Chaffey’s Carl Robinson decides on four-year school

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Chaffey College basketball standout Carl Robinson has decided on a four-year school. The sophomore point guard is headed to NAIA Bellevue University (Neb.).

Robinson was a first team Foothill Conference selection this year as a sophomore, averaging 9.8 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.3 assists. His season high of 25 points came in a non-conference game against Long Beach City.

Bellevue plays in the  Collegiate Athletic Conference. It went 28-6 overall last year, 11-3 in conference. It has played in the postseason the last 14 years, losing a first-round game last year.conference

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USA Women’s Volleyball team to play China at Cal State San Bernardino

Big time volleyball comes to Coussoulis Arena at Cal State San Bernardino at 7 p.m. Friday. The women’s national teams from China and the United States square off in the final match of the USA Volleyball Cup.

The United States team, coached by Karch Kiraly, is the top-ranked team in the world while Chino is currently No. 3.

If the previous matches are any indication, Inland Empire volleyball enthusiasts will be in for quite a show. The teams played on Tuesday in front of 3,600 spectators at UC Irvine and it was China prevailing 3-2, winning the decisive fifth set 17-15.

This will be the fourth and final match of the series. The teams started the series in Hawaii, splitting two matches with each country getting a 3-0 sweep.

“We have reached out to USA volleyball to try and get events here before and this is the first time we were able to work something out,” Cal State San Bernardino coach Kim Cherniss said. “This is as big as the Olympic basketball team or hockey team and it’s the year before the Olympics. It is exciting to have an event of this caliber here.”

The event was the idea of Craig Thompson, CEO of Mindspring Sport who took the idea to Kiraly. Both thought some sort of international competition would help grow the sport but also help serve as tune-ups for the respective national teams.

“This is great competition and gives the coach a chance to experiment with a lineup without worrying about it winning or losing a major international event like the Olympics,” Thompson said. “It’s also great way to get our sport out there and have our target audience get a close-up look at our Olympic athletes.”

This is the third year of the USA Volleyball Cup with the USA playing Japan in the first in 2013 and Brazil last year.

Earlier this month the USA Team held a scrimmage at Rancho Cucamonga High School that drew almost 3,000. Thompson is hoping that same kind of crowd shows up for the final showdown against China.

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Kaiser grad Chris Mathewson earns national honor

Mathewson had a 1.94 ERA in his freshman season.

Starting pitcher Chris Mathewson of Long BeachState took home another accolade on Monday as the National Collegiate Baseball Writers’ Association selected him to it Freshmen All-America Second Team.

Mathewson, a graduate of Kaiser High School in Fontana, finished a fantastic freshman season with a 194 ERA in 13 starts. He pitched 93 innings in his first year with the Dirtbags, averaging over seven innings per start. He went 6-6 on the year with 80 strikeouts against just 24 walks.

Mathewson’s 1.94 ERA currently ranks 34th in the country but ranks fifth nationally among freshman pitchers. Opponents hit just .187 against Mathewson, which was the lowest mark in the Big West.

He wrote his name into Dirtbags history in just his second collegiate start with a seven inning start in Long Beach State’s first-ever no-hitter. Mathewson was named the Big West Pitcher of the Week three times this year and was honored as the conference’s Freshman Pitcher of the Year.

This is his second Freshman All-America honor after earning the same distinction on the Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-America Team.


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