Sports

Fall into sports
By | Sports Editor
Sept. 15

Fall is the harvest season. The time of year when Sacramento City College harvests its own new crop of students.

The first college experience may be a lot to take in for some incoming students. With everything students have to cram in throughout the semester, extracurricular activities can carry on unnoticed. Students, new or returning, may be unaware of the athletics programs here. Athletic programs are the various types of sports, men’s and women’s, that a college has available to its’ students on campus.

City College has a total of 18 athletic programs on campus, most of which take place during the fall semester.

“We have eight programs, with men’s and women’s cross country, beginning in the fall,” said Sports Department Dean and Athletic Director Mitch Campbell. “Men’s and Women’s basketball also starts in the fall and [are] the only [sports] to carry over in two semesters so it’s really 10.”

One such program is wrestling. The 2013 Panther’s wrestling team won the state championship and is looking to have similar success this season, according to Head Coach David Pacheco.

However, there is no added pressure to repeat as state champions, Pacheco added.

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New coach looks to continue success
By | Features Editor
Sept. 12

When members of City College women’s basketball team step onto the court for the first time this season, there will be a new person calling the plays: Coach Julia Allender.

When a full-time head coach and teaching position opened up at City College at the end of last school year, athletics department director and dean of Kinesiology Mitch Campbell searched for candidates and believed that Allender, former head women’s basketball coach at Ohlone College in Fremont, was the best suited for the position.

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From wrestling at City College to fighting in the UFC
By | Sports Editor
Sept. 10

More than 11,000 mixed martial arts fans filled the Sleep Train Arena Aug 31. to witness two hometown fighters compete. UFC Bantamweight Champion T.J. Dillashaw would defend his title in the main event and in the co-main event Danny Castillo took on Tony Ferguson in a Lightweight bout.

For Castillo, who was born in San Francisco and raised in Sacramento, being able to compete in front of so many friends and family members was a surreal moment.

“This means everything to me. Just having to be the co-main event in my hometown is something you dream about as a kid and I’m running with it,” said Castillo.

Castillo’s strengths are boxing and wrestling, according to the UFC 177 official program. He

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City College alums come to take back the mat
By | Staff Writer
Sept. 8

This Friday marks the 35th anniversary of the annual Alumni Wrestling Scrimmage, a tradition that was started back during the 1980-1981 fall term at City College.

This year, Coach David Pacheco and the wrestling team have decided to take it “back to the roots” of the annual scrimmage and run the event just as they did 35 years ago.

Matches will be three rounds at 1 1/2 minutes running time each. Half-minute break between rounds are available at the alumni’s discretion. Alumni have the choice of starting positions in the second round no matter what the score. All scoring, both matches and team, are unofficial. The clock runs continuously unless there is an injury or equipment failure.

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By | Staff Writer
May 9

City College softball defeated Reedley College in the Northern Regional Playoffs May 4-5 to advance to the Northern California Super Regional Playoffs.

The Panthers were unbeatable Friday and Saturday during the first round of the Northern Regional Playoffs, sweeping the Tigers in games one and two of the playoffs. The 11-3 and 11-0 wins move the Panthers forward to the playoffs May 9-11.

In the first game of the series, the Panthers proved their dominance by scoring 11 runs on 17 hits, winning 11-3 against the Tigers.

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Baseball is in his blood
By | Guest Writer
May 9

Tink! Tink! Tink! The sound of a metal bat hitting a baseball, over and over again. The smell of fresh cut grass. The sound of baseballs hitting mitts repeatedly. The sun overhead. This is where Robert Link feels his passion.

Link, 20, is a City College baseball player. He is the archetypal college athlete and represents the program here at Sac City the way it should be.

That all comes easy for Link, baseball is in his blood.

“He is an excellent example of what community college student-athletes should strive to be,” says City College head baseball coach Derek Sullivan. “His future is bright.”

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Pitching staff leads Panthers
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May 8

A combination of young freshman and veteran leadership has catapulted the Panthers’ pitching staff to the top of the rankings in for California community colleges.

The Panthers had three starting pitchers post a sub 2.50 ERA this season, and the team’s 2.30 overall ERA is the seventh best in the state.

Sophomore Gabe Araj, the team’s only left-handed starter, made 11 starts for the Panthers posting an ERA of 2.30 in 54.2 innings pitched with 47 strikeouts and a record of 5-3.

Panthers head coach Derek Sullivan says the team’s consistent pitching was the key to their success this season.

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Baseball sees success, disapointment
By | Staff Writer
May 8

City College baseball finished the 2014 regular season with an overall record of 24-11, and its players found themselves matched up with the Cabrillo College Hawks in the first round of the CCCAA Nor-Cal Regional Playoffs.

After dropping the first game of the best-of-three series (6-1) to the Hawks Friday night, the Panthers won a dramatic game two the next day in the 13th inning when infielder Nolan Ryan hit a walk-off single against Hawks pitcher Eddy Puga to drive in Matt Caselli and win the game 6-5 for City College.

Then, in the final and deciding game of the series Saturday, Hawks pitcher Ryan Capozza threw a complete game against the Panthers, allowing just two runs and securing the 4-2 win for Cabrillo College.

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Sacramento Republic FC comes to City College
By | Staff Writer
May 8

A sold-out crowd of more than 20,000 fans took to Charles C. Hughes Stadium to watch Sacramento’s first professional outdoor soccer team take the field in their first home game.

Despite the losing score (2–1) displayed on the scoreboard at the end of the 90-minute match, the Sacramento Republic Football Club’s inaugural first home game was a sure success and did more for City College than any one major sporting event has done in years, according to campus officials.

Republic FC was founded in 2012 and became an expansion team for the United Soccer Leagues Professional Division (USLPro), a division three American soccer league. The team made its debut in 2014 against the LA Galaxy II team at the StubHub center in Carson, Calif.

With Bonney Field—the team’s permanent home—currently under construction at Cal Expo, the Republic will play their first three home games at City College’s Hughes Stadium.

With a sell-out crowd April 26, and over 17,000 people at May 3 win (2-1), team executives are hoping to have an average of close to 17,000 fans over the three game-span at Hughes Stadium.

City College Athletic Director Mitch Campbell and Vice President of Administrative Affairs Bob Martinelli brokered a…» Read More



Panthers advance to Super Regionals
By | Staff Writer
May 7

The Panther’s came into the season with lofty expectations from the California Community College Fastpitch Coaches Association with a ranking of sixth in the state and third in Northern California.

Despite a flurry of injuries, City College softball wrapped up their regular season with a 28-12 record, good enough for a playoff birth and the fourth seed in the Northern California rankings.

“We had a pretty good season so far,” said Head Coach Tim Kiernan. “We didn’t accomplish all of our goals, but we accomplished some.”

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