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COC notebook: Canyon grads star for College of the Canyons

Former Cowboys have big weeks; women’s golf team opens WSC finals

Posted: October 31, 2010 9:46 p.m.
Updated: November 1, 2010 4:55 a.m.

It was a big week for Canyon High graduates playing fall sports at College of the Canyons.

The top finishers for the women’s cross country team at the Western State Conference Championships was a Canyon graduate.

So are Kristen Grunhold and Beth Barker, who made big contributions offensively in two victories last week for the women’s soccer team.

The women’s golf team, meanwhile, began the WSC Championships on a sour note. The Cougars didn’t finish first in a conference match for the first time all season, winding up third after Sunday’s first round.

The conference championships conclude with today’s round, which begins at 7 a.m. in Ventura.

Here’s a look at how COC teams fared last week.

Women’s golf

College of the Canyons shot a team score of 326 during the first round of the WSC Championships, which was seven strokes behind Bakersfield and Santa Barbara, who both shot 319s.

Having already locked up the regular-season conference title, the Cougars didn’t have nearly as much to play for as the other schools. The second-place team in conference will earn an automatic trip to the Southern California Championships beginning next Monday.

But head coach Gary Peterson still wasn’t pleased with his team’s performance.

“I’m not happy because of two things,” he said. “It told Bakersfield and Santa Barbara that, ‘We can play with (COC) and beat them.’ The other thing is the girls need to rise to the level of competition. You can never be complacent in anything you do in life, let alone collegiate golf.”

Hannah Lee led COC with a round of 78, while Hae Yong Kim shot an 81, Tiara Wells fired an 83 and Taylor Gould carded an 84.

The losses to Bakersfield and Santa Barbara drop the Cougars to 26-2 in conference, which means they still have a seven-game lead heading into today’s final round.

Cross country

The College of the Canyons women’s team finished fourth behind Canyon High graduate Shaina Katz, who finished 21st individually with a time of 21 minutes, 3 seconds.

The Cougars were able to build a solid pack of runners, including Natalie Malone (24th place, 21:25.10), Christie Edwards (30th, 21:49.87), Danielle Schaefer (32nd, 21:53.22) and Imuri Pacheco (35th, 21:54.44).

Their team score was 124, two points behind third-place Cuesta and 34 points ahead of fifth-place Ventura. Glendale won the conference title with a score of 22, and Glendale’s Angela Martinez won the individual title with a time of 19:23.06.

For the COC men, Hart High graduate Thomas Cahill led the way with a time of 22:02.05, good for 24th overall. He was followed by Chris Low (31st, 22:13.72), Ryland del Valle (32nd, 22:17.68), Zach McGraw (33rd, 22:20.66) and Travis Van Leeuwen (45th, 22:58.67).

The Cougars scored 150 points to take fifth. Glendale won the conference championship with 39 points, while Moorpark’s Charlie Petrie finished first individually at 20:18.11.

Both teams will now gear up for the Southern California Championship on Saturday in San Diego.

Men’s soccer

College of the Canyons had a strong week, defeating Allan Hancock 5-1 on Tuesday and Glendale 3-0 on Friday.

Golden Valley High graduate and COC striker Andres Bueno had a goal and an assist in the victory over Glendale. That win improved the Cougars’ record to 9-5-2 overall and 5-3-2 in the Western State Conference.

West Ranch High graduate Marvin Delgado also scored in the win over Glendale, and Golden Valley High graduate Rafael Fuentes assisted Bueno’s tally, which came in the 73rd minute.

The Cougars are back in action on Tuesday when they travel to L.A. Mission at 4 p.m. They host Citrus at 4 p.m. Friday.

Women’s soccer

Keyed by a hat trick from Grunhold, the Cougars beat L.A. Mission 6-0 on Tuesday before shutting out L.A. Valley 5-0 on Friday.

Normally a goalkeeper, Grunhold played on offense and scored her first goal in the 27th minute off an assist from Barker.

Grunhold scored again in the 38th minute and finished the hat trick with a goal in the 58th minute.

Barker, meanwhile, scored a pair of goals of her own, one in the 56th minute and the other in the 80th, which closed the scoring binge for COC.

The Cougars are now 9-6-2 overall and 5-5 in conference play. They will travel to Citrus at 4 p.m. Tuesday and host Santa Monica at 2 p.m. Friday.

Women’s volleyball

Despite a team-high 13 kills from Golden Valley High graduate and outside hitter Lindsey Murachanian, the Cougars fell to Citrus 3-1 last Tuesday.

College of the Canyons is now 9-8 on the season and 4-2 in the WSC, and it will host Bakersfield at 7 p.m. Tuesday before traveling to face L.A. Pierce at 7 p.m. Friday.


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