The Cal State San Bernardino men’s basketball team moved up one spot to eighth in the NABC Top 25 poll.
CSUSB (13-1 overall, 10-0 CCAA) extended its longest winning streak in 10 seasons to 13 games after winning at San Francisco State and Sonoma State last weekend.
The Coyotes are in the top 25 for the fourth consecutive week and have climbed from Nos. 19-14-9 and now No. 8 since making their first appearance this season in the Dec. 31st poll.
West Liberty (W. Va.) retains the top spot in the poll once again for the seventh consecutive week in one of five remaining undefeated teams at the NCAA Division II level.
The Hilltoppers (14-0) are joined in the unbeaten ranks in the poll by No. 2 Florida Southern, No. 4 Tarleton State, No. 6 East Stroudsburg and No. 12 Cal Baptist. Metro State dropped into the rankings between Florida Southern and Tarleton State at No. 3, while Drury followed Tarleton State at No. 5. Slots seven-10 are: Bellarmine, CSUSB, Southern Indiana and Lincoln Memorial.
Two other West Region teams appear in this week’s poll. After CSUSB and Cal Baptist, Dixie State is No. 18 and Seattle Pacific at No. 24.
The Coyotes return to Coussoulis Arena this weekend in the final weekend of first-half CCAA play. They take on Cal State L.A. (Friday) and Cal State Dominguez Hills (Saturday).
Cal Poly Pomona senior DeRonn Scott has been named the California Collegiate Athletic Association Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for Jan. 13-20.
Scott, an Etiwanda High school graduate, guided Cal Poly Pomona to two road victories at Cal State L.A. and Cal State Dominguez Hills as the Broncos extended its win streak to nine games.
During Friday’s 64-53 win at Cal State L.A., Scott totaled 17 points after making four shots from the floor and nine-of-12 attempts from the free throw line. The following night, in a 60-52 victory against the Toros, the guard notched a weekend-high 18 points on 53.8 percent shooting (7-for-13) from the floor and perfect shooting (4-for-4) from the free throw line.
Through the two games, Scott averaged 34.5 minutes of play, 17.5 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
|CCAA Men’s Basketball Player of the Week
|Nov. 8-10: Gabe Kindred (Cal State East Bay)
|Nov. 11-17: Marcus Bell (Cal State Stanislaus)
|Nov. 18-24: Drew Dyer (UC San Diego)
|Nov. 25-Dec. 1: Giordano Estrada (Chico State)
|Dec. 2-8: James Tillman (Cal State L.A.)
|Dec. 9-15: Rashad Parker (Chico State)
|Dec. 16-22: Andrew Young (Cal State San Bernardino)
|Dec. 30-Jan. 5: Lacy Haddock (Cal State San Bernardino)
|Jan. 6-12: Marcus Bell (Cal State Stanislaus)
|Jan. 13-20: DeRonn Scott (Cal Poly Pomona)
Cal Poly Pomona’s Jada Blackwell has been named the California Collegiate Athletic Association Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for Jan. 13-19.
The junior post player earned her second athlete of the week nod after lifting the nationally-ranked Broncos to two road wins, at Cal State L.A. and Cal State Dominguez Hills.
The Etiwanda High graduate recorded weekend-high totals of 17 points, 16 rebounds, and four blocks in Friday’s 86-70 victory against the Golden Eagles. The following night Blackwell scored 13 points on 54.5 percent (6-for-11) from the floor, while making one-of-two attempts from the free throw line. In addition she snagged 12 rebounds and had two blocked shots in the Broncos 64-53 win over the Toros.
Cal State San Bernardino will honor former baseball player Jake Pilkerton at its home opener against Cal Baptist at 1 p.m. on Feb.8 at Fisacalini Field.
Pilkerton, an infielder, played for the Coyotes in 2012 and 2013. He played the previous two seasons at San Bernardino Valley College and is a graduate of Rim of the World High School.
He was killed in an automobile August last August. A foundation has been set up in his named with the proceeds going toward all three programs for which he played.
Three Citrus College football players are moving on. That trio includes offensive linemen Byron Smith (Colony HS) and Philip Romano (Covina HS), along with defensive back Ryan Solomon (Monrovia HS).
Smith is headed to Division I Southeastern Louisiana. He was a two year starter for Citrus, playing during the 2011 and 2013 season, while spending a red-shirt season in 2012. As a freshman, Smith was a 1st team All-SCFA West Conference honoree.
Romano, who will attend Division II Northwestern Oklahoma, was also a two-year starter on the Owls’ line, earning All-SCFA Central Division National Conference Honorable Mention honors in 2012 and 2013.
Solomon, who has signed on with NCAA DII Missouri Southern State, has three years of eligibility, after sitting out the 2013 sophomore season as a red-shirt. As a freshman in 2012, Solomon recorded 25 tackles, one tackle for a loss, and recovered a fumble.
Here are the new state and regional basketball polls with a lot of local representation:
1. Fresno City (18-1)
2. Chaffey (18-3)
3. San Francisco (17-1)
4. Antelope Valley (16-3)
5. Santa Rosa (9-6)
6. Mt. San Jacinto (12-3)
7. Saddleback (15-3)
8. Yuba (10-4)
9. San Bernardino Valley (17-6)
10. Chabot (15-3)
11. Cosumnes River (14-4)
12. Irvine Valley (17-1)
13. Foothill (9-7)
14. Cuesta (13-7)
15. Citrus (9-4)
16. Ohlone (15-3)
17. Diablo Valley (13-3)
18. Cerritos (9-7)
19. Long Beach (10-6)
20. Cabrillo (11- 6)
1. Chaffey; 2. Antelope Valley; 3. Mt. San Jacinto; 4. Saddleback; 5. San Bernardino Valley; 6. Irvine Valley; 7. Cuesta; 8. Citrus; 9. Cerritos; 10. Long Beach; 11. Glendale; 12. East Los Angeles; 13. Pasadena; 14. LA Trade Tech; 15. tie, San Diego, Grossmont, Santa Ana.
Others – Canyons, LA Harbor, Imperial Valley, Miramar
1. Fresno (17-2)
2. Ventura (16-3)
3. Pasadena (13-4)
4. Long Beach (15-2)
5. Mt. SAC (14-4)
6. Sierra (13-4)
7. San Francisco (14-3)
8. Chaffey (15-4)
9. Sequoias (14-5)
10. San Joaquin Delta (12-5)
11. LA Valley (15-5)
12. Santa Rosa (10-7)
13. Cuesta (16-3)
14. Mt. San Jacinto (13-4)
15. Merced (12-7)
16. Solano (14-4)
17. Siskiyous (15-3)
18. East LA (11-6)
19. Citrus (11-5)
20. LA Pierce (13-6)
South Region poll
1. Ventura; 2. Pasadena; 3. Long Beach; 4. Mt. SAC; 5. Chaffey; 6. LA Valley; 7. Cuesta; 8. Mt. San Jacinto; 9. Citrus; 10. East LA; 11. LA Pierce; 12. Cypress; 13. San Bernardino Valley; 14. El Camino; 15., tie, Moorpark and Orange Coast.
Dropped out – Irvine Valley, Santa Ana
Received votes – Cerritos, Canyons, Irvine Valley, Saddleback, Santa Ana, Santa Barbara.
North Region poll
1. Fresno; 2. Sierra; 3. Santa Rosa; 4. San Francisco; 5. San Joaquin Delta; 6. Sequoias; 7. Merced; 8. Solano; 9. Siskiyous; 10. Cosumnes River; 11. Ohlone; 12. Diablo Valley; 13. American River; 14. De Anza; 15. Contra Costa.
An 11-game winning streak has propelled the Cal State San Bernardino men’s basketball team into this week’s NABC Division II Coaches poll top 10.
The Coyotes (11-1, 8-0 in CCAA) moved up five places to No. 9. It is the first appearance in the top 10 in six seasons for coach Jeff Oliver’s program and their third consecutive week in the top-25 poll. CSUSB opened at 19th on Dec. 31 and moved to 14th last week.
The last time the Coyotes appeared in the top 10 was Jan. 15, 2008.
CSUSB is the top-ranked team in the West Region. Five West teams are in this week’s poll: the Coyotes, No. 12 Dixie State, No. 18 Cal Baptist, No. 19 Western Washington and No. 25 Chico State.
The Coyotes are on the CCAA road for the first time since Dec. 16 when they take on San Francisco State (7-4, 5-3) on Friday and Sonoma State (1-11, 0-8) on Saturday.
West Liberty and Bellarmine remain one and two, and Florida Southern moved up to third as a result and Metropolitan State, which beat then-No. 11 Colorado School of Mines, rose to fourth. Indiana (Pa.) and Tarleton State also moved up to fifth and sixth, respectively, while Drury, which lost at Bellarmine last Thursday, dropped to seventh.
Cal Poly Pomona received votes but didn’t quite crack the poll.
Sometimes it’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel when your hard work isn’t manifesting itself in the win-loss column. That has been the case with the Cal State San Bernardino women’s basketball team.
But first-year coach Renee Jimenez and her Coyotes had a breakthrough the past weekend, chalking up wins over Cal State Monterey Bay and Cal State East Bay.
The win over the Otters was an emotional one since that’s the program Jimenez and lead assistant Tina Samaniego directed to prominence in their five years there before moving to SoCal.
Then 24 hours later the Coyotes rallied from a 19-point second half deficit to defeat an East Bay team that started the night tied for first in the competitive CCAA. A win over a first-place team surely will go a long way to bolster the confidence of a team that was 0-6 in conference and 1-8 overall before the weekend. Now they know they can play with anyone.
Jimenez came was handed the job too late to recruit so this basically is the previous coach’s team. That’s not to say they’re players she wouldn’t want but a new coach always brings new offensive and defensive schemes, practice routines, etc. It takes awhile for players to adjust. But now they appear to be adapting quite nicely.
Jimenez has proven herself to be one of the top coaches in the conference, maybe THE best. She did a lot with a little at Monterey Bay. Now she has resources, a fine facility and a great talent pool in the Inland Empire with which to work.
It will only be a matter of time before the women’s program is on par with that of the men which are currently ranked in the top 10 nationally. Let’s hope area basketball enthusiasts take note.
Junior guard Kyle McAndrews of Pomona-Pitzer is the SCIAC Male Athlete of the Week (all sports).
He tallied the two highest scoring totals of his three-year career, with 32 in a double-overtime 90-85 win over Chapman on Wednesday and 28 in an 83-74 road win over Whittier on Saturday.
His previous high of 25 was set earlier this season in a win against UC Santa Cruz.
The two wins helped Pomona-Pitzer extend its winning streak to four games and stay in second place in the SCIAC at 5-1, just behind Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at 4-0. The Sagehens are now 9-5 overall on the season.
McAndrews earned the SCIAC honor for the second time in his career, after also winning it in November of 2012.