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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.

Bill Walsh and John Madden. Not to mention Bill Ring and Julian Edelman. In the 98-year history of football at College of San Mateo, there’s no shortage of Super Bowl champions who once played for the Bulldogs. The résumé is yet to be completed, though. Saturday afternoon at Bakersfield College Memorial Stadium, CSM can claim its first-ever state title.

The undefeated CSM Bulldogs recorded their second straight playoff shutout, 41-0 over visiting Modesto JC, for the Northern California Football Conference football championship on Saturday, Nov. 30. At 12-0, the Bulldogs are riding their best record in their 98-year history. They face Riverside City College (also 12-0) in the California Community College Athletic Association title game Bakersfield College Memorial Stadium on Dec. 14 at 1:00 pm.

Through last season, CSM and West Valley had played in the same Coast Conference North. Because of a realignment prior to this year, West Valley moved to the Coast Conference South, meaning the Vikings and the Bulldogs have yet to play each other in 2019. That will change Tuesday night when CSM travels to Saratoga for a 7 p.m. start. “Everyone is excited,” CSM head coach Katie Goldhahn said. “West Valley has been on our side of the conference for the last three years (2016-18) … so I think our girls are super excited to see them.”