CMS cross country teams earn national ranking

The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) cross country teams are both ranked highly in the United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) preseason rankings which were released on August 24. 

The men, the defending West Region champions, are ranked first and the women, who finished third in the region last year, are ranked second.  The USTFCCCA preseason national rankings will be released on September 1.
The Stags return five runners from their region-winning team: Kris Brown, Georgi Dinolov, Brian Kopczynski, Kramer Straube and Brian Sutter.  All five earned All-SCIAC honors last year with Straube, Kopczynski, Sutter and Dinolov also earning All-Region honors.  In addition to winning the region, CMS also won the SCIAC and went on to place 15th at the NCAA Championships.
The Athenas return six runners from last year’s regional squad: Kate Crawford (SO, Seattle, WA), Julia Rigby, Ashley Scott, Jennifer Tav, Laura Wyatt and Aubrey Zimmerling.  Tav, Rigby and Scott earned All-SCIAC honors with Tav and Rigby also earning All-Region honors.  Tav was runner-up at both the SCIAC and Regional meets and earned All-American honors with her 27th place finish at the NCAA Championships. 

The Athenas tied for second in the SCIAC, but were the top finishing SCIAC team at the regional.  They finished 22nd at the NCAA Championships, second of three West Region teams.
CMS opens their season with a dual meet against Westmont College along the beach in Santa Barbara on September 4.

Junior college football season fast approaching

Don’t look now but it is already time for the area junior colleges to kick off their football seasons. All will be playing their season openers this Saturday. It will be Chaffey (4-6) heading to San Bernardino Valley College (5-5) for a 6 p.m. showdown and Mt. SAC (12-1) heading up the hill to square off against Victor Valley (6-4) in a 1 p.m. tussle.

It should be a very interesting season. At Chaffey, veteran coach Carl Beach has had his hands full. Not just because heading a football program is a time-consuming job. He has the added burden of serving as interim athletic director which gives one a handful of other headaches. Then there’s the renovation of the old gym which had housed the football offices, meeting area and weight room. For now things are pretty spread out.

Beach is more confident in his quarterback situation than he has been the last few years. The struggles of the offense were the main reason for the subpar showing recently.

Meanwhile Kevin Emerson worked some magic at SBVC in his debut in 2009, turning a 0-10 team into a more than respectable 5-5 one. The Wolverines won four of their last five games, topped off by a huge upset of then-unbeaten LA Harbor in the regular season finale. That says it all about where this program could be headed if it gets the proper administrative support. And that’s a big IF given what seems to be a lack of commitment to athletics in recent years.

Then there is Mr. intensity up at Victor Valley in Dave Hoover. The Rams are always going to play hard and be competitive. Numbers are up and Hoover said he has more depth and quality depth than he has had before in his 10-year tenure. He had problems with a lot of his out-of-state players last year but has weeded out the undesirables, That can only help.

 More on all the local teams coming up this week with separate previews of each school. 


Cal State East Bay gets CCAA basketball tourney

The 2011 California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships have been awarded to Cal State East Bay, conference commissioner Robert J. Hiegert announced on Monday.
The 16-team event will be contested March 1-5 with the semifinals and championship games slated for Pioneer Gymnasium (3,500) on the campus of Cal State East Bay in Hayward. The championship format calls for eight men’s and eight women’s teams to compete in first-round games at campus sites on March 1 with the winners advancing to the semifinals on March 4 in Hayward. The championship games will be played on Saturday, March 5.
“Through a vote of the CCAA’s Executive Council, Cal State East Bay was chosen as the championship site over Cal State San Bernardino and Humboldt State,” Hiegert said. “Since the return of the CCAA Basketball Championships in 2008, the event has continued to grow and last year’s tournament at Humboldt State set a revenue record.
“By electing Cal State East Bay as the 2011 host, Bay Area fans will have an opportunity to watch outstanding Division II college basketball,” Hiegert added. “The CCAA has a storied and rich basketball history as evidenced by Cal Poly Pomona winning to the 2010 NCAA Men’s National Championship.”
Cal State East Bay will be the third different campus to host the tournament since 2008 and will serve as a true neutral site. The Pioneers, who are in their second year as a member of the CCAA, are re-classifying from Division III to Division II, and have one year remaining before they are eligible to compete for NCAA and conference championships.
“Cal State East Bay is pleased to have the opportunity to host the CCAA basketball championships.  We are proud to be a part of a great conference and in the unique situation for 2011 of providing a neutral site for the championship in a good facility with which the conference is already familiar,” Cal State East Bay Director of Athletics Debby De Angelis said.  “Pioneer Athletics are looking forward to involving Hayward and the entire East Bay area in helping to showcase the CCAA and its great basketball programs.”
Since its return in 2008, the CCAA Tournament has been held at Cal State San Bernardino (2008 and 2009) and Humboldt State (2010).
Cal State San Bernardino is the two-time defending men’s champion while Humboldt State captured the women’s title in 2010.
2011 CCAA Basketball Championships
Pioneer Gymnasium, Hayward, Calif.
March 1-5, 2011
March 1 (Tue) – At Campus Sites
March 4 (Fri) – Hayward
Women’s Semifinal No. 1 – TBA
Women’s Semifinal No. 2 – TBA
Men’s Semifinal No. 1 – TBA
Men’s Semifinal No. 2 – TBA
March 5 (Sat) – Hayward
Women’s Championship – 5:00 p.m.
Men’s Championship – 7:30 p.m.

Cal Poly Pomona men to square off against Duke

The Cal Poly Pomona men’s basketball team will indeed be the David and get to square off against the Goliath when it comes to the sport.

The defending NCAA Division II champion Broncos have a deal to play an exhibition game on Nov. 4 against the reigning Division I champion Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham

“It is crazy to even think about,” added Broncos senior Donnelle
Booker. “That’s the school everyone thinks of when it comes to basketball. I’m
sure no one knows about us outside of this area.”

Cal Poly coach Greg Kamansky, beginning his 11th year heading the
program, said a representative from Duke first approached him about the game
about a month after the basketball season ended. He was not totally surprised
because Duke started its 2009 season against Findlay (Ohio), then the reigning
Division II champion.

The Broncos have played some exhibition games against major
Division I schools in the past. The most notable one came in 2006 when the
Broncos opened against UCLA at Pauley Pavilion and lost 73-43.

“We don’t have any misguided notions about this,” Kamansky
said. “We’re not putting in a game plan for them and they aren’t worried about
us. It’s all about us doing what we need to do to prepare for our first regular
season game.”

Duke will be footing the bill for the trip, everything from
plane fare to lodging accommodations. The team will be leaving on a Tuesday,
practicing in the venue on Wednesday and playing the game on a Thursday, then
return to Southern California on Friday.

Cal State women lose scrimmage to CBU

Senior Unity Beddingfield’s first half goal was Cal State San Bernardino’s only goal Saturday in a 3-1 loss to Cal Baptist in an exhibition women’s soccer match at the Lancers field.

    The Coyotes were outshot 11-6 by the Lancers but had an edge in corner kicks, 6-5.

     Beddingfield’s goal came 13:57 into the back, just 43 seconds after Fabiola DaSilva, a junior from Curitibia, Brazil, put the Lancers up 1-0 at the 13:14 mark off an assist by Bernadette Witz.

     The tie lasted until the 34th minute when junior Kylee Nicassio, a junior out of Los Osos High School, put the Lancers on top 2-1 with an assist by DaSilva. DaSilva gave CBU an insurance score in the 57th minute on a penalty kick to finish the game with two goals and an assist.

Sophomore Tiffany Jo Mallick yielded all three CBU goals in 66 minutes of play while redshirt freshman Chelsey Jones came on to record a save and hold the Lancers scoreless over the final 23 plus minutes of the match.

     CSUSB will play Dixie State in a scrimmage next Saturday before opening up the regular season on Sept. 3 at home against Biola University.

CMS lands top college track meet

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps has been awarded the right to host the 2011 California-Nevada Collegiate Track and Field Championships in the spring.

The prestigious meet for four-year colleges and universities in the two states has a history dating back to 1994. The meet, which will be held March 26-27, has been hosted by UCLA the past two years.

CMS will be the first Division III host for the championship in its 18-year history. The championship is the only meet held in either state which offers scored competition between all three NCAA Divisions as well as NAIA schools.

“It’s a great opportunity to showcase our school and our facility,” said former coach John Goldhammer, who was instrumental in bringing the meet to Claremont. “There hasn’t been a lot of confidence in Division III schools when it comes to hosting this type of event so we’re honored to be given the chance.”

The bidding process came down to CMS and Division II power UC San Diego with CMS winning a vote of member coaches by a wide margin.

“We have bid for it before,” Goldhammer said. “Maybe we just wore them down and they gave in. But we’re looking forward to putting on a nice event.”

The will not be more representation from the local schools just because it will be held near by though. To make the field athletes must be ranked in the top 27 in the field events or top 36 for track event.

The 2010 team champions were UCLA for the men and Cal State Northridge for the women.

Veteran Cal Poly baseball coach steps down

Cal Poly Pomona is looking for a new baseball coach.

After 15 years directing the Bronocs Mike Ashman is calling it quits effective Oct. 1. The school plans to name an interim coach for the 2011 season.

Ashman cited the desire to spend more time with family as well as a new baseball-related business endeavor.

“It’s just one of those jobs that never goes away, even when you go home,” he said. “You’re always worried about who you have to call, who you need to recruit, do you need to get a kid’s transcripts, what are you doing to fundraise.”

Ashman said he began thinking about resigning midway through last season, one in which they team sustained a myriad of injuries and finised 26-27 overall and sixth in the CCAA at 18-22.

He had planned on stepping down after the 2011 season but got a position of Director of Baseball at EM Speed and Power Training at its new facility in Rancho Cucamonga which needed his attention sooner. EM is a non-profit business that trains athletes in speed, strength, agility and specific sports training.

“It was a great opportunity to stay involved with baseball,” he said. “After meeting with the people there we decided it was in both of our interest to start as soon as possible.”

Ashman completes his Cal Poly career with a 358-419-4 overall record. His teams posted seven winning seasons and nine seasons of 25 wins or more.

Cal State volleyball team ranked No. 2 in country

Four California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) women’s volleyball teams will begin the 2010 campaign with national Top 25 rankings beside their names after the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) released its preseason poll on Wednesday.

Cal State San Bernardino, which advanced to the 2009 NCAA Division II National Championship semifinals, is ranked No. 2, while UC San Diego is No. 8, Cal State L.A. No. 14 and Sonoma State No. 21.

All four teams competed in the 2009 NCAA Pacific Regional a year ago, which was won for the second year in a row by Cal State San Bernardino. The Coyotes defeated Cal State L.A. in three sets to claim the regional title.

Cal State San Bernardino is coming off one of its finest seasons in program history after recording a 33-2 overall record. For the second year in a row, the Coyotes’ season ended with a loss to eventual national champion Concordia-St. Paul. 

The Golden Bears, two-time defending national champions, top the 2010 AVCA preseason poll after totaling 788 points and collecting all 32 first-place votes. Concordia-St. Paul is coming off an undefeated season after posting a 37-0 record a year ago.

Following second-ranked Cal State San Bernardino, which tallied 760 points, is Tampa (729), Indianapolis (692) and Central Missouri (676), which rounds out the Top 5.

Entering her 20th season at Cal State San Bernardino, head coach Kim Cherniss welcomes back first-team All-American senior outside hitter Jane Chafeh.

First-year UC San Diego head coach Ricci Luyties takes over the reigns for Tom Black, who took the head job at Loyola Marymount, and inherits a talented team that includes honorable mention All-American junior libero Roxanne Brunsting.

Cal State L.A. finished 2009 with a 23-9 overall record and is led by All-CCAA first-team middle blocker Mary Laupepa. Junior outside hitter Keala Peterson leads a Sonoma State squad that went 23-8 and finished fourth in the CCAA with a 15-7 record.

The 2010 campaign is slated to begin Thursday, September 2 when Cal State East Bay plays at Alaska Anchorage, and Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State L.A. open play in the CPP/CSULA Labor Day Tournament. CCAA play is slated to commence on Friday, September 10 with a full schedule of contests.

2010 AVCA Preseason Top 25 Poll
RankSchool (Votes) 2009 Record

1.Concorida-St. Paul (32)37-0
2.Cal State San Bernardino33-2
5.Central Missouri34-5
7.West Texas A&M38-4
8.UC San Diego27-3
9.Minnesota Duluth23-9
10.Metro State26-8
11.Saint Leo30-4
12.Emporia State29-6
14.Cal State L.A.23-9
15.Southwest Minnesota State25-8
17.Wayne State (Neb.)29-8
18.Minnesota State26-7
19.Pittsburg State25-11
21.Sonoma State23-8

Cal State volleyball team favored again!

The Cal State San Bernardino women’s volleyball team is coming off two consecutive appearances in the NCAA Division II semifinals, so it should be no surprise the Coyotes are the coaches’ pick to repeat as CCAA champions.

Cal State is seeking its eighth conference title since 2001 and its fifth consecutive. The Coyotes received first-place votes from all the other schools.

The Coyotes totaled 121 points and 11 first-place votes. UC San Diego, which placed second a year ago, finished second in the poll. It collected 103 points and a first-place vote from Coyotes coach Kim Cherniss, since you can’t vote for your own team.

Cal State Los Angeles, the West Region runner-up a year ago, was third with 98 points, Sonoma State was fourth with 97 points and Chico State rounded out the top five with 82 points.

Cal State San Bernardino is coming off one of its finest seasons in program history, in which it compiled a 33-2 overall record and advanced to the NCAA national semifinals, where it lost in four sets to eventual national champion Concordia-St. Paul. It marked the second consecutive Coyotes season that ended with a loss to the Bears.

The Coyotes graduated just three players, including two starters. All-American Jane Chafeh of Fontana headlines the returning cast.

The Coyotes open the season with a tournament in Oregon on Sept. 3-4. They will play Central Washington, Western Washington, Western Oregon and Alaska-Anchorage.

Cal Poly hoopster heads overseas

Austin Swift, who led Cal Poly Pomona to its first NCAA Championship title this past season, has signed a two-year contract to play basketball with BC Vrijednosnice Osijek Darda in the A1 Croatian League.

“It’s a dream come true to become a professional basketball player,” said Swift, who was a two-time All-CCAA guard and an honorable mention All-American this past season. “I’m excited and thrilled to have an opportunity to make a living at what I love doing, and to play overseas will be an added thrill.”

Swift, a native of Santa Cruz, was the Most Valuable Player in the national tournament. He led his team in scoring (13.3) assists (3.3) and steals (1.1) per game for the season, but played at his best during the Broncos’ NCAA run. He led CPP in its six-game run, averaging 17.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game as CPP went on to set 20 school records during its historic season.