Redlands retains Smudge Pot, looks like team to beat in SCIAC


The University of Redlands football team retained the Smudge Pot in rather emphatic fashion, trouncing Cal Lutheran 59-27 at Ted Runner Stadium on Saturday.

It was third Smudge Pot game between the SCIAC rivals, the inaugural won by the Kingsmen in 2012 and the last two by the Bulldogs.

Bragging rights are nice. But the game likely means much more than that. Redlands and Cal Lutheran have been the dominant teams in the conference the last decade or so, so a win will go a long way toward determining the first-place finisher.

Yes it comes early in the conference schedule and there are many more games to go but it does establish the Bulldogs up as the team to beat.

It was hard to tell what to expect from Redlands which played two of the top five teams in the country before opening conference play.  Then came a decisive win over Pomona-Pitzer, traditionally one of the bottom contenders. So the jury was still out.

That is the case  no loner. This was a quality win over the team that has been the biggest threat to win the conference as the Kingsmen claimed four straight titles from 2009 to 2012.

The Bulldogs just need to stay focused and not play down to the level of the competition in games they seemingly should win.

Cal Poly Pomona women get No. 1 ranking


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The target just just got real big for the Cal Poly Pomona women’s basketball team.

The Broncos, a national semifinalist last year, have been ranked No. 1 by the Division II Bulletin to start the season.

CPP’s 2013-14 season marked the 24th time the team has made an NCAA Tournament appearance, and the 20th time the Broncos have been the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Champions.

The Broncos graduated just one player from that team.

Headlining the returning cast is All-American Jada Blackwell, who has been picked as the NCAA Division II Preseason Player of the Year. The senior center out of Etiwanda High school.

Through last year’s NCAA postseason, Blackwell totaled 135 points. That left her just 15 points shy of breaking the all-time Division II record for tournament scoring. Blackwell racked up 620 points in the 2013-14 campaign, putting her at No. 5 in Broncos’ history on the single-season leader board.

Also returning this season, and also in the double digits in that Final Four matchup is Academic All-American Ariel Marsh, who sank her 80th three pointer of the year against Bentley to secure second place on the Broncos’ single-season list.

The Broncos will begin their season on Nov. 14 at 5 p.m., as they travel to the Felix Event Center in Azusa to play the Point Loma Sea Lions.

Chaffey’s Adom Jacko chooses Loyola Marymount

Chaffey College basketball standout Adom Jacko is moving on to Loyola Marymount. The 6-foot-8 power forward chose that program over others including Cal State Fullerton and said that staying local was important to him.

The Alta Loma High School graduate averaged a team-high 13.6 points and 6.7 rebounds in helping the Panthers to the California state semifinals.

He was a first-team All-Foothill Conference and first team All-State selection. He was also a tournament most valuable player in two events in which Chaffey competed during the regular season.

Jacko was also part of a team that advanced to the state championship game as a freshman.

He plans to major in sociology and is still taking classes at Chaffey. He’ll enroll at LMU for the 2015 school year.

Cal State volleyball team moves up 1 in national poll

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The Cal State volleyball team moved up one place to No. 8 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association NCAA Division II poll released today.

The Coyotes (8-2) are coming off straight set wins over Chico State and Cal State Stanislaus last weekend.

Next up for the Coyotes is a home match against local rival Cal Poly Pomona on Thursday at Coussoulis Arena.

The Coyotes were the lone CCAA team making the cut this week. UC San Diego, which had been ranked all season, was the top vote-getter among teams not making the top 25. Sonoma State and Cal State Los Angeles also received votes.

Tampa (Fla.) is ranked No. 1, having received 47 of 48 first-place votes.


Cal Poly Pomona goalkeeper honored

Fernando Pablo Quevedo

Cal Poly Pomona junior goalkeeper Fernando Pablo Queveda has been named CCAA Men’s Soccer Player of the Week for games Sept. 15-21.

He turned in two shutouts, helping the Broncos to a 1-0 win over Azusa Pacific and a 2-0 win over Cal Baptist. They were hits fourth and fifth shutouts of the young season.

Queveda has been spectacular all season, with a record of 4-0-1 in his five starts. He hasn’t allowed a goal in 472 minutes, registering 23 saves.

Cal Poly Pomona also climbed into the NSCAA NCAA Division II national rankings this week at No. 22.

The Broncos (4-0-1) play Point Loma in a nonconference game today.

They open CCAA play at Kellogg Field on Friday with a 7 p.m. game against local rival Cal State San Bernardino (4-0).

Cal State volleyball team stays No. 8 in national poll

CSUSB 2014 group

The Cal State San Bernardino volleyball team remained No. 8 in this week’s American Volleyball Coaches Association Division II national poll.

The Coyotes opened the 2014 season this past weekend, going 3-1 at the Hampton Inn Wildcat Invitational hosted by Central Washington University.

They defeated three West Region team with victories against Hawaii Pacific, Saint Martin’s and No. 9 Western Washington. The Coyotes lost 3-1 to host and this week’s No. 13 Central Washington.

The Coyotes are at Cal State East Bay (3-2) on Friday night and Cal State Monterey Bay (0-4) on Saturday.

Six West Region schools are in this week’s poll, led by No. 4 BYU-Hawaii, No. 8 Coyotes, No. 9 Western Washington, No. 13 Central Washington, No. 14 UC San Diego, and No. 22 Sonoma State.

The top five are unchanged from the preseason poll – Concordia-St. Paul, Tampa, Minnesota-Duluth, BYUH and Central Missouri.

Cal State San Bernardino lands local soccer player

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Midfielder Steffany De La Torre (Desert Hot Springs HS) of San Bernardino Valley College has signed a letter of intent to play for Cal State San Bernardino next season.

De La Torre was named to the 2013 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Junior College Scholar All-America team, one of 11 community college athletes across the nation honored with the award.

De La Torre was named second team All-Foothill Conference this past fall. She tied for first in the conference with 11 assists, four coming on game winning goals. De La Torre was also named to the 2012 honorable mention All-Foothill Conference.


Cal State volleyball team earns preseason No. 8 ranking

CSUSB_Arielle McCullough

The Cal State San Bernardino volleyball program has established itself as an elite program under the leadership of Kim Cheniss. So it is no surprise that the Coyotes start the new season ranked No. 8 in NCAA Division II by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

The Coyotes, 27-6 last year, open the new season against Hawaii Pacific on Sept. 5 at Central Washington’s Hampton Inn Wildcat Invitational in Ellensburg, Wash.

The No. 8 spot is CSUSB’s best since opening the 2012 season in the No. 3 position.

Cherniss begins her 24th season at the helm and welcomes back two All-Americans (senior middle blocker Tori May and junior middle blocker Brenna McIntosh) and four All-CCAA members (May, McIntosh, senior libero Arielle McCullough and junior outside hitter Alexandra Torline) from a 2013 team that won its eighth straight conference title and reached the West Regional for an unprecedented 14th straight year.

Three CCAA schools appear in the top 25 with No. 11 UC San Diego and No. 16 Sonoma State joining the Coyotes. The West Region also is represented by two-time defending regional champion BYU-Hawaii at No. 4 and No. 12 Western Washington.

Seven-time defending national champion Concordia-St. Paul is at the top spot.

Rank    School (First-place votes)     Total Points 2013 Record 2013 Final Ranking
1 Concordia-St. Paul (39) 1186 35-3 1
2 Tampa (8) 1151 31-2 2
3 Minnesota-Duluth 1086 33-3 4
4 BYU-Hawaii 981 29-2 3
5 Central Missouri 928 33-2 6
6 West Texas A&M 897 34-4 5
7 Southwest Minnesota State 861 24-8 7
8 COYOTES 861 27-6 9
9 Nebraska-Kearney 842 27-7 8
10 Washburn 718 31-6 10
11 UC San Diego 650 26-6 11
12 Western Washington 604 23-4 15
13 Ferris State 581 25-9 13
14 Grand Valley State 557 31-4 14
15 Wingate 515 32-3 12
16 Sonoma State 491 26-6 16
17 Wheeling Jesuit 401 39-6 17
18 Colorado School of Mines 389 25-7 19
19 Angelo State 330 25-10 18
20 Wayne State (Neb.) 296 22-10 21
21 Northern State 231 22-8 23
22 Armstrong State 198 32-2 20
23 West Florida 164 26-10 22
24 Indianapolis 122 25-10 NR
25 Palm Beach Atlantic 100 29-4 24

CMS volleyball team receives preseason ranking

The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) released it NCAA Division III Top-25 Preseason Poll and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps is checking in at No. 19.

The Athenas ended 2013 – the best season in school history –ranked 24th in the final poll of the year after a 25-7 record and an NCAA postseason appearance.

Fellow SCIAC member Cal Lutheran, the defending conference champion, is No. 6. Pomona-Pitzer didn’t crack the poll but did receive votes.

The Athenas begin play in 2014 on Aug. 29 with a pair of matches in the Pacific Coast Classic which CMS co-hosts. CMS’ home matches in 2014 and throughout the duration of the Roberts Pavilion construction will be played at Harvey Mudd College’s Linde Activities Center.




Cal State women’s soccer team earns ranking


One year after finishing its best season in school history, the Coyotes will begin the 2014 season ranked in the NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division II preseason poll.

The Coyotes made the cut at No. 17. Fellow CCAA member Cal State Stanislaus also mades the cut at No. 11.

CSUSB earned just its second NCAA Tournament appearance in school history in 2013 and went on to finish in the Round of 16, falling to Western Washington in the NCAA West Region final.

.Cal State boasted a young team last year and returns most of roster including sophomore Kiana Quarles, the CCAA Freshman of the Year in 2013.

The most notable absence is that of graduated goalkeeper Chelsey Jones.

The Coyotes open the 2014 season Sept. 4 at Academy of Art.

NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division II Women’s National Preseason Ranking
Rank    Team                                 2013 W-L-T
1.         Grand Valley State                         24-0-1
2.         West Florida                                  17-1-3
3.         Western Washington                     20-2-1
4.         American International                  18-3-2
5.         St. Edward’s                                  18-1-3
6.         Saint Rose                                     20-1-2
7.         Slippery Rock                                15-4-2
8.         Minnesota-Duluth                          17-4-0
9.         Colorado Mines                             19-1-1
10.        Wingate                                        16-3-4
11.        Cal State Stanislaus                     18-1-2
12.        California (Pa.)                             18-3-2
13.        Quincy                                          18-1-4
14.        Rollins                                          16-4-0
15.        Minnesota State-Mankato            17-3-2
16.        Metro State                                   14-4-4
17.        CS San Bernardino                    12-7-4
18.        Tampa                                          15-4-2
19.        Belmont Abbey                             15-4-4
20.        Bridgeport                                     18-3-0
21.        Southwest Minnesota State          17-4-2
22.        Lenoir-Rhyne                                14-4-2
23.        Winona State                                16-4-2
24.        Fort Lewis                                     16-6-6
25.        Seattle Pacific                               15-6-1