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.





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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.

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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.


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