Sports

New recruits add boost to young team
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Sept. 28, 2011

This season City College golf has claimed three victories out of the five Big 8 Conference matches competed in since Sept. 15, but the Panthers have a lot to live up to since three athletes received scholarships to attend universities last season.

“We have a tradition of winning here at City College to uphold,” women’s golf head coach Tim Kiernan said.

The ability to win in college sports and the attention it brings to potential recruiters has garnered scholarships for last year’s City College women’s golf team starters Kayla Reide, Michelle Bello, and Elise Van Deusen to colleges such as University of Tulsa, Western Carolina University and California State University Monterey.

“Our expectations for the team are the same every season,” said Kiernan. “Win the Big 8 Conference, win Nor Cal, and win the State Championship,” he said.

Kiernan said he believes that this year’s starters Riley Sexton, Wilma Estafante, and team captain Liz Thomas are capable of stepping into the rather large shoes left to fill by the 2009 Big 8 Conference, Northern California, and California State champions.

Last year, the women’s golf team went undefeated in the Big 8 Conference with an 84-0 record and an overall record…» Read More



Panthers no match for Hawks
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Sept. 25, 2011

City College women’s soccer team has yet to find the way to its first win of the season.

In a losing effort by the score of 3-0 the Panthers, now 0-5 overall and 0-1 in the league, were unable to claw back into the game after the Hawk attack struck early Friday afternoon at Cosumnes River College.

Now 6-2 overall and 1-0 in the league, the Hawks’ secret to victory in the Big 8 conference opener was the speed of Katie Ulan, who scored all three goals against City College.

The scoring started early with Ulan’s first goal in the opening minutes of the game, the Hawks had won by scores of 7-0 and 5-1 coming into Friday’s game.

City College head coach Jang-Ha Oh said before the game that he was going to use the 4-2-3-1 formation for the conference match-up to help provide more support in the midfield as well as allow for more defensive capabilities.

“Hopefully we can play wider, hopefully we can score more goals,” Oh said. “We only have two sophomores on the team right now and one of them isn’t playing.”

City College had some scoring opportunities in the first half as sophomore Becerra…» Read More



Ready, set, rugby!
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Sept. 23, 2011

City College rugby football club begins its first official season this year.

The rugby football club has been active for three semesters, but did not become official until it gained club adviser head football coach Dannie Walker and others.

“I live for making huge tackles on big opponents who think they can run through me and find out they can’t,” music major and rugby club treasurer Wolfgang Dalske said.

City College is one of only three community colleges to have a rugby team, along with Sierra College and Santa Rosa College.

“Anyone who wants to play can join the club,” Dalske said.

From the start, City College athletic trainer and rugby coach Jude Temple said rugby was not a welcomed sport because there was a misconception about what the sport really is on campus.

“In the U.S., I think a lot of people consider rugby being like a drinking sport, and it’s not really that at all,” Temple said.

One of the obstacles in establishing the club was in the search for a club adviser.

Originally Temple was to take the club adviser position, but Walker was eventually given the title.

“Some of the [other] challenges we faced as a…» Read More



Six wrestlers make the finals in four weight classes
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Sept. 23, 2011

City College wrestling team took second place in total team points and saw six of its wrestlers make it to the final rounds Sept. 17 at the 28th annual City College Wrestling Tournament in the North Gymnasium.

Fresno City College won the tournament with 124 points. City College took second with 93 points despite having seven injured wrestlers sit-out during the opening tournament from previous injuries.

“I hope I showed that even though these guys are stronger, I have the technique to compete,” said Laith Alnassiri, 18, who had a good showing, according to head wrestling coach Dave Pacheco.

Some of the talented sophomore wrestlers competing at the tournament included returning wrestlers Gerson Nkunku, 197 pounds, his brother Milton Nkunku, 149 pounds, and Tyler Edwards, 19, who competed at 184 pounds.

Edwards said his mind-set coming into the opening tournament was of victory.

“Every match is a big deal. You either win or you lose,” he said. “I want to win.”

Milton Nkunku, 18, nursing major, reached the finals at 149 pounds by going 2-0 to get there. Milton took second place and went home with a No. 2 seed, which is one better than the three-seed he had coming…» Read More



City College triumph in Panther Classic
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Sept. 20, 2011

The Panther volleyball team hosted and swept the Panther Classic Sept. 17, with victories over Shasta College and De Anza College 3-1 and 3-0, respectively.

The Panthers used a balanced attack strategy to overwhelm their opponents in the home opening tournament. Tori Nunez led the team in kills with 13, Payton Fine led the team with four blocks all in the second match, and Cecily Basques led the team in aces with five.

“I felt like everyone was contributing in the first game,” head coach Laurie Nash said. “It’s a collaborative effort. Every match we play we’re either contributing or contaminating, and it’s that way in volleyball.”

Early this season the Panthers struggled with finishing teams off. On this day there were no fifth games needed to put either match away.

“I think we did well. We could have finished quicker,” Jessica Pena said.  “But we got the job done in three in the first match and four for the second one, which is a lot better than [how] we’ve been playing.”

Biological science major Megan Pollock said the team has seen improvement but lacks energy.

“We have been improving in every match we have played in,” Pollock said. “I…» Read More



College football takes control of victory
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Sept. 20, 2011

City College football team made its first home appearance at Hughes Stadium Sept. 16, taking its first win of the season with a 34-22 final score against Sierra College.

The Panthers opened the game with a kickoff and the defensive strength was apparent as the defense stopped the Sierra College Wolverines and caused a turnover on downs. After the defensive stop, City College answered with a 45-yard run, scoring the first touchdown, 7-0.

Running backs Lanier Logan and Devian McKinnie had a big impact in the team’s victory with a strong offensive line forging the way, Offensive coordinator Booker Guyton Jr. said.

“We have some really talented backs that played really well,” Guyton said. “The O-line (offensive line) was very strong too.”

In the second quarter, City College suffered from two blocked punts, (one for a safety). Shortly following, Sierra College scored a touchdown that momentarily put them on top, 8-7.

City College promptly responded with a 41-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. From that point on in the game Sierra College was unable to regain the lead.

As the second quarter came to a close, McKinnie ran for a touchdown with 1:17 left on the clock to put City…» Read More



New Faces Plunge Forward
By | Staff Writer
Sept. 15, 2011

Last season the City College women’s soccer team finished with two wins, 17 losses and two tied games. This season, with one returning player and 16 new freshmen, the team said they plan to turn that record around.

The team began their season with the Sea Breeze tournament in Oxnard. City College lost their first game Saturday Aug. 25, 4-1 and tied in their second game Sunday Aug. 26, 2-2.

Despite beginning the season with a loss and a tie, head soccer coach Jang-Ha Oh said he was impressed with the turn around from the first to the second game.

“We adjusted a little our formations and positions, they pulled it together and played much better in the second game,” Oh said.

Outside midfielder, Carmina Gutierrez, animal biology major, said she also agreed as well with coach Oh that the team played much better the second game than the first.

“I definitely feel more connected to this year’s players although we are still adjust[ing] to each other’s style and manner of play,” Gutierrez said. Oh said he hopes the team will increase ball movement, ball possession, and scoring techniques this season during practice.

Oh explained how this season the team…» Read More



Walker assesses young team in early season scrimmage
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Sept. 15, 2011

Head football coach, Dannie Walker, talks to the Express about football athletes in early season after Friday’s scrimmage.

Walker said the football players are working on strengthening the fundamentals of football during fall camp.

“We got a lot of young guys out here that are extremely talented, but at the same time, we have to continue to focus on the fundamentals like throwing the football, tackling, blocking, running (and) catching,” Walker said.

“A specific position grouping would be our defensive line. There are a lot of talented young men on that line, that are looking forward to go on after here to the four-year level,” Walker said.

“Our offensive line is very talented, as well as being mature and having a lot of college playing experience, which is valuable at the offensive (and) defensive line,’’ Walker said.

Walker said he looked forward to the everyday growth he sees in the athletes, “in terms of the disciplines of life and comparing that with the disciplines of football, that in itself, is enjoyable to see when they start to grow.”

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Panthers volleyball breaks even at Delta Classic
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Sept. 11, 2011

City College volleyball team put on a progressing performance, winning two matches and losing two matches at the Delta Classic Tournament Friday Sept. 9 and Saturday Sept.10 at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton.

“We played solid,” said Laurie Nash, City College head volleyball coach, regarding the match against Sierra College.

The Panthers started off strong winning against the College of Siskiyous.

They then lost two close matches, which required tie-breakers, to conference rival San Joaquin Delta College and Feather River College. The last match was closed with up and down moments, winning against rival Sierra College.

“We played all around solid. We played with team chemistry [and] high energy,” Nash said. “I thought we were executing plays a lot.”

This was English and pediatrics major Payton Fine’s first tournament, which was a different competitive structure for her, she said, but she enjoyed it.

Returning player Megan Pollock, biological sciences major, said she believes that playing four matches in a tournament is a good opportunity to work out the kinks of teamwork.

Nash and the team said they agree with each other that connecting as a team is going to take time and said they hope to make a strong…» Read More



City College wrestlers defeat alumni in 32nd annual scrimmage
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Sept. 11, 2011

The wresting team treated an estimated 300 in attendance for the 32nd Annual Alumni Scrimmage Friday at the North Gymnasium with a match-up of 20, including three state champions, two runner-ups and eight medalists. The current Panthers won by the score of 48-21.

The victory marks the sixth time the team has beaten the alumni since the event started 32 years ago.

Head wrestling coach, Dave Pacheco, started the event in 1980 to “get the alumni involved in the beginning of the year” and to give the team “a look at college wrestling.”

Alumni came in all ages including 51-year-old Mark Loomis, part of the class of 1980. Loomis said he was proud of the turnout, “I’m glad to see everybody out here.”

Sophomore wrestler Gavin Ludwig said the alumni team had a decided advantage before the match even began.

“The alumni will most likely win because of how they set it up. They’ll put our worst guys against [the alumni’s] older more experienced guys,” Ludwig said.

The scrimmage was an exhibition and did not count for or against the teams record. The Panthers start their regular season schedule 9 a.m. Sept. 17 for the 28th annual Sacramento City College…» Read More



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