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College Update: Crescenta Valley High alumnus Coltrane Powdrill powering Cal Lutheran

Junior forward leads the Kingsmen with 17.6 points-per-game average.

January 25, 2014|By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com

The following are updates on local athletes at the collegiate level.

Coltrane Powdrill (Crescenta Valley High, 2010) Cal Lutheran basketball junior: The former All-Area Player of the Year had a somewhat prolific night Wednesday evening as his Kingsmen hosted Chapman University in a Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference game.

While Cal Lutheran (13-4, 4-4 in conference) fell, 86-82, in overtime to Chapman, maybe the most interesting sidebar was the number of times Powdrill was fouled.

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The 6-foot-4 forward was sent to the free-throw line 23 times, sinking 20 baskets (87%). In comparison, the rest of the Kingsmen shot only eight combined free throws.

On the evening, Powdrill finished with 32 points and nine rebounds while playing a team-high 38 minutes.

The loss was a turnabout for the Kingsmen, who on the previous Saturday defeated Redlands at home, 71-69.

In that contest, Powdrill finished with a game-high 25 points and 10 rebounds and was a happy spectator when teammate Arik Smith drained a game-winning three-pointer as time expired and only seven seconds after Redlands had just taken the lead on a three.

“We knew they could make shots so we were kind of prepared for them to hit something crazy like that,” Powdrill said in a postgame interview about Redland’s triple and his team’s response. “So we know that we have to stay together and stay calm and come back with assurance. We knew that Arik could hit that shot or that anyone of us could have. We had faith in each other.”

For the season, Powdrill averages a team-leading 17.6 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game.

While Cal Lutheran traveled to Whittier College on Saturday, Powdrill makes his closest area stop on Wednesday, as the Kingsmen travel to Occidental College for a 7:30 p.m. game.

Alexandra Barrett-Scherrer (Crescenta Valley High, 2008) Cal State Los Angeles soccer senior: At times it appeared as if the Golden Eagles were destined for a subpar 2013 season.

When the team started out the recently-concluded year with an 0-3-1 record, that could have been expected.

Yet, Cal State Los Angeles rebounded with an 8-2-2 mark to finish 10-6-3 overall, while falling to California Collegiate Athletic Assn. top-ranked Cal State Stanislaus, 3-2, in the conference tournament on Nov. 8.

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