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Sydney Driggs is perseverance personified. What some think of as a nightmare is a normal day for the 19-year-old.

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For most kids growing up in picturesque Newport Beach, if dreams of Olympic gold medals are at play, they typically include a sport where balmy temperatures and cloudless skies set the stage. For Carlo Valdes, however, Olympic greatness is dependent on the one thing that Orange County cannot…

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Clarisa Colling has been playing tennis for most of her life and says countless hours on the court with her sisters at a young age brought her to where she is now — a powerhouse of competitiveness, finesse and flare.

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Orange Coast College volleyball standout Jordan Hoppe gets his motivation from the people he has looked up to in life but the first year captain, nicknamed by his team Hop, has led his team by example.

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As the sun comes up on the frigid murky waters of Newport Bay, practice begins for the Orange Coast College’s men’s and women’s crew.

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Orange Coast College will induct five athletic standouts and one team at the 2016 Athletics Hall of Fame Induction at the David A. Grant Rowing Center Friday at 5 p.m.

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Orange Coast College’s women’s volleyball assistant coach Adrian Delgado had a summer most in his position might envy -- he traveled as an assistant coach to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the 2016 Summer Olympics with the Mexican National Men's Volleyball Team         

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Dominant, consistent and humble are just some of the words that women’s head coach Chris Ketcham used to describe Orange Coast College female athlete of the year Clarisa Colling.

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The Orange Coast College softball team went Dutch this year to find a much needed ace to anchor its pitching staff and found a hidden gem in freshman Montana Roelvink.  

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If you missed seeing Laird Hayes paddling the Newport Beach waves Friday morning, you may be able to watch him on NBC on Sunday night.

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As Lucas Emery can tell you, standing 7-feet tall and wearing size 15 shoes can be a challenge.

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After struggling through a major knee injury and extensive surgery, Orange Coast College student Curtis Taniguchi has finally been able to lace up his soccer cleats after nearly a year.

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Louis Condevaux is a tight end for the 2015 Pirates football team but unlike any other player on this year’s roster, Condevaux came from France to play for Orange Coast College.

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A hard-nosed, gritty baseball player who was always driven and extremely eager to get after it, John Altobelli now focuses his time teaching the intricacies of the game at Orange Coast College.

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Second-year southpaw pitcher and 21-year-old Orange Coast College student Dominic Purpura can often be seen dominating hitters on the baseball diamond, but behind his sweat-stained cap and No. 31 jersey is a businessman who has learned the ins and outs of creating and maintaining a business.

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Left-handed pitcher Dominic Purpura has been successful both on and off the field. He started an online business devoted to college students’ needs.

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Another Orange Coast College football standout is moving on as sophomore defensive end Re’shon Howard accepted a full scholarship to continue his athletic and academic careers at Concordia University in St. Paul, Minn., according to OCC head coach Kevin Emerson.

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For Orange Coast College men’s tennis standout Elmer van Butselaar, the road to Costa Mesa began all the way in Rhenen, Netherlands, where he began playing tennis at 12.

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Dutch athlete Elmer van Butselaar brings years of tennis and coaching experience to Orange Coast College.