Cal Poly Pomona runner is best of the week

Cal Poly Pomona sophomore Ryan Carrell was named the CCAA Male Cross Country Runner of the Week for the week of Oct. 3-9.

Carrell took top honors at the Triton Classic Invitational in La Jolla on Saturday, completing the 10-kilometer race in a time of 32:44.9 to help the Broncos to a third place finish.
It was the second weekly honor for Carrell who was also named for his performance the week of Sept. 12-18.

Cal Poly Pomona is next in action on Oct. 22 when it participates in the CCAA Championships hosted by Sonoma State at Spring Lakes Regional Park in Santa Rosa.

CCAA Male Runners of the Week:

Aug. 29 -Sept. 4: Ernesto Rodriguez (San Francisco State)

Sept. 5-11: Anthony Costales (Chico State)

Sept. 12-18: Ryan Carrell (Cal Poly Pomona)

Sept. 19-25: Adrian Sherrod (Chico State)

Sept. 26 – Oct. 2: Isaac Chavez (Chico State)

Oct. 3-9: Ryan Carrell (Cal Poly Pomona).


Middleborn wins CCAA honor again

Cal State San Bernardino senior middle blocker Samantha Middleborn has been named Molten/California Collegiate Athletic Association Women’s Volleyball Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 3-9. It marks the third time this season she has been honored.

Middleborn, of Rialto, led the No. 3 Coyotes to a road sweep at Cal State East Bay and Cal State Monterey Bay over the weekend. The two victories helped Cal State San Bernardino conclude the first half of CCAA play with an 11-0 conference mark and 16-0 overall record.

In seven sets, Middleborn tallied 32 kills in 52 attempts, with just five errors, collected four service aces, eight digs and eight block assists while recording a .519 hitting percentage. The 2010 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) National Player of the Year, totaled 19 kills and posted a .720 attack mark during a four-set win over Cal State East Bay and concluded the week with 13 kills, three service aces, five digs and a .333 hitting percentage at Cal State Monterey Bay on Saturday.

Cal State San Bernardino returns to action on Friday when it travels to Cal Poly Pomona 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).


Sweeney leads the nation in rushing, Sagehens prep for Redlands

Pomona-Pitzer junior running back Luke Sweeney is now the leading rusher in all of college football (all divisions) after his 185 yards last week against Chapman, according to the new NCAA stats released today.

Sweeney currently averages 182.7 yards per game on the ground, a comfortable 13.7 yards per game lead in the NCAA Division III leaders (over Jeremy Murray of Mt. Union). The second leading rusher in all of college football is Jonas Randoph of Mars Hill at the NCAA Division II level, who averages 180.0 yards per game.

Sweeney has been remarkably consistent in the early going this season, rushing for 176 yards in the opener against Whitworth, then 187 yards against Lewis & Clark (with four touchdowns) and 185 yards against Chapman. Those are the second, third, and fourth highest rushing totals of his career, as he had a personal-best 220 yards last year against Occidental.

Sweeney has also reached his lofty totals efficiently, as his longest run from scrimmage through the first three games has been only 25 yards. Only five other running backs in all of NCAA Division III average over 150 yards per game, giving him a comfortable lead over most of the competition heading into a difficult road test at nationally ranked Redlands this weekend.

In addition to his high ranking in rushing, Sweeney is also second in the country in Division III in all-purpose yardage at 238.3 per game, trailing only Trey Fairchild of Otterbein, a wide receiver/kick returner.

The offensive line that has paved the way for Sweeney’s big numbers this season has included left tackle Tim Stapenhorst, left guard Kevin Ludlum, center Jack Horstmann, right guard James Lambert and right tackle Garret Bell, along with tight end Peter Ferrin and fullback Zack Tannous. Not only did that unit block effectively for Sweeney last weekend, they also prevented quarterback Luke Ferguson from being sacked a single time in 38 pass attempts.

The Pomona-Pitzer game at Redlands on Saturday will take place at 7 p.m., before the Sagehens return home the following weekend for a 7 p.m. game against Occidental.

Coyotes still third in AVCA poll

Cal State San Bernardino remained third in the NCAA Division II poll by the American Volleyball Coaches Association released on Monday.

Reigning champion Concordia-St. Paul (15-0) remains first with Tampa, Fla. (14-0) in second. The top six places are the same as last week. The Bears received all 32 first-place votes.

The Coyotes (13-0) are one of three CCAA teams mentioned. UC San Diego (10-2), whom the Coyotes will play on Wednesday, dropped from 12th to 16th after a loss to Sonoma State on Saturday. Chico State (12-3) moved into the poll at No. 24.

Sonoma State was in the receiving votes category. 

CMS quarterback sustains broken leg

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps chalked up a 20-17 win over University of La Verne in the SCIAC opener for both teams on Saturday. But it wasn’t without a cost as senior quarterback Patrick Rooney sustained a broken leg and it lost for the season.

Coach Kyle Sweeney said the injury occured in the first quarter when a La Verne played jumped offside and slammed into his quarterback before the offical blew the whistle.

The Stags have used two quarterbacks the last three years with Rooney noted as the batter passer and junior Peter Kimmey more of a weapon in the rushing attack.

Ironically, Rooney was also hurt last year which left Kimmey as the sole signal-caller for the last four games. The Stags should be able to draw upon that experience and proceed the same way.

“They won games with him so he can do the job,” Sweeney said.

CMS will play at Chapman at 7 p.m. on Saturday.


New stadium at Cal Lutheran not all that

Cal Lutheran unveiled its new $5 million stadium on Saturday and it was only appropriate that the University of Redlands was the opponent on the big occasion, given the competitive games the two have had in recent years.

It was another dagger through the heart as Redlands played a flawless first half and led 24-0, only to give up 28 unanswered points and lose 28-24 when the Kingsmen drove 98 yards in the last three minutes.

As far as the stadium goes, I was underwhelmed. For that amount of money, it could have been better. Yes, turf fields always looked spiffy and this one did indeed look good from a field standpoint. Redlands players had trouble on their first drive with footing which may or may not have had anything to do with the new field.

It seats about 2,500, which seems rather small. The announced crowd was 3,051 which sounds about right because every seat was filled and peole were two and three deep standing behind the fence one end zone. If you’re building something new why not make it a bit bigger. Granted the school probably doesn’t draw that well for every game and no visiting school brings in a bigger crowd than Redlands.

The seating is metal bleachers. Ugh!

There is also no room beyond the back of the end zone. The back end line is just a couple feet from a wall on one and end and the fence on the other.

Other logistics left a lot to be desired. It is an absolute nightmare for the press. Yes, I know accommodating the press isn’t a priority. There is just a small area for the press, maybe about three or four feet by the time you accommodate the crew working the game.

Well right in the middle of that 3-4 feet area is a huge light standard. So in that little press area, you can’t see anything between the 40′s. And the floor is level with the last row of the bleachers so when people are standing up again, you have trouble seeing the section on the field.

There were tables in back of the press box on which to put a laptop, notes. But who wants to be sitting facing the wall, away from the field of play. The only option was to put the laptop on a ledge behind the light standard and lean from side or keep getting up.

Sitting on a folding chair hunched over for a laptop on a ledge for that length of time took a toll on my recently surgically repaired neck.  I was hurting by the time I got back in the car to make the drive home.

There are other booths that are still empty and I thought maybe plans were to put a press area in one of those when all the final touches have been completed. But after asking around, that doesn’t seem to be the case.

It is certainly an improvement over the facility the school previously used. But it isn’t better, and certainly not as practical and laid out at well as Ted Runner Stadium!