Cal State San Bernardino pitcher is best of week

Cassandra Williams

Cal State San Bernardino sophomore Cassandra Williams has been named California Collegiate Athletic Association Softball Pitcher of the Week for Mar. 9-15.

The Apple Valley native led the way for the Coyotes in their series against Chico State last week. She went 2-0 and threw two complete games, giving up 10 hits, allowing just one run, striking out nine and walking only two.

She threw 6 1/3 innings of shutout play in Friday’s 3-1 victory with six strikeouts and one walk. The following afternoon, she threw a 3-hit shutout with three strikeouts and a walk.

On the weekend, she contributed offensively as well, compiling a .385 average and .769 slugging percentage with five hits, including two doubles and a home runs in 13 plate appearances. 

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Redlands athlete earns All-American honors

Maddie Smith

Senior Maddie Smith of the University of Redlands earned All-American honors with an eighth place finish in the high jump at the 2015 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field National Championships in Winston-Salem, N.C.

While making her first-ever appearance at the indoor championships, Smith cleared a height of 5′ 5″, which landed her fifth among a group of eight competitors with the same mark.  In order to break the tie where possible, the number of missed attempts is evaluated, allowing Smith to make her way onto the podium in eighth place.

Smith has advanced to three national championship meets in her career thus far, but garners her first All-American accolade in her inaugural indoor performance.  She is also the first student-athlete from Redlands to compete at the indoor nationals.

Gladys Njoku of Stevens Institute took home the High Jump title with a height of 5′ 7 ¾”.



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Cal Poly Pomona baseball players sweep weekly CCAA honors

Chris Powell

The Cal Poly Pomona baseball team raked in the honors this week as senior right-hander Chris Powell was named CCAA Pitcher of the week while senior infielder Nick Cooksey took home Player of the Week honors.

Powell, an Upland High School graduate, earned the win in the second game of the Broncos doubleheader at Cal State Monterey Bay. He went six and two-third scoreless innings and gave up just three hits while striking out 10.

On the season he boasts a 3-0 record and an ERA of 0.32.
Powell is the second Cal Poly Pomona player to earn weekly honors. J.J. Franklin took home the award for his showing in games Feb. 2-8.

Cooksey, a graduate of Glendora High School, went 9-for-16 in the four-game series against the Otters. He recorded hits in all four games and had multiple hits in three of those.

He his hitting .343 four doubles, a triple, three home runs and 13 RBI on the season.

The Broncos (14-4, 6-2) open a four-game set at Sonoma State (10-10, 5-7) on Friday.

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