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WSC Champion Condors Win Opening Day
After taking the 2014 Super Regional Crown and the WSC Championship, expectations are high in the Condor’s Nest. The 2015 Oxnard College Baseball squad looks slightly different, but in game one, the outcome was the same.
Oxnard took down the Pasadena Lancers 7-0 on Tuesday afternoon. One of the heroes from last year, Blake Redman pitched a solid 6-innings, giving up zero runs and only two hits. The quality start earned him the victory. Josh Kubiske came on in relief in the seventh inning to earn the 3-inning save. He struck out three batters, while giving up only three hits, for his first save.
Dustyn Cook was 2 for 3, with a double, 2 runs scored, and a walk. Marcus Hutchinson was 1 for 3, with a double and a run scored. Jerrett Maas was 1 for 3, with two runs scored, and a walk. Scott Hockenberry was 1 for 2, with an RBI, and a walk.
The Condors are in the Nest on Thursday, to face the Citrus Owls at 2:00.
OC Beats VC
The cross-county rivalry is back and so are the Condors.
After a two-year hiatus, with a team full of freshman, the Condors beat Ventura 56-54 on Saturday night. DeSean Scott led the way for OC with 22 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots. One crucial block came at the end of the game, on Ventura’s final possession.
Carlos Gomez (pic) came off the bench and added 14 points, and along with his high energy play, made some big stops on defense. “He really brings our whole team energy up,” said Ron McClurkin. “If we play with smart, with that intensity, I think we can compete with any team in conference.”
DaShaun Nixon came up big for OC as well with eight points, four rebounds, and three blocks. DaShaun, a freshman from Hueneme HS also brings hustle and energy said “To come into their house and win, it’s one of the best feelings.”
For Oxnard College to have basketball back in the Nest is a great feeling as well.
The Lady Condors suffered a much different fate at the hands of the defending state champs. VC downed Oxnard 76-35.
Juliette Marquez led the Condors with 12 points. Assistant Coach, Christina Torres was on the visiting side to experience the frenetic pace that she was a part of last year. Torres was on the coaching staff with Head Coach, Ned Mercetic, to earn the state crown. “It was tough…We played hard, but the atmosphere was hard on them.”
The ladies look to get another win when Hancock College visits the Condor’s Nest on Wednesday.
Young Condors Outmatched against Cuesta
It’s very hard to win anytime you spot your opponent 20 points, but even harder when you have an inexperienced team like the 2015 Condors.
Cuesta College raced to a 20-0 lead, and never looked back, beating OC 89-59. The Condors trailed 49-30 at half, after they settled down. The lead was cut to 15 early in the second half, but Cuesta was able to figure out the Condor defense.
DeSean Scott (left) led the way for the Condors with 26 points and eight rebounds. Terrance Nunnery had 12 and four, and Robert Martinez had 11 points. Carlos Gomez brought some intensity off the bench, played tough defense, and led the team with four assists.
Oxnard fell to 1-3 in conference, with a game against cross-county rivals VC (1-3) on Saturday.
The Lady Condors were able to take an early lead on Cuesta, but could not maintain their early solid play. The Cougars bounced back and took a 29-18 lead on OC.
In the second half, OC was unable to come out with the intensity they need to compete with one of the best teams in the WSC. Juliette Marquez led the way with 12 points, while her teammates Tabatha Cunanan and Cassie Luna both chipped in 10 each. “We worked hard throughout the first half,” replied Christina Torres, Assistant Coach. “The game got away from us because of lack of depth and experience.”
The Condors fought hard to the end, but fell 42-69.
The heat will certainly be turned up for the young Lady Condors when they travel to VC to take on the defending State Champs on Saturday night. Tipoff for the ladies’ game is scheduled for 7:00 pm, with the men playing first at 5:00.
Upcoming Schedule and Notes
2:00 Baseball vs Pasadena
5:00 M Basketball vs Hancock
7:00 W Basketball vs Hancock
2:00 Baseball vs Citrus
TBA Softball @ Glendale Tourney
1:00 Baseball vs Mission
3:00 M Basketball vs Pierce
5:00 W Basketball vs Pierce
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Condors roughed up at Moorpark
After a terrific performance on Homecoming night, with the men and women taking down SBCC, the Condors suffered a letdown against Moorpark College on Saturday night.
The men’s team dug themselves into a deficit right from the start, and never recovered as they fell 94-67. OC went 1-9 to start the game. “You cannot have such a poor shooting performance as an outside shooting team,” commented Head Coach, Ron McClurkin. “When the shots didn’t fall, we weren’t able to set up our defense, and they were able to push the ball up the court.” The Condors had a problem with uniforms before the game. “We have to be stronger mentally…even though we have a routine, our players need to be ready to play.”
The women’s team did not fare any better against the Raiders. Oxnard shot a dismal 28.6% from the field, scoring only 30 to MC’s 60 points. Jenny Lopez (pic) had a nice game, scoring 10 points and grabbing five boards.
Oxnard looks to get back on track against Cuesta College on Wednesday night. Game time is scheduled for 5:00 for the women and 7:00 for the men.
Condors Soar on Homecoming Night
Oxnard College Athletics welcomed the 1979-80 WSC Champions back to the Condors’ Nest to celebrate their accomplishments. Coach LeRoy Porter and ten members of the first team at OC to claim the WSC crown were on hand. Two perpetual banners were unveiled, for Men and Women, and each member was presented with framed Oxnard jerseys. The ’79 Alumni Team also announced that they would fund a Lee Porter Scholarship, for graduating basketball players, through the Oxnard College Foundation.
The terrific vibe created by the event certainly resonated with the Men’s Team. Coming in with a 1-9 record, and 0-1 in the WSC, the Condors jumped on SBCC early. They took a quick lead, and held on to a 28-41 score at the half. They came out in the second half, led by Isiah Morales and Matt Ramon. Morales almost had a triple-double with 23 points, 10 assists, and eight rebounds. Ramon had 14 points and 12 boards. The Condors shot 48% from beyond the arc, and came away with an 83-54 win.
The Lady Condors, looking for their first win of the season, fed off the energy from the win by opening the game on an 18-5 run. Simone Tobin, Tabitha Cunanan, and Juliette Marquez all had 15 points each on the evening. Tobin also had 13 boards, while Cassandra Luna grabbed 10 to go along with eight points.
The game grew close at halftime, with OC ahead by eight points. The Vaqueros cut the lead to three in the second half, but the Condors battled all the way. They hit their foul shots, took care of the ball, and chalked up their first win since having the program reinstated.
The 2015 Condors fed off the energy from the 1979 team, and for a night, both teams were champions as well.
Women’s Basketball Suffers Tough Loss
The Lady Condors, looking for their first win of the season, lead LA Harbor by 13 points at the half. With several chances to win in the final seconds, the young team couldn’t get the basketball to fall. The 60-59 loss dropped OC to 0-4 in their first pre-conference action in three years.
“I really wanted this win at home for the ladies,” said Head Coach Ron McClurkin. “They played so hard and deserved to get this one.”
Juliette Marquez scored 21 points and Tabitha Cunanan had 18. Cassy Luna finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
The Condors have been competitive in each of the first four games. The all-freshman team is certainly improving with each game, and gaining confidence as they learn how to win at the collegiate level.
OC is back in action in the Condor’s Nest, Saturday at 2:00 against Long Beach CC. General admission is $5 and seniors, juniors under 12, staff, and students are $3 (free with an ASG card).
Soccer Season Ends in Third Round
The Condors advanced in the first round of the playoffs on PK’s at Long Beach, but fell last Friday to #2 ranked Cerritos on PK’s.
The OC Men’s Soccer team ran through the WSC schedule and looked as if they would reach the Final Four, for the first time in school history, but a post was in their way. Moments after Cerritos converted the first spot kick, John Lopez (All-American) strode confidently up to the penalty spot to take Oxnard’s first attempt, just as he had when he converted and Oxnard advanced past Long Beach City, 4-2, on PKs in last week’s regional quarterfinal. After sending the game into overtime, with a PK in the final seconds of the game, thirty minutes earlier, the ball glanced out instead of in.
“We shut down one of the top teams in the state and pushed them all the way and we’re a post from the Final Four,” Oxnard coach Ross Greaney said. “It’s a shame because this group of sophomores and freshmen deserve more than finishing with this feeling. But, wow, what a year.”
Lopez and his talented teammates battled tough road conditions all game, and brought great pride to the many Condor fans in attendance.
Men’s Soccer Advances to Third Round
Playing in the comforts of the Condor’s Nest, the Oxnard College Men’s Soccer team defeated Southwestern College, 4-1.
Johnny Lopez tucked in a goal early in the game, on an assist from JJ Leon to give OC a 1-0 lead. The Condors added a second goal by Christian Guzman who scored from a near-impossible angle. OC controlled the ball for the majority of the first half, and goalie Eduardo Garcia made a few solid saves to keep the score 2-0.
Southwestern broke through with a goal early in the second half, with an indirect penalty kick, just outside Oxnard’s goal.
Soon after, Sophomore Alex Garcia made a great move, crossing the Jaguar defense, and slid a great ball to put the Condor’s up 3-1. To end the scoring, Andres “Speedy” Mendoza stole a ball, outraced the defense the length of the field and fed Edwin Elizzaraz to complete the 4-1 victory in style.
“It sure was nice playing at home,” said Head Coach Ross Greaney. “We had the crowd, our great field, and solid play all going for us.”
Oxnard will travel to Cerritos College for a matchup against the #2 seeded team in the south. The two teams tied in their first game against each other, in a game played at Oxnard, 1-1. Kickoff is slated for 2:00 with admission at $10-General, and $7-Seniors, Juniors, Faculty, and Staff.
Condors Men’s Basketball Flying Back to Nest
After a three year hiatus, the Condors’ Nest will host the first home men’s basketball game in nearly three years. OC will take on East LA at 5:00 on Saturday evening.
After a 1-4 start to the season, the young Condors look to right the ship, when they take on East LA for the second time this season. In the first meeting the nearly all-freshman squad gave up 92 points, and only shot 35 percent from the floor. As they become accustomed to the speed of the college game, this will certainly change, and with the crowd behind them, East LA will certainly see a different Condor squad.
Head Coach Ron McClurkin will look to Terrance Nunnery (Ventura HS) and Matt Ramon (Oxnard HS) to step up for OC. “Terrance has been a good team leader for the younger players,” said Coach McClurkin in a practice recently. Matt Ramon, DeSean Scott, and Daniel Crocker will need to play solid defense in the paint and rebound more effectively as the Huskies had 15 more boards in their first matchup.
The game tips-off at 5:00, and admission will be free for the season opener. Some members of the 1979 WSC Championship team will be on hand to wish the Condors well in their return to the Nest.
Condor’s Nest Alive with Hoops
In a renaissance of sorts, the Lady Condor Basketball squad opened their season, after a three year hiatus against LA Trade Tech. The Beavers were the first opponent the Condors played in 1997, when the current gym was opened.
Freshman Juliette Marquez highlighted the performance by scoring 30 points (6-8 on three pointers), and putting on a show at the end of the game. Juliette nearly brought Oxnard back with an NBA three-pointer, to cut Trade Tech’s lead to one point, with 12 seconds remaining. With OC unable to secure a rebound, Trade Tech iced the contest 67-70.
With an estimated attendance of 350 spectators on Veteran’s Day, the Condors put on a great show. The new Cory the Condor was in attendance, as was the Veteran’s Club, and Culinary Club serving up free BBQ hamburgers. In celebration of Veteran’s Day, the Veterans were able to collect $250 in donations for the club. The newly-formed OC Cheer squad put on a nice performance throughout the game, as did the Oxnard High School Marching Band. Band leader, Fundi Legohn kept the Nest rocking all evening.
Oxnard College ASG was also instrumental in marketing the event to the entire campus. Coach Ron McClurkin said after the game, “it was a great turnout by the campus…It would have been even better with a win.” ASG officer, Hugo Avila told coach “the team did win coach, they won the crowd…”
The Men will open up at home on November 22nd against East LA College at 5:00. Come out to support your Oxnard College Condors!
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