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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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By Barry Faulkner | November 13, 2013
FULLERTON - Twenty-two years can diminish even the most novel sense of urgency. But Orange Coast College assistant men's soccer coach Glenn Strachan certainly wasn't willing to use that as an excuse. The Pirates, hoping to clinch their first Orange Empire Conference championship since 1991, waited their sweet time to unleash maximum intensity in a 1-1 tie at Fullerton on Tuesday. OCC erased a 1-0 deficit in the 89th minute to salvage a valuable point in the standings. The deadlock pared the Pirates' conference lead from four points to two with one game remaining.
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November 1, 2013
MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY Orange Empire Conference Championships ORANGE - Orange Coast College runners placed first through fifth to create a perfect score for the victorious Pirates at Irvine Regional Park. Luis Morales, who completed the four-mile course in 20 minutes, 36.15 seconds, was the individual champion. His OCC teammates, Brandon Ferguson (20:37.73), Jose Ortiz (20:46.38), Lucio Ramirez (20:53.41) and Jay Bonthius (20:55.50), finished second through fifth, respectively.
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By Barry Faulkner | October 29, 2013
Since posting a 7-4 season that ended in a bowl game in 2006, the Orange Coast College football program has longed for mediocrity. With a 26-42 record (a winning percentage of 35.3), and a 9-27 mark against conference opponents (winning just 25% of the time) from 2007 on, Coach Mike Taylor's Pirates have inspired little fanfare and even fewer fans. But for a little more than the three hours it took for OCC to hand a stunning 55-48 loss to a Saddleback team that was ranked No. 21 in the state and No. 11 in Southern California on Saturday night, the Pirates put together one of their finest four-quarter performances in recent memory.
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By Barry Faulkner | October 26, 2013
It was fitting that with the clock expired in the Southern Conference football game between Orange Coast College and visiting Saddleback the ball was in the air. The final pass was intercepted by OCC linebacker Paco Potter to seal the Pirates' 55-48 upset of the Gauchos, who came in ranked No. 11 in Southern California and No. 21 in the state. The Saddleback offense also came in ranked No. 1 in passing in the 37-team Southern California Football Assn., but had difficulty keeping up with an OCC offense led by sophomore Jon Newsom.
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