Sports

City College basketball player among top 20
By | Staff Writer
April 10

Every season, the California Community College Athletic Association announces the top 20 community college players in the state by electing them to the All-State Team. This year, City College basketball star Antwoine Davis was among the 20 players listed.

Davis topped off his City College career not only by being named to the 2013–2014 All-State team, but also to the All-Big 8 Conference team.

Davis, who graduated from Luther Burbank High School, led the Panthers and the Big-8 Conference in points per game and rebounds per game this season with 17.8 and 11.4, respectively.

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The fine art of throwing hammer
By | Staff Writer
April 10

Practice is a must every day for the City College athletes on the track and field team. According to Panthers track and field head coach Rob Dewar, for those who compete in the hammer throw, it is even more crucial.

“The hammer throw is such a tough event in track and field that you have to find someone who is willing to put in the extra work,” said Dewar.

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Crimea loses identity while student athlete finds hers
By | Staff Writer
April 9

Dasha Masalitina treads water for eight minutes, her legs scissoring furiously as she tries to keep her head afloat. She’s doesn’t know how to play water polo, but she doesn’t care. Not knowing how to do something new has never stopped her before.

Not too long ago, everything was new for her. New home. New school. New country.

New sport? Bring it on.

“This is my life now,” says the 19-year-old City College freshman. “And I love it.”

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Panther softball infield shows skill, leadership
By | Staff Writer
April 9

Finely manicured grass, smoothly raked infield dirt, bright white chalk lines and the Panthers softball team huddled up in a pre-game chant while San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh’s “Who’s got it better than us?” chant blasts over the public address system. This is the usual Panthers’ ritual before every home game at City College. Infielder Stephanie Bagwell is in the center of the huddle helping get the team fired up.

Bagwell, a sophomore at City College, is the Panthers’ starting second baseman. She was born in Berkley and when she was 10 her family moved to Fairfield where she went on to play four years of varsity softball at Vanden High School.

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Fighting for a better life
By | Staff Writer
April 9

Students enroll in City College for various reasons. For many it is an opportunity to earn an associate’s degree or certificate, or transfer to a university to earn a four-year degree.

Amateur boxer and communications major Julius Douglas says that his decision to enroll in City College was motivated by his aspiration to better his life and to compete in the Olympic Games as a member of the United States Men’s Boxing Team.

“I’m aiming for the Olympics,” said Douglas. “Right now I’m training every day to get better so that when I’m ready to go professional I’ll give it a shot.”

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Panthers’ baseball loses to Wolverines
By | Staff Writer
April 3

City College baseball failed to get the three-game sweep on Sierra College March 28 when the Wolverines defeated the Panthers 10-3.

The Wolverines started the game with three hits and two runs scored in the first inning. Designated hitter Kyle Dixon got home from a sacrifice fly after a double down the right field line put him on base. The second run came by a RBI double from shortstop Bret Sundber.

The Panthers would mirror Sierra’s first inning with one run on three hits. Catcher Austin Spainhour singled up the middle to bring center fielder Jared James home for an RBI. City College ended the inning with three runners on base.

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SCC softball sweeps day
By | Staff Writer
March 27

City College’s softball team swept Big 8 Conference opponent San Joaquin Delta College in a double header at home March 22 in The Yard for final scores of 10-9 and 3-2 respectively.

Game one began with a monstrous first inning for the Panthers. The team totaled nine runs and nine hits in the inning.

Shortstop Mickey Loveridge started the game with a three-run home run to deep center field and added one more RBI before the inning ended. Catcher Allie Cheetham and Outfielder Megan Winton both had RBIs in the inning, and second baseman Stephanie Bagwell scored a run after getting on base from a fielding error.

In the bottom of the second inning, Delta began to mount a comeback, getting three runs on four hits. The team ended the inning with three runners left on base.

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Baseball with Latin flavor
By | Staff Writer
March 26

In a baseball locker room 3,500 miles from home, Jorge Perez Bonilla laces his cleats. He dons his burgundy and gold uniform, and takes the field with the rest of his Panthers teammates. But for Perez-Bonilla—and the four other Latin American players on the squad—the game is just a little more complicated than simply playing baseball.

Adjusting to college life is something many City College student athletes struggle with. When coupled with an entirely new culture and a new home thousands of miles from where they grew up, it can become even more of a challenge. Jonathan Taraya of Express sat down with five students on the City College baseball team to discuss the problems and perks that come with being international student athletes at City College.

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When losers become winners
By | Staff Writer
March 26

The offseason is a time when players turn their weaknesses into strengths. It’s when players get stronger both physically and mentally. It’s when losers become winners.

During the regular season, the emphasis of progression is geared toward the team rather than the individual. During the offseason, however, it’s about working hard to get individual players’ skills developed.

For City College athletes on any of the school’s 18 competitive teams, the offseason is not solely a time for rest and relaxation, but in many cases it is when the real work begins.

“There really is no offseason for us,” said City College women’s basketball head coach Devin Engebresten. “When our season ends, the girls only get three weeks off.”

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Panthers' baseball falls to Bear Cubs
By | Staff Writer
March 25

City College’s baseball team suffered its third loss this season, after falling short Saturday in the ninth inning by one run.

The Panthers came into the game undefeated at home and in conference play, looking for a sweep over the Santa Rosa Junior College Bear Cubs.

Santa Rosa earned an early lead in the second inning on a base hit by catcher Spencer Neve. City College responded by tying the game on a triple by lead-off man Jared James in the third.

Santa Rosa scored a pair of runs in the sixth, followed by one more run in the seventh. The team went into the bottom of the ninth leading 4-1. However, City College did not go down easily.

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