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Fall Brings Big Wins

By Danny Johnson
GWC Sports Information Officer

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Golden West College is known throughout the state for its cosmetology, nursing, and criminal justice programs. But did you know that Golden West also is known nationally and internationally for its athletic programs?

Since the school’s opening in 1966, no other community college has won more state championships than Golden West College. In the past 44 years, Golden west has won 74 State Titles, 44 Regional Championships, and 165 Conference Championships.

As the Fall 2009 sports came to a close, GWC won two more Water Polo State Championships, took 2nd place in Men’s Soccer, and had the best football season in years.

Men’s Water Polo - Back to Back State Champions

Men’s Water Polo is arguably the best program in community college water polo. In the past 40 years they have become “Team November,” when the month of November is host to the Conference Championships, Southern California Championships, and State Championships. The Golden West Men’s Water Polo program has won 39 Conference Championships, 24 Southern California Championships, and 21 State Championships. The Rustlers defeated conference rival, Riverside, in double sudden death overtime to advance to the second round of the State Championships. Next, the Rustlers jumped on Diablo Valley early and never looked back, cruising to a 12-7 finish and a berth to the State Championship game, where they would face Long Beach City College for their 6th time this season. The Rustlers opened up with a goal just 30 seconds into the game and kept the pressure on for the next 27 minutes as they sank LBCC 7-5. The Rustlers were crowned Back-to-Back State Champions.

Women’s Water Polo - 2009 State Champions

The Lady Rustlers posted an impressive start for the 2009 season, not losing a game during the month of September to another community college. Capturing tournament titles in the American River Tournament and the Long Beach Tournament, the Rustlers closed out November in the same fashion as the season started. The Southern California Championships were held at Pasadena College where the Lady Rustlers defeated conference rival Fullerton College 15-9 and outlasted Chaffey College in an overtime battle for 3rd place in Southern California 10-8, earning a spot in the State Tournament. The Rustlers found themselves in the State Championship game against Long Beach City College, and defeated them 6-5 to win their sixth state title.

Men’s Soccer takes 2nd Place

For the first time in recent history Men’s Soccer went undefeated in the second round of conference play, earning a spot in the playoffs. Golden West dominated San Diego City College in the first round (2-0) and met conference rivals, Santa Ana in the second round of playoffs. Coming off an 8 game winning streak, the Rustlers came out strong against the Dons of Santa Ana, taking the game into overtime. However, the Rustlers fell short, dropping the game 2-3. Congratulations on a great season!

Great Season for Men’s Football

On October 24, Nick Mitchell and his squad set a Golden West record, posting 66 points in a single game while holding visiting Compton College to 0. The Rustlers wrapped up the 2009 season on a 7 game winning streak that earned them a spot in the inaugural Rooster Bowl. This is the first bowl appearance for the Rustlers since 1975. Golden West defeated visiting Ventura College in overtime with a two point conversion to win the game, 37-36.