Local Sango Niang having great year for Simon Fraser U

Senior guard Sango Niang Summit HS/Chaffey College) of Simon Fraser University is the Athlete of the Week for the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

He scored a career-high 46 points in the Clan’s loss to Central Washington.

The 46 points is the second highest single-game point total in both GNAC and SFU history, as Niang trails only Western Washington’s Ryan Diggs who scored 47 in 2006, and Clan Hall of Famer Mike Jackel who scored 47 in 1980 and 1981.

He also made 18 field goals in the contest, equaling the GNAC single-game record from 2002.

Between the weekend’s two games Niang scored 71 points, had 12 rebounds, 11 assists and four steals, while making 27 of 46 field goal attempts.

On the season Niang is averaging 24.6 points a game, eight points more than the second-highest scorer in the conference.


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Chaffey College’s Toure Boyd decides on South Carolina

Chaffey College defensive back Toure Boyd liked the SEC enough that he has committed to South Carolina site unseen.

He will visit the school later this month but made a verbal commitment early today.

Boyd, a graduate of Rancho Cucamonga High School, grew up in Birmingham, Ala., this the SEC roots. He moved to California in the eighth grade but that didn’t change his loyalty.

“I always wanted to play in the SEC,” he said. “When some of the other offers dried up I decided that was where I wanted to go.”

Boyd, who played at College of the Desert as a freshman and at Chaffey last season, was also considering Southern Miss and Arizona, both of which he visited. The Arizona offer went away, as did one from Utah.

That opened the door for South Carolina.

Boyd plans to major kinesiology and wants to be able to do something with sports once he graduates.

“I want to be able to give back to kids,” he said.

Last year Boyd recorded 60 tackles, 1 sack, 1 interception, 2 forced fumbles and 1 fumble recovery.

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Cayla Nishizaki of Pomona-Pitzer gets weekly SCIAC honor


Sophomore Cayla Nishizaki of Pomona-Pitzer has been named  SCIAC Female Athlete of the Week (all sports) for the week ending Jan. 11.

Nishizaki had a big weekend to help the No. 14 Pomona-Pitzer Women’s Swimming and Diving team to three wins, including a lopsided win over No. 7 Stevens Institute of Technology on Friday and a SCIAC sweep of Caltech and La Verne on Saturday. She won all eight events she competed in (five individual and three relay), including sweeping the sprint freestyle events (50 and 100) on both days.

In addition to the sprint freestyle wins, she also won the 100-yard butterfly by just three-hundredths of a second in Saturday’s tri-meet, earning a first-place finish in her secondary event. She also anchored the 200-yard medley relay to a win over Stevens, taking over the final leg with a slim lead and extending the final margin to almost 1.5 seconds.

Nishizaki was also part of freestyle relay teams that capped off both meets with wins, including winning her 50-yard leg in Saturday’s 200-yard relay by over a second. ¬†Her 100-yard leg in Friday’s win over Stevens was three seconds faster than the competition.

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