Baseball Team Finding It's Groove The SRJC baseball team continues to gain ground in the Big 8 Conference by sweeping lowly American River this past week. On Tuesday, the Bear Cubs pushed off to a great start by beating conference foe Modesto 6-3 on the road. Santa Rosa has now won five straight, while their opponent has dropped six in row. The Pirates are the No. 5 ranked team in northern California at 20-10 and 6-9 in the Big 8. SRJC moves up two spots from No. 9 to No. 7 in the Northern California Junior College Baseball Polls. The Bear Cubs (22-8,10-6) and Pirates played even until the bottom of the fifth, that's when Modesto scored three runs making it 3-0. Kaden Cline boomed a three-run homer for the home team, but SRJC answered back in the top of the sixth. Both Phil Ramos and Weston Bryan each singled. Outfielder Dane Erbst then reached base on a throwing error, with Bryan going to third and Ramos scoring the first Santa Rosa run. The club would pick up another run courtesy of Anthony Bender's RBI single that scored Weston to make it 3-2. Santa Rosa made some additional noise in the top of the seventh scoring three runs. Martin Taylor started off the inning by getting hit by a pitch and then Parker Shaw (pictured) followed with a base hit. Taylor then scored on a RBI single from Ramos to tie the game at 3-3. The team was not done scoring runs, thanks to a two-run RBI single that scored both Ramos and Shaw making the score 5-3. The Bear Cubs' pitching and defense did a solid job not allowing the Pirates to score a run during the rest of the ballgame. Freshman Kyle Mitchell from Vintage High, pitched six innings, giving up six hits, three earned runs, one home run, and struck out three. Freshman Anthony Bender a Casa Grande High grad, would come in for one inning of work to pick up the save. SRJC had one more run in the bottom of the ninth to make it a 6-3 victory. Santa Rosa and Modesto square off again at Cook Sypher Field this Thursday at 2:30pm for game number two of the three game series. Mike McDowd Sports Media-Information Director; Photography by Guy Mohr, 4/16/14
Men's Tennis Makes Some Noise The SRJC men's tennis team knew it had some talented players this season, but achieving any success in the Big 8 North Conference would take a real collective effort from the entire squad. The Bear Cubs surprised some people by finishing second place and making a run into the quarterfinals at the recent conference tournament this month. Those match wins improved the squad to finish 6-2 in the north conference. The team (7-7) also qualified for the recent Northern California Team Tennis Playoffs and went against a very strong opponent fourth seed Modesto on the road. The Pirates (12-4, 6-2) of Big 8 South, finished in second place. Both schools met earlier in February and Modesto dominated Santa Rosa on the road. In the playoffs head Coach Jay Samonte wanted to throw the record books out the door and was hoping for a better outcome against Modesto. “This was a match where we were going to test ourselves and find out what type of team we had since playing Modesto earlier in the season." The last time they played the Bear Cubs were without one of their best players. It turned out again, that No. four seed Modesto, would steamroll number five seed Santa Rosa 5-1. The Pirates win was their first Northern California team playoffs win in five years. The team's No.1 one singles player, sophomore Jon Sharp, a 6'2” lengthy young man from Lodi, played well during the 2014 season. His strong serve and power game propelled Sharp into the conference tourney semi-finals. Sharp is also one of the players to qualify for the state tennis tournament. The team's No. 2 singles player, Kevin To from Piner High, came out tough his freshman season. To has a tremendous physical upside to his game. During the year his intelligence to make adjustments and his ability to hit his shots payed off well. According to Samonte, the sky is the limit for To, who could wind up being a Division I tennis athlete. The No. 3 spot was sophomore Kevin Kuzu from Kelysville and sophomore Long Vu from Piner High was the Bear Cubs' No. 4 singles player. The double pairs had a good 2014 campaign. All year the No. 1 team was Long and Vu. Both players brought in good elements from their singles game. Sharp used his serve and volley strengths to help win matches. To was particularly good at feeding off weak balls and changing his speeds. The No. 2 team was Moses Kuzu, a sophomore from Kelseyville, and Piner High graduate sophomore Long Vu. The No. 3 team is sophomore David Queszada from Windsor High and big 6'6” sophomore John Paula from Boneville. One of the great highlights for the 2014 team was their surprising southern California road trip against the state's No. 5 ranked team Riverside College. SRJC shocked the Tigers by winning a couple of key double matches, nearly losing 5-4 in overall team play. “It was special, we clawed, scratched and fought back to almost beat them, said Head coach Samonte. After the match Samonte took his team over to Indian Wells Tennis Stadium to watch some pro tennis and that was a great team experience. In his eleventh season, Coach Samonte, a former Bear Cub player, has found some good help along the way. Another former player Stewart Hutton, an outstanding competitor in 2007-2008, has made solid contributions as the team's assistant coach. According to Samonte Sutton, who joined the staff in 2012, has been instrumental in helping with the team’s strategy, mentality, and has been a big part of the program's success. This year Sutton was recognized for his assistant coaching and won the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Junior Leadership and Sportsmanship Award. The biggest match of the season for several Bear Cubs will be the upcoming State Tennis Tournament April 23-27 in Oxnard and Valencia. The finals will be held at the beautiful Ojai Tennis Complex. Mike McDowd Sports Media-Information Director 4/15/14
Football Heads to Bay 6 Conference Even in junior college football there is not much of an off-season for both coaches and the players. This off-season, some big news will change the landscape of junior college football in northern California for the better. When the Bear Cubs football team charge onto the grid iron, the 2014 squad will be playing in a brand a new football conference called the Bay 6. The Northern California Football Competition Committee, in an unanimous vote, approved a realignment that will put the region's top 18 teams -- including SRJC-- in three elite "Division I" conferences. This now will allow a direct playoff system that would lead to a state championship game. The three new conferences will be the Bay 6, NorCal, and Valley Conferences. SRJC came off of a successful 2013 campaign (6-5, 2-3) that included an appearance in the Golden Valley Bowl against Modesto. The Bear Cubs will continue to face most all of their old NorCal Conference opponents like San Francisco and San Mateo. Head coach Lenny Wagner said, “I like the concept very much, however our schedule really didn’t change. We are still the toughest conference in the state and that’s the way I like it.” The new Bay 6 Football Conference almost mirrors the old NorCal Conference. The biggest departure for Santa Rosa is they will no longer have defending state champion Butte College in the same conference. The Roadrunners will stay in NorCal. Diablo Valley College, formerly of the Mid Empire, will be a new conference opponent in the Bay 6 for SRJC. There appears to be a consensus with schools throughout northern and central California who are looking forward to playing the brand new format. Several coaches indicated that this new playoff system was way overdue. Head coach Wagner also added, “Our conference already was a play-off system in itself. That being said, I do like the set up and it stays consistent with southern California.” The three league champions and one wild card will play in a first-ever NorCal football playoff bracket next fall. The at-large or wild card team will be admitted based on a power ranking formula that will be used to implement the new playoff system.Mike McDowd Sports Media-Information Director; Photography, Guy Mohr 4/7/14
New Football Conferences
Bay 6: Santa Rosa, De Anza, Diablo Valley, Foothill, San Francisco, and San Mateo
NorCal: American River, Butte, Feather River, Sacramento City, Sierra, and Siskiyous
Valley: Chabot, Fresno City, Laney, Modesto, Delta, and Sequoias
Dreamscapes, SRJC Dance Show The 2014 SRJC Dance Show Dreamscapes will be performed Friday 5/9 at 8pm, Saturday May 10 at 2pm & 8pm, and Sunday 5/11 at 2pm. Tickets are $10-$17 (ASB students can receive one complimentary ticket). You can purchase tickets through our box office at 707-527-4343 or online at www.santarosa.edu/theatrearts/. The show will be performed in Burbank Auditorium on campus. Poster
4th Annual Sports Medicine Dodgeball Tournament The Sports Medicine Program will be hosting the 2015 Dodgeball Tournament on Sunday, April 27th, 2pm, at Haehl Pavilion, SRJC (registration starts @ 1pm, approx. end time 5pm). This year they will be offering both "fun" and "competitive" brackets. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit Catrina and Lenny Wagner’s Little Warriors Recovery Fund for local children diagnosed with cancer and the SRJC Sports Medicine program. If you want to enter the tournament, designate a coach and email Jeremy Vandehurst for forms and rules, subject line: Dodgeball. The cost is $60 per team (checks payable to SRJC Sports Medicine). The deadline is April 20th for registration and payment. For more information click these links below.
Dodgeball Tournament Flyer
Link to Video of Past Tournaments
McMillian Wins 300 and Coaching Honors The buzzer sounded ending the game the Bear Cubs' men's hoops team had just won. The players were jumping for joy, savoring their incredible achievement of winning the first CCCAA Men's State Title in school history. SRJC, the north's No. 1 seed, beat the south's No .1 seed San Bernardino Valley College, 73-67. The jubilant celebration at Cerritos College in Norwalk on March 16, was like a scene right out of a NCAA final championship game you see on TV. It was also a very special occasion for fourteen year head coach Craig McMillan. McMillian won his first title and was named 2014 California State Men's Basketball Coach of the Year. However, despite those accolades he was unaware that he also achieved a milestone winning his 300th overall career game at SRJC. “Somebody had mentioned that too me, but honestly I was not really aware of it. I don't pay attention to coaching wins” said McMillan. The memorable victory improved his record to 300-145 overall. At Santa Rosa McMillan has coached his teams to the Northern California Regional semi-finals five times. He has won a total of five conference titles both in the Bay Valley and Big 8 Conferences. Prior to SRJC, McMillan was an assistant at NCAA division one schools including: University of Tennessee, Marquette University, and University of Arizona. His father John was an outstanding head coach at Cloverdale High. Under his dad's mentoring, the standout player led the Eagles to back-to-back State Championships in 1983 and 1984. At Arizona, McMillan was no stranger to the basketball limelight becoming coach Lute Olson's first blue-chip player. He helped the Wildcats in 1988 go the NCAA Final Four and won the schools first Pacific 10 Conference Title. The day after the big win on Monday, McMillan and assistant coaches Troy Stevenson and Maurice Thompson were the celebrity darlings of the Sonoma County media scene. All three men appeared live with Steve Jackson the host of The Drive Radio Show in Santa Rosa (pictured). The local program is heard on KSRO 1350 AM News-talk Radio Monday-Friday from 3-6pm.
Mike McDowd Sports Media-Information Director 3/20/14
Men's Baskeball Wins State Title It took Santa Rosa Junior College 96years for its men's basketball team to reach the pinnacle in junior college basketball, but now the wait is over. The improbable 2014 Bear Cubs finished their magical hoops odyssey, winning their first ever California Community College Athletic Association State Men's Basketball Championship. On the eve before Saint Patrick's Day, it was the north's No .1 seed Bear Cubs that had the luck of the Irish beating the south's No. 1 seed San Bernardino 73-67 at Cerritos College in Norwalk. The hottest team in the golden state earned their thirteenth consecutive win and finished 24-8 overall. Head coach Craig McMillian not only wins his first state title, but he picked up win number three hundred as coach of the Bear Cubs. Now that's a memorable day. The team showed no signs of quitting being down at half 29-32. For the second game in row, it was the Kai Drewry show (pictured). In the semi-final match up against the south's No. 2 seed Chaffey Colleg,e Drewry made an uncontested layup with 3.6 seconds left that proved to be the game winner. Santa Rosa beat Chaffey 49-47 to move on to the finals. In the title game, the super sophomore guard from Redwood High in Larkspur was clutch, providing a Ringling Brothers style lay-up to clinch the game with 25 seconds remaining giving Santa Rosa a 69-67 lead. Wolverine defenders plugged the lane, but somehow Drewry scooped the ball in for two. “Today I was confident it felt good”, said Drewry. I saw the lane open up and I took it.” Drewry finished the game with 16 points. The Bear Cubs appeared to have the game sealed with two minutes left. A steal and a dunk by Drewry and two free throws by Matthew Hayes bumped the lead to 67-59. However, San Bernardino did not go away thanks to Arizona State bound Gerry Blakes. In the span of a minute, the star sophomore scored six points of an eight-point run to tie the game 67 all. In the final seconds, San Bernardino hurried down the court shot and missed. 6'10” center Luke Cocheran used his body to grab a rebound with 11 seconds and was fouled. The sophomore nailed both free throws making the game 71-67. The Wolverines in a final possession attempted a desperation shot from Blakes who missed a three-pointer. Montgomery High grad sophomore Alec Kobre got the ball and was fouled with two seconds left. Both of his free throws were good to seal the title 73-67. Kobre's stellar shooting included a game high of 17 points and it earned him the tournament’s most valuable player award. The talented shooter hit 50% of his three-point shots going 5-10. Kobre helped his team shoot 43.5% from three-point range for the game. Santa Rosa was dynamite from the free thrown line hitting 21-23 for 91%. The champs shot 43.8% for the game compared to San Bernardino who shot 40.7% from the field. Drewry also commented, “We call ourselves the best shooting team in the state and we work at it. We know we can put the ball in the basket and score.” Besides Kobre and Drewry the Bear Cubs had four players in double figures. Davone Oliver had 14 points and Matthew Hayes 11. Hayes was named to the tournament team. It was a momentous victory for Head coach Craig McMillian. The Cloverdale native not only won his first state title, but he also achieved a milestone winning his three hundredth career game at Santa Rosa. Coach McMillan was a star guard for the University of Arizona and participated in some big time games. He helped the Wildcats in 1988 go to the NCAA Final. Coach admits that his SRJC team is not his most talented group he has had, but they have the most heart of any team he has coached.
“I am so impressed with this group, we had a phenomenal run and what a season,” said McMillian. “As a coach this is as big as it gets.” There were no reports on whether the team went to Disneyland for a celebration, but unequivocally the players and the Bear Cub faithful are standing tall knowing that they are California State Champions in 2014. Mike McDowd Sports Media-Information Director 3/19/14
2014 CCCAA Men's Basketball Championships
Alex Kobre, Tournament MVP
Matthew Hayes, All Tournament Selection
2014 CCCAA Men's Basketball Championships All- Tournament Team:
Santa Rosa Alex Kobre (MVP), Matthew Hayes
San Bernardino Valley: Keith Smith, Gerry Blakes
Chaffey: Adom Jacko; Chabot: Cortez Barrett
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