All-conference teams defined by Comet athletic excellence

By Efrain Valdez, Social Media Editor

All-Bay Valley Conference athletes at Contra Costa College for 2016 continue the sports tradition that is ingrained into East Bay community college sports.

The list of athletes that made either first or second team all-conference is stacked with CCC players from the  baseball, football, men’s soccer and women’s basketball.

Men’s soccer and football were tied for the most all-league athletes with seven players that earned recognition.

Football’s all-league honor list was headlined by quarterback Cameron Burston and running back Harris Ross. The backfield duo led the Comets to a fourth place finish in its 2016-17 Bay 6 Conference debut.

Burston threw for 21 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He also ran the ball for over 75 yards in four games this past season.

Ross, on the other hand, led the Comets with 682 rushing yards and averaged 68.2 yards per game, which was third highest in the Bay 6.

Two of the standout all-league offensive linemen on CCC that protected the backfield were Bosah Osakwe and Sio Anitoni.

On the defensive side of the ball, the all-league selections were defensive lineman Richie George, linebacker Rodney Washington and defensive back Arthur Hayes.

For soccer, the first team all-league selections were goalkeeper Eduardo Escamilla, defender Eduardo Torres, midfielder Juvenal Pena and forward Jordan Flechero.

Flechero led the team with seven goals on the year and Pena was right behind him with six goals of his own.

Torres switched from center back and wing back often throughout the season, but he and Escamilla held down the defensive third at a high level.

Second team all-league selections were midfielder George Burrows, midfielder Eduardo Martinez and forward Anthony Maytum.

Maytum had some funny bloopers on the field at times but he always came through when it mattered most, like when he scored the first-place clinching goal in stoppage time in the final game of the season against Napa Valley College.

Women’s basketball and baseball had one all-league selection each.

Freshman guard Dierra Mize was the only Comet player selected to an all-league team.

She averaged 10.2 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. Her aggressiveness and hard work helped the Comets end with an 8-6 conference record.

The only Comet baseball player that received all-league honors last season was infielder John Velasco.

His batting average was .311, with three home runs, 23 runs batted in and a .500 slugging percentage.

With his second team all-league selection Velasco led the team with his dedication and was the leader of the team.

The standout athletes that had the biggest impacts on their teams were Burston for football, Flechero for men’s soccer and Mize for women’s basketball.

Burston is now going to transfer to the University of New Mexico this fall after two outstanding seasons with the Comets.

Flechero said he will be back next season for CCC hoping to outdo himself in the goal category and lead the team to a state playoff win this coming fall.

Mize said she will also be returning to the Comets next season and is currently playing on the softball team.

The men’s basketball all-league selections have not been released yet.