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CR Women’s Soccer Scores Big

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

     This soccer season at College of the Redwoods was the best season that women’s soccer has ever had at CR.  We only lost one league game and beat Butte Community College for the first time to make history at CR.  Also, as many games as we won this season was more games then CR has ever won combined in the history of the womens soccer program.  I found this season of soccer to be very exciting, inspirational and tough all in one.  

     My team worked hard to get to the point we got too.  We had practice everyday at 7 am for three an a half months.  Not only were we waking up early everyday to drive to CR to become a better player but also we had to miss tons of school.  For me it’s very hard to be a student athlete and still stay on the honorall.  Last year I had a 3.88 gpa not many students athletes can say they did that.  It’s very hard to be a student athlete but it was well worth it in the end.  The 2010 CR soccer team will go down in history and hopefull next season we can keep making history.  As the season came to an end all the coaches from the league got together to decide first and second team and as for me I got first team the only freshman to do that and I also got offense player of the year.  Not only did I achieve that I was the 7th leading scorer in all of California.  With all those achievements I’d love to say this season taught me a lot and was a great experience.

Sarah Visser

Giants Bring CR Baseball Fever

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

On Monday October 11, 2010 the San Francisco Giants won the National League Division Championship. The last time they had this honor was eight years ago behind a power hitting Barry Bonds and a well managed Dusty Baker baseball team. The 2002 Giants would go on to lose the World Series in seven games to the then called Los Angeles Angels. The currently known San Francisco Giants have never won a World Series in the Golden State. The last time the Giants were able to achieve this honor was in 1954 when the team was known as the New York Giants. Behind a Hall of Fame caliber player, Willie Mays, the New York Giants swept the Cleveland Indians to win the title.

After a nail biting season, the Giants are off to the National League Championship Series for the first time in eight years. With an exceptional pitching performance by Giants ace Tim Lincecum, who in game one allowed no runs and only two hits, this team was off to an impressive start. In game two of the NLDS, the pitching staff of the Giants was strong, but unable to seize a victory from the resilient Atlanta Braves’ offense. After the tough loss in game two at home, the Giants were on the road to Atlanta, where the Braves held the best home record in the MLB this year. Jonathan Sanchez pitched in game three, where it seemed that the Giants offense had finally showed up to play, winning the contest by a score of 3-2.  In the fourth game of this series, coach Bruce Bochy showed faith in his twenty one year old rookie Madison Bumgarner and put him on the mound to start in what ended up being a series deciding game in Atlanta. Bumgarner had a very strong performance, allowing only two runs before he was relieved by the Giant’s bullpen. Winning that game sent the Giants further into their post season to face Roy Halladay and the Philadelphia Phillies in a seven game NLCS showdown.

What is more notable is the Giants Pitching staff, having an ERA of .93, the lowest ERA in the Major League since the 1996 Braves, who went to the World Series. This Giants pitching squad has been virtually unhittable in the post season as we saw against one of the best offensive teams in the National league, the Atlanta Braves. Tim Lincecum also known as The Freak, because of his pitching ability, allowed only two hits in the first game of this series setting the pace for the games to come. Baseball hasn’t seen three pitchers of this caliber on one team in the last twenty years. Even rookie Madison Bumgarner made history in game four, becoming the youngest Giant’s pitcher to ever win a post season game, and the second youngest pitcher in MLB history to win a series clinching game. And then there is closer Brian Wilson, who leads the league in saves. Wilson has had two saves in this series, allowing one run and three hits. This Giant’s bullpen is by far the strongest pitching crew in team history, maybe even league history. To watch what could be history in the making, tune in on Saturday, October 16th on your local Fox network.

Jarrod Watts

Post-season fever takes swing a CR

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Giants Head to the Post-Season

Jarrod Watts

The San Francisco Giants are off to the post season and are the National League West Champions for the first time in seven years. The 2010 season had been a long and difficult ride. After struggling through the first few months of the regular season, the Giants seemed to be off to the same fraught start as they had been in previous years. Last season’s star, Pablo Sandoval, was not producing in any particular area. From hitting to fielding, Sandoval was lacking the same spark that he had shown Giants fans one year before.

                In a time of need, the Giants looked to their bull pen to save them from yet another disastrous season. With new manager Bruce Bochey, they hoped to add some new flare to the somewhat declining franchise. He began with some key mid season additions in Pat Burrell, Cody Ross, and Jose Guillen. But the Giants had a secret weapon hiding in the minor league, Buster Posey.

Posey was brought up from San Francisco’s Farm League team at the beginning of this season. After the loss of their veteran catcher, Benji Molina, the Giants added Posey to the starting lineup. He began with what might be considered a slow start, only coming into contact with the ball in his first 17 at bats with no homeruns, and no RBI’s. Many fans started to doubt Bruce Bochey’s decision in bringing Posey up to the big league and letting him play with the pros. Later into the season though, Posey came to play, batting at an incredible .308 average and hitting 18 homeruns. This rookie was now definitely in the hunt for the National League Rookie of the Year Award. He quickly became the face of a franchise on the rise, and arguably the best rookie catcher in the MLB. Along with the boost of Posey’s implausible skill, Tim Lincecum, the Giants ace pitcher, was pitching astoundingly well.

In the month of September, Lincecum had five wins, one loss, and an ERA of 1.92. Helping as well was closer Brian Wilson; Wilson had 48 saved games and a 1.18 ERA. Wilson is one of the strongest closers in the NL, with his solid numbers and charisma; he became the “x factor” in getting the Giants to the playoffs this season.

Coming in to the end of the season, the Giants led the San Diego Padres by three games, and had a three game series against the Padres

CR Basketball Unofficial Practice

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010