Local runner headed to South Dakota

Citrus College cross country standout Vanessa Esquivel will finish up her collegiate eligibility at Dickinson State in South Dakota, an NAIA school that competes in the Dakota Athletic Conference.

Esquivel, a graduate of Chino High School, is the second athlete from the school in as many years to move on to that school. Christina Soto did so a year ago.

Esquivel helped the Owls qualify for the state meet in the fall and finished 38th individually out of 200 runners with a personal best time of 19:31.44.

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Cal State’s Caston named CCAA Player of the Week

Cal State San Bernardino junior point guard Corey Caston is getting comfortable with his new teammates. That’s bad news for the rest of the conference.

Caston has been named Wilson/California Collegiate Athletic Association player of the week for his performances last week that helped Cal State San Bernardino win three games and vault into first place.

Caston averaged 16.6 points, five assists and 2.6 rebounds a game as the Coyotes (10-3, 8-1) swept past Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State Los Angeles and Cal State Dominguez Hills.
CSUSB is 8-1 since Caston joined the team on Dec. 17. In those nine games, Caston has averaged 10.8 points, 5.7 assists, 2.3 rebounds a game with 17 steals and has made 88 percent of his free throws (30 of 34).

In the Coyotes’ first win on the road at Pomona since 2004, Caston had 11 points, three rebounds, eight assists and a steal. In the team’s win over the Eagles he had a season-high 20 points, five rebounds, four assists and a steal.

Against the Toros on Saturday night, he was the team’s high scorer with 18 points and dished out three assists.

“He’s unguardable right now,” coach Jeff Oliver said,


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Broncos hit the road in search of wins

Cal Poly Pomona men’s basketball coach Greg Kamansky is one of those “glass is half-empty” kind of guys. If you listen to him, the Broncos are always on the verge of collapse.

But the Broncos have some definite issues right now. They lost to Cal State Los Angeles 54-53 on a last-second basket on Saturday. Yes the Broncos are 5-4, not exactly the 5-5 of last year when they ran the table the rest of the way, shared a conference title and made a run to the national championship game.

But this year the Broncos are playing nine of their last 13 on the road with games at some tough places to place such as Humboldt State, San Francisco State and Cal State San Bernardino.

This year the Broncos don’t have a Larry Gordon or a Walter Thompson. They’re lacking a “go-to” player that wants to take a last shot. They have some good role players in Austin Swift and Donnelle Booker but they haven’t emerged as anything more than that just yet. And the Broncos need more than that.

There are some talented younger players such as Mitchel Anderson. But he’s a true freshman that isn’t quite ready for a starring role yet. They have a JuCo transfer in Mark Rutledge who has potential, but he too is a newcomer in a difficult conference.

Maybe Kamansky work some magic again. But it will take an even more Herculian effort than last season’s.


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