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COC Insider: Spring sports coming to close

Baseball, softball done while track and field, golf still going

Posted: May 12, 2013 9:50 p.m.
Updated: May 12, 2013 9:50 p.m.
College of the Canyons freshman Anthony Fowler broke a school record in the 400-meter dash on Saturday. Photo by Philip Baguiao. College of the Canyons freshman Anthony Fowler broke a school record in the 400-meter dash on Saturday. Photo by Philip Baguiao.
College of the Canyons freshman Anthony Fowler broke a school record in the 400-meter dash on Saturday. Photo by Philip Baguiao.

College of the Canyons saw two sports seasons come to a close last week and a few more are ready to wrap up this week. The men’s track and field and men’s golf teams have legitimate chances to bring COC’s first state championship of the 2012-13 school year home.


The most successful postseason run for COC baseball since 2003 came to a close on Saturday with the team’s heartbreaking 5-4 loss to Cypress College on the California Community College Athletic Association Southern California Super Regional at Saddleback College.

Canyons led 4-2 headed into the ninth and final inning, but a series of walks and hit batsmen helped Cypress rally for three runs and a victory on a walk-off, bases-loaded walk.

The previous day, COC lost 7-0 to Saddleback. The two losses knocked Canyons out of the double-elimination tournament.

COC finished the season 24-16 after finishing second in the Western State Conference, South Division and the team garnered several conference awards.

Those were highlighted by Cougars sophomore Alex Bishop winning All-WSC South Player of the Year. In addition COC freshman first baseman Quincy Quintero, sophomore infielder Chad DeLaguerra and freshman Ryan Cruz were named first-team All-conference.

Freshman infielder Trey Williams, freshman outfielder Corey Sims and sophomore pitcher Steven Farnworth were among COC players named to the All-conference second team.


Canyons softball was also eliminated in a CCCAA Southern California Super Regional after losing two straight games to region-host Riverside City College on Sunday.

The Cougars lost by scores of 11-1 and 10-0 to finish the season 34-11-2.

Riverside was the same to knock COC out of the same round of the playoffs last season. COC was one win short of advancing to the state championship round.

Track and Field

The College of the Canyons track and field team brought home an individual championship and a new school record at this weekend’s Southern California prelims at Antelope Valley College on Saturday afternoon.

Freshman Tim White turned in a distance of 51 feet, 2 3/4 inches for a Southern California Championship in the triple jump. His jump was a little less than a foot shorter than his best mark that he earned at the Western State Conference Championships two weekends ago. The Hart High School alumnus will compete in the state championship in event, which he will be favored to win based on his marks this season.

The CCCAA Track and Field State Championship Meet takes place from May 17-18 at San Mateo College.

Joining White there will be COC freshman Anthony Fowler, who broke the school record in the 400-meter dash with a time of 47.49 seconds, while coming in fourth place. Fowler improved his Southern California prelims time by 2 1/2 seconds and ran the 21st fastest time among community college runners in the nation this year and eighth best time in the state of California.

Men’s Golf

The College of the Canyons men’s golf team earn a spot in today’s CCCAA State Championship tournament by finishing second in last week’s Southern California Men’s Golf Championship.

As a team, the Cougars carded a two-day total score of 733 at the par-72 Costa Mesa Country Club.

COC recorded rounds of 372 and 361 on May 5 and 6, following the lead of Riley Hayfield, who had a team-best total score of 145 with rounds of 71 and 74.

Following the first round, the Cougars trailed host Orange Coast College by 13 strokes and second-place Santiago Canyon by two strokes.

Canyons came surging back in the second round with two golfers, Jake Katz (70), Sidney Wolf (71), turning in under par scores.

Today’s trip to the state championships, which will be hosted by Monterey Peninsula College at Rancho Canada Golf Club, marks the second consecutive year that COC has earned a spot at the state’s top tournament. Last year, the Cougars came in second place after a card-off with Desert College.


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