Dowling leads resurgence at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

It usually takes a coach a couple of years to make their mark. The first year is typically a transition one, with coaches oftentimes coming in so late they don’t get a chance to bring in their own players.

In that case it’s probably three years before you see the fruits of their labor.

Well Kristen Dowling works quickly, very quickly. She took the helm of the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women’s program last year and fielded a team with just eight players. The Athenas went 9-16 overall and tied for sixth in the SCIAC.

But they showed considerable improvement at the tail end of the season. It was a sign of things to come.

This year all the team did was go 24-3, win the SCIAC regular season and win the postseason tournament to earn the conference playoff bid. It will be the first postseason appearance for the Athenas since 2004.

Dowling admits it was even beyond her high expectations.

“You don’t necessarily put a number on wins or a finish but I thought we could win more games than we’d lose and that would be a good step,” she said.

The scarey part for SCIAC foes is that it still isn’t team, completely recruited by Dowling. They’ll get better ever year as they adjust to her system and style of coaching.

And it’s still a relatively young team with just six seniors, the most notable being guard Madeline Barnes.

Now it’s on to the playoffs. The Athenas have drawn a road game with defending NCAA Division III national champion Depauw on Friday for its opener.

They’re a huge underdog. But no one could have expected them to be in this position, this soon.

Looking at the youth of this team, the coaching staff and a new facility on the horizon, this could be a juggernaut in the making!


Community college women’s basketball playoff draw

Here is the playoff rundown for Southern California:

Wednesday’s games
No. 17 Palomar (16-11) at No. 16 Santa Ana (14-14)
No. 18 Moorpark (16-12) at No. 15 Cypress (16-13)

Friday’s games
No. 9 Orange Coast (18-10) at No. 8 Cuesta (22-7)
No. 13 Canyons (13-14) at No. 4 Pasadena (21-7)
No. 10 Saddleback (19-10) at No. 7 San Bernardino Valley (18-6)
No. 14 East Los Angeles (17-11) at No. 3 LA Valley (25-5)

Saturday’s games
Santa Ana-Palomar winner at No. 1 Ventura (27-3)
No. 12 Mt. San Jacinto (23-6) at No. 5 Long Beach (24-4)
Cypress-Moorpark winner at No. 2 Mt. SAC (25-4)
No. 11 Irvine Valley (18-10) at No. 6 Chaffey (21-7)

Coyotes’ Andrew Young named CCAA Player of Week

Andrew Young

Cal State San Bernardino senior center Andrew Young has been named the California Collegiate Athletic Association Player of the Week for Feb. 10-16.

Young, named for the second time this season, helped the Coyotes to road wins at Cal State East Bay and Cal State Monterey Bay.

Friday against the Pioneers Young netted a season-high 27 points on 10-for-21 shooting from the floor and seven-for-10 shooting from the free throw line as the No. 17 Coyotes defeated the Pioneers 80-73.

During Saturday’s two-point victory (79-77) over the Otters, Young shot 66.7 percent (8-for-12) from the field and 71.4 percent (5-for-7), while also snagging weekend-highs of eight rebounds and three steals.

On the weekend, the senior post player averaged 24 points and seven rebounds in just 29.5 minutes per game.

CCAA Men’s Basketball Player of the Week
Nov. 8-10: Gabe Kindred (Cal State East Bay)
Nov. 11-17: Marcus Bell (Cal State Stanislaus)
Nov. 18-24: Drew Dyer (UC San Diego)
Nov. 25-Dec. 1: Giordano Estrada (Chico State)
Dec. 2-8: James Tillman (Cal State L.A.)
Dec. 9-15: Rashad Parker (Chico State)
Dec. 16-22: Andrew Young (Cal State San Bernardino)
Dec. 30-Jan. 5: Lacy Haddock (Cal State San Bernardino)
Jan. 6-12: Marcus Bell (Cal State Stanislaus)
Jan. 13-19: DeRonn Scott (Cal Poly Pomona)
Jan. 20-26: James McCann (UC San Diego)
Jan. 27-Feb. 2: Jordan Semple (Chico State)
Feb. 3-9: James McCann (UC San Diego)
Feb. 10-16: Andrew Young (Cal State San Bernardino)

Cal Poly’s David Armendariz earns weekly CCAA honor

David Armendariz

Junior outfielder David Armendariz of Cal Poly Pomona has been named California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Player of the Week for Feb. 3-9.

Armendariz played a key role in the Broncos’ 4-0 record last week as CPP completed a sweep of Point Loma Nazarene on Monday before taking a three-game set from Dixie State.

Armendariz, a transfer from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, went 7-for-17 with five runs and six runs batted in.

On Monday in the 7-6 walk-off win over PLNU, Armendariz singled in the game-tying run in the bottom of the ninth inning and he finished that game with three RBI. Then on Friday in the series opener against Dixie State, he scored the go-ahead run in a 3-1 win.

Armendariz collected a season-high three hits on Saturday as the Broncos cruised to a 12-0 win over DSC.

And on Sunday, he posted a 2-for-4 effort offensively and launched a two-run homer that gave CPP a 5-3 lead early in the game. Although the Red Storm ended up tying the game at 5-5 in the ninth, the Broncos bounced back for another walk-off win in the 10th inning.

CCAA Baseball Player of the Week
Feb. 1-2: Justin Rahn (UC San Diego)
Feb. 3-9: David Armendariz (Cal Poly Pomona)

CCAA Baseball Pitcher of the Week
Feb. 1-2: Sean Becker (Cal State East Bay)
Feb. 3-9: Nick Baker (Chico State)


SBVC soccer players decide on four-year schools

San Bernardino Valley has two more soccer players moving on to the next level and they’ll be playing against each other when they get to those respective schools.

Midfielder Maria Navarro (Ontario H.S.) has chosen to stay close to home at Cal Poly Pomona while and defender Basha Greer (Valley View) will be off to Humboldt State.

Navarro was named first team All-Foothill Conference this past fall and scoring nine goals with seven assists, including two game winning goals. She was also named to the 2012 first team All-Foothill Conference.

Greer was an integral part of anchoring a defense that put together 12 shutouts, including four straight from Nov. 1 to Nov. 12th.

SBVC, led by coach Kristin Hauge, won its fifth Foothill Conference Championship and made a seventh straight playoff appearance. The team finished the year with a 17-3-2 overall record and a 9-1 conference record.

RCC football players transfer to 4-years

Riverside Community College boasted some football signees, many from our area. Here is its complete list:

Mid-Year Transfers
QB Skylar Howard (Fort Worth, Tex.), West Virginia
Michael Lasker (Corona Santiago), Syracuse
DL John Taylor (Colton), Utah State
LB Bryce Smith (Vista Murrieta) Sacred Heart
OL Tyler Keist (Yucaipa), Dixie State
DB Max Holmes (Valley View) Central Methodist
OL Derrick Austin (Riverside Poly) Central Methodist

Traditional transfers

OL Dominique Robertson (Redlands East Valley), Texas Tech
WR Devon Blackmon (Summit) BYU
WR Kenny Torrence (Rancho Verde) Idaho
DL Cole Juarez (Yucaipa) New Mexico
DL Edmund Faimalo (Redlands East Valley) Utah State
DB Raymond Ford (Gardena Serra) Washington State
LB Thomas Brown (Gardena Serra) Memphis
FS Desmond Carter (Kaiser) Alabama-Birmingham
RB Anthony Knight, Montana State
DB Darique Taylor (Baltimore, Md), Azusa Pacific

Cal State San Bernardino coach miffed at opponent’s tactics

Jeff Oliver and crew

It’s safe to say Cal State San Bernardino men’s basketball coach Jeff Oliver won’t be exchanging pleasantries with anyone from Humboldt State any time soon.

The coach was still miffed, 24 hours after his team beat the Lumberjacks 82-70 on Friday.

Oliver drew two technical fouls in that game, meaning he had to sit out the next night’s game which happened to be against local rival Cal Poly Pomona in a battle for first between two nationally ranked teams.

Oliver was incensed with what he called “deliberate, dirty play” on the part of the Humboldt State team. He thought his players’ safety was at stake which was why he voiced his objections so loudly to the officials.

“I felt my players were in serious jeopardy with the way they were playing and I couldn’t let it go,” he said. “The first thing they did after the game was thank me for having their backs.”

Oliver said that team is known for such tactics and is still upset it hasn’t been addressed to this point by anyone of higher authority.

“It’s their M.O., the way they operate,” he said. “They were trying to get my guys to retaliate so they’d get kicked out of the game. You could tell it was deliberate because no one on their bench reacted at all.”

“They have done it with other teams and it’s what they did at Pomona last year,” he said referencing a game against the Broncos that featured a brawl in which four players were ejected, two from each team.

The Coyotes lost on Saturday to Cal Poly Pomona 88-68, with assistants Reggie Howard and Robert Tossetti handling the reigns. It was a game they were never in. Although the Broncos played a flawless game, Oliver thought his players sluggish play might have been a bit of the result of the physicality of the game the previous night.

Despite the loss the Coyotes (16-1, 13-1) retain a share of first place with Cal Poly Pomona while Humboldt State (8-12, 3-11) sits 11th out of 12 teams.

Cal State women finding a groove

Renee Jimenez

Sometimes it’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel when your hard work isn’t manifesting itself in the win-loss column. That has been the case with the Cal State San Bernardino women’s basketball team.

But first-year coach Renee Jimenez and her Coyotes had a breakthrough the past weekend, chalking up wins over Cal State Monterey Bay and Cal State East Bay.

The win over the Otters was an emotional one since that’s the program Jimenez and lead assistant Tina Samaniego directed to prominence in their five years there before moving to SoCal.

Then 24 hours later the Coyotes rallied from a 19-point second half deficit to defeat an East Bay team that started the night tied for first in the competitive  CCAA. A win over a first-place team surely will go a long way to bolster the confidence of a team that was 0-6 in conference and 1-8 overall before the weekend. Now they know they can play with anyone.

Jimenez came was handed the job too late to recruit so this basically is the previous coach’s team. That’s not to say they’re players she wouldn’t want but a new coach always brings new offensive and defensive schemes, practice routines, etc. It takes awhile for players to adjust. But now they appear to be adapting quite nicely.

Jimenez has proven herself to be one of the top coaches in the conference, maybe THE best. She did a lot with a little at Monterey Bay. Now she has resources, a fine facility and a great talent pool in the Inland Empire with which to work.

It will only be a matter of time before the women’s program is on par with that of the men which are currently ranked in the top 10 nationally. Let’s hope area basketball enthusiasts take note.





Redlands soccer player earns combine invite


University of Redlands senior defender Richie Marquez has been slated to compete in the five-day Major League Soccer (MLS) combine in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

The combine features approximately 50 of the top college seniors and other international invitees.

Marquez cemented his spot in Redlands’ history as one of the best central-defenders to ever lead the U of R backline.  He collected All-America honors, Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year laurels, and National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) First-Team All-West Region plaudits as a senior.  During his four years as a Bulldog, he led Redlands to two SCIAC championships and to the 2011 NCAA Sweet 16.

The 2014 MLS Combine invitees arrive today before beginning competition on Friday.  Following the combine, the participants are eligible for the 2014 MLS SuperDraft.

With this opportunity, Marquez joins the company of Adam Acosta ’05 and Ross Schunk ’09, as the only Redlands men’s soccer players to pursue postgraduate careers in the MLS thus far.  Acosta was signed by Real Salt Lake in 2006, while Schunk was drafted by the Colorado Rapids with the 47th overall pick in the 2009 MLS Superdraft.  Schunk was also a member of the 2010 MLS Cup Champion Colorado Rapids’ team.




CMS player gets weekly honor

Basketball player Kimberly Scamman of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps is the SCIAC Female Athlete of the Week for Dec. 30 – Jan. 5.

Scamman averaged 18.7 points and 8.7 rebounds as CMS went 2-1 on the week. She had a double-double in the team’s 72-58 win over Grinnell on Dec. 31 with 18 points and a career-high 15 rebounds.

She scored at least 18 points in each game and also had seven assists and 12 steals while shooting 25-29 (86.2%) from the line. In a 60-51 win over Hamline on Dec. 30 she had 19 points. She also had 19 points in the team’s loss to Chapman on Jan. 4.

The junior from Northridge is ranked in the top 10 in the SCIAC in scoring and rebounding along with assists and leads the conference in steals (33) and free throws made (77). This season Scamman has averaged 15.8 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists, all team highs.

CMS is back in action on Jan. 9 with a conference game at La Verne.