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As College of San Mateo head football coach Tim Tulloch watched on TV Saturday the civil unrest in the wake of the killing of George Floyd unfold, he knew he needed to do something. Over the next several days, he put together a panel of speakers that spanned all the different decision makers and law enforcement leaders on the Peninsula — from police chiefs to college administrators to fellow coaches and even players.

Joining the Bulldogs was just the latest step in a path that took the catcher and infielder through the highs and lows of college softball. After signing with powerhouse UCLA — her dream school — out of Sheldon, Moreno redshirted and transferred to the College of San Mateo, a junior college in the Bay Area. Last Friday, she signed her national letter of intent to Mississippi State, signifying a return to NCAA Division I prominence that Moreno was often unsure she could pull off.

College of San Mateo has made the difficult decision to transition away from its management of the Crystal Springs Cross Country Course. Our goal is to facilitate a transition to another organization by the end of 2020. Until then, cross country events and community access will continue uninterrupted (subject to local shelter-in-place restrictions).

CSM, which last fielded a team in 1983, returned to competition this season and clinched the program’s first-ever playoff spot after beating Chabot-Hayward 90-73 last Friday night. The Bulldogs finished in a tie for third in the Coast Conference North — along with Chabot and Foothill, teams the Bulldogs swept this season.

San Mateo County community college basketball teams haven’t had a ton of playoff experiences over the last 20 years. But the last two years has seen a renaissance of sorts. Last year, the Cañada men’s team made a run to the Northern California semifinals and this season, both the College of San Mateo men and the Skyline women are in position to make the postseason. “I just want to the ability to play our best basketball in February and March,” said CSM head coach Mike Marcial, who has led the Bulldogs into the playoff race in the program’s first year back after a 36-year hiatus.

Welcome to the Cascade Collegiate Conference, where in recent years the NAIA softball world has been ruled by a pair of Oregon-based programs. What do Southern Oregon University and Oregon Tech have in common? Well, as of this year, it is the College of San Mateo pipeline.

Speed and power — Shea Moreno has quickly impressed in both facets in her short College of San Mateo softball career. The freshman out of Sheldon-Sacramento opened Saturday’s home doubleheader with a bang, socking a leadoff hitter in the bottom of the first inning, already the second of Moreno’s collegiate career in just six games. She added two singles to go 3 for 3 and totaled four stolen bases in the Lady Bulldogs’ 15-0 win over College of the Siskiyous.

The small schools of the Private School Athletic League are having a big impact on the College of San Mateo girls’ basketball team. When current sophomore Emily Latu arrived on campus in 2017, CSM head coach Michelle Warner had never even heard of the high school she attended. That school is Pacific Bay Christian — formerly known as Alma Heights, the name when Latu was there — a small private school in Pacifica.

Courtney Townsend had 24 points and 13 rebounds and Emily Latu added 20 points and 12 rebounds as College of San Mateo rolled past visiting Merritt College, 79-54, in the opening game of the annual Tom Martinez Women’s Basketball Invitational at CSM on Monday night.

The magic number to claim an official state football championship appears to be 99. After falling just short in season No. 98, College of San Mateo will have to wait at least another year. Riverside City College, in its 99th year of community college football, took advantage of Bulldogs errors on Saturday to win its first California Community College Athletic Association title, 31-14, at Bakersfield College Memorial Stadium.