Natalia Ponce of Citrus makes college decision

Citrus College sophomore midfielder Natalia Ponce has signed with NCAA Division I University of Lousiana at Monroe.

Ponce wrapped up an impressive two-year career for the Owls this past season, earning first team All-Western States South Conference honors. She started all 21 games for Citrus, handing out seven assists, scoring once, and totaling nine points.

As a freshman Ponce was a send team All-WSC South selection after appearing in all 22 matches with 20 starts, scoring a goal and handing out three assists.

In addition to her success on the field, Ponce was also a two-time Citrus College Scholar Baller and was also a two-time All-Western State Conference All-Academic team member.

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Cal Poly Pomona’s J.J. Franklin honored by CCAA


Cal Poly Pomona’s J.J. Franklin has been named the California Collegiate Athletic Association Baseball Pitcher of the Week for Feb. 2-8.

Senior closer Franklin set a CPP school record this past weekend in Utah, earning his 10th and 11th-career saves to match and break the previous program record set in 1966.

A 6-foot-5 right-hander from Chino helped the Broncos in securing a four-game sweep over Dixie State after offering just one walk and striking out two hitters in two appearances. 

On the weekend, he allowed just one baserunner over 2.2 innings of relief.

CCAA Baseball Pitcher of the Week
Jan. 26-Feb. 1 Trevor Scott (UC San Diego)
Feb. 2-8 J.J. Franklin (Cal Poly Pomona)

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UCR standout named best of the week

UC Riverside guard Brittany Crain of UC Riverside has been na,ed Big West Conference Women’s Basketball Player for Feb. 2-8.

This is the fourth player of the week award of the year for Crain who leads the Big West in scoring and ranks fourth in the nation at 24.0 points per game.

In the Highlanders 2-0 stretch last week, the Moreno Valley native posted her 31st and 32nd double-digit scoring effort. The Highlanders took revenge on Cal State Fullerton, 77-69 after dropping their first meeting earlier this season. In UCR’s second game of the week, the Highlanders downed the conference frontrunners Long Beach State, 80-74.

Against the Titans, Crain registered 20 points, making good on 7-of-14 attempts from the floor in connection with her career-high nine assists.

The junior nabbed a game-high 27 points, hitting 13-of-17 free-throw attempts. She hit 6-of-12 floor shots, grabbed five rebounds, and handed out two assists.

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