San Bernardino Valley College sophomore soccer standout Mario Villafana (Summit HS) has chosen to stay close to home and will attend and play at the University of Redlands.
Villafana, a defender who helped contribut to 10 shutouts, earned second team All-Foothill Conference honors in helping the Wolverines to their first conference title and first playoff berth since 1994. The team went 14-4-3 overall and 6-2 in conference play.
The Bulldogs are coming off a 20-3-2 showing that included a SCIAC title and a berth in the NCAA Division III Sweet 16.
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps may have finished second to the University of Redlands in the regular season but it is the Athenas softball team looking pretty good after one day of play at the four-team double-elimination conference tournament.
CMS is the only team without a loss after defeating Pomona-Pitzer 9-2 and Whittier 5-2.
Pomona-Pitzer was the first team eliminated as the loss to the local rival Athenas was followed by an 11-0 shellacking by Redlands. But make no mistake about it, this is a team on the rise. It has a handful of talented freshmen that will have an impact for years to come.
Redlands was upset by fourth-seeded Whittier 5-1 to start the day. So the Bulldogs have their work cut out for them. The good news for the Bulldogs is that their playoff life will probably go on whether they come through on Saturday or not. They have a good enough resume to get an at-large bid if they don’t win the automatic berth that comes with the conference tournament. The same can’t be said for ther teams.
It’s always interesting to see what coaches do with their pitching on the second day of a double-elimination tournament.
So the schedule for today: 10 a.m. Redlands vs. Whittier – the loser is out
12:30 p.m. – Claremont-Mudd-Scripps vs. the winner of that early game. A deciding game will follow if the loser’s bracket team hands the Athenas a loss.
The University of La Verne finished the job.
The Leopards turned in a 3-0 win over Whittier today which gives them the SCIAC title outright. La Verne had a bit of hiccup early in the round robin play losing a couple of games which helped keep a hot Pomona-Pitzer team in the running. But it’s over.
And the Leopards (25-13, 20-7 SCIAC) did it in dramatic fashion, securing the title by defeating a pitcher in Ryan Schwenn who no-hit them last time he faced them.
Remember this is the team without a home, so being able to secure a title is all the more noteworthy.
It is the 20th for the program and fourth under current coach Scott Winterburn.