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COC notebook: Hoops teams make early exits

Cougar men, women fall in first round tilts

Posted: February 27, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: February 27, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Both College of the Canyons basketball teams reached the postseason.

Unfortunately for the Cougars, both exited in their playoff opener.

The women’s team fell to Cerritos College in the first round of the California Community College Athletic Association Southern California Regional Playoffs on Saturday, and three days earlier, the men’s team lost at L.A. Valley.

The baseball team scored a huge victory on Saturday by beating Orange Coast College, snapping the Pirates’ 14-game unbeaten streak to start the season.

The men’s and women’s track and field teams competed at the Western State Conference Relays on Friday in Glendora with several standout results.

Women’s basketball

Fresh off their seventh straight WSC title, the Cougars couldn’t rally after falling behind early and lost to fifth-seeded Cerritos 79-60 on Saturday.

The Falcons built a 38-24 lead at halftime and never relinquished it to 12th-seeded COC.

Angelica Sahagun led the team with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Bev Weaver chipped in 16 points and Amanda Ajdari and Jazzmyn Davis both scored 11. No bench players scored in the game.

The Cougars struggled to take care of the ball, turning it over 25 times, and they shot just 38 percent from the floor.

Canyons finishes the season at 19-11 and won eight straight games to clinch the WSC, South Division and reach the postseason. The team loses four sophomores, including Weaver, Sahagun, Davis and Erika Rivera.

Men’s basketball

Canyons earned the 20th and final playoff seed in the Southern California Regional Playoffs, and it faced a talented 13th seed in L.A. Valley, losing 75-61 on Wednesday.

The Cougars struggled from the floor in the game and shot just 31.4 percent, and they couldn’t keep up with L.A. Valley in the second half.

Wesley Bartole scored 12 points and pulled down seven rebounds, while Ronald Harris added 11 points and 14 boards. In his last game as a Cougar, Rafael Love finished with 11 points and nine rebounds.

COC turned the ball over just twice and came up with six steals, but it was outrebounded 52-45.

Canyons finishes 15-13 and reached the playoffs for the first time since 2007. The team will lose four sophomores, including Love, Harris, Brad Wyche and Ronald Harris.


COC saved its best performance of this past week for the weekend, beating Orange Coast 4-1 two days after losing to the Pirates 9-1.

Starting pitcher Cody Jones threw eight innings and gave up just one run on two hits with 10 strikeouts and a walk.

Kevin Lenik slammed a two-run home run in the top of the sixth inning to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead. Drew Sandler and Christian Ornelas each had RBI hits.

This marks the second year in a row that COC has handed Orange Coast its first loss after a solid start. Last season, the Pirates were 14-0 before Canyons beat them 11-6 on Feb. 27.

Thursday’s game wasn’t so kind to COC. Starting pitcher John Salas struggled through 4 2/3 innings and gave up four runs on five hits to take the loss.

The Pirates racked up nine runs on 10 hits, and the Cougars didn’t score until the bottom of the ninth. Jake Jelmini was the only Cougar with multiple hits, going 2-for-4.

The bats came alive in Tuesday’s 12-12 tie with Golden West, but the defense and pitching fell apart over the final three innings. Golden West scored six runs in the seventh inning and five more in the ninth to tie the game.

COC built an 8-1 lead after six innings. Chad DeLaGuerra went 3-for-5 with five runs scored and an RBI, while Connor Garelick went 3-for-3 with three RBIs and a run. Sandler and James Bonds each collected two hits.

Canyons used four pitchers, and starter David Haerle went 5 2/3 innings and gave up one run on three hits. Most of the damage came against reliever Alberto Flores, who pitched two innings and gave up five runs on six hits.

The Cougars (6-3-1) will travel to face Allan Hancock at 2 p.m. Tuesday before hosting the Bulldogs at 2 p.m. Thursday. They’ll travel to face Mission at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Track and field

Canyons had a solid showing at the WSC Relays on Friday in Glendora, with several relay teams finished first.

For the women, the 4x100-meter relay team of Mercedes McCoy, Laurie Henigan, Amber Wright and Al’lajae Jasmine won with a time of 48.98 seconds, and that same team won the 800 sprint medley in 1 minute, 47.70 seconds, the fastest overall time.

Another 800 sprint medley team consisting of Eleise Adams, Kailyn Greer, Rahnesha Williams and Edmee Portillo won its heat in 2:02.28, which was sixth-fastest overall.

The 4x200 team of Courtney Spaulding, Allison Perry, Jessica Criner and Christie Edwards finished second in its heat in 1:50.69, good for fourth overall.

Henigan also won her heat of the 100 hurdles in 14.87 seconds, the top overall time, and Jacqueline Keeley posted the top overall time in the 400 hurdles at 1:05.31.

Keeley and teammate Aspen Morrison tied for third in the high jump by clearing 1.37 meters, and Alex Ecsedy finished second in the hammer throw with a mark of 40.05 meters.

The men’s team had success as well. The 800 sprint medley team of Joe Babrick, Deshawn Green, Ozzie McCowan and Cruz Montes finished second in its heat at 1:37.15, good for fifth overall.

The 4,000 distance medley team of Alex Ruther, Armando Macias, Nick Brooks and Chris Low wound up second in 10:26.54.

Two individuals won events, including Macias in the 400 hurdles (57.89 seconds) and Green in the long jump (6.72 meters).

Colton Berkery tied for second in the pole vault by clearing 4.25 meters, while Emilio Gomez was second in the discus at 39.05 meters and Babrick finished second in the javelin with a mark of 50.22 meters.

This week, the Cougars will travel to Lancaster at 12 p.m. Friday to take part in a five-way meet.


The Cougars beat Antelope Valley 16-5 on Tuesday to improve to 8-0.

Kimmie Lockhart earned the win in the circle, pitching five innings and giving up five runs on five hits with six strikeouts. She received ample support from the offense, as Heidi Hinklin went 2-for-2 with four RBIs, three runs and a walk, and Jenny Wunderlich went 3-for-3 with three runs and three RBIs.

Ruby Herrera went 3-for-3 with two runs, an RBI and a walk, and Shay Romero finished 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI.

This week, COC will travel to face Reedley at 1 p.m. Tuesday, following by a game against Sacramento City at Reedley at 3 p.m. Tuesday. Canyons then plays a doubleheader against Palomar on Saturday starting at 1 p.m.


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