SPORT NOTES: Lady Bulldogs drop first SCIAC game … Hoops playoff hopes were alive for ACA, Citrus Valley boys … Bulldog men in outright duel for fourth SCIAC playoff berth … Can someone take out top-ranked Yucaipa in girls’ polo tourney?
Cal State San Bernardino heads for Stanislaus State and Humboldt State in this week’s California Collegiate Athletic Association chase, seeking its fourth straight win.
Coming off a 75-67 win over visiting San Francisco State, the second place Coyotes (17-4, 12-3) have lost two of their three games to first place UC San Diego.
Against S.F. State last Saturday afternoon, California Baptist University transfer Jeremy Smith’s 23 points led the way while Andres Villa, Daytone Jennings and Shea Rex combined for another 43 points.
“We’re confident,” said Jennings, “heading on the road.”
The Coyotes’ mini-winning streak began with an overtime win, 95-94, over area rival Cal Poly Pomona.
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
University of Redlands (12-6, 5-4) — The fifth place Bulldogs are chasing Caltech (8-11, 6-4) for that fourth and final SCIAC Tournament berth, but there are seven games remaining, including a rematch at Caltech’s Pasadena campus.
In last weekend’s 19-point win over Whittier, Jack Roggin, Hass Berry and Griffin Barker were red-hot, combining for 70 points on 25-of-44 shots.
BOYS PREP BASKETBALL (Records as of Feb. 3)
Arrowhead Christian (11-11, 7-5) — Believe it or not, there were six of the eight Ambassador League teams at .500, or better, entering play this week. The fourth place Eagles, tied with Temecula Linfield Christian, were facing a showdown with sixth place Upland Western Christian this week with seventh place Bermuda Dunes Desert Christian in the season finale.
Citrus Valley (12-13, 5-3) — Tied for third place with Yucaipa heading into the final week of regular season play, the Blackhawks had Cajon and Redlands East Valley on their schedule. The two teams are 1-2 in Citrus Belt League play.
Citrus Valley, coming off a 12-point win over Rialto Carter last week, is seeking a CIF playoff berth for the first time since 2017-2018. That year, the Blackhawks reached third round play in Division 3A, losing by three to Murrieta Mesa in the quarterfinals.
Individual statistics were unavailable.
Redlands East Valley (16-9, 6-2) — Cajon had wrestled first place away from the Wildcats heading into this week’s play, the results of a 69-56 win over REV in the Cowboys’ gymnasium last week.
Second place REV bounced back with a four-point win over third place Yucaipa two nights later, getting 19 points and 11 rebounds from Xavier Chiprez. The sophomore duo of De Sean Stephens (5 assists, 3 steals) and Luke Mathis came up with 37 points
One big CBL title hope is that if an inspired Citrus Valley squad, fighting for its own playoff future, could knock off the Cowboys (17-8, 7-1) this week.REV had Rialto Carter and Citrus Valley on its schedule this week.
CIF-Southern Section playoff draws are Sunday in Los Alamitos.
GIRLS PREP WATER POLO
Someone has to take out No. 1-ranked Yucaipa in this week’s Citrus Belt League carousel tournament, an event that will determine this year’s champion.
No other CBL teams were in last week’s CIF-Southern Section Top 10 polls, leaving second place wide open. Citrus Valley went into the tournament off a 15-2 win over Redlands East Valley last week.
Heading into possible CIF-Southern Section play, Citrus Valley — which has beaten Cajon, REV, Redlands and Rialto Carter — rested in second place.
Records and individual statistics were unavailable.
GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL (Records as of Feb. 2)
Citrus Valley (11-8, 3-3) — Mired in third place behind Citrus Belt League 1-2 powerhouse Yucaipa (19-4, 8-0) and Cajon (15-6, 7-1), the Lady Blackhawks opened up on Rialto Carter last week in a 59-26 win.
Cajon and Redlands East Valley were on the Lady Blackhawks’ schedule in this week’s season finale. Playoff draws will take place this weekend.
Records and individual statistics were unavailable.
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL (Record as of Feb. 2)
University of Redlands (14-5, 9-1) — Losing by 17 on the road at Cal Lutheran-Thousand Oaks (7-12, 4-7), the Lady Bulldogs’ SCIAC lead shrunk to 1 ½ games to second place Whittier, the rematch set for the Lady Poets’ home floor on Feb. 22.
Curiously, Redlands’ 71-54 at CLU last Saturday was the exact score the Lady Bulldogs posted over the Lady Regals last month.
Still needed: Race marshals (the orange-shirted ones) for this year’s April 22-26 Redlands Bicycle Classic.
There have been other events that have had stages shut down because there weren’t enough volunteer marshals.
Think of it: A street on a race route non-tended is, essentially, a high danger zone. For everyone — racers, drivers, pedestrians, you name it.
It’s truly what’s kept this Classic going forever, or at least since it began in 1985.
“People really have no idea,” said one-time Redlands mayor Carole Beswick, who served as the first president and initiator of the event, “how important it is, how important those people are to the race.”
She said, “We’ve been real lucky over all these years.”
Even Redlands has been under the gun. Minutes before a stage was set to begin a few years back, Redlands police were at a street without volunteers. Law enforcement won’t allow a race to take place without them.
A call to race officials produced a flurry of activity to that street.
Consult the Redlands Bicycle Classic website — redlandsclassic.com — for information on volunteering.