Pomona-Pitzer men’s soccer team earn’s national ranking

The Pomona-Pitzer men’s soccer team debuted in the NCAA Division III national rankings this week at No. 23 by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).

The Sagehens are ranked for the first time since the final poll of the 2012 season, when they debuted at No. 24 in the nation on their way to a SCIAC title.

Pomona-Pitzer enters this week with an 8-2-1 overall record, but 7-1-1 against Division III competition, with the only loss an overtime road defeat to Redlands. The Sagehens are ranked third in the West Region behind Trinity (Texas) and Colorado College, while fellow SCIAC foes Redlands (8th) and CMS (10th) are also in the regional rankings.

The Sagehens are also 6-1-1 in the SCIAC, putting them alone in first place in the league standings at the midway point, a two-game lead in the loss column over both CMS and Chapman at 5-3-1 (Redlands is right behind at 5-3 with a game in hand).

To view the NSCAA Divsiion III national rankings, go to the following link:

NSCAA Top 25

Cal Poly Pomona’s Elizabeth Olvera earns weekly CCAA honor

Elizabeth Olvera

Elizabeth Olvera of the Cal Poly Pomona has been named California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week for Sept. 29-Oct. 5.

Olvera, a native of Long Beach, led the Broncos to their sixth-place finish in the 17-team Pomona-Pitzer Invite, on Saturday.

In the 6,000-meter race, Olvera posted a 23:13.1 mark, which led the Broncos. Her time helped CPP defeat the host school, as Pomona-Pitzer was five points behind the Broncos in the end result.

Her time also helped CPP top Cal State Bakersfield, a Division I program. Bakersfield came in 12th.

The Broncos will return to the course on Thursday as they race in the UCLA/USC Meet at Brookside Golf Club in Pasadena.

Alta Loma graduate earns college volleyball honor


Cal State Los Angeles senior Loreal Carter has been named the California Collegiate Athletic Association Women’s Volleyball Player of the Week for Sept. 29 – Oct. 5.

Carter, a graduate of Alta Loma High School, helped the Golden Eagles remain atop the CCAA with wins over Cal State Dominguez Hills, Cal State Stanislaus, and Chico State.

Carter started the week by recording a triple-double – the first of the season and second of her career – in a five-set win over Cal State Dominguez Hills in the Eagles Nest. Carter had 14 kills, 10 digs and 10 blocks in the 25-18, 21-25, 30-32, 25-18, 15-8 victory.

She then had a team-high 11 kills, three service aces and three blocks in a 25-20, 25-19, 26-24 win at Cal State Stanislaus on Friday before delivering 15 kills, nine digs and five blocks in a 25-17, 25-18, 12-25, 23-25, 21-19 win over Chico State on Saturday. Carter had a pair of crucial kills to help Cal State L.A. stave off seven match points in the fifth set against the Wildcats.

For the week, Carter tallied 40 kills, 18 blocks and 23 digs, with a hitting percentage of .312.

The weekly award is the first of Carter’s career.

Carter has been enjoying an outstanding senior season. She is second on the team with 117 kills and is third with 38 blocks. Carter also leads the Golden Eagles with 14 service aces.

Cal State L.A. (10-2, 8-1 CCAA) holds sole possession of first place in the conference with two big CCAA matches at the Eagles Nest this week. The Golden Eagles will host eight-time defending conference champion Cal State San Bernardino on Thursday night before playing Humboldt State on Friday night. Both matches are set for 7 p.m. starts.

Chaffey’s Adom Jacko chooses Loyola Marymount


Chaffey College basketball standout Adom Jacko is moving on to Loyola Marymount. The 6-foot-8 power forward chose that program over others including Cal State Fullerton and said that staying local was important to him.

The Alta Loma High School graduate averaged a team-high 13.6 points and 6.7 rebounds in helping the Panthers to the California state semifinals.

He was a first-team All-Foothill Conference and first team All-State selection. He was also a tournament most valuable player in two events in which Chaffey competed during the regular season.

Jacko was also part of a team that advanced to the state championship game as a freshman.

He plans to major in sociology and is still taking classes at Chaffey. He’ll enroll at LMU for the 2015 school year.

Cal State volleyball team moves up 1 in national poll

Alexandra Torline

The Cal State volleyball team moved up one place to No. 8 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association NCAA Division II poll released today.

The Coyotes (8-2) are coming off straight set wins over Chico State and Cal State Stanislaus last weekend.

Next up for the Coyotes is a home match against local rival Cal Poly Pomona on Thursday at Coussoulis Arena.

The Coyotes were the lone CCAA team making the cut this week. UC San Diego, which had been ranked all season, was the top vote-getter among teams not making the top 25. Sonoma State and Cal State Los Angeles also received votes.

Tampa (Fla.) is ranked No. 1, having received 47 of 48 first-place votes.


Memorial game to benefit two local college baseball programs

The second annual Jake Pilkerton Memorial Baseball Game is slated for 1 p.m. Nov. 8 at Fiscalini Field.

Pilkerton was a baseball standout at Rim of the World High School, then went on to play two years at San Bernardino Valley College and two at Cal State San Bernardino.

Pilkerton, who played second base and earned multiple honors in his prep and collegiate career, was killed in an automobile accident on Aug. 3, 2013.

There will be a raffle, memorabilia and food and beverages available with the proceeds going toward a trust fund that will be distributed to help the baseball programs at all three schools for which Pilkerton played.

Athletes who played with him at one of the three schools are invited to play in the nine-inning contest.

Donation items are still needed, as are players or volunteers to help run the event.

For more information or to help out call Matthew Winn at (951) 807-9867 or Catherine Figone at (760) 899-947

Cal Poly Pomona goalkeeper honored

Fernando Pablo Quevedo

Cal Poly Pomona junior goalkeeper Fernando Pablo Queveda has been named CCAA Men’s Soccer Player of the Week for games Sept. 15-21.

He turned in two shutouts, helping the Broncos to a 1-0 win over Azusa Pacific and a 2-0 win over Cal Baptist. They were hits fourth and fifth shutouts of the young season.

Queveda has been spectacular all season, with a record of 4-0-1 in his five starts. He hasn’t allowed a goal in 472 minutes, registering 23 saves.

Cal Poly Pomona also climbed into the NSCAA NCAA Division II national rankings this week at No. 22.

The Broncos (4-0-1) play Point Loma in a nonconference game today.

They open CCAA play at Kellogg Field on Friday with a 7 p.m. game against local rival Cal State San Bernardino (4-0).

CMS linebacker eans D3 honor

Max Winsberg (Photo by Milan Reed)

Senior linebacker Max Winsberg of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps has been selected to the D3football.com Team of the Week for games between Sept. 11-13.

Winsberg had a career-high two interceptions to go along with eight tackles in CMS’ 36-14 win over Lewis & Clark on Sept. 13.

Both of Winsberg’s interceptions led to CMS touchdowns. In the first quarter, Winsberg came up with his first interception and returned it 28 yards to the Lewis & Clark 26-yard line. Two plays later CMS scored. Then in the fourth quarter, Winsberg picked off a pass and returned the ball 14 yards to the Lewis & Clark 40-yard line. CMS then scored three plays later to take a commanding 28-14 lead.

Through two games, Winsberg leads the team with 24 tackles (18 solo and six assisted).


Corey Christ of Cal State San Bernardino earns weekly honor

Corey Christ

Junior forward Corey Christ of Cal State San Bernardino has been named CCAA Player of the Week for men’s soccer.

The Glendale, Ariz., tallied three goals in a 5-1 win over Dixie State.

Christ became the first Coyote in four seasons to score three goals in a game since All-American Obi Agwu last accomplished the feat on Oct. 3, 2010 against Cal State East Bay, a 3-1 victory.

Christ leads the Coyotes in scoring with five goals and the Coyotes are 4-0 on the season, their best start in five seasons. They resume play Friday, Sept. 26 in the CCAA opener at Cal Poly Pomona.

Christ is the first Coyote to earn the conference honor since All-American GK Tanner Olinger was named on Sept. 10, 2012.