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Coaching enables personal growth

Coaching enables personal growth

By Efrain Valdez, Sports Editor

October 24, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Sports, Spotlight

In the span of a student-athlete’s career, almost every single one will tell you about an instance when they found themselves changing their outlook on the field and in life. After coming to Contra Costa College over the summer, 20-year-old linebacker R.J. Ma’ae found himself changing the way he...

Eagles soar over comets in sweep

By Alex Kwasniza, Staff writer

October 24, 2018


Filed under Sports

The volleyball team (2-14 overall, 2-7 in the Bay Valley Conference) held close in every set, but errors kept the team from controlling momentum as the Comets battled hard but eventually lost in straight sets (25-18, 25-19, 25-23) to Mendocino College Friday in the Gymnasium. Mendocino (4-8 overall,...

Comets storm past Napa Valley College

Comets storm past Napa Valley College

By Xavier Johnson, Web Editor

October 17, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Sports

In its first rematch of the season, the volleyball team used a relentless offensive attack to crush Napa Valley College (0-12 overall, 0-8 in the Bay Valley Conference) in straight sets to sweep the season series Friday in the Gymnasium. During their first meeting on Sept. 12 in Napa, the two squads...

Stout Thunderbird defense halts Comet offense

Stout Thunderbird defense halts Comet offense

By Efrain Valdez, Sports Editor

October 17, 2018


Filed under Sports

In a battle for sole possession of first place in the Bay Valley Conference, the men’s soccer team (1-1-2 in the BVC and 4-6-4 overall) struggled to get through the stingy Merritt College defense in a 1-0 loss Friday in Oakland. The Thunderbirds (3-0-1 in the BVC and 7-1-5 overall) managed their third...

Big plays help Dons slay football team

By Alex Kwasniza, Staff Writer

October 17, 2018


Filed under Sports

After a valiant comeback attempt in the third quarter, the Comet football team (0-7 overall, 0-3 in the Pacific 7 Conference) failed to fight back into contention and eventually lost 41-14 to De Anza College Saturday in Comet Stadium. The Dons (5-1 overall, 3-0 in the Pac 7) opened the game by taking...

Freshman setter takes on role as leader on court, motivator

Freshman setter takes on role as leader on court, motivator

By Alex Kwasniza, Staff Writer

October 10, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Sports

Every team in any sport needs someone who can be a staple and is willing to put their teammates in a position to succeed. This someone for Contra Costa College’s volleyball team is Kimberly Calip. Calip, 18, was born in San Francisco in 1999 and has grown up most of her life in Hercules. This is...

Gridders drop Homecoming game

Gridders drop Homecoming game

By Efrain Valdez, Sports Editor

October 9, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Sports

During the annual Homecoming game Saturday, the football team (0-6 overall, 0-2 Pacific 7 Conference) lost 23-14 in a tightly contested match against San Jose City College at Comet Stadium. San Jose (1-4 overall, 1-2 American Golden Coast Conference) lost its starting quarterback Joseph Catano on its...

Volleyball team falls in tight clash

Volleyball team falls in tight clash

By Alex Kwasniza, Staff Writer

October 3, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Sports

The volleyball team put up a fight throughout its Friday match but faltered near the end of each set to eventually lose in straight sets (25-22, 25-21, 25-19) to the College of Alameda (3-8 overall, 2-2 in the Bay Valley Conference) in the Gymnasium. Contra Costa College (1-10 overall, 1-4 in the...

Siblings reunite, compete on the pitch

By Joel Umanzor, Staff Writer

October 1, 2018


Filed under Sports

In some instances in life, people experience role reversal, which, by definition, is a situation where a person adopts a role the opposite of which they would normally assume in relation to someone else. This type of experience usually places a person in a situation where empathy from previous experiences...

Off the Record: Poor drafting, development contribute to Giants’ offensive woes

Off the Record: Poor drafting, development contribute to Giants’ offensive woes

By Alex Kwasniza, Staff Writer

September 26, 2018


Filed under Sports

The San Francisco Giants failure to draft or produce a good hitter has been alarming and something obviously needs to change in the front office or farm system. What player comes to mind when thinking of the Giants best hitter now, or at any time over the past five or so seasons? It’s not a reach ...

Mariners overwhelm Comets in home opener

Mariners overwhelm Comets in home opener

By Xavier Johnson, Web Editor

September 25, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Sports

Despite a spirited effort in the first set, the volleyball team lost its home opener in straight sets (22-25, 9-25, 15-25) Friday against College of Marin (5-5 overall, 2-0 Bay Valley Conference). Contra Costa College (1-8 overall, 1-2 BVC) played at their best early in the first set keeping the Marin...

Offense flounders as Butte triumphs

By Joel Umanzor, Staff Writer

September 25, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Sports

Inconsistent officiating was the theme of the day as the men’s soccer team (3-5-1) fell to Butte College (6-1-1) 3-0 on Friday at the Soccer Field to cap off a three-game week. Starting fast was a theme for the Roadrunners who understood the impact that the field conditions would present as the game...

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