Vanessa Valentine to take reigns of Cal Poly Pomona women’s soccer program


Vanessa Valentine

After helping the Cal Poly Pomona women’s soccer program reach new heights during the 2014 season, Vanessa Valentine has been selected to continue as Acting Head Coach entering the 2015 campaign.

With Valentine serving as the top assistant to head coach Mike Dibbini, the 2014 Broncos posted a record of 15-6-1 as CPP advanced to the West Region title game in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. It marked the furthest in the playoffs for any Broncos’ women’s soccer team since 1999.

“I am extremely thankful to Director of Athletics Brian Swanson, Associate Athletic Director Stephanie Duke and Vice President Rebecca Gutierrez Keeton for supporting me and the women’s soccer program,” Valentine said. “As a team, we are aiming to build on the success of 2014 and continue moving in the direction that Coach Dibbini helped develop through the past two years.”

CPP closed the 2014 season with a No. 16 national ranking. It marked the second-highest ranking in program history, trailing only the 1999 squad that closed the year at No. 2.

Dibbini resigned after the season to take the head job at Division I University of Kansas which is starting a program.

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Alta Loma graduate Bryan Conant honored by CCAA

Bryan Conant

Junior Bryan Conant of Cal State Los Angeles has been selected the California Collegiate Athletic Association Baseball Player of the Week for March 23-29.

The Alta Loma High School graduate had two outstanding starts to lead the Golden Eagles to wins over Cal State Monterey Bay and Cal State East Bay.

Conant allowed just 11 hits and one earned run over 17 and 2/3 innings pitched for an ERA of 0.51.

To start the week, the right-hander gave up seven hits and one run, while striking out seven in a 5-1 victory over the Otters. Conant then tossed a four-hit, complete-game shutout, while allowing just one walk and striking out two batters in Sunday’s 3-0 win against the Pioneers.


CCAA Baseball Pitcher of the Week
Jan. 26-Feb. 1 Trevor Scott (UC San Diego)
Feb. 2-8 J.J. Franklin (Cal Poly Pomona)
Feb. 9-15 Winston Lavendier (Cal State Dominguez Hills)
Feb. 16-22 Luke Barker (Chico State)
Feb. 23-Mar. 1 Justin Donatella (UC San Diego)
Mar. 2-8 Chris Powell (Cal Poly Pomona)
Mar. 9-15 Angel Lara (Cal State East Bay)
Mar. 16-22 Ryan Luna (Sonoma State)
Mar. 23-29 Bryan Conant (Cal State L.A.)

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Cajon grad throws no-hitter at UC Riverside

Cajon High School graduate Chelsea Ponce put her name in the record book at UC Riverside, pitching the first no-hitter in school history since the Highlander moved to NCAA Division I.

She walked one and struck out five as the Highlanders blanked Bethune-Cookman (Fla.) 7-0. She faced three batters over the minimum. In addition to the one walk, two runners reached on errors.

Two of the base runners against her came in the seventh inning but she got out of the jam with the shutout in tact.

On the season Ponce boasts an impressive mark of 20-3 with a 1.11 earned run averages. She has 116 strikeouts, 86 hits and 22 earned runs allowed in 141 innings.

The junior is coming off a red-shirt season after spending her first two collegiate seasons at Riverside Community College.

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