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March 26—Santa Barbara
The Oxnard College baseball team traveled to Santa Barbara’s Pershing Park on Thursday and gave the Vaqueros only their second loss at home this season. Oxnard scored four runs on only three hits to win 4-2. On February 21st the Condors defeated SBCC 6-2.
Blake Redman (left), pitching on short rest, earned his state-leading ninth win. Redman moved to 9-0 with a complete game, by giving up six hits, two earned runs, while striking out six Vaqs.
Jeremy Alvarado had the first hit for OC, in the first inning, driving in two. The Condors next hit didn’t come until the ninth inning, when Daniel Barnett singled sharply to build a rally. SBCC’s Sean Barry (4-3) had a tremendous slider all day, and struck out eight Condors in seven and two-thirds. Tyson Quolas (right) knocked in the game winner off of Jake Keily, with a single down the left field line. Nick Morelli drew a bases-loaded walk to drive in an insurance run, that made the score 4-2.
Redman demanded the ball in the ninth inning, and got the Vaqueros in order to seal the victory.
The Condors have a WSC off week, but will play March 30th (LBCC DH-12:00/2:00), 31st (LA Valley 2:30), and April 1st (LA Valley 2:30).
Softball Suffers at Hancock
March 26—Santa Maria
Top-ranked Hancock Softball flexed their muscle and beat OC 20-1 on Thursday afternoon.
Alex Esparza and Rebecca Lucero had the only hits for the Condors on the afternoon. Sabrina Garcia had the lone RBI against the Bulldog’s Katie Chenault, who is a state-leading pitcher with a record of 19-2.
The Condors will play on Saturday and Sunday in the VC Softball Tourney. On Saturday, they play Rio Hondo and San Diego at 9:00/11:00 am on Saturday, and Sunday, LBCC and Santa Ana at 3:00/5:00 pm.
Baseball: Condors Suffer Blowout Loss
“This is the only bad game we’ve played all year,” said Head Coach Jon Larson after a 13-0 loss to SBCC on Tuesday.
Oxnard fell into a tie with Santa Barbara on Tuesday after a rough outing by the Condors’ pitching staff. Oscar Sandoval (5-1) took his first loss of the year, and the bullpen allowed another 11 Vaqueros to cross the plate, on 12 hits.
The Condors have a chance for redemption when they travel to Santa Barbara on Thursday. First pitch is scheduled for 2:30, with the WSC first place in the balance.
Softball: Condors Storm Back to Beat Moorpark
Down by six runs in the sixth inning was a bad place to be for the Lady Condors on Thursday afternoon. In the bottom of the sixth inning, the OC bats came alive as the Condors were able to score six runs to tie the game, 10-10.
Winning pitcher, Rebecca Lucero and a solid OC defense was able to hold the Raiders scoreless over the final two innings.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, Amanda Ramirez (5 for 5, pictured left) collected her fifth hit of the afternoon, and moved to second on a throwing error. She was sacrificed to third, and came home on a wild pitch. Along with her five hits, she drove in three runs, scored two, and stole a base
Sabrina Garcia had a huge triple to score three runs. Alex Esparza was 1 for 2, with two RBI’s and a run scored.
The Condors are off until next Thursday when they travel to play WSC leader Hancock in Santa Maria. First pitch is slated for 1:00.
Condors find a way to Win
Good teams find a way to win, even when they don’t play their best. OC did just that, beating LA Pierce 3-2 on Thursday afternoon.
The Condors got another fine outing by starter Brandon Aoki. He pitched seven innings, allowing only one earned run, on four hits. Josh Kubiske (left) came on in relief in the 8th inning and retired all seven batters, earning his second victory of the season.
The game winner came when leadoff hitter, Marcus Hutchinson was hit by a pitch. He advanced to second on a sacrifice by Jerrett Maas. He then scored when Daniel Barnett hit a ball to third that was thrown away, scoring Hutchinson for the walk-off win.
Jeremy Alvarado was 4 for 4, with a RBI and a run scored, and Nick Morelli was 2 for 4.
Oxnard retains the lead in the WSC, with a trip to LA Pierce on Saturday. Game time is scheduled for 1:00.
Condors Double-up Pirates
Oxnard baseball flexed their muscle on Tuesday against Ventura College by pounding out 16 hits, and scoring seven runs. OC swept the mini two-game series from their cross-county rivals taking game two, 7-3. This followed the 9-4 victory that Oxnard claimed on Saturday.
The seven runs was more than enough for starter Oscar Sandoval (pic), who improved his record to 5-0. Sandoval fanned seven Pirates, on only two hits, and no earned runs.
OC’s offense was led by Dustyn Cook and Jerrett Maas. Cook was 4 for 5 with a RBI and stolen base. Maas ripped a home run to deep right-center field, and drove in three runs. Luis Magana, Tyson Quolas (two doubles), and Marcus Hutchinson all had two hits each.
After the first round of WSC play, the Condors lead by one game over Santa Barbara and Cuesta. OC will open the second half against LA Pierce on Thursday, with first pitch slated for 2:30.
Condors Sink the Pirates
The Condor baseball team never takes the Ventura Pirates lightly. They sent staff ace Blake Redman to the hill with his state-leading six wins, and no earned runs in thirty innings. He notched his seventh win, with no losses, taking down VC 9-4. His 0.98 ERA also is one of the best in California.
Offensively, the Condors had seven doubles, with Nick Morelli (pic) driving in the first two Condor runs with a line drive down the left field line. He added another single and scored twice. Trevor Inouye was 2 for 4, with a double and two RBI’s. Daniel Barnett was 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored.
OC stays on top of the WSC, and depending on the outcome of Pierce vs. Cuesta later on, may lead by one game. They travel to Ventura College on Tuesday, for a 2:30 start next week.
Condor Softball and Baseball Drop WSC Contests
The Lady Condors played good defense through four innings against Ventura College on Thursday afternoon.
The score was 2-1, with Suzanne Silviera (left) driving in a run with a double down the line. In the top of the fifth inning, VC began to drive the ball to all fields, scoring four runs. Oxnard came back with a run in the bottom of the sixth inning, with an RBI by Joanna Lopez.
Rebecca Lucero, who normally plays a strong third base and is filling as a pitcher, wasn’t able to hold the Pirates as they tacked on six more runs in the top of the seventh inning, making the final 12-2 in favor of VC.
Suzanne Silviera had two hits, as did Rebecca Lucero to raise her team leading average to .478. The loss dropped OC to 1-3 in conference play, with one week off to practice. The Lady Condors host Moorpark next Thursday at 2:30.
Baseball Falls to Cuesta
The Condors made the long trip to San Luis Obispo to face one of the toughest pitchers in the state. Cougar starter Brendan Jenkins had a complete game shutout, allowing the Condors to just five hits on the day. OC dropped into a tie with Cuesta with the 4-0 defeat.
Andy Morales (pic) pitched in with two solid hits, with Tyler Waid, Tyson Quolas, and Jeremy Alvarado each collecting base knocks.
OC will host Ventura College on Saturday at 1:00 to try and get back to their winning ways.
Condors Stay on Top
The high flying Condors got a huge win against visiting Cuesta College, 2-1 to stay on top in the WSC.
Oscar Sandoval (pic) earned his fourth win of the season, without a loss, and lowered his ERA to 1.89. He pitched seven strong innings, giving up no runs on two hits, striking out two Cougars. Zac Gainor came in to earn the two-inning save.
Daniel Barnett provided the offense, driving in both runs for OC. Dustyn Cook was 3 for 4 with two runs scored, and a stolen base.
OC travels to Cuesta on Thursday, with the first pitch slated for 2:30. They return to the Nest on Saturday to face cross-county rival VC at 1:00.
Condors Win First WSC Game; Drop Tourney Contests
Over the last week, OC softball has been busy. The bats came alive against LA Pierce, scoring 13 runs, on 10 hits.
Amanda Ramirez (left) was 3 for 4, with a double, three RBI’s and a run scored. Sabrina Garcia had two hits, and scored twice. Suzanne Silveira was 2 for 4 with an RBI. Alex Esparza and Siera Barnett both had hits, with Esparza driving in 2 runs, as did Barnett.
Rebecca Lucero came on in relief, and pitched 3 innings to earn her first win of the season. The win put the Condors at 1-0 to start the WSC season on a good note.
The Lady Condors had a tough stretch at the Golden West Invitational Tourney, however. They played four games in two days, and dropped all of them. They lost 13-2 against LA Harbor, 6-0 when they played the host college, Golden West. OC played two games on Saturday, dropping an 8-3 decision to Chaffey College, and a 5-2 loss vs. East LA to finish the tourney.
The bright spot is that the “the players were in a positive mood after the tourney, and had a great time at the event…” according to head coach Todd Prieto.
The Condors can concentrate on WSC games from here on out. They host Cuesta College on Tuesday for a double-header beginning at 1:00. They will also host cross-county rival VC on Thursday, starting at 2:30.
Redman Pitches OC over MC
The story has been the same for the Oxnard baseball team all season. Play good defense and pitch well. Blake Redman (pic) did that again, earning a complete game shutout, for his sixth win of the season. Redman leads the WSC in a number of pitching categories, including his six wins without a loss.
Moorpark (9-9 overall and 3-7 in WSC) outhit the Condors, 5-2, but came up short, losing the game 1-0. Jake Eaton (1-2) was the hard-luck loser, giving up no earned runs, and only two hits, over the duration of the game.
Oxnard’s only two hits were by Jeremy Alvarado and Daniel Barnett. The lone Condor run was scored by Nick Morelli, who reached on an error. He then stole second and third, and scored on an overthrow by the catcher.
The Condors remain in first place in the WSC. They may be tied depending on the outcome of the game between Cuesta and Ventura.
Oxnard will host Cuesta College on Tuesday at 2:30.
Condors get by Hancock
March 3—Santa Maria
“It was a gray hair game,” said Roger Frash, assistant baseball coach for OC. “We committed several mistakes, but still got a win on the road.” Oxnard prevailed 4-3 over the Bulldogs, to take the two-game series, and remain in first place.
Oxnard is one game ahead of Santa Barbara and two games in front of Pierce College. OC’s success has come with solid pitching, great defense, and patience at the plate. Blake Redman leads the WSC in wins with five, and is tied for first in the state. Dustyn Cook is tied for the lead in the WSC with a .404 batting average, with his teammate, Nick Morelli at fourth with a .379 average. The Condors have more walks than strikeouts, and they make all the plays on the field.
The Coaches Association ranks Oxnard fifth among Southern California teams. If they keep playing fundamentally sound baseball, OC should remain among the leading teams in So. Cal.
They travel to Moorpark on Thursday to take on the newly reinstated Raider baseball squad at 2:00.
Condors Remain in First
The WSC leading Condors stayed there, after a huge 7-run first inning against the Allan Hancock Bulldogs.
Blake Redman (5-0, pic) pitched another great ballgame, as he kept Hancock off the board. He combined for a shutout with Josh Kubiske. The pair struck out five Bulldogs, and gave up nine hits.
The offense was powered by catcher, Daniel Barnett who had three doubles in four at bats, with two RBI’s. Dustyn Cook was 2 for 2, and on base all five times he came to the plate. Jeremy Alvarado was 2 for 5, with a double.
The Condors will travel to Santa Maria on Tuesday, as they go for the mini two-game sweep over Hancock.
Lady Condor Softball Falls to LA Mission
February 24—Valley Glen
The OC Condor softball team is struggling to score runs. The defense gave up seven runs to the LA Valley Monarchs yesterday and lost 7-2. The offense needs to come back if Oxnard has hopes of competing in the WSC.
Rebecca Lucero (left) had a monster day at the plate, going 3 for 4, with a triple and an HR. She drove in two runs in the first inning, but that’s all OC could muster. Suzanne Silveira went 2 for 3 and pitched three innings for the Condor’s, but gave up seven runs.
“We need to hit like we are capable of…” said Head Coach Todd Prieto. “We have great bats in this lineup, but we just aren’t scoring runs. We need to put in a lot of practice from now until our first conference game against Pierce.”
The Condors fell to 2-6 for their pre-conference schedule. They look to end their five-game slide next Thursday at 2:30 when they host LA Pierce College.
Basketball comes to a Close at Hancock; Nunnery and Marquez named WSC All-Conference
February 21—Santa Maria
After returning to the hardwood, OC Basketball has competed hard in every contest. The Condors were not ready to play spoiler at Hancock College, as the Bulldogs walloped Oxnard, 102-50. Hancock scored the first 18 points of the game, and things went downhill from there.
DeSean Scott and Terrance Nunnery led the Condors with 21 and 14 points. DaShaun Nixon and Nunnery each grabbed five boards, but they had no answer for the Bulldog’s Matt Wilkomm who scored 26 points, going 8 for 10 from the field.
On Sunday, Nunnery was named a WSC First-Team All-Conference Team. He averaged 16.9 points per game (25th in the State).
The Lady Condors were trying to overtake the Bulldogs in the WSC standings, but fell 76-58. Juliette Marquez again led the OC with 25 points, while pulling down six boards. Her teammate, Cindy Galvan added nine points, and Cassy Luna had eight points and eight boards to match.
Marquez was named a WSC First-Team All-Conference Team. She averaged 15.7 points per game (33rd in the State).
OC finished 2-10 in conference, with a signature win against SBCC, finishing ahead of LA Pierce.
“I wish we could have brought more intensity to this final game, but overall I was happy with the season,” said Head Coach Ron McClurkin.
“We were winners at OC before we played a game. We had 30 students practicing and working hard on the court and in the classroom. They wouldn’t have been here, had it not been for our administration bringing back basketball.”—Jonas Crawford, Oxnard College Athletic Director
Condors Drop Vaqs, Tied for First
February 21—Santa Barbara
Oxnard College baseball let a comeback win slip through their fingers last Thursday. They traveled to SBCC on Saturday with a purpose.
The 2014 WSC Champs scored two runs in the first inning to give starter, Oscar Sandoval some offensive support. Nick Morelli doubled down the left field line, scoring Scott Hockenberry and Jerrett Maas.
Then in the fourth inning, Jeremy Alvarado (pic) smashed a double (4 for 5, three doubles and a triple), and Jerrett Maas singled him in to make the score 3-0.
Santa Barbara added a run in the bottom of the fourth, but OC came back and tacked on two in the sixth and one more in the eighth, to build an insurmountable 6-1 cushion.
Oscar Sandoval pitched a stellar game for his second win of the season, going five strong innings and striking out four Vaqs. Josh Kubiske, Zac Gainor, and Kyle Villa came out of the bull pen to assure the Condors got the win, 6-2.
The victory has OC (8-2-1), SBCC (10-2), and Hancock (5-7) tied for first in the WSC North. The Condors will have the week off, and will host Hancock on Saturday at 1:00.
Condor Softball Stumbles at Antelope Valley
The Oxnard College Softball team started the season with hot bats, and two big wins in non-conference play. Since the rain washed away a potential win on February 7th, the Condor offense has struggled. The defense has also taken a down-turn, giving up 26 runs in the last two games.
Starting pitcher Suzanne Silveira pitched better on Thursday afternoon, but the Antelope Valley Marauders still took down the Lady Condors 10-1.
Head Coach, Todd Prieto said “We had a lot of energy and the team was excited to play after a long break. Overall, the infield played okay, but we misplayed a few balls in the outfield. The ladies kept a good attitude and that’s important when a team is slumping.”
Condor third baseman, Rebeca Lucero (pic) was 2 for 4, raising her average to .444. Outfielder Alex Esparza is batting .500 and went 1 for 3. The entire team is batting over .300, with some pop as well. Three home runs (Sabrina Garcia with 2), and a couple triples.
The Condors will be back in action at LA Valley on February 24th (2:30 first pitch). They are 2-5 overall, with conference starting March 5th against LA Pierce, in the Condor’s Nest at 2:30.
Oxnard Baseball Loses in Extra Innings
Brandon Aoki (left) took the hill as the starter for the Oxnard Condors on Thursday afternoon against the Santa Barbara Vaqueros. Aoki shut out the top-ranked Vaqueros for seven innings. In the eighth, he gave up three runs and four hits.
The Condor offense had his back, however, as they scored three times in the bottom of the ninth inning. All three runs came against SBCC’s All-American closer, Kit Larson. The key hit being Marcus Hutchinson’s double with two outs, driving in Luis Magana and Tyler Waid.
At 3-3 in the top of the 10th inning, Santa Barbara scratched out a run against hard-luck losing pitcher, Steven Suarez (0-1). Zac Gainor came on in relief and struck out the last two Vaqs to give OC one more chance.
Unfortunately, the Condors couldn’t come back again, falling 4-3. The loss was the first in seven games, putting OC at 7-2-1 overall, and 2-1 in WSC play.
Oxnard gets a chance at redemption on Saturday at Santa Barbara. First pitch is slated for 1:00.
Condors Fall to VC
OC had a chance to sweep cross-county rival Ventura College for the first time since 2000. They fell three points short on Wednesday night, 61-58.
Oxnard led the Pirates by as much as 17 points in the first half, but the all-freshman squad was unable to hold on.
Terrence Nunnery scored 25 points with DeSean Scott adding 17 points and Deondre Edwards with 16.
“That’s what this rivalry is all about,” said Head Coach Ron McClurkin. “…many lead changes and an exciting game to watch, although we would have loved to get the sweep.”
The Lady Condors jumped out to a 6-0 lead on defending state champion Ventura, but that was it. The Pirates looked like champions, beating OC 90-44.
Oxnard was again led by Juliette Marquez with 22 points.
The Condors travel to Santa Maria for their final game of the season. The men tipoff against Hancock at 3:00, with the ladies game scheduled for 5:00.
Condors Earn Two-Game Sweep over Pierce
February 17—Woodland Hills
Dating back to last year, the Condors have beaten LA Pierce eight straight games. They were able to get out of Woodland Hills with another victory, 6-4 on Tuesday, making them 2-0 in the young WSC season.
Blake Redman (4-0) pitched a complete game, striking out four. Scott Hockenberry (pic) went 2 for 4 with a home run, two RBIs and two runs scored. Dustyn Cook was 2 for 4 with a double and two runs scored. Luis Magana was 2 for 4 with a walk. Jarrett Maas had a triple, two RBIs and two runs scored.
Oxnard looks to extend their unbeaten streak to seven games on Thursday. The Santa Barbara Vaqueros (9-1) come to the Nest, pre-season ranked number four in Southern California. The Condors are ranked number three, but the Vaqueros are looking to avenge last years’ playoff loss to OC, which took them out of the tournament. First pitch is at 2:00.
Condors Struggle at Cuesta
February 14—San Luis Obispo
The long drive to San Luis Obispo must have felt long coming home after the Oxnard College Men and Women dropped both games at the Cougar Gymnasium.
The Men struggle to stop WSC leading Cuesta, giving up 106 points, and only scoring 70. The Condors were led by DeSean Scott, who posted 27 points, six rebounds, and four steals. His teammates, Deondre Edwards and Terrance Nunnery each had 16 points.
The Lady Condors fell 87-41 to top-20 ranked Cuesta. They also struggled with defense and committed 29 turnovers.
Juliette Marquez led OC again with 15 points, and Miranda Cervantes chipped in with eight.
Oxnard will face off against arch-rival Ventura College on Wednesday night. Both teams should play with intensity as it comes down to pride at this point in the season.
Oxnard College Baseball Wins First WSC Contest
On a beautiful Valentine’s Day, the Condors sent LA Pierce home with a loss, 11-7. The win moved the Condors to 6-1-1 on the season, and 1-0 in the first WSC North game of the year.
Oxnard pounded out 13 hits and scored 11 runs on the afternoon. The Condor attack was led by Daniel Barnett (pic), who was 3 for 4, with a double, and RBI, and three runs scored. Next in line was Jerrett Maas who was 3 for 4, with an RBI, a run scored, two stolen bases, and a walk. Scott Hockenberry was 2 for 4, with three RBI’s.
Josh Kubiske came on in relief in the fifth inning, to earn his first victory of the season. Kubiske pitched 3.1 innings, giving up 0 runs, on only three hits, with two strikeouts.
The Condors look to sweep the early series against Pierce on Tuesday, when they head to Woodland Hills at 2:00.
OC Basketball Falls on the Court but Soars to Fight Cancer
The Condor Men and Women improved tremendously against Moorpark on Wednesday night. After the men and women lost by nearly 30 at Moorpark, the scores last night were 95-78 and 57-43, respectively.
The OC men were led by an electric performance by Terrence Nunnery from behind the arc. Moorpark had trouble with Nunnery, who had a game-high 31 points and made eight 3-pointers. Equally as impressive was the Condor’s speedy point guard Deondre Edwards with 28 points and 10 assists.
On the ladies’ side, Juliette Marquez led Oxnard (2-17, 2-7) with 14 points. Cindy Galvan and Simone Tobin added nine and eight points apiece.
“Even in a loss, I feel like the teams represented us really well,” replied Head Coach Ron McClurkin.
Oxnard College Athletics joined more than 4000 athletic programs across the country to raise awareness and funds to support our family members, friends, and neighbors.
The true champions last night were our fans who contributed to make a difference in the fight against cancer. By helping the American Cancer Society fund ground-breaking research and provide life-saving programs we have all provided hope.
Last night’s effort brought in over $1150! All the proceeds from the gate, snack bar, and donation buckets will be forwarded to the American Cancer Society.
The Condors would like to thank everybody who supported this great effort!
OC Takes Care of Glendale, 5-0
The Condors moved to 5-1 on the 2015 season by dispatching the Glendale Vaqueros 5-0 on Tuesday afternoon.
OC played great defense and got another outstanding pitching performance from Blake Redman (pic). Redman (3-0) pitched a complete-game shutout, scattering five hits while striking out three Vaqs.
The Condors collected 10 hits on the afternoon, with Dustyn Cook, Nick Morelli, and Jeremy Alvarado all collecting two hits. Daniel Barnett had a bases-loaded single to drive in a pair of RBI’s.
The Condors will travel to Citrus on Thursday, and open up WSC play on Saturday, hosting Pierce at the Condor’s Nest. Game time is set for 1:00.
Condors Avenge Only Loss, Beat Mission 4-1
Oxnard College Baseball is on a mission to defend their WSC title. They proved they have the wherewithal to bounce back, which is so important in baseball. After falling to the Eagles last Saturday, they earned a decisive 4-1 victory at El Cariso Park on Thursday afternoon.
Oscar Sandoval (1-0, pic) notched his first win of 2015 for OC by going seven strong innings, giving up only one run on six hits, while striking out three Eagles. Josh Kubiske relieved, and pitched a perfect two innings to earn the save. Freshman Tyson Quolas led the offense for OC with three hits, including two RBI’s. Nick Morelli, Dustyn Cook, Danny Barnet, and Andres Morales all added two hits for the Condors, who racked up 13 hits on the afternoon.
The new-look Condors are different than last year, but the results remain the same. They look to add to their four wins tomorrow when they host Long Beach CC starting at 12:00. They will play two games against the Vikings, with the second game starting shortly after the first ends.
Condor Men Sweep Santa Barbara, Women Fall
February 4—Santa Barbara
Oxnard College Men’s Basketball (3-5 WSC) defeated SBCC 65-61 on Wednesday night in Santa Barbara. Playing with only seven players, Oxnard managed enough offense to keep the Vaqueros out of the WSC win column.
Terrance Nunnery (pic) led OC with 24 points and four boards. Deondre Edwards was added 17 points and four assists, and four boards, while Juan Valdez was also in double figures for OC with ten points.
“The men played together and even though we made some mistakes down the stretch, we were able to come away with a win,” said Head Coach Ron McClurkin.
OC has a bye on Saturday, but will be back in action next Wednesday, hosting cross-county rival Moorpark College. The Athletic Department will be holding the annual Coaches vs. Cancer game. All proceeds from both the men’s and women’s game will be forwarded to the American Cancer Association.
The Lady Condors went for the sweep in San Barbara, but were turned away 68-52. Simone Tobin (pic) had nine points and five rebounds, Tabitha Cunanan had 14 points and two assists, Juliette Marquez had 14, with Miranda Cervantes adding eight points.
“We didn’t start playing until halfway through the first half. We battled back to a seven point deficit, but they hit their free throws, and we weren’t able to make up for our poor start,” said Assistant Coach Christina Torres.
The ladies play against Moorpark next Wednesday at 7:00, in the Condor’s Nest.
OC Back to Winning
After losing for the first time this season last week, the Condors got back in the win column with a 4-3 decision against Pasadena CC.
Blake Redman earned his second victory in as many tries, scattering seven hits, and giving up only two earned runs. Kyle Villa (pic) came in and pitched perfectly over three innings, striking out three Lancers, earning the save.
Nick Morelli went two for five, with two runs scored. Five other Condors added hits, to provide just enough offense.
Oxnard has a chance to avenge their only loss of the season when they travel to play LA Mission tomorrow at 2:00. Oscar Sandoval is slated for the start.
Lady Condors Come Back to Beat Pierce
Coach Ron McClurkin and his staff can be certain that the Lady Condor Basketball Team will always give 100 percent.
After trailing to LA Pierce, 18-16 at the half, the Condors came out in the second and outscored the Brahmas by nine, to win 44-37.
Juliette Marquez led OC with 14 points, followed by Cassandra Luna (pic) with 10, and Miranda Cervantes and Tabitha Cunanan had six each. Luna added 11 boards and three steals, while her teammate Simone Tobin grabbed 9 boards.
“Our team always plays hard…that’s what I love about them,” said Head Coach Ron McClurkin. “We would have liked to beat Hancock (last Wednesday), but we needed to win this game for our confidence,” replied Assistant, Christina Torres.
The young Condor squad has been improving all season and looks to make it two in a row at Santa Barbara on Wednesday night. They stunned the Vaqueros last month, for their first win, and now they certainly know they can win at the collegiate level.
The men didn’t fare as well against LA Pierce. The Brahmas are one of the best teams in the WSC, and the Condors trailed by only three points, late in the second half. The young men made too many mistakes at the end of the ballgame, and fell by a score of 72-61.
Terrance Nunnery and Deondre Edwards (pic) led OC with 15 points each. Carlos Gomes had 10 points and six rebounds, while Robert Martinez led the team with nine rebounds.
Baseball Falls to LA Mission
The Condors (2-1) were outplayed on Saturday by a very good LA Mission (3-0) squad, falling 8-4 for their first loss of the young season.
Starting pitcher, Chris Kovach was tagged with the loss, scattering eight hits over four and a third innings.
Freshman second baseman, Marcus Hutchinson had a nice day at the plate going 2 for 4, with Scott Hockenberry and Luis Magana collecting the only other OC hits.
The Condors look to get back to their winning ways tomorrow at Pasadena. Game time is scheduled for 2:00.
Oxnard Baseball Fights for a Comeback Win
The Condors remained a perfect 2-0 on the season by beating Citrus College 4-3, in the Nest.
After trailing all game to the Owls, the defending WSC Champs loaded the bases in the bottom of the eighth inning. Freshman Scott Hockenberry smashed a double to the right-field gap, clearing the bases. This gave OC a 4-3 lead, heading into the top of the ninth inning.
Kyle Villa pitched 3.1 strong innings to earn his first victory as a Condor, with Brandon Aoki earning the save. Freshman Luis Magana was 3 for 4 with a double, Dustyn Cook was 2 for 4.
The Condors hung tough all game, and never gave up. They played great defense, committing no errors on the day, and the bullpen picked up starter Oscar Sandoval.
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.
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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