Martinez makes final in 800 meters after protest

UC Riverside’s Brenda Martinez will run in the final of ther 800 meters at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Champions after all.

The Rancho Cucamonga native used a last minute surge to overtake another runner and finish fourth in one of two semifinal heats on Friday at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. She and coach Irv Ray thought that was good enough to get her in the final.

But the two were later told it was the top three runners in each heat, then the next two fastest times which would have left Martinez ninth, one spot away from advancing.

Ray filed a protest, saying that the runners were told in the staging area before the race that the top four in each heat would advance. The protest was upheld and Martinez added to the field for the final which will be contested on Sunday.

The top three will represent the USA in the World Championships.

Martinez will probably be hard-pressed to advance but this will be great experience for her. She is running against a field of runners, most of whom have been running professionally for several years. She has a bright future.

Martinez, Leer advance at USA Track; White seventh

Several local athletes were in action in the first day of action at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Thursday at Eugene, Ore.

Corey White of USC, who competed in track and football at the University of Redlands his freshman and sophomore years, finished seventh in the javelin with a throw of 238 feet, 11 inches. He went into the event with the second best mark in the country.

Junior Brenda Martinez of UC Riverside placed 12th in a field of 26 runners in the first round of the 800 meters which was good enough to earn her a spot in the today’s semifinal. The Rancho Cucamonga native ran a 2:05.78.

Pomona-Pitzer graduate Will Leer, now running professionally for the Oregon Track Club, was third in the 1,500 meter prelim with a time of 3:42.18 which easily qualified him for Sunday’s final.

Big Bear’s Chad Hall, Martinez’ teammate at UC Riverside, wasn’t as fortunate. He was 41st of 48 runners in 3:50.80.

Cal State golfer falls at California Amateur

Cal State San Bernardino graduate Micah Burke turned in a valient effort but was eliminated in the Round of 16 match play at the California State Amateur Tournament at Lake Merced Golf Club.

Burke, who helped the Coyotes to a Division II national runner-up showing last month, fell to defending tournament champion Nick Delio 4 and 3. It probably didn’t help that Delio, a sophomore at Cal State Northridge, played the same course earlier this month when he competed in the NCAA Division I West Regional.

The field started with 156 golfers and was whittled down to 32 for match play after 36 holes. Burke was tied for 12th after the 36 holes.

Locals compete at USA Track Championships

Several athletes with local ties will be competing at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships which start today in Eugene, Ore.

Perhaps the best chance at a win will come from Corey White in the javelin. White hails from San Jose but competed in track and football at the University of Redlands for two years before transferring to USC.

Rialto High School product Damien White will run the 200 meters. He was academically ineligible last year at Cal State Los Angeles but will run representing a track club.

UC Riverside will have two entrants with Rancho Cucamonga native Brenda Martinez competing in the 800 meters and Big Bear’s Chad Hall competing in the 1,500 meters. Martinez finished second in the 1,500 meters at the NCAA Division I nationals a couple weeks ago but is running the 800 because she has a better chance of making the US team in that event.

Will Leer, a couple years removed from a Division III national title at Pomona-Pitzer, now runs professionally and will also run the 1,500.

We’ll keep track of their progress this week!

La Verne names volleyball coach

The University of La Verne is no longer without a women’s volleyball coach as former Olympic assistant coach Marlon Sano has been chosen to direct the Leopards program.

He becomes only the third head coach at the school since 1974, following Jim Paschal (1974-1997) and Don Flora (1998-2008). The program has produced three national championships, 22 SCIAC titles and 26 All-Americans.

Flora resigned earlier this spring to take an assistant position at Division I New Mexico State.

“This has been a program that has been great for an awful long time,” Sano said. “I’m just hoping to keep building on what has been done here and maybe raise the bar even higher.”

Sano was an assistant for the 1984 U.S. Olympic silver medal-winning volleyball team and is currently a co-director and head coach for the USA High Performance Development camp series. That series develops and implements the techniques and tactics taught to coaches and players in conjunction with the USA National team.

He inherits a La Verne squad that went 27-3 and reached the NCAA Division III Championship match in 2008. The Leopards graduated just two players.

Sano’s collegiate resume includes a recent stint as an assistant coach at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. He was also an assisant at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo from 1995-2005 and most recently served as lead assistant at Cal State Los Angeles. He also was the head coach at Utah State (1991-94), an assistant coach at Cal State Fullerton (1989-91) and a head coach at Southern California College (now Vanguard University) from 1988-89.

Sano also has extensive junior club coaching experience and is the founder and co-director for the Ocean’s Elite Juniors Volleyball Club.

Sano said he has spent much of the last week contacting the returning players, incoming recruits and support staff. Both of Flora’s assistants left for other jobs so he is looking for help as well.

“It has been a weird year and there are some good coaches still out there,” he said. “I didn’t want to put the cart before the horse so that’s what I am looking into now.”

Sano earned his bachelor’s degree in speech communications and his teaching credential from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Two locals compete at California State Amateur

Two players with local ties are competing in the 98th California State Amateur Golf Championships this week at Lake Merced Golf Club in Daly City.

Cal State San Bernardino graduate Micah Burke survived the Round of 32 match play on Wednesday, beating Al Geiberger Jr., 3 and 1. Burke, who led the Coyotes to a national runner-up finish in the spring, qualified for match play in 12th out of a field that started with 156 golfers.

Next up he faces defending champion Nick Delio of Valencia, who competes collegiately at Cal State Northridge.

San Bernardino native Scott Clayton, a graduate of Arroyo Valley High School and current standout at UC Riverside, lost to Steve Woods of Cupertino 1-up, the difference being Woods’ birdie on the 16th hole.

Clayton has had an outstanding season, highlighted by a win at the San Bernardino County Amateur last month.



Coyotes’ Burke still alive at California Amateur

Cal State San Bernardino graduate Micah Burke is faring well at the 98th annual California State Amateur Golf Championship at Lake Merced Golf Club in Daly City.

Burke tied for 12th in a field of 156 golfers through two 18-hole rounds. He then posted a 3 and 1 win over Al Geiberger Jr. of Palm Desert in the round of 32 match play on Wednesday.
San Bernardino resident Scott Clayton, who led after the first round and qualified for match play in fifth, suffered a 1-up loss to Steve Woods of Cupertino.

Burke, a 23-year-old Los Angeles resident playing out of Empire Lakes Golf Club in Rancho Cucamonga, will face Nick Delio of Valencia in the Round of 16 on Thursday. The two will tee off at 8:10 a.m.

Burke, who earned third-team NCAA Division II All-America honors after finishing ninth in the Division II national championship tournament last month, went 2-up on Geiberger Jr., the son of former PGA tour veteran Al Geiberger Sr., in the first two holes of the match, gave a hole back at No. 3, then regained his 2-up advantage at No. 4.

The two halved the next seven holes until Geiberger Jr. birdied the par-3, 196-yard 12th hole to cut the lead in half again.

However, Burke reclaimed his 2-up advantage with a birdie three at the par-4, 376-yard 13th hole. Burke then went 3-up with an eagle three at the par-5, 496-yard 14th hole.

Burke qualified for the State Amateur Championship by shooting a 70 on May 11 at the qualifier conducted at the SCGA (Southern California Golf Association) course in Temecula to tie for seventh spot.

Clayon, a senior at UC Riverside who won the San Bernardino County Amateur last month, lost a close match later in the day. He was even with Woods until his opponent birdied a short par-4 No. 16 hole.

Both players made par at the 17th and the 18th, leaving Clayton one stroke short.

Redlands men’s golf coach will be missed

University of Redlands men’s golf coach Art Salvesen has resigned. He had headed the program since 2000, leading the Bulldogs to seven top 10 finishes in eight tries.

His teams managed four national runner-up finishes, those coming in a five-year stretch between 2004 and 2008. The past season the Bulldogs had a key injury to their most experienced player and settled for a ninth-place finish.

It’s too bad Salvesen never got to win the big one. He was oh so close in 2008 when the Bulldogs led most of the final round only to falter on the last few holes.

Coaching golf might seem like a glamorous gig but it’s not. The pay isn’t that good and there is some travel involved. Salvesen had retired from his full-time job a couple of years ago and will likely spend much of his time now at his other home in Idaho, not far from close friend and former University of La Verne coach Rex Huigens who retired a year ago.

Butch Edge, Salvesen’s assistant the last four years, takes over the reigns and will have a tough act to follow.

Former Cal State player earns minor league all-star honor

Former Cal State San Bernardino pitcher Cheyne Hann has been named to the West Division team that will compete in the 2009 Midwest League all-star baseball game Tuesday in Clinton, Iowa.

Hann, who signed with the Seattle Mariners after the 2008 collegiate season, is currently playing far for the Clinton Lumberkings.

In 25 relief appearances, Hann is 2-0 with a 1.64 earned run average, three saves and four holds. He has struck out 42 batters in 38.1 innings, walking only six batters. He has given up just seven earned runs. Opponents are hitting just .185 against him.

The 6-foot- 6-righthander has struck out 24 batters in his last 10 appearances with a 1.08 ERA.

Cal Baptist announces baseball signees

California Baptist University baseball head coach Gary Adcock has announced an additional six pieces for the 2009-10 recruiting class. 

We are extremely excited to add these quality young men in our program,” said Adcock. “In this late signing period we have been able to address some of the issues we encountered during our season and supplement an already top notch recruiting class.”


The impressive class already includes prep stars Jesse Arreola (Patriot HS), Kody Sepulveda (Paloma Valley HS) and twin brothers Luke and Zach Esquerra (La Habra HS), all of whom recently participated in their respective county all-star games, as well as Eric Zaragoza (Ontario Christian HS) and junior college transfer Braden Schaidt (College of the Desert).


Arreola was 8-5 this year with a 1.50 ERA. In 74.2 innings, he had 108 strikeouts and was an All-CIF second team selection. Sepulveda hit .446 with 29 runs, 21 RBIs, 15 doubles and four home runs. Zach Esquerra hit .375 with nine home runs and 32 RBIs, while his brother, Luke, hit .329 with 22 runs, 14 RBIs and three home runs.


The lone transfer in the new crop is Anthony Simmons from national junior college power Central Arizona College. This past season, Simmons hit a team-best .437 with 58 RBIs, 20 doubles, five triples and seven home runs on a team that had seven players sign national letters of intent with NCAA Division I programs, including two to Arizona State. The middle infielder led the Vaqueros, who were ranked No. 7 in the nation, to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Western District Finals where they lost to Western Nevada, which finished third at the World Series. Simmons, who prepped at Chino High, was second in the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference in hitting and was in the top 40 in the nation. He was All-ACCAC and NJCAA All-Region I.


“Anthony will be an immediate impact player,” said Adcock. “He is an above average fielder with plus arm strength and he hits for a high average with power. The numbers he put up in junior college are staggering. Central Arizona consistently puts out terrific players, and we are fortunate to have Anthony in our program.”


All-CIF Matt Marnati (Yucaipa HS) hit .456 with 27 RBIs, 10 doubles, five triples, four home runs and 14 stolen bases this past season leading the Thunderbirds to the Citrus Belt League title and the third round of the CIF Playoffs. Marnati was a two-time All-San Bernardino County and All-CBL selection. The outfielder hit .460 with 16 stolen bases as a 2008 junior.


A two-sport star, Marnati also played football, starting 33 straight games as a defensive back. He was a three-time All-CBL pick and was all-county as a senior when he was also named one of the top players in the county by the San Bernardino Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame. He was also named Yucaipa High Scholar-Athlete of the Year.


“Matt is an electric player and a gifted 2 sport athlete and will excite Lancer fans instantly,” said Adcock. “Along with being a plus runner (6.8 60-yard dash), he also brings a potential power left handed bat to the lineup. Having played and been a leader for a top 10 high school team this year we look forward to Matt competing at CBU.”


A two-way player, Matt Daugherty (Temecula Valley HS) hit .344 with 22 runs, 31 RBIs and nine home runs this past season, leading the Southwestern League in home runs and RBIs. Selected to the Riverside County All-Star Game, Daugherty was a prep teammate of Brooks Pounders, who was selected in the second round (53rd overall) by the Pittsburgh Pirates. TVHS won the Southwestern League title and advanced to the second round of the CIF Playoffs where it narrowly lost, 3-1, to Norco High, which was led by Matt Hobgood, the No. 4 overall selection in last week’s draft.


“Another 2 way player, Matt has tremendous power potential as a collegiate hitter,” said Adcock. “A true ‘gamer’ and clutch player, Matt flourishes when the RBI opportunities present themselves. He is a diligent worker who has a chance to make an impact on the mound and at the plate immediately.”


Orange County standout Daniel Warwick (Villa Park HS) was 6-2 with a 1.58 ERA. In 57.2 innings, he had 74 strikeouts, leading the Century League. He was also second in the league in ERA and was named All-CIF second team and All-Century League. A four-time Scholar-Athlete with a 4.44 GPA, Warwick recently played in the Ryan Lemmon Foundation Century League vs. South Coast League All-Star Game.


“An outstanding left-hander, Daniel will make an immediate impact on the mound,” said Adcock. “With a quality three-pitch mix as well as a superior mound presence, Daniel should develop quickly in our system.  He loves to compete, and attacks hitters–two things we look for and stress with our pitching staff.”


Omar Cedeno and Javier Martinez were prep teammates at Hemet West Valley High and will both be teammates at CBU. Martinez possesses a solid changeup and should add quality depth to the bullpen as a lefty. He had a 3.14 ERA in 58 innings pitched. Meanwhile, Cedeno is noted for his work ethic and should push for time on the infield. He hit .451 and led his team with 17 RBIs and seven doubles.


“Both Omar and Javier love to compete and should flourish in our program with that positive attitude,” said Adcock.


Local product Jesse Santana played a key role in Riverside-Poly High’s run to the CIF Semifinals. He hit .318 and started at third base in the semifinal game.


“The entire coaching staff has done a tremendous job putting together this class,” said Adcock. “Seeing the success our freshman players had last year, we decided once again to focus in on high school players in this class. Add in a couple tremendous transfer players and the buzz around the area is that this is the best group of student-athletes we have accumulated since I’ve been here, and we agree. We look forward to helping them develop in their Christian walk, academic endeavors and pursuit of athletic excellence. Recruiting, though, is a never-ending process, and we still will look to make a couple more additions this summer.”


2009-10 Recruiting Class

Jesse Arreola (Patriot HS) – 8-5, 1.50 ERA, 74.2 IP, 108 K, All-CIF

Omar Cedeno (West Valley HS) – .451, 7 2B, 17 RBI

Matt Daugherty (Temecula Valley HS) – .344, 22 R, 31 RBI, 9 HR

Luke Esquerra (La Habra HS) – .329, 22 R, 14 RBI, 3 HR

Zach Esquerra (La Habra HS) – .375, 9 HR, 10 2B, 32 RBI

Matt Marnati (Yucaipa HS) – .456, 27 RBI, 10 2B, 14 SB, All-CIF

Javier Martinez (West Valley HS) – 3.14 ERA, 58 IP

Jesse Santana (Poly HS) – .318, started at 3B in CIF Semifinals

Braden Schaidt (College of the Desert) – .412, 31 R, 37 RBI, 9 2B, 12th in state in hitting as 2008 frosh

Kody Sepulveda (Paloma Valley HS) – .446, 29 R, 21 RBI, 15 2B, 4 HR

Anthony Simmons (Central Arizona) – .437, 58 RBI, 20 2B, 7 HR, NJCAA All-Region

Daniel Warwick (Villa Park HS) – 6-2, 1.58 ERA, 57.2 IP, 74 K, All-CIF

Eric Zaragoza (Ontario Christian HS) – .344, 26 R, 26 RBI, 4 2B, 2 3B, 4 HR