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Following Orange Coast College’s baseball team winning its seventh state baseball championship in May, head coach John Altobelli was selected as the American Baseball Coaches Association as the National Coach of the Year.

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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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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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Mark Munson, a skilled journeyman receiver, is an essential piece of the Orange Coast College football team, who has proven his ability through his numbers so far this season.

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The punter in football is someone who doesn’t always get a lot of credit. Sure, the punter is someone who can kick the ball far, but the punter isn’t making the game winning touchdown catches or forcing fumbles as a linebacker.

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David and Jacob Hill, not only twins but star ball players, have become the Orange Coast College baseball version of a one-two punch on the pitcher’s mound.

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Orange Coast College dug into its past this spring when they hired renowned ex-student athlete and state champion Michelle Esquivel to replace the long-time women’s tennis coach who retired after last season.

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The Orange Coast College women’s basketball team is in a great position to become conference champions — with forward Raechelle Davis spearheading the charge.

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Steve Casey first came to Orange Coast College as a student athlete. He’s now back as assistant crew coach, and ready to pass along the characteristics his own former coaches, Dave Grant and Jim Jorgensen, instilled in him, to his own students.

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When it comes to volleyball, players have to be pretty tall to play the sport.

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When it comes to freshman joining a college sports team, it’s not unlikely for them to become intimidated.

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From Iran to California, from world championships to state championships, from the pool to the ocean — Shahin  Baradaran just keeps on swimming.

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Orange Coast College running back Robert Penny was named the Southern California Football Association Southern Division’s Offensive Player of the Week after dominating the game against Long Beach City College.

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After facing a shoulder injury that affected his pitching for a NCAA Division 1 school, Andrew Steven Bynum, a 20-year-old nutrition major, didn’t think he’d be within reach of  a state championship at Orange Coast College.

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Orange Coast College decathlete Andrew Cruikshank pushes himself in his quest to be like his idol, two-time Olympic champion Trey Hardee.

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Sophomore basketball standout Will Ligon has been selected to be on this year's All-Orange Empire Conference first team.

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Right before the start of his junior year at Fountain Valley High School, Orange Coast College kinesiology major Dillon Emery had a 7-inch growth spurt that left him standing 6’4’’ tall.

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As a child, he practically grew up on the field. Now, as the punter for the Orange Coast College football team and the interest of many four-year universities, it’s hard to believe he actually grew up on a baseball field.

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Emma “Thunderbird” Pridmore is nothing short of an all around athlete after playing soccer for many years and running just to stay in shape.

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During a typical week at practice, Jackson Dionne kicks 50 footballs on Tuesday, 40 on Wednesday, 30 on Thursday, and, if he has a game Saturday, he’ll rest his leg on Friday.

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During his 10 years at Orange Coast College, track and field head coach, John Knox, has done a lot to give back to the athletics community.