Got the chance to chat with Terrell Gomez, Rocket Henderson, and Mahamadou Kaba-Camara, as official practices have begun, for NCAA Basketball.
Exhibition opener for CSUN, is October 28th, against CSU Dominguez Hills.
Clearly, my entries are very 80s/90s and College Basketball heavy. Consider, for people of my generation, college sports boomed, as ESPN grew from a boutique shop to a corporate giant. Also, NCAA College Hoops had an amazing run from about 1980 to 1995 or so. Then Kevin Garnett and Kobe Bryant went straight to the NBA out of HS, and the paradigm shifted a little, with regard to great players opting out of playing college ball.
Top-ranked RCC rallied from behind, to avert an upset at the hands of Long Beach City College, 31-28. Jacob Barlage found Giovanni Sanders in the End Zone, with under a minute to play, for the winning score.
Even with the win, JC Gridiron dropped RCC to #2 in their national poll, but the Tigers maintained their top ranking in both CA State Polls, and the Divisional Poll. Next week, RCC is on the road, at San Diego Mesa.
The Poly Bears emerged victorious in their 14th all-time meeting against the Wolves of ML King, at Ramona High School, Saturday, September 14th. Budd Bernie's 18 yard TD run with 1:56 to play, provided the margin of victory for Poly, a final score of 20-17. King forced two early turnovers, to take a 14-0 lead, but Poly's defense limited the Wolves to just 3 points over the final three quarters. Poly improves to 2-1, while King drops to 0-4.
FULL GAME ARCHIVE (Video Courtesy Riverside TV)
POLY - KING HIGHLIGHTS
Video highlights from Alex Sokol's recent performance in the Drew League, where he went for 18 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists, for the Pandas in their match-up against No Shnacks.
Alex enters his Junior year at CSUN next month. He came to the Matadors as a walk-on, out of Valley Christian, in San Jose. With the recent graduation of Cameron Gottfried, Sokol should vie for some of his vacated minutes, along with 2019 Redshirts, Brendan Harrick and Avery Martinez.
Got a chance to stop by the first day of off-season workouts for CSUN, at The Matadome. CSUN finished 13-21 in 2018-19, 7-9 in Big West play, and played in the post season CBI, where they lost to Utah Valley.
The Matadors return All-Conference First Teamer, Terrell Gomez, and 2019 Big West Player of the Year, Lamine Diane. Head Coach Mark Gottfried enters his 2nd year in Northridge. The Matadors open 2019-20 at home, on November 5th.
Joe Giglio of the News & Observer, breaks down the NCAA penalties issued to NC State, and how they may affect status of CSUN Head Coach Mark Gottfried.(starts at about 1:20)
Gottfried was hired as Head Coach at CSUN on March 12th, 2018. He held the same position at NC State from 2011 to 2017, which is where the violations occurred.
It's been an interesting week, to say the least, with the Matadors' program, as Pat Forde, of Yahoo Sports, filed a couple of reports, with regard to Head Coach Mark Gottfried, and his time at NC State.
Joe Giglio, of News & Observer, also commented on the situation, on Thursday's edition of Outside the Lines. (Segment starts at 6:15)
On a more positive note, Terrell Gomez, was selected Player of the Week, with a 35 point, and 9 rebound performance this weekend, in the Drew League. Gomez was a 1st Team All-Big West performer for CSUN in 2018-19, after winning Big West Freshman of the Year in 2017-18. Terrell also set the CSUN record for most three-pointers in a single season, with 117 in 2019, breaking Kyle Kerlegan's record of 98, set in 1991.
The Matadors' 2019-20 schedule has begun to take shape, with announcement of their participation in the 2019 Old Trapper Legends' Classic. They'll play two campus games, at Auburn (Nov 15th) and Richmond (Nov 17th), as well as in a pre-Thanksgiving Tournament in the Green Bay Sub Regional, November 25th and 26th.
Connor Cannon was selected by San Francisco, in the 17th Round of the 2019 MLB Draft, and is off to a hot start with the Giants' Rookie Team in Arizona. Through his first 17 games, Cannon has 7 HR and 21 RBI, with a slash line of .323/.405/.692
Here's the scouting report, courtesy of Ban The Shift.
Alex Fagalde, a member of the 2017 Draft Class, from UC Riverside, is moving up the chain in the St. Louis Cardinals' farm system, with a 1.11 ERA through 32 innings with AA Springfield. Fagalde was a 30th Round pick.