Four locals earn D2 soccer honors

Three players from Cal State San Bernardino and one from Cal Poly Pomona were among those named to the Division II Daktronics All-West Region Men’s Soccer team.

The Coyotes (13-6-1), who won the CCAA South Division and were ranked as high as third nationally this season, were represented on the first team by sophomore goalkeeper Tanner Olinger and senior forward Obu Agwu. They also had junior defnder Brett Faggioni named to the second team.

Olinger recorded a goals-against average of 0.62, highlighted by nine shutouts. Five of those came consecutively near the end of the regular season.

Agwu, a graduate of Alta Loma High School, led the team in scoring with 12 goals and three assists. He was tied for first in the CCAA in goals and second in points.

Faggioni was an anchor in the defense that helped pitch nine shutouts.

The lone representative for the Broncos (10-7-1) is junior Luis Gonzalez who was named to the second team.

The transfer from Cerritos College led the CCAA in points (33) and tied for first in goals 12. He also broke a conference record with a 10-point game against Cal State Monterey Bay that included four goals and two assists.

Redlands softball player to be remembered

It has been a tough few days on the University of Redlands campus.

The school announced on Monday that it had gotten word the All-SCIAC pitcher Olivia Ellis, the backbone of the Bulldogs pitching staff the last four years, had passed away unexpectedly. She had been part of four straight SCIAC title teams, graduating just last spring.

 The school will hold a candlelight vigil at 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday on the Softball “Field of Dreams” to honor her. Everyone is welcome to join her teammates and coaches at the field for a short program to celebrate Ellis’ life.

Her her family has announced that services will take place on Nov. 24, which is Ellis’ 22nd birthday, at Colfax High School.


Cal Poly to put up championship banner on Wednesday

Focused on turning the page and accomplishing new goals during the 2010-11 year, the Cal Poly Pomona men’s basketball team will join the university community in Kellogg Gym Wednesday to reflect on the magical playoff run in March that ended in the program’s first NCAA Division II title.

The Broncos begin their new campaign with a 7:30 p.m. home contest Wednesday against Pacifica. CPP traveled to Durham, N.C., and challenged Duke on Nov. 4, as the Broncos held the Blue Devils to a six-point lead at halftime before falling 81-60.

Last year, CPP went 1-1 during non-conference games before the conference schedule started up. This year, the matchup against Pacifica will be the Broncos’ final tuneup before California Collegiate Athletic Association play begins with a Dec. 3 road game at Cal State Dominguez Hills.

Greg Kamansky begins his 11th year as CPP head coach and heading into the new season, the Broncos return a balanced offense with their typical energetic defense. Against Duke earlier this month, three CPP players scored in double figures: Tobias Jahn, Dwayne Fells and Matt Rosser.

Donnelle Booker, who was named a preseason Honorable Mention All-American by the Sporting News in September, helped the Broncos limit the Blue Devils’ offense as the senior finished with seven points, six rebounds and three blocks.

Cal State to host D2 volleyball regional

It’s official! Cal State San Bernardino will host the NCAA Division II West Region tournament which begins on Thursday.

The Coyotes (25-2) will be making their 11th straight regional appearance and will get No. 8 seed Brigham Young-Hawaii (16-7) in Thursday’s quarterfinal. That’s a favorable matchup for Cal State with BYU out of a Pac West Conference that isn’tparticularly strong in volleyball.

Of course the top-seeded Coyotes are playing so well it probably won’t matter who they will be facing, They have won 12 straight matches and have an even more impressive streak of 43 wins on their home court.

If the Coyotes take care of business in their opener, they would face the winner of the quarterfinal featuring two CCAA teams – No. 5 Sonoma State and No. 4 UC San Diego. Cal State beat both those teams twice with scores of 3-0 each time.

The other bracket pits No. 3 Western Washington (19-3) against No. 6 Alaska-Anchorage (18-8) and No. 2 Seattle Pacific (24-2) against No. 7 Cal State Los Angeles (16-10). 

Cal Poly Pomona women win home opener

The Cal Poly Pomona women’s basketball team made its home debut on Sunday and had no trouble cruising past Dominican 80-55 at Kellogg Gymnasium.

It was really never a game. The visitors led 14-10 nine minutes in but the Boncos dominated after that. The Penguins has 29 turnovers. You’re not going to win many games when you can’t handle the ball.

The star was senior forward La’Kenya Simon-West who netted a career-high 22 points with six rebounds, and three steals. Simon-West came off the bench last year and was used primarily as a three-point specialist.

Reyana Colson and Megan Ford added 16 points each. Colson had hre normal solid all-around game with five rebounds, six assists and five steals.

The Dominican team also included a local in Don Lugo graduate Kayla Valentine, a freshman guard, who had six points.

Redlands football team left out of playoffs

The University of Redlands football team will not be going to the playoffs.

The Bulldogs finished a stellar season 8-1, the lone loss coming to Cal Lutheran 24-22 in the first week of SCIAC play. Even that early it looked as if that loss would be costly and it was because the Kingsmen ran the table in the conference to claim the automatic bid. 
In football second place in the SCIAC has historically not been good enough for an at-large bid. In Mike Maynard’s two decades directing the Bulldogs a second place team has not gotten in the playoffs.
Geography hurts the West coast teams when it comes to football. Linfield (Ore.) was the lone representative out of the Northwest Conference. It had a solid second place team too in Pacific Lutheran (8-1), which is ranked nationally, and it didn’t make the playoffs either. So in all likelihood, Redlands probably wasn’t close.
It’s too bad for the 24 Redlands seniors, particularly ones like Dan Selway and Mike Nicolini who have been the backbone of the program in recent years.  At least the Bulldogs went out in memorable fashion with Selway scoring on a 2 yard run with 1:19 left for a 21-17 win over Chapman on Saturday at Ted Runner Stadium.
They gave it their best shot. Now it’s up to Cal Lutheran to represent the SCIAC. 

Coyotes finish regular season with a flurry

The Cal State San Bernardino volleyball team put the exclamation point on the regular season easily turning back UC San Diego 25-14, 25-19, 25-18 tonight at Coussoulis Arena.

This wasn’t a typical Coyotes-Tritans throw down. Matches between the two teams have always been filled with intensity heightened by the fact that there is always a lot on the line. But the Coyotes wrapped up the CCAA title long ago.
Cal State (25-2, 21-1) finished six games ahead of second-place San Diego. Yes they are that much better than all the other teams in the CCAA which was a little down this year as a whole.
Cal State’s two seniors were solid in their last regular season match. Nicole Moore tallied 12 kills and Jane Chafeh contributed nine with 10 digs. Samantha Middleborn added nine kills. On the weekend Middleborn had 18 kills and no attack errors. That’s a pretty amazing stat given that the Coyotes were playing the No. 2 and 3 teams in the conference and not some cellar dwellar.
The announcement on the West Regional will be made at 7 p.m. on Sunday. Cal State was ranked first in the region and doesn’t figure to drop so it should be hosting. 
My educated guess as to the other teams that will get into the field are San Diego, Sonoma State and Cal State Los Angeles from the CCAA, Western Washington, Seattle Pacific and Alaska Anchorage from the Great Northwest Athletics Conference and Hawaii Hilo out of the Pacific West.
If that were to be the field, seven of the eight teams were in the field last year.

Area college football teams finish regular season

It’s the last week of play for area college football teams but only a couple have anything on the line.

The most important game will have San Bernardino Valley College (6-3, 4-0) traveling to East Los Angeles (4-5, 3-1) for a 6 p.m. showdown with a win bringing the Wolverines an American Division Mountain Conference title. Coach Kevin Emerson’s squad is already guaranteed its first winning season since 1998.

Emerson inherited an 0-10 team in 2009 and went a respectable 5-5 last year in his first at the helm. Now he’s on the brink of a conference title. That’s a quick turnaround.

The other team with something on the line is the University of Redlands. The Bulldogs (7-1) will be hosting nonconference foe Chapman at 1 p.m.

Coach Mike Maynard’s team can not earn a SCIAC automtic bid because of its head-to-head loss to Cal Lutheran. So Maynard is hoping for an at-large berth. It’s a stretch though. A SCIAC runner-up hasn’t gotten one in at least the last 20 years. I have a hard time believing it will happen this year either.

The Peace Pipe game will see Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (6-2, 3-2) cross the street to face Pomona-Pitzer (1-7, 1-4)  for a 1 p.m. neighborhood tussle. It’s all about bragging rights.

The University of La Verne (0-8, 0-5) will face Whittier, also at 1 p.m. If the Leopards don’t pull it off they’re going to have to go through another off-season thinking about an 0-9. La Verne has lost 19 straight games but maybe there is something in that fact that the last time the Leos one back in 2008, Whittier was also the foe.

Chaffey rounds out the regular season by hosting Antelope Valley at 6 p.m. I am guessing this goes down to the wire. It shouldn’t. The Panthers have way more talent. But every other Chaffey game has followed that pattern.

Victor Valley (2-7) will be at Mt. San Jacinto. Coach Dave Hoover is just happy this season is about over.



Irwin named SCIAC Athlete of the Week

University of Redlands freshman wide receiver Taylor Irwin has been named SCIAC Male Athlete of the Week for his contributions in the Bulldogs’ 26-14 victory over Whittier on saturday.

Irwin racked up 102 yards on nine catches, including a long of 21 yards, during Redlands’ final SCIAC game of the 2010 season. He posted two touchdowns, which came off of 14-yard and 13-yard strikes into the Poet end zone.

The freshman receiver has totaled 393 receiving yards on 28 catches for 56.1 yards per game. He currently leads the 7-1 Bulldogs in scoring with 36 points on his rookie season.

Redlands wraps up the regular season on Saturday by playing host to the Panthers of Chapman University in a non-conference bout at 1 p.m.

Redlands player earns preseason honor

Junior forward Courtney Carroll of the University of Redlands women’s basketball program garnered Preseason All-America honors. She is the sole representative from the West Coast on the five-woman First Team.

Following the 2009-10 season, Carroll landed on the All-America Third Team for her impressive contributions during the Bulldogs’ historical run, which included winning the regular-season and postseason tournament titles before advancing to the NCAA Championships for the first time in school history.

During 28 games played last season, she led the team with 18 points and 9.2 rebounds per game while boasting double-doubles in half of the contests. She broke the Redlands record for blocks in a season with 45, surpassing the previous mark by eight. Overall, she knocked down 81.8% of her free throws, going 148-for-181 at the line. Carroll also contributed to her teammates’ success by supplying 53 assists to go along with 27 steals.

Carroll also landed on the All-West Region First Team as a sophomore and was named to the West Region Rookie of the Year in 2009.
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The Bulldog women’s basketball team tips off the regular season with a non-conference bout against La Sierra University on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in Currier Gym.