Sports

Panther takes home gold, twice
By | Editor in chief
May 20

After long season of training for the California Community College Athletic Association’s track and field state championships, Panther’s Lovina Akaoula can officially call herself a state champion — two times over.

Sophomore Akaoula took home two gold medals in shot put and discus May 9 at the College of San Mateo. On her final throw of the shot put event, she threw 14.36 meters to beat out Cerritos’ Sisilia Puaka’s 13.38-meter throw.

It took only one throw in the discus event for Akaoula to take first place. She threw 42.28 meters to beat out second-place finisher Imani Bierly from Yuba College.

Of the other City College athletes to qualify for state, sophomore Henry Sharoyan finished third place in the men’s shot put event with a 15.99-meter throw. Long distance runner Amanda Rodriguez finished fourth place in the women’s 1500-meter run with a season-best time of 4:40.45, and men’s 4x400m relay team finished in seventh place.

For more stats and information on City College track and field, visit http://sccpanthers.losrios.edu/landing/index

 

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City College pitcher makes a mound made of riches
By | Guest Writer
May 7

In the middle of every baseball diamond lies a small, brown and dusty covered hill surrounded by white chalk and blades of green grass. It’s a place that batters fear. This place is the pitcher’s mound, and it’s what Ben Ritchey calls home.

Ritchey, 20, City College baseball’s ace pitcher, has had a fascination with baseball since the age of 5. He contributes his desire to play to his father, and mentor, who influenced him and always had a strong passion for the game.

“I love the sport because I feel as if baseball is the ultimate balance in a game,” says Ritchey. “It can kick anyone down who thinks they are too good and uplift anyone who is the opposite.”

Ritchey pitched throughout high school at Capital Christian and held a 27-11 record in all four years of his varsity tenure. He says that his decision to join City College was to perfect his skills on the mound before transferring to a four-year university.

The control and command of his pitches leaves his coaches believing that City College is only the beginning for Ritchey. His repertoire of pitches varies from a fastball, sinker, changeup and slider, with the latter…» Read More



Softball eliminated from playoffs after losing series 2-1
By | Sports Editor
May 5

Much like Game 1 of the best-of-three playoff series, the next two games were riddled with missed, botched and blown calls by the officiating crew. Many of the calls by the umpires were contested from both teams, and there were many conferences among the crew.

The biggest blown call on the day came in the fifth inning of deciding Game 3. With runners on first and second for Shasta, Leah Holland hit a ground ball to third base. Panthers’ third baseman Taylor McDowell fielded the ball and tossed it to shortstop Kailey Olcott for the routine force out at third base.

The third base umpire called the runner out at third, but after Shasta head coach Sonny Stupek appealed the call, the call was over turned, and the runner was ruled safe. Shasta went on to score four runs in the inning to take a 7-6 lead.

City College faced elimination coming into the day, and defeated Shasta College 6-3 in Game 2. However, Shasta won Game 3, 13-8 and eliminated the Panthers to advance to the California Community College Athletic Association’s Super Regional Playoffs

“I think it’s because of the three-man system,” said City College head coach Tim Kiernan….» Read More



Softball loses Game 1 in first round of playoffs
By | Sports Editor
May 3

Things got interesting in the top of the sixth inning in the May 2 softball playoff game against Shasta College. The umpires blew a crucial call that turned the game’s momentum the Knights’ way.

With the second baseman forced to run, Panthers’ first baseman Erikka Burke threw to third base. Shortstop Kailey Olcott had her foot on the bag to get the force out, but after a conference between the umpires, the runner was ruled safe. The blown call led to three more runs in the inning, and Shasta took a 9-5 lead.

In the end, City College dropped Game 1 in a best-of-three series in the California Community College Athletic Association Regional Playoffs against the Shasta College Knights in a hard fought 11-9 battle.

Head coach Tim Kiernan was critical of the umpires’ call after the game.

“That was horrible, but what can you do?” said Kiernan. “The trouble is, with the umpires in a three-man system, they don’t work it enough, and they’re all watching one play and not watching any where else — and that’s the point of a three-man system.

“We would’ve been better on that play having two umpires than having someone right there. That…» Read More



Baseball misses playoffs for first time in 35 years
By | Sports Editor
May 1

Round 1 of the California Community College Athletic Association baseball playoffs begins today — and for the first time in 35 years, City College will not be playing.

The Panthers ended their disappointing 2015 season with a 17-19 record — 9-12 in Big 8 Conference play. According to head coach Derek Sullivan, many shortcomings on the field led to the sub .500 record that left the team preparing for next season rather than playing this weekend.

“We were talented enough, but we just didn’t play good enough baseball over the course of the season,” said Sullivan. “Often enough, if we scored enough runs to win, then we gave up too many. We had some issues with consistency in our starting pitching. We had some issues with consistency in our bullpen.”

Despite the losing record, and because of the CCCAA power rankings, the Panthers still found themselves on the brink of a playoff in the final game of the season. However, they needed five different teams to lose, which proved to be too many obstacles in their way.

Sullivan acknowledged that a last-minute miracle was too much to hope for that late in the season and that the team needed to…» Read More



Emotional victory for City College baseball
By | Staff Writer
April 26

City College baseball closed out the season with a three-game series sweep against the Modesto Junior College Pirates. The Panthers took Game 3 April 24 at Union Stadium, 7-4.

Despite the victory, the game was bittersweet for the Panthers. For many of the players this game would be their last, and the emotion on their faces showed it.

Third baseman Tyler Houlihan ended his final season with the Panthers on a humble note — earning four hits, two runs and a number of steals.

“It sucks it came to an end on a sour note,” said Houlihan. “But overall it was satisfying to go out with a bang. I feel really grateful for the past three years. This place changed my life.”

Fueled by emotion and the slightest possibility of still making the playoffs given unlikely circumstances, the Panthers played one of their better games all season. The team scored seven hits on 11 runs with four errors.

The score remained evenly matched throughout the game until the bottom of the sixth when catcher Austin Spainhour hit a two-run double to left field, bringing home both right fielder Kyle Blakeman and pitcher Brandon Langan.

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Seeing Double
By | Staff Writer
April 22

Before taking the field for practice, City College’s track and field team circles around head coach Rob Dewar for advice and guidance. One thing Dewar stresses is the ideal of teamwork in an individualized sport.

“This is your team right here,” says Dewar. “Lean on each other, and trust each other because this is it.”

For two freshman athletes, being a team has never been a problem, because 19-year-old twins Daniel and David Mewborn have been motivating each other since birth.

“It’s a lot easier with my brother on the team because he motivates me every day to keep working and to not give up,” says Daniel.

As two-sport athletes in high school, the brothers saw relative success both on the track and on the football field. In football, Daniel amassed 92 total tackles playing defensive back in three seasons at the varsity level. In his senior season (2013-2014), David led Vacaville High School in rushing with 1,113 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns.

On the track, both of the brothers qualified for the CIF State Championship in the 4X400 meter relay, but finished ninth out of 10 qualified teams.

With success in both sports at the high school level, the…» Read More



SCC softball defeats Delta College in must-win game
By | Sports Editor
April 22

While City College baseball — who will miss the playoffs for the first time in 35 years — was at Union Stadium trying to end its season on a winning note yesterday afternoon against Modesto, the softball team was playing the Delta College Mustangs in a battle for a potential playoff spot.

The Panthers defeated the Mustangs 8-5 in seven innings April 21 in both teams’ final game of the regular season and the sophomores’ final home game at City College.

The deciding factor in the game was the pressure the Panthers’ runners put on the Mustangs’ infielders while on base. The Mustangs had multiple throwing errors in the fourth and fifth innings, which led to three unearned runs. During the two innings, the Mustangs seemed overwhelmed with the speed from the Panthers’ base runners. The Panthers — who are second in the state with 115 stolen bases — finished the game with five stolen bases.

“We put pressure on them, and that’s our game,” said head coach Tim Kiernan. “We’re going to run on every catcher that we face. They better be as good as our catcher, or we’re going to run on them.”

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City College softball one step closer to playoffs
By | Sports Editor
April 19

With three games remaining in the regular season and a playoff birth on the line, City College softball desperately needed to win both games of the April 18 doubleheader against Big 8 Conference rival Santa Rosa Junior College.

The team did just that. The Panthers won both games in the bottom of the fifth inning on a run-rule, with an 8-0 score in Game 1 and a 9-1 score in Game 2.

“We played really well today,” said head coach Tim Kiernan. “I don’t know if we really made any mistakes.”

The Panthers got on the board early in Game 1, scoring two runs on fielding errors by Santa Rosa.

Panthers’ shortstop Kailey Olcott, who played well in both games, hit a solo homerun in the third inning to put the team up 3-0. Later, in the fourth inning, third baseman Taylor McDowell hit a three-run blast over the fence to put the Panthers up 7-0.

“We hit some hard balls, and the two home runs certainly helped us,” said Kiernan. “Sometimes it takes a couple times around [the batting order] to get to the pitcher.”

In the bottom of the fifth, Olcott reached first base after being hit by…» Read More



City College baseball’s struggles continue
By | Sports Editor
April 15

 

City College baseball’s battle to break .500 on the season is not over. The team’s lost to cross-town rival Cosumnes River College April 14 in a high scoring 12-8 game, the first matchup of the season and first of a three-game series for the two teams.

The Panthers started the game strong and jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the second inning. However, the momentum shifted toward CRC after a second altercation between head coach Tony Bloomfield and the second base umpire about a blown call at first base in the top of the third.

Panthers’ head coach Derek Sullivan declined to comment about the calls or the officiating but stated that the argument may have benefited CRC by rallying the dugout.

“I don’t think it was out of character or out of place,” said Sullivan about Bloomfield’s reaction to the calls. “It was probably how it should’ve gone.”

Cosumnes scored three runs in the inning and cut the lead to 4-3.

Panthers’ first baseman Brandon Langan hit an RBI single in the fifth to put the team up 5-3, but CRC’s momentum wouldn’t falter. Cosumnes rallied back and scored three runs in the top of the…» Read More