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

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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

William Rodriguez named water polo coach at University of La Verne

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William Rodriguez has been named men’s and women’s water polo coach at the University of La Verne

He makes the move from Division I Pepperdine where he served as coach and Director of Operations the last two years. He was also an assistant at Pepperdine in 2006 and 2007.

“We are thrilled to have Coach Rodriguez as a part of Leopard Athletics,” La Verne Athletic Directore Julie Kline said in a prepared statement. “He brings a wealth of knowledge to our program, having coached and played at the highest levels. Willo is committed to excellence, both in the classroom and in the pool. He will be an exceptional leader and role model for our student-athletes.”

Rodriguez’s appointment is effective immediately. He replaces Alex La, who resigned following six years as the Leopards’ head coach.

As the interim co-head coach of the Waves in 2012, Rodriguez helped Pepperdine to an 11-13 overall record, with the Waves achieving a national ranking as high as No. 4 during the regular season.

During his first stint as an assistant coach at Pepperdine, Rodriguez helped the Waves to an overall record of 40-27 and a pair of national top-10 rankings.

Before he returned to Pepperdine in 2012, Rodriguez served as an assistant men’s and women’s water polo coach at USC from 2010-12 during which the Trojans claimed two national championships.

Prior to USC, Rodriguez spent the 2009-10 season as the assistant women’s water polo coach at Rio Hondo College.

He also competed at Pepperdine as a player in 2001 and 2002.

A standout performer both before and after his collegiate career, Rodriguez earned a spot on the 1995 Puerto Rican Junior National team. In 2003, he competed with the Puerto Rican National Team at the Olympic Qualifying tournament held in Rio do Janeiro, Brazil.

Cal State San Bernardino seeking assistant soccer coach

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Cal State San Bernardino is looking for an assistant women’s soccer coach, It is a part-time position.

The spot became available when James Barlow left to take that job along with a Sports Information Director position at University of Antelope Valley, a new NAIA school.

The Coyotes are coming off a 12-7-4 showing, highlighted by a spot in the NCAA Division II West Region final. It was the best finish in school history.
Those interested can contact head coach Travis Clarke at (909) 537-7232.

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:

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

Azusa Pacific

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


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

Academy of Art

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

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

Holy Names

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

Azusa Pacific

Dane Johnson (Los Osos), Soph., D, 3.63, Biology
Raul Martinez (Bonita), Soph., M, 3.77, Accounting
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

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
Kristine Pasek (Granite Hills), Jr., D, 3.88m Kinesiology
Analysa Rodriguez (Ayala), Sr., F, 3.19, Kinesiology

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
Hannah Peterson (Los Osos), Soph., P, 3.04, Biology
Danielle Wilson (Diamond Bar), Fr., P, 3.21, Business administration

Azusa Pacific

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

Holy Names

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

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