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College of the Canyons Year in Review: Tradition continued

Posted: June 21, 2009 8:40 p.m.
Updated: June 22, 2009 4:55 a.m.

College of the Canyons forward Charity Smith, left, looks to shoot against Bakersfield this season. The Cougars won the Western State Conference title and reached the California Community College Athletic Association's Southern California South Regional Finals, where they fell to second-ranked Ventura 77-51.

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The College of the Canyons always has high expectations.

This year was no different.

For baseball, basketball, softball and football in particular, the tradition associated with the programs will always draw comparisons to teams of the past.

Early on, 2008-09 was met with mixed reviews.

Once dominance was established and early adversity was overcame, the Cougars raced through the regular season, breaking records and winning top awards in the process.

Come postseason, however, many coaches, players and fans alike were left scratching their heads because of early and abrupt playoff exits.

Aug. 27
The Cougars women's volleyball team beats Southwestern 3-0 (25-12, 25-15, 25-15) in the season opener in commanding fashion thanks to a balanced team attack.

Sept. 6
COC football shows just how strong its offense can be as the quarterback duo of Brad McClellan and Joey Frias combine for four touchdowns in a 54-14 win over Antelope Valley. Wide receiver Hayo Carpenter accounts for three scores and the Cougars defense holds firm.

Sept. 13
Up against former Canyon quarterback Austin Civita, Brad McClellan throws three touchdowns, including a 67-yard bomb to Hayo Carpenter, to beat Santa Barbara City College 56-6. Carpenter finishes with 164 yards and three scores, while running back Fred Winborn rushes for 223 yards and two touchdowns.

Sept. 20
Quarterback Joey Frias picks up the slack for suspended Brad McClellan, passing for 282 yards, five touchdowns and two picks as the football team blows out L.A. Valley College 66-7. With Fred Winborn also suspended, Frias rushes for 103 yards and a touchdown as well.

Sept. 25
Jillian Anderson records nine kills and three blocks as the women's volleyball team beats Antelope Valley 3-0 (25-14, 25-12, 25-11). Heather Seddon has seven kills and three blocks and Evans posts 19 assists as the Cougars improve to 7-5.

Sept. 27
The COC football team faces its first test of the season in beating Fullerton College 34-28. COC defensive back Marlon Douglas recovers a fumble with 1:28 left in the game to preserve the win.

Oct. 4
Joey Frias throws two touchdowns and runs for one as the football team doubles up Allan Hancock 42-21. The Cougars defense is led by Will Kanongata'a, who records 10 tackles and 2 1/2 sacks, helping the Cougars improve to 5-0 on the season.

Oct. 11
Hayo Carpenter opens up the game with a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and the Cougars football team never looks back in a 48-3 rout over Moorpark.

Oct. 18
Brad McClellan throws for three touchdowns and 346 yards, 175 of which go to wide receiver Hayo Carpenter in a 43-23 win over Glendale. Carpenter scores once, while Jovan Leacock catches two touchdown passes.

Oct. 20
Led by Vanessa Boileau's 79 on the par-72 Santa Barbara Golf Club, the Cougars women's golf team shoots a 343 and places second in the Western State Conference match. The Cougars now stand at 28-7 on the season.

Oct. 24
Caitlyn Ramirez records 16 kills and 14 digs as the Cougars women's volleyball team beats Bakersfield 3-1 (24-26, 25-17, 25-19, 25-13) to remain undefeated in conference play, running its record to 13-6 overall and 5-0 in the Western State Conference.

Oct. 25
The Cougars football team scores five first-half touchdowns in routing Ventura 52-29, running its unbeaten streak to eight games. Fred Winborn rushes for 129 yards and three touchdowns, while Hayo Carpenter catches 10 passes for 120 yards and two scores.

Oct. 28
The Cougars men's cross country team finishes second overall at the Western State Conference Cross Country Championships. Canyon graduate Stephen Kent takes fifth on the four-mile course in 21 minutes, 47 seconds. Kent is followed by Thomas Stevenson (14th, 22:25) and Cody Massie (19th, 22:39). With the performance, COC qualifies for the Southern California Championships at Bakersfield College.

The COC women's cross country team finishes fifth at the WSC Cross Country Championships. Canyon graduate Jenna Perea tops the Cougars runners, placing 17th on the 3.1-mile course with a time of 21 minutes, 25 seconds. Fellow Canyon alum Desiree Cramer takes 20th (21:32) and Golden Valley grad Corey Honeycutt comes in 32nd (22:19). COC qualifies for the Southern California Championship at Bakersfield College.

The Cougars women's volleyball team suffers its first conference loss, 3-1 (25-22, 17-25, 19-25, 18-25) to L.A. Pierce. Lauren Wells finishes with 11 kills, Heather Seddon has nine kills and six blocks and Ashlie Arnold posts 22 assists.

Oct. 31
The Cougars women's soccer team shuts out Citrus 2-0 to improve its record to 4-15 overall, 3-7 in conference.
Nov. 7

Brannon Bradley scores 21 points and Justin Smith posts a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds as the Cougars men's basketball team beats Grossmont 98-89 to win the season opener.

Nov. 8
COC's Fred Winborn scores the game-winning touchdown from 7 yards out in overtime as the football team edges Pasadena City College 42-41. The Lancers have the chance to tie the game with an extra point, but elect to go for two. The Cougars' defense holds and COC improves to 9-0 overall, 5-0 in conference as the state's No. 2 team and clinches the Western State Conference Northern Division title.

The Cougars men's basketball team loses to Moorpark 82-80 to suffer its first loss of the season after Moorpark hits a lay-up at the buzzer. Jason Holzwarth leads COC with 15 points.

Nov. 14
COC's men's soccer team loses 2-0 in the season finale to Oxnard, ending the season with a 4-16-3 overall record and 1-10-3 in the Western State Conference.

The Cougars women's soccer team ends its season with a 2-0 loss to L.A. Pierce and a 4-19 overall record (3-11 in the WSC). Head coach Phil Marcellin, who had coached both the men's and women's teams at COC, passes the women's team to Justin Lundin so that he can focus primarily on the men's team. Lundin was an assistant on the women's team.

Nov. 15
Finishing the regular season a perfect 10-0, the Cougars football team beats Bakersfield 22-8 and gets another standout performance from Joey Frias, who fills in for an injured Brad McClellan. The win secures home-field advantage for COC in the first three rounds of the playoffs.

Nov. 22
The COC football team scores four touchdowns in the second half to beat Antelope Valley 41-17, and the Cougars do it without the services of Hayo Carpenter. The wide receiver was suspended due to "conduct unbecoming a Cougar," according to head coach Garett Tujague. Still, COC rolls in the Western State Bowl.

Nov. 25
COC's women's volleyball team is eliminated in the first round of the regional playoffs 3-0 (12-25, 19-25, 21-25) by Irvine Valley, getting 19 assists from Ashlie Arnold, eight kills from Lauren Wells, and 10 digs from Brooklyn Arndt. COC finishes the season 17-10 overall and 9-3 in conference.

Nov. 29
Hayo Carpenter catches 10 passes for 236 yards and two touchdowns in the Southern California Semifinals as the Cougars football team knocks off El Camino 36-27. Carpenter sets a new school record for yards in a game. Brad McClellan throws for 300 yards and two touchdowns for COC.

Dec. 6
The COC football team's season comes to a devastating end with a 51-44 loss to Mt. San Antonio College in the Southern California championship game. The Mounties score from 5 yards out with 10 seconds to go in the game, and on the ensuing kickoff, Mt. SAC recovers B.J. Iverson's fumble and returns it for a touchdown. Fred Winborn rushes for 275 yards - a new school record - and a touchdown to close out his COC career.

Dec. 29
After a strong run in their own Cougar Holiday Classic, the COC men's basketball team falls to Chaffey 100-86 in the championship game despite sophomore forward Brannon Bradley's 25 points off the bench and Justin Smith's 23 points and 15 rebounds.

Jan. 8
Justin Smith's 25 points are not enough as the Cougars men's basketball team loses to Citrus 92-84 in the Western State Conference opener.

The COC women's basketball team beats Citrus 72-65 to open conference play behind Ashley Wakefield's 24 points, most of which came in the second half.

Jan. 17
The Cougars men's basketball team gets its first Western State Conference win of the season thanks to a 20-point, 12-rebound performance from Justin Smith.

Jan. 22
COC inducts former football coach Larry Reisbig, administrator Al Adelini, golfer Susan Latch, basketball player Jesse Boyd and the 1981 state championship baseball team into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame.

Jan. 30
The Cougars baseball team defeats El Camino 8-3 in its season opener thanks to the combined pitching effort of Trevor McDonald and Brandon Mudd.

Feb. 10
The Cougars softball team beats Ventura 7-4 and improves to 2-1 to start the season behind Melissa Herndon, who strikes out seven through five innings.

Feb. 21
Justin Smith scores 21 points while Jonathan Philips and Brannon Bradley each post 20 as the Cougars men's basketball team ends its season with a 107-99 win over Glendale in overtime.

Charity Smith's 23 points and 10 rebound leads COC's 103-41 rout of Glendale in the women's basketball team's final regular season game.

The Cougars hockey team upsets No. 1 Northern Arizona University 8-1 to win the Pacific Collegiate Hockey Association title.

Feb. 23
Led by Justin Renaux's even-par 72, the COC men's golf team places third in the first Western State Conference match of the season with a team score of 367. Davis Kirkland shoots a 73, and Ryan Weltig, Lucas Allensworth and Scott Jenkins all shoot 74s.

Feb. 27
The Cougars women's basketball team holds off Mt. San Jacinto 81-77 to advance to the Southern California Regional Finals. Hart graduate Britney Bradley scores 16 points, pulls down eight rebounds and dishes out six assists for COC, while Charity Smith scores 17 points with 11 boards.

March 3
Cougars starter Caleb Deville earns the win as the COC baseball team unloads its bats on West L.A. 21-5. After a slow start to the season, the Cougars' season appears to be turning around.

March 7
The COC women's basketball team falls 77-51 in the Southern Californa Regional Finals to 19-time defending WSC champion Ventura. COC stays with the Pirates early but too many mistakes doom the Cougars. COC finishes the season 24-9.

March 14
At the Bakersfield Invitational, the COC men's track and field team finishes first. COC's Caleb Kellog clears 13 feet, 6 inches to win the pole vault, and Michael Crutcher wins the 400-meter hurdles in 56.13 seconds.

For the women's track and field team, Brittany Uhl takes the 400 hurdles in 1:07.98 and was the first leg of the winning team in the 4x400-meter relay.

March 17
Pitchers Ashley Imperial and Melissa Herndon shut down Antelope Valley as the Cougars softball team wins 2-1 to improve to 17-8 overall.

April 2
The Cougars baseball team out-slugs West L.A. 18-11 to win its 11th game in a row thanks to six RBIs from Trevor Bloom and Hugo Hernandez's four RBIs and a home run.

April 6
The COC men's golf team winds up second at the sixth Western State Conference match after shooting a 386. Ryan Weltig posts a 74 to lead the Cougars, followed by David Kirkland (75), Greg Germaine (77), Justin Yu (78), and Lucas Allensworth (82). With the performance, the team movies into first place in the WSC.

April 17
After the COC softball team beats Bakersfield 13-0, Ashley Imperial takes the circle again and improves her conference record to a perfect 12-0 by beating Bakersfield 3-2 to sweep the doubleheader. With the wins, COC clinches a share of the WSC title.

April 18
The COC women's swimming team place seventh at the Western Conference Championships with a team score of 219, led by Taylor Bellina's third-place finish in the 50-yard butterfly with a time of 28.14 seconds and fourth in the 100 butterfly (1:05.84).

The COC men's swimming team also finished seventh with a score of 263. Matt Pallady took third in the 100 breaststroke (1:03.07).

April 25
The Cougars baseball team clinches a share of the Western State Conference South Division title with a 6-1 win over Glendale. Taylor Deville comes up big for COC on the mound, pitching a complete game, while Brian Charnock provides some run support with his two-run home run.

May 2
Saddleback scores two runs in the first inning, and the COC softball team is unable to respond in a 2-1 loss in the first round of the California Community College Athletic Association Southern California Regionals. COC wastes a stellar pitching effort by Ashley Imperial.

May 3
Strong most of the game, eventual Western State Conference Pitcher of the Year Ashley Imperial gives up four runs in the third inning and the Cougars softball team is ousted from the playoffs in a 5-2 loss to Saddleback. COC finishes the season 28-15-1.

May 8
The Cougars baseball team drops the first game of its three-game series in the first round of the California Community College Athletic Association Southern California Regionals, a 12-10 decision against Saddleback. Brian Charnock, Trevor Bloom, Tyler Oldham and Tucker Mabee all hit home runs for COC, but pitcher Caleb Deville is tagged for 10 runs.

May 9
In the second game of the first-round series with Saddleback, Brian Charnock, Julian Cruz, Hugo Hernandez and Matt Warr all homer for COC and Trevor McDonald throws eight innings in a 12-6 win.
The Cougars are eliminated later in the day in a 6-4 loss to Saddleback, finishing the season 27-18-1.

May 11
The Cougars men's golf team finishes sixth at the California Community College Athletic Association Men's Golf Championship with a team score of 365. Ryan Weltig is named All-State after shooting a 3-under 141, followed by Justin Renaux (145), Justin Yu (148), Scott Jenkins (151), Davis Kirkland (153) and Lucas Allensworth (155).


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