John Shipp formerly appointed to head SBVC football program

The interim label has been lifted and John Shipp is officially the head football coach at San Bernardino Valley College.

Shipp was first appointed a year ago but got the nod with an interim label because there wasn’t enough time to clear all the hurdles that needed to be cleared for a formal appointment.

He had to go through the application and interview process again this year and the board of trustees recognized that he was still the right man for the job.

“It’s nice to have it out the way because you never know,” he said, “I went about this like it was my job and I was going to be here because that’s the only way I know to do things. If it was going to be my job I wanted to be in the best position possible coming into this season and if it wasn’t I wanted to leave the best possible situation for the person coming in.”

Despite getting the job late last July he still led the team to a 6-4 regular season showing. The Wolverines were 4-3 in American Mountain Division play which was only good enough for third place.

While most counted the season as a success given how late Shipp came in, the coach thinks it could have been better. He admits he learned a lot in the fist year which will serve him well moving forward.

“As a competitor you always think you can do better,” he said. “There were definitely a couple of other games we could have won.”

There will be only minor tweaks to the coaching staff. Shipp calls the offense while Kenny Lawler remains the defensive coordinator. The most notable addition is former 49er Dana Hall who will coach the secondary.

SBVC opens the season at home on Sept. 5 against Santa Barbara City.

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Chaffey’s Tyler Warren headed to San Diego State

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Chaffey College basketball standout Tyler Warren is headed to San Diego State.

Panthers coach Jeff Klein says the 6-foot-7 post player out of Silverado High School saw limited time last year and he grey-shirted the previous year so he will have three years of eligibility remaining.

“He’s got a lot of raw talent,” Klein said. “He can really jump, he works hard and is a very coachable kid so he has a lot of upside.”

Klein said the player had a lot of offers from smaller schools where he likely could have played right away but he wanted to go to a bigger school and got a good combined academic-athletic financial aid package.

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Pomona-Pitzer’s Alyssa Woodward named best in nation

 

Senior Alyssa Woodward of Pomona-Pitzer has been named the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches Division III Women’s Water Polo Player of the Year.

Fellow senior Sarah Westcott joined her in earning first-team All-America honors. A total of five Sagehens were honored in all, as sophomore goalie Ahsha Earwood was named to the second team, while freshman Morgan McCracken and senior Mahalia Prater-Fahey earned honorable mention.

Woodward, a graduate of Arlington High School in Riverside, earned All-America honors for the third year, finishing with 318 goals.

Woodward was also named the SCIAC Athlete of the Year after leading the Sagehens in scoring for the fourth year in a row (65 goals) and helping the team to an undefeated regular season (8-0) in conference play. She was an ACWPC first-team All-America selection for the fourth straight season.

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