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Frankie Tostado was selected by the San Francisco Giants in the 19th round of this year’s MLB Draft. After a terrific workout in AT&T Park, where he showed off his power and athletic ability, the Giants picked him with the 576th pick.
Last year for the Condors, Tostado batted .333, and was fifth in the WSC with 10 home runs. Frankie showed what he could do while concentrating on just one sport. At Camarillo HS, Tostado played football and baseball, but excelled with excellent coaching in the Condors Nest.
Darius Vines was a three-sport athlete at St. Bonaventure, and showed tremendous ability for the Condors on the mound as a freshman. So much so, that the Chicago Cubs selected Vines in the 27th round on Wednesday.
Vines was second in the WSC in strikeouts with 95 and third in ERA at 1.94. He was named WSC 1st Team for his efforts, leading the Condors in wins with four.
Darius was also impressive as a shortstop for OC, playing in the field on days when he wasn’t pitching.
Mario Sermeno Commits to Bethel College; Nominated for VCSHOF Male Athlete of Year
Mario Sermeno has committed to play soccer for NAIA Bethel College in North Newton, KS. Mario came to Oxnard from High Point H.S. in Beltsville Maryland. He helped the Condors win a CCCAA State Championship in 2015 and a third-place finish in 2016. Sermeno garnered the WSC Player of the Year, while helping the Condors to their fifth straight WSC Championship. Mario was recently nominated as the Male Athlete of the Year for Oxnard College going into the Ventura County Sports Hall of Fame.
Oxnard College Women’s Soccer Standout Signs with Morningside
Anna Heath has signed a Letter of Intent to play soccer at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. Heath was a WSC North First Team selection who anchored the Condor defense for two years. She attended Pacifica HS, and plans to major in Psychology at Morningside.
Anna had this to say, “I feel like a Pegasus…A Mustang with wings! I’m really looking forward to playing for Coach Maxon, but I had a great time at OC and all my Condor teammates helped me get to this point. I couldn’t have done this without great coaches and a support system.”
Condor Baseball Soars to Season Finale Win over Moorpark
The Condors showed tremendous heart and battled to the end of their season on Thursday afternoon.
After an eight-game losing streak that ultimately ended thoughts of playoffs and beyond, the Condors rallied. They won seven of their last ten games, and closed with an explanation point against cross-county rival Moorpark College.
The Raiders, looking to get an at large bid battled OC for 15 innings. Both teams struggled at the plate, with Condor starter, Darius Vines collecting 14 strikeouts, through nine innings. Vines allowed only four hits and one run, to put Oxnard into extra frames. Evan McMillin stifled the Raider bats going five innings, striking out five, with only two hits allowed. Steven Suarez came in the 15th inning, and got out of a jam to keep the game tied.
Logan Gillaspie walked to begin the bottom of the inning, and promptly stole second base. After the Raiders intentionally walked the bases loaded, with two outs, Brett Workman smashed a single off the glove of MC’s Griffin Mullen to score Alfonso Aguilera from third.
Ten sophomores were honored before their last game played in the Condors Nest: Brandon Aoki, Andy Melgoza, Steven Suarez, Travis Hawkins, Antonio Gaxiola, Eduardo Miranda, Evan McMillin, Logan Gillaspie, Wyatt Birg, and Owen Young. By playing hard and giving their all until the very end, the entire baseball team exhibited a trait that will allow them to be terrific professionals beyond their time at Oxnard College.
Condors Streak to Finish
April 22—San Luis Obispo
Oxnard Baseball has a four-game winning streak, after a 9-3 victory over Cuesta College.
Oxnard racked up nine hits, with Frankie Tostado-pic (2-4, HR, 3RBI, 2R) delivering a big three-run HR in the seventh inning to ice the game. Travis Hawkins was 2-4 with a RBI and Darius Vines was 1-2, with two walks and two runs scored.
Jesus Chaves pitched five innings for his second win of the season, and Evan McMillin pitched three scoreless innings in relief, for the save.
The Condors are nearly back to .500 on the season (17-19-1), and look to keep their momentum going at Santa Barbara on Monday.
The Condors will look to keep the Vaqueros from clinching the WSC North title. First pitch is scheduled at 2:30 at Pershing Park in Santa Barbara
Back to Back Comeback Wins for OC
The Condors have shown their talent and competitiveness the last two games against ranked teams in the state.
After a thrilling win over Orange Coast on Wednesday, 8-7, Oxnard beat a strong Rio Hondo team, 6-5 on Thursday afternoon.
Trailing 5-1 in the bottom of the eighth inning, OC’s Alfonso Aguilar got the rally started with a single. Brett Workman followed with a single of his own, and Darius Vines added one more, to load the bases.
Frankie Tostado drove in a run with the Condors fourth straight hit. Cal Hodgins made it five in a row to drive in Workman.
After a disputed balk call on Rio Hondo plated Vines, Lawson Faria (pic) provided the winning two-out single, scoring Hodgins and Tostado.
Darius Vines pitched five scoreless innings for the win as the Condors look to head back to WSC play next week.
Condors Defeat Number-two Ranked Orange Coast College
After struggling through a most of the WSC season, the Condors showed their talent by beating Orange Coast College, 8-7.
Oxnard fell behind early in the game, giving up two runs in the second and third innings. The Pirates added a fifth run in the fifth inning, to make the score 5-1.
The Condors began their comeback in the sixth, trailing 6-1. Bret Workman (1-3, BB, R, RBI) started the rally with a walk, followed by Darius Vines (1-3, 2R, RBI, 2B) getting hit. Frankie Tostado (2-4, RBI, 2B) double to right, off the wall, to bring in Workman. Zane Chittenden drew an 11-pitch walk, followed by a Cal Hodgins (2-4, 2RBI, R) single to score Vines. Travis Hawkins laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt to score Tostado. Alfonso Aguilera (2-4, 2RBI, 2B, R, pic) drove a ball deep to left, just off the left fielder’s glove, plating Hodgins and Chittenden, to tie the score at six.
The Pirates took the lead in the top of the seventh, on Oxnard’s fifth error of the game, but they did not give in.
In the bottom of the seventh, Vines doubled in Lawson Faria, to tie the game, 7-7. Cal Hodgins came up with the game winning RBI, to score Vines from second.
Wyatt Birg closed out the game for the save, while Jesus Chavez picked up the win for OC.
“What a crazy game baseball is,” said head coach Jon Larson, “…you have five errors against the best team in the state, and you come away with a win.”
Condor Baseball Finally gets back to Winning Ways
April 6—Santa Maria
After an unprecedented 8-game losing streak, Oxnard chalked an 8-5 win over Alan Hancock College on Thursday afternoon.
OC trailed in the game, until the top of the eighth inning, when they erupted for five runs on three hits. Frankie Tostado blasted a two-run bomb to bring the score to 5-4. After a multitude of walks, singles, and small-ball, the Condors pushed across three more runs to take a 7-5 lead.
Cal Hodgins (pic) had a big day, going 3-5, while Zane Chittenden was 2-5, with a double. Brett Workman, Travis Hawkins, and Lawson Faria all had doubles as well, as the Condors moved to 13-18-1 on the season.
OC is looking to build on the win against WSCN leading Santa Barbara on Friday at 2:30. The game will be played in the Condors Nest, weather permitting.
WSC Hopes Dwindle as Baseball and Softball Drop Games
The Condor’s hopes of competing for the WSC North crown are fading as both baseball and softball dropped important games today.
Baseball traveled to Cuesta to take on the WSCN leading Cougars in San Luis Obispo.
Francisco Tostado (pic) did his best to lead OC, going 3 for 5, with two homers and three RBI’s, but Cuesta scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to win 6-5.
The loss dropped the Condors to 2-5 in conference play (12-12-1 overall), with Cuesta ramping up to 5-2.
Oxnard was charged with four errors and five walks, which seemed to give the Cougars the slight edge.
OC has a chance to even the mini-series with a make-up game on March 27th. Oxnard will host the Cougars at 2:30 in the Condors Nest.
Softball was looking to break a long history of losses against its cross-county rival VC on Thursday afternoon, but the Pirates simply outplayed Oxnard, 8-1.
Brittany Perez was the catalyst for VC, going 3-3, including a two-run homer that carried the left field wall.
Oxnard’s offense was led by Sandy Quinones and Jalyn Barnett, each with two hits. Barnett drove in Quinones for OC’s lone run in the sixth inning.
Yamilex Ruiz had a nice double, but was stranded at third. The difference in the game was OC never got key hits to drive in runs, while VC capitalized throughout the game.
The Lady Condors will be participating in the VC Softball Invitational over the weekend. Oxnard plays Victor Valley on Saturday at 8:00, and SDCC at 12:30. They face off against Monterey on Sunday at 9:00 and Porterville at 4:30.
Two Runs Not Enough for Baseball and Softball
The Condor baseball and softball teams could only muster two runs apiece, and both dropped games on Thursday afternoon.
Baseball lost 4-2 to cross-county rival Ventura College, and fell to 0-2 in the WSCN division.
In a listless offense game on both sides, Oxnard committed three errors, two of which allowed the Pirates to tie the score in the third inning at two.
Darius Vines (2-4) and Cal Hodgins knocked in the only two Condor runs, and Evan McMillin (pic) came on in relief of Logan Gillaspie, and pitched well.
“It was very similar to the game on Tuesday,” said Assistant Coach Roger Frash. “We just needed a hit to break the game open early, but we’re struggling.”
Oxnard hopes to warm up their bats on Saturday afternoon when they host Hancock College at 1:00.
The Condor Softball team dropped their game 10-2 to the Hancock Bulldogs.
Sandy Quinones only gave up five hits, but OC committed a whopping 11 errors on the afternoon.
Kimberly Miranda, Natali Ramos, Yamilex Ruiz, and Alixx Padilla all had hits on the day. Padilla drove in the lone runs for Oxnard.
The Condors are off until March 14th when they host LA Pierce in a double-header. The first pitch is slated for 1:00.
Condor Softball Wins Two against SMCC
The Condor Softball team got their first two WSCN victories of the season, 9-1 and 8-0 over visiting Santa Monica College on Tuesday afternoon.
Sandy Quinones was 5-8 in the double header, with 3 RBI’s and a triple in game one. Quinones also pitched a complete game in game one, for her first win of the season.
Dominique Aranda (pic) was 2-3 in game one, with 1 RBI, and teammate Jalyn Barnett was 2-3 with 2 RBI’s, to lead OC.
Game two saw Alixx Padilla (below) go six innings of two-hit softball, allowing no runs, to pick up her second win on the year.
Yamilex Ruiz was 1-2 with two triples on the day. Sabrina Corral went 2-3, while Samantha Rodriguez smashed a double down the line to drive in a pair of runners.
The Condors host the Hancock Bulldogs on Thursday at 2:30.
Condor Softball: OC Plays Hard but Falls to Snow College
The Condors Softball team hosted Snow College from Utah.
The Condors fell in the double-header 4-0 and 8-0, but played hard until the last out of game two.
Sandy Quinones was 1-2 with a triple, Dominique Aranda was 1-1 with a walk, Kimberly Miranda was 1-3 as was Jalyn Barnett.
Some of the players remarked “…even though [we lost] they were really fun games, and it was exciting to talk to some of the girls from another state...”
Oxnard will host Cuesta College, in their quest for a WSC North win on Tuesday starting from 1:00
Baseball Review: Condors Offense Flying
The OC Baseball team’s six-game winning streak came to an end on Saturday with a tough 7-6 loss at Santa Ana.
During the streak, Oxnard scored 55 runs and raised the team’s season Slugging Percentage to .407. The Condors are flexing their muscles in the WSC North statistics as well. Frankie Tostado leads the conference in RBI’s (16) and HR’s (4), and is number three in batting average at .404. His teammate Zane Chittenden is second in batting average at .417. Owen Young is in the top five for RBI’s with nine on the season.
The Condor arms also have fared well with Darius Vines owning the lowest ERA in the North at 2.05. Vines has also swiped five bases to put him in third. Logan Gillaspie is tied for lead in wins with three, to go along with a stellar 2.70 ERA.
Overall, Oxnard has put themselves in a great position to compete in conference play. They travel to Glendale on Monday night at 6:15 to take on the Vaqueros, and host the Compton Tartars on Tuesday afternoon at 2:00.
Oxnard will open WSC play on March 7th at VC from 2:00.
Condors Sweep LA Valley
February 18—Van Nuys
The OC Baseball team is starting to hit. They scored 24 runs in a three game series at LA Valley, winning all three games, 9-6, 9-3, and 6-5.
The sweep extended the Condor winning streak to four games to improve their record to 6-3-1, good enough for top-spot in the WSC North.
In game one, Brett Workman was 3-4 with a souble and two RBI’s. Frankie Tostado was 2-6 with two doubles, and Evan McMillin notched the win.
Brandon Aoki was pitched a terrific game as the starter, giving up only four hits and one earned run, in six innings of baseball.
The Condors pounded 15 hits in game two, in the 9-3 victory.
The first game of the double header saw Zane Chittenden lead the way with two triples, going 3-5, with three runs scored and two RBI’s. Lawson Faria had three hits in the first game, with Tostado going 2-5 with two runs scored, and Esteban Santa-Cruz Ruiz was 2-4 with two runs. Ando Melgoza and Jordan Castro both had two hits each, with Melgoza scoring two and driving in three.
Darius Vines had another quality start, going six innings and only allowing two earned runs. Wyatt Birg grabbed his first win of 2017, pitching two innings of shutout baseball.
In the second game of the Saturday double-header, Oxnard grabbed a 6-5 win as the home team.
Tostado, Logan Gillaspie, and Vines all had two hits each. Gillaspie had two doubles and two RBI’s, while notching the win in relief.
Condors Play Hard but Come up Short
The Oxnard Men’s Basketball team had an outside shot to tie for the WSC North title, but Ventura turned them away on Wednesday night.
Ventura claimed at least a tie for the WSC title with a 90-76 victory over the young, talented Condors.
Jakari McClain had 19 points, Carlos Gomez (pic) had 15 points and seven boards, while Marques Russell had 11 points and seven rebounds as well.
The game was close until the end when VC hit some important shots, and drew some fouls driving to the basket.
Oxnard will finish the season with a matchup against Hancock College on Saturday night. OC will be celebrating the last home game for the sophomores at 1:00 in the Condors Nest.
The No. 5-ranked VC women’s basketball team had their hands full, squeaking by the Lady Condors, 56-50.
Richell Zastrow continued her incredible play with 16 points. Rhonniesha Simpson Coney (pic) had 15 points and seven rebounds for OC. who led for the first 35 minutes and threatened to end their 25-year losing streak to the Pirates.
“Our women have been playing so hard for us all year,” said Oxnard head coach Ron McClurkin. “It would have been great to get a win here tonight, but everybody is so proud of the way we play.”
The OC women’s final game of the season against Hancock is slated for a 3:00 on Saturday. Tipoff will be right after a short ceremony to commemorate the Lady Condor sophomores.
Condor Bats Come Alive; Softball Drops a Close One
The talented Condor baseball team is starting to heat up. After a slow offensive start to the season, Oxnard (3-3-1) jumped ahead of the Citrus Owls and kept scoring runs.
Zane Chittenden (3-3, 3B, 2 RBI, pic) opened the scoring for OC with a triple to score Frankie Tostado (3-5, 2B, 2 RBI). Oxnard scored two more runs in the second on a Brett Workman HR (3-5, HR, 2 RBI), and two more in the fifth inning, with Owen Young (1-4, 3 RBI) singling in a pair.
OC put the game away with four runs in the sixth inning on a 2-RBI single by Tosdado, a double by Cal Hodgins (2-5, 2B, RBI), and a Chittenden RBI.
Logan Gillaspie earned his first win of the season going six innings, allowing three earned runs, while striking out four Owls. Tostado pitched the ninth inning for his first save of the season as well.
“We played well today,” said head coach Jon Larson. “We know we can hit so hopefully this gets us going.”
Oxnard will begin a three-game series with LA Valley on Thursday, weather permitting.
The Condor Softball team traveled to play Glendale College with hopes of picking up their first win of the season (0-2).
Oxnard looked poised to take down the Vaqueros as they led 4-1 heading into the sixth inning. Glendale scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth, to win 5-4.
Kim Miranda (left) was perfect on the day going 3-3, with two runs scored. Dominique Aranda had a big hit in the fifth inning to score two runs as the Condors looked poised to win.
Alixx Padilla pitched a nice game, giving up only three ER, but fell victim to walks. Padilla gave up seven free bases as Glendale capitalized.
The Lady Condors are back in action on Thursday afternoon. They will travel to LA Mission for a 2:00 contest.
Condors Double-up Cuesta
The talented Condor basketball teams both won on Saturday, as the men defeated Cuesta by a score of 75-72, while the ladies won in the late game, 57-52.
Dayshone Henry led OC again with 23 points and Jakari McClain and Marques Russell had 11 points each.
The victory put the Condors in third place in the WSC North, with two games to play. They visit VC on Wednesday night, with a chance to make the conference race very interesting. “If we would have handled our business earlier in the year, we would have had a much better chance,” said Ron McClurkin after the win. “The guys came out and played well against a very good Cuesta team.”
OC (4-4) will need VC (6-2) to lose their remaining two games (OC and SBCC), and Cuesta (5-3) to go 1-1 (Hancock and MC), to have an outside shot of reaching the playoffs.
After a rough six-game losing streak to start conference play, the Lady Condors have won two games in a row. With a 57-52 victory over Cuesta College on Saturday night, Oxnard showed they are coming together at the end of the season.
Maxine Holguin had 16 points, Richell Zastrow had 14 points and Zoe Bowden had 11 points, to lead the Condors back from an eight-point first quarter deficit.
Oxnard will travel to VC on Wednesday to take on the undefeated Pirates at 7:00 pm.
Basketball Splits with Santa Barbara
The Lady Condors played with intensity to earn their first WSC North win of the year over third place Santa Barbara City College.
Richell Zastrow (left) controlled the tempo and consistently broke down the Vaquero defense. She scored 22 points and dished out seven assists as the Condors finally broke through. “We’ve been close in many games, but finally got a win,” said head coach Ron McClurkin. “The ladies play so hard…I’m really happy for them tonight.”
Rhonniesha Simpson had 17 points and 14 boards while Zoe Bowden played her most complete game as a Condor (12 points, 8 assists). Maxine Holguin played solid defense and scored 11 for the Condors.
OC will host Cuesta College on Saturday in the annual Coaches vs. Cancer game. Game time for the women is scheduled for 3:00.
Santa Barbara edged the men’s team, 80-76 to put an end to the Condors playoff push. Dayshone Henry scored a season-high 25 points, with Jakari McClain chipping in 16.
The loss put the Condors (5-15) into a third-place tie with Santa Barbara at 3-4 in the WSC North.
The men play in the opening game of Coaches vs. Cancer on Saturday at 1:00, as they host Cuesta College. All proceeds from the gate and snack bar will be donated to the American Cancer Society.
Basketball: OC Men Sweep MC; Ladies Fall
The Condors swept Moorpark for the first time since 2011. OC claimed a 85-73 win over the Raiders with hot three-point shooting by Jakari McClain (Pic, 7-10 behind the arc, 31 points).
Dayshone Henry played great basketball as well, scoring 21 points and grabbing eight boards to move OC to 3-3 in the WSC North.
“We need a lot to happen and need to keep winning ball games,” Ron McClurkin commented after the game. “We aren’t very consistent, but we have the talent to play with anybody in the conference.”
Dominick Alexander added 10 points for OC who hosts SBCC on Wednesday night in the Condors Nest. Tipoff for the men is slated for 5:00.
The OC Women continue to struggle with their lack of depth. The Condors were defeated 64-31 at Raider Pavilion. The loss kept OC (5-18, 0-6) winless in the WSC after a promising start of the season.
With very few options off the bench, starting point guard Richell Bequilla (10 points) is forced to play 40 minutes.
“She’s just so tired after the pressure she endures. We have to find a way to get her some rest so we will be taking Monday off, and must make some adjustments,” replied head coach Ron McClurkin.
The women will host the SBCC Vaqueros on Wednesday night at 7:00 in the Nest.
Baseball Levels Record with Win over Santa Ana
The Condors defeated previously unbeaten Santa Ana College 2-1 on Saturday afternoon. Brett Workman (Pic,2-4, 2B) scored the winning run, on a sacrifice fly by Zane Chittenden in the bottom of the 10th inning.
Oxnard (2-2-1) was led by terrific pitching performances from starter Darius Vines (5IP, 1 hit, 0 ER), Evan McMillin (4IP, 1 hit, 0 ER), and Frankie Tostado. Tostado got his first win of the season, and also went 2-4 at the plate.
“This was a big win for us today,” said Head Coach, Jon Larson. “We have some really good arms and the way we’ve been hitting…it looks like we are going to need them.”
The Condors were scheduled to host Compton on Tuesday, but the game was postponed. The next game is scheduled at LA Pierce for February 9th at 2:00.
Baseball: Condors get the Rare Tie against Citrus; Pound ECC
Opening day in the Condors Nest turned into opening night as the umpires called a 5-5 tie against the Citrus College Owls. Ironically, Citrus and Oxnard tied 5-5 on February 12, 2015 because of darkness.
Freshman Frankie Tostado (2-5, HR, 3B, 2 RBI) opened the Condor scoring by hitting his first homer of the season over the left field wall. The round-tripper gave OC a 2-1 lead, followed by a sac fly for Owen Young (1-2, 1 RBI).
Logan Gillaspie came in to PH and play third base, and was 2-2 at the plate, but was charged with a couple errors as well.
Condor pitchers Travis Hawkins (5 IP, 8 hits, 3 ER), Jesus Chavez (1 IP, 2 hits), and Evan McMillin (4 IP, 1 hit, 5 K’s) combined to give up only three earned runs on the afternoon.
Oxnard (1-0-1) traveled down to Compton (1-1) on Saturday, to play the first road game of the season at the beautiful MLB Urban Youth Academy Complex.
OC was able to take advantage of Tartar pitching control issues and several errors, en route to a 11-5 victory.
Darius Vines picked up his first victory of the season as the starting pitcher.
Zane Chittendon was 2-2 with 3 runs scored, 2 RBI’s and 4 walks. Frankie Tostado was 1-3, with a double, 2 RBI’s and 2 walks. As a matter of fact, four of the six hits OC recorded were doubles, with many long fly balls caught near the warning track.
“We are more physical than last year (as a team) on offense, and we have plenty of good arms,” said Head Coach, Jon Larson.
Oxnard will be back in action on Tuesday at 2:00. The Condors will host the LA Mission Eagles in the Nest.
Basketball: VC defeats OC to tie for First in WSC
This was the first time the freshmen-led Condors experienced a VC vs. OC rivalry game. The pressure is a little higher, especially when the winner would claim the top spot in the WSC North.
Ventura used an 18-3 run in the first half to distance themselves from the upstart Condors. VC played under control to claim an 88-75 win in The Condors Nest. The Pirates did not let OC get closer than eight points in the second half, with Cordel Hankerson and Isiah Reyes scoring 20 points each.
OC was again led by Jakari McClain’s 24 points, with Dayshone Henry and Devonte Carr (pic) adding 22 points and 10 points, respectively.
The loss put OC at 2-2 in conference play, but only one game out of a tie for first as last place Hancock defeated Cuesta.
The Condors will travel to Hancock for a 3:00 game on Saturday
The Lady Condors faced a deep VC squad, but managed to keep the game close in the first half. The score was 32-24 after two quarters, with PG Richell Bequilla (22 points) doing all she could to keep the short-handed Condors in the game.
In the second half, the No. 6 Pirates showed their strength, pulling away 76-41.
Basketball: Men and Women Fall to Cuesta
January 21—San Luis Obispo
In a battle for first in the WSC North, Oxnard traveled up to Cuesta on Saturday night. “San Luis is always a tough place to win,” commented Head Coach Ron McClurkin before the trip. “I hope they are ready for good basketball and a long drive (in the rain).”
The Condors weathered the storm and long drive, but not the Cougars, falling into a tie for second with a 74-70 defeat.
Jakari McClain (pic) led all scorers with 28 points, on 9 of 18 shooting. Sophomore Jurgen Pirgu chipped in with 11 points and Devonte Carr had seven points and seven boards to match.
OC will have a chance to break the tie for second as Ventura College comes to town on Wednesday, for a 5:00 tipoff.
The Lady Condors dropped their third WSC contest 65-42 to Cuesta in the late game.
Oxnard was again led by Rhonniesha Simpson with 13 points and 14 rebounds. Maxine Holguin scored eight points and grabbed six boards, while Kendall Gott had six and seven rebounds.
The Condors schedule does not get any easier as they host top-ranked VC on Wednesday at 7:00.
OC Men go to 2-0 while Women Lose another Heartbreaker
January 18—Santa Barbara
The opponents were different, but the results similar on Wednesday night for OC’s basketball teams.
After two games of WSC play, the Condors (4-11) are 2-0, tied with Cuesta at the top.
OC scored a convincing 76-62 win at Santa Barbara City on Wednesday night. Dayshone Henry (pic) had 15 points and seven rebounds. Jakari McClain had 13 points as did Igli Pirgu.
Santa Barbara’s (2-16, 0-2) Ben Clay netted 19 points and eight rebounds in a losing cause.
The Condors will travel to Cuesta College on Saturday to battle for sole possession of first place in the WSC. Tip-off is slated for 5:00.
Richell Bequilla had a three-point attempt, see the bottom of the net before popping out, that would have tied the ballgame for OC. Unfortunately, the miss dropped the Condors to 5-14 and 0-2 in the WSC race.
OC led 51-47 late in the game, but Santa Barbara hit some key free throws to force OT. Without much depth, the Lady Condors ran out of gas, and lost the game 72-68.
Zoe Bowden (pic) led OC with 23 points, while Rhonniesha Simpson pulled down 15 boards.
Oxnard will play Saturday night at Cuesta at 7:00, looking to get back in the win column.
Basketball: Condor Men Win first WSC Contest; Women Drop Heartbreaker
Oxnard opened the Western State Conference basketball schedule on Saturday night, and earned a win on the men’s side.
After trailing at halftime to the Moorpark Raiders, 38-36, Oxnard came out with intensity in the second half. Led by freshman guard Dominick Alexander’s (pic) 16 points and Jakari McClain with 14. McClain, Oxnard’s leading scorer was forced to leave the game in the second half, but his teammates rallied for the 78-72 win.
Devonte Carr had 12 points and eight rebounds, Daysone Henry had seven and ten boards, while point guard Jermell Collins added 13 off the bench.
Despite a dismal pre-conference record, Oxnard has the talent to make the WSC very interesting. OC is back in action at Santa Barbara on Wednesday evening at 5:00.
The Lady Condors led the Raiders at halftime 24-23, and held an eight-point lead in the fourth quarter, but could not hold on. The Condors dropped to (0-1) in the WSC with a 61-58 loss at home to MC.
Maxine Holguin had a tremendous game for Oxnard with 18 points, five rebounds, and four steals. Holguin hit a huge three-pointer to stretch OC’s lead, late in the game. Moorpark responded with Sydney Arikawa draining a corner 3-pointer in the final minute to win the game for the Raiders.
Oxnard got key contributions from Rhonniesha Simpson-Coney with 14 points and nine rebounds and Richell Bequilla with 12 points, six assists, and four rebounds.
The Lady Condors look to bounce back on Wednesday at SBCC. They will play in the late game at 7:00 against a talented Vaquero squad.
Condors Win One Lose One at Compton
The Lady Condors overcame a slow start, and held on to their fourth-quarter lead to defeat The ECC Tartars by a score of 54-49.
Maxine Holguin led the way for OC by scoring 21 points (pic). Rhonniesha Simpson scored 13 and grabbed nine rebounds, to keep with her double-double average. Richell Bequilla handled the offense as the Condors held off a late surge by Compton.
“We got contributions from everybody on the team,” said head coach Ron McClurkin. “I am very happy with the improvement by Kendall Gott on defense…She came to help at the right times, and had some rebounds as well.”
Oxnard will open up WSC play by hosting cross-county rival Moorpark College on Saturday at 3:00.
The OC men did not fare as well against Compton, falling 116-87.
Condor scoring leader, Jakari McClain had 20 points, on 8-18 shooting. The Condors second leading scorer, Dominick Alexander had 18 points, in the losing effort.
OC only trailed top-ranked Compton by two points at halftime, but couldn’t sustain their play. “We played 25 great minutes of basketball,” replied Coach McClurkin. “We can’t play like that in conference, if we want to contend, but the talent is there.”
The men also host Moorpark on Saturday, with the start time set for 1:00.
Women’s Basketball: Condors Notch Win in Desert Opener
December 15--Palm Desert
The Lady Condors needed to play hard to break a four-game losing streak. They needed overtime to take down tournament host College of the Desert on Thursday night, 66-59, in the first round of the COD Winter Classic.
Alexis Moody and Maxine Holguin (pic) both went for career highs in points with 18 and 16, while Rhonniesha Simpson collected 13 boards and added 12 points.
The entire team played extended minutes, playing without their starting point guard.
Richell Bequilla arrived late to the game, but added instant energy to the squad. The sophomore from Channel Islands HS helped the Condors score 11 points in the extra period for the teams second win of the season.
OC plays Pasadena CC on Friday at 6:00 to try to advance to the championship game.
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