Victor Valley football team shows poise

The Victor Valley College football team had the unenviable task of squaring off against national power Mt. SAC on Saturday and the Rams more than held their own.

Mt. SAC prevailed 32-20 but the Rams were more than respectable, especially considering they spotted the visitors a 19-0 lead. When that happens it can go one of two ways – A 19-0 deficit soon becomes 40-0. Or a team comes fighting back. It is usually the first scenario.

But the Rams regained their poise and only trailed 19-14, then 25-20 at the half.

Coach Dave Hoover pulled the plug on quarterback Robert Love just in time. Maybe being a freshman he wasn’t ready for the level of competition the Mounties represent. Sophomore Travis Hunter fared quite well and led the rally.

It was also a poorly officiated game, particularly against the Rams. Coaches always complain. It’s in their DNA. I like to think I can be a little more objective and there were some pretty bad calls, especially when it came to what it and what isn’t pass interference.

Next week the Rams start American Division Mountain Conference play against San Bernardino Valley which is much-improved but still winless.

Upcoming local college events . .

Here’s a list of some events going on locally this weekend if you’re in the mood . . .

SATURDAY

FOOTBALL

Puget Sound at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, noon
Lewis & Clark at Pomona-Pitzer, 1 p.m.
Antelope Valley at Chaffey, 6 p.m.
San Bernardino Valley at Saddleback, 6 p.m.
Mt. SAC at Victor Valley, 1 p.m.

VOLLEYBALL

Occidental at Pomona-Pitzer, 6 p.m.

MEN’S SOCCER

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at La Verne, 11 a.m.
Occidental at Redlands, 11 a.m.
Pomona-Pitzer at Whittier, 11 a.m.

WOMEN’S SOCCER

Redlands at Occidental, 11 a.m.
La Verne at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 11 a.m.
Whittier at Pomona-Pitzer, 11 a.m.

SUNDAY

WOMEN’S SOCCER:

Sonoma State at Cal State San Bernardino, 3 p.m.
Humboldt State at Cal Poly Pomona, 2 p.m.

MEN’S SOCCER

Sonoma State at Cal State San Bernardino, 2 p.m.
Humboldt State at Cal Poly Pomona, 11:30 a.m.

MONDAY

MEN’S SOCCER

Chapman at Redlands, 7 p.m.
Chaffey at Riverside, 3 p.m.

WOMEN’S SOCCER

Oxnard at Chaffey, 4 p.m.

Local golf teams should contend for title

The University of Redlands and University of La Verne men’s golf teams have combined for six national runner-up finishes in the last seven years. So it should be no surprise that both are ranked in the preseason poll released by Golfweek Magazine.

The Leopards, led by senior Mitchell Fedorka, check in at No. 4 while the Bulldogs are close behind at No. 6. Both contended for a title last year with La Verne placing second and Redlands ninth.

Oglethorpe University (GA), the defending national champions, is ranked first.

A total of four Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) schools rank among the top 20. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges (14th) and Cal Lutheran University (20th) round out the conference’s representation on the preseason list.

Coyotes stay No. 2

The Cal State San Bernardino volleyball team is still ranked No. 2 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll released today.

The Coyotes (9-0) are ranked behind only Concordia-St. Paul, the team it lost to in five sets for the national championship a year ago.

UC San Diego remained No. 4 despite a loss to the Coyotes on Friday. Often times a team doesn’t drop when losing to a higher-ranked foe but in this case a couple of notches might have been justified. The Tritons weren’t just beaten, they were completely dominated – to the tune of 25-11 in the last game. They were lucky to get to double digits.

La Verne names new tennis coach

University of La Verne Athletic Director Julie Kline has announced the hiring of Yolanda Duron as Head Women’s Tennis Coach.

Duron brings a wealth of coaching experience to the Leopard program and has previously coached at the Division I, II and community college levels. 

“I’m extremely excited to be at La Verne,” said Duron.  “I am grateful for this tremendous opportunity.  I look forward to the challenge of building the tennis program and I’m also excited about bringing much more recognition to Leopard tennis in the near future.

She previously served as head coach at Mt. San Jacinto College during the 2008-09 academic year, leading the squad to a 11-4 overall record and 6-2 in conference play.  For her efforts she was named the 2009 Foothill Conference Coach of the Year.

Additionally she served as assistant men’s and women’s tennis coach at both Division II Cal Poly Pomona (2005-08) and Division I Temple (2004-05). She began her collegiate coaching career at alma mater Drexel University in 2002, serving as assistant men’s and women’s tennis coach for two seasons.

“We are excited about Yolanda Duron being our next Head Women’s Tennis Coach,” said Kline.  Yolanda’s vision for our Women’s Tennis Program and her plans to achieve that vision is the right fit for this Athletics Department and the direction we are heading with each of our programs.”

Duron is a former Divison I player at Drexel where she was team captain as well as an America East All-Conference selection in 2001. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Drexel in 2003 while earning her Master’s Degree in Kinesiology from Cal State Fullerton in 2008.

She is affiliated with both the United States Tennis Association (USTA), the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) while also serving as a board member for the California Community College Tennis Coaches Association.

 

Bulldogs victorious in football opener

The University of Redlands football team wasted no time getting in the win column, trouncing East Texas Baptist 36-3 at Ted Runner Stadium.

It was a good win for the Bulldogs. The Tigers are a decent opponent out of a solid conference which beats the heck out playing a nonconference patsy to start out.

The Bulldogs looked solid. Their performance wasn’t flawless, but opening games seldom are. Quarterback Dan Selway, who had a broken foot last year, threw for 239 yards before being pulled early in the fourth quarter with the game in hand. He’ll be even better once he shakes off the rust that comes with 10 months of inactivity.

The Bulldogs also have a bruiser of a back in Sean Quinn. No fancy running or slashing stuff. He just barrels over and through people.

On the defensive side of the ball the beast is junior defensive back Mike Nicolini. He also returns kicks and is just fearless. The folks in the press box spent much of the game trying to come up with a nickname for him. He just has to have one. The P.A. announcer finally settled on “The Godfather.” We’ll see if it sticks.

Good news for the other locals too . .

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps beat Lewis & Clark 22-7. That’s one the Stags should have won. L-C just isn’t that good.

The more impressive win was Pomona-Pitzer beating Puget Sound 20-14 in overtime on a fake field goal that went for a touchdown. That’s a solid win for the Sagehens who got thumped by the same team in their opener last year.

La Verne fell to Whitworth which was also expected.

Stags, Sagehens win football openers

POMONA-PITZER 20, PUGET SOUND 14 (OT)

Tight end Robert McNitt caught a 23-yard scoring pass from receiver R.J. Maki in overtime to give the Sagehens a victory in their season opener in Tacoma, Wash., in their season opener.

The Sagehens tallied 397 yards offense with quarterback Jacob Caron throwing for 293. Colin Regan caught 13 passes for 11 yards while Maki hauled in eight for 105 highlighted by a 6-yard toss from Caron that gave Pitzer a 14-7 lead. Russell Oka led the ground game with 64 yards.

CLAREMONT-MUDD-SCRIPPS 22, LEWIS & CLARK 7

Andrew Segal rushed for 125 yards and quarterback Scott Yingling threw for 163 as the Stags turned back the Pioneers in their season opener.

Chet Corcos had field goals of 31 and 35 yards. Yingling had a 1-yard touchdown run and D.J. Lillard scored on a 2-yarder.

CMS rolled up 405 yards offense while limiting the host team to 55.

Coyotes cruise past rival UC San Diego

 

The Cal State San Bernardino volleyball team opened defense of its CCAA title in fine fashion and they did so against their biggest rival. The Coyotes throttled long-time nemesis UC San Diego 3-1 (25-16, 21-25, 25-20, 25-11) Friday at Coussoulis Arena in a battle of nationally ranked unbeatens.

No. 2 San Bernardino was the only team that lived up to its billing. The Coyotes hit .333 and  limited the No. 4 Tritons to a .106.

Cal State (8-0) took control with a ferocious blocking effort midway through the third game. They finished with five solos and 12 block assists, six of those assists coming in the third game. That doesn’t include countless other balls they got their hands on to keep points going.

“We did a great job of pressuring them with our serving and our offensive attack and it allowed our blocking to dial in on the right hitters,”

Coyotes coach Kim Cherniss said. “We were able to use our size in the middle to our advantage and it gave us the momentum.”

The teams split the first two games. The Coyotes trailed 16-15 in the third when Megan Johnson blocked a shot by San Diego’s Julia Freidenberg. She teamed up with Morgan Carty for a block on the next point and the Coyotes were off and running.

Minutes later the Coyotes led 19-17 and extended that lead on another combo block — this one by Carty and Samantha Middleborn. A kill by Jane Chafeh made it 21-17 and another block by Middleborn and Carty made it 22-17. The Coyotes were not challenged again.
The fourth and final game was even more of a rout. Up 11-6, the Coyotes reeled off nine straight points on the serve of Ashtin Hall. Chafeh had three winners in that run with three other points coming on blocks.

Middleborn’s solo block on a tip by Elaine Chen gave the reigning West Region champion a commanding 20-6 lead.

Carty finished with five block assists and a solo while MIddleborn added four assists and a solo. Chafeh, who led all players with 21 kills and 11 digs, had two solos.

“It’s something we focused on all week,” Carty said of her team’s blocking prowess. “We really worked hard on hand position and being in the right place. Some of those points really got us going.”

Both teams struggled with serving as the Coyotes had 12 errors. San Diego had 16, including one on match point.

The Coyotes also got nine kills from Middleborn. They finished with a 47-323 advantage in digs with Chafeh followed in that column by Camille Smith with nine. Setter Sara Hoffman had 32 assists and seven digs.

“It’s huge for us to open with a win like this over a team in our region. It is something we can build on,” Cherniss said.

The Coyotes will host CCAA newcomer Cal State East Bay at 7 tonight. San Diego finishes a three-match road trip at Cal Poly Pomona, also at 7 p.m.

 

Coyotes serve beatdown at Coussoulis Arena

Matches between the volleyball teams from Cal State San Bernardino and UC San Diego are typically intense from the first serve to the last. They’re elite teams, not just in the CCAA, but nationally.

So the first match between the two this season was stunning. The Coyotes prevailed 3-1 (25-16, 21-25, 25-20, 20-11) at Coussoulis Arena. It was a beatdown of major proportions. It wasn’t even really that close. The Coyotes led the last game 20-6 at one point.

That’s the volleyball equivalent of 5-0 in soccer, 10-1 in baseball. You get the picture.

The score is even more noteworthy when considering the Coyotes (8-0, 1-0) came in ranked second in the country and San Diego (9-1, 1-1) fourth. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come for coach Kim Cherniss and her team.

Jane Chafeh was her usual self with 21 kills and 11 digs. And Sara Hoffman ran the offense efficiently again with 32 assists. But the Coyotes superior blocking effort is what made the difference. Credit Samantha Middleborn, Morgan Carty and Megan Johnson as the Coyotes tallied 11 total blocks, a run of those in the third game giving them breathing room for good.

This version of the Coyotes isn’t quite as good as the team that finished as the NCAA Division II national runner-up a year ago. But this early it shouldn’t be. The Coyotes have the potential to be every bit that good by the end of the season. And that has to be daunting thought to upcoming opponents.

But you can also be sure San Diego will be more prepared when the Coyotes come to their arena and want a little payback.

SBVC and RCC get ready for Bell game

San Bernardino Valley College and Riverside will both be looking for their first win of the season when they square off at 6 p.m. on Saturday at RCC’s Wheelock Field.

The schools renewed the Bell Game rivalry last season although it wasn’t much of a contest as RCC prevailed 51-10.

It’s hard to really hard to consider this a rivalry. The SBVC program has had a pretty hard time winning in the last several years. And there have been a couple of breaks in the series with last year’s game being the first in five years.

It is also hard to build up a rivalry at the junior college level because of the turnover every two years.

Let’s hope the teams can work back toward making the game between schools in neighboring counties something special. A good, competitive, spirited game on Saturday will help.