Softball ranked No. 1 in country

This early in the season, it doesn’t get any better than No. 1. In the entire nation. The Cal softball team received top honors in the ESPN/ USA Softball polls this week, after sweeping four straight schools in last weekend’s ASU tournament.

Diamonds on the soles of her shoes

Jamia Reid broke Cal's stolen bases record as a freshman. Three years later, the senior is looking toward home.

Jamia Reid is a thrill seeker. She loves standing on the bag, scanning the field, her eyes sharp for an opportunity to bolt. “It’s a combination of strategy and speed,” says the senior outfielder. “I need to be ready at all times, for anything.” It is this edge that has
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Cal locked and loaded for national championship run

Make no mistake about it: this season, the Cal softball team is out for blood. After a crushing defeat to Georgia in last year’s Super Regional, the Bears look to rebound this year with only one goal in mind: the national championship. Cal returns all nine starters from last year’s
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No. 4 Bears open year with sweep as Arioto returns

As the ball flew, and flew, and finally cleared the left field wall, Valerie Arioto made a decisive statement: She is back. Arioto’s home run was the result of her first at-bat since being out for over a year. After breaking her leg on the second day of practice of
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Bears to open much-anticipated campaign in Tempe tournament

As the month of February labors on and the lull between the end of football season and the beginning of baseball season begins, sports fans retreat into a type of sports-fan hibernation. They patiently wait for any type of relevant free-agent news and desperately attempt to find any type of
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The Bears of Summer

Softball After just missing out on the Women’s College World Series in 2010, the Cal softball team seemed poised to take the next step in 2011. However, when Valerie Arioto — who split time between pitcher and first base and was devastating from both the circle and the plate —
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More dynamic duo in 2011-12: Keenan/Marvin or Jolene/Valerie?

It’s hard to bet against Keenan Allen and Marvin Jones. Both are preseason candidates for the Biletnikoff and Paul Warfield Awards, the top two honors given to college wide receivers. Jones, a senior, will look to finish off a productive career that boasts 94 receptions, 1,424 receiving yards and 10
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Sports in Brief

Csikos leads Canada at FINA World Championships Cal’s Emily Csikos may be miles away from Berkeley, but that hasn’t stopped the women’s water polo team’s senior driver from scoring goal after goal. The two-time first-team All-American, who has racked up 102 scores over the past two seasons for the Bears,
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All the world’s a stage

Summertime is traditionally a dead-zone for sports and — most importantly — a time for unyielding relaxation after a grueling school year. Apparently, no one told these Cal athletes. Many have passed up on the comforts of leisurely sunbathing to continue competing on the national and international levels. Here’s a
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Henderson shines in breakthrough season for Bears

Sophomore ace dominates, Cal ends six-year WCWS drought

In the Cal softball team’s second practice, All-American pitcher and first baseman Valerie Arioto broke her leg — leaving a void in the circle, in the infield and at the plate. Coach Diane Ninemire turned to sophomore Jolene Henderson, who had split time with Arioto both on the rubber and
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