UR football coach tries to rally his troop

The toughest job for a coach isn’t always deciding on a starting lineup and it rarely has anything to do with strategy. It’s the mental part of handling the pysche of his or her players, more specifically rallying a team from a devastating loss.

That is the senario this week for University of Redlands football coach Mike Maynard. The Bulldogs suffered a heartbreaking 27-24 overtime loss last week to Occidental. While there are plenty more games to go, that game has traditionally had a huge impact on the SCIAC race. And with football three are nine games, so there is little room for error,

The loss was that much more deflating because the Bulldogs dominated for three quarters.

So this week Maynard has to convince his squad it is still playing for something.No doubt he will appeal to his players’ competitive spirit and character.

Yes a lot of things can happen. Two years ago the Bulldogs lost to Oxy, then ran the table, with the outcome of other games resulting in them winning the SCIAC. That was just two years ago and there plenty of players left who were part of the team. Maynard has that to fall back on.

Maynard says his team still has a shot of getting in the playoffs, even if it finishes second. That wouldn’t seem like a strong possibility since the SCAIC hasn’t had a second team make the playoffs in his two decade tenure. But with the current economic climate, the NCAA could take a second team, possibly Redlands, and send it to Oxy for a first round playoff game because the cost would be next to nothing.

Of course the Bulldogs have to run the table to think about that playing out and that would mean beating a Cal Lutheran team, that from what other coaches tell me, is probably better than Occidental.

Next up for Redlands is Saturday’s 7 p.m. home game against Whittier. It should be one in which the Bulldogs have no trouble getting back on track.

No. 2 Coyotes prep for biggest rival

The Cal State San Bernardino volleyball team will make its annual trek to La Jolla on Saturday to play old rival UC San Diego in a 7 p.m. showdown for CCAA bragging rights.

Barring a major upset of either team on Friday, the battle will be for a share of first place in the CCAA. The Coyotes (18-0, 11-0) are one game up on the Tritons (18-1, 10-1). The teams are No. 2 and 3 in the country as well with the Tritons lone loss coming to the Coyotes when they were manhandled at Coussoulis Arena.

It will be interesting to see if travel has any affect on the Coyotes. Cal State is playing Cal State East Bay on Friday night, then must scurry to the airport in San Francisco in hopes of catching a 10:30 p.m. flight to San Diego. The Coyotes should dispatch the Pioneers in three without coach Kim Cherniss having to use her timeouts!

There is no reason for those two teams to be travel partners. It puts every visiting team at a disadvantage because all of them have those tough back-to-backs. If they have to be travel partners, schools should be given a day in between, much the way basketball lets its teams play Thursday and Saturdays for the tougher road trips.

Granted, that would mean added expense which the Cal State university system doesn’t need at the moment.

A win by the Tritons would move then into a first-place tie. A win by the Coyotes puts them in good position to secure their fourth straight conference title and the seventh in nine years.

Hamilton earns SCIAC Player of the Week

It was announced earlier today that junior outside hitter Jackie Hamilton (Loma Linda, CA) of the University of Redlands volleyball team was named the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Female Athlete of the Week for October 5-11.
Hamilton led the Bulldogs to an exciting 2-0 week with important conference victories over the University of La Verne (25-21, 21-25, 20-25, 25-19, 15-11) and Cal Lutheran University (25-19, 25-23, 25-23).  In eight sets played, she posted 4.25 kills per set, which was clearly a team-high, with 34 total kills and a hitting percentage of .232. Serving as the team’s go-to hitter, she accumulated 112 attempts, taking an average of 14 swings per set. She also contributed 4.75 digs per set to rank second behind the team’s libero. Hamilton also came up with five block assists and one ace.
Friday’s victory over Cal Lutheran was the first for the Bulldogs in 13 meetings, dating back to Oct. 25, 2006.
With the wins, Redlands remains atop the SCIAC standings with a 7-1 mark to go along with a solid 13-3 season record.  As of Tuesday’s American Volleyball Coaches Association poll, the Bulldogs “received votes” but did not break into the top 25.
The Bulldogs enjoy a break from SCIAC competition this week and host non-conference foe Chapman University on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Currier Gym.
The SCIAC sports information directors nominate and vote on the athletes of the week.  Senior quarterback Scott Saunders from Occidental College received the male award.

Coyotes top first West Region poll

  Cal State San Bernardino will carry the extra burden of being ranked No. 1 in the NCAA Division II West Region when it heads to Hayward to play Cal State East Bay in a CCAA conference women’s volleyball match Friday night.
            The first poll by the NCAA championships committee was released Thursday and the unbeaten Coyotes (18-0) sit on top while Saturday’s opponent – UC San Diego (18-1) is ranked No. 2 in the region.
            The top eight teams in the final poll conducted on Nov. 15 will advance to the West Regional tournament to be played at a site to be determined.
            CSUSB is the defending West Region champion.
            The Coyotes are currently ranked No.2 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association national top 25 poll while UCSD is No. 3. CCAA member Chico State is ranked 25th.
                        NCAA DIVISION II WEST REGION POLL (Oct. 15)
1.      Cal State San Bernardino (18-0, 15-0 in region)
2.      UC San Diego (18-1, 12-1 in region)
3.      Sonoma State (14-4, 14-4 in region)
4.      Hawaii Hilo (17-1, 14-1 in region)
5.      Cal State L.A. (12-6, 11-5 in region)
6.      Seattle Pacific (11-7, 11-5 in region)
7.      Alaska Anchorage (13-6, 12-6 in region)
8.      San Francisco State (14-5, 14-5 in region)
9.      Northwest Nazarene (11-7, 11-5 in region)
10.  Chico State (14-5, 14-5 in region).

Redlands falls in overtime, 27-24

It was the same old song dance.

Again the University of Redlands fell to Occidental, this time 27-24 in overtime. This loss was worse than any of the previous five. This Oxy team is clearly not as talented as most of the past and the Bulldogs still couldn’t defeat it.

Redlands dominated for three quarters. Then it got too conservative on offense and Occidental started making plays. Redlands was up 24-10, then missed two scoring chances that probably would have put the Tigers away.

A Dan Selway fumble in the Oxy end squelched a threat that could have made it 31-10. But the Bulldogs defense held.

The offense drove again only to miss a 19-yarder that would have made it 27-10. You can’t leave a good teamn inb the game.

When Oxy scored to make it 24-17 you could see the Bulldogs start to tighten up. They had three personel fouls on that drive alone that amounted to 40 yards in penalties.

Occidental was more poised when it mattered. Now the Bulldogs are left to try and make something out of the season.

Total yards favored Redlands467-296. That’s a good sized advantage.
First downs – 27-23
Third down conversions- Redlands 8-13, Oxy 4-12.

But turnoves were 4-1 Redlands.

Bulldogs up on Oxy at the half

So far so good for the University of Redlands football team.

The No. 22 Bulldogs lead No. 24 Occidental 24-10 at the half at Patterson Field in Eagle Rock.

The Bulldogs and Dan Selway are throwing the ball up and down the field at will. Brendan Barkate, the team’s leading receiver coming in, isn’t playing because of an injury but that hasn’t mattered as Brian Putman and Evan Reuter have picked up the slack. Each has seven catches with Putman’s totaling 66 yards and Reuter’s going for 100.

Putman has two touchdown receptions and Daylan Swedlow has a 1-yard TD run.

Oxy’s only touchdown was the result of a Redlands turnover deep in their own territory.

The Bulldogs are looking to beat the Tigers for the first time in the last five meetings. They have had to play from behind and were victimized by their own mistakes. But this team looks poised and focused.

Redlands has 269 total yards. Oxy just 77.
More later!

Redlands football team preps for Oxy

Now that the Los Angeles Angels are about to rid themselves of the demon that is the Boston Red Sox, let’s hope the University of Redlands can do the same with what has been its kryptonite – the Occidental Tigers.

The two teams square off at Oxy’s Patterson Field at 7 p.m., on Saturday. The Bulldogs go in ranked No. 22 by D3football.com while the Tigers are No. 24.

Redlands has lost five straight games to the Tigers. Last year plain old bad luck made a difference as quarterback Dan Selway was out with a broken foot. He threw for more than 400 yards against the Tigers the previous year so his loss was huge.

The Bulldogs will have to play a near perfect game. Not only is Oxy good, it is playing at home and strange things seem to happen there. Two years ago the Bulldogs had 17 penalties for 111 yards while the Tigers were called for just three for 24 yards. One team might traditionally draw more penalties but there should NEVER be that much of a discrepancy in that category.

The Occidental stadium is a disaster too. It’s a nice facility, but there is seating on just one side. So yes you have fans from the two teams way too close to each other. There were several near fights the last time the teams played there. It is such a competitive game and there is so much on the line, tempers are going to flare.

Redlands should also bring its own security guard to watch its lockerroom. Two years ago the Bulldog players lost as much as $10,000 in personnel belongings to a thief – latops, cell phones, iPods.

The Bulldogs appear to have the edge in most statistical categories. But sometimes you can want something too bad. If they relax, focus and play their own game and don’t get caught up in all the hoopla, they can come away victorious.

Broncos get national preseason ranking

The Cal Poly Pomona men’s basketball team, coming off an appearance in the NCAA national championship game a year ago, is ranked No. 4 in the 2009-10 Division II Bulletin Preseason Top 25 poll that was released this week.

The ranking comes a day after the Broncos received a No. 9 ranking by The Sporting News.

Cal Poly Pomona, which finished last season 25-8 and played for the national title in Springfield, Mass., earned its first preseason ranking since opening the 2005-06 season No. 15 (NABC) and 13th (Division II Bulletin).

Cal Poly Pomona, tied Cal State San Bernardino and Cal State Dominguez Hills for the regular-season California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) title last season.

The Broncos are led by first team All-CCAA senior guard Austin Swift and second team All-CCAA junior forward Tobias Jahn.

BYU-Hawaii, which concluded the 2008-09 season with a 27-2 record and return two All-Americans, is ranked No. 1 in the poll. Findlay is No. 2 and is followed by Soutwest Baptist, Cal Poly Pomona and Bellarmine, which rounds out the Top 5.

San Francisco State will be the first CCAA team to get its 2009-10 season underway when it takes part in the Disney Tip-Off West Coast Classic that begins Oct. 30 in Anaheim.

2009-10 Division II Bulletin Preseason Top 25 Poll

1. BYU-Hawaii
2. Findlay
3. Southwest Baptist
4. Cal Poly Pomona
5. Bellarmine
6. Tusculum
7. Merrimack
8. Augusta State
9. Florida Southern
10. Bentley
11. Valdosta State
12. Southwest Minnesota
13. Metro State
14. Central Missouri
15. Winona State
16. Kutztown
17. Central Oklahoma
18. Grand Valley State
19. Philadelphia
20. Northern Kentucky
21. Delta State
22. Rollins
23. J.C. Smith
24. West Virginia State
25. Incarnate Word

Coyotes start fall golf season

Cal State San Bernardino’s men’s golf team got off to a rocky start to the 2009-10 season Tuesday, finishing in a tie for eighth place out of 18 teams at the Grand Canyon University Fall Invitational.

The Coyotes, the 2009 NCAA Division II runnerup behind Sonoma State, started the final 18 holes in sixth spot, but their final round team total of 306 dropped them two spots into a tie with St. Mary’s University of Texas and Northeastern State (Okla).

Oklahoma City University and Western Washington tied for the team title with identical one-under-par totals of 863 on the Estrella Ranch Golf Club course, a track measuring 7,121 yards to a par of 72. Based on WWU’s fifth-man score, the Vikings were given the team trophy.

Chico State finished third followed by Colorado-Colorado Springs, the 2009 Central Region champion, and Western New Mexico.

The Coyotes finished 35 shots behind the leaders. Playing without two key players – Kenny Pigman and Josh Lansing – the Coyotes shot 295, 299 and 306 in the two-day, 54-hole tournament. Senior Joe Alldis was the top player for CSUSB, firing a one-under-par 71 over the final 18 holes to finish at even par 216 and in a tie for fifth place. Alldis played the par-3s in even par, was two over on the par-4s.

Senior all-American Gene Webster Jr., shot his second 75 of the tournament to wind up in a tie for 16th at 220 – four over par. Webster tied for second place in birdies made with 12.

Senior Thomas Chu’s 77 on the final day put him in a tie for 32nd spot at 225, nine over par. Sophomores Bryan Kim and Nick Kelley had a tough final round, each shooting 83 to finish 72nd and 81st in the field of 89 golfers.

As a team, CSUSB scored the fourth-most birdies in the tournament with 37.
Medalist honors went to Julian Valenciana of Oklahoma City University with a 208 – eight under par on rounds of 67, 72 and 69.

            @ Estrella Mountain Ranch GC in Goodyear, Ariz.
TEAM SCORES: 1. (tie) Oklahoma City Univ. and Western Washington (863); 3. Chico State, 866; 4. Colorado-Colo. Springs – 878; 5. Western New Mexico – 884; 6. (tie) Grand Canyon and Texas Wesleyan – 892; 8. (tie) COYOTES, St. Mary’s (Tx), and Northeastern State – 900; 11. Fort Lewis College – 910; 12. Wayland Baptist – 916; 13. Grand Canyon JV – 918; 15. Colorado State-Pueblo – 925; 16. Regis – 937; 17. Dominican – 1009; 18. Southwestern Ariz. – 1053
COYOTE CARDS: 5. Joe Alldis – 75-70-71 – 216; 16. Gene Webster Jr. – 70-75-75 – 220; 32. Thomas Chu – 72-76-77 – 225; 72. Bryan Kim – 78-78-83 – 239; 81. Nick Kelley – 79-81-83 – 243.
TOP INDIVIDUALS: 1. Julian Valenciana (Okla. City) – 67-72-69 – 208; 2. Nick Varelia (Western Washington) – 72-71-70 – 213; 3. Brian Barhanovich (Western Washington) – 73-69-72 – 214. 4. Drrew Koonce  (Texas Wesleyan) – 74-71-70 – 215. 5. (tie) Joe Alldis (CSUSB) – 75-70-71 – 216, and Sylvester Gama (Chico State) – 75-70-71 – 216.

SBVC snaps losing streak

I sat in the office early last week debating which local college football game to cover on Saturday. The first thought was to go to the SCIAC opener between University of La Verne and Redlands at Ted Runner. It was the only game featuring two local teams. The Bulldogs are nationally ranked and it was a conference opener.

Then I had second thoughts. San Bernardino Valley College was also playing at home against San Diego Mesa. It was a legitimate chance for the Wolverines to break the 19-game losing streak that dated back to the midway point of the 07 season.

While the Wolverines did show some improvement in their first four, it wasn’t quite enough to get them in the win column. But this was their best shot.

So the decision was made.

And the Wolverines delivered a 14-10 win. Not without a few tense moments.

When you’re not used to winning you find new ways to lose. And this one looked like it was headed for heartbreak again. Mesa helped out by missing a 21-yard chip shot field goal with 4:43 to play that would have cut the SBVC lead to 14-13.

That proved critical because SBVC didn’t go anywhere when it got the ball back and a 9 yard punt gave Mesa the ball back at the SBVC 32 with 2:43 to go. It got to the 7 where it had a first-and-goal. It would make it as far as the 2 before the defense stiffened with Jim O’Brien, who is seemingly everywhere on the field, making the game-saving fourth-down tackle.

Had Mesa made that field goal earlier, it wouldn’t have had to go for the touchdown. It could have won with a field goal.

Good for the Wolverines. It’s had to look on the positive side when you’re still 0-fer. So improvement was meaning little. Now they have something more than a moral victory!

They are off next week then play at Compton, which is 0-5. So they have a very good shot at win No. 2.