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
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.
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.
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.