CMS men move up a spot

The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men’s basketball team moved up a spot from 22nd to 21st in the Top 25 poll. The Stags (9-0) have 114 points, just one fewer than No. 20 Marietta (Ohio).

CMS is the only SCIAC school to be mentioned.

Middlebury (Vt.) remains No. 1.

CMS returns to action on Dec. 30 when it will host Babson College (Mass.) at 7:30 p.m.

Cal State guard earns CCAA honor

Cal State San Bernardino senior point guard Nate Roth has been named the California Collegiate Athletic Association’s (CCAA) men’s basketball Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 19-25.

The Riverside native tallied 20 points and established career-highs in assists (8), rebounds (5), free throws (8) and free throw attempts (10), while shooting 62.5 percent (5-for-8) from the field, in the Coyotes’ 71-63 victory over UC San Diego on Dec. 19.

Cal State San Bernardino is next in action on Thursday when it hosts Cal Poly Pomona at 7:30 p.m.

Humboldt State junior guard Catie Richards earned weekly honors on the women’s side. She scored 25 points in 29 minutes, shooting 10-for-15 from the field, including 3-for-5 from three-point range, recorded four rebounds, three assists and a steal during a 76-60 win over Cal State Stanislaus on Dec. 19.

CCAA Men’s Basketball Players of the Week:

Nov. 7-13: Amir Carraway (Chico State)

Nov. 14-20: Reggie Jones (Cal State Stanislaus)

Nov. 21-27: Steven Pratt (Sonoma State)

Nov. 28 – Dec. 4: Roshun Wynne (Cal State East Bay)

Dec. 5-11: Reggie Jones (Cal State Stanislaus)

Dec. 12-18: Wayne Andrews (Cal State Dominguez Hills)

Dec. 19-25: Nate Roth (Cal State San Bernardino).

CCAA Women’s Basketball Players of the Week:

Nov. 7-13: Chelsea Carlisle (UC San Diego)

Nov. 14-20: Sarah Semenero (Cal Poly Pomona);

Nov. 21-27: Chelsea Carlisle (UC San Diego)

Nov. 28 – Dec. 4: Brandi Stephens (Cal State Monterey Bay)

Dec. 5-11: Theresa Henderson (Cal State Stanislaus)\

Dec. 12-18: Ariel Marsh (Cal Poly Pomona)

Dec. 19-25: Catie Richards (Humboldt State).

Marsh named Player of the Week

Cal Poly Pomona guard Ariel Marsh was named the California Collegiate Athletic Association’s (CCAA) women’s basketball Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 12-18.

Marsh, a sophomore from Chino Hills, Calif., scored a season-high 31 points on 12-for-14 shooting, including 7-of-8 from behind the three-point arc, in 27 minutes to help the 11th-ranked Broncos post an 82-69 victory over defending NAIA national champion Azusa Pacific on Thursday,

Cal Poly Pomona will next be in action on Dec. 29 when it returns to CCAA play at Cal State San Bernardino.

CMS men move into national rankings

The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men’s basketball team has moved into the Top 25 poll at No. 22. The Stags improved to 9-0 with a win on Saturday over Point Loma Nazarene.

CMS is the only SCIAC team earning mention.

The Stags have been bolstered by the return of two-time SCIAC Player of the Year Chris Blees who sustained a season-ending knee injury in the second game last season. He is averaging 15 points and 8.8 rebounds to lead the way.

Here’s the Top 25 rundown:

# School (1st votes) Rec Pts Prev.
1 Middlebury (24) 7-0 624 1
2 Virginia Wesleyan (1) 6-1 560 3
3 Augustana 7-1 556 4
4 MIT 11-0 511 7
5 Emory 8-0 490 9
6 Amherst 8-1 480 2
7 Williams 8-1 477 8
8 Whitworth 6-1 417 6
9 Marietta 6-1 396 10
10 Franklin and Marshall 9-0 392 11
11 Cabrini 7-0 360 12
12 Mary Hardin-Baylor 6-0 305 13
13 UW-Whitewater 8-0 279 19
14 St. Thomas 7-1 235 16
15 Puget Sound 8-0 227 20
16 Birmingham-Southern 7-0 214 18
17 Wabash 8-0 212 25
18 Hope 8-1 189 23
19 Wooster 5-2 188 5
20 WPI 8-1 124 15
21 Buffalo State 6-1 85 14
22 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 9-0 84
23 Rochester 8-2 82 24
24 Oswego State 8-1 75
25 UW-Stevens Point 6-2 63 21

Dropped out: No. 17 Wheaton (Ill.), No. 22 William Paterson.

Others receiving votes: Edgewood 60, Washington U. 60, Wittenberg 60, Rhode Island College 53, Wheaton (Ill.) 52, William Paterson 35, Ohio Wesleyan 27, Western Connecticut 27, Grinnell 22, Bethany 21, St. Mary’s (Md.) 18, Hardin-Simmons 16, Transylvania 14, Texas-Dallas 9, UW-River Falls 8, Rose-Hulman 7, Hobart 5, New Jersey City 4, Hartwick 1, Salem State 1.

The Top 25 is voted on by a panel of 25 coaches, Sports Information Directors and media members from across the country, and is published weekly.

Cal Poly women stay unbeaten

Most wondered what would happen to the Cal Poly Pomona women’s basketball team after All-everything guard Reyana Colson graduated. Well the Broncos haven’t skpped a beat.

Coach Danelle Bishop’s team turned in a 70-52 win over visiting Dixie State (Utah) on Saturday at Kellogg Gymnasium. Wins over in-region foes loom large when rankings start coming out later in the season because they’re a big factor in advancing to the postseason.

While Colson was the focal point of the Bronco attack for the previous four years, the team now has balance. It may not have one player of that caliber but it has several with potential to hit for double digits consistently.

Newcomer Ariel Marsh was the big contributor on Saturday. Marsh, who previously played at Ayala High School and Citrus College, scored 19 points on 6-for-9 shooting from the field and 5-for-5 shooting from the line.

Senior Sarah Semenero, whose game took off late last season, added 14 points, seven rebounds and three steals. Senior forward Megan Ford had an “off” game from the scoring standpoint with just eight. But she contributed in other ways – 10 rebounds and a career-high six assists.

So the Broncos are now 6-0 and looking pretty solid!

On a side note – the renovations made to the gymnasium make a huge difference. The court surface has been redone and the lighting is significantly better. Stadium-style chairback seats have replaced the outdated wooden bleachers. The improvements were long overdue. Kellogg Gymnasium no longer looks like an old high school facility.


Chaffey men’s team looks like formidable foe

With fall sports now completely over, it’s time to see what local basketball teams have to offer. Today’s stop was at Rio Hondo College where the Chaffey men were squaring off against Foothill Conference foe Barstow in a consolation bracket game of the Roadrunner Roundup.

The Panthers (7-4) cruised to a 92-56 win. They have lots of players who can shoot it. Chaffey hit 13 3-pointers and most were from NBA distance.Kenny Morgan hit four of his six tries, all in the first half. Justin Long hit three 3′s while Justin Cole and Ryan Nitz each had two.

Three-pointers can be one of those feast or famine things. As long as you make your share everything is going. You can look vulnerable when they’re not going in.

The Panthers took pretty good care of the basketball, commiting just seven turnovers. That’s also a good sign.

Chaffey is the defending Foothill Conference champion and should be right in the mix again.

Barstow (5-6) is going to need to do better handling the ball or it is going to be in big trouble. The Vikings had 23 turnovers, most of those not necessarily forced. Zeke DeBlase, whom coach Reggie Howard thought was going to be his point guard, is out with a shoulder injury which could be season-ending.

Howard is relying on Abdulsamad Zaid to fill the void. He has moved from shooting guard to poijnt out of necessity and scored a team-high 19 with five assists but he had four turnovers.



Cal Poly soccer player nets fourth All-American honor

Luis Gonzalez of the Cal Poly Pomona men’s soccer team has been named All-American in each of his four years as a collegiate student-athlete.

With results announced Wednesday after a vote of the region’s sports information directors, Gonzalez earned a spot on the Daktronics NCAA Division II All-American Third Team.

While at Cerritos College in 2008 and 2009, Gonzalez was tabbed the Junior College National Player of the Year and reached the All-American level in both seasons. Now with Wednesday’s announcement, as a Bronco he has picked up Division II All-American mention for both 2010 and 2011 to complete the four-year achievement.

As a junior at CPP in 2010, the forward from Long Beach, Calif., led the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) in points with 33 and set a new conference single-game record for points with 10 in a 7-0 rout of Cal State East Bay. At the end of that season, he became just the second player in program history to receive the All-American status.

Fast forward to the recently concluded 2011 campaign and Gonzalez managed to match the spectacular output of 2010 with the same amount of points – 33. He paced the CCAA in goals with 14, raising his career total to 26. That amount puts him second all-time on the Broncos’ leaderboard behind the 35 from Johnny Lima (1985-88).

Now, Gonzalez stands as the only player in program history to be named All-American in two different seasons while at CPP. Reaching All-American status in four-straight seasons, through his time at Cerritos and in Pomona, is even more remarkable.

Cal State volleyball team a step closer to title

The Cal State San Bernardino volleyball team is two wins away from that elusive national championship.

The Coyotes (31-0) turned in a solid performance in a 3-0 win over Flagler College (Fla.) in Thursday’s quarterfinal. The day lacked any real drama with all the matches pretty much going as expected.

The Coyotes won without a dominant performance from two-time national player of the year Samantha Middleborn. She had eight kills but it took her 18 swings which amounted to an attack percentage of .278, well under her average of .495. But when you have tons of other weapons you can still come away with a relatively easy win.

Priscilla Collings had 11 kills (.357%) while Megan Johnson managed 10 (.474).  

A crowd of more than 1,000 was on hand. There were even fans in the upper tier. I haven’t seen that for any sport in my eight or so years covering the school’s teams. That crowd might have been even bigger had the weather been better. Hopefully tonight being a weekend match , the team draws even more.

The semifinals will pit the Coyotes Elite Eight nemesis Concordia-St. Paul against Tampa, Fla. at 5 p.m. with the Coyotes next facing Hillsdale, Mich. at 7:30 or so. Most of the talk on Thursday was about the anticipated matcghup between No. 2 Tampa and No. 3 Concordia, which is trying for an unprecedented fifth straight national title.

The championship will be decided at 7 p.m. Saturday.