All-Conference honors not always an “honor”

There’s nothing like watering down what is supposed to be a nice honor. The issue came to my attention as I’m typing in the All-Foothill Conference selections for softball in this same space.

There were a total of 21 players named to the first-team alone in women’s softball. There were another 16 named to the second team. That’s totally ridiculous for a sport in a good conference, much less a bad one. The Foothill Conference is good in some sports but softball isn’t one of them.

I’m OK with maybe 12 – nine position players in addition to a Pitcher of the Year and Player of the Year, maybe one utility player. More than 12 and it ceases to be that much of an honor.  This isn’t one of those leagues where everyone gets saluted for “participation.”

It is evident in the selections that it is predetermined how many selections each team will get, with every team getting at least a token selection. So even last-place Barstow (6-29, 1-13) had two selections, a first team and a second team selection. The first-place selection from Barstow hit .286, .a .286 in a weak conference, Ugh, OK!

First place College of the Desert had 10 selections. So every player in the starting lineup made All-Conference. Really?

Maybe coaches feel pressured to push for their players, lest they be subject to ridicule from parents, much like it can be at the high school level. Well at the college level we’re dealing with adults. We shouldn’t be throwing lots of names out there just so no one’s feelings are hurt.

All-Foothill honors out in softball

Softball

All-Conference honors have been announced in softball with lots of locals among those selected. Here’s the full list:

Coach of the Year – Bianca Urquidi, Rio Hondo

Pitcher of the Year – Alyssa Fuimaono, College of the Desert

Player of the Year – Karina Romero, College of the Desert

First team

College of the Desert – Miranda Romero, Danyelle Sturm, Tori Heinemann, Janelle Eccles; Chaffey – Taylor Jenkins, Anjelica Cerecedes, Jennifer Del Mar, Allison Dunn, Morgan Hoare; Antelope Valley – Breanne Farinas, Destinee King, Haley Schulman; Rio Hondo – Aisha Ruiz, Samantha Martinez; San Bernardino Valley – Katelyn Traut, Katherine Maldonado; Mt. San Jacinto – Nohely ALvarez; Victor Valley – Marissa Amaya; Barstow – Tessa Saenz

Second team

Desert – Roxanne Allen, Ashlee Stolarski, Natalie Padilla, Rylee Perez; Chaffey – Lauren Avila, Jennifer Springer, Alexandria Haro; Antelope Valley – Ashlee Vivirito, Taylor Anderson; Rio Hondo – Natalie Nunez, Amanda Reynoso; San Bernardino ValleyCeleste Martinez, Robyn Davis; Mt. San Jacinto – DJ Morones; Victor Valley – Lorena Acosta; Barstow – Alexis Conant

 

 

JC baseball pairings announced

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San Bernardino Valley College has received the No. 4 seed for the community college playoffs which start on Saturday. The Wolverines (28-8) claimed their first Foothill Conference title since 2004 and have won 17 of their last 18 games.

Here’s the rundown:

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Tuesday (single elimination) No. 17 Santa Barbara (20-16) at No. 16 E Camino-Compton Center (21-15); No. 18 East Los Angeles (24-12) at No. 15 Rio Hondo (23-12).

Friday (Game 1, best-of-three series)

Compton-Santa Barbara winner at No. 1 Fullerton (25-11); No. 9 Cypress (23-13) at No. 8 Cuesta (21-15); No. 12 Mt. San Jacinto (24-12) at No. 5. Mt. SAC (26-10); No. 13 Canyons (22-14) at No. 4 San Bernardino Valley (28-8); No. 14 Bakersfield (24-12) at No. 3 Saddleback (25-11); No. 11 Orange Coast (22-14) at No. 6 Palomar (24-11); No. 10 Grossmont (26-10) at No. 7 Glendale (25-11); Rio Hondo-East LA winner at No. 2 Riverside (24-12).

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

Tuesday (single elimination) – No. 17 Sequoias (19-17) at No. 16 Modesto (18-17); No. 18 Los Medano (18-18) at No. 15. Mission (22-13).

Friday, Game 1 (Best-of-three) – Modesto-Sequoias winner at No. 1 Santa Rosa (28-6-1); No. 9 San Mateo at No. 8 Cabrillo (18-18); No. 12 Sacramento (18-18) at No. 5 Chabot (24-12); No. 13 Laney (21-14) at No. 4 Fresno (26-10); No. 14 Solano (21-13) at No. 3 Marin (28-8); No. 11 Monterey Peninsula (23-13) at No. 6 San Joaquin Delta (24-12); No. 10 Merced (22-14) at No. 7 Feather River (24-12); Mission-Los Medano winner at No. 2 Sierra (29-7).

Updated JC playoff schedule

The second round is complete. Here’s what the third round looks like. All games are on Wednesday. There were some upsets in second round play on both sides. The Foothill Conference fared well and the Orange Empire isn’t so loud and proud right now!

MEN

No. 9 East Los Angeles (21-7) at No. 1 Saddleback (26-4)

No. 12 Palomar (21-9) at No. 4 Chaffey (24-6)

No. 15 Mt. San Jacinto (21-10) at No. 10 San Bernardino Valley (21-8)

No. 6 College of the Canyons (21-8) at No. 3 Mt. SAC (25-3)

WOMEN

No. 8 Long Beach (24-4) at No. 1 Mt. SAC (30-0)

No. 5 San Bernardino Valley (25-5) at No. 4 LA Valley (23-8)’

No. 15 Palomar (17-1) at No. 10 Moorpark (18-12)

No. 11 Irvine Valley (21-10) at No. 3 Mt. San Jacinto (27-2).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Updated playoff schedule for women’s JC basketball

FRIDAY - No. 9 College of the Canyons at No. 8 Long Beach; No. 13 Chaffey at No. 4 Los Angeles Valley; No. 10 Moorpark at No. 7 Cypress; No. 14 Cuesta at No. 3 Mt. San Jacinto.

SATURDAY – Los Angeles Pierce at No. 1 Mt. SAC; No. 12 Santa Barbara at No. 5 San Bernardino Valley; Palomar at No. 2 Ventura; No. 11 Irvine Valley at No. 6 Pasadena.

Men’s JC basketball playoff schedule

Here is the updated playoff schedule for men’s basketball after completion of Wednesday play-in games. I

I will be heading to the San Bernardino-Riverside game on Friday and the Chaffey game on Saturday.

Friday’s games – No. 9 East Los Angeles (20-7) at No. 8 Mira Costa (19-9); No. 12 Palomar (20-9) at No. 5 Los Angeles Pierce (19-8); No. 10 San Bernardino Valley (20-8) at No. 7 Riverside (19-8); No. 11 Allan Hancock at No. 6 College of the Canyons (20-8).

Saturday’s games – Citrus (16-10) at No. 1 Saddleback (25-4); Irvine Valley (16-11) at No. 4 Chaffey (23-6); Mt. San Jacinto (20-10) at No. 2 Ventura (24-6); Antelope Valley (20-8) at No. 3 Mt. SAC (24-3).

All-Foothill Conference women’s basketball selections

Here is the All-Foothill Conference selections for women’s basketball:

Most Valuable Player – Tina Fantroy, Mt. San Jacinto

Coach of the Year – Chris Mozga, Mt. San Jacinto

First team

Kerah Natividad, Mt. San Jacinto

Destiny Melton, Mt. San Jacinto

Faith Fantroy, Mt. San Jacinto

Neika Puryear, San Bernardino Valley

Norissa Sanders, San Bernardino Valley

Malika Fofana, Chaffey

Ashlee Harper, Chaffey

Mikeisha Moore, Antelope Valley

Yvette Bennett, Antelope Valley

Ashley Watkins, Barstow

Claudia Meneses, Victor Valey

Juanita Cervantes, College of the Desert

Shelvena Turner, Rio Hondo

Taylor Boske, Cerro Coso

Honorable mention – Latice Butler, San Bernardino Valley; Bree Ball, Chaffey; Asley Davis, Antelope Valley; Patrice Marshall, Victor Valley; Emily Underwood, Desert; Shante Thomas, Barstow.

Men’s JC basketball playoff draw

Southern California Regional Playoff draw

Wednesday’s gamesNo. 17 Citrus (15-10) at No. 16 Cuesta (18-13); No. 20 Santa Ana (15-11) at No. 13 Irvine Valley (15-11); No. 18 Fullerton (14-13) at No. 15 Mt. San Jacinto (19-10); No. 19 Cerritos (16-10) at No. 14 Antelope Valley (19-8)

Friday’s games – No. 9 East Los Angeles (20-7) at No. 8 Mira Costa (19-9); No. 12 Palomar (20-9) at No. 5 Los Angeles Pierce (19-8); No. 10 San Bernardino Valley (20-8) at No. 7 Riverside (19-8); No. 11 Allan Hancock at No. 6 College of the Canyons (20-8).

Saturday’s games – Cuesta-Citrus winner at No. 1 Saddleback (25-4); Santa Ana-Irvine winner at No. 4 Chaffey (23-6); Mt. San Jacinto-Fullerton winner at No. 2 Ventura (24-6); Antelope-Cerritos winner at No. 3 Mt. SAC (24-3).

 

JC playoff pairings for women’s basketball

The draw is set for the Southern California regional in women’s basketball. Here is the rundown:

WEDNESDAYNo. 17 LA Pierce at No. 16 Riverside; No. 18 Saddleback at No. 15 Palomar.

FRIDAY - No. 9 College of the Canyons at No. 8 Long Beach; No. 13 Chaffey at No. 4 LA Valley; No. 10 Moorpark at No. 7 Cypress; No. 14 Cuesta at No. 3 Mt. San Jacinto.

SATURDAY – Riverside-LA Pierce winner at No. 1 Mt. SAC; No. 12 Santa Barbara at No. 5 San Bernardino Valley; Palomar-Saddleback winner at No. 2 Ventura; No. 11 Irvine Valley at No. 6 Pasadena.

 

 

All-Foothill Conference selections in men’s basketball

Here are the All-Foothill Conference selections in men’s basketball

Justin Long, Chaffey – Most Valuable Player

Gerry Blakes – San Bernardino Valley

Michaelyn Scott – Antelope Valley

Sango Niang – Chaffey

DeWayne Benjamin- Mt San Jacinto

Shea Mateale- Barstow

DWan Caldwell – Antelope Valley

Marcus Bradley – San Bernardino Valley

Ryan Nitz – Chaffey

Emani Gant – Barstow

Montreal Harris – Mt San Jacinto

Jared Kinsey – College of the Desert

Honorable Mention: Kenny Morgan – Chaffey; Justin Cole – Chaffey; Daviyon Draper – Antelope Valley; Cameron Lewis – San Bernardino Valley; Anthony Owens – Rio Hondo; Shawnrontate Foster – Desert; Vadal Faniel – Antelope Valley; Xavier Jones – San Bernardino Valley; Jon Howard – Desert; Riley Charlish – Victor Valley; Cailyn Patton – Victor Valley; Hassante Manning – Mt San Jacinto; Sam Natt – Mt San Jacinto; Jeremiah Wilson – Barstow; Erik Burns – Barstow

Coach of the Year – Jeff Klein – Chaffey