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SCC Softball and Baseball Conference Tournaments Set to Begin

The Solano Community College (SCC) Women’s Softball had a stellar season, with a final conference record of 20-0, clinching their 10th consecutive Bay Valley Conference Championship. Several team members have received recognition from the Bay Valley Conference. Andrinae White received Player of the Year, All-State Team, and National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-American Team honors. Alesia Selden received Pitcher of the Year recognition, and also received All-State Team recognition. Additional students who were recognized for outstanding team play include:

• Aleyna Benipayo, 1st Team Bay Conference and All-State Team
• Stephanie Cello, 1st Team Bay Conference and All-Northern California Team
• Brittany Jacobsen, 1st Team Bay Conference
• Denali Smith, 1st Team Bay Conference
• Jade Bactad, 2nd Team Bay Conference

The Falcon Softball Team is seeded #7 in the North region. The Falcons will host a best of 3 series for the post-season regional round 1 tournament when they will play #10 West Valley College at home on Saturday, May 2nd at 2 pm and Sunday, May 3rd at 12 pm.

The Solano College Baseball Team has completed their 2015 regular season schedule as well. The Falcons won their 6th Bay Valley Conference Title, in the past 9 years. The team finished 6th in the Power Rankings, and were awarded the 7th seed in the California Community College Playoffs, and the right to host. The Falcons have had some student-athletes already committed to four-year institutions. Infielder Alvaro Rubalcaba signed a letter of intent for CSU Northridge. Rubalcaba, a Vanden High School alum, is considered by some to be the best defender in the state. Outfielder Dareion Evans has signed with Texas Southern University. The 3-time President’s Award winner prepped at Rodriquez High and will be a great addition to the Tigers program. Jacob Pavlosky, (Albany High) has committed to University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff. The outfielder will try to be a key contributor for the Golden Lions.

The Falcons Baseball team will play host this weekend to #10 Ohlone College. The Renegades were co-champions of the Coast Pacific Conference and boasted a record of 26-10. It should be a great series between the two teams. Nathan Jenest (5-2), will get the start for the Falcons. Jeremy Jacobs (4-1) will get the ball for the Renegades. The first pitch is 2pm on Friday.

Tickets to these games are $7 for students with ID, faculty, children under age 12 and seniors. General admission is $10.

For tournament information, contact Claire Gover at Claire.Gover@solano.edu or (707) 864-7119

Undefeated Softball Team Wins their 10th Consecutive Bay Valley Conference Championship!

The Solano Falcons Softball Team have clinched their 10th consecutive Bay Valley Conference (BVC) championship. The team finished the season 20-0 in the BVC, and this is the second time that Coach Terri Pearson-Bloom has coached the team to an undefeated conference season. The Falcons overall record is 33-7 and they are currently ranked #6 in Northern California.

SCC Softball Coach Terri Pearson-Bloom Approaching Milestone Win

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In the year 2000 the Solano College softball team finished 19-21 and did not make the playoffs. Faced with the difficult task of finding a new coach for the 2001 season, former Solano College Athletic Director Bob Myers turned to Southern California, hiring Terri Pearson-Bloom.

In 20 years at the helm, it may have been Myers’ greatest decision at Solano.

Fast forward 15 years and nearly 400 wins, and Pearson-Bloom has not only has turned the softball program around, she has produced a team that year after year dominates the standings like Coca-Cola dominates the soda industry.

“Yeah, that was definitely one of the best hires I ever had as the athletic director,” Myers says. “Her resume was pretty good and I liked her background for two main reasons. One, she was a former Division I player. And two, her love for the sport and love for teaching came out in the interview process. She kind of rose to the top after that.”

While Pearson-Bloom says she doesn’t tabulate her wins from year to year, she is happy to be approaching the 400-win milestone. She is currently at 399 after the Falcons’ 8-0 win on Friday over College of the Sequoias. Solano’s next game is Tuesday at home against Delta.

“This just means I’ve been here a long time,” Pearson-Bloom said, with a laugh. “The milestones have been coming quicker lately though. The program has done well, but it’s all due to the athletes. I get the cumulative number, but 400 wins is not something you get all by yourself.”

Falling in Love with Sports

Pearson-Bloom, whose sister Patti Pearson and her brother Tim Pearson both played sports constantly, naturally became involved in athletics early as a kid. Her uncle is Tim Foli, a former San Francisco Giant and an infielder on the 1979 World Champion Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pearson-Bloom played softball, basketball, volleyball and track in high school at Fallbrook High of San Diego County, but chose college softball at Cal State Northridge.

“I choose softball because I got a scholarship out of it,” Pearson-Bloom remembers, laughing. “Actually, I just loved being outside and enjoying the sunshine. I also think that it’s good for something to keep you busy and be responsible academically. It’s a positive self-esteem tool.”

At Northridge, Pearson-Bloom played left field and batted leadoff for three teams that went to the College World Series. In 1994, Northridge lost in the championship game to Arizona.

“I don’t really relive that time too much, but I reference it as a coach,” Pearson-Bloom said. “I use it to recruit players. You have to understand, we were the No. 1 team in the nation for a little while. I’m so old that it was the first years that ESPN covered the game live for the first time.”

Although she didn’t know it at the time, Pearson-Bloom got some of her best coaching advice from Northridge’s then head coach Gary Torgeson, who won more than 600 games in 13 years as a head coach at the school.

“He was an incredible mentor,” Pearson-Bloom said. “He taught and emphasized self discipline and he was constantly teaching us life skills. He was always saying, ‘Someday, when you have a job you can’t be late, so you can’t be late for practice!’ He helped me install a good work ethic and get my academic priorities straight.”

Coaching Career Begins

In 1995 Pearson-Bloom began coaching at St. Mary’s College in Moraga as an assistant. She coached there a year, but in 1997 her life changed when she was offered an assistant coaching job with the University of Tennessee.

“I was working on going the route of being an athletic director and being in marketing and promoting when Jim Beitia (Tennessee’s then head coach) called to offer me an assistant coaching job,” Pearson-Bloom said. “It was definitely a fork in the road for me because after that I went into the path of coaching. I liked coaching right away because I’m a highly competitive person and I love a challenge. I love working with young, raw athletes that have the drive, but need the guidance.”

After being at Tennessee for two and half years, Pearson-Bloom took over head coaching duties with the Virginia Roadsters of the Women’s Professional Softball League. The Roadsters finished in second place in the 1999-2000 season and she was selected to coach in the All-Star Game.

“At the time the league was amazing,” Pearson-Bloom said. “We were on ESPN2 a lot and we had incredible budgets. It was kind of like running a minor league Triple-A team.”

Unfortunately for Pearson-Bloom, the league didn’t last and she was once again looking for a job. While she was an assistant at Tennessee, the Volunteers had recruited a player, Nadia Cameron, who was from Solano. Little did Pearson-Bloom know at the time, but it was that college that she would eventually make her biggest impact.

Taking Over the Falcons

When it came time for a job search Pearson-Bloom looked for guidance from her former mentor, Torgeson.

Torgeson was then working as the athletic director for Sacramento City College. She didn’t get the job there but Torgeson helped guide her toward Solano.

“Regionally, it was in the same area as Sacramento State and I had learned about Solano from Nadia Cameron,” Pearson-Bloom said. “I wanted to settle down, get married and have kids and Solano seemed like the right place. The good thing about junior college is that you are recruiting mostly regional players, so that is easier on a family because you’re not traveling around as much.”

Pearson-Bloom took over, making an immediate impact in her first season. Led by players such as Erika Youngblood from Vanden High and Dani McGowan and Jessica Young from Hogan High, the team played well enough to earn Pearson-Bloom’s first league championship at Solano.

It would not be her last.

The Falcons missed out on winning the league title by one game in 2005, but has since owned first place — stringing together nine consecutive Bay Valley Conference titles. Vallejo High school graduate Sherry Clark was on the 2006 team that started the run.

“The first couple days of practice with her was intense, but in a good way,” Clark said. “She is a coach that challenges you and pushes you to the extreme. She played the game herself, so at least to me that brings more respect. She is very strong-willed and has a drive to always be better.”

Vallejo High graduate and current Solano assistant coach Penelope Crouse-Feehan was on the Falcons as a player in 2009 and said her view on Pearson-Bloom was much different then.

“As a player I didn’t realize why she was so in the moment all the time,” Crouse-Feehan remembers. “I was always asking myself, ‘Why is she always riding me?’ Now, as a coach, I realize that you have to do it that way to create self-discipline. She is energetic and she has a lot of structure. She helps the team mature off the field as well as on the field and she helped guide us toward a future.”

The 2006 title began Solano’s softball dynasty. Last season the Falcons were a perfect 20-0 in league play and they even had a 32-game winning streak before finishing with a 36-2 record. The wins have been great for Pearson-Bloom, but she insists that although getting her 400 win will be nice, it’s not the job’s biggest perk.

“The junior college level is a huge time in a young adult’s life,” the Falcons head coach said. “As a coach here, we change lives for kids. At the Division I level, it’s a little more about wins and losses, but here, at this level, it’s about stuff that happens off the field just as much as on the field. We’re applying life skills to these athletes so they can go away and go to college someplace else. I still get a kick when kids text me during the day that they got an A in their anatomy class. When kids sign on to go to another school I feel so grateful and it makes everything else worth it.”

Pearson-Bloom said one of her favorite days of the year is the annual softball alumni game. She says that a lot of players come up to her and share stories with her about how the days at Solano helped change their lives. As Pearson-Bloom approaches the milestone, many of those players are thrilled for her to get to No. 400.

“This is a huge deal,” Clark said. “It’s a great reflection of all the work she puts in. She’s kind of created a legacy there. It’s kind of known that when you go out on the field there that winning is to be expected.”

Myers went on to give credit to Pearson-Bloom’s entire family.

“She’s gotten a lot of support from her husband Andy and the kids, especially since she’s gone a lot on weekends,” Myers said. “This is a big thing for her, but also for them. Back in 2000 I couldn’t predict that she would have 400 wins, but she had the personality and the drive for it. She’s still pretty young, so I’m hoping she can get a lot more wins there.”

Although Pearson-Bloom’s job is to win games and send players off to other places in the world, she said she’s fine staying at the Fairfield campus.

“You know, I’ve never applied to another job since I got this one,” Pearson-Bloom said. “I’ve gotten calls over the years from Division I schools, but I don’t have the desire to leave. I love this college, I love the program and I love the region. I believe in this team’s mission and I choose to be here.”

SCC Scores an Olympian,World Cup Player to Soccer Coaching Staff

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FAIRFIELD, CA, MAY 13, 2014: Solano Community College (SCC) Women’s Soccer Program warmly welcomes Sisleide Lima do Amor, better known as “Sissi,” a Sissi Soccer Coachs the new Assistant Coach. Sissi-World Cup and Olympic Athlete- comes to SCC with a wealth of experience and knowledge. She has over 30 years of coaching and playing experience in Club, Collegiate, Professional, and International Soccer & Futsal competition at the highest level.

Sissi was born in Esplanada, Brazil, and began playing soccer at the age of 7. At the age of 14 she left home to play professional Soccer in Salvador, Brazil, and at the ripe age of 16, she played for the first time with the Brazilian National Team. “We have the female Pele (Sissi do Amor) coming to help Solano’s women’s soccer program,” commented Jeff Cardinal, SCC Women’s Soccer Coach.

Some of Ms. Lima do Amor’s professional career highlights include:

  • 1989 – 2000: Member of the Brazilian Women’s National Soccer Team
  • 1991: Women’s World Cup – China; 1995: Women’s World Cup – Sweden
  • 1996: 100th Olympic Games – Georgia; 2000: 101st Olympic Games – Australia
  • 1997: Best Female Futsal Player
  • 1999: Women’s World Cup – USA
  • 1999: FIFA Golden Boot Award; FIFA Voted 2nd Best Player in the World
  • 1999: Voted best female player in South America
  • 2001- 2004: San Jose Cyber Rays – USA
  • 2001 – 2003: All WUSA First Team
  • 2005: WPSL League MVP
  • 2006-Present: FIFA Women’s Ambassador
  • 2008- 2009: FC Gold Pride
  • 2012: Chosen for the Women’s Demonstrating Leadership Award by Contra Costa Commission for Women.
  • Ranked in top 5 female soccer players of the century, IFFHS

Ms. Lima do Amor shared, “I am thrilled to join Solano’s Women’s Soccer Program! They have a great team and coaching staff; I look forward to sharing my knowledge and helping advance the players skills.”

For more information about SCC’s Women’s Soccer Program, please contact Jeff Cardinal at jeff.cardinal@solano.edu or 707.863.7832; visit www.solano.edu/physical_education/wsoccer/

SCC Baseball advances to 2nd Super Regional in the last 3 years

The Solano Community College Men’s Baseball Team has advanced to the California Community College Super Regionals. Support your team at the Santa Rosa Super Regional, May 10-12!

Falcon Swim Camp 2013

Interested in learning how to swim or improve your skills? Take advantage of the low cost sessions being offered at SCC’s olympic size pool!

We are offering swimming lessons for all levels and ages as well as adult noon time lap swimming.

Complete the Registration Form, or contact Scott Parish for more information at scott.parish@solano.edu or (707) 863-7848

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2012 Solano College Women’s Soccer Banquet

The 2012 Solano College Women’s Soccer Banquet was held Friday April 26 at Stars Recreation Banquet Facility in Vacaville. The Women’s Soccer team celebrated another successful season. Solano finished with a 11-7-3 overall record and a 9-1-2 Bay Valley Conference record making the playoffs for the 11th consecutive year. Solano College Women’s Soccer has now been in playoffs all 11 years of having a soccer program.

Trustee Sarah Chapman and Coach Cardinal

Solano finished the 2012 season in 2nd place, having won the Bay Valley Conference Title the previous 5 years in a row from 2007-2011. During that streak, Solano did not lose a game in 56 straight conference matches.

The Women’s Soccer Team would like to thank the following individuals for their support of the Women’s Soccer team and for attending the awards banquet: President Jowel Laguerre, Board Member Sarah Chapman, Vice President Diane White, Dean/Athletic Director Lily Espinoza, Sam McKinney, Betty Austin, Jesse Branch and Assistant Baseball Coach Bobby Campo. Each guest was recognized and given an award for their support. Solano College’s two assistant soccer coaches, Joe Koller and Jesus Mata were also recognized.

Academic Award Winners with Dean Espinoza

The women’s soccer team was recognized for another great season as each individual player was recognized and awarded. The following team awards were given: MVP Janelle Richards, MVP Offense Sydney Sjoberg, MVP Defense Tara Cooley, Most Improved Karlie Mast, Most Inspirational Bryce Branagan-Franco, Team Captains Krysta Caughman and Janelle Richards, Coaches Award Megan O’Dwyer, Goal of the Year Megan O’Dwyer, Defensive Play of the Year Katie Wright, Academic Award 4.0 GPA Sydney Sjoberg.

Janelle Richards was named midfielder of the year in the Bay Valley Conference. All Conference 1st Team selections were Janelle Richards, Tara Cooley, Karlie Mast and Krysta Caughman. All conference 2nd team selections were Megan O’Dwyer and Bryce Branagan-Franco. Megan O’Dwyer and Janelle Richards were awarded a Bay Valley Conference Academic award for having above a 3.0 GPA during their 2 years.

Janelle Richards was a First Team All State Selection. Janelle Richards and Tara Cooley were First Team All Northern California selections.

Megan O’Dwyer became the first Scholar Academic All-American for Solano in 2012. She attended the NSCAA All-American Banquet in Indianapolis to receive her award. The Women’s Soccer team would like to thank Solano College for their financial support for helping Megan attend this event.

The 2012 Solano Women’s Soccer team along with their trip to Southern California and two pre-season soccer games had the opportunity and experience to see the 2012 Women’s National Team train and play a match in Los Angeles. The US Women’s National Team had just come off winning the Gold Medal in the 2012 Olympics and played Australia in a victory tour.

In 2012, seven players signed on scholarship to continue playing at the 4 year level. This was the most in one season.

2012 Soccer Team

Solano College Basketball Dynamic Player Development Clinic

SCC Basketball is offering the Dynamic Player Development (DPD) Basketball Clinic for boys and girls grades K -11 starting April 7th.
Clinic Overview:

  • Intense development of the basics for offensive play
  • Learn to be the best from the Solano College basketball coaches, John Nagle, Matt Borchert and current staff and players
  • Strong emphasis on ball control, passing, getting shots, shooting, attacking defenses , decision making and footwork

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Solano College Dynamic Player Development Clinic

Solano soccer star O’Dwyer earns Scholar All-America recognition

Excerpt from Daily Republic, February 4, 2013 by Mike Corpos

ROCKVILLE — When Megan O’Dwyer first learned she was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s Junior College Scholar All-America team, she didn’t fully grasp the magnitude of the award.

Megan O’Dwyer with certificate

By the time the Solano Community College forward/midfielder returned from the NSCAA convention in Indianapolis last weekend, she understood fully what the award meant.

“I didn’t really know what it was,” O’Dwyer said. “One day at practice coach had me sign a release so he could nominate me. Then the first week of (winter) break he told me I was selected to be on the Scholar All-America team.”

According to the NSCAA’s website, an athlete must carry at least a 3.30 grade-point average throughout his or her career, start more than 50 percent of the team’s games and be a significant contributor on the field.

O’Dwyer certainly fit the bill.

“We’re not only talking about the highest level performance in the classroom, but a good player as well,” Falcons coach Jeff Cardinal said. “I know that was the criteria for that award. You could have a 4.0 student but if she didn’t contribute significantly on field, she can’t get that award.”

Cardinal also praised O’Dwyer’s work ethic, noting she hasn’t missed a day of practice or school in two years at Solano.

O’Dwyer was the Falcons’ leading scorer as a freshman in 2011, with 11 goals and 24 points. In 2012, she put up nine goals and 19 points and was a second team All-Bay Valley Conference selection.

“So she scored a good amount of goals in two seasons for Solano,” Cardinal said. “It was a good two seasons for her not only on the field but academically as well.”

Megan O’Dwyer and Julie Foudy

O’Dwyer said she currently has a grade-point average of 3.89.

She also said it’s been a whole lot of work to keep up both her grades and her skills on the field.

“It’s crazy. It’s a lot of hard work,” O’Dwyer said. “You make a lot of sacrifices, but I think they outweigh everything. I don’t want to just rely on soccer. . . . More options and more opportunities.”

That said, O’Dwyer said she’ll take a soccer scholarship if she can land one, but she’s also applied to a number of University of California campuses as well.

“She’s basically going through the process right with certain four-year schools to continue playing soccer,” Cardinal said.

As for the Indianapolis trip, O’Dwyer said it was awesome.

“It was one of one of the best experiences of my life,” she said. “It was almost overwhelming with so many coaches and awesome players there.”

She even got to share a moment with U.S. National team great and current soccer broadcaster Julie Foudy.

“I couldn’t believe I was among the best in the country and I got to meet Julie Foudy,” O’Dwyer said. “It was such a cool experience.”

O’Dwyer is just the latest Falcon to earn recognition from the NSCAA.

Solano has three previous All-America selections in Andrea Salvador (2005), Katie Knopp (2008) and Britney Cooper (2009).

Megan O’Dwyer INDY 2013

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Reach Mike Corpos at 427-6979, or mcorpos@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/mcorposdr.

SCC soccer players set to move on

SCC Women's Soccer Signing

Solano Community College soccer players, from left to right, Erica Ramirez, Briana Scholtens, Sandy Garcia, Alexsa Gonzalez and Jessica Chase sign letters of intent to four-year universities Wednesday at the SCC gym. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)

(Article taken from the Daily Republic:

http://www.dailyrepublic.com/sports/scc-soccer-players-set-to-move-on/ )

By Mike Corpos

ROCKVILLE — If it says something about an athletic program when it sends players on to the next level, then Solano Community College’s soccer program made a statement Wednesday, officially sending seven athletes on to four-year schools.

Falcons head coach Jeff Cardinal gathered five of the seven with their families for a short ceremony to celebrate the various scholarships the players had earned to the next level.

Cardinal said this year’s crop is the largest group he’s ever sent on in his 11 years at the college.

Those moving on include goalkeepers Erica Ramirez (Columbia College, Missouri), and Briana Scholtens (Cal State East Bay), forward Britney Cooper (Columbia College), Jessica Chase (William Jessup), forwards Sandy Garcia and Alexsa Gonzalez (Nyack College, New York) and Barbara Bakh (University of Mary, North Dakota).

Ramirez, Scholtens, Garcia, Gonzalez and Chase were at the ceremony Wednesday.

For Ramirez, an Armijo High graduate, the idea of joining a brand new program at Columbia — this fall will be the school’s first soccer season — was an exciting idea. Joining forces with former rival — Cooper went to Fairfield — makes it even more exciting.

“My options were Sacramento State and Fresno State,” Ramirez said. “Then I got call from this coach in Missouri.”

After film and emails were exchange, Ramirez made her decision.

“Within a week he offered me this opportunity to play with almost a free education,” she said.

Playing with Cooper, who was an All-America selection her last season at Solano, adds a certain level of comfort, too.

“It’s going to be good. We’re confident with each other’s abilities,” Ramirez said.

Garcia and Gonzalez are set to join former Falcon and longtime friend Sabrina Caires at Nyack, making the transition easier on everyone.

“It makes the whole process a lot easier because I have a friend already who’s been there a year and she’s going to show us around and stuff,” Garcia said. “It’s going to be my first time away from my family, but knowing that I have not only people that I know, but people that I know that I can play with on the field (helps).”

Garcia said going into a new team and a new school on her own would be much tougher.

“I’m going with two other players from the team, but we’ve been together since we were like 12 years old, since we were really little,” Gonzalez said. “So Sabrina (Caires) is there, and I just kind of went off what she said.”

She echoed Garcia’s thoughts on having lifelong friends there.

“It’s going to mean a lot to me,” she said. “I’m going to have people out there that’s going through the same thing as me. We’ll all help each other too.”

It’s a toss-up between Chase and Scholtens for who is staying closest to home, a major goal for both in deciding where to go.

“It’s a small, intimate campus, good team, close to home,” Chase said of the Rocklin campus where she’s headed.

It was a very recent decision for here as she heard from William Jessup coaches last week.

“They offered me half the tuition off the bat and I just made up my mind last weekend, so here I am,” she said. “It’s nice because I didn’t know where I was going to go for the longest time. It’s just perfect timing and the perfect place I wasn’t going to pass it up.”

Scholtens signed with CSU East Bay a few months back, but was thrilled to be able to have a moment with her teammates as they prepared to move on.

“All day me and (Gonzalez) — we were texting, talking about how nervous we were,” Scholtens said. “This is a huge step. This is something we’ve talked about since our freshman year. Since the first day we stepped on the field. ‘I can’t wait, we all got to transfer together.’ It was kind of overwhelming that we finally did it.”

The fact that so many athletes are moving on at the same time says a lot about the program at Solano, Scholtens added.

“I think the program is very solid. I think the (reputation) we have helps,” she said.

Cardinal was happy to see his players get the recognition for the accomplishments and to be able to go on and continue playing and finish their education.

“We continue to get those players that come in and they already have a good level (of skills) coming in and we just kind of improve them and we run our program like a four-year college would run it so they get prepare for that, so I think it’s an easy transition when they come from Solano to a four-year program because they’re already experienced in what it’s like to be in a four-year program,” he said. “That’s kind of the No. 1 reason why we’re here and what we’re doing.”

Reach Mike Corpos at 427-6979, or mcorpos@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/mcorposdr.