Broncos start with No. 5 national ranking

Defending NCAA Division II champion Cal Poly Pomona is ranked fifth in The Sporting News Top 10 preseason poll released today.

The Broncos, who won their first national championship crown last season, finished the 2010 season 28-6 overall and established 20 school records in the process. They defeated Indiana, Pa., in the title game played in Springfield, Mass. — the birthplace of the sport — and became the first unranked team to win the championship since North Alabama in 1979.

TSN ranks Findlay, the 2009 national champion, as its top 10. The following (in order) are: Bellarmine, Grand Valley State, Arkansas Tech, Broncos, Indiana, Pa., Seattle Pacific, West Liberty, Winona State and Bentley.

Senior forward Donnelle Booker was named a preseason Honorable Mention All-American. The San Bernardino native is on course to become the school’s all-time leading shot blocker, needing 26 blocks to break Terrel Davis’ record of 134.

Yucaipa native earns weekly soccer accolade

UC Riverside goalkeeper Jessica White is the Big West Conference women’s soccer defensive player of the week for the week ending September 5.

The Yucaipa native picked up the eighth shutout of her career on Friday evening as the Highlanders upended Texas State, 1-0. In the second match of UCR’s swing through the Lone State State, White recorded 12 saves–the fourth highest total in the history of the program–but a second half Longhorns score gave Texas a 1-0 win.

The Longhorns match marked the second time this season that White has been credited with double-digit saves. Her goals against average on the week was 0.50, and she lowered her season GAA to 0.75.

The Highlanders are 1-3 on the year and travel to San Francisco for their next match on Friday, September 10 at 7 pm.

UCR’s Hall honored by Big West

 UC Riverside junior Chad Hall was named Big West Conference Men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week after his performance for the Highlanders at last weekend’s Nevada Twilight Classic.

Hall won the 6k event in a meet record time of 19:49, 15 seconds ahead of the next runner. He won his third-career tournament while establishing a personal-best time in the 6k.

Hall, of Big Bear, also helped UCR finish just three points behind nationally ranked No. 1 Stanford in the team results.

This is Hall’s fourth-career Big West Athlete of the Week award. He previously won the award on Oct. 1, 2008; Oct. 22, 2008; and Sept. 23, 2009.

The Highlanders next hit the trails to host the 30th Annual UC Riverside Cross Country Invitational at the Agricultural Operations Course on Sept. 18 beginning at 7:30 am in Riverside.

Victor Valley football team gets off to a rough start

The Victor ValleyCollege football team opened its season with a resounding thud, losing to national power Mt. SAC 61-14 today in Victorville.

It’s likely another case of a very young team not fully making the adjustment from high school football to college football. Too many players go into the JuCo game thinking it’s just an extention of the high school game. Well it’s not!

The Rams have a whopping 82 freshmen on their roster. So let’s just hope this was a wakeup call.

Coach Dave Hoover used four quarterbacks without much success. Courtney Patton seemed to fair best. He can at least scramble a bit and did, running for his life on pretty much every play.

The bright spot was the play of freshman wide receiver T.J. Gretzner out of Serrano High school who can go up and get the football. He had four catches for 128 yards, including a 44-yard touchdown reception for the Rams second score.

Hoover will know a lot about his team in the next week by how it handles the thumping.

The Rams travel to Santa Ana next week.

Here are a few other scores fron the first week of play.

Citrus 36, West Los Angeles 25
Long Beach 20, Golden West 14 (OT)
Fullerton 41, Santa Ana 10
Grossmont 36, San Diego Mesa 7
Santa Monica 21, Compton 10
Allan Hancock 51, Santa Barbara 6

College of the Canyons 35, Antelope Valley 7

Bakersfield 52, L.A. Pierce 41

Pasadena 41, Glendale 20

Saddleback 37, Orange Coast 6

Venutra 44, Moorpark 21

Cerrtipos 29, LA Harbor 14

Mt. San Jacinto 24, College of the Desert 22

Palomar 23, Southwestern 13

LA Valley 28, East Los Angeles 21

El Camino 56, LA Southwest 7




Cal State volleyball team opens with two wins

The No. 2 Cal State San Bernardino volleyball team opened its season with a pair of convincing wins defeating Central Washington 27-25, 25-18, 25-17 and Western Oregon 23-25, 25-17, 25-21, 25-14 at a tournament hosted by Western Oregon.

Senior Jane Chafeh led the onslaught in the opening match with 20 kills. Junior Samantha Middleborn was the star in the second match with 17, with Chafeh chipping with 12.
Sophomore Camille Smith tallied 69 assists in the two matches. She had been fighting for the starting setter spot with Cal Baptist transfer Krista Hasemeyer. Smith was a star last year as a libero and coach Kim Cherniss had to make a decision on whether or not to move her out of that spot to setter. Having versatile players with a lot of skills is a good problem to have,
The Coyotes will play Western Washington and Alaska-Anchorage today. Both are better than the competition Cal State faced on Friday.
If the Coyotes win those matches they will likely move up to No. 1 in the national poll as reigning and three-time champion Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.) was defeated by Grand Valley State (Mich.) 27-25, 25-18, 25-17 in tournament play in Tampa, Fla.
Concordia, which beat Cal State in the national title match two years ago and the semifinal last year, had won 75 consecutive matches dating back to Aug. 28, 2008 when the Coyotes beat them in the season opener for both at Coussoulis Arena.