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Panthers on the bubble

The City College men’s basketball team kept its playoff hopes alive Friday night with a win over Sierra College. The Panthers now sit firmly on the playoff bubble going in to Monday’s California Community College Athletic Association selection committee meeting, when the playoff bracket will be set.

The Panthers came strong out of the gate, riding tough defense play to a six-point lead by the midway point of the opening period.

Guard Antwoine Davis and forward Bobby Barnes (ranked first and second in the Big 8 in scoring) were both forced to sit out much of the first half with foul trouble. Point guard Kenny Woodard and forward Pat Lowman picked up the slack though, each putting up 14 points in the first half.

“Kenny [Woodard] played outstanding, he really grew up as a point guard the last two weeks,” said Panthers head coach Andrew Jones.

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Panthers take Mustangs

The Panthers men’s basketball team although down a key player Feb. 18 defeated the San Joaquin Delta College Mustangs 81-71.

The Panthers entered Tuesday’s game against the third-place Mustangs without Big 8 scoring leader Bobby Barnes (calf). The Panthers would still push past the Mustangs though, thanks to strong play from the backcourt and key contributions from role players.

Behind by five in the opening minutes of the first half, the Panthers didn’t stay there long. Strong play from swingman Antwoine Davis (17 first-half points) and clutch three-point shooting (six first-half 3-pointers) brought the Panthers into intermission leading by seven at 43-36.

The Panthers held their lead for much of the second half.

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Panthers lose to Seahawks

Panthers’ softball team lost the second game of a double-header to the Cabrillo College Seahawks 12-4 Feb. 15, and took a 1-1 split for the day.

The dark gloomy sky was appropriate for the Panthers’ performance against the Seahawks. City College gave up 12 hits and committed four errors during the game.

“I didn’t think we played real well today at all,” said Panthers’ Head Coach Tim Kiernan. “It was a sloppy game.”

Panthers’ starting pitcher Erikka Burke got off to a shaky start in the first inning.

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Top ranked ‘Stangs top Panthers

An overwhelmed City College women’s basketball team was handed its fourth loss in a row Feb. 18 by San Joaquin Delta for a final score…

City College freshman pitcher Erikka Burke throws warm-up pitches during the second inning of the home game against Feather River College Feb. 15 at The Yard.  City College won in the bottom of the fifth for a final score of 12-3.

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Panthers take Golden Eagles

After a slow start, City College’s softball team dominated Feather River College Feb. 15 with a final score of 12-3.

In the first inning of play, the Panthers had two doubles and a runner on third. An error by Feather River College allowed the runner on third to score, ending the first at 1-0

After some wild pitches and an earned run in the second inning by Panthers’ starting pitcher Meghan Wantz, City College softball coach Tim Kiernan decided to bring freshman pitcher Erikka Burke to the mound.

“(Burke) shut them down,” said Kiernan. “She came in, and stopped them and got the win.”

Panthers starting pitcher Nate Berumen throws a fastball during the second inning of an intrasquad game Jan. 30. Jake Patrick Donahue | Sports Editor |

Spring baseball preview

With a new season of Panther baseball getting underway this month,Panther fans can expect considerable improvements in the batter’s box while a depleted pitching staff and a young infield leave questions about the team’s prospects, according to head coach Derek Sullivan.

With all three members of last year’s starting rotation—Dan Sayles, Mat Maher, Ben Brooks— having moved on to four-year schools, young players in some key positions and a head coach going in to his second year, City College’s baseball team is in a transition period, but strong enough to be ranked No. 11 in the state in pre-season polls.

Panthers guard Antwoine Davis drives on TJ Williams of the Hawks Feb. 7 during City College's home loss. Davis had a triple-double in the contest with 13 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists. Jake Patrick Donahue | Sports Editor |

Men’s basketball outplayed at home

City College dropped a close game Feb.11 when Cosumnes River College outplayed the Panthers in the closing minutes, handing the Panthers a 76-85 home loss.

Win the win, the Hawks have won nine of their last 10 games and are 21-5 on the season, best in the Big 8. The Panthers, now 5-5 in conference play and 12-12 on the season, are firmly on the bubble for next month’s playoff tournament.

Panthers forward Kendra Snowden drives to the basket Feb. 7 during City College's home loss to the Hawks. Jake Patrick Donahue | Sports Editor |

Panthers lose to Hawks

Basketball as a game of runs fittingly describes the Panthers’ home game loss Feb. 7 to Cosumnes River, City College was unable to weather an 11-2 run late in the game, and the Hawks capped a season sweep of the Panthers for a final score of 64-52.

The Panthers had a strong showing on both ends of the court in the first. City College play by defense slowed Hawks’ star forward, Big 8 MVP candidate Janie Myles. The Panthers succeeded in limiting Myles’ production on offense and on the glass. Myles leads the conference with an average of 16.6 rebounds per game.

Panther guard Antwoine Davis sets for a jumper during the Jan. 31 win over American River College. Davis scored 19 points to go along with 14 boards. Jake Patrick Donahue | Sports Editor |

Panthers take Beavers

The Panthers ran their way to a convincing victory Jan. 31, keeping American River College on their heels most of the evening for a final score of 96-69.

The Beavers failed to find an answer for a fast-paced, aggressive Panther offense. By midpoint of the half, City College reached a 15-point lead. The Panthers never looked back or slowed down. Leading 28 points by halftime, City College would go on to win by a 27-point margin.

Panthers forward Brittney Harper drives to the basket during the Jan. 31 63-53 win over American River. Jake Patrick Donahue | Sports Editor |

Panther offense shines

Panther women’s basketball, carried by defense thus far this season, showed offense potential Jan. 31 when the Panthers led a 10-point takedown against American River College for a final score of 63-53.

The Panthers committed a season high 15 team fouls in the first half. The team rode their strong offensive production though to a 13-point lead by halftime.