Cal Poly Pomona’s Mark Huizar named best of the week

Mark Huizar

Mark Huizar of the nationally-ranked Cal Poly Pomona men’s cross country team has earned California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Runner of the Week honors for Oct. 20-26.

Huizar led the Broncos to a first-place finish Friday afternoon at the Titan Invitational in Fullerton. The sophomore from La Puente crossed the line at 24:44.0 to take second overall in the 8,000-meter race.

Huizar and teammate John Dominguez crossed the line just a split second apart, at 24:44.0 and 24:44.4. Huizar took second and Dominguez placed third as the Broncos put six runners within the top 15 finishers on Friday in Fullerton.

In the latest NCAA Division II national poll released last Wednesday, CPP was No. 22 spot. Friday’s meet in Fullerton represented the final regular season event for the Broncos, who will start their postseason on Saturday, Nov. 8 with the conference championships in San Bernardino.

Megan Coleman of CMS earns national recognition

Defensive standout Megan Coleman of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps has been selected by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) as the Sports Imports/AVCA Division III Women’s Player of the Week for Oct. 20-26.

She had a major role in the Athenas upset of No. 2 Cal Lutheran, recording 24 digs and six assists with four of the digs coming in the decisive fifth set.

For the week she totaled 68 digs and 10 assists in wins over Cal Lu (24 digs), at Pomona-Pitzer (21 digs) and Occidental (23 digs). Against Occidental she also had four service aces.

In 2014, Coleman is averaging 5.84 digs per set which ranks 21st in Division III (Through Oct. 19 matches). Coleman is the first representative this season from the NCAA Division III West Region to be selected as the AVCA D-III Player of the Week.


Pomona-Pitzer’s Evan Lloyd earns national honor

Freshman linebacker Evan Lloyd was named to the National Team of the Week for his role in helping the Sagehens to a 24-0 shutout win over Whittier on Saturday.

Lloyd had 12 tackles (six solo) to lead a defense that held Whittier to only 176 total yards of offense and no points in picking up its first shutout since a 37-0 win over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in the 2012 season finale (which was its first shutout since 2000).

In addition to his tackle numbers, Lloyd also stopped two Whittier drives in the second half in Pomona-Pitzer territory. After the Sagehens had gone ahead 14-0 on a blocked punt return, Lloyd stopped the ensuing drive with a sack, forced fumble and recovery to set up a field goal which pushed the lead to 17-0.

In the fourth quarter, with Whittier still hoping to engineer a comeback, Lloyd made a big tackle on 4th-and-1, bursting through the line to tackle the Poets’ ball carrier for a one-yard loss.

With his big performance, Lloyd has now taken over the team lead in tackles in a very close race with 41, one ahead of junior safety Nelson Cole (who missed the Whittier game with an injury) and senior safety Don Swan (who led the SCIAC in tackles as a sophomore).

Riverside takes over No. 1 post in JC football poll

The new JC football polls are out and there has been some shuffling, especially at the top where Riverside moves into the No. 1 spot afte a victory over Mt. SAC

The complete rundown follows:


1. Riverside (6-1); 2. Long Beach (6-1); 3. Mt. SAC (6-2); 4. Fullerton (6-2); 5. Golden West (5-2); 6. Palomar (5-2); 7. Ventura (4-3); 8. Chaffey (4-3); 9. Cerritos (5-3); 10. Bakersfield (4-4); 11. Saddleback (4-4); 12. College of the Canyons (3-4); 13. Grossmont (3-5); 14. Santa Ana (3-4); 15. Citrus (3-5), El Camino (3-4).


1.  Victor Valley (7-0); 2. Southwestern (6-1); 3. Santa Barbara (6-1); 4. Santa Monica (4-3); 5. Glendale (6-1); 6. San Bernardino Valley (4-3); 7. Mt. San Jacinto (3-4); 8. College of the Desert (4-3); 9., tie, Los Angeles Valey (3-4) and West Los Angeles (3-4).



Claremont-Mudd-Scripps volleyball team ranked 20th

The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women’s volleyball dropped two places to No. 20 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association NCAA Division III poll released Tuesday.

The Athenas (18-5) went 2-1 last week, the setback being a tough 3-2 loss to the University of La Verne.

La Verne (17-3) just missed cracking the top 25. The Leopards were the top team receiving votes.

Hope is a unanimous No. 1 with Cal Lutheran (21-1), also out of the SCIAC, at No. 2.








Cal State San Bernardino volleyball team drops despite wins

Ciara Richards

The Cal State San Bernardino women’s volleyball team dropped one spot to No. 15 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll released on Monday.

The Coyotes went 2-0 on the week, besting Cal State East Bay and Cal State Monterey Bay but were leapfrogged by Colorado Mesa which went from No. 16 to No. 14 despite not beating a ranked foe.

Go figure.

The Coyotes have a chance to scores some major points this week though as they will play at home on Thursday against Sonoma State, which leads the CCAA by one game over the Coyotes. Cal State, which beat the Seawolves the first time the teams play, would move into a tie for first with the win.

Cal Poly Pomona standouts sweep weekly honors

Armando Ochoa

Cal Poly Pomona swept weekly soccer honors as Armando Ochoa was named CCAA men’s player of the week while Alison Sauve was named best among the women for games Oct. 6-12.

Ochoa, a junior midfielder from Riverside, led the Broncos to a sweep of Cal State East Bay and Cal State Stanislaus. In Friday’s 3-1 victory over the Pioneers, Ochoa scored his first two goals of the season including the game winner off of a free kick in the 36th minute of play.

On Sunday Ochoa scored his third goal of the weekend in the Broncos’ 2-1 win against the Warriors.

Sauve, a senior midfielder, managed the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win over nationally ranked Cal State Stanislaus.

The Broncos finished 2-0 on the weekend after also snagging a 3-0 win against Cal State East Bay on Friday.

Alison Sauve


Alexandra Torline earns CCAA Player of Week accolades

Cal State San Bernardino’s Alexandra Torline has been named California Collegiate Athletic Association Volleyball Player of the Week for Oct. 6-12.

The junior outside hitte played a huge weekend for the 14th-ranked Coyotes, who earned a road sweep against previous-league leader Cal State L.A. and Cal State Dominguez Hills.

Thursday against the Golden Eagles, Torline amassed 22 kills in a .476 attack percentage. One night later, she ripped a .435 percentage after tallying 10 kills in 23 attempts and without an attack error against the Toros.

For the weekend, Torline compiled a .462 hitting percentage and averages of 4.57 kills and 5.2 points per-set. She also totaled 13 digs, three service aces, and three blocks.

Redlands retains Smudge Pot, looks like team to beat in SCIAC


The University of Redlands football team retained the Smudge Pot in rather emphatic fashion, trouncing Cal Lutheran 59-27 at Ted Runner Stadium on Saturday.

It was third Smudge Pot game between the SCIAC rivals, the inaugural won by the Kingsmen in 2012 and the last two by the Bulldogs.

Bragging rights are nice. But the game likely means much more than that. Redlands and Cal Lutheran have been the dominant teams in the conference the last decade or so, so a win will go a long way toward determining the first-place finisher.

Yes it comes early in the conference schedule and there are many more games to go but it does establish the Bulldogs up as the team to beat.

It was hard to tell what to expect from Redlands which played two of the top five teams in the country before opening conference play.  Then came a decisive win over Pomona-Pitzer, traditionally one of the bottom contenders. So the jury was still out.

That is the case  no loner. This was a quality win over the team that has been the biggest threat to win the conference as the Kingsmen claimed four straight titles from 2009 to 2012.

The Bulldogs just need to stay focused and not play down to the level of the competition in games they seemingly should win.

Cal Poly Pomona women get No. 1 ranking


Blackwell NCAA Inner

The target just just got real big for the Cal Poly Pomona women’s basketball team.

The Broncos, a national semifinalist last year, have been ranked No. 1 by the Division II Bulletin to start the season.

CPP’s 2013-14 season marked the 24th time the team has made an NCAA Tournament appearance, and the 20th time the Broncos have been the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Champions.

The Broncos graduated just one player from that team.

Headlining the returning cast is All-American Jada Blackwell, who has been picked as the NCAA Division II Preseason Player of the Year. The senior center out of Etiwanda High school.

Through last year’s NCAA postseason, Blackwell totaled 135 points. That left her just 15 points shy of breaking the all-time Division II record for tournament scoring. Blackwell racked up 620 points in the 2013-14 campaign, putting her at No. 5 in Broncos’ history on the single-season leader board.

Also returning this season, and also in the double digits in that Final Four matchup is Academic All-American Ariel Marsh, who sank her 80th three pointer of the year against Bentley to secure second place on the Broncos’ single-season list.

The Broncos will begin their season on Nov. 14 at 5 p.m., as they travel to the Felix Event Center in Azusa to play the Point Loma Sea Lions.