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Fall Sports begin at Grossmont

By Vince Ruffino

GROSSMONT COLLEGE — Put away the surfboards and sunscreen, its time to get focused on school, but  not without something to look forward too, Fall Sports!

For many Grossmont College students, the beginning of the Fall Semester marks  not only the end of summer and the beginning of the academic year, but also the  beginning of their respected sports season. But a novice sports fanatic might question, ‘What are the Fall Sports?’ Here’s a look at four Fall Sports at Grossmont Community College.

Football: Grossmont’s team comes off a modest season in 2010 finishing 6-4  with a post season loss to East Conference Runner Up Santa Ana College Dons in the Beach Bowl, 52-43. This year, Coach Mike Jordan looks to lead his Griffins  in the season opener on the road against rival San Diego Mesa College on Saturday, September 3, 2011 at 6p.m.

Women’s Soccer: New Head Coach Dave Ridenour and The Lady Griffins dropped the season opener, 1-0, at home against Golden West. They look to rebound Friday September 2, 2011, on their home pitch against El Camino at  1pm.
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Grossmont offers youth basketball camp

GROSSMONT COLLEGE (Press Release)–The Athletics Department  and  men’s basketball coach Doug Weber are inviting all
boys and girls entering the 3rd through 9th grades to Grossmont College’s annual  youth summer basketball camp, from 8 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday, Aug. 8 to 11. The camp will feature instruction on fundamental skills, group and  individual contests and three-on-three tournaments, along with life lessons about sportsmanship, communication and goal setting. Cost is $75 per camper,  which includes t-shirt, contest prizes and giveaways. For more information, visit, or phone (619)  644-7878.

Since arriving at Grossmont College from Salt Lake Community College in 1998,  Weber has won a Pacific Coast Conference title and Coach of the Year honors. He has been coaching at the college level for 25 years. During the past 12 years,  more than 40 of his athletes have transferred to four-year  universities.

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NCAA penalizes teams with low academic scores

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (USANN4)– Major college basketball and football teams have been  penalized for poor academic performance.   The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has sanctioned 103 teams for missing its academic benchmark.   One of the teams penalized was the University of Connecticut’s men’s basketball team, the reigning national champions.

Other penalized teams in basketball include Arkansas, Georgia Tech, and Louisiana State.   Elite football programs getting penalties for low academic progress are Louisville and Maryland.   The NCAA handed one-year post-season bans to eight teams at seven institutions.

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Tennis victory, volleyball heartbreak!

Sharon Reibstein (in foreground) waits, as her teammate, Jazmin Ortiz serves. The two won the Southern California doubles championship

By William Dudley

GROSSMONT COLLEGE –A dynamic women’s tennis rivalry/partnership and an oh-so-close comeback in men’s volleyball highlighted a successful spring sports campaign for Grossmont College.

Women’s tennis, basketball, and softball all won Pacific Coast Conference titles, as did the men’s swim/dive team.  Women’s tennis and men’s volleyball carried their victorious ways to the state level.

Jazmin Ortiz and Sharon Reibstein, the top two players for women’s tennis coach Megan Haber, found themselves constantly playing for regional and state title matches – either against each other in singles, or together in doubles.

In the Southern California regional individual tournament, held at Grossmont College in May 5-7, Ortiz and Reibstein found themselves playing against each other for the regional championship.  Reibstein won 6-1, 6-3.

The consensus  judgment on how it felt to compete against one’s teammate, according to the players and Coach Haber, was “weird.” Haber noted that in such events she did not coach as actively as she sometimes does, but rather just kicked back and enjoyed watching the match.

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New constellations for star football players

By William Dudley

Ryan Woods (Photo: Andy Wilhelm)

GROSSMONT COLLEGE–  Quarterback Ryan Woods and defensive tackle Henry Simon are among a group of players from the 2010 Grossmont football team who have received and accepted offers to continue their football playing at four-year institutions.

Ryan Woods will be going to San Jose State University as soon as he finishes classwork at Grossmont in June. Simon is headed to Iowa State in the summer.

Woods, the Grossmont offensive MVP and second-team  all-conference, had received multiple offers from Division 2 and Division 1-AA schools, but had his heart set on playing for a Division 1 football program.

At San Jose State of the Western Athletic Conference, Woods would get a chance to play the likes of Stanford, UCLA, BYU, as well as conference opponents including Nevada, Fresno State, and Hawaii.

Another factor in his decision was that San Jose was an hour and a half way from his hometown of Sacramento, making it much easier for his family to come see him play.

Woods still has a red shirt year available, which might be used this year because SJSU has a returning senior quarterback.

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U.S. Attorney brings game-fixing, bribery charges against USD players, coach, others

SAN DIEGO (USANN4)–A alleged criminal ring was uncovered that includes a former coach and former players from the University of San Diego.   Ten defendants in all have been accused of bribing players, fixing games, illegal book-making, and distributing marijuana.  

They include former San Diego assistant basketball coach Thaddeus Brown, and former players Brandon Johnson and Brandon Dowdy.
Operation “Hook Shot” was a one-year probe that initially focused on marijuana.   It was later expanded once allegations of bribery and sports betting were uncovered.   Federal prosecutors met with San Diego campus officials about the case.   The school is cooperating with authorities.

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Napolitano urges vigilance at NCAA tournament

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Press  Release)–Fans celebrating March Madness are being asked to remain vigilant.   People attending games in this year’s NCAA basketball tournaments are encouraged to report any suspicious behavior they see.   Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and NCAA President Mark Emmert unveil a series of posters and a public-service announcement.

The announcement will be played at all tournament games.   It reminds spectators, quote, “If you see something, say something.”   Napolitano used unattended bags and luggage as examples of “suspicious behavior.”   She said there have not been any specific threats to NCAA events.

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