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March 19, 2011
MENS' VOLLEYBALL Orange Coast def. Golden West COSTA MESA — Troy Tomasello had eight kills and four 4 blocks to help lead the Pirates to a 25-21, 25-17, 25-14 Pacific Coast Conference win Friday. McKay Smith and Jeff Pratt added seven kills each, while Danny Baker had seven digs for OCC (10-2, 5-1 in conference). James Anderson led the Pirates with 28 assists and Richard De St. Jean led OCC with seven blocks. Golden West is 5-6, 1-4. The Pirates play host to San Diego City Friday at 6 p.m. SOFTBALL Doubleheader COSTA MESA — Vanguard's Amanda Young went two for three in a 3-1 nonconference loss against Dickenson State Friday.
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September 11, 2012
MEN'S SOCCER Long Beach 3, Orange Coast 2 COSTA MESA — The host Pirates led, 2-0, and the Vikings were short-handed one player due to a red card ejection. But the visitors rallied with three second-half goals to earn the nonconference clash on Monday. Baji Chela scored twice in the first 20 minutes for the Pirates (0-2-1). Long Beach scored the game-winner in the 79th minute. OCC plays host to San Bernardino Valley on Wednesday.
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June 8, 2013
First-team All-Orange Empire Conference honorees Zach Nehrir and Danny Jiminez are among eight Orange Coast College baseball players who have secured futures at four-year schools. Nehrir, who batted .318 with 21 runs batted in as a sophomore outfielder in 2013, is bound for Houston Baptist, while Jiminez, who hit .307 with 24 RBIs, will continue his career at St. Catherine College, an NAIA school in Kentucky. Kyle Dowdy, a bounce-back pitcher from the University of Hawaii, will join fellow Hawaii transfer David Longville at the University of Houston, while third baseman Manny Argomaniz is bound for Fresno State.
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December 11, 2012
Sophomores Brandon Bauman and Jake Little, as well as freshman Jorge Sanchez, have been named first-team All-Orange Empire Conference in men's soccer. Sophomore Baji Chela and freshman Frankie Muñoz represent the Pirates on the second team. Bauman, a midfielder, had eight goals and 22 assists to help the Pirates finish 12-5-5, 7-4-3 in conference. OCC was third in the OEC and earned a berth in the Southern California Regional playoffs for the first time since 2006. Sanchez, a forward out of Costa Mea High, had a team-leading 15 goals and seven assists, while Little, a defender, had one goal and one assist.
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January 26, 2011
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL Orange Coast 66, Riverside 65 (OT) COSTA MESA — Sophomore Amanda Deal scored 23 points to lead the Pirates to a thrilling Orange Empire Conference overtime victory Wednesday night. Sophomore Helena Robel, who scored 12 points, connected on a three-pointer with four seconds left in regulation for a 60-60 tie, sending the game into overtime. Sophomore Alyssa Hanson, who scored 11 points, had the assist on Robel's big three-pointer. Hanson connected on two free throws with 10 seconds left in the game to give the Pirates the winning margin.
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By Barry Faulkner | April 28, 2007
SANTA MONICA — First impressions held form in the case of the men's volleyball teams from Orange Coast College and Long Beach City. Long Beach City swept the season opener Feb. 7 and the Vikings prevailed Friday night, 30-24, 25-30, 30-24, 30-25, in the semifinals of the California Community College Commission on Athletics championships at Santa Monica College. The loss ended the Pirates' season at 17-4 and denied them what would have been the program's 11th trip to a state title match.
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By Barry Faulkner | May 3, 2014
Redemption may be too strong a word. But Two players who had recently found themselves in less than good graces with Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli responded with strong performances Saturday to help the Pirates sweep their best-of-three Southern California Regional playoff series against visiting El Camino. Freshman right fielder Tommy Bell, who was dressed down for not hustling in Friday's opening-game win, went four for four with two runs batted in and two runs scored in the 8-2 triumph that sent No. 1-seeded OCC (28-9)
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By Barry Faulkner | April 25, 2014
ORANGE - Orange Coast College freshman Jim Webb plans to give up volleyball to begin Navy SEAL training this summer. But in his final match on Friday, his service was entirely to his team. Webb, a powerfully built 6-foot-6 opposite, had a team-best 20 kills and five aces, including four kills and two aces in the decisive fifth set. His performance led the Pirates to a 25-18, 25-23, 17-25, 21-25, 15-10 victory over Santa Monica in the California Community College Athletic Assn. state championship match at Santiago Canyon College.
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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 23, 2014
ORANGE - Upsets had been trending at the California Community College Athletic Assn. men's volleyball state championship, but heavily favored Orange Coast College upset that run by sweeping Irvine Valley in the semifinals at Santiago Canyon Community College. "Thank God it wasn't a trend," OCC Coach Travis Turner said after his squad (19-1) dispatched IVC, 25-20, 25-18, 25-20, for the third sweep of the Lasers (13-8) this season. Santa Monica (14-6), the third-place team from the Western State Conference, posted a 25-19, 25-19, 25-19 semifinal upset of WSC champion El Camino (15-5)
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By Barry Faulkner | April 22, 2014
Kevin Emerson's first stint with the Orange Coast College football program was short and uneventful. But the former coach at Citrus and San Bernardino Valley community colleges, announced as the seventh coach in OCC's 66-year football history on Monday, is hoping for a much more meaningful association with the Pirates this time around. Emerson, chosen from more than 80 applicants, replaces Mike Taylor, who will be the Pirates' defensive coordinator after 15 seasons at the helm. Taylor was 62-91 to produce the worst winning percentage (.405)
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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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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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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 | April 4, 2014
As the Orange Coast College men's volleyball team takes sole occupancy of the Pacific Coast Conference penthouse, it can be said that Grossmont has served as its front-desk clerk. The Griffins have continued to be the source of wake-up calls for the Pirates, the latest coming Friday in OCC's 23-25, 25-7, 25-15, 25-22 victory over the visitors from El Cajon in a battle for first place. It was Grossmont (11-5, 8-2 in conference) that handed the Coach Travis Turner's squad its only defeat, a five-game road setback on March 12. And it was the Griffins who appeared bent on repeating that outcome by taking the opening set in Costa Mesa.
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March 28, 2014
Orange Coast College sophomore Chanelle DiCroce, who helped the Pirates advance to the second round of the Southern California Regional playoffs, earned third-team All-State honors in women's basketball. DiCroce, a first-team All-Orange Empire Conference honoree, averaged 11.9 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game for the Pirates (19-11). She scored in double figures 20 times, including OCC's final eight games. Over that eight-game span, she averged 16 points and 10 rebounds per contest.
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