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

Women’s water polo loses 7-14 to Modesto Pirates
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Oct. 16, 2011

City College water polo Head Coach Steve Hanson was left with a yellow card and a 7-14 loss in the match Oct. 12 against Modesto Junior College.

According to Hanson, a lot of calls were made inconsistently for both sides prior to the card.

The water polo team assistant coach Jon Gullone said the yellow card given to Hanson was a warning from officials for too many complaints.

City College’s water polo team was slow in recognizing how the players needed to facilitate for the offense during gameplay, Hanson said, which resulted in forced bad shots.

Athlete Lauren Ficarelli, 20, environmental studies major originally from Hawaii, said she dealt with the excessive aggression coming from the opponent as just another thing she had to let blow over her head.

“If that affects you, you’ve already lost,” Ficarelli said about the aggression during the match.

“The refs weren’t doing their job very well at all for either sides,” said Carson Hicks, a fan in attendance at the game.

The water polo athletes will continue to work on fundamentals during practices and face difficulties in infiltrating full-game scenarios with nine players, Gullone said.

Hanson said he saw progress…» Read More

Water polo team pursues ‘big, hairy, audacious goals’
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Oct. 12, 2011

The City College women’s water polo team may not be a conference powerhouse, but head coach Steve Hanson said that this year’s team can challenge any competitor left on its schedule that thinks it can beat City College.

“My first year, we had no wins,” Hanson said. “Last year we had one, so we’re still building this program.”

This season Hanson said he has great optimism that new recruits will be the building blocks needed to build a powerful team he envisions for City College. The addition of six new athletes to the team, all of whom have had previous experience playing water polo, will help tremendously in building a solid water polo team, Hanson said.

“This year two of our new players are our leading scorers,” Hanson said. “The team is learning to have patience and trust in their teammates, so we expect more [action] than years before.”

Athletes like Chelsea Kennedy, 19, general education major, said this year’s athletes are defensively solid and are more than capable of stepping up when the pressure is put on.

Kennedy believes that the team plays such an aggressive style of defense that it has allowed the team to…» Read More

Hey, Jude
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Oct. 12, 2011

On an average day, 75 to 100 student-athletes make their way to the North Gymnasium training room 130. With an injury potentially getting in the way of athletic competition, the student-athletes have no time to lose. They report to see Jude Temple, head athletics trainer at City College.

“[We] take care of the health, welfare, safety [and] well-being” of 500 student-athletes, Temple said.

Injuries are just one portion of athletics, and, depending on the sport, there are about the same number of minor injuries as there are major ones, Temple said.

Football players, Temple said, usually have acute injuries, like smashed hands. A cross-country injury is typically more chronic side—for example pulling a hamstring that requires multiple visits with the trainer.

Temple said he sees different injuries every day. One student-athlete might come in for a bag of ice, another one with a torn ACL, a major ligament in the knee.

Temple said he has been through the injury process and knows what it’s like for athletes to know that they might not be able to compete. The most rewarding feeling, Temple said, is the look on a student-athlete’s face when he or she does recover.

There are limitations, though….» Read More

Panther soccer scores against Mustangs but fails to win
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Oct. 6, 2011

The City College soccer lost 4-1 Sept. 27 to San Joaquin Delta College.

City College, now 0-6 overall and 0-2 in the league, was unable to continue  the pace it established after coming back from an early goal scored by Delta  in the second minute of the opening half.

Sophomore center-midfielder Isabel Becerra, 21, criminal justice and sports  therapy majors, led the comeback charge by dribbling past two defenders  and burying a shot into the upper corner of the Delta net just outside the  diving goalies reach.

“You just have to glance at the goal and pick a corner,” Becerra said. “The pressure helps me to control my surroundings.”

The goal was made possible in part by a big defensive steal by freshman forward Jessica Pena who delivered the ball down the line to Becerra in enough time for Becerra to drive it into the net.

“We all kept a positive attitude,” Becerra said. “We can progress as a team if we keep that mindset.”

San Joaquin Delta College scored minutes before the end of the first half. Even though the goal came close to half time, City College kept pushing forward and was inches away…» Read More

Football scores first, only touchdown against Fresno City College
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Oct. 5, 2011

For the first two minutes of the game, City College football team looked in control Oct. 1 against Fresno City College. But those two minutes would end up being the only time of control for the Panthers, as the Rams cruised to a 56-7 victory.

“It’s just the mental errors, that’s what has plagued us all year,” head coach Dannie Walker said. “We’ve got the talent to play with anybody but the mental errors aren’t going to let you be successful at any given time.”

The first play from the scrimmage line was picked off by City College Shawnquece Williams, and soon after running back Devian McKinnie jumped into the end zone for the first touchdown of the game, 7-0.

From that point on until the ending of the game, the Rams scored 56 unanswered points.

Quarterback Dominic Carmazzi said he was proud of the defense despite the 56 points Saturday evening.

“My heart goes out to the defense,” Carmazzi said. “They play great every single week, and I mean seven points just isn’t acceptable.”

Fresno City College improved to 4-0 on the season for the Mid-Empire Conference, while the Panthers fell to 1-3. The Rams were also No. 3…» Read More

Women’s golf team edges Modesto in Suttertown Classic taking first place
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Oct. 2, 2011

The women’s golf team took first place Sept. 29 for the fifth consecutive  year at the Suttertown Classic.

Nine teams competed at Bing Maloney Golf Course, but the winning  Panthers beat Modesto Junior College by a single point, 110-109, in the  tournament.

Unlike traditional scoring that uses the lowest score as the  best, the tournament used modified Stableford. Team totals were reached  by adding the four highest scores from individuals.

After 18 holes, four athletes were tied for fourth and two were tied for  second, calling for a playoff.

“I think the playoff holes really helped our sophomores and freshmen,”  head coach Tim Kiernan said. “It’s a great way to end a tournament.”

The four City College athletes tied for fourth included Riley Sexton, Lynzee  Kornelly and Liz Thomas. In the battle for second, City College athlete  Wilma Elefante, kineseiology major, led the way for the Panthers.

“With my game, I wasn’t very confident, I just got off an injury so I can’t hit the ball very solid right now,” Elefante said. “I shot a 29 and I’m happy with how I played. I got third.”

Lynzee Kornelly, marine and environmental biology major, shot a 27 despite a playing with…» Read More

Women’s water polo misses net against Sierra
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Oct. 1, 2011

The City College water polo team was defeated 6-20, Sept. 28 by Sierra College.

Steve Hanson, head coach of the water polo team, said his expectations against Sierra’s team this season is for the women’s water polo team to improve and progress in techniques against the opponent.

“I knew it was going to be a tough game,” Hanson said. “We gave them a little more of a game than we did last year.”

An apparent challenge for the Panthers is in the number of players on the opposing team, which almost doubles that of City College.

“Their team is so small,” said Kim Ficarelli, a fan in attendance at the match. “They did the best they could.”

Athlete Holly Conn, child development major, said she recognized a missed opportunity when the Panthers should have slowed their power passes down to get shots off while they were up six players against five in the pool.

“Even though we didn’t capitalize on them, our scoring was consistent,” Hanson said.

The team now has to bring what they have learned from this game back to practice sessions and from there apply the techniques that were successful against themselves [during the match against Sierra…» Read More

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Sept. 29, 2011

It’s an early warm September morning and City College cross-country head coach Marisa Avendano is at the track having a laugh with her team as they prepare for daily practice. It’s not just fun and games – it’s hardwork, too.

Avendano, in her 11th year as cross-country coach, said she thinks highly of her team this season.

“The big difference is that this year we had summer conditioning, so I think that will be very helpful come October and November,” Avendano said.

The team’s fi rst meet was Sept. 10 at the Fresno Invitational at Woodward Park.

Sophomore team captain Chris Rios clocked in the best time for the men at 22 minutes and 36 seconds and captain Shelby Vollmer, freshman, led the women with a time of 21 minutes and 26 minutes.

“We had some people who set personal records which is great, but we use that fi rst meet as a test. We don’t go into it looking to break records,” Avendano said. “We look at it to see where we are at this point in the season [and] to see how we can adjust practices to help us improve.”

Rios, kinesiology major, fi nished 51st in the…» Read More

Hughes Stadium gets a makeover
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Sept. 29, 2011

As phase one of the construction on Hughes Stadium draws to a close it brings with it new bleachers and locker rooms, said Mitch Campbell, City College Dean of Athletics.

The upgrade, which began in March of this year, resulted in the replacement of the North Horseshoe and East side bleachers, as well as new locker rooms and storage areas, Campbell said.

“So far we’re very near completion of the first phase,” Campbell said.

Future plans include retrofitting the stadium to meet America Disabilities Act standards. These changes included repairs to the stadium’s infrastructure, replacing the bleachers on the West side, installing elevators on both sides of the stadium, and reconfiguring the press box, Campbell said.

Next spring, when the construction enters its fourth and final phase, the field will get new synthetic turf and the track runways will be reconfigured, allowing maximum width for the soccer field, Campbell said.

The athletics department has been working closely with operations in the hopes that teams and classes can use the facility for as long as possible during the construction.

“We are kind of working around it,” Campbell said. “We’re going to have to do the best we can with alternate facilities.”

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