By | Staff Writer
May 9, 2012

The City College wrestling team will be bringing on board future freshman Benito Lopez, trained in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts, to compete for a spot on the team, as well as help push the current team to its limit, according to Head Coach Dave Pacheco.

“Looking into next year we have a lot of talent in every weight classification. Guys who redshirted this year and were on the team this year would make us a very good team,” Pacheco explained. “But if we can get freshmen like Benito to come in and push those guys for spots, our program will be that much better.”

Lopez spoke about working with the team versus working alone.

“I love being around people and around a team,” Lopez said. “I think it helps in maintaining motivation to get through workouts.”

One of the possible hurdles that Lopez will encounter this coming fall will be competing on the Sacramento City Wrestling team with limited experience in the sport.

Lopez current training in MMA combines a mixture of fighting styles, which includes kickboxing, jui-jitsu and wrestling, more commonly known as cage fighting. Lopez won his first MMA bout by kicking his opponent unconscious within…» Read More

By | Staff Writer
May 8, 2012

Mark Garrick is a beast, standing 6-foot, 4-inches, 270 pounds. His impact during the City College football team’s 2011 season was rewarded with being named to the 2011 Mid-Empire All Conference defensive team as defensive lineman.

Though he may seem larger than life on paper, he is just a down to earth guy from the East Coast. At just 20 years old, this business major ran a 40-yard dash in 4.8 seconds while compiling 54 tackles on the season, which led to his Mid-Empire All Conference team honors. Though schools like University Nevada, LasVegas, Reno and San Jose State were interested in recruiting him, he recently decided to go back east and signed to play football for Syracuse University in New York. Garrick said his biggest reason for choosing Syracuse was to be closer to home.

While on the field, Garrick tries to emulate some of his favorite athletes in the NFL, like Ndamukong Suh, Mario Williams and Jason Pierre-Paul. Garrick has played football since the fifth grade. He says he’s played just about every position, but quarterback.

Garrick transferred from Lower Richland High School in Hopkins, South Carolina, to Feather River Community College in Quincy, Calif.

After the 2010…» Read More

By | Staff writer
May 2, 2012

These days it’s not uncommon for siblings to compete in the same sport. Think Edgar and Adrian Gonzalez, Peyton and Eli Manning, and Venus and Serena Williams, to name just a few.

City College has two names to add to that list: Aaron and Alan Tombleson, two brothers who not only share the same blood, but also share a passion for track and field.

“It has been like this from the beginning, ever since we grew up,” says Alan. “We have competed together in everything, especially against one another, from riding bikes, lifting to throwing.”

Aaron, 27, is a kinesiology major and Alan, 25, is a sports psychology major.

Aaron has been throwing at City College for two years, and Alan is in his first year. Aaron, ranks highest in shot put and hammer, while Alan ranks in discus and shot put for Northern California Community Colleges.

Both brothers say they feed off the support they get from one another. “Being with my brother in the same sport has helped me a lot. It’s a lot better to have someone to work out with, especially someone near my level that likes to work out as much as I do,” says Aaron. “It is a lot easier to get in shape and…» Read More

By | Staff Writer
May 2, 2012

Teams are gearing up for the next season in sports and the time has come for schools to recruit prospects. Though there may have been courtship before and during the season, the off season is crucial for schools to get athletes to sign and commit to joining their team.

Here is a list of current students who are currently being recruited by four-year programs:

Volleyball— Megan Pollock will be signing a letter of Intent to University of Massachusetts, Boston for 2012.

Tiffany Kohrummel will be signing a letter of Intent to Southern Arkansas University for 2012.

Football—Mark Garrick signed a letter of intent for Syracuse University for 2012.

The recruiting process can be a tedious one. Not only do the players have to keep their sport in mind, but they also need to keep their education as a top priority.

“The recruitment process can be stressful and overwhelming,” says Jessica Pena. “You have to keep in mind the athletic side and education, even though you just want to think about your sport.”

Megan Pollock, who is on the volleyball team, says that help from her head coach Laurie Nash took some of the stress away.

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Panthers tread dangerously to beat Pirates
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April 22, 2012

The City College baseball team was able to hold off a late run by the Modesto Junior College Pirates on April 16. The Panthers scored the first eight runs of the game, but were forced to hold off the late five -run offensive surge of the Pirates to make the final score 8-5, in favor of City College.

Modesto pitcher Matt Jackson had a 3.38 ERA coming into the game, and faced the 4.32 ERA of Panthers pitcher Brian Kennedy as his pitching opposition.

“He’s [Kennedy] a gamer who’s going to throw ‘K’s’ for us,” Panthers infielder Mike Correa said post game. “He’s a bulldog, he might be only 5′, 3″ but he pitches like he’s 6′, 7″.”

The bottom of the third inning was when scoring began for City College. Panthers third baseman Ryan Pudwell’s RBI single keep the inning going long enough for Panthers catcher Joe Setum to reach base, making the score 3-0 for the Panthers after a Pirates’ throwing error allowed another run to score.

The top of the fourth inning was the time that the Panthers defense supported their pitcher by making much needed defensive plays according to Correa.

“As long as our pitcher keeps…» Read More

By | Staff Writer
April 19, 2012

The City College baseball team beat the Modesto Junior College Pirates on April 14, winning with the final score of 4-3.

The first three innings left the Panthers scoreless as the Pirates moved ahead 3-0. The bottom of the fifth inning, City College catcher Joe Seto hit a ball down the third base line for a double, sending the runner on first to third.

The next batter for City College was right fielder Julian Jones. His pop fly to deep center field brought Hastings to home plate for the first Panthers score.

Shortstop Jorge Vina’s line drive hit over the infielders’ heads in the following City College at bat brought Seto in from third base, bringing the score to 3-2 in favor of the Pirates.

The bottom of the ninth was the time that City College tied the game after three walks left the bases loaded. Panthers third baseman Ryan Pudwell was the fourth straight walk to tie the score 3-3.

Jorge Vina’s hit in the bottom of the 10th inning was the only hit for City College, but three walks later was the final play of the game. City College first baseman Patrick Armstrong was hit by a high…» Read More

By | Staff Writer
April 19, 2012

City College softball team played well for a few innings of the double header games against San Joaquin Delta College Mustangs April 14. Delta controlled the rest of the game and ultimately won with a final score of 3-1 the first game and 10-3 the second game, according to City College Head Coach Tim Kiernan.

The Panthers (11-23-1, 6-12 Big 8 ) led through the first three innings of game one. Delta College responded with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the third inning to score.

Delta continued scoring with a home run in the fifth inning, and tacked on an insurance run in the sixth inning to push the margin to 3-1.

In the second game of the double header, freshman pitcher Melissa Spanton stepped into the circle to pitch for City College. The first inning went quickly for Spanton, retiring all three Mustang batters.

The second inning wouldn’t prove as 1-2-3 for Spanton as the Mustangs amassed five runs on five hits.

“You’ve got to make pitches, and we’re not hitting a lot of spots,” Kiernan said. “If you don’t hit spots, you won’t win.”

City College was down 10-1 heading into the sixth inning, but was…» Read More

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April 18, 2012

The City College rugby club has been active for four semesters, but only started actively competing this semester. While the club started its season with 37 members, as the season progressed it now has 17. The men in the club barely knew each other in the beginning says rugby Coach Jude Temple, but by the last games they played their very best together. With a 2-2 ending to their season, Temple says he is proud of their accomplishments and hopes to move up a division level next season. Temple says that an onlooker might think that the game “looks like a bunch of mayhem,” but that it is actually a “physical game of chess that is technically driven.”




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April 18, 2012

The Sacramento Australian Rules Football Club is in its fourth year, and this season the club’s members have decided to expand their presence.

The club is recruiting new players, particularly from colleges and universities in the area, and representatives of the team have extended the opportunity to try out to City College students, according to club co-founder Amy Bishop. The Sacramento Screamers is recruiting both men and women to join its team.

“Australian football has not been noticed by college kids,” said Bishop. “We are really keen to rectify this by hopefully playing games at the colleges, inviting college students to attend our free practices.”

The SARFC is a member of the United States Australian Football League, the national governing body of Australian Football, known as “footy” for short, which consists of more than 30 clubs and 60 teams across the United States, including the Boston Demons, Austin Crows and the Sacramento Screamers. The Screamers, formed in 2009, include separate men’s and women’s teams.

Starting May 19, matches will be played at Nugget Field in Davis Saturdays and at various venues throughout the region. Starting in April, the club will also run spring, summer and fall co-ed, tag footy leagues…» Read More