THURSDAY MARCH 20, 2014 Vol. XLVII No. 4
Renegades baseball falls at home. See story on page 7
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Positive report for college ALIZAIB LODHI Staff writer
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Ohlone College men’s basketball coach John Peterson, one of the most successful coaches in school history, resigned Monday and will accept an assistant coaching position at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
Peterson resigns from Ohlone Renegades men’s basketball coach John Peterson will accept an assistant coaching position at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles
LOUIS LAVENTURE Editor-in-chief One of the most successful coaches in Ohlone College history is leaving the school. Men’s basketball coach John Peterson resigned on Monday and will accept an assistant coaching position at the Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
“While I am excited about the new challenges that lie ahead, Ohlone is one of the top three jobs in Northern California and that makes it tough to leave,” Peterson said. “Ohlone has been a phenomenal place for me to grow, as a coach and as a person, and I will miss it dearly.” Peterson has amassed an
impressive resume during his 14 seasons in Fremont, cementing his legacy as one of the school’s most successful coaches. Peterson captured the Coast Conference championship five times during his tenure – in 2003, 2004, 2007, 2009 and 2010. The Renegades had a winning record in each of his 14 sea-
sons while totaling a 300-126 overall record, winning more than 70 percent of his games. A school-record 28 wins in one season still stands, and in 11 of his 14 seasons Ohlone finished the season with 20 wins or better. Peterson’s teams only missed the playoffs once during his tenure, which includes two Continued on Page 3
An accreditation team visiting Ohlone last week delivered a preliminary report that praised the college in several areas, including its Board of Trustees. The commendation for “the clear delineation of the roles of the Board of Trustees and the college and adherence to those roles” was a major turnaround from the last report six years ago, which warned Ohlone that the board must work together and stop trying to micro-manage the college. The warning required a progress report and followup visits. “To move from warning status to commendations for our Board of Trustees is unheard of, in my experience,” Ohlone President Gari Browning wrote Monday in a campus-wide email. The preliminary report included six other commendations: 1. Programs and services for deaf and hard-of-hearing students, and Ohlone’s commitment to these students nationally and internationally. 2. Commitment to sustainability as evidenced by LEED certification for the Newark Center (platinum), the Student Services Center (gold), and the plans for the new academic core buildings (gold). 3. Creation of a college Continued on Page 3
Bristow steps down from Board of Trustees LOUIS LAVENTURE Editor-in-chief Ohlone College Trustee Kevin Bristow stepped down from the board last week because he is moving outside the district. Bristow, who was elected in November 2012, has taken a job at the University of California, Merced. “The good news is that I’ll be continuing my work with foster youth in higher education, but unfortunately that also means that I need to
move,” Bristow said as he announced his resignation at the March 12 board meeting. “Although this next chapter in my life is incredibly exciting, the truth is that leaving a position and an institution that I’ve worked so hard for and care so much about is a bittersweet moment, to say the least.” Bristow has worked as director of the Renaissance Scholars Program at Cal State East Bay, providing support services for students who are former foster youth, and
before that as an education specialist for Contra Costa County Children and Family Services, where he helped foster youth to achieve their educational goals. He also is a longtime member of California Youth Connection, a legislative advocacy group for foster youth. During Bristow’s last board meeting, his fellow trustees praised him and wished him well for the future. “We’re going to miss you Continued on Page 3
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Ohlone College trustee Kevin Bristow stepped down last week.
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Courts could be removed SHANNON SORGE News editor College officials say there is a possibility the tennis courts south of Pine Street will be removed sometime in the future to provide temporary parking spaces. Still, no decision has been made yet. “We are exploring options to provide parking in the area by the tennis courts, but there is no firm decision yet that the tennis courts will be removed,” said Heidi Birch, senior program manager with Gilbane Building Co., Ohlone’s construction management firm. “Any parking in that area will probably not be needed for at least another two years – in early 2016. If needed, notification will be provided one year prior to any use of the area for temporary parking.” Removing the courts would have a major impact, community members said. “It would be a serious impact for us,” said Sandy Tompkins, co-owner of Tompkins Tennis Academy, adding that the academy teaches hundreds of children on Ohlone’s courts. “We’re having a positive impact on the community,” said her husband and co-owner Richard Tompkins. Richard Tompkins also noted the wildlife that roams the area, saying there are about 25 different bird species and about 100 squirrels that call the area home. “They’re like our babies,” he said. Other programs also make use of the courts. The nonprofit organization Youth League Tennis meets for their class on the courts on weekends, along with Ohlone’s tennis course, which is taught on Friday evenings. “It’s a big part of the community,” Sandy Tompkins said.
Newark to host Latina Leadership Network LOUIS LAVENTURE Editor-in-chief The 27th annual Latina Leadership Network Conference will be held at the Ohlone College Newark campus this year from March 27 through 29. Jackie Reza and Maria Ramirez are the co-chairs for the conference which will include a variety of events. The theme for this year’s conference is “Leading, Loving, Living – Life in Balance,” and Ramirez is very excited about having Rita Cepeda as
this year’s keynote speaker. “We are really excited about this year’s conference,” Ramirez said. “Dr. Rita Cepeda, San JoseEvergreen Community College District chancellor will serve as our keynote speaker.” Ohlone Indian descendant Andrew Galvan will give the opening blessing, which is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. on March 27. Galvan is also the curator at Mission Dolores in San Francisco. There will be a reception
that includes Aztec dancing following the opening blessing, as well as a slew of networking activities for the attendees to take advantage of. Friday will be a filled day as well with keynotes, workshops and many more activities for people to enjoy. The conference is set to conclude at 2:30 p.m. on March 29 with an emphasis on leading, loving and living life in balance. For more information, go to the Latina Leadership Network website at http://latinaleadership-network.org/wp/.
Ohlone hosts 20th theater fest MONITOR STAFF
The 20th annual High School Theatre Festival will be held Friday and Saturday at the Ohlone College Smith Center. The event, which started two decades ago with about 200 students, how boasts nearly 850 contestants from 27 schools, and is the largest competition of its kind in Northern California. Events will include classical and contemporary dra-
ma, humorous monologues, dance and improv. There also will be a “Tech Olympics,” in which the behind-the-scenes participants can compete in lighting and stage design. Organizers say the festival is designed to encourage young theater artists in their craft, showcase their talents, and introduce them to new and exciting material through energetic competition, interaction with other students, and observing their peers. “It’s really not about the tro-
phies and medals,” Ohlone theater Professor Michele Hartmangruber said. “Students are looking for critique. What did I do that’s really great? What do I need work on? And then they can go back to their instructor and perfect their technique.” More than 90 judges, many with professional theater backgrounds, will select the best of the best in each category on Saturday, and offer constructive feedback to the young artists.
NEWS BITES Seminar to teach math behind card counting Math Professor Jeff O’Connell will teach the principles of card-counting Friday in the first Science/Engineering/Math Seminar of the spring semester. The seminar, “Card Counting: What is it, how does it work, and can I use it to pay for college?” will be from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 3201. In blackjack, under certain conditions, the player can have an advantage over the house. Friday’s seminar will cover the mathematics behind card counting, how it can give the player an advantage, and the four reasons why O’Connell “does not, has not, and never will count cards in a casino.” The free seminar is sponsored by the Associated Students of Ohlone College.
Newark Center hosts jobs fair Ohlone College and the Tri Cities One Stop Career Center will host an Internship and Career Fair from 1 to 3 p.m. today at the Newark Center. Attendees should bring their resume and be ready to network with hiring professionals, learn about current job opportunities, and explore internship options. Participating employers will include local radio stations, Citistaff Solutions, the City of Fremont and the Newark Chamber of Commerce. For more information, including an updated list of employers, go to www. tricitiesonestop.com.
Soul Surge coming to cafeteria The Soul Surge open mic event will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today in the Cafeteria. The event is for Ohlone students only, and a student ID card is required. Sign-up is at 11:30 a.m., and there are limited performance slots. –Compiled by Monitor staff
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Elite Eight appearances. “JP is an exceptional coach, one of the finest,” said Chris Warden, dean of kinesiology and athletics. “We knew this day would come because it’s hard to hang on to this kind of talent.” While winning is one of the primary factors in keeping a coach around, Peterson not only won, but he moved on his players. Ninety-three former Renegades moved on to four-year schools after their time here at Ohlone, which is a staggering number and averages out to seven players every season. Ohlone finished this season 23-7 overall and 8-4 in conference play, losing to Santa Rosa in the second round of the playoffs 67-60 on March 5. On March 11, Loyola Marymount fired men’s basketball coach Max Good, replacing him just one day later with Mike Dunlap. Dunlap was the head coach for the Charlotte Bobcats in 2012-2013 and has been a head and as-
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Ohlone College men’s basketball coach John Peterson resigned Monday, and will accept an assistant coaching position at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
sistant coach with several Division 1 schools and National Basketball Association teams. According to Ohlone, this is the second time that Peterson will be an assistant
Accreditation team delivers positive report Continued from Page 1 ombudsperson to assist with student grievances. 4. Learning College Week and Get-it-done Day. 5. Creation of a Board Guide and orientation for new trustees. 6. Technology Master Plan and the college’s $10 million endowment to provide future technology upgrades. “This is a tremendous list that cuts across the college and validates that Ohlone is a high quality institution,” Browning said. The team did determine, however, that the college failed to meet four accreditation standards: 1. Establishing student performance standards (or floors) below which the college should not fall. 2. The inclusion of Student Learning Outcomes in the performance evaluations of faculty and others directly responsible for student progress. 3. Comparable services for all students regardless of physical location or delivery mode – especially critical during the ongoing construction projects, when many classes will move to different locations. 4. Student achievement data used to assess services
for Ohlone students. The team offered another four recommendations for improvement, including adding more staff so there are enough full-time faculty, and improving coordination of tutorial services. “These recommendations were not surprises,” Browning said.“In each case, Ohlone was aware and working on the issue. In many cases we had even identified actionable improvement plans in our self-evaluation report to address these very issues.” The team, representing the Accrediting Commission of Community and Junior Colleges, visited Ohlone as part of the accrediting process that all California community colleges go through every six years. Team members met with committees, groups and individuals to confirm information in the college’s accreditation self-evaluation report. The team also held two open forums, one in Fremont and one in Newark. The college will receive the final report in mid-July, after the commission makes its decision on the accreditation status of the college. “Overall, we couldn’t have done much better,” Browning said.
under Dunlap. Peterson will bring an international ability to recruit to the Lions and Southern California while leaving behind a lasting legacy and some huge shoes to fill for his eventual
successor at Ohlone. “Coach really knows what he wants and we try and do that,” Almir Hadzisehovic said following a first-round playoff victory over College of the Sequoias.
Trustee Bristow steps down for job at UC Merced Continued from Page 1 very much, and I really appreciate your passion for the foster youth, the underrepresented in our community, and providing hope to them,” Trustee Teresa Cox said. “We just wish you all the best there in Merced, and just know that you carry a little bit of Ohlone with you.” At the same meeting, trustees decided to appoint a new member to fill Bristow’s position from mid-May until the next election in November 2014. The deadline to apply for the position is April 16.
JUST KNOW THAT YOU CARRY A LITTLE BIT OF OHLONE WITH YOU - TRUSTEE TERESA COX Candidates are eligible to apply if they are at least 18 years old, a California citizen, a registered voter, are not disqualified by other laws to hold public office, and live in the college district’s Area 2, which includes the city of Fremont and a few voting precincts in Union City. Anyone interested in applying for the position can download a copy of the application from the Ohlone College web site at www.ohlone.edu/board. Applicants also should submit a resume and cover letter explaining their reasons for seeking appointment to the board. The web site has information about board proceedings, including archives of previous board meetings, agendas, supporting documentation and minutes, along with video of previous board meetings. For more information, contact Shelby Foster in the President’s Office at 510-659-6200.
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Needle to the Groove keeping vinyl alive
Photos by Erika Heredia
Located in the heart of the Niles District, Needle to the Groove is one of the last of a dying breed: a record shop that buys, sells and trades, striving to have the best-quality vinyl in the Bay Area. Owner â€œDan the Record Manâ€? has created a loyal group of patrons by providing both common and rare records. Needle to the Groove carries 45s, LPs, 12inch singles, cassettes and even eight-tracks. Turntables and cassette players are provided for customers to sample their selections.
Top: A view of Needle to the Groove from the street. Above-left: A record player customers can test their purchases on. Above-right: Boomboxes, turntables and records fill Needle to the Groove. Bottom: A mural on the wall displays some of the genres of music that are available at Needle to the Groove.
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California Craft Beer keeps it simple ‘Way too cool for Fremont’ RYAN PARCHER Staff writer Picture just the beer section of BevMo, add a handful of tables, put a small bar in the back, and park a food truck out front. That should give you a rough idea of what California Craft Beer is like. About 9 p.m. Friday, the MoGO BBQ truck was still outside, providing its services to complement the beer selection found in this shop just down the street from the Fremont campus. The BBQ short-rib burritos drew a line of customers to the truck. No food is served inside, so the food trucks provide an appreciated service in a symbiotic partnership with the bottle shop. Rumor has it that other outside food may be welcome in the shop as well, which immediately brought to mind the notion of bringing in some cheeses from the Cheese Taster Delicatessen next door, for a paired tasting. Inside the shop, there was a small crowd. Not enough of a crowd to bring on the stuffy claustrophobic feeling of a nightclub, just enough that you needed to raise your voice a little to be heard over the drone of conversation in the room. Thankfully, there was no music being pumped into the small shop to add to the din. There were a few open individual seats, but no empty tables available. One open stool, manufactured out of a retired pony-keg, was open at the counter on the far end of the shop from the bar. A basketball game, which nobody seemed to be paying much attention to, played on a flat-screen TV mounted on the wall. The crowd was mostly young, some clearly college students, one token old guy with a well-brokenin seat at the corner of the bar, but otherwise a hardto-pin-down demographic of apparent beer lovers. Two young women were working the bar. They were clearly busy, but their easy smiles showed no signs of stress. When they weren’t both deftly pouring a beer from a tap, one would walk the room, seeing to anyone who didn’t seem to have a beer in their hand. One corner of the shop was dominated by shelves and refrigerators, full of beer. Most of their selection was single bottles. California Craft Beer is obviously not in the business of selling beer
by the case.For an appreciator of craft beer and a homebrew hobbyist, the bottle selection was a pleasure. Nothing was for sale that you could find at a gas station, or drug store. The usual suspects were all wonderfully missing. The beers for sale were ones you might look for at a BevMo, Whole Foods, or maybe a rare liquor store with a beer aficionado in charge of purchasing. There was, of course, a price to pay for these wellcrafted but elusive beverages. A quick glance at the refrigerators suggested that you should expect to pay $7 to $8 per 22-ounce bottle, with some edging up toward the $12 to $13 range. On a board mounted on the wall behind the bar was the tap list. In most bars, you may go in knowing what you like to drink. Unlike your typical bar, however, you won’t know what is on tap at California Craft Beer until you get there (unless you happen to check the tap list right before you arrive at www.beermenus. com/places/12673-california-craft.) California Craft Beer had 16 taps that were changed out with different beers each time a keg ran dry. With only 30 or so people in there on a Friday night, you might not expect keg changes to be terribly frequent. After all, a full keg is 15.5 gallons of beer. California Craft Beer however, uses smaller kegs for their taps. Some beers were even stocked in the homebrew standard 5-gallon kegs. With about a third as many servings, the board listing what’s on tap changes more often than you might think. The waitress, who was happy to spend a minute answering some questions despite the crowd, said she already had swapped out seven kegs since she came on duty at 5:30 p.m. According to her best guess, you likely would see a whole new board up there if you waited about a week. It was more difficult to find out how often a particular beer might be repeated on the board. Although a personal investigation into the matter may prove more fun than an easy answer, anyways.The beers on tap were mostly $6. A few were a little more, a few a little less. Anyone looking for a happy hour, with $2 pitchers of PBR, would have been disappointed. The best deal in the house looked to be a flight of four beers for $7. Your selection is served on a paddle, with four 4.5-ounce glasses, and a
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The California Craft Beer store on Mission Boulevard, just down the street from the Ohlone College Fremont campus, is open for business on Friday evening.
strip of paper labeling which beer is which. The selection of beers to choose from covered a decent variety of beer types. There were more IPAs (India Pale Ales) than anything else, which is probably a fair reflection of current tastes and craft beer culture. There was also a delectable Coranado stout, as well as a porter, a citrus wheat beer, a barley wine, an amber ale, and several others.A lightbeer drinker may have had a hard time finding a whole lot of beers on the tap to excite them, but anyone with a palate for dark, malty beers and big-bitter beers could have happily lined up several flights worth of beers to try. California Craft Beer should not be grouped with other bars in Fremont. It’s a far cry from The Saddle Rack, Mojo Lounge or even Jack’s Brewing Co. If you were looking for a place to party, you would be disappointed.
It is really more of a tasting room than a bar. If you enjoy drinking a beer for the sake of the beer, rather than the buzz, you may find this little shop to your liking. It seems like a simple business in many ways. The walls are relatively plainly decorated. There isn’t much attempt at flashy gimmicks to draw people in. It’s just about the beer. This straightforward sentiment seemed
to resonate very well with the customers in attendance. As one self-described regular expressed it, “This place is way too cool for Fremont.” California Craft Beer is at 43377 Mission Blvd., Fremont. It’s open from noon to 10 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday, and from noon to 11 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. For more information, go to www.calcraftbeer. com.
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Top: Patrons of California Craft Beer enjoy beverages on Friday evening in Fremont. Bottom: A flight of four beers is served on a paddle at California Craft Beer in Fremont on Friday.
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No spring break debauchery for many of us LOUIS LAVENTURE Editor-in-chief Finally it’s here: spring break. It’s that time of year that every student loves, a week off school in the middle of the semester. When most people hear about spring break, they think of young college coeds getting wasted at some beach city, engaging in a celebration of debauchery. While this may be true in many instances, for community college students it just doesn’t have the same appeal. I work, and unfortunately work does not stop for spring
break like school does. It would be really nice to take a week off from work and coordinate that with spring break from school. However, it does not work like that in the real world. I pay for my education and I pay for my life in general so while I would love to do something like that it is just not financially possible. So for me spring break has a different meaning than it does to the average college student. It is a time to catch up on readings and work from classes that have been put on the back burner for a multitude of reasons. It is a time to catch up on sleep
that gets neglected because of late-night cram sessions or overtime work shifts. It is a time to visit family and friends who don’t get visited as often because of the lack of time left over after all of my priorities are handled. So while I would love to go to Miami Beach or any other spring break destination spot with all of the other college students looking to let off some steam, it just has never had that meaning for me. I would feel really selfish and even irresponsible if I took off out of town with all of these issues left up in the air. Maybe when I transfer to a four-year school the spring break idea that most
Americans have can come to reality for me, but for now I love how it is. I love to take advantage of time that does not add to my workload, but allows me to get things done. A wise man once told me, “Sometimes you got to do what you don’t want to do in order to get where you want to be.” While these words didn’t impact me immediately, they really ring true now when things like spring break come up. There isn’t one path to success. Everybody has to take different paths, and it just so happens that my path doesn’t grant me a spring
break getaway. I’m fine with that as long as I get where I want to be.
I work, and unfortunately work does not stop for spring break like school does
What was your worst spring break experience? TARIK AWWAD Criminal Justice
“I went to Palestine and I was detained by Israeli police” JEREMY WILLHITE Communications
“There’s no such thing as a bad experience during spring break” JOSH LAQUIAN Accounting
“I was in Canada and I got kneed in the groin by a Canadian” NIKKI SANCHEZ Child Psychology
“I went on vacation to the Philippines and my nana died on the second day”
TAWNYA PRATT Undeclared
“I scalped myself playing tickle monster with 6-year-olds on a playground”
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Free agent frenzy I wouldn’t believe it if I weren’t seeing it with my own eyes. The Oakland Raiders have been major players in the National Football League’s 2014 free agency period, nabbing a handful of veterans to don the silver and black. The two most impressive acquisitions have been defensive end Justin Tuck from the New York Giants and linebacker Lamar Woodley from the Pittsburgh Steelers. Tuck and Woodley both won multiple Super Bowls with their former teams, giving the horrid Raider defense a much-needed makeover. Oakland also managed to keep the often-injured running back Darren McFadden, inking him to a one-year deal worth $4 million. It wouldn’t be the Raiders without controversy, though, and free agency has definitely had that element for Oakland as well. After the team agreed to terms with St. Louis Rams offensive lineman Rodger Saffold on a multiyear deal, Saffold failed his physical, nullifying the deal leaving a glaring hole at the tackle position with the departure of Jared Veldheer to the Arizona Cardinals. The Raiders were able to bounce back, signing three more veteran players who are all projected to be starters this season. While the defense has received a much-needed reset, the offense still has a lot of question marks, despite the activity. The offensive line is still incomplete, there is no game-changing explosive offensive weapon and the most important position, quarterback, is completely up in the air. The No. 5 selection in May’s NFL Draft could provide Oakland a potential superstar quarterback. However, many Raider fans will not soon forget JaMarcus Russell, one of the biggest busts of all time. While the Raiders have been active and it is a welcoming change, I just hope they don’t forget about the most important position on the field: quarterback.
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Kyle Van Schaak fires a strike to first base, throwing out the runner, during a 5-3 triumph over the visiting Mendocino College last month. Ohlone suffered a home defeat to conference rival Chabot College on Tuesday in Fremont by a final of 10-3.
Renegades lose at home LOUIS LAVENTURE Editor-in-chief The Ohlone College baseball team is now 18-3 overall and 7-2 in conference play following a 10-3 loss to rival Chabot College on Tuesday. Following an 18-6 drubbing of the visiting Monterey Peninsula College on Saturday, the Renegades were ready for their conference rival, the Gladiators. Things got off to a stellar start for Ohlone after Josh Roman scored on an error, giving the Renegades an early 1-0 lead. “Close games are a part of it,” catcher Josh Egan said following a previous Ohlone victory. Ohlone pitcher Jaramy Jacobs managed to blank Chabot for the first two innings before the Gladiator bats woke up. Ian Dawkins singled in the top of the third inning, scoring Blake Guardino and evening the score at one apiece. After taking the lead 2-1 following a wild pitch by Jacobs, Chabot’s offense came alive in the top part of the fifth inning, blowing up for four runs and taking a 6-1 advantage. “It doesn’t matter if we get down, it’s all about staying focused and doing better,” Jacob DiThomas said following another Ohlone victory. The Renegades were able
to score two unearned runs, but Chabot added a few late runs securing the 10-3 triumph. Gladiator hurler Joey Lucchesi picked up his first win of the season, going seven strong innings and only allowing one earned run while striking out five. Ohlone pitcher Jacobs picked up his first loss of the season, bringing his overall record to 6-1 on the year for the Renegades. The Renegades have been outscored 23-8 in their three losses, but they have been dominant in their 18 victories, outscoring their opponents 146-48. Chabot is now 11-6 overall and 6-1 in conference play, including a six-game winning streak, which the Gladiators will put on the line today when they travel to take on City College of San Francisco. Next up for the Renegades is another home game at 2:30 p.m. against Skyline College. All of the 15 remaining games for Ohlone are Coast Conference contests, which will be crucial for postseason consideration and seeding. First-year Ohlone coach Mike Curran has his team off to a hot start just past the halfway mark in the season, which hopefully will carry over into the final 15 games.
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Ohlone 3-1 in March Madness Tournament
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Lady Renegade Celina Mendoza is forced out at second base during the second inning of a 5-1 victory over Gavilan College on Saturday at Central Park in Fremont.
Lady Renegades fall to San Jose City College in their final game of tournament LOUIS LAVENTURE Editor-in-chief After beginning their March Madness Tournament a perfect 3-0 on Saturday, the Lady Renegades had plenty to look forward to on Sunday. However, San Jose City College played the role of spoiler for the host team ending Ohlone’s tournament run by defeating the Lady Renegades 4-1 on Sunday at Central Park in Fremont. The Lady Renegades improved to 16-10 overall and 6-3 in conference play following their 3-1 record over the weekend. SJCC was able to get to Ohlone ace RaeAnn Garza early and often, teeing off for seven hits while amassing four runs off of the usually dominant hurler. Garza talked about how she deals with adversity before the season began. “When things aren’t going well or I am getting frustrated, I really rely on my teammates,” Garza said. “Not everything is going to go my way but I have to trust my abilities and remember what coach wants us to do.” The loss dropped Garza to 11-8 in 20 starts on the year for Ohlone. Garza has an ERA of 3.77 while amassing a staggering 108 strikeouts in 20 appearances for the Lady Renegades. Sophomore infielder Alyssa Raguini continued
her stellar 2014 campaign, driving in the only run for Ohlone in the loss to San Jose City College. Raguini is on a torrid pace in her final season at Ohlone with a batting average of .439 while driving in 18 runs on 29 hits. The Lady Renegades will have a brief rest before they are in action again on Tuesday. Ohlone will travel south to Monterey to take on Monterey Peninsula College at 3 p.m. The Lady Renegades then will return home for another conference battle with Hartnell College at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Fremont campus. With just 10 games remaining on the regular season schedule, every contest will go a long way when it comes to selection and seedings for the state playoffs.
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Top: Coach Donna Runyon reacts to a Lady Renegade getting thrown out at second base during a 5-1 victory over Gavilan College on Saturday in Fremont. Bottom: Pitcher RaeAnn Garza fires a strike to home in a 4-1 loss to San Jose City College on Sunday at Central Park in Fremont.