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The CSM softball team Sunday won the school’s first-ever state championship in the modern era following an 8-1 win over Sierra College in the championship game of the California Community College Athletic Association at Bakersfield College.

After a decade of dominance in Northern California and just as equally long a presence in the state tournament, one that saw it make the state championship tournament eight years in a row, College of San Mateo softball can finally add that one piece of hardware missing from its trophy collection: a California Community College Athletic Association state championship following an 8-1 win over Sierra at Bakersfield College Sunday afternoon.

Stepping to the plate amid a scoreless tie in the eighth inning of Saturday’s elimination-game finale of the California Community College Athletic Association Super Regional against Sacramento City College, Malepeai connected with an outside fastball and lined it over the right-center field wall for a two-run, walk-off home run, lifting the Bulldogs (41-3) to the State Championship tournament, the Bulldogs’ eighth trip to the big dance in program history.

Liam Laughlin completed a sweep of three Coast Conference throwing championships Saturday at College of San Mateo, adding the discus and javelin throws to the shot put title he had won on Wednesday. Coast Conference player of the year Lafu Malepeai leads top seed College of San Mateo into the California Community College Athletic Association softball regionals Friday and Saturday at College Heights.

The College of San Mateo softball team, ranked No. 3 in the state and No. 2 in Northern California, not only ran its winning streak to 27 games in row, it captured the Coast Conference championship with a 3-0 win over second-place San Jose City College Tuesday afternoon in San Jose.

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.

College of San Mateo has been named the 2021 NFCA Cal JC National Coaching Staff of the Year, the Association announced Monday afternoon. Voted by the Cal JC member head coaches and selected by their peers, head coach Nicole Quigley-Borg and her staff guided the Bulldogs to an undefeated 2021 season.

As Nicole Quigley-Borg made her way home from Georgia after watching five of her former players playing for the NAIA college softball national championship Thursday night, she couldn’t help but be excited for them.