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.
University of Redlands senior defender Richie Marquez has been slated to compete in the five-day Major League Soccer (MLS) combine in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
The combine features approximately 50 of the top college seniors and other international invitees.
Marquez cemented his spot in Redlands’ history as one of the best central-defenders to ever lead the U of R backline. He collected D3soccer.com All-America honors, Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year laurels, and National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) First-Team All-West Region plaudits as a senior. During his four years as a Bulldog, he led Redlands to two SCIAC championships and to the 2011 NCAA Sweet 16.
The 2014 MLS Combine invitees arrive today before beginning competition on Friday. Following the combine, the participants are eligible for the 2014 MLS SuperDraft.
With this opportunity, Marquez joins the company of Adam Acosta ’05 and Ross Schunk ’09, as the only Redlands men’s soccer players to pursue postgraduate careers in the MLS thus far. Acosta was signed by Real Salt Lake in 2006, while Schunk was drafted by the Colorado Rapids with the 47th overall pick in the 2009 MLS Superdraft. Schunk was also a member of the 2010 MLS Cup Champion Colorado Rapids’ team.
Basketball player Kimberly Scamman of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps is the SCIAC Female Athlete of the Week for Dec. 30 – Jan. 5.
Scamman averaged 18.7 points and 8.7 rebounds as CMS went 2-1 on the week. She had a double-double in the team’s 72-58 win over Grinnell on Dec. 31 with 18 points and a career-high 15 rebounds.
She scored at least 18 points in each game and also had seven assists and 12 steals while shooting 25-29 (86.2%) from the line. In a 60-51 win over Hamline on Dec. 30 she had 19 points. She also had 19 points in the team’s loss to Chapman on Jan. 4.
The junior from Northridge is ranked in the top 10 in the SCIAC in scoring and rebounding along with assists and leads the conference in steals (33) and free throws made (77). This season Scamman has averaged 15.8 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists, all team highs.
CMS is back in action on Jan. 9 with a conference game at La Verne.