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By Barry Faulkner | January 22, 2014
SANTA ANA — Mike Thornton retired from teaching a few years ago, but he still delivers lessons as quickly and quantitatively as any professor still commanding a classroom. Rather than use a blackboard and an overhead projector, the 25th-year coach of the Orange Coast College women's basketball team relies, these days, on a clipboard and voice projection to tutor his uniformed pupils. And as Wednesday night's painstakingly earned 71-62 win over Orange Empire Conference host Santa Ana proved to anyone within earshot of Thornton and his staff of assistants, these Pirates are far from advanced when it comes to on-court intelligence.
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December 20, 2013
MEN'S BASKETBALL Orange Coast 80, Rio Hondo 69 GLENDALE — The Pirates won for the second staight night on Friday to advance to Saturday's 5 p.m. title game of the Glendale tournament against the host Vaqueros. OCC (5-8), defeated Los Angeles Southwest, 70-64, on Friday. No statistics were available at press time. — WOMEN'S BASKETBALL San Diego 79, UC Irvine 55 SAN DIEGO — Senior guard Jennifer Tsurumoto had 18 points to lead the visiting Anteaters in the nonconference game Friday.
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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.
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By Barry Faulkner | December 20, 2013
Orange Coast College has begun the process of hiring a new football coach, who may be the head coach, share head-coaching duties with current coach Mike Taylor, or merely be a coordinator while being groomed to eventually take over for Taylor, Pirates Athletic Director Michael Sutliff said Friday. Sutliff said a notice announcing the opening will likely be posted online as quickly as Jan. 2 and it will list the job as a head-coaching position. "There has been a big debate about how we want to advertise [the position]
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December 18, 2013
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL Chaffey College 63, Orange Coast College 62 Guard Chanelle DiCroce produced 13 points and 10 rebounds as the Pirates opened the Erin Tomlinson Coast Christmas Classic at home on Wednesday. Dominique Worthy hit a game-winning jumper with 12 seconds left to lift Chaffey into the championship semifinals against Cuesta College on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. The Pirates (8-4) resume tournament play on Thursday against Palomar in a consolation semifinal at 3:30 p.m. Raechelle Davis finished with 11 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks for OCC, and Jasmine Matar had 13 points and nine rebounds.
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December 6, 2013
Freshman receiver D.J. McFadden and freshman tailback Lorenzo Williams are among six Orange Coast College football players named second-team All-Southern Conference. McFadden led the team with 36 receptions in 10 games for 774 yards and eight touchdowns. He averaged 21.5 yards per catch and his eight touchdowns represented just more than one-third of the Pirates' total of 23. Williams carried 149 times for 720 yards and four touchdowns. He also caught 26 passes, second-most on the team, for 206 yards and two touchdowns.
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By Barry Faulkner | November 30, 2013
ORANGE - Internet directions to the Santiago Canyon Community College campus end with a left turn on Trails End. Recent history would suggest that Orange Coast College women's soccer coach Kevin Smith considers the command more foreshadowing than coincidence. For the third straight season, OCC was eliminated from the Southern California Regional playoffs by the host Hawks, who have a history of mastery over the Pirates that spans well beyond the scope of Smith's memory. This time, No. 2-seeded Santiago Canyon (20-1-2)
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By Barry Faulkner | November 26, 2013
The soccer gods sometimes award the opportunists more than the oppressors, but Orange Coast College benefited from being a little of both to advance past Los Angeles Pierce on Tuesday into the third round of the Southern California Regional playoffs. The No. 11-seeded Pirates (13-3-5) posted a 23-8 shot advantage and controlled play approximately 85% of the 120 minutes of regulation and overtime. But after 119-plus minutes, the hosts, down, 1-0, had Coach Kevin Smith mentally polishing his hard-luck-loser postgame speech.
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November 20, 2013
The Orange Coast College women's basketball team will honor the 2003 state-championship team prior to Friday night's 7:30 p.m. game against El Camino. Several players will be on hand for the event as the Pirates honor the 10th anniversary of their only women's basketball state championship in school history. That 2002-03 team went 31-6 and pulled off several upsets along the way to claim the state title. After finishing second in the Orange Empire Conference, OCC earned a No. 4 seed and opened postseason play with a 55-47 win over Cerritos.
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By Barry Faulkner | November 14, 2013
The Orange Coast College men's soccer team can do itself a big favor by winning its Orange Empire Conference and regular-season finale at Norco on Friday. The Pirates, just like the OCC women's team, has been put in a bit of a pickle due to a unique soccer playoff pairings system that evaluates teams on the basis of something known as power points. The points system, somewhat similar to Ratings Percentage Index for NCAA schools, gives a value to every game played by every team in the state.
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