CMS team ranked No. 23

After a 4-0 weekend at the Posada Royale Invitational and an 8-0 start to the new  season, the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women’s volleyball team has broken into the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division III top-25 at No. 23.

A 3-0 win over previous No. 9 Puget Sound at the tournament highlighted the weekend for CMS. The Athenas join No. 7 Cal Lutheran as the only two Southern California Intercollegiate Athletics Conference (SCIAC) teams represented in the top-25.

Calvin College (Mich.), the No. 2 tea, last week, is the top ranked team in the country.

St. Thomas (Minn.) dropped from first to third.

Redlands athlete takes home weekly SCIAC honor

Photo credit:  Ellis Hazard

Senior center Clint Freeman of the University of Redlands water polo team has been named the SCIAC Male Athlete of the Week for Sept. 2-8.

During the men’s water polo team’s opening weekend of competition, Freeman led the Bulldogs to a shocking upset of No. 12 Air Force at the UCSD Triton Invitational.  En route to the 12-11 overtime win, he registered six goals, one assist, four steals, and three ejections-drawn.  He scored the game-winner with just 1:17 left in the extra period.

Throughout the weekend, Freeman racked up 13 goals, five steals, four ejections-drawn, and one assist, as the Bulldogs gained solid experience against No. 1 USC, No. 4 UC Berkeley, No. 11 UCSD, and Air Force.

Junior volleyball player Kylie McLogan of Cal Lutheran was the SCIAC Female Athlete of the Week honor. She is a graduate of Upland High School.


La Verne runner honored

Sophomore cross country standout Bryan Hayes earned the first Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Male Athlete of the Week award after a strong showing in his season debut.

At the Redlands Invitational on Saturday Hayes completed the six kilometer course in 19:30.90, good for third place overall. He was the top performance among Division III competitors.

A product from Big Bear Lake, Hayes ended the 2012 campaign as an All-West Region and All-SCIAC performer as a freshman and was a member of La Verne’s NCAA Championship qualifying squad.

This week’s college sports schedule

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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.

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.




Spaulding named interim softball coach at University of Redlands

Danielle Spaulding was named the Interim Head Softball Coach at the University of Redlands, replacing Laurie Nevarez, who recently resigned to accept a similar position at Cal State San Marcos.

Spaulding served as the team’s graduate assistant last season, which included the program’s 10th overall Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title and ninth consecutive trip to the NCAA Division III Championships.

Prior to becoming a Bulldog, Spaulding garnered coaching experience at Texas A&M University during the 2011-12 school year where she worked as a volunteer pitching coach during its 41-18 campaign.

Spaulding began her coaching career as an undergraduate assistant coach at the University of North Carolina in 2010-11.

After playing softball for Etiwanda High School, Spaulding went on to an outstanding collegiate experience as a pitcher/first baseman at UNC, graduating in 2010.  She was named the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Player of the Year following the 2008 and 2009 seasons and earned the ACC Pitcher of the Year award in 2010.

In addition to Spaulding, Leslie Whittemore helps to fill the void left by Nevarez iligibility and compliance.  Whittemore, who had worked as the head swimming coach and senior woman administrator, returns to the role of Redlands’ eligibility and NCAA compliance coordinator on a part-time basis.  She previously served in this capacity from 1998 to 2006.

Redlands will conduct a national search for head coach at the end of the school year.

Leopards just miss D3 ranking

Kendall Kraiss (left) and Kayla Cribbs head to Brazil as members of the USA DIII Volleyball Team

The University of La Verne volleyball team just missed cracking the NCAA Division III national preseason ranking by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

The Leopards, coached by Jenna Panatier, finished 22-6 overall in 2012, advancing to the NCAA West Region semifinals before falling to favored Cal Lutheran.

Two SCIAC schools are ranked. Cal Lutheran is ranked 10th and Chapman is 18th.

La Verne had 74 points, the most of teams not making the Top 25. No. 25 was Wisconsin-Stevens Point which had 131 points.

St. Thomas (Minn.), 39-1 last year, is first with Calvin second.

The Leopards open the season against Willamette (Ore.) on Aug. 30 at the Pacific Coast Classic.



Redlands tennis players honored

Jessica Ly (left) and Ceara Sumida (right) garnered All-American recognition for their efforts as a doubles team during the 2013 season.

The the University of Redlands doubles duo of junior Jessica Ly and sophomore Ceara Sumida earned All-American honors from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

In order to earn this accolade, doubles competitors must earn a top-four seeding in the NCAA doubles tournament, advance to the second round of the NCAA doubles tournament, win the USTA/ITA Fall Regional Tournament, move onto the second round of the ITA National Small College Championships, or finish the season among the top 10 in the final rankings.

Ly and Sumida qualified for ITA All-America status by earning a final national doubles ranking of No. 9 in NCAA Division III.

Competing as the top doubles tandem, Ly and Sumida compiled a 21-4 overall record and finished as the third-best team in the ITA West-Region rankings.  Two important victories for the duo came at the NCAA Division III Team Championships, during which it defeated the No. 1 opponents from Whitman (WA) 9-8 (3) in the first round and then prevailed over the top counterparts form Pomona-Pitzer 8-3, in the second R\round.

For a complete listing of this season’s ITA NCAA Division III All-Americans, please visit the ITA website.


Sagehens looking to improve

Veteran Pomona-Pitzer football coach Roger Caron is always optimistic heading into a new season. This year is no different.

The Sagehens finished last season 1-8, that win being a 37-0 thumping of neighborhood rival Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. Some key players have departed but Caron thinks he has the makings of a competitive team.

“We’re going to be more athletic than we have been in years past on both sides of the ball,” he said. “That can go a long way.”

Among the departed are running back Luke Sweeney (the school’s all-time leading rusher) and quarterback Luke Ferguson. But Sweeney was injured more than he was healthy and there is some promise out of those fighting for the spot vacated by Ferguson.

Junior Peter Ianelli, who got some reps last year, and sophomore Austin Kay  are the leading candidates.

Caron will also look to distribute the ball more on offense rather than rely on a single ball carrier. He also likes what he has at the rest of the skill positions with FB Grant Frazier, RB Brett Harper, TE Mike Etzel and WR Jack Pietrykowski looking like pivotal players. The wide receiving and tight end core is one spot the Sagehens will have some depth.

Junior DB Don Swann and senior LB Kyle Roskamp will head a defense that has more athleticism and experience than it has in years past.

Caron is also looking for a break-out season from Duncan Hussey, the team’s most versatile player who will see time on both sides of the ball.

John Walsh has joined the program, taking over as defensive coordinator for Damon Tomeo, who took a head coaching position at Knox College (Ill.) Walsh has been at schools such as Georgetown, Yale and Tufts so he is familiar with what it takes to excel athletically where academics is a high priority.

The Sagehens open the season at 1 p.m., home on Sept. 7 against MIT and will be at Menlo on Sept. 14 before opening SCIAC play on Oct. 5 against defending champion Cal Lutheran.

Bulldogs name new conditioning coach

The University of Redlands has named Miroslaw “Mirek” Babiarz as the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach and Fitness Center Director.  He replaces Daniel Aipa, who returned to his home state of Hawaii to pursue other opportunities.

Babiarz comes from Temple where he served as the assistant strength and conditioning coach for the past two years.  His experience includes the creation and implementation of year-round strength and conditioning programs for a variety of sports as well as management and oversight of a collegiate weight room.

Prior to Temple, he served as an assistant men’s basketball coach and assistant strength and conditioning coach at Mercer County Community College in New Jersey after enjoying a professional playing career with the Polish Professional Basketball League.

Babiarz earned his undergraduate degree in business administration from Goldey-Beacom College (DE) and then completed his Master of Science in Kinesiology at Temple.  His graduate research topic focused on the cognitive performance benefits with the use of caffeine in athletes.

Babiarz’s stint with the Bulldogs officially begins on Aug. 26.