SBVC men win Foothill Conference soccer crown

The San Bernardino Valley College men’s soccer team blanked Chaffey 3-0 this afternoon to secure the first Foothill Conference championship in history.

The title is all the more noteworthy given that the Wolverines won just three games a year ago.

All say team chemistry and lack of work ethic were the major issues that held back what looked to be a talented team, at least on paper.

SBVC got first half goals from Ricardo Sigala and Daniel Topete with Stephen Campos adding an insurance goal in the second half.

Sophomore Daniel Angulo was the usual rock in goal. He collected 12 saves, one of them coming on a penalty kick by Edgar Llamas in the second half. It was his 10th shutout of the season.

There were a few congratulatory handshakes and the obligatory pictures but the celebration was pretty low-key, especially considering it was a first for the team. But that goes to show that this team has more than just a conference title in mind.

Chaffey has a quality team as well. It won the conference title last year and had a lot of those players back. So the Panthers could give other teams a run if they make the field for the playoffs as an at-large qualifier.


Cal State volleyball team stays No. 3

The Cal State San Bernardino volleyball team remained No. 3 in this week’s American Volleyball Coaches Association poll but there was a change at the top.

Reigning champion Concordia-St. Paul lost a conference match to formerly No. 4 Minnesota-Duluth 3-2. It dropped to No. 4 with Duluth moving to No. 2 and Tampa, Fla., moving to 1 from 2.

Cal State Athletic Director Kevin Hatcher said his school is putting the finishing touches on the bid it will submit to host both the NCAA Division II West Region and national tournaments. Paperwork is due on Sunday.

The hosting rights for regionals typically go to the No. 1 team in each region but there are four guidelines that go into the national selection. A West Region representative has not hosted the Elite Eight since Cal State did so in 2003.

Here is the top 25 rundown:

1. Tampa, Fla. 23-0

2. Minnesota-Duluth 23-0

3. Cal State San Bernardino 20-0

4. Concordia-St. Paul 22-1

5. Washburn, Kan. 22-1

6. Nebraska-Kearney 23-1

7. Hillsdale, Mich. 21-2

8. Central Missouri 19-4

9. Southwest Minnesota State 17-6

10. Metro State, Col. 19-4

11. Ferris State, Mich. 19-2

12. West Texas A&M 25-2

13. Wayne State, Neb. 17-6

14. Northern Kentucky 20-3

15. Wingate, N.C. 23-0

16. Armstrong Atlantic, Ga. 28-0

17. Angelo State, Tex. 25-2

18. UC San Diego 15-4

19. Minnesota State 15-7

20. Lewis, Ill. 18-5

21. Colorado School of Mines 17-6

22. Sonoma State 18-3

23. Indianapolis 15-6

24. Seattle Pacific 16-5

25. Regis, Col. 19-6.

SBVC men closing in on first conference soccer title

The San Bernardino Valley College men’s soccer team can secure its first Foothill Conference championship in the sport with a win in Tuesday’s 3 p.m. home game against defending champion and local rival Chaffey (9-3-4, 2-2-2).

The Wolverines (13-1-2, 5-0-0) have three games left and a two-game lead over Rio Hondo (7-7-5, 3-2-1) which has just two games remaining.

“Our guys are hungry,” SBVC coach Josh Brown said. “They really want this and they’re playing like it.”

SBVC has already set a school-record for wins in a season and reached double digits in the win column for just the fourth time since the program’s inception in 1990. The programs best finishes in the conference were second-place showings in 1991, 1994 and 2003.

SBVC has a nonconference game at Palomar on Friday and rounds out the regular season against Rio Hondo on Nov. 1.

Former Pomona-Pitzer QB headed to Arena League

Former Pomona-Pitzer quarterback Jake Caron has signed with the Utah Flash of the Arena Football League.

Caron, 21, finished his eligibility after the 2010 season. This season he has been serving as a quarterbacks coach for the Sagehens, coached by father Roger.

As a player Caron set school records for career total yardage (9,225), passing yardage (8,408) and completions (651). As a senior, he earned the Daley Award which recognizes outstanding athletic achievement. He ended his career as the number 10 ranked passer in NCAA Division III football.

Caron, a Claremont resident, said the NFL lockout made it difficult to pursue professional opportunities. He had planned on playing with the Hartford entry of the United Football League but that team folded a week before he was to leave.

“I’m excited about the opportunity. I’m in great shape so I am ready top go,” he said. “Obviously it is different, being a shorter field in a confined space, things happen a lot quicker.”

Caron will leave for training camp in February with the season starting a month later.

University of La Verne runner to get her wish

Each week the Sun and Daily Bulletin newspapers run student-athlete profiles as part of a Tuesday local colleges packages. It’s a fun Q & A with one girl and one boy recommended by their coaches or athletic directors. Last Tuesday the girl feature was cross country standout Micaela Castillo of University of La Verne.

On the question “Person you would most like to meet” she listed Louis Zamperini, a former American distance runner and WW2 Prisoner of War survivor. That’s the nice thing about athletes from the SCIAC schools. There is usually some depth to their answers.

So I come into the office on Thursday and have a message from Steve Wallace, a marketing rep for the Plane of Fame Museum in Chino. Turns out Zamperini is going to be a guest speaker at a fund-rasier the group is having on Saturday in Chino. Wallace talked to Zamperini and told him about Castillo and he was willing to spend some time with her.

So after a few phone calls the meet and greet has been set up for an hour before the event on Saturday. I’m sure it will go well. Zamperini has to be flattered that a young athlete know hims and wants to meet him and Castillo has to be thrilled with the opportunity.

I like to think we helped!


Redlands hoops player earns preseason honor

University of Redlands women’s basketball senior guard Mariah Barbetti-Cort earned a spot on the 2012 Preseason All-America Honorable Mention list.

Barbetti-Cort was the lone representative from the SCIAC and joins George Fox University’s Hannah Munger and Keisha Gordon, as well as Lewis and Clark College’s Kristina Williams, as members from the West Coast.

Last season, Barbetti-Cort put up a team-high 13.6 points per game while shooting 51.8% from the field. She grabbed a team-leading 220 rebounds for 8.8 per game and dished out the most assists with 102. In addition, this well-rounded contributor nabbed 37 steals to lead the team and denied 21 opponent shots.

During the 2010-11 campaign, Barbetti-Cort registered eight double-doubles and sat one assist shy of a triple-double on Jan. 11 when she scored 14 points, pulled in 11 rebounds and distributed nine assists against Chapman University.

The heart and soul of the Bulldogs, she led the squad to a second-place finish in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC).

Barbetti-Cort’s most recent honor complements her previous accolades of All-America Honorable Mention from Women’s DIII News, the Monthly Newsletter of Division III Women’s Basketball, Second-Team All-Region, and First-Team All-Conference honors as the SCIAC Player of the Year.

The Preseason All-America team is chosen from previous year’s All-America and All-Region nominations and is voted upon by a panel of coaches, sports information directors and media members from across the country.

Cal State keeper wins weekly award

Cal State San Bernardino goalkeeper Chelsey Jones has been named the Wilson/California Collegiate Athletic Association Women’s Soccer Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 10-16.

Jones, a sophomore from Hesperia, was solid in goal while helping the Coyotes to a pair of wins over southern California rivals Cal State Dominguez Hills and Cal State L.A.

In 180 minutes in front of the net, Jones posted a pair of shutouts while totaling seven saves. The weekend performance marked her third straight blanking of an opponent and brought her season shutout total 4.5.

Cal State San Bernardino, which has won a school-record six consecutive matches, returns to the pitch on Friday when it hosts CCAA North Division leader Sonoma State beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Wilson/CCAA Women’s Soccer Player of the Week:
Aug. 29 – Sept. 4: Lisa Ohberg (Cal State L.A.)

Sept. 5-11: Tiffany Hollis (Cal State Dominguez Hills)

Sept. 12-18: Cassie Callahan (UC San Diego)

Sept. 19-25: Nicole Vanni (San Francisco State);

Sept. 26 – Sept. 2: Kasey Wall (Chico State)

Oct. 3-9: Casey Hirsch (Cal State San Bernardino);

Oct. 10-16: Chelsey Jones (Cal State San Bernardino).

Former Etiwanda standout earns college honor

Former Etiwanda high School standout Marquis Mora, now a junior at Cal State Los Angeles, has been named Molten/California Collegiate Athletic Association Women’s Volleyball Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 3-9.

Mora led Cal State L.A. to a pair of CCAA wins over Cal State Monterey Bay and Cal State East Bay. In eight sets, she totaled 45 kills, eight digs, 13 total blocks and 53 points (6.6 per set), while posting a .567 hitting percentage.

Mora had a career-high 28 kills and a hitting percentage of .765 to lead the Golden Eagles to a four-set win over Cal State Monterey Bay on Friday. Her 28 kills are tied for the conference single-match high this season and are tied for eighth on Cal State L.A.’s all-time list. Her .765 hitting percentage is second all-time in program history (minimum of 15 attacks) and the highest ever for a player with more than 20 kills and 30 attacks. She also had seven blocks and totaled 32.5 points (8.1 per set) in the game.

On Saturday, Mora had 17 kills and six blocks to lead the Golden Eagles past Cal State East Bay. She hit at a .364 clip and her final two kills got the Golden Eagles to match point and then ended the contest. She had 20.5 points in the match.

Cal State L.A. returns to action on Friday when it travels to UC San Diego for a 7 p.m. contest.

Molten CCAA Women’s Volleyball Player of the Week:
Aug. 29 – Sept. 4: Samantha Middleborn (Cal State San Bernardino)

Sept. 5-11: Keala Peterson (Sonoma State)

Sept. 12-18: Taylor Krenwinkel (Sonoma State)

Sept. 19-25: Samantha Middleborn (Cal State San Bernardino)

Sept. 26 – Oct. 2: Jessica Leek (Chico State)

Oct. 3-9: Samantha Middleborn (Cal State San Bernardino)

Oct. 10-16: Marquis Mora (Cal State L.A.).

SBVC football players honored

San Bernardino Valley College boasted all three American Division Mountain Conference football honors last week.

Freshman running back Damar Sowell was the Offensive Player of the Week. The Riverside Patriot alumn had his best game of the season with 97 yards on 18 carries.

Sophomore defensive back Kingdwayne Solomon took defensive honors with 11 tackles, seven of them solo. He laso had a kickoff return for 47 yards.

Sophomore Jamal Anderson, a graduate of Summit High School, earned special teams honors with a 50-yard fumble return for a touchdown. He also returned four kicks for a total of 103 yards,

SBVC (1-4) opens conference play on Saturday with a 1 p.m. game at Mt. San Jacinto.

Sagehens’ Sweeney should return this week

The 2,000 or so folks on hand for the SCIAC showdown between Pomona-Pitzer and the University of Redlands at Ted Runner Stadium on Saturday were disappointed that junior tailback Luke Sweeney of the Sagehens remained on the sideline instead of seeing game action.

Sweeney came into that game leading the nation in rushing, averaging 182 yards per game despite being on a team that was 0-3. He ran for a lot of yardage against average opponents so this was going to be the first time he was to be challenged by a tough defense.

But it didn’t happen.

Sagehens coach Roger Caron said his player was “banged up” and not able to go. Sweeney is just 5-foot-7 and 165 pounds and had carried the ball 116 times in those three games. Caron said he made the decision to hold Sweeney out after the pregame warmup, although Sweeney wanted to go. But he had also missed practice all week.

Not only was Sweeney out, Caron said a total of eight starters missed the game. He expects two, possible three back for this week’s game against Occidental.

“For any team that’s tough to overcome but especially for us because we only have 35 to start with,” Caron said on Monday.

Not surprisingly, Redlands won the game 61-20.

Caron added that Sweeney will probably play this week but who knows if that is even a real teest since Occidental lost to La Verne. After Occidental, the Sagehens get Cal Lutheran.