Then there were the frequent weekend closures of I-15 into the High Desert, which made travel more laborious. If that weren’t enough, the Rams were forced to play their final three home games of the season at Apple Valley High School after a pipe burst and warped the gymnasium floor. Moving games was one thing, but the Rams also had to scramble just to find a place to practice. “There were days we didn’t have a place to play,” Dudgeon said. “I drove around with a rack of balls in my car for a few weeks.” The top performer for the Rams was sophomore point guard Andrew Ellis, who earned first-team All-Conference honors. Keegan Hoover and Eli Thornton earned honorable mention. COYOTES HOST OLYMPIANS Cal State will host a reception and fundrasier from 5:30 to 7p.m. Friday in the Founder’s Room at Coussoulis Arena Friday. Featured guests will be Julie Smith, a member of the 1996 gold medal U.S. women’s softball team; Nick Theodorou, a resident of Rialto and former player in the Dodgers organization who competed for the Greek Olympic team in 2004; and John Carlos, a bronze medalist in the 200-meter dash in 1968. The event, which will precede the Coyotes basketball doubleheader against Dominguez Hills, is open to the public but reservations must be made by calling (909) 537-3076. COYOTE DIAMOND HONORS Cal State San Bernardino baseball player Tim Montoya is the CCAA pitcher of the week for Feb. 12-18. Montoya threw a shutout against Cal State Monterey Bay, giving up just four hits, walking one and striking out four. He needed just 107 pitches and retired 11 of the last 12 batters he faced. In softball, outfielder Michelle Calderon earned player of the week accolades. She hit .600 for the week (6-for-10) with two home runs, two doubles, four RBI, six runs scored and five stolen bases. Calderon is hitting .385 with a team-high 15 hits, 12 runs, eight RBI and 10 stolen bases this season. BULLDOGS SALUTED Two athletes from the University of Redlands have been named to the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches Association All-Academic team. Those players are junior David Mills and senior Alex Strand. Mills scored 15 goals, six assists and 11 steals. He is majoring in business and carries a 3.62 GPA. Strand totaled 13 goals, 27 assists and 12 steals and boasts a 3.21 GPA in international relations. RCC GETS TOP HONORS Riverside Community College has been rewarded for its finish atop the Orange Empire Conference in men’s basketball. Coach John Smith, who previously headed the program at San Bernardino Valley College, earned coach of the year honors while sophomore Jerrell Smith (Ontario HS) was named co-player of the year after averaging 11.5 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. Emmanuel Jones and Mookie Pierre also were named to the first team while sophomore Rodney Yearby was named to the second team. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I felt good that after all these kids went through we were able to end it on a positive note,” Dudgeon said. “They handled everything that came their way with a great attitude.” The Rams struggled before the season started as five players left the program for different reasons. Victor Valley College men’s basketball coach Tom Dudgeon would just as soon forget this past season after several factors contributed to a 7-23 overall record and a dismal 2-12 mark in Foothill Conference play. The Rams, however, finished with back-to-back wins over Rio Hondo (67-61) and Mt. San Jacinto (77-74). The win over the latter was impressive because the Eagles were the preseason conference favorite as well as the No. 1 team in the state. That loss to the Rams likely was a factor in Mt. SAC not making the playoffs.