A look at this weekend’s local college football games

Several area teams will be playing at home.

In SCIAC play, Pomona-Pitzer (4-2) will be at Redlands (5-1), 7 p.m,.
The Sagehens are much improved but probably don’t have enough firepower to hang with the Bulldogs who have feasted off opponent mistakes. And Redlands is at home.

Whittier at La Verne, 1 p.m.
The poor Leopards are still looking for their first win but threw a scare into Occidental last week, falling 14-13. If they can hang with Oxy, they should be able to beat Whittier.

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (3-3) at Chapman (2-4), 7 p.m.The Stags will be playing under the lights for the first time. These teams are evenly matched. The Panthers likely win because they’re at home but a win by the Stags wouldn’t be surprising.

In the JuCo ranks . . .

San Bernardino Valley College (3-4) at Southwestern (3-4), 6 p.m. Lo and behold the Wolverines have an actual win streak – three games. They’re still in the hunt for a conference title, but they are just starting the toughest part of the conference sked and the Jaguars are tough at home. Southwestern probably wins this one.

Chaffey (2-5) at Riverside (1-7), 6 p.m.

Both teams are struggling terribly. Both have played tough schedules with RCC’s a little tougher. Give them the edge because of that and because they’re at home.

San Diego Mesa (1-6) at Victor Valley (3-4), 1 p.m.
The Rams have had some inner team turmoil but they got back on track last week. This is one they should win at home.

San Bernardino men’s soccer teams looking strong

It has been a long time since either San Bernardino Valley College or Cal State San Bernardino went into the end of a men’s soccer season with much on the line. But the Wolverines and Coyotes are both having outstanding seasons.

With the quality of the area’s youth soccer leagues there is really no reason the programs at both can’t be successful. Their rosters are full of local products, with a few others complimenting that mix.

The Cal State men, coached by Noah Kooiman, have already clinched a spot in the CCAA Tournament. They are 14-3-1 overall and 10-3-1 in conference play. It’s the third-best record in the history of the program dating back to 1984-85 and surpasses the 1993 mark of 13 wins. The all-time mark is 16 set in 1987.

The Coyotes have two regular season matches left, both against local rival Cal Poly Pomona.

At SBVC, Coach Josh Brown’s hard work is starting to pay off. The men are 10-5-3, 2-2-1 in the Foothill Conference with three matches to go. The Wolverines will be hard-pressed to finish ahead of Rio Hondo, which has won 100 titles in a row. So It’s only nine. But you get the picture.

But the Wolverines could still make the playoffs and that would be huge, especially considering they won just three games last year. Winning at the junior college level is also hard because there is so much turnover. But Brown’s team is made up of mostly freshmen, which bodes well for next year too!

Coyotes still No. 3

The Cal State San Bernardino volleyball team is still No. 3 in the AVCA poll released today.

The Coyotes (22-1) had three wins last week and will be on the road this weekend for matches at No. 19 Sonoma State and Humboldt State.

The CCAA had five teams ranked with UC San Diego, which is tied with the Coyotes for first in the conference, checking in at No. 2. The other ranked teams are Sonoma State, No. 21 Cal State Los Angeles and No. 25 Chico State.

Two-time and reigning national champion Concordia-St. Paul (25-0), the only undefeated team in the country, is still No. 1.

On the local college football front . . .

There were some very interesting results byu the local college teams on Saturday.

First, San Bernardino Valley College defeated Mt. San Jacinto 28-17. That’s three in a row for the Wolverines and it is that much more noteworthy given that SBVC had lost 19 in a row before that mini streak.

Kevin Emerson didn’t get hired until August so for him to win three games is impressive. These looked to be the most winnable three games on the schedule, even before the season started. Now come the more difficult games as SBVC is left with Southwestern on the road, Golden West on the road and L.A. Harbor at home. If it can just win just one of those, this would be a hugely successful season because of how far the program has come.

Second, Chaffey lost to Citrus (again) 20-17. Last year the Panthers had a bye week, then laid an egg when they came back against the Owls. Looked like this was a repeat of last year. While it is not surprising Chaffey hasn’t been able to go toe-to-toe with the biggies such as El Camino and Mt. SAC, the losses to Citrus are puzzling.

On the four-year front the game of the day was Occidental surviving 14-13 over La Verne. That’s a nationally ranked and defending conference champion that barely hung on to beat an 0-6 team. This Oxy team is not nearly as good as the ones the Tigers have had in the past, that is pretty obvious. (They also barely beat 2-4 Chapman the previous week).

Give the Leopards credit. It would be easy for them to come into this game a little down and overwhelmed but they gave the Tigers a battle. Andy Ankeny is a class individual and I hope for good things for his team.

Redlands trounced Claremont-Scripps 53-27. The Bulldogs got 36 points in the second, 29 of those from CMS turnovers. The Stags were up 17-3, but then . . .

Pomona-Pitzer picked up its fourth win, beating Whittier 15-7. Not a great game just by glancing at the boxscore but the Sagehens prevail.

Local college football teams prep for games

All the local college teams will be in action on Saturday. Here’s a look at the matchups . . .

Redlands at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 1 p.m. The Bulldogs have to win to keep what ever playoff hopes they have alive.They have Dan Selway at quarterback and that alone is enough reason to pick the Bulldogs, Redlands alsohas the No. 1 rushing defense in the country which might counter the Stags strong point which is runnning the football. CMS won’t win a shootout so it must control the ball. CMS has proven a tough foe but I have to go with Redlands on this one.

La Verne at Occidental, 3 p.m.
The Leopards are still looking for their first win. Maybe they pull the upset if Oxy is looking past them to Cal Lutheran. No, probably not. It’s too bad for the Leopards and Andy Ankeny who is a good coach and stand-up guy!

Pomona-Pitzer at Whittier, 3 p.m.
The Sagehens might be the most improved team in the conference. Whittier is coming off a pummeling at the hands of Redlands. Pitzer would seem to be the choice here, if for no other reason that Jacob Caron is at quarterback. But Whittier beat Chapman, a team to whom the Sagehens lost, albeit on a fluke play. Still going with the Sagehens though.

In the JC ranks . . .

Mt. San Jacinto at San Bernardino Valley, 6 p.m.The Wolverines are going for their third in a row. Technically they’re still in the mix to win the conference, although the reality is they haven’t faced the two top teams yet. MSJ has just one win but most coaches say they are better than their record. I’ll go with SBVC in a close one.

Citrus at Chaffey, 6 p.m.

This should be a grudge match as Citrus had a horrendous season in 2008 but beat the Panthers in a huge upset. Coach Carl Beach hasn’t forgotten that one. Chaffey has lost three straight, all to top 10 teams. it should get well and get revenge at the same time.

Cal Poly volleyball team turns the corner

The Cal Poly Pomona volleyball team was going to be hard-pressed to repeat its showing of last season when it went all the way to the West Region final before losing to heavily favored Cal State San Bernardino.

The Broncos started this season with just three players who saw considerable action a year ago and the conference is just too tough to throw rookies into the mix and ask them to deliver.

For Rosie Wegrich it has been more about seeing how far her team can come in a few months. The answer is “a very long way.”

Wednesday’s match against the Coyotes was evidence. The first time the teams played the Broncos scored just 45 points in a 3-0 sweep. This time around they also lost 3-0 but they had game points in both the second and third sets. They did so in the second despite being down at one point 19-8. That says a lot.

The Broncos, now 8-13 overall, will have virtually everyone back next year. They just need to find a setter to replace the athletically gifted Jasmine Davis. Among those to look for in the future are sophomore rightside Kristin McNeese, freshman middle Taylr Kreutziger, junior outside hitter Courtney Alberi and junior middle-rightside Kellie Hill.

If they keep progressing at that rate there is no reason the Broncos can’t be right back up there in the upper tier with the Coyotes, UC San Diego, Cal State LA, Chico State and Sonoma.

Former Rim star nets national honor

Former Rim of the World volleyball standout Sonja Newcombe, a senior outside hitter for the University of Oregon, has been named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week.

She earned the award after leading the Ducks to two key conference wins, recording their first sweep of then-No.14 California since 1990 and their first victory against then-No. 5 Stanford since 1989.

Newcombe started out the week with a double-double drilling 13 kills out of 22 attacks with only one error, hitting .545 – her second highest mark of the season. She also tallied 10 digs, two aces, one assist and one block in the outing.

She continued the week with another impressive double-double, contributing 26 kills, good for a .362 clip, while adding a career-high 24 digs, three assists, two blocks and an ace in a win over Stanford.

For the week, Newcombe averaged 4.38 kills, 4.25 digs and 5.50 points per set, while turning in a .412 attack percentage. This is the third time an athlete from Oregon has earned the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week award and marks the second time Newcombe has received the honor, the last coming on Oct. 7, 2008.

On the season she has 241 kills, 157 digs, 39 blocks and 15 service aces for the Ducks (14-3).

Anyone that saw her in her playing days at Rim isn’t surprised at her success on the national front with a prominent Division I program.

Redlands water polo team gets top ranking

The University of Redlands men’s water polo team took over the top spot in the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Division III poll after defeating the University of La Verne, 19-8, on Saturday afternoon in La Verne, according to an announcement made today by the CWPA.
Redlands has fared well against NCAA Division III institutions this year, boasting a perfect 7-0 record against fellow members of Division III.
The Bulldogs held the No. 1 spot in the CWPA Division III poll last year from the preseason rankings through Nov. 12.
Tonight, Redlands (9-14, 1-0 SCIAC) hosts Cal Lutheran University. Game time is set for 5 p.m. at the Thompson Aquatic Center.
For a complete list of CWPA rankings, visit http://www.collegiatewaterpolo.com/news/2009-10/102109MenVarsityPolls.

Cal State volleyballers drop a spot

  Apparently Saturday night’s 3-1 volleyball loss to UC San Diego was most costly than just a 19-match win streak for Cal State San Bernardino.
    The American Volleyball Coaches Association demoted the Coyotes from the No. 2 spot in its national top 25 poll to third and upgraded the Tritons to No. 2 behind the only unbeaten team in NCAA Division II — Concordia-St. Paul (23-0).
    The Tritons are 20-1 while the Coyotes are 19-1 heading into Wednesday night’s home match against Cal Poly Pomona in Coussoulis Arena. First serve is at 7 p.m.
    CSUSB had been in the No. 2 slot all season.
    The switch may have been based on strength of schedule since UCSD defeated No. 11 Minnesota-Duluth in the first tournament of the season. Both CSUSB and UCSD have beaten the three other CCAA teams ranked in the top 25 — No. 20 Sonoma State, No. 22 Cal State L.A. and No. 25 Chico State.
    The Coyotes are ranked No.1 in the NCAA West Regional poll and UCSD is No. 2. This poll determines the seeding for the NCAA regional tournament set for Nov. 19-21 at a site to be determined.
    1. Concordia St. Paul (32 1st place votes) — 23-0
    2. UC San Diego — 20-1
    3. COYOTES — 19-1
    4. Central Missouri — 24-3
    5. Nebraska-Kearney — 23-1
    6. West Texas A&M — 22-3
    7. Emporia State — 22-2
    8. Tampa — 20-2
    9. Washburn — 23-3
 10. Minnesota State — 21-3.
  Also: 11 (tie) — Indianapolis (26-1) and Minnesota-Duluth (18-4); 13. Lewis (21-3); 14. Saint Leo (20-2); 15. Southwest Minnesota State (18-6); 16. Nebraska-Omaha (17-6); 17. Hawaii-Hilo (20-1); 18. Wayne State (21-4); 19. Truman (18-8); 20. Sonoma State (16-5); 21. Metro State (16-6); 22. Cal State L.A. (15-6); 23. Hillsdale (17-5); 24. Wingate (24-1); 25. Chico State (18-5).

Coyote soccer teams in playoff position

  If the NCAA West Regional soccer tournaments for men and women were held right now, both Cal State San Bernardino teams would be among the participants.

    The latest polls issued by the championships committee for both sports show that the Coyotes men’s team is ranked No. 4 and the women’s team is No. 5 as of Tuesday.

    However, there are four matches remaining in the regular season for both teams, starting Friday at UC San Diego and continuing Sunday at Cal State East Bay, certainly an out-of-the-ordinary road trip since East Bay is currently considered part of the South Division of the CCAA conference.

    CSUSB women, currently 8-6-2 overall and 7-3-2 in the CCAA, will be tested Friday by a UCSD team that is ranked No. 2 in the West Region and No. 11 in the nation. The Tritons are 12-2 and defeated the Coyotes 2-0 in San Bernardino on Sept. 27. The women’s match is set for 4:30 p.m.

    The Coyotes men, now 12-3-1 overall and 8-3-1 in the CCAA, face the Tritons — 7-5-4 overall and 4-5-3 in the CCAA at 7 p.m. at the La Jolla campus field. CSUSB won the first meeting, 1-0, on Sept. 27.

    Both teams then travel 400-plus miles to Hayward to face the Pioneers on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. CSUSB swept the first meetings with East Bay by scores of 7-0 (men) and 5-0 (women).

    The regular season ends with a home-and-home doubleheader with Cal Poly Pomona on Oct. 30 and Nov. 1. The Oct. 30 matches will be the final home matches of the season for both Coyotes teams.

                    NCAA WEST REGIONAL POLLS
    MEN — 1. Cal State L.A. (13-2-1); 2. Sonoma State (11-2-2); 3. Seattle Pacific (10-2-3); 4. COYOTES (12-3-1); 5. Grand Canyon (10-2-1); 6. Cal State Dominguez Hills (9-5-1).

    WOMEN —  1. Seattle Pacific (13-1); 2. UC San Diego (12-2); 3. Cal State L.A. (12-2-2); 4. Chico State (7-3-5); 5. COYOTES (8-6-2); 6. Cal State Dominguez Hills (9-6); 7. San Franciso State (7-6-3); 8. Western Washington (8-4-2); 9. Dixie State (8-3); 10. Humboldt State (7-7-2).