Bulldogs move up in football poll

Following a bye week, the University of Redlands football team moved up two spots to No. 21 on the D3Football.com poll.
The Bulldogs opened the season with back-to-back wins over non-conference opponents.  On Sept. 12, Redlands trounced visiting East Texas Baptist University, 36-3.  After allowing the Tigers to score on their first possession, the Maroon and Gray stymied any subsequent efforts and held ETBU to a mere 79 yards of total offense.
During its first road trip of the season, Redlands held off a fourth-quarter surge by the Pirates of Whitworth University (WA) en route to a 29-24 victory in Spokane on Sept. 19.  Redlands racked up 428 yards of total offense, compared to the Pirates’ 290.
Redlands also had earned preseason rankings of No. 22 for Sporting News magazine and No. 23 on the USA Today poll.
The Bulldogs host the University of La Verne (0-2) in Ted Runner Stadium on October 3 at 7 p.m. for their opening Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) game of the 2009 season.  Redlands celebrates Take a Kid to the Game Night with free prizes and activities for all children under 14.

Coyotes not at their best, but still win

Sometimes you have to pull out a game when you’re not at your best. That was the case with the Cal State San Bernardino volleyball team on Saturday afternoon. The No. 2 Coyotes bested No. 13 Sonoma State 19-25, 25-23, 25-22, 25-18 to improve to 14-0 on the season.

The first game was a struggle. So was the second, although the Coyotes made some plays down the stretch to eek it out. It wasn’t until the fourth game that the Coyotes looked like the Coyotes.

They made a lot of errors in their serve receive which is not characteristic and several times two or more players collided going after a ball. That just doesn’t happen with this team.

Perhaps it is good that they were pushed and had to gut one out. It wouldn’t be good to cruise all year, then face tough competition in the postseason. You want to see how your young players are going to react. And Cal State still is a young team.

On the local college front this weekend . . .

It’s slim pickings for those hoping to see one of the local college football teams at home this weekend. On Saturday San Bernardino Valley College (0-3) will host Victor Valley (1-2) and Grossmont will visit Chaffey (2-1), both games kicking off at 6 p.m.

Let’s start with the battle between two local teams. SBVC will have yet another uphill battle. The Wolverines, who have lost 18 staright games dating back to 2007, are improved. But they’re probably not good enough to beat Victor Valley which went toe-to-toe with highly touted Mt, SAC last week.

Chaffey has a tough one on its hands in Grossmont which is back to being Grossmont after a couple of average seasons. To have any chance at all the Panthers have to keep their composure. The Grossmont team is known for arrogance and cheap shots. (They’re one of the most penalized teams in the state every year). They like to get under the skin of the opposing team. The trick is to avoid retaliating!

There are a couple of other athletic events of note . . .

In volleyball, No. 2 Cal State San Bernardino (12-0) will host No. 15 Sonoma State (14-1) at 3 p.m. on Saturday at Coussoulis Arena. The Coyotes are coming off a complete dismantling of local rival Cal Poly Pomona on Wednesday.

If soccer is your game, University of Redlands will be hosting Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in a women’s game at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Both qualified for the NCAA Division III playoffs last season with Redlands winning the regular season SCIAC title, only to be upset by the Athenas in the SCIAC tourney final for the conference automatic bid. Redlands advanced any way as a wildcard.

Coyotes pick up 5-0 win in women’s soccer

Cal State San Bernardino scored three times in the first 13 minutes of their CCAA conference women’s soccer match with Cal State East Bay and went on to defeat the Pioneers 5-0 on a 102-degree afternoon at Coyote Premier Field.
        It was the fourth straight win for the Coyotes, now 5-4 on the season and 4-1 in the CCAA, boosting them into at least a temporary tie for first place in the South Division, pending the outcome of the Cal State L.A. and Cal State Dominguez Hills matches.
        Cal State East Bay, moving up to NCAA Division II from Division III, slipped to 1-6-3 overall and 0-4-1 in the CCAA. The Pioneers move on to play at Cal Poly Pomona on Sunday while the Coyotes host perennial CCAA power UC San Diego, ranked No. 5 in the West Region.
        The Coyotes, ranked No. 8, got two goals and an assist from junior Katie Liby, her first scores of the season as well as a goal and two assists by junior Unity Beddingfield. Sophomore Kristina Gomez notched her third goal of the season just 3:08 into the match. Sophomore Kelsey Gudgeon tacked on the other goal and assisted on another.
        CSUSB took a 4-0 lead at the half.  The only score of the second half came on Liby’s second goal off linked passes from Beddingfield and Gudgeon..
        Coyote goalkeepers Laura Lyons and Tiffany Mallick were required to make just one save as CSUSB outshot the Pioneers 16-6. East Bay goalkeeper Nina Cefalo had six saves and cut off several crossing passes that might have resulted in further scores by CSUSB.

CCAA loaded by top teams

Led by defending national champion Sonoma State, five California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) men’s golf teams open the 2009-10 season ranked in the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) Division II Top 25 poll that was released earlier this month.

The Seawolves, who defeated CCAA rival Cal State San Bernardino in a one-hole playoff to capture the 2009 national championship, begin the year ranked No. 5 after receiving seven first-place votes and totaling 317 points.

Georgia College is the top-ranked team and is followed by Barry, Columbus State and Lynn.

Joining Sonoma State in the Top 10 is Cal State San Bernardino, which is ranked ninth. Cal State Stanislaus is 12th, Chico State No. 15 and Cal State Monterey Bay is tied for 24th.

Sonoma State head coach Val Verhunce brings an experienced team into this season, highlighted by All-CCAA junior Patrick Bauer.

Cal State San Bernardino is led by senior Gene Webster, Jr., who enjoyed a solid summer that included advancing to the round of 32 at the U.S. Amateur Public Links Golf Championships in Norman, Okla.

Sophomore Teddy Schrier, who won a U.S. Amateur sectional qualifying event this past summer, is the top returning player at Cal State Stanislaus.

Chico State returns the CCAA Most Valuable Player (Lucas Delgado), Freshman of the Year (Kyle Souza) and Newcomer of the Year (Brandon Harkins) from a year ago.

Oskar Nystrom leads Cal State Monterey Bay into the season after concluding the 2008-09 campaign with a 75.17 stroke average in 10 events.

Cal State Monterey Bay will be the first CCAA team to get its season underway when it travels to Lacey, Wash. to compete in the Saint Martin’s Invitational beginning Friday.

Sonoma State will open defense of its first-ever national title on Monday, Sept. 28, when it travels to Noblesville, Ill. for the NCAA Preview Tournament.

Cal State Stanislaus, Chico State, Cal State Monterey Bay and UC San Diego will also be in action on Monday when they comprise part of the field at the Western Washington Invitational in Bellingham, Wash.

2009-10 Golf Coaches Association of America Preseason Poll
(First Place Votes in Parenthesis)

1. Georgia College (5)
2. Barry (4)
3. Columbus State (1)
4. Lynn (1)
5. Sonoma State (7)
6. North Alabama
7. Florida Southern
8. Central Oklahoma
9. Cal State San Bernardino
10. USC-Aiken
11. Nova Southeastern
12. Cal State Stanislaus
13. Indianapolis
14. West Florida
15. Chico State
16. Clayton State
T17. Ferris State
T17. Lander
19. Grand Canyon
20. Valdosta State
21. St. Edward’s
22. Northeastern State
23. CU-Colorado Springs
T24. Cal State Monterey Bay
T24. Newberry 

Coyotes cruise past Broncos in three

The Cal State San Bernardino volleyball team had no trouble dispatching local rival Cal Poly Pomona 25-11, 25-21, 25-13. It was one of the more lopsided outcomes in what has been a competitive rivalry.

The Coyotes are young but the Broncos and young AND inexperienced, not a good combination.

The were more people shoe-horned into Darlene May Gym than I have ever seen. But it didn’t help the home team because the Coyotes silenced the crowd with their strong start.

Give the Broncos credit for one thing though. They got absolutely pummeled in the first game which can sometimes lead a young team to be even more overwhelmed. But they came back and were competitive in the second game, It was tied as late as 18-18 before the Coyotes pulled away.

The Coyotes are poised to make another national championship run. And the Broncos wil learn from the experience of playing a team of such high caliber.

Both teams will be playing at home on Friday night with the Coyotes taking on Humboldt State, another team they should have no trouble with. The Broncos will be hosting Sonoma State, another nationally ranked team.

Big Bear’s Chad Hall honored

Big Bear native Chad Hall of UC Riverside has been named Big West Conference Athlete of the Week after his performance for the Highlanders at the 29th Annual UC Riverside Invitational this past Saturday.

In his first race of the season, Hall finished first on the squad with a time of 24:17.1 to place eighth overall individually, first among Big West competitors. His time is also the fastest 8k time in the conference so far in this young 2009 season.

Hall’s performance led the Highlanders to a second place team finish out of 30 teams, behind only nationally ranked No. 12 BYU.

The sophomore is off to a great start at the collegiate level. It looks like he has the potential to put the school’s men’s team on the map much the way Rancho Cucamonga’s Brenda Martinez has done on the women’s side.

Coyotes at No. 2 and holding

The Cal State San Bernardino women’s volleyball team remained No. 2 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll released on Monday.

The Coyotes (11-0, 4-0) have been second to regining national champion Concordia-St. Paul (14-0) all five weeks the poll has been released.

The top eight spots did not change. The CCAA is also represented by No. 4 UC San Diego (12-1), No. 15 Sonoma State (12-1) and No. 23 Chico State (12-2).

The Coyotes turned in road wins last week at Chico and Cal State Stanislaus. They play at local rival Cal Poly Pomona at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, then host Humboldt State at 7 p.m. on Friday and Sonoma State at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

The match against the Broncos might be a little less competitive than other ones between the schools in the last few years as Cal Poly is in rebuilding mode.

The one to see will be the one Saturday against the Seawolves, the up-and-coming team in what has always been a difficult conference.

Broncos get exhibition game with UCR

The Cal Poly Pomona women’s basketball team has scheduled an exhibition game against UC Riverside on Nov. 3. The game will tip off at 1 p.m. at UCR’s Student Recreation Center.

Broncos coach Scott Davis said his team hadn’t planned on anything because of the cost involved. He almost scheduled Pepperdine but even a trip there was going to cost $1,000 by the time he paid for the vans and meal money. With the state university budget a disaster he didn’t want to spend the money.

Then he got a call from UCR coach John Margaritis.

It’s a win-win for both teams. You have to figure UCR is in the same predicament. Why not play a team in such close proximity? With the budget crisis not letting up any time soon, more schools will be forced to do the same thing.

Bulldogs crack top 25

The University of Redlands football team has cracked the D3football.com Top 25 poll at No. 23.

The Bulldogs improved to 2-0 with a 29-24 road win over Whitworth (Wash.) on Saturday. it was a quality win against a contender from the Northwest Conference.

Redlands had appeared in a couple of preseason polls but had been in the receiving votes category of the D3 poll the last two weeks. They are one spot ahead of SCIAC rival Occidental which fell from 18 to 24 after a 31-27 loss to Linfield (Ore.) Saturday.

The Bulldogs are idle this week. They start SCIAC play on Oct. 3 against the University of La Verne. The off week comes at a good time as running back Sean Quinn was limited to three carries on Satruday because of a slight leg injury. Coach Mike Maynard expects him to be 100% by the time the Bulldogs take the field against the Leopards.