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Hawks Drop Conference Opener to #4 Concordia

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CC_GSACTue., Nov 29th, 2011 [box score]
Irvine, Calif.-- The San Diego Christian College men’s basketball drew a tough conference opener on Tuesday night, travelling to play the #4 Concordia University Eagles at CU Arena, where the Eagles are 75-4 over the past five seasons. The Eagles jumped up quickly and went on to a 108-68 victory over the Hawks.

SDCC kept it close early in the first half, trailing 14-8 over six minutes into the game. CU went on a 20-6 run over the next six minutes, stretching their lead to 34-14. The lead stayed close to that margin for the rest of the first half, with the Hawks going into halftime down 53-30.

The second half continued like the first, with the Eagles' defense keeping the Hawks at bay. CU had five players score in double figures, while the team shot 55.7% from the field.

The Hawks were led by Benji Arvizu with 18 points, while shooting 7-11 from the field. Arturo Prieto and Xavier Mylleville added 10 points each.

As a team, the Hawks shot 43.9% from the field, and out-rebounded the Eagles 42-35. The Eagles forced SDCC into 30 turnovers, leading to 42 CU points off turnovers.

The Hawks continue their season on Monday, December 5th, hosting Claremont College at 7:30pm.

Lady Hawks’ Comeback Falls Short

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CC_GSACTue., Nov 29th, 2011
Irvine, Calif.-- The San Diego Christian College women’s basketball team battled back from 13 points down in the second half to take the lead with just over one minute left in the game, only to see the comeback fall short in a 60-57 loss to Concordia University in the GSAC opener for both teams Tuesday night.

"We came out sloppy and slow," said Head Coach Kelsey Dillon. "There were a few spurts where we played our running game and executed offensively, but it wasn't enough.

The Lady Hawks started slow, falling behind 8-0 to start the game. SDCC responded with a 12-5 run to cut the lead to one with 8:00 left in the first half. Concordia was able to maintain the lead and stretch it out to 27-20 at the intermission.

The second half began much like the first half began, with Concordia coming out of the locker room on a 10-4 run to build their lead to their largest at 37-24 with 15:23 left in the game. The Lady Hawks bounced back with a small 13-4 run sparked by a pair of Michelle Gonzalez layups and a Brittany Daniel jumper. SDCC tied the game for the first time with 7:58 remaining on a pair of Jermani Stewart free throws.

The Eagles scored the next six points, but the Lady Hawks continued to fight back with consecutive buckets from Jasmin Thomas, and were able to take their first lead of the game when Daniel converted the old fashioned three point play by knocking down a free throw after getting fouled on a made layup with only 3:37 left in the game.

After the Eagles took the lead back, SDCC’s Brittany Robinson gave SDCC the lead again on a layup with just over 2:00 left in the game. Concordia responded again to move back in front, but the Lady Hawks would not give in, with Heather Serven (pictured left) scoring to put SDCC up 57-56 with 1:12 remaining. The lead would not remain, however, with Concordia taking the lead for good with a bucket at the :55 mark. SDCC had an opportunity, but Daniel was whistled for an offensive foul, giving the ball back to the Eagles. After missing the front end of the 1-and-1, SDCC moved the ball up the court, but a steal and layup gave CU a 60-57 lead and put the game away.

The Lady Hawks were led by Serven with 23 points (5-11 from the three point line). Hannah Miller and Daniel added 9 points, while Stewart grabbed 10 rebounds.

The Lady Hawks continue early GSAC play on Saturday, hosting The Master’s College at 5:30pm.

Former Hawks Sign Professional Baseball Contracts

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CC_GSACWed., Nov. 23, 2011 
El Cajon, Calif. -- Three former members of San Diego Christian College baseball team have signed contracts to play in the Frontier League with the Washington Wild Things (PA). Mike Bando, Trevor Bloom, and China McCarney have inked contracts to play the 2012 summer in Washington, Pennsylvania in one of the premier independent baseball leagues in America.

SDCC head coach, Chris Bando, is also the manager for the Washington Wildthings. Bando praised the opening that this provides players that might not have been noticed by Major League Baseball teams.

“This is a great opportunity for young players with professional talent to get signed by a Major League club,” said Bando. “There is a lot of talent that gets overlooked, and this provides a platform for them to showcase their skills.”

The Frontier League is the longest running independent baseball league, starting in 1993. The league has produced numerous major leaguers over the years and is a highly scouted league for prospects. In 2011, Baseball America’s top 10 Independent League Prospects included 3 from the Frontier League.
Mike Bando (pictured above) was a two year starter for SDCC at multiple infield positions. Bando hit .309 his junior season and slugged 10 homeruns over his two seasons at SDCC. Bando also drove in 39 RBIs in addition to slugging .415.

Bloom (pictured right) played for SDCC for one season, earning 2nd team NCCAA All-American honors. A transfer from Sacramento State, Bloom started in all 47 games and led the Hawks in nearly every offensive category, including batting average (.339), hits (65), home runs (5), RBIs (33), and runs (34). Bloom also posted 19 multi-hit games with 15 of those coming against GSAC conference pitching.

McCarney (pictured below) played his senior season at SDCC in 2010 after transferring from Cal State Northrdige and led the team in all major pitching categories in 2010. McCarney was also drafted two times by Major League Baseball organizations; once by the Cleveland Indians in 2008 and once by the Tampa Bay Rays in 2009. He turned down professional contracts to finish his college degree.

Coach Bando notes that the competition of the GSAC allows for player to be prepared for the professional level. In addition, the Wild Things look to the GSAC to find undiscovered talent as there will be 7-10 former GSAC players on the roster.
"The Frontier League is the #1 Independent Professional Baseball League for affliate signed players," said Coach Bando. "It is a young prospect league that enables our players to compete against professional talent, which gives them the opportunity to further display their skills."

With the signing of these three players, the San Diego Christian Baseball Program continues its legacy of developing athletes to play at the professional level. Since the program began in 2007, SDCC has now produced nine players that have signed to compete on the professional level.

In 2007, SDCC saw Aaron Vasquez and Josh Doane sign with the Israel Baseball League. In 2008, Lance Janke was drafted in the 14th round by the Cincinnati Reds, Clint Preisendorfer was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 42nd round, and Hank Lanto signed to play in the Northern League. And in 2009, Garrett Lingle played in the Continental Baseball League.

"In this current position, I can give talented players who attend SDCC the ability to play professionally if they get overlooked in the Major League draft." added Coach Bando. “Athletically, our coaching and teaching philosophy is to develop our players for professional baseball. We short change no player in teaching them how to be mentally, physically, and fundamentally sound.”

“We are also coaching future coaches and want to impart to them the right (professional) way to teach baseball to the glory of God.”  


For information on the Frontier League, click here.

For the Washington Wild Things website, click here.

Matadors Defeat Hawks in Exhibition

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by Brandon James & Kyle Ferguson

Tue., Nov 22nd 2011 
Northridge, Calif. --As the San Diego Christian men’s basketball team heads into conference play next Tuesday, the Hawks played yet another NCAA division I opponent on the road. SDCC traveled to Cal State University Northridge before a large crowd to see the two teams battle in the exhibition contest. The Hawks had a late arrival due to traffic in Los Angeles, leaving only 10 minutes before the game to warm up.

“When you live in Southern California, traffic is something you deal with by leaving hours ahead of time and sometimes things still happen,” said Coach Tim Cook. “Things like that make us mentally tougher. I don’t think it had a lot to do with the game, as Northridge took us out of our game and we had no answer for their shooting and rebounding.”

The Matadors started quickly with a breakaway dunk that ignited the crowd. The Hawks came back with some strong defense and got a breakaway layup from Tim Sanders. SDCC led at the first media timeout with Benji Arvizu leading the Hawks with 6 of the 10 points.

Hawks seemed to lose some of their luster out of the timeout and the Matadors scored 13 straight points before Kevin Dawson ended the run with a pair of free throws. With 11:45 left in the first half, Arvizu scored on the consecutive Hawks possessions with a running lay-up and a three-point shot that quieted the Matador crowd and cut the lead to 24-20. CSUN responded with a 25-8 run to close out the first half and head into the locker room with a 49-28 advantage.

The Hawks got going offensively in the second half and limited Big West Conference leading scorer, Stephan Hicks, to 6-18 shooting from the field and 2-6 from the three-point line. SDCC struggled shooting all game, but connected on five three pointers in the second half, and put up 40 second half points. Unfortunately for SDCC, the Matador role players stepped up as six CSUN players scored in double figures.

The Hawks had four players score in double figures, led by Benji Arvizu with 15 points. Arturo Prieto added 13 off the bench, while Tim Sanders and Xavier Mylleville had 11 points each.

SDCC shot 15-47 from the field. The Hawks were able to get to the free throw line, shooting 32-47 from the charity stripe. The Matadors forced 22 Hawk turnovers for the game.

"This is the type of game you chalk this up to experience,” said Cook. “We are to ready to start GSAC and be at home in December. We need to take care of business at home and keep striving to get better.

Cook also talked about the benefit of so many Division I games stating, “When you play high quality opponents, they exploit your weaknesses. This allows us to see clearly what we need to improve on and go back to practice work on it.

The Hawks next game is at Concordia University on November 29th in their first Golden State Athletic Conference contest with a 7:30pm start time.


Lady Hawks Off to Quick Start

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CC_GSACMon., Nov 21st, 2011
El Cajon, Calif.-- After dropping the season opener in double overtime with a depleted roster, The San Diego Christian College women’s basketball team heads into Thanksgiving break winners of their past four games. Within that stretch, the Lady Hawks average margin of victory is over 25 points and SDCC is putting up nearly 86 points per game on the season.

“This has been a long time coming,” said Head Coach Kelsey Dillon. “I felt like we have had teams in the past that could have won more games, but this is the first team that is winning the games that we should win.”

SDCC has been led by junior Brittany Daniel. Daniel, a San Diego native and transfer from Southwestern College in Chula Vista, currently ranks 4th in the NAIA with 22 points per game. Daniel is also averaging 7.4 rebounds, 6 assists (6th nationally), and 3.4 steals (26th nationally) per game. Daniel’s season is highlighted by a triple double against Arizona Christian on November 11th. In that game, Daniel scored 26 points, grabbed 15 rebounds, and dished out 10 assists.

In addition to Daniel, the Lady Hawks have four players averaging double figures in points per game, including Brittany Robinson (17.6, 24th nationally), Jasmin Thomas (13.8) and Heather Serven (10.8).

“The upperclassmen on the team have been taking turns stepping up,” said Dillon. “It is a key for us to not have to rely on one player.”

As a team, SDCC is ranked in the top 25 in numerous categories. Currently the Lady Hawks rank 7th in assists per game (19.4), 11th in points per game (85.8), 12th in scoring margin (20) and field goal percentage (.465), 13th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.010), 13th in steals per game (13.8), and 13th in blocks per game (6.8).

The Lady Hawks look to continue their strong season on Tuesday, November 29th as they open GSAC play at Concordia.

“We are taking the positive things from each game and building on them,” said Dillon. “At the same time, we are working to fix the things we didn’t do well.”

“These girls have a greatness about them and know how important GSAC games are. We will be ready to fight.”

Hawks Capture First Win of the Season

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CC_GSACFri., Nov 18th, 2011 [box score]
El Cajon, Calif.--The first official win of the Tim Cook era at San Diego Christian College came with drama, as the SDCC men’s basketball team fought off a tough Trevecca Nazarene University (TN) squad 75-72 on Friday night at the Ryan Athletic Center.

The Hawks move to 1-1 while the Trojans fall to 4-1.

“This is a great win for the program,” said Head Coach Tim Cook. “With the schedule we play, coming off a tough week, and beating a perennial NAIA power and top notch program in TNU, this was a step in the right direction for our program.”

The Hawks jumped up quickly after a Tim Sanders jumper made it 7-2. TNU responded and took the lead and held the lead the majority of the first half. The Trojans held their largest lead (28-21) at the 7:38 mark in the first half. SDCC kept the game in striking distance and took the lead on a pair of free throws from Jacob Garcia with :27 left in the half. TNU converted a pair of free throws right before the break and headed into the locker room with a 37-36 lead.

The Hawks came out with renewed energy in the second half and went on a 12-4 run to start the half. The lead would grow to 63-54 when Keenan Patterson drilled a three pointer off an assist from Benji Arvizu (pictured left) with 7:40 left in the game. The Trojans fought back with a 14-5 run to tie the game at 68-68 with 2:48 left in the game. The next possession, Arvizu attacked the hoop, drew the foul and knocked down both free throws. After SDCC forced a turnover, Johnnie Delbene converted on 1 of 2 free throws to move the lead to 71-68.

TNU responded with a bucket and called a timeout. SDCC came down and drained the shot clock before Xavier Mylleville received a pass in the lane from Sanders and powered the ball up and in to push the lead back to 3.

The Hawks continued their tough defense and Arvizu jumped in front of a pass for a steal and was immediately fouled. Arvizu again made both free throws to move the lead to 75-70. TNU got a put back with :02 left, but SDCC was able to get the ball inbounded to Delbene who ran out the clock.

“We struggled at times if the first half to get in a rhythm,” said Arvizu. “As the game went on, we were able to knock down shots and the bench stepped up and really contributed.”

The Hawks got 28 points from the bench, including 14 from Arturo Prieto with 11 coming in the first half.

The Hawks were led by Arvizu with 17 points. Mylleville added 14 points.

The game saw 10 ties and 4 lead changes. SDCC forced 17 turnovers and scored 24 points off of Trojan turnovers. In addition, the Hawks shot 26-32 from the charity stripe with Arvizu converting 13-14 attempts.

“As a returner, this win means a lot,” said Arvizu. “Coach Cook and his tremendous staff have us playing better each night. As we keep playing tough defense and keep staying poised, we will keep improving.”

“But we have to take one game at a time. It is always a good feeling to get a win, but we have to stay focused on the goal at hand.”

Cook praised his team after the game, especially the senior leadership from Arvizu, Sanders, Mylleville, Delbene, and Patterson.

“I have been preaching to the seniors this season that this is their team and we will not go anywhere without them leading us,” said Cook. “I ask a lot of them and they have come through.”

“For us to be successful, we need them to lead and they did that tonight.”

SDCC travels to Cal State Northridge for an exhibition on Tuesday, November 22nd at 7:05pm.

Lady Hawks Win Fourth Straight

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CC_GSACFri., Nov 18th, 2011 [box score]
El Cajon, Calif.-- The San Diego Christian College women’s basketball team continued their early season success, winning their fourth straight on Friday night over Eastern Oregon University 75-66. The win moves the Lady Hawks to4-1 on the year.

“We did a lot of good things tonight and played as a team,” said Senior Jasmin Thomas (pictured left). “We each play our roles and when we put it all together, it is a good combination.”

The Lady Hawks came out strong in the first half, jumping up 7-0 to start the game. The Mountaineers responded with an 11-4 run to knot the game at 11-11. EOU would move ahead at the 9:03 mark, and build their lead to 24-17 with just over 8:00 before half.

EOU would hold the lead until the final shot of the first half. With time running out, Hannah Miller grabbed a rebound on the defensive end and hit Brittany Robinson with a long pass. Robinson missed a three pointer, but Thomas was hustling and put the ball back up and in as time expired.

SDCC fell behind quickly in the second half, but captured the lead on a Jermani Stewart layup at the 17:41 mark and would not relinquish the lead. The Hawks would go on a 21-7 run over the next 7:00 to build the lead up to 12 at 50-38. The margin would remain similar for the remainder of the game, with EOU never getting closer than eight in the final 10 minutes of the game.

The Hawks were led by a Brittany Daniel with 23 points. Thomas added 18 points and Robinson scored 14.

Head Coach Kelsey Dillon praised her team’s character after the game. “We never give up. We are fighters and have shown that we are going to play to the buzzer every game no matter what the score is or how we are playing,” said Dillon. “That resilience will help us win games that we ‘shouldn’t’ win.”

The Lady Hawks are focused on maintaining this momentum over an 11 day layoff before starting GSAC play at Concordia on November 29th.

“We are keeping our end goal in mind,” said Coach Dillon. “The GSAC is what really matters and every pre-conference game we play gets us closer to our conference goals.”

“Since our next game is our conference opener, we will not have any trouble getting up for it.”

A Late Toreros’ Run Dooms Hawks in Exhibition

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CC_GSACWed., Nov 16th, 2011 [box score]
San Diego, Calif.-- In a game that was defined by runs, it was the University of San Diego Toreros that took advantage of an 18-3 run in the second half to blow open a close game in route to 89-63 win over the San Diego Christian College men’s basketball team on Wednesday night. The Hawks stormed back after being down at half to take an advantage at the 13:16 mark, only to see that Torero run put the game out of reach. The Hawks were playing their second game in three days against a NCAA Division I program after falling at Utah 58-55 on Monday night.

“This is another step in the learning process,” said Head Coach Tim Cook. “To go from playing a Pac 12 school, having one day off, and facing a WCC school tonight, we are able to see who we are as a team. USD is a well coached team that took advantage of their post presence, wore us down, and pulled away.” 

  The first half saw both teams go back and forth early with the score knotted at 14-14. The Toreros took advantage of a 16-2 run midway through the first half to take the lead. It appeared as fatigue set in late in the first half for the Hawks and USD stretched their lead to 32-20 at the break.

“Halftime was a teachable moment,” said Cook. “We needed to fight through and play with heart. We have great character and we need to continue that as we play teams at our level.” 

The Hawks had renewed energy coming out of the locker room, with Xavier Mylleville hitting a jumper and Benji Arvizu promptly attacking the hoop, getting fouled, and knocking down the Hawks’ first free throw of the game to cut the lead into single digits. SDCC would continue to make shots, and the run moved to 10-0 to start the second half, forcing USD to call a timeout.

The teams went back and forth with SDCC continuing to cut into the lead. Johnny Delbene (pictured left) drilled a three pointer off an assist from Tony Cali with 13:16 left in the game to push the Hawks in front 41-40. Over the next five minutes, The Toreros went on an 18-3 run to put the game out of reach. Overall, USD scored 47 points in the final 13:00 of the game to SDCC’s 21.

The Hawks were led by Arvizu with 17 points on 6-8 shooting. Delbene contributed with 11 points and Arturo Prieto added 11 points off the bench.

The game saw seven ties and four lead changes which led to some tense moments. The Toreros got hot in the second half, knocking down 20 of 31 shots, including shooting 5-10 from the three point line. USD controlled the glass as well, grabbing 42 rebounds to SDCC’s 25.

In the end, Cook was satisfied with his team’s performance.

“I am pleased where we are right now. We play one of the toughest schedules in America, and we need to build off of the experiences that we have against these Division I schools. As we start to play our level of competition, we will continue to learn to win and learn to be a team.” 

The Hawks host Travecca Nazarene University on Friday at 7:30pm.

Lady Hawks Roll Over Pomona-Pitzer

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CC_GSACTue., Nov 15th, 2011 [box score]
Pomona, CA --Playing in the first non-exhibition road game for the San Diego Christian College women’s basketball team saw the Lady Hawks fall behind after the initial bucket was made by the hosts Pomona-Pitzer; it was the only time the Lady Hawks would trail all game. SDCC went on a 17-3 run over the next 9:00 to take control of the game in route to a 77-49 victory over the Sagehens.


With the win, the Lady Hawks move to 3-1 on the early season. The Sagehens fall to 0-1. 

The first half was dominated by the Lady Hawks, led by senior Brittany Robinson’s (pictured left) 16 points. The big key for SDCC, were the 10 offensive rebounds which gave the Lady Hawks extra possessions on the offensive end. PPU went on a small run midway through the first half to cut the lead to single digits at 23-14, but the Lady Hawks responded with a 12-4 run to end the half with a 35-18 advantage.

The Lady Hawks continued to roll in the second half, outscoring the Sagehens 42-31 in the second stanza to take the game 77-49.

SDCC was led by Robinson with 23 points on 9-13 shooting, in addition to collecting 7 assists. Brittany Daniel added 15 points and Jasmin Thomas chipped in 12 points. Jermani Stewart had 8 points to go along with 11 rebounds (6 offensive).

The Lady Hawks continued their tenacious defense, forcing 30 turnovers and converting those turnovers into 38 points. In addition, SDCC collected 22 steals as a team. SDCC out-rebounded PPU 41-31 and displayed unselfish play by dishing out 17 assists as a team.

SDCC hosts Eastern Oregon University on Friday, November 18th at 5:30pm

Hawks Fall to Pac 12’s Utah in Final Seconds

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CC_GSACMon.,Nov 14th, 2011 [box score]
Salt Lake City, UT. -- A home game against an NAIA school is supposed to be a game where the newest member of the Pac 12, University of Utah, could hone their skills before jumping into the Division I portion of their schedule; the Utes got much more than that on Monday night, as the San Diego Christian College men’s basketball team fell in the final seconds 58-55 at the Huntsman Center. 


"We handled the moment really well," said Head Coach Tim Cook. "This was another valuable experience as we continue to improve as a team."

The first half saw both teams go back and forth early, with SDCC taking a 10-5 advantage on a layup by Kevin Dawson. The Utes responded with a small 12-2 run to jump up at the 10:53 mark and looked to be in control. The Hawks would bounce right back with a 15-4 run to take a 27-21 lead after a Tony Cali jumper, forcing Utah to call a timeout.

The Utes scored the next seven, to take the lead with just over 3:30 left in the first half, before a Dawson jumper would shift the lead back in favor of SDCC. Utah closed the half with a pair of free throws to head into the locker room with a 30-29 advantage. 


"We felt confident heading into half with the way we were playing," said Cook. "We were disciplined and knew if we kept that going in the second half, we would be in the game."

The second half continued like the first, with neither team able to pull away. Utah held a slight advantage until a layup from Xavier Mylleville tied the game at 41-41 with 10:55 remaining. Utah responded with a small 6-0 run and appeared to start to distance themselves from SDCC. But the Hawks would continue to be relentless in their attack keeping the game within striking distance as time dwindled down.

With less than two minutes left, SDCC found themselves trailing 54-48 after a pair of Ute free throws. SDCC’s Johnny Delbene was fouled going up for a layup. Delbene converted on 1-2 free throws to cut the lead to five with 1:43 left. SDCC forced a stop to get the ball back, but was unable to convert on the offensive end. After Utah made 1-2 free throws, Delbene missed a jumper and Dawson grabbed an offensive rebound. Dawson immediately kicked the ball out to an open Benji Arvizu who promptly drilled a three to make it a one possession game, 55-52.

It appeared that SDCC was out of chances after a pair of Utah freethrows, but Arvizu was fouled on a three point attempt, setting up three free throw tries. Arvizu hit all three free throws and SDCC fouled just as the ball was inbounded. Utah made 1 of 2, making a desperation heave for SDCC a possibility to tie, but Tim Sanders' half court shot fell short at Utah held on 58-55.

The Hawks were led by Tim Sanders(pictured left) with 11 points, 5 assists, 3 rebounds, and 2 blocks. Arvizu added 9 points, while Mylleville added 8 points in limited time due to foul trouble. Arturo Prieto chipped in with 8 points off the bench.

Cook expressed his appreciation for his team's effort after the game. "Coming off that loss to Carroll on Saturday, I felt like we were doing what we needed in spurts, but not for a full 40 minutes. Tonight was a different story. We stuck to our system and were disciplined on both ends of the court in addition to playing hard. That is what will keep you in games and will win you games. We grew up tonight."

The Hawks continue their difficult schedule on Wednesday at the University of San Diego at 7:00pm.



Photo by Mark C. Cooley Photography


2011 GSAC Fall Sport Scholar-Athletes

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Mon., Nov. 16, 2010
Azusa, Calif. -- On Monday, the Golden State Athletic Conerence Scholar-Athlete award listing was released. A total of 80 GSAC student-athletes were named from the 10 conference schools for the 2011 fall sports of men's and women's cross country, men's and women's soccer and volleyball. The athletes listed must have been a junior or senior in standing and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or above. The athletes from San Diego Christian College are listed below.

2011 Fall GSAC Scholar-Athletes

Athlete  Sport  Year   Major  
Adrienne Graham Cross Country Sr. Communication
Katelyn Neverkovek Cross Country Sr. Kinesiology
Jackilyn Lowry Cross Country Sr.. Kinesiology
Emmanuel Onywera Men's Soccer Jr.. Kinesiology
Katelyn Ogle Women's Soccer Jr. Biology

For a complete listing of 2011 Fall GSAC Scholar-Athletes, please visit the GSAC website by clicking this link.

Two Hawks Named All-Conference

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CC_GSACSat., Nov. 12, 2011 
El Cajon, Calif. -- Two Hawks, Justin Picou (pictured left) and Hannah Waggoner (pictured below) were named to the All-GSAC soccer teams that were released on Saturday. Each team, men's soccer and women's soccer, consists of 28 selections from the 10 Golden State Athletic Conference competitors.

Picou, a junior from San Diego, finished out the season with two goals and four assists in 16 games while playing both forward and defender for the Hawks. Waggoner, a senior from San Diego, led the GSAC in both goals (13) and points (28) while finishing second all-time on SDCC’s career points and goals scored list. This was the third All-GSAC selection for Waggoner in four seasons.
For the men, Biola University was the GSAC tournament champion while Fresno Pacific won the regular season title. Junior Paul Islas (Fresno, CA) from FPU received the GSAC Player of the Year award. Jamie Rodriguez, FPU’s head coach, was awarded GSAC Coach of the Year.

Point Loma Nazarene swept the GSAC Awards for the women with Tim Hall as Coach of the Year and Erica Wessels as Player of the Year. PLNU was the regular season champion and Azusa Pacific University was the GSAC tournament champion for the women.

For a full listing of the awards, go to GSAC Men's Soccer and GSAC Women's Soccer.


Photos courtesy of Kyle Cabezas-Jones 

Strong Second Half Lead Hawks over Argonauts

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Sat., Nov 12th, 2011 [box score]
El Cajon, Calif. -- The San Diego Christian College women’s basketball team went into the locker room at halftime trailing by a basket. Twenty minutes later, the team was celebrating a victory after rolling up 49 second half points in route to 79-60 win over Notre Dame de Namur University.

“Tonight was the first night that we finally showed how well we shoot as a team,” said Head Coach Kelsey Dillon. “We have five legitimate three point threats and we showed that in the second half.”

The first half saw SDCC fall behind quickly as NDNU jumped out to a 13-6 lead. The Lady Hawks fought back, but the Argos stretched the lead to eight at 26-18 with 5:16 left before half. SDCC used consecutive three pointers from Hannah Miller and Brittany Daniel to cut the deficit to two. Both teams went back and forth to end the first half with a 32-30 lead for NDNU.

“At half, Coach Dillon encouraged us to keep shooting when we had open shots,” said senior guard Brittany Robinson. “We kept fighting hard and refused to give up against their bigger players.”

The second half started out with teams exchanging points and continued that way until the 10:54 mark when NDNU grabbed the lead 51-50; it was the last lead they would hold all night. The Lady Hawks went on a 29-9 run to end the game behind eight three pointers in the second half. SDCC forced 13 second half turnovers, while dishing out 14 second half assists and only turning the ball over themselves 3 times.

Dillon praised her team’s unselfish play, stating, “We stress ball movement and team play in practice, and we put that into action tonight with 23 assists and 12 turnovers.”

Robinson attributed the unselfish play to the knowledge of what the team wants to accomplish. “We all understand our role on the team,” said Robinson. “And we each need to perform that role in order to reach the main goal of winning.”

The Lady Hawks were led by Heather Serven with 22 points on 8-14 shooting, including 6-10 from behind the arc. Brittany Daniel added 21 points, while Jasmin Thomas and Robinson had 12 points each. Robinson also added seven assists and eight rebounds.

SDCC was 31-64 from the field for the game, including 13-26 from the three point line.

“I am very proud of my girls and showing what we can do against a team that is bigger than us,” added Dillon. "If we execute our game, we can play with anyone.”

Lady Hawks Fall in Season Finale

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Sat., Nov 12th, 2011 [box score]
Fresno, Calif. -- The San Diego Christian College volleyball team concluded their 2011 campaign on the road at 4-time defending national champion Fresno Pacific, falling in straight games 25-17, 25-14, 25-23.

The Hawks jumped up quickly in game one, taking a 9-5 advantage before the Sunbirds started chipping away. SDCC held their final lead at 12-11 before FPU went on a 13-6 run to take game one.

FPU took control of game two from the beginning, but the Hawks refused to go quietly, battling back to cut into the Sunbird advantage. FPU was too much overall, capturing game two 25-14.

Game three saw the Hawks fight back late in the game. Trailing 18-15, the Hawks went on a 6-2 run on serves from Jessica Brazynetz and three straight kills from Lauren Howard. In the end, FPU was too much and won game three and the match.

SDCC was led by Senior Lauren Howard with nine kills in her final game as a Hawk. Chelsea Rose added eight assists and ten digs.

SDCC ends their season with a record of 7-27 and 1-17 in the GSAC.

Hawks Fall to #23 Carroll College

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Sat., Nov 12th, 2011 [box score]
El Cajon, Calif. -- Fresh off a victory in another exhibition on Friday night, the San Diego Christian College men’s basketball team finally played a game that counted when they hosted #23 Carroll College (MT) at the Ryan Athletic Center. The final was not kind to the Hawks, as SDCC could not fend off a second half run from the Fighting Saints in a 71-62 loss Saturday night.

Head Coach Tim Cook was expecting a battle from the Saints. “I knew after Carroll’s loss to Point Loma, that they were going to be ready,” said Cook. “They play with passion and have a winning tradition. I told the team we need to be prepared for the best effort from such a prominent program.”

The Hawks started out quickly with an 8-0 run in the first two minutes of the game before a CC timeout to settle their team. The Saints found a groove and went on a 23-10 run over a six minute stretch to turn a deficit into an advantage midway through the first half.

With 1.7 seconds left in the half, SDCC’s Benji Arvizu cut backdoor and received a pass from Keenan Patterson. Arvizu was fouled on the layup, but powered the ball up and in. Arvizu converted the three point play and knocked down the free throw to cut the CC lead to 36-33. It appeared that the Hawks would go into half down three, but CC’s Jordan Weirick snuck behind a pressing Hawk defense and received a long pass, dropping the ball through the hoop as the first half expired to push the lead to 38-33 at half. The first half saw a free throw discrepancy in favor of the Saints, with CC attempting 16 shots from the charity stripe to only 6 for SDCC.

When asked about the foul trouble, Cook stated, “We have to learn to be aggressive, yet at the same time, stay poised. We are still learning a new system and it takes some time to master it.”

The second half resembled the first as SDCC would make a small run, only to see CC respond with a small run of their own. The Hawks cut the lead to 46-44 with 12:58 remaining, only to see CC go on a 11-3 run to push the lead to double figures. The Saints were able to keep the Hawks at bay the rest of the game and take the win 71-62.

SDCC was paced by Arvizu with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Xaiver Mylleville added 10 points in limited action due to foul trouble. Tony Cali and Kevin Dawson had nine points each. The Hawks shot poorly in the second half, connecting on only 10-27 shots.

“We did a great job out of the gate, but still have yet put together a complete 40 minutes,” said Cook. “That is the process we are working on in the early portion of our season.”

“With the difficult schedule, we have a good gauge to help us see where we are.“

The Hawks travel to the University of Utah to battle the Pac 12's newest member in an exhibition on Monday, November 14th.

Hawks Win Home Opener

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Fri., Nov 11th, 2011 [box score]
El Cajon, Calif. --After facing two NCAA programs in road exhibition contests, the San Diego Christian College men’s basketball team was ready to be home. That first home contest came Friday night in the form of a 75-46 thumping of Pacifica College.

“It felt great to be home in front of family and friends,” said Head Coach Tim Cook. “Having coached for years, I was fearful that our energy level would be low coming in and it was evident right off the tip.”

The Hawks started on a slow 9-0 run but did not appear to have the life previously seen in road contests at UC Irvine and Grand Canyon University. After PC cut the lead to 9-5, SDCC substituted for all five starters. The Hawks then scored on four consecutive possessions, with three pointers from Tony Cali and Arturo Prieto and consecutive baskets from Jacob Garcia. The energy from the bench players bolted the Hawks on a 20-5 run over the next 7:00 to blow the game open.

Cook noted, “I felt the bench did a good job of playing with energy; in addition, they gave us a solid boost.”

The Hawks relentless defense led to 13 Gladiator turnovers in the first half which led to 13 Hawk points. SDCC also limited PC to only 4-16 shooting in the first half.

The second half was much of the same for the Hawks. SDCC slowly started stretching their lead out, but the Gladiators refused to give up, consistently attacking the basket and pushing the tempo. The Hawks, however, continued with their patient play, working the ball into the post and hitting open shots when the ball was kicked out. The Hawks were 14-29 from the field in the second half, including hitting five three pointers.

The Hawks were paced by Prieto with 17 points off the bench, including shooting 6-8 from the field and 3-5 from behind the arc. The scoring for the Hawks was balanced, as 11 different players were able to score on 22 assists. In addition, the depth of SDCC was evident with 45 points coming from the bench. The Hawks also held an advantage on the glass, out-rebounding PC 39-31.

Overall, Cook was happy with the win, but saw room for improvement.

“I felt we did not execute nor play near as hard as we need to,” said Cook. “We need to be tougher.”

“We have to play with a different mentality as we get closer to GSAC play.”

The Hawks host #23 Carroll College (MT) on Saturday, November 12th at 7:30pm.

Daniel, Lady Hawks Overwhelm Firestorm

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Fri., Nov 11th, 2011 [box score]
El Cajon, Calif. --The San Diego Christian College women’s basketball team captured their first win of the season Friday evening. The Lady Hawks jumped up quickly and rolled to a dominating 110-63 win over Arizona Christian University behind a triple-double from Junior Brittany Daniel and seven total players scoring in double figures.

“We came out with more of a focus to do the things that we want to do this year,” said Head Coach Kelsey Dillon. “We were able to push the ball, played successful pressure defense, and team basketball.”

The Lady Hawks used their pressure defense and high tempo offense to take a dominating lead in the first half behind forcing 21 Firestorm turnovers and scoring 36 points in the paint to jump up 50-27 at the break. For the half, SDCC shot 53.8% from the field while forcing ACU into shooting 12-41 from the field, including 3-13 from behind the arc.

ACU, substituting five players at a time every few minutes, played a full court pressure defense and tried to force the Lady Hawks out of their game. SDCC was able to handle the pressure and take advantage of the aggressive Firestorm defense.

“We handled their pressure well,” said Coach Dillon. “Our turnovers came from being over anxious and trying to do too much. We pushed the ball up the floor like we wanted and were able to get layups all game.”

The Lady Hawks continued their onslaught in the second half as the Hawks were 20-36 (55.6%) from the field. In addition, SDCC converted on 17-19 free throws in the second frame.

The Hawks were led by Daniel. The San Diego Native was 11-14 from the field, scoring 26 points. In addition, Daniel grabbed 15 rebounds and dished out 10 assists. Brittany Robinson added 18 points and Sabrina Jimenez had 16. Jermani Stewart also collected a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Senior Point Guard Jasmin Thomas just missed a double-double with 10 points and 9 assists. The well rounded effort was finished off by Heather Serven (13 points) and Hannah Miller (10 points).

The win erases the taste a double overtime loss in the opener. “That first loss was in the back of their minds,” said Dillon. “They didn’t want to feel that way again.”

The Lady Hawks host Notre Dame de Namur of Saturday, November 12th at 5:30pm.

Hawks Take Sea Lions to 4 Games in Home Finale

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lhTue., Nov. 8, 2011[Box Score]
El Cajon, CA-- The San Diego Christian College volleyball team hosted cross-town foe Point Loma Nazarene University in their home finale Tuesday night, falling in four games 23-25, 25-11, 25-14, 25-10. The night saw the Lady Hawks honor seniors Jessica Brazynetz (pictured left) and Lauren Howard, both playing in their final home match. 

The first game saw the Lady Hawks use the emotion of senior night to jump up quickly. Both teams exchanged points for the entire game, with the largest lead coming from PLNU at 16-13. SDCC quickly responded with three straight points to knot the game at 16. Both teams continued to exchange points and the Hawks took the lead 23-22 on an Aja Walker kill. PLNU tied it at 23-23, but Walker and Mariah Boelk combined to block a Sea Lion attack to take a 24-23 lead. SDCC then took the game on an attack error by PLNU. 

The momentum did not last long, however, as the Sea Lions quickly jumped up on the Hawks 9-2 in the second game. PLNU did not let up and took the game 25-11.  

PLNU used a strong attack in games three and four as well in route to 25-14 and 25-10 wins. PLNU hit .417 for the match and .529 in game four.  

For the match, SDCC was led by Howard’s 10 kills. Chelsea Rose added 14 assists and Stephanie Rice had 12 digs.  

SDCC finishes their season on Saturday at Fresno Pacific at 3:00pm.  



Photo courtesy of Kyle Cabezas-Jones.



Hawks Fall After ‘Lopes Strong Second Half

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Tue., Nov. 8, 2011[box score  

Phoenix, AZ--It was a game of two halves for the San Diego Christian College men’s basketball team on Tuesday evening. The first saw the Hawks battle the NCAA Division II Grand Canyon University ‘Lopes to a three point deficit at the break and gain a two point advantage minutes into the second half. The second saw GCU outscore SDCC 45-19 the final 17 minutes of the contest in route to an 83-59 win in the exhibition contest. 

 “I am happy with the way we played,” said Head Coach Tim Cook. “GCU is a very good team. The kids fought hard and we are improving. This was a great learning experience.”   

The first half continued to go back and forth and GCU went into the intermission with a 35-32 lead.  

“We played well defensively in the first half and hit some good shots,” added Cook. “We felt confident heading into the break.”   

The second half appeared to be going the way of the first, with both teams exchanging points early. SDCC took a 40-38 advantage after Johnnie Delbene stole the ball from Chris Johnson and took it in for a layup.  

Things then took a turn in favor of the ‘Lopes. The Hawks went scoreless in a six minute stretch and saw the two point lead turn into a 13-point deficit in that time frame. The GCU onslaught continued and the run stretched to 30-8 to put the game away. 

Cook noted, “We didn’t execute well and rushed some shots. Then they went on that run.” 

GCU was hot all night, shooting 51.8% from the field for the game. In addition, the ‘Lopes were 22-26 from the charity stripe.  

The Hawks were led by Arvizu with 14 points and 8 rebounds, while Tony Cali added 13 points. Tim Sanders chipped in with seven points and nine rebounds. Delbene collected five steals.  

“We play these exhibitions for us to see where we are early and so we are aptly prepared heading into the GSAC portion of our schedule,” said Cook. “This is a great learning experience for us, and we are accomplishing our goals in these exhibitions.” 

 The Hawks return to campus for their home opener on Friday, November 11th versus Pacifica College at 7:00pm.  


Hawks Drop Exhibition to UC Irvine

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Sat., Nov. 5, 2011[box score 

Irvine, CA- The Tim Cook era in the San Diego Christian College Basketball Program kicked off on Saturday night in an exhibition at UC Irvine. The Hawks played a balanced game and hung in for much of the first half. The coaching staff was pleased with the output and the total defensive effort.

"I couldn’t be more pleased with the way we are playing defense right now,” said Head Coach Tim Cook. “We were technically sound and played well.”

The Hawks started strong behind a Johnnie Delbene three pointer on the second possession of the game. The game went back and forth and SDCC cut the lead to 14-11 on a dunk by Xavier Mylleville at the 10:24 mark.

UCI responded with a 14-3 run over the next 4:00 to extend the lead to double figures. SDCC was able to cut the lead to 9 with just under 3:00 left in the first half after a Tony Cali jumper. The Anteaters then converted three free throws before half to stretch the lead to 12.

“In the first half, we got into foul trouble and they went on a run,” said Cook. ”Late in the half, we gambled and played some guys that were in foul trouble and the gamble paid off; we cut the lead down without a cheap foul.”

SDCC had 10 second chance points in the first half against a tough Anteater attack.

The Hawks fought early in the second half and cut the lead to 9 on a pair of Benji Arvizu free throws. The Anteaters kept slowly adding to their lead throughout the second half before opening it up late and taking the game 84-63.

“We had a good offensive rhythm with good movement and shot selection. Overall, the ball just didn’t fall for us tonight,” said Cook.

The Hawks were led by Kevin Dawson with 15 points while Johnnie Delbene added 10 points. Overall, the Hawks received contributions from a variety of players, with all 12 players playing significant time.

“I am very proud of how hard we are working," added Cook. “This was a tremendous opportunity to play a Division I program and see where we are. There were a lot of good things to take from the game and make adjustments for the long run.”

SDCC travels to Phoenix for an exhibition contest with Grand Canyon University on Tuesday, November 8th

Biola Sweeps SDCC

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Sat., Nov. 5, 2011[box score 

La Mirada, CA- As the season heads to its conclusion, the San Diego Christian College  volleyball team was looking for an upset on the road at #11 Biola. In the end, the Eagles were too much for the Hawks, sweeping the match 25-15, 25-19, 25-12.  

The Lady Hawks hung tough in the first game, even holding the lead 11-10. Biola pushed through and rolled out a 10-4 run and took the game.

The second game remained knotted at 10-10 when Biola jumped ahead again on a big run. SDCC made a push to cut the score to 19-17, but the Eagles were able to stay on top and take game two.

The Eagles jumped out quickly in game three and never looked back.  SDCC was unable to mount a comeback and Biola won game three and the match.

SDCC was led by Lauren Phillips who had nine kills. Cassidy Mertens added 20 assists, and Stephanie Rice had 11 of the teams' 33 digs.

The Hawks host Point Loma Nazarene University on Tuesday in the final home match of the season at 7:00. 

Hawks Fall in Exhibition Contest to Toreros

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 Sat., Nov. 5, 2011[box score

San Diego, CA--Faced with the adversity of only suiting up seven players is difficult enough; couple that with playing on the road against NCAA Division I University of San Diego and it proved to be a difficult task for the Lady Hawks of San Diego Christian College. SDCC fought hard, but fell 87-48 in an exhibition contest against the Toreros on Saturday afternoon.

“We have continued our tough road with only seven girls,” said Head Coach Kelsey Dillon. “I am proud of the how we fought and worked hard against their huge roster.”

USD jumped out quickly on the Lady Hawks, scoring the first five points of the game. SDCC responded on a jumper by Jasmin Thomas and a three by Heather Servin. The Toreros went back on top and went on a 20-6 run to take a commanding lead that they would maintain throughout the game.

Dillon added, “It was good for us to be able to work on our offense against such a tough defense. We faced a really tough defense and this will prepare us for any team we face this season.”

Brittany Robinson led SDCC with 15 points and four rebounds. Brittany Daniel added 12 points for the Hawks. SDCC’s defense forced 18 turnovers and limited USD to 1-6 from the three point line in the second half.

Dillon said she was happy with the effort from her team, adding, “The main thing is fighting to the end. We never gave up through all the adversity.”

The Lady Hawks continue their season  on Friday, November 11th at home versus Arizona Christian University. 

Hawk Runners Finish 7h at GSAC Championship

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lhSat., Nov. 5, 2011   
Fresno, CA-- The San Diego Christian College women’s cross country team concluded their season on Saturday at the GSAC championship in Fresno. The team completed the season with a 7th place finish overall, ending a successful campaign for second year head coach Rufus Schneider.

“We were pleased with the way we ran today,” said Schneider. “We ran the fastest race we have ever run on that course.”

“The girls stepped up and performed well.”

Joella Silvera led SDCC with a 28th place finish overall, ending with a time of 19:20. Right behind Silvea was Jacklyn Lowry (pictured left) at 19:34 and 31st overall.

Next for the Hawks was Katarina Medici, 39th overall and posting a 20:26. Adrienne Graham crossed the line next in a time of 20:50 and 39th overall. Rounding out the Hawk runners were Jackie Flores (58th, 23:04), Allison Rowe (59th, 23:56) and Katelyn Neverkovek (61st, 25:24).

For the SDCC men, Jeremiah Ninteman finished the 8k with a time of 32:34.

“The GSAC is such a great conference for cross country,” added Schneider. “While we felt we could have run better, we realize that the competition in this conference is superior to what we see most of the year.”

“Overall, it was successful. We are able to drive home with no regrets.” 

2011-2012 Men's Basketball Outlook

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lhFri., Nov 4th, 2011 [schedule] [roster]
El Cajon, Calif. --A new era has begun in the San Diego Christian College men’s basketball program, as longtime California Baptist University assistant Tim Cook has taken the helm as head coach for the Hawks. Cook comes in with a wealth of GSAC experience, including coaching CBU into the NAIA top 20 in five out of the seven seasons he was on staff.  

“The 16 years of experience as an assistant with great mentors has prepared me to be here,” said Coach Cook. “I feel blessed to be in this position.” 

Cook looks to bring back the winning tradition that has been absent from the SDCC campus in recent seasons. Following the 2007 GSAC regular season championship, the program has struggled, finishing in the lower half of the conference standings the past four seasons. 

“We have set out to change the culture that has developed in recent years,” said Cook. “Our focus is on what we need to do to bring the program back to prominence.”  

Cook and the Hawks will look to a combination of returners and new recruits to move the program back in the right direction. Returners include starters Tim Sanders (6.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg), Xavier Mylleville (6.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg) and Benji Arvizu (7.0 ppg). Also returning are senior leaders Keenan Patterson and Calvin Seaberry. In addition, three redshirted players from last season return (Arturo Prieto, Ben Chung and Rafael Rodriguez). 

Cook complements the returners with six transfers. The newcomers include guards Toni Cali (Miracosta College), Johnnie Delbene (Colorado State), Ryan Rubino (LA Pierce College), and Kevin Dawson (University of San Francisco/LA Harbor College), forward Jacob Garcia (Rio Hondo College), and post Arash Riahi (Sonoma State). The Hawks also have three transfers that are redshirting: Garrett Elwood (North Texas), Kwaminique Brandon (Cal Lutheran), and Patrick McBride (Ventura College).  

“We set out to complement our returners and make sure each spot fit out system. We wanted shooters, play makers, and decision makers,” added Cook.  

The schedule makes the transition difficult, as SDCC will face five NCAA Division I schools, including UC Irvine (Big West Conference), Cal State Northridge (Big West Conference), University of San Diego (West Coast Conference), NCAA Sweet Sixteen participant San Diego State (Mountain West Conference), and Utah (PAC 12) in exhibition games.  The exhibition schedule rounds out with a road challenge against NCAA Division II Grand Canyon University. In addition, the Hawks have 13 games against NAIA teams with at 20 or more wins and 7 games against teams that qualified for the NAIA Championship Tournament last year.  

Cook added, “Some say this is the toughest schedule in the country at this level. I wanted to prepare us well for what we will see in the GSAC and not build a sense of false confidence.”  

Overall, the Hawks look to improve and bring back the winning tradition that has been absent in recent years.  

“The program and the student athletes are prepared to start a new era,” said Cook. “We embrace the tradition that SDCC basketball has and look to adding to that tradition for years to come.” 

“We are excited for college basketball season to start.” 


Lady Hawks Drop Opener in Double OT

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lhWed., Nov 2nd, 2011 [box score]
El Cajon, Calif. -- The San Diego Christian College women’s basketball team tipped off their season on Thursday night, falling in a double overtime thriller 91-88 to La Sierra University. It was a game of ups and downs, including seeing the short-handed Lady Hawks battle back at both the end of regulation and the first overtime to tie the game. SDCC, playing with only 8 players, fought through the adversity to nearly take the game. 

SDCC (0-1) controlled much of the first half, including building a lead of 21-11. LSU came back and went on a 10-0 run to tie the game at 21. SDCC stretched the lead to 34-27 heading into half, behind 13 points from Junior Brittany Daniel.

The second half was much like the first, with the score remaining close, but  with SDCC remaining in the lead until the 7:27 mark, when LSU captured a 52-51 lead.  LSU built their lead to 64-57 with 1:34 left in the game, when SDCC came firing back. Brittany Robinson (pictured left) grabbed a rebound and took the ball coast to coast for a layup to cut the lead to five, at 64-59. Robinson then drilled a jumper on the next possession. Heather Serven then stole a pass in the full court press and hit Robinson, who dribbled into the lane and was fouled on the shot. Robinson converted 1 of 2 free throws to cut the LSU lead to two. With :15 left, LSU’s Audrey Bukala missed a front end of the 1 and 1. Senior Jasmin Thomas grabbed the rebound and brought it up the court and hit Daniel with a pass. Daniel spun into the lane and dropped the ball in with just :01 on the clock to send the game to overtime.

The first overtime saw LSU maintain the lead the majority of the period, including taking a four point advantage with :54 left. After a missed shot by Robinson, Melissa Beatty grabbed the offensive rebound and was fouled putting the shot back up. Beatty promptly drained both free throws to cut the lead to two with :36 left. SDCC’s defensive pressure kept LSU from scoring and Beatty was able to grab the rebound and kicked it out to Jasmin Thomas. Thomas took the ball up the court, weaving through Golden Eagles and converting a layup as time expired to send the game to a second overtime.

The second overtime was taken over by Joirdan Jones of LSU. Jones drilled two three pointers and six free throws, scoring all 12 Golden Eagle points. The Lady Hawks were forced to play the final minutes with only four players (after an early injury to Natassjia Mitchell), when Jermani Stewart, Brittany Daniel, and Brittany Robinson fouled out. SDCC had one final chance with the ball and trailing by three with :06 left. But a Heather Serven three pointer couldn’t go down and the Golden Eagles escaped with the victory.

Brittany Daniel led the Hawks with 25 points and 8 rebounds. Brittany Robinson dropped 21 points and Jasmin Thomas added 17 points for SDCC. The Lady Hawks outscored LSU in the paint 46-28.

SDCC continues their season on Saturday November 5th at The University of San Diego in an exhibition. 

Lady Hawks Look to Take Next Step in 11-12

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lhWed., Nov 2nd, 2011 
El Cajon, Calif. --The San Diego Christian College women’s basketball team is looking to continue their progression forward in 2011-2012, with the addition of six newcomers and seven returners, including four starters. The Lady Hawks will feature a combination of youth and experience, as they feature five upperclassmen, four sophomores, and two freshmen.

“We have a lot of athletic players,” said Head Coach Kelsey Dillon. “We brought in some height to fit with our shooters. With our returners and recruits, we want to take it to the next level.”

The Hawks look to seniors Jasmin Thomas, Brittany Robinson, and Juanita Lewis to provide leadership. Robinson (picture left) led SDCC in scoring last season, averaging 13.5 points per game. Thomas, guiding the team from the point guard position, started all but one game last season and averaged 8.8 points per game while leading the team in assists (73). Lewis contributed off the bench last season, chipping in 7.9 points per game and grabbing 4.2 rebounds per game.

Other returners include sophomores Sabrina Jiminez,  Heather Serven, Jermani Stewart, and Alexa Davison.

The recruiting class is highlighted by three junior college transfers: Brittany Daniel (Southwestern College) Charrdonnay Shula (Laney College) and Irene Lopez (Moorpark College). Rounding out the recruiting class, Coach Dillon added two freshman: Melissa Beatty (Lawndale, CA) and Natassjia Mitchell (San Diego,CA).

The Lady Hawks’ schedule features 10 games against teams ranked that finished the season in the top 25 in the NAIA. The SDCC women also head on the road in exhibitions against NCAA Division II National Tournament participant Cal State San Bernadino and NCAA Division I University of San Diego of the West Coast Conference.  

"We are excited about this season and our competition,” said Coach Kelsey Dillon. “We worked hard to get a balanced preLookconference schedule. Our goal was to make sure we had good competition that would prepare us for conference play, but to go into GSAC play with a winning record." 

Our non-conference schedule will give us a good idea heading into GSAC play of where were currently are compared to where we have been in the past.”  

The Lady Hawks tip off the season on Thursday, November 3rd at home versus La Sierra University.  



Hawks Conclude Season with Win

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Tue., Oct 25th, 2011 

El Cajon, Calif. --In a season of highs and lows, the San Diego Christian College men’s soccer team finished their season on a high after knocking off Bethesda University of California in overtime 3-2 on Tuesday afternoon. The win helped the Hawks end with confidence after taking the final two games of the season.

“This was a great win for us,” said Assistant Coach Donald Laing. “We lost a lot of close games, so it was nice for the guys to see the hard work pay off with a victory.

BUC struck first in the 33rd minute to jump up 1-0 on a shot just outside of the box.

SDCC responded when when a shot by Victor Flores was batted down by a BUC defender's hand in the box, setting up a penalty kick for Leandro Vianna. Vianna promptly placed the ball in the back of the net to knot the game at 1-1.

SDCC’s second goal came when Jordan Abad hit Justin Picou down the left side of the box. Picou dribbled and passed to Emmanuel Onywera who snuck the ball past the goalkeeper to put the Hawks up 2-1.

The Flames scratched a goal in the final minute of regulation to send the game to overtime.

In the overtime period, SDCC took the game when goalkeeper Alex Cozzi saved a BUC shot and fired the ball down the left to Salvador Velesquez. Velesquez dribbled past midfield and delivered a pass down the middle to a streaking Onywera who knocked it past the keeper for the game winner.

The Hawks conclude their season at 5-11-1.

“It is good to end the season with a pair of wins,” said Head Coach Carlos Calderson. “We showed that we can do it, we just need to start playing this well earlier in the year. This is a nice confidence boost moving forward.”





Lady Hawks Sweep HIU

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Tue., Nov 1st, 2011 [box score]

El Cajon, Calif. --The San Diego Christian College volleyball team took a little while to get going on Tuesday night, but when they finally did, they were dominating in a sweep of Hope International University 25-23, 25-15, 25-18.

The Royals led much of the first game, including taking a 23-19 lead late. SDCC used straight kills from Lauren Howard to cut the lead to one 23-22, and Stephanie Rice led them to a game one win with three straight points while serving.

SDCC started out strong in game two scoring the first five points behind Cassidy Merten’s serves and a pair of Howard kills. The lead ballooned to 14-3 until HIU battled to cut into the SDCC lead. The Hawks would be not be deterred as they continued to take point after point and won the game 25-15.

The third game continued from where the second one left off, as SDCC jumped out quickly to a 10-3 lead. After a small Royal run, the Hawks put the game away behind a .483 hitting percentage and 16 kills.

The SDCC attack was led by Aja Walker, Lauren Phillips, Shelby Broberg, and Howard, who combined for 34 kills. Walker hit .529 for the game, while Broberg hit .417 and Mariah Boelk hit .357. In addition, Mertens had 33 assists and Stephanie Rice had 16 digs.

SDCC continues their season on the road at Biola on Saturday, November 5th at 7:00pm

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