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March 1, 2011 > Ohlone lady hoops season comes to an end

Ohlone lady hoops season comes to an end

By Biff Jones
Photo by Don Jedlovec

As the No. 6 seed, Ohlone College Renegades women's basketball team, under head coach Julia Allender, hosted No. 11 seed Butte College of Oroville in the California Community College Athletic Association north regional second round tournament on Saturday, Feb. 26.

First half saw Ohlone wanting to drive the basket for its points while Butte liked to throw up the 3-point shot. However, both baskets appeared to have lids on them and the hosts were the more aggressive on defense. This led to the Renegades sending Butte to the free throw line where the visitors went 6-6 in the first half taking them to a 25-21 half time lead.

In the second half Ohlone continued to drive the ball and they scored the first eight points to take an early second half lead, 29-25. Now it was Butte's turn to start finding the range as they soon tied the game at 29-29 and their 3-point shots began to fall. As the teams traded leads over the second half, Ohlone found itself in trouble in the last minute of the game when they had not fouled enough.

With less than a minute to play, Butte had the ball out of bounds with a three-point lead. It took four times for Butte to inbound the ball with Ohlone fouling before sending Butte to the free throw line. When Ohlone finally did get the ball it was too late as the underdogs would sink enough foul shots to earn a 57-54 victory.

Last Tuesday both Ohlone Renegades and Chabot Gladiators opened Coast Conference North softball action on the road. It was a successful league opener for Chabot's new head coach Jen Deering as the Gladiators traveled to the College of San Francisco and came away with a 6-2 victory.

Meanwhile, once-beaten Ohlone traveled across the Bay to take on undefeated Foothill College of Los Altos Hills. After Ohlone took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, Foothill answered with a run in the bottom half and went ahead 2-1 after three innings. Renegades would regain the lead with three runs in the fourth inning and add two more in the sixth as they handed Foothill its first loss, 7-3.

Leading Ohlone was sophomore pitching ace Jessica Varady who gave up five hits and a walk while striking out 13. Freshmen Sara Ragusa was 3-5 with a double and Shelby Fowler 2-4 with a double and a stolen base.

On Thursday both Ohlone and Chabot had CCN home wins with the Renegades beating CCSF, 7-4, and the Gladiators winning, 3-1, over Mission College of Santa Clara. On Saturday, Feb. 26, amidst the rainy weather, Ohlone was able to squeeze in most of their games. They lost 5-4 to College of the Siskiyous from Weed in eight innings. Then they tied Solano College of Fairfield, 5-5, in a game called by darkness. Lauren Ermitano, Stefanie Hatley and Varady each homered in the Solano game for the Renegades.

On Feb. 24 Chabot's women's tennis team defeated CCSF at home 7-2. In singles play, Namrata Sher won 6-1, 6-1; Andrea Poljakovic won 6-1, 6-2; Lauren Kane won 6-1, 6-1; Michaela Holgate won 6-1, 6-3; Monica Lomas won 6-2, 7-5; and Morgan Davis lost 3-6, 5-7. In doubles, Sher/Poljakovic won 6-1, 6-1; Kane/Holgate won 6-2, 6-1; Melissa Mendoza/Davis lost 0-6, 6-4, (8-10).

Chabot track looking for donations
Chabot and it sister college, Las Positas in Livermore, are asking for donations for shoes and sweats to support its track and field athletes. None of the proceeds will be used for coaches salaries or other expenses.

If interested, donations can be made directly online at www.active.com/donate/chabottrack.




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