Three is good news and bad news on the athletic front at Chaffey College.
The school is bringing back mens and women’s cross country which last competed in 1993. But it will be putting the track program on hiatus. Those announcements came earlier his week.
The cross country team will compete next fall. Athletic director Jeff Klein said no decision has been made on a coach as of yet, although it could be coming later this month.
Blackman Ihem has coached the track team the last few years and would be a logical choice to handle the cross country team. Klein said he would be considered but has not talked to him yet to see if that position would interest him.
Chaffey last won conference titles in cross country in 1989 and 1990. In Chaffey’s absence, local rival San Bernardino Valley College has dominated the conference and become a major player on the state level.
The spring track season is finishing up now with eight athletes having qualified for the Southern California finals. Once those athletes are done competing the track program will be put on indefinite hiatus. The problem is the condition of the existing facility which is in need of repair that could cost up to $2 million.
Money to fund that would likely have to come from a private donor or a bond measure. There is no time table for its return.
VIDEO: SBVC coach Bill Mierzwik talks about win over Chaffey and going head to head with Rio Hondo for conference title.
The San Bernardino Valley College baseball team (21-12, 17-4) will play for a third straight Foothill Conference this week when it goes head-to-head this week with Rio Hondo (25-8, 17-4) with whom it is tied. It is a three-game series so there will be no shared first place.
The teams will play at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at San Bernardino Valley, then again at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday at Rio Hondo. The final game would be on Friday at SBVC.
Wolverines coach Bill Mierzwik says sophomore right-hander Nick Przybylek (8-2, 2.22) will be on the mound for today’s game.
Sophomore right-hander Brandon Conlin (3-5, 3.68) has been going the second game and freshman left-hander Sam Fitzgerald (4-0, 3.97) the third.
Mierzwik is leaning toward keeping that the same although it could change of Conlin is needed out of the bullpen today.
Key offensive players include sophomore first baseman Aaron Cisneros (.339, 11 HR, 36 RBI), freshman second baseman Jonathan McCray (.355) and freshman outfielder Austin Berglund (.376).
Last year the teams were part of a three-way tie for first that also included Chaffey.
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.