Cal Poly Pomona standout gets CCAA weekly honor

Luis Najera

Cal Poly Pomona freshman Luis Najera Jr. has been named California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Men’s Soccer Athlete of the Week for Sept. 5-8.

In helping the Broncos to two wins last week in Northern California, Najera Jr. collected eight points with three goals and two assists.

A Tulare native, Najera played for the Fresno Fuego of the United Soccer League PDL in 2013. He received plenty of help from his CPP teammates this past week as the Broncos tallied nine assists while outscoring opponents 7-2.

Najera proved to be very efficient on offense, netting his three goals on just nine shots. He averaged 54.5 minutes in the road wins over Holy Names and Dominican.

The Broncos will return to action on Friday with a 4:30 p.m. matchup at nationally-ranked Cal State L.A.

This week’s college sports schedule

Soleil Hall

Here’s this week’s local colleges schedule:

Tuesday, Sept. 3

CS San Marcos at Redlands, 7 p.m.
UC Santa Cruz at Pomona-Pitzer, 4 p.m.; El Camino at San Bernardino Valley, 4 p.m.; Palomar at Victor Valley, 4 p.m.
La Verne at Masters, 4 p.m.; El Camino at San Bernardino Valley, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 4

Chaffey at Antelope Valley, 6 p.m.; San Bernardino Valley at Palomar, 5 p.m.; Victor Valley at College of the Canyons, 5 p.m.
Chaffey at Glendale, 7 p.m.
LA Valley at Chaffey, 2 p.m.; Victor Valley at San Diego City, 3 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 5

CS San Bernardino at BYU-Hawaii, noon; Cal Poly Pomona at Holy Names, 2 p.m.
CS San Bernardino at Hawaii-Hilo, 3 p.m.; Cal Poly Pomona at Dominican, 4:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 6

Cal Poly Pomona vs. Harding (at CS San Bernardino), noon; Fort Lewis at CS San Bernardino, 2:30 p.m.; Central Washington at CS San Bernardino, 7:30 p.m.; Cal Poly Pomona vs. Seattle Pacific (at CS San Bernardino), 7:30 p.m.; Posada Royale Tournament (at Cal Lutheran) – Pomona-Pitzer vs. Hendrix, 12:30 p.m., La Verne vs. George Fox, 12:30 p.m., Claremont-Mudd-Scripps vs. George Fox, 3 p.m. La Verne vs. UC Santa Cruz, 5 p.m., Pomona-Pitzer vs. Texas Lutheran, 5 p.m., Claremont-Mudd-Scripps vs. UC Santa Cruz, 7 p.m.; Chaffey and San Bernardino Valley at LA Pierce Quad; Victor Valley at Rio Hondo Quad, 10 a.m.
CS San Bernardino at Hawaii-Hilo, 3 p.m.; Claremont-Mudd-Scripps vs. Franklin-Marshall, 10 a.m.; Chaffey at Riverside-Norco, 4 p.m.; San Bernardino Valley at LA Mission, 3 p.m.
Trinity (Tex.) at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 7 p.m.; La Verne vs. Willamette (at UC Santa Cruz), 4 p.m.; Pomona-Pitzer at UC Santa Cruz, 1:30 p.m.; Chaffey at Riverside-Norco, 2 p.m.; East Los Angeles at San Bernardino Valley, 4 p.m.
Palomar Invitational (Includes SBVC)

Saturday, Sept. 7

MIT at Pomona-Pitzer, 1 p.m.; * Mary Hardin Baylor at Redlands, 7 p.m.; San Bernardino Valley at Antelope Valley, 7 p.m.; LA Pierce at Victor Valley, 1 p.m.; Citrus at Pasadena, 6 p.m.; Saddleback at Mt. SAC, 1 p.m.; Ventura at Riverside, 6 p.m.
Cal Poly Pomona vs. Central Washington (at CS San Bernardino), 10 a.m.; Seattle Pacific at CS San Bernardino, 2:30 p.m.; Cal Poly Pomona vs. Fort Lewis (at CSSB), 2:30 p.m.; Regis (Col) at CS San Bernardino, 7:30 p.m.; Posada Royale Tournament (at Cal Lutheran) – Pomona-Pitzer vs. UC Santa Cruz, 11:30 a.m., Claremont-Mudd-Scripps vs. Texas-Dallas, 11:30 a.m., Claremont-Mudd-Scripps vs. Puget Sound, 2 p.m., La Verne vs. Texas-Dallas, 4 p.m., Pomona-Pitzer vs. Schreiner, 4 p.m., La Verne vs. Puget Sound, 6 p.m., Redlands vs. George Fox, 6 p.m.
Cal Poly Pomona at Dominican, 4:30 p.m.; Claremont-Mudd-Scripps vs. Messiah, 10 a.m.; Sequoias at Voctr Valley, 2 p.m.
CS San Bernardino at Hawaii Pacific, 12:30 p.m.; La Verne vs. Whitman (at UC Santa Cruz), 3 p.m.; Redlands vs. Illinois Wesleyan (at UC Santa Cruz), 10 a.m.; Sequoias at Victor Valley, 1 p.m.
UC Irvine Invitational (includes CS San Bernardino women); Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at Nationball Classic at Santa Barbara, 8 p.m.
Pomona-Pitzer, La Verne, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at UCLA Invitational

Sunday, Sept. 8

CS San Bernardino at Hawaii Pacific, 6 p.m.
Redlands vs. Whitman (at UC Santa Cruz), 2 p.m.; Pomona-Pitzer at Willamette (Ore.), 2 p.m.; St. Olaf at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 10 a.m.

Coyotes picked top repeat – AGAIN!

Danielle Newcombe

The Cal State San Bernardino volleyball team has picked to repeat as CCAA champions. Not surprising. They have won seven in a row and nine of the last 11. And the won the Coyotes garnered last year came in a “rebuilding” season with a ton of freshmen.

The Coyotes totaled 115 points for the second year in a row and garnered seven first-place votes.  UC San Diego (107) was selected to finish second, followed by Sonoma State (105), Cal State L.A. (81), Chico State (74), Cal State Dominguez Hills (71), Cal State East Bay (60), San Francisco State (57), Cal Poly Pomona (52), Cal State Monterey Bay (33), Cal State Stanislaus (23) and Humboldt State (14).

The votes for San Diego and Sonoma are understandable, the one for Cal State Dominguez HiIlls, well that’s a bit dumbfounding.

The Coyotes were 24-9 overall, 19-3 in the CCAA last season and reached the NCAA West Regional final for an unprecedented 13th straight NCAA West Region final, losing to regional host, BYU-Hawaii.

The Coyotes, ranked 14th in the AVCA Top-25 coaches poll, open the season playing host to the Coyote Classic on Sept. 6-7. CSUSB begins tourney play against Fort Lewis State at 2:30 p.m. Friday. Fellow CCAA schools Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State L.A., UC San Diego and Sonoma State also are taking part in the tourney.

Broncos add new basketball player

Ray Ray

The Cal Poly Pomona men’s basketball program has added another player to the fold and he’s junior Ray Ray Chase. The 6-foo-t8 forward from San Antontion comes to the Broncos after two years at Fort Smith Community College in Kansas.

“Ray Ray brings a lot of experience and intensity to our inside game,” Coach  Greg Kamansky said. “He played in a tough conference at Fort Scott and he’ll be a good fit for our system.”

After helping the Reagan High School boys’ basketball team to plenty of success in Texas, Chase’s collegiate career started in the 2010-11 season at Southern  in Baton Rouge, La. With the Jaguars competing out of the Division I Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), Chase appeared in 27 games while averaging 2.7 points and 2.5 rebounds per game. In a late December game at LSU, he scored a season-high 10 points and added boards.

This past year as a sophomore at Fort Scott in Kansas, Chase averaged 8.1 points and 10.7 rebounds. He scored in double figures on nine occasions and set a season high of 20 in a game against Highland when he went 8-for-11 from the field.

Chase will be joining Broncos’ squad that is coming off a 28-3 season in 2012-13. CPP went 20-2 through conference play and captured a sweep of the California Collegiate Athletic Association regular season and tournament championships. The Broncos’ defense finished with a No. 1 national ranking.

This week’s local college sports schedule

It’s that time. Local colleges are kicking off their seasons. Here’s what’s on tap this week:



 El Camino at Chaffey, 4 p.m.; Citrus at San Bernardino Valley, 2 p.m.; Victor Valley at Santiago Canyon, 4 p.m.


 El Camino at Chaffey, 2 p.m.; San Diego City at San Bernardino Valley, 4 p.m.



 Grossmont, Yavapi at Chaffey, 2 p.m



 Pacific Coast Classic – Pomona-Pitzer vs. Franklin, 10 a.m.; Claremont-Mudd-Scripps vs. Whitowrth, 10 a.m.; La Verne vs,. Willamette, 12:15; Pomona-Pitzer vs. Lewis & Clark, 2:30 p.m., Claremont-Mudd-Scripps vs. Benedictine, 2:30 p.m.; La Verne vs. Millikin, 4:30 p.m. ; Chaffey at LA Pierce Quad meet, 2 p.m.


 Carthage at La Verne; Chaffey at Canyons, 4 p.m.; San Bernardino Valley at East Los Angeles, 6 p.m.; Imperial Valley at Victor Valley, 4 p.m.


Arizona Christian at La Verne, 7 p.m.; Concordia at Pomona-Pitzer, 5 p.m.; Redlands vs. Carleton (at Wheaton), 7:30 a.m.



 Pacific Coast Classic – Pomona-Pitzer vs. Benedictine, 8 a.m., Pomona-Pitzer vs. Willamette, 10 a.m.; La Verne vs. Whitworth, 10:15 a.m., Redlands vs. Franklin, 12:15 p.m.; Claremont-Mudd-Scripps vs. Willamette, 12:15 p.m.; Pomona-{Pitzer vs. Millikin, 2:30 p.m., La Verne vs. Lewis & Clark, 4:30 p.m.; Claremont-Mudd-Scripps vs. Millikin, 4:30 p.m.; Redlands vs. Benedictine


 Carthage at Pomona-Pitzer, 10 a.m.; Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at Westmont, 1 p.m.; Cypress at Victor Valley, 11 a.m.


 Redlands at Wheaton, 2:30 p.m.; San Bernardino Valley at Santiago Canyon, 6:30 p.m.; Victor Valley at Oxnard Tournament.


  Redlands Invitational (Quad and Sylvan Park); Mark Covert Classic (at Carbon Canyon Park), includes La Verne.



 Wis-Oshkosh at Pomona-Pitzer, 11 a.m.;


Concordia-Irvine at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 7 p.m.; Victor Valley at Oxnard Tournament.




SBVC cross country coach headed to Cal Poly Pomona

Wes Asfhord

Wes Ashford achieved everything he could have hoped for at the community college level, heading the San Bernardino Balley College cross country program. Now the popular is making a change, sort of.

Ashford has joined Cal Poly Pomona as assistant cross country and distance track coach. He will assist head track-cross country coach Octavious Gillespie-Bennett.

“It was the right time and the right place,” said Ashford, who ran collegiately at Brigham Young.
Ashford, 52, established a dynasty at SBVC in the last 10 years. The Wolverines have an active streak of 17 straight Foothill Conference titles.

More impressive is a streak of five consecutive state championships from 2006 to 2010. They were second in 2011 and fifth in 2012.

“Wes is the most successful junior college distance coach in California,” Gillespie-Bennett said, “We’re more than lucky to have him on our coaching staff.”

Ashford started his coaching career at Rancho Cucamonga High School, where he worked from 1997 to 2001. He guided the team to a Mt. Baldy Cross Country League title and the squad went undefeated in conference competition through his entire tenure.

Ashford will stay at SBVC, although his time will be more limited. His able assistant Jim Ratigan will assume more responsibility.

“I always found it hard to coach kids for two years, then pass them off to someone else,” he said. “I’m looking forward to being able to see kids through their whole college career.”

Cal Poly Pomona plans celebration

HOF nomination

Cal Poly Pomona is celebrating its 75th anniversary in the coming school year and among the events is a Homecoming and Family Weekend on Feb. 7-8.

To start the weekend, Bronco Athletics will host an “Evening of Champions” Hall of Fame celebration at Kellogg West. During the Feb. 7 ceremony, CPP will re-induct the 51 current Hall of Fame members and also induct a new 2014 class.

Today marks the start of the Hall of Fame nomination process and the campus community, alumni and fans are encouraged to submit nominations. To read the Hall of Fame criteria and to nominate, access The deadline for nominations is Oct. 15.

There will be plenty of other fun activities during the Homecoming and Family Weekend, including a bonfire and ice skating.

The weekend’s schedule concludes with a Homecoming Dance, which will be held at the Bronco Student Center. To view a list of all the 75th Anniversary activities, access the university’s calendar that is being developed. There will also be an events page set up soon that’ll allow visitors to sign up for all of the different Homecoming and Family Weekend activities.


Dibbini gets nod at Cal Poly Pomona

Cal Poly Pomona has selected Mike Dibbini as its next head coach in women’s soccer. He succeeds Isabelle Harvey who accepted the same position at CCAA rival Cal State Los Angeles.

This is a great hire. Dibbini returns to Southern California after eight years heading the men’s and women’s programs at Kansas Wesleyan which he turned into an NAIA power.

Dibbini, 36, knows the SoCal landscape quite well. He’s a native of Palmdale and has recruited Califorrnia heavily in his tenure in Kansas. In 2012 He had 48 players (men’s and women’s team’s combined) on his roster, with 16 of those from San Bernardino or Riverside county.

Knowing the area will be a definitely plus. This biggest chore will likely getting up to speed on the NCAA Division II regulations which are far more strict than those at the NAIA level.

He also takes over a program with talent there. The cupboard is not empty.

A full length story with quotes from the new coach is here on our website.

Cal Poly third, CS San Bernardino seventh in All-Sports tally

Cal Poly Pomona finished third in the battle for the Robert J. Hiegert CCAA Commissioner’s Cup.

The award, named in honor of former Commissioner Robert Hiegert is awarded to the institution with the highest aggregate ranking in eight of the CCAA’s 12 championship sports.

Chico State was winner for the third straight year. The Wildcats compiled 13 points by capturing four CCAA championships in men’s and women’s cross country and men’s and women’s track and field, along with a regular-season title in women’s basketball.

UC San Diego is the only other institution to have won the Cup in past years and finished second (22.5).  The Tritions claimed titles in women’s soccer and women’s basketball.

Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State L.A. tied for third (32) and were followed by Sonoma State (38), CS Stanislaus (41.5), CS San Bernardino (44.5), San Francisco State (46), CS Monterey Bay (48), CS Dominguez Hills (50.5), Humboldt State (51.5), and CS East Bay (59.5).

Cal Poly won a title in men’s basketball while CS San Bernardino’s lone title was in volleyball.

An institution’s Hiegert Cup ranking is calculated using its top two Conference finishes in the fall, winter, and spring sports seasons, as well as the highest two other finishes, regardless of season. An institution’s numerical finish for team sports is determined by regular season standings. Individual sports finishes are determined by the finishes at the season-ending championship event.

2012-13 Hiegert Cup Final Standings


Institution Points
Chico State 13
UC San Diego 22.5
Cal Poly Pomona 32
Cal State L.A. 32
Sonoma State 38
Cal State Stanislaus 41.5
Cal State San Bernardino 44.5
San Francisco State 46
Cal State Monterey Bay 48
Cal State Dominguez Hills 50.5
Humboldt State 51.5
Cal State East Bay 59.5



Two locals get promotions

Travis Taijeron

Two athletes that made their names with stellar college careers locally recently earned promotions to Double-A teams with their respective organizations.

Cal Poly Pomona graduate Travis Taijeron was promoted from the New York Mets High-A affiliate in Port St. Lucie (Fla.) of the Florida State League to Binghamton (N.Y.) of the Eastern League.

He hit .303 with 20 doubles, nine home runs and 27 RBI in 55 games and earned league Offensive Player of the Week honors twice to warrant the promotion.

In his second game with the Double-A team on Sunday, Taijeron, an 18th round pick in 2011, slugged a three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth to snap a 2-2 tie and give Binghamton a 5-2 win over Altoona (Penn.).

Meanwhile pitcher Aaron Brooks, out of Cajon High School and Cal State San Bernardino, climbed another rung on the Kansas City Royals organization ladder.

Brooks, an eighth round pick in 2011, started the season at High-A Wilmington (Del.) of the Carolina League where he went 2-3 with a 4.47 ERA but he was 2-0 with a 2.34 ERA in his last two starts.

He got his first start in Double A on Saturday, leading Northwest Arkansas (Texas League) to a 6-3 win over Arkansas. He went six innings, giving up eight hits and three runs while striking out two.

Aaron Brooks