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Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

Taylor Ogata

Taylor Ogata, Staff Writer

This is my second semester on Talon Marks as well as my second semester at Cerritos College. I am an avid ice hockey player but I like to play other sports too. I also like to visit amusement parks as I am a season pass holder at Knott's Berry Farm and an annual pass holder at Disneyland Resort. Plus, I like to exercise by running, skating, swimming, etc. as well as watch extreme wrestling (WWE) and professional ice hockey (NHL and minor leagues). I have a radio show on WPMD that you can listen to every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to noon.

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Big expense occurs off campus

May 18, 2016

One of the biggest expenditures of being a college student is getting to campus. Depending on where you live and how you get to school, the cost of transportation varies. Five students discussed...

Pay for Parking Permit or Citation: you decide

May 18, 2016

Parking in any lot at Cerritos College may look free, but it is not. From 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week, a valid permit, either daily or semester, must be displayed with any vehicle parked...

Daniel Lopez swings quickly to send the ball flying over the left field wall for a two-run homer. Lopez leads the team with four home runs on the season as of Tuesday. Photo credit: Taylor Ogata

Baseball flounders in final series

May 6, 2016

After a three-game sweep of El Camino College, the Cerritos College baseball team was in a tie atop the South Coast Conference standings with Long Beach City College.However, that tie was broken in Long...

Diamond Men and Women Gear Up for Postseason

May 3, 2016

For the fourth consecutive season both Cerritos College baseball and softball are competing in the playoffs. Both teams overcame its fair share of adversity in order to get to the playoffs. But both understand...

Mark Pena catches a fly ball hit to him in a recent home game against El Camino. Pena is batting .364 with a home run and 28 RBIs so far this season. Photo credit: Taylor Ogata

Mark Pena, leading man for Falcon baseball

April 30, 2016

When you think of a "face of the franchise," you think about some big name players on any team in any sport. Mark Pena, a 22-year-old sophomore center-fielder out of Bell Gardens High School and a Liberal...

Mark Pena lines a base hit up the middle into center field. Pena went 2-for-5 with an RBI in game one. Photo credit: Taylor Ogata

Baseball plays catch up, takes 2 out of 3 from Vikings

April 21, 2016

If you fall into a hole, there is always a chance that you will get out, depending on how deep it is.For the Cerritos College baseball team, those holes were not very deep at all as it managed to climb...

Fermin Beza blasts a three-run homer to left field. Beza went 3-for-8 in the first two games of the series against the Lancers. Photo credit: Taylor Ogata

Get out the brooms: Baseball sweeps away Lancers

April 14, 2016

While the weather was cold for most of the series, the Cerritos College baseball team was on fire.The Cerritos College Falcons were able to complete a three-game sweep of the Pasadena City College Lancers...

Thinking about getting a new car? Staff writer Taylor Taylor Sean Ogata reviews and gives insight on all the features that the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze has to offer.

Posted by Talon Marks on Monday, February 29, 2016

Falcons baseball flies to a series win over Huskies

April 4, 2016

What's the difference between a flock of falcons and a pack of huskies? Huskies can run fast, but falcons can fly.That was the case for the Cerritos College baseball team in its three-game series against...

Cerritos baseball flounders at tournament play

March 25, 2016

The lone tournament of the 2016 Cerritos College baseball season happened Mar. 22-24 at Allan Hancock and Cuesta Colleges.The Falcons had a rough three games going 1-2 in the tournament, starting with...

“Cruze”n in style

March 4, 2016

Day in and day out, there are a lot of cars in the parking lots at Cerritos College, but there is one car that appears to be very popular among college students. The Cruze features a smooth ride, acceptable...

Mark Pena gets ready to swing away. Pena went 1-for-4 with his hit setting a new school record for hits in consecutive games. Photo credit: Taylor Ogata

Pena sets new hitting record but Falcons fall to Eagles

March 4, 2016

Mark Pena set a new Cerritos College baseball record with his 24th consecutive game with a hit on the Tuesday Mar. 1, but in a losing cause. Although the Falcons scored first, it was only a single run...

Baseball vs. LA Mission 3/1/16 Highlights

Highlights of the Baseball team's loss to LA Mission on Tuesday, Mar. 1. Describing the action is staff writer Taylor Sean Ogata

Posted by Talon Marks on Tuesday, March 1, 2016

[Video] Video: Pena breaks record, but Falcons fall to Eagles

March 3, 2016

Highlights of the Baseball team's loss to LA Mission on Tuesday, Mar. 1. Describing the action is staff writer Taylor Sean Ogata //

Jerald Johnston throws the final strike of the game to pick up his second save in as many games. Johnston struck out four Palomar batters in two innings pitched. Photo credit: Taylor Ogata

Falcons come back to edge Comets

February 23, 2016

Shortstop Daniel Lopez led the charge for Cerritos by going 2-for-4 with a solo home run in the sixth as well as a double to start the rally in the eighth. The Falcons struck first in the second inning...

Jerald Johnston throws the final strike of the game to pick up his second save in as many games. Johnston struck out four Palomar batters in two innings pitched. Photo credit: Taylor Ogata

Falcons come back to edge Comets

February 22, 2016

A four-run, four-hit eighth inning rally along with stellar pitching down the stretch was just what the doctor ordered for the Falcons as they came back from a 5-2 deficit going into the inning to defeat...

With one swing, Jonathan Avila launches a solo homer to left-center field on Thursday. Avila went 2-for-6 in the series against the Dons. Photo credit: Taylor Ogata

Falcons and Dons split series

February 20, 2016

After a week off to rest and recuperate as well as practice, the Cerritos College baseball team started a new week with two consecutive games against Santa Ana College, one in Santa Ana and the other in...

Allyson OBrien (No. 20) shoots a three ball over Kyla Jolly (No. 4) of El Camino. OBrien scored 13 points, all of them in the second half. Photo credit: Taylor Ogata

[Photo] Women’s basketball loses out on conference title

February 20, 2016

Allyson O'Brien (No. 20) shoots a three ball over Kyla Jolly (No. 4) of El Camino. O'Brien scored 13 points, all of them in the second half. Photo credit: Taylor Ogata

Kyle Geer (No. 13) shoots a fade-away from the top of the key. Geer had seven points, three rebounds, two assists, and a steal on the night. Photo credit: Taylor Ogata

[Photo] Men’s basketball claims share of conference title

February 20, 2016

Kyle Geer (No. 13) shoots a fade-away from the top of the key. Geer had seven points, three rebounds, two assists, and a steal on the night. Photo credit: Taylor Ogata

Clothing can speak just as loud

February 9, 2016

College is way different than high school, middle school, and elementary school and thus the limits of expression have been pushed. One example is the language that students can use and the type of...

Mark Pena leads off the Falcons half of the first inning with a double. Pena went 4 for 5 with two doubles and two RBIs on the day. Photo credit: Taylor Ogata

Falcons, like the weather, remain red hot

February 9, 2016

The weather on Tuesday afternoon was unusually hot, but that did not stop the Cerritos College baseball team from grabbing another win. The Falcons remained just like the weather as they picked up right...

Fermin Beza (#14) uses a strong swing to take Citrus pitcher Trevor Fisher deep for the Falcons first home run of the season. Beza went 2 for 3 on the day. Photo credit: Taylor Ogata

Falcons overcome slow start; out-hit the Owls

February 8, 2016

The second home game of the 2016 Cerritos College baseball season started out slow, but ended up being a win. Coming off a 3-1 defeat to Glendale on Tuesday, the Falcons started the game in a 2-0 hole,...

Kenton McDonald swings away and sends the ball flying out to the right field wall for a double. McDonald went 3 for 5 with a pair of doubles, three RBIs, and scored three runs. Photo credit: Taylor Ogata

Everything goes the Falcons’ way on a sunny day

February 8, 2016

The pitching arms, gloves, and bats came out ready to play for the Cerritos College baseball team Saturday afternoon. Stellar pitching, superior defense and grade-A hitting was everything the Falcons...

Khalid Washington (#1) shows a soft hand on this layup. Washington had nine points, a rebound, and an assist on the night. Photo credit: Taylor Ogata

[Photo] Cerritos avoid late collapse to beat El Camino

February 1, 2016

Khalid Washington (#1) shows a soft hand on this layup. Washington had nine points, a rebound, and an assist on the night. Photo credit: Taylor Ogata

Allyson OBrien (#20) catches Elise Allison (#24) of El Camino flat-footed and blows right by her to the rack. OBrien led the Lady Falcons with 18 points, 13 of them coming in the second half. Photo credit: Taylor Ogata

[Photo] Falcons tested early but fight off Warriors

February 1, 2016

Allyson O'Brien (#20) catches Elise Allison (#24) of El Camino flat-footed and blows right by her to the rack. O'Brien led the Lady Falcons with 18 points, 13 of them coming in the second half. Photo credit:...

Jamal Watson takes flight for a one-handed slam. Watson finished with 11 points, eight rebounds, and two blocks. Photo credit: Taylor Ogata

[Photo] Missed opportunities cost Cerritos against East LA

January 23, 2016

Jamal Watson takes flight for a one-handed slam. Watson finished with 11 points, eight rebounds, and two blocks. Photo credit: Taylor Ogata

Kyle Geer (#13) slams down a monster one-handed dunk. Geer had 10 points on the night.

[Photo] Relentless Falcons are ready to challenge Huskies

January 19, 2016

Kyle Geer (#13) slams down a monster one-handed dunk. Geer had 10 points on the night.

Head Coach Trisha Raniewicz (middle of huddle) draws up a play for her team during a timeout. The Lady Falcons came out of the timeout shooting the lights out from behind the arc.

[Photo] Steady offense is plan at East LA

January 19, 2016

Head Coach Trisha Raniewicz (middle of huddle) draws up a play for her team during a timeout. The Lady Falcons came out of the timeout shooting the lights out from behind the arc.

Verenice Gomez (#12) gets set to shoot a three ball over Kailyn Gideon (#33) of Pasadena City. Gomez had 13 points, eight rebounds, two assists, and two steals on the night.

[Photo] Falcons use three-point barrage to take down Lancers

January 18, 2016

Verenice Gomez (#12) gets set to shoot a three ball over Kailyn Gideon (#33) of Pasadena City. Gomez had 13 points, eight rebounds, two assists, and two steals on the night.

Jamal Watson (#33) throws down a two-handed dunk with authority. Watson finished the game tied for the team high in scoring with 16 points. Photo credit: Taylor Ogata

[Photo] Bully ball propels Falcons to blowout win over Lancers

January 18, 2016

Jamal Watson (#33) throws down a two-handed dunk with authority. Watson finished the game tied for the team high in scoring with 16 points. Photo credit: Taylor Ogata

Tyler Payne (#5) shoots a three pointer over Leroy Jones (#2) of Los Angeles Trade-Tech. Payne led all Cerritos scorers with 18 points off the bench, all of them coming on threes.

[Photo] Storify: Falcons come in clutch with comeback to defeat LA Trade Tech

January 14, 2016

Tyler Payne (#5) shoots a three pointer over Leroy Jones (#2) of Los Angeles Trade-Tech. Payne led all Cerritos scorers with 18 points off the bench, all of them coming on threes.

Kaylyn James (#25) defends against Deloice Johnson (#23) of El Camino-Compton. James finished with six points along with three rebounds, and an assist.

[Photo] Falcons get wire-to-wire win over The Tartars

January 8, 2016

Kaylyn James (#25) defends against Deloice Johnson (#23) of El Camino-Compton. James finished with six points along with three rebounds, and an assist.

Luis Medearis (#4) penetrates against Calvin House (#2) of El Camino-Compton. Medearis led all Falcons in scoring with 22 points.

[Photo] Cerritos stumbles early, cannot recover in loss to El Camino Compton

January 8, 2016

Luis Medearis (#4) penetrates against Calvin House (#2) of El Camino-Compton. Medearis led all Falcons in scoring with 22 points.

Dillon Reise (#32) and Jay Merriweather (#2) double-teams Marcellus Garrick (#22) of Allan Hancock. Reise had eight points, a rebound, and three assists while Merriweather had four rebounds, an assist, and a steal. Photo credit: Taylor Ogata

Payne leads men’s basketball to beat the Bulldogs

December 7, 2015

The first non-tournament regular season game for the Cerritos College men's basketball team was a wire-to-wire win, despite the Falcons nearly falling apart at crunch time.Tyler Payne led Cerritos with...

Express lanes are the best ways for travel

December 4, 2015

Here in Los Angeles, there are a lot of freeways that are part of the people's everyday life.But there are also special lanes on some freeways that are only for vehicles that carry more than two passengers.If...

Jimmy Walker (#7) drops back to pass. Walker connected on eight of 23 passes for 134 yards and threw a touchdown as well as three interceptions on the night.

[Photo] Falcons stunned in final minutes as Vikings steal win

November 22, 2015

Jimmy Walker (#7) drops back to pass. Walker connected on eight of 23 passes for 134 yards and threw a touchdown as well as three interceptions on the night.

Monica Vega (#17) slams the ball down past Taylor Brydon (#4) of El Camino. Vega finished the night with six kills. Photo credit: Taylor Ogata

[Photo] Falcons wounded by Warriors in season finale

November 21, 2015

Monica Vega (#17) slams the ball down past Taylor Brydon (#4) of El Camino. Vega finished the night with six kills. Photo credit: Taylor Ogata

Kayley Stephens (#1) hits the ball off the fingertips of Ashley Winet (#20) of East Los Angeles. Stephens finished the match with seven kills. Photo credit: Taylor Ogata

Falcons end home campaign on a high note

November 12, 2015

The final home match of the 2015 Cerritos College women's volleyball season did not disappoint any Cerritos fans on Wednesday,Nov.11.Nicole Spigner posted 10 kills along with Jasmine Peralta, getting 17...

Kayley Stephens (#1) hits the ball over the block of Los Angeles Harbors Amber Ruiz (#6). Stephens had 10 kills and two blocks on the night. Photo credit: Taylor Ogata

Volleyball can’t lock up against Pasadena City Lancers

November 10, 2015

Cerritos goes five sets again, but Pasadena City prevails. Another full, five-set match on the home court meant another loss for the Cerritos College women's volleyball team. Monica Vega led the...

Kayley Stephens (#1) hits the ball over the block of Los Angeles Harbors Amber Ruiz (#6). Stephens had 10 kills and two blocks on the night. Photo credit: Taylor Ogata

Volleyball sweep away LA Harbor Seahawks

November 9, 2015

Cerritos College defeats Los Angeles Harbor College in straight sets; win both matches in season series.Last time the Cerritos College women's volleyball team played Los Angeles Harbor College was on Friday,...

Falcons lose again to Mt. Sac Mounties

November 4, 2015

Cerritos College loses again at home to Mt. San Antonio College in five sets, but Mt. SAC sweeps season series. Back on Wednesday, Oct. 7, the Cerritos College women's volleyball team traveled to...

Nicole Spigner (#4) and Kayley Stephens (#1) try to block a kill attempt from Long Beach. Spigner had six kills and six digs in the match while Stephens finished with nine kills. Photo credit: Taylor Ogata

Falcons sweep season series against Vikings

October 30, 2015

Cerritos College defeated Long Beach City College in straight sets to take both games in the season series on Wednesday, Oct. 28.After a disappointing first home loss in straight sets last Friday against...

D.J. Reed (#7) takes off running down field after returning a punt from Bakersfield. Reed rushed for 48 yards on three returns on the night. Photo credit: Taylor Ogata

[Photo] Cerritos smokes Bakersfield with a 28-0 victory

October 26, 2015

D.J. Reed (#7) takes off running down field after returning a punt from Bakersfield. Reed rushed for 48 yards on three returns on the night. Photo credit: Taylor Ogata

Falcons beat Beavers for fourth straight game

October 24, 2015

The wins keep coming for the Cerritos College women's volleyball team. Coming off back-to-back road victories over Pasadena City College and East Los Angeles College last week, the Falcons came...

High-speed rail system may not benefit all of California

October 20, 2015

Looking at the map of California's proposed high-speed rail system, not all of California is covered by it.There are a lot of major cities on the map that are not planned to be serviced by the system.According...

Kishawn Holmes (#5) dives into the end zone to score the Falcons first touchdown on the night. Holmes rushed for 150 yards on 30 carries and scored a pair of touchdowns Photo credit: Taylor Ogata

[Photo] Falcons take homecoming win from El Camino

October 12, 2015

Kishawn Holmes (#5) dives into the end zone to score the Falcons' first touchdown on the night. Holmes rushed for 150 yards on 30 carries and scored a pair of touchdowns Photo credit: Taylor Ogata

Nicole Spigner No. 4 goes up in attempt to spike the ball down over the heads of Los Angeles Harbors Monique Rios No.8 and Kaitlynn Young No. 12. Spigner once again led the Falcons in kills with nine. Photo credit: Taylor Ogata

Falcons bounce back, sink the Seahawks

October 11, 2015

After another disappointing road loss in straight sets against Mt. San Antonio College, the Cerritos College women's volleyball team returned home and bounced back with a sweep of Los Angeles Harbor College.The...

David Fangupo (#45) tries to sack Pasadena quarterback Marc Peart (#14). Fangupo had two tackles in the game. Photo credit: Taylor Ogata

[Photo] Football team blow out Pasadena City College

October 6, 2015

David Fangupo (#45) tries to sack Pasadena quarterback Marc Peart (#14). Fangupo had two tackles in the game. Photo credit: Taylor Ogata

Natalie Caravantes (#24) and Jasmine McNeal (#27) jump at the net to try and block a kill attempt from Long Beach Citys Lauren Christensen (#5). Caravantes led the Falcons with 32 assists while McNeal had two kills in the match. Photo credit: Taylor Ogata

Women’s volleyball team victorious over Vikings

October 6, 2015

After a dismal road trip to Riverside College and two tournaments at Fullerton College and San Diego City College, the Cerritos College women's volleyball team came home and got a win over Long Beach City...

Cerritos College community elects Homecoming Court

October 5, 2015

Body positivity, leadership and experience were among the topics on the platforms of homecoming court hopefuls who filled Falcon Square. On Wednesday, Sept. 30 and Thursday, Oct.1 booths were set up...

Falcons falter again at tournaments

September 29, 2015

The tournament woes continue for the Cerritos College women's volleyball team.The Falcons lost both matches to Fullerton and Gavilan Colleges at the Fullerton three-way tournament on Friday, Sept. 25.Head...

The Falcons Nicole Spigner (#4) spikes the ball through the block of Riversides Amanda Barker (#2). Spigner led Cerritos with nine kills in the match. Photo credit: Taylor Ogata

[Photo] Tigers too tough for Falcons

September 24, 2015

The Falcons' Nicole Spigner (#4) spikes the ball through the block of Riverside's Amanda Barker (#2). Spigner led Cerritos with nine kills in the match. Photo credit: Taylor Ogata

The Falcons Tyler Payne (#2) pivots against a double-team from Citrus in game 2. Stats were not disclosed for this game. Photo credit: Taylor Ogata

Falcons break even on day one

September 22, 2015

The season does not start until early November, however the SoCal Juco Fall Jamboree serves as a tune-up for the upcoming season. The Jamboree is a pre-season showcase of 43 community colleges from all...

The Falcons charge onto the field at the start of the game to begin the home slate of the 2015 season. Cerritos struck first but let it slip away in the second half. Photo credit: Taylor Ogata

[Photo] ‘Dogfight’ of a game slips away from Cerritos College

September 21, 2015

The Falcons charge onto the field at the start of the game to begin the home slate of the 2015 season. Cerritos struck first but let it slip away in the second half. Photo credit: Taylor Ogata

Two members of the team rush for a ball to save it from going out of bounds during a scrimmage after practice on Tuesday, Aug 18. Photo credit: Taylor Ogata

[Photo] Lone star state receives women’s soccer team

September 15, 2015

Two members of the team rush for a ball to save it from going out of bounds during a scrimmage after practice on Tuesday, Aug 18. Photo credit: Taylor Ogata

Falcons ousted in semifinals

September 15, 2015

After going the distance to defeat Yuba College in the quarterfinals, the Cerritos College women's volleyball team lost in straight sets to Cypress College in the semifinals of its home tournament on Saturday,...

Cerritos Colleges libero Jasmine Peralta (#7) spikes the ball past Santa Anas Fernanda Ruiz (#2). Peralta had 7 kills, 4 aces, and 5 digs in the match. Photo credit: Taylor Ogata

Falcons down the Dons

September 8, 2015

After several weeks of practice, the Cerritos College women's volleyball team came ready to play on Friday, Sept. 4th against Santa Ana.   Led by Kayley Stephens' 10 kills and Monica Vega's...

What is your favorite WWE wrestler

August 27, 2015

"No, it's not real, more for entertainment." -Eduardo Rodriguez, Drawing & Painting major"I used to watch it a long time ago. I liked John Cena." -Andrew Cruz, Engineering major"Sometimes. I like Randy...

New MyCerritos dashboard tool to aid student completion

August 26, 2015

A new program that will allow students to keep track of their progress toward their Associate Arts degree will soon be released at Cerritos College.The Completion Dashboard Tool is expected to be launched...

The team scrimmages at the end of practice on Tuesday August 18. Here, a play off a throw-in is being made. Photo credit: Taylor Ogata

Defeated college looks to strike back at women’s soccer team

August 20, 2015

The Cerritos College women's soccer team were recently preparing for a rematch of last year's California Community College Athletic Association semifinals. Coming off its third consecutive state championship...

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