Cal State San Bernardino men’s basketball coach Jeff Oliver is probably the most quotable coach any member of the media will come across, especially when his team loses. But he is also pretty savy when it comes to getting a point across to his sometimes stubborn players.
The Cal State San Bernardino and Cal Poly Pomona basketball teams get back into CCAA play. Both will be at home with the women’s games tipping off at 3 p.m. and the men’s games to follow. The Broncos will be hosting San Francisco State with the Coyotes entertaining Cal State Monterey Bay.
Chaffey College linebacker Dallas Kelley has signed with USC.
The 6-foot, 230-pounder spent his high school career at Norco. He originally signed with Portland State but didn’t play there, coming home and spending two years with the Panthers instead.
Chaffey coach Carl Beach said Kelley will enroll in January and be eligible to participate in spring drills, which made him an attractive prospect for the Trojans, who face a loss of scholarships and are looking for athletes who can come in and play right away.
Kelley is a two-time first- team all-conference pick. Last season he recorded a team- best 82 tackles, including 13.5 for losses (four sacks), with two forced fumbles, one interception and one blocked kick.
As a freshman in 2009 he had a team-best 74 tackles, including 9.5 for losses (3.5 sacks), and four deflections.
Beach added that USC also likes defensive back Daimian Stafford and might sign him too if he can get academics in order.
The celebration hasn’t stopped for the state champion San Bernardino Valley College women’s soccer team.
The latest honor goes to sophomore forward Araceli Sanchez, who’s been named the 2010 Division III Junior College National Player of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
Sanchez, 19, will be among the athletes honored at the annual All-America Luncheon to be held in Baltimore, Md., Jan. 15 as part of the 2011 NSCAA Convention.
SBVC coach Kristin Hauge will accompany her on that trip and be recognized for her selection earlier this month as the West Region Coach of the Year.
“It’s nice recognition for our program, and lets the four-year schools out there know that we play pretty good soccer,” Hauge said. “It lets them know they can come to us and find quality players.”
Sanchez and Hauge led the Wolverines to their first 20-win season and state title in school history. It was just the second state title in any women’s sport at the school, the first coming in 1974 in archery, which was discontinued four years later.
The Wolverines notched playoff wins over Bakersfield, Cypress and Ventura and followed with victories over Fresno City and Santa Rosa in the state tournament held at College of the Canyons.
“It really was the perfect season,” Sanchez said. “We did everything we set out to do, and our hard work paid off.”
Sanchez, a graduate of Moreno Valley High School, was earlier recognized as the Foothill Conference Player of the Year. She also earned first-team All-Southern California and all-state honors.
She had 12 goals and six assists in the regular season, and added three goals and two assists in the playoffs.
The next task for Sanchez is to decide on a four-year school. Hauge said that 30 to 40 are interested in Sanchez, who hopes to become a border patrol agent.
“I really haven’t narrowed it down yet, but I would like to go out of state,” she said. “It will be whatever school is the best for me athletically and academically.”
Sanchez is pleased to be part of a group of players that have boosted the program into elite company.
“We had a great run,” she said.
Cal Poly Pomona claimed both CCAA Basketball Player of the week honors with senior guard Reyana Colson chosen the top player on the women’s side and junior forward Dwayne Fells selected on the men’s side.
Colson was named tournament Most Valuable Player after leading the Broncos (6-0) to a 2-0 record at the GNAC/CCAA Challenge. She averaged 25.5 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals in leading Cal Poly Pomona to wins over Western Oregon and Northwest Nazarene.
It is the second time this season she has been so honored.
Fells helped the Broncos (3-3) to a split of their games at the Grand Canyon Christmas Classic. He averaged 19 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2 blocks in a loss to Montana State-Billings and a win over Simon Fraser. He shot 64 percent from the field (16-for-25).
Both teams return to action on Dec. 29, hosting San Francisco State as the teams resume CCAA play.
The Cal Poly Pomona Broncos must have embarrassed by their performance on Friday against Montana State Billings because they came out 24 hours later like they had a point to prove.
The Cal Poly Pomona men’s basketball team it looking little like the defending national champion. The Broncos were sluggish in every facet of the game, losing to lowly Montana State Billings 52-44 on Friday at the Grand Canyon Christmas Classic.
The Cal Poly Pomona men’s basketball team is about to tip off in its game against Montana State-Billings at the Grand Canyon Christmas Invitational at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix.
The San Bernardino Valley College men’s basketball team is a work in progress. Remember it graduated its top nine players from a team that advanced to the state semifinal last March.
So the new look Wolverines are off to a 3-4 start, They did pick up an 86-79 overtime win over L.A. Trade Tech at the Wells Fargo Holiday Classic being held this year at Citrus College. They will face a formidable challenge today against the host Owls.
The Wolverines have played their usual tough schedule with early losses to perennial state title contenders Fresno and San Francisco among others. Coach Quincy Brewer likes to challenge his players and the nonconference schedule certinaly does that.
Sophomore guard Keon Pledger is talented. He was a little out of control today and tried too hard to force the action. He scored 22 points but was just 6 of 18 from the field. Brewer said that has not been characteristic of Pledger this season, sio chalk it up to a bad shooting night.
Kirby Gardner had 16 points with David Rawlinson adding 11 with five assists. Big man Thair Heath also looks to have potential he scored 10 and grabbed 11 rebounds. He was with the Wolverines last year but did not play, working his way back from a knee injury. He is going to get better and better as he gains confidence.
The Foothill Conference is loaded again so a repeat will not be easy.
There is an interesting feature on the minor league basbeall websight (MiLB.com) featuring a trio of former baseball players at Pomona-Pitzer – James Kang, Drew Hedman and James Brunswick.
Hedman graduated in 2009 and Kang and Brunsiwck followed in 2010. They played together on some great teams. Both Hedman and Kang are now playing in the Boston Red Sox organization in the low level minors.
The two decided to get away from baseball this summer so they took a trip to China where they got back in touch with Brunswick who is working there now as an English teacher.
It’s worth the read. It’s titled From Green Monster to Great Wall.