Pomona-Pitzer water polo player is best on the week

Senior water polo standout Alyssa Woodward of Pomona-Pitzer has been named SCIAC Female Athlete of the Week, helping the Sagehens to 1 3-0 showing on the week.

Woodward played in her final two regular season home matches at Haldeman Pool and scored a combined 11 goals. She had five in a narrow 14-10 win over Azusa Pacific on Wednesday in a game in which the Sagehens trailed in the third quarter before pulling away late.

Then, after being honored on her Senior Day, she notched a new career high with six goals in a 15-5 win over La Verne to help Pomona-Pitzer stay undefeated in the SCIAC. 

In addition to her big week, she also crossed an impressive career milestone by scoring the 300th goal of her career in the win over Azusa Pacific, which came on a penalty shot after she drew a foul inside of five meters in the second quarter.

 A three-time first-team Division III All-American, Woodward had 79 goals as a freshman, 88 as a sophomore, 86 as a junior and now has 55 so far this season for a career total of 308. 


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Cal State San Bernardino’s Warren Fishback is best of the week

Warren Fishback

Cal State San Bernardino senior Warren Fishback has been named California Collegiate Athletic Association Baseball Player of the Week for Apr. 6-12.

The Rancho Cucamonga High School graduate helped the Coyotes take three of four games against San Francisco State the past weekend.

Fishback hit .692 and recorded a 1.231 slugging percentage after going nine-for-13 with six runs scored, four doubles, one homerun, and seven RBI in four contests.

He was outstanding in Friday’s 9-5 series-opening win, connecting for four hits, three of which were for extra bases. The following afternoon he totaled two more extra-base hits, a double and a home run, to help CSUSB to a 12-5 blowout in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader.

Defensively, the infielder was perfect with 46 putouts and three assists.

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Vanessa Valentine to take reigns of Cal Poly Pomona women’s soccer program


Vanessa Valentine

After helping the Cal Poly Pomona women’s soccer program reach new heights during the 2014 season, Vanessa Valentine has been selected to continue as Acting Head Coach entering the 2015 campaign.

With Valentine serving as the top assistant to head coach Mike Dibbini, the 2014 Broncos posted a record of 15-6-1 as CPP advanced to the West Region title game in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. It marked the furthest in the playoffs for any Broncos’ women’s soccer team since 1999.

“I am extremely thankful to Director of Athletics Brian Swanson, Associate Athletic Director Stephanie Duke and Vice President Rebecca Gutierrez Keeton for supporting me and the women’s soccer program,” Valentine said. “As a team, we are aiming to build on the success of 2014 and continue moving in the direction that Coach Dibbini helped develop through the past two years.”

CPP closed the 2014 season with a No. 16 national ranking. It marked the second-highest ranking in program history, trailing only the 1999 squad that closed the year at No. 2.

Dibbini resigned after the season to take the head job at Division I University of Kansas which is starting a program.

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