Redlands baseball team moves into rankings

The University of Redlands baseball team gained a No. 23 ranking in the Week 5 Top-25 Poll.
Redlands (21-3, 13-2 SCIAC) has slowly crept onto the voters’ radars, winning 16 of its past 17 games. It took 10 innings to down the Bulldogs in their lone loss during that span, as Menlo College handed the team its last defeat on March 19 in the California Invitational by a count of 6-9.
This marks Redlands’ first appearance in the Top-25 Poll since it was ranked for five weeks at the start of the 2008 season.
The Bulldogs next take on Whittier College in a three-game Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) set on Friday (April 2) and Saturday (April 3). The Maroon and Gray travels to Whittier for a 3 p.m. bout on Friday before hosting the Poets in a Saturday doubleheader. The first pitch of game one is set for 11 a.m. at The Yard on Saturday.

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Cal Poly honors basketball team

Cal Poly Pomona held a pep rally to honor its men’s basketball team which brought home a national championship a few days ago.

It was a festive 45-minute affair., The pep band played, the cheerleaders were on hand  and the Quad was adorned with green and gold balloons. Each player was introduced, as were the coaches. The athletes soaked up the atmosphere. All had a good time but no one enjoyed the moment more than junior Donnelle Booker.

Seniors Dahir Nasser and Austin Swift were the last introduced and they were the players who addressed the crowd.. Swift appeared the most emotional, on the verge of tears a couple if times. Perhaps it was the realization his collegiate career was over and couldn’t have ended in a better way.

The mayor was on hand. Do politicians ever miss a chance to schmooze! It’s almost annoying. Yes the city is proud of the team but this is a mayor who likely has not been to a game. Now he wants to be there to pat the boys on the back. If he had been to a game or knew anything about the team he wouldn’t have referred to coach Greg Kaminksy (as opposed to Kamansky).

And he referred to athletic director Greg Swanson. (It’s Brian Swanson).

But it was nice that the players had their day and were able enjoy the adoration of the student body.

Eight out of 10 players should return. So now the have to be up to the challenge of defending the title. I don’t think that will be a problem though!



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Cal Poly to honor men’s basktball team

The party hasn’t ended yet for the Cal Poly Pomona men’s basketball team which capped off the best season in school history with its first NCAA Division II national championship.

The school will be holding a “Welcome Home” celebration to honor the team at noon on Tuesday in the school’s quad near the heart of campus. It is open to the public. National championship T-shirts will be on sale for $15.

The Broncos, coached by Greg Kamansky defeated No. 2 Indiana, (Penn.) 65-53 in the nationally-televised championship game on Saturday and returned on Sunday – a tired but happy bunch.
The 28-6 record is the best in school history. The Broncos also finished as the NCAA’s top scoring defense at 56.2 points a game and ranked among the top 10 in field goal percentage at 50.4 percent.

One television station was on campus today and at least one more is expected tomorrow.

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