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Colleges: Vanguard braces for road challenge

January 30, 2012|By Barry Faulkner

Timmermans leads the Lions in scoring (11.3) and rebounding (6.6) and is shooting 59.6% from the field (84 for 141).

Vanguard has been bolstered lately by the play of 5-11 junior Allison Burns, who had 10 points and 10 rebounds in 22 minutes off the bench in a 43-38 home win against Biola on Saturday.

Westmont, which has won 15 straight, is led by 6-2 junior Tugce Canitez, who is averaging 18.8 points and 10 rebounds per game. Canitez, a native of Turkey who transferred from North Idaho Community College, averaged 27 points and 16.5 rebounds in a pair of wins last week to collect GSAC Player of the Week laurels. She has 11 double-doubles this season.

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Vanguard lost to Westmont, 68-49, at home on Jan. 3.

The Lions edged APU, 53-52, on Jan. 7 at The Pit.

Baseball season opens Friday for Orange Coast College, which plays host to Cuesta at 2 p.m.

The OCC baseball facility has been upgraded with restrooms, a new press box and a coaches office, occupied for the 20th season this year by John Altobelli.

Altobelli had a bit of an offseason upgrade himself, undergoing heart surgery to repair a weakened valve in mid-December.

Altobelli, 48, has been back on the field for weeks and is expected to assume his usual duties, which include coaching third base, this season.

The UC Irvine baseball program will host its alumni weekend Friday and Saturday.

The 2012 UCI squad, which opens its season Feb. 17 against Alabama State at Minute Maid Park in Houston, will play a team of alumni in a seven-inning game that begins at noon Saturday at Anteater Ballpark.

An "Old-Timers Game" for alumni is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and alumni registration begins at 9 a.m.

Alums may take batting practice from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday.

The public is invited to both games Saturday, after which an alumni reception is scheduled for approximately 2:30 p.m. at Newkirk Pavilion.

UCI men's basketball coach Russell Turner, in his second season, has gone out of his way to invite alumni back to interact with himself, his staff and his players.

Turner helped draw several former players for Saturday's homecoming win over UC Riverside and said a postgame get-together was planned between this year's team and the former 'Eaters.

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