Local SCIAC players earn preseason All-American honors

 From left to right:  Aaron Hinkle, Michael Tootle, Griffin Lord, Kevin Russell.

Eleven players from four area schools have been singled out in USA College Football’s Preseason All-American team.

The University of Redlands had four selections, with offensive lineman Aaron Hinkle named to the first team and linebacker Michael Tootle named to the second team along with linebacker Griffin Lord (Damien HS). A fourth Bulldog, quarterback Kevin Russell, made the third team.

Pomona-Pitzer also had four selections. Wide receiver Brett Harper and offensive lineman Jack Horstmann made the first team, with offensive lineman Trey Connet and defensive lineman Brian Friel on the second team.

The University of La Verne was also represented by linebacker Christian Lozon on the first team and defensive lineman Nik Gutierrez on the third team.

The lone selection for Claremont-Mudd-Scripps was defensive lineman Alex Chang, on the third team.

Rialto native gets shot at NBA Summer League

Former Owl DJ Shelton is playing in the NBA Summer League with the Atlanta Hawks. Photo Courtesy of the Washington State University Sports Information Office

Former Citrus College Men’s Basketball player DJ Shelton has been picked up by the Atlanta Hawks to play with their NBA Summer League team.

Shelton, a Rialto native, made his NBA Summer League debut over the weekend, in Atlanta’s 90-74 loss to the Washington Wizards on Saturday.

Shelton played one season for the Owls during the 2010-2011 season. Shelton averaged 12 points and 6.7 boards a game, in helping lead Citrus to the CCCAA State Championship Game against City College of San Francisco.

After his freshman campaign with Citrus, Shelton moved on to Washington State, where he became one of the top players for the Cougars over the past three seasons. Shelton wrapped up his 2013-2014 senior season by averaging over 10 points and 9 boards a game. During Pac-12 play, Shelton averaged a double-double with 11.2 points and 10.4 rebounds a contest.

 

Locals make the grade in the Pac West

The Pacific West Conference has released its All-Academic selections for all sports. Here is a list of the athletes from local high schools who have been honored:

BASEBALL
Azusa Pacific

Sean Aspinall (Upland), Fr., OF., 3.42, Accouting
Joel Belk (Los Osos), Soph., P, 3.68, App exercise science
Blake James (Los Osos), Jr., 2B, 3.79, App exercise science
Kyle Pine (Bonita), Sr., P, 3.08, Social Science
Cal Baptist
Frank Alvarez (REV), Soph., INF, 3.05, Pre-physical therapy
Jeremy Steggell (Chino Hills), Fr., OF., 3.36, Exercise science

MEN’S BASKETBALL
Azusa Pacific

Bruce English (La Verne Luth), Jr., G, 3.01, Communications
Dominican
Josh Ramirez (Ayala), Fr., G, 3.45, Undeclared

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
Dominican

Lauren Hyatt (Serrano), Jr., C, 3.08, Public health
Holy Names
Kalie Taeleifi (Ontario Chr), Soph., G, 3.04, English

MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
Academy of Art

Austin Esposito (Rancho Cucamonga), Fr., 3.43, Motion pictures-television

WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY/TRACK
Azusa Pacific

Kylie Betts (Serrano), Fr., 3.78, Communications
Elle Farrar (Los Osos), Jr., 3.70, Athletic training
Christina Russell (Ayala), Soph., 3.71, Psychology
Cal Baptist
Alysa Avila (Colton), Fr., 3.10, Criminal justice
Kimberley Carter (Arrowhead Chr), Sr., 3.84. Nursing
Jessica Malagon (Yucaipa), Jr., 3.82, Communicative disorders
Ashtyn Robidoux (Apple Valley), Fr., 3.65, Pre-nursing
Naomi Van Setten (Bloomington), Sr., 3.49, Pre-physical therapy
Chaminade (Hawaii)
Morgan Lacey (Granite Hills), Soph., 3.49, Nursing
Skyler Tarver (Serrano), Sr., 3.36, Communications
Holy Names
Alejandra Lugo (Los Osos), Sr., 3.76, Liberal studies
Point Loma
Cassie Bird (Sultana), Soph., 3.42, Nursing
Yanitza Padfield (Serrano), Fr., 3.38, App health science

MEN’S GOLF
Holy Names

Shane Favinger (Alta Loma), Sr., 3.22, Business

MEN’S SOCCER
Azusa Pacific

Dane Johnson (Los Osos), Soph., D, 3.63, Biology
Raul Martinez (Bonita), Soph., M, 3.77, Accounting
BYU-Hawaii
Cameron Neeley (Diamond Bar), Sr., F, 3.19, Business management
Cal Baptist
Wyatt Deane (Bonita), Fr., D, 3.70, Bio-engineering
Josh Mobley (REV), Fr., M, 3.13, Undeclared
Cole Schmit (Upland), Sr., M, 3.52, Marketing

WOMEN’S SOCCER
Academy of Art

Tyler Hunt (Diamond Bar), Sr., GK, 3.50, Acting
Jessi Vargas (Bonita), Sr., GK, 3.22, Illustration
Azusa Pacific
Haley Arft (Claremont), Fr., D, 3.01, Psychology
Daniella Perez (St. Lucy’s), Sr., D, 3.64, International business
Cal Baptist
Audrianna DeGraw (Hesperia), Fr., M-F, 3.49, Marketing
Hawaii-Hilo
Kristine Pasek (Granite Hills), Jr., D, 3.88m Kinesiology
Analysa Rodriguez (Ayala), Sr., F, 3.19, Kinesiology

SOFTBALL
Academy of Art

Andrea Gill (Don Lugo), Soph., OF, 3.03, Photography
Cal Baptist
Marshean August (Eisenhower), Sr., OF, 3.25, Criminal justice
Brittany Boone (Los Osos), Jr., P, 3.03, Health science
Nicole Hennessey (Los Osos), Jr., OF, 3.77, Kinesioogy
Ashley Navarette (REV), Soph., 2B, 3.06, Biology
Rebecca Orozco (Bonita), Fr., 3B, 3.60, Liberal studies
Belinda Renne (Don Lugo), Soph., P, 3.12, Graphic design
Hawaii Pacific
Chelsea Cramer (Western Chr), Jr., INF, 3.15, Biology/health science
Hawaii-Hilo
Hannah Peterson (Los Osos), Soph., P, 3.04, Biology
Danielle Wilson (Diamond Bar), Fr., P, 3.21, Business administration

MEN’S TENNIS
Azusa Pacific

Alan Leahy (Claremont), Fr., 3.37, Business management

WOMEN’S TENNIS
Holy Names

Lexi Blevins (Redlands), Jr., 3.91, Pre-biology

VOLLEYBALL
Azusa Pacific

Emily Ingalls (REV), Sr., DS, 3.68, App exercise science
Ashley Swatek (Ayala), Soph., DS, 4.00, Undeclared
Cal Baptist
Malika O’Brien (Alta Loma), Soph., MB, 3.06, Kinesiology
Notre Dame de Namur
Haleigh Wypiszynski (Los Osos), Jr., MB, 3.54, Kinesiology

Local water polo standout signs with Mercyhurst

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Austin Postovoit of the Mt. SAC men’s water polo team has signed with NCAA Division II Mercyhurst University (Erie, Penn.). He is also a graduate of the successful program at Don Lugo High School.

Postovoit ranked seventh in the state in scoring last season, tallying 67 goals and 55 assists in helping the Mounties to  a 17-11 record, ending with a 15-11 loss to Cerritos in the Southern Region playoffs.

Mercyhurst went 19-8 last season.

 

 

SBVC basketball players decide on four-year schools

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Three San Bernardino Valley College basketball players have decided the next step in their collegiate careers.

Leading the way is Don Lugo High School graduate Tymarieh Dixon, a 6-foot-4 guard who is headed to Cal Poly Pomona. He averaged 10.8 points and 5.8 rebounds for the Wolverines who won the Foothill Conference and advanced to the state championship game before losing to Santa Rosa.

Dixon scored in double digits 21 times, the season high being a 22-point effort against Barstow.

The other two saw more limited playing time. Forward Marcus Fuggins is headed to Morehead State while forward Darren Smith will attend Prairie View A&M.

 

 

Local SCIAC football players earn preseason honor

 

Aaron Hinkle

Six players from local SCIAC schools are among those earning preseason All-America honors from USA Football Network.

The defending conference champion University of Redlands led the way with three selections. Heading the trio is senior offensive lineman Aaron Hinkle who was named to the first team. Senior linebacker Michael Tootle was selected to the second team while junior quarterback Kevin Russell was named third team.

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps had two players singled out. Senior defensive lineman Alex Chang was placed on third team while senior linebacker Max Winsberg was honorable mention.

The University of La Verne had senior defensive lineman Nik Gutierrez, a native of Pomona and Walnut High School graduate, named to third team.

Bonita grad Justin Garza makes USA Baseball Collegiate Team

Bonita High School product Justin Garza and Cal State Fullerton teammate Thomas Eshelman have been named to the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team final 24-man roster.

Eshelman and Garza become the 22nd and 23rd Titans to represent Cal State Fullerton on the Collegiate National Team dating back to 1987. The sophomore right-handers are amongst 19 players representing USA Baseball for the first time in their amateur careers.

Garza was 5-4 with a 3.22 ERA in 73 innings for the Titans the past season.

On June 21, Eshelman and Garza combined to pitch six perfect innings, three apiece, and struck out 11 of the 18 outs they recorded in Team USA’s first game of training camp. Team USA went 6-1 during the seven-game training camp and Garza would tie for the team lead with eight strikeouts in two appearances while Eshelman was 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA and seven strikeouts.

The Collegiate National Team opens its Friendship Series against Chinese Taipei at 7:05 p.m. on Wednesday at the National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. The teams will play again on July 2 at Keeter Stadium in Shelby, N.C., on July 3 at BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte, N.C., and on July 4 and 5 at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, N.C.

Four area schools boast All-American tennis honorees

The West Region has always been particularly strong when it comes to NCAA Division III tennis. Well that has shown in the number of players from area schools who have been recognized as All-Americans by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

A player must meet any of the following criteria to earn ITA All-America honors:

Singles
1. Top 8 seed in NCAA singles tournament; 2. Win one round at NCAA singles tournament; 3. Finish in the Top 20 in the final ITA Rankings; 4. Win USTA/ITA Fall Regional Tournament; 5. Wins first-round match at the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships.

Doubles
1. Top 4 seed in NCAA doubles tournament; 2. Win one round at NCAA doubles tournament; 3. Finish in the Top 10 in the final ITA Rankings; 4. Win USTA/ITA Fall Regional Tournament; 5. Wins first-round match at the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships

The players honored are:

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men- Warren Wood, Joe Dorn, Skyler Butts, Nik Marino (All in singles. Wood-Dorn also in doubles

Pomona-Pitzer men - Chris Weichert, Antony Bello (doubles)

University of Redlands men - Patrick Lipscomb

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women - Caroline Ward (singles and doubles), Katie Kuosmen (doubles with Ward).

Pomona-Pitzer women - Samantha Chao, Lea Lynn Yen (doubles)

University of La Verne women - Andrea Madrigal (singles), Laina Matsuda-Jeanette Losaria (doubles).

University of Redlands women - Jessica Ly-Ceara Sumida (doubles).

Congratulations to all!

All-CCAA honors handed out in baseball

SP George Asmus Sonoma State Sr. Pleasanton
SP Nick Baker Chico State Sr. La Quinta
SP Justin Donatella UC San Diego So. Saugus
SP Brad Lohse Chico State So. Chico
RP Luke Barker Chico State Jr. Chico
C Peter Miller Chico State Jr. Santa Cruz
1B Kamran Young Cal St. Dominguez Hills Jr. Santa Clarita
2B Erik Lewis UC San Diego Jr. Upland
3B Ruban Padilla Chico State Sr. Reseda
SS Cody Slader Chico State Jr. Castro Valley
INF Manny Acosta Cal State L.A. Sr. South El Monte
INF Marcus Mastrobuoni Cal State Stanislaus Jr. Livermore
OF David Armendariz Cal Poly Pomona Sr. Granada Hill
OF Joseph Eusebio Cal Poly Pomona Sr. Walnut
OF Mark Hurley Cal St. Monterey Bay Sr. Hollister
OF Kelly Starnes Cal State East Bay Jr. Pittsburg
UTL Troy Cruz UC San Diego So. Chula Vista
DH Nick La Face UC San Diego Sr. North Hollywood
SECOND TEAM
Pos. Name School Yr. Hometown
SP Sean Becker Cal State East Bay Sr. San Fernando
SP Brennan Bernardino Cal St. Dominguez Hills Jr. Valencia
SP Steven Farnworth Cal Poly Pomona Jr. Valencia
SP Nick Hudson Cal State East Bay Sr. Benicia
RP Austin Boyle Cal Poly Pomona Jr. Orange
C Cody Doyle Cal State L.A. Sr. Covina
1B Bo Walter Cal Poly Pomona Sr. Lafayette
2B Ryan McClellan Chico State Sr. Visalia
 2B Kevin Meriwether CS San Bernardino Jr. San Diego
3B Danny Haley Cal St. Dominguez Hills Sr. Long Beach
SS William Ouellette CS San Bernardino Jr. Corona
INF Colton Beatty Cal State Stanislaus Sr. Atwater
INF Daniel Carney Cal State East Bay Jr. Livermore
OF Ryne Clark Chico State Sr. Palm Desert
OF Skippy Ferreria Cal State Stanislaus Jr. Fresno
OF Justin Rahn UC San Diego Sr. Cupertino
OF David Steininger Cal St. Dominguez Hills Sr. Moreno Valley
UTL Eric Ehlow Sonoma State Jr. Laguna Niguel
DH Brandon Alexander Cal State East Bay Sr. Oakley
THIRD TEAM
Pos. Name School Yr. Hometown
SP Max Bethell Cal Poly Pomona So. Garden Grove
SP Jeff Owen Cal St. Monterey Bay Jr. Clovis
SP Cody Ponce Cal Poly Pomona So. Upland
SP A.J. Quintero Cal St. Monterey Bay Sr. Vacaville
RP Robert Hook Chico State Jr. Moreno Valley
C Mark Lindsay San Francisco State Jr. Upland
1B Michael Mann UC San Diego Jr. Orinda
2B Trevor Magno Cal Poly Pomona Sr. Anaheim
2B Jackson Stogner Sonoma State Sr. Sebastopol
3B Ryan Kochan Cal State East Bay Jr. San Ramon
SS Peter Ives Cal St. Dominguez Hills Sr. Redondo Beach
SS Richie Johnson Cal St. Monterey Bay Sr. San Leandro
SS Jourdan Weiks Sonoma State Jr. Olympia, Wash.
INF Tyler Madrid Chico State Jr. Garden Grove
OF Chris Carlson Cal Poly Pomona Sr. Chino Hills
OF Dylan Garcia Chico State Jr. El Cajon
OF Dillon Meyer Sna Francisco State Sr. Las Vegas, Nev.
OF Bubby Rossman Cal St. Dominguez Hills Sr. La Habra Heights
UTL Travis Bonner Cal St. Monterey Bay Sr. Los Gatos
DH Nick Cooksey Cal Poly Pomona Jr. Glendora

Player of the Year: David Armendariz, Cal Poly Pomona
Pitcher of the Year: Nick Baker, Chico State
Newcomer of the Year: Brad Lohse, Chico State
Freshman of the Year: Steven Andrade, Cal Poly Pomona
Coach of the Year: Dave Taylor, Chico State

Lievanos leaves quite a legacy at University of Redlands

The University of Redlands has produced a lot of quality softball players. But if Amanda Lievanos doesn’t play another game, she could probably still lay claim to being THE best.

She’s a senior but she missed all of last season with a knee injury so she has another year of eligibility if she wants to pursue grad school.  But after the Bulldogs lost to CMS on Saturday she said she was leaning against returning because of the wear and tear the sport has taken on her body over the seasons.

Her career numbers are downright gaudy. If she doesn’t play another game she will still be at the top of the school’s career record list for batting average, slugging, doubles (43), home runs (34), RBI (158) walks (78) and total bases. She is tied for second in runs (151) and third in hits (200) although many players in the top 10 have played four years.

As far as single season marks, she has the top two and three of the top four averages, the top two and three of the top seven hit totals, three of the top four RBI totals, the second and third doubles totals, the top three single season totals for home runs, the top three slugging averages and the best single season for runs scored.

The Anaheim native will likely get a third All-American nod this year as well.

That’s quite a legacy to leave for future players. If she does change her mine and return for one last season, she will put some of those career marks pretty far out of reach.