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2012-2013 Program and Team News

Fall 2012 | Winter 2013 | Spring 2013 | Team & Scholar-Athlete Awards May 22, 2013

Spring Updates

Congratulations to the De Anza College Scholar Athletes of the Year, Cory Kingston and Katherine Ja.
Cory Kingston and Katherin JaCory plays baseball and will be transferring to the University of Albany on a baseball scholarship. He plans to major in Environmental Studies. Cory is a veteran of the U.S. Marines and served on the front lines in Afghanistan. He has a 3.7 GPA.

Katherine is a three sport student-athlete at De Anza. As a freshman she competed in Volleyball, Badminton and Basketball. This past year she decided to just focus on Volleyball, Badminton and school. She just returned from Pasadena and leading her Badminton team to the state title. In what is probably a first for California community colleges, her sister and Mom were also a part of the state champion Badminton team. Katherine is an English Literature major. She is currently deciding between Santa Clara University, UC Berkeley and UCLA. She has a 3.96 GPA.

They will be honored Wednesday, May 22 at 1:30 to 3 p.m. in Conference Rooms A&B in the Hinson Campus Center. We will also be recognizing our sophomore scholar athletes as well as extraordinary athletic achievement. All are welcome to attend!

The De Anza Women's Track and Field Team will have six ladies competing at College of San Mateo this Friday and Saturday in the Track and Field State Championships.

  • Erin Fisher will compete the Heptathlon and 400 Hurdles.
  • Elena Ornelas will compete in the Heptathlon.
  • Alexa Torres will compete in the 10000 and 1500.
  • Dominique Guinnane and Oddessy Tapia will be in 3000 Steeplechase. Guinnane will also compete in the 1500.
  • Terra Steadman will compete in the Discus.

Competition at CSM starts at 10 a.m. both days.

Coast Conference Champion Sheung Wi "Pinky" Li2013 was the year of the Pinky in Women's Badminton. After helping her team go undefeated at 10-0 to win the state team championship Thursday, De Anza College freshman Sheung Wi 'Pinky' Li capped a perfect season for herself in capturing the CCCAA Championship singles and doubles titles Saturday, paired with team-mate Jessica Dinh for the doubles win.

The doubles team final match was an all-De Anza affair, played against team-mates and Katherine Ja and Christine Ja.

For the full story, see the May 12 article in the Cupertino Patch.

Congratulations Lady Dons! De Anza won its first CCCAA state team championship Thursday, May 9, defeating San Diego City, 12-9.

De Anza 2013 Badminton State Champions

The team closed out a perfect season at 10-0, jumping out to a 5-1 lead in the opening round of singles and then clinched the victory in round 3. See the CCCAA website for coverage of the singles and doubles tournaments in progress May 10-11.

The De Anza Women's Badminton team (9 wins 0 losses) plays defending State Champion, San Diego City College (9 wins 0 losses), for the California State Team Badminton Championship in Pasadena starting Thursday, May 9.

Also four De Anza singles players and two doubles teams qualified for the Individual and doubles component of the State Championships.

Individual Qualifiers
  • 1 Sheung Wi “Pinky” Li – Coast Conference Singles Champion
  • 4 Katherine Ja
  • 7 Christina Ja
  • 8 Jessica Dinh
Doubles Qualifiers
  • 1 Sheng Wei “Pinky” Li / Jessica Dinh, Coast Conference Doubles Champions
  • 2 Katherine Ja / Christina Ja, Coast Conference Runners-Up

"Pinky" Coast Conference Badminton Player of the Year

Pinky has not lost a singles game, let alone a match, at the community college level this year (23-0 match record). She has defeated last year's singles champion twice and the runner-up five times. She and Jessica Dinh, her doubles partner are also undefeated in all matches (14-0).

"Team Ja," our sister doubles team of Katherine and Christina Ja ("K-Ja" and "C-Ja") are 13-3 and finished as runners-up to Pinky and Jessica in both the Orange Empire Conference spring tournament, where De Anza was a guest team, and the Coast Conference Championships.

Mark Landefeld was named Coast Conference Badminton Coach of the Year. Congratulations to Mark and all our student-athletes on the Badminton team.

Read the full story in the Cupertino Patch.


Congratulations to Coach Mark Landefeld and the De Anza College Women's Badminton team for winning the Coast Conference Team Championship for the third time in the program's history.

2013 Badminton Coast Conference Champions

This is the first Conference Championship for Women's Badminton since 2003. (We did not field a team from 2004-2007). This is Mark's first Badminton championship as the head Badminton coach. Mark was part of three Coast Conference championships as the Head Men's Soccer Coach at De Anza.
The Coast Conference Individual Championships will be held at De Anza on May 3-4. There is no charge to watch the matches. Fridays matches start at 5 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m.


Congratulations to Coach Rachel Pacheco and the De Anza Women's Softball team for making it to the Nor Cal Playoffs. De Anza will play at Sacramento City College on May 4 at 2 p.m. They will play again at 12 p.m. on May 5 and right after that game if necessary. The Softball team finished in second place in the Coast Conference.


Dons Track and Field teams competed in the Coast Conference Championships on April 23 and 27. The De Anza women finished second by 1 point to Hartnell, 217 points to 216 points.

Women's Individual Champions

  • Melissa Chaidez in the 800 (an event her older sister won also at De Anza)
  • Terra Steadman in the Discus and Erin Fisher in the 400 Hurdles.


  • Elena Ornelas in the 100 Hurdles
  • Dominique Guinnane in the 3000 Steeplechase
  • Erin Fisher in the High Jump and Long Jump.

The De Anza Men Track and Fieled finished in 5th place in the Coast Conference. Runners-up were Luke Williams in the 200 and Marcus Cerrato in the 800.

Former De Anza football players Will Davis, from Utah State, and Ty Powell, from Harding University, were selected respectively by the Miami Dolphins and the Seattle Seahawks during the annual National Football League draft on April 25.

Will Davis and Ty PowellWhile at De Anza (2010), Davis earned first team All-Golden State Conference after posting eight interceptions, returning for two touchdowns. He was also a team captain while on De Anza’s football team.

Powell, too, served as one of the De Anza 2010 football team captains. He played as a safety and won the Golden Gate Conference Defensive Player of the Year award in 2010. Powell is the first player to be drafted out of Harding University in the last 30 years.

This is the first time in De Anza history that two players were drafted into the NFL in the same year. Coach Dan Atencio remembers both as excellent student-athletes who never missed a practice.

Read the full story in the Cupetino Patch.

Building: PE
Contact: Kulwant Singh
Phone: 408.864.8745

Last Updated: 5/16/13