Canyons Wins Fourth Straight Conference EventCOC golf won its fourth straight conference tourney on Monday as Corey Hasse, Justin Buenaventura and Michael Lindgren each carded rounds of 74 to help the Cougars to a nine-stroke victory at Bakersfield Country Club. The Cougars (382) bested second-place Santa Barbara City College (391), third-place Glendale College (394), fourth-place Ventura (396) and fifth-place Bakersfield College (407) in the WSC tourney. The event also served as the setting for the annual California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Southern California Preview and drew a total field of 16 teams, including the nine Western State Conference (WSC) programs. COC placed fifth in the regional competition to trail Riverside City College (379), Cypress College (378), Palomar College (378) and event winner Orange Coast College (365). Haase, Buenaventura and Lindgren tied for second place in the conference event individual standings. Jones Comerford followed at 75 and Sam Daly rounded out the COC top-five with a score of 78. Canyons continues to lead the WSC with five conference tournaments remaining until the WSC Finals on April 30. The Cougars return to action at WSC No. 6 at Antelope Valley Country Club on Monday.
Four Cougars Earn All-WSC HonorsFor the second year in a row, COC sophomore guards Michael Kalu and Jacob Lilley earned All-Western State Conference (WSC) First-Team selections. The backcourt duo was joined by freshman center Anthony Simone and sophomore forward Frankie Campbell who both received Honorable Mention nods. Kalu led the Cougars in scoring with 17.1 points per game. His 4.5 rebounds each night were good for third on the team. Lilley scored an average of 11.7 points per game and dished out assists at a rate of 5.3 per contest. Simone finished third on the team with 10.4 points per game and a team-high 60.1 shooting percentage. Simone also recorded a team-high 29 blocks over his 28 games. Campbell averaged nine points and a team-high 6.8 rebounds per game, but saw those numbers increase to 10.1 points and 9.4 rebounds vs. WSC opponents. Canyons concluded the 2017-18 season with a 14-14 overall record and 5-3 mark in conference play to finish second in the WSC, South. The Cougars earned the No. 20 seed in the CCCAA SoCal Regional Playoffs but fell to No. 13 Santiago Canyon College 99-73 in the opening round.
Lady Cougars Have Four Featured on All-WSC SquadThe COC women’s basketball team had four players named to the 2018 All-Western State Conference (WSC), South Division Team. COC sophomore forwards Kalana Inemer and Morgan Bizzell were joined by freshman forward Maryrose Elias and sophomore guard CiCi O’Brien on the all-conference squad. Inemer averaged 15 points each night while her 13.9 rebounds per game led the WSC and ranked fourth in the state. She recorded double-digit point totals in 18 games, and double-digit rebounds in 24 contests. Bizzell averaged 10.6 points and 4.7 rebounds per game for the Cougars to earn her second All-WSC selection. The sophomore will next head to the University of the Virgin Islands after recently committing to the Buccaneers’ women’s basketball program. Elias led the team in scoring with 15.8 points per contest and shot a team-high 47.7 percent from the floor. During conference play she upped those numbers to 17 points per night. O’Brien returned to the Cougars in 2017-18 after sitting out a year to rehab from injury. The sophomore averaged eight points and 4.8 assists vs. conference opponents. Canyons finished the 2017-18 season with a 16-11 overall record and 7-1 mark in conference play to share a co-WSC, South Division Championship with West L.A. College. For more information about the Cougars’ 17 intercollegiate sports programs visit www.COCathletics.com.