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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
5:00 Men's Basketball vs Cuesta
7:00 Women's Basketball vs Cuesta
5:00 Men's Basketball @ VC
7:00 Women's Basketball @ VC
2:00 Baseball vs Pasadena
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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!
The Oxnard College Men’s Soccer team became the first in Western State Conference history to win three consecutive conference championships. With a hard fought 1-0 victory over Glendale College, Oxnard moved to 37 points, or two games clear of second place LA Mission College.
JJ Leon found Diego Ortega with a nice crossing pass midway through the first half, and the captain volleyed home a goal to give the Condors all they would need. Oxnard controlled the rest of the game but couldn't add to the lead, against a gritty Glendale group, playing their final game of the season.
Oxnard completes their regular season at Allan Hancock Friday in Santa Maria. With a win or a tie in Santa Maria, OC will stretch their unbeaten streak in the WSC to 29 games.
CCCAA Playoffs are scheduled to begin Saturday Nov 22. With the Condors ranked number four in Southern California and number nine in the state, the first round of the playoffs should be held in the Condor’s Nest. Kickoff is slated for 2:00 pm.
Soccer Splits Pair vs Santa Barbara
Both Condor soccer squads were in action on Tuesday against the Santa Barbara City College Vaqueros.
The Lady Vaqueros are leading the WSC, and displayed the reason why on Tuesday afternoon. “They are clearly the best team we have faced,” said Coach Bill Propster. The Condors struggled in the first half to possess the ball as SBCC kept pressure on the OC goal. Andrea Bautista did her best to hold on, but along with the usually solid Condor defense, they gave up three first half goals.
Yazmin Velazquez (pic) scored a terrific goal to cut the deficit to 2-1, at the 25 minute mark. Unfortunately, SBCC came right back and scored four minutes later to make it 3-1.
The defense played great in the second half, to hold the Vaqueros scoreless. The ladies played much better on offense, but were unable to find the net.
The men’s team continued their march toward the post season with a 2-0 shutout of SBCC.
Eduardo Garcia played outstanding in goal, to earn the shutout. Jaime Alvarado had the first goal, and assisted on the second. Johnny Lopez scored early in the second half to give the Condors some insurance.
OC has a commanding 3 game lead over LA Mission and College of the Canyons. Oxnard travels to Mission tomorrow to attempt to clinch a share of the WSC Title. They are looking for the first 3-peat in WSC Men’s Soccer history.
Condor XC Strong at the Western State Conference Championships
The Women’s team ran into a tough situation as we were without one of our key scoring ladies, Rosa Cedillo, but still managed to perform well individually. Cynthia Martinez being the 1st lady all season held her spot firmly placing 21st with a time of 22:25. Her performance earned her an automatic individual spot for the Southern California Championships. Andrea Cervantes placed 49th in 24:07, while a significant improvement from the first meet, she narrowly missed qualifying individually by 2 places. Sandra Martinez filling in the role for the 3rd scoring lady place 82nd in 28:33. Maria Avila, continuing to improve and finishing her season strong, placed 91st in 30:18. Jazmine Garcia was the 5th Lady Condor, placing 93rd place in 32:15.
On the Men’s side, the team knew they all needed to run their best on the day in order to advance into the postseason. Ricky Garcia, leading the way, held on strong to place 27th with a time of 23:36. Brian Rodriguez placed 52nd place with a time of 24:25, however Brian had some help to fight for his spot from his teammate Edgar Costilla. Edgar, the freshman sensation, excelled on the course to pass Brian late in the race, but was edged by him near the finish to place 54th in 24:29. Our 4th and 5th scoring men were battling together throughout the entire race with Santiago Jasso placing 73rd in 25:15 and right behind him Oscar Cisneros placing 74th in 25:17. Cesar Fernandez, up and down all season, was our 6th man for the day placing 92nd in 26:07. Angel Juarez, being our 7th man throughout the entire season, placed 116th in 28:11. Octavio Leon finished in 128th place in 31:41.
The Men’s team placed 9th out of 12 the scoring teams in the conference and tied Ventura and edged Moorpark by 3 points. While the team was outside of the automatic team qualifying spots for the upcoming regional round, they may receive an at-large berth after all other conferences have been contested and reviewed. If not, Ricky will qualify individually with the possibilities of Brian and Edgar as well.
The Southern California Championships will be held at the same location as the SoCal Preview Meet at Woodley Park in Van Nuys on November 8th.
Women’s Soccer Downs Cuesta; Men Defeat Citrus
October 27—San Luis Obispo/Oxnard
The Lady Condors beat Cuesta College 4-0 on Friday afternoon.
“The ladies finished amazingly,” reported Head Coach Bill Propster. The first goal was at the 17 minute mark by Yasmin Velazquez. She grabbed a loose ball, took one touch and volley it in the far corner, for the early 1-0 lead.
Eight minutes later, Nana Lopez received a pass from Melissa Hernandez, shot and scored from the 25 yard mark. With the Condors leading 2-0, Amber Romero scored the first of two goals on the afternoon as she was one on one with the goalie, and was able to touch a shot in the corner for a 3-0 margin.
The final goal by Amber Romero came at the beginning of the second half, from an assist by Yasmin Velazquez.
Andrea Bautista (above) played “phenomenally in goal,” according to Coach Propster. “She made incredible saves, the entire second half,” to insure the shutout for OC. The Condors jumped ahead of Cuesta in the WSC standings, with a showdown against SBCC on Tuesday.
The Condor Men’s Soccer Team surgically wore down the visiting Citrus Owls on Friday. The Oxnard offense used crisp passing along with their usual ball control style, to frustrate the Citrus defenders.
Christian Guzman opened the scoring at 34 minutes into the game. Shortly after, Johnny Lopez (pic) knocked a goal in, off of an Owl defender to put the Condors up 2-0.
The game remained 2-0 until halfway through the second period, when Lopez was taken down in the Citrus box. He was awarded a PK for the foul, and calmly buried the shot in the bottom-right corner, to cap the scoring.
The victory pushed the men 9 points ahead of both College of the Canyons and LA Mission College. They are also ranked 12th in the most recent CCCAA State Rankings, and 6th in the Southern California Poll:
Solid Effort for OC XC at Mt. SAC Invitational
The Women’s Cross Country Team keeps improving with Cynthia Martinez leading the way, finishing in a personal best for the famous hilly course with a time of 20:04 in 42nd place. Andrea Cervantes finished in 78th place with a time of 21:39. Sandra Martinez was 3rd on the team, finishing in 121st place in 24:55. Maria Avila (pic), after struggling most of the season, had a breakthrough performance and ran 27:39 to score 131st place. Jazmine Garcia finished 136th place in 28:56. The Lady Condors were without Rosa Cedillo, but were able to place 13th overall in the team rankings.
The men’s team is still mixing it up and holding their own with Ricky Garcia placing 45th place with a time of 22:27 (one minute faster than last year). Brian Rodriguez was the 2nd man again placing 71st in 23:16. Santiago Jasso stepped it up once again and was the 3rd man placing 98th with time of 23:50. Edgar Costilla who has proven to be strong in the hills placed 103rd in 24:04. Oscar Cisneros was right behind Edgar finishing in 105th place in 24:07. Cesar Fernandez who was nursing a sore knee throughout the week struggled in the race, finishing in 142nd place in 25:30. Angel Juarez was our 7th man for the day and placed 170th in 27:36. Octavio Leon was 179th place in 30:53. The men placed 13th overall out of 19 scoring teams.
The Condors next meet will be the Western States Conference Championships held at Arroyo Verde Park in Ventura on October 24th.
The Condors Continue to Lead the WSC; Women Lose another Tight Game
October 21—Santa Monica/Woodland Hills
Jaime Alvarado scored in the 15th minute off an assist from Johnny Lopez. Andres “Speedy” Mendoza scored in the 90th minute assisted by Rogelio Solis to give the Oxnard College men's soccer team the win in an important Western State Conference matchup at Santa Monica College on Tuesday afternoon.
Oxnard’s freshman goalie Eduardo Garcia (pic) came up huge in the 35th minute of play. With the Condors leading 1-0, he dove to make a huge stop on a penalty kick that would have tied the game at 1-1, and swung momentum the Corsair’s way.
"Santa Monica's stadium is a very tough place to play," said OC Head Coach Ross Greaney after the match. "It was a good game. A lot of our players stepped up and had big performances."
The Lady Condors dropped another heartbreaker to Pierce College, 1-0. The game was tight the entire way with the Brahmas, but in the 85th minute, the referee ruled a hand ball on OC in the box.
“There was nothing our player could do as the ball was kicked into her hand…the ref saw it as a hand ball,” said Head Coach Bill Propster. Pierce scored the PK and won the game.
The Condor Ladies remain positive as they look to get back to their winning ways at Cuesta College on Friday. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:00.
The OC men continue WSC play this Friday when they host Citrus College. Kickoff is set for 4pm in the Condor’s Nest.
Oxnard Dumps Hancock to Remain on Top of Conference
On Tuesday afternoon OC played Hancock College, and defeated the Bulldogs 5-0.
If you would have seen Coach Ross Greaney’s halftime speech, it would have been hard to tell that the Condors were up 2-0, after 45 minutes of play. “The best think about the first half was the whistle that ended it,” said Assistant Coach Bryan Hill. Uncharacteristically, OC lacked energy and organization on the field. That all changed, after some halftime adjustments by Coach Greaney.
Osvaldo Espinoza opened the scoring in the first half, with a second late by Jaime Alvarado (pic). Jaime got his second goal, from a terrific assist from Christian Guzman, right after the second half began. Oxnard was quickly up 3-0, with sophomore standout, Johnny Lopez adding another goal just two minutes later.
It only took five minutes in the second half for the Condors to regain their focus and intensity. Alex Garcia received a ball from Osvaldo Espinosa at the 68 minute mark to cap the scoring for the day.
The Head Coach had seen enough at that point, and emptied the bench, with about 12 minutes left in the contest.
Oxnard moved to 6-0-2 in the WSC and 7-3-3 overall. The men and women travel to cross-county rival Moorpark College for a double-header, with the ladies starting at 2:00.
Condor Men Blast Glendale; Ladies Fall to VC
The Oxnard Men’s Soccer team moved back atop the WSC standings with an impressive display of soccer Friday afternoon. The Condors dispatched Glendale, 7-1, with the OC bench getting plenty of play in the second half.
Sophomore Captain, Diego Ortega (left) opened the scoring 22 minutes into the game. Johnny Lopez added back to back goals to make the score 3-0. T.J. Fairchild, Alex Garcia, Rogelio Solis, and Jaime Villanueva all added goals for the high flying Condors.
The win put OC in first place in the conference, one point ahead of LA Mission and two points ahead of College of the Canyons.
The Lady Condors kept their cross-county rivalry game close with Ventura College, falling 1-0.
VC scored at the 26 minute mark, but the Condor defense shut out the Pirates, for the rest of the game.
“We played well enough to have a chance to beat them today,” replied Coach Bill Propster after the game. “We hit the cross bar and had several good scoring opportunities. Our team is improving every day.”
The Women’s Soccer team will play Moorpark College on Friday at 2:00 and the men play at 4:00. Both games are at Moorpark College.
OC Ladies Win, Men Tie
The Oxnard College Women’s Soccer team got a much needed WSC win over Hancock College on Tuesday afternoon by a score of 2-0.
Elaina Crenshaw scored the first of her two goals at the 34 minute mark. She received a terrific assist from Amber Romero, to give OC the lead. Twenty minutes later, Crenshaw scored again from Joanna Lopez. Elaina nearly had the hat trick soon after, but her shot sailed too high.
The Condors are .500 in WSC play and look forward to playing cross-county rival VC on Friday.
The Oxnard College men’s team played to another tie with WSC leader College of the Canyons. After coming away with a tie against LA Mission last week, OC leveled the score with the Cougars on Tuesday, 1-1.
After COC took the early lead at the 23 minute mark, Oxnard’s Christian Guzman quickly answered. He beat the goalie on a terrific through-ball by Johnny Lopez.
The physical game ended at 1-1, but OC clearly had their chances to win. Several shots were saved and scoring chances missed in the second half, and Canyons now has claimed the lead in the WSC.
The Condors did manage to extend their WSC unbeaten streak to 21 games, and will play Glendale on Friday, to try and get back to their winning ways.
OC Harriers see their WSC Future
October 3—Los Angeles
The Condors get a taste for what to expect after competing at the Western State Conference Preview Meet held at Kenneth Hahn Park in Los Angeles.
The women’s team competed as a whole unit for the first time in the entire season and put in some respectable performances. Cynthia Martinez (left) continuing to be strong and consistent race after race was 16th overall in 20:18 for 5 kilometers. Andrea Cervantes finished in 38th place in 21:31 maintaining her 2nd position on the team. Rosa Cedillo putting in another solid effort finished 62nd place in 22:53. Sandra Martinez held her 4th scoring position in 81st place with a time of 24:40. Jazmine Garcia rounded out the score as the 5th scorer at 90th in 27:27. Maria Avila coming off knee issues placed 92nd with a time of 30:18. There are 12 teams in the Western State Conference that competed at the preview meet and Oxnard placed 9th just behind Moorpark College by 14 points.
On the men’s side, Ricky Garcia continued lead the way placing 49th in 21:49 for the 4 mile course. Brian Rodriguez took the 2nd position on the team once again and finished in 63rd place in 22:12. Edgar Costilla rose the occasion and became the 3rd man on the team finishing in 80th place with a time of 22:49. Oscar Cisneros a few seconds behind Edgar place 82nd in 22:51. Cesar Fernandez also having a good performance broke into the Top 5 on the team and ran a personal best of 22:58 in 84th place, just behind Edgar and Oscar. Santiago Jasso was the 6th man placing 85th in 23:09. Angel Juarez ran 24:41 in 110th place. The men’s team placed 11th just ahead of West LA College and behind Ventura and Moorpark.
The Condors have their final invitational before going into the Conference Championships at the Mt. SAC Invitational on October 17th and will use the famous course as a tune-up for things to come.
Condor Men and Women Tie in Soccer
The Condors played a WSC double-header on Tuesday in the Condor’s Nest. The ladies played Cuesta College in the first game and the men played LA Mission afterward, but the results were the same.
The women’s team took a lead over the Cuesta Cougars at the 33 minute mark, off a terrific goal by Angie Lumbrano (pic). She was assisted by Roxanne Leon. The score remained 1-0 throughout the first half, with Oxnard missing some terrific chances to extent the lead.
Early in the second, Cuesta countered with a similar play that gave OC the lead, with only one minute passing after the second half kick-off.
Joanna Lopez curled a beautiful corner kick directly into the goal ten minutes after losing the lead. Cuesta was able to finally level the score, late in the game on a corner of their own. The game ended in a 2-2 tie, to put OC’s record at 3-4-1 (0-0-1 WSC).
Condor Head Coach, Bill Propster remarked “we played well and continued to improve. Our hard practice is showing up in games, and we’re happy to see the results.”
The WSC Champion men’s soccer team tied LA Mission 0-0 in the late game.
The Condors pressured and had possession throughout the game, but were unable to convert the chances they had.
OC did manage to extend their unbeaten streak to 20 games in the WSC, and keep pace with a very goo LA Mission squad.
"In the fifth game, you can't give up three points to a rival because you're chasing a game,” said Head Coach Ross Greaney, after the game.
On another note, Oxnard sophomore, Johnny Lopez was named WSC Athlete of the Week:
Condors Roll with the Punches at Golden West Invitational
In the women’s race, Cynthia Martinez continues to improve and ran faster from last year’s course by 17 seconds to lead the Condors placing 34th overall in 20:12. Andrea Cervantes (pic) stayed consistent as the 2nd lady finishing in 67th place in 21:25. Rosa Cedillo ran a much smarter race from her debut cross-country race just the week before, and improved to a 22:48 good for 93rd place as the team’s 3rd scorer. After missing SoCal Preview the week before, Sandra Martinez returned to be the 4th lady and ran 24:13 finishing in 114th place. Jazmine Garcia rounded out the team score in 141st place in 28:27. Maria Avila was unable to race this time around due to a nagging knee pain. The women finished in 15th.
On the men’s side, Ricky Garcia toughed-out a 71st place finish in 22:03 to lead the Condors once again. Certainly not his best race as the field went out fairly fast and he tried to hang with the quicker pace early on. Brian Rodriguez (left) was the 2nd man on the team again and ran 22:36 to place 97th. Santiago Jasso kept on improving and gained more confidence as the 3rd scorer finishing 119th place in 23:10. Oscar Cisneros ran well and finished in 23:25 for 128th place as 4th man. Edgar Costilla ran 23:49 in 144th place to round out the team score. The men finished 17th.
The Condors will compete next in the Western States Conference Preview Meet to be held at Kenneth Hahn Park in Los Angeles on October 3rd.
Lady Condors Tie Southwestern
The Oxnard College Women’s Soccer team had a week to rest after a tough loss at LA Valley, and managed a tie, 0-0 against a solid Southwestern College squad.
The Condor forwards had several chances to win the game in the second half, but were unable to find the back of the net.
The ladies got terrific defensive efforts by Ashley Gutierrez (pic), Laura Aguilera, and Seleni Salgado to keep the Jaguars from scoring. The Condor’s starting goalie played well before taking a blow to the head, and being forced to leave the game, early in the second half. Freshman, Melissa Hernandez stepped up and played admirably in relief.
The Condors are now 3-4-1 on the season and open WSC play next Tuesday against Cuesta College. Kickoff is set for 2:00 as part of a double-header, with the men playing LA Mission at 4:00 pm. Admission is free so come out to support the Condors as they chase a WSC Championship!
Men’s Soccer gets past Citrus
In a hard fought game, the Condors remained unbeaten in conference play by defeating the Owls 3-2.
Elmer Perez (left) received an assist from Alex Garcia, to put OC up 1-0 in the first half. The game went into the second half when Citrus’ Erick Romo scored to tie the game at 1-1.
Sophomore standout, Johnny Lopez quickly put Oxnard up 2-1, on an unassisted goal of his own at the 58 minute mark. The Condors could not live with prosperity as they gave up the equalizer two minutes later.
OC’s Youry Donis put the deciding goal in the back of the net, on an assist from Diego Ortega. The final goal came at 78 minutes, and the Condors were able to hold on for the 3-2 victory.
"It was a tough game in hot conditions. We mad a few mistakes but in the end we pulled through. Youry "Ivan" Donis came on to score a great winner, assisted by our captain, Diego Ortega," commented head coach Ross Greaney.
The Condors are 3-0 in the WSC and travel to Santa Barbara to play the always tough Vaqueros at 7:00.
Men’s Soccer Moves to 2-0 in WSC
After a grueling non-conference schedule that included state championship caliber teams, Oxnard College Men’s Soccer settled into conference play.
They began their defense of the WSC crown with a dismantling of cross-county rival Moorpark College. Andres “Speedy” Mendoza (left) scored just four minutes into the game, from a Johnny Lopez assist. Head Coach Ross Greaney said “The early goal was key because it allowed us to be a lot more patient.”
The Condors certainly played patiently throughout the first half, controlling the action and coming up with some near misses. Elmer Perez added a goal in the second half, at the 60 minute mark. Alex Garcia got the assist. He added the capper at the 73 minute mark, to conclude the scoring at 3-0.
Coach Sean Roche of Moorpark added that OC looks to be a top team in the state…
OC faced off against Santa Monica CC on Friday afternoon, and flexed their collective muscle. The Condors dominated the Corsairs, 5-1.
Daniel Pacheco (left) scored two goals and added an assist, while TJ Fairchild, Elmer Perez, and Johnny Lopez all added goals.
The action and pace was dictated by Oxnard’s signature ball-control style.
OC moved to 3-3-1 on the season, and remained perfect in the WSC. They play at Citrus on Tuesday at 4:00, looking to stay atop the standings.
Oxnard College XC Scores at the Southern California Preview
September 19th—Van Nuys
The women were able to put together a scoring team for the first time this season and make their mark against some of the best schools in Southern California. Cynthia Martinez continues to lead the team firmly finishing in 39th place with a time of 20:08 for the 5 kilometer course. Andrea Cervantes stayed consistent as the 2nd lady placing 87th in 21:10. Rosa Cedilla (pic) had to step it up for the Condors as the 3rd scorer. Her first cross-country race ever, Rosa went out aggressively with our leading women early on in the race but still managed to fight for a 146th place in 23:02. Jazmine Garcia continues to push herself and remained our 4th woman on the team finishing 175th place in 27:35. Maria Avila, coming fresh off of an injury to run her first race of the season finished 180th place in 30:30. The women finished 22nd out of 25 scoring teams and are definitely looking to move up the team ranks towards the second half of the season.
In the men’s race, the Condors continue to mix it up within the team ranks. Ricky Garcia put in another strong performance to finish the 4 mile course in 21:23 good for 45th place. Brian Rodriguez bounced back from last week’s invitational to become the 2nd scoring man once again and finished in 122nd place in 22:31. Santiago stepped up to become the 3rd scorer and finished in 130th with a time of 22:41. Oscar Cisneros struggled late in the race, but managed to stay in the 4th scoring position finishing in 154th place in 23:10. Edgar Costilla (pic) continues to get stronger and rounded out the team score, as the 5th man, with a 164th place finish in 23:24. Cesar Fernandez also ran strong for himself finishing in 173rd in 23:39. Angel Juarez was our 7th man and ran finished 194th in 25:02. The team as a whole ran on the conservative side earning 22nd place out of 29 scoring teams.
The Condors stride forward towards the Golden West Invitational next week in Huntington Beach’s Central Park on September 26th.
Oxnard ties No. 2 Cerritos
VC Star-Joe Curley
The brutal gauntlet that is the Oxnard College men’s soccer team’s two-week, five-match nonconference schedule made its one appearance at the Condors’ Nest Tuesday.
Ramping up its strength of schedule in an effort to improve its postseason fortune, Oxnard will have faced nationally ranked opposition in four of its five matches by the time it opens Western State Conference play Sept. 16.
Not that the quality of opposition allows Ross Greaney to grade his team on a curve.
After one-goal losses to national No. 4 Mount San Antonio and No. 15 Santa Ana, the Oxnard coach wasn’t content with Tuesday’s 1-1 home tie with visiting Cerritos, the No. 2-ranked team in the national coaches’ poll.
“It’s early, it’s the same growing pains we always have,” Greaney said. “Obviously, we have the ball the whole time, so that’s very encouraging.”
Oxnard (1-2-1), which visits No. 8 Taft on Friday, spent much of the 90 minutes poking and prodding Cerritos (4-0-1) with possession.
But the Condors struggled to convert the chances Cerritos made them work so hard to create.
“It’s very easy to make a defensive shape and bunker,” Greaney said. “If that’s the No. 2 team in the country, that’s pretty embarrassing for them.
“You saw it. I’m not making it up. Come out and play a little bit, you know?”
The Condors were lifted by the return of sophomore Juan Garcia (pic), the marauding fullback who was one of the stars of last fall.
Garcia created the Oxnard equalizer in the 51st minute, putting striker Alex Garcia clean through on goal to round the Cerritos goalkeeper and finish.
Both teams had chances to win the game in the final half-hour. Oxnard’s Edwin Elizzaraz lunged to block a goal-bound Cerritos shot in the 65th minute. Two minutes later, an excellent save from Cerritos’ Ivan Del Campo kept Oxnard’s Diego Ortega from heading a corner kick home.
Oxnard attacker Johnny Lopez nearly put Juan Garcia in alone on goal, but a Cerritos defender cleared with an acrobatic scissors kick.
“I’m happy with the guys for the chances they did create,” Greaney said. “ I think there’s a lot of unforced errors that we can clean up.
“We have a lot of talent. We just need to execute the details better.”
Oxnard College XC Continues to Progress
The Condor Women were still without a scoring team, but had strong performances from each indidual. Cynthia Martinez led the squad again, narrowly missing a Top 10 finish, running 19:31 for 11th place. She improved on her time from last year’s course by 30 seconds. Andrea Cervantes ran tough after not feeling well at arrival to the meet, but was able to shake it off, and clocked in at 20:25 for 26th place, which was still an improvement by 47 seconds from the previous season. Sandra Martinez was OC’s 3rd woman on the team and placed 51st in 22:17. Jazmine Garcia improved significantly from last week’s opener (time-wise) by approximately seven minutes and ran 25:45 for 72nd place.
On the men’s side, Ricky Garcia (pic) ran an outstanding performance good enough for 10th place. He ran 20:45, which was over a minute improvement from last year’s performance on the 4 mile course, and brought home the sole award for the entire squad. Oscar Cisneros shocked everyone by becoming the 2nd scorer of the day, moving up from the 5th man the week prior. He placed 34th with a time of 21:49. Brian Rodriguez, who struggled late in the race with cramps, was OC’s 3rd man on the team and just finished behind Oscar in 37th (21:56). Santiago Jasso stepped up his performance from last week and was the 4th scorer in 42nd with a time of 22:05. Edgar Costilla continues to gain experience in his rookie year of running and rounded out the team score in 58th with a time of 22:41. Angel Juarez 6th (23:51), Cesar Fernandez 7th man in 84th (24:42), Octavio Leon in 27:21. The men’s team finished 6th out of 11.
The Condors have a bye next week and will use it as a training session to gear up for the Southern California Preview Meet. It will be held on September 19th at Woodley Park in Van Nuys.
Oxnard Lady Condors Open Fall Sports
The Oxnard College Women’s Soccer Team looks to improve upon their 2013-14 season. The Condors return six sophomores, and have some terrific first-year players contributing.
August 29th, Friday vs. Citrus
The Condors suffered a 3-1 loss to Citrus College. Elaina Crenshaw (pic) with the Goal for OC, and Yazmin Velazquez tallied the assist. Citrus is a traditional playoff team and lived up to their reputation.
August 30th, Saturday vs Sacramento
Again OC stumbled at the start and lost 2-0. Andrea Bautista and Mellisa Hernadez gave up a goal on either side of halftime, but Sacramento was much improved from last year. Oxnard had trouble creating chances, and failed to score, dropping their record to 0-2 on the young season.
September 2nd, Tuesday vs. Compton
The Lady Condors came roaring back from their slow start to win 4-1. Freshman Elaina Crenshaw scored the opening goal, and was assisted by Ashley Guitierez and Joanna "Nana" Lopez. Mimi Ayala scored the second goal, by tapping in a rebound from an Elaina Crensaw shot. Ayala then scored her second goal of the game following up a shot from Julie Garibay. Nana Lopez put the last goal in the back of the net when she sliced a shot with the outside of her foot from 20 yards out just before halftime.
Compton scored a late consolation goal in the 70th minute.
OC improved to 1-2 on the season, looking to level their record on Tuesday, September 9th against West LA. The game is slated for a 2:00 kickoff at the Stadium Field.
Condor Harriers Kick-off the Fall Season
The start of the cross-country season was kicked off at the Ventura Invitational held at Arroyo Verde Park for the Condors. Arroyo Verde, known to be one of the most challenging courses around, proved to be an eye-opener for the fairly young teams for both the men & women.
Starting off with the women’s team, while we were short by one to make a scoring team for this meet, the four ladies that competed ran well individually. Sophomore Cynthia Martinez led the squad and finished 20th place with a time of 24:01 improving her time from last year by a respectable 36 seconds. Sophomore Andrea Cervantes was our 2nd woman finishing 37th place in 25:01. Freshman runner, Sandra Martinez, who has returned to running a year after her high school career ended and decided to pick up the sport again was our 3rd woman finishing 56th in 27:31. Jazmine Garcia, also a freshman, was our 4th scorer and placed 80th with a time of 32:31. The ladies look to improve on their upcoming performances as we move forward with the addition of Freshmen Maria Avila and Rosa Cedilla to fill out the squad.
On the men’s side, we had a few surprises to kick off the season. Sophomore runner, Ricky Garcia, who was the 1st man interchangeably with last year’s squad, led the team this year. He finished 24th place and ran 23:46 improving his personal best on the course by an impressive one whole minute. Brian Rodriguez, also a leading member of the squad, finished 55th place in 25:16. The biggest surprise of the day for the men’s team was Freshman Edgar Costilla, who has never competed in cross-country before and just decided he wanted to try it out just a few months prior to the season, ended up being 3rd man on the team. He finished 65th with a time of 25:48. Not too far behind Edgar were Freshmen Santiago Jasso and Oscar Cisneros in 69th and 75th place respectively. Those three men ran in a pack for most of the race and it definitely worked to our advantage. Our 6th man was Freshman Angel Juarez in 102nd with a time of 29:01. Our 7th man was Freshman Octavio Leon in a time of 31:38. Freshman Cesar Fernandez ended up having a rough race as he had a calf attack occur about midway into the competition, but refused to drop out and made himself hobble to the finish. That took guts to finish what he started and he will be taking careful precautions to prevent another attack as we progress throughout the season. As a team, the men finished 11th out of 12 teams total but were close in points to the next teams ahead.
The next meet will be the Rio Hondo Invitational at Legg Lake in South El Monte on September 5th.
Condors Advance to Final Four
It just keeps getting better for the Oxnard College baseball team.
As the record for wins goes up so do chances of winning the first team state title in Oxnard College Athletic history.
OC swept Santa Barbara CC out of the playoffs with a tough 3-2 victory on Saturday afternoon. Patrick Weigel picked up the win for Oxnard. He allowed two runs on five hits, striking out four Vaqueros.
Blake Redman came up big again for OC, picking up his ninth save of the year. Redman came in the game in the sixth inning, with two on and no out. He promptly shut the door on SBCC, giving up only one hit, and no runs.
The Oxnard offense was all in the sixth inning. Jerrett Maas led off the attack with a base hit. Julian Ramon followed with a single of his own. Ryan Webberley smashed another double to left field, plating Maas, and advancing Ramon to third. Daniel Barnett sacrificed Ramon in, and Webberey was able to score on a wild pitch.
The three runs were enough to catapult OC into the Final Four Baseball State Championship, next week in Fresno.
The first game is scheduled for Saturday at 12:00 against San Joaquin Delta.
OC One Win Away
On a day when the Condors set their season winning record at 32, they find themselves one win away from OC history.
Oxnard gained a hard-fought 2-1 victory against WSC rival Santa Barbara on Friday afternoon. Luke Eubank earned his 12th victory to go along with no losses. He struck out seven Vaqueros, and scattered only 4 hits on the day. Eubank leads the state in strikeouts at 126, and gave the Condors a chance to win.
Julian Ramon singled with one out in the seventh inning. He was followed by Ryan Webberley who doubled, deep in the left field corner, to put runners at second and third. After a fine fielding play by SBBC's Matt Gimenez at third base, Daniel Barnett (pic) came to the plate. Barnett singled down the right field line to plate both Condors, and take a 2-1 lead.
Blake Redman came in at the top of the 8th to turn away Santa Barbara for good. Redman earned his 8th save of the year, by holding the Vaqueros scoreless for two innings.
The same two teams meet tomorrow at 1:00, in the second game of the series.
Fans are encouraged to arrive early as the California Strawberry Festival kicks off at 10:00. The surrounding areas of the College will be very busy on both Saturday and Sunday.
The Oxnard College Baseball Team's Beat Goes On
It wasn't easy, but the #2 ranked Condors advance to the third round of the CCCAA playoffs by beating LA Pierce, 6-5 in 11 innings on Saturday.
Blake Redman (6-1, left) picked up the win. He gave up seven hits, and two runs, while striking out two Brahmas.
Ryan Webberley was 3 for 5, and Dustyn Cook was 3 for 6. Webberley had two RBI's while Julian Ramon drove in three runs, on the afternoon.
The Condors' 31st victory ties the club with OC's record of 31, set in 1996. This record was set playing eight less regular season games than in '96.
OC will host either Santa Barbara CC or Santa Ana CC next week. The first game will be on Friday, May 16th, at 2:00 p.m. The winner of that series will advance to the Final-Four State Championship in Fresno the following week.
Eubank Tames LA Pierce
Oxnard Ace Luke Eubank took the ball in Game 1 of the 2014 Super Regional Playoffs and shut down LA Pierce. The Condors came away with a 9-1 victory, to gain a 1-0 edge, in the best of three series.
Eubank (11-0) gave up no earned runs, four hits, and 11 strikeouts, to pick up his 11th win.
Ryan Webberley (pic) continued his hot hitting, going three for four, with two doubles, and a RBI. Condor right fielder, Jerrett Maas was two for five, with an RBI, and two runs scored.
Daniel Barnett did a tremendous job behind the plate, catching for the injured Ryan Tinkham. He went one for two, with a RBI at the plate.
OC will play Pierce again tomorrow at 1:00, in the Nest. Admission is $10/$7 and All-tourney passes are $12.
Condors Rally to Get Past East LA
Game two of the CCCAA Divisional Playoffs between East LA and Oxnard provided great entertainment for the fans. The Huskies started Shawn Kennedy and the Condors countered with Patrick Weigel. The two terrific pitchers dueled into the sixth inning, with the score tied 0-0.
Patrick Herrera relieved Weigel in the sixth inning. Oxnard took the lead in the seventh when Dustyn Cook doubled home Jordan Farris. The score remained 1-0 until two outs, in the bottom of the ninth.
With East LA as the home team for this game, they put runners on second and third. ELAC's short stop, Kevin Rodriguez was clutch with two strikes, driving the ball into right field, scoring two runs, and walking off with the win.
Game three started with some fireworks. Dustyn Cook led off with a double, followed by Jerrett Maas who drove in Cook with a double of his own. Julian Ramon singled to left field, and Ryan Webberley doubled to left field, driving in Maas. On the play, Ramon was thrown out at the plate (literally), for improper contact with the catcher. As the ball beat Ramon to the plate, by rule, Ramon was not allowed to run into the catcher, and was ejected. After the dust settled, Oxnard had all the runs they needed, at 2-0.
Daniel Barnett came in as the Condors third catcher, and did a terrific job behind the plate. Oxnard starter, Blake Redman (pic) went the distance, and allowed 0 runs, on five hits, with three punch outs. He earned his second win of the series, and fifth of the year, to go along with seven saves.
The 2-0 victory advances OC to the second round of the playoffs. Most likely they will play WSC Division rivals, Hancock College, who defeated Palomar College, earlier in the day.
The first game of round two is scheduled for Friday, May 9th, with the first pitch at 2:00. Ticket prices to get in the Condors' Nest will be $10 General Admission, $7 Other, and $12 for and All-Tournament Pass.
Oxnard College Baseball Wins Game One over ELAC
With Luke Eubank (10-0) going to the hill for the #2-ranked OC Condors, game one of the divisional playoffs against the East LA Huskies, looked like a sure thing. There are no sure-things in baseball.
With Oxnard committing four errors, and the Huskies scrapping at the plate, OC found themselves in a dog fight. The score was tied 3-3, going into the 10th inning, when sophomore sensation, Ryan Tinkham (pic, 2-5) came to the plate. He promptly doubled over the Husky left-fielder. DH Julian Ramon (2-4) got the walk-off RBI single, to win Game 1, 4-3.
The Condor celebration was cut short, however, with Ryan Tinkham writhing in pain at home plate. Tinkham injured his shoulder on the play, and will be sorely missed tomorrow.
Blake Redman pitched a solid 10th inning, to earn his fourth win of the season, and biggest of his career. Other Condor contributors include Dustyn Cook (2-3, 2 RBI, 2 steals), Jerrett Maas (2-4, 1 steal).
The Condors will attempt to advance to round two of regional play when they face ELAC tomorrow at 11:00. Tickets are $10 General Admission, $7 Seniors, Children, Faculty, Staff.
Oxnard College Softball Triples Number of Wins
At initial glance, the Lady Condor Softball team finished 6-32 overall, and 4-14 in the WSC. This is four more wins than last season, and four more wins in conference as well.
With a team made up of freshmen, the ladies learned what collegiate softball is all about. The players are stronger, faster, and more mentally prepared than at the high school level. The traditionally tough WSC schedule was a grind for the young Condors, but they posted three wins over Pierce College, and a signature victory over third-place Santa Barbara.
OC was led by Rebecca Lucero (3B) who batted .323, Janine Gomez (OF/P) with a .302 average, and Sabrina Gomez (SS) with a .279 average. Gomez supplied some pop for the Condors with two HR's, four triples, and seven doubles.
Brittanie Lopez and Victoria Rangel provided sophomore leadership, especially at the beginning of the season. The Condors needed some stability, and both ladies sacrificed at their positions and personally, to play.
The tight-knit Condors will be returning seven other freshman including Amanda Ramirez, Janessa Ontiveros (two-sport athlete), Jordan Singleterry, Jennifer Andrade, Marissa Montoya, Jessica Delgado, and Karin Ramirez. All of these ladies contributed to make the team fun to watch and the team chemistry excellent.
Head Coach- Todd Prieto (805-208-6181), Assistant Coach-Edna Gutierrez (805-844-5371), Assistant Coach-Wendy Garcia (805-236-0167), and Team Manager Breanna Gonzalez are holding the first ever Oxnard College Softball Camps this summer. Camp 1 is June 23-25, Camp 2 is June 30-July 2, Camp 3 and 4 are July 7-9. The camps will be held at the beautiful Oxnard College Softball Field and cost $45. Contact one of the coaches for more details.
WSC Champion Condors Finish with a Win
After dropping a game, 6-3 in San Luis Obispo on Tuesday, OC finished the season by beating Cuesta College. The final score was 14-7, with Luke Eubank (pic) picking up his tenth win of the season (10-0).
Eubank struck out 11 Cougars, giving up one earned run, on only two hits. It was another outstanding performance by the future Hawaii Rainbow Warrior.
The Condor leaders at the plate were Ryan Webberley, who was three for four with a double, 3 RBI's, and two runs scored. Julian Ramon was three for five, with a double, with two RBI's, and two runs scored. Dustyn Cook went two for four with two RBI's and two runs scored, and a stolen base. Jerrett Maas was two for four, with and RBI and a run scored.
The Condors finish the regular season 27-9 overall, and 14-6 in the Western State Conference. They will open the playoffs, by hosting a team to be named. The first game of the postseason starts on Friday, May 2nd at 2:00 pm. It will be a best of three series, with a possible two games being played on Saturday (first pitch at 11:00 am). General Admission is $10 and $7 for senior, children under 12, faculty, and students. All-tourney passes are $12.
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