m.
The Cal State San Bernardino volleyball team (18-3, 10-2) moved up a spot to No. 2 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll released Monday. The Coyotes moved ahead of Tampa, Fla., which lost over the weekend.
Reigning national champion Concordia-St. Paul, whom the Coyotes defeated in their season opener, are No. 1
The Coyotes are one of four teams from the CCAA who are ranked. Cal State Los Angeles (16-3, 9-3) went from 19 to 14 after beating UC San Diego, an outcome that also put the Coyotes along in first in the CCAA.
San Diego (15-4, 9-3) dropped from 13 to 16 and Cal Poly Pomona (12-5, 9-3) improved from 23 to 21.
Sonoma State (17-4, 9-3) and Chico State (15-7, 8-4) were in the receiving votes category.
The Coyotes hit the road this weekend for matches at Cal State Stanislaus and Chico State, both of whom they beat 3-0 in the first round of CCAA play.
The University of Redlands football team was back to form on Saturday as it handled Whittier 53-14. Coach Mike Maynard said it was good to see his team bounce back from a loss to Occidental the previous week that seriously damaged its playoff hopes.
“We needed to go out and play well and get over what was ailing us,” he said. “Our focus was on getting back to playing Bulldog football and I think we did that.”
The Bulldogs (4-1, 2-1) were superior in all facets of the game but were especially impressive on defense. They ranked first nationally against the run and second in overall defense before being throttled by Occidental.
But the Bulldogs were stellar in all aspects Saturday. They intercepted six passes with senior Conor Drake returning two for touchdowns and freshman Chris Yeakey running back another. The other three were recorded by Mike Nicolini, Josh Herrera and Eddie Stamm.
Maynard said he thought that might be a school record but further review showed it was tied for second. Redlands had eight in a 1980 game against La Verne and six against Pomona-Pitzer in 2002.
The Bulldogs were also solid against the run, giving up just 69 yards and holding the SCIAC’s leading rusher Anthony Pomponio to 34 on 20 carries. He was kept in check even with backups playing much of the second half.
Maynard said he thought about making personnel changes but opted not do to so.
“We just wanted to go out and play better defense. We are what we are and we just wanted to get better,” he said.
Maynard cleared his bench early with backup quarterback Dylan Barrera seeing action for the first time. He went from being third-string to backup when starter Dan Selway was injured.
San Bernardino Valley College sophomore quarterback Mike Stadler did not play in Saturday’s 28-10 American Division Mountain Conference loss to Compton.
He has played through a sore shoulder much of the season and head coach Pat Meech said the problem was likely worsened by a hit he took against San Diego Mesa two weeks ago. He will have an MRI Monday.
Freshman Danny Laugen, a graduate of Colony High School, got the start and fared admirably, completing 13 of 23 passes for 149 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He was sacked four times.
He has seen some playing time because of Stadler’s nagging injury but got the majority of the reps in practice last week.
“He showed great improvement,” Meech said. “He hung on to the ball too long a couple of times but nothing major. That comes with experience.”
Next week the Wolverines (0-6, 0-3) play at Mt. San Jacinto (0-6, 0-3) which has struggled as well.
“It’s going to be a test of character,” he said. “We’re both struggling and hungry for a win. It will be a matter of who keeps it together and is able to perservere.”
Victor Valley (2-4, 1-2) suffered a 40-30 loss Saturday at Los Angeles Harbor that makes next week’s 1 p.m. home game against first-place Southwestern (4-2, 3-0) crucial.
Quarterback will be an issue as freshman O’Ryan Bradley, who ranks sixth in the state in passing, left the game with a hip flexor.
Coach Dave Hoover said Bradley got injured in the first quarter but played through it until it became unbearable and exited with 3:26 left in the third and the Rams trailing 33-10.
Freshman Elisah Filipili finished up, completing 12 of 18 throws for 142 yards and three touchdowns.
Bradley’s status for next week is up in the air. But Hoover has faith in Filipili, who gray-shirted at Pasadena City College last year.
“There is no quarterback controversy. Bradley is our guy,” Hoover said. “At the same time we trust Eli just as much. He has been a trooper. Of course he wants to play but he has taken his role of backup seriously. He has worked hard and been here every day. Eli is a very charasmatic guy, the kind the kids will rally around.”
Few players get to leave a mark on an athletic program. Senior forward Ross Schunk will do that at the University of Redlands.
The Portland, Ore., native set the school’s all-time career scoring record with a goal in the Bulldogs 4-2 win over the University of La Verne Saturday. That goal gave Schunck 126 points for his career, besting the 125 of Adam Acosta who graduated in 2005.
Earlier this season Schunk broke Acosta’s career goals mark of 50. He has a team-high 12 goals and one assist this season in helping the Bulldogs (10-4-1, 9-0-1) to first place in the SCIAC.
Following Saturday’s match, Redlands coach Ralph Perez handed the new career point record holder the ball that he scored the goal with in a short postgame recognition ceremony at the middle of the pitch.
Jimmy Paulson, a fixture in the athletic department at San Bernardino Valley College for nearly 50 years, died last week at the age of 69. Paulson graduated from Pacific High School in 1956 and SBVC in 1959.
While at SBVC he was a student manager for the baseball and wrestling teams. After a brief stint in private business, Paulson was offered the position of athletic equipment manager by Sylvester Heinberg, the chair of the physical education division and coordinator of athletics. He served in that position from 1962 until retiring in 1997, when he was inducted into the SBVC Hall of Fame.
During 35 years as athletic equipment manager, Paulson worked with 45 head coaches, six athletic trainers, five athletic directors, five physical education division chairs and more than 10,000 athletes, 134 of whom played professionally and 12 who qualified for the Olympics.
A moment of silence was held before Saturday’s football game against Compton. Trainer Mike Sola is looking into a more permanent tribute to the mainstay.
The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women and Occidental men came out on top at the SCIAC Multi-Dual Meet Saturday at La Mirada Park.
The Athenas (7-0) were led by individual winner Evelyn Ross (22:15.86) and second-place finsiher Julia Rigby (22:20.42). Sophomore Ashley Scott (23:23.35) and senior Kathleen Harris (23:23.81) finished sixth and seventh.
The Sagehens claimed fourth through sixth places with Anna Scharfen (22:47.93), Maddy Kieselhorst (23:11.99) and Rose Haag (23:17.31).
Pitzer was without its top runner Alicia Freese who has been sidelined with a stress fracture the last three weeks. Coach Kirk Reynolds isn’t sure when she will be able to run.
On the men’s side Eric Kleinasser (26:11.26) of Occidental took individual honors.
Pitzer (6-1) was second and CMS third (5-2) in the team competition. Senior Torrey Olson of Pitzer was second (26:16.14) with junior teammate Brian Gillis fourth (26:36.38). The best finish for CMS was the sixth by junor Florian Scheulen (26:52.75)
It is early in Foothill Conference play but the Chaffey College volleyball team is in contention for a championship.
The Panthers, coached by Larry Chowen, are off to a 4-0 start in conference play, trailing only Antelope Valley (5-0) which has played one more match. This week Chaffey will host San Bernardino Valley at 5 p.m. Wednesday, then trek to Antelope Valley for a first-place showdown on Friday.
“We played a pretty tough nonconference schedule and it gave us a good idea of our strengths and weaknesses,” Chowen said. “So we have played to our strengths and done a good job of covering up our weakenesses.”
Chowen singled out the play of sophomore middles Colleen Chauncey (Los Osos) and Tara Sawyer (Etiwanda) and also credited the improvement of sophomore oustide hitter Nikita Johnson (Yucca Valley)
Freshmen Christine Luna (Corona) and Britney Herrock (Ontario Christian) anchor the defense.
The No. 15 University of Redlands men’s water polo team (16-7, 1-0 SCIAC) won its first conference game of the year, handling Cal Lutheran University by a 10-6 final on Oct. 18.
Junior center Brendan Meaney (Palm Desert, CA) paced the team offensively, netting three goals. Also contributing goals in the Bulldogs’ victory were junior utility player Jim Kehrig (Danville, CA) and sophomore defender Andrew Smith-Jones (Annapolis, MD), who notched two apiece, and senior driver Andrew Becskehazy (Miami, FL), junior utility player Ryan Floersch (San Jose, CA) and sophomore center Miran Terzic (Palm Desert, CA), each of whom scored one goal.
In goal, senior goalkeeper Teddy Trowbridge (Mercer Island, WA) nabbed six saves for the Bulldogs.
Matt Heagy and Wes Lewis led the Kingsmen in scoring with two goals apiece while Jordan Bouey manned the net on the defensive side with 11 saves.
Redlands continues on with Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) play on Saturday when it faces off against Occidental College at 11 a.m. at Eagle Rock.