Chaffey names new athletic director

Chaffey College has picked a new athletic director but it won’t be anyone new to the local college scene.

Football coach Carl Beach has gotten the nod, replacing Bob Olivera, whose resignation takes effect on Dec. 1. He had been in education the last 41 years, 27 of that as athletic director at Chaffey.

With all that is involved in running an athletic department nowadays, few colleges have a person runnning the athletic department that also heads a sport, especially a major sport such as football.

But with the state budget crunch, Chaffey has little choice. If anyone can do it, it’s Beach. Chaffey has a solid support staff and most of its head coaches have been there a decade or longer. So they don’t need a lot of guidance.

The plan is to separate the jobs at some point but who knows when that will be.

Banged up Bulldogs heading for Chapman

Injuries are a growing concern for University of Redlands football coach Mike Maynard, whose Bulldogs will play at Chapman at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

It may be a nonconference game but it is still crucial because if the Bulldogs can beat Cal Lutheran the last game of the season and forge a three-way tie with Occidental it will need that win to further its case for an at-large playoff bid which the SCIAC rarely gets.

The Bulldogs (6-1) are thinning out at wide receiver Tyler Aubrey and tight end Pete Tobiason are already out. Brian Putman, Brendan Barkate and Evan Reuter, who form possibly the top receiving trio in the conference, are all game-time decisions.

The defensive line is also a concern.

The Panthers (3-4), who have two wins by a combined seven points, always find a way to come up big against the Bulldogs no matter how much they seem to be struggling. Sot it should be a battle.

SBVC football team moves into rankings

The San Bernardino Valley College football team has moved into the California Community College Football Coaches Association rankings at No. 20.

Coaches and players will tell you they don’t play for rankings, but it is nice recognition for a program that seems to have turned the corner under first-year coach Kevin Emerson. The Wolverines (4-4) have two games left in the season and are in contention for a playoff berth in the American Division Mountain Conference.

The Wolverines will be looking for their fifth straight win this week when they face their most formidable foe of the conference thus far – Golden West. That game is set for 6 p.m. at Orange Coast College (Golden West does not play home games on its own campus).

The Wolverines end the season against L.A. Harbor (8-0, 5-0) which has a one-game lead in the conference over SBVC and Golden West.

Cerritos is No. 1 with Fullerton, Mt. SAC, El Camino and Bakersfield rounding out the top five.

Coyotes set for CCAA Tournament

The Cal State San Bernardino men’s soccer team has advanced to the CCAA Tournament for the third time in school history. The Coyotes will be facing Cal State Dominguez Hills on Friday, at 4:30 p.m. with the other semifinal pitting Cal State Los Angeles against Sonoma State.

It will be an interesting matchup. The Coyotes (15-4-1) are the most improved team in the conference and Noah Kooiman should be the Coach of the Year.

The matchup should be an interesting one as Dominguez Hills is the reigning Division II national champion. The Coyotes beat the Toros in both meetings this season 1-0. And they say it is hard to beat a good team three times. It is also hard to dethrone a defending champion.

No matter what happens the rest of the way, the Coyotes have done themselves proud!

Bulldogs trounce Pomona-Pitzer 41-14

The University of Redlands got a win on the field and another off it Saturday night.

The Bulldogs (6-1, 4-1) cruised past Pomona-Pitzer 41-14 at Ted Runner Stadium. Dan Selway threw for 405 yards, his best showing this season. Daylan Swedlow ran for 100 with three touchdown runs, the highlight being a 25-yard in which he broke at least a half a dozen tackles.

The Bulldogs also got good news as Cal Lutheran beat Occidental 24-14. That means if the Bulldogs win their last two they could forge a three-way tie for first with Oxy and Cal Lutheran. Of couse that will be no easy task as Cal Lutheran is a formidable foe and Redlands will have to travel there the last game of the season.

As for the Sagehens . . . well they put up a fight. They only trailed 13-0 at the half despite being outplayed in every way. Jacob Caron is a quality quarterback and did everything he could. He just doesn’t have the talent around him that Selway does.

Next up for Redlands is Chapman. Occidental is next for the Sagehens!