Cal State volleyball team moves up one

The Cal State San Bernardino volleyball team moved up from third to second in the American Volleyball coaches Association Top 25 poll.

The Coyotes went 4-0 over the weekend as a tournament they hosted. The most noteable win was over No. 17 Western Washington.

Cal State jumped over Central Missouri which lost twice, one of those to No. 1 and reigning national champion Concordia St. Paul. Central Missouri lost 3-0 so it probably didn’t deserve to be No. 2 anyway.

The CCAA is also represented by No. 15 UC San Diego. Cal State Los Angeles was in the receiving votes category.

The Coyotes open CCAA play this weekend with San Francisco State on Friday and Cal Poly Pomona on Saturday, both at Coussoulis Arena where they have won 50 straight matches.

Bulldogs earn national football ranking

The University of Redlands football team has moved into the national poll at No. 20.

That comes as a result of the Bulldogs 35-29 win over No. 4 North Central (Ill.) on Saturday at Ted Runner Stadium. It was the highest-ranked team the school has ever beaten.

North Central fell to No. 15

The SCIAC is also represented at No. 16 by Cal Lutheran.

Redlands is idle this week but returns to action on Sept. 17 with a game in Spokane (Wash.) against the Whitworth Pirates.

Redlands stuns No. 4 North Central 35-29

There are wins. Then there are big wins.  For the University of Redlands they don’t get any bigger than the 35-29 win over North Central (Ill.) Saturday in front of 2,170 spectators at The Runner. Coach Mike Maynard says it is the highest ranked opponent the Bulldogs have ever beaten.

The ramifications are many. First, the West Coast gets little respect when it comes to Division III football and the SCIAC is particularly looked down upon. Well the Bulldogs just struck a blow for both.

The victory is huge for the Bulldogs in terms of stength of schedule, a big factor when it comes to the playoff draw. Last year the Bulldogs went 8-1, the lone loss to nationally ranked Cal Lutheran by two points with a last-second field goal blocked and it wasn’t good enough for an at-large bid. This win helps their cause should they finish second again.

It will likely boost the Bulldogs into the national rankings since they were already in the “receiving votes” category.

No player came up bigger than junior QB Chad Hurst who was making his first collegiate start. You would have never known. The game featured five lead changes in the last 16 minutes and Hurst brought his team back time and time again like a poised veteran. He ended up throwing for 275 yards, running for TD’s and passing for two. He did have three interceptions but chalk them up to inexperience.

Other relative newbies came up big too. Mark Richardson had 103 yards in receptions. Kicker Kevin Grady was stellar too.

The Cardinals left a lot of points on the table, something you can’t do against a good team. They had three red zone possessions in which they managed just six points – They got inside the 10 twice and settled for field goals. They got a pic in the closing seconds of the first half and got to the 17, then missed a field goal as the half ended.

The key came early as the visitors led 13-0, scoring and moving at will on their first three possessions. Then a punt pinned the Bulldogs at their own 3. Give the ball right back and the Cardinals have a short field, probably score again and its 20-0.

Instead Hurst drove the team 97 yards for a touchdown, 13-7 and Redlands was back in it, now confident it can play with North Central, who went 12-1 a year ago the lone loss coming to the eventual national champion in the playoffs.

I like the play-calling of new offensive coordinator Jim Good. I like the poise with which Hurst played. And I liked the intensity of the defense led by Justin Butler, Josh Herrera, and especially Jordan Garcia.

It is probably the best college football game I have covered in seven years. The atmosphere was electric and that was even though the students aren’t back yet.




Week 1 college action – Maynard names starting quarterback

The University of Redlands is busily preparing for its season opener on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Ted Runner Stadium against North Central (Ill.), ranked fourth nationally by That’s one heck of an opener!

Would have liked to have seen this matchup last year when the Bulldogs had a veteran quarterback in Dan Selway. But it is what it is.

The Bulldogs will have junior Chad Hurst at quarterback. He was Selway’s backup last year. He played in four games and went 4 of 9 throwing but you can’t read much into that because his time was in mop-up duty and the Bulldogs weren’t going to be throwing and most of the time didn’t have their other first-teamers in the game either.

This one will be tough for the Bulldogs to pull off, not just because of the caliber of the foe and having a new quarterback but because they are opening the season a week earlier than usual.

Coach Mike Maynard had six quarterbacks in the mix but went with Hurst because he was the backup last year so he has a better grasp of the offense. He also executed it better on the practice field.

Other local college games this week:

- San Bernardino Valley College at Chaffey, 6 p.m.

The Wolverines also have a new QB and all-world running back Kristin James is gone. SBVC’s success will depend on the showing of the newbies. The defense also must perform better than it did last year because it will tough to have the same offensive production.

Chaffey lacked consistency on offense last year. Coach Carl Beach hopes to have remedied that problem. Charles King will be over center. But the Panthers will be without receiver Alex Jeffries.

- Victor Valley at Mt. SAC, 1 p.m.

You have to feel sorry for the Rams. This just isn’t a fair fight. Let’s hope the powers that be have a little mercy on the Rams when picking nonconference foes next year. Hopefully Dave Hoover’s team can keep their collective headds up and not get too down after the first game.