Seven other teams from five states spent Monday firming up itineraries. The NCAA’s agent, Shorts Travel, made most of the arrangements but some details had yet to be ironed out. Cal State still had not secured rental vans late in the day. “The biggest problem is you have such short notice,” Cal State athletic director Nancy Simpson said. “There isn’t a lot of time to pull things together.” The tournament starts Friday. The Broncos (20-7) play in the first quarterfinals at noon against Seattle (19-8) while the Coyotes (22-5) face Brigham Young-Hawaii (20-7) in the second. Both local teams will leave Wednesday. Cal State has a 6:24 a.m. flight out of Ontario into San Francisco. They have a two-hour layover before their connecting flight to Arcata. The Broncos are flying out of LAX at 9:45 a.m. and going directly into Arcata. Basketball enthusiasts not connected to Humboldt State were hoping to go elsewhere. Problems that come up when the subject arises are the difficulty getting in and out of the area, lack of sufficient hotel space and a gymnasium with limited parking. Those at the school say those are myths. “It isn’t as bad as people think,” Humboldt Sports Information Director Dan Pambianco said. “We have to travel to play everybody and we haven’t had a problem.” Scott Lowe, Sports Information Director at BYU Hawaii agrees. His team is leaving Tuesday because it has a five-hour flight into a different time zone. “Some of the California teams are spoiled because they have it pretty easy most of the year,” he said. “We have had just as much trouble going to San Bernardino because you fly into LAX, then have to sit in traffic for three hours.” Lowe added that his school has learned to deal with minor inconviences because they are typical for the Hawaii schools. BYU used to be in a conference that played Western New Mexico and Montana State-Billings on the same trip and is ued to multiple stops. Pambianco confirmed that United has 10 flights (30-seater) from San Francisco and two from Sacramento arriving daily at Arcata/Eureka. Horizon has two flights (70 seats) from Portland and two from LAX. The city doesn’t have as many options as other major metropolitan areas, but there enough. The same is true for lodging accomodations, as long as athletic events are not held on graduation weekends. There are five rental car companies in the area, three operating out of the aiport. The school has successfully hosted Division II National cross country teams in 1990 and 1996 and those feature more than 30 teams. Pambianco concedes that parking is a bit of a problem because of construction taking place on campus. A new 2,000-seat facility should open in November and has swallowed up some of the existing space. In the meantime team vehicles will be permitted to park in front of East gym. The school is also running shuttles for fans to adjacent lots and is waving parking fees during the event. Most are adopting a wait-and-see attitude as to how the event goes over. “The NCAA has minimum requirements and they have met all of those,” Cal Poly Pomona athletic director Brian Swanson said. “The rules state that they get the chance to host.” Logistics aside, all say they expect a successful event. “I know their staff and they will run a terrific event. I have no doubt about that. I can tell by the package of information we have all gotten,” Simpson said. “The logistics are tough but they will do a great job with everything in their control.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The writing has been on the wall for the Cal State San Bernardino men’s basketball team for almost a month. Its loss to local rival Cal Poly Pomona cost the Coyotes a CCAA title and the chance to host the West Region Tournament. So the No. 2 seeded Coyotes and the No. 3 Broncos will be traveling to the remotely located but scenic town of Arcata, not far from the Oregon border. The Humboldt State Lumberjacks got the top seed and hosting rights for the eight-team event.
So Shrek and sidekicks Donkey and Puss sail away to find Artie, the future King Arthur. Just as they leave, Fiona drops another bomb on her anti-social, kid-hating husband: There’s a little ogre on the way. Fiona stays behind at the palace, where Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Rapunzel throw her a baby shower. The gifts include one of the seven dwarfs as a live-in baby sitter (“Don’t worry,” Snow White tells Fiona. “I have six more at home.”). Palace life is interrupted by an invasion of fairy-tale villains, led by Prince Charming, whose happy-ever-after was dashed by Shrek in the first two films. The prince takes over the realm, forcing Fiona to teach her posse of pampered princesses to stand up for themselves rather than wait for a man to rescue them. “A big part of this film is just the theme of taking responsibility, be it fatherhood or kingship or whatever,” said Nick Walker, head of layout on the animation team for “Shrek the Third.” WHO’S BACK: The whole gang returns, led by the key foursome of Shrek (Myers), Donkey (Murphy), Fiona (Diaz) and Puss in Boots (Banderas). Shrek’s still barking at everyone in his Scottish brogue, though married life brings out his softer side more and more. “What I love about the Scottish people, which is part of my heritage, is they go from, `I love you, come here,’ to `You get out of my house!”‘ Myers said. “Scottish people are hilarious when they’re angry. They shift gears so fast.” Also back: Fiona’s mom, Queen Lillian (Julie Andrews, who in a dizzy moment hums “My Favorite Things,” a tune she sang in “The Sound of Music”); King Harold (John Cleese); villainous Prince Charming (Rupert Everett); and ugly stepsister Doris (Larry King). WHO’S NEW: The main new face is Arthur Pendragon, or Artie (Timberlake), a bumbling teen who’s first seen getting his butt kicked by jock Lancelot in a jousting match at his high school. When Shrek, Donkey and Puss arrive with the news that Artie’s in line to become a king, it swells his head after a lifetime spent a rung lower on the social scale than the school dorks who play a medieval variation of Dungeons and Dragons. Timberlake, whose poster appears as a gag on Fiona’s bedroom wall in “Shrek 2,” recently split in real life from Diaz, but it was not their personal relationship that led to the “Shrek the Third” gig. The filmmakers rang him up after catching Timberlake on “Saturday Night Live.” “We had seen him on `SNL’ and were blown away by how funny he was,” said “Shrek the Third” producer Aron Warner. Shrek, Donkey and Puss also run across magician Merlin (Eric Idle), who used to be a teacher at Artie’s school until he had a nervous breakdown. Other newcomers include the quartet of princesses, haughty Snow White (Amy Poehler); long-haired Rapunzel (Maya Rudolph); obsessive clean freak Cinderella (Amy Sedaris); and narcoleptic Sleeping Beauty (Cheri Oteri). Regis Philbin joins the voice cast as Mabel, another ugly stepsister, while Captain Hook, seen briefly singing a Tom Waits song in “Shrek 2,” advances to a speaking role, with vocals by Ian McShane. There are hordes of others, from palace flunkies to medieval Valley Girls to a Wicked Witch singing Charlene’s sappy 1980s hit “I’ve Never Been to Me” as a torch song. It was a juggling act for the filmmakers, with so many new and returning characters competing for screen time. They stuck to one principle to balance it all. “Shrek is going to drive the story. That is our goal from day one,” said Chris Miller, who moves up from head of story on the last movie to make his directing debut on “Shrek the Third.” “When you have all these characters, a lot of them you want to spend a lot of time with. They’re interesting. They all have a place in this film. But at the end of the day, it’s supporting Shrek’s story.” WHAT’S BETTER: With three more years of refinements to computer animation, what isn’t better about “Shrek the Third”? The 350 people who worked on the film created more realistic fire and water images, developed ways to mimic how light behaves in the real world and even simulated the slightly seasick oscillations of live-action shipboard scenes, where the camera lags just a tick behind the rocking of the waves. They scrapped the basic computer models of Shrek and other lead characters they had worked with since the first movie and rebuilt them from inside out to take advantage of the subtler anatomy now possible. The filmmakers had to resist the urge to make external improvements so they could remain true to the look of the original film. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “You feel you’ve got a lot to live up to, man,” Timberlake said about being the new kid on the block in the Shrek world. “Every character is so good. When you come into `Shrek,’ you definitely feel you have a lot to prove.” The gang is joined by a gargantuan cast as the filmmakers take advantage of advances in computer animation to load up on supporting players, among them magician Merlin, Captain Hook, wicked witches, ugly stepsisters and four of the fairy-tale world’s fairest princesses. Here’s a rundown of the players and their exploits for the film that hits theaters May 18: WHAT’S HAPPENING: Just when newlyweds Shrek and Fiona thought they could head home to peace and quiet in the swamp, Fiona’s dad, the frog King Harold, croaks. On his deathbed, he asks son-in-law Shrek to take over the throne of Far Far Away, a job the ogre dreads. Shrek’s only option: track down Fiona’s distant cousin Artie and groom him to become king. REDWOOD CITY Time to catch up with your ogre friend Shrek, his greenish bride, Fiona, and their two men Friday, the yammering Donkey and the overreaching Puss in Boots. The filmmakers behind “Shrek the Third” offered a sneak peek at their PDI-DreamWorks animation complex near San Francisco. From the 20 minutes of footage they showed, the film looks likely to meet expectations as one of summer’s hottest tickets. Key voice stars Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and Antonio Banderas return, with Justin Timberlake headlining the newcomers as geeky teenager Artie.