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.

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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.

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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.


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