SBVC women prevail 1-0 for state title

Well it’s over and the San Bernardino Valley College women’s soccer team is officially a state champion.

The Wolverines (20-1-3) defeated Santa Rosa 1-0 in the title game at College of the Canyons, the lone score coming on a second-half penalty kick by Crystal Sanchez in the 72nd minute. 
SBVC got a bit lucky. It looked the Bear Cubs had the equalizer with 13:50 left when Lauren Curtin raced in and chipped a shot over goalkeeper Bianca Contreras rushing in but the referee called offside just as Curtin got the kick off.
The last two minutes of the game and the stoppage time was spent in the SBVC end with defenders knocking the ball out of bounds several times.
SBVC finished with 9 shots to 6 for Santa Rosa but the only shot on goal was the penalty kick.
It was a job well done for a team that overcome numerous obstacles. The 20 wins are a first in school history. 
The team was just 7-39-4 in the three years before Kristin Hauge took over as coach so she should be commended for a building a total program. She got the team above .500 her first year and got a team into the playoffs in 2007, her third year. Now it has three straight Foothill Conference titles and a state title.

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SBVC notches another heart-stopping victory

And this was just the first game of Foothill Conference play!

San Bernardino Valley College (15-2) emerged with an 85-84 win over Antelope Valley in the conference opener for both teams at Snyder Gymnasium. If all conference games are going to be like that, and most coaches think they will be, we’re in for quite a ride.

Both teams had double-digit leads in the second half. Antelope (9-7) was up 76-66 with 4:25 to go so SBVC had to mount the last rally.

The formidable presence of the Wolverines big men was pivotal down the stretch. They finished with 11 blocked shots, five of those by Maurice McGee. McGee’s last came on a driving shot by Nick Bennett with Antelope clinging to an 82-80 lead and 1:22 left.

SBVC eventually went up 85-84 on a fall-away jumper by Nate Roth who was well defended on the play.

Then came more dramatics. Rod Singleton drove the lane and lofted a shot that was poked away by Curtis Wilkinson. Antelope’s Jason Logan scrambled for the loose ball and threw up a shot that was well off the mark. But again the Marauders got the rebound.

This time it was scooped up by Gary Winfield but his last attempt was defended by Wilkinson and Aaron Edwards, although Edwards got credit for the block.



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Chaffey, SBVC tune up with tournament wins

The Chaffey College and San Bernardino Valley men’s basketball teams both look primed and ready for Foothill Conference play which starts Wednesday.

The local teams were both impressive in tournaments last week with the Panthers (9-4) winning the Cougar Classic at College of the Canyons and the Wolverines (11-2) besting the competition at Imperial Valley.

The Foothill Conference is esily the best conference in the state. Last year it qualified five teams for the playoffs and all five win at least a game, with SBVC advancing all the way to the Elite Eight where it lost in triple overtime

Competition should every bit as intense this year.

SBVC may have more depth than any other team in the state. It has interchangeable parts – multiple perimeter threats, multiple ball-handlers, multiple big men. And it has big game experience. Maybe it has TOO many players because some times individual agendas get in the way.

The Panthers are playing the same style they always play – always up-tempo, always entertaining. Sophomores Matthew Wallace and Anthony Cammon have been the stellar performers thus far.

Both begin conference play at home. Chaffey will host much–improved Barstow and SBVC will entertain Antelope Valley, a team it beat 71-70 in tournament play earlier. Both will tip off at 7 p.m., or immediately after women’s games which get underway at  5 p.m.

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