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.

Former player to be remembered at home opener

Cal State San Bernardino will honor former baseball player Jake Pilkerton at its home opener against Cal Baptist at 1 p.m. on Feb.8 at Fisacalini Field.

Pilkerton, an infielder, played for the Coyotes in 2012 and 2013. He played the previous two seasons at San Bernardino Valley College and is a graduate of Rim of the World High School.

He was killed in an automobile August last August. A foundation has been set up in his named with the proceeds going toward all three programs for which he played.

Coyotes move into national top 10

Lacy Haddock drive vs CSUMB

An 11-game winning streak has propelled the Cal State San Bernardino men’s basketball team into this week’s NABC Division II Coaches poll top 10.

The Coyotes (11-1, 8-0 in CCAA) moved up five places to No. 9. It is the first appearance in the top 10 in six seasons for coach Jeff Oliver’s program and their third consecutive week in the top-25 poll. CSUSB opened at 19th on Dec. 31 and moved to 14th last week.

The last time the Coyotes appeared in the top 10 was Jan. 15, 2008.

CSUSB is the top-ranked team in the West Region. Five West teams are in this week’s poll: the Coyotes, No. 12 Dixie State, No. 18 Cal Baptist, No. 19 Western Washington and No. 25 Chico State.

The Coyotes are on the CCAA road for the first time since Dec. 16 when they take on San Francisco State (7-4, 5-3) on Friday and Sonoma State (1-11, 0-8) on Saturday.

West Liberty and Bellarmine remain one and two, and Florida Southern moved up to third as a result and Metropolitan State, which beat then-No. 11 Colorado School of Mines, rose to fourth. Indiana (Pa.) and Tarleton State also moved up to fifth and sixth, respectively, while Drury, which lost at Bellarmine last Thursday, dropped to seventh.

Cal Poly Pomona received votes but didn’t quite crack the poll.

Cal State women finding a groove

Renee Jimenez

Sometimes it’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel when your hard work isn’t manifesting itself in the win-loss column. That has been the case with the Cal State San Bernardino women’s basketball team.

But first-year coach Renee Jimenez and her Coyotes had a breakthrough the past weekend, chalking up wins over Cal State Monterey Bay and Cal State East Bay.

The win over the Otters was an emotional one since that’s the program Jimenez and lead assistant Tina Samaniego directed to prominence in their five years there before moving to SoCal.

Then 24 hours later the Coyotes rallied from a 19-point second half deficit to defeat an East Bay team that started the night tied for first in the competitive  CCAA. A win over a first-place team surely will go a long way to bolster the confidence of a team that was 0-6 in conference and 1-8 overall before the weekend. Now they know they can play with anyone.

Jimenez came was handed the job too late to recruit so this basically is the previous coach’s team. That’s not to say they’re players she wouldn’t want but a new coach always brings new offensive and defensive schemes, practice routines, etc. It takes awhile for players to adjust. But now they appear to be adapting quite nicely.

Jimenez has proven herself to be one of the top coaches in the conference, maybe THE best. She did a lot with a little at Monterey Bay. Now she has resources, a fine facility and a great talent pool in the Inland Empire with which to work.

It will only be a matter of time before the women’s program is on par with that of the men which are currently ranked in the top 10 nationally. Let’s hope area basketball enthusiasts take note.





Cal State’s Young named CCAA Player of Week

Andrew Young

Cal State San Bernardino’s Andrew Young has been named the California Collegiate Athletic Association Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for Dec. 16-22.

The senior center led the Coyotes to a 3-0 week with wins over UC San Diego, No. 5 Western Washington and No. 19 Midwestern State.  

The Monterey native scored a season-best 25 points after shooting six-for-10 from the field and 13-for-16 from the free throw line, while pulling down eight rebounds in the 78-69 win at UC San Diego.

To tip-off weekend play Young made 10-of-15 field goal attempts and four-of-five attempts from the line in a huge 99-91 defeat of two-time defending NCAA West Region Champion Vikings.

He wrapped up 2013 play with his third double digit performance, shooting 50 percent from both the field (6-for-12) and the free throw line (4-for-8).

For the week, Young averaged 21.7 points per game, 6.7 rebounds per game, while totaling three steals, three assists, and two blocks.

Young and the Coyotes host Chico State on Jan. 3.

CCAA Men’s Basketball Player of the Week
Nov. 8-10: Gabe Kindred (Cal State East Bay)
Nov. 11-17: Marcus Bell (Cal State Stanislaus)
Nov. 18-24: Drew Dyer (UC San Diego)
Nov. 25-Dec. 1: Giordano Estrada (Chico State)
Dec. 2-8: James Tillman (Cal State L.A.)
Dec. 9-15: Rashad Parker (Chico State)
Dec. 16-22:  Andrew Young (Cal State San Bernardino)

Cal State’s Jones earns second All-American honor

All-American Chelsey Jones

Cal State San Bernardino senior goalkeeper  Chelsey Jones earned a second All-American honor, this one from the National Soccer Coaches Association of American.

Jones, who earlier this fall was named a Capital One Academic All-American, was named to the NSCAA’s third team.

Jones, who was this season’s CCAA Defensive Player of the Year, set four school records and helped the Coyotes reach the NCAA West Region finals this year for the first time in school history. She set records in shutouts (season-13 and career-21) and victories (season-12 and career-23). She allowed just 17 goals in 23 games with a 0.70 GAA.

She is just the third Coyote in school history to earn both athletic and academic All-American honors in the same season, joining softball’s Anne Cordardo (1990) and volleyball’s Amy Pope (2001).

Region volleyball starts today at Cal State San Bernardino

2013 CCAA Champions

For the seventh time in the last eight years and the ninth time since 2001, the Cal State San Bernardino Coyotes will play host to the NCAA West Regional volleyball tournament.

The event gets underway today. The Coyotes play in the last of four quarterfinals against Central Washington, a team to whom they lost earlier in the season.

CSUSB completed its regular season 25-5 overall and is the champion of the California Collegiate Athletic Association at 21-1; its eighth consecutive title. The Coyotes enter the NCAAs having won 22 of their last 23 matches.

The Coyotes are joined by fellow CCAA members Sonoma State and UC San Diego. The Great Northwest Athletic Conference is represented by Western Washington, Alaska-Anchorage and Central Washington. The final two teams are from the Pacific West Conference – reigning West Region champion BYU-Hawaii and Dixie State.

The entire regional will be played in the Physical Education Building, also known as “The Den,” due to Fall commencement ceremonies taking place in Coussoulis Arena on Dec. 7.

The NCAA West Region champion advances to the Elite Eight, held Dec. 12-14 at U.S. Cellular Arena in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and hosted by Upper Iowa University.

Here is the schedule:

NCAA West Region
The Den – Cal State San Bernardino

First Round
Thursday, Dec. 5
12:00 p.m. – No. 3 seed UC San Diego (25-5) vs. No. 6 Dixie State (17-9)
2:30 p.m. – No. 2 seed BYU-Hawaii (24-1) vs. No. 7 seed Alaska-Anchorage (21-9)
5:00 p.m. – No. 4 seed Sonoma State (25-5) vs. No. 5 seed Western Washington (23-3)
7:30 p.m. – No. 1 seed Coyotes (25-5) vs. No. 8 seed Central Washington (15-11)
Second Round
Friday, Dec. 6
5:00 p.m. – UCSD/Dixie State winner vs. BYU-H/UAA winner
7:30 p.m. – SSU/WWU winner vs. CSUSB/CWU winner
Saturday, Dec. 7
7 p.m.

Cal State volleyball lands two volleyballers on All-West Region

Brenna McIntosh serving

The strength of this year’s CCAA champion Cal State San Bernardino is the one-two middle blocker punch of sophomore Brenna McIntosh and junior Tori May and both were recognized as Daktronics All-West Region selections.

 McIntosh was named to the first team and May to the second team.

  McIntosh, who last season was a second-team honoree, proved there would be no such thing as a sophomore jinx as she set two match records this season on consecutive matches – attack percentage (.933 14 kills, no errors, 15 attacks) and block assists (15) on the weekend of Nov. 1-2. The first-team All-CCAA selection ranks first in solo blocks (43), first in total blocks (149), first in blocks/set (1.30), second in block assists (106) and third in hitting percentage (.351) in the CCAA.

  May, a graduate of Redlands East Valley, transferred from Division I Colorado State. She also was a first-team All-CCAA choice and ranks second in hitting percentage at .365, 11th in both block assists (75) and total blocks (90) in the CCAA. She also was a two-time CCAA Player of the Week honoree.

  The No. 14 Coyotes (25-5 overall) play host to this week’s NCAA West Regional tournament. They take on Central Washington at 7:30 p.m. in Thursday’s opening round.



Nishanian earns All-West Region soccer honor

Lee Nishanian

Senior defender Lee Nishanian of Cal State San Bernardino has been named to the Daktronics All-West Region men’s soccer team.

Nishanian, a Los Osos High School graduate, completed his career with three All-CCAA honors and two Capital One Academic All-District honors at his defender position.

He is a repeat West Region second-team honoree.

Nishanian played in 73 games in his career with 71 starts and was a four-year starter for the Coyotes.

CS San Bernardino leads All-CCAA Volleyball Selections

Tori May

Cal State San Bernardino won it’s eighth straight CCAA title in volleyball. Not surprisingly the Coyotes are well-represented on the All-Conference team announced today.

Here is the complete rundown:

Name School Pos. Yr. Hometown
Julia Ashen, CS Monterey Bay, OH, Jr., Salinas
Caitlin Brenton, UC San Diego, OPP, Jr. San Jose
Danielle Dahle UC San Diego, OH, So., La Mesa
Madelyn Densberger, Sonoma State, OH, So., St. Helena
Kelsey Hull, Sonoma State, OH, Jr., Valley Springs
Iona Lofrano, CS L.A. OH, So., Meadow View
Tori May, CS San Bernardino, MB, Jr., Redlands
Brenna McIntosh, CS San Bernardino, MB, So., Yorba Linda

Lindsay Quigley, Chico State, MB, Jr., Paradise
Caylie Seitz, Sonoma State, OH So., Santa Rosa
Heidi Sierks, UC San Diego, S, So., Lake Bluff
Torey Thompson Chico State, S, Fr., Newport Beach

Name School Pos. Yr. Hometown
Jessica Doerner, Cal Poly Pomona, OH, Sr., Redondo Beach
Jessica Malcolm, CS Monterey Bay, OH, So., Lodi
Arielle McCullough, CS San Bernardino, L, Jr., Fontana
Sara McCutchan, UC San Diego, MB, Jr., Irvine
Whitney Lee, CS Dominguez Hills, MB, R-Sr., Live Oak
Hayley Ross, Sonoma State, S, Sr., Petaluma
Veronica Sanchez, CS East Bay, L, Jr., Selah, Wash.
Alex Shurtz, Chico State, OH, Sr., Moraga
Kymberly Silveyra, CS L.A., OH, Jr., Temecula
Aly Torline, CS San Bernardino, OH, So., Huntington Beach
Meagan Wright, San Francisco State, MB, So., Bonita
Suzy Ni Xu, CS East Bay, OPP, Sr., Dan Lian Liao, China

Most Valuable Player: Caylie Seitz (Sonoma State)
Freshman of the Year: Torey Thompson (Chico State)
Newcomer of the Year: Bethanee Boggs (Cal State L.A.)
Co-Coach of the Year: Bear Grassl (Sonoma State) & Kim Cherniss (Cal State San Bernardino)