This week’s local college sports schedule

It’s that time. Local colleges are kicking off their seasons. Here’s what’s on tap this week:



 El Camino at Chaffey, 4 p.m.; Citrus at San Bernardino Valley, 2 p.m.; Victor Valley at Santiago Canyon, 4 p.m.


 El Camino at Chaffey, 2 p.m.; San Diego City at San Bernardino Valley, 4 p.m.



 Grossmont, Yavapi at Chaffey, 2 p.m



 Pacific Coast Classic – Pomona-Pitzer vs. Franklin, 10 a.m.; Claremont-Mudd-Scripps vs. Whitowrth, 10 a.m.; La Verne vs,. Willamette, 12:15; Pomona-Pitzer vs. Lewis & Clark, 2:30 p.m., Claremont-Mudd-Scripps vs. Benedictine, 2:30 p.m.; La Verne vs. Millikin, 4:30 p.m. ; Chaffey at LA Pierce Quad meet, 2 p.m.


 Carthage at La Verne; Chaffey at Canyons, 4 p.m.; San Bernardino Valley at East Los Angeles, 6 p.m.; Imperial Valley at Victor Valley, 4 p.m.


Arizona Christian at La Verne, 7 p.m.; Concordia at Pomona-Pitzer, 5 p.m.; Redlands vs. Carleton (at Wheaton), 7:30 a.m.



 Pacific Coast Classic – Pomona-Pitzer vs. Benedictine, 8 a.m., Pomona-Pitzer vs. Willamette, 10 a.m.; La Verne vs. Whitworth, 10:15 a.m., Redlands vs. Franklin, 12:15 p.m.; Claremont-Mudd-Scripps vs. Willamette, 12:15 p.m.; Pomona-{Pitzer vs. Millikin, 2:30 p.m., La Verne vs. Lewis & Clark, 4:30 p.m.; Claremont-Mudd-Scripps vs. Millikin, 4:30 p.m.; Redlands vs. Benedictine


 Carthage at Pomona-Pitzer, 10 a.m.; Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at Westmont, 1 p.m.; Cypress at Victor Valley, 11 a.m.


 Redlands at Wheaton, 2:30 p.m.; San Bernardino Valley at Santiago Canyon, 6:30 p.m.; Victor Valley at Oxnard Tournament.


  Redlands Invitational (Quad and Sylvan Park); Mark Covert Classic (at Carbon Canyon Park), includes La Verne.



 Wis-Oshkosh at Pomona-Pitzer, 11 a.m.;


Concordia-Irvine at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 7 p.m.; Victor Valley at Oxnard Tournament.




Leopards just miss D3 ranking

Kendall Kraiss (left) and Kayla Cribbs head to Brazil as members of the USA DIII Volleyball Team

The University of La Verne volleyball team just missed cracking the NCAA Division III national preseason ranking by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

The Leopards, coached by Jenna Panatier, finished 22-6 overall in 2012, advancing to the NCAA West Region semifinals before falling to favored Cal Lutheran.

Two SCIAC schools are ranked. Cal Lutheran is ranked 10th and Chapman is 18th.

La Verne had 74 points, the most of teams not making the Top 25. No. 25 was Wisconsin-Stevens Point which had 131 points.

St. Thomas (Minn.), 39-1 last year, is first with Calvin second.

The Leopards open the season against Willamette (Ore.) on Aug. 30 at the Pacific Coast Classic.



Citrus softball players move on

From left to right: Bre Lockett, Jessica Gonzalez, Katherine Cunningham, Carissa Bender, and Shyann Ramirez have all accepted offers to continue their educational and playing careers at 4-year schools come this fall.

The Citrus College Softball program has advanced five sophomores to four-year schools.

Bre Lockett heads the class having signed with NCAA DI Bethune-Cookman. Lockett (Colony HS) was a two time All-Western State Conference Blue Division selection during her two year Citrus career. As a freshman, Lockett earned 2nd team honors before grabbing an Honorable Mention selection as a sophomore. In 2013, Lockett appeared in 33 games, batting .356 with five home runs, 27 RBI’s, 36 runs scored, and eight stolen bases.

Moving on to DII University of Hawai’i-Hilo is Jessica Gonzalez. She spent one season with the Owls, her 2013 sophomore campaign. In her one season Gonzalez (Alta Loma HS) was a 2nd team All-WSC Blue Division honoree after batting .385 with 32 runs scored, 31 RBI’s, and five home runs.

Katherine Cunningham (Bishop Amat) is headed to University of La Verne.  Cunningham was a two-year starter for Citrus, posting a .423 on-base percentage.

Rounding out the sophomores moving on will be Carissa Bender (Claremont) and Shyann Ramirez (Charter Oak) who both committed to NAIA William Jessup. Bender appeared in the circle in 40 games over two years for the Owls. As a sophomore, Bender was 8-1 with a 3.88 ERA. Ramirez meanwhile made 50 appearances in two seasons, ending her Owl career as a .308 lifetime hitter.

Leopards ready for big event

The University of La Verne men’s basketball will be one of 10 squads competing at the Hoopsville National Invitational Classic hosted by Stevenson University on Nov. 22-24.

This year’s event will feature 10 teams from seven states, five of which were either ranked or receiving votes in the Top 25 during the 2012-13 season and five who participated in the 2013 Division III NCAA Tournament.

Along with La Verne, the 2013 field includes Birmingham-Southern College (Ala.), Cabrini (Pa.), Keystone (Pa.),  Middlebury (Vt.), Ohio Wesleyan, St. Mary’s (Md.), Salisbury (Md.), Stevenson (Md.), and Trinity (Texas). The 10 teams averaged over 20 wins last season while four had its head coach named conference coach of the year.

Stevenson serves as the host of the event, which will take place at Owings Mills Gymnasium.  Former La Verne head coach and Leopard Hall of Famer Gary Stewart is the current head coach at Stevenson.

The Hoopsville Classic is the second-largest event of its kind, behind only the Classic held in Las Vegas.  

The Leopards will face Ohio Wesleyan in the first game of the event. The Leos conclude action against Keystone.

Coach Richard Reed’s Leopards finished with a 11-14 record a year ago, winning 10 of its last 14 games.  The Leopards concluded Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) play in fourth place with a 9-7 overall mark.

La Verne quarterback leaves

The University of La Verne looked to have a quarterback for years to come in Drew Podrebarac, who was sustained a season-ending knee injury in the first game of his freshman season in 2012.

But Podrebarac is no longer in the program according to head coach Chris Krich. Podrebarac decided to move back home to North Carolina.

”He just didn’t have that passion for the game and that’s OK,” Krich said.

Krich said it was better that decision be made now than halfway through practice or even into the season.

The job is now wide open. Candidates include sophomores Gabe Schaper, Landon Martinez and senior Gut Viramontes as well as incoming freshmen Michael Lauck and Brian Duboski.

Schaper, out of Claremont High School,was in the program last year but didn’t play much. Martinez came to La Verne as a quarterback but was moved to wide out because of the depth at quarterback but is moving back to that position.

Viramontes has been a jack-of-all trades for the Leopards but is coming off an ACL injury sustained midway through last season.

Travis Carter replaced the injured Podrebarac last year and performed well. He was a sophomore in eligibility and thought about returning but graduated and got a job in the working world.

Also, Krich said Jeff Magadaleno was been promoted to full-time, giving the staff three full-time coaches. Magadaleno graduated from La Verne, then served as a graduate assistant for a year. He was a walk-on coach last year and will be working with linebackers this season.

The Leopards, 4-5 last season, start practice on Aug. 23 and open the season Sept. 21 at Whitworth (Wash).  The first home game will be the following week against Menlo. Krich expects about 130 players for the start of drills next month.

The large group of returning players is led by senior RB Matthew Biggers and senior OL Matthew Shinn.

Matthew Shinn (left) and Matthew Biggers






Water polo All-Americans named

The Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches has named its NCAA Division III All-American teams and all four local schools are represented.

Pomona-Pitzer has the largest representation. The Sagehens also earned the top honors in the Division.


Player of the Year – Sarah Tuggy, Pomona-Pitzer

Coach of the Year – Alex Rodriguez, Pomona-Pitzer

First-team – Alex Toohey, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps; Sarah Westcott, Pom-Pit; Candace Filippelli, CMS; Moana Tuipulotu, Redlands; Nanea Fujiyama, Occidental; Alyssa Woodward, Pom-Pit.

Second-team - Sarah Shoemaker, Macalester; Nicolle Jasbon, Connectticut; Anya Phillips, Macalester; Mary Ellen Spooner, Penn State-Behrend; Jill Stein, Redlands; Cynthia Castillo, Whittier; Jordan Card, Cal Lutheran.

Honorable mention – Kelsey Millwand, Conn. College; Jane Galuzzi, Cal Lutheran; Kristin Lampley, Conn. College; Sara Boldt, Wash & Jeff; Evelyn Kurzac, Utica; Hanna Dodd, Caltech; Mahalia Prater-Fraley, Pom-Pit; Alison Quincy, Chapman; Morgan McCardell, Cal Lutheran; Adrienne Ingala, Cal Lutheran; Chloe Kaulas, Macalester; Jeanne Kelber, CMS; Rachel Clauss, Wash & Jeff; Kyee Tomasetti, Cal Lutheran; Katy Schaefer, Pom-Pit; Samantha Martin, Chapman;  Lindsay Albino, Occidental; Rachel Afdeleye, Chapman; Monique Dorado, Whittier; Mattie Winkler, Whittier; Julie Lupfer, Redlands; Miranda Estrella, Chapman; Laurel Pinkley, Whittier; Lauren Shepard, La Verne; Allison Hu, CMS; Jaci Cochrane, Redlands


Shaw is new coach at La Verne

Julie Shaw

The University of La Verne women’s basketball position has been filled as Julie Shaw has been handed the reigns.

Shaw had spent the last two seasons as an assistant at Gonzaga, helping the Bulldogs win the West Coast Conference regular season title. In 2012-13, Gonzaga captured its ninth consecutive WCC crown and finished with a 27-6 overall record.  The Bulldogs reached the NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen in 2011-12.

Prior to Gonzaga, Shaw served as an assistant at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo for six years, working mainly with the post players. The Mustangs went 97-82 during Shaw’s six years.

Shaw previously served as a graduate assistant coach at University of Redlands during the 2004-05 campaign. Prior to her time at Redlands, she was as an assistant at Vista del Lago High School

Shaw was a four-year letter winner at UC Riverside after graduating from J.W. North High School.  She departed UC Riverside ranked second all-time in appearances (110) and free throw attempts (366), third in rebounds (792) and fourth in scoring (1,303).

Local college golfers saluted

Bradley Shigezawa (Photo by Jack Hancock)

There may not be a better conference in the country when it comes to golf than the SCIAC. Several players were among the PING All-America teams announced this week.

Junior Brad Shigezawa of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps leads the group. He was the low medalist at the NCAA Division III championships last month.

Here’s the entire list so you can see how our locals stack up:

 First Team

  • Cory Howard, LaGrange; Brian Jaeger, Christopher Newport; Alex Kolquist, Gustavus Adolphus; Anthony Maccaglia, Oglethorpe; Noah Ratner, Guilford; Brad Shigezawa, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps; Casey Vangsness, Saint John’s; Mike Wesko, Methodist

Second Team

  • Alex Andrews, Wittenberg; Andrew Bateman, Methodist; Bobby Holden, Redlands; Stefan Johnson, Illinois Wesleyan; Alex Kapraun, St. Thomas; Mikey McGinn, California Lutheran; Eric Quinn, Oglethorpe; Oliver Rudnicki, Whitworth

Third Team

  • Ian Bangor, Carnegie Mellon; Chris Blyth, St. John Fisher; Cameron Button, Southwestern; James Charles, Southwestern; Johnathan Chen, Emory; Anthony DiLisio, Skidmore; John Dukes, UT Tyler; Bobby Ehrhardt, Wesley; Ben Fister, Transylvania; Dennis Granath, Saint John’s; Josh Grisa, UW-Stout; Buddy Hallman, UT Tyler; Wes Hillen, Millikin; Clay Hinton, Transylvania; Onni Hurri, Averett; Hayden Jones, Oglethorpe; Jantzen Latham, Transylvania; Drew Lynch, Saint John’s; John McCord, Redlands; Tyler McMorrow, Gustavus Adolphus; Nick Palladino, Rochester; Andrew Peter, Luther; Joe Radulski, St. John Fisher; Andrew Thompson, Guilford; Jeff Wells, Methodist; Jack Whelan, St. Lawrence; Oliver White, Allegheny; Kenny Wienckowski, Illinois Wesleyan; Alex Wunderlich, Emory; Derek Zachman, La Verne

Look who’s streaking, the top 10 win streaks by local college teams

They always say its harder to stay at the top than get to the top. Well a bunch of area teams have learned to deal with the pressure that comes with repeating and have established nice traditions.

So today’s top 10 is top active streaks. The length of the win streak isn’t necessarily the most important factor. Quality of competition in that sports in that conference was an even bigger factor.

10. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men’s swimming 5 straight SCIAC titles

Much like on the women’s side, CMS has so much depth it’s hard for other teams to really challenge.

9. San Bernardino Valley men’s cross country 17 straight Foothill Conference titles

The Wolverines could easily be ranked higher than this but competition in the conference isn’t quite up to snuff. Of course the fact that SBVC is so good is one reason the rest of the conference looks so bad. More on this team later.

 8. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women’s swimming 10 straight SCIAC titles

The Athenas have maintained their stranglehold on the top spot with superior depth. Other teams may have more individual winners but CMS tends to have a couple of those, as well as place multiple swimmers in each event. That doesn’t look like it will change any
time soon.

6. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men’s tennis 8 straight SCIACs The Stags  have repeatedly finished at the top of a conference that also has high-caliber programs in Redlands, Pomona-Pitzer and Cal Lutheran. This year the Stags (30-4) were national runner-up, and may well have won a title had it not been for the suspension of its No. 1 player before nationals.

5. Cal State San Bernardino volleyball 7 straight CCAAs.

The Coyotes have established a dynasty under head coach Kim Cherniss with seven straight and 10 in the last 12 years. This year’s might be the most unlikely because the team had graduated 7 players from the previous team and was relying primarily freshman. If another school didn’t wrestle the crown from the Coyotes this year, it might not happen for awhile. They went 24-9 overall, 19-3 in CCAA play to win by three matches. More on this team to come.

4. San Bernardino Valley men’s cross country 7 SoCals

The Wolverines are a dominant force, led by coach Wes Ashford. During this streak SBVC also went on to win five straight state championships from 2006 to 2010. SoCal is more competitive than NorCal, so win the region and you have a good shot to win it all.

3. University of La Verne men’s golf 7 straight SCIAC titles

The Leopards can change players and change coaches but have remained the best team in what is arguably the top conference in the country in Division III. How good is it? Well La  Verne may have gotten the AQ, but three others were given at-large berths to nationals. That’s three of seven given for the entire country.

2. University of Redlands softball 9 straight SCIACs

The Bulldogs (36-12, 22-6) retained their title again this year, despite losing All-American outfielder Amanda Lievanos to an injury before the season even started. Coach Laurie Nevarez also had a lineup, primarily of underclassmen and overcame a huge challenge from nationally ranked Claremont-Mudd-Scripps as well as SCIAC newcomer Chapman, which had been a national title contender even when competing as an independent.

1. Cal State San Bernardino volleyball 13 straight appearances in regional final

Winning a conference title is one thing, but doing better than that and making it all the way to the step before the Elite Eight is even more admirable, especially given the level of competition in the West region. This program is by far the premier program in the Inland Empire in any sport. A footnote here . . . The first win by the Coyotes next year will be the 500th in the tenure of Cherniss.



ABCA/Rawlings Division III All-West Baseball Region

Players from all four local SCIAC schools made the cut, impressive  considering the size and quality of the West Region. A total of 21 players from the SCIAC were selected.


DH Philip Windham, East Texas Baptistl; C Josh Rapacz, George Fox (Ore.); 1B Nick Boggan, Cal Lutheran; 2B Tim Wilson, Linfield (Ore.); 3B Nicho Della Valle, Cal Lutheran; SS Trevor Koons, Cal Lutheran; SS Christian Muscarello, Trinity (Tex.); OF Pat Hirschberg, Trinity (Tex.); OF Jake Wylie, Linfield (Ore.); OF Nick Gentili, Pomona-Pitzer; UT Jake Peterson, Cal Lutheran; RHP Chris Haddelandm Linfield (Ore.); LHP Ryan Lucero, Trinity (Tex).; Rellief RHP Aaron Roth, Cal Lutheran; Relief LHP Sean Kistler, Texas Lutheran.


DH Johnathan Brooks, Occidental; C Stephen Zavala, Whittier; 1B Derek Dixon, George Fox (Ore.); 2B Jason Henning, Redlands; 3B Kevin Francke, Trinity (Tex.); SS Jordan Dresner, Redlands; OF Erik Munzer, Pomona-Pitzer; OF Nick Fisher, Linfield (Ore.); OF Kramer Lindell, Linfield (Ore.); OF Timothy Williams, George Fox (Ore.); UT Jake Bruml, Pomona-Pitzer; UT Scott, Hong, Occidental; Relief RHP Derek Miller, Texas-Tyler; RHP Zack Speer, Trinity (Tex.); RHP Matt Delegato, Pacific (Ore.); RHP Aaron Thomasson, Linfield (Ore.); RHP Kevin Knight, La Verne; RHP Jeff Spillane, Texas Lutheran.


C Chase Caldez, Schriener (Tex.); 1B Chris Whitehead, Schreiner (Tex.); 1B Trevor Keele, Dallas; 2B Marcus Uechi, Hardin-Simmons (Tex.); 2B Garrett Smith, Cal Lutheran; 3B Julian Barzili, Whittier; SS Logan Allen, Occidental; SS Scott Witte, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps; OF Collin Radack, Hendrix (Tex.); OF Tyler Pfeffer, Whitworth (Wash.); OF Tyler Bates, East Texas Baptist; OF Alex Scheiwe, Redlands; UT Carlton Brown, Howard Payne (Tex.); LHP Scott Peters, Cal Lutheran; Relief RHP Tyler Brunnemann, Hardin-Simmons (Tex.); Relief RHP Taber watson, Chapman; RHP Curt Copeland, LeTourneau (Tex.).