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.
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.
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.