Sagehens’ Simon Rosenbaum named national baseball player of week

Sophomore first baseman Simon Rosenbaum of Pomona-Pitzer has been named the first National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Division III Player of the Week for games through March 2.

He was also selected to the National Team of the Week.

Rosenbaum led the Sagehens to a doubleheader sweep of Redlands on Sunday, in the only two games played due to rain for the nominating period, batting eight-for-eight with 10 RBIs. He was 3-for-3 with a 8 RBI in the opener, hitting a two-run double in the first, a three-run double in the second, a sacrifice fly in the fourth, and a two-run homer in the seventh.

He was then 5-for-5 with three runs scored and two RBI in the nightcap, capping off his day with two hits in a seven-run eighth of a 14-4 win which included opening the frame with a double and ending it with an RBI single. He also added a two-out RBI single in the sixth. Of his eight hits in the doubleheader, five resulted in RBI and three led off innings to set the table, while he also had a walk and a hit by pitch to his credit.

Rosenbaum had another big day on Monday against Redlands (which was not part of the nominating period), going 3-for-4 with a homer and a double, finishing off the three-game series 11-for-12 with 12 RBI. His two-run homer in that game went an estimated 440 feet, clearing the trees behind the 360-foot left-field fence.

Rosenbaum is hitting .550 on the season.

Tyler Gaffaney of CMS heads All-SCIAC Men’s basketball honors

Tyler Gaffaney

The top men’s basketball players have been singled out in the SCIAC. Here is the complete list of those honored:

Athlete of the Year - Tyler Gaffaney, Sr., Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

Newcomer of the Year - Coltrane Powdrill, Jr., California Lutheran

Ted Ducey Award - Remy Pinson, Sr., Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
All-SCIAC First Team

Colin Zavrsnick, Jr., Chapman; Tyree Landrum, Sr., Whittier; Arik Smith, Jr., Cal Lutheran; Remy Pinson, Sr., Claremont-Mudd-Scripps; Ronn See, Sr., La Verne; Kyle McAndrews, Jr., Pomona-Pitzer.

All-SCIAC Second Team

Taylor Hamasaki, Jr., Chapman; Aljosa Bjekovic, So., Redlands; Nick Demusis, Jr., Whittier; Coltrane Powdrill, Jr., Cal Lutheran; Eric Radford, Sr., Redlands; Jake Klewer, Sr., Pomona-Pitzer.


Cal Poly Pomona’s Blackwell wins fourth weekly award

Jada Blackwell

Cal Poly Pomona junior center Jada Blackwell is the CCAA Player

of the Week for a fourth time.

The Etiwanda High graduate helped Cal Poly Pomona to a road win Friday at Cal State Stanislaus as the Broncos finished with an 18-4 record through the CCAA schedule.

In Friday’s 69-58 win over the Warriors, Blackwell recorded a double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds, followed by a dominating performance against Chico State Saturday, scoring a season-high 30 points on 12-for-24 shooting from the floor and five-for-nine shooting from the free throw line, while also knocking down 12 field goals. 

On the Weekend, the Rancho Cucamonga native averaged 24 points and 10.5 rebounds, while tallying seven blocks, four steals, and four assists.

CCAA Women’s Basketball Player of the Week
Nov. 8-10: Kersey Wilcox (Humboldt State)
Nov. 11-17: Sarah Finlay (Cal State East Bay)
Nov. 18-24: Miranda Seto (UC San Diego)
Nov. 25-Dec. 1: Ariel Marsh (Cal Poly Pomona)
Dec. 2-8: Angela Van Sickel (San Francisco State)
Dec. 9-15: Jada Blackwell (Cal Poly Pomona)
Dec. 16-22:  Tayler Champion (Cal State Dominguez Hills)
Dec. 30-Jan. 5: Danielle Peacon (Cal State East Bay)
Jan. 6-12:  Jazmine Miller (Chico State)
Jan. 13-19: Jada Blackwell (Cal Poly Pomona)
Jan. 20-26: Jazmine Miller (Chico State)
Jan. 27-Feb. 2: Katie Batlin (San Francisco State)
Feb. 3-9: Jada Blackwell (Cal Poly Pomona)
Feb. 10-16: Destinee La Fountain (Cal State L.A.)
Feb. 17-23: Brianna Terrance (Cal State East Bay)
Feb. 24-Mar. 2: Jada Blackwell (Cal Poly Pomona)


Dowling leads resurgence at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

It usually takes a coach a couple of years to make their mark. The first year is typically a transition one, with coaches oftentimes coming in so late they don’t get a chance to bring in their own players.

In that case it’s probably three years before you see the fruits of their labor.

Well Kristen Dowling works quickly, very quickly. She took the helm of the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women’s program last year and fielded a team with just eight players. The Athenas went 9-16 overall and tied for sixth in the SCIAC.

But they showed considerable improvement at the tail end of the season. It was a sign of things to come.

This year all the team did was go 24-3, win the SCIAC regular season and win the postseason tournament to earn the conference playoff bid. It will be the first postseason appearance for the Athenas since 2004.

Dowling admits it was even beyond her high expectations.

“You don’t necessarily put a number on wins or a finish but I thought we could win more games than we’d lose and that would be a good step,” she said.

The scarey part for SCIAC foes is that it still isn’t team, completely recruited by Dowling. They’ll get better ever year as they adjust to her system and style of coaching.

And it’s still a relatively young team with just six seniors, the most notable being guard Madeline Barnes.

Now it’s on to the playoffs. The Athenas have drawn a road game with defending NCAA Division III national champion Depauw on Friday for its opener.

They’re a huge underdog. But no one could have expected them to be in this position, this soon.

Looking at the youth of this team, the coaching staff and a new facility on the horizon, this could be a juggernaut in the making!


SBVC’s Tyler Rich headed to Colorado

San Bernardino Valley College right-handed pitcher Tyler Rich has signed with NCAA Division II Colorado State-Pueblo.

Rich, a Colton High graduate, has been the anchor of the Wolverines pitching staff the past two seasons. He earned first-team All-Foothill Conference honors last year, going 7-3 with a conference-best 2.09 ERA in 65 innings.

Rich, who plans to major in kinesiology, has not visited the school yet but plans to do so later this spring.

The school is part of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and has qualified for regional play eight of the last 19 seasons.

The team is coached by Stan Sanchez, who coached at San Bernardino Valley from 1984 to 1990. Current coach Bill Mierzwik was an assistant under Sanchez and got the head job when Sanchez left to take an assistant job at Cal State Northridge.

He moved on to Pueblo when the program was re-instated in 1993.


Chaffey’s Brendan Hornung improving after scarey incident on field

Chaffey College sophomore pitcher Brendan Hornung is on the road to recovery after a scarey incident last Wednesday.

He was on the mound in a game against Los Angeles Harbor last Wednesday when he was struck on the right temple with a line drive.

Panthers coach Jeff Harlow said it was a direct shot without the pitcher even being able to get a glove up to deflect the blow.

Hornung was transported by ambulance to Kaiser-Ontario, then moved to Kaiser-Fontana where he had immediate brain surgery.

Mother Sandy said Monday her son is improving. He is up taking short walks down the hall and can carry on a conversation although he tires quickly. If he continues to improve he could be released within a couple of days.

The players’ mother also credits the Chaffey coaching staff for their quick actions, possibly saving her son’s life.



All-Foothill Conference Women’s Basketball Selections

Player of the Year - Norissa Sanders, San Bernardino Valley
Coach of the Year - Sue Crebbin, San Bernardino Valley

First team
Michelle Agbara, San Bernardino Valley, Soph.
Klarissa Ayala, Rio Hondo, Soph.
Ebony Black-Smith, Barstow, Fresh.
Juanita Cervantes, Desert, Soph.
Mary Galindo, Victor Valley, Soph.
Christal Jeff, San Bernardino Valley, Soph.
Megan Miles, Soph., Barstow
Shannon Moore, Chaffey, Soph.
Summer Ramsey, San Bernardino Valley, Soph.
Shelvena Turner, Rio Hondo, Soph.
Mary Windom, Chaffey, Soph.

Second team
Raven Dixon, Chaffey, Soph.
Breanna Fraser, Barstow, Soph.
Ashley McLeod, San Bernardino Valley, Soph.
Evelyn Ramirez, Rio Hondo, Soph.
Tabatha Shelton, Victor Valley, Soph.
Emily Underwood, Desert, Soph.

All-Foothill Conference Men’s Basketball Team

Gerry Blakes

Co-Coaches of Year -  Quincy Brewer, San Bernardino Valley; Mike Lowe, Rio Hondo
Player of Year - Gerry Blakes, San Bernardino Valley, Soph.

First team
Adom Jacko, Chaffey, Soph.
Kevin Lawson, Victor Valley, Soph.
Leo Maidana, Rio Hondo, Fresh.
Javone Rabon, Barstow, Fresh.
Keith Smith, San Bernardino Valley, Soph.

Second team
Shawn Benn, Rio Hondo, Fresh.
Charles Callison, San Bernardino Valley, Fresh.
Tymarieh Dixon, San Bernardino Valley, Soph.
John Gilliam, Chaffey, Soph.
Kimani Lane, Victor Valley, Fresh.
Julina Nichols, Chaffey, Soph.

Two locals still in NCAA Division II national rankings

Josh Gouch vs. SFSU

Two local teams still boast national basketball rankings.

Cal State San Bernardino is now No. 14, up one place from last week, while Cal Poly Pomona is up four spots to No. 17.

Both teams are on the road this week to wrap up the regular season.

The CCAA tournament will get underway March 6 with first-round action. The Coyotes have guaranteed themselves a opening-round bye and play Friday, March 7.

Metro State remains the nation’s top-ranked team with 15 first-place votes.

1. Metro State, Colo. (15 first place votes) 23-1
2. Tarleton State, Texas (1 first place vote) 23-1
3. East Stroudsburg, Pa.24-1
4. West Liberty, W.Va. 23-2
5. Drury, Mo. 23-2
6. Southern Connecticut St. 23-2
7. California Baptist 23-1
8. South Carolina Aiken 24-3
9. Indianapolis, Ind. 22-3
10. Colorado School of Mines 22-3
11. Indiana, Pa. 22-3
12. Florida Southern 23-3
13. Lincoln Memorial, Tenn.22-2
14. Cal State San Bernardino 21-3
15. Minnesota State 25-4
16. Lake Superior State, Mich. 26-3
17. Cal Poly Pomona 20-3
18. Lewis, Ill. 21-4
19. Central Missouri 22-4
20. Seattle Pacific, Wash. 22-5
21. Montevallo, Ala. 21-4
22. Delta State, Miss. 22-4
23. Findlay, Ohio 21-4
24. Wisconsin-Parkside 21-5
25. Southern Indiana 20-5
Dropped out: Walsh (22).

Others receiving votes: Chico State (Calif.) 13, Midwestern State (Texas) 10, Walsh (Ohio) 9, Michigan Tech 7, Missouri Southern 6, Bellarmine (Ky.) 4, Franklin Pierce (N.H.) 3, Carson-Newman (Tenn.) 3, Saint Leo (Fla.) 1, Western Washington 2, Gannon (Pa.) 1, Northwest Missouri State 1, Texas A&M International 1, Winona State (Minn.) 1.

Local player faring well North of the border

Niang vs WWU

Simon Fraser University junior Sango Niang has been named the Player of the Week in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

Niang, who led Chaffey to the community college state championship game a year ago, helped his team to a split last weekend with a win over Central Washington and the loss to Northwest Nazarene. He totaled 63 points and 21 assists in the two games.

In Thursday’s win Niang scored 36 points and added 21 assists leading the Clan to a 112-99 victory over CWU. He was only two rebounds away from his first career triple-double, as he recorded eight rebounds as well on the night.

On the season Niang is averaging 16.1 points and 5.7 assists for Simon Fraser, a Division II school located in Vancouver.

In the loss Niang, a graduate of Summit High School, tallied 27 points and 10 assists.

Over the weekend he made 19 of 29 field goal attempts and was a perfect 20 for 20 from the free-throw.