Article, 2006-2007 Season - Ohlone College Renegades Men's Basketball

Ohlone spirit going south

By Steve R. Waterhouse, Staff writer.

Thursday, March 8, 2007—Reprinted from Inside Bay Area.

Ohlone College men's basketball players will tip off in a historic game in Fresno today, and fans—including the college president—will be right there to cheer them on.

The team will play Antelope Valley in the state championships at 1 p.m. at Selland Arena—the first time Ohlone has made the "Elite Eight" under the current format.

When the team hosted San Joaquin Delta in the Northern California playoffs in Fremont last week, the visitors came with a couple of buses filled with fans from Stockton.

That gave college President Doug Treadway and his administrative assistant, Sarah Zentner, an idea.

"We thought we had to do something to support our team," Treadway said.

When Ohlone posted a 63-60 win over Delta last Saturday, that set the wheels in motion.

At 9 a.m. today, a charter bus will leave for Fresno with up to 47 faculty members, students and fans—including Treadway. The cost is a mere $5 per person. That doesn't include admission to the event, which will cost $8 for students and $10 for everyone else.

Zentner, who also is coordinating with coach John Peterson, said she sent out invitations and saved a block of 15 seats for players' friends and families.

The charter bus will bring everyone back to Fremont after the game—hopefully by 6 p.m., because Treadway has an appointment then.

"I think Ohlone has a good buzz going," said Treadway, who attended the Delta game and the previous home playoff game against College of the Redwoods. "I think more students are feeling a sense of pride."

In 1985, then-coach Dick Walsh took Ohlone to the state championships, but that was when the state divided the junior colleges into big-school and small-school divisions. Ohlone was in the small-school division and didn't win the title.

With a record of 29-3, Ohlone already has claimed the most wins in school history. The previous record was 25, set during the 2002-03 season. That was Peterson's third season at the helm.

This season has brought a ton of support, including a lot from fellow athletes at Ohlone.

"The baseball team was here (Saturday), and they were relentless," Peterson said. "They brought a ton of energy. You really don't get that kind of thing at the JC level."

The winner of the Ohlone-Antelope Valley game will play the winner of Yuba-Ventura at 3 p.m. Saturday.

The title game will be at 3 p.m. Sunday.

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