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September 28, 2010 > Local community college sports report

Local community college sports report

By Gary van den Heuvel

Losing was the frustratingly recurrent theme for both local community colleges last week, as both Ohlone and Chabot colleges struggled for victories in their collective sports.

The one team with immunity from the East Bay's woes was Chabot College's football team. The Gladiators stayed undefeated at 3-0 with a 55-38 shootout victory over non-conference opponent Hartnell.

Hartnell had opened up a 21-0 lead with touchdowns on their first three possessions, but Chabot settled down and owned the second half, scoring 35 points in the final 30 minutes for the win.

Gladiators quarterback Travis Gardner directed the Chabot passing game with seven TD passes out of just 12 completions. He passed for 220 yards total.

Ohlone's men's soccer team began conference play with a 5-2 record and four straight wins, and they looked like they would continue their hot streak when they led 2-1 over Mission College on Sept. 24, on goals from Tomas Ortega and Antonio Garcia. However, two goals by Mission, coming in the 74th minute and a late tiebreaker in minute 87, spelled doom for the Renegades.

The Ohlone women's team had an explosive performance on Sept. 21 against Las Positas, putting three goals on the board (Chloe Blancas, Shelly Erber and Reanna Williams), but even that was not enough, as Positas ruined Ohlone's division opener with four goals of their own. The Renegades' offensive firepower didn't make the trip with the team later in the week to Butte College, who beat Ohlone 1-0 on a Rachel LeDuc goal. At week's end, the Renegades were 2-5, 0-2 in divisional play.

Comparatively speaking, Chabot's 0-0 tie in their divisional match-up against Canada College was a blessing. Canada came to Chabot on Sept. 21 with a 7-0 record, but the Gladiators' stout defensive effort allowed goalkeeper Monica Aguayo to record the shutout.

The Chabot men's team (2-4-1, 0-1 in conference play) squandered a chance to continue Cabrillo College's downward slide. In their conference opener, the host Gladiators fell 2-0 for Cabrillo's first win of the season.

Both schools' volleyball teams are currently heading in different directions. Ohlone has shown significant early season improvement from last year, but this year it is Chabot who has struggled early. Individual leaders for Ohlone include Jayme Leftridge (team leader in kills, with 3.22 per game), Marissa Patubo (11 total aces), Isabella Bumb (4.67 assists per game) and Melissa Randall (2.55 digs per game).

Chabot's volleyball team is led by Fraustina Sagapolu (2.5 kills per game), Rebecca Van Horn (.66 aces per game; Van Horn also leads Chabot in assists with 6.55 per game), and Marianne Quiray (50 digs total).

The recent spate of losing has extended to the swimming pool, as well. Ohlone's women's water polo team lost handily in two different tournament appearances last week, to Merced by a score of 17-2, and by a 15-5 tally to Cuesta College. The Renegades men's squad fared no better, dropping three tournament games at the Delta Tournament to Modesto, Merced and Sierra Colleges.




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