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October 28, 2000
Steve Virgen Orange Coast College's biggest test of the season comes today when Palomar visits for a football matchup at 1 p.m. that could possibly decide the Mission Conference Central Division championship. The Pirates have passed tests three times this season with a consistent defense and an improving offense that is capable of the big play. In Week 4, with just one touchdown to show for its first three games, OCC went to Mt. San Antonio and pulled off the upset, 26-25.
November 24, 2002
Freshman forward Sarah Ronquillo has scored some big goals in the last three weeks for No. 3-seeded Orange Coast. None carry more weight than her game-winner in the 115th minute to help the Pirates (21-1-2) take out 11th-seeded Palomar, 3-2, Saturday afternoon in the second round of the Southern California Regional Playoffs. The not-so-secret weapon of Lauren Cassity and her lengthy throw-ins set up two of the three Coast goals on the afternoon.
By Matt Szabo | September 2, 2008
COSTA MESA — Gustavo Ibarra stood on the sidelines late in the first half Tuesday, eager to get back into the action. The Orange Coast College freshman forward had already done plenty, scoring two goals in what would end up being a 3-0 nonconference win over visiting Palomar. But Ibarra turned to OCC men’s soccer trainer Glenn Strachan, ensuring him that he was ready to go do some more damage. “I got a little winded,” the freshman from La Quinta said, before flashing a smile.
October 30, 2000
Steve Virgen COSTA MESA - After Orange Coast College's fourth straight victory, it's safe to say, these Bucs are for real. The OCC football team earned its biggest victory of the season with desire and a relentless knack for the big play leading to a 21-17 Mission Conference Central Division victory over visiting Palomar Saturday. "We're just rumbling to a league championship," said OCC offensive lineman Adam Fisher, who ran four yards for a touchdown after picking up Rob Pate's blocked field goal early in the fourth quarter.
By Barry Faulkner | November 8, 2007
COSTA MESA — Coaches aren’t typically glass-half-full types, so when Orange Coast College women’s basketball coach Mike Thornton scanned the box score following his team’s 63-55 season-opening nonconference victory over visiting Palomar Wednesday, it was a wonder he could still muster a smile. The tabulations showed a combined 59 turnovers, 74 missed field-goal attempts and enough sloppiness to add validity to the term mid-season form. OCC shot 25.8% from the field (17 for 66)
By Barry Faulkner | October 14, 2007
ESCONDIDO — As if the Orange Coast College football team’s defense wasn’t already peeved enough with the Pirates’ offense, the OCC special teams gave cause for even more frustration Saturday. A blocked punt and an ill-advised pass by OCC punter David Harrington after he had dropped a punt snap helped lead to 10 Palomar points and the Comets went on to record a 22-10 triumph in the Mission Conference American Division opener for both teams at Escondido High.
By Barry Faulkner | December 20, 2013
It's difficult to call it a silver lining, but in the aftermath of one of his Orange Coast College women's basketball team's worst performances in his 25 seasons, Coach Mike Thornton's first postgame task was delivering praise. "He told me how well-coached we are and how much energy we have and how he loves how hard our kids play," said Palomar coach and former OCC player and assistant coach Leigh Marshall, whose Comets dropped an 85-47 drubbing on the Pirates in the consolation semifinals of the Erin Tomlinson Coast Christmas Classic on Thursday at OCC. "I'm proud of what Leigh has done with that program and with that team," said Thornton, whose squad was outdone in every category, including those not on the stat sheet.
By Dominic Perrone | September 17, 2006
COSTA MESA — The play will need at least a couple more weeks of action before the Orange Coast College football team can considered it reliable. But on Saturday night, the play-action pass back to running back Andrew Banks, was the crutch a hobbling offense needed. Orange Coast had yet to convert on third down in the second half, and was only one for seven in the game, when it lined up for third and six at the Palomar 41 with less than four minutes remaining. So the Pirates called what had worked for 20 yards earlier and led to a touchdown for Orange Coast.
By Barry Faulkner | September 28, 2013
ESCONDIDO - It was happy returns that proved most crucial in the Southern Conference opener between Orange Coast College and Palomar on Saturday at Escondido High. But the Pirates' 72-mile bus ride home did not turn out to be one of them. Instead, host Palomar used a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and two long punt returns that also led to touchdowns to account for the bulk of its 38-16 triumph. Though the Pirates fell to 1-3 and are now 5-24 in the last five-plus seasons in conference play, their visit to San Diego County was not altogether dour.
By Barry Faulkner | January 29, 2014
Coming up clutch doesn't always mean driving in the winning run in the last of the ninth. Clutch situations often arise less obviously, in the first inning, and, say even in the fourth. Such was the case for the host Orange Coast College baseball team on Tuesday, as it produced a string of two-out hits in the early innings to defeat Palomar, 6-2, in the season opener for both teams. OCC, ranked No. 2 in Southern California in the preseason, in fact, scored its first four runs with a string of two-out hits to give starting pitcher David Hill and four relievers enough to handle the No. 4-ranked Comets.
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