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.

Cal State San Bernardino volleyball team in familiar position

The Cal State San Bernardino volleyball team is taking aim at yet another CCAA title. For those keeping track, it has won seven in a row and nine of the last 11. That’s a pretty formidable streak in any sport, let alone in a conference as tough as the CCAA.

The Coyotes return the balance of a roster of a team that advanced to the NCAA Division II West Regional a year ago. That’s the good news.

The bad news is one of the few the Coyotes lost was their setter – two-time All-American Camille Smith.  Her absence is huge. Not only was she a top-notch setter, she was perhaps the team’s top defensive player as well as a key blocker, something not usually the norm for a setter.

Coach Kim Cherniss has two athletes she is using there right now, senior Stephanie Sinohui and freshman Hannah Liserra. Sinohui played behind Smith so she didn’t see a lot of action. Both show potential but Liserra is the future.

Cherniss is one of the best in the business. By the ed of the season the Coyotes will likely be where they need to be to challenge for another spot in the Elite Eight.

The Coyotes are 11-4, but an impressive 7-0 in conference play. What’s worth noting is that of those seven wins, six have come on the road and they have already secured wins at Sonoma State and San Francisco State, among others. That means the schedule will be loaded with home games the second half of conference play.

So it doesn’t look like the balance of power is shifting any time soon.

Cal State women get nationally televised game

Nicole Chapple

The Cal State San Bernardino women’s basketball team will be getting national airtime.

The Coyotes, led by first-year coach Renee Jimenez, will be CBS Sports Network at 11 a.m. on Feb. 15 when they take on Cal State Monterey Bay at the Kelp Bed.

The game also marks the return of Jimenez to CSUMB, where she directed the program to prominence in her five years.  During her tenure, the Otters reached the last three NCAA Tournaments (2011-13), won a CCAA regular-season title (2011) and captured a CCAA Tournament title (2012).

“That our game at CSUMB is one of three Division II women’s basketball games that will be telecast on CBS Sports Network this season is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, not only for both teams, but for the universities and the CCAA,” said Jimenez, who went 97-46 at CSUMB. “I’m always going to have a soft spot in my heart for my wonderful five years there – great teams with a supportive staff, and of course, our student-athletes who worked very hard and accomplished great feats.

“It’s going to make for a great day of college basketball and a welcome homecoming. Our team is looking forward to the game and all that goes along with the event.”

The game is touted as the inaugural Division II Social Media Game. Numerous social media promotions will be built around the game, including special social media team apparel, giveaways and behind-the-scenes access.

“It will be a memorable day for Renee and our team,” Director of Athletics Dr. Kevin Hatcher said. “We are honored to be chosen as one of six teams to play on CBS Sports Network this season. I know coach will have her team well prepared for a game that promises to be memorable in many ways.”

The Coyotes open the season Nov. 7 in an exhibition game at Loyola Marymount. The Jimenez-led Coyotes make their home debut against UC San Diego on Nov. 17.

This week’s local colleges schedule


Here is this week’s local colleges event schedule

Tuesday, Oct. 1


 Cal Lutheran at Redlands, 7:30 p.m.; Pomona-Pitzer at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 7:30 p.m.


 Oxnard at Chaffey, 4 p.m.


 Taft at Chaffey, 2 p.m.; San Bernadino Valley at Golden West, 4 p.m.

 Wednesday, Oct. 2


 Occidental at La Verne, 7 p.m.; Redlands at Caltech, 4 p.m.; Chapman at Pomona-Pitzer, 4 p.m.


 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at Redlands, 7 p.m.; La Verne at Cal Lutheran, 7 p.m.; Pomona-Pitzer at Whittier, 7 p.m.

 Thursday, Oct. 3


CS San Bernardino at Humboldt State, 7 p.m.; UC San Diego at Cal Poly Pomona, 7 p.m.

 Friday, Oct. 4


 Redlands at Pomona-Pitzer, 7:30 p.m.; Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at Occidental, 7:30 p.m.; Colorado College Tournament – La Verne vs. Hamline, 1 p.m., San Bernardino Valley at Santa Monica, 5 p.m.


 Cal Poly Pomona at CS East Bay, 4:30 p.m.; CS San Bernardino at Chico State, 7 p.m.; Chaffey at Desert, 4 p.m.; San Bernardino Valley at Victor Valley, 4 p.m.


Cal Poly Pomona at CS East Bay, 7 p.m.; CS San Bernardino at Chico State, 4:30 p.m.; Chaffey at Desert, 2 p.m.; San Bernardino Valley at Victor Valley, 2 p.m.


 Gary Troyer Memorial Tournament (at Pomona-Pitzer)


 Foothill Conference Preview (at Guasti Park)

 Saturday, Oct. 5


 Cal Lutheran at Pomona-Pitzer, 1 p.m.; Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at La Verne, 1 p.m.; Redlands at Occidental, 7 p.m.; Chaffey at Compton, 1 p.m.;  Victor Valley at San Bernardino Valley, 6 p.m.; Mt. SAC at Desert, 6 p.m.; Long Beach at Riverside, 1 p.m.


 CS San Bernardino at Cal Poly Pomona, 7 p.m.; Occidental at Redlands, 6 p.m.; Colorado College Tournament – La Verne vs. Nebraska Wesleyan, 10 a.m., La Verne vs. TBA, 4 p.m.


 La Verne at Whittier, 7 p.m.; Pomona-Pitzer at Cal Lutheran, 7 p.m.; Caltech at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 1 p.m.


 Pomona-Pitzer at Redlands, Time TBA; Whittier at La Verne, 7 p.m.; Occifdental at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 2 p.m.


  CS Stanislaus Invitational (includes CS San Bernardino women); Pomona-Pitzer Invitational (also includes Redlands); CMS at Pre-Nationals at Hanover, Ind.


 Gary Troyer Memorial Tournament (at Pomona-Pitzer)

 Sunday, Oct. 6


 CS San Bernardino at CS Monterey Bay, 11:30 a.m. ; Cal Poly Pomona at CS Stanislaus, 11:30 a.m.


 Cal Poly Pomona at CS Stanislaus, 2 p.m.; CS San Bernardino at CS Monterey Bay, 2 p.m.