Former Sagehens diamond standout honored

Former Pomona-Pitzer baseball standout Drew Hedman has been named Carolina League Player of the Week.

Hedman hit .364 (8-for-22) with three doubles, two triples, a home run, six RBI and three walks. Hedman, who plays for the Boston Red Sox affiliate in Salem took his league’s honor mostly because of his three-hit, two-triple line on Saturday against Potomac.

This after he had a total of three triples in his first three seasons as a pro.

CCAA men’s soccer coaches pick Cal State LA

Defending conference champion Cal State
Los Angeles. and Chico State have been selected to win their respective
divisions in California Collegiate Athletic
Association (CCAA) men’s soccer play this season.

 Cal State
Dominguez Hills, as well as the 2011 CCAA and West Region Champion
Cal State L.A., have both been selected to make an appearance in
the final match-up without a clear winner. 

Sonoma State received three
votes, while UCSD garnered a vote.

Chico State was picked to repeat as the North Division champion
with 55 points and six of the coaches’ first-place
votes.  Sonoma State edged Cal State Stanislaus for second
with 51 points and four first-place votes.  Cal State
Stanislaus was picked to wrap up the 2012 season in third with 45
points, followed by Cal State Monterey Bay in fourth with 32
points.  Humboldt State was selected fifth (20) and Cal State
East Bay (13) was sixth.

Cal State L.A., the defending CCAA tournament champion and NCAA West region champion, was picked to take first in the South
Division after receiving 56 points and seven first-place

Cal State Dominguez Hills followed with 53 points and five first-place votes. UC San Diego was third with 41 points, followed by Cal State
San Bernardino with 33 points.

This season, the 2012 CCAA Championship Tournament will be
hosted by Cal State Dominguez Hills Nov. 2-4.

Two CCAA teams are ranked in the National Soccer Coaches
Association of America (NSCAA) Division II Top 25 Preseason Poll –
Cal State L.A. is ranked No. 8 while Chico State is No. 23.


2012 CCAA Men’s Soccer Preseason Coaches


Rank School (First-Place
1. Chico State (6) 55 13-4-4, 11-3-2
2. Sonoma State (4) 51 9-6-3, 8-5-3
3. Cal State Stanislaus (2) 45 11-6-2, 9-5-2
4. Cal State Monterey Bay 32 7-9-1, 7-8-1
5. Humboldt State 20 5-13-0, 4-12-0
6. Cal State East Bay 13 2-16-0, 1-15-0


Rank School (First-Place
1. Cal State L.A. (7) 56 15-2-6, 10-1-5
2. Cal State Dominguez Hills (5) 53 12-6-2, 10-4-2
3. UC San Diego 41 10-8-0, 9-7-0
4. Cal State San Bernardino 33 7-9-2, 5-9-2
5. San Francisco State 20 5-11-2, 4-11-1
6. Cal Poly Pomona 13 9-7-2, 8-6-2

Coaches poll out in CCAA women’s soccer

UC San Diego and Cal State Stanislaus have
been selected to win their respective divisions in the California
Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) women’s soccer season in a poll
of the coaches.

The Tritons are also tabbed to claim the CCAA
title after receiving four of the coaches’ votes. Four other
institutions received votes for the title including Cal State L.A with

ree votes, followed by Sonoma State and defending CCAA conference champion Cal State Stanislaus with two votes apiece.

Cal State Stanislaus, with 53 points and five first-place votes, is
picked to capture the division title in the North. Sonoma State, which
received three first-place votes, garnered 51 points to finish second in
the voting.

UC San Diego battled Cal State L.A. in the poll,
but the Tritons held as the favorite for the South Division title with
55 points and seven first-place votes. The Golden Eagles came in at
second with 51 points while receiving four first-place votes.

Cal State
San Bernardino, which tallied 36 points and earned a first-place vote,
finished third, followed by Cal State Dominguez Hills (35), Cal Poly
Pomona (24) and San Francisco State (15).

The 2012 CCAA Championship Tournament will be hosted by Cal State Dominguez Hills Nov. 2-4.

Four CCAA teams are ranked in the National Soccer Coaches Association
of America (NSCAA) Division II Top 25 Preseason Poll. Chico State opens
the season ranked No. 4, Cal State L.A. is ranked No. 13, UC San Diego
is ranked No. 18 and Cal State Stanislaus is No. 25.


Rank-School (First-Place Votes) -Total Points -2011 Record

1. Cal State Stanislaus (5) 53 11-4-6, 8-4-4

2. Sonoma State (3) 51 8-7-3, 8-5-3

3. Chico State (4) 49 13-6-6, 10-4-2

4. Humboldt State 22 3-13-2, 1-13-2

5. Cal State East Bay 21 6-11-1, 5-10-1

6. Cal State Monterey Bay 20 3-14-0, 2-14-0

Rank -School (First-Place Votes- Total Points-2011 Records

1. UC San Diego (7) 55 13-3-4, 12-1-3

2. Cal State Los Angeles (4) 51 13-4-4, 10-3-3

3. Cal State San Bernardino (1) 36 9-6-3, 7-6-3

4. Cal State Dominguez Hills 35 9-8-1, 7-8-1

5. Cal Poly Pomona 24 8-6-4, 6-6-4

6. San Francisco State 15 8-8-2, 6-8-2

CMS names women’s tennis coach

Gretchen Magers has been named the head coach for CMS
women’s tennis. She joins CMS effective immediately.

“Gretchen brings a phenomenal background of competitive experiences
in tennis: Collegiate, International, Olympic, and as a teaching pro,”
Athletic Director Mike Sutton said.  “All this is coupled with her enthusiasm, energy, and
excitement for the opportunity of working with a team of
student-athletes who have the potential to excel in collegiate tennis. 
We are very fortunate to have Coach Magers in our program and I look
forward to the continued growth and success of Athena tennis.”

Magers has been the head women’s tennis coach for San Diego City
College since 2008.  She has previously served as head women’s tennis
coach at Our Lady of Peace High School from 1995-97 and as an assistant
coach for the women’s tennis team at San Diego State University in the
1993-94 academic year. 

“I can’t wait to get to Claremont and help the CMS Athenas tennis
team reach new heights,” said Magers.  “It is a dream come true for me
to be at a school like the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges.  The
academic reputations, the exceptional student bodies and world class
facilities make for an ideal environment for our student-athletes to
thrive.  I am so grateful for the opportunity to work with the returning

Magers played 10 years on the WTA tour and was a top 20 singles and
doubles player. She was a quarterfinalist at the U.S. Open, French Open
and Wimbledon. She represented the United States in the 1984 Olympics,
the World University Games, the Pan American Games and the Senior ITF
World Championships.  Collegiately, she was a four-time All-American at
Trinity University where she was NCAA doubles champion in 1983 and NCAA
runner-up in singles and doubles in both 1985 and 1986.

Magers replaces Mazanne Retzlaff who resigned earlier this summer after two decades directing the program.

PP’s Sweeney leads local preseason selections

running back Luke Sweeney of Pomona-Pitzer has been named a
first-team Division III Preseason All-American by USA College Football..

Sweeney earned the honor following a spectacular junior season in which
he led all of Division III in rushing at 177.3 yards per game (second in
the NCAA among all division). He set a Pomona-Pitzer record with 1,419
yards on the year, despite missing one game
with an injury and only appearing in eight contests.

In addition to his single-season mark, Sweeney also recorded four of the
top 10 single-game rushing totals in Pomona-Pitzer annals, including a
program-record 265 against Occidental. He also had 246 yards in a road
game against Whittier, which ranks third all-time.

Sweeney enters the new season with 2,319 career rushing yards, already
ranking him fourth in Pomona-Pitzer annals. He needs only 448 yards to
match the Sagehens record of 2,767, set by Jim Regan from 1995-98.

Other locals were also mentioned. University of Redlands linebacker Jordan Garcia and University of La Verne defensive lineman Alex Barrios, both seniors, are named to the third team.

The SCIAC had a total of seven players singled out. The others were senior wide receiver Eric Rogers and senior tight end J.J. Gallagher of Cal Lutheran who made the first team, Occidental senior receiver Matt Tuckness on the second team and senior linebacker Chuck Scicli of Whittier on the third team.

For a complete look at the USA College Football Preseason All-America team, go to the following link:

Coyotes to picked to win CCAA volleyball title again

Coach Kim Cherniss
and her Cal State San Bernardino volleyball team earned their second consecutive
preseason honor in as many days as CSUSB was selected to win the 2012
California Collegiate Athletic Association title.

On Tuesday, the Coyotes were selected third in the AVCA Top-25 poll.

The Coyotes, who were 32-1 and finished second in the nation last year,
received six first-place votes and edged second-place Sonoma
State 115-113 in balloting coordinated by the conference coaches. UC San
Diego was third, and Cal State L.A. and Chico State completed the top
five, respectively.

The Coyotes are reloading this year after the graduation of seven seniors.

CSUSB, winners of six consecutive CCAA titles, begins the 2012 season
at the Grand Canyon Labor Day Tournament on August 31 when the Coyotes
face Colorado-Colorado Springs.

CCAA Volleyball
2012 Preseason Coaches Poll
(Includes first place votes and overall votes)

1. COYOTES (6) 115
2. Sonoma State (5) 113
3. UC San Diego 95
4. Cal State L.A. 88
5. Chico State (1)
6. Cal State East Bay 77
7. San Francisco State 58
8. Cal Poly Pomona 55
9. Cal State Monterey Bay 41
10. Cal State Stanislaus 25
11. Humboldt State 21
12. Cal State Dominguez Hills 20

Coyote volleyball team starts season at No. 3

The Cal State San Bernardino women’s volleyball team is ranked No. 3 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association preseason poll.

The Coyotes (32-1) were the NCAA Division II runner-up last year, losing to nemesis Concordia-St. Paul in the title tilt.

St. Paul is No. 1, having received all first place votes. Tampa (Fla.), a national semifinalist a year ago, is No. 2.

The Coyotes, who graduated seven players, were one of three CCAA teams named in the top 25 with UC San Diego at No. 17 and Sonoma State at 24.

Metro State, one of the teams the Coyotes will play in the first weekend of the season, is ranked No. 13.

Here is the rundown:

1. Concordia-St. Paul (32-4)   800

2. Tampa (Fla.) (33-2) 760

3. Cal State San Bernardino (32-1) 700

4. Nebraska-Kearney (32-2)  660

5. Central Missouri (29-5) 642

6. SW Minnesota State (25-7) 624

7. Minnesota-Duluth (28-4) 608

   Washburn (Kan.) (32-3) 608

9. West Texas A&M (34-3) 484

10. Hillsdale (Mich.) (32-3) 458

      Indianapolis (24-8) 458

12. Wayne State (Neb.) (23-8) 420

13. Metro State (Col) (24-7) 374

14. Ferris State (28-4) 358

15. Angelo State (Tex.) (31-8) 322

16. Flagler (Fla.) (31-7) 296

17. UC San Diego (26-6)  260

18. Lewis (Col) (25-7) 242

19. Eckerd (Fla.) 27-5) 215

20. BYU-Hawaii (19-4) 191

21. Wingate (N.C.) (32-1) 170

22. Rollins (Fla.) (24-11) 148

23. Minnesota State (20-9) 105

24. Sonoma State (23-7) 89

25. Colorado School of Mines (19-11) 60

    Wheeling Jesuit (WV) (36-4) 60/

Also receiving votes: Fresno Pacific 42; Armstrong State 39; West Florida 33; Missouri ST&T 24; Seattle Pacific 24; Emporia State 20; Western Washington 20; Arkansas-Fort Smith 14; Alaska-Anchorage 11; Grand Valley 11; Truman 10; Florida Southern 7, Arkansas Tech 5.

Redlands soccer team earns preseason ranking

The University of Redlands men’s soccer program earned a No. 9 ranking on the 2012 NCAA Division III Preseason Top-25 Poll.

The Bulldogs are the only Southern California Intercollegiate
Athletic Conference (SCIAC) program in the national rankings, Redlands
is joined by three teams from the Far-West Region, including Trinity
University (TX), the University of Texas-Tyler and Pacific Lutheran
University (WA). 

The Bulldogs come off of a record-breaking season in which they compiled a 20-3-2 overall record in addition to winning their 10th
SCIAC title in the last 11 years.  Subsequent to earning an at-large
bid to the NCAA Championships, Redlands advanced to the Sweet 16 after
tallying wins against Pacific Lutheran and SCIAC rival
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges.

Redlands returns a number of playmakers from the team that led
the country in goals scored (87) this past season, including First-Team
All-SIAC senior midfielder Gabe Ramirez.  Fellow
First-Team member sophomore forward Charles Izydorek looks to build upon his SCIAC Newcomer of the Year honor by adding to
the dangerous Bulldog attack.  In the defensive third,

Redlands returns
junior defender Richie Marquez and junior goalkeeper
Andreas Silva, both looking to improve on last year’s
impressive goals-against-average (0.58) which helped them garner
All-SCIAC First-Team accolades.

Coach Ralph Perez enters his seventh season with the Bulldogs after
compiling a 99-24-10 overall record during his first six campaigns at
the helm.  He strives to earn his 100th career victory at Redlands when the Bulldogs open up the 2012 campaign at 5 p.m. on Aug. 31 against Whitman College (WA).

Former Cal Poly player off to Philippines

During his four years at Cal Poly Pomona, Matt Rosser finished seventh all-time in games played and helped the Broncos capture the NCAA Division II national title in 2010. As it turns out, those memories are likely just be the beginning of Rosser’s basketball adventures.

in the Philippines, Rosser signed with the country’s National Team –
also called “Smart Gilas” – and has already completed his first week of
practice after flying across the globe to his new home on July 28.

is an honor for me to represent my country,” said Rosser, whose mother
Gina is a native of the Philippines. “The national team coaches liked my
size at the point guard position. To compete against the bigger players
on the China and Japan national teams, hopefully I can contribute right

During Smart Gilas’ Aug. 4 practice, the team got a visit
from Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra. To view a picture of the
group, click here.
Similarly to Rosser, Spoelstra is a Filipino-American through his
mother’s side. Spoelstra is the first Asian American head coach in the
history of the four major American sports leagues and the first Asian
American head coach to win an NBA championship.

“I was watching
you doing your stuff and you know what, I miss it,” Spoelstra said to
the team. “I love coaching but I miss playing. Twenty years from now
you’ll be lying on your pillows and you’ll miss it too. So make the most
of this opportunity.”

Rosser, who grew up in Temecula, Calif.,
is expected to make his first Smart Gilas appearance at the annual
William Jones Cup, which will be held from Aug. 18 to Aug. 26 in Taipei,
Taiwan. The team’s biggest goal is to place within the top three slots
at the 2013 FIBA-Asia Championships, which would earn the country a spot
at the 2014 FIBA World Cup.

“Matt worked extremely hard during his time in Pomona,” Broncos’ head coach Greg Kamansky
said. “We’re proud of what he’s achieved and he’s certainly earned this
great opportunity. He brings a lot of energy to the game and the
national team fans should be excited about watching him play.

top players on the Smart Gilas squad include Gabe Norwood and Jeff
Chan. Norwood played collegiately at George Mason and has become a
veteran of international competition, having competed in the Jones Cup
and the FIBA Asia Championship in 2007 and 2009. Norwood and Chan were
also teammates in the Philippine squad that won the gold medal in the
2007 Southeast Asian Games.

The Philippines National Team
typically trains at the “Filoil Flying V Arena,” formerly the “Arena in
San Juan.” San Juan is a city in Metro Manila.