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With returning state women’s athlete of the year Lafu Malepeai leading the way, College of San Mateo’s defending state champion women’s softball team opened the 2023 season ranked No. 1 in the state preseason coach poll, released Friday.

CSM opened Friday with a 20-4 win over Laney College on the Hilltop. The Bulldogs rallied for five runs in the first, highlighted by a two-run triple from Vicente Feliciano. Chris Schuchart was 2 for 3 with a triple, a homer and five RBIs.

San Mateo County community college basketball rivalries continue this week, while spring sports teams get into action.

A professor of economics and history, Brusin retired from CSM as a fulltime instructor in 1995. He continued teaching through 2009. His first love, though, was CSM Bulldogs baseball. He served as the team’s scorekeeper for generations under head coaches John Noce and Doug Williams, working his final games in the 2019 season prior to the pandemic.

The Bulldogs are sorry to report, long time CSM Baseball statistician Mike Brusin passed away July 7th at his home in San Mateo.  Fondly referred to as “Brusin”, Mike donated his time and service to Bulldog Baseball for nearly forty years.

College of San Mateo had a school record-smashing day at the Mt. SAC Relays Saturday at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, site of the 2022 California Community College state meet.

College of San Mateo’s Liam Laughlin didn’t shy away from some of the top collegiate throwers in the nation over the weekend at the Stanford Invitational at Angell field and CSM used the elite competition to improve its 4 x 400 meter relay track rankings. Softball outscored three foes by a 24-1 margin last week to extend its current winning streak to 17 games, and Beach volleyball swept a pair of Coast Conference foes last week.

CSM Baseball swept the week’s two-game series with the Colts and stayed undefeated in Coast North Conference play with a 5-0 record. CSM Softball is riding an 12-game winning streak, with a 22-2 overall record.

The Coast Conference North women’s basketball race is in a virtual four-way knot among one-loss teams after two weeks of play. State No. 12 ranked Skyline College and Chabot College are 3-1, while No. 9 College of San Mateo and No. 13 City College of San Francisco are 2-1.

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.