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The Colleges : Kernen Supplying Drive at CSUN

Bill Kernen is not wasting time making an impact as baseball coach at Cal State Northridge.

Last Monday, the Matadors began a nine-week fall program that leaves little time for anything but baseball, class work and studying.

“We’re trying to institute a style of play, disciplined philosophy and everything we need . . . to build this into a Division I, national championship-caliber program,” said Kernen, a former assistant at Cal State Fullerton and Illinois. Kernen replaced Terry Craven, who resigned, in July.

Matador players begin their days with 6 a.m. weightlifting sessions and then regular classes. Practice has been running from 1 to 6 p.m. followed by study hall from 7 to 9.

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“The reaction from the players has been that they’re real tired,” said Kernen, who is relishing the challenge of preparing the Matadors for a move to Division I in 1990. “They haven’t had a whole lot of time to think about it.”

Jake’s fakes: Idaho, a Division I-AA school, defeated Division I Pacific, 36-26, last Saturday thanks to a couple of plays by John Jake, a former Valley College standout.

Jake juked and sprinted 97 yards for a touchdown, then added a 6-yard touchdown catch three minutes later to help the Vandals improve to 2-0.

Hit man: Torii Lehr, a senior linebacker, has wasted no time in defending his title as Cal Lutheran’s leading returning tackler.

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Lehr has 29 tackles after two games to lead the Kingsmen. He had 120 last year, including 70 solo tackles.

Getting in the swing: The Cal State Northridge golf team, which finished eighth in the Division II championships last season, will open its fall season by traveling to Dallas this weekend to participate in a 15-team, 54-hole tournament at Woodhaven Country Club.

The Northridge lineup includes Wayne Tyni and Tim Hogarth, who are back from last season’s team; Pat Boyd, who redshirted last season; Scott Humphreys, who was ineligible last season; and freshman Roger Metz from Alemany High.

Oh, brother: The Glendale football team has two sets of brothers. Doug Bledsoe is a defensive lineman and his brother James is a running back. Sean Hampton is also a running back and Michael Hampton plays free safety. In addition, the Vaqueros have two sets of players with common last names: linebacker Andres Washington and receiver Brian Washington, and quarterbacks Keith and Darrin Fitzgerald.

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When camp started, the names created a lot of confusion for the coaches. “You can’t just yell ‘Hey, Fitzgerald.’ ” Coach Jim Sartoris said. “It would take a sharp coach a couple of days to figure it out. It took me two weeks.”

Tipping the scales: Vince Plymire accomplished the maximum by winning a state junior college wrestling championship as a freshman heavyweight last season.

Now Plymire is close to reaching another limit--the maximum weight allowed for heavyweight wrestlers, 275 pounds. Plymire added 15 pounds--most of it muscle--during the off-season. He is 6 feet, 5 inches and weighs 260.

That’s bad news for opponents already bracing for the inevitable. Plymire won 31 of 34 matches last season, including 12 by pin.

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Sam Farmer and staff writers Mike Hiserman, Gary Klein and Ralph Nichols contributed to this notebook.


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