William Rodriguez named water polo coach at University of La Verne

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William Rodriguez has been named men’s and women’s water polo coach at the University of La Verne

He makes the move from Division I Pepperdine where he served as coach and Director of Operations the last two years. He was also an assistant at Pepperdine in 2006 and 2007.

“We are thrilled to have Coach Rodriguez as a part of Leopard Athletics,” La Verne Athletic Directore Julie Kline said in a prepared statement. “He brings a wealth of knowledge to our program, having coached and played at the highest levels. Willo is committed to excellence, both in the classroom and in the pool. He will be an exceptional leader and role model for our student-athletes.”

Rodriguez’s appointment is effective immediately. He replaces Alex La, who resigned following six years as the Leopards’ head coach.

As the interim co-head coach of the Waves in 2012, Rodriguez helped Pepperdine to an 11-13 overall record, with the Waves achieving a national ranking as high as No. 4 during the regular season.

During his first stint as an assistant coach at Pepperdine, Rodriguez helped the Waves to an overall record of 40-27 and a pair of national top-10 rankings.

Before he returned to Pepperdine in 2012, Rodriguez served as an assistant men’s and women’s water polo coach at USC from 2010-12 during which the Trojans claimed two national championships.

Prior to USC, Rodriguez spent the 2009-10 season as the assistant women’s water polo coach at Rio Hondo College.

He also competed at Pepperdine as a player in 2001 and 2002.

A standout performer both before and after his collegiate career, Rodriguez earned a spot on the 1995 Puerto Rican Junior National team. In 2003, he competed with the Puerto Rican National Team at the Olympic Qualifying tournament held in Rio do Janeiro, Brazil.

SBVC’s Jonathan Gonzales picks Portland State

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San Bernardino Valley College kicker Jonathan Gonzales (Apple Valley HS) has signed with Division I Portland State.

He spent just one season with the Wolverines and will have three years of eligibility remaining.

“It’s definitely tough finding a spot as a kicker,” he said. “It’s not like most positions where you have to recruit multiple players. Teams usually have just one kicker and there are a lot of good ones out there.”

Gonzales credited Hugo Castellanos, a noted kicking coach who works with athletes from all schools all over the Inland Empire. It was that connection that paid off in the end.

“He has been like a second dad to me and taught me everything,” Gonzales said.

Gonzales was 13 of 17 on field goal attempts, making a long of 52 yards twice, once against Southwestern and once against Santa Monica. He was also 44 of 44 on extra-points.

“They’re field goal team was just 3 of 16 so they were looking for someone with college experience that can come in right away and help,” Gonzales said.

Gonzales plans to major in athletic training.

Former Cal State standout Ivan Johnson signs with Mavericks

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Former Cal State San Bernardino basketball player Ivan Johnson has signed with the Dallas Mavericks.

The 6-foot-8, 255-found forward started all five games for the Mavericks at the Las Vegas Summer League, averaging 7.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.0 steal in 20.8 minutes pg.

He spent the 2013-14 season playing for the Zhejiang Chouzhou Golden Bulls in China, where he averaged 26 points, 9.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 2.9 steals and 32.8 minutes per game in 24 games.

His first NBA experience came with the Atlanta Hawks, who signed him on Dec. 9, 2011 after impressing the club in a mini-camp and earning an invite to training camp. He appeared in 56 games for Atlanta in 2011-12 and averaged 6.4 points and 4.0 rebounds in 16.7 minutes per game while shooting 51.3 percent from the field and 72.0 percent from the foul line. Johnson was named NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for April. He ranked third among rookies in field goal percentage.

He re-signed with Atlanta on Sept. 18, 2012. He averaged 6.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and 15.0 minutes per game in 69 games (five starts) for the Hawks in 2012-13.

Johnson holds career averages of 6.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 15.8 minutes per game in 125 NBA games (five starts).

CS San Bernardino’s Chelsey Jones honored one last time

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Cal State San Bernardino senior goalkeeper Chelsey Jones, who became only the fourth dual All-American in school history this past season, is one of the two California Collegiate Athletic Association’s 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year nominees.

Jones, a graduate of Sultana High School, earned All-American honors, helping the Coyotes to the NCAA West Regional finals for the first time in school history. She established four records — season and career victories, and season and career shutouts for CSUSB — and was the CCAA Defensive Player of the Year.

Off the field, she became the fourth Coyote in history to earn dual All-American honors, on the field and as a Capital One Academic All-American.

She also secured the school’s Female Scholar Athlete of the Year honor for the second straight year and completed her bachelor’s degree in liberal arts studies in June.

The other CCAA nominee is also a soccer player – Karenee Demery of Cal State Stanislaus.

More than 120 NCAA female student-athletes representing multiple sports across NCAA Divisions I, II and III have been selected as 2014 Woman of the Year honorees by their athletics conferences and by independent schools.

The conference honorees represent student-athletes from 15 different sports. By division, 52 honorees competed in Division I conferences, 25 competed in Division II, and 49 competed in Division III.

A committee will select the top 10 honorees in each division from this pool to be recognized. These top 30 honorees will be announced in early September.   The selection committee then will choose and announce the top nine finalists (three from each division) at the end of September. The NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will vote from amongst those nine finalists to determine the 2014 Woman of the Year.

Cal State San Bernardino seeking assistant soccer coach

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Cal State San Bernardino is looking for an assistant women’s soccer coach, It is a part-time position.

The spot became available when James Barlow left to take that job along with a Sports Information Director position at University of Antelope Valley, a new NAIA school.

The Coyotes are coming off a 12-7-4 showing, highlighted by a spot in the NCAA Division II West Region final. It was the best finish in school history.
Those interested can contact head coach Travis Clarke at (909) 537-7232.

Local SCIAC players earn preseason All-American honors

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Eleven players from four area schools have been singled out in USA College Football’s Preseason All-American team.

The University of Redlands had four selections, with offensive lineman Aaron Hinkle named to the first team and linebacker Michael Tootle named to the second team along with linebacker Griffin Lord (Damien HS). A fourth Bulldog, quarterback Kevin Russell, made the third team.

Pomona-Pitzer also had four selections. Wide receiver Brett Harper and offensive lineman Jack Horstmann made the first team, with offensive lineman Trey Connet and defensive lineman Brian Friel on the second team.

The University of La Verne was also represented by linebacker Christian Lozon on the first team and defensive lineman Nik Gutierrez on the third team.

The lone selection for Claremont-Mudd-Scripps was defensive lineman Alex Chang, on the third team.

Rialto native gets shot at NBA Summer League

Former Owl DJ Shelton is playing in the NBA Summer League with the Atlanta Hawks. Photo Courtesy of the Washington State University Sports Information Office

Former Citrus College Men’s Basketball player DJ Shelton has been picked up by the Atlanta Hawks to play with their NBA Summer League team.

Shelton, a Rialto native, made his NBA Summer League debut over the weekend, in Atlanta’s 90-74 loss to the Washington Wizards on Saturday.

Shelton played one season for the Owls during the 2010-2011 season. Shelton averaged 12 points and 6.7 boards a game, in helping lead Citrus to the CCCAA State Championship Game against City College of San Francisco.

After his freshman campaign with Citrus, Shelton moved on to Washington State, where he became one of the top players for the Cougars over the past three seasons. Shelton wrapped up his 2013-2014 senior season by averaging over 10 points and 9 boards a game. During Pac-12 play, Shelton averaged a double-double with 11.2 points and 10.4 rebounds a contest.

 

Cal Poly Pomona baseball alumn earns weekly honor

Former Cal Poly Pomona outfielder Travis Taijeron has been named Player of the Week in the Double-A Eastern League.

Taijeron, 25, plays for the New York Mets affiliate in Binghamton, N.Y. On the week he went 8 for 20 (.400) with a double, three home runs, five runs scored and 10 RBI.

The former CCAA Player of the Year has struggled a bit this season, his third at the Double-A level. On the season he is hitting .248 with 24 doubles, 11 home runs and 45 RBI in 68 games.

Taijeron was drafted out of Cal Poly Pomona in 2011.

Locals make the grade in the Pac West

The Pacific West Conference has released its All-Academic selections for all sports. Here is a list of the athletes from local high schools who have been honored:

BASEBALL
Azusa Pacific

Sean Aspinall (Upland), Fr., OF., 3.42, Accouting
Joel Belk (Los Osos), Soph., P, 3.68, App exercise science
Blake James (Los Osos), Jr., 2B, 3.79, App exercise science
Kyle Pine (Bonita), Sr., P, 3.08, Social Science
Cal Baptist
Frank Alvarez (REV), Soph., INF, 3.05, Pre-physical therapy
Jeremy Steggell (Chino Hills), Fr., OF., 3.36, Exercise science

MEN’S BASKETBALL
Azusa Pacific

Bruce English (La Verne Luth), Jr., G, 3.01, Communications
Dominican
Josh Ramirez (Ayala), Fr., G, 3.45, Undeclared

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
Dominican

Lauren Hyatt (Serrano), Jr., C, 3.08, Public health
Holy Names
Kalie Taeleifi (Ontario Chr), Soph., G, 3.04, English

MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
Academy of Art

Austin Esposito (Rancho Cucamonga), Fr., 3.43, Motion pictures-television

WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY/TRACK
Azusa Pacific

Kylie Betts (Serrano), Fr., 3.78, Communications
Elle Farrar (Los Osos), Jr., 3.70, Athletic training
Christina Russell (Ayala), Soph., 3.71, Psychology
Cal Baptist
Alysa Avila (Colton), Fr., 3.10, Criminal justice
Kimberley Carter (Arrowhead Chr), Sr., 3.84. Nursing
Jessica Malagon (Yucaipa), Jr., 3.82, Communicative disorders
Ashtyn Robidoux (Apple Valley), Fr., 3.65, Pre-nursing
Naomi Van Setten (Bloomington), Sr., 3.49, Pre-physical therapy
Chaminade (Hawaii)
Morgan Lacey (Granite Hills), Soph., 3.49, Nursing
Skyler Tarver (Serrano), Sr., 3.36, Communications
Holy Names
Alejandra Lugo (Los Osos), Sr., 3.76, Liberal studies
Point Loma
Cassie Bird (Sultana), Soph., 3.42, Nursing
Yanitza Padfield (Serrano), Fr., 3.38, App health science

MEN’S GOLF
Holy Names

Shane Favinger (Alta Loma), Sr., 3.22, Business

MEN’S SOCCER
Azusa Pacific

Dane Johnson (Los Osos), Soph., D, 3.63, Biology
Raul Martinez (Bonita), Soph., M, 3.77, Accounting
BYU-Hawaii
Cameron Neeley (Diamond Bar), Sr., F, 3.19, Business management
Cal Baptist
Wyatt Deane (Bonita), Fr., D, 3.70, Bio-engineering
Josh Mobley (REV), Fr., M, 3.13, Undeclared
Cole Schmit (Upland), Sr., M, 3.52, Marketing

WOMEN’S SOCCER
Academy of Art

Tyler Hunt (Diamond Bar), Sr., GK, 3.50, Acting
Jessi Vargas (Bonita), Sr., GK, 3.22, Illustration
Azusa Pacific
Haley Arft (Claremont), Fr., D, 3.01, Psychology
Daniella Perez (St. Lucy’s), Sr., D, 3.64, International business
Cal Baptist
Audrianna DeGraw (Hesperia), Fr., M-F, 3.49, Marketing
Hawaii-Hilo
Kristine Pasek (Granite Hills), Jr., D, 3.88m Kinesiology
Analysa Rodriguez (Ayala), Sr., F, 3.19, Kinesiology

SOFTBALL
Academy of Art

Andrea Gill (Don Lugo), Soph., OF, 3.03, Photography
Cal Baptist
Marshean August (Eisenhower), Sr., OF, 3.25, Criminal justice
Brittany Boone (Los Osos), Jr., P, 3.03, Health science
Nicole Hennessey (Los Osos), Jr., OF, 3.77, Kinesioogy
Ashley Navarette (REV), Soph., 2B, 3.06, Biology
Rebecca Orozco (Bonita), Fr., 3B, 3.60, Liberal studies
Belinda Renne (Don Lugo), Soph., P, 3.12, Graphic design
Hawaii Pacific
Chelsea Cramer (Western Chr), Jr., INF, 3.15, Biology/health science
Hawaii-Hilo
Hannah Peterson (Los Osos), Soph., P, 3.04, Biology
Danielle Wilson (Diamond Bar), Fr., P, 3.21, Business administration

MEN’S TENNIS
Azusa Pacific

Alan Leahy (Claremont), Fr., 3.37, Business management

WOMEN’S TENNIS
Holy Names

Lexi Blevins (Redlands), Jr., 3.91, Pre-biology

VOLLEYBALL
Azusa Pacific

Emily Ingalls (REV), Sr., DS, 3.68, App exercise science
Ashley Swatek (Ayala), Soph., DS, 4.00, Undeclared
Cal Baptist
Malika O’Brien (Alta Loma), Soph., MB, 3.06, Kinesiology
Notre Dame de Namur
Haleigh Wypiszynski (Los Osos), Jr., MB, 3.54, Kinesiology

Chaffey’s Andrew Dorado headed next headed to Kansas

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Chaffey College baseball standout Andrew Dorado has decided his next step is to NAIA Sterling College in Kansas where he will join Panther teammate Isaiah Delsi.

Dorado, a native of West Covina, batted a state best .444 with seven doubles and 29 RBI.

He helped the Panthers to a three-way tie for first-place in the Foothill Conference with San Bernardino Valley and Rio Hondo.

Sterling ended its season with a 40-20 record and was eliminated from the national tournament in Jackson, Miss. in May. It marked the third straight 40-win season.