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March 5, 2013 > Renegades enter post-season play with flair

Renegades enter post-season play with flair

Submitted By Don Jedlovec and Ohlone College

Ohlone Renegade men and women ended the regular season at home in Epler Gymnasium, Saturday, February 23. Both teams were assured playoff spots prior to hitting the hardwood, but did not let up in their finale. The men, under Coach John "JP" Peterson beat the Canada Colts (Redwood City) 80-53 and Lady Renegade Coach Julia Allender started all of her sophomores and easily handled the Hartnell Panthers (Salinas) 78-49.

Saturday also featured a "Coaches Vs Cancer" game sponsored by the American Cancer Society. Fans donated over $800 on behalf of the men's or women's coach in a halftime three-point shoot-out between Coach Julia Allender and Men's Assistant Coach Scott Clark. Even as a top three-point shooter for Coach Peterson in 2009-2010, Clark could not match the hot hands of Allender and was forced to run "suicide drills."

"The event was a complete success", said Chris Warden, Athletic Director. "The energy in the gym that day was palpable. It began with a great live rendition of the National Anthem from our very own Ohlone Saxophone ensemble, honoring our Ohlone Sophomore Athletes, recognizing our Ohlone Board of Trustees, and supporting the fight against Cancer. "I'm very much looking forward to continuing this tradition for years to come." Members of the Ohlone Board of Trustees, and College President Dr. Gari Browning, were present for both games.

The men are seeded No. 7 and will take on Yuba College in their first California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) playoff game. The Lady Renegades wrapped up the No. 6 seed and will host No. 11 seed Modesto Junior College in playoffs.

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Editors Note:
The Renegade men's team advanced in Northern California Regional play by beating Yuba College 49ers, 62-54 on March 1. They will meet the Fresno City College Rams (2) March 6 in Round 3 play at Fresno.

Lady Renegades (6) also advanced in post season play by defeating the Modesto Junior College Pirates, 68-62 March 2 and will meet the Sierra College (3) Wolverines March 6 at Sierra College in Rocklin.

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