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COC insider: Canyons to host softball playoff series

Track qualifies for 12 postseason events at WSC finals

Posted: April 28, 2013 8:26 p.m.
Updated: April 28, 2013 8:26 p.m.
Playoffs up next for COC athletics. Playoffs up next for COC athletics.
Playoffs up next for COC athletics.

The regular season came to an end this week for four College of the Canyons teams.

But there’s still plenty of action left, as softball, baseball, golf and track and field all turn their attention to the postseason.



The College of the Canyons softball team ended the regular season on Tuesday afternoon with a decisive 12-3 victory over L.A. Mission College to complete the season with a perfect 18-0 conference record.

Canyons used a seven-run fourth inning to break an early tie with the Eagles. Freshman third baseman Alyssa Hernandez went 2-of-3 on the afternoon with a double and a home run and a team-high four RBIs.

COC now moves its attention to the California Community College Athletic Association Southern California Regional Playoffs, which begin on Saturday. Canyons (20-8-2) earned a No. 5 seed and will host No. 12 Saddleback College (22-14) in the first round of the playoffs, in a best-of-three series. The first game will be played at 2 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, followed by a game at noon on Sunday and a 2 p.m.

game if needed.


Track and Field

The College of the Canyons track and field team completed the Western State Conference Finals on Friday afternoon with a sixth-place finish for the women and a 10th-place finish for the men’s team.

Freshman jumper Tim White continued to improve on his impressive season as he won a conference championship in the triple jump with a leap of 52 feet, marking a personal-best jump. With the distance, White moves into second place among community college triple jumpers in the nation.

In other track and field action, freshman distance runner Chase Wheeler ran a 4 minute, 3.82 second 1,500 for a personal best and seventh place in the race. On the women’s side, Jessica Gill came in fourth place in the 400-meter run with a time of 57.86 seconds and Nouneh Assadourian turned in a fifth-place performance in the triple jump with a distance of 34 feet, 4 3/4 inches.

Canyons, which qualified to compete in 12 events, will travel to Antelope Valley College for the Southern California Prelims on Saturday.


Men’s Golf

The College of the Canyons men’s golf team closed out the regular season on Monday afternoon at Soule Park Golf Course for the 36-hole Western State Conference Championship tournament. Canyons carded a 727 (369-358), good for second place behind Santa Barbara City College (732). Despite coming in second place, COC still won the conference title with its 59-1 conference record, marking the program’s 19th WSC title.

First-year golfer Sidney Wolf completed the regular season with the best stroke average in the conference with his 72.2 strokes per tournament. Canyons had five players who finished in the top-10 stroke averages, with the sixth player coming in 11th best.

The Cougars now set their eyes on the Southern California Championship on May 6 at the Costa Mesa Country Club. The top two teams will advance to the state championship at Rancho Cañada Golf Club on May 13 to compete against the top-two teams from Northern California.



The College of the Canyons baseball team finished off the regular season in dramatic style this week with a loss to West L.A. and two victories over L.A. Mission. Third-place COC has spent most of the season sitting behind Bakersfield College, which was in second place and in position to take an automatic bid into the regional playoffs.

With a little help from the Renegades with two consecutive conference losses, the Cougars took over second place and received the automatic bid into the playoffs on the last day of the regular season.

COC was named the No. 13 seed in the California Community College Athletic Association Southern California Regional Playoff and will travel to No. 4 San Bernardino Valley College for the first round, in a best-of-three series.

“We’re excited to be a 13 seed and we’re playing a team that had the most wins in the south (Southern California),” said COC head coach Chris Cota. “But we’re excited to get to play two out of three.”

The first game will be played on Friday, with the second game on Saturday and a third game, if needed, right after.




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