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.

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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.

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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.

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