The Renegade Rip

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Mohamed Bafakih, Sports Editor

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As golf and track and field wrap up their respective seasons, it leaves me to recap this calendar year of Renegade Athletics and look forward towards what is to come.

I had the pleasure and pressure of covering seven different sports over the course of the last eight months.

It was an interesting year. With a lot of new coaches, a new athletic director, tons of records broken, and a talented class of freshmen.

In the fall, we saw our football team start off the season losing badly to Riverside, 51-3, but even worse – losing their starting running back – Curtis McGregor to a broken left arm.

Regaining postseason eligibility, it seemed to motivate the guys as they finished the season on a six-game winning streak en route to a 23-10 bowl victory over Chaffey that was as bizarre of a game as it can get. How bizarre? Well, BC kicker Parker Campbell won Offensive Player of the Game. Yes, the kicker accounted for 16 of the team’s 23 points and outscored Chaffey by a touchdown.

With All-American freshman Derrick Vickers redshirting, it will be interesting to see if the Renegades pick up where they left off. With an anticipated return from McGregor and the development of the freshmen, I think BC football will need some boost offensively around quarterback Tarek Yaeggie in order for them to earn another postseason bid.

On the mat, it was great to see former Renegade Brett Clark take over this program. He brought toughness and it rubbed off as Jack Murphy completed a perfect season, which ended a 10-year drought without a state champion which current BC “grappling expert” Joe Espejo held.

Women’s soccer started hot on the road including an upset victory over 17th national ranked Feather River but it seemed that the chemistry went down the stream.

On the hardwood, it was something spectacular each night. Whether it was watching two conference MVP’s play back-to-back or seeing history being set on the women’s side, I enjoyed every step of it.

However, I expect the roles to swap.

The women’s team will see four first-team all-conference starters and conference MVP Nakia Page departure, which means big shoes will need to be filled.

For the men’s hoop team, leading scorers Deandre Dickson and Jameik Riviere are returning and adding the team’s leading scorer from two seasons ago Lawrence Moore in the mix gives BC the offensive firepower they lacked this past season.

As for spring, it was really an unusual path for certain sports.

Softball, under first-year head coach Christie Hill, started the season 6-0 but went 12-20 for the remainder of the season probably in large part due to the substantial amount of fielding errors.

Sticking with the diamond, it was another long year for Tim Painton and the BC baseball team, but take my word: this next season will be a special one for Renegades baseball due to the effectiveness of the returners.

Underwater, it was a remarkable season for sophomore Lexi Zimmerman but with a heavy load of freshmen, it will also bring back a key batch of returners such as Sara Klang and the anticipated return of Andrew Hargis after being a medical redshirt.

Track and field freshman Kyra Saunders broke a 35-year-old record in the 200 once held by Theah Parrish.

Men’s golf and both tennis teams struggled and, unfortunately, saw two of their coaches leave in the middle of the season.

2014-15 was a good year, but I think the best is yet to come for Renegade Athletics.

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