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By Dominic Perrone | December 20, 2006
COSTA MESA — The Orange Coast College women's basketball team has had its fill of College of Canyons. A 79-65 loss to the Cougars in the semifinal of the Coast Christmas Classic on Tuesday was the second time this year the Cougars have defeated the Pirates. Freshman Courtney Ford scored a game-high 28 points on 11-for-20 shooting for the Pirates. The Pirates will play Southwestern in the third-place game at 4 p.m. today at Orange Coast. The fact Orange Coast went from losing by six to the Cougars Nov. 11 at the Mount San Antonio College Tournament to the 14-point margin Tuesday was not the type of change Pirates Coach Mike Thornton said he had in mind.
By Barry Faulkner | September 13, 2008
COSTA MESA — There was no napping in the Orange Coast College defensive meetings this past week, as the players’ eyes widened at the prospect of confronting the porous pass protection of the Los Angeles Southwest offensive line. “We knew they weren’t going to be the toughest offense that we were going to face this year,” said OCC sophomore defensive end Dean DeLeone, who has listed collecting sacks as his major goal this season. L.A. Southwest, which suffered 13 sacks in its season-opening loss to El Camino, continued to add to the lowlight reel Saturday, as host Orange Coast had 12 players take part in 11 sacks to help produce a 31-7 nonconference football victory.
By David Carrillo Peñaloza, | January 13, 2011
COSTA MESA — Coach Russ Davis rattled off the names of five players as if they were on a missing persons report. They were gone from the Vanguard University women's basketball team lineup on Thursday. Four of the players were out with injuries. One left the program during the break. Davis surely misses the five players. The Lions are hurting, and in a Golden State Athletic Conference home game, they were exposed. That is not usually the case whenever Vanguard is the host.
By By Dave Thorpe | February 15, 2006
Big game for Lum isn't enough for Orange Coast College, which battles back after a slow start.COSTA MESA -- There's no doubt the Orange Coast College baseball program is on the upswing. Orange Coast won a share of the Orange Empire Conference crown last year for the first time since 1987 and advanced to the four-team state tournament for the first time in 12 seasons. Then the Pirates came out this season and won their first seven games before falling to host Grossmont on Saturday. Coach John Altobelli, in his 14th season at the helm for Orange Coast, believes he has one of the top squads in the state.
By Barry Faulkner | January 16, 2012
UC Irvine's Bren Events Center opened 25 years ago this month. The last five years have created few moments when the venue generates enough excitement from the spectators to clearly constitute a home-court advantage. The men's basketball team's 86-76 win over visiting and Big West-leading Long Beach State on Jan. 22 of 2011 was one such memory, when the students, as well as the generally more sedate older members of the community rose to their feet and emptied their lungs at levels sufficient to move the decibel meter.
March 13, 2002
Barry Faulkner A little more than a month ago, Utah welcomed the world to the Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. Thursday night, in neighboring Provo, the BYU men's basketball team and its fans figure to be more hostile hosts to UC Irvine in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament at the Marriott Center. The Cougars (17-11) have, after all, not lost a home game in more than two years, during which time the Mountain West Conference representative has constructed a 35-game home winning streak, the longest in the nation.
By Dominic Perrone | March 11, 2006
IRVINE ? When the top two college men's volleyball teams in the country meet, a highly competitive match is expected. Twenty-one lead changes after No. 1 Brigham Young and No. 2 UC Irvine took the court, the Anteaters outlasted the Cougars, 30-24, 28-30, 27-30, 36-34, 15-13, Friday night. A portion of the season-high 2,817 fans in attendance stormed the court at the Bren Events Center. It was a sight foreign to junior Matt Webber, who led the Anteaters (14-3, 12-2 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation)
By Barry Faulkner | December 17, 2011
COSTA MESA - Sometimes, the one thing you haven't tried, the one thing that is least likely to work, can be the magic bullet. The Orange Coast College women's basketball team came up one shot shy of completing a second-half comeback that was as unlikely as it was astounding Saturday night. But in the end, Coach Mike Thornton and his Pirates were left wondering if a 66-65 loss to College of the Canyons in the semifinals of the Erin Tomlinson Coast Christmas Classic at OCC may at least serve as a reset button on a mediocre season to this point.
March 20, 2014
FRANKFURT, Ky. — Vanguard University senior women's basketball standout Nicole Ballestero loves shooting down Cougars. The Golden State Athletic Conference Player of the Year, who earned NAIA All-American honors last season, scored 38 points to lead the Lions to a 97-47 first-round win over Cal State San Marcos in the first round of the NAIA Tournament on Thursday. Vanguard advances to face John Brown of Arkansas (26-7) in Friday's second round at 6:45 p.m. PT. John Brown defeated Lyon of Arkansas, 70-53, in the first round on Thursday.
March 15, 2004
The UC Irvine baseball team erupted for six runs in the first inning and 10 runs in the first three innings to earn a 12-4 victory over Washington State in the Anteaters' final game of the YellowBook Classic Sunday at Pepperdine University. Senior second baseman Matt Fisher was 4 for 4 with a home run, a double and three RBIs, while sophomore first baseman Jaime Martinez clubbed a three-run first-inning homer for UCI. Danny McCarthy, Brett Dalton and Gary Dudrey also had two hits apiece for the Anteaters (14-5-1)
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