SBVC looking to halt skid

The San Bernardino Valley College football team will host San Diego Mesa at 6 p.m. on Saturday and the Wolverines have a legitimate shot at snapping their 19-game losing streak. I hope they can do it because I almost feel guilty bringing it up every time I write about them.

The Wolverines are 0-4 but those first four games weren’t ones they had a realistic shot at winning. Sure they pushed Desert to overtime before losing but they had to play out of their minds to do so.

Coach Kevin Emerson’s team has been more competitive and that’s a step in the right direction.

If you were to look at SBVC’s 2009 schedule before the season even started you could put a check mark next to three, maybe four games, that were possible wins. This is the first of those. SBVC will be idle next week. Then it gets Compton and Mt. San Jacinto, also possible wins.

These players really need something positive to happen. You can preach to them that they are improving but nothing gets through to them more than having the 0 wiped out of the win column.

Other games on Saturday featuring our local teams . . .

Victor Valley (2-2) at Golden West (0-4) (at Orange Coast College), 6 p.m.

Chaffey (2-2) at Cerritos (4-0) , 7 p.m.

University of La Verne (0-2) at University of Redlands (2-0), 7 p.m.

Chapman (1-1) at Pomona-Pitzer (2-0), 7 p.m.

Occidental (1-1) at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (2-0)

Bronco duo honored

Bronco student-athletes Jersain Torres and Elizabeth Diaz have been named the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Male and Female Athletes of the Month for September at Cal Poly Pomona.

                The awards are voted upon by the student-based Bronco Athletics Association.

                Torres (Anaheim) competes in cross country and has two top-20 honors this season. He finished 5th at the CSU Fullerton race and 20th at UC Riverside. His honors at UCR earned him CCAA Runner of the Week on Sept. 21. He was 29th at the Stanford Invitational.

The Enterprise honor is Torres’ second in his career.

                Diaz (Escondido) is the leading player on the Broncos volleyball team. She established a career-high 19 kills against No. 15 Sonoma State on Sept. 25. She leads the Broncos (6-8 overall, 3-4 CCAA) in kills (141) and kills per game (3.00).

                It is her first Enterprise career honor.

La Verne no longer king of the hill

The University of La Verne has been the juggernaut atop the SCIAC volleyball standings for the last decade. The real race was always for second place and Cal Lutheran seemed to be the team that was always finishing there.

But the race is as wide open this season as ever. Even before SCIAC play started the Leopards looked vulnerable. They played the same tough schedule they have always played, but unlike in years past, they weren’t even competitive.

Then they lost to Cal Lutheran so the Regals looked ike the favorite. Then Pomona-Pitzer took out Cal Lutheran.So who knows what is going to happen the rest of the way.

Right now there is three-way tie – La Verne, Cal Lutheran and Redlands, all with one loss. But there is a long way to go.

This will also be the first year the SCIAC has held a four-team tournament to decide the automatic bid. It has done so in soccer, basketball and softball the past few years. By then each team should be peaking. So that four-team event will really be something to see.

Cal State, Redlands to hold softball clinic

The University of Redlands and Cal State San Bernardino softball programs are teaming up to host an all-skills clinic for girls ages 8-18 on Saturday, October 24.  The clinic will take place at the University of Redlands Softball “Field of Dreams” from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and costs $60 per participant.  It offers a wide variety of drills and instruction for fielding, hitting, throwing and base-running. 
 
Leading the clinic are Head Coyote Softball Coach Tacy Duncan and Head Bulldog Softball Coach Laurie Nevarez.  Duncan offers a variety of experience, having coached or competed at virtually every level of softball. Now entering her fifth season with the Coyotes, she was the 2008 CCAA coach of the year in recognition of her team’s first-ever NCAA West Regional appearance and runner-up finish in the CCAA tournament.
 
Nevarez also brings a storied rsum of experience to the clinic.  She became the first Redlands softball coach to earn five straight conference crowns with outstanding showings in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009.  In only five years at the helm of the Bulldogs, Nevarez has recorded an .843 winning percentage against Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) opponents.  Under her tutelage, Redlands became the first softball team in conference history to record a perfect 18-0 season during the 2005 campaign.
 
Besides Nevarez and Duncan, various members of the respective softball teams will provide assistance throughout the clinic.
 
For $10, coaches and parents can follow the clinic directors through each station, ask unlimited questions, and hear first-hand skill instruction.
 
Coyote-Bulldog camp T-shirts will be available onsite for only $15.  Redlands and CSUSB merchandise, snacks and drinks may be purchased during the clinic as well.
 
To register, please email Redlands’ Assistant Softball Coach Sherina Galvan at Sherina_Galvan@redlands.edu or call (909) 748-8436.  Please include participant’s name, age, and parental contact information.  Participants may also download and complete the online form at www.goredlands.com by choosing Fan Central and then Camps & Clinics.
 

University of Redlands to host run, triathlon

The University of Redlands cross country and track & field programs and the City of Redlands will host the second-annual Redlands Bulldog Triathlon and 5K Run, Walk & Roll on Sunday, Oct. 25.
 
The courses run through the scenic University of Redlands campus and the City of Redlands, and the triathlon finishes with a swim at the university’s Thompson Aquatic Center.
 
Spanning a distance of roughly 14.2 miles, the triathlon includes a 3.1-mile run, an 11-mile bike and a 150-yard swim. The run, walk & roll course is five kilometers long and is mostly flat.
 
A hard-shell bicycle helmet is required during the bicycle portion of the triathlon, and drafting is strictly prohibited.
 
There will be separate results tabulated for individuals, relays and the physically challenged.
 
Early-bird registration runs from now until Saturday, normal registration occurs from Oct. 4-18, and the option of late and same-day registration is available from Oct. 19 to the start of the race. The early-bird fee is $55 for triathletes and $25 for runners, the normal registration fee is $60 for triathletes and $30 for runners and the late and same-day registration is $65 for triathletes and $35 for runners.
 
Students with a school identification card and the physically challenged are required to only pay $35 for the triathlon and $20 for the run, walk & roll.
 
Both the triathlon and the 5K run, walk & roll are scheduled to start at 7:30 a.m. at Ted Runner Stadium.
 
All proceeds from the event will benefit the Redlands cross country and track & field programs as well as the City of Redlands Recreation Department.
 
For a course map, a complete list of rules and registration information, please visit www.redlandsbulldogtriathlonand5k.org.
 

Broncos move up in rankings

The Cal Poly Pomona men’s cross country team improved its national ranking by one spot this week and check in at No. 18 in the U.S. Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association NCAA Division II poll.
 
The Broncos reached the national top 20 last week for the first time in three seasons. They finished ninth at last week’s prestigious Stanford Invitational and were the second-best Division II team in the Division I-laden event. The host school won with a perfect 15 team score.
 
To reach the NCAA Championships, held Nov. 21 at Evansville, Ind., the Broncos must finish in the top three at the NCAA West Region event to be held at Nov. 7 at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.
 
CPP men and women compete at the Pomona Pitzer Invitational on Saturday.