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January 29, 2008
COSTA MESA — All 12 Orange Coast College players scored to help the Pirates earn an 86-68 Orange Empire Conference women’s basketball victory over visiting Riverside Monday. OCC sophomore Courtney Ford scored a game-high 23 points to lead four Pirates in double figures, including freshman Niki Wakamiya, who made her only field-goal attempt and all eight of her foul shots to finish with 10 points. Sophomore Brittany Taylor was five of six from the field and two for two from the free-throw line to produce her 12 points, while sophomore Katie Kissee netted a pair of three-pointers on her way to 11 points for the winners.
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May 7, 2008
After helping the Orange Coast College baseball team to a second place finish in the Orange Empire Conference, four Pirate players earned first-team honors on the All-Orange Empire Conference team, as selected by the coaches from each school. Freshman third baseman Drew Hillman, freshman catcher Jourdan Watanabe, sophomore centerfielder Cory Olson and sophomore pitcher Brandon Dixon all earned first-team honors. No OCC player received a spot on the second team. Hillman hit .354 in conference for the Pirates and led all OEC hitters with 27 RBIs.
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By Barry Faulkner | January 27, 2007
HUNTINGTON BEACH — Orange Coast College women's basketball coach Mike Thornton asks that his team play every game as if it's against the most difficult opponent. Even beyond that, the Pirates' players had an ulterior motive to play well against overmatched Golden West in Friday night's Orange Empire Conference game on the Rustlers' floor. The result was a 102-33 romp for the Pirates (22-3, 8-0 in conference), ranked No. 7 in the state and No. 4 in Southern California.
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By Barry Faulkner | October 23, 2013
The concrete quadrangle of the cramped Orange Coast College pool might have, at times, been confused with an octagon Wednesday afternoon. Both the host Pirates and Golden West College were clearly in no mood to back down in the combative Orange Empire Conference first-place showdown in men's water polo. In the end, it was the Pirates who displayed more passivity, allowing the Rustlers to prevail, 13-10. Golden West (15-1, 4-0 in conference), ranked No. 1 in the state, showed the supreme confidence of a perennial state championship contender.
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By Barry Faulkner | February 27, 2014
The Orange Coast College baseball team had already amassed a 12-2 record and earned the No. 1 ranking in Southern California. But Pirates Coach John Altobelli said his players may have struggled with the diminished margin for effort that accompanies Orange Empire Conference competition. Host OCC, which came in batting .336 as a team, managed just five hits in 13 innings to come out on the short end of a 2-1 decision against No. 7-ranked Cypress, the defending state champion, in the conference opener for both teams Thursday.
NEWS
April 13, 2000
SANTA ANA - The Orange Coast College softball team had its offense shut down by Santa Ana in Wednesday's 1-0 Orange Empire Conference loss. Monica Ortega threw a complete-game three-hitter for OCC (10-17, 4-14 in conference), but allowed the game's only run in the fourth inning. OCC will host Saddleback on Friday at 3 p.m. ORANGE EMPIRE CONFERENCE Santa Ana 1, Orange Coast 0Orange Coast 000 000 0 - 0 4 1 Santa Ana 000 100 x - 1 3 1 Ortega and Snyder; Kralich and Kendrick.
SPORTS
January 25, 2007
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL Orange Coast 74, Riverside 66 RIVERSIDE — Courtney Ford scored 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Pirates to their 10th straight victory, seventh straight in the Orange Empire Conference Wednesday.   Brittany Taylor added nine points and 10 rebounds for OCC (21-3, 7-0 in conference). Orange Empire Conference Orange Coast -- Maulit 4, Kisse 6, Smith 8, Hundley 5, Allen 10, Taylor 9, Ford 25, Calcagno 4, Barney 3. Orange Coast 74, Riverside 66   3-pt.
NEWS
October 26, 2000
CYPRESS - The Orange Coast College women's water polo team used a balanced attack to defeat host Cypress, 9-2, in Orange Empire Conference action Wednesday. Daylene Coberly, Neisha Hoagland and Kristina Miloslavic each scored two goals for the Pirates (23-3-1, 5-1 in conference), ranked No. 2 in Southern California by the Community College Water Polo polls. Kathy Klarich, Christine McDonald and Devon Wright each added single goals for OCC, while goalie Erin Kennedy posted seven saves.
NEWS
October 19, 2000
FULLERTON - Devon Wright and Daylene Coberly combined for five first-quarter goals and Orange Coast College was off to a 13-3 rout of host Fullerton College in women's water polo Wednesday as the Pirates improved to 19-2-1, 4-1 in the Orange Empire Conference with its 17th straight unbeaten appearance. The Pirates, prepping for this weekend's big tournament at Long Beach City, were led by Tia Montalvo and Wright with three goals apiece, but in was a basic runaway from the start.
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By Barry Faulkner | April 24, 2014
HUNTINGTON BEACH - After an April 5 loss at Saddleback College left the Orange Coast baseball team 9-7 in Orange Empire Conference play, Pirates Coach John Altobelli decided it was time to make a point with his players. Make that a power point. Altobelli, in his 22nd season at the helm, broke out a 5-year-old power-point presentation made after the Pirates captured the 2009 state title. The visual compilation illustrated how that team came through great adversity, including the death of then-redshirt catcher Jourdan Watanabe, to claim the program's first state crown since 1980.
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By Barry Faulkner | April 22, 2014
A Hill on the hill has been good news for the Orange Coast College baseball team all season. So whether it was Jacob Hill or his identical twin brother David, the Pirates figured to be in good hands against Orange Empire Conference visitor and district rival Golden West on Tuesday. Jacob (9-0 in nine appearances, including eight starts, with a 1.31 earned-run average) is the usual Tuesday starter for Coach John Altobelli. But, having thrown 55 innings, more than the sophomore left-hander has ever compiled, Altobelli said, the OCC brain trust elected to shift David Hill, the typical Thursday starter, up a couple days.
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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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By Barry Faulkner | March 25, 2014
SANTA ANA — Orange Coast College hitters banged the ball all around, even out of the yard at Santa Ana College on Tuesday. But the difference in the Pirates' crucial 5-4 Orange Empire Conference baseball triumph came down to a distance barely beyond a bunt. The Pirates took a 4-3 lead in the fifth inning when Tommy Bell scored from third on an overthrow back to the pitcher from Dons catcher Cory Bistline with the bases loaded and two outs. With OCC ahead, 5-4, in the bottom of the eighth inning, Pirates catcher Daniel Delaney chased down a pitch that popped out of his glove and made a 25-foot flip to pitcher Dominic Purpura at the plate.
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By Barry Faulkner | March 22, 2014
Amid a four-team logjam within one game of the Orange Empire Conference lead, one would think Orange Coast College was dealing with enough competition. But the No. 1-ranked baseball team in Southern California found a way to add yet another opponent on Saturday: Itself. The Pirates committed four errors that led to three unearned runs, made other poor decisions not reflected in the scorebook, and virtually wasted a chance to join a tie atop the OEC standings in an 8-6 loss to visiting Santa Ana. The setback drops OCC (18-6, 6-4 in conference)
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By Barry Faulkner | February 27, 2014
The Orange Coast College baseball team had already amassed a 12-2 record and earned the No. 1 ranking in Southern California. But Pirates Coach John Altobelli said his players may have struggled with the diminished margin for effort that accompanies Orange Empire Conference competition. Host OCC, which came in batting .336 as a team, managed just five hits in 13 innings to come out on the short end of a 2-1 decision against No. 7-ranked Cypress, the defending state champion, in the conference opener for both teams Thursday.
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By Barry Faulkner | February 11, 2014
MISSION VIEJO - Orange Coast College women's basketball coach Mike Thornton has spent most of the season trying to figure out his team. But after a 48-42 win at Saddleback on Tuesday that extended the Pirates' Orange Empire Conference winning streak to six games and lifted them into a first-place tie with the Gauchos, Thornton turned his inquiring mind to the source of the surging squad's good fortune. As with most winning streaks, there are a number of factors, some of which the visitors (16-9, 7-2 in conference)
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By Barry Faulkner | January 28, 2014
For only the second time in the last six seasons, Orange Coast College failed to win at least 30 baseball games in 2013. So, in an effort to bounce back, veteran coach John Altobelli is returning to the formula that produced 36 victories and a trip to the four-team state championship tournament in 2012. Like the 2012 team that claimed the Pirates' first outright Orange Empire Conference title since 1987, this year's squad will feature several players whose first stop out of high school was a four-year college program.
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