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.

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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.

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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.

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