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Softball team shows promise

Last season’s City College softball team saw a successful season end in disappointment upon being eliminated from the Northern California Regional Playoffs. After coming up short…

Panthers pitcher Dan Sayles was awarded the CCCAA Scholar Athlete of the Year Award for 2013. Sayles now pitches with the University of Miami Hurricanes. Courtesy photo

City College pitcher awarded highest honor

The California Community College Athletic Association announced Jan 28 that it has selected City College pitcher Dan Sayles to receive its annual Scholar Athlete of the Year award for 2013.

The CCCAA Scholar Athlete of the Year award is the highest honor a community college athlete can receive, according to the organization.

The CCCAA only considers athletes who maintain a GPA above 3.5, demonstrate outstanding citizenship characteristics by participating in college and community activities, participate in at least two seasons of a sport at a California community college, and are strongly recommended by three people from the college, according to the CCCAA handbook.

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While the Panthers men’s basketball program showed promise at times, the 2013-14 season ended in disappointment as the team found itself on the outside looking…

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Victorious, victorious Panthers

City College’s softball team had an all-around dominant day Feb. 22 when the Panthers beat West Valley College and Shasta College 7-6 and 11-0, respectively.

In the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, the Panthers were able to get the win with a strong hitting performance and great defensive play down the stretch.

The first inning began with a shaky start for pitcher Jordan Petersen. After Petersen gave up a two-run home run, coach Tim Kiernan brought pitcher Meghan Wantz in from the bullpen.

“[Wantz] came in and put the stop on them and won that game,” said Kiernan.

Panthers' infielder Timothy Hall is safe at home Feb. 22 when City College's baseball team defeated Butte College's Mustangs Feb. 22. The Panthers' victory marked a three-for-three winning streak against the Roadrunners. Tamara M. Knox| Online Photo Editor |

SCC baseball kicks Butte

City College’s baseball team completed a three-game sweep of Butte College Feb. 22 with a 3-2 win.

The Panthers went for the sweep Saturday after winning back-to-back, one-run games over Butte College the previous two days. Saturday’s game was close throughout as well, as both teams squandered a number of opportunities.

City College plated two runs in the fourth inning. Things got interesting in the top of the fifth inning when Panthers’ third baseman Tyler Houlihan made an errant throw. The throw went out of play, allowing Butte College to score its lone run of the game.

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City College tennis splits with Cosumnes

The City College women’s tennis team defeated Cosumnes River College 7-2 at home Feb. 21 while a short-staffed men’s team lost 2-7.

The competition began against the rival Hawks with doubles. In men’s doubles, it was a lopsided bout between teams, yet women’s doubles fought a well-contested match. Singles matches followed with best-of-three-sets in what would turn out to be a five-hour contest. Successful matches added a point to the team tally, respectively.

City College's Matt Caselli drives a base hit down the third baseline during the bottom of the sixth inning Feb. 20. Caselli would come around to score in the inning, tying the game at 4-4. Jake Patrick Donahue | Sports Editor |

Panthers win in walk off

The Panthers came from behind to win Thursday as third baseman Jerrod Bravo drove in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving the Panthers a walk-off victory over Butte College 6-5.

The Panthers struck early, scoring three runs in the third inning off a homerun from center fielder Jared James and a two RBI double from cleanup hitter Robbie Link.

Starting pitcher Nate Berumen threw seven strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings before he faltered in the fifth. In the top of the fifth a Roadrunners rally got them four runs to take the lead at 4-3.

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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.