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.

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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!


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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.

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