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November 30, 2009
Orange Coast College women?s volleyball standout Briana Fields knows what she wants for her birthday. The 5-foot-11 sophomore middle blocker would consider a state championship considerably more than icing on the cake. The Pirates (20-2) will begin pursuit of what would be their third state crown in five seasons Friday, when the California Community College Athletic Assn. championships begin at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton. OCC, the No. 1 seed among four Southern California teams, begins the eight-team, double-elimination event Friday at 5:30 p.m. against Sierra (21-9)
By Michael Miller | February 24, 2007
COSTA MESA — A study group recommended Friday that Orange Coast College give up its programs on Rabbit Island, but urged the school to seek alternatives to holding classes on the remote Canadian property. At a public meeting in the Student Center Lounge, consultants Susan Allen Lohr and Paul Siri told the audience that paying the island's expenses would be nearly impossible. Lohr and Siri, who spent the last two days conducting interviews at OCC with a group of experts, said the island would cost about $150,000 a year if fully staffed.
By Michael Miller | August 4, 2007
Former Mayor Norma Hertzog-Wagner returned to Costa Mesa, her old hometown, in May after 17 years away. Then, Friday, she got to be part of history. Hertzog-Wagner, who served two terms during the 1970s and 1980s, was among the speakers and walkers in the city's first Relay for Life at Orange Coast College on Friday. The American Cancer Society has sponsored the fundraising walks since 1985, but until Friday, Costa Mesa had never hosted one within its boundaries. For that matter, Hertzog-Wagner, a breast cancer survivor, had never walked in a relay before.
By Dominic Perrone | September 24, 2006
COSTA MESA — Like a boil, the offense of the Orange Coast College football team sat and festered through the first three games of the season. It was only a matter of time before it exploded. With a little pricking from a helpful defense the Pirates' offense exploded all over Pasadena College for six touchdowns. The aftermath, a 42-29 nonconference victory at home Saturday for Orange Coast and a 4-0 record for the first time since 1991. But nobody on the Pirates exploded more than sophomore quarterback Kekoa Crowell.
By Barry Faulkner | May 18, 2007
Professional baseball scouts dream of players with tools and long for those with makeup. The most dedicated diamond observer, however, may grow gray waiting to find the quintessential blend of physical gifts and the mental capacity to apply them consistently against the current upon which baseball sweeps its most promising participants. From this dichotomy, Eric Oliver, garners hope. For though some believe the Orange Coast College sophomore may be giving ground to the stronger, taller and swifter of his peers, the very core of his being provides an oar with which to row against the relentless flow of failure that can submerge those perceived to possess more talent.
November 15, 2006
Oh my. Dumping the Pledge of Allegiance because a "few" of the students at Orange Coast College were "upset" to recite the pledge. Give me a break. It sounds like situational ethics run amok, which is nothing new on college campuses nationwide as they pursue there curriculum forward to the "Great Secular Socialist Utopian Nightmare." Thomas Jefferson had it right when he said, "If a nation expects to be both ignorant and free, it expects what never was and never will be." Or maybe more to the point is this: "If we ever forget we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under."
By Dominic Perrone | August 26, 2006
SANTA MONICA ? It is a useful barometer scrimmaging the same team prior to the season. For the second consecutive year, the Orange Coast College football team scrimmaged Santa Monica. Last season, the Pirates failed to score against a Corsairs team that went on to produce a 1-9 record. The Pirates eventually advanced to the East County Bowl and finished the season 6-5. This season is looking up because the Pirates scored three touchdowns against a Corsairs team that could not be much worse than the 2005 version.
By Barry Faulkner | October 28, 2007
Rolling out to his right with the game, and perhaps any future aspirations in football on the line, Orange Coast College sophomore quarterback Chris Debowski relied on the things that had allowed him to keep buckling his chin strap in three largely discouraging seasons since starring at Fountain Valley High. On this play, the last of a double-overtime victory over visiting Fullerton on Oct. 20, much as he had shown in the long, bumpy ride to the controls of the Pirates’ offense, Debowski was all about patience and perseverance.
By Joseph Serna | September 28, 2007
Children’s book writer Michael Buckley wants some competition. Well, eventually. Buckley, author of the “Sisters Grimm” series, when he appears at Orange Coast College’s annual Children’s Book Festival on Saturday plans to get the kids there to brainstorm story ideas. “I’m going to try to get kids to think outside the box,” Buckley said. “I’m finding out if Southern California has a bunch of future writers.” This weekend marks the fourth annual book festival on the OCC campus.
By Dominic Perrone | April 6, 2007
COSTA MESA — The most competitive event came at the conclusion of the Costa Mesa High-Estancia dual meet Thursday. There were four lead changes throughout the boys' 1,600-meter relay. Costa Mesa's Antwon Byrd took back the lead for the Mustangs on the second leg before Estancia's Ryan Whites gave the Eagles the upper hand with 400 meters to go. Unfortunately for Estancia, it had to maintain that lead over Costa Mesa senior Asa Hawks, who had won the 400 with ease earlier in the day. Eagles Coach Charlie Appell sent his team racing around the track to cheer the foursome to victory, but Hawks blew into the lead, prodding anyone in green and white to cheer him on, and Costa Mesa won the race by two seconds.
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