Shooting guard Max Barkeley of Victor Valley College has decided to stick to NCAA Division II Simon Fraser University after all.
Barkeley, also a graduate of Rim of the World High School, originally signed with the school in November but decided to look around a bit when the coach resigned at the end of the season.
After reconsidering other options and talking with new coach Virgil Hill Barkeley decided that was the best place for him after all. It helped that Barkeley knew a few players from the school, most notably former Chaffey College alumn Sango Niang, and all spoke highly of the school and their experience there.
“The new coach is an alum of the school so I know his heart is in it and he’s very passionate about coaching there,” Barkeley said.
“You never know what can happen with a coaching change I just wanted to be sure.”
The school is also not an unfamiliar one for Barkeley who was born in Vancouver and still has many relatives in the area.
Barkeley averaged 14.3 points, 4 rebounds and 2.3 assists and had a season high of 31 points twice. He score more than 20 points in four other games.
Senior Alyssa Woodward of Pomona-Pitzer has been mamed the SCIAC Women’s Water Polo Athlete of the Year and freshman Morgan McCracken was named the SCIAC Newcomer of the Year.
Woodward, a three-time Division III All-American, led the Sagehens in scoring for the fourth year in a row with 65 goals, finishing her four-year career with 318. She reached the 300-goal plateau in a 14-10 win over Azusa Pacific on April 8, when she scored five times.
Woodward, a native of Riverside, was named the SCIAC Female Athlete of the Week for all sports for that week, after also adding a career-high six goals in a Senior Day win over La Verne on April 11. She also had a hat trick against No. 3 USC and scored twice in an overtime win over No. 19 UC San Diego.
McCracken finished second on the team in goals (41), finishing behind only Woodward’s 65. She had a season-high five goals in a 16-5 win over Redlands, a total which she matched in a 14-10 win over Azusa Pacific, and also had a trick against No. 9 Cal State Northridge. McCracken capped off her rookie season with five goals in the SCIAC Championship Tournament, including two in the finals against Whittier.