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.

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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!

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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.

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