Posts Tagged ‘El Camino’

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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Grossmont loses 14-21 after penalty thwarts come-from-behind drive against El Camino

Referee Larry Diel, gesturing, explains to Coach Mike Jordan why he penalized the onside kick (Photo: William Dudley)

By William Dudley

William Dudley

GROSSMONT COLLEGE, Sept. 11—The answer is Rule 6, Section 4, Article 1 (and 1A) of the junior college football rulebook

The question:  What football rule was cited in a controversial decision by a referee in Grossmont’s second home game that stopped a Grossmont comeback and preserved El Camino’s tough-fought 21-14 victory?

It had come down to this: with less than two minutes remaining, the Grossmont Griffins had just scored a touchdown to cut El Camino’s lead in half.  The teams lined up for the ensuing kickoff that just about everyone expected would be an onside kick.

Kicker Conner Derby approached the ball and punched a perfect “pooch” kick that tantalizingly floated towards the Grossmont sideline.  Wide receiver Roland Brooks ran under the ball, leaped in the air, cradled the pigskin, landed on the field, and tumbled out of bounds. The fans and players erupted in celebration for the perfectly executed special-teams play that gave the Griffins one last chance to maybe score another touchdown and…

Uh-oh, wait a minute. Referees were conferring on the field.  One by one they joined, until they all were I the huddle, surrounded by Grossmont players, El Camino players, Coach Mike Jordan.

While the refs are talking-and talking-let’s recap the game thus far.

Grossmont scored first, taking the lead on a one-yard run by running back Derrin Alix.  The touchdown drive was set up when linebacker Pat Kelly intercepted a pass by El Camino quarterback Dex Lucci.

Things were looking pretty good for the home team for most of the first half. The Grossmont offense was making plays and first downs, mostly through the passing game. The defense was containing El Camino, especially on third-down conversions.

However, the Griffins were unable to score again as the game proceeded. Some promising drives were cut short by turnovers. Some were slowed by penalties. Some faltered on plays in which quarterback Ryan Woods was sacked or pressured.  Two drives ended with missed field goal kicks by Derby (one miss had been partially blocked).

El Camino ball carrier (middle) is pulled down by his shirt in action against Grossmont (Photo: William Dudley)

Meanwhile, the El Camino offense began to click after Omar Herrera replaced Lucci as Camino’s quarterback.  They ultimately scored three touchdowns on three big plays. Continue reading

A tie and a loss for women’s soccer team

By William Dudley

William Dudley

GROSSMONT COLLEGE, Sept. 1–The Grossmont  College women’s soccer team began its 2010 season with two nonconference road games, returning home with a tie and a loss.

The Lady Griffins  tied Golden West 2-2 on August 27, but  lost on August 31 to El Camino 0-1 when they gave up a last-minute goal.

Grossmont’s pair of goals in the first game came from forwards Ashley Schramm and Elisa Maganuco. Maganuco assisted on Schramm’s goal in the 25th minute; Schramm returned the favor for Maganuco’s 84th minute score. However, Golden West struck back twice in the time between Grossmont’s goals.

Head coach Dave Ridenour was able to find “a lot of positives” in the Golden West game, “considering it was our first time on the field and we learned a lot from each other.”   The Grossmont lineup is loaded with freshmen, with only four players returning from last year’s 8-9-1 squad.

Ridenour said Grossmont showed significant improvement in the second game “against a much better opponent.” But Grossmont‘s three shots on goal were unable to get past star El Camino goalkeeper Alicia Sala.  Hopes of salvaging a scoreless tie vanished when El Camino put together an extended passing sequence in the 85th minute that resulted in a goal by Venessa Reid.

The team’s home opener is this Friday, September 3, at 3 p.m against Chaffey (who, incidentally, beat El Camino this season).  The first Pacific Coast Conference game will be at Cuyamaca on September 14. Grossmont will host its first conference game against Mira Costa at 1:00 p.m  on September 21.

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Dudley is a student in Media Communications 132