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.

20170326_124719When the Antelope Valley College Basketball season20170415_085758 ended in the State Tournament this year, I looked around and said to myself, “Dang, I have been letting things go around here!”  The AVC players dove into their academics.  The coaching staff went into their work, and I put together a to-do list.

  1. The pro’s installed new windows in my house.
  2. Brought in experts to install a new irrigation system in my quarter acre.
  3. My son and I flew back east and spent some time with my 99 year old Dad who is a card shark and he thumped us good.
  4. Headed off on a trip to San Diego to visit family with my wife.
  5. Just finished planning a long driving trip cross country coming up very soon and another long Fall trip to Washington D.C. 
  6. Finally, couldn’t put off my civic responsibility of jury duty.  Finished yesterday.

Dang, retirement is a bear!  To get all this stuff done I have had to ignore the AVC Basketball team for awhile.  I’m Baaaack!!!


Very concise post from HS & College Basketball Central aka Nor Cal Basketball.

There may not be print telling the tale at this point but a picture is worth a thousand words:

Congratulations to the Antelope Valley College Women’s sophomore team.  Undefeated in conference 18-0 and 33-5 overall record.  Here comes the state playoffs.

Don’t count AVC out

By: Merisa Jensen

LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley College softball team’s season has been all about love – love for each other and for the game.

So, the Marauders weren’t about to let each other down or let anything stop them – not even an eight-run deficit in the bottom of the seventh inning – in their quest for an undefeated Western State Conference title.

"We were not going to lose this game no matter what," AVC designated hitter Elise Moore said. "We were going to use every tear, every drop of blood, every drop of sweat to win this game. We were not losing. They did a good job, but we wanted it."

AVC swept a doubleheader with Citrus on Tuesday, winning the first game 14-10 before scoring nine runs in the bottom of the seventh inning for a 17-16, epic comeback victory in the second game and finished the conference with a perfect 18-0 record.

"Today in general was just a total team effort," AVC third baseman Paige Johnson said. "This last inning showed how much we love each other and how much we care about each other. We all fought back and I think that shows how much of a team we are."

The Owls (24-14, 13-5 WSC) didn’t make it easy for the Marauders (33-5, 18-0), especially in the second game. A grand slam by Celine Spathias, her second home run of the second game, in the top of the seventh gave Citrus what looked to be a comfortable eight-run cushion, 16-8, heading to the bottom of the inning.

But the Marauders had other plans.

"In all my years of coaching, I have never seen such a thing," AVC coach Cindy Vargas said. "That was ultimate comeback against a very good team. Dolly (Stevens) said, going into that last inning, ‘Come on guys, this ain’t nothing. Eight runs, we got this.’ They just never give up."

Kyrstan Cook led off the bottom of the seventh with a single and was pulled for pinch runner Morgan Arndt. Katie Weiser flew out on a spectacular diving catch by the left fielder, but Samantha Arriola followed with a single and pinch hitter Rebecca Welchel drew a walk to load the bases.

Tawnee Hegre followed with an RBI single to center field and the bases were still loaded for Johnson, who leads the state in home runs. The Owls decided to walk Johnson, giving up a run in place of what might have been four. That brought up Dolly Stevens, who is right behind Johnson in home runs in the state, and the Owls chose to walk her, too, pulling AVC within five, 16-11.

Hegre then scored on a wild pitch to make it 16-12 and Moore followed with an RBI single, bringing the Marauders within three with just one out.

"I was ready," Moore said. "I had a feeling they were going to (walk Johnson and Stevens) and I was like, ‘I’m going to help my team out right here.’ I wanted to be in that position."

Jennifer Littlejohn hit into a fielder’s choice for the second out. That brought up Arndt, who hit an RBI single to left field on the first pitch she saw to bring the Marauders within two, 16-14.

Sara Weiser then hit a two-run double to bring home Littlejohn and Arndt for the game-tying runs on some aggressive base running and the crowd went wild.

Then came Arriola again. She was solid at the plate all day with five hits up until that point. She got a pep talk from Johnson and Stevens and then smacked an 0-1 pitch to left field for a double, which scored Weiser from second for the winning run.

"It felt amazing because of the positivity my team gave me, it just fueled me up to keep going, keep pushing," Arriola said. "I basically wanted to do it for them."

The crowd was on its feet for most of the seventh and the players ran out to congratulate Weiser, while some went to congratulate Arriola at second.

It was a big day for Arriola, who finished 6-for-8 on the day. She was a triple shy of the cycle in the first game, going 3-for-3 with her first home run of the season.

"It felt great," Arriola said. "I was so excited."

She added two doubles in the second game and recorded four RBIs on the day.

Stevens also had a good day at the plate, only recording one out on a deep fly ball to left in foul territory. She was 4-for-4 in the first game with a home run and a double and 3-for-4 in the second game with a two-run home run, three RBIs and a walk. She now has 18 home runs.

The Marauders hit six home runs in the first game, which they also had to come back to win. Moore smacked a three-run home run in the third inning to pull the Marauders within one, 6-5.

Moore was 5-for-8 on the day with five RBIs. Hegre was 4-for-4 in the first game with the second home run of her career, two RBIs and four runs. She was 2-for-5 with a double, an RBI and two runs in the second game.

"It felt great to help the team out, just one step toward their success," Moore said.

Johnson and Stevens went back-to-back in the fourth inning to pull the Marauders within one again, 10-9.

The Owls took a 10-5 lead with two outs in the fourth and Arndt, the starting pitcher, was replaced by Cook, who shut down Citrus for 3 innings to earn the victory. She had three strikeouts and didn’t allow a hit or a walk.

"I knew they were going to hit me and when I stepped out there, my teammates were like, ‘We’re behind you, we’ve got everything,’" Cook said. "That’s what got me focused and I knew I was going to do good. It felt really good."

In the bottom of the fifth, AVC loaded the bases on a walk, a single and a fielder’s choice. Hegre beat out an infield single to bring in Katie Weiser for the tying run and set up a bases-loaded at-bat for Johnson.

Johnson smacked the 1-0 pitch over the scoreboard in left field for a grand slam to give the Marauders the lead for good. It was her 21st home run of the season.

"I just drove it and, at first, I didn’t think it was out, I just thought it was a base hit and the next thing I knew, it was out," Johnson said.

Johnson was 4-for-8 overall with two home runs, a double, eight RBIs and five runs scored.

Arndt, Cook and Hegre shared pitching duties in the second game and Hegre took the win after the big comeback.

Now, the team will look to the playoffs, which will be announced on Saturday.

Took some time off from basketball.  Now here we go back to work.  Placement of graduating players, returning players and new players to the team should be the main topics. 

Rothstein | CSU Northridge’s Kendall Smith commits to Oklahoma State

By Jesse Borek

Posted on Apr 21, 2017

Cal State Northridge guard Kendall Smith handles the ball against UCLA during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

Orlando Ramirez/ Icon Sportswire

Cal State Northridge grad transfer Kendall Smith will transfer to Oklahoma State for the 2017-18 season, Smith tells FanRag Sports. He will be eligible to play one season with the Cowboys immediately.

Smith ended his junior season with the Matadors as the team’s leading scorer at 16.7 points per game.  He scored in single digits on just three occasions over the course of the season. He also added a career-high 4.8 assists and 4.0 rebounds per contest, as he averaged more than 33 minutes on the floor on a nightly basis.

Coming out of high school in Antioch, Calif., Smith had committed to UNLV as a 3-star point guard in the class of 2013. Smith did not see much time off the bench for the Runnin’ Rebels during his first two years. His sophomore season resulted in just 14 minutes played and a single point. His UNLV tenure ended early due to injury, later deciding to transfer.

He then transferred to CSU Northridge, where he led the team in scoring each of his two years on campus. After he was limited to just 21 games in 2015-16, he played in all 30 for the Matadors this past season. The team finished the year 11-19 overall, missing the NCAA Tournament.

Something to think to think about when you set your goals high in life/or in sports.  Things don’t come easy for anyone who wants to succeed.  Even then, there is no guarantee but, chances  of success improve a hell of a lot with “No Days Off.”


“Whether you’re trying to win a Super bowl or rebuild our country, as Coach(Bill) Belichick would say, there are no days off.”

—–President Trump, during the Patriots’ visit to the White House on Wednesday

So what do these headlines have do do with college basketball?  Unfortunately too much! How many outstanding basketball players with D-1/Professional talent never made it anywhere near their potential.  I wonder how many student athletes can really expect to do do well academically and reach their potential on the basketball court stoned?  Add the new legal stoners on the California roads and the big increases in car insurance?

Doesn’t look like things are getting better does it. 

  1. Almost as Many Americans Died of Drug Overdoses in 2015 as in ’12 Years in Vietnam’
  2. Car Insurance rates Expected to Skyrocket in California
  3. Mexican Drugs Enter U.S. at Record Rates, Western States “Heroin Transit Zone”
  4. California Law Enforcement Trying to Plan for Expected Law Breaker’s Involved in New Marijuana Law

I need something positive to think about in spite of the terrible headlines and here it is.

Sober and hard working student athletes will find it easier to get playing time and opportunities while the stoners fall by the wayside.