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.

Coyotes’ Rios named CCAA Pitcher of Week

Ruben Rios

Cal State San Bernardino’s Ruben Rios has been named the California Collegiate Athletic Association Baseball Pitcher of the Week for Apr. 14-20.

The junior right-hander tossed a four-hit complete-game shutout against No. 8 Chico State in the Coyotes only win of the four-game series.

Rios, a Cajon High School gaduate, struck out two and did not allow a walk in seven innings of work.

CCAA Baseball Pitcher of the Week
Feb. 1-2: Sean Becker (Cal State East Bay)
Feb. 3-9: Nick Baker (Chico State)
Feb. 10-16: Ryan McDaniel (Cal State Stanislaus)
Feb. 17-23: Cory Davis (San Francisco State)
Feb. 24-Mar. 2: Nick Baker (Chico State)
Mar. 3-9: Ryan Santhon (Cal State L.A.)
Mar. 10-16: Steven Farnworth (Cal Poly Pomona)
Mar. 17-23: Brad Lohse (Chico State)
Mar. 24-30: Brad Lohse (Chico State)
Mar. 31-Apr. 6: Steven Farnworth (Cal Poly Pomona)
Apr. 7-13: Luke Barker (Chico State)
Apr. 14-20: Ruben Rios (Cal State San Bernardino)


SBVC football players land four-year scholarships

Two San Bernardino Valley College football standouts have decided where they’re headed next.

Freshman defensive back Cedric Julius (Rancho Cucamonga HS) is headed to Eastern Illinois while sophomore quarterback Collin Willis (Granite Hills) will soon be off to Prairie View A&M.

Julius recorded 32 tackles, two interceptions and five pass breakups. He was also used on special teams.

Willis earned second-team All-Conference honors. He completed 187 of 344 attempts for 2,457 yards and 19 touchdowns with just six interceptions.

The two helped  SBVC to an 8-3 showing last year, that included a berth in the Patriotic Bowl.


n the Southwestern Athletic Conference which is also a part of the Division I Football Championship Subdivision.

Chaffey basketball player headed to Southern Utah

Chaffey College basketball standout Jeff Nibo has signed with NCAA Division I Southern Utah.

Nibo, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard, averaged 11.8 points and 4.5 rebounds in helping the Panthers to a second-place showing in the Foothill Conference.

Chaffey (28-6) also made quite the playoff run, advancing to the state semifinal before being turned back by eventual champion Santa Rosa.

Nibo scored 20 points o more seven times, his highest point output being 26 against Los Angeles Trade Tech. He had 25 in a big win over local rival San Bernardino Valley.

Southern Utah could use Nibo’s help. It went 2-27, 1-19 in the Big Sky Conference.



Citrus soccer standout heading to Colorado State-Pueblo

Freshman Kacie Licata has signed a scholarship offer with Colorado State University-Pueblo.

Citrus College freshman soccer standout Kacie Licata has signed a scholarship offer to NCAA Division II Colorado State-Pueblo.

“I had previously attended school at CSU Pueblo, and it just didn’t work out the first time,” Licata said. “I got the opportunity to go back, and it feels like a good fit this time. I love the campus and the area, and it’ll be a good place for me to finish my education.”

Licata, an Upland High School graduate. had an outstanding freshman campaign for the Owls in 2013. She led the team with 13 assists and added six goals for a second best 25 points. Licata’s 13 assists was a single season program record for the Owls, as she helped guide Citrus to its second straight playoff berth. Licata was a 1st team All-WSC South selection, and will have three years of eligibility remaining for the ThunderWolves.

“I had spent the last two years away from the game, so Citrus gave me a chance to get back on my feet on the field,” Licata said. “It helped me regain my confidence in my abilities, and set me up for success in the future.”

Inland Empire to host Division II West Regionals


There will be a lot of great basketball in the Inland Empire this weekend as Cal State San Bernardino plays host to the NCAA Division II West Region men’s basketball tournament.

The IE will be well represented the the Coyotes joined in the field by Cal Poly Pomona and newcomer Cal Baptist.

Meanwhile Cal Poly Pomona hosts the women’s regional.

The schedules for each:

NCAA Men’s West Regional

At Coussoulis Arena, Cal State San Bernardino

Friday’s games (Quarterfinal round)

12:00 p.m. No. 3 Cal Poly Pomona (21-6) vs. No. 6 Dixie State (21-6)

2:30 p.m. No. 2 Seattle Pacific (26-5) vs. No. 7 Cal State Stanislaus (21-8)

5:00 p.m. No. 4 Chico State (22-7) vs. No. 5 Cal Baptist (24-3)

7:30 p.m. No. 1 Cal State San Bernardino (23-4) vs. No. 8 Chaminade (19-12)

Saturday, March 15


5:00 p.m. Winner of No. 3/No. 6 vs. No. 2/No. 7

7:30 p.m. Winner of No. 4/5 vs.No. 1/No. 8

Monday, March 17

7:00 p.m. Championship

NCAA Division II Women’s West Regional

Site: Cal Poly Pomona, Kellogg Gymnasium

Friday, March 14 | Quarterfinal round
12:00 p.m. No. 6 Western Washington vs. No. 3 Simon Fraser
2:30 p.m. No. 7 Academy of Art vs. No. 2 Montana State Billings
5:00 p.m. No. 5 Chico State vs. No. 4 Cal State Dominguez Hills
7:30 p.m. No. 8 Alaska Anchorage vs. No. 1 Cal Poly Pomona

Saturday, March 15 | Semifinals
5:00 p.m. Winner of No. 3/6 vs. No. 2/No. 7
7:30 p.m. Winner of No. 4/5 vs. No. 1/No. 8

Monday, March 17
7:00 p.m. West Region Championship

Jada Blackwell


Stupid schedule led to sparse crowds for CCAA Tournament in Ontario

The CCAA had quality men’s and basketball tournaments last weekend at Citizen’s Bank Arena in Ontario. It’s too bad no one was there to see it.

The Cal State Dominguez Hills women and Cal State Stanislaus men emerged as champions, punching their tickets to the NCAA postseason. Neither likely would have gotten in had it not been for the conference tournament, an element that always adds to the drama.

It was the second year the event has been held at the arena. Unlike the first year, the crowds were sparse. The difference? Scheduling.

On Friday, the second of the event’s three days, there were four games. The first two were men’s games, the second two the women’s semifinals.  It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out women’s games do not draw a crowd. Put your marquee games last. It’s best for everyone.

Well the CCAA chose gender equity over common sense. You see, the women’s played first last year, so they should get the chance in the spotlight games this year. Fine, but that isn’t good business sense.

So you had the Cal State San Bernardino men, the No. 12 team in the country, playing at noon. And the Cal Poly Pomona men, also ranked nationally and a national champion not that many years ago, playing at 2:30 p.m.

Mitch McClellan, the voice of the Coyotes on KCAA (1050-AM), couldn’t give tickets away.  He tried, several times. But kids are in school, parents are at work.

The last game of the night on Friday was Cal State East Bay women vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills. That should have been the first game.

CCAA Commissioner Mike Mathews said the executive council voted for that schedule before he came into office and he couldn’t overturn that decision. Next year it will flip back the other way. But it probably won’t be at this arena. It’s too bad because it’s a great venue for basketball, a great location, easily accessible.

Mathews said a decision will be finalized this summer where to hold the event next year. It had been held on campus sites before but Mathews says he prefers a neutral site. That seems to be a general consensus too.

But you can’t blame the arena folks if they don’t want the CCAA back. The conference lost money on the event, but so did the arena. They had to pay people to open it and work for those three days and got nothing for their return, little on parking or concessions – the staples for any entertainment venue.

It was an opportunity blown for the sake of gender equity. The women didn’t play in front a bigger crowd because they played last. It just assured that no one played in front of any crowd. Common sense should have prevailed.


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)