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.

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!



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.

Broncos bring home national championship

For a year the Cal Poly Pomona men’s basketball team had to live with the heartbreak that comes with losing a national championship game in the most dramatic way possible. But the Broncos now have happier memories.

Coach Greg Kamansky’s team was in control from start to finish and defeated Indiana (Penn,) 65-53 in the NCAA Divison II national championship game in Springfield, Mass. on Saturday morning. It was the first title in men’s basketball but the 14th for the school, the most being five in women’s basketball.

Last year the Broncos suffered a 56-53 loss to unbeaten Findlay (Ohio) on a 3-pointer at the buzzer in overtime. But they took no chances and led wire to wire this time. The Broncos were up by 14 in the first half and 17 in the second. The Crimson Hawks didn’t get closer than eight and that was in the last minute of the game, That’s total control.

Austin Swift was named tournament MVP. That was a no-brainer with the way he played in the post-season. He had 12 points and six rebounds in the title tilt. But as usual the Broncos got contributions from everyone. Dahir Nasser also played a steady, heady game and was named to the All-Tournament team

Donnelle Booker and Tobias Jahn chipped in with 13 and 10 respectively. Jahn was MIA much of the year with injuries but he showed up big time when the Broncos most needed him.

The team will return home on Sunday with their Southwest flight due in at LAX around noon. 



Broncos earn shot at redemption

The Cal Poly Pomona men’s basketball team will play for a national championship for the second straight year.

The Broncos advanced to Saturday’s nationally televised title tilt with a 71-63 win over Bentley (Mass.) in an NCAA Division II semifinal on Thursday at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass.

It was just a year ago that the eluisive national championship slipped away when the underdog Broncos lost to undefeated Findlay (Ohio) 56-53 on a 3-pointer in overtime by a guy that didn’t score any other points in the game.

The Broncos will play Indiana (Penn.) which defeated St. Cloud State (Minn.) 76-70 in the other semifinal.

The Broncos played with poise down the stretch like they have done all season. It was Bentley that got the yipps, missing free throws and no fewer than five point blank layups in the last few minutes.

Austin Swift led the way with 22 points and seven rebounds. Dahir Nasser and Tobias Jahn had 11 while Mitchel Anderson chipped in with 10. Donnelle Booker snagged a team-high eight rebounds.

The Broncos finished with a 34-26 advantage on the boards. They outscored the Falcons in the paint 30-14 and had a 23-10 in points off the bench.

It was a workman-like effort.

One more to go and redemption will be theirs.







Redlands, CMS swimmers honored

University of Redlands sophomore Collin Gladys has been named Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Men’s Athlete of the Week for the week of March 15-21.

Gladys won the program’s second-ever NCAA Division III national title when he clocked the winning time of 1:48.55 in the men’s 200 individual medley at the 2010 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships on Wednesday, March 17, at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis, Minn.

That time eclipsed the former school record of 1:49.53, which Gladys established at the 2010 SCIAC Swimming & Diving Championships on Feb. 21. By virtue of his finish, he earned All-America honors. Gladys also took fifth in the men’s 100 breaststroke (55.29), setting a program record and gaining All-America laurels in the process. In addition, he received Honorable Mention All-America recognition for his contributions to the 16th-place 200 medley relay (1:34.70), the 15th-place 200 freestyle relay (1:24.71) and the 14th-place 400 freestyle relay (3:06.55).
Annie Perizzolo of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges captured the SCIAC Women’s Athlete of the Week honor after winning two national titles at the 2010 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships. Perizzolo touched first in both the women’s 100 and 200 breaststroke events.
The SCIAC Athletes of the Week are voted on by the eight conference sports information directors on a weekly basis,

Coyotes’ Le Duc to play in All-Star game

Cal State San Bernardino’s Bryan Le Duc will play in the NABC All-Star Game today at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass. The event is being held in conjunction with the NCAA Division II Elite Eight.

Le Duc, a 6-foot-8 graduate student from Corona, averaged 14.1 points and 8.1 rebounds which earned him first-team All-CCAA and All-West region accolades.

It is a nice honor for Le Duc. He was one of just 10 players named to the West squad. The only other player from the CCAA participating is Humboldt State point guard Zac Tiedeman.

The West will be coached by Kim Anderson of Central Missouri.

Broncos to leave for Massachusettes on Saturday

The Cal Poly Pomona men’s basketball team will leave for Springfield, Mass. on Saturday morning. The NCAA normally flies teams out on Sunday but it had difficulty getting flights and connections for the Broncos so they’ll be leaving a day early.

The Broncos’ Elite Eight opponent on Wednesday will be St. Joseph’s College of Indiana. The Broncos (25-6) like to play up the underdog role but the Pumas will be the underdog here.

St. Joseph’s (20-11) won the Midwest Region as the eighth seed, meaning it had to beat the No. 1 and host team on its home floor in the quarterfinal. They won a semifinal in overtime and the regional final in triple overtime.

It will be the 11th Elite Eight appearance for St. Joseph’s and the fourth in eight years for the Broncos. The Pumas wee last at the elite Eight in 2007 while the Broncos made it to the championship game last season, only to lose to Findlay (Ohio) in overtime.



Next destination for Broncos – Springfield, Mass.

The Cal Poly Pomona Broncos are headed to Springfield once again!

The Broncos earned their fourth Elite Eight appearance in the last eight years wtih a 78-75 win over Brigham Young-Hawaii in the West Region final on Monday at Western Washington University. The Broncos are now 8-0 at WWU over the course of three regional tournaments there. Pretty amazing!

It makes 18 wins in the last 19 games for Coach Greg Kamansky’s team.

The Broncos came out hot in the first half and hit a bunch of 3′s. Mark Rutledge had three in a 17-3 run that boosted the Broncos to a 26-14 lead. BYU never adjusted and the Broncos kept firing bombs.They hit 10-of-18 tries with Donnelle Booker also hitting three and he had just six all season coming in.

CPP beat BYU in the regional final last year at Hawaii so one would think they might be a little fired up. But the Seasiders looked flat, especially early. Their effort was disjointed and they didn’t really seem invested in the game.Hard to believe given the importance of the game.

Cal Poly was the better prepared and better coached team. Spectators and tournament personnel were all impressed with the Broncos poise and the way they executed their games plans against what seemed like more talented teams.

Austin Swift had another 19 points, giving him 59 in the three tournament games. He also had eight rebounds and six assists. He was the easy choice as tournament MVP. Dwyane Fells and Booker also made the all-tournament team. Booker has taken his game to another in the last six weeks.


Broncos up at the half, 36-25

The Cal Poly Pomona Broncos aren’t intimidated by anyone. That is showing as the Broncos are leading Brigham Young-Hawaii 36-25 at the half in the NCAA Division II West Regional title game at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash.

The Broncos have never been that great a perimeter shooting team but that has been big early as Cal Poly is 7-for-12 from long distance. It made five 3-point tries in a row in one stretch with Mark Rutledge coming off the bench and making three in a row, the last of which staked the Broncos to a 26-14 lead. 

Donnelle Booker leads the Broncos with xx points. He went down hard with 2:20 left in the first half when he charged the bucket and collided with a defender. He has been suffering from back spasms the last few days. That sure didn’t help.

Rutledge has nine points and Dwayne Fells has seven as the Broncos are shooting 53.8 percent from the field.

BYU, which has players on its roster from five different countries, has gotten nine from Virgil Buensuceso. The Seasiders supposed all-world performer Lucas Alves has just four.