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February 21, 2011
OCC women's basketball team will play host to Southwestern in second round of SoCal Regionals. The Orange Coast College women's basketball team will play host to Southwestern of Chula Vista on Saturday in the second round of the Southern California Regional playoffs. The Pirates (22-8), who finished second in the Orange Empire Conference, return to the playoffs after missing the postseason last year. It's the 20th trip to the playoffs in Coach Mike Thornton's 22 seasons at the helm of OCC, the No. 5 seed in the SoCal Regional.
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By Barry Faulkner, barry.faulkner@latimes.com | December 17, 2010
COSTA MESA — The Orange Coast College women's basketball team's motto this season is "Win the Day. " Some days are easier than others, of course, and Friday night's 75-42 romp over Cuesta in the quarterfinals of the Erin Tomlinson Coast Christmas Classic at OCC, was one of the lightest days of the season for the Pirates (11-2). OCC, ranked No, 17 in the state and No. 10 in Southern California, dominated throughout to extend its winning streak to seven and advance to the semifinals against Chaffey (9-4)
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By Barry Faulkner | March 12, 2014
Apparently, one way to slow down the state's most productive hitting team is to, well, throw slower pitches. Fullerton College sophomore left-hander Nick Morton used that approach to help the visiting Hornets edge Orange Coast, 3-1, in an Orange Empire Conference baseball battle on Tuesday. OCC, ranked No. 1 in Southern California, entered the game leading the state in hits (219), doubles (40) home runs (nine), batting average (.317) and slugging percentage (.443). But Morton, with his repertoire of slow, slower and slowest, kept the Pirates off balance to earn his fourth win in five decisions and his third complete game.
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By Barry Faulkner | May 12, 2012
COSTA MESA - A 31-4-1 regular season that included the Orange Coast College baseball team's first outright Orange Empire Conference title since 1987, a No. 1 national ranking and a school-record winning percentage (.875), might be considered a tough act to follow. But all the Pirates have done in four postseason games, including Saturday's 5-0 triumph over visiting Mt. San Antonio in the winner's bracket semifinal of the Southern California Super Regional, is step up their game.
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By Barry Faulkner | December 8, 2011
IRVINE - It was fitting that after its 49-46 overtime victory over Grossmont on Thursday that the Orange Coast College women's basketball team ducked into a classroom outside the Irvine Valley College gym for a brief tutorial from veteran coach Mike Thornton. It may, in fact take enough basketball instruction to fill a three-ring binder to limit the times when the inexperienced Pirates resemble a three-ring circus on the floor. "It's been a struggle," said Thornton, whose team improved to 5-4 and advanced to the championship semifinals of the IVC Tournament Friday at 5 p.m. against Chaffey.
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By Barry Faulkner | December 9, 2011
COSTA MESA — Fire ants would be far more innocuous if their bite did not sting. So, while a stubby defensive drones swarm the perimeter of the Orange Coast College men's basketball team's zone, it is sophomore Will Ligon that prompts Pirates' opponents to frequently utter "ouch" on the OCC offensive end. Ligon made seven of nine second-half field-goal attempts to produce 19 of his 30 points after intermission and help OCC defeat nonconference visitor...
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By Barry Faulkner, barry.faulkner@latimes.com | January 21, 2011
FULLERTON — Just three spots separate the women's basketball teams from Orange Coast College and Fullerton in the Southern California rankings. But the margin for error for the visiting Pirates Friday was even tighter, OCC Coach Mike Thornton said. So, despite catching the Hornets on what Thornton considered an off night, the Pirates failed to capitalize in a showdown for first place in the Orange Empire Conference. OCC (17-6, 4-1 in conference), ranked No. 6 in Southern California and No. 10 in the state, used a 10-0 run to take a 25-24 lead with a minute left in the first half.
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By Barry Faulkner, barry.faulkner@latimes.com | September 18, 2010
COSTA MESA — At its next home football game, Orange Coast College will honor the 1975 national championship team. And after a 46-10 drubbing at the hands of visiting Los Angeles Harbor Saturday night, OCC faithful are clearly pining for the nostalgia of the good old days. Two Pirates quarterbacks were sacked seven times and, largely due to having to scramble for their well being, combined to throw four interceptions. OCC also lost two fumbles and also added to their habit of special teams breakdowns.
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