So Cal Community College Bowl results

Saturday’s Southern California playoff/Bowl results

National Bowl – Mt. SAC 12, Saddleback 7

Beach Bowl – Bakersfield 48, Ventura 8

Golden State Bowl – Riverside 34, Los Angeles Harbor 23

Western State Bowl – Fullerton 31, Citrus 24

Southern California Bowl – Santa Ana 24, Canyons 21

American Championship Bowl – Southwestern 45, Santa Monica 31

Patriotic Bowl – LA Pierce 37, Mt. San Jacinto 34 (2OT)

University of La Verne gets it right

The University of La Verne volleyball team is officially back on the national map.

The Leopards had been one of the perennial national title contenders in the last decade but the program fell off a bit in 2008. Not that they were bad. They had winning records the next couple of years but weren’t quite good enough to move on to the postseason so it wasn’t up to the high standards previously set.

Enter coach Jenna Panatier, who took the reigns of the program in 2011.

In her second year Panatier got the team back in the playoffs. The Leopards (22-6) earned a 3-2 win over Hardin-Simmons (Tex.) on Friday in an NCAA Division III West Region quarterfinal but were upended by a talented Cal Lutheran team 3-1 on Saturday in the semi.

Panatier came into a postseason press conference along with senior setter Kendall Kraiss and talented freshman Brittany Yaxley.

Sure it was a disappointment but the three handled questions from the media with grace and dignity. The siutation is particularly tough for seniors who have played their last match, but Kraiss was poised.

The Leopards graduate four seniors but there is plenty of talent to build around from her on out. SCIAC foes and West Region foes beware!


This week’s local college football games

It’s the last week of action for local college football teams. SBVC might get a bowl game but other than that it’s pretty much the end of the road.

Redlands (5-3, 5-1) at Whittier (4-4, 3-3), 1 p.m.

Whittier has improved considerably and looks like it might finally have the right coach. But the Poets aren’t good enough to get past one of the SCIAC juggernauts yet, mainly because the defense is not yet good enough. - Redlands 42, Whitter 37

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (0-8, 0-6) at Pomona-Pitzer (0-8, 0-6), 1 p.m.

Someone has to win. It’s been a miserable year for each and both of them came in with higher expectations. Both teams are young and the Sagehens are young and injured which makes for a bad combination. If Sagehens RB Luke Sweeney, who is 10 yards from the school career-record in rushing, was healthy I would probably go with the Sagehens but Coach Roger Caron hedged when I asked him Sweeney’s health today. So I am going with the Stags.

- Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 34, Pomona-Pitzer 27

Occidental (2-6, 2-4) at La Verne (3-5, 3-3), 1 p.m.

Speaking of miserable seasons. How the mighty have fallen. Occidental used to be the cream of the crop, right up there with Redlands and now Cal Lutheran has overtaken both. But the Tigers are struggling big time and the Leopard program is one on the rise and is playing at home. So not a hard pick here.

- La Verne 38, Occidental 14.

In the community college ranks . . .

Compton (0-9, 0-6) at San Bernardino Valley (5-4, 4-2), 6 p.m.

It’s the name your score game. Well since SBVC is missing its starting quarterback maybe it won’t be that bad! Who I am I kidding, yes it will be. Compton is going to be winless for the second year in a row and has won like one game in the last four years. It’s a pad your stats and get everyone in the game contest.

- San Bernardino 48, Compton 7

Southwestern (8-1, 6-0) at Chaffey (2-7, 2-4), 6 p.m.

Still on the topic of bad seasons. The Panthers are going to end up with its worst record since a 3-7 in 1993 under the previous coach. The Jaguars throw the ball and pass defense is not a Chaffey strong suit. Unless the Panthers dig really deep this one could be ugly too.

- Southwestern 48, Chaffey 21

Victor Valley (2-7, 1-5) at Mt. San Jacinto (8-1, 5-1), 1 p.m.

Am I being Debbie Downer? Ok, so need need going on about this one either.

- Mt. San Jacinto 45, Victor Valley 27







Sagehens player honored

Senior defensive back Duncan Hussey of Pomona-Pitzer was named to the Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 team by the district’s sports information directors.

Hussey is now eligible for Capital One Academic All-America honors, which will be announced later this month. He will have a chance to give the Sagehens Academic All-Americans for two years in a row, after James Lambert earned first-team honors last year.
Hussey plays free safety and is a two-year captain, although he missed last year with an injury. He was named to D3football Team Of Week and the Beyond College Sports Network after playing both ways, tallying 13 catches for 218 yards and 3 TDs at wide receiver, and five tackles a sack on D vs Occidental on October 27, when he nearly rallied the Sagehens to the win in the annual Battle of the Drum.
The three receiving touchdowns tied a school record, while his 218 yards ranks seventh, numbers which he achieved in only the second game he played wide receiver. On defense, he had a season-high nine tackles against Whittier and added seven against Redlands and Menlo.
Hussey majors in molecular biology and has nearly a 4.0 grade point average (3.95). He is a senior academically, but plans to return next year for his final season of eligibility.
Hussey and the Sagehens close out the 2012 regular season with a home game against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the annual Peace Pipe Game.

Cal State volleyball team back in the rankings

The Cal State San Bernardino volleyball team is back in the national rankings, sneaking into the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll this week at No. 25.

It’s about time.

The Coyotes (18-7, 15-4) were in the poll an unprecedented streak of 168 straight weeks, dating back to the 2000 season. But they got off to a tough start in the first two tournaments against quality foes and dropped out the poll in week No. 3.

But Coach Kim Cherniss and her team are on a roll now and peaking at the right time. They have won 14 of their last 15 matches and have a two-game lead in the CCAA race over UC San Diego with five matches to go.

The Coyotes have been a fixture at the top of the conference with six straight titles and eight in the last 10 years.

This is year they’re reloading, having lost seven players from the national runner-up team of a year ago. With a team this young, if some other team doesn’t take the title from them this year, who knows when that will happen.

This is the pivotal week for Cal State, with a road match at San Diego on Wednesday and home matches Friday and Saturday at Coussoulis Arena against the other two leading contenders – Sonoma State and San Francisco State.



A look at this week’s local college football games



Redlands (4-3, 4-1) at Pomona-Pitzer (0-7, 0-5), 1 p.m.

The Bulldogs have gotten on a role and the Sagehens are the latest team in the way. The Sagehens play hard and don’t give up as evidenced by their showing last week against Occidental. But Redlands is a far more formidable foe and should have no trouble here. – Redlands 45, Pomona-Pitzer 14

Chapman (5-2, 4-1) at  Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (0-7, 0-5),  1 p.m.

It’s hard to get a take on the Panthers since they have yet to beat a foe with a winning record. But the Stags are undermanned and struggling so Chapman should chalk up another one. – Chapman 38, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 10.

 La Verne (3-4, 3-2) at  Cal Lutheran (6-1, 5-0),  7 p.m.

The Leopards are much improved but still seeking that signature win. They will have a hard time getting one against a Kingsmen squad that is by far the best team in eh SCIAC right now.  Cal Lutheran 42, La Verne 14

San Bernardino Valley (5-3, 4-1) at Mt. San Jacinto (7-1, 4-1), 1 p.m.,

This one is probably the best game of the day with the Wolverines trying to further thrir cause for a Bowl game. SBVC has the offense but can the defense make enough stops to make the difference. I’m going to say yes, SBVC 45, Mt. San Jacinto 38

San Diego Mesa (3-5, 2-3)  at Chaffey (2-6, 2-3) , 6 p.m.

This is another toss-up game because both teams are struggling. I will go with the hone team on this one.  – Chaffey 28, San Diego Mesa 24

If you’re in the neighborhood, stop by for free food and entertainment. It’s the school’s annual tailgate party starting at 4 p.m.

Victor Valley (2-5, 1-4)  at Southwestern (7-1, 5-0) , 6 p.m. (at Olympian HS)

The Rams have plenty of talent on the offensive side of thje all but they are turnover prone and the defense has been shakey at best. Southwestern can clinch a conference title with a win and should have no trouble doing so.

Southwestern 48, Victor Valley 24