Cal State to host fun run on Sunday

The Cal State San Bernardino women’s cross country team will hold a 5K-10K fun run beginning at 8 a.m. on Sunday. It is the primary fund-raiser for the program which competes in the fall.

The event typically draws about 300 participants according to Coyotes coach Tom Burleson, who added the biggest challenge is finalizing a date when the event doesn’t conflict with other local events.

The starting line is is off by the school’s soccer fields and the course winds around the campus.

The entry fee of $25 includes a T-shirt. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. on site on race day. Applications are also available on-line through the school’s athletic department web site.

“This is big for us,” Burleson said. “The budget is tough and we’re like everyone, just trying to make it work. This provides most of the money for our operating budget.”

Cal State players earn softball honors

Cal State San Bernardino claimed both CCAA weekly honors in softball as junior Brianna Godfredson has been named pitcher of the week and junior shortstop Courtney Wilhelms has been named player of the week for their showing in games March 14-21.

Godfredson posted a 4-0 record, 1.56 earned-run average and two complete-games in seven appearances last week to help the Coyotes to a 7-1 record against Cal State Dominguez Hills and Cal State Stanislaus. In 27 innings, she allowed 24 hits, nine runs (six earned), walked 12 and struck out 13.

Wilhelms batted .536 (15-for-28) with 11 runs scored, a double, five home runs and 17 RBIs while posting a 1.107 slugging percentage and .581 on-base percentage. She posted six multiple-hit and five multiple-RBI games. During a four-game series against Cal State Stanislaus, she batted .600 (9-for-15) with five runs scored and 10 RBIs.

Cal Poly Pomona women face tough draw

The Cal Poly Pomona women are busily preparing for their first trip to the Elite Eight in nine years. The Broncos (29-4) will face Northwest Missouri State (27-4) in the last of the four quarterfinals at the St. Joseph Civic Arena in St. Jospeh, Mo. on Tuesday.

The game will tip off at 6:30 p.m. Pacific time.

The Bearcats have all five starters averaging double figures. They have a 6-foot-4 post to go with a 6-footer so they will have a huge size advantage. But they have little on the bench so the Broncos have the edge in depth.

Northwest Missouri is ranked No. 19 and will be making its first trip to the Elite Eight in school history.

The winner of that games advances to the semifinal where it will play the winner of the quarterfinal between No. 1 Arkansas Tech (30-2) and No. 3 Michigan Tech (29-2).

The other half of the draw has Metro State (30-2) playing Shaw (24-11) and Bentley (28-4) facing Clayton State (32-1). Shaw was a No. 8 seed and won its region which tells me that is likely a very weak region or that team is on a serious roll. Probably a little bit of both..

The Broncos will leave on Sunday morning.




Cal Poly women on to nationals

The Cal Poly Pomona women’s basketball team finished off Grand Canyon 68-61 in the NCAA Division II West Region final at Kellogg Gymnasium. 

It was a great game in a great atmosphere. It was only fitting it go down to the final second.
Now its on to the Elite Eight where the Broncos (28-4) will face Northwest Missouri State (27-4) on March 22 in the quarterfinal. It will be the ninth national tournament appearance for the Broncos but the first since 2002.
Reyana Colson was her normal great self with 28 points, winning the individual battle against Grand Canyon’s Samantha Murphy who tallied 24. Murphy led the nation in scoring this season while Colson was second. But Colson got hers taking 16 shots while Murphy needed 23.
It was a good stage for the two stars.
Colson had lots of help though. La’Kenya Simon-West had 11 points and seven rebounds while Megan Ford added 10 with nine rebounds.
Jallisa Butler of Grand Canyon had a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds.

Halftime at Kellogg and the Broncos lead 26-19

The Cal Poly Pomona women lead Grand Canyon 26-19 at the half in the NCAA Division II West Region title tilt at Kellogg Gymnasium.

If you’re Grand Canyon you’re happy only being down by seven. The Antelopes are just 7 of 28 from the field (25 percent) and have nine turnovers. It could be much worse. Super stud Samantha Murphy has nine points but is just 3 for 12 from the field.
The Broncos have been all over the place on defense. They have expended a lot of energy on that end of the floor which might be part of the reason they are shooting just 33.3 percent (10 for 30) from the field.
Their stud Reyana Colson has eight points on 3 for 9 shooting from the floor. Megan Ford has six points, five rebounds and three steals, Sarah Semenero has six rebounds.
One other note, NBA referee Violet Palmer is in the house observing the officials.

Tip off time at Kellogg Gymnasium

The Cal Poly Pomona women’s basketball team has just taken the court for the opening tipoff against Grand Canyon.

At stake is a berth in the NCAA Division II Elite Eight. It’s a familiar spot for the Broncos, not so for the Antelopes who had not won a playoff game before this tournament.
The gym has been flooded by Purple people, as in Grand Canyon supporters. There are twice as many and they are twice as loud as the Bronco faithful. That’s embarrassing!
Now there is 3:05 left in the half and Cal Poly leads 22-33.
The Grand Canyon cheerleaders are on the floor, rallying their supporters and the Cal Poly cheerleaders are standing in the end like bumps on a log.
The winner will play Northwest Missouri State (27-4) in the national quarterfinal. Northwest Missouri won the South Central Region, beating Central Oklahoma 82-70 earlier today.

Redlands women win first tournament

In its fifth year of existence, the University of Redlands women’s golf program notched its inaugural tournament victory in school history on Sunday with a score of 350 during the Lady Bulldog Five Match at East Valley Golf Course in Beaumont.

Redlands out-played the runners-up from Whitman College (OR) by 14 strokes.

The Bulldogs also competed against familiar foes Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (367), Occidental (415) and Pomona-Pitzer (440) during the one-round event.

Ranked eighth in Division III by Golfstat, junior Tracy Saracino led the Bulldogs with her score of 78 to finish one shot off of the leader, Occidental’s Katie Park.

Freshman Hannah Durrette supplied a solid showing of 83, while senior Kim Masunaga provided a score of 93. Freshman Siarra Waddy finished the round at 96 as the Bulldogs’ fourth contributor.

Redlands looks forward to competing in the SoCal Dutch Invitational on Tuesday and Wednesday at nearby Oak Valley Country Club, beginning at 1 p.m. each day.

Cal Poly player earns weekly honor

Cal Poly Pomona outfielder Travis Taijeron has been named the Wilson/California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Player of the Week for the week of March 6 to March 13,

It marks the second time this season he has been honored.

Taijeron, a senior from San Diego, Calif., had a productive weekend at the plate as he helped the Broncos take three out of four at Cal State Stanislaus. He posted a .417 batting average (5-for-12) with six runs scored, two home runs and three RBIs while recording a .917 slugging percentage and .529 on-base percentage.

Taijeron, who hit safely in all four games and scored a run in three of the four contests, launched a leadoff homerun in the ninth-inning Friday to lift the Broncos to a 4-3 victory on Friday.

Currently in the conference ranks for season statistics, Taijeron is first in total bases (52), first in homeruns (6), second in slugging (.684), second in runs batted in (21), fourth in walks (14) and fifth in on-base percentage (.473).

CPP has a week off before opening a four-game series at defending CCAA champion UC San Diego on March 24.

Wilson/CCAA Player of the Week
Jan. 31- Feb. 6: Travis Taijeron (Cal Poly Pomona)

Feb. 7-13: Thomas Shull (Cal State Stanislaus)

Feb. 14-20: Manny Acosta (Cal State L.A.)

Feb. 21-27: Garrett Tuck (UC San Diego)

Feb. 28-Mar. 6: Blake Tagmyer (UC San Diego)

Mar. 7-13: Travis Taijeron (Cal Poly Pomona).

Cal Poly women move on to final

The Cal Poly Pomona women’s basketball team left little doubt, rolling past Alaska-Anchorage 67-47 in the NCAA West Regional semifinal at Kellogg Gymnasium.

Now its on to Monday’s championship game against Grand Canyon, which was equally impressive in beating Cal State Monterey Bay 55-35.
The Broncos looked poised and ready. They’re peaking at the right time.
They lost to the same team a year ago in the quarterfinal 69-50. So it was a sweet victory for the Broncos, most of whom were part of that game.
The Broncos-Antelopes showdown on Monday will pit the top two scorers in the country as Grand Canyon’s Samantha Murphy averaged 25 points and Reyana Colson averaged 21. Colson got West region player of the year, probably because the Broncos play in a far tougher conference. But watching those two players will be worth the price of admission.

Cal Poly women roll past rival

The Cal Poly :Pomona women’s basketball team left little doubt, cruising past Cal State San Bernardino 71-43 in NCAA Division II West Region play at Kellogg Gymnasium.

The Broncos play Alaska-Anchorage at 7 tonight in one semifinal. Cal State Monterey Bay will play Grand Canyon in the other at 5 p.m.
Top-seeded Cal Poly (26-4) is looking poised and ready. Alaska-Anchorage was lucky enough to shoot 31 percent and still win against Western Washington. It will need a far better effort against the Broncos.
Reyana Colson was her usual self with 21points and seven rebounds. But others were stellar. Sarah Semenero had her first double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds.La’Kenya Simon-West added 14 and the normally quiet Rosslyn Beard added 10, highlighted by back-to0back 3-pointers in the first half.
Cal State got 18 from Eisha Sheppard, but a lot of those came late in garbage time.