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Three of five Antelope Valley College players who are eligible to move on to the next level have locked up full ride scholarships/or signed to play professional;

  1. Cory Dollarhide, 6’0, 175, guard, Lewis Clark University, NAIA
  2. Jailen Gill, 6’8”, 215, PF Tennessee-Martin, D-1
  3. Anton “Ace” Warren, 6’10”, 265, Professional Basketball team pending.

That leaves two sophomore graduates to be placed;

  1. Charles Hall, 6’1”, 190, guard
  2. Reggie Byers, 5’9”, 170 guard

imageI talked to Charles Hall who just competed a visit to Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas, NAIA.  His also is discussing his basketball future with several other Universities.  “I am taking my time in choosing where I will be playing next year.” “ It is a big decision.” 

Charles Hall Summer

…Reggie Byers is currently concentrating his efforts on his academics.

Cory Dollarhide4

AVC’s Cory Dollarhide, 6’0”, 175 combo guard signs with Lewis-Clark College a NAIA program located in Lewiston, Idaho.  Lewis-Clark College played in the NAIA National Tournament last year and had an overall record of 23-11.

Cory, team captain, led AVC to to the California State Tournament and shot 42.0% from beyond the arc.  He was the second leading scorer for his team putting in 12.3 ppg. 

Dollarhide who graduated a semester early with his AA degree, worked out yesterday and he looked to be 100% physically.  “I’m finally back to full strength since my playoff injury.”  “I can’t wait to get back to basketball at Lewis-Clark.”  Dollarhill missed the last several games for AVC in the playoffs and the State Tournament with a hamstring injury.  Cory who was a very durable athlete at AVC says he will never forget how bad he felt not being able to compete in the key games of last season.

Image result for photos of lewis clark activity centerHead Coach Brandon Rinta made a great pick to rebuild his NAIA power house.  In his fifth season at the helm of the Lewis-Clark State College men’s basketball team, Brandon Rinta led the Warriors to their highest winning Rintapercentage in program history while winning 20-plus games for the fourth straight season.  For the third time in Rinta’s tenure the Warriors won the Frontier Conference regular season title, while capturing a second straight tournament title. With a 29-5 record, LCSC earned a No. 1 seed in its 11th trip to the NAIA National Championship for the first time in program history and finished the season as the 12th best team in the NAIA.

More Long Beach State Basketball problems.

Washington hires Jody Wynn as women’s basketball head coach

By Kayla Lombardo Apr 14, 2017

The University of Washington has hired Jody Wynn to be its women’s basketball program’s new head coach, the university announced Friday.

Wynn, who will replace the Arkansas-bound Mike Neighbors, spent the last eight seasons at Long Beach State, where she led the 49ers to three straight 20-win campaigns and an NCAA tournament appearance.

“I am thrilled to welcome Jody and her family to the University of Washington,” UW athletic director Jennifer Cohen said in a release. “She has built a culture of excellence at Long Beach State which has inspired championship values and achieved results.

“She possesses a fierce competitive nature and always operates with the utmost integrity. I believe her skillset and experiences are the perfect fit to capitalize on the momentum our program has built and lead us into the future.”

[Wynn will take over a Huskies squad that will be without Kelsey Plum, the top pick in the 2017 WNBA draft, in 2018. Plum set the NCAA all-time scoring record this season and helped lead Washington to the Final Four in 2016.

It was a dream come true for sophomore Jailen Gill.  When he joined Antelope Valley College last year, he had four goals;

  1. Get his AA degree.
  2. Help lead AVC to the State Tournament
  3. Get a full ride D-1 scholarship
  4. Play professional basketball after he gets his BS degree.

He accomplished three of his four goals at Antelope Valley College as he signed his scholarship offer with D-1 Tennessee-Martin University!  Don’t bet against Jailen getting his university degree and playing professional basketball.  He is a talented big man  and team player!


Jailen with several of AVC’s next year’s stars;  Dee Jones, 6’4”, 200 guard, Osi Nwackuka, 6’4”190 guard, Jessie Burns, 6’8”, 280 PF/Post and Reggie Byers, Guard, graduating this year.



Head Coach John Taylor with Jailen.

More on this soon.

When It Pays to Start at a Community College

It usually costs much less to take classes at a two-year school, but students seeking bachelor’s degrees need to make sure the credits will transfer.

Strictly from a money standpoint, earning some credits at a community college can  pay off, though there can be more to it than that.

Strictly from a money standpoint, earning some credits at a community college can pay off, though there can be more to it than that. Photo: iStockphoto/Getty Images.  By Chana R. Schoenberger, Wall Street Journal.  Updated April 9, 2017 10:41 p.m. ET

Starting at a community college is more popular than you might think. Of the students who graduated with a bachelor’s degree from U.S. institutions in 2016, 49% had attended a community college, and two-thirds of those did so for three or more terms, according to National Student Clearinghouse data.

As to whether it makes sense, “it depends a lot on what a student’s goals are following the bachelor’s degree,” says Melinda Salaman, director of strategic research at higher-education consulting firm EAB. It’s important to research career outcomes, including what your expected salary trajectory will be, before you decide what sort of degree to pursue and what sort of school to attend, she says.

How much cheaper is community college? In-state residents paid nearly three times as much, on average, for tuition at a four-year public college compared with a two-year public college in the 2015-16 academic year, College Board figures show. So if a student starts at a local community college for two years at a cost of $3,400 annually (in tuition and fees), and then transfers to a four-year in-state school at a cost of $9,400 annually, he or she could shave roughly $12,000 off the cost of a bachelor’s degree (not counting room and board).

From a dollars-and-cents standpoint, earning some credits at a community college would certainly seem to pay off, says Mari Adam, a fee-only financial planner in Boca Raton, Fla.

Community college may make the most sense for students who can live at home, those who need to overcome poor high-school academic performance and those four-year students who take cheaper community-college classes over the summer to save money, Ms. Adam says.

But be sure to confirm that the credits you earn will transfer to the four-year school you plan to attend, or you will have wasted both time and money, she says.

To that end, some community colleges have formal arrangements, called articulation agreements, with in-state four-year colleges that allow credits to transfer easily between the two institutions.

But it is also possible to transfer community-college credits to private schools, including elite institutions. For example, students who participate in the rigorous American Honors program at certain community colleges can apply to transfer to top schools like Duke University, Wellesley College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Keep in mind that transfer students may pay a price for entering a four-year school after freshman year, since they will have missed out on some important social aspects of college, including extracurriculars and relationships with professors and students.

Still, “lots of students do this and find the trade-off is worth it because of the finances,” Ms. Salaman says.

Ten months ago, I posted an article that D-2 UC San Diego requested to join the D-1 Big West Conference.

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I must admit, I have no first hand knowledge on why a D-1 conference would want to expand or stand pat in size but after working 40 years in business my best guess is that it has something to do with money and power.  Doesn’t everything?

Lets look at the addition of UC San Diego to the Big West Conference   strictly from a fan’s mode.

  1. The Big West Conference Board of directors say, “We are comfortable with the make up the conference right now and are not in the expansion mode.”  Hmmmnmn. Other than UC Davis and maybe UC Irvine, do you think the fans are happy with the conference make up right now?
  2. The UC San Diego location is in driving distance for most Big West fans and I would like a minni vacation when my team plays in San Diego.
  3. As of late, the Big West has been having difficulty in recruiting the quality D-1 players to make them competitive against the elite c0nferences.  By adding another D-1 team to the conference, will it weaken the quality of players even more for the current Big West teams?
  4. The Big West has two teams…Hawaii and CS Northridge…who are on 3 year NCAA probation.  Is the Big West trying to get their “house in order” before considering adding an additional team?


Big West denies UCSD’s quest for Div. I

The San Diego Union Tribune

Mark Zeigler and Tod Leonard Contact Reporter

UC San Diego’s sports programs suffered an upset defeat this week, and it happened not on a field or court but rather in a collection of conference calls and emails.

The university on Thursday was informed by the Big West Conference that its application to join the league and thus begin its path to NCAA Division I status in all sports would not be happening at this time.

The San Diego Union-Tribune first reported the results of the vote, and UCSD Athletic Director Earl Edwards confirmed he was told by Big West Commissioner Dennis Farrell that the board of chancellors and presidents representing the nine conference schools voted against expansion.

For UCSD’s entry to be approved, a super-majority of seven “yes” votes was required. That did not happen when the board of directors completed their tally last week. The Big West cited confidentiality for the board members in declining to provide specifics on the vote count.

“It basically boiled down to the fact the conference has not been in expansion mode,” Farrell said in a telephone interview Thursday night. “It was not something we were pursuing until the interest of UC San Diego came to us.

“At the end of the day, our board of directors just felt that right now they’re comfortable with the makeup of the conference. They’re comfortable with the balance of the membership. There wasn’t an overriding interest in changing it.”

The Big West is made up of four UC schools (Irvine, Riverside, Santa Barbara, Davis), four Cal State schools (Long Beach, Fullerton, Northridge, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo) and Hawaii, which was the last school to be admitted into the conference in 2012.

UCSD has been in the NCAA’s Division II since 2000-01 and began ramping up a drive to Division I years ago, when its first application to join the Big West was turned down in 2010.

In May 2016, UCSD students voted overwhelmingly to approve a hike in fees that would fund Division I athletics, specifically with a move into the Big West. In January, the UCSD faculty approved the rise to Div. I with a support of 62 percent when only a simple majority is required.

UCSD was hopeful that it had put the pieces of financing and support together in such a way this time as to sway the Big West positively.

“It’s a high level of disappointment,” Edwards said. “Obviously, we were hoping to be accepted right away.

“I’ve been in this business for 30-plus years. When you look at athletics and realignment and new membership, there are a lot of things that take place. It’s not uncommon for us to find ourselves in the position we’re in.

“We are still going to pursue moving to Division I with the hope that things will change in the relatively near future.”

The timeline is somewhat critical for UCSD, because while Edwards said the school needs to let the Big West decision “digest,” there is an important piece of the Tritons’ bid that carries an expiration date.

A fact-finding report published before May’s student referendum said UCSD must receive a Big West invite by Sept. 15, 2018, or the student approval is null and void.

That would leave UCSD with a seemingly small window to persuade the Big West to take another look without having to reorganize campus support.

“I’d have to look at the situation and see where we are,” Edwards said of another voting process. “When it comes to the student vote, there are a lot of factors involved. There is timing in terms of economics, and what the students are thinking as a body.”

Farrell said he could not speculate on when the Big West might consider UCSD’s application again.

“There is no plan to do so,” Farrell said. “At the same time, I learned a long time ago, you never say never in this business.

“I think UC San Diego is still going to be very attractive as a Division I school at some point in time in the future,” he said. “I’m not here to tell them what they should do in the future. There’s nothing negative about UC San Diego. I can only say glowing, positive things about them.”

Schools often are denied in their first attempt at joining a new conference. Bakersfield was denied by the Big West twice after transitioning from Div. II to Div. I, and then once by the Western Athletic Conference before the WAC finally admitted it in 2013.

In an interview with the Union-Tribune in January, Farrell said, “In the sports that are important to us I think we’ve got a pretty good reputation nationally. So I don’t think the pressure is there for us to move (to expand) if we don’t want to. It’s not going to make us look bad.”

The conference had four men’s basketball teams ranked in the top 100 in RPI in 2015-16; Hawaii’s women’s volleyball team made it to the NCAA Elite Eight in 2015; and three different baseball teams have reached the College World Series in successive years.

On Thursday, Farrell said the schools are pleased with the balance they have between the UC and Cal State institutions.

“That’s been a real positive feeling in our conference,” he said.

A move to Div. I would take at least six years — two to elevate athletic scholarships to minimum levels, followed by a four-year transition period before achieving full-fledged status that allows postseason participation.