Cal Poly’s Ford named Player of the Week

Cal Poly Pomona center Megan Ford has been named the California Collegiate Athletic Association’s (CCAA) women’s basketball Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 13-19.It marks the second time this season she has been honored.

Ford, a senior from Newhall, played a big role in helping the Broncos to a weekend sweep of Sonoma State and Humboldt State. She averaged 15.5 points, 11. 5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.5 blocks while averaging 38.5 minutes a game.

During a 70-58 victory over the Seawolves on Thursday, Ford scored 12 points, collected seven rebounds, four assists, two blocks and one steal in 32 minutes. She followed that effort with 19 points, 16 rebounds, three steals, an assist, and block while playing all 45 minutes in a 75-59 overtime win over Humboldt State on Saturday.

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)

Dec. 26: Jan. 1: Megan Ford (Cal Poly Pomona)

Jan. 2-8: Syncro Bull (Chico State)

Jan. 9-15 Chelsea Carlisle (UC San Diego)

Jan. 16-22: Daisy Feder (UC San Diego)

Jan. 23-29: Jazzi Johnson (Cal State L.A.)

Jan. 30-Feb. 5: Angela Streets (Cal State San Bernardino)

Feb. 6-12: Chelsea Carlisle (UC San Diego)

Feb. 13-19: Megan Ford (Cal Poly Pomona).

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The challenge of four games in one day!

It’s been a long time since I pulled off what you could call a sportswriters marathon. In this case it was going to be four games in a day with a men’s/women’s basketballl doubleheader in two different locations.

I did it while working in Fort Lauderdale. That one consisted of two district (what you call leagues out here) tennis tournaments, a baseball game and a softball game – all at different high schools. But I was 15 or so years younger and Florida traffic is nothing like California traffic.

The day started out at Chaffey College where the Panthers were playing local rival San Bernardino Valley. It was a good day for the Wolverines as SBVC swept the games, with the win by the men giving them a share of the Foothill Conference title and the win by the women giving them a sweep of 14 conference games. Pretty impressive in a tough conference.

The men’s game, scheduled to start at 3 p.m., tipped off 30 minutes or so late so I was already going to be under the gun timewise.

Sure enough, it’s 5:30 p.m. by the time I leave Chaffey, which is the exact time the Cal Poly Pomona women’s game against Humboldt State was getting underway.

I was able to get the Chaffey-SBVC men’s story done fairly quickly, by halftime of the women’s game. But I got to Pomona with 8 minutes left in the first half and still had to write the Chaffey-SBVC men’s story.

Got it done by the halftime of the Cal Poly women’s game.

Of course that one went overtime. Can’t cover four games in one day without one going overtime, right?

Then got that one written by halfitme of the men’s game.

It was a good night for the Broncos who also swept. Of course the men’s game didn’t finish until 9:45, so I had to write that one in 15 minutes.

If the first pair of games hadn’t been the two locals squaring off I probably wouldn’t have tried. But it’s nice to know I can still do it when duty calls. 


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Cal State men now facing uphill battle

The Cal State San Bernardino men’s basketball team has not missed the NCAA Division II playoffs in back-to-back years since 1998-1999. But that is looming as a pretty strong possibility unless the Coyotes can regroup. Quickly!!!

The Coyotes were lambasted by Chico State on Saturday 73-58. And it wasn’t even that close.

It’s hard to figure out how the Coyotes could come out that flat. They started the night in a four-way tie for first place. That alone should have been enough motivation. But the Coyotes needed the game badly. They’re facing the daunting task of finishing the regular season with four straight road games inlcuding back-to-back games at Humboldt and Sonoma the last weekend that are nearly impossible to sweep.

The Coyotes also don’t have any quality wins to hang there hat on either. They were already 0-2 vs. Cal Poly Pomona and 0-1 vs. Humboldt. Now they’re 0-2 against Chico as well.

They also had a couple of sub-par performances in nonconference play against Pac West foes Grand Canyon and Dixie State. The Dixie loss looks legit but the longer the season plays out the worse the loss to Grand Canyon seems to be. Its a far inferior conference and going 0-2 against two teams from there will not help.

The Coyotes are 2-0 against both Dominguez Hills and Cal State L.A. but those are two are both floundering and looking like averaget teams at best,.

So when the West Region rankings come out on Wednesday the Coyotes will be nowhere to be found. Their only chance at advancing to the postseason will be to win the CCAA Tournament. As wildly as inconsistent as this team has been, it doesn’t appear capeable of putting together three straight quality wins, especially when their opponents will have the same sense of urgency.

It’s disappointing because the pieces appeared to be there.




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