Local SCIAC football players earn preseason honor

 

Aaron Hinkle

Six players from local SCIAC schools are among those earning preseason All-America honors from USA Football Network.

The defending conference champion University of Redlands led the way with three selections. Heading the trio is senior offensive lineman Aaron Hinkle who was named to the first team. Senior linebacker Michael Tootle was selected to the second team while junior quarterback Kevin Russell was named third team.

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps had two players singled out. Senior defensive lineman Alex Chang was placed on third team while senior linebacker Max Winsberg was honorable mention.

The University of La Verne had senior defensive lineman Nik Gutierrez, a native of Pomona and Walnut High School graduate, named to third team.

Former CS San Bernardino pitcher earns weekly honor

Former Cal State San Bernardino baseball standout Kerry Kelley has gotten off to a good start in his professional debut with the Gateway Grizzlies of the independent Frontier League.

The left-handed pitcher earned Pitcher of the Week honors after a stellar showing in his second and third professional starts. Kelley threw 15 innings, allowing just 1one earned run, one walk and seven hits.

He is now 2-0 with a 0.90 ERA and a 0.650 WHIP in his young professional career. He went 7 innings on Tuesday to beat the defending Frontier League champion Schaumburg Boomers, then went 8 to beat Joliet on Sunday.

Bonita grad Justin Garza makes USA Baseball Collegiate Team

Bonita High School product Justin Garza and Cal State Fullerton teammate Thomas Eshelman have been named to the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team final 24-man roster.

Eshelman and Garza become the 22nd and 23rd Titans to represent Cal State Fullerton on the Collegiate National Team dating back to 1987. The sophomore right-handers are amongst 19 players representing USA Baseball for the first time in their amateur careers.

Garza was 5-4 with a 3.22 ERA in 73 innings for the Titans the past season.

On June 21, Eshelman and Garza combined to pitch six perfect innings, three apiece, and struck out 11 of the 18 outs they recorded in Team USA’s first game of training camp. Team USA went 6-1 during the seven-game training camp and Garza would tie for the team lead with eight strikeouts in two appearances while Eshelman was 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA and seven strikeouts.

The Collegiate National Team opens its Friendship Series against Chinese Taipei at 7:05 p.m. on Wednesday at the National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. The teams will play again on July 2 at Keeter Stadium in Shelby, N.C., on July 3 at BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte, N.C., and on July 4 and 5 at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, N.C.

Redlands duo chosen for All-Star team to compete internationally

Guard Colleen Goeser and forward Brittany Oster, formerly of the University of Redlands basketball team have been chosen for the 2014 USA Division III Women’s Basketball Team. It is made up of NCAA Division III basketball players who have been recognized as All-America, All-Region, and/or All-Conference honorees.

The squad begins its tour on July 21 in Orlando, Fla., for orientation and practices before heading to Sao Paulo, Brazil, on the 22nd. The USA Division III Women’s Basketball Team travels with the men’s equivalent to play doubleheaders on July 23, 24, and 25 against selected teams from the region. The tour wraps up on July 26, when the teams travel to Rio de Janeiro for their final game on the 28th.

Goeser ranked second among the Bulldogs in scoring with 13.2 points per game and averaged 4.5 assists.

Oster provides an impressive overall resume as well, having competed as a forward for Redlands throughout her four-year career. As a Bulldog, she accumulated enough points to rank fifth on the all-time list while becoming the eighth member of the 1000-point club at Redlands.

As a senior, Oster averaged a double-double, scoring 18.1 points and pulling in 10.7 rebounds per game, which ultimately landed her on the All-SCIAC First Team. She also received D3hoops.com Third-Team All-West Region honors and Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Division III All-America Honorable Mention to conclude her career.

Redlands football team earns preseason rankings

The University of Redlands football team has earned preseason rankings in two national publications.

In the Sporting News College Football’s preview, the Bulldogs sit No. 24, while Lindy’s Sports places Redlands 11th.

Redlands is the sole representative of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) to appear in either top-25 lists.

Redlands opens the 2014 season with back-to-back ranked foes in No. 4/6 Mary Hardin-Baylor (Tex.) on Sept. 13 in Belton, Tex. and No. 3/3 Linfield (Ore.) on Sept. 20 at Ted Runner Stadium.

While returning more than half of the starters, Redlands counts on junior quarterback Kevin Russell and senior linebacker Michael Tootle. A year ago, these dynamic First-Team All-SCIAC performers helped to lead the Bulldogs to the program’s 29th SCIAC title.

The 2014 season marks Head Coach Mike Maynard’s 27th year at the helm of Bulldog football. He owns a career record of 164-75-1 as the winningest coach in program history.

Four area schools boast All-American tennis honorees

The West Region has always been particularly strong when it comes to NCAA Division III tennis. Well that has shown in the number of players from area schools who have been recognized as All-Americans by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

A player must meet any of the following criteria to earn ITA All-America honors:

Singles
1. Top 8 seed in NCAA singles tournament; 2. Win one round at NCAA singles tournament; 3. Finish in the Top 20 in the final ITA Rankings; 4. Win USTA/ITA Fall Regional Tournament; 5. Wins first-round match at the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships.

Doubles
1. Top 4 seed in NCAA doubles tournament; 2. Win one round at NCAA doubles tournament; 3. Finish in the Top 10 in the final ITA Rankings; 4. Win USTA/ITA Fall Regional Tournament; 5. Wins first-round match at the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships

The players honored are:

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men- Warren Wood, Joe Dorn, Skyler Butts, Nik Marino (All in singles. Wood-Dorn also in doubles

Pomona-Pitzer men - Chris Weichert, Antony Bello (doubles)

University of Redlands men - Patrick Lipscomb

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women - Caroline Ward (singles and doubles), Katie Kuosmen (doubles with Ward).

Pomona-Pitzer women - Samantha Chao, Lea Lynn Yen (doubles)

University of La Verne women - Andrea Madrigal (singles), Laina Matsuda-Jeanette Losaria (doubles).

University of Redlands women - Jessica Ly-Ceara Sumida (doubles).

Congratulations to all!

Chaffey baseball players make plan\s to move on

Chaffey College had a trip of players decide on their next step.

Outfielder Trevor Williams will stay closest to home and play at Cal State San Bernardino while infielder Mason Shiflett will go to West Texas A&M and right-handed pitcher Tanner Kiest to Central Michigan.

Shiflett (Riverside King) hit .303 with six doubles, two triples, 24 RBI and 31 runs scored.

Kiest (Yucaipa HS) was 3-5 with a 5.40 ERA in 11 appearances on the mound but had 70 strikeouts in 49 innings.

Williams (Riverside King) hit .284 with 22 RBI and 31 runs scored.

All-CCAA honors handed out in baseball

SP George Asmus Sonoma State Sr. Pleasanton
SP Nick Baker Chico State Sr. La Quinta
SP Justin Donatella UC San Diego So. Saugus
SP Brad Lohse Chico State So. Chico
RP Luke Barker Chico State Jr. Chico
C Peter Miller Chico State Jr. Santa Cruz
1B Kamran Young Cal St. Dominguez Hills Jr. Santa Clarita
2B Erik Lewis UC San Diego Jr. Upland
3B Ruban Padilla Chico State Sr. Reseda
SS Cody Slader Chico State Jr. Castro Valley
INF Manny Acosta Cal State L.A. Sr. South El Monte
INF Marcus Mastrobuoni Cal State Stanislaus Jr. Livermore
OF David Armendariz Cal Poly Pomona Sr. Granada Hill
OF Joseph Eusebio Cal Poly Pomona Sr. Walnut
OF Mark Hurley Cal St. Monterey Bay Sr. Hollister
OF Kelly Starnes Cal State East Bay Jr. Pittsburg
UTL Troy Cruz UC San Diego So. Chula Vista
DH Nick La Face UC San Diego Sr. North Hollywood
SECOND TEAM
Pos. Name School Yr. Hometown
SP Sean Becker Cal State East Bay Sr. San Fernando
SP Brennan Bernardino Cal St. Dominguez Hills Jr. Valencia
SP Steven Farnworth Cal Poly Pomona Jr. Valencia
SP Nick Hudson Cal State East Bay Sr. Benicia
RP Austin Boyle Cal Poly Pomona Jr. Orange
C Cody Doyle Cal State L.A. Sr. Covina
1B Bo Walter Cal Poly Pomona Sr. Lafayette
2B Ryan McClellan Chico State Sr. Visalia
 2B Kevin Meriwether CS San Bernardino Jr. San Diego
3B Danny Haley Cal St. Dominguez Hills Sr. Long Beach
SS William Ouellette CS San Bernardino Jr. Corona
INF Colton Beatty Cal State Stanislaus Sr. Atwater
INF Daniel Carney Cal State East Bay Jr. Livermore
OF Ryne Clark Chico State Sr. Palm Desert
OF Skippy Ferreria Cal State Stanislaus Jr. Fresno
OF Justin Rahn UC San Diego Sr. Cupertino
OF David Steininger Cal St. Dominguez Hills Sr. Moreno Valley
UTL Eric Ehlow Sonoma State Jr. Laguna Niguel
DH Brandon Alexander Cal State East Bay Sr. Oakley
THIRD TEAM
Pos. Name School Yr. Hometown
SP Max Bethell Cal Poly Pomona So. Garden Grove
SP Jeff Owen Cal St. Monterey Bay Jr. Clovis
SP Cody Ponce Cal Poly Pomona So. Upland
SP A.J. Quintero Cal St. Monterey Bay Sr. Vacaville
RP Robert Hook Chico State Jr. Moreno Valley
C Mark Lindsay San Francisco State Jr. Upland
1B Michael Mann UC San Diego Jr. Orinda
2B Trevor Magno Cal Poly Pomona Sr. Anaheim
2B Jackson Stogner Sonoma State Sr. Sebastopol
3B Ryan Kochan Cal State East Bay Jr. San Ramon
SS Peter Ives Cal St. Dominguez Hills Sr. Redondo Beach
SS Richie Johnson Cal St. Monterey Bay Sr. San Leandro
SS Jourdan Weiks Sonoma State Jr. Olympia, Wash.
INF Tyler Madrid Chico State Jr. Garden Grove
OF Chris Carlson Cal Poly Pomona Sr. Chino Hills
OF Dylan Garcia Chico State Jr. El Cajon
OF Dillon Meyer Sna Francisco State Sr. Las Vegas, Nev.
OF Bubby Rossman Cal St. Dominguez Hills Sr. La Habra Heights
UTL Travis Bonner Cal St. Monterey Bay Sr. Los Gatos
DH Nick Cooksey Cal Poly Pomona Jr. Glendora

Player of the Year: David Armendariz, Cal Poly Pomona
Pitcher of the Year: Nick Baker, Chico State
Newcomer of the Year: Brad Lohse, Chico State
Freshman of the Year: Steven Andrade, Cal Poly Pomona
Coach of the Year: Dave Taylor, Chico State

CMS pitcher named SCIAC Athlete of the Week

Hayley Schultz

Junior pitcher Hayley Schultz of the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps softball team was named SCIAC Athlete of the Week.

Schultz was named Most Outstanding Player at the NCAA Redlands Regional after CMS went 3-0 to win their first Regional title. She won two games (2-1 over #3 Linfield and 7-2 over #25 Redlands) and saved the third and had a 1.58 ERA. She struck out nine in 17.2 innings.

CMS is 31-13 overall and will play East Texas Baptist University in the NCAA Super Regionals this weekend.

Lievanos leaves quite a legacy at University of Redlands

The University of Redlands has produced a lot of quality softball players. But if Amanda Lievanos doesn’t play another game, she could probably still lay claim to being THE best.

She’s a senior but she missed all of last season with a knee injury so she has another year of eligibility if she wants to pursue grad school.  But after the Bulldogs lost to CMS on Saturday she said she was leaning against returning because of the wear and tear the sport has taken on her body over the seasons.

Her career numbers are downright gaudy. If she doesn’t play another game she will still be at the top of the school’s career record list for batting average, slugging, doubles (43), home runs (34), RBI (158) walks (78) and total bases. She is tied for second in runs (151) and third in hits (200) although many players in the top 10 have played four years.

As far as single season marks, she has the top two and three of the top four averages, the top two and three of the top seven hit totals, three of the top four RBI totals, the second and third doubles totals, the top three single season totals for home runs, the top three slugging averages and the best single season for runs scored.

The Anaheim native will likely get a third All-American nod this year as well.

That’s quite a legacy to leave for future players. If she does change her mine and return for one last season, she will put some of those career marks pretty far out of reach.