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WEEKLY ATHLETICS RECAP

April 11th edition

CHABOT GOLF WINS AGAIN
Sean Talmadge shot a 2-under 70 to lead the Chabot men's golf team to a first-place finish at the CCCAA Big 8 Championship at San Juan Oaks in Hollister on Monday.
The Gladiators had a five-player team score of 377, five strokes lower than runner-up Folsom Lake.
Rounding out Chabot's top five were Zack Bailey, who shot a 75; Matt Baiardi, 76; Daniel Robertson, 77; and Walter Tucker, 79. Ryan Ortega shot an 81.
SOFTBALL

Opponents do a double take when Chabot softball player Dakota Targett sheds the catcher's mask and begins warming up in the circle. 
Do their eyes deceive them? Nope. 
It turns out Targett's a veritable one-woman softball battery. 
"She's such an amazing athlete because she pitches for us and she catches," Chabot coach Ashley Lokey said of the San Lorenzo High graduate. "It's always funny when you see somebody -- When we make a pitching change, 'All right, our catcher is gonna go pitch,' or 'Our pitcher is gonna go catch.' They always look at us like we're crazy." 
But it sinks in quickly when they see Targett thriving in her new position. Plus, she can hit. Targett is No. 2 on the team with 24 RBIs, and is third in both slugging percentage, .618, and batting average, .371. 
"She's such a strong athlete, and her bat has just come alive this year," Lokey said, "and that has just been great for us." 
Brenna Lopez and Targett have worked well together as a pitching staff with a combined 2.08 ERA over 168.1 innings. 
Catcher/infielder Katrya Traylor, another San Lorenzo product, has team-bests in slugging percentage (.812), hits (43), RBIs (35), home runs (8) and doubles (11). Speedy outfielder Amanda Coley has been a "tough out" for opponents. She has team-highs in batting average (.433), on-base percentage (.495) and stolen bases (13). 
Overall, the young Gladiators (23-7, 5-5 Coast-North) are grinding through the final stage of the season, striving for one final push. They find themselves third among three teams in the conference, after De Anza (2-24, 0-10) dropped out.  
A challenge for Chabot has been finding the mental edge against elite opponents. 
"I really believe that when you have two really good teams facing each other, the team that usually wins is the one that's the most mentally prepared," Lokey said," and that's something we've been working for all year. I know these girls have so much talent. It's that 'young team' mentality. We just have to find a way to be better." 
TRACK AND FIELD 
The Gladiators' Leroy Elliott and Conner Mckinnon earned impressive victories in the Chico State Twilight Invitational on Saturday. 
Mckinnon won the men's 800-meter Invitational race with a fast time of 1:52.32, edging out two Chio State runners in a close finish. Chabot's Rhomel Clarke was a very respectable fifth in 1:53.14. 
Elliott prevailed in the men's 110 hurdles in a time of 14.55, winning comfortably over Calvin Herman of Humboldt State (14.75). 
SWIMMING 
Mahgoub Abdallah was a double-winner in the Chabot Invitational. 
He cruised to a first-place finish in the men's 200-yard back in a time of 2:01.63, and was first in the 100 back in 55.87. 
Matthew Jelonek was second in the 200 backstroke in 2:10.52 and third in the 100 back in 57.27. 
Gianluigi Lissi was second in men's 3-Meter diving with 112.00 points, and third in the 1-Meter Diving with 109.70 points. Alexandra Garza was third in the women's 3-Meter diving with 92.75 points. 
The Chabot women were third in the 400 medley relay (4:15.45) with a team of Madison Faulkner, Jacqueline Jelonek, Choki Valle and Alison Tucker. Faulkner was first in the 200 butterfly by more than four seconds in 2:11.83, and third in the 50 free (25.54).  
Valle was second in the 100 breaststroke in 1:11.01, and Jelonek was fourth in 1:11.67. Valle was also second in the 200 breaststroke in 2:34.73. The Chabot women were third in the 400 free relay 
Marco Cazares was third in the men's 200 butterfly in 2:35.17. 
 
TENNIS
After polishing off Folsom Lake 8-1 win in the quarterfinals of the CCCAA Team Dual Regional Tournament, No. 5 seeded Chabot will travel to No. 1 American River on Tuesday. 
The Gladiators (11-5) got singles wins from Prycen Haas, Trevor Samuda, Tony Lin and Kalvin Kwok against No. 4 Folsom Lake. In doubles, Haas and Jenson Pawid won 8-6, Hunter Kettering and Lin won 8-4, and Kwok and Samuda won 8-2. 
The No. 7  Chabot women's team lost to No. 3 Canada 6-3. Rita Kerwin and Indra Erdenekhuyag won in singles. 
The following Chabot players qualified for the CCCAA State tournament in Ojai, April 20-24. Men’s Singles: Kettering; Haas; Samuda. Men’s Doubles: Kettering & Lin; Haas & Pawid; Kwok &  Samuda. Women’s Singles: Melissa Young; Hailey Agulay. 
BASEBALL 
The Gladiators (15-11, 6-5 Coast-Golden Gate) will look to put pressure on the teams ahead of them in the standings this week. 
Kenny Corey, the team's leading hitter with a .379 batting average, and Michael Echavia both had two hits and two RBIs in a 10-5 win over West Valley on April 7.
Connor Loar (5-1) allowed seven hits and two earned runs over 6.0 innings in relief to get the win. 
Chabot will travel to second place De Anza (19-9, 8-4) on Tuesday, and is scheduled to host the Dons on Thursday. Chabot will then have a pair against struggling CCSF, April 16 and April 19. 

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