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WEEKLY ATHLETICS RECAP

April 4th edition

TENNIS
Four players. Two doubles teams. One big reason to smile for Chabot College tennis coach Rick Morris. 
The Gladiators' Tony Lin and Hunter Kettering prevailed against teammates Jensen Pawid and Prycen Hass 6-3, 6-7, 10-7 on Saturday in the Coast Conference doubles final.
The thrilling, back-and-forth match at Chabot was a great showcase for the program. 
"Yeah, it was pretty cool, because our No. 2 team is just about as good as any No. 1 on a given day," Morris said, noting that Pawid and Hass bested Foothill's No. 1 team in the semifinals. 
Impressively, all three of Chabot's men's and women's doubles teams qualified for the CCCAA state tournament, April 20-24 in Ojai, by advancing to the conference quarterfinals. 
Kettering, an Amador Valley High graduate and a team captain, sets a high standard on and off the court. Morris says quite a few coaches have commented on how much he's improved this season. 
"He's improved a lot," Morris said. "He's one of the hardest working kids I've ever had at Chabot." 
Morris' emphasis on a balanced approach routinely produces conference stalwarts. His teams train in the Chabot Strength & Fitness Center each day before practice. 
The No. 5 seeded Chabot men's team will open the CCCAA Team Tournament Regional at No. 4 Folsom Lake on Tuesday, and the No. 7 seeded Chabot women's team will open at No. 2 Canada in Redwood City.
BASEBALL 
Why did center fielder Cal Stevenson transfer from Nevada-Reno to Chabot this season?  
Chabot is close to home for the former Kennedy High-Fremont star, and Gladiators coach Steve Friend has a sterling reputation in college coaching circles. 
"Steve has a great resume for getting players to the next level, and that was huge for me in what I wanted to do with baseball and my education," Stevenson said last week. 
A left-handed center fielder and reliever, Stevenson will transfer to Arizona next season. He was considered one of the best freshmen in Nevada-Reno baseball history.
"I'm very excited," Stevenson said of the move to Tucson. "I went down there in December, and it was the most beautiful thing I've seen in my life. I'm looking forward to getting up there." 
This season, Stevenson has drawn a team-best 25 walks from the leadoff spot, and has a 1.69 ERA.
The fourth-place Gladiators (14-10, 5-4 Coast-Golden Gate) will host Mission at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. 
A four-year baseball letterman at Kennedy, Stevenson helped the Titans, coached by his dad, Jim, to three consecutive Mission Valley Athletic League championships. He was the MVAL Player of the Year as a utility in 2014. 
Stevenson had a .356 batting average in Nevada, which was sixth best in the Mountain West.  
Playing for his dad in high school set the tone. 
"My dad taught me a lot," Stevenson said. "He was a basketball coach and he played basketball in high school, so he wasn't a big baseball guy, but he did the most he could in helping me develop as a baseball player." 
SWIMMING 
The Gladiators hosted a time trial for their swimmers only, and had some solid performances. 
Sophomore Madison Faulkner had a time of 1:00.63 in the 100 fly and a 2:16.20 in the 200 IM. 
A trio of freshmen were also excellent: Choki Valle: 200 breast (2:34.59); 100 fly (1:02.98); Abdallah Maghoub: 100 back (53.49); 200 IM (2:03.92); and Matt Jelonek: 100 back (58.88). 
Chabot will host the Chabot Last Chance Invitational on Saturday, which will draw several teams from in and out of the conference. 
TRACK AND FIELD 
Conner McKinnon ran the No. 3 all-time mark all time at Chabot in the men's 800 meters with a 1:52.39 at the Chabot Invitational. Rhomel Clarke also sizzled in the 800 at San Francisco State, with a 1:53.34. He is No. 5 all time at Chabot. 
Interestingly, Mckinnon and Clarke are also ranked third and fifth in the state rankings. 
Jazz Singh matched his time from the Sacramento State meet with a 10.99 in the men's 100 at the Stanford Invitational. Bret Greene also cracked the Chabot top-10 list in the 10k with a time of 33:18.50. He is No. 8 in the state and ninth in the Chabot record books. 
GOLF 
The first-place Gladiators crushed the field in a Coast Division tournament on March 28 at Coyote Creek. Daniel Robertson fired a 3-under 69 and Sean Talmadge shot a 71 to pace Chabot's 367 team score, which was 11 strokes lower than runner-up Monterey Peninsula. 
Rounding out the Chabot top six were Walter Tucker, 73; Zach Bailey, 76; and Matt Biardi and Ryan Ortega, both 78. 
Chabot is hosting a tournament at Wente on Monday. 
SOFTBALL 
The Gladiators (22-7, 4-5) hammered Hartnell twice in a doubleheader sweep, 11-0 and 4-0, after dropping games against Cabrillo and Ohlone. 
Brenna Lopez fired a four-hitter in the 4-0 win over six innings, and Samantha Adami had a home run and two RBIs.
In the 11-0 win, Chabot scored all 11 runs over its final two at-bats. Dakota Targett tossed a five-hit shutout. Chelsea Sligh was 3 for 5, and leadoff Amanda Coley was 2 for 4 with a triple, two runs scored and two RBIs.
Adrianna Sanchez had two hits, a double and two RBIs. 
Chabot will host two struggling opponents this week: Monterey (6-20) on Wednesday and De Anza (2-24) on Thursday. 

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