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SPORTS
April 21, 2014
Kevin Emerson, who coached at San Bernardino Valley College the past five seasons, has taken over as Orange Coast's football head coach, the school announced Monday. Emerson takes over for Mike Taylor, who was 62-91 over the past 15 seasons. Taylor, who got OCC to three bowl games, will remain on the Pirates staff as the defensive coordinator. Emerson, who was 29-23 in five seasons with the Wolverines, will be officially introduced as coach during a meet-and-greet with the new coach Thursday at OCC's gym. "The past few days have been a little intense, to say the least," Emerson said in a release posted on the school's website.
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NEWS
April 18, 2014
The Orange Coast College cheerleading team took first place at a recent competition in Florida, according to a news release. The Costa Mesa school won a coed division at the 34th National Cheerleaders Assn. & National Dance Alliance Collegiate Cheer and Dance Championships, held April 9 to 13 in Daytona Beach. "This is our second time to win this division, but our third win in three years," Coach Mike Reynolds said in a prepared statement. OCC's cheer and dance teams have won a total of more than 75 national titles in 19 years, according to a news release.
NEWS
April 18, 2014
The Orange Coast College Speech, Debate and Theater team returned to campus as national champions after traveling to Denver to compete in the Phi Rho Pi Community College Forensics Tournament last week. OCC scored the most points, earning several gold medals in individual events in the large-school division, according to a news release. Fourteen OCC students entered the national competition and 11 returned home with gold, silver and bronze medals. Some students, many of whom had never participated in the competition before, won more than one medal.
SPORTS
April 18, 2014
BASEBALL Orange Coast 15, Desert 1 Alec Friedman went three for three with three runs batted in as part of the Pirates' 14-hit attack in a nonconference game Friday at OCC. Cody Bruder (two runs, one RBI), Justin Broussard (two runs, one RBI), Jake Thumm (two runs, one RBI), Tommy Bell (two runs, one RBI), and Cody Maples had two hits each, while Chris Iriart and Greg Espinosa produced two RBIs each for OCC (25-9). Desert is 6-26. — WOMEN'S WATER POLO UC Irvine 13, Loyola Marymount 4 Goalie Jillian Yocum made six saves, including a penalty shot, as the No. 6-ranked Anteaters closed out the regular season at home on Friday.
NEWS
By Hannah Fry | April 15, 2014
Representatives from the body that oversees accreditation for community colleges in California visited the Coast Community College District's three campuses last week to track the district's progress. Every six years, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) evaluates colleges' compliance with regulations that govern what they must do to be accredited, which is somewhat of a stamp of educational quality that allows students to transfer to four-year universities and affects the type of funding that colleges are eligible to receive.
SPORTS
April 15, 2014
Orange Coast College earned a bye into the semifinals of the California Community College Athletic Assn. men's volleyball state championship tournament at Santiago Canyon Community College in Orange. The tournament begins with quarterfinals on Friday, with the winner of the Irvine Valley-Long Beach matchup advancing to meet the Pirates (18-1) in the semifinals on April 23 at 8 p.m. The Pirates, who shared the Pacific Coast Conference crown with Grossmont, but earned a top seed by virtue of winning more games against the Griffins, are bidding for the program's third state title, the first since 1994.
SPORTS
April 11, 2014
MEN'S VOLLEYBALL Orange Coast def. San Diego Mesa SAN DIEGO — Jimmy Webb had 14 kills and three blocks as the Pacific Coast Conference champion Pirates wrapped up conference play Friday night with a 25-14, 25-18, 25-18 win on the road. Trevor Burr had three service aces and seven digs for OCC (18-1, 11-1 in conference), which has earned a first-round bye in the state playoffs. OCC will play either Irvine Valley College or Long Beach City College in a state semifinal April 23 at 7 p.m., at Santiago Canyon College.
SPORTS
April 9, 2014
MEN'S VOLLEYBALL Orange Coast def. Irvine Valley The host Pirates clinched at least a share of the Pacific Coast Conference title and assured themselves of being the conference's No. 1 postseason representative with a 25-19, 27-25, 25-21 triumph on Wednesday. Earning the conference's No. 1 playoff seeding propels OCC (17-1, 10-1 in conference) directly into the State Final Four that begins April 23 at Santiago Canyon College. OCC owns the tiebreaker advantage with PCC co-leader Grossmont, based on games won in the two matches the teams split.
SPORTS
April 5, 2014
BASEBALL Vanguard 3, Westmont 2 (11 innings) Freshman Brandon Sandoval singled, stole second, advanced to third and scored the winning run on a Taylor McKnight groundout for the No. 25-ranked Lions in the Golden State Athletic Conference game Friday. Sandoval led the seven-hit attack for the Lions (25-12, 16-9 in conference), going two for five. Marshall McKinnon (3-1) pitched two hitless innings to earn the win in relief of starter Scott Torrey, who allowed eight hits and two runs in nine innings.
SPORTS
By Barry Faulkner | April 5, 2014
It has been said that hitting is about timing and pitching is about upsetting timing. Saddleback College pitcher Eric Pierce knows a little about both. Timing led him from Orange Coast, where he redshirted last season, to Saddleback, where an injury early in the season opened a spot for him in the starting rotation. Ever since, the freshman has been using a lethargic left-handed changeup to confound opposing hitters, who regularly lunge and flail at his off-speed offerings like a blind-folded party guest feeling for the pinata.
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