Cal Poly Pomona baseball alumn earns weekly honor

Former Cal Poly Pomona outfielder Travis Taijeron has been named Player of the Week in the Double-A Eastern League.

Taijeron, 25, plays for the New York Mets affiliate in Binghamton, N.Y. On the week he went 8 for 20 (.400) with a double, three home runs, five runs scored and 10 RBI.

The former CCAA Player of the Year has struggled a bit this season, his third at the Double-A level. On the season he is hitting .248 with 24 doubles, 11 home runs and 45 RBI in 68 games.

Taijeron was drafted out of Cal Poly Pomona in 2011.

Locals make the grade in the Pac West

The Pacific West Conference has released its All-Academic selections for all sports. Here is a list of the athletes from local high schools who have been honored:

BASEBALL
Azusa Pacific

Sean Aspinall (Upland), Fr., OF., 3.42, Accouting
Joel Belk (Los Osos), Soph., P, 3.68, App exercise science
Blake James (Los Osos), Jr., 2B, 3.79, App exercise science
Kyle Pine (Bonita), Sr., P, 3.08, Social Science
Cal Baptist
Frank Alvarez (REV), Soph., INF, 3.05, Pre-physical therapy
Jeremy Steggell (Chino Hills), Fr., OF., 3.36, Exercise science

MEN’S BASKETBALL
Azusa Pacific

Bruce English (La Verne Luth), Jr., G, 3.01, Communications
Dominican
Josh Ramirez (Ayala), Fr., G, 3.45, Undeclared

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
Dominican

Lauren Hyatt (Serrano), Jr., C, 3.08, Public health
Holy Names
Kalie Taeleifi (Ontario Chr), Soph., G, 3.04, English

MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
Academy of Art

Austin Esposito (Rancho Cucamonga), Fr., 3.43, Motion pictures-television

WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY/TRACK
Azusa Pacific

Kylie Betts (Serrano), Fr., 3.78, Communications
Elle Farrar (Los Osos), Jr., 3.70, Athletic training
Christina Russell (Ayala), Soph., 3.71, Psychology
Cal Baptist
Alysa Avila (Colton), Fr., 3.10, Criminal justice
Kimberley Carter (Arrowhead Chr), Sr., 3.84. Nursing
Jessica Malagon (Yucaipa), Jr., 3.82, Communicative disorders
Ashtyn Robidoux (Apple Valley), Fr., 3.65, Pre-nursing
Naomi Van Setten (Bloomington), Sr., 3.49, Pre-physical therapy
Chaminade (Hawaii)
Morgan Lacey (Granite Hills), Soph., 3.49, Nursing
Skyler Tarver (Serrano), Sr., 3.36, Communications
Holy Names
Alejandra Lugo (Los Osos), Sr., 3.76, Liberal studies
Point Loma
Cassie Bird (Sultana), Soph., 3.42, Nursing
Yanitza Padfield (Serrano), Fr., 3.38, App health science

MEN’S GOLF
Holy Names

Shane Favinger (Alta Loma), Sr., 3.22, Business

MEN’S SOCCER
Azusa Pacific

Dane Johnson (Los Osos), Soph., D, 3.63, Biology
Raul Martinez (Bonita), Soph., M, 3.77, Accounting
BYU-Hawaii
Cameron Neeley (Diamond Bar), Sr., F, 3.19, Business management
Cal Baptist
Wyatt Deane (Bonita), Fr., D, 3.70, Bio-engineering
Josh Mobley (REV), Fr., M, 3.13, Undeclared
Cole Schmit (Upland), Sr., M, 3.52, Marketing

WOMEN’S SOCCER
Academy of Art

Tyler Hunt (Diamond Bar), Sr., GK, 3.50, Acting
Jessi Vargas (Bonita), Sr., GK, 3.22, Illustration
Azusa Pacific
Haley Arft (Claremont), Fr., D, 3.01, Psychology
Daniella Perez (St. Lucy’s), Sr., D, 3.64, International business
Cal Baptist
Audrianna DeGraw (Hesperia), Fr., M-F, 3.49, Marketing
Hawaii-Hilo
Kristine Pasek (Granite Hills), Jr., D, 3.88m Kinesiology
Analysa Rodriguez (Ayala), Sr., F, 3.19, Kinesiology

SOFTBALL
Academy of Art

Andrea Gill (Don Lugo), Soph., OF, 3.03, Photography
Cal Baptist
Marshean August (Eisenhower), Sr., OF, 3.25, Criminal justice
Brittany Boone (Los Osos), Jr., P, 3.03, Health science
Nicole Hennessey (Los Osos), Jr., OF, 3.77, Kinesioogy
Ashley Navarette (REV), Soph., 2B, 3.06, Biology
Rebecca Orozco (Bonita), Fr., 3B, 3.60, Liberal studies
Belinda Renne (Don Lugo), Soph., P, 3.12, Graphic design
Hawaii Pacific
Chelsea Cramer (Western Chr), Jr., INF, 3.15, Biology/health science
Hawaii-Hilo
Hannah Peterson (Los Osos), Soph., P, 3.04, Biology
Danielle Wilson (Diamond Bar), Fr., P, 3.21, Business administration

MEN’S TENNIS
Azusa Pacific

Alan Leahy (Claremont), Fr., 3.37, Business management

WOMEN’S TENNIS
Holy Names

Lexi Blevins (Redlands), Jr., 3.91, Pre-biology

VOLLEYBALL
Azusa Pacific

Emily Ingalls (REV), Sr., DS, 3.68, App exercise science
Ashley Swatek (Ayala), Soph., DS, 4.00, Undeclared
Cal Baptist
Malika O’Brien (Alta Loma), Soph., MB, 3.06, Kinesiology
Notre Dame de Namur
Haleigh Wypiszynski (Los Osos), Jr., MB, 3.54, Kinesiology

Chaffey’s Andrew Dorado headed next headed to Kansas

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Chaffey College baseball standout Andrew Dorado has decided his next step is to NAIA Sterling College in Kansas where he will join Panther teammate Isaiah Delsi.

Dorado, a native of West Covina, batted a state best .444 with seven doubles and 29 RBI.

He helped the Panthers to a three-way tie for first-place in the Foothill Conference with San Bernardino Valley and Rio Hondo.

Sterling ended its season with a 40-20 record and was eliminated from the national tournament in Jackson, Miss. in May. It marked the third straight 40-win season.

Local water polo standout signs with Mercyhurst

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Austin Postovoit of the Mt. SAC men’s water polo team has signed with NCAA Division II Mercyhurst University (Erie, Penn.). He is also a graduate of the successful program at Don Lugo High School.

Postovoit ranked seventh in the state in scoring last season, tallying 67 goals and 55 assists in helping the Mounties to  a 17-11 record, ending with a 15-11 loss to Cerritos in the Southern Region playoffs.

Mercyhurst went 19-8 last season.

 

 

SBVC basketball players decide on four-year schools

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Three San Bernardino Valley College basketball players have decided the next step in their collegiate careers.

Leading the way is Don Lugo High School graduate Tymarieh Dixon, a 6-foot-4 guard who is headed to Cal Poly Pomona. He averaged 10.8 points and 5.8 rebounds for the Wolverines who won the Foothill Conference and advanced to the state championship game before losing to Santa Rosa.

Dixon scored in double digits 21 times, the season high being a 22-point effort against Barstow.

The other two saw more limited playing time. Forward Marcus Fuggins is headed to Morehead State while forward Darren Smith will attend Prairie View A&M.

 

 

Local SCIAC football players earn preseason honor

 

Aaron Hinkle

Six players from local SCIAC schools are among those earning preseason All-America honors from USA Football Network.

The defending conference champion University of Redlands led the way with three selections. Heading the trio is senior offensive lineman Aaron Hinkle who was named to the first team. Senior linebacker Michael Tootle was selected to the second team while junior quarterback Kevin Russell was named third team.

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps had two players singled out. Senior defensive lineman Alex Chang was placed on third team while senior linebacker Max Winsberg was honorable mention.

The University of La Verne had senior defensive lineman Nik Gutierrez, a native of Pomona and Walnut High School graduate, named to third team.

Former CS San Bernardino pitcher earns weekly honor

Former Cal State San Bernardino baseball standout Kerry Kelley has gotten off to a good start in his professional debut with the Gateway Grizzlies of the independent Frontier League.

The left-handed pitcher earned Pitcher of the Week honors after a stellar showing in his second and third professional starts. Kelley threw 15 innings, allowing just 1one earned run, one walk and seven hits.

He is now 2-0 with a 0.90 ERA and a 0.650 WHIP in his young professional career. He went 7 innings on Tuesday to beat the defending Frontier League champion Schaumburg Boomers, then went 8 to beat Joliet on Sunday.

Bonita grad Justin Garza makes USA Baseball Collegiate Team

Bonita High School product Justin Garza and Cal State Fullerton teammate Thomas Eshelman have been named to the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team final 24-man roster.

Eshelman and Garza become the 22nd and 23rd Titans to represent Cal State Fullerton on the Collegiate National Team dating back to 1987. The sophomore right-handers are amongst 19 players representing USA Baseball for the first time in their amateur careers.

Garza was 5-4 with a 3.22 ERA in 73 innings for the Titans the past season.

On June 21, Eshelman and Garza combined to pitch six perfect innings, three apiece, and struck out 11 of the 18 outs they recorded in Team USA’s first game of training camp. Team USA went 6-1 during the seven-game training camp and Garza would tie for the team lead with eight strikeouts in two appearances while Eshelman was 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA and seven strikeouts.

The Collegiate National Team opens its Friendship Series against Chinese Taipei at 7:05 p.m. on Wednesday at the National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. The teams will play again on July 2 at Keeter Stadium in Shelby, N.C., on July 3 at BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte, N.C., and on July 4 and 5 at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, N.C.

Redlands duo chosen for All-Star team to compete internationally

Guard Colleen Goeser and forward Brittany Oster, formerly of the University of Redlands basketball team have been chosen for the 2014 USA Division III Women’s Basketball Team. It is made up of NCAA Division III basketball players who have been recognized as All-America, All-Region, and/or All-Conference honorees.

The squad begins its tour on July 21 in Orlando, Fla., for orientation and practices before heading to Sao Paulo, Brazil, on the 22nd. The USA Division III Women’s Basketball Team travels with the men’s equivalent to play doubleheaders on July 23, 24, and 25 against selected teams from the region. The tour wraps up on July 26, when the teams travel to Rio de Janeiro for their final game on the 28th.

Goeser ranked second among the Bulldogs in scoring with 13.2 points per game and averaged 4.5 assists.

Oster provides an impressive overall resume as well, having competed as a forward for Redlands throughout her four-year career. As a Bulldog, she accumulated enough points to rank fifth on the all-time list while becoming the eighth member of the 1000-point club at Redlands.

As a senior, Oster averaged a double-double, scoring 18.1 points and pulling in 10.7 rebounds per game, which ultimately landed her on the All-SCIAC First Team. She also received D3hoops.com Third-Team All-West Region honors and Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Division III All-America Honorable Mention to conclude her career.

Redlands football team earns preseason rankings

The University of Redlands football team has earned preseason rankings in two national publications.

In the Sporting News College Football’s preview, the Bulldogs sit No. 24, while Lindy’s Sports places Redlands 11th.

Redlands is the sole representative of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) to appear in either top-25 lists.

Redlands opens the 2014 season with back-to-back ranked foes in No. 4/6 Mary Hardin-Baylor (Tex.) on Sept. 13 in Belton, Tex. and No. 3/3 Linfield (Ore.) on Sept. 20 at Ted Runner Stadium.

While returning more than half of the starters, Redlands counts on junior quarterback Kevin Russell and senior linebacker Michael Tootle. A year ago, these dynamic First-Team All-SCIAC performers helped to lead the Bulldogs to the program’s 29th SCIAC title.

The 2014 season marks Head Coach Mike Maynard’s 27th year at the helm of Bulldog football. He owns a career record of 164-75-1 as the winningest coach in program history.