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. 
For a complete list of the CoSIDA Academic All-America honorees, please log onto www.cosida.com.

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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.



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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.




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