The Orange Coast College spring sports teams came to play this spring with nearly nine teams who competed for state and national supremacy.
OCC teams took home seven Orange Empire Conference championships in 2018, making a statement that OCC’s program as a whole is growing and poised for success.
Two state championships were also brought home, while baseball and crew are still alive in their respective postseasons.
The men’s and women’s basketball teams had vastly different and uncharacteristic seasons this spring. The women’s team fell by the wayside, ending the season 4-21. The team said farewell to its star player, sophomore forward Sydney Driggs, and long-time head coach Mike Thornton.
The men’s state championship run that was cut short in the quarterfinals at the hands of Fresno City College was littered with accolades and achievements. The team went 22-8 and earned its first OEC title in 40 years.
The men’s and women’s swim teams won their respective state titles and conference championships in 2018 with dominance. The women won their 19th state championship after sweeping the conference tournament, two years removed from their 18th title. The men won narrowly, pulling slightly ahead of Sierra College to seal the title, the team’s 8th state championship of all time.
The Pirate women (18-2) saw much of the same success as last season, earning a conference title and sweeping the OEC tournament. Freshman standout Miri Inoue won OCC female athlete of the year for her amazing performances. Dual-team head coach Chris Ketcham also led the men (8-10) to a strong start with six straight wins, but could not keep up with teams in the OEC.
Travis Turner and his men’s volleyball powerhouse (20-3) would’ve hoisted their second consecutive state championship if it wasn’t for L.A. Pierce, which beat the Pirates with ease 3-1. It was uncharacteristic of the eight-time state championship winning program. Expect the Pirates to be back battling for state next season.
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The Pirate women (7-10) had another successful season, with four players earning all-OEC honors. Sophomore Jadelyn Forgiarini and freshman Kacey Mathieson’s team, along with sophomore Sierra Lim and freshman Hannah Del Barto, each earned second-team, all-OEC honors for the Pirates.
Winners of seven of the last nine OEC titles, the men’s golf team took care of business this year earning a state championship bid and OEC title off the back of a near-flawless season. The team finished third in the state on Monday. Freshman Myoung Kim earned Co-OEC player of the year honors for his quality performances throughout the season.