Eagles off to flying start

March 17, 2016 1:07 PM
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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Still hope for bowl bid

November 13, 2015 1:07 PM
Still hope for bowl bid

Eagles must defeat Chabot to go There is no getting around it—for the Laney College football team to receive a postseason bowl bid it must defeat Chabot College on Friday, Nov. 13. One advantage for the Eagles—the game is at home. Game time is 7 p.m. But after a satisfying 38-17 home victory over the College of Sequoias on Oct. 30, Laney dropped an unsatisfying 26-21 game to San Joaquin Delta in Stockton on Nov. 7. The loss to the Mustangs dropped the Eagles record to 4-5 overall and 1-3 in the National Valley Conference. Teams have been picked for […]

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Historic volleyball win

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Historic volleyball win

Eagles beat Marin for first time Jade Sanford predicted it. The Eagles bought into it. “I told the team before the game that we were going to win,” said Sanford, Laney College’s head women’s volleyball coach. “And it was a good feeling among the players that they could.” What “it” was was an improbable 18-25, 25-23, 13-25, 25-23, 15-10 home victory against the College of Marin on Nov. 6. It was the first victory ever against the Mariners and it was also the first victory ever against a team that it considered in the top tier (along with Solano College, […]

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Time for Eagles to get back on track

October 29, 2015 12:38 PM
Time for Eagles to get back on track

After two losses, Laney plays Sequoias on Oct. 30 The Laney College football team, after suffering three straight losses, will attempt to get back on the winning track when it plays host to the College of Sequoias on Friday, Oct. 30. Game time is 7 p.m. Laney (3-4, 0-2 in the National Valley Conference) has seen its conference title aspirations just about disappear with its last two losses—35-16 at Fresno City College on Oct. 17 and 41-20 at home to Modesto Junior College on Oct. 23. The Eagles should have an easier time with COS (4-3, 0-2). The Giants began […]

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New rules for women’s basketball

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NCAA mandates four 10-minute quarters, other changes The NCAA approved changes in game rules to women’s basketball this past June. The change in rules included implementing a four-quarter format, as opposed to 20-minute halves. In the new format, there will be five time fouls per quarter that will reset on a per- quarter basis. Other changes include the option to advance the ball in the final minute of a game. Not long after the rule change, the Community College Coaches Athletic Association (CCCAA), which governs women’s basketball in California, adopted the same rules for the upcoming season. Laney women’s basketball […]

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