Men’s Season Comes to a Close

Chris Wharton
Staff Reporter
The Dukes men’s basketball team recorded a 7-19 regular season overall record, going 2-6 in the Region XIX Division III South Conference, this season. They also added 1 more win to their win totals after winning their first playoff game 71-66 over Atlantic Cape Community College in the Region XIX, Div. III playoff tournament. However, their season ended in the second round of the playoffs after a 70-48 loss at Ocean County College.
The Duke’s were led by first year head coach Darryl Brown and leading scorers Jonathan Gary and Phil Thompson. Gary and Thompson each averaged 14.5 points per game in 24 regular season games for the ’06-’07 season.

CCC Cross Country

By Chris De Los Santos

In most sports you can depend on your teammate to get you the ball, make a block for you, or make a good screen. In most sports there is one player that the team needs in order to be successful in a season. Also in most sports you can call a time out.
Welcome to Cross Country, where every race is the athlete against the terrain, where every runner is important, your gut is the driving force of your success, your mind tells you to keep moving, your heart is set on being with the pack. The most important thing in Cross Country is that there are no time outs, just your heart and soul.
I asked Marketto, Why he you choose to coach cross- country?
“ I experienced success as a XC runner because I had a high school coach who invited me to participate. He provided a forum for me to experience success. As a result, running has become a part of who I am, my identity.
As a coach, I can return that favor by extending the invitation for others and providing a forum for their successes and the development of their personal identities” said coach Marketto.
CCC Cross Country team is making a comeback into the sport. At the head of the helm is coach Jim Marketto. Coach Marketto has been coaching runners for a big part of his life and it doesn’t look like he is going to retire anytime soon. The 5’4” man is full of life and he is very energetic. “When I met coach Marketto I knew that I wanted to represent him as his athlete. He has given me confidence and structured my competitive character,” said Lara.

The Cross Country team presently has 12 male runners and 1 female runner. They are ranked 8th in the nation among division 3 junior colleges. The big thing is that everyone wants a winner so people have something to cheer for. This led me to my next question, how do you plan on building an eventual powerhouse?

“By challenging each runner to not be satisfied with anything less than “great.” Make the commitment to do what it takes (action) to become a great runner/team, one step at a time” Marketto said.

Along with becoming a power house competively Marketto has plans for his runners academically too, what do you hope to give your runners competition wise
and academically?

“ We are striving for a team GPA of 3.0 academically.
Competively, we’re currently a “good” team striving to
Become “very good” this year and “great” in 2007.
Angel Lopez (Millville) Dan Griner (Cumberland Reg
Pierre Chaniz-Rico & Andrew DeVecchis (Vld), are the leaders of the front pack. They take turns coming in first place so there is no real number one guy, just a solid pack.”
Then there is Desire Lara (Vineland) who separates herself from the boys. She is the only female runner on the team and it doesn’t seem as if it is going to bother her. Improving with every meet, Desire is thrilled to be apart of the team. Why did you choose cross-country? “I chose cross-country for a new challenge in my life. I wanted to see what the sport had to offer me. Also I wanted to stay in shape and be committed to a team.” Said Lara showing a big smile of happiness.
The cross country are ranked in the top 15 teams in the nation. Marketto is on the right track and his entourage of runners are right they’re with by him, showing their class and good character throughout the campus and on the course.


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  • One Book One College

    By Jen Resnick Since 2004 there has been a One Book One College program here at CCC. The Students and staff are requested to read a book, which is chosen for that academic year. The book brings students, staff and even community members closer together by discussion. The CCC staff members are responsible for choosing the book. Professor Catherine Kewish chose this year’s one-book one-college novel. She chose Snow Falling On Cedars, by David Guterson. “The number one reason that this book was picked, [was] because it lent itself to so many different classes and different academic areas. It could easily be discussed, paper assignments, research papers and things like that and it also lent itself to multi-culturism diversity, which really are key words in the classes today,” stated professor Kewish. Snow Falling On Cedars had great reviews and is known as a “must read” novel. This gripping and impeccably written masterpiece is based on Japanese tradition. There will be a day of Japanese tradition held here at CCC in the Conference Center Banquet Room on Wednesday, March 21, 2007. Professor Kewish is very excited about this upcoming event. “This book gave us the opportunity to work with Japanese culture and we will have a whole afternoon of Japanese culture, tradition, Japanese dancers, maybe the Japanese drummers if they could get here, [and] things like Japanese calligraphy, origami, flower arranging, a Japanese tea ceremony. It’s going to be gorgeous!” said Kewish. This event is opened to the community. CCC has offered a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet the author of this riveting novel. David Guterson, will be here on campus on Wednesday, April 4, 2007. Guterson will be at The Fine and Performing Arts Center in the theatre at 7pm. In the past the other “must read” books included, The Color Of Water and My Sister’s Keeper. You can find any of these books here at CCC’s library, CCC’s bookstore, and online.

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