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Green Gets Receptions, but There’s a Catch

Terrance Green’s skills as a wide receiver are plenty, it’s just his timing at Fullerton College that could use some tinkering.

Green first came to Fullerton in 1988 as a little-known wide receiver from Valencia High School, where running is the main mode of moving the ball.

Green decided not to go out for football at Fullerton that year, saying there was too much talent for him to get much playing time. His evaluation of the 1988 team was correct, as Fullerton won its first 10 games before losing to host Bakersfield in the Shrine Potato Bowl.

Green enrolled in classes at Fullerton for two years while trying to decide if he wanted to go out for football.

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He finally missed it enough to join the team last year, and Saturday will be starting at wide receiver and returning kick and punts when the Hornets (7-3) take on Santa Barbara (9-1) in the Shrine Potato Bowl at 1:30 p.m.

On the surface, Green appears to be playing for Fullerton at an opportune time, what with the Hornets getting a bowl bid.

But it’s clearly the wrong time to be a wide receiver. Fullerton, which used to throw more than it ran, has turned things around in the past two years.

The Hornets tried 454 running plays this season compared to 202 passing plays. But Green has still managed to stand out, despite spending more time blocking than receiving.

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“I’m used to blocking,” Green said. “It seemed like that was all I did in high school. I just want to make the most of each play. It’s fun and that’s what’s important.”

He led Fullerton with 24 receptions for 469 yards this season. He caught 27 passes for 396 yards last season. He has been an All-Mission Conference Central Division selection both years.

Green also excelled at punt and kickoff returns. He averaged 10 yards on punts, with a long of 54 yards, and 20 yards on kickoffs, with a best of 33.

Green is being recruited by several colleges, including Arizona, Washington State, Eastern Michigan and San Jose State.

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“He’s been in and out of our program,” Fullerton Coach Hal Sherbeck said. “But once he finally got himself programmed to what he wants to do, he has been fine. He will be able to move on and play, and that’s important.”

Retirement? There have been plenty of rumors that Fullerton’s game Saturday will be the last for Coach Hall Sherbeck, in his 31st year.

But if it’s true, Sherbeck isn’t saying. Instead, he is spending the week preparing for the game against Santa Barbara.

Men’s Soccer: The Orange Empire Conference will be well-represented in the upcoming state tournament.

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Orange Coast, the conference champion, and second-place Irvine Valley will be the representatives from the South at El Camino College this weekend.

OCC (13-4) plays Santa Rosa (16-2) at 6 p.m., and DeAnza (21-2) takes on Irvine Valley (17-3) at 8 p.m. The championship match is Saturday at 2 p.m.

OCC advanced with a 2-1 overtime victory over San Diego City late Saturday night.

Women’s Volleyball: Golden West and Orange Coast take part in the second round of the Southern California Regional playoffs tonight at 7.

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Golden West (23-0) plays host to Los Angeles Pierce (14-7), and Orange Coast (16-4) is at Ventura (20-0). The winners advance to the state tournament Friday at Cuesta College.

Basketball: Golden West and Orange Coast play host to men’s tournament and Cypress plays host to a women’s tournament this week.

The Golden West tournament starts Wednesday, with Riverside playing Southwestern at 6 p.m. and Cypress taking on Glendale at 8 p.m.

The Denny’s Miles Eaton Tournament starts at Orange Coast Thursday, when Mt. San Jacinto goes against MiraCosta at 2 p.m., Los Angeles Valley plays Santa Barbara at 4 p.m., host Orange Coast plays Southwest at 6 p.m., and Imperial Valley takes on Long Beach at 8 p.m.

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The second day of the Golden West tournament’s first round is Thursday, when Los Angeles City plays Cerritos at 6 p.m. and Golden West takes on Citrus at 8 p.m.

Both tournaments continue Friday and the championship games are 8 p.m. Saturday.

Pairings for Thursday’s first round of the Cypress women’s tournament: Cypress vs. Ventura at 2 p.m., American River vs. Chaffey at 4 p.m., Oxnard at Grossmont at 6 p.m., and Moorpark vs. Mt. San Antonio at 8 p.m.

The tournament continues Friday, and the championship game is 4 p.m. Saturday.

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