Chino Hills product Charles Flowers headed to North Dakota

Freshman Charles Flowers recently signed with the University of North Dakota.

Citrus College football standout Charles Flowers has signed a scholarship offer with the University of North Dakota. He will in th fall and have three years of eligibility left.

Flowers, a Chino Hills High School product, grey-shirted the 2012-2013 academic year with the Owls, before making his debut this past season. Flowers had a fantastic freshman campaign, tallying 50 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble, five interceptions and five pass break-ups. Flowers was named a 1st team All-Central Conference selection and also earned CCCFCA Region IV All-California 1st-Team Defense.

He is the 10th Owl from the 2013 team to sign a scholarship offer this off-season, and the fourth freshman to leave early.

Citrus soccer standout heading to Colorado State-Pueblo

Freshman Kacie Licata has signed a scholarship offer with Colorado State University-Pueblo.

Citrus College freshman soccer standout Kacie Licata has signed a scholarship offer to NCAA Division II Colorado State-Pueblo.

“I had previously attended school at CSU Pueblo, and it just didn’t work out the first time,” Licata said. “I got the opportunity to go back, and it feels like a good fit this time. I love the campus and the area, and it’ll be a good place for me to finish my education.”

Licata, an Upland High School graduate. had an outstanding freshman campaign for the Owls in 2013. She led the team with 13 assists and added six goals for a second best 25 points. Licata’s 13 assists was a single season program record for the Owls, as she helped guide Citrus to its second straight playoff berth. Licata was a 1st team All-WSC South selection, and will have three years of eligibility remaining for the ThunderWolves.

“I had spent the last two years away from the game, so Citrus gave me a chance to get back on my feet on the field,” Licata said. “It helped me regain my confidence in my abilities, and set me up for success in the future.”

Redlands native Taylor Bell having tournament to remember

Cal State Stanislaus senior guard Taylor Bell only saw minimal playing time for most of the season. He averaged 4 points, 16 minutes a game for the Warriors, who finished fourth in the tough CCAA.

But the Redlands High School product has come up huge lately for his teammates and coach Larry Reynolds.

Playing close to his home in the NCAA Division II West Regional at Cal State San Bernardino against traditional power Cal Poly Pomona, Bell tossed in a career-high 22 points with five assists in an overtime win. He went 7 of 13 from the field and played 37 minutes, no doubt prospering in place of starting point guard Sam Marcus who struggled.

That came a day after he scored 18 points in 32 minutes in leading the Warriors to an 80-72 quarterfinal win over second-seeded Seattle Pacific, also in overtime.

Coming into the tournament he hadn’t scored in double digits even once this season.

Bell started his collegiate career at Mt. San Jacinto so he had a handful of Foothill Conference games closer to home. But that stage pales in comparison to this one. He has been a key contributor for a team that had never made the postseason before this year and yet is one win away from the Elite Eight.

The Warriors play Chico State on Monday at 7 p.m. in the same venue. Having two out-of-area contenders probably won’t make for a great crowd but the Bell supporters are sure to be out in full force.



Inland Empire to host Division II West Regionals


There will be a lot of great basketball in the Inland Empire this weekend as Cal State San Bernardino plays host to the NCAA Division II West Region men’s basketball tournament.

The IE will be well represented the the Coyotes joined in the field by Cal Poly Pomona and newcomer Cal Baptist.

Meanwhile Cal Poly Pomona hosts the women’s regional.

The schedules for each:

NCAA Men’s West Regional

At Coussoulis Arena, Cal State San Bernardino

Friday’s games (Quarterfinal round)

12:00 p.m. No. 3 Cal Poly Pomona (21-6) vs. No. 6 Dixie State (21-6)

2:30 p.m. No. 2 Seattle Pacific (26-5) vs. No. 7 Cal State Stanislaus (21-8)

5:00 p.m. No. 4 Chico State (22-7) vs. No. 5 Cal Baptist (24-3)

7:30 p.m. No. 1 Cal State San Bernardino (23-4) vs. No. 8 Chaminade (19-12)

Saturday, March 15


5:00 p.m. Winner of No. 3/No. 6 vs. No. 2/No. 7

7:30 p.m. Winner of No. 4/5 vs.No. 1/No. 8

Monday, March 17

7:00 p.m. Championship

NCAA Division II Women’s West Regional

Site: Cal Poly Pomona, Kellogg Gymnasium

Friday, March 14 | Quarterfinal round
12:00 p.m. No. 6 Western Washington vs. No. 3 Simon Fraser
2:30 p.m. No. 7 Academy of Art vs. No. 2 Montana State Billings
5:00 p.m. No. 5 Chico State vs. No. 4 Cal State Dominguez Hills
7:30 p.m. No. 8 Alaska Anchorage vs. No. 1 Cal Poly Pomona

Saturday, March 15 | Semifinals
5:00 p.m. Winner of No. 3/6 vs. No. 2/No. 7
7:30 p.m. Winner of No. 4/5 vs. No. 1/No. 8

Monday, March 17
7:00 p.m. West Region Championship

Jada Blackwell


CMS tennis standout Warren Wood garners weekly accolade

Warren Wood (Photo by Ellen Friedlander)

Junior Warren Wood of the No. 3 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men’s tennis team has been named the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Male Athlete of the Week for March 3-9.

Wood went 6-0 in singles and doubles as CMS won at No. 15 Whitman (7-2) and beat No. 6 Trinity (8-1) and No. 12 UC Santa Cruz (9-0) over the weekend in Walla Walla, Wash. The Del Mar native partnered with Joe Dorn at No.1 doubles to win 9-8 (3), 8-4 and 8-6 over the three matches. At No. 1 singles, he won 6-3, 7-6(4) against Whitman; 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(4) [including saving five match points] against Trinity’s Paxton Deuel, the fifth ranked singles player in Division III, and 6-1, 6-0 against U.C. Santa Cruz.

As a team, CMS is now 7-0 overall.

Stupid schedule led to sparse crowds for CCAA Tournament in Ontario

The CCAA had quality men’s and basketball tournaments last weekend at Citizen’s Bank Arena in Ontario. It’s too bad no one was there to see it.

The Cal State Dominguez Hills women and Cal State Stanislaus men emerged as champions, punching their tickets to the NCAA postseason. Neither likely would have gotten in had it not been for the conference tournament, an element that always adds to the drama.

It was the second year the event has been held at the arena. Unlike the first year, the crowds were sparse. The difference? Scheduling.

On Friday, the second of the event’s three days, there were four games. The first two were men’s games, the second two the women’s semifinals.  It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out women’s games do not draw a crowd. Put your marquee games last. It’s best for everyone.

Well the CCAA chose gender equity over common sense. You see, the women’s played first last year, so they should get the chance in the spotlight games this year. Fine, but that isn’t good business sense.

So you had the Cal State San Bernardino men, the No. 12 team in the country, playing at noon. And the Cal Poly Pomona men, also ranked nationally and a national champion not that many years ago, playing at 2:30 p.m.

Mitch McClellan, the voice of the Coyotes on KCAA (1050-AM), couldn’t give tickets away.  He tried, several times. But kids are in school, parents are at work.

The last game of the night on Friday was Cal State East Bay women vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills. That should have been the first game.

CCAA Commissioner Mike Mathews said the executive council voted for that schedule before he came into office and he couldn’t overturn that decision. Next year it will flip back the other way. But it probably won’t be at this arena. It’s too bad because it’s a great venue for basketball, a great location, easily accessible.

Mathews said a decision will be finalized this summer where to hold the event next year. It had been held on campus sites before but Mathews says he prefers a neutral site. That seems to be a general consensus too.

But you can’t blame the arena folks if they don’t want the CCAA back. The conference lost money on the event, but so did the arena. They had to pay people to open it and work for those three days and got nothing for their return, little on parking or concessions – the staples for any entertainment venue.

It was an opportunity blown for the sake of gender equity. The women didn’t play in front a bigger crowd because they played last. It just assured that no one played in front of any crowd. Common sense should have prevailed.


All-CCAA Men’s Basketball Team Unveiled

Name School Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
Marcus Bell Cal State Stanislaus C 6-9 225 Sr.
Jordan Faison Cal Poly Pomona F 6-7 220 So.
Kirby Gardner Cal State San Bernardino G 6-2 215 Sr.
Lacy Haddock Cal State San Bernardino G 6-3 185 Sr.
David Howard Humboldt State F 6-7 230 Jr.
James McCann UC San Diego G 5-11 165 Sr.
Nefi Perdomo San Francisco State G 6-1 170 Sr.
DeRonn Scott Cal Poly Pomona G 6-6 185 Sr.
Jordan Semple Chico State F 6-7 210 Jr.
Quinton Watkins Cal State L.A. G 6-4 220 Sr.
Name School Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
Jordan Burris Cal State San Bernardino F 6-7 220 Sr.
Amir Carraway Chico State F 6-6 210 Sr.
Justin Herold Sonoma State F/C 6-8 235 Sr.
Ryan Nitz Cal State Monterey Bay F/C 6-4 182 Jr.
Calvin Otiono San Francisco State G 6-2 185 Sr.
Sean Park Chico State G 6-4 200 Sr.
Rashad Parker Chico State G 6-0 190 Sr.
Chris Read Cal State Stanislaus G 6-4 195 Jr.
James Tillman Cal State L.A. F 6-6 215 Sr.
Andrew Young Cal State San Bernardino F 6-8 240 Sr.

Player of the Year: Lacy Haddock, Cal State San Bernardino
Newcomer of the Year: Chris Read, Cal State Stanislaus
Freshman of the Year: Adam Klie, UC San Diego
Coach of the Year: Jeff Oliver, Cal State San Bernardino

All-CCAA Women’s Basketball Team Announced


Name School Pos. Ht. Yr.
Katie Batlin, San Francisco St., G, 5-11, Sr.
Jada Blackwell, Cal Poly Pomona, C, 6-1, Jr.
Courtney Hamilton, Chico State, PG, 5-8, Sr.
Monay Lee, CS Dominguez Hills, G, 5-7, So.
Ariel Marsh, Cal Poly Pomona, G, 5-8, R-Jr.
Paige Melville, CS Los Angeles, G, 5-8, Jr.
Jazmine Miller, Chico State, G, 5-7, Sr.
Miranda Seto, UC San Diego, G, 5-5, Jr.
Brianna Terrance, CS East Bay, F, 5-9, Sr.
Kersey Wilcox, Humboldt State, G, 5-6, Jr.


Name School Pos. Ht. Yr.
Tayler Champion, CS Dominguez Hills, F, 5-11, Jr.
McKenzie Dalthorp, Chico State, F, 6-0, Sr.
Erin Dautremont, UC San Diego, F, 5-10, Sr.
Lauren Godde, CS Stanislaus, F, 6-1, Sr.
Destinee La Foutain, CS Los Angeles, C, 6-2, Sr
Stephanie Lopez, CS East Bay, G, 5-7, Jr.
Ashley Lovett, Cal Poly Pomona, F, 6-0, Jr.
Alexcia Mack, CS San Bernardino, G, 5-5, So.
Danielle Peacon, CS East Bay, C, 6-2, Jr.
Megan Shields, Humboldt State, C, 6-1, Jr.

Player of the Year: Jada Blackwell, Cal Poly Pomona
Newcomer of the Year: Kersey Wilcox, Humboldt State
Freshman of the Year: Ana Burch, CS Stanislaus
Coach of the Year: Danelle Bishop, Cal Poly Pomona

Former University of Redlands soccer star signs pro contract

When University of Redlands men’s soccer coach Ralph Perez was asked two months ago if his top player Richie Marquez has a shot to make the Philadelphia Union squad, he answered yes without hesitation.

Well the veteran coach knew just what he was talking about.

That MLS club just signed the former Bulldog and Bloomington High School standout to a contract after a solid showing in the team’s training camp.

Marquez became one of three Union draftees to receive a contract out of the original eight who were selected at the SuperDraft, which took place in late January.

“Now that my dreams are finally coming true and I’m on the team, I’m extremely excited and thankful,” Marquez said. “The whole experience since getting drafted has been very humbling, and it has really made me appreciate the opportunity I’ve been given. The coaching staff here in Philadelphia is amazing, the city is beautiful, and the fans are awesome!”

Marquez was selected 44th overall by the Union as the only NCAA Division III student-athlete chosen in the SuperDraft.

As a Redlands student-athlete, Marquez cemented his legacy as one of the best to ever play for the Bulldog men’s soccer program. Beyond being named the 2013 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Player of the Year as a defender, he was honored by coaches around the country with Third-Team All-America honors. In addition, he collected National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Third-Team All-America laurels for his efforts during his junior season. He garnered First-Team All-SCIAC honors and NSCAA All-Region plaudits every year of his collegiate career.

Marquez is the third Redlands player to sign with an MLS team, following Ross Schunk ’09, who was drafted 47th overall by the Colorado Rapids in 2009, and Adam Acosta ’05, who signed with Real Salt Lake as a free agent in 2006.


All-SCIAC honors handed out in women’s basketball

Several locals were among those recognized when All-SCIAC basketball honors were handed out. Here is the complete list:

Athlete of the Year - Kimi Takaoka, Sr., Chapman 

Newcomer of the Year - Chelsea Jacoby, So., California Lutheran

Ed Baldwin Award - Michelle Naito-Lo, Sr., Occidental

All-SCIAC First Team

Kimberly Scamman, Jr., Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Lindsey Foster, Sr., La Verne
Madeline Barnes, Sr., Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Brittany Oster, Sr., Redlands
Elizabeth Messick, Sr., Occidental
Colleen Goeser, Sr., Redlands

All-SCIAC Second Team

Andrea Villanueva, Jr., Chapman
Jenn Okonkwo, So., Pomona-Pitzer
Sandra Gao, So., Chapman
Basha Brulee-Wills, Fr., Pomona-Pitzer
Jessica Salottolo, Fr., California Lutheran
Emily Myers, So., La Verne