SBVC’s Frazier picks a college

San Bernardino Valley College sophomore guard Ashleigh Frazier has signed a letter of intent with Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

Fraizer, a product of Redlands East Valley high School, helped the Wolverines to back-to-back Foothill Conference title teams, inlcuding the 2007-2008 team that tied the school record for most consecutive wins and most wins a season.

She was a first-team All-Foothill Conference selection, averaging 8.l7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists. Her best games were a 22-point showing against Victor Valley and a 21-point effort against Chaffey.

She plans to major in photography.

The Urban Knights compete in the Pacific West Conference and are coming off a 6-20 season in their first year at the Division II level.

She is the second SBVC player to make a decision. Point guard Eisha Shepperd picked Oregon State. Angela Green and Duywanna Pullum are still looking at their options.

Local player gets NBA tryout

Most young boys that pick up a basketball dream of playing in the NBA some day. One local just might get that chance.

Former Fontana High School standout Ira Graham has earned a tryout with the NBA’s Washington Wizards.

Graham, a 6-foot-1 shooting guard, wrapped up his college career at Division II Western Washington in the spring. He averaged 19.1 points his senior season and became the first player in school history to finish with two 500-point seasons. He was player of the year in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference and selected to participate in the NABC all-star game held in conjunction with the Division II Elite Eight.

But Graham hasn’t stopped playing since that season ended in March. He continued to hone his skills with the Bellingham entry in the International Basketball League where he averaged 18.5 points and earned all-star honors.

Graham, 23, is back in Southern California and continues to work on his game in preparation for the tryout. There aren’t many locals playing professional basketball. Here’s to hoping he gets that chance!

Chaffey player to head East

Chaffey College men’s basketball standout Anthony Soares is headed to Touro College, located in Bay Shore, N.Y.

Soares is interested in the medical field and Touro is noted for its health sciences program. He will be starting the Physician Assistant program in the fall.

Soares was a part-time starter and major contributor on a Panthers squad that went 27-7 and advanced to the Southern California Regional Finals. He averaged six points and 3.4 rebounds and shot 80 percent from the free-throw line. He had a high game of 16 points in a winning effort against Ventura.

Soares also competed in track, placing third at the state meet in the high jump.

Soares is the fourth player from the Panthers to decide on a four-year university. The others are Lamar Williams (Columbus State), Nickalas Turner (Minot State) and Winston Robinson (Mountain State).

Chaffey player headed East

Chaffey College men’s basketball standout Anthony Soares is headed to Touro College, located in Bay Shore, N.Y.

Soares is interested in the medical field and Touro is noted for its health sciences program. He will be starting the Physician Assistant program in the fall.

Soares was a part-time starter and major contributor on a Panthers squad that went 27-7 and advanced to the Southern California Regional Finals. He averaged six points and 3.4 rebounds and shot 80 percent from the free-throw line. He had a high game of 16 points in a winning effort vs Ventura.

Soares also competed in track, placing third at the state meet in the high jump.

Soares is the fourth player from the Panthers to decide on a four-year university. The others are Lamar Williams (Columbus State), Nickalas Turner (Minot State) and Winston Robinson (Mountain State).

 

SBVC player decides on college

Sophomore guard Ashleigh Frazier (Redlands East Valley) has signed a letter of intent with Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

She helped the San Bernardino Valley College Wolverines to back-to-back Foothill Conference title teams, inlcuding the 2007-2008 team that tied the school record for most consecutive wins and most wins a season.

She was a first-team All-Foothill Conference selection, averaging 8.l7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists. Her best games were a 22-point showing against Victor Valley and a 21-point effort against Chaffey.

She plans to major in photography.

The Urban Knights compete in the Pacific West Conference and are coming off a 6-20 season in their first year at the Division II level.

Redlands earns second national ranking

The University of Redlands football team landed at No. 23 on the USA Today Sports Weekly 2009 College Football Special Edition Preseason Top 25 for NCAA Division III.  Redlands is the only team from the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) included on the poll.
 
This is the second time this summer that the Bulldogs have earned a preseason ranking, following their No. 22 showing on Sporting News Magazine’s Top 25 in June.

The Bulldogs look forward to the upcoming season as they excitedly return the 2007 SCIAC Offensive Player of the Year in senior quarterback Dan Selway (Villa Park, CA), who sat out much of last season with an injury.

In addition, the Redlands defense strives to remain stingy against the run and repeat its nationally ranked numbers. The team was first among Division III in tackles for a loss (11.1 TFL/game) and rushing defense (58.33 yards/game). In addition, the Bulldogs finished first in the nation in net punting with a 37.42 average. With 28 sacks for 182 yards, the Maroon and Gray boasted the fourth-best total in this category.
 
The Bulldogs kick off the 2009 season at home in Ted Runner Stadium on September 12 with a 5 p.m. contest against East Texas Baptist University in the teams’ first meeting.
 

Chaffey’s Robinson decides on college

Chaffey College’s Winston Robinson - a 6’5 205 sophomore Philadelphia – has accepted a full scholarship to Mountain State University. The Cougars are a NAIA Division 1 institution located in Beckley, West Virginia. Mountain State University plays as an Independent at the NAIA level. The Cougars have the highest winning percentage of any 4 year institution in the country over the last 5 seasons. Mountain State was a NAIA Runner up in 2003 and 2008 and won the National Championship in 2004.

Winston was a two time 1st team Foothill Conference performer who led Chaffey College to a 27- 7 record and a place in the Southern California Regional Finals in 2009. Winston led the “CHP”  in scoring 18.8 ppg  and rebounding 9.2  for the season .    He had a high game of 32 points in a winning effort vs Mt. San Jacinto College. Chaffey Head Coach Jeff Klein says,

“Winston is a very competitive person. He competes hard everyday in practice and when the game is on the line he wants the ball. “Philly” won games for Chaffey from the free throw line, with offensive rebound put backs, and from the three point line. He is extremely versatile and an incredibly tough matchup for any defender. Mountain State is getting one of the better players to come out of Chaffey College.

 Mountain State Head Coach Bob Bolen says,” We are real excited about having an athlete of Winston’s caliber sign with the Cougars. His work ethic shown by his improvement from the three point line 20% in 2008 to 46% in 2009 is very exciting for us. We also like that “Philly” comes from a winning program at Chaffey College.”

Winston is the third player to sign from the 2008 / 09 season. Lamar Williams signed with Columbus State and Nickalas Turner signed with Minot State.
 

Cal State pitcher leads Palm Springs team

Cal State San Bernardino baseball coach Don Parnell told everyone that former Cajon High School star Aaron Brooks was something special after he signed to attend Cal State and play baseball for the Coyotes in 2008-09.

Apparently, the baseball coaches in the California Collegiate Athletic Association agreed with Parnell’s assessment, voting Brooks the 2009 CCAA freshman of the year.

Brooks continued to impress everyone with his pitching efforts this summer with the Palm Springs Power, an all-collegiate team competing in the Southern California Collegiate Baseball Association with five other teams.

The sophomore-to-be helped the Power win the SCCBA regular season race with an 18-2 record, 31-7 overall, then swept the Orange County Pioneers in a best-of-three playoff to capture the 2009 season championship this week, improving the Power’s record to 33-7..

Brooks shut out the Pioneers, 8-0, on a four-hit shutout earlier this week with seven strikeouts. It was his second nine-inning complete game of the season and improved his record to 6-0 as a starter with one save in relief.

The 6-4, 210-pound right-hander was so dominant in his mound appearances that his earned run average in 56 innings of work was a microscopic 0.32. He was tagged for just 36 hits while striking out 47 batters and walking just three in nine appearances, six of them starts. Opponents batted just .194 against him.

An accomplished hitter at Cajon HS, where he set a Cowboys career home run record, he had six hits in 19 at bats and scored five times. He had one home run and five runs batted in.

Brooks was an all-CIF Southern Section pick at Cajon HS while dividing his time between pitching and playing third base.

In his freshman season for the Coyotes, Brooks was 2-3 in 10 appearances, nine of them starts with one complete game and a 4.70 earned run average. He struck out 48 batters in 53 innings of work and walked just 16. His best outing was a complete game three-hitter in a 9-1 CSUSB win over Cal State Monterey Bay.
 
 

Coyotes gain one, lose one

Peak recruiting time is winding down for Division II teams including Cal State San Bernardino. Coyotes coach Jeff Oliver always seems to come up with some gems and that seemed to be the case this year when he looked to have USC’s Donte Smith in the fold.

Smith, a product of Diamond Ranch, was the No. 1 junior college point guard in the country when he came out of Mt. SAC two years ago. He went to USC last year but played only sparingly and was looking for more PT elsewhere and signed with the Coyotes.

Then USC gets in trouble for the O.J. Mayo debacle. The Trojans top players opted to declare for the NBA draft. Its marquee recruits bail. And the school isn’t signing anyone because who wants to go to a program that will likely be on probation.

So the Trojans come back to Smith begging and pleading for him to return and he obliges.

Oliver thought he still had a chance at landing Smith when Tim Floyd bailed and the Trojans were coachless but it appears Smith is still set on going back.

But the ever-resourceful Oliver was able to land a couple other point guards.

He also landed 6-9 forward Bryan LeDuc, who was the leading scorer last year at Division I Pacific and will be a perfect complement to returning big man Brandon Brown.

The Coyotes might have been better with Smith but they are still going to be very good and should again compete for CCAA and West Region titles.

Former Cal Poly Pomona pitcher settles in with Quakes

Taylor Wilding was just what the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes needed.

The former Cal Poly Pomona hurler turned in some solid seasons in the Giants organization, even holding his own in Double-A, but was inexplicably released by that organizaton on the last day of spring training. That is a tough time to find work because minor league rosters are pretty much set by then.

So he waited. Six weeks or so.

The Angels finally came calling after a rash of injuries thinned out their pitching at both the minor and major league levels. Wilding jokes about his veteran status in the California League, reminding teammate Eddie McKiernan that he’s made more appearances in the Cal League than McKiernan has at all levels combined.

This is his third year in the league and he has made over 100 relief appearances. He says he is going for the record, although that is a pretty hard one to track down.

There is an old saying that you’re not just playing for one organization, you’re playing for 30. The logic being that you can get released by one club but if you do well enough someone else will come calling.

To that Wilding chides “In my case I’m down to 29.”

Getting a chance with the Angels saved Wilding from the toils of independent ball, which pays even less and comes with fewer perks and no guarantees.

The Etiwanda High School product has yet another good one-liner when it comes to breaking down the offers that were coming in.

“It was like to trying to pick a college again without being able to take the visits.”

The Angels organization was the perfect place for a second chance and Wilding is taking advantage of it. He is 3-1 with a 3.90 ERA in 20 appearances. In 27 2/3 innings he has 25 strikeouts and 10 walks and given up 40 hits.

He is the club’s primary setup man, pitching the eighth inning of games the Quakes are winning or down in a close game. He pitched a scoreless inning against Inland Empire on Thursday.

Here’s to second chances!