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.




Spaulding named interim softball coach at University of Redlands

Danielle Spaulding was named the Interim Head Softball Coach at the University of Redlands, replacing Laurie Nevarez, who recently resigned to accept a similar position at Cal State San Marcos.

Spaulding served as the team’s graduate assistant last season, which included the program’s 10th overall Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title and ninth consecutive trip to the NCAA Division III Championships.

Prior to becoming a Bulldog, Spaulding garnered coaching experience at Texas A&M University during the 2011-12 school year where she worked as a volunteer pitching coach during its 41-18 campaign.

Spaulding began her coaching career as an undergraduate assistant coach at the University of North Carolina in 2010-11.

After playing softball for Etiwanda High School, Spaulding went on to an outstanding collegiate experience as a pitcher/first baseman at UNC, graduating in 2010.  She was named the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Player of the Year following the 2008 and 2009 seasons and earned the ACC Pitcher of the Year award in 2010.

In addition to Spaulding, Leslie Whittemore helps to fill the void left by Nevarez iligibility and compliance.  Whittemore, who had worked as the head swimming coach and senior woman administrator, returns to the role of Redlands’ eligibility and NCAA compliance coordinator on a part-time basis.  She previously served in this capacity from 1998 to 2006.

Redlands will conduct a national search for head coach at the end of the school year.

Redlands tennis players honored

Jessica Ly (left) and Ceara Sumida (right) garnered All-American recognition for their efforts as a doubles team during the 2013 season.

The the University of Redlands doubles duo of junior Jessica Ly and sophomore Ceara Sumida earned All-American honors from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

In order to earn this accolade, doubles competitors must earn a top-four seeding in the NCAA doubles tournament, advance to the second round of the NCAA doubles tournament, win the USTA/ITA Fall Regional Tournament, move onto the second round of the ITA National Small College Championships, or finish the season among the top 10 in the final rankings.

Ly and Sumida qualified for ITA All-America status by earning a final national doubles ranking of No. 9 in NCAA Division III.

Competing as the top doubles tandem, Ly and Sumida compiled a 21-4 overall record and finished as the third-best team in the ITA West-Region rankings.  Two important victories for the duo came at the NCAA Division III Team Championships, during which it defeated the No. 1 opponents from Whitman (WA) 9-8 (3) in the first round and then prevailed over the top counterparts form Pomona-Pitzer 8-3, in the second R\round.

For a complete listing of this season’s ITA NCAA Division III All-Americans, please visit the ITA website.


Bulldogs name new conditioning coach

The University of Redlands has named Miroslaw “Mirek” Babiarz as the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach and Fitness Center Director.  He replaces Daniel Aipa, who returned to his home state of Hawaii to pursue other opportunities.

Babiarz comes from Temple where he served as the assistant strength and conditioning coach for the past two years.  His experience includes the creation and implementation of year-round strength and conditioning programs for a variety of sports as well as management and oversight of a collegiate weight room.

Prior to Temple, he served as an assistant men’s basketball coach and assistant strength and conditioning coach at Mercer County Community College in New Jersey after enjoying a professional playing career with the Polish Professional Basketball League.

Babiarz earned his undergraduate degree in business administration from Goldey-Beacom College (DE) and then completed his Master of Science in Kinesiology at Temple.  His graduate research topic focused on the cognitive performance benefits with the use of caffeine in athletes.

Babiarz’s stint with the Bulldogs officially begins on Aug. 26.

Redlands softball coach resigns

Laurie Nevarez finished her career at Redlands with an incredible record of 319-116-1.

Laurie Nevarez has resigned from her position of head softball coach at the University of Redlands, effective Aug. 19.  She led the Bulldogs to nine SCIAC titles in a row but stepped down to take the same position with Cal State San Marcos, located near her extended family in Carlsbad and San Diego.

“It has nothing to do with anything wrong at Redlands. A part of my heart will always be here,” she said. “It’s about a better life for my family. I want my kids to grow up around their cousins and grandparents.”

Nevarez added that she and her husband still own a house in San Diego which they have been renting out. They also typically spend most of the summer in the area around their extended family and friends.

Nevarez, who played collegiately at UCLA, started her coaching career at Redlands in 2003-04.  During her second season, the Bulldogs erupted on the scene with a perfect 18-0 showing in Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) competition en route to capturing the program’s inaugural conference title since 1988.

During the 2013 season, Redlands put together a campaign of milestones for Nevarez and the Bulldog softball program.  She guided the team to its ninth consecutive SCIAC championship during Nevarez’s 10-year stint.  In addition, she captured her 300th career win after averaging more than 30 wins per season at the helm of the Bulldogs.

She boasted a career record of 2319-116-1 and coached five SCIAC Players of the Year, four SCIAC Rookies of the Year, 44 All-SCIAC First-Team honorees, and 19 Second-Teamers to her name.



Another honor for Redlands kicker


Senior kicker Kevin Grady collected yet another preseason All-America nod with a spot on the inaugural Cutting Edge Sports Management second team for offense.

Grady already has earned preseason All-America honors with Lindy’s, Beyond Sports Network, USA Football Network, and, making this his fifth honor.

Grady is one of two players from the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference to receive recognition from CESM, the other being offensive lineman Andrew Pankow of Cal Lutheran.

Recipients also include three players from University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (Tex.), the Bulldogs first opponent of 2013.

During the 2012 campaign, Grady provided the fourth-best number of made field goals in all of NCAA Division III with 1.56 per contest while converting 77.8% of his attempts.

According to CESM’s release, all senior honorees with no remaining eligibility will be invited to the second annual Dream Bowl on Jan. 17-20 in Virginia Beach, Va.  This football all-star game includes some of the top players from NCAA Division III.

For a complete list of the Cutting Edge Sports Management Preseason All-America honorees, see the organization’s web site.




Redlands tennis players honored

The University of Redlands men’s tennis program has been recognized by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) for its academic prowess.

As a team, the Bulldogs landed among the nearly 50 NCAA Division III teams to boast a combined cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher while including their entire roster.  In addition, senior Anish Nanda, sophomores Gram Leahy and Max Licona, and freshman Jacob Lousche collected individual honors as ITA Scholar-Athletes.  In order to qualify, these varsity letter-winners must own a GPA of 3.5 or higher during the 2012-13 academic year after completing at least two semesters at Redlands.

Redlands joins fellow Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) foes, Caltech and Pomona-Pitzer, among those that earned ITA All-Academic Team status.

Individually, Nanda is a four-time recipient of the ITA Scholar-Athlete Award.  Leahy and Licona are also repeat honorees after garnering this distinction during their rookie campaigns.


Redlands golfer earns academic honor

University of Redlands men’s junior golfer Jeremy Gomberg has been named to the Cleveland Golf/Srixon Division III Scholar All-America team by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA).

Those honored must be a junior or senior academically, compete in at least three years at the collegiate level, and participate in 50 percent of his team’s competitive rounds or compete at the NCAA Championships.  In addition, the individual must have a stroke-average less than 79.0 in Division III while maintaining a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2.

Gomberg experienced a career year in 2012-13, compiling a 14-round average of 75.78.  He began the season by registering rounds of 72, 72, and 73 at the Cal State San Marcos Classic en route to helping the squad to nab a second-place finish at the Twin Oaks Golf Club in San Diego.  Also finishing strong at the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Championships, he signed his scorecard with a 74 on the final day.  In addition, he was a member of the Bulldog squad that traveled to Destin, FL, for the NCAA Division III Championships, at which the U of R placed 16th nationally.

For a complete listing of this year’s Scholar All-American recipients, please visit the GCAA web site.

Redlands football players honored

Top Left:  Kevin Grady --- Middle/Left:  Daryl Andersen --- Middle/Right:  Taylor Irwin --- Bottom Right:  Steven Locke Jr.

Four University of Redlands football players garnered Division III Preseason All-America plaudits from the USA Football Network.  Senior kicker Kevin Grady led the group with First-Team honors.  Senior tight end Daryl Andersen landed on the Second Team, senior wide receiver Taylor Irwin  received Third-Team accolades, and senior defensive lineman Steven Locke Jr. was named to the Fourth Team.

For Grady, it is the third Preseason All-America honor for the kicker in 2013, following a spot on the Lindy’s All-Division III First Team and an Honorable Mention nod from the Beyond Sports Network.  He racked up 77 points last season, tallying 35 point-after-tries and 14 successful field goals.  During the 2012 campaign, he provided the fourth-best number of made field goals in NCAA Division III with 1.56 per contest while converting 77.8% of his attempts.

Andersen collects his first-ever preseason All-America award. In 2012 he compiled 306 receiving yards on 15 receptions, giving him a team-best 20.4 yards per catch.

Irwin garners his inaugural preseason All-America honor after experiencing a phenomenal 2012 season.  He hauled in a team-leading 485 receiving yards on the year for an average of 53.9 yards per game.

Finally, Locke joins the list first-time preseason All-Americans, returning in 2013 as a staple of the defensive line.  Last season, he tallied 48 tackles, including three sacks and 14 solo hits.  He also forced two fumbles while racking up six tackles for a loss.

Beyond these four award-winners, senior defensive lineman Daniel Kane and senior defensive back Brandon Morris were tabbed as USA Football Network Honorable Mentions.

For a complete listing of all of the recipients, visit


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