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The Student Voice Of Contra Costa College, San Pablo, Calif.

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The Student Voice Of Contra Costa College, San Pablo, Calif.

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Efrain Valdez

Efrain Valdez, Sports editor

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Athletic department to fill voids

By Efrain Valdez, Advocate Staff
February 19, 2020
Comet pitcher Larissa Carvalho launches a pitch during the top of the fourth inning in Thursday’s 15-2 loss against Yuba College at the Softball Field.

Two-sport athlete finds success

By Efrain Valdez, Sports Editor
May 15, 2019
 In 1934, then Boston Red Sox owner John Taylor installed a 25-foot high wooden fence, stretching all the way from beyond the left-field foul pole to almost straight-away center field to prevent people on the street from getting a free view of the game. The Green Monster is now 37-feet high.

A monster at home

By Efrain Valdez, Sports Editor
May 15, 2019
Contra Costa College pitcher 
Conner Rudy throws a pitch during the first inning of the Comets’ 6-3 win against Los Medanos College on March 7 at the Baseball Field.

Pitcher sets tone as BVC play begins

By Efrain Valdez, Sports Editor
March 20, 2019
Off the Record: Giant problems

Off the Record: Giant problems

By Efrain Valdez, Sports Editor
March 6, 2019

Team misses playoffs after push

By Efrain Valdez, Sports Editor
February 27, 2019
Sophomore Victoria Lopez is finishing her final season as a women’s basketball player at Contra Costa College. As one of the longest-tenured players on the current team, she is one of the few players to be here for all three of coach Vince Shaw’s years as coach.

Finding solace through basketball

By Efrain Valdez, Sports Editor
February 13, 2019
Mariner goalkeeper Colin Sneddon clears the ball from his goal area. Sneddon was scored on 5 times during Contra Costa Colleges 5-1 win against College of Marin in the Soccer Field on Tuesday.

Championship opportunity ripped away

By Efrain Valdez, Sports Editor
December 5, 2018
Complacency plagues athletic department

Complacency plagues athletic department

By Efrain Valdez, Sports Editor
December 5, 2018
Former CCC football coach and athletic director Tom Kinnard passed away on Monday, Nov 19 at the age of 79. He spent 27 years at the college serving many different positions.

Remembering coach Tom Kinnard

By Efrain Valdez, Sports Editor
December 5, 2018
USS Hornet Museum tour guide Sydney Kennedy gives a tour of the flight deck to a group on Veterans Day Sunday. The USS Hornet Museum celebrated the 100th year since the Armistice Treaty ending WWI was signed.

USS Hornet Museum honors WWI soldiers

By Efrain Valdez, Sports Editor
November 14, 2018
Comet wide receiver Terique Owens sheds two Mustang defenders during Saturday’s 41-6 victory over Los Medanos College in Pittsburg. The win ended CCC’s 17-game losing streak.

Football team beats Mustangs in blowout

By Efrain Valdez, Sports Editor
October 24, 2018
Coaching enables personal growth

Coaching enables personal growth

By Efrain Valdez, Sports Editor
October 24, 2018
San Jose City College quarterback George Landeros escapes pressure exerted by Comet linebacker R.J. Ma’ae during CCC’s 23-14 loss on Saturday at Comet Stadium.

Gridders drop Homecoming game

By Efrain Valdez, Sports Editor
October 9, 2018
Midfielder Diego Garcia is challenged by a College of the Redwoods player during Fridays victory at home.

Comets earn first victory of season

By Efrain Valdez, Sports Editor
September 11, 2018
Contra Costa College wide receiver Semaj Mitchell makes a catch above Ram defensive back Tyrik Mack during City College of San Francisco’s 62-6 win.

Lackluster records solidify endurance

By Efrain Valdez, Social Media Editor
May 16, 2018
J. Cole offers new high

J. Cole offers new high

By Efrain Valdez, Social Media Editor
May 15, 2018

ASU campaign season begins

By Efrain Valdez, Social Media Editor
April 24, 2018

Last shot at redemption

By Efrain Valdez, Social Media Editor
March 21, 2018
A student-athlete volunteer serves a platter of freshly cooked dungeness crab to a table of guests during the annual Crab Feed in the Gymnasium on Saturday.

Crustacean feast fosters unity

By Efrain Valdez, Social Media Editor
March 21, 2018
Comet outfielder Mychael Jamison slides in safely after stealing second base during Contra Costa College’s 12-3 defeat to the College of Marin on Monday at the Baseball Field.

Comets fall to Mariners

By Efrain Valdez, Social Media Editor
March 20, 2018
Guard Kemare Wright dunks during Contra Costa College’s 92-63 victory against Solano Community College on Jan. 31 in the Gym.

Young team fails to make playoffs

By Efrain Valdez, Social Media Editor
March 1, 2018
Riveting beats energize Black Panther soundtrack

Riveting beats energize Black Panther soundtrack

By Efrain Valdez, Social Media Editor
February 28, 2018
Former Dean of Student Services Vikki Ferguson dances during a song being sung to her by attendees of her going away celebration in Aqua Terra Grill.

Ferguson fills position at Laney College

By Efrain Valdez, Social Media Editor
December 18, 2017
Art students create bowls in the Art Building for the Pottery Event held on Nov. 7 through Dec. 1 in Fireside Hall.

Pottery Event promotes growth

By Efrain Valdez, Social Media Editor
December 7, 2017

Comets lose Bay Valley Conference showdown

By Efrain Valdez, Social Media Editor
November 14, 2017
Sequoia Eramus (left), a staffer in the Richmond mayor’s office, and veteran Dr. Bob Hollis talk after the veteran celebration event at Fireside Hall on Nov. 8.

Veterans Day celebration honors sacrifice

By Efrain Valdez, Social Media Editor
November 14, 2017
Squad topples first place team, gains top spot

Squad topples first place team, gains top spot

By Efrain Valdez, Social Media Editor
November 9, 2017
Workshop warns of Alt-Right Rhetoric

Workshop warns of ‘Alt-Right’ Rhetoric

By Efrain Valdez, Social Media Editor
October 30, 2017

Qualifying blunder raises questions

By Efrain Valdez, Social Media Editor
October 25, 2017
Local athletes respond in protest to Trump

Local athletes respond in protest to Trump

By Efrain Valdez, Social Media Editor
September 28, 2017
Volunteer Anne Van Blaricon
throws a
vase on a pottery wheel in the Art Building Monday for the Empty Bowls event, scheduled for Oct. 13 in the Aqua Terra Grill.

Bowl fundraiser supports mission

By Efrain Valdez, Social Media Editor
September 28, 2017
East Bay team to build stadium remain in area

East Bay team to build stadium remain in area

By Efrain Valdez, Social Media Editor
September 20, 2017
Comet foward Anthony Maytum scores on a volley against Ram goalkeeper Andres Castrajon during Contra Costa Colleges 6-2 defeat against Fresno City College on the Consumnes RIver College soccer field in Sacramento on Sunday.

Comets melt under heat, fall to Rams

By Efrain Valdez, Sports Editor
September 15, 2017
Evergreen Valley College center Edson Mendoza dribbles past Comet captain Juvenal Pena during a home soccer game on the Soccer Field Friday.

Comets draw in opener

By Efrain Valdez, Social Media Editor
August 30, 2017
A player dribbles past two defenders during a possession drill during the mens soccer practice on Aug. 17 on the Soccer Field.

Comets set to defend title, advance further

By Efrain Valdez, Social Media Editor
August 23, 2017

Squad repeats as conference champs

By Efrain Valdez, Social Media Editor
May 18, 2017

Goalie spearheads push to BVC championship

By Efrain Valdez, Social Media Editor
May 17, 2017
Comet forward Keyauna Harrison goes up for a shot with Mustang guard Margot Vranas hand in her face during CCCs 64-45 win against Los Medanos College in the Gymnasium on Jan. 27.

Squad breaks even, misses playoff berth

By Efrain Valdez, Social Media Editor
May 17, 2017
A corner of the Pool edge shows cracks that have created an uneven surface close to the edge. More cracks can be found throughout the cemented area around it.

Bond money funds pool edge restoration

By Efrain Valdez, Social Media Editor
April 25, 2017
Elliot Johnhenry Johnson, 24, of Richmond, along with two 17-year-old boys, have been arrested on suspicion of shooting a man and a woman on Interstate 80 on March 9, 2017. (Contra Costa Sheriffs Office)

Plea delayed, suspects to face murder charges

By Efrain Valdez, Social Media Editor
March 29, 2017
Authorities block the I-80 East bound freeway during a crime scene investigation of Contra Costa College alumni Demarcus Doss between Macdonald and San Pablo Avenue exits in Richmond, Calif. on Thursday.

Freeway shooting devastates family

By Efrain Valdez, Social Media Editor
March 14, 2017

Team Wins final bvc game, misses playoffs

By Efrain Valdez, Social Media Editor
March 1, 2017
Comet forward Keyauna Harrison shoots over Mariner forward Regan Andel during a Contra Costa College away win over College of Marin on Friday.

Comets win despite early turnovers

By Efrain Valdez, Social Media Editor
February 14, 2017
Comet guard Julian Robinson jumps up for a layup during the 23rd annual womens basketball Comet Classic tournament in the Gymnasium on Friday.

One point denies team

By Efrain Valdez, Social Media Editor
December 12, 2016

Partnership with university lays path to degree

By Efrain Valdez, Social Media Editor
December 7, 2016
Legalization to end decades of bias

Legalization to end decades of bias

By Efrain Valdez, Advocate Staff
November 3, 2016
Comets forward Francisco Fernandez and 49ers defender Isaac Rodriguez battle for possesion of the ball during CCCs 3-0 win against Yuba College at the Soccer Field on Oct. 7.

Team finds form with three-game streak

By Efrain Valdez, Advocate Staff
October 21, 2016

Speech lab to expand, add classes

By Efrain Valdez, Advocate Staff
October 21, 2016
Gyoza Express opens its doors to offer a variety of sushi and Japanese dishes Monday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the College Center shopping plaza just off campus.

Affordable sushi found near campus

By Efrain Valdez, Advocate Staff
October 6, 2016
Comets continue losing streak at home

Comets continue losing streak at home

By Efrain Valdez, Advocate Staff
September 25, 2016
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