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COC notebook: Canyons softball earns WSC crown

Cougars run conference record to 16-2

Posted: April 23, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 23, 2012 1:55 a.m.

The College of the Canyons softball team has its sights set on a state championship this season.

The Cougars took an important first step toward that goal this past week.

Canyons swept a doubleheader against Valley on Tuesday to clinch the Western State Conference, Blue Division title with a game left in the regular season.

The track and field team competed at the WSC Prelims on Friday in Santa Barbara, while the baseball team finished the week 2-1.

The men’s golf team won the seventh WSC match of the season on Monday before finishing second at the eighth match on Friday.


Alicia Paiz and Kimmie Lockhart combined to give up just one run in the circle as the Cougars swept Valley on Tuesday.

They won the first game 7-1 and the second 10-0 to improve to 15-2 in conference play, with Bakersfield, Glendale and Citrus in a three-way tie for second at 10-6.

In the first game of the doubleheader, Ruby Herrera scored three times and hit a solo home run, while Lockhart and Jenny Wunderlich each had a pair of hits.

In the second game, Adriana Correra and Nikki Haslock both hit home runs and finished with two RBIs apiece. Lockhart and Caitlyn Zimmerman both had two RBIs as well.

The Cougars also beat Mission College 11-0 on Thursday to improve to 35-2-1 overall and 16-2 in conference. The WSC title is the program’s first since 2010.

COC will finish the regular season today by hosting El Camino at 2 p.m.

Track and field

A total of nine COC athletes qualified for the WSC Championships at Friday’s conference prelims in Santa Barbara.

Additionally, several Cougars recorded strong finishes in the field events.

Daniel Whitham finished second in the discus finals with a mark of 44.29 meters, and he was also fourth in the shot put finals at 13.39 meters.

Colton Berkery finished third in the pole vault finals by clearing 4.55 meters, while the winner, Nikolas Althaus of Moorpark, went 4.70 meters.

Anthony Cresswell tied for fourth in the pole vault at 4.40 meters, and Deshawn Green wound up seventh in the long jump at 6.47 meters.

Qualifiers for Friday’s WSC Championships included Chris Low, Armando Macias, Nick Brooks, Jonathan Ross and Josh Roper.

Low won heat 1 of the 800-meter race in 1 minute, 56.99 seconds, which was the third-fastest mark overall. He also finished third in heat 1 of the 1,500 in 4:12.52, good for fifth overall.

The top nine marks qualify for the finals.

Macias qualified in the 110 hurdles after finishing third in heat 1 and fifth overall in 16.22 seconds, and he also won heat 3 of the 400 hurdles in 56.85 seconds, which was third overall.

Brooks won heat 5 of the 400 in 50.17 seconds, the sixth-fastest overall time, and Jonathan Ross finished fourth in heat 2 of the 110 hurdles in 16.35 seconds, good for seventh overall.

Josh Roper finished fourth in heat 1 of the 110 hurdles in 16.38 seconds, which was eighth overall.

For the COC women, Alex Ecsedy finished fourth in the WSC in the shot put at 11.35 meters, and she also finished fifth in the conference in the discus at 35 meters.

Amber Wright and Jacqueline Keeley each qualified for the finals in three different events, while Laurie Henigan did so in two events. Wright won heat 2 of the 100 in 12.62 seconds, which was good for third overall, and she also won heat 3 of the 400 with the top overall time of 56.79 seconds. Wright also finished second in heat 4 of the 200 and seventh overall in 25.73 seconds.

Keeley, meanwhile, finished second in heat 4 of the 400 in 59.05, good for sixth overall, and she finished third in heat 2 of the 100 hurdles in 16.09 seconds. She also won heat 2 of the 400 hurdles in 1:04.87, the best overall time.

Henigan won heat 1 of the 100 in 12.28 seconds, which was second overall, and she also won heat 2 of the 100 hurdles with the top overall time of 14.67 seconds.

Maddie Hardesty also qualified for the finals after winning heat 1 of the 400 hurdles in 1:06.63, which was second overall only to Keeley.

Although there’s still plenty to be contested on Friday, the COC men are currently second in the team scoring with 25.5 points, trailing only Moorpark’s 33. The women, meanwhile, are ninth with 11 points.

Men’s golf

Led by Tyler Schwanz’s medalist round of 67, the Cougars shot a team score of 345 to win the seventh WSC match of the season on Monday at San Dimas Canyon Golf Course.

Derek Larson and Luke Kristo added 68s, while Riley Hayfield shot a 70 and Travis Bergman shot a 72. COC beat Glendale by 19 strokes.

On Friday, despite a pair of 75s from Larson and Bergman, the Cougars shot a team score of 395 to finish five shots behind Glendale at Oakmont Country Club.

Hayfield shot a 76 for the Cougars, while Kyle Sauer shot an 80 and Schwanz shot an 89. Kristo was disqualified.

The medalist was Austin Kaiser of Allan Hancock, who shot a 70. Larson and Bergman tied with Glendale’s Michael Timpson for second-lowest round.

COC is now 45-3 in conference play and will take part in WSC championships, which will take place today at Olivas Links Golf Course in Ventura.


College of the Canyons beat Citrus 16-10 on Tuesday and fell to Valley 12-3 on Thursday, but rebounded to beat Valley 7-6 on Saturday.

In the win over Citrus, COC built a 10-2 lead after four innings but gave up eight runs over the next two innings. The Cougars retook the lead in the bottom of the sixth and scored five runs in the seventh to blow the game open again.

Kevin Lenik finished 4-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs, while Chad DeLaGuerra, Jake Jelmini and James Bonds all scored three times. Connor Garelick went 2-for-4 with four RBIs and a pair of runs.

Winston Lavendier earned the win, pitching 2 2/3 innings and giving up just one hit.

In the loss to Valley, starting pitcher Alberto Flores started strongly but fell apart in the fifth, when Valley scored seven runs. He pitched five innings and gave up eight runs on eight hits.

COC took a 1-0 lead after the first inning but couldn’t rally back. DeLaGuerra went 2-for-4 with a run, while Bonds was 2-for-4. No other Cougar had more than one hit.

Canyons will travel to face West L.A. at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday before hosting West L.A. at 2:30 p.m. Thursday to finish the regular season.



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