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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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February 7, 2014
(( WOMEN'S BASKETBALL Orange Coast 67, Cypress 55 CYPRESS - Sophomore guard Dayanara Armenta led four Pirates in double figures with 19 points in the Orange Empire Conference game Friday. The win extended the winning streak to five for OCC (15-9, 6-2 in conference). The Pirates solidified their hold on second place and stayed one-game behind Saddleback, which will play host to the Pirates on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. Chanelle Di Croce had 15 points, while Jasmine Matar added 12 points, six rebounds and four assists for OCC. Raechelle Davis had 11 points and six rebounds for OCC. (( BASEBALL Doubleheader SAN LUIS OBISPO - Led by a pair of Hills on the hill, visiting Orange Coast College swept a nonconference doubleheader on Friday.
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January 29, 2014
MEN'S VOLLEYBALL Orange Coast def. Long Beach LONG BEACH — Ty Hutchins had 16 kills to lead the Pirates to a 25-19, 25-23, 20-25, 25-18 win in both teams' season opener on Wednesday at LBCC. Jim Webb had 14 kills for OCC. — WOMEN'S BASKETBALL Orange Coast 56, Riverside 49 Jasmine Matar and Caitlin Bunting each scored 14 points for the Pirates in Wednesday's Orange Empire Conference game at OCC. Dayanara Armenta added 12 points for the Pirates (13-9, 4-2 in conference)
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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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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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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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