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By Barry Faulkner, barry.faulkner@latimes.com | January 21, 2011
FULLERTON — Just three spots separate the women's basketball teams from Orange Coast College and Fullerton in the Southern California rankings. But the margin for error for the visiting Pirates Friday was even tighter, OCC Coach Mike Thornton said. So, despite catching the Hornets on what Thornton considered an off night, the Pirates failed to capitalize in a showdown for first place in the Orange Empire Conference. OCC (17-6, 4-1 in conference), ranked No. 6 in Southern California and No. 10 in the state, used a 10-0 run to take a 25-24 lead with a minute left in the first half.
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By Barry Faulkner | April 12, 2012
COSTA MESA - Orange Coast College sophomore Brandon Brennan outdueled Fullerton counterpart Richard Lucas in a combined pitching gem so rare Thursday, both teams elected to seal it with a handshake. Brennan, who was bettered by Lucas and the Hornets, 5-3, on March 8 to absorb his only loss in eight decisions this season, bested Lucas this time, 1-0, in Orange Empire Conference action at the Pirates' diamond. Both pitchers allowed just three hits in complete-game efforts.
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By Barry Faulkner | October 9, 2013
FULLERTON - The Orange Coast College women's volleyball team used defense to not only get back into Wednesday's Orange Empire Conference clash with fellow unbeaten Fullerton, but eventually put the host Hornets on their heels. But, in the end, the Pirates' inability to defend a 23-19 lead in Game 4 led to its demise as Fullerton claimed a 25-14, 19-25, 25-22, 26-24 triumph in a dogged duel that displayed championship determination on both sides of the net. Fullerton (9-0, 2-0 in conference and ranked No. 4 in California)
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September 16, 2002
SACRAMENTO -- Sophomore midfielder Darbo Acuna converted a penalty kick in the 61st minute to break a 2-2 tie and propel the visiting UC Irvine men's soccer team to a 3-2 nonconference victory Sunday at Sacramento State. A Sacramento State defender was called for a hand ball in the 18-yard box to set up the penalty kick. It was the second goal of the game for Acuna, who converted an assist from senior midfielder Jason Thompson to forge a 1-1 tie in the seventh minute.
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By Barry Faulkner | April 10, 2013
COSTA MESA - Sometimes destiny dwells in the other dugout. Visiting Fullerton College made a case for the favor of the baseball gods on Tuesday, cashing in six unearned runs and several rally-killing defensive plays to come away with an 8-7 Orange Empire Conference triumph over Orange Coast. The victory solidifies the Hornets' hold on first place in the conference and improves Southern California's No. 1-ranked team to 22-7, 12-2 in conference. It was the 11th straight conference triumph for Fullerton, which has won 13 of its last 14 games and now has a four-game lead with seven conference games remaining in its quest for its first conference crown since 1983.
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September 25, 2004
Barry Faulkner Orange Coast College football coach Mike Taylor is hoping for another week of progress, though his team faces a physical Fullerton squad that is developing a reputation for driving foes backward. OCC (0-3), will be aiming to end a seven-game losing streak today at 1 p.m. at Cal State Fullerton, as it visits a Mission Conference foe that is 3-0, ranked No. 19 nationally and No. 8 in the state. "We're going to have to set our jaw," Taylor said of facing the Hornets, who, he believes, possess a power offense built around a beefy line.
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December 4, 2004
The UC Irvine men's basketball team will attempt to even its record tonight against visiting Sacramento State in a 7:05 nonconference game at the Bren Events Center. UCI (1-2) enters with a two-game losing streak after dropping road dates at USC and UCLA last week. Coach Pat Douglass' Anteaters are hoping to avenge a 64-56 loss last season at Sacramento State against a Hornet squad that comes in 1-3. The Hornets' pressure defense has helped create 175 combined turnovers, 86 by Sacramento State, in four games.
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By Barry Faulkner | March 12, 2014
Apparently, one way to slow down the state's most productive hitting team is to, well, throw slower pitches. Fullerton College sophomore left-hander Nick Morton used that approach to help the visiting Hornets edge Orange Coast, 3-1, in an Orange Empire Conference baseball battle on Tuesday. OCC, ranked No. 1 in Southern California, entered the game leading the state in hits (219), doubles (40) home runs (nine), batting average (.317) and slugging percentage (.443). But Morton, with his repertoire of slow, slower and slowest, kept the Pirates off balance to earn his fourth win in five decisions and his third complete game.
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November 8, 2013
Orange Coast (3-6, 1-4) vs. Fullerton (8-0, 4-0) When/where: Saturday 6 p.m. at Orange Coast Key Pirates: Fr. WR D.J. McFadden; So, LB Jason Kollock; So. S Shane Bauman; Fr. LB Paco Potter. Key Hornets: So. QB Jose Escobar; So. LB Justin Owens; So. RB Lavorrie Jones; So. WR Eli Pleasant. Breakdown: The Pirates are prohibitive underdogs against a Hornets squad ranked No. 1 in Southern California and No. 2 in the state … Fullerton ranks No. 4 in offense in the 37-team Southern California Football Assn., while OCC is No. 36 in defense … Fullerton is No. 3 in the SCFA in rushing (239.9 yards per game)
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By Bradley Zint | October 25, 2013
Characterizing it as Costa Mesa's "most hazardous public park," the chairman of the Parks and Recreation Commission on Thursday called on the city to enforce rules requiring that skateboarders wear safety gear at Volcom Skate Park. Byron de Arakal said he wanted to make the facility safer for all users and suggested that the city should do more than post signage about wearing safety gear. It's a minimum requirement, he said at the commission meeting Thursday, that "isn't good enough in my book.
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By Barry Faulkner | October 9, 2013
FULLERTON - The Orange Coast College women's volleyball team used defense to not only get back into Wednesday's Orange Empire Conference clash with fellow unbeaten Fullerton, but eventually put the host Hornets on their heels. But, in the end, the Pirates' inability to defend a 23-19 lead in Game 4 led to its demise as Fullerton claimed a 25-14, 19-25, 25-22, 26-24 triumph in a dogged duel that displayed championship determination on both sides of the net. Fullerton (9-0, 2-0 in conference and ranked No. 4 in California)
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By Barry Faulkner | April 12, 2012
COSTA MESA - Orange Coast College sophomore Brandon Brennan outdueled Fullerton counterpart Richard Lucas in a combined pitching gem so rare Thursday, both teams elected to seal it with a handshake. Brennan, who was bettered by Lucas and the Hornets, 5-3, on March 8 to absorb his only loss in eight decisions this season, bested Lucas this time, 1-0, in Orange Empire Conference action at the Pirates' diamond. Both pitchers allowed just three hits in complete-game efforts.
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November 25, 2011
Sacramento State junior Joe Eberhard was recently named the Big Sky Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week after leading the Hornets to a pair of victories and the program's first 2-0 start since the 2000-01 season. The Corona del Mar High product finished the week averaging 11.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 38.5 minutes per game. He shot 47.4% (nine for 19) from the field and 75 % (three for four) from the free-throw line. He was the team's third leading scorer during the week while pacing the Hornets in rebounding and minutes.
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By Barry Faulkner, barry.faulkner@latimes.com | February 16, 2011
COSTA MESA — Orange Coast College women's basketball coach Mike Thornton acknowledged before Wednesday's showdown with visiting Fullerton that an inordinate amount of good fortune had helped the Pirates remain in contention for an Orange Empire Conference title. But the resounding 70-53 title-clinching victory by the Hornets (26-2, 11-0 in conference), ranked No. 1 in the state, proved it can often be better to be good than lucky. OCC (22-7, 9-2), ranked No. 6 in Southern California and No. 10 in the state, had some early magic, riding a 9-0 run to a 9-3 lead and clinging to a 22-21 deficit with 7:23 left in the first half.
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By Barry Faulkner, barry.faulkner@latimes.com | January 21, 2011
FULLERTON — Just three spots separate the women's basketball teams from Orange Coast College and Fullerton in the Southern California rankings. But the margin for error for the visiting Pirates Friday was even tighter, OCC Coach Mike Thornton said. So, despite catching the Hornets on what Thornton considered an off night, the Pirates failed to capitalize in a showdown for first place in the Orange Empire Conference. OCC (17-6, 4-1 in conference), ranked No. 6 in Southern California and No. 10 in the state, used a 10-0 run to take a 25-24 lead with a minute left in the first half.
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