Former SBVC kicker starts out strong in Utah

Former San Bernardino Valley College kicker and punter Mike Langston got off to a good start with a solid showing in the home opener for Division II Dixie State in St. George, Utah.

The Red Storm won its season opener last week against Adams State 37-28 with Langston handling all the kicking duties. He connected on his only field goal attempt from 25 yards out in the second quarter giving his team a 10-6 lead.

Langston, a graduate of Ramona High School in Riverside, also averaged 45.8 yards on six punts, downing two of those inside the 20. Three went for more than 50 yards.

He said it felt good to be part of a win again since at SBVC he was part of 15 straight losses.

Another former SBVC player, offensive lineman Thad Quist, is also playing for Dixie State and is rooming with Langston.

This week’s local college sports events . . .

Here is a list of the local college athletic events going on this week.

TUESDAY, Sept. 1

Cal Baptist at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 7 p.m.

Miramar at Chaffey, 4 p.m.

Hawaii-Hilo at Cal State San Bernardino, 4 p.m.
La Verne at Chapman, 5 p.m.
Chaffey at Moopark, 4 p.m.
San Bernardino Valley College at Compton, 4 p.m.
Mira Costa at Victor Valley, 4 p.m.

Grossmont at Chaffey, 5 p.m.

Cal State San Bernardino at Grand Canyon, 7:30 p.m.
Dixie State at Cal Poly Pomona, noon.

Azusa Pacific at Redlands, 7 p.m.

Victor Valley at Cuesta, 4 p.m.

FRIDAY, Sept. 4
Triton Invitational (at UC San Diego)
Mesa State vs. Cal State San Bernardino, 10 a.m.
Alaska-Anchorage vs. Cal State San Bernardino, 3 p.m.

Fort Lewis Tournament (at Durango, Col.)
Cal Poly Pomona vs. U-Colorado, Colorado Springs, 11 a.m.
Cal Poly Pomona vs. Fort Lewis, 5 p.m.

Claremont Tournament (at CMS)
La Verne vs. Lewis & Clark, 4:15 p.m.
La Verne vs. U-Mass-Boston, 6:30 p.m.
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps vs. Lewis & Clark, 2 p.m.
Pomona-Pitzer vs. UMass-Boston, 4:15 p.m.
Pitzer vs. Carthage, 6:30 p.m.

Riverside Quad Tournament (includes Chaffey); San Bernardino Valley at Palomar, 6 p.m.

Montana State-Billings at Cal Poly Pomona, 2 p.m.
Chaffey at College of the Canyons, 7 p.m.
San Bernardino Valley at Cypress, 4 p.m.

Feather River Tournament (includes Victor Valley)

Concordia-Moorehead at Redlands, 7 p.m.
UC Santa Cruz at Pomona-Pitzer, 4 p.m.
Chaffey at College of the Canyons, 7 p.m.


College of the Desert at San Bernardino Valley, 6 p.m.
Chaffey at Mt. San Jacinto, 1 p.m.
Riverside at Victor Valley, 1 p.m.
Pasadena at Mt. SAC, 1 p.m.

Triton Invitational (at UC San Diego)
Saginaw Valley State vs. Cal State San Bernardino, 11 a.m.
Northern Michigan vs. Cal State San Bernardino, 3 p.m.

Fort Lewis Tournament (at Durango Colorado)
Cal Poly Pomona vs. Adams State, 10 a.m.
Cal Poly Pomona vs. Dixie State, 3:30 p.m.

Pacific Coast Classic (at CMS)
La Verne vs. Carthage, 10 a.m.
La Verne vs. Texas Lutheran 12:15 p.m.
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps vs. Carthage, 12:15 p.m.
CMS vs. Fontbonne, 2:30 p.m.
Texas Lutheran vs. Pitzer, 10 a.m.
UC Santa Cruz vs. Pitzer, 2:30 p.m.

Cal State San Bernardino vs. Mesa State (at Phoenix)
Concordia-St. Paul at Pomona-Pitzer, 4 p.m.
San Bernardino Valley at Santiago Canyon, 6:30 p.m.

Pacific (Ore.) at Redlands, 7 p.m.
Azusa Pacific at Pomona-Pitzer 1 p.m.
Feather River Tournament (includes Victor Valley)

MIT Invitational (includes Redlands, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps)
La Verne at Chapman, 9 a.m.
La Verne vs. Whittier (at Chapman), 12:30 p.m.

Cal State Fullerton Invitational (includes Cal State San Bernardino, Cal Poly Pomona, Redlands), 8 a.m.

Redlands’ Willis named finalist

Former University of Redlands women’s soccer standout Becky Willis ’09 is one of 10 NCAA Division III semifinalists for the 2009 NCAA Woman of the Year, according to an announcement made on Aug. 20.
Willis, who was chosen as the representative for the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC), joins 29 semifinalists from the three divisions of the NCAA.
She endured a competitive nomination process, which included 132 conference nominees representing all three divisions.
The NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will trim down the list of 30 semifinalists to nine finalists–three from each division–next month. All semifinalists are invited to attend the 2009 Woman of the Year awards dinner on Oct. 18 in Indianapolis, IN.
The lone Division III recipient of the award was Ashley Jo Rowatt, a swimmer from Kenyon College (OH), in 2003.
A three-year starter for the Bulldog women’s soccer team, Willis embodied the ideals of a true scholar-athlete throughout her four years at Redlands. She compiled a 3.664 GPA as a Communicative Disorders major while earning three First-Team All-SCIAC honors and two National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/adidas All-America laurels. In April, she was named the Frank Serrao Student-Athlete of the Year for the women and also received her department’s Outstanding Senior Award for posting a 3.98 GPA in her major. Currently, she is taking classes at the University of Texas at Dallas toward a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. 

Coyotes go 3-0 in opening event

The No. 2 Cal State San Bernardino women’s volleyball team improved to 3-0, easily disposing of Alaska-Fairbanks this afternoon at Cal State Dominguez Hills. It wasn’t as close as the 25-17, 27-25, 25-19 would seem to indicate as coach Kim Cherniss used all her players once she established a lead.

Sure it would have been nice to be playing in Hawaii as the Coyotes had planned but budget restrictions prevented them from going to an event there. It was nice of event organizers at Cal Poly Pomona to make room for them in this event close to home so they could get some matches in.

Coaches have to find a balance between experimenting with their lineups and playing to win. While conference games are more important, it is these that establish a pecking order and gives one school an edge over another when regional rankings are compiled.

Western Washington learned the hard way. The Vikings didn’t make the regional playoffs last season despite finishing 21-3, placing second in their conference and having a national ranking. That was solely because their poor nonconference schedule.

So they remedied that this year, making the trip to California and playing San Bernardino and Cal State Los Angeles, top tier teams in the CCAA. And they did so even though they’re rebuilding. If they don’t make the regional, strength of schedule won’t be the issue.

Seattle Pacific doesn’t get it though. Sure it played a reloading Cal Poly Pomona. But it bucked the chance to play the Coyotes, something it may regret later. First off, what better time to possibly upset the Coyotes than early.

Second, you have nothing to lose. Even if you don’t win it helps your strength of schedule. And if you happen to pull it out, that’s a real bonus. It’s a huge win over a regional foe that will garner you national attention and give you instant credability.

It would also help to play a quality team now that you very well could see down the line in the postseason. And the GNAC isn’t the most competitive when it comes to volleyball so it should have seized the chance to play the Coyotes.

No. 2 Coyotes sweep two foes

The Cal State San Bernardino volleyball team got off to an impressive start, turning in 3-0 wins over Ashland (Ohio) and Western Washington at the Southern California Classic on Friday.

The win over Western Washington by scores of 25-14, 25-19, 25-23 was of more interest because the Vikings were 21-3 last season and favored to win the Great Northwest Athletic Conference despite graduating four starters.

Ashland is coming off a 14-13 season and a fourth place finish in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Junior Jane Chafeh should emerge as the go-to player, a role filled so well by the now-departed Jessica Granados the last two years. Chafeh had 27 kills, 21 digs and three service aces on the night. Coach Kim Cherniss also got stellar play from senior setter Sara Hoffman (54 assists, five aces, three total blocks) and sophomore middle Samantha Middleborn (19 kills). Sophomore Kelcie Tolan did an admirable job as libero

The Coyotes cruised in the first two games, even though Cherniss made wholesale changes in the second game. She did that in the third as well, which is the only reason it was close. You have to be use these nonconference matches to experiment with your personnel so you know what you have when it really matters.

While the last game was close, I never had the feel that the Coyotes wouldn’t win it.

Saturday they will head back to the Toro Dome at Dominguez Hills to face Alaska-Fairbanks, a team that both Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State Los Angeles easily disposed of so it likely will be another 3-0 triumph.

SBVC’s Green headed out

Sophomore forward Angela Green of San Bernardino Valley College is headed to NAIA Dakota State University in Madison, S.D.

Green played her high school ball at La Sierra in Riverside and followed that up with two productive years with Sue Crebbin’s Wolverines.

At SBVC she was a part of back to back Foothill Conference title teams, and was on the SBVC 2007-2008 team that tied the school record for most consecutive wins and most wins in a season.

Crebbin has done an admirable job of moving her players to the next level which should be the primary goal of all junior college coaches.

Cal State, Cal Poly volleyball teams get going

The Cal Poly Pomona volleyball team took the court for the first time last night. Today Cal State San Bernardino makes its debut.

The Broncos defeated Alaska-Fairbanks 3-0 at a steamy Darlene May Gymnasium. The Broncos have so many newcomers I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt. But they have a long way to go.

The highlight was the play of sophomore Kristen McNeese, who was on the team, last year but played little. Senior setter Jasmine Davis was her usual athletic self, tracking down every errant pass and turning it into a decent hitting opportunity for those around her.

Fairbanks was not necessarily top-notch competition but provided just enough for the Broncos newcomers to get their feet wet. The match was close but it was one that you never got the feeling Cal Poly was going to lose.

The San Bernardino team was in attendance, scouting Fairbanks which it will play on Saturday.

The Coyotes play Western Washington today at 7 at Cal State Dominguez Hills in what should be an intriguing matchup.

The Vikings will likely come in with quite the chip on their shoulder. Last year six CCAA teams were in the eight-team West Region field while the GNAC had just its automatic qualifier. Western went 21-3, second in theconference to Western Oregon, and was snubbed for an at-large berth because of its very poor strength of schedule.

What better way to prove a point than knock off the national runner-up.

And it will be the first match of the post-Jessica Granados era.

Stay tuned.

CPP women win soccer opener

Six players scored six goals for the Cal Poly Pomona women’s soccer teams as it opened the 2009 season with a 6-0 win over Division II newcomer Dominican in a game played at Notre Dame de Namur University.
                The victory was CPP’s largest to open a season since it defeated Concordia 7-0 in the 1997 opener.
                The Broncos totaled 13 shots on goal and fired 26 shots on the day.
                “You can’t help but be pleased when your goals come from six different players,” said Isabelle Harvey, who is now 4-0 in season openers. “We played wide in the second half and got things going. It’s a great way to begin a year.”
                The Broncos took a 1-0 lead at halftime from senior Cody McClure (Anaheim Hills), who connected on a pass from junior Britany Garrett (Lakewood) in the game’s 43rd minute.
                The game became all Cal Poly Pomona quickly after the second half began. In a span of 31 seconds, junior forward Yvonne Cornejo (Chino Hills) and sophomore Valerie Strawn (Chino) each scored and CPP led 3-0 in the 46th minute.
                Adding goals for CPP down the stretch were junior Lauren Skachenko (Chino Hills), sophomore Justine Barclay (Rancho Cucamonga) and sophomore Carolyn Rubendall (Concord).
                Freshman Ashley Salerno (Chino Hills) earned her first career start after redshirting last season and earned a shutout. She faced just two shots as CPP’s defense held up strong.
                “We adjusted to the field in the first half on a pretty warm day up here,” Harvey said. “Lots of different people stepped up on the first one out.”
                The Broncos resume play in Belmont with a game against the host school on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m.

Coyotes’ Haas honored by NCAA

Meghan Haas of Cal State San Bernardino, the California Collegiate Athletic Association’s scholar-athlete of the year, is now a semifinalist for the prestigious NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

            Haas, an honorable mention all-American as a libero in volleyball and holder of the CSUSB career and single season records for digs, was among 30 student-athletes from 130 entries among three NCAA divisions to make the semifinals.

            The 30 semifinalists will be trimmed to nine – three from each division – next month and the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will select the national winner from the pool of finalists.

            The recipient will be announced during an awards dinner in Indianapolis, Ind., on Oct. 18.

            Haas was among 10 NCAA Division II student-athletes advancing in the awards program and the second from the CCAA. Also making it into the semifinals was Jasimen Bailey, a track and field athlete from Cal State Stanislaus.

            The NCAA Woman of the Year Award honors senior student-athletes who have excelled in the areas of academic achievement, athletics, service and leadership.

            Haas learned the news first from her mother, who was monitoring the NCAA website on a daily basis. “My initial response to the news was shock. When Morgan Walker (CSUSB’s Associate Athletic Director for NCAA Compliance) and I began the application process, I had no idea it would take us this far!”

            The 6-foot  Haas, a Menifee resident and Temecula Chaparral HS graduate who helped lead the Coyotes win three straight CCAA volleyball titles, a West Region title and the NCAA championship match in 2008, said winning such an award would be “surreal.”

            “Now, do I think I will actually win? No, I don’t. I may have volunteered my time, kept my grades up and was lucky enough to be part of a successful volleyball team, but I don’t feel my contributions were anything out of the ordinary.

            “As a college student, I wanted to get involved as much as I could, and if what I did is enough to be recognized at a national level, then that’s great. But if not, I am still proud of what I was able to do.”

            Haas received her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology (pedagogy) in June commencement ceremonies.

            “In the end it goes to show that the opportunities that we are given as collegiate athletes are endless. For those four or five years of our lives we truly have the power to affect change and I applaud the NCAA for recognizing individuals all over the country who jump on such opportunities.”

            Haas had a cumulative grade point average of 3.83 at CSUSB. She earned all-CCAA, all-West Region and honorable mention all-America as well as Daktronics third-team all-America in volleyball. She served as team captain or co-captain three times.
Academically, she was the Kinesiology department’s outstanding graduate in the Class of 2009, graduating with high honors. She received the CCAA’s Hal Charnofsky Award for academic excellence and was awarded an academic scholarship at CSUSB from the Martin Matich Family. She was voted to the ESPN-The Magazine/CoSIDA all-academic District 8 first team.

She served as vice-president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council for the past two years and voluntarily participated in Relay for Life for three years, Read Across America, the CSUSB Disability Sports Festival, the SAAC Adopt-a-Family program and Make-A-Wish Foundation fund-raisers.

Haas also served as a counselor at Coyote summer youth volleyball camps and was head coach of the Rancho Valley club’s 15-under team this past season.

Local college sports teams off and running

College sports are officially underway.

The highlight of today’s schedule is the debut of the Cal Poly Pomona women’s volleyball team which will host Alaska-Fairbanks at 7 p.m. tonight.

Here is the rest of the schedule for the next couple of days if you are looking for something to do.


VOLLEYBALL: – Southern California Classic
(at Cal Poly Pomona)
Ashland (Ohio) vs. Cal State San Bernardino, 1 p.m.
Ashland vs. Cal Poly Pomona, 7 p.m.

(At Cal State Dominguez Hills)
Cal State San Bernardino vs. Western Washington, 7 p.m.

Cal State San Bernardino at Notre Dame De Namur, 1:30 p.m.
Cal Poly Pomona vs. Dominican at Notre Dame De Namur, 11:30 a.m.
El Camino at Chaffey, 4 p.m.
San Bernardino Valley College at East Los Angeles, 6 p.m.

El Camino at Chaffey, 2 p.m.
San Diego City at San Bernardino Valley, 4 p.m.

Southern California Classic
(at Cal State Dominguez Hills)
Alaska-Fairbanks vs. Cal State San Bernardino, 1 p.m.

(At Cal Poly Pomona)
Seattle Pacific vs. Cal Poly Pomona, 1 p.m.

Cal State San Bernardino vs. Montana-Billings, noon
Cal Poly Pomona at Notre Dame de Namur, 1:30 p.m.

Concordia-Irvine at La Verne (at Las Flores Park), 10 a.m.
Citrus at La Verne, 1 p.m.

Cal State San Bernardino vs. Dominican (at Notre Dame De Namur), 11 a.m.
Cal Poly Pomona at Notre Dame De Namur, 1:30 p.m.

Central Washington at Cal Poly Pomona, 2 p.m.
Pasadena City at San Bernardino Valley, 2 p.m.

Cypress at Chaffey, 4 p.m.
Pasadena City at San Bernardino Valley College, 4 p.m.


Cal Baptist at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 7 p.m.

Miramar at Chaffey, 4 p.m.