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


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:

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.

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
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
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.


Locals at Mt. SAC earn All-American honors

Three softball players from Mt. SAC have been named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association 2014 All-American Team and two of those are local products.

That trip consists of infielders Charlotte Foster and Celina Felix, (Montclair HS) and outfielder Alexandrea Simmons (Chino HS).

With a CCCAA-best 19 HR’s in addition to a team-high 60 runs scored, a .480 average, 11 doubles and 50 RBIs, Foster helped her squad to third in the South Coast with a 34-8 overall record, while Simmons swiped 28 bases and batted .520 with 54 tallies, 13 extra-base hits and 33 RBIs.

Felix tied for first in both RBI (59) and HR’s (15) while leading Mt. SAC with a .553 average and 16 doubles.

Softball is currently in the 2nd round of playoffs that begin on Friday at one of two sites. The Mounties face College of the Desert (36-6) in the second game of the 4-team Super-Regional at Cypress College. Game time is set for 4 pm.

Several locals among those earning Foothill Conference honors in softball

Here is the complete list of Foothill Conference honors in softball:

Pitcher of Year - Alyssa Fuimaono, Soph., College of the Desert
Player of Year - Danyelle Sturm, Soph., 1B, College of the Desert
Coach of Year - Thomas Armstrong, College of the Desert

First team
Roxanne Allen, Soph., Ut., Desert
Alexis Amouroux, Soph., Inf., Victor Valley
Ilebe Ducoing, Fr., Inf., San Bernardino Valley
Kelcvee Fessenden, Fr., C, Barstow
Monica Gomez, Soph., P, Rio Hondo
Savanah Guzman, Fr., Inf., San Bernardino Valley
Alexandria Haro, Soph., OF, Chaffey
Andrea Kolwyck, Soph., Inf., Barstow
Courtney Leach, Soph., P, San Bernardino Valley
Alicia Morris, Fr., P, San Bernardino Valley
Lauren Ortiz, Soph., Ut., Desert
Natalie Padilla, Soph., Inf., Desert
Rylee Perez, Soph., Inf., Desert
Tiffany Soria, Soph., 1B, Rio Hondo
Jacquelyn Valdez, Soph., Ut., Rio Hondo

Second team
Meagan Alvarez, Fr., OF, Barstow
Anotinette Armas, Soph., Ut., San Bernardino Valley
Sarrah Bolding, Fr., Inf., Desert
Marissa Dado, Fr., OF, Barstow
Anabel De Casas, Soph., OF, Rio Hondo
Laurie Haro, Fr., C, San Bernardino Valley
Tori Heinemann, Soph., OF, Desert
Erin Mosqueda, Fr., OF, San Bernardino Valley
Aishia Ruiz, Soph., Ut., Rio Hondo
Alysia Santos, Fr., P, Victor Valley
Cassaundra Santoyo, Fr., OF, Chaffey
Valarie Talamantez, Soph., P, Barstow
Diana Terrazas, Soph., Inf., Desert

Local track stars win SCIAC Athlete of the Week awards

Senior tracks standout Darron Usher of University of Redlands and Lenore Moreno of University of La Verne are the SCIAC Athletes of the Week.

Usher (Yucaipa HS) won three events at the SCIAC Multi-Dual meet with two career-best showings. He also had three second-place finishes en route to leading the Bulldogs to an undefeated SCIAC Multi-Dual season.

Usher tied his career-best height in the high jump with a first-place performance of 6′ 6 ¾” while uncorking the fastest time of his career in the 110 hurdles (15.23) for first place.  As the lead member of the 4×100 Relay team, he helped the Bulldogs to garner another season-best winning time of 41.37 seconds.

He also notched second in the 400 hurdles (55.02), long jump (22′ 5″) and triple jump (43′ 9 ¼”).

Moreno won her section of the 5,000 meters at the 56th annual Mt. San Antonio College Relays with a time of 16 minutes, 28.26 seconds, which shattered a 32-year-old SCIAC record set by Cindy Nagle (16:38.1) of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in 1982.

Moreno also set a new La Verne standard, surpassing Janice Krich’s mark of 17:14 set in 1993.

Moreno’s time currently ranks second in Division III this season. Cara DeAngelis of Ohio Wesleyan posted a 16:25.30 at the Jesse Owens Classic to take the top spot on Saturday.