Road Warriors

April 21, 2016 11:09 AM
Road Warriors

Eagles go 4-1 on long road trip, lead Bay Valley Conference The Laney College baseball team is entering the last week of the regular season with its best record since 2012. The Eagles, by virtue of their 7-5 victory at Solano College on April 19, are now 23-9 overall and lead the Bay Valley Conference with a 17-3 record. Laney has a 5-0 record on its current six-game road trip, which concludes Thursday, April 21 with a game at Yuba College in Marysville. The Eagles are a half-game ahead of Los Medanos College (15-4, 21-10) and play the Mustangs in […]

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Eagles tied for BVC lead

April 7, 2016 12:38 PM
Eagles tied for BVC lead

Six-game road trip may decide title chances Less than a month to go in the season. Tied for the conference lead. That is the status of the Laney College baseball team as of Thursday, April 7. The Eagles, despite a 7-2 home loss to Los Medanos College on April 5, are tied for the lead in the Bay Valley Conference with a 10-3 record. LMC also has a 10-3 record in the BVC. Laney plays its last home game in 19 days on April 7 when the Eagles play host to the College of Marin. Game time is 2:30 p.m. […]

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No shade of Gray for A’s

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Those in attendance for the traditional opening night of the Oakland Athletics on April 4 bore witness to the 11th opening-day loss in the last 12 home openers. The first blow of the eventual 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox was dealt nearly seven hours before the scheduled first pitch as the A’s projected starting pitcher (and ace) Sonny Gray was scratched due to food poisoning. According to various news reports, Gray was quoted as saying it might have been the lingering effects of a 24-hour flu bug. The A’s No. 2 starter, Rich Hill, filled in for Gray […]

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The Durant Dilemma

March 17, 2016 1:08 PM

If you are a Golden State Warriors fan (bandwagon or die-hard), then life is pretty good. However, it is difficult to ignore the noise surrounding the upcoming free-agency period and the reports that list Golden State as a front-runner in the Kevin Durant sweepstakes. The rumors are intensifying as the Oklahoma City Thunder, the team Durant plays for, are treading water to stay in the conversation of title contenders, while the Warriors are chasing historic records. In the event that the Warriors were able to land Durant, they would be the only team ever to have two MVPs on the […]

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Eagles off to flying start

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Eagles off to flying start

Laney tied for first in BVC with 5-1 record Good pitching, timely offense, and stalwart defense are the positive aspects of the Laney College baseball time at this particular point of the schedule. After a 5-1 home victory over Solano College on March 15, the Eagles are tied for first place in the Bay Valley Conference with a 5-1 record and are 11-7 overall. Folsom Lake College is tied with the Eagles for first place with a 5-1 (10-8 overall) mark. Laney’s only BVC blemish is a 4-3 loss to Contra Costa College on March 10. While the Eagles are […]

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No NorCal playoffs for Eagles

March 3, 2016 12:16 PM
No NorCal playoffs for Eagles

Dropped programs in Bay Valley Conference hurt chances For the first time in seven years, the Laney College women’s basketball team was not selected to participate in the Northern California Regional. The Eagles finished the season with a 15-10 record and lost 71-63 at home to Bay Valley Conference champion Contra Costa College on Feb. 19. If Laney had won that game, it would have been BVC champion and automatically qualified for NorCal. The big hindrance was the fact that six BVC games were eliminated when Los Medanos, Merritt and Napa Valley dropped their programs due to eligibility problems. “Maybe […]

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‘Race’ staggers toward the finish line

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‘Race’ staggers toward the finish line

“Race” is the story of how a young, black American catapulted himself into the spotlight as the premier athlete of the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. Despite the title, “Race”does little to depict the attitude of white America towards the plight of African Americans during the 1930s. The film opens with Owens (Stephen James) being ushered off to Ohio State University from his hometown of Cleveland. There is a subtle reference to the laws of the time as Owens and his friend head straight to the back of the bus while passing a few rows of white people, but the […]

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My experience at ‘The NFL Experience’

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My experience at ‘The NFL Experience’

Tower staffer was among 30-40 Laney students working at Super Bowl 50 This spring I was recruited by a temporary staffing agency to work at the NFL Experience held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. The NFL experience is an interactive amusement event for football fans. I was recruited at Laney College along with a total of 800 others recruited by this particular staffing agency. The event is scheduled for seven days, including Super Bowl Sunday. The recruiter said that the ideal situation was to have two staffers for every one fan. I am grateful for the opportunity to […]

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Laney vs. Contra Costa for title

February 18, 2016 1:36 PM
Laney vs. Contra Costa for title

Eagles knock off Solano, host Comets Friday night in BVC finale It all comes down to this week in women’s basketball. In a topsy-turvy season that has been the Bay Valley Conference, the Laney College team has a chance win the BVC title with two victories over its nearest competitors. The Eagles (10-1, 15-9) are tied with Contra Costa College (10-1, 20-9) for the BVC lead. Laney defeated host Solano 47-29 on Feb. 17, knocking the Falcons (8-3, 13-14) out of the race. The Eagles finish the BVC season with a home game against Contra Costa on Friday, Feb. 19. […]

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Here’s the REAL CJ Anderson

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Here’s the REAL CJ Anderson

Former Laney College running back CJ Anderson, now with the Denver Broncos, is shown here with John Beam, his former coach at Laney. The two met up at the Super Bowl Media Day before Anderson helped Broncos to a 24-10 victory over Carolina in Super Bowl 50. The Laney Tower ran the wrong picture of Anderson in the Feb. 4 edition.

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Anderson in Super Bowl — again

February 4, 2016 1:46 PM
Anderson in Super Bowl — again

Former Laney College running back stars for Broncos Maybe the second time will be a charm for Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson. Two years ago, Anderson was forced to navigate a sea of college navy, action green and wolf gray confetti on the field at East Rutherford, N.J., after his Broncos suffered through a 43-8 decimation at hands of the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII. Now the former Laney College running back gets another chance at a Super Bowl ring, and those chances don’t come around very often. For those of you who just returned from North Korea, […]

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Brady to CJ: ‘Keep climbing to be great’

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Editor’s Note: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Denver running back C.J. Anderson shared a moment after Anderson’s Broncos defeated Brady’s Patriots, 20-18, in the AFC Championship on Jan. 17. Anderson posted this on Instagram and it went viral. “cjandersonrb9: I know a lot of people hate this man but man when he was pick 199 and was over look he inspired me I was undrafted and over came all the odds so bless what he told me at the end of this game. He said “C.J. way to fight and prove everybody wrong you belong in this league […]

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Eagles start basketball season

December 10, 2015 11:31 AM

Jamika Wilson sored 23 points to lead the Laney College women’s basketball team to a 69-65 overtime victory over Chabot College in the quarterfinals of the Contra Costa Classic on Dec. 4. In the first round on Dec. 3, Maddie Mills scored 18 points as the Eagles (3-4) defeated Cosumnes River College 51-44. Laney hosted these two games. The two victories meant that the Eagles would play Dec. 5 and Dec. 6 in the final two games of the tournament at Contra Costa College and those didn’t turn out so well. The Eagles lost to Diablo Valley College 77-42 on […]

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Laney’s Fall Stars

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Laney’s Fall Stars

The Laney College Fall Sports Awards banquet on Dec. 2 honored top athletes in football, volleyball, water polo. FOOTBALL Defensive Player of the Year—Kesomi Mafi Elton Reeder Eagle of the Year (Defense)—DeAndre Diggs-Ray Outstanding Freshman (Defense)—Joey Pohiva Offensive Player of the Year—Ryan Gordon Outstanding Freshman (Offense)—Jeff Brinkley Elton Reeder Eagle Award (Offense)—Taylor Poyadue Sophomores—Michael Adams, Patrick Cheek, Leroy Taylor, Taylor Poyadue, Kesomi Mafi, Darneail Jenkins, Devante McGowen. Ryan Gordon, Aaron Tabor, Tyrone Campbell, Emeka Etta, Christion Ruaro, Anthony Sao, Shane Smith, Sean Taylor, DeAndre Diggs-Ray, Nakita Lealao, Raymond Cooks, Nesley Ostral, Francisco Mendoza, Aaren Linen, Jay Yesin, Rajah Britton, Matthew […]

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No bowl for Laney this season

November 27, 2015 2:22 PM
No bowl for Laney this season

Eagles get waxed by rival Chabot College in final game Ugh. That describes the effort and result in Laney College’s season-ending 48-21 defeat at the hands of rival Chabot College on Nov. 13 in Oakland. The Eagles finished the season with a 4-6 overall record and were 1-4 in the National Valley Conference. Laney had a slight chance to get a bowl bid with a 5-5 mark (indeed, two bowl teams did have that record) but the loss to the Gladiators (8-2, 5-0) put the kibosh on that thought. The team had gone to three consecutive postseason games. The defeat […]

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