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February 8, 2011 > College athletics rundown

College athletics rundown

By Gary van den Heuvel and Giovanni Albanese Jr.

In community college athletics, Chabot College men's basketball team avenged a January loss to Ohlone College, beating the Renegades 92-80 on Feb. 2 and taking sole possession of second place in the Coast Conference North (CCN). Chabot's offensive leader Jourdan DeMuynck put on a clinic, lighting up the scoreboard with 30 points. Center Kyle Luckett dominated the low post, hitting a double-double with 15 points and 15 rebounds, and Howie Manzo contributed 13 in the Gladiators' home victory.

Chabot finished the week with a 70-64 win on the road at Foothill College, led by Joshua De La Torre's 14 points and Jacob Noisat's 12. The Gladiators, with a 7-2 record in the CCN, trail San Francisco City College by two games.

Ohlone sits one game behind Chabot, with a 6-3 CCN record, and they bounced back from the Chabot loss to beat Las Positas College 61-50 on February 5. Scott Kenny was lights out from the perimeter, hitting six 3-pointers on his way to a 24-point performance. Gray added 9 points in the Renegades' home victory.

Ohlone's women's team remained in first place in the Coast Conference South division. Last week, they won 2 of 3 games, with their one loss coming to non-conference opponent Foothill by a 66-55 score. That loss was sandwiched in between two wins, a 67-36 hammering of Cabrillo College, and a 71-69 overtime thriller over second place De Anza.

Chabot College's women's team dropped to fifth place in the CCN, losing 56-42 to College of San Mateo. Charnay Bell led the Gladiators with 11 points, and Sharae Davis scored 9 in the defeat.

Ohlone's baseball team has high hopes as it begins the 2011 season. The Renegades began the year ranked number 4 in the NorCal preseason poll. However, Ohlone's season started on an off-note, as they were edged 4-3 by West Valley College in their opener.

Chabot started their season with a home-and-home series against Santa Rosa, and things didn't go well for the Gladiators, who lost their opener 6-1 (February 3), then traveled to Santa Rosa (Feb. 5), where they lost 11-5.

After both the men and women basketball teams for Cal State University-East Bay split a pair of games to end the month of January, the two struggling sides -- both more than 10 games under .500 -- were on the losing end of both games to begin play in February.

On Thursday night, East Bay played host to Cal State University-Monterey Bay. In the women's contest, the Lady Pioneers were overwhelmed by the No. 25 nationally ranked team. Trailing 16-12 at the half, East Bay went cold in the second half, being outscored 36-9 en route to the 52-21 blowout.

"We executed really well in the first half but we did not sustain that same effort in the second half," said CSUEB coach Suzy Barcomb.

As for the men on Thursday, CSUMB led by double digits most of the way to a 19-point win, 83-64. Mark Samuels led the Pioneers with 17 points in the loss.

Both the men and women hoops teams lost on Feb. 5 at home to San Francisco State -- the men (3-17, 1-15 CCAA) by an 82-72 count and the women (2-19, 2-14 CCAA) by a 49-46 count.

East Bay's water polo team hosted Sonoma State on Friday, Feb. 4, and improved to 2-1 with its 14-8 victory. The Lady Pioneers led virtually the whole way, leading 4-3 after one; 7-5 at the half and 12-7 heading into the final frame. Jayme Pekarske was strong in net, stopping 12 shots. Sarah Grunberger led the offense with a four-goal outburst. Erica Crain and Carly Clark put in three each. East Bay then went to Pacific on Feb. 6 and dropped a close one, 7-6.

East Bay's diamond sports -- baseball and softball -- got underway over the weekend. On Friday, Feb. 4, the Pioneers baseball team began its season at home against Vanguard. The visitors raced out to a 9-0 lead before putting it in cruise control for a 12-4 win. Jake Davis had the best day for East Bay, going 2-3 with two RBIs. East Bay took one game in the series, a 3-1 triumph on Feb. 5 before falling 7-1 in the second end of a double header later that day.

East Bay's softball team went 3-1 over the weekend, sweeping a double header against Menlo on Feb. 5 -- 2-0 and 10-3 -- then splitting a doubleheader against Academy of Art on Feb. 6 -- winning 7-2 and losing 4-1.

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