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Cal U women may climb to No. 2

| Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2003

Don't be surprised if the No. 4 California University women's basketball team moves up a couple of spots in the first regular season NCAA Division II poll to be released later today.

All three teams ahead of the unbeaten Vulcans have tasted defeat.

No. 2 Bentley was a 70-66 overtime victim to No. 15 North Dakota State in the championship game of the Valley Imports Classic in Fargo, N.D.

No. 3 South Dakota, meanwhile, has already lost three times with setbacks at Creighton (64-54), Drury (79-73) in the Disney Tip-Off Classic in Orlando and at Iowa State (75-65).

South Dakota State, the No. 1 team, is 6-2 after opening with losses at two Division I schools Colorado (82-66) and Iowa (86-72).

Speaking of the Vulcans, sophomore Megan Storck was named MVP of the Mesa State Classic over the weekend where California beat Western State (97-61) and the host team (76-52) in Colorado.

Senior Sameera Philyaw and junior Sara McKinney were also named to the All-Classic tram.

With PSAC crossover games at Hamer Hall Friday against Millersville and Saturday against West Chester, McKinney will have the chance to join the school's 1,000-point club this weekend at home. McKinney needs 30 points.

As a team, California will be putting on the line a 38-game home court winning streak and 30 straight victories over PSAC teams.

n Former California University football coach Mike Kolakowski's stay at the University of Cincinnati may not have been a long one.

Kolakowski, who spent the past season as the Bearcats' co-defensive coordinator and coached the safeties, was probably out of a job today when his boss, Rick Minter, was fired yesterday.

Minter had a 53-63-1 record in 10 seasons including 5-7 in 2003.

The Bearcats started strong at 3-0 including a 15-13 victory in Morgantown over West Virginia in the second contest but finished 2-7 including losses in their last three games.

Cincinnati's last two victories were over winless Army, 33-29, and oft-beaten Division I-AA Rhode Island (4-8), 31-24.

Minter took the Bearcats to four post-season games including the Humanitarian Bowl in 1997, the Motor City Bowl in 2000 and 2001 and the New Orleans Bowl in 2002.

Kolakowski coached seven years at California with the last five as the head mentor before going to Ohio University in 2002 as defensive backs coach. He wasn't the lone former Vulcan on Minter's staff.

Phil Dorn spent two years at Cincy where he was assistant head coach and running backs coach.

Dorn was the Vulcans' offensive coordinator and offensive line coach for five years before joining Minter.

Ironically, Cincinnati's athletic director is Bob Goin, who held the job briefly at California in the early 1980s.

  • California University's Wes Clemons was the leading rusher in Saturday's East Coast Bowl in Petersburg, Va.

    That was the good news.

    The bad news• Clemons gained only 20 yards on 11 carries.

    Clemons' North team won 30-26 when Mansfield's Travis Motley threw a five-yard touchdown pass to Hasan Jones with 20 seconds remaining.

  • And thanks to Ed Gray of Donora who says most people who have the gift of gab don't know how to wrap it up!

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