Grand Valley Women's Basketball

22 May 19
Redlands Daily Facts
Random thoughts while trying to keep my sanity and personal items while making a move, wondering whatever happened to Tyson Lingenfelter, a three-time CIF Southern Section shot put champion and 1993 state champion with an effort of 56 feet, 6 1/2 inches, out of Upland High School. While it’s improbable Upland will win the CIF State track championship this weekend in Clovis, the Scots can make an major impact in the boys section with five entries. Namir Hemphill and Caleb Roberson are entered in two individual events and Upland’s boys 4×100 relay team also advanced. Prelims are set for Friday and the finals on Saturday. There are many track fans who consider the state meet to be the best in the country, although you could get a good argument from those in Texas and Oklahoma. But don’t judge the meet by the number of spectators as the Texas meet is traditionally held at Memorial-Royal Stadium in Austin on the University of Texas campus. Both Hemphill and Roberson will compete in the 300-meter hurdles, and they were separated by a half-second at the Southern Section Masters Meet. Hemphill will be in the triple jump field and Roberson in the 100. The area has a total of eight individuals and one relay team in the meet. … Our congratulations to the 2019 winners of the Ken and Keith Hubbs awards, three of the area’s finest  high school athletes. Cajon’s Jayden Daniels and Alycia Flores of Grand Terrace were the winners of the Ken Hubbs Award while Ashley Alvarado of San Gorgonio was presented the inaugural Keith Hubbs Award, reflective of an athlete “of high character.” This marks the 55th year the award has been presented, a great testament to Keith in remembering his late brother, and the city to a great family. Both Daniels and Flores posted eye-popping numbers. A quarterback for four years, Daniels finished as the Southern Section’s all-time leading passer (14.007 yards and 170 touchdowns). He also led the Cowboys to the 2017 State Division II-AA title game. Flores, an all-Sunkist League selection for four years as part of the title-winning team, batted .468 as a senior and scored 46 runs. It was the work behind the scene that led Alvarado to win the Keith Hubbs award. He, too, worked away from the spotlight to honor his brother. Alvarado, who will be the San Gorgonio salutatorian with a 4.81 grade point average, was a standout in swimming and water polo and a four-year quality scholar-athlete. … Tom Burleson plans to step down as cross country coach, and track and field, at Cal State San Bernardino at the end of the season. However, thankfully, he will remain on the school’s staff as he will continue to teach in the kinesiology department after 43 years aiding athletes. He was selected the school’s cross country coach in 1984, but the sport was dropped after the 1990 season. Chaffey College wasted little time securing his duties as the track and field coach for the ’90 season. Five years after winning a conference title in 1993, Burleson headed east when CSSB resurrected cross country. In 2014, with Burleson out front, the Coyotes started their track and field program. His 29 years at CSSB have produced All-CCAA, All-West Region selections and All-Americans. In 2016, Laura Aceves became the sixth dual All-American and Academic All-American in the same season. … From the e-mail box, several notes about the conditions surrounding the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life at Summit High School. The event was held on the football/soccer field and track on campus. “The complex was in very poor condition. In a word, it was ugly. Plus, there were no permanent bleachers on either side of the field. While the runners didn’t need a seat, how about those who came to cheer them on? “The grass on the field was not green, mostly brown, with weeds growing in the artificial surfaces at both ends, The track (dirt) was hard as a rock with rivets or grooves in the surface and whatever cinders that may have been on the track apparently were blown away by the winds. “It was a poor example of how the Fontana district showcases its school. How do some districts have high schools with all-weather field and track facilities and only three in the Fontana district have it? High schools should be the center of community events. “Relay for Life is an outstanding local level, conducted all across the country. This wasn’t one of the better ones.” — T.B., Highland. There had to be a good reason the local ACS chose Summit and why lots of folks attended the event. We applaud their efforts … Hubbs, part 2: Not nearly enough credit is given to the individuals who comprise the committee that selects the winner of the Ken Hubbs Award, and new this year, the Keith Hubbs Award. At first the group was comprised mostly of Colton High School graduates, led by Keith as they wanted to remember Ken. Soon, other San Bernardino area schools were added to the point that the committee selected a boys and girls winner from 29 schools in addition to the new award in Keith’s honor. There are more than 30 people on the committee. Yes, many have ties to Colton but that does not play a factor in who is honored. To their credit, they have selected worthy individuals throughout the years. It is truly a labor of love. Ron Dody, who attended Colton High School so many years ago with Keith, is the hard-working chairman of the committee. I have often wondered what would have transpired in the city if he had ever run for mayor. Their work will continue and although many of us won’t be around, the award will one day celebrate 100 years. … Memorial Day Sunday is the biggest racing day of the year with two events with a combined distance of 1,100 miles. On-site attendance has slipped in Indianapolis and Charlotte, but the television numbers are as big as ever. As usual, I’ll be in front of the TV set. Look for Josef Newgarden to give Roger Penske another Indianapolis 500 victory while Jimmie Johnson returns to the winner’s circle after the Coca-Cola 600. … Cassandra Renno has been selected by Cal State San Bernardino athletic director Shawn Farrill as the head women’s basketball coach. She’s quite familiar with the area, having graduating from Apple Valley High School and having assisted at the University of La Verne and Cal State Fullerton. She’ll replace Susan Crebbin, who resigned after the season to end a four-year tenure. “She has been a part of multiple women’s basketball programs that have built strong foundations to compete annually for championships,” said Farrill. “She does it by recruiting quality young women who excel on the court and in the classroom. “Being from the area, she understands CSSB and we are tremendously excited to support Casandra in building a championship women’s basketball program.” While at Apple Valley, Renno (Reeves at the time) was a three-time All-Mojave River League Most Valuable Player and two-time All-CIF. She was a four-year point guard at UC Riverside, where she was the all-time leader in assists and 3-pointers, earning first team All-Big West Conference honors in 2003 and 2004. … The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will return to Fox Raceway in Pala on Saturday afternoon, bypassing Glen Helen Raceway as the Southern California stop for the series after seven years. The last such event in Riverside County was in 2011. This will mark the second round of the 2019 season following the opener last weekend at Hangtown, outside Sacramento. Practice starts at 8 a.m. with the first of two motos for the 450 cc bikes set for 1 p.m. Tickets start at $50 for adults and $30 for kids. … The California Interscholastic Federation Executive Committee recently selected Ron Nocetti as executive director to replace the retiring Roger Blake. Nocetti is currently associate executive director of the CIF and will be the federation’s ninth leader. … Dual honors, part 2: In addition to Aceves, there have been five other female CSSB athletes who have made both the College Sports Information Directors of America and All-America. The list includes Anne Cordaro (1990, softball), Amy Pope (2001, volleyball); Sabrina Marquez (2008, water polo); Chelsey Jones ( 2013, soccer) and Alexandra Torline (2015, volleyball). Taryn Harp (2003, water polo) and Andrea Brandt (2007, cross country) also earned both honors, but not in the same season. Louis Brewster can be reached at brewsterl1949@gmail.com.
22 May 19
Daily Bulletin
Random thoughts while trying to keep my sanity and personal items while making a move, wondering whatever happened to Tyson Lingenfelter, a three-time CIF Southern Section shot put champion and 1993 state champion with an effort of 56 feet, 6 1/2 inches, out of Upland High School. While it’s improbable Upland will win the CIF State track championship this weekend in Clovis, the Scots can make an major impact in the boys section with five entries. Namir Hemphill and Caleb Roberson are entered in two individual events and Upland’s boys 4×100 relay team also advanced. Prelims are set for Friday and the finals on Saturday. There are many track fans who consider the state meet to be the best in the country, although you could get a good argument from those in Texas and Oklahoma. But don’t judge the meet by the number of spectators as the Texas meet is traditionally held at Memorial-Royal Stadium in Austin on the University of Texas campus. Both Hemphill and Roberson will compete in the 300-meter hurdles, and they were separated by a half-second at the Southern Section Masters Meet. Hemphill will be in the triple jump field and Roberson in the 100. The area has a total of eight individuals and one relay team in the meet. … Our congratulations to the 2019 winners of the Ken and Keith Hubbs awards, three of the area’s finest  high school athletes. Cajon’s Jayden Daniels and Alycia Flores of Grand Terrace were the winners of the Ken Hubbs Award while Ashley Alvarado of San Gorgonio was presented the inaugural Keith Hubbs Award, reflective of an athlete “of high character.” This marks the 55th year the award has been presented, a great testament to Keith in remembering his late brother, and the city to a great family. Both Daniels and Flores posted eye-popping numbers. A quarterback for four years, Daniels finished as the Southern Section’s all-time leading passer (14.007 yards and 170 touchdowns). He also led the Cowboys to the 2017 State Division II-AA title game. Flores, an all-Sunkist League selection for four years as part of the title-winning team, batted .468 as a senior and scored 46 runs. It was the work behind the scene that led Alvarado to win the Keith Hubbs award. He, too, worked away from the spotlight to honor his brother. Alvarado, who will be the San Gorgonio salutatorian with a 4.81 grade point average, was a standout in swimming and water polo and a four-year quality scholar-athlete. … Tom Burleson plans to step down as cross country coach, and track and field, at Cal State San Bernardino at the end of the season. However, thankfully, he will remain on the school’s staff as he will continue to teach in the kinesiology department after 43 years aiding athletes. He was selected the school’s cross country coach in 1984, but the sport was dropped after the 1990 season. Chaffey College wasted little time securing his duties as the track and field coach for the ’90 season. Five years after winning a conference title in 1993, Burleson headed east when CSSB resurrected cross country. In 2014, with Burleson out front, the Coyotes started their track and field program. His 29 years at CSSB have produced All-CCAA, All-West Region selections and All-Americans. In 2016, Laura Aceves became the sixth dual All-American and Academic All-American in the same season. … From the e-mail box, several notes about the conditions surrounding the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life at Summit High School. The event was held on the football/soccer field and track on campus. “The complex was in very poor condition. In a word, it was ugly. Plus, there were no permanent bleachers on either side of the field. While the runners didn’t need a seat, how about those who came to cheer them on? “The grass on the field was not green, mostly brown, with weeds growing in the artificial surfaces at both ends, The track (dirt) was hard as a rock with rivets or grooves in the surface and whatever cinders that may have been on the track apparently were blown away by the winds. “It was a poor example of how the Fontana district showcases its school. How do some districts have high schools with all-weather field and track facilities and only three in the Fontana district have it? High schools should be the center of community events. “Relay for Life is an outstanding local level, conducted all across the country. This wasn’t one of the better ones.” — T.B., Highland. There had to be a good reason the local ACS chose Summit and why lots of folks attended the event. We applaud their efforts … Hubbs, part 2: Not nearly enough credit is given to the individuals who comprise the committee that selects the winner of the Ken Hubbs Award, and new this year, the Keith Hubbs Award. At first the group was comprised mostly of Colton High School graduates, led by Keith as they wanted to remember Ken. Soon, other San Bernardino area schools were added to the point that the committee selected a boys and girls winner from 29 schools in addition to the new award in Keith’s honor. There are more than 30 people on the committee. Yes, many have ties to Colton but that does not play a factor in who is honored. To their credit, they have selected worthy individuals throughout the years. It is truly a labor of love. Ron Dody, who attended Colton High School so many years ago with Keith, is the hard-working chairman of the committee. I have often wondered what would have transpired in the city if he had ever run for mayor. Their work will continue and although many of us won’t be around, the award will one day celebrate 100 years. … Memorial Day Sunday is the biggest racing day of the year with two events with a combined distance of 1,100 miles. On-site attendance has slipped in Indianapolis and Charlotte, but the television numbers are as big as ever. As usual, I’ll be in front of the TV set. Look for Josef Newgarden to give Roger Penske another Indianapolis 500 victory while Jimmie Johnson returns to the winner’s circle after the Coca-Cola 600. … Cassandra Renno has been selected by Cal State San Bernardino athletic director Shawn Farrill as the head women’s basketball coach. She’s quite familiar with the area, having graduating from Apple Valley High School and having assisted at the University of La Verne and Cal State Fullerton. She’ll replace Susan Crebbin, who resigned after the season to end a four-year tenure. “She has been a part of multiple women’s basketball programs that have built strong foundations to compete annually for championships,” said Farrill. “She does it by recruiting quality young women who excel on the court and in the classroom. “Being from the area, she understands CSSB and we are tremendously excited to support Casandra in building a championship women’s basketball program.” While at Apple Valley, Renno (Reeves at the time) was a three-time All-Mojave River League Most Valuable Player and two-time All-CIF. She was a four-year point guard at UC Riverside, where she was the all-time leader in assists and 3-pointers, earning first team All-Big West Conference honors in 2003 and 2004. … The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will return to Fox Raceway in Pala on Saturday afternoon, bypassing Glen Helen Raceway as the Southern California stop for the series after seven years. The last such event in Riverside County was in 2011. This will mark the second round of the 2019 season following the opener last weekend at Hangtown, outside Sacramento. Practice starts at 8 a.m. with the first of two motos for the 450 cc bikes set for 1 p.m. Tickets start at $50 for adults and $30 for kids. … The California Interscholastic Federation Executive Committee recently selected Ron Nocetti as executive director to replace the retiring Roger Blake. Nocetti is currently associate executive director of the CIF and will be the federation’s ninth leader. … Dual honors, part 2: In addition to Aceves, there have been five other female CSSB athletes who have made both the College Sports Information Directors of America and All-America. The list includes Anne Cordaro (1990, softball), Amy Pope (2001, volleyball); Sabrina Marquez (2008, water polo); Chelsey Jones ( 2013, soccer) and Alexandra Torline (2015, volleyball). Taryn Harp (2003, water polo) and Andrea Brandt (2007, cross country) also earned both honors, but not in the same season. Louis Brewster can be reached at brewsterl1949@gmail.com.
20 May 19
Daily Republic

May 19– May 19–Men’s golf teams from NCAA Division II were afforded the opportunity last fall to play the Cobb Course at The Resort at Glade Springs. The purpose, of course, was to give the golfers a feel for the course that will host this week’s DII national tournament. One of the men who was […]

18 May 19
Daily Republic

Saturday’s TV sports Baseball College •Ole Miss at Tennessee, SEC, 9 a.m. •Rutgers at Indiana, BIG TEN, 9 a.m. •Arkansas at Texas A&M, SEC, noon •Michigan at Nebraska, BIG TEN, noon •Arizona State at California, PAC12, 1 p.m. •North Carolina State at North Carolina, ESPNU, 1:30 p.m. •Oregon State at Stanford, PAC12, 4 p.m. •TCU […]

13 May 19
Twin Cities
ADVERTISING/PUBLIC RELATIONS Lawrence & Schiller, Sioux Falls, S.D., announced it has opened an office at 3300 Edinborough Way, Suite 740, Edina. L&S Minneapolis is led by Travel & Tourism Group Director Erin Weinzettel. … Media Relations Agency, Burnsville, announced its selection as agency for A1 Supplements, an online supplement company specializing in sports nutrition and lifestyle supplements. … Minneapolis-based Maccabee announced that Foodsby, Learn to Live and HomeServices of America have chosen the agency for public relations and marketing communications. AIRLINES Delta Air Lines announced that Ben Humphrey has been named its vice president – airport operations for Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. ARCHITECTURE/ENGINEERING St. Paul-based TKDA announced Jody Anderson has joined the firm’s Northland office in Duluth. … WSB, Golden Valley, announced the hires of Shelly Hanson and Klayton (Klay) Eckles to its municipal services team. AUTO DEALERSHIPS Carousel Motor Group, an operating company of the Pohlad Cos., Minneapolis, announced the opening of its Coon Rapids Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership. AWARDS Jostens, a Bloomington-based provider of commemorative jewelry for professional and college sports teams, announced the unveiling and presentation of the 2018 Boston Red Sox World Series Championship Ring. BEVERAGES Drake’s Organic Spirits, Minneapolis, announced that Drake’s Organic Premium Vodka has been awarded Double Gold and Drake’s Organic White Rum has received Gold at the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America Convention & Exposition. DEVELOPMENT Kraus-Anderson Realty Co. and Kraus-Anderson Development Co. announced it has named Peter Diessner as president. He succeeds Dan Engelsma, who is retiring after 50 years with the company. EDUCATION KIPP Legacy Middle School in Minneapolis announced it is one of 100 schools nationwide that is part of the Amazon Future Engineer Robotics Grant program. FINANCIAL SERVICES Securian Financial, St. Paul, announced that it has named John Regal senior director of public affairs. … Hiway Federal Credit Union, St. Paul, announced that Choua Yang has been selected by The Cooperative Trust and Credit Union National Association to attend Crash the CO-OP THINK19 Conference, representing the Minnesota Credit Union Network. … Business investment group Equus Holdings Inc. announced the purchase of a new headquarters in the Basset Creek Innovation Center located at 201 General Mills Blvd., Golden Valley. … U.S. Bank, Minneapolis, announced it has named Derek White chief digital officer. … Ideal Credit Union, Woodbury, announced it has been named “Best Credit Union in the East Metro” for the third consecutive year by readers of the Stillwater Gazette newspaper. GOVERNMENT The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development announced that Kirk Crowshoe has been named the agency’s American Indian Liaison. HONORS Three Shooting Star Casino team members were awarded top honors at White Earth Nation’s State of the Nation: Robert Stevens, Vickie Heisler and Julie Doerfler. Shooting Star Casino is located in Mahnomen, Minn. … LHB, and engineering and architecture firm with offices in Minnesota and Wisconsin, announced its recognition for excellence in workplace safety and health from the Governor’s Safety Awards at the Minnesota Safety & Health Conference. … Sick Inc., a manufacturer of sensor technology, announced it has been certified as Great Place to Work. Sick’s U.S. headquarters are in Bloomington. … NBA basketball franchise Minnesota Timberwolves announced that Vice President of Business Intelligence Laura Meyer has been named one of the 2019 Top Most Powerful Women in Technology by the National Diversity Council. … Fraser, a Minneapolis-based provider of autism and early childhood mental health services, announced the recipients of its 2019 Louise Whitbeck Fraser Awards: business award: U.S. Bank, for its support of the new Fraser location in Woodbury; individual recipients: Duane and Lynda Jergenson, for their 20-plus years of support of Fraser Housing. … The American Network of Community Options and Resources announced that Lisa Riley, a direct support professional at MSS, St. Paul, has received the 2019 Direct Support Professional of the Year award. MSS is a day- and employment-services provider for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. LAW SiebenCarey, Minneapolis, is celebrating Harry Sieben’s 50th anniversary at the firm. … Commercial law firm FMJ, with offices in Eden Prairie and New Ulm, announced that attorney James (Jim) Seifert has joined the firm as a shareholder in its General Corporate & Business and Mergers & Acquisitions practice group. Seifert was previously executive vice president, general counsel, and secretary of Ecolab, St. Paul, who came out of retirement to join FMJ. … Safe Harbor Estate Law, St. Paul, announced that Michael Teeter has joined the team, with experience in estate planning, estate administration, business succession planning, asset protection and real estate. MANUFACTURING SageGlass, a Faribault-based manufacturer of dynamic glass, has hired Namrata Vora as vice president of sales in North America, India and Asia-Pacific. SageGlass is a division of France-based Saint-Gobain. PHILANTHROPY The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, Prior Lake, announced more than $2 million in grants to 12 tribes and nonprofit organizations in Minnesota and across the United States. … The Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul has received $1 million from the Otto Bremer Trust, St. Paul, as the lead investment in the museum’s Equity Initiative. … Greater Twin Cities United Way announced that it is awarding $14 million in grants in 2019. REAL ESTATE The Minneapolis Area Realtors has appointed Carrie Chang as chief executive officer. RESTAURANTS Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers announced the groundbreaking of a restaurant location at 1525 Central Parkway, Eagan. RETAIL JCPenney has named Aimee Schouten general manager of its Maplewood store. … Christopher & Banks, a Plymouth-based women’s clothing retailer, announced that Allison Wing has been nominated for a board position. Wing is chief marketing/digital officer for Bright Health, a health insurance company. … Nothing But Hemp announced the opening of a CBD retail store at 844 Grand Ave., St. Paul. SERVICES Fahren, a St. Paul-based digital talent company, announced the launch of its Executive Search offerings, lead by new hire and industry veteran Susan Rylance. … LaForce, a provider of products and services to the construction industry, announced it is opening a location at 710 Hastings Ave., Newport. The office will be led by Cat Rykiss. … Five Minnesota firms made Forbes’ list of the 200 best executive recruiting firms: Abeln, Magy, Underberg & Associates, Wayzata; Andcor Cos., Wayzata; SkyWater Search Partners, Minnetonka; Williams Executive Search, Minneapolis, and M&A Executive Search, Minneapolis.[related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”] EMAIL ITEMS to businessnews@pioneerpress.com.  
09 May 19
Daily Republic

TV sports Baseball College •LSU at Arkansas, ESPNU, 4:30 p.m. MLB •Miami at Chicago Cubs, MLB, 11 a.m. OR Cincinnati at Oakland, MLB, 12:30 p.m. •San Francisco at Colorado, MLB, noon •San Francisco at Colorado, MLB, 2 p.m., joined in progress •Seattle at N.Y. Yankees, MLB, 3:30 p.m. OR Pittsburgh at St. Louis, MLB, 4:30 […]

09 May 19
Redlands Daily Facts
Random thoughts while wondering whatever happened to swimmer Cedric Cheung-Lau, CIF Southern Section Division II 200-yard individual medley winner in 2004-05 from Upland High School. Area athletic directors have spoken and 13 local high schools will be grouped together in the Arrowhead Conference starting with the 2020-21 school year. It will consist of the San Andreas and Sunkist leagues plus a new group yet to be named. It will create plenty of local interest, in addition to saving on fuel costs. The underlying factor is how competitive the new lineup could/will be, despite concerns Carter doesn’t quite fit in the proposed setup. The Arrowhead Conference will present an opportunity to create new rivalries, and continue established ones, with a 5-4-4 lineup. For example: Four Fontana schools — Fontana, Summit, Kaiser and Jurupa Hills — will be in one league. It could signal a return to the days when such games, in all sports, drew a sizable crowd. How about Carter, Grand Terrace, Eisenhower and San Gorgonio in another four-team league with Arroyo Valley, Bloomington, Colton, Rialto and Rim of the World in another? The longest road trip for any team will be up the hill to Rim of the World. That’s shorter than most of the Citrus Belt League teams — Cajon, Redlands, Redlands East Valley, Citrus Valley and Yucaipa — going to Beaumont. It’s almost been 30 years since a Riverside County school was part of the CBL (memories of Mike Churchill at Riverside Poly). … Joel Wiese, who retired in 2003 after a long teaching career which included a stint as athletic director at Garey High School, passed along a note about Nicki Bonomo-Kosik, the former AD at San Dimas. She is the athletic director, in addition to being the head coach for women’s volleyball and basketball, at Vermilion Community College in Ely, Minn. While at San Dimas, she was a teacher for 15 years and AD for 13, and won awards as the CIF-SS Champion for Character and Distinguished Service Award. Husband John had quite a career as a community college football coach in Southern California after migrating from Texas. He was part of Dave Hoover’s staff at Victor Valley College when the Rams posted 10-0 and 9-1 seasons in 2014-15. He was also an assistant at East Los Angeles College for two seasons, which resulted in 9-2 and 7-3 records before moving to the midwest. … Note to the Diamond Bar swim teams, which won both the boys and girls CIF-SS Division 4 championships last week: Years from now (say 10 or 20 at a reunion), whether it was Division 2 or 4 won’t matter. The argument about dropping down two divisions will be lost and all that will be remembered is running away with the hardware. The Brahmas finished first in the Division 4 Finals in Riverside. The boys did it in record fashion, scoring a whopping 574 points, winning by a record 381 points over Beaumont. Most teams would celebrate scoring that many points, let alone posting such a wide margin of victory. The previous CIF record for points in the finals was 527.5 set by the Santa Margarita girls team in 2018 in the Division 1 finals; the boys mark was 437 by Oaks Christian in 2006. That’s domination. After a rough start (a relay disqualification), the Diamond Bar girls rallied to score 302 points and finished 64 ahead of Pasadena Maranatha. Yet, it was a different feeling all around. Head coach Darlys Ankeny was dismayed about the move, not the results. “It has been tough at times getting everyone motivated,” Ankeny said. “For us, we created a purple team and a gold team during the season, and we often competed against each other to stay fresh. This wasn’t our choice to be here, but you swim in the division you are put in.” … In her fourth season, Cal State San Bernardino softball outfielder Morgan Ratliff was selected to the all-CCAA first team for the third time. The Santa Clara resident was also selected by coaches as the player of the year after batting .411 in conference with 60 hits. She was second in the CCAA with 48 runs scored and a .497 on-base percentage. “I have been playing this sport since I was six years old and this feels like all the hard work paying off,” said the health science major. “It has been awesome to play with this group to end my career.” The Coyotes finished 29-19 overall (20-16 in conference). Catcher Dominique Walker was a second-team selection. … Jessica Fields, a junior from Las Vegas, has become the first University of Redlands woman to be named NCAA Division III women’s national athlete of the week by the U.S. Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association. She successfully defended her titles at the SCIAC championships in the 100- and 400-meter hurdles. Her 14.10 in the 100 hurdles was tops in the conference and the nation by .09 seconds. Her career-best time of 1:01.05 in the 400 hurdles gives her a share of the lead among NCAA Division III competitors. …. Led by a pair of seniors from Fontana, the Cal State San Bernardino cross county team earned U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic team honors. It marked the 18th time the Coyotes had a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (3.193) and scored at an NCAA Division II regional meet (12th at the NCAA West Regional Championship in Billings, Mont.) Additionally, Michelle Pineda Palacios and Kaylie Balvaneda earned All-Academic honors, at least a 3.25 GPA and a top-30 finish at the West Regionals. Palacios, a senior nursing major, finished 37th at the regional championships and has a 3.713 GPA. Balvaneda, a senior kinesiology major, was 54th and has a 3.477 GPA. … The Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference has advanced five teams and one individual to the NCAA Division III golf championships, with both men and women playing May 14-17. The men will compete at Keen Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Ky., while the women are set for the Bay Oaks Country Club in Houston. In men’s play, the SCIAC has three teams. Conference champion La Verne (No. 11 in the latest poll) earned the automatic bid by winning, while Redlands (No.9) and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges (No. 12) were at-large selections. Redlands and CMS will represent the SCIAC in the women’s tourney while Chapman’s Emily Lewis was selected as one of the six individuals … Remember Butch Patrick? Of course you do. He lived at 1313 Mockingbird Lane in Mockingbird Heights with his dad Herman, mother Lily, grandpa and cousin Marilyn in the early 1960s. In those days, he was better known as Eddie Munster, and he’s still active. The 66-year-old Patrick will appear Saturday at the sixth St. Louis Nostalgia Rendezvous at World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Ill. As a bonus, the track will surround him with Grandpa’s Dragula coffin dragster and the famed Munster Coach. … Prep swimming, part 2: Los Osos senior Emily Trieu will always remember the CIF Division 2 swim finals. She’ll have golden memories — four of them — of the event at the Riverside Aquatics Complex. She posted a second 200-yard individual medley title, won the 100 butterfly in 53.28 and was part of the 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams that were critical as the Grizzlies successfully defended their championship. Los Osos (with 292 points) led an Inland Valley sweep of the finals, outscoring Ayala (22.5) and Redands East Valley (210). Teammate Cesslyn Treydte came close to equaling Trieu. She won the 200 freestyle title (1:47.19), swam a leg on the relay teams but was second in the 500 freestyle. Saturday was also a special day for Redlands East Valley twins Liberty and Jude Williams, each of whom won gold in the 500 freestyle. Liberty defended her title with a time of 4:46.42 while Jude won in 4:26.20. … Wiese, part 2: For the second time in 15 years, he has retired. This time, after 26 years, from the California State Athletic Directors Association board of directors where he was chairman of the Exhibit Committee. He’ll be replaced by another local leader, Upland Christian’s Mark Edgemon. We thank Joel for his service and dedication to our children. Louis Brewster can be reached at brewsterl1949@gmail.com.
09 May 19
Daily Bulletin
Random thoughts while wondering whatever happened to swimmer Cedric Cheung-Lau, CIF Southern Section Division II 200-yard individual medley winner in 2004-05 from Upland High School. Area athletic directors have spoken and 13 local high schools will be grouped together in the Arrowhead Conference starting with the 2020-21 school year. It will consist of the San Andreas and Sunkist leagues plus a new group yet to be named. It will create plenty of local interest, in addition to saving on fuel costs. The underlying factor is how competitive the new lineup could/will be, despite concerns Carter doesn’t quite fit in the proposed setup. The Arrowhead Conference will present an opportunity to create new rivalries, and continue established ones, with a 5-4-4 lineup. For example: Four Fontana schools — Fontana, Summit, Kaiser and Jurupa Hills — will be in one league. It could signal a return to the days when such games, in all sports, drew a sizable crowd. How about Carter, Grand Terrace, Eisenhower and San Gorgonio in another four-team league with Arroyo Valley, Bloomington, Colton, Rialto and Rim of the World in another? The longest road trip for any team will be up the hill to Rim of the World. That’s shorter than most of the Citrus Belt League teams — Cajon, Redlands, Redlands East Valley, Citrus Valley and Yucaipa — going to Beaumont. It’s almost been 30 years since a Riverside County school was part of the CBL (memories of Mike Churchill at Riverside Poly). … Joel Wiese, who retired in 2003 after a long teaching career which included a stint as athletic director at Garey High School, passed along a note about Nicki Bonomo-Kosik, the former AD at San Dimas. She is the athletic director, in addition to being the head coach for women’s volleyball and basketball, at Vermilion Community College in Ely, Minn. While at San Dimas, she was a teacher for 15 years and AD for 13, and won awards as the CIF-SS Champion for Character and Distinguished Service Award. Husband John had quite a career as a community college football coach in Southern California after migrating from Texas. He was part of Dave Hoover’s staff at Victor Valley College when the Rams posted 10-0 and 9-1 seasons in 2014-15. He was also an assistant at East Los Angeles College for two seasons, which resulted in 9-2 and 7-3 records before moving to the midwest. … Note to the Diamond Bar swim teams, which won both the boys and girls CIF-SS Division 4 championships last week: Years from now (say 10 or 20 at a reunion), whether it was Division 2 or 4 won’t matter. The argument about dropping down two divisions will be lost and all that will be remembered is running away with the hardware. The Brahmas finished first in the Division 4 Finals in Riverside. The boys did it in record fashion, scoring a whopping 574 points, winning by a record 381 points over Beaumont. Most teams would celebrate scoring that many points, let alone posting such a wide margin of victory. The previous CIF record for points in the finals was 527.5 set by the Santa Margarita girls team in 2018 in the Division 1 finals; the boys mark was 437 by Oaks Christian in 2006. That’s domination. After a rough start (a relay disqualification), the Diamond Bar girls rallied to score 302 points and finished 64 ahead of Pasadena Maranatha. Yet, it was a different feeling all around. Head coach Darlys Ankeny was dismayed about the move, not the results. “It has been tough at times getting everyone motivated,” Ankeny said. “For us, we created a purple team and a gold team during the season, and we often competed against each other to stay fresh. This wasn’t our choice to be here, but you swim in the division you are put in.” … In her fourth season, Cal State San Bernardino softball outfielder Morgan Ratliff was selected to the all-CCAA first team for the third time. The Santa Clara resident was also selected by coaches as the player of the year after batting .411 in conference with 60 hits. She was second in the CCAA with 48 runs scored and a .497 on-base percentage. “I have been playing this sport since I was six years old and this feels like all the hard work paying off,” said the health science major. “It has been awesome to play with this group to end my career.” The Coyotes finished 29-19 overall (20-16 in conference). Catcher Dominique Walker was a second-team selection. … Jessica Fields, a junior from Las Vegas, has become the first University of Redlands woman to be named NCAA Division III women’s national athlete of the week by the U.S. Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association. She successfully defended her titles at the SCIAC championships in the 100- and 400-meter hurdles. Her 14.10 in the 100 hurdles was tops in the conference and the nation by .09 seconds. Her career-best time of 1:01.05 in the 400 hurdles gives her a share of the lead among NCAA Division III competitors. …. Led by a pair of seniors from Fontana, the Cal State San Bernardino cross county team earned U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic team honors. It marked the 18th time the Coyotes had a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (3.193) and scored at an NCAA Division II regional meet (12th at the NCAA West Regional Championship in Billings, Mont.) Additionally, Michelle Pineda Palacios and Kaylie Balvaneda earned All-Academic honors, at least a 3.25 GPA and a top-30 finish at the West Regionals. Palacios, a senior nursing major, finished 37th at the regional championships and has a 3.713 GPA. Balvaneda, a senior kinesiology major, was 54th and has a 3.477 GPA. … The Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference has advanced five teams and one individual to the NCAA Division III golf championships, with both men and women playing May 14-17. The men will compete at Keen Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Ky., while the women are set for the Bay Oaks Country Club in Houston. In men’s play, the SCIAC has three teams. Conference champion La Verne (No. 11 in the latest poll) earned the automatic bid by winning, while Redlands (No.9) and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges (No. 12) were at-large selections. Redlands and CMS will represent the SCIAC in the women’s tourney while Chapman’s Emily Lewis was selected as one of the six individuals … Remember Butch Patrick? Of course you do. He lived at 1313 Mockingbird Lane in Mockingbird Heights with his dad Herman, mother Lily, grandpa and cousin Marilyn in the early 1960s. In those days, he was better known as Eddie Munster, and he’s still active. The 66-year-old Patrick will appear Saturday at the sixth St. Louis Nostalgia Rendezvous at World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Ill. As a bonus, the track will surround him with Grandpa’s Dragula coffin dragster and the famed Munster Coach. … Prep swimming, part 2: Los Osos senior Emily Trieu will always remember the CIF Division 2 swim finals. She’ll have golden memories — four of them — of the event at the Riverside Aquatics Complex. She posted a second 200-yard individual medley title, won the 100 butterfly in 53.28 and was part of the 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams that were critical as the Grizzlies successfully defended their championship. Los Osos (with 292 points) led an Inland Valley sweep of the finals, outscoring Ayala (22.5) and Redands East Valley (210). Teammate Cesslyn Treydte came close to equaling Trieu. She won the 200 freestyle title (1:47.19), swam a leg on the relay teams but was second in the 500 freestyle. Saturday was also a special day for Redlands East Valley twins Liberty and Jude Williams, each of whom won gold in the 500 freestyle. Liberty defended her title with a time of 4:46.42 while Jude won in 4:26.20. … Wiese, part 2: For the second time in 15 years, he has retired. This time, after 26 years, from the California State Athletic Directors Association board of directors where he was chairman of the Exhibit Committee. He’ll be replaced by another local leader, Upland Christian’s Mark Edgemon. We thank Joel for his service and dedication to our children. Louis Brewster can be reached at brewsterl1949@gmail.com.
05 May 19
WBB Blog

Coverage of the women’s basketball 2021 recruiting class: offers, commitments, decommitments, unofficial visits, recruiting updates from news sites and other sources, etc. Items listed in reverse chronological order. Offers Reported: Week of May 20, Part 1 Aniyah Augmon, 5-7 PG, Woodside Priory HS (Portola Valley, CA): New Mexico (first D-I offer), Hawaii Alexis Babineaux, 6-1 […]

02 May 19
Orange County Register
“Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.”  — Al Pacino as Michael Corleone, “Godfather III” Jennie Volkert’s initial Michael Corleone moment began when she graduated from Cal State Fullerton and decided to take one for the team. “Taking one for the team,” in this instance, meant that Volkert, who planned to build on her child development degree and pursue a teaching credential, temporarily put that idea on hold to coach Cal State Fullerton’s Dance Team. “When I was on the team, I had a different coach every year,” she said. “My last year on the team, that coach wasn’t coming back and I had a lot of friends who were still on the team and they told me, ‘You just need to do it and coach.’ “I was like, ‘OK, they more or less needed another coach.’ It was interesting being a coach to your friends, but it worked. And it took off from there.” Did it ever. Volkert, who cheered CSUF’s last football team in 1992 as a Titan cheerleader, took one for the team in 1997 by taking over the Titans Dance Team out of necessity. At that point, the coaching carousel ceased and the success began. Starting in 2000, Volkert and the Titans have rolled up 16 Universal Dance Association national titles. Sixteen. The Titans’ 16 titles have come in the Jazz competition, which can’t be longer than two minutes and must feature no more than 16 dancers. Performances are judged “on choreography, technique, execution and overall effort,” according to the UDA website. It’s two minutes of showtime during Martin Luther King weekend that pretty much has 364 days, 23 hours and 58 minutes of work leading up to it. The work starts with spring auditions, which this year, are next Tuesday. Selected women go to a couple of  cheerleading camps during the summer to learn the routines for the upcoming basketball season; yes, the Dance Team performs at every Titans’ men’s and women’s basketball game. Starting in September, they practice three times a week until Christmas, when the practices are daily until the UDA Nationals in Orlando in mid-January. Along with the practices are weight training sessions and along with the basketball performances are community events such as reading to elementary school children, the Spark of Love Toy Drive and various food drives that Volkert isn’t shy about volunteering her team for. Like other athletic department programs, it’s a year-round endeavor. Albeit one that has gotten a bit easier for Volkert and her assistants, Kenndra Hofstetter and Krysten Dorado, both of whom are former Titan dancers and both of whom are so wedded to the program that Hofstetter still choreographs routines from her home in Idaho. Dorado records the routines, uploads the videos for Hofstetter to review and awaits the verdict. The program’s rise, combined with the rise of social media, have made it easier for not only Volkert to recruit, but for her and her staff to know what other teams are doing. When Volkert first took over, she researched every school district in Orange County and environs, typed up flyers and sent them to various dance studios. She’d pick up the phone and call dance studio directors, as much to build relationships as to find out if they, perhaps, had a dancer or three to send her way. She’d hit sorority houses to promote auditions and have her team hand out flyers around campus. This began to change in 2000, when CSUF won its first national title — a feat that shocked Volkert as much as it energized her. Five years and five national titles later, Volkert noticed she was starting to get elite-level dancers who, only a few years earlier, would have gone elsewhere. “When I took over, I think what helped was winning,” she said. “With Cal State Fullerton being a commuter campus for years, people didn’t know we had a dance team. They didn’t know we had a cheer squad. Once we got out there and we were on ESPN and we won, we were in newspapers and people were talking about us. “I think the recognition from winning helps us become what we are. With all that, dancers — mostly local dancers — from various studios all over California started to learn, ‘Oh, they have a dance team and they’re good.’ That’s how we got our numbers up at auditions. “If you had asked me 20 years ago what was my game plan to make this program successful, well, I didn’t have a master [plan]. I simply wanted to take over the program and help my friends by being their coach, so this program could stay on campus.” The program isn’t going anywhere and no longer does Volkert improvise on the fly. She has the routine for creating new routines down pat. The community invites and inquiries from prospective dancers roll in faster than Volkert can process them. And support from alums and former dancers keep Volkert’s passion for what she has been doing the last 22 years on a quick beat. “Running the program itself is not difficult — I’ve been doing it forever. I know what needs to get done and I have a great coaching staff and great dancers who are great people. That aspect is not hard,” Volkert said. “What’s hard is staying on top and the pressure of staying on top. That’s what’s been hard. “We compete against a lot of really great teams and there’s a lot of great talent out there.” That’s true — and it’s only getting better. The Titans finished third this year in Jazz, behind champion Utah Valley and runner-up Grand Canyon; and second in the Pom competition (behind Hofstra) at nationals. The pressure current Titan dancers face to keep the program among the nation’s elite is far beyond Volkert’s early years of the late 1990s, when she was pulled in to essentially saving the program. That pressure is also emblematic in Volkert’s 12-year-old daughter, Brooke, a passionate dancer who Volkert said is already doing routines light years better than what her current dancers were doing at the same age. As for Volkert’s Michael Corleone moments, well, they took care of themselves. She did get that teaching credential, along with a master’s in education and an administrative certification. She did manage to put that child development degree to use, having taught elementary school in Chino Hills the past 21 years. And by taking one for the team, she managed to save, revive and make a program thrive — a program that probably wouldn’t be what it is without her. “It’s fun. I didn’t think I would do it this long,” she said. “But my daughter’s passion is dance; she competes as well and she loves it. That’s what helps keep me going with it. It’s fun for her to have all my girls as great role models. “For me, I teach little ones all day, so it’s fun for me to be able to work with college girls and just to know I could be a part of their college memories and have an impact on them. That’s what’s rewarding to me.”  
29 Apr 19
GRCC Today

Convicted killer’s appeal for new trial denied 4/26/19 FOX 17 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A man convicted of killing a woman near Grand Rapids Community College in 2016 has had his appeal for a new trial denied. Returning Citizens – More Than a Workforce 4/28/19 mibiz.com It’s no secret: West Michigan companies need to find […]

28 Apr 19
Lowmiller Consulting Group Blog

Emily Sisson, a state champion runner at Omaha Marian and Millard North in the late 2000s, finished sixth at the London Marathon on Sunday in her marathon debut. Sisson ran a 2:23.08, the fastest debut by an American on a record-eligible course. Sisson finished strong as she moved up two places in the closing miles. […]