Cal Poly Pomona men start the season No. 1

With a strong cast back from its Division II national championship team, Cal Poly Pomona is the No. 1 team in the 2010-11 Division II Bulletin Men’s Basketball Preseason Top 25 poll.

Cal Poly Pomona (28-6) shoots for its third straight title game this season with three returning starters and eight of its 10-man squad back. The Broncos will count on All-California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) players Dwayne Fells (9.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg) and Donnelle Booker (9.7 ppg, 5.6 rpg). Senior Tobias Jahn and sophomore guard Mitchel Anderson are expected to play big roles as well.
Rounding out the top five are Findlay, St. Cloud St., Indiana (Pa.) and Florida Southern.

The second five includes Bellarmine, Bentley, Tarleton St., Grand Valley St and St. Joseph’s.
Humboldt State is listed among teams to watch in 2010-11.
Cal Poly Pomona, which shared the CCAA regular-season title with Humboldt State, defeated Indiana (Pa.), 65-63, in the national championship game at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass.

Humboldt State, coming off a 22-8 season a year ago, is among a group of teams listed as possible breakthroughs. Junior forward Brian Morris, a preseason honorable mention All-American, leads the list of returning Lumberjacks.

Morris averaged 15.1 points and 6.4 rebounds a contest as a sophomore and was named a first team All-CCAA honoree.

Division II Bulletin has selected a preseason Top 25 every year since 1991 and is celebrating its 20th anniversary this season.

The Division II Bulletin Preseason Top 25

1. Cal Poly Pomona
2. Findlay
3. St. Cloud St.
4. Indiana (Pa.)
5. Florida Southern
6. Bellarmine
7. Bentley
8. Tarleton St.
9. Grand Valley St.
10. St. Joseph’s
11. USC Aiken
12. Rollins
13. Midwestern St.
14. Seattle Pacific
15. Metro St.
16. West Liberty
17. Merrimack
18. Cent. Oklahoma
19. Cent. Missouri
20. Alabama Huntsville
21. Drury
22. Virginia Union
23. Philadelphia
24. BYU-Hawaii
25. Mount Olive

Others to watch: Felician, Bridgeport, Kutztown, WV State, Valdosta St., Clark Atlanta, Arkansas Tech, Montevallo, Catawba, Lincoln Memorial, Minn. St., Winona St., Ft. Lewis, Humboldt State, Queens, Stonehill, Augustana

Cal State runner earns weekly accolade

Cal State San Bernardino’s Samantha Borman has been named the California Collegiate Athletic Association’s (CCAA) Female Cross Country Runner of the Week for the week of Sept. 27 – Oct. 23.

Borman, a sophomore from Redlands, captured the Cal State San Bernardino Invitational on Saturday. She completed the six-kilometer course in a time of 22:54.4 to pace the field. Her performance also helped the Wildcats claim the four-team event that included CCAA members Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State Dominguez Hills.

Cal State San Bernardino is next in action on Saturday when it competes in the UC San Diego Triton Classic.

CCAA Runners of the Week 

Aug. 30 -Sept. 5: Hayley Tharp (Cal State Monterey Bay)

Sept. 6-12: Rubye Elhard (Cal State Stanislaus)

Sept. 13-19: Maritza Hernandez (Cal State L.A.)

Sept. 20-26: Kara Lubieniecki (Chico State)

Sept. 27 – Oct. 3: Samantha Borman (Cal State San Bernardino).

Coyotes’ Chafeh honored by CCAA

Cal State San Bernardino outside hitter Jane Chafeh has been named Molten/California Collegiate Athletic Association Women’s Volleyball Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 27 – Oct. 3.

Chafeh, a senior from Fontana, led the Warriors to a 3-0 record following victories over Cal Poly Pomona, Chico State and Cal State Stanislaus. The three wins kept the Coyotes atop the CCAA standings and extended their overall home winning streak to 36. The streak also includes 27 wins against CCAA opponents.

In 10 sets, Chafeh, who earned All-American honors as a junior a year ago, totaled 38 kills, 28 digs, four assists, two service aces and two block assists while posting a .304 hitting percentage. She also had two doubles (kills-digs).

In a three-set win over Cal Poly Pomona, Chafeh recorded 11 kills, three assists and 10 digs while registering a .346 hitting percentage. She then had nine kills and two digs in a sweep of Chico State and concluded the week with 18 kills, 16 digs and a .302 hitting percentage versus Cal State Stanislaus.

Cal State San Bernardino returns to action on Friday when it visits UC San Diego in La Jolla.

Molten CCAA Women’s Volleyball Player of the Week:

Aug. 30 – Sept. 5: Roxanne Brunsting (UC San Diego)

Sept. 6-12: Roxanne Neely (Cal State East Bay)

Sept. 13-19: Rheann Fall (Cal State Monterey Bay)

Sept. 20-26: Lianne Vicchio (Cal State Stanislaus)

Sept. 27 – Oct. 3: Jane Chafeh (Cal State San Bernardino).


Bulldogs lose a heart-breaker 24-22

Cal Lutheran began defense of its SCIAC championship with a 24-22 victory over the University of Redlands at Ted Runner Stadium.

The kickers proved to be the difference in the game as Cal Lu’s Jackson Damron nailed a 35-yard field goal with 11:35 left for what turned out to be the deciding points.
Redlands (2-1) got the ball back with 2:07 to go. It all came down to a 40-yard field goal try by Joe MacMillan with 25 seconds left. The kick really never had a chance as the Cal Lutheran line got good push and the kick never really got up.
The Bulldogs were down 21-9 at the half but got big plays from its veterans in the secondary to get back in the game. Mike Nicolini returned an interception 61 yards for a score. Three plays later Josh Herrera returned one 42 yards to set up another score that put the Bulldogs in front 22-21.
But it didn’t last.
The only consolation for the Bulldogs is that it looks like there is some balance in the SCIAC so there could be an upset along the way that might give the Bulldogs a shot if they can run the table.
In other games Claremont-Mudd-Scripps beat La Verne 20-14 and Occidental barely got by Whittier 25-22. Pomona-Pitzer lost to non-conference foe Chapman 41-17.

This week’s college football forecast

There are a lot of games to choose from for area college football enthusiasts.

Cal Lutheran (1-1) at Redlands (2-0), 7 p.m.

Transfer U comes in to take on the Bulldogs in what should be one of the biggest games in the SCIAC this season. Cal Lutheran has looked more potent on offense than Redlands which tends to start slowly but wake up in the third quarter. The Bulldogs can’t afford a slow start in this one. The running game must also do better than it has in the first two games. Slight edge to the visiting Kingsmen in this one.

La Verne (0-2) at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (2-0), 7 p.m.

A turning point game for both programs. CMS has played considerably weaker foes than the Leopards to this point. La Verne has lost 13 straight games and this a foe that shouldn’t be out of its class if it wants to make a leap to respectability, CMS has looked solid but they haven’t played anyone yet. Have to call this one for the Stags.

Pomona-Pitzer (0-2) at Chapman (0-2), 7 p.m.

Two teams still looking to get into the win column. The Sagehens need to improve on defense because Jake Caron and R.J. Maki can’t carry the team. Chapman can also be a tough place to win. We’re probably looking at a Panther victory.

In the community college ranks . . .

Riverside (2-1) at Chaffey (3-1), 6 p.m.

The Panthers have been lucky. Coach Carl Beach is the first to admit that and in this one he doesn’t have room for error. Riverside is back on the way up and has some talented game-breakers. Chaffey has won some low-scoring games so trading touchdowns with the Tigers might be tough.  Give RCC the edge, based on previous results.

Citrus (1-2) at San Bernardino Valley (1-2), 6 p.m.

The first Emerson Bowl with SBVC’s Kevin Emerson facing his former team. He wants this one bad. His team wants it too. If Kristin James hangs on to the ball, it shouldn’t be a problem. I’ll go with the Wolverines at home.

Victor Valley (0-3) at Desert (1-3), 6 p.m.

The Rams have been beaten up physically by top-notch nonconference foes. They have the talent to win this one but coach Dave Hoover is worried about his team’s mental state after the tough start. If the Rams lose this one it’s going to be a very long season. If they can pull one out, it should them some momentum heading into conference play. Because of uncertainty at the quarterback position I have to go with Desert.