Sports

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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Young team looking toward state conference
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Sept. 29, 2011

As the fall semester begins, the football season is also underway. Although the City College football team consist of mostly new athletes, it is still working toward winning the Mid-Empire Conference.

“The team has a lot of athletes with potential. We just need to stay focused and learn the game,” said freshman defensive end Ethan Westbrooks. “The team is doing a good job at pushing each other.”

After finishing last season with a 6-4 overall record, a 3-1 conference record, and a trip to the bowl game, the team is hoping for another positive season, head coach Dannie Walker said.

While the team is preparing for the season, Hughes Stadium has been undergoing a major renovation. While the construction left the team without full access to its facilities.

“There wasn’t a negative affect from the construction. We still had access to the south part of the field, and we were able to get rooms to watch film when we needed to,” Walker said. “While the team is set on the season ahead, there is still a lot of work to do.”

This season the team has only a handful of returning players with two defensive and three offensive starters. The…» Read More



Wrestling sage rebuilds program
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Sept. 29, 2011

Upon entering through the glass doors of the North Gymnasium, people often run into City College wrestling coach Dave Pacheco, as he makes his way to his next class or practice session, shoulders square and eyebrows furrowed with a determined look.

Pacheco has coached wrestling for a total of 31 seasons—28 of those have been at City College. During his time, he’s coached 55 Academic All-American wrestlers, according to the athletic department’s web site.

“The biggest thing for me is seeing young men challenge themselves and make it to the next level both academically and athletically,” Pacheco said.

While Pacheco’s seemingly no-nonsense appearance—usually gym shorts and a T-shirt—seems to project a tough-guy attitude, the coach’s colleagues and athletes say he puts his students first.

“Dave cares a lot about the wrestling community and he helps out at all grade levels,” wrestling team member and computer science major Antione Green Gibson said. “If there’s one person who knows wrestling, it’s Dave Pacheco.”

In fact, he is more than just drills and whistles.

Before Pacheco started coaching at his alma mater in 1983, the wrestling team had never won a championship.

In 1996, under Pacheco, the wrestling team made history when it competed at the State Wrestling Championship for the fi rst time.

A few years later, the team competed at the 2000 Dual Championship.

The wrestling team has also won nine Conference Titles and three Regional Titles under Pacheco’s coaching.

“Dave is…» Read More



Panther volleyball success stems from fierce practice
By | Staff Writer
Sept. 29, 2011

Last season the City College volleyball team took second place in the Big 8 Conference trailing close behind Santa Rosa.

This year with an inexperienced team, head coach Laurie Nash said she is confident and will keep a victory momentum.

“My entire team will be key role players who will make huge contributions this year,” head coach Laurie Nash said.

Bumping, setting and spiking remain basic fundamentals the athletes focus on during practices, however tactics against each opponent differ and are catered to the rival’s strengths and weaknesses, Nash said.

“We always go over the same passing techniques,’‘ said Megan Pollock 19, a biological science major. “But our strategy about where we place the ball is different.”

Freshmen athlete, Brittanie McKenzie, 18, undecided major, said the prior teams she played for had different drill techniques than City College.

“It is very important to me, that these players understand that they improve everyday in practice,” Nash said about being proud of the athletes’ work ethic.

“Creating a hardworking practice environment usually breeds a very competitive team,” Nash said.

Members of the volleyball team said they are also excited about their offensive and defensive attributes that can make the 2011 season better…» Read More



Panthers football begins season with five returning starters
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Sept. 29, 2011

As the fall semester begins, the football season is also underway. Although the City College football team consist of mostly new athletes, it is still working toward winning the Mid-Empire Conference.

“The team has a lot of athletes with potential. We just need to stay focused and learn the game,” said freshman defensive end Ethan Westbrooks. “The team is doing a good job at pushing each other.”

After finishing last season with a 6-4 overall record, a 3-1 conference record, and a trip to the bowl game, the team is hoping for another positive season, head coach Dannie Walker said.

While the team is preparing for the season, Hughes Stadium has been undergoing a major renovation. While the construction left the team without full access to its facilities.

“There wasn’t a negative effect from the construction. We still had access to the south part of the field, and we were able to get rooms to watch film when we needed to,” Walker said. “While the team is set on the season ahead, there is still a lot of work to do.”

This season the team has only a handful of returning players with two defensive and three offensive starters. The…» Read More



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