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Excessive penalties blight season high performances

Excessive penalties blight season high performances

By Efrain Valdez, Sports Editor

September 19, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Sports

Despite improvements on special teams and offense, the football team’s inability to cut down on the number of penalties it committed hindered its chances for victory Saturday at Comet Stadium. In the 50-20 loss to Reedley College (3-0) Contra Costa College allowed the Tigers to jump out to an early...

Women’s soccer rebuild stunted

By Alex Kwasniza, Staff Writer

September 19, 2018


Filed under Sports

Fielding and keeping a full women’s soccer team has been a problem since Nikki Ferguson transitioned from coaching the women’s team to the men’s soccer team for Contra Costa College in 2014. And once again Comet athletics may be without a women’s soccer team for the 2018 season. “I’m disappointed,”...

Off The Record: Oakland Raiders executives forsake loyal fan base

Off The Record: Oakland Raiders executives forsake loyal fan base

By Joel Umanzor, Staff Writer

September 19, 2018


Filed under Sports

The Oakland Raiders dealt All-Pro Khalil Mack before the season started Sept. 6 in one of the most criticized trades in recent history and the current outlook for all those who claim the Silver and Black is nothing short of despair. The Raiders received first and sixth round picks in the 2019 draft,...

Renovations underway

Renovations underway

By Joel Umanzor, Staff Writer

September 11, 2018


Filed under Sports

The Contra Costa College athletic facility renovations are slated to begin Spring 2019 and preparations are in order for the future adjustments students, athletes and faculty will have to make around the construction. Structural renovations, which were voted and approved in August 2016, will directly a...

New trainer hired by athletic department

New trainer hired by athletic department

By Alex Kwasniza, Staff Writer

September 11, 2018


Filed under Sports

This semester brings necessary changes to the Contra Costa College athletic department and one shift is more important than any structural makeover the facilities could receive. A new athletic trainer, Nichole Oaks, is settling in as the one responsible for helping all Comets get on the field as healthy...

Comets earn first victory of season

Comets earn first victory of season

By Efrain Valdez, Sports Editor

September 11, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Sports

Prior to the 4-0 thrashing the men’s soccer team (1-3-1) put on College of the Redwoods (0-2-1) at home Friday, the Comets hadn’t earned a victory after three losses and one impressive draw against Fresno City College during non-conference play. But in a game where Contra Costa College saw itself mat...

Soccer field conditions hinders teams ability to compete

Soccer field conditions hinders teams ability to compete

By Efrain Valdez, Sports Editor

September 11, 2018


Filed under Sports

As second-class citizens of the American sports world, soccer players and coaches are continually treated unfairly by colleges and leagues who sabotage their own teams by failing to provide quality facilities, including safe and respectable fields on which teams practice and play their games. The Con...

Special teams woes leave football team without victory

Special teams woes leave football team without victory

By Efrain Valdez, Sports Editor

September 7, 2018


Filed under Sports

With the beginning of a season comes the sense of newfound hope to improve on the previous campaign, however, the football team hosted its season opener in familiar fashion with a 38-6 loss to Cabrillo College (1-0) Saturday at Comet Stadium. Despite both teams totaling a combined 27 penalties, the ...

Jahna Maramba proves her leadership on and off the court

Jahna Maramba proves her leadership on and off the court

By Anthony Kinney, Associate Editor

May 16, 2018


Filed under Sports

Since the dawn of time, leaders have been defined by their actions when called upon for duty. Leaders are expected to stand poised and prepared, ready to strike when their name is called. But more importantly, leaders are role models to their peers and an example of what is possible. Comet forward Jahna ...

Hopeful seasons end in frustration for Comet participants, programs

Hopeful seasons end in frustration for Comet participants, programs

By Robert Clinton, Opinion Editor

May 16, 2018


Filed under Sports

In years past, spring athletics at Contra Costa College offered a balance of hope and unrealized expectations for the sports teams and 2017-18 would prove to be no different. For the second season in a row, the softball team failed to produce enough players to field a regulation team and was forced ...

Lackluster records solidify endurance

Lackluster records solidify endurance

By Efrain Valdez, Social Media Editor

May 16, 2018


Filed under Sports

In a year of excitement due to the upcoming renovations for the athletic department’s buildings, the fall sports teams failed to reciprocate an enhanced level of excitement on the field. The 2018-19 school year at Contra Costa College featured no playoff appearances by any of its teams for the fal...

Next-level talent drives local pitcher to strive for NCAA dreams, possible professional career

Next-level talent drives local pitcher to strive for NCAA dreams, possible professional career

By Michael Santone, Associate Editor

May 15, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Sports

Childhood aspirations of future careers come in many different forms. However, the opportunity to manifest them lie in the perseverance and dedication of pursuing adolescent dreams. For Contra Costa College pitcher Jake Dent, living and breathing baseball has been a way of life since he was 3 years old. ...

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