SPORTS NOTES: Since 1984, Laura Tropila has served Coyote athletics … Reinhiller retires as Cal State’s SID … Beaumont holds baseball fundraiser … Beaumont, Banning play Granite Hills before opening league play … Ex-Lady Coyote gets pro soccer gig in Spain.

In Seattle last week, Cal State San Bernardino opened fire at the Falcon-Wildcat Invitational volleyball tournament knocking off Metro State College-Denver in a 3-game sweep.

Ranked No. 11 in a national poll, the Lady Coyotes got 11 kills and three blocks from returning all-conference player Hailey Jackson while overall team hitting cashed in a .500 percentate in a 25-18, 25-17, 25-22 triumph.

The tournament was played on the Seattle Pacific University campus.

Asia Clarke and Sascha Dominique (3 blocks) split 16 kills, getting set mainly from Jayann DeHoog (28 assists, 12 digs), another all-conference returning player.

Eventually, Cal State bore through the tournament field, scoring a 3-game sweep against host Seattle Pacific, 25-17, 25-17, 25-18, plus another 3-game win over Fresno Pacific.

Against Seattle Pacific, Cal State’s .324 hitting on 51 kills virtually doubled that of the Lady Falcons’ .167 attacking percentage and 28 kills.

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Laura Tropila, who has been the head athletic trainer at Cal State San Bernardino since the campus initiated athletics in 1984, will be retiring after the pre-season drills for the 2018 soccer, volleyball and cross country teams.

She was honored at the school president’s retirement luncheon in June.

Also this past summer, longtime Sports Information Director Mark Reinkiller also retired from Cal State’s administration.

Reinhiller, whose experience included working for the San Bernardino Stampede (currently Inland Empire 66ers), copy writer-editor for the San Bernardino Sun and prior work as the SID at Cal Poly Pomona, is known to have moved to Chicago to be near family.


Beaumont High School, offering up its golf fundraising tournament next month, has scheduled Sept. 9 at the Golden Era Golf Course. The school’s baseball booster club will benefit from the funds raised.

The 8 a.m. tournament is $70, checks made payable to the BHS Baseball Boosters. Lunch is included in the cost. There are chances to play for prizes, at $10 each, in closest to the pin and long drive contests.

“We’ve filled it up the past three years,” said Robert Sheehan, the team’s fourth-year coach.

Golden Era Golf Course (19871 Gilman Springs Rd.) is located in San Jacinto, U.S. Highway 79 turns into Gilman Springs Road


A rematch against rival Hemet High School is coming for Beaumont.

Winners in three of its first five matches, Beaumont High School took on a strong Palm Desert Xavier Prep last week and got beat in a 3-game sweep by the Lady Saints.

Xavier Prep has been a playoff team since the campus opened in 2008.

The Lady Cougars went into the match with wins over Moreno Valley Valley View, Indio Shadow Hills and Rancho Mirage - all on 3-game sweeps.

Beaumont has three matches remaining before opening Mountain Pass League play against San Jacinto on Sept. 12. Two days later, Beaumont will take on Hemet (9-2), which won the Blackhawk Classic at Redlands Citrus Valley on Aug. 18.

Last season, Beaumont and Hemet shared the league title with 9-1 marks.

No details were reported in Beaumont’s matches.

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Heading into this week’s non-league match against Apple Valley Granite Hills, Banning High School had won three straight matches by 3-game sweeps.

After dropping a 4-gamer to Hemet West Valley, the Lady Broncos beat Redlands Arrowhead Christian, Moreno Valley Canyon Springs and San Jacinto.

In their win over ACA, Banning was on the attack behind Saudya Reagor’s 14 kills, plus a combined 11 kills from Sarae Reagor and Haili Newton.

Following a match against Apple Valley Granite Hills, Banning opened Desert Valley League play at Yucca Valley this week. Last season, Yucca Valley won the De Anza League championship, finishing 10-0, with an overall mark of 26-3-1, eventually losing in the Division 7 quarterfinals.


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