Cal Poly Pomona’s Christian Kelly named best of the week


Cal Poly Pomona sophomore Christian Kelley has been named California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Baseball Player of the Week for March 9-15.

Kelley, a graduate of Don Lugo, boosted the Broncos offensively with past weekend as CPP split its four-game series with Sonoma State.

He batted .611 on the weekend and compiled a .722 slugging percentage after hitting 11-for-18 with two doubles. He also totaled six runs, three RBI, and a walk in his 19 total plate appearances.

He recorded a hit in all four games against the Seawolves, and all of those games were multi-hit games.

He has now reached base safely in five consecutive games. Defensively, Kelley was perfect with 27 putouts and one assist.

The Broncos will return to action on Friday for a 3 p.m. start against the defending CCAA champions, the Chico State Wildcats, with a home series at Scolinos Field.

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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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