Coyotes show potential in tough loss

The Cal State San Bernardino men’s basketball team fell to Concordia-Irvine on Saturday 80-74. But there were some encouraging signs.

Concordia is one of the better NAIA teams. It is big. it is physical. It can shoot the 3. The Eagles really don’t have any weaknesses. They also went into the game with the benefit of having played six games while the Coyotes had played one. This early in the season, that matters.

The Coyotes are also a little thin right now as Coach Jeff Oliver relies pretty much on seven players. Lawrence Tyson and Aaron Hill are doing an admirable job in the backcourt. Neither is a true point guard but they’re having to carry that load until Corey Caston is eligible at the end of the semester. (That will be after the first two conference games next weekend).

The Coyotes will also get back Steve Gaston, a sharp-shooter who redshirted last year to get his grades in order.

This team also plays hard and the team chemistry is good – both factors that led to the demise of a team that should have done better last  season.

The players also seemed angry after losing. That’s a good thing. And it wasn’t always the case last year.

We’ll see as CCAA play gets underway on Friday. The Coyotes will host UC San Diego, which is off to a slow start but is well-coached and always poses a threat.





Wolverines magical season keeps going

The best season in school history for the San Bernardino Valley College women’s soccer team is still going.

The Wolverines, coached by Kristin Hauge, advanced with a 1-0 win over Los Angeles Pierce in a second round game on Tuesday. Sarahi Bransford scored the only goal of the game, assisted by Sylvia Fuentes.

The Wolverines play Saturday for the right to advance to the state’s Final Four.

SBVC is now 19-0-4. Even before the win the team had set a record for most wins in a season as well as goals scored. Tuesday’s win also marked the first time it had advanced past the second round.

Former SBVC standout now in Bakersfield

Former San Bernardino Valley College basketball standout Lance Hurdle is playing for the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA’s Developmental League. He was a fifth-round draft selection by that team earlier this month.

Hurdle, a native of San Diego, is coming off a two-year run at the University of Miami. He spent his freshman and sophomore seasons leading the backcourt at SBVC.

The D League is equivalent to what professional baseball has in the minor leagues. Guys that show some potential can indeed get a shot at the next kevel.


Bulldogs wide receiver honored

University of Redlands senior wide receiver Brian Putman was named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America Second Team for the College Division.
After being named to the Academic All-District First Team, Putman gains his All-America honor on the heels of a record-setting season at Redlands.  He broke the school record for receptions in a season with 77 catches while leading the team in various other categories.  He racked up a team-leading 1033 receiving yards for an average of 114.8 yards per game.  In addition, he broke through the opponents’ goal line on 12 occasions to account for nearly one-half of the team’s receiving touchdowns.  He also ranked first among the Bulldogs in all-purpose yards.
Putman currently sits 10th in Division III in catches per game and 11th in receiving yards per game. 
His best game was the fourth-best total in school history for receiving yards in a single game with 212 yards on 11 catches on Oct. 3. 
This accounting major owns a cumulative GPA of 3.91 and has landed on the Dean’s List three times. 
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Cal State gets snubbed for volleyball finals

Cal State San Bernardino volleyball coach Kim Cherniss chose her words carefully.

Athletic Director Kevin Hatcher didn’t bother doing the same.

The school was one of just two that submitted bids to host the Division II Elite Eight and the Coyotes didn’t get it. Instead they will have to go to Concordia-St. Paul . . . again.

The NCAA supposedly likes to move the tournament around to give different schools a chance to host. Apparently that isn’t really the case, The West region rep hasn’t hosted since 2003 and Concordia did so just last year.

Coussoulis Arena is a far better venue. And teams coming in won’t have to worry about weather delays that come with trying to get in and out of cold weather cities. There doesn’t seem to be a good reason for San Bernardino to be snubbed.

So Concordia gets to go for a third straight national title on its home floor. It also has a 71-match win streak.

But the Coyotes are playing well enough to win anywhere and Cherniss is a veteran coach that knows how to keep a team focused. So don’t bet against them.



Coyotes advance, await word on where to go

The Cal State San Bernardino volleyball took care of business on the court, turning in an impressive 3-0 win over Cal State Los Angeles in the West Region final. The Coyotes certainly appear to be peaking at the right time. They were in control from start to finish.

Now they wait to see who will get to host the national Elite Eight. If life is good, they’ll get to play for the school’s first national title in any sport on their home court.

The NCAA likes to rotate hosting duties among the different regions and it has not been held in the West since 2003 when they hosted it at Coussoulis Arena. That would be a factor in the Coyotes favor,

It was at Concordia-St. Paul a year ago, so even though that team is currently ranked No. 1 and is unbeaten, it isn’t likely going to be back there.

The Coyotes are ranked No. 2 so they might merit the right just based on that.

Other factors favor the Coyotes too. They have a quality venue in which to host the event. There are several aiports teams can get into and they aren’t going to encounter travel delays that often happen in cold weather cities.

Athletic director Kevin Hatcher hopes to know by Monday.

The Coyotes half of the draw is going to be very tough. They get Tampa, Fla. (31-2) in the quarterfinal, and likely Concordia (34-0) in the semifinal.

Other teams already in are Indianapolis (Midwest Region), Dowling (East), West Texas A&M (South Central) and California, Penn., (Atlantic), a team the Coyotes beat in last year’s quarters.

The Southeast Region final is today.




SBVC men do it again

San Bernardino Valley College has something special in its men’s cross country team. There probably is no other sport where the athletes work harder but get less attention.

The Wolverines just won their fourth straight state title, crushing the competition in the annual meet held at Woodward Park in Fresno. This was supposed to be a rebuilding year because the Wolverines graduated five of their top seven from the team that won the third in a row.

They won by 70 points. That’s like winning a soccer game 5-0, a basketball game by 40. You get the picture.

There is no such thing as rebuilding with this team. Four straight state titles is especially admirable at the junior college where you’re turning over an entire team every two years.

The school’s entire program appears on the upswing. Not only was there the state title by the men, but the SBVC women’s soccer team improved to 18-0-4 with a first round playoff win on Saturday. They are in the midst of the best season in school history.

The men’s soccer team showed marked improvement and the football team went from 0-10 in 2008 to 5-5 in 2009.

Both basketball teams won Foothill Conference titles last year and the men are currently ranked No. 1 in the state.

There is a lot to be excited about at 701 S. Mount Vernon.


Coyotes, Eagles to meet for berth in Elite Eight

The Cal State San Bernardino women’s volleyball team took care of business and will be making its 10th straight appearance in a West Regional championship. The Coyotes beat Alaska-Anchorage 3-0 in a regional semifinal on Friday.

It wasn’t an easy 3-0 though. The Seawolves didn’t play like a team of mostly freshmen squaring off against one of the nation’s juggernauts. It was probably good that the Coyotes were pushed a little because their quarterfinal against Seattle Pacific was not competitive.

But the Coyotes won’t be playing UC San Diego, which came in seeded second and ranked third nationally – one spot behind the Coyotes.

The Coyotes opponent will be Cal State Los Angeles, which is coached by former Cal Poly Pomona assistant Randi Smart. The Eagles played with poise and composure in taking out the Tritons 3-0. I have seen San Diego play on many occasions but have never seen therm play as poorly as they did on Friday.

The Eagles will be soaaring, with confidence that has to be sky high after such a big win.

The Coyotes are going to have to be ready. And they probably will be.

First serve is set for 7 p.m. at The Den.


West regional volleyball under way at Cal State

The second match is under way at the NCAA Division II West Regional Volleyball Tournament. Cal State San Bernardino did a good job getting The Den ready to play since Coussoulis Arena was not available because of a previously scheduled BB King concert.

The Den really had not been used for anything other than routine practices for the last 10 or so years so you can image that it needed a little TLC. Not only did it need a good cleanup, there were other factors to tend to as well. A sound system had to be put in, along with wireless acess for media and tournament staff.

Athletic Director Kevin Hatcher said he was pleased with how the school’s staff came together to get everything done. Between layoffs and furloughs it took everyone pulling together to make it work.

Hatcher could have another schdeuling dilemna to deal with in the next two weeks. He said the school did submit a bit to host nationals should the Coyotes advance. The problem is that that same weekend the CCAA basketball teams open play and Cal State is slated to host East Bay and San Diego.

It’s a problem he hopes to have to deal with soon.

Games are already running behind schedule. The first match of the day went five with Cal State Los Angeles beating Sonoma State 3-2 (20-25, 25-16, 20-25, 25-20, 15-12.

UC San Diego is now on the court againt San Francisco State.

Then it’s Hawaii-Hilo against Alaska-Anchorage

The Coyotes are slated to play Seattle Pacific at 7:30 p.m. It will be 8 p.m. at the earliest though.





Bulldogs water polo player honored

Senior center Ryan Floersch of the University of Redlands men’s water polo team earned  First-Team All-Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) accolades for his play during the 2009 season.
Floersch has had a knack for frustrating opposing defenders with his knowledge of the advantage rules, accumulating 109 ejections drawn. That total eclipsed the former single-season program record of 63, which Sean McWhorter ’96 set in 1995. As a result of his mind-boggling number of ejections drawn this year, Floersch also cleared McWhorter’s career-record total (188) with 204. In addition, he supplied 48 goals, 35 assists, 30 steals and 10 field blocks on the season.
This marks Floersch’s inaugural All-WWPA recognition.
Redlands (17-16, 9-1 SCIAC) captured its eighth Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) title in program history with a 9-1 record in conference play, which included a first-place finish at the SCIAC Championship Tournament last weekend.
The Bulldogs earned one of the SCIAC’s two automatic bids into the Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) Championships and own the tournament’s No. 6 seed. They take on third-seeded UC San Diego in the event’s first round on Friday at 11:45 a.m. This year’s WWPA Championships will take place at the Zee Allred Aquatics Center on Chapman University’s campus in Orange.