Redlands athletes earn academic honors

Senior center Sam Greenawalt (Riverside, CA) of the University of Redlands women’s water polo team and Bulldog women’s lacrosse’s senior midfielder Lauren Matta (Holyoke, MA) both earned a spot on the ESPN The Magazine/College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District VIII At-Large Second Team for the College Division, according to an announcement made today by CoSIDA.

 

Greenawalt, who boasts a 3.53 GPA as a Communicative Disorders major, enters the ranks of the Academic All-District honorees for the first time in her collegiate career. An outstanding student, she earned the Redlands Scholar-Athlete honor this year, which is bestowed upon those that possess a GPA of at least a 3.5.

In the pool, Greenawalt has been a mainstay in the Bulldogs’ offensive attack throughout her four years, finishing out her tenure ranked fourth all-time in career goals (255).

This past season, she helped lead the team to the Collegiate III Women’s Water Polo National Championship title game. Greenawalt also garnered First-Team All-Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) honors and gained a selection to the Collegiate III Women’s Water Polo National Championship All-Tournament First Team. She scored a team-high 74 goals this year while also adding team-highs in assists (29) and field blocks (15). Greenawalt also supplied 30 steals and 35 ejections drawn.

 

Matta owns a 3.70 GPA as an Accounting major, and her selection to the Academic All-District team marks the second time she has received this honor. A three-time Redlands Scholar-Athlete, she has continuously personified the ideals of a true student-athlete, boasting both academic and athletic excellence.

 Matta, who also earned an Academic All-District nod in 2008, has proven to be one of the most potent offensive threats in program history. She owns career program records in ground balls (198) and draw controls (169) and also ranks second all-time in goals (100). This past season, Matta produced the team’s second-highest totals in goals (27), points (30) and draw controls (53) while also adding three assists, 30 ground balls and 13 caused turnovers.

 

Both Greenawalt and Matta were chosen through the At-Large program, which includes all student-athletes in varsity sports that do not have a designated CoSIDA nomination process. These sports include women’s bowling, women’s crew, men’s and women’s fencing, women’s field hockey, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s gymnastics, men’s and women’s ice hockey, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s skiing, men’s and women’s swimming, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s volleyball, men’s and women’s water polo and men’s wrestling.

 

CoSIDA’s District VIII includes institutions located in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington in addition to those located in the Canadian provinces of British Columbia and the Yukon. The College Division includes all non-NCAA Division I institutions in the district.

All nominees must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.30 and participate in 50 percent of their team’s games to be nominated. The CoSIDA Academic All-District teams, which are presented by ESPN The Magazine, are voted on by members of CoSIDA.

Cal State golfers squander lead, settle for second

So near and yet so far.

The Cal State San Bernardino men’s golf team had hoped to capture the school’s first state championship in any sport. But the Coyotes squandered an eight-hole lead and lost a sudden-death playoff to CCAA rival Sonoma State at the Division II national championship at Loomis Trail Golf Club in Blaine, Wash.

The Coyotes, who came into the event ranked No. 5, started the day eight ahead of Barry (Fla.) and nine ahead of Sonoma State. The No. 6 Seawolves chipped away at that lead and finally drew even on the 18th hole of the day and 72nd of the tournament with the last group of the day on the course.

The Coyotes’ team total of 300 was their worst of the four days while the 291 by Sonoma State was the low round from any team any day.

Sonoma State’s Patrick Bauer and Cal State’s Gene Webster were in that last group. Bauer finished with a bogey at the 416-yard par-4 hole but Webster double-bogeyed.

Not only did that cost the Coyotes a team title, it cost the Arroyo Valley High School product medalist honors. He went all three rounds either in first or tied for first and was even par through three rounds but ended up tied for third with a 77 on the day and a 6-over 290 for the tournament.

Webster was trying to become the school’s first medalist at the event since Scott Householder in 1997 when the event was held in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Micah Burke, the lone senior in the Coyotes quartet, placed ninth at 9-over 293 after a 2-over 73 final round. Junior Joe Alldis tied for 14th with an 11-over 295 that included a final-round 75.

Junior Thomas Chu rounded out play with a 77 for a 304 while Kenny Pigman, normally the team’s No. 2 player, tallied a 75 for a four-day total of 306.

The Coyotes’ second-place finish was the team’s best effort in 13 trips to the national championship tournament going back to 1986 when the program was in Division III. The Coyotes finished third in 1988, 1997 and 1998, fourth in 1987 and 1990 and fifth in 1991 giving the program seven top five finishes.

It was a great day for the CCAA, which had its two top golf teams finish 1-2 in the national tournament. It was the first D-2 national title for a CCAA golf team in 35 years dating back to 1974 when Cal State Northridge won the tournament. It was the first win by a California school since UC Davis won it in 1979.

Medalist honors were also decided on an extra hole as Kelbi Lee of Ferris State defeated Gavin Smith of Indiana-Pennsylvania on the first hole. Both finished at 5-over 289 for the tournament.

The golf team is the second team this school year to narrowly miss bringing home the school’s first national title. In the fall the women’s volleyball team lost in the championship match to Concordia-St. Paul.

CMS tennis standout wins two; Redlands duo loses

About the only thing missing on the resume of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps senior Larry Wang is a win at the NCAA Division III Championships. He went a long way in remedying that with two victories on the first day of the singles draw Friday at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center.

It is Wang’s fourth appearance in the national event and he failed to win a match the first three years. He entered this year’s event seeded No. 2 with the added pressure of playing on his home court.

But Wang delivered, coming from behind to defeat Steven Sullivan of Bowdoin 7-5, 6-2 in the round of 32, then advancing to the quarterfinals with a 5-7, 6-2 6-3 win over John Pelton of Hope College (Mich.).

Wang is the last hope for a local winner as freshman teammate Robbie Erani lost a three-setter to Ben Stein of Bates College 6-1, 2-6, 6-2.

The University of Redlands duo of junior Mike Reading and sophomore Cameron Spearman fell to the No. 4 seeded team of Zack Lerner and Moritz Koenig of Amherst College 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.

“I was kind of nervous, playing on my home court and being our last hope,” he said. “I just needed to settle in and start playing my game. I was really just focused on the first round and getting past that.”

Wang trailed 5-3 in the opening set against Sullivan, but reeled off the next four to win the set. He cruised in the second.

His match later in the day was just the opposite. He surged out to a 4-1 lead in the opening set, then dropped five of the next six games with Pelton securing the set when Wang netted a forehand return.

Wang also got out to a 4-1 lead in the second set but didn’t falter at that point again. Pelton held serve to make it 4-2 but Wang held the next game, then got a set-ending service break when Pelton netted an overhead.

“He did a good job of adjusting to my game,” Wang said. “I just had to do a better job of executing my shots.”

Wang dominated the third set, getting the key break to go up 5-3 when Pelton returned a serve out. Wang then won his serve at love, closing out the match with an overhead as Pelton was running in.

Wang squares off against No. 5 seed Michael Goodwin of Emory (Ga.) today at 9 a.m. The two have played twice this season, splitting matches. Earlier in the week, Wang was named West Region Player of the Year while Goodwin was the South Atlantic Player of the Year, then nabbed the overall National Player of the Year honor.

“I’m going to have to bring my ‘A’ game and I can’t get off to a slow start,” he said.

UC Santa Cruz won the team title, beating Amherst 5-0. It was the seventh championship for the Banana Slugs who defeated CMS in the West Region final, preventing it from playing for the team title on its home court.

CMS coach Paul Settles had mixed feeling about that. Santa Cruz and CMS have played in the past four regional finals, splitting those. Both are consistently in the top five in the country, but playing in the same region prevents both from advancing.

“It’s frustrating because both of us deserve to be here. But that’s the way it is,” he said. “We all know the situation going in.”

While Wang is a veteran at nationals, both Redlands players were making their debut. The team is a relatively new one with Spearman transferring in from Nevada-Reno this season.

They came back from a one-set deficit to force a third. With the pivotal set tied at 3, the Amherst duo reeled off three straight games, winning the last at love and all the points coming on return errors by the Bulldogs. They finished the season 15-7.

“It was a great experience to come and play in championship environment,” Reading said. “It was nice to come back and make it a match. Both of us have big serves and we used that to get back in it.” “It takes time to build a rapport and a relationship,” Bulldogs coach Geoff Roche said. “This was a great showing for them to get this far in their first year playing together.”

Coyotes come up short, blow 8-stroke lead!

You can add the Cal State San Bernardino golf team to the long list of local teams that have had to settle for runner-up finishes.

The Coyotes squandered an eight-stroke lead and lost in a sudden death playoff to Sonoma State at the NCAA Division II Championships at Loomis Trail Golf Club in Washington.

It came down to the last hole and the last group on the course. Cal State’s Gene Webster double-bogeyed while Sonoma’s Patrick Bauer bogeyed. That one hole also costed Webster first place individually.

No one probably feels worse than he.

So that makes five national runners-up for the area . . .

- Cal State women’s volleyball

- University of Laverne women’s volleyball

- Cal Poly Pomona men’s basketball

- University of La Verne men’s golf

Your take on second place depends on the scenario. The run by the Cal Poly Pomona men was a true Cinderella story. They weren’t supposed to get there. No one expected them to get there and they had multiple obstacles to overcome. They’re probably disappointed, but OK with finishing second.

The Coyote volleyball team had a great national tournament, only to fall in five games to the No. 1 team in the country which was playing on its home floor. They played their best and the other team was a tad better on the last few plays. You can live with that.

The La Verne volleyball team also fared well to get that far and beat the No. 1 team in the semis, only to lose to No. 2 in the finale. Same deal.

The La Verne golfers . . . well they were in first place much of the way too. They were ranked No. 2 in the country all year. They failed to close the deal. So second is a letdown.
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But this one has to be the most disappointing second place of all of the above. To watch it slip away hole by hole has to be tough.

Four of the five players will return next year. That might be the silver lining. But the Coyotes will have four months to think about it before the fall season tees off in September.

Coyotes closing in on national championship

The Cal State San Bernardino men’s golf team is 18 holes away from a national championship which would be the school’s first team title in any sport.

The Coyotes went from third to first with a solid third round at the Loomis Trail Golf Club in Blaine, Wash. They take an eight-stroke lead into Friday’s final round with Barry, Fla. sitting in second place. No. 1 ranked Columbus State and CCAA champion Sonoma State are tied for third, one shot behind Barry.

The local area has produced four runners-up for team championships this season. That is a great accomplishment. But it’s about time we had a winner.

Gene Webster has a two-stroke lead for individual honors. The Arroyo Valley product is at even par through three rounds. The position the Coyotes are in is also impressive considering their No. 2 player Kenny Pigman is having a poor tournament with none of his first three rounds counting toward the team score.

Redlands lacrosse player honored

University of Redlands sophomore midfielder Christy Smith (St. Louis Park, MN) landed on the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA)/US Lacrosse All-West Region First Team.

During the 2009 campaign, Smith led the Bulldogs in every statistical category for field players.  In 13 games, she tallied 48 goals and 13 assists for 61 points.  She picked up 49 ground balls and captured 54 draw controls.  With her stellar defense, she forced opponents to make 22 turnovers.

Nationally, she landed 24th in draw controls per game at 4.15 and ranked 36th in ground balls per game at 3.77.  Smith also finished out the season among the top 100 in Division III for goals per game (52nd) and caused turnovers (73rd).

In addition, Smith played a crucial role in the Bulldogs’ final ranking of eighth in the nation for draw controls at 15.93 per game.

Currently, Smith sits among various top-10 lists at the University of Redlands for single-season and career records.  In just two years, she owns the mark for career points per game (4.79) as well as career goals (116).

This is Smith’s second All-Region award in as many years, following last season’s spot on the First Team.

Smith is now eligible for inclusion on the IWLCA/US Lacrosse All-American teams, which will be announced on May 22.

San Bernardino native qualifies for golf event

UC Riverside men’s golfer Scott Clayton fired a five-under-par 67 on Wednesday in the qualifying round of the California State Amateur Championship, finishing second in a field of 41 entrants. With his top four finish, Clayton becomes an automatic qualifier to participate in the 98th Cal State Amateur Championship, to be held at the Lake Merced Golf Club on June 22-27, 2009.

“Scott is playing really well right now,” Head Coach Paul Hjulberg announced. “He’s continuing where he left off at the end of our season.”

The San Bernardino, CA native tallied eight birdies during his 18-hole qualifying round at Oak Valley Golf Club on Wednesday, the most of any golfer on the day. He finished one stroke back of Tyler Crawford, who fired a six-under-par 66.

The Championship is open to amateur golfers who have an established current index of 4.4 or less as of the time of registration and are members in good standing of the Southern California Golf Association, Northern California Golf Association, or the Public Links Golf Association of Southern California

After the 18-hole qualifying round to determine the championship participants, 156 players from different qualifying sites will advance to the championship. The championship field will play 36 holes of stroke play with the top 32 players advancing from stroke play to single elimination match play.

UCR men’s golfer Kevin Fitzgerald also participated in the Oak Valley qualifying site, but finished just back of being an alternate, firing a one-over-par 71 to place eighth.

Cal State golf team in the lead with 18 holes left

The Cal State San Bernardino golf team is closing in on their first national title in any sport.

 The team shot an 11-over 295 at the NCAA Division II Golf Championships Thursday at Loomis Trail Golf Club in Blaine, Wash., for a 54-hole total of 27-over 879. The Coyotes take an eight-stroke lead into today’s final round. Barry (Fla.) is second at 887, while CCAA champion Sonoma State and No. 1-ranked Columbus State are another stroke back.

“We have some veteran players and they know they can’t get too far ahead of themselves, especially in this sport,” Coyotes coach Tom Mainez said. “We’re in great position. Now we just have to go out and finish the job.”

The Coyotes had the best round of the day for the second day in a row. They started play tied for second but junior Gene Webster helped propel the Coyotes into the lead.

Webster heads the 107-man field by two strokes over Wayne State’s Steve Cuzzort, a transfer from Michigan State, and Indiana-Pennsylvania’s Gavin Smith. Webster had a 1-over 72 to put him at even (213) par for the tournament. He had an adventurous second round on Wednesday, but he had a consistent third round that included 15 pars, two bogeys and one birdie.

Junior Joe Alldis and senior Micah Burke are part of a four-way tie for 10th at 7-over 220.

Alldis had his best round of the tournament with a 2-over 73. Rounding out the scoring for the Coyotes are Thomas Chu at 77-227 and Kenny Pigman, normally the team’s No. 2 player, at 80-231.

“We have some guys that really have stepped up,” Mainez said. “Pigman is capable of better and I have to think he is going to come out and shoot a great 18 holes tomorrow.”

The Coyotes will start at the first tee with their first player at 12:50 p.m.

Webster, Coyotes in hunt for national championship

The Cal State San Bernardino golf team shot the best round of the day
and moved into second place at the NCAA Division Championships at the
Loomis Trail Golf Club in Blaine, Wash. Junior Gene Webster led the
effort as the Coyotes finished with a 2-over 286, pulling them within
one stroke of Barry (Fla.) which shot a 290 and has a two-day total
583.

There is a five-stroke gap to No. 1 ranked Columbus State and CCAA
champion Sonoma State who are tied for third at 589.

“We’re right where we need to be,” Coyotes coach Tom Mainez said.
“It’s something we talked about all year and the guys did the job.
The good thing is we’re in this position and we have guys that we
know can shoot better than they have so far.”

For Wednesday’s second round the Coyotes were paired with Columbus
State which Mainez liked.

“It’s good to see where you stand when you’re playing with such a
quality team,” he added. “They’re making shot after shot and you
want to go out and match them. For some teams it might be distracting
but our guys like it. They can take it the right way without losing
focus.”

Webster, making his third straight appearance at nationals, is tied
for first place individually with Wayne State (Mich.) senior Steve
Cuzzort. The two are the only players in the 107-man field under par
after 36 holes on the 6,955-yard par 71 course.

Webster finished on the front nine with a 34 and birdied the last two
holes to finish even for the day and 1-under (141) for the
tournament. His round consisted of seven birdies, five bogeys and a
double bogey on the par-4 No. 17.

“Last year I was going through a swing change and I still was not
feeling comfortable with it,” he said. “I am feeling pretty good
now, more like I was my freshman year.”

The Coyotes are in contention even though No. 2 player Kenny Pigman,
a sophomore out of Norco, has yet to match the scores he put up
during the regular season. He is 9-over for the tournament after a
4-over on Wednesday.

Junior Joe Alldis and senior Micah Burke are part of an eight-way tie
for 14th with each at 5-over 147. Burke had the best score of the day
for the Coyotes at 1-under 70 with four birdies and three bogeys.

Junior Thomas Chu improved from a 6-over the first day to a 2-over 74
the second and is at 150.

“It’s reassuring to know we’re right in the hunt and we haven’t put
together our best round yet. This would be a good time to do it,”
Mainez said.

Third round play starts at 7:30 today. Chu will be the first off for
the Coyotes, teeing off at 1 p.m. The Coyote players will be going
off with those from Sonoma State and Ba

SBVC athlete headed to Kansas

San Bernardino Valley College football standout Robert Anderson is headed to NAIA Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kan.

The Swedes were 2-7 last season and compete in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference.

The 6-foot-2 wide receiver spent two years with the Wolverines. He recorded 64 receptions for 1,025 yards, an average of 15.5 yards per reception, with six touchdowns.

He is a resident of Rialto but attended Charter Oak High School in Covina where he was two-year starter in both football and basketball. He earned second-team all-conference honors and was named a scholar-athlete with a GPA of 3.33.