Cal Poly’s Colson named best in the West

Cal Poly Pomona senior guard Reyana Colson has added yet another award to her gorwing tally.

The 5-foot-6 dynamo has been named NCAA Division II West Region Player of the Year. That comes on the heels of her selection as CCAA Player of the Year last week.

The native of Compton ranks second nationally in scoring at 21.4 points per game. She is also averaging 6.4 rebounds, 4.7 assist and 2.8 steals. She is the only player at the Division II level to rank within the top 50 nationally in points, assists and steals.

Colson has collected four double-double performances to raise her career total to 20. She ranks fourth all-time in scoring at Cal Poly with 1,849 points.

Four of the five players named to the first and team and eight of 10 overall will be competing in the NCAA Division II West regional tournament at Cal Poly Pomona this week.

Second team selections included Broncos junior Megan Ford as well as Cal State San Bernardino senior point guard Eisha Sheppard.

Ford, named Most Valuable Player at last week’s CCAA Tournament, is averaging 13.2 points and a team-high 7.4 rebounds. She ranks seventh in the conference in scoring and fourth in rebounding.

Sheppard, a former standout at San Bernardino Valley College, is averaging 15 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists.

Players selected to the region first team are now eligible for national honors which will be announced March 22.

Cal Poly to host basketball regional

The Cal Poly Pomona women’s basketball team will host the NCAA Division II West Region tournament beginning Friday. The Broncos were No. 5 in the previous poll and moving up that many spots in the last poll is pretty much unheard of, no matter what sports we’re talking about.

Rumor has it the other schools in contention for hosting rights were Grand Canyon and Cal State Monterey Bay.

I am happy the Broncos are getting that opportunity. This is an experienced team with a lot of depth that is led by the best player in the conference, and probably in the West, in Reyana Colson.

I am glad Grand Canyon did not get the nod. I have a friend of 30 years who lives 30 minutes from that school so a trip there might have been nice and I had a place to stay.

But I attended a men’s basketball tournament there in December in which the Cal Poly men played. The tournament staff was in such a hurry to clear out the joint I didn’t have 10 minutes to write a story. It’s the only time in my professional career I have had a press table pulled out from under my laptop and the chair pulled out from under me.

I vowed to never cover and event there again.

Monterey Bay might not have been a bad choice but they lost two of three games against the Broncos, including Saturday’s CCAA title game. Giving the Otters the nod ahead of the Broncos would not have been a good choice.

Hosting a regional is a big responsibility but the Cal Poly staff is up for the challenge.

Here is the tournament schedule -

Friday, March 11

12:30 p.m. – #3 Cal State Monterey Bay (26-3) vs. #6 Dixie State (24-3)
2:30 p.m. – #2 Grand Canyon (27-2) vs. #7 Seattle Pacific (20-8)
5:30 p.m. – #4 Western Washington (26-3) vs. #5 Alaska Anchorage (25-6)
7:30 p.m. – #1 Cal Poly Pomona (25-4) vs. #8 Cal State San Bernardino (21-7)

Saturday, March 12
5:00 p.m. – Semifinal No. 1
7:00 p.m. – Semifinal No. 2

Monday, March 14
7:00 p.m. – West Region Championship Game


Upland player headed to Cal State

Angie Herbst, an Upland native who played at Upland High School the past three seasons, has signed a National Letter of Intent to study and play for the Cal State San Bernardino women’s soccer team, head coach Travis Clarke announced.

Herbst was a two-time, first-team all-league selection and was named her team’s MVP this past year.

“Angie is a very calm and smooth center midfielder,” Herbst said. “She uses both feet well and does an great job changing the point of attack. She is a strong defender and works hard from start to finish. We feel that Angie will be a very good player in the CCAA.”

Herbst scored five goals with 56 assists in her three seasons. At the club level, she played for Arsenal FC.

SBVC women stunned by Canyons

There will be no state title for the San Bernardino Valley College women’s basketball team. It’s a shame because it was a talented group. The school had already won two titles this school year and this team had a chance to make that three!

SBVC lost to College of the Canyons 69-67 in a third-round thriller at Snyder Gymnasium Wednesday night. It was a fun game to watch with both teams boasting some talented players.

Coach Sue Crebbin made the decision to suspend leading scorer Jasmine Ray for the contest. She came in averaging 13 points a game and she had 16 earlier this season against the same team in a game the Wolverines won handily.

Did Ray’s absence make the difference? We’ll never know. But give Crebbin credit for sticking to her principles. Let a player get away with something and soon everyone will be bending the rules and trying to get away with something.

SBVC men’s coach Quincy Brewer has had to do the same thing.

Ray has already signed with Division I University of Hawaii. Hopefully this will be a lesson learned for her. And hopefully it sends a message to others and Crebbin won’t have to resort to that again.

It’s all over for the Cal State men but the women move on

The Cal State San Bernardino men can wave their chances of a playoff berth goodbye. That’s the result of their lackluster play in a 66-60 loss to Cal State Los Angeles in the CCAA Tournament quarterfinals on Tuesday at Coussoulis Arena.

The Coyotes flat out did not deserve to win.Cal State LA made the plays down the stretch, hit free throws, got the key rebounds and just wanted it more,
The Coyotes will be back in the West Region poll due to be released today thanks to three wins last week. An educated guess has them at No. 8 which would be where they have to finish to get into the post-season. But the first round loss means they won’t stay there.
So the Coyotes will miss the playoffs for just the second time in 14 years. Coach Jeff Oliver said the problem has been lack of leadership and lack of work ethic since day one of practice. That indeed seems to be the case to most who see the team play on a regular basis.
It’s too bad because the it seemed to have good enough personnel to be able to compete.
On a brighter note – the Cal State women chalked up a 68-60 win over Humboldt State. Yes it is hard to beat a good team three times but the Coyotes did that against the Lumberjacks, They were No. 7 in the West Region and with a couple of decent teams in the eighth and ninth spots capable of winning conference tournaments the Coyotes could no afford to be bounced in the first round.
Eisha Sheppard was stellar with 21 points, six rebounds and six steals.
Cal State now will play top seed Cal State Monterey Bay on Friday in a semifinal at Cal State East Bay. That will be a tough task given that the Coyotes have lost to the Otters 59-40 and 61-44. That’s not even in the ballpark. They will have to play their absolute best game.