Local player named top soccer player in SCIAC

Arrowhead Christian alumn Charles Izydorek of the University of Redlands has been names Athlete of the Year in the SCIAC. It is his fourth All-SCIAC nod.

Here is the complete list of players chosen:

Athlete of Year - Charles Izydorek, Redlands
Newcomer of Year - Tod Kowada, Occidental
Brine Award of Distinction - Marec Serlin, Caltech
Coach of Year - Bill Swartz, Pomona-Pitzer

First team
GK Nigel Brady, Pomona-Pitzer
D Mark Raftrey, Pomona-Pitzer
D Nico Johnson, Redlands
D Jason Kimura, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
D Tom Elsea, Redlands
M Matej Kustura, Redlands
M Marco Saglimberi, Chapman
M Drew Lind, Pomona-Pitzer
M Taylor Lemmon, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
F Nathan Gonzalez, La Verne
F Tod Kawada, Occidental
F Morgan Bennett-Snith, Occidental
Zack Larson, Cal Lutheran

Second team
GK John David Feist, Caltech
D Elijah Lichtenberg, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
D Ferdinand Estrada, La Verne
D Connor Tobia, Chapmna
D Josh Hale, Chapman
M Boston Kimmel, Chapman
M Matthew Marvin, Pomona-Pitzer
M Brian Russell, Whittier
M Saul Uribe, La Verne
F Nathan Shekita, Pomona-Pitzer
F Dylan Fortin, Whittier
F Voja Maric, Pomona-Pitzer
F Connor Freemna, Occidental

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Cal Poly Pomona women’s soccer braces for playoffs

Stacey Atwater

The Cal Poly Pomona women’s soccer team has advanced to the NCAA postseason as the No. 3 seed in the West Region.

The Broncos will challenge Point Loma in first-round action at 7 p.m. at Cal State Los Angeles.

The winner of Thursday’s matchup will move on to face the second-seeded host team. The second-round matchup would take place at 2 p.m. Saturday at the same location.

This will mark the fourth all-time NCAA Tournament appearance for the CPP women’s soccer program. The most recent NCAA playoff game occurred in 2012. The event features a 48-team field and it’s a single-elimination tournament.

The Broncos (13-5-1) are directed by second-year head coach Mike Dibbini. CPP has notched 12 shutouts this season, just one shy of matching the school record.

The Broncos’ win total of 13 is also the highest for the program since 2001 and as of this week, CPP ranks eighth nationally at the Division II level for shutout percentage.

Last week, six CPP student-athletes earned All-Conference selections. Senior Alison Sauve received the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Defensive Player of the Year accolade and also was featured on the CCAA All-Tournament Team.

Thursday will represent the fifth all-time meeting between the Broncos and Sea Lions, a team that competes out of the Pac West Conference. So far in the series, CPP holds a 3-1 advantage. The most recent matchup came in the 2012 season opener, when the Broncos captured a 2-1 victory.


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Jake Pilkerton Memorial baseball game to be held today

Jake Pilkerton

The second annual Jake Pilkerton Memorial Baseball Game is slated for 1 p.m. today at San Manuel Stadium.

Pilkerton was a baseball standout at Rim of the World, then went on to play two years at San Bernardino Valley College and two at Cal State San Bernardino.

Pilkerton, who played second base and earned multiple honors in his prep and collegiate career, was killed in an automobile accident on Aug. 3, 2013.

There will be a raffle, memorabilia and food and beverages available with the proceeds going toward a trust fund that will be distributed to help the baseball programs at all three schools for which Pilkerton played.

Pilkerton was known as a hard-nosed athlete who had a passion for the game. Those that knew him want to see that legacy carry on.

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