Local soccer players honored

All-American Chelsey Jones

Three local players were among those named to the NCAA Division II All-West Region Women’s soccer team.

That trio consists of senior goalkeeper Chelsey Jones of Cal State San Bernardino and senior defender Kristin Mihara of Cal Poly Pomona who made the first team. Freshman Kianna Quarles of Cal State made the second team.

Jones, the 2013 CCAA Defensive Player of the Year, established four school records this fall with most shutouts in a season (13), career shutouts (21), victories in a season (12) and career victories (23).
Mihara played in each and every match through her Bronco career, totaling 73 games played. Through the middle portion of her time at CPP, she built an streak of playing every minute in 25-straight matches.

This past season, Mihara joined with fellow defenders Hannah Leu and Megan Kisslan in helping CPP allow just 17 goals through the team’s 18 matches.

Quarles led the Coyotes in scoring with seven goals and one assist. Earlier this month she was named the CCAA Freshman of the Year.


Cal State volleyball player named best of the week

Tori May

Cal State San Bernardino’s Tori May has been named Molten/California Collegiate Athletic Association Volleyball Player of the Week for Nov. 18-24.

The Coyotes wrapped up regular-season play with wins over No. 12 UC San Diego, Cal State Dominguez Hills, and Cal State L.A. for their eighth-straight CCAA title.

On Wednesday, May led the Coyotes in their come from behind 3-2 win against West Region leader UC San Diego. The junior middle blocker smashed 15 kills with just two errors in 29 attempts for a week-high .448 attack percentage.

May hit double figures once again in a five-set victory over the Toros. She hit 11-for-27 with just one error for a hitting percentage of .370. She added eight more kills on Saturday’s 3-1 win over Cal State L.A. to close out the season.

On the week, the Redlands native threw down a .372 attack percentage while totaling 10 blocks, nine assisted blocks and one solo.

2013 Molten/CCAA Volleyball Player of the Week
Sept. 5-8: Julia Ashen (Cal State Monterey Bay)
Sept. 9-15: Madelyn Densberger (Sonoma State)
Sept. 16-22: Iona Lofrano (Cal State L.A.)
Sept. 23-29: Brenna McIntosh (Cal State San Bernardino)
Sept. 30-Oct. 6: Julia Ashen (Cal State Monterey Bay)
Oct. 7-13: Tori May (Cal State San Bernardino)
Oct. 14-20: Kymberly Silveyra (Cal State L.A.)
Oct. 21-27: Blair Ehrlich (Cal State Stanislaus)
Oct. 28-Nov. 3: Brenna McIntosh (Cal State San Bernardino)
Nov. 4-10: Sara McCutchan (UC San Diego)
Nov. 11-17: Whitney Lee (Cal State Dominguez Hills)
Nov. 18-24: Tori May (Cal State San Bernardino)

All-CCAA women’s soccer team named

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2013 Women’s Soccer All-Conference Team

Pos. Name Institution Yr.
GK Chelsey Jones, Cal State San Bernardino
F Amalia Arvidsson, Cal State L.A.
F Cara Curtin, Sonoma State
MF Karenee Demery Cal State Stanislaus
MF Cassie Callahan, UC San Diego
MF Lauren Curtin, Sonoma State
MF Katelyn Nebesnick, Cal State Stanislaus
MF Heather Williams, Cal State L.A.
D Lauren Fryer, Sonoma State
D Kristin Mihara, Cal Poly Pomona
D Emily Relles, Cal State Stanislaus

Pos. Name Institution
GK Chelsea Lewandowski, Cal State Stanislaus
F Kiana Quarles, Cal State San Bernardino
F Scotie Walker, Chico State
F Jasmine Williams, Cal State San Bernardino
MF Elizet Ceja, San Francisco State
MF Carissa Kutkowski, Cal State San Bernardino
MF Norie Pablo, Cal State L.A.
MF Alison Sauve, Cal Poly Pomona
MF Lauren Thornton, Cal State Stanislaus
D Karli Nestler, Cal State Stanislaus
D Shoshana Wangerin, Cal State Monterey Bay
D Janelle Hanna Cal State L.A.

Most Valuable Offensive Player: Karenee Demery (Cal State Stanislaus)
Most Valuable Defensive Player: Chelsey Jones (Cal State San Bernardino)
Freshman of the Year: Kiana Quarles (Cal State San Bernardino)

Newcomer of the Year: Lauren Curtin (Sonoma State)
Coach of the Year: Gabriel Bolton (Cal State Stanislaus)

Honorable Mention: GK – Kelcie Brodsky (UC San Diego) F: Sabrina Williamson (Cal State Stanislaus), Tina Benson (Cal State Stanislaus); MF – Jami Murray (Cal State Monterey Bay), Danielle Leiva (Chico State), Susan Ibarra (Cal State San Bernardino), Paige Kang (Cal State San Bernardino), Lizzie Mitchell (Humboldt State); D – Stephanie Vanni (San Francisco State), Janeth Arroyo (Cal State L.A.), Jasmine Bell (Cal State San Bernardino), Kristal Luna (Sonoma State).

CCAA Women’s poll out

JJ JUdge

Chico State is predicted to repeat history by capturing the 2013-14 regular-season California Collegiate Athletic Association title, according to a poll of Conference coaches.

The Wildcats received 112 points and seven first-place votes, just ahead of Cal Poly Pomona.  The Broncos, who wrapped up the 2012-13 season in sixth, have been forecasted to finish second in the conference with 101 points and four first-place votes.

The Coyotes, who have added former Cal State Monterey Bay head coach Renee Jimenez, totaled 77 points and nabbed a single first-place vote but are predicted to finish seventh.

Reigning CCAA Coach of the Year, Brian Fogel returns for his sixth season after guiding Chico State to an overall record of 23-6, which included their fifth consecutive post-season appearance and second-straight NCAA Tournament appearance.  The Wildcats return six from last year’s roster, including First-team All-CCAA selections—Courtney Hamilton and Jasmine Miller.  Hamilton wrapped up the 2012-13 season as the Conference leader in assists (4.6 p/g), while Miller finished as one of the CCAA’s top scorers with a .831 free-throw percentage and 46 three-pointers.

Cal Poly Pomona’s 2012-13 post-season play was short lived after being eliminated by Cal State Monterey Bay in the first-round of the CCAA Championship Tournament.  The Broncos have five-top guards returning from last year’s squad, including their top scorer J.J. Judge who led Cal Poly Pomona with 14.3 points per contest.  Defending CCAA Freshman of the Year, Cydnie Jones will also look to lead the Broncos squad after averaging 7.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.4 steals per game in her rookie season.

Chico State is the only Conference women’s basketball team to appear ranked in the USA TODAY Sports Division II preseason coaches poll.  The Wildcats are No. 17 among the nation’s top 25 teams.

1. Chico State (7) 112
2. Cal Poly Pomona (4) 101
3. Cal State L.A. 90
4. UC San Diego 86
5. Cal State East Bay 80
6. Cal State Dominguez Hills 78
7. Cal State San Bernardino (1) 77
8. Humboldt State 44
T-9. Cal State Monterey Bay 38
T-9. San Francisco State 38
11. Sonoma State 33
12. Cal State Stanislaus 15

(#) – Indicates first-place votes


Cal State men favored in tough CCAA

Jeff Oliver

Cal State San Bernardino is the favorite to take home the CCAA men’s basketball title, at least according to a poll of member coaches.

The Coyotes totaled 115 points to finish just ahead of defending CCAA regular-season and tournament champion Cal Poly Pomona who garnered 112 points.  The Coyotes and Broncos split the first-place votes with six a piece.

San Francisco State edged Chico State for third with 92 points.  The Wildcats, who were picked to finish first in last season’s coaches’ poll have been forecasted to finish fourth with 91 points.  Cal State Dominguez Hills has been predicted to finish fifth for the second time in as many years with 86 points.

Cal State San Bernardino begins its 12th season under head coach Jeff Oliver and is coming off of a 20-9 season which included a sixth-straight Conference Tournament berth and the Coyotes’ seventh NCAA tournament appearance under Oliver’s direction.

With the absence of former seniors Johnny Bell and All-American Kwame Alexander, the Coyotes have brought in 11 newcomers to join top returners, Lacy Haddock and Joshua Gouch.  All-CCAA Second Team selection Haddock averaged 12.4 points per game and was the Conference leader in assists (5.0) and minutes played (37.4) per contest.

Cal Poly Pomona captured their first-ever outright regular-season title after matching the school record for wins in a season with an overall record of 28-3.  Four-time CCAA Coach of the Year, Greg Kemansky guided the Broncos to their third NCAA tournament appearance in five years.

Despite graduating All-American and reigning CCAA Player of the Year Mitchel Anderson, the Broncos look to remain competitive with the return of two seniors starters–Terrence Drisdom and DeRonn Scott.  Drisdom was named to the All-CCAA First team and received All-West Region honors the National Basketball Coaches Association (NABC) and Daktronics, Inc. after averaging 13 points and 3.0 assists per game, and leading the CCAA with 2.0 steals per game.  Scott averaged 10.6 points per game.

Here is the complete rundown.

1. Cal State San Bernardino (6) 115
2. Cal Poly Pomona (6) 112
3. San Francisco State 92
4. Chico State 91
5. Cal State Dominguez Hills 86
6. Cal State L.A. 75
7. Sonoma State 60
8. Humboldt State 48
9. Cal State Stanislaus 40
10. Cal State East Bay 32
11. UC San Diego 24
12. Cal State Monterey Bay 17

(#) – Indicates first-place votes

Cal State volleyball team drops to 13 in national poll

The Cal State San Bernardino volleyball team dropped one spot to No. 13 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll released today.

The Coyotes (16-5, 12-1) had a 13-match win streak snapped on Saturday when they lost to visiting Sonoma State (17-4) which is ranked 14th. The CCAA is also represented by UC San Diego at No. 12.

Despite the loss, Cal State still has a two-game lead in the CCAA race ahead of San Diego and Sonoma. The Coyotes are looking for an eighth straight and 10th in 12 years.

Cal State is home this weekend to host Cal State Stanislaus on Friday and Chico State on Saturday at Coussoulis Arena.

Fundraiser planned in honor of local baseball star

Family, friends and former teammates of Jake Pilketon are coming together to honor the memory of the former baseball standout who starred at Rim of the World High School. San Bernardino Valley College and Cal State San Bernardino.

Pilkerton died in a traffic accident on Aug. 3 on his way back to his home in Lake Arrowhead, the day after he celebrated his 22nd birthday.

Those who played with Pilkerton in high school or at either college are invited to play in the Jake Pilkerton Charity Baseball game at 1 p.m. on Nov. 2 at San Manuel Stadium.  Gates will open at noon.

There is no admission charge but food, wristbands and T-shirts will be available for purchase with proceeds going to the Jake Pilkerton Trust which has been set up by the family.

Current and future donations to the trust fund will go toward scholarships, field maintenance costs and other program expenses at those schools.

Players should contact Matt Winn at (951) 807-9867, Matt Haney at (916) 508-2253 or Darren Dworak (626) 705-0203.

Volunteers are also needed to work the event as well as help cook food. Those people should call Catherine Figone at (760) 899-9473.

Cal State player lauded

Tori May

Cal State San Bernardino junior Tori May has been selected the Molten/California Collegiate Athletic Association Volleyball Player of the Week for Oct. 7-13.

The Redlands East Valley High School graduate was a big factor in the No. 16 Coyotes 2-0 weekend with a four-set win over Cal State Monterey Bay and a three-set sweeping victory against Cal State East Bay that stretched their unbeaten streak to 10 games.

May threw down back-to-back 14 kill efforts with outstanding attack percentages of .550 against the Otters, with a .722 against the Pioneers.

On the weekend, the middle blocker hit a combined .632 after connecting for 28 kills in 38 attempts, while committing just four errors.  May also contributed to the Coyotes defense with three blocks in seven sets played.

Broncos get preseason ranking

Barry Bell

After matching the school record for wins last year, the Cal Poly Pomona men’s basketball program is gaining national recognition through the first Division II preseason poll of 2013-14.

The D-II Bulletin has coach Greg Kamanksy’s team ranked sixth in the preseason poll. Of course that doesn’t mean much. These polls typically go on what you did last year and the Bronocs advanced to the second round of the NCAA postseason. It marked the program’s 10th all-time appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Also last season, the Broncos swept the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) regular season and tournament titles.

Local rival Cal State San Bernardino was in the “Other teams to watch” category. The Coyotes are likely to start four Division I transfers when they take the floor against UCLA Oct. 30.

Metro State is the Bulletin’s No. 1 team.

Cal State volleyball stay No. 16

The Cal State San Bernardino volleyball team remained No. 16 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Division II poll.

The Coyotes (11-4, 7-0) lead the CCAA and are in search of an eighth straight title and 10th in 12 years.

The CCAA is also represented by UC San Diego at No. 11 and Sonoma State at No. 12, both of whom the Coyotes have beaten.

Reigning national Concordia-St. Paul is first, followed by Minnesota-Dulth, Tampa, Fla., Central Missouri and defending West Regional champion BYU-Hawaii.

The Coyotes will be at home this weekend, hosting Cal State Monterey Bay on Friday and Cal State East Bay on Saturday at Coussoulis Arena.