Foothill Conference honors handed out in basketball

All Foothill-Conference honors have been handed out in men’s and women’s basketball. The biggest awards went to the most deserving. Some conferences and leagues water down the honors by naming a first and a second team as well as honorable mention. Some even name a third team.

But this conference does it right, just a first team, although the women have honorable mention. It’s a tough, deep conference so being named is truly an honor.

Here’s the complete list

Player of the Year - Keon Pledger, So., San Bernardino
Coach of the Year - Jeff Klein, Chaffey

All-Conference selections
Shelton Boykin,Fr., Antelope Valley
Deondre Brodie, So., Chaffey
Daquan Brown, So., Barstow
Dakota Downs, So., Mt. San Jacinto
Donte Godlock, So., Chaffey
Da’Shawn Gomez, So., Antelope Valley
Thair Heath, Fr., San Bernardino
Eric Lawton, So., Mt. San Jacinto
Aaron Moore, Fr., San Bernardino
Steffon Neal, So., Chaffey
LaVanne Pennington, So., Barstow

Player of the Year - Paige Haynes, So., 5-7, San Bernardino Valley

Coach of the Year - Sue Crebbin, San Bernardino Valley

All-Conference selections

Nisha Barrett, Fr., Barstow
Yvette Bennett, Fr., Antelope Valley
Darshae Burnside, Fr., San Bernardino
Amber Chavez, So., Victor Valley
Daniella Cooper, Fr., Mt. San Jacinto
Vanessa Gutierrez, So., Rio Hondo
Stephanie Hoskin, Fr., Cerro Coso
Brittani Jefferson, So., Antelope Valley
Tiana Jones, Fr., Chaffey
Janelle Junior, So., San Bernardino
Arione Nabors, So., Chaffey
Jasmine Ray, Fr., San Bernardino
Danielle Reed, So., Mt. San Jacinto
Missy Spoesltra, Fr., Desert

Honorable mention

Rosalind Barnes, So., Chaffey
Malika Jackson, Fr., Antelope Valley
Mechel’La Logan, So., Barstow
Ebony Mease, Fr., Victor Valley
Ashley Milan, Fr., Desert
Jeanette Ramirez, So., Rio Hondo
Terri Todecheeene, So, Mt. San Jacinto
Latosha Trainor, Fr., Cerro Coso
Jennifer Young, So., San Bernardino

Local player at Biola honored for academics, athletics

Redlands native Jessilyn Conicelli of Biola University has been named a 2010-11 Second-Team Capital One Women’s Basketball Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday.

Conicelli, a senior forward with a 3.96 grade-point average, has been honored for both her work in the classroom and on the court. She is one of 15 student-athletes chosen in the College Division which represents schools in the NCAA Division II, Division III and NAIA schools.

She is averaging 17.8 points and 12.3 rebounds per game and has recorded 13 straight double-doubles to give her 23 on the season. Conicelli ranks in the top five in the NAIA in five different categories including ranking second in total rebounds (358), third in rebounds per game (12.3) and 10th in total scoring (516).

In her Biola career, Concicelli has scored 1,532 points and added 1,093 rebounds, becoming one of just three players in the program’s history to reach 1,000 in both categories. She is currently fifth on the all-time scoring list at Biola and third on the rebounding list.

Pairings set for CCAA basketball tournament

The CCAA basketball tournament gets underway on Tuesday with the highest seeded teams hosting quarterfinal games.

Cal State San Bernardino was the lone school to get home games in both the men’s and women’s events so they will be hosting a doubleheader with the women seeded fourth and taking on fifth-seeded Humboldt State at 5:30 p.m. and the third-seeded men following against No. 6 Cal State Los Angeles.
The Coyotes swept the Humboldt women this season while the men split with Cal State Los Angeles, each team winning at home.
The Cal Poly Pomona women are a No. 2 seed and will host No. 7 Stanislaus at 7 p.m. The Broncos split with the Warriors but lost the most recent game just a week ago in Turlock.
The defending national champion men are the No. 6 seed and will play at San Francisco State.  The Broncos lost to the Gators twice by a total of six points so maybe the third time is the charm.
While both local women’s team look to be set for a regional bid both men’s team’s likely need to win the tournament. The Cal State men might get in the next poll after three wins last week but they have to win out to stay there.
The CCAA semifinals and finals will be hosted by Cal State East Bay. It seems like an odd choice since that school does not have a team in the field so there will likely be no local draw,
It’s better than Humboldt State which is hard to get to, not to mention expensive on a few days notice.

Chaffey men win; SBVC, Barstow fall

The community college playoffs got underway on Friday with three local teams in action and the results were favorable for just one.

Chaffey defeated Los Angeles Trade Tech 66-63 with Steffon Neal hitting a 3-pointer with 10 seconds left for the winning points. Trade Tech did not play well and Chaffey wasn’t at its best either. The difference is that the Panthers hit from the perimeter, making 10 three’s while the Beavers didn’t have one. Their final shot to try and tie didn’t even draw iron.
Donte Godloock had 19 and Deandre Brodie 15. Neal only had seven but did have 12 rebounds.
San Bernardino Valley got thumped by Irvine Valley 63-50 and ends its season 17-12. Perhaps there were just too many newcomers this year. They’ll have pretty much everyone back next year so expect better things. Keon Pledger had 12 points but was the lone Wolverine in double figures.
Barstow was beaten by Saddleback 75-52. La Vanne Pennington tallied 24 but was the lone Viking to really show up. Reggie Howard has the program on the rise and getting into the playoffs this year was a good start. 
Also Mt,. San Jacinto held off Riverside 71-70 in overtime. 
The women are up today.
Chaffey faces a formidable challenge in No, 1 Fullerton. The Panthers won a play-in game on Wednesday against L.A. Pierce.
No. 2 San Bernardino will host Santa Barbara. 
Both games are at 7 p.m.

JC basketball pairings just released

The race for a community college state title is on. And there are five area teams still in contention. That group is led by the Chaffey College men and the San Bernardino Valley College women, both of whom won Foothill Conference titles this season.

Here is the complete rundown . . .

Wednesday’s games

No. 17 Long Beach (14-11) at No. 14, Glendale (18-10)\]
No. 20 Oxnard (15-10) at No. 12 Antelope Valley (19-9)
No. 18 L.A. Southwest (16-12) at No. 15 Compton (16-10)
No. 19 Allan Hancock (14-13) at No. 16. L.A. Harbor (14-12)

Friday’s games

No. 9 San Bernardino (17-11) at No. 8 Irvine Valley (21-7)
No. 13 L.A. Trade Tech (18-9) at No. 5 Chaffey (19-7)
No. 10 Barstow (22-6)
at No. 7 Saddleback (24-6)
No. 11 Mt. San Jacinto (19-8) at No. 6 Riverside (19-10)

Saturday’s games

Glendale-Long Beach winner at No. 1 Mt. SAC (21-5)
Oxnard-Antelope winner at No. 4 Citrus (23-5)
Southwest-Compton winner at No. 2 Southwestern (23-2)
Harbor-Hancock winner at No. 3 Santa Monica (20-7)

Wednesday’s games

No. 18 Los Angeles Pierce (18-10) at No. 16 Chaffey (18-10)
No. 18 L.A. Trade Tech (15-11) at No. 15 Santa Barbara (20-10)

Friday’s games

No. 9 Cypress (18-10) at No. 8 Antelope Valley (21-9)
No. 13 Riverside (17-12) at No. 4 Cerritos (23-6)
No. 10 Mt. San Jacinto (20-8) at No. 7 Canyons (22-7)
No. 14 Moorpark (18-8) at Mt. SAC (26-3)

Saturday’s games

Chaffey-Pierce winner at No. 1 Fullerton (27-2)
No. 12 Southwestern (20-5) at No. 5 Orange Coast (22-8)
Santa Barbara-Trade Tech winner at No. 2 San Bernardino (26-2)
No. 11 Ventura (123-6) at No. 6 Pasadena (23-4).

Foothill Conference to come down to final game

The Foothill Conference has always been one of the top conferences in the state when it comes to men’s basketball. So it  should be no surprise that first place will be up for grabs on the final day.

Right now it’s Chaffey (18-7, 11-2) in first place with San Bernardino Valley (16-11, 10-3) and Barstow (22-5, 10-3) tied for second. On Saturday Barstow will be at Chaffey and SBVC at College of the Desert.
So it’s this simple . . . Chaffey wins and it is the outright champion. Who would have thought? If Barstow wins and SBVC does as expected and takes care of COD, then it’s a three-way tie.
The scenario got interesting on Wednesday when Barstow upset SBVC 72-70 in overtime. It was a ragged game on both sides. There were a couple of dust-ups in the first half, both of which resulted in double technical fouls.
But SBVC caused its own problems. It went 10 for 25 from the free throw line with a couple of huge misses in the last minute of regulation. That won’t get it done against a middle tier team, let alone a good one.
Barstow also won the rebounding battle 49-64. That statistic could have been different had SBVC coach Quincy Brewer not benched Aaron Moore, his second-leading scorer and leading rebounder. It was another one of those disciplinary issues. Give Brewer credit for sticking to his principles no matter what the importance of the game. 
Brewer said after the game Moore will not play Saturday either.
Barstow was led by Daqwuan Brown with 17 pointsand 11 rebounds.Jeffery Legree had16, six of those in overtime. He also had six assists and two steals. Cheikh Fall had 11 points and 10 boards.
For SBVC Keon Pledger tallied 22 points. David Rawlinson added 16.

Cal Poly Pomona men come up just short

The Cal Poly Pomona men’s basketball came up short against Humboldt State, losing 64-60.  A win might have gone a long way toward getting the Broncos back in the regional picture since Humboldt is ranked third. But that’s not the case. So now it will be difficult.

The biggest problem is Cal Poly’s non-conference schedule. Wins over American Sports and Pacifica are worthless. Then there’s a costly loss to a Montana State-Billings team that is 5-16.
There just isn’t enough schedule left or quality games for the Broncos to work their way up. They have games left against six teams and four of those are below .500 and another is just one game over .500. About the only quality win left on the table is Cal State San Bernardino.
So the Broncos chance at defending their national championship will come with winning the conference tournament. If the season ended today they would be facing San Bernardino in the quarterfinal. There’s a decent chance the standings could stay like that.
Maybe the Broncos have just lost the hunger that comes after winning it all.
Maybe its lack of leadership. The Broncos may only graduated two players, but they were the two leaders who were the backbone of the team.
Maybe it’s just one of those years. To win a national championship you have to be good, but you also have to be a little lucky. They got some breaks last year. This year things haven’t gone their way.
The Broncos certainly are capable of winning the conference tournament. But so is every other team that is going to be in it. If there is anything we have learned over the last couple of years it is that you never bet against coach Greg Kamansky. He always seems to find a way. But this will have to be his bigest miracle yet!

Chaffey, SBVC men get ready for battle

The men’s basketball teams from Chaffey and San Bernardino Valley College will square off at SBVC at 3 p.m. on Saturday. First place will be on the line as the Wolverines (14-9, 8-1) go in one game ahead of Chaffey (14-7, 7-2) and Barstow.

It should be quite the clash. SBVC won the first battle by digits but the game was really closer than that as the Panthers faltered down the stretch.
Both teams got off to slow starts this season. SBVC was 4-8early and most figured it would eventually get its act together. There were just a lot of newcomers learning to play together. But now they are back on track and looking like the favorite again.
Chaffey also got off to a slow start. Things didn’t look quite so promising for the Panthers. Coach Jeff Klein asked me on Wednesday if there was any player on his team that could play for SBVC. I had a hard time coming up with an answer.
But the Panthers play solid defense and team basketball and that has been the key. This might be Klein’s best coaching job in his years there if you consider where this team started.
The women’s teams will play at 1 p.m. Chaffey is coming off an upset of Antelope Valley that puts SBVC in first place alone. The Wolverines are ranked No. 2 in the state.

Redlands player earns weekly honor

The University of Redlands men’s basketball team made it twice in a row when senior forward Matt Dietrich was named the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Male Athlete of the Week for his contributions during last week’s victories.

Senior center Jordan Sanvictores garnered the award during the week of Jan. 17.

On Saturday, Dietrich led the Bulldogs to their first win over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps since 2007 by scoring a season-high 17 points. He was perfect from the charity stripe, going 8-for-8, and nabbed six rebounds. He provided a critical three-pointer late in the first half to help Redlands secure a lead it held through the final whistle.

Dietrich also contributed 12 points and nine rebounds in the team’s 64-55 victory over Pomona-Pitzer Colleges last Wednesday.

Freshman swimmer Haley Von Schottenstein of Whittier won the weekly honor for the women.

Redlands (9-10, 6-2 SCIAC) currently sits in a tie for second place in the conference standings. The Bulldogs look forward to hosting Caltech in a SCIAC doubleheader on Saturday, beginning with the women’s game at 5 p.m. The men tip off at approximately 7 p.m. in Currier Gym.