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A San Mateo native who has played his entire organized football career in his hometown, Bottari made the whirlwind decision to transfer to the University of Utah last Friday. As a transfer junior from College of San Mateo, the quarterback will join a Utah team as a preferred walk-on.

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 old coaching adage of “control what you can control” has been put to use more in the last 18 months since the emergence of COVID-19. The slogan became a way for athletes and coaches to stay sane during the last year and a half of tumult. But now that basketball teams are back on the court, the College of San Mateo and Skyline College women’s basketball teams have had ultimate control — over the opposition. The two programs have opened the season with a combined record of 19-1 — Skyline is at 11-1, while CSM checks in with a perfect 8-0 mark.

The reality is, for many JUCO athletes, community college athletics is simply a stepping stone to bigger and better things. Take the College of San Mateo football team, for example.

College of San Mateo linebacker Demarii Blanks was voted Bay 6 Conference Defensive Player of the Year. The 6-0, 230-pound sophomore out of Carlmont High School had 42 tackles and three sacks for the Bulldogs. He also forced a pair of fumbles, had two pass break-ups and an interception, as the Bulldogs completed a terrific 10-2 campaign.

College of San Mateo (10-2) saw its season end Saturday, dropping a 20-17 heartbreaker to City College of San Francisco at George Rush Stadium.

Shannen Dorn was the only woman left standing for the College of San Mateo cross-country team this season.

The No. 2-seed Bulldogs (10-1) now advance to the NCFC regional championship game to face No. 1 City College of San Francisco. It was two weeks ago that CSM fell to CCSF on the final day of the regular season 31-27 in a battle for the Bay 6 Conference championship.

The members of the College of San Mateo women’s volleyball team are Bulldogs — as in the school’s mascot. But they also showed they have some “dawg” in them — an attitude that says, “Don’t mess with me.”

espite settling for second place in the Coast Conference North, the Lady Bulldogs have a good chance of hosting next Tuesday’s California Community College Athletic Association volleyball postseason opener. CSM has not hosted a playoff match since the team was re-established in 2016. Playoff seedings will be announced Thursday.