Thrill of victory, agony of defeat

September 17, 2015 2:12 PM
Thrill of victory, agony of defeat

Football team beats Sacramento City; suffers shutout against CCSF The Laney College football team goes for its second victory in three games when the Eagles travel to Rocklin on Saturday, Sept. 19, to take on Sierra College. Game time is 1 p.m. Laney opened its 2015 season with a 21-13 victory at home against Sacramento City College on Sept. 4, and then was shut out, 28-0, on Sept. 12 at City College of San Francisco. CCSF 28, Laney 0: The Eagles, suffering their first shutout loss since 2004, played the Rams (2-0) fairly even for the first 20 minutes of […]

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HS students get computer ‘Upgrade’ at Laney

September 3, 2015 4:06 PM
HS students get computer ‘Upgrade’ at Laney

It’s is never too late to study Computer Science. That is what happened to Emerson Garcia and Yong Li-Dich, two of the “underrepresented” high school students that participated in the Upgrade Program at Laney College this past summer. Formally called “Upgrade: CIS Program Summer 2015,” the program combined computer skills tutoring and hands-on experience for 38 current and former high school students. “Underrepresented” in this case meant minority high school students. Garcia is an Oakland Tech High School graduate who plans to attend a Peralta college then move on to a four-year university. “I was trying to do something with […]

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Eagles open against Sac City on Sept. 4

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Eagles open against Sac City on Sept. 4

Football team out to prove that old adage: ‘Practice makes perfect’

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Delos Reyes signs letter-of-intent with California Maritime Academy

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Delos Reyes signs letter-of-intent with California Maritime Academy

Laney College point guard Luisa Delos Reyes has signed a letter-of-intent to attend the California Maritime Academy. Delos Reyes was a two-year starter for the Eagles’ women’s basketball team, which played in the Northern California Regional both years. She made the All-Bay Valley Conference team her sophomore year.

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No title, but Eagles play a spoiling role

April 30, 2015 5:17 PM
No title, but Eagles play a spoiling role

A Bay Valley Conference title wasn’t in the cards for the Laney College baseball this season, but the Eagles made a difference in the BVC standings anyway. A 9-6 home victory over Solano College on April 14 prevented the Falcons from taking the lead in the BVC by a game over College of Marin. Laney couldn’t do it twice; the Eagles lost to the Mariners 9-2 on April 24. Both Solano and Marin (19-5) qualified for the Northern California Regional. The Eagles finished with a 14-22 record overall and were 6-18 in conference play, not bad considering the team weathered […]

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A new game in town: Merritt College women’s soccer

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A new game in town: Merritt College women’s soccer

There’s a new game in Peralta Town. The brand-new Merritt College women’s soccer team will start playing for real in August. There has been interest before, but a firm commitment by the Merritt administration and the hiring of a coach, Lillia Dosalmas, has brought the idea of a women’s soccer team in the district to fruition. Dosalmas and a couple of prospective players made an appearance at the Ecofest Sustainability Festival held at Laney College on April 23 to promote their new program. To that end, a Summer Session class is being offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-3:50 p.m. on […]

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Alameda volleyball player Elliott to attend San Jose St.

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Alameda volleyball player Elliott to attend San Jose St.

Led Cougars to first NorCal regional in school history Taylor Elliott just wanted to return to the Bay Area. She came back and found success at College of Alameda. Now she is going on to play volleyball at San Jose State. After graduating from Bishop O’Dowd, the 6-foot-1 volleyball player from Alameda went to the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, where she played club ball. But she missed the Bay Area, missed her friends and starting looking around. She was at COA watching a basketball game when she inquired of a coach if the school had a volleyball team. “I was taking […]

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Eagles break losing streak in a big way

April 17, 2015 6:12 PM
Eagles break losing streak in a big way

Laney wins four straight after suffering 17-game slide The long losing streak for the Laney College baseball team is over. The Eagles snapped a 17-game skid with an 8-1 home victory over Mendocino College on April 7, and then extended their winning ways for three more games, including a 9-6 victory over Bay Valley Conference leader Solano College on April 14. Laney won eight of 12 non-conference games before losing its first 16 games in the Bay Valley Conference. Everything seemed to conspire against the Eagles—poor pitching, poor hitting, shoddy defense and plain bad luck. Five of the losses were […]

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Eagles’ baseball focus now is just one victory

March 27, 2015 4:09 PM

Losing streak reaches 12 games with defeat at Folsom Lake College What was a fine trip to begin with has turned into a long depressing spiral for the Laney College baseball team. With a 4-3 loss at Bay Valley Conference newcomer Folsom Lake College on March 24, the Eagles have now lost 12 straight games, including 11 in the BVC. The team has lost three starting pitchers (Niko Loza, Matt Pomykala, Ben Clegg) to various arm and elbow injuries and they may not play again this season. “I’ve had teams that have lost more games,” said Francisco Zapata, now in […]

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State of Play: Merritt men in Final Four

March 12, 2015 12:47 PM
State of Play: Merritt men in Final Four

Thunderbirds to face East L.A.; Laney, Merritt women fall The Thunderbirds defeated Foothill College 72-60 at Merritt on March 6 in the Northern California Regional championship game to advance to the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Final Four at Cerritos College in Norwalk on March 13-15. Merritt will play East Los Angeles College (21-10) on Friday, March 13, at 5 p.m. If the T-Birds win, they will play the winner of the Saddleback College-Cañada College game in the title contest scheduled for Sunday, March 15, at 1 p.m. Both the Laney College and Merritt women’s teams faltered, the Eagles […]

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Eagles are BVC champs; in NorCals

March 2, 2015 7:35 AM
Eagles are BVC champs; in NorCals

Merritt men, women also make playoffs For the first time in recent memory, three basketball teams in the Peralta District have been selected for the 2015 California Community College Northern California Regional. The Laney College women’s team, by virtue of its co-championship (with Solano and Merritt colleges) in the Bay Valley Conference, qualified for the Regional as well as both the men’s and women’s team from Merritt. Laney, which defeated Solano 45-37 in Fairfield on Feb. 18 to tie for the BVC title, is the No. 12 seed and will play at No. 5 City College of San Francisco on […]

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Laney baseball drops BVC opener

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Laney baseball drops BVC opener

The Laney College baseball team started its 2015 Bay Valley Conference schedule with a thud as the Eagles dropped a 3-2 decision to Mendocino College at home on Feb. 24. The home Eagles spotted the visiting Eagles a 3-0 lead going into the bottom of the ninth before their quiet bats erupted to make the game close. Brennan Mauchline and Kaleo Johnson opened the inning with singles and advanced to second and third on a wild pitch. Mendocino pitcher Zach Visinoni retired the next two Laney batters before walking Trevor Greenley to load the bases. Marciano Reichel grounded a two-run […]

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Eagles still in hunt for BVC championship

February 12, 2015 6:46 PM
Eagles still in hunt for BVC championship

The Laney College women’s basketball team, despite a horrendous home outing against Contra Costa College on Feb. 4, remains very much in the hunt for a Bay Valley Conference championship as the regular season draws to a close. At press time, the Eagles have a 10-3 record in the BVC (16-9 overall) and are one game behind leader Solano College (11-2, 18-7). Laney plays at Solano in Fairfield on Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 7:30 p.m. in its final regular-season game. The Eagles defeated the Falcons, 77-68, on Jan. 20 at home. If the Eagles defeat Solano and the BVC ends […]

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Loza leads Laney to two victories

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Loza leads Laney to two victories

The Laney College baseball team, buoyed by two victories from sophomore pitcher Niko Loza, entered the second week of February with a 4-3 record. Loza has two of those victories and has not given up an earned run in two starts totaling 16.1 innings. Loza pitched 7.1 innings of onehit ball in an 11-0 victory over City College of San Francisco on Jan. 31 and then came back a week later to defeat Monterey Peninsula College, 1-0, on Feb. 7. He gave up eight hits against the Lobos. The Eagles’ other two victories in the young season came against CCSF […]

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Football coaches to be inducted into two different Halls of Fame

January 29, 2015 7:15 PM
Football coaches to be inducted into two different Halls of Fame

Two Laney College head football coaches—one retired, one current—will be honored in separate Hall of Fame celebrations in the coming months. Current Laney Athletic Director and Head football coach John Beam will be inducted into the Bay Area Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame on Thursday, Feb. 6. Former head football coach Jay Uchiumi will be inducted into the California Coaches Hall of Fame in March. The 15th Annual Multi-Ethnic HOF Induction Ceremony will be held on Friday, Feb. 6, at The Waterfront Hotel on Jack London Square in Oakland. The event is sold out. Beam, a long-time football coach at […]

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