AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita So much so that the contest between the Stags and the Sagehens is known to have NCAA Division I referees requesting to officiate the long-standing rivalry. Rich Kolan, who refs Big West and Pac-10 games, will lead tonight’s matchup, which stands to be as competitive as ever with both CMS and Pomona-Pitzer heading into the game 2-0 in Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action. “In any year it makes for a great game,” said Sagehens coach Charles Katsiaficas, whose team is defending back-to-back conference titles. “You can throw records out the window because you know it’s going to be a heck of a game. In certain years, when both teams are competitive, it adds a little more to the game.” So far this year, both are competitive. The Sagehens (8-5, 2-0) have won five in a row and are led by Edward Wexler-Beron (16.8 points per game) and David Knowles (14.3 ppg). Pomona-Pitzer has also seen the return of last year’s SCIAC Player of the Year, Alexander Lloyd, from knee surgery. Lloyd (8.7 ppg), who has played in just three games, didn’t see any action in a victory over Caltech on Saturday because his injury flared up, but Katsiaficas is optimistic he’ll participate tonight. The Stags (8-5, 2-0) have won four of their last five games, with three of those victories coming in overtime. The latest saw CMS outlast Whittier College on Saturday, on the legs of 18 points from Emanuel Maceira. In any division. “I think it’s a one-of-a-kind rivalry,” said CMS head coach Ken Scalmanini, whose team will host Pomona-Pitzer tonight at 7:30 at Claremont McKenna college. “You see each other throughout the year on the campuses, and that adds a dimension of competitiveness. It’s in front of the whole school which team wins, so the kids get after it. There’s a lot of kids diving on the floor at a rapid pace.” Rivalries up the ante in any sport. But the one that Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Pomona-Pitzer share – two athletic programs spread over five college campuses in a close-knit community – rivals just about any matchup you’ll find on any basketball court in Southern California. Maceira leads the Stags with 14.6 points a game, while John Parsons (14.3 ppg) and Miles Taylor (13.2) are both scoring in double figures. “We’re only two games into the season, and it’s truly all about the conference,” said Scalmanini, who split last year with Pomona-Pitzer. “We have a big one (today), and we’re getting better still.” ON THE MOVE The Chaffey men’s basketball team (19-4) improved to 4-0 in the Foothill Conference with two wins last week that helped the Panthers jump from No. 17 in the state poll to No. 6. Four days after dropping No. 16 Mt. Jan Jacinto (15-8, 3-1), Chaffey raced to a 102-100 win over No. 19 San Bernardino Valley (14-9, 2-2), the favorite to win the conference this year. Then the Panthers dropped perennial conference power Antelope Valley (9-12, 2-2) in a 95-85 comeback win. Chaffey will host Victor Valley (8-13, 2-2) tonight at 7. At Mt. SAC, the women’s basketball team (23-1) dropped No. 2 Pasadena (16-3) by way of a 63-59 win on Friday. The victory still wasn’t good enough to vault the Mounties past No. 1 San Joaquin Delta (21-4), which lost to Mt. SAC earlier this season. The Mounties will play at East Los Angeles (7-14) today at 5:30 p.m. BRONCOS HONORED December proved an up-and-down month for both the men (8-5, 4-2 in California Collegiate Athletic Association) and the women (6-7, 3-3) at Cal Poly Pomona. Two of the steadier players in both programs were honored by the Broncos this week with athlete-of-the-month nods Senior Jonathan Boyd (Etiwanda High) led the men with 12.3 points per game in December. He is currently second on the team with 12.3 points per game, a number boosted by the career-best 31 points he turned in during Cal Poly’s 99-76 win over Cal State Stanislaus on Saturday. Sophomore Ashley Moody, the women’s leader with 12.4 points per game, averaged 12 points a game in December. She injured her knee in a game against Cal State Bakersfield on Jan. 7 and hasn’t played since. The Broncos could learn the results of an MRI taken Saturday as soon as today. Either way, coach Paul Thomas said she would not play this weekend, when Cal Poly plays at Cal State San Bernardino and UC San Diego. UP TO TASK Two former Upland High School basketball stars enjoyed some success in recent weeks in their respective four-year programs. Sheldon Pace (Chaffey College) dished out 17 assists to set a record for No. 7 Southwest Baptist in a 95-78 win over No. 17 Central Missouri State. Pace leads SMU (16-1) with 14.2 points and 9.1 assists per game. SMU will play Missouri Western State (10-6) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. At Whittier, senior Brandon Robinson earned tournament MVP honors at the Purple & Gold Poet Classic January 5-6 and was named the SCIAC’s Male Athlete of the Week. Robinson (7.8 points a game on the season) had 45 points and 28 rebounds, good for two double-doubles in three games. Whittier (6-7, 0-2) will play Occidental (11-1, 2-0) tonight at 7:30. HALL MOVES ON Julie Hall, who served as Cal Poly director of development for the athletic department until December, was named the assistant athletic director of development at UC Riverside. Hall, who was at Cal Poly for two years, will be responsible for leading a major gifts fund-raising program. Jeff Sanders’ local college package runs on Wednesday. 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