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October 12, 2010 > Community college athletics wrap

Community college athletics wrap

By Gary van den Heuvel

Chabot College concluded its non-conference football schedule with a 38-28 win over San Jose City College that they nearly let slip away.

The Gladiators had the Jaguars completely dominated, leading 35-7 near the end of the first half. At that point, it seemed as if both teams switched uniforms, as San Jose mounted a furious rally, led by quarterback Kyle Cool's three touchdown passes. San Jose closed the gap to 10 points in the fourth quarter, but the Gladiator defense stepped up and shut down the Jags the rest of the way.

Chabot was led by QB Travis Gardner (20-28, 214 yards, 3 TD), running back Bryan Jones (117 yards, 2 TD), and on defense by linebacker Fenuki Foketi (3 sacks, INT). The Gladiators finish their non-conference schedule with a 4-1 record. Next up for Chabot is a home game against Diablo Valley College next Saturday, Oct. 16, at 6 p.m.

Elsewhere across the community college sports grid

Soccer: Ohlone men had a bittersweet week, but unfortunately, more bitter than sweet. The Renegades practically had visiting Las Positas dead to rights early in the week, ahead 2-1 deep into penalty time in the second half - four minutes deep. With mere seconds remaining, Las Positas stunned Ohlone with a goal off a long throw-in pass to salvage a 2-2 tie. Ohlone's goals came from their reliable offensive arsenal of Jarod Fluke and George Mayer II.

"This game was ours to win," said Renegades coach Jeremy Nordmo. "We gave them a momentary chance to recover from their errors, and they took full advantage of it."

Ohlone wasn't able to recover from their errors, losing a 3-0 contest at Evergreen Valley (Oct. 8). At week's end, the Renegades are 1-2 in the Coast South Division, 6-4-1 overall.

Ohlone's women's team came through with two wins, edging Skyline 1-0 when, in the 90th minute of the game, Cheyenne Kisthardt beat two Skyline defenders as well as the onrushing goalie before poking the ball into the empty net. The Renegades took the momentum of that exciting win into their first match-up against Chabot College, who were coming off a 4-0 loss to San Francisco City.

Ohlone had their best game of the season, routing the Gladiators 6-1 to improve to 3-2-1 in the division, 5-5-1 overall. Melissa Flores led Ohlone with two goals. Also hitting the net were Ariel Brown, Kisthardt, Reanna Williams and Ella Popalzai.

"We took control form the opening whistle and played very nicely, combining passes and keeping possession, opening up passing lanes," said Ohlone coach Larry Heslin.

Volleyball: Both local junior colleges continued to struggle on the volleyball court. Ohlone was handled by San Francisco City College 3-0 (scores of 25-10, 25-11, 25-19). Chabot was a little more competitive in their roadie at Hartnell, falling 3-1 (12-25, 25-21, 25-20, 25-23).

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