Riverside takes over No. 1 post in JC football poll

The new JC football polls are out and there has been some shuffling, especially at the top where Riverside moves into the No. 1 spot afte a victory over Mt. SAC

The complete rundown follows:


1. Riverside (6-1); 2. Long Beach (6-1); 3. Mt. SAC (6-2); 4. Fullerton (6-2); 5. Golden West (5-2); 6. Palomar (5-2); 7. Ventura (4-3); 8. Chaffey (4-3); 9. Cerritos (5-3); 10. Bakersfield (4-4); 11. Saddleback (4-4); 12. College of the Canyons (3-4); 13. Grossmont (3-5); 14. Santa Ana (3-4); 15. Citrus (3-5), El Camino (3-4).


1.  Victor Valley (7-0); 2. Southwestern (6-1); 3. Santa Barbara (6-1); 4. Santa Monica (4-3); 5. Glendale (6-1); 6. San Bernardino Valley (4-3); 7. Mt. San Jacinto (3-4); 8. College of the Desert (4-3); 9., tie, Los Angeles Valey (3-4) and West Los Angeles (3-4).



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Redlands retains Smudge Pot, looks like team to beat in SCIAC


The University of Redlands football team retained the Smudge Pot in rather emphatic fashion, trouncing Cal Lutheran 59-27 at Ted Runner Stadium on Saturday.

It was third Smudge Pot game between the SCIAC rivals, the inaugural won by the Kingsmen in 2012 and the last two by the Bulldogs.

Bragging rights are nice. But the game likely means much more than that. Redlands and Cal Lutheran have been the dominant teams in the conference the last decade or so, so a win will go a long way toward determining the first-place finisher.

Yes it comes early in the conference schedule and there are many more games to go but it does establish the Bulldogs up as the team to beat.

It was hard to tell what to expect from Redlands which played two of the top five teams in the country before opening conference play.  Then came a decisive win over Pomona-Pitzer, traditionally one of the bottom contenders. So the jury was still out.

That is the case  no loner. This was a quality win over the team that has been the biggest threat to win the conference as the Kingsmen claimed four straight titles from 2009 to 2012.

The Bulldogs just need to stay focused and not play down to the level of the competition in games they seemingly should win.

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Cal Poly Pomona women get No. 1 ranking


Blackwell NCAA Inner

The target just just got real big for the Cal Poly Pomona women’s basketball team.

The Broncos, a national semifinalist last year, have been ranked No. 1 by the Division II Bulletin to start the season.

CPP’s 2013-14 season marked the 24th time the team has made an NCAA Tournament appearance, and the 20th time the Broncos have been the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Champions.

The Broncos graduated just one player from that team.

Headlining the returning cast is All-American Jada Blackwell, who has been picked as the NCAA Division II Preseason Player of the Year. The senior center out of Etiwanda High school.

Through last year’s NCAA postseason, Blackwell totaled 135 points. That left her just 15 points shy of breaking the all-time Division II record for tournament scoring. Blackwell racked up 620 points in the 2013-14 campaign, putting her at No. 5 in Broncos’ history on the single-season leader board.

Also returning this season, and also in the double digits in that Final Four matchup is Academic All-American Ariel Marsh, who sank her 80th three pointer of the year against Bentley to secure second place on the Broncos’ single-season list.

The Broncos will begin their season on Nov. 14 at 5 p.m., as they travel to the Felix Event Center in Azusa to play the Point Loma Sea Lions.

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