CMS football team falters; Redlands gets by

The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps football team had a chance to make  the playoffs if it could run the table and win its last three games. That won’t happen.

Cal Lutheran (6-1, 4-0)  took it to the Stags, winning 41-14 at Zinda Field today. The Stags had two big problems. The first problem was they couldn’t throw the ball, not even a little. Cal Lutheran put nine men in the box and dared them to do so and they could not.

That also made it hard for CMS (5-2, 2-2) to run the ball which is traditionally a strong suit.

The second problem was on defense they couldn’t cover anyone. That is an equally big issue. The Stags had two starting safeties out with injuries and their absence was exposed early as Cal Lu receivers were wide open all day.

CMS is a good football team. But this makes losses to two of the top tier teams in Cal Lutheran and Redlands. So maybe it is not quite at that level yet.It has a game left with Occidental next week. A win in that game will be evidence the Stags are making strides and getting close to shrinking the gap between the top teams and middle teams. A loss and they’re relegated to second-tier status.

Also in SCIAC play Redlands beat La Verne 27-7. The Bulldogs likely experienced a letdown after last week’s emotionally and physically draining 51-7 thrashing of Occidental.The Bulldogs could still make the playoffs but they need help.

Pomona-Pitzer faltered at Whittier, losing 37-17. That sets up a battle of winless teams next week as the Sagehens will play at La Verne.



Bulldogs’ Griffin wins weekly honor

Junior forward Jamie Griffin of the University of Redlands men’s soccer team was named the SCIAC Male Athlete of the Week.

Griffin led the Bulldogs to a 4-0 Homecoming victory over Cal Lutheran on Saturday with a first-half hat trick that took place in the span of 15 minutes. He sent one past the CLU goalkeeper at the 22:53 mark before heading in his second goal off of a corner kick less than six minutes later. He capped off his hat trick performance with a one-timer goal at the 38th minute.

Against the Kingsmen, Griffin posted six total shots with four of them coming on-frame.

With his recent offensive explosion, Griffin now leads the SICAC and Redlands with eight goals and 19 points (8g, 3a) on the season.

The Bulldogs (10-2-2, 9-1-2 SCIAC) currently sit in a tie for first place in the SCIAC standings and take on Occidental tonight at 7 p.m. on Farquhar Field. Prior to the start of the match, Redlands will honor its five graduating seniors as they compete in their final home, regular-season game.

Soccer player Andrea Smith of Whittier is the women’s Athlete of the Week.

SBVC men, Victor Valley women win Foothill titles

The San Bernardino Valley College men’s cross country team coasted to its 15th consecutive Foothill Conference title on Wednesday at Guasti Park in Ontario. Coach Wes Ashford thought Antelope Valley might contend but it was ALL Wolverines.

SBVC placed seven runners in the top eight and 10 in the top 12. Ashford ran 17 athletes and they finished in the top 23 in the 66-man field. Sophomore Raymond Dominguez of SBVC took individual honors with a four-mile time of 20:09. Teammate Jonathan Lopez was second in 20:30.

Antelope Valley boasted the third place and ninth place runners but SBVC took fourth through eighth.

On the women’s side Victor Valley repeated, turning back a challenge from Antelope Valley. Cheryl Eastwood, a first-year runner from Victor Valley, won the race in 18:25.

SBVC was fourth in the field with the best showing being a third-place from Yesenia Trujillo.

Injured Redlands player doing better

About the only thing that didn’t go well for the University of Redlands in its 51-7 thrashing of Occidental on Saturday at Ted Runner Stadium was what looked like a serious injury to senior tight end Corey Sanchez early in the fourth quarter.

Sanchez was running a pass pattern when he was speared by an Occidental defender who was flagged for a blow to the head. Sanchez was down for 30 minutes and eventually taken off on a stretcher and transported to Loma Linda Hospital.

Redlands coach Mike Maynard said Sanchez wanted to walk off on his own but the school preferred to take the more cautious option. Maynard said Sanchez was released from the hospital at 7 p.m., two hours after the game ended.

He was resting at his apartment on Sunday and is just sore. 

Sanchez has been a secret weapon for the Bulldogs down in the red zone. On the season he has five catches for 32 yards with four of the receptions for touchdowns. He caught an 8-yarder from Dan Selway in the first quarter that gave the Bulldogs a 13-0 lead.

The Bulldogs (5-1, 3-1) will play at the University of la Verne (0-6, 0-4) at 1 p.m. on Saturday.


Bulldogs trounce Occidental 51-7

The University of Redlands disposed of Occidental in convincing fashion, 51-7 Saturday at Ted Runner Stadium. And it wasn’t even that close! It was the most lopsided win by Redlands over Oxy in the two-decade tenure of coach Mike Maynard. 

The Bulldogs (5-1, 3-1) scored on offense, scored on defense and scored on special teams.They called off the dogs and used several reserves in the fourth quarter with the game in hand.
It was a pretty giddy Bulldog team after the game. Seniors Dan Selway, Mike Nicolini and Evan Reuter and sophomore Jordan Garcia addressed the team in the post-game huddle. After six straight losses to the Tigers, many of those in heartbreaking fashion, there was a sense of relief and accomplishment.
This was a hungry Bulldogs team that looked from the opening kickoff like it was in “refuse-to-lose” mode. Redlands dominated at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball and led 41-7 at the half, cruising after that.
It was an efficient effort with the Bulldogs balancing the run and the pass so the individual numbers weren’t overwhelming.  Selway threw for 157 yards with Reuter the recipient of four passes  for 101 yards. Brad Crisanty rushed for 90 yards and two touchdowns.
Oxy’s Luke Collis didn’t look like the SCIAC’s leading passer, managing just 104 yards through the air, more than 100 under his average.
The only thing put a damper on the win was an injury suffered by senior tight end Corey Sanchez who was speared by an Occidental defender who was flagged for a blow to the head. Sanchez was down for 30 minutes and taken off on a stretcher as a precautionary measure. Maynard said Sanchez wanted to get up and walk off but the school was taking the added safety measure.
Next week the Bulldogs travel to the University of La Verne for a 1 p.m. game.
In other games Cal Lutheran overpowered Pomona-Pitzer 38-7. The Sagehens played without senior quarterback Jacob Caron.
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps had a surprisingly tough time with Whittier but prevailed 30-27, the difference being a Chet Corcos field goal with 4:05 left.
The University of La Verne dropped its 17th straight game, this time falling to Chapman 35-28. The Leopards trailed 28-7 but battled back to even at 28, only to give up the winnign score with two minutes lef.

All going well for the Bulldogs early

So far so good for the University of Redlands Bulldog football team.

It has suffered considerable heartbreak at the hands of Occidental the last six years. But it looks in the mood to exact a little revenge. It’s 20-7 five minutes into the second quarter. The Bulldogs are dominating on both sides of the ball up front and Oxy managed just 9 yards total offense the first half,.
Mike “The Godfather” Nicolini just returned a punt 58 yards for a touchdown.
The first score came on a 7-yard run by Brad Crisanty not long after the Bulldogs recovered an Oxy fumble at the Tigers 24. The PAT kick clanked off the upright though.
The second score was an 8-yard toss from Dan Selway to Corey Sanchez.
But the Bulldogs have been there before. They led 24-10 going into the fourth quarter last year, only to lose 27-24 in overtime. So it’s looking good but far too early to get too excited!!!
Its a good start but it’s early

Coyotes fall from fourth to eighth

The Cal State San Bernardino women’s volleyball team fell from fourth to eighth in the American Volleyball Coaches Association NCAA Division II poll released on Monday.

That drop is the result of a 3-2 loss to Cal State East Bay on Saturday. It was the first time this season the Coyotes (13-2) had been pushed to five games.

The fact that the traditional CCAA powers such as UC San Diego and Cal State Los Angeles seem a bit down doesn’t help the Coyotes cause. A few weeks back they dropped from second to fifth without losing. The perception is that the conference is down so any loss is going to prove costly.

There are three teams ranked ahead of Cal State that have more losses.

The first West Region poll will come out in a couple of weeks. That’s the one that really matters.

But here is the national poll.

1. Minnesota-Duluth (16-1)

2. Southwest Minnesota State (15-2

3. Tampa (Fla.) 15-3

4. Washburn (Kan.) 19-1

     Wayne State (Neb.) 16-2

6. Concordia-St. Paul 18-3

7. Central Missouri 18-3

8. Cal State San Bernardino 13-2

9. Nebraska-Kearney 18-3

10.  Truman 17-3

11. Lewis 15-2

12. Hillsdale (Mich) 15-1

13. Northern Michigan 15-0

14. Minnesota State 12-4

15. Emporia State 15-3

16. Western Washington 11-2

17. Seattle Pacific 16-1

18. Metro State 13-5

19. Missouri-St. Louis 14-3

20. Indianapolis 14-6

21. Abilene Christian 16-3

22. Dowling (NY) 14-0

23. Cal State East Bay 13-4

24. Cal State Monterey Bay 12-2

25. Grand Valley State (Mich.) 11-5

Dropped out: West Florida

Receiving votes: Florida Southern, West Florida, Rockhurst, West Texas A&M, Cal State Los Angeles, Wheeling Jesuit, Alaska-Anchorage, Barry (Fla.), Wingate (NC), Lynn (Fla.), Regis (Col.)


Bulldogs survive at Pomona-Pitzer

The Pomona-Pitzer football team proved you can win with two players – well almost.

The Sagehens came up short, falling to the University of Redlands 38-28 Saturday night in Claremont. The Bulldogs (3-1, 1-1) didn’t put the game away until late as the Sagehens (0-4, 0-1) stuck with them with quarterback Jacob Caron and his favorite wide receiver R. J. Maki doing pretty much all the work. Luke Sweeney had some nice runs, including a 9-yarder for a touchdown. 
The Bulldogs had 14-point leads twice, 14-0 and 21-7. But the Sagehens were within two at 28-26 in the second half, the difference being two missed PAT kicks.
Redlands remained poised when the Sagehens challenged. Each time Pitzer got in striking distance, the Bulldogs answered with a drive of their own engineered by Dan Selway.
The Bulldogs made some personnel changes after last week’s 24-22 loss to Cal Lutheran. Connor Cook took over the kicking duties. Brad Crisanty got the majority of the playing time at running back in the second have and looked good. Some receivers saw more playing time with Taylor Irwin among those that had stellar games.
The Bulldogs didn’t go for two on their old swinging gate plays. They took the more conventional PAT kicks; 
Selway threw for 323 yards while Caron threw for 207, 158 on 17 throws to Maki. Selway has a lot of help around him and the Bulldogs dress 100 players. Caron and Maki play hard and do it with little help around them. They are a fun duo to watch.
In other SCIAC games, just down the street Claremont-Mudd-Scripps beat non-conference Chapman 31-21 behind 116 yards rushing from Peter Kimmey and 98 by Spencer Clark, The Bulldogs play CMS next week and will need a better showing to get by that one.
The University of La Verne was blanked by Occidental 30-0. It was the 15th straight loss for the Leopards dating back to 2008.
In JuCo play San Bernardino Valley lost at Southwestern 45-42. The Wolverines have plenty of offense. If only they had a defense!

On this week’s area college football games . . .

There are only four area college football games to choose from this week. They are . . .

University of Redlands (2-1) at Pomona-Pitzer (0-3), 7 p.m.

The Bulldogs are coming off a 24-22 loss to Cal Lutheran in which the difference was a blocked 40-yard field goal attempt with 25 seconds left. They are left to ponder the what ifs. Sometimes its hard to regroup after a game like that, especially against a foe whom you have handled easily. The Sagehens have a couple of offensive weapons but they don’t have enough. And their defense won’t contain the Bulldogs. Should be an easy win for Redlands.

Chapman (1-2) at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (3-0), 7 p.m.

The Stags have looked solid but their three wins are over teams with a collective record of 2-8. we may not know much this week either with Chapman only 1-2. CMS must avoid looking past this game to Redlands next week. I see them getting by here too though.

Occidental (2-1) at La Verne (0-3), 1 p.m.

The poor Leopards can’t seem to get a break. They are coming off a 20-14 loss to CMS last week. CMS coach Steve Retzlaff said he was impressed with La Verne’s progress but unfortunately for the Leopards that hasn’t manifested itself in the win column in too long. La Verne nearly upset Oxy last year and the Tigers don’t seem to have quite the firepower they had then. But it’s hard to pick a team to win that hasn’t proved that it can. Oxy will get by again.

The lone JuCo game on tap as both Chaffey an Victor Valley are idle.

San Bernardino Valley (2-2) at Southwestern (2-2), 6 p.m.

The Wolverines have some momentum with back-to-back wins over Santa Monica and Citrus, the latter coming on the heels of a record-breaking performance by Kristin James who is doing better at hanging on to the ball. SBVC has looked suspect on defense but has gotten bye on its offensive firepower. If James runs wild again, that will open it up for the passing game. Look for SBVC to get past the .500 mark for the first time this season.



Cal State’s Agwu named Player of the Week

Cal State San Bernardino forward Obi Agwu has been named Wilson/California Collegiate Athletic Association Men’s Soccer Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 27 – Oct. 3. It marks the second time this season that he has been honored.

Agwu, a senior out of Alta Loma High school, turned in a pair of solid performances in helping the Coyotes post a 1-0-1 mark against UC San Diego and Cal State East Bay that enabled Cal State San Bernardino remain tied atop the CCAA’s South Division.

Agwu scored his team’s only goal in a 1-1 tie at UC San Diego on Friday. He came back on Sunday and recorded a hat trick, scoring three goals in the Coyotes’ 3-1 victory at Cal State East Bay. That performance gave him 30 goals for his career and moved him into fourth place on Cal State San Bernardino’s all-time goals scored list.

Cal State San Bernardino resumes CCAA play on Friday when it hosts San Francisco State.

Sarah McTigue of UC San Diego was named the Women’s Player of the Week.

Wilson/CCAA Men’s Soccer Player of the Week:

Aug. 30 – Sept. 5: Obi Agwu (Cal State San Bernardino)

Sept. 6-12: Taylor Varnadore (Sonoma State)

Sept. 13-19: Taylor Rivas (Cal State L.A.)

Sept. 20-26: Jesse Brennan (UC San Diego)

Sept. 27 – Oct. 3: Obi Agwu (Cal State San Bernardino)

Wilson/CCAA Women’s Soccer Player of the Week:

Aug. 30 – Sept. 5: Annette Ilg (UC San Diego)

Sept. 6-12: Gabbi Segall (Cal State L.A.)

Sept. 13-19: Karenee Demery (Cal State Stanislaus)

 Sept. 20-16: Annicia Jones (San Francisco State)

Sept. 27 – Oct. 3: Sarah McTigue (UC San Diego).