Chaffey gets by SBVC 8-3

With the college baseball season coming to a close in less than two weeks and four teams fighting for first place in the Foothill Conference, it was understandable if things were a bit tense as Chaffey and San Bernardino Valley College squared off on Thursday.

The biggest explosion came in the first inning, but things settled down after that and the Panthers emerged with an 8-3 win over the Wolverines. The two teams meet again Saturday in a doubleheader at Chaffey starting at noon.

“This was big to win the first game,” Chaffey coach Jeff Harlow said. “It’s easier to lose two than win two, so the first game is huge, especially coming here and winning.”

The Panthers (26-11, 16-3) came out of the gates strong, scoring in the first frame when Gerry Hernandez singled home Chris Lemus. But then came the fireworks.

Hernandez rounded first after the hit and was tagged out by SBVC first baseman Chris Sautia. Umpire Bill Barnes originally ruled Hernandez safe, which upset SBVC coach

Bill Mierzwik, who came out to argue. After the umpires conferred, Hernandez was called out, which set off Harlow and led to a heated altercation between the coach and umpire.

Harlow admitted he was surprised he wasn’t tossed, but said the umpire bumped him first, and Mierzwik said he had planned to get tossed if the call wasn’t changed in his favor.

Chaffey broke the game open, going up 4-2 on a towering home run by Willie Holmes in the seventh inning off starter Kevin Ryan. SBVC (22-15, 13-6) crept back, though, with an unearned run in the seventh to make it 4-3, but the  Panthers put the game away with four runs in the eighth, aided by two Wolverine errors.

That was more than enough for Chaffey’s Colby Gurney (10-0), who scattered seven hits, struck out eight and gave up three runs before getting relief help in the ninth from Derrick Duran.

Catcher Nick Hartman had three of Chaffey’s 11 hits. Holmes and Christopher Haas had two each. SBVC got three hits and two RBIs from sophomore third baseman James Frederick, and Evan Erickson had two hits.

“We have won the games we’re supposed to win, but when it comes to playing the better teams, we haven’t put all three facets of the game together,” Mierzwik said. “We have to do that, because they’re a good team.”

Citrus claims swimming honors

Citrus College swimming Head Coach Tim Kyle and sophomore swimmer Weston Locatell swept the Western State Conference Men’s Swimming awards this past weekend. Kyle was named the Men’s Coach of the Year, and Locatell was named the swimmer of the year.

Kyle helped lead the Fighting Owls to their best conference championships finish since 1997 this past weekend. Citrus grabbed 2nd place at the WSC Championships, beating 3rd place Cuesta College by a lone point. Kyle also coached Locatell and four relay teams to the State Championships which take place this weekend in Long Beach.

Locatell, who was an All-American last year, just got better this year, winning all three individual events he participated in at the WSC Championships. Locatell won the 200 IM, 100 Fly, and 200 Fly. Locatell also smashed the previous conference record in the 200 Fly, beating the previous record set in 1998 by over a full second. His time of 1:52.07 is also the fastest time in the State this year.

You can catch Locatell and company one final time this weekend as they participate in the 20009 California Community College Athletic Association State Championships held at the Belmont Plaza Hotel in Long Beach. Prelims begin on Thursday April 23rd at 9:30 AM.

Cal State settles for fourth in CCAA golf tourney

Cal State San Bernardino was unable to gain any ground Tuesday despite sub-par rounds by senior Micah Burke and junior Gene Webster and finished in a tie for fourth place at the California Collegiate Athletic Association championship tournament.


Burke shot a four-under-par 68 on the 6,741-yard, par-72 Hunter Ranch Golf Course Tuesday to finish second in the chase for medalist honors with a 54-hole total of 209, seven under par. Cal State Monterey Bay‘s Ricky Stockton took medalist honors with a score of 208.

Webster shot a one-under-par 71 to tie for fourth place at 213, three under par. It was his fifth top-five finish this season.

Sonoma State, ranked No. 2 in the West Region, successfully defended the team title it won in 2008 with a team score of 861 for 54 holes, three-under par for the tournament, finishing five shots ahead of Cal State Monterey Bay and Cal State Stanislaus, who tied for second place at 866.

The Coyotes, ranked No. 1 in the region,  tied with region No. 3 Chico State for fourth at 868 followed by UC San Diego (889), Cal State East Bay, a guest at the tournament, at 897 and Cal State Dominguez at 903.

At least five of the teams in the event are assured of advancing to the NCAA West/Northwest Super Regional, May 2-5 at Wilderness Ridge Golf Club outside of Lincoln, Neb.,

CSUSB freshman BK Kim, subbing for the team’s regular No. 2 player, Kenny Pigman, shot the third-best round for the team Tuesday, an even-par 72 to finish in 27th spot with a 54-hole total of 225, one stroke back of No. 3 player Joe Alldis at 224. Kim recorded two eagles in the tournament, the most of any player.

Junior Thomas Chu closed with a 76 to finish in 29th spot at 226.

Burke was successful across the board in his quest for the tournament title. He and Patrick Bauer of Sonoma State led all scorers on the par-3s, shooting two-under-par on those holes over the three rounds.

The Los Angeles resident registered 40 pars, second most among the 40 players in the tournament and he played the par-4s in one-under-par and the par-5s in 4-under-par. He had 11 birdies in the tournament.

It was the best finish of 2008-09 for Burke, whose previous best outing was a fifth place at the Cal State Northridge-Cullum Invitational last fall.

Webster had 38 pars, 10 birdies and was two-under on the par-4s and 1-under on the par-3s in the tournament.


@ Hunter Ranch GC in Paso Robles

TEAM SCORES: 1. Sonoma State – 861; 2. (tie) Cal State Monterey Bay and Cal State Stanislaus – 866;

4. (tie) CAL STATE SAN BERNARDINO and Chico State – 868; 6. UC San Diego – 889; 7. Cal State East Bay( (897); 8. Cal State Dominguez Hills – 903.

            INDIVIDUALS : 1. Ricky Stockton (CS Monterey Bay) 71-70-67 – 208; 2. Micah Burke (Cal State San Bernardino) 71-70-68 – 209; 3. Patrick Bauer (Sonoma State) 66-71-73 – 210; 4. (tie) Gene Webster (Cal State San Bernardino) 72-70-71 – 213 and Bryan Kiss (Cal State Stanislaus) 68-71-74 – 213.

            COYOTE CARDS: 2. Micah Burke – 71-70-68 – 209; 4. Gene Webster 72-70-71 – 213; 23. Joe Alldis – 74-74-76 – 224′ 28/ BK Kim – 75-78-72–225; 29. Thomas Chu – 73-77-76 – 226.


Coyotes stun UC San Diego 4-1

Junior right-hander Daniel Stenavich scattered seven hits and allowed one unearned run and Jesus Beltran drove in two runs Thursday as Cal State San Bernardino defeated No. 6-ranked UC San Diego, 4-1, in the opening game of their four-game CCAA baseball series.

        The victory improved the Coyotes to 19-20 on the season and 13-15 in the CCAA while UCSD, ranked No.1 in the West Region, is now 27-11 overall and 21-8 in the CCAA. The two teams meet at 3 p.m. Friday at Arrowhead Credit Union Park.

        Stenavich (4-1), a transfer from Southwestern College in Chula Vista, went the distance for his second complete game of the season, striking out five, walking none in a tidy 2 hours and 10 minutes. UCSD’s ace      Tim Shibuya (6-3), who came into the game with a 1.53 ERA in 10 starts, yielded four runs, three earned, in eight innings and fanned five batters.

        Beltran and Cody Madison each had two hits for the Coyotes while Tim Mort, Matt Cantele and Evan Kehoe each had two hits for the Tritons, all singles. CSUSB’s Chris Olsen had the game’s only extra base hit, a double to drive in a run in the second.

        The win snapped a four-game Coyotes losing streak. CSUSB was 1-8 over its last nine games entering the contest.

        The Coyotes nicked Shibuya for a pair of runs in the second as Beltran led off with a single, was sacrificed to second and scored on a single to left center by Madison, who took second on the throw home.     Olsen then doubled to the wall in right to knock in Madison.

        CSUSB made it 3-0 in the third when Kyle Davis was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning then moved to second when Shibuyas pickoff attempt sailed into foul territory. Brent Planck’s single moved Davis to third and he scored on Beltran’s sacrifice fly to right.

        The Tritons had their best shot at Stenavich in the fifth as Mort singled to center, Robert Sedin reached base on an error. With one out, Josh Tanner singled to right to load the bases then Vance Albitz brought Mort home with a sacrifice fly to center. Stenavich escaped further damage by getting Garrett Imeson to foul out to third.

        In the bottom of the fifth, Planck was hit by a pitch, took second on a groundout and scored on Beltrans single through the left side, barely beating the throw home to make it 4-1.
        Stenavich allowed only three hits over the final four innings to collect the victory as the Tritons stranded seven runners.

UCR’s Martinez honored

The Big West Conference announced Wednesday that UCR’s Brenda Martinez is the Big West Female Track Athlete of the Week for April 12-19.

The junior from Rancho Cucamonga broke the UCR and conference records in the 1500m over the weekend at the Mt. SAC Relays posting the fastest time in the nation so far this year for an American at 4:14.66. (Watch the race)

Martinez, who earned All-America honors during the indoor season in the mile, also owns the Big West Conference mark in the 800m which she set on June 7, 2008 at the Jim Bush Invitational.

The Highlanders men’s and women’s track and field teams travel to Des Moines, Iowa this week for the 2009 Drake Relays.

Lancers sign basketball player

California Baptist University men’s basketball Head Coach Tim Collins has announced the signing of prep standout Luke Evans for the 2009-10 season.

Evans, a 6′ 8″, 220-pound post, prepped three varsity seasons at El Camino High in Oceanside, Calif., for CBU basketball alum Ray Johnson.  This past season, Evans averaged 24.4 points, 13 rebounds and four blocked shots per game in leading the Wildcats to the CIF-San Diego Section Division I Championship and the state tournament. He was named All-CIF first team and North County Player of the Year.


In the state tournament, Evans had 18 points and eight rebounds to lead the Wildcats’ to an opening-round upset of Etiwanda High, ranked No. 6 in the state. 


He became Oceanside’s single-single season scoring leader with 830 points, breaking Michael Watson’s former standard of 630 set in 2001. In addition, Evans was named MVP in both of the senior All-Star Games he participated in, and he also received All-Academic honors with a 3.80 GPA.


Evans was a three-time All-Palomar League selection. He also earned All-CIF second team as a junior, leading the Wildcats to the second round of the state tournament. In the first round, Evans scored 30 points in a win over Clovis East High and then he had 22 points in the second round against Taft High. He finished his junior campaign averaging 15 points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots.


In the summer of 2008 after his junior campaign, Evans participated in the Reebok All-American Camp in Philadelphia, advancing to the national showcase of 120 players from among 1,100 candidates in regional qualifying.


“I believe that Luke will immediately be an impact player in our program,” said CBU Head Coach Tim Collins, who has led the Lancers to three straight 20-win seasons for just the second time in program history. “Luke is a quality student in the classroom and on the court, and he plays intelligently, which is critical to the style we play here. He has the potential to become an outstanding player in our conference, and we are honored by his accepting of this opportunity. In my opinion, he will be one of the best freshmen in the GSAC next season.”


CBU returns eight players from last year’s team that finished 22-9 overall in 2009 advancing the GSAC Tournament Semifinals for the second straight year. The Lancers were ranked No. 5 in the NAIA Top 25 Preseason Poll and after a 7-0 start were ranked No. 1 for the first time in program history.

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SBVC’s Fuselier signs with UL-Monroe

San Bernardino Valley College point guard Warren Fuselier has signed with Division I of Louisiana-Monroe which competes in the Sun Belt Conference.

Fuselier was the lone sophomore on a Wolverine team that won a Foothill Conference title and got to the State Tournament quarterfinal. He averaged 11.2 points and 4.5 assists and was the steady leader of the young SBVC squad.

Fuselier is from Baton Rouge so he will be returning to his home state. He spent his freshman year at Fullerton College and transferred to SBVC last year.

Division I schools typically sign their top high school kids first and the fact that Fuslier signed this early must mean the school really wanted him.Junior college kids are usally the last to sign so it is a good sign that the Warhawks locked him in early.

Monroe was just 10-20 to Fuselier won’t be joining a program so loaded he will have to sit on the bench. So good for him!

Coyotes move up to No. 1 in region

Just three days before the start of the California Collegiate Athletic Association championship tournament, Cal State San Bernardino finds itself as the team to beat after being moved up to the No. 1 spot in the NCAA Division II West Region poll voted on by the NCAA championship committee.

    The Coyotes, winners of four tournaments in 2008-09 and winners in three of their last four events, will tee it up on Monday on the first day of the CCAA tournament at Hunter Ranch Golf Club in Paso Robles, facing seven other teams. The 54-hole tournament concludes on Tuesday.

     After spending most of the spring as the No. 2 team in the West, the Coyotes moved ahead of Sonoma State by finishing second in the Cal State Stanislaus-Hanny Invitational, eight shots ahead of the Seawolves.

      SSU would like to return the favor at the CCAA tournament and are ranked No. 2 in the West  Region followed by CCAA member Chico State, Western Washington, Hawaii-Hilo, Cal State Monterey Bay, Cal State Stanislaus, Grand Canyon, Dixie State and Saint Martin’s.

      Five of the top 10 teams in the West are CCAA members.

      CSUSB has been in contention for the CCAA title in recent years but has not come up a winner yet but the team has finished as high a second.

      Senior Micah Burke leads the Coyotes and is coming off a solid outing at the Stanislaus tournament where he shot the low round of the day Tuesday — a 71 in blustery weather that included six birdies and an eagle. Burke finished eighth overall while teammate Joe Alldis was fifth after rounds of 69, 73 and 76,

      The Coyotes were without one of their best players, Kenny Pigman, who won the Grand Canyon Thunderbird Invitational in late March with a 54-hole score of 205. The team is hoping Pigman will be back by Monday. If not, it appears freshman Nick Kelley will take his place.

      Gene Webster Jr., a junior, leads the team with the lowest stroke average, 72.5.

      After finishing 11th in the 2008-09 season opener in Blaine, Wash., the Coyotes have not finished worse than fourth in any tournament.

Pitzer edges Chapman 4-2

Junior second baseman James Kang stroked a two-run single in the sixth to boost the Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens (29-3) to a 4-2 nonconference win over perennial Division III title contender Chapman University Friday at Hart Park.

That hit upped Pitzer’s lead to 4-0 and it never looked back.

The Panthers (21-11) scored lone runs in the seventh and ninth against Sagehens starter David Colvin (5-0) who allowed just six hits and struck out four in going the distance.

CCAA golf tournament coming up

The 2009 California Collegiate Athletic
Association (CCAA) men’s golf championships open on Monday at the par-72, 6,741-yard Hunter Ranch Golf Course in Paso Robles, Calif.

The tournament format calls for 36 holes on Monday and the final 18 scheduled for Tuesday. Monday’s opening round begins at 7:30 a.m.

The eight-team field includes Cal State Dominguez Hills, Cal State East Bay, Cal State Monterey Bay, Cal State San Bernardino, Cal State Stanislaus, Chico State, Sonoma State and UC San Diego.

Cal State  East Bay, which will join the conference beginning in 2009-10, is not eligible for the championship or individual honors.

Sonoma State enters this year’s event as the defending CCAA Champion after posting a four-shot victory over Cal State Stanislaus. The Seawolves carded a 54-hole total of 6-under par 858.

Cal State Stanislaus senior Erick Justesen captured individual
medalist honors in 2008 after posting a 14-under par score of 202 to register an eight-shot victory over Sonoma State’s Jarin Todd. It marked the second straight individual title for Justesen.

Cal State San Bernardino begins play as the CCAA’s top-seeded team. The Coyotes are ranked No. 7 nationally in the latest Golfstat rankings and first in the West Region. Cal State San Bernardino enters the CCAA Championships playing well as it has won three of the last four tournaments it has played in.

Junior Gene Webster, Jr. is the Coyotes top player with a 72.54
stroke average and ranked fifth in the West Region.

Led by Todd, a two-time All-American, Sonoma State is ranked No. 8 nationally and second in the West Region. Todd is second in the West Region with a 71.35 stroke average.

The CCAA boasts five of the West Region’s top 10 teams. In addition to Cal State San Bernardino and Sonoma State, Chico State (4th), Cal State Monterey Bay (6th), and Cal State Stanislaus (7th) are ranked among the region’s top teams.

Chico State, led by junior Lucas Delgado, has two tournament
victories this season and is seeking its first CCAA team title.

Cal State Monterey Bay is in its second year as a CCAA member and is coming off a fourth-place showing in 2008. Senior Ricky Stockton is the Otters top player with a 72.71 stroke average and five Top 10  finishes.

Cal State Stanislaus, a three-time CCAA Champion, is seeking its first title since 2007. The Warriors, who are coming off a win at the Hanny/Stanislaus Invitational earlier this week, is led by junior Danny Hoff, who has a 75.00 stroke average and two Top 10 showings.

Team Champions
1999 Cal State Stanislaus
2000 Grand Canyon
2001 Cal State Stanislaus
2002 Cal State Bakersfield
2003 Cal State Bakersfield
2004 Cal State Bakersfield
2005 Cal State Bakersfield
2006 Cal State Bakersfield
2007 Cal State Stanislaus
2008 Sonoma State

Individual Champions
1999 Yascha Feld (Cal State Stanislaus)
2000 John Davis (Grand Canyon)
2001 Marc Lawless (Cal State Stanislaus)
2002 Jason Boyd (UC San Diego)
2003 Bill Noon (Cal State Bakersfield)
2004 D.J. Fernando (Cal State Bakersfield)
2005 Mark Baker (Cal State Bakersfield)
2006 Brady Baguio (Cal State Bakersfield)
2007 Erick Justesen (Cal State Stanislaus)
2008 Erick Justesen (Cal State Stanislaus)