Cal State water polo players honored

Senior All-American Bryanna Burns was named to the Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) second-team squad, the association announced Wednesday morning.

Burns, an Oceanside native, has been a stalwart for the Coyotes during her four seasons. She became the Coyotes’ all-time leader in saves in the final game of the 2010 season and earned All-American honors in the process.

This season Burns has 420 saves with 30 assists and 60 steals for the Coyotes, who open the WWPA Tournament at 9 a.m. Friday against Cal State Monterey Bay at Chabot College in Hayward. The tourney is hosted by Cal State East Bay.

In her career, Burns has 1,566 saves and owns three of the top five single-season saves in school history.

Sophomore Misty Vu was named to the honorable mention squad. The Riverside native leads the Coyotes with 81 goals.

REV graduate Hairgrove honored for play at UCR

College Baseball Insider announced today that UC Riverside’s Trevor Hairgrove was named the West Region Baseball Player of the Week for games played from April 18-24. The honor comes on the heals of Hairgrove winning the Big West Conference Player of the Week award on Monday for the same time period.

Hairgrove extended his hitting streak to 11 games over the weekend scoring the game-winning run in UCR’s 3-0 win over CSU Bakersfield on Thursday, and driving in both runs in a 2-0 win on Friday.

On Saturday, the Highlanders erased a 3-1 deficit with a seven-run eighth inning, and Hairgrove capped the rally driving in runs 5, 6 and 7 with a double to right center, and scoring the team’s eighth run.

For the week, Hairgrove hit .538 with a .571 on base percentage and a .692 slutting percentage. He also played a flawless shortstop in the series handling all 14 chances over the three games.

Hairgrove now leads the Highlanders with a .350 batting average while his .423 on base percentage and 438 slugging percentage rank second on the squad.

Coyotes sweep CCAA honors

Cal State San Bernardino junior outfielder David Silvas, who has blistered the baseball during the month of April, was named this week’s California Collegiate Athletic Association Batter of the Week for the week of April 18-23.

The Moreno Valley native continues to be one of the hottest hitters in the CCAA over the last three weeks. He currently owns a club-best, 9-game hitting streak and is hitting .485 over those nine games (16 of 33 with eight extra-base hits – 6 doubles, 2 HRs).

During the 4-game series against CSUMB that puts the Coyotes into 4th place by percentage points over CPP and CSULA, he hit .538 and capped the series with a 3-for-4 effort in the series finale that included back-to-back-to-back doubles.

He is 24-for-53 (.453) with 11 extra-base hits in his last 14 games.

Junior right-hander Aaron Brooks, who dominated in his opening-game series start against Cal State Monterey Bay on April 21, was named the California Collegiate Athletic Association Pitcher of the Week.

The San Bernardino native set the tone in the weekend series against CSUMB on Thursday, with his third complete game and first shutout of the year in a 2-0 win. Brooks faced just  31 batters – four over the minimum — and did not allow an Otter to reach past second base after the first inning.

He retired 14 in a row — from the last out of the 3rd inning through the first out in the 8th —  and struck out six, did not issue a walk and scattered five hits.

For the season, is 4-6 with a 2.78 ERA. He owns 70 strikeouts and just eight base on balls. He has allowed 64 hits and opponents are hitting just .229 against him in 77.2 innings.



Claremont-Mudd-Scripps to host SCIAC Tournament

For the second straight year Claremont-Mudd-Scripps will host the SCIAC’s post-season softball tournament.

The Athenas (32-8, 19-5) and the University of Redlands (31-9, 19-5) finished tied for first in the regular season but CMS gets the top seed and right to host based on its 4-0 record against the Bulldogs.

Action begins at 9 a.m. on Firday with CMS squaring off against No. 4 seed Whittier (23-17, 11-13), whom they just swept to complete the regular season. Then at 11:30 a.m. Redlands faces off with No. 3 La Verne (25-14, 18-6).

It is a double elimination event so the winners of the first two games will play at 2 and the loser’s will play at 4 in an elimination game.

Play also starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday with an elimination game. The championship game is set for 12:30 p.m. with the if necessary game to follow.

Last season the Leopards won the tournament as the No. 3 seed, the same scenarion they face this year.

The winner gets the conference automatic playoff berth. Last year CMS and Redlands were both granted at-large bids despite not winning the conference tournament.

SBVC’s Haynes signs with Northern Arizona

San Bernardino Valley College basketball standout Paige Haynes has signed a letter-of-intent with Division I Northern Arizona.

The 5-foot-7 guard averaged 12.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.9 assist and 1.9 steals in helping the Wolverines to a 27-2 record and fourth straight Foothill Conference crown.

She led the team in assists and free-throw attempts and recorded a season-high 21 points four times, most notably against College of the Canyons in the Southern California semifinal.

Haynes is the second player from this year’s team to head to a Division I porgram. Guard Jasmine Ray signed with Hawaii earlier.

Panthers turn in convincing win without head coach on hand

The Chaffey College baseball team turned in a near-flawless performance in a 3-0 nonconference win over Golden West.

The Panthers were minus head coach Jeff Harlow who was ejected from Tuesday’s game against the same team and was sitting out the mandatory one game. But the Panthers were on auto-pilot.

They didn’t get a ton of hits – they managed just five but they were timely ones. And with Matt Anderson on the mound they didn’t need many anyway. Anderson went six innings and gave up just one infield single and a walk while striking out six. He easily could have gone the distance but it was a nonconference game and other pitchers needed work.

Chris Truitt had three of Chaffey’s five hits. One of those was a run-scoring triple in the third. He scored after that on a sacrifice fly by Anderson.

Chaffey has a big series on Tuesday and Thursday against San Bernardino Valley. Chaffey is one game behind Rio Hondo. SBVC is third and fighting for an at-large berth so those should be well worth watching.


Redlands takes control of SCIAC baseball race

The University of Redlands seized control of the SCIAC baseball race with a 7-6 win over the University of La Verne. The Bulldogs (25-8, 19-5) now have a two-game lead over La Verne (22-13, 17-7) and a three-game over Cal Lutheran (22-14, 16-8) and they won head-to-head series against both in the case of a tie,

It was not a well played game, with the teams combining for 11 errors. But it was dramatic with a lot of twists and turns.
Both teams went with their No. 3 starters which was pretty much a wash. But Redlands coach Scott Laverty had the luxury of being able to bring in his ace Derek Johnson who had pitched on Friday but went just three innings (60 or so pitches).
La Verne coach Scott Winterburn was not as fortunate. His ace, Mark Larini, had to go the distance in his start on Friday so he was not available for long duty two days later.
Johnson was summoned in the sixth inning and shut down the Leopards the rest of the way, highlighted by a strikeout of Joe Buckley with the potential tying run on third in the bottom of the ninth.
Each team has four games left. Both La Verne and Redlands have games left against Caltech and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. Redlands also has Pomona-Pitzer and Whittier and La Verne still has Occidental and Cal Lutheran.

SCIAC picture starting to clear up


There are six games left in the SCIAC baseball regular season and a couple of contenders have fallen by the wayside. A week ago five teams were still in the hunt. None of those have beem mathematically eliminated but both Pomona-Pitzer and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps suffered losses on Friday that will make it difficult for them now.

The defending champion Sagehens were dealt a 5-1 loss by the University of La Verne while CMS fell to Cal Lutheran 12-4. It is unlikely that either of those can leapfrog enough teams in front of them now.

Pomona-Pitzer and CMS play each other on Saturday, so the loser of that can definitely mail it in.

Redlands survived against a lower-tier team in Occidental 13-9. The Bulldogs trailed 8-0. So give them credit for having the guts to come back. But it shouldn’t have been that hard.

In other games today La Verne will battle Whittier and Redlands will travel to Cal Lutheran. Its a chance for the Bulldogs to put a dagger in the Kingsmen.

A VERY big game looms on Sunday when Redlands travels to La Verne. Stay tuned!


Redlands 22 17-5   23-8
La Verne 22 16-6   21-12
Cal Lutheran 21 14-7   20-13  
Pomona-Pitzer 22 13-9   23-10
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 22 13-9   19-15
Whittier 22 8-14   16-17
Occidental 21 6-15   10-22
Caltech 22 0-22   0-25

Thomas the latest SBVC soccer player to move on

Sophomore defender Monique Thomas, who helped the San Bernardino Valley College women’s soccer team to a 20-1-4 record and a state championship, has signed a letter of intent with Minot State University in Minot, N.D.

Thomas, a product of Cajon High School, was an  honorable mention All-Foothill Conference selection in 2010, helping fortify a defense that recorded 12 shutout, including five straight to end conference play.

Thomas is the 10th player from the title-winning team to advance to a four-year school.

Minot State is coming off a 9-7-3 season and the school is in transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II.

Barstow player headed to San Jose State

 Barstow College basketball standout La Vanne Pennington has signed with San Jose State. Pennington, a 6-foot-4 sophomore guard, averaged 16.9 points and 3.3 rebounds in leading the Vikings (22-7, 10-4) to a third-place finish in the tough Foothill Conference.

Pennington was an All-Conference selection. He tallied a season-high 36 points in nonconference play against Pasadena City College.

San Jose State is coming off a 17-16 season.

Coach Reggie Howard said 6-foot-10 sophomore forward Daquan Brown also visited San Jose State as well as Pepperdine which he really liked.

A couple of other players are likely headed for Division II or NAIA schools.

“This is big for us,” Howard said. “We haven’t had a guy go Division out of here in a very long time.”