Sports

Down the court
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Nov. 11, 2011

As winter approaches winter sports are starting and athletes are gearing up for the upcoming season. The women’s basketball team says they have their work cut out for them with 10 new athletes and a new head coach.

Head coach Devin Engebretsen and his assistant Kim Harada are coaching a team of 10 freshmen and one sophomore this season. Engebretsen previously coached the women’s basketball team at Notre Dame High School in San Jose.

Last season, Panther basketball put up a 13-15 overall record, with a 5-9 record against other teams in the Big 8 Conference.

Samantha Lewis, forward, said being on the team is exciting.

“We get along well. We play well,” said Lewis about the team’s chemistry.

Forward and criminal justice major Enimoa Laui, said that the coaches are doing a good job getting the athletes ready and getting new players acclimated to the college sports environment.

“We just [have to] do a little more work. A little more effort every day, and we’ll be all right,” Enimoa said. Mariah Bailey, undecided major and forward for the team, said she is confident, not just in the team, but in the coach.

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Let ’em fly
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Nov. 10, 2011

Fresh out of college with a degree in hand, head women’s volleyball coach Laurie Nash found herself looking for a job. It was then, she says, that she decided to instead go back to school for another degree, one that would allow her to follow her passion: volleyball.

Now, Nash has been at the helm of City College’s women’s volleyball team since 2000. Since then, she’s taken the team to the state playoffs multiple times and has  given some of her  athletes a chance to continue playing at the next level.

“I get the biggest kick out of watching the girls perform independently of me in a match because of what they learn in practice,” Nash says.

Her volleyball timeline started in seventh grade, when she played for her middle school. After hitting a few volleyballs, Nash says she was instantly hooked.

After high school, she attended American River College where she was an All-State outside hitter. At American River, Nash played under assistant coach Debbie Blair. After a year, Blair left to become the head volleyball coach at City College.

Nash received a scholarship to play at Cal Poly Pomona where she earned a bachelor’s degree in graphic design.

“The spring after I graduated I got a job coaching club volleyball,” Nash says.

Later, Nash moved back…» Read More



High hopes for hoops
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Nov. 9, 2011

Last season the men’s basketball team finished with 15 wins and 10 losses. This season, with a new team, members said they hope to improve and have a successful season.

The majority of this season’s team consists of freshmen with only four returning players. The team says its concentrating on working together and building on-the-court relationships.

“I believe we are very talented and mesh well together,” said shooting guard and kinesiology major Israel King.

“We all have our different strengths and weaknesses which fit together like a puzzle. We work very hard and understand each other’s roles,” King said.

Coach Andrew Jones said last season the team had eight returning athletes, so much of the season’s improvement was carried over from the previous season. For the 2011-12 season, the men’s basketball team does not have that luxury, he said.

“We will have to learn to play together, and we will have to learn it quickly,” Jones said.

The team this year will have a defensive identity in contrast to last year’s team, which was offenseoriented, Jones said.

Still, Jones said he does not expect to take this season lightly.  “We play in a tough league, which means there are no…» Read More



Panthers take victory in final home game against Eagles
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Nov. 9, 2011

City College played host to College of the Siskiyous Nov. 5 for its last home game of the season, taking the win 28-21.

“Our defense played well today,” said Head Coach Dannie Walker after the game.

About 500 were in attendance to see the 14th ranked Eagles (5-3, 1-1) take on the Panthers (2-6, 0-2).

The Panthers opening drive ended at the 50-yard line after an interception by the Eagles, which gave them the ball at the 25-yard line.City College made a good defensive stand and held its opponents at mid-field on a fourth down.

After 11 plays, the Panthers scored with a 6-yard pass from sophomore Dominic Carmazzi to tight end freshman Chase Zamora. The point after touchdown was good, giving City College a 7-0 lead.

In the second quarter, College of the Siskiyous’ quarterback Levi Cox ran the ball for 6-yards giving the Eagles their first score of the game. Defensive line Dushawn McDaniel blocked the extra point attempt allowing the Panthers to keep their lead, 7-6.

Following the kickoff, City College scored its second touchdown in two plays and 34 seconds, with a 10-yardrun by freshman running back Soloman Helms.

By halftime the score was 21-12, with…» Read More



Panthers water polo drop the ball to Fresno Rams
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Nov. 3, 2011

What started out as a competitive and close game Oct. 26 against Fresno City College’s water polo team ended in a blowout, with Fresno winning by a score of 21-9.

The first period stared with Fresno scoring a couple of goals early on and taking a quick 5-0 lead. However, City was able to rally back and tie the game by the end of the first period.

From there, Fresno took the lead with a score of 6-5, and from the second period on it was the Rams who were scoring for the remainder of the game.

The Panthers were only able to score four additional goals for the match Wednesday evening.

“It was a really good game. The team played really well. It was one of the best games that we have played,” said water polo athlete Gabi Little, undecided major.

Though City College walked away with the loss, and a record of 1-9 for the season so far, it was still able to implement some practiced strategy throughout the game.

“We have worked on positioning and offensive flow,” said head coach Steve Hanson.

“We have tried to put more shots up on the cage,” he said about the techniques the team has been focusing on during training.

Though his strategy was implemented into the game Oct. 26, he said he still feels that the team members may be a little hesitant to shoot the ball.

Even with the loss, athletes said that they played a great game against the Rams.

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Panther football games webcast on sports website for public record
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Oct. 29, 2011

City College football games are webcast live radio-style on sportsnetusa.net.

Tyrone Freeman, father of freshman running back for the Panthers, Tyrone Freeman Jr. tunes in from Michigan and said the site is “very accurate, I like the commentator. I enjoy it.”

“Sportnetusa.net agreed to webcast our football games,” said Mitch Campbell, Dean of Kinesiology, Health and Athletics. “I thought it would be a good thing for fans, parents, students ­­­––anybody who wanted to listen to the games — for it to be available.”

Randy Routier, director of broadcast and sales in Northern California for sportsnetusa.net, said he started broadcasting for City College sports in spring semester 2008 when he announced a couple of men’s and women’s basketball games live on the site.

After coordinating with Campbell, Routier began to webcast Panther home football games in fall 2009.

“People don’t realize the history that [Hughes] Stadium has with professional teams like the 49ers, the Raiders and the Cowboys having exhibition games there. [Hughes Stadium] is an incredible facility with all those great histories,” Routier said.

Webcasting increased its coverage the next semester, Routier said, and he has webcast all away and home football games for the 2011 season. Local broadcaster Will…» Read More



Putting, pinning, running
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Oct. 26, 2011

With the fall season well underway, student athletes and coaches have been working hard training and improving for final tournaments or conference matches in November and December. Some athletes may be in the spotlight more than others, and the Express hunted down some of these athletes to find out their performance achievements and goals for the season. Below is a star athlete roundup of some of the athletes from three sports.

Women’s Golf

Riley Sexton has been playing golf since her freshman year in high school. Women’s head golf coach Tim Kiernan said that Sexton has improved on her short game since she joined the team this season.

“She knows how to closeout in a tournament,” Kiernan said. “She’s very good at that.”

After trying several sports in high school, Sexton found golf enjoyable and said she sometimes spends entire days practicing at golf courses from sunup to sundown. Sexton said her inspiration to play golf comes from “my love for the game, I love the game and I want to take it to the next level.”

“I have to say my length on my drive sets me apart from other athletes,” Sexton said. “For my size (5-foot-4 inches) I hit the ball really long, but as far as technique goes, I am still working on that.” Kiernan said, “She…» Read More



Taekwond-Oh
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Oct. 26, 2011

Martial arts have many forms and varieties of physical activities, rangeing from karate, kung fu, taekwondo and many more that are not as well known.

Though these forms of self-defense classes are taught mainly in a private martial arts facility called a dojo, City College has a specific class devoted to martial arts, taekwondo.

Jang-Ha Oh, best known as City College’s women’s soccer coach, also teaches the taekwondo class. In a recent class Oh, clad in white, and looked on while students kicked into taekwondo.

Oh said that he likes being involved in the two diverse sports. “I love and enjoy teaching the taekwondo class,” Oh said. “Kung fu uses more arms than legs, with taekwondo it’s more legs than arms.”

Oh, who received his black belt in taekwondo in 1982, is a longtime martial arts master. He has been teaching the sport at City College since 2007. Though the sport is popular, it’s roots are in a far away land.

“[Taekwondo] originated from Korea,” Oh says with great enthusiasm. “It is the main form of [martial arts] there.”

Not only is taekwondo a form of martial arts, it is also an Olympic sport without the use of weapons. The…» Read More



Running back breaks barriers
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Oct. 26, 2011

During a home game on a Friday night, running back Devian McKinnie looked up at the bleachers from the sidelines after hearing his name called by a familiar voice and waved at a little boy cheering for him in the stands— his 6-year-old son, Devian Jeremiah McKinnie.

McKinnie’s life changed six years ago when he was a senior in high school and found out that he was going to be a father. As a teenager, McKinnie said he feared for his future.

“It was my last year of high school, and I was supposed to be recruited and I was having a baby. It was a lot of stress,” McKinnie said.

McKinnie put his dream of playing football on hold after his son was born. Six years later, McKinnie has another chance to pursue his dream. McKinnie is currently attending City College where he plays football.

“Going into the NFL is my dream. I would love to make it there,” McKinnie said. “Playing football right now and taking care of school let’s me know that my dream is still alive.”

City College football coach Dannie Walker says McKinnie has the skills and the potential necessary to succeed on the field.

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Interceptions and sacks put City College football back on map with win
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Oct. 18, 2011

After a three-game losing streak City College captured its second win of the season Oct. 15 with a commanding performance, 36-19, against Solano College at Hughes Stadium.

City College started the game with a touchdown on its opening drive. After several plays, quarterback Dominic Carmazzi connected with receiver Cedric Anderson for a 10-yard touchdown pass.

Along with a 6-point touchdown, Anderson also was able to convert with a 2-point conversion that put the team ahead, 8-0, with 9:16 left in the first quarter.

“We all worked together as a team, as units, all units – special teams, offense, defense [and] coaching,” running back Devian McKinnie said. “Everything was just falling [into place] tonight. This was a team win.”

After City College kicked off, Solano quickly responded with a 37-yard pass to wide receiver Johnie Williams.

City College came back as running back Lanier Logan scored a second touchdown with 33.3 seconds left in the first quarter. Logan accounted for 21 of the team’s 36 points, with three touchdowns in the game.

At the beginning of the second quarter, Solano scored a touchdown that put it within two points of City College.

Toward the end of the second quarter, City College…» Read More