Samantha Swanson

Junior Samantha Swanson of Cal Poly Pomona is this week’s CCAA Women’s Track Athlete of the Week for April 8-14.

Swanson put together a strong showing in the hammer throw Saturday at the Pomona Pitzer Invitational in Claremont.

She recorded a second-place distance of 164-0 to match the “B” provisional qualifying standard while improving on the program’s all-time second-best mark she set earlier this season. Swanson also took fourth in the discus Saturday, posting a 139-6 mark.

Among CCAA athletes, she ranks within the top 10 for three different events this season. Swanson owns the top hammer throw mark at 164-0, the second-best discus distance at 144-7 and the eighth-best shot mark of 36-9.5.

Swanson and the Broncos will return to action later this week with six student-athletes competing at the Mt. SAC Relays and the rest of the team heading to the Bryan Clay Invitational Friday at Azusa Pacific.

CCAA Women’s Track and Field Athlete of the Week
Feb. 18 – 24: Jessica Miklaski (UC San Diego); Feb. 25 – Mar. 3: Robin Hannah (Chico State); Mar. 4 – 10: Aimee Rodgers (Chico State); Mar. 11 – 17: Tiana Wills (San Francisco State); Mar. 18 – 24: Kasey Barnett (Chico State); Mar. 25 – 31: Angela Garcia (Cal Poly Pomona)’ Apr. 1 – 7: Samantha Gutierrez (Cal State L.A.); Apr. 8 – 14: Samantha Swanson (Cal Poly Pomona)

CCAA Men’s Track and Field Athlete of the Week
Feb. 18 – 24: Zach Nagengast (UC San Diego); Feb. 25 – Mar. 3: J P Smith (Chico State); Mar. 4 – 10: Nash Howe (UC San Diego); Mar. 11 – 17: Connor Birtwhistle (Cal Poly Pomona); Mar. 18 – 24: Dawson Vorderbruegge (Cal State Stanislaus); Mar. 25 – 31: Isaac Chavez (Chico State); Apr. 1 –7: Dameion Berry-Smith (Cal State L.A.); Apr. 8 – 14: Daniel Parker (Chico State)

Cal Poly Pomona pitcher honored

Ryan Dunn

Cal Poly Pomona senior left-hander Ryan Dunn has been named the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Pitcher of the Week for the week for April 8-14.

The Chino Hills High School product tossed seven scoreless innings Saturday, leading the Broncos to a 1-0 win over first-place Chico State to snap the Wildcats’ 15-game win streak. The Wildcats are ranked third nationally at the Division II level.

After allowing four runs in the first week of the season, Dunn (4-1) has given up just four scores since then. His earned run average has dipped to 1.50, ranking fifth among CCAA pitchers. Dunn finished with six strikeouts Saturday, the second-highest total for him in 2013.

Rawlings/CCAA Baseball Pitcher of the Week
Feb. 1 – 3: Ryan Goodbrand (UC San Diego); Feb. 4 – 10: Troy Neiman (Chico State); Feb. 11 – 17: Ryan Goodbrand (UC San Diego); Feb. 18 – 24: Sean Becker (Cal State East Bay); Feb. 25 – Mar. 3: Jordan Sechler (Cal State L.A.); Mar. 4 – 10: Sean Becker (Cal State East Bay); Mar. 11 – 17: Andrew Graham (Cal State Stanislaus); Mar. 18 – 24: Harmen Sidhu (Sonoma State); Mar. 25 – 31: David Armas (Cal State L.A.); Apr. 1 – 7: Ruben Rios (Cal State San Bernardino); Apr. 8 – 14: Ryan Dunn (Cal Poly Pomona).


Kaiser graduate earns college sports honor

Alyssa Flores

Cal State San Bernardino’s Alyssa Flores has been named the Worth/California Collegiate Athletic Association Softball Player of the Week for Apr. 8-14. The Fontana native helped the Coyotes in earning a four-game series sweep over Chico State.

Flores led her team with a .636 average and a .909 slugging percentage, after hitting 7-for-11 with three doubles.  She also added a run, five RBI, and three walks to her overall offensive performance.

She connected for two hits and a double in three-of-four games played.

Defensively, the senior infielder was perfect through four starts with 13 putouts and 9 assists.

Worth/CCAA Softball Player of the Week
Feb. 1 – 3: Nicole Spangler (UC San Diego);
Feb. 4 – 10: Adriana Sanchez (Cal State Dominguez Hills)
Feb. 11 – 17: Ali Palermo (Sonoma State)
Feb. 18 – 24: Jamie Leffingwell (Cal State San Bernardino)
Feb. 25 – Mar. 3: Ancia Purdy (Sonoma State)
Mar. 4 – 10: Holli Brown (Sonoma State)
Mar. 11 – 17: Chrissy Stalf (Humboldt State)
Mar. 18 – 24: Chrissy Stalf (Humboldt State)
Mar. 25 – 31: Megan Konieczka (Sonoma State)
Apr. 1 – 7: Ali Palermo (Sonoma State)
Apr. 8 – 14: Alyssa Flores (Cal State San Bernardino)

Coyotes, Broncos looking to bounce back

The Cal State San Bernardino and Cal Poly Pomona men’s basketball teams both suffered stunning losses on Sunday. It is hard deciding which it worse.

The Broncos lost to Chico State 72-70 overtime – the bad part is that they blew an 18-point lead and they were still up by 14 with four minutes left. But they lost to what looks like a solid team. 

The Coyotes lost to Cal State Stanislaus 70-68. Two chippies in the last seconds didn’t go down. They got a third try and it was off the mark too. Coach Jeff Oliver said much of the problem was his team not getting up for Stanislaus. Hopefully the Coyotes have learned about the consequences of overlooking an opponent.

Cal State lost to a perennial conference doormat. That too is hard to stomach.

So teams have hardly broken a sweat. The Coyotes and Broncos have played four games. A couple of others have played six. But there are no unbeaten teams left. The CCAA will be a dogfight all the way.

That might not bode well for the locals because both have tough stretch runs. Cal Poly plays nine of its last 13 on the road. For Cal State it’s eight of 13 on the road to end. So they can’t afford a lot of losses early.

Both need to get back on the beam this weekend against Humboldt State and Sonoma State on their home floors. Humboldt will be the biggest test. Stay tuned!