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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.

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

The Skyline-CSM doubleheader has been postponed due to flooding and the weather. The men’s game will be made up at a time and date to be determined. The women’s game has been rescheduled to 5 p.m. Thursday at Skyline.

College of San Mateo football team is on the verge of adding a “national title” to the state championship the Bulldogs claimed with Saturday’s record 55-0 victory over Riverside City College.

The College of San Mateo Men’s Basketball Winter Youth Camp makes its return in 2022. The four-day camp offered for boys and girls ages 8-12 is set to begin on Dec. 26 at the CSM Building 8 Gymnasium.

While unbeaten and unanimous No. 1 Riverside City College improved to 9-0 with a win over previous No. 5 Cerritos, the College of San Mateo continues to lead the way in Northern California.

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.

The Coast North men’s basketball league schedule gets underway Wednesday with a friendly district rivalry when state No. 14 ranked College of San Mateo (11-3) hosts Cañada (3-10) at 7 p.m.

The season opener was quite the comeback thriller. The Bulldogs trailed 43-38 at the half but relied on the all-around play of sophomores Sam Manu and Bobby Arenas down the stretch.

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.