Local player faring well North of the border

Niang vs WWU

Simon Fraser University junior Sango Niang has been named the Player of the Week in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

Niang, who led Chaffey to the community college state championship game a year ago, helped his team to a split last weekend with a win over Central Washington and the loss to Northwest Nazarene. He totaled 63 points and 21 assists in the two games.

In Thursday’s win Niang scored 36 points and added 21 assists leading the Clan to a 112-99 victory over CWU. He was only two rebounds away from his first career triple-double, as he recorded eight rebounds as well on the night.

On the season Niang is averaging 16.1 points and 5.7 assists for Simon Fraser, a Division II school located in Vancouver.

In the loss Niang, a graduate of Summit High School, tallied 27 points and 10 assists.

Over the weekend he made 19 of 29 field goal attempts and was a perfect 20 for 20 from the free-throw.

Community college men’s basketball draw is out

San Bernardino Valley College men earn at least share of basketball title

The men’s postseason gets underway this week. As usual there is good local representation. Here is the schedule:

Wednesday’s games
No. 17 Santa Ana (16-10) at No. 16 Long Beach (18-9)
No. 20 Allan Hancock (16-13) at No. 13 San Diego City (20-8)
No. 18 Irvine Valley (24-4) at No. 15 Grossmont (18-8)
No. 19 Ventura (16-12) at No. 14. Mt. SAC (15-10)

Friday’s games

No. 9 Cuesta (21-9) at No. 8 Cerritos (17-10)
No. 10 LA Harbor (21-6) at No. 7 Glendale (21-5)
No.11 Citrus (15-8) at No. 6 East Los Angeles (20-8)

Saturday’s games
Long Beach-Santa Ana winner at No. 1 Antelope Valley (26-4)
San Diego-Hancock winner at No. 4 Chaffey (25-5)
Irvine-Grossmont winner at No. 2 San Bernardino Valley (25-7)
Mt. SAC-Ventura winner at No. 3. Mt. San Jacinto (23-4)

Community college women’s basketball playoff draw

Here is the playoff rundown for Southern California:

Wednesday’s games
No. 17 Palomar (16-11) at No. 16 Santa Ana (14-14)
No. 18 Moorpark (16-12) at No. 15 Cypress (16-13)

Friday’s games
No. 9 Orange Coast (18-10) at No. 8 Cuesta (22-7)
No. 13 Canyons (13-14) at No. 4 Pasadena (21-7)
No. 10 Saddleback (19-10) at No. 7 San Bernardino Valley (18-6)
No. 14 East Los Angeles (17-11) at No. 3 LA Valley (25-5)

Saturday’s games
Santa Ana-Palomar winner at No. 1 Ventura (27-3)
No. 12 Mt. San Jacinto (23-6) at No. 5 Long Beach (24-4)
Cypress-Moorpark winner at No. 2 Mt. SAC (25-4)
No. 11 Irvine Valley (18-10) at No. 6 Chaffey (21-7)

Coyotes’ Andrew Young named CCAA Player of Week

Andrew Young

Cal State San Bernardino senior center Andrew Young has been named the California Collegiate Athletic Association Player of the Week for Feb. 10-16.

Young, named for the second time this season, helped the Coyotes to road wins at Cal State East Bay and Cal State Monterey Bay.

Friday against the Pioneers Young netted a season-high 27 points on 10-for-21 shooting from the floor and seven-for-10 shooting from the free throw line as the No. 17 Coyotes defeated the Pioneers 80-73.

During Saturday’s two-point victory (79-77) over the Otters, Young shot 66.7 percent (8-for-12) from the field and 71.4 percent (5-for-7), while also snagging weekend-highs of eight rebounds and three steals.

On the weekend, the senior post player averaged 24 points and seven rebounds in just 29.5 minutes per game.

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. 13-19: DeRonn Scott (Cal Poly Pomona)
Jan. 20-26: James McCann (UC San Diego)
Jan. 27-Feb. 2: Jordan Semple (Chico State)
Feb. 3-9: James McCann (UC San Diego)
Feb. 10-16: Andrew Young (Cal State San Bernardino)

Locals earn All-American honors in water polo

Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches have handed out All-American honors. Several local men have been saluted. They are:

NCAA Division III

Coach of the Year – Justin Pudwell, Whittier
Player of Year – Goran Mataic, Whittier

First team
Tanner Cullen, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Clint Freeman, Redlands

Matt Fraser, Johns Hopkins
Jarrod Gaut, Pomona-Pitzer
Marko Zuric, Whittier
Erik Henrikson, Johns Hopkins

Second team
John Holland, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

Craig Cheney, MIT
Brett Carter, Chapman
Wedge Molthen, Whittier
Max Zappas, Cal Lutheran
Quinn Curl, Redlands
Ryan Brunansky, Whittier

Honorable mention – Stephen Vint, Pomona-Pitzer; Kale Rogers, MIT; Filip Delic, Whittier; Rob Spencer, Connecticut College; Maarten Lefor, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps; Nick DeLeo, Connecticut College; Jack Stabenfeldt, Occidental; Ory Tasman, MIT; Johnny Beal, Johns Hopkins; James Kelly, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps; Thomas deLyon, Johns Hopkins; Ryan Higgins, Pomona-Pitzer; Mikey Robinson, Redlands; Mike Magdic, Washington and Jefferson; Nick Willison, Washington and Jefferson; Ty Elder, Penn State-Behrend; Jesse Owen, Cal Lutheran; Ben Grabowski, Caltech; Mark Alvarado, Chapman; Nick Beavers, Whittier.

Cal State San Bernardino women set for national television appearance

Tatiana Dunlap

It’s been a tough season for the Cal State San Bernardino women’s basketball team. But the Coyotes and first-year coach Renee Jimenez will take center stage when their CCAA showdown at Cal State Monterey Bay airs live on national television at 11 a.m. Saturday.

The game, selected before the season started, is the Division II Game of the Week and will air on CBS Sports Network. That’s Channel 221 on Direct TV, Channel 158 on Dish Network, Channel 411 and 786 on Charter Communications, Channel 261 (standard), Channel 474 (High Def)  on Time Warner, Channel 94 on Verizon Vios and Channel 643 (standard), 1643 (High-Def) ATT-U-verse.

The major storyline will be the return of Jimenez to Monterey Bay, where she directed the Otters program to national prominence in her five-year tenure there. She resigned there in the spring to take the vacant San Bernardino job.

The Coyotes (5-15, 4-13) are coming off a 74-71 win over Cal State East Bay on Thursday while Monterey is fresh off a 56-48  loss to UC San Diego, also Thursday.

The Coyotes won the first game between the two teams 47-46 earlier this season in San Bernardino.


Redlands’ Brittany Oster posts top performance

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University of Redlands  senior forward Brittany Oster is this week’s SCIAC Female Athlete of the Week for February 3-9.

She helped Redlands avenge an earlier loss to La Verne with 25 points, 16 rebounds in the 68-48 victory. She also dished out four assists, made one block, and nabbed one steal.

In Saturday‘s match-up with Occidental, Oster notched her 12th double-double of the season, this time scoring 24 points and puling in 13 boards. She also offered one assist and one steal in the 14-point triumph over the Tigers.

For Oster, the award marks the second time this season she has received SCIAC Athlete of the Week laurels.

Freshman swimmer Matt Williams of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges garnered the SCIAC Male Athlete of the Week honor.



Cal Poly Pomona’s Jada Blackwell gets third weekly accolade

Jada Blackwell

Jada Blackwell of the No. 16 Cal Poly Pomona women’s basketball team was named the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Player of the Week for the third time this season.

The junior center led the Broncos (17-3, 14-2) to a pair of home wins, extending CPP’s winning streak to five games.

On Thursday against Cal State Monterey Bay, the Etiwanda High School product scored 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the Broncos cruised to a 58-38 win over the Otters. During that game, Blackwell went 7-for-10 at the free throw line.

On Saturday against Cal State East Bay, Blackwell recorded another double-double – her ninth of the 2013-14 campaign. She knocked down eight of her 10 free throw attempts to lead CPP to an overtime victory over the Pioneers.

While helping the Broncos maintain their three-win lead atop the conference standings, Blackwell ranks second in both scoring and rebounding among CCAA players. She’s posted averages of 16.7 points and 8.9 boards through the first 20 games of the season.

CCAA Women’s Basketball Player of the Week

Nov. 8-10: Kersey Wilcox (Humboldt State)
Nov. 11-17: Sarah Finlay (Cal State East Bay)
Nov. 18-24: Miranda Seto (UC San Diego)
Nov. 25-Dec. 1: Ariel Marsh (Cal Poly Pomona)
Dec. 2-8: Angela Van Sickel (San Francisco State)
Dec. 9-15: Jada Blackwell (Cal Poly Pomona)
Dec. 16-22:  Tayler Champion (Cal State Dominguez Hills)
Dec. 30-Jan. 5: Danielle Peacon (Cal State East Bay)
Jan. 6-12:  Jazmine Miller (Chico State)
Jan. 13-19: Jada Blackwell (Cal Poly Pomona)
Jan. 20-26: Jazmine Miller (Chico State)
Jan. 27-Feb. 2: Katie Batlin (San Francisco State)
Feb. 3-9: Jada Blackwell (Cal Poly Pomona)


Cal Poly’s David Armendariz earns weekly CCAA honor

David Armendariz

Junior outfielder David Armendariz of Cal Poly Pomona has been named California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Player of the Week for Feb. 3-9.

Armendariz played a key role in the Broncos’ 4-0 record last week as CPP completed a sweep of Point Loma Nazarene on Monday before taking a three-game set from Dixie State.

Armendariz, a transfer from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, went 7-for-17 with five runs and six runs batted in.

On Monday in the 7-6 walk-off win over PLNU, Armendariz singled in the game-tying run in the bottom of the ninth inning and he finished that game with three RBI. Then on Friday in the series opener against Dixie State, he scored the go-ahead run in a 3-1 win.

Armendariz collected a season-high three hits on Saturday as the Broncos cruised to a 12-0 win over DSC.

And on Sunday, he posted a 2-for-4 effort offensively and launched a two-run homer that gave CPP a 5-3 lead early in the game. Although the Red Storm ended up tying the game at 5-5 in the ninth, the Broncos bounced back for another walk-off win in the 10th inning.

CCAA Baseball Player of the Week
Feb. 1-2: Justin Rahn (UC San Diego)
Feb. 3-9: David Armendariz (Cal Poly Pomona)

CCAA Baseball Pitcher of the Week
Feb. 1-2: Sean Becker (Cal State East Bay)
Feb. 3-9: Nick Baker (Chico State)


SBVC soccer players decide on four-year schools

San Bernardino Valley has two more soccer players moving on to the next level and they’ll be playing against each other when they get to those respective schools.

Midfielder Maria Navarro (Ontario H.S.) has chosen to stay close to home at Cal Poly Pomona while and defender Basha Greer (Valley View) will be off to Humboldt State.

Navarro was named first team All-Foothill Conference this past fall and scoring nine goals with seven assists, including two game winning goals. She was also named to the 2012 first team All-Foothill Conference.

Greer was an integral part of anchoring a defense that put together 12 shutouts, including four straight from Nov. 1 to Nov. 12th.

SBVC, led by coach Kristin Hauge, won its fifth Foothill Conference Championship and made a seventh straight playoff appearance. The team finished the year with a 17-3-2 overall record and a 9-1 conference record.