Rising above the net
By | Staff Writer
Nov. 7, 2012

City College volleyball player Maddy Berridge,18, plans on majoring in criminal justice but eventually might end up digging her way to a four-year university.

In volleyball, the term “digging” refers to when a player prevents the ball from hitting his or her side of the court after the opponents has either spiked or served the ball to the team. It’s a move usually done with two hands. Berridge’s position on defense, called a libero, means she is in the game to attack every ball she can and to get digs, a valuable skill sought after by coaches.

“She is the top digger in the state of California based on her digs per set,” says Nash. “She is solid on serve receives and usually passes half our court because of her low errors and consistent pass rating.”

Born into a family of athletes and the baby of the bunch, Berridge says she grew up a natural competitor with something to prove to her older brothers and sister.

“I basically had to choose a sport, and get really good at it,” says Berridge.

While attending Union Mine High School in Placerville, Berridge was an All Metro player who helped lead her team…» Read More

SF Giants bring home the big win, again
By | Staff Writer
Nov. 5, 2012

The San Francisco Giants shocked the baseball world in 2010 when they won the World Series for the first time since they relocated from New York after their 1957 season. But in 2011 they failed to even make the playoffs to defend their title.

Well, it’s 2012 and here they are again. And just like in 2010, you can define these Giants as: Torture, which was the catchphrase fans used to describe the Giants’ offense that year. This year it was torture for fans again when the Giants fell behind in the early couple series of the playoffs.

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Panthers volleyball team falls to Mudcats
By | Staff Writer
Oct. 30, 2012

City College’s volleyball team was defeated by the Santa Rosa Junior College Mudcats for the regional qualifying championship in a battle, which took place Oct. 25.

Santa Rosa took the lead after winning two sets in a row, with scores of 25-11 and 25-12. The Mudcats followed by winning the third set, 25-20, bringing the game to an end with a final score of 3-0.

“Sac City played hard and Santa Rosa was a tough team,” said Panther fan and City College social science major Ben Brooks. “I think they

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From ripples to waves
By | Staff Writer
Oct. 24, 2012

The City College women’s water polo team played four matches over the weekend of Oct. 13, and, its members say, they couldn’t wait for the opportunity.

“We’re excited, nervous – mostly excited,” said 24-year old kinesiology major Leanna Lopez, a first year team member.

Lopez’ teammate, another first-year member, agrees.

“We’re positive about [about the games],” said sociology major Jeri Smith, 36, with a smile.

“I’ve never played before,”says Smith. “I’m having fun.”

The fun comes largely in part thanks to the skills of head coach Steve Hanson, who coached the team to its first victory of the season – an 11-8 win over Laney College.

Lopez praised her coach.

“He’s so knowledgeable and the way he’s able to relay that knowledge to us in an understanding that everybody gets is really good,” she said.

Overall, she added, the team’s skills have improved since the season started in September.

“There’s been a lot of growth and development as a team and as individual players,” said Lopez. “It’s definitely exciting to see each game [how] everybody steps up their level.”

The team has a 1-12 overall record so far this season, but Hanson says team’s spirits remain high during this rebuilding year.

“[Morale] is getting better, despite our record,” he said, “But we knew from the very beginning of this season it was going to be…» Read More

Laying it all on the mat
By | Staff Writer
Oct. 24, 2012

With a serious look in his eyes and a let’s-do-it attitude, City College wrestler Tyler Brown, 20, liberal arts major, says he’s aiming for the top. So far this season he’s placed second and third in the tournaments in which he’s competed.

“I want to be state champion… and I just want to stay healthy,” said Brown.

After missing last season with a torn tricep injury, Brown says his health became a big concern and he concentrated not just on getting better but on making physical changes.

“I rehabbed… I gained a lot of weight, mostly muscle,” he said.

As a result, Brown jumped up weight classes to the 174-pound from the 157-pound weight class he had wrestled in prior to his injury.

“I hit the weights real serious and I just kept coming to off-season practices,” said Brown.

According to Brown, wrestling isn’t just a sport, it’s also a shared bond he has with his younger brother, Justin, a senior at the same school Brown attended, Calaveras High School. When he was 11, Brown and his younger brother checked out a youth wrestling practice together and both ended up liking it and continuing with the sport.

Wrestling Coach David…» Read More

Football helmets and shoulder pads located in a storeroom.
By | Staff Writer
Oct. 19, 2012

City College has a vast variety of students filled with athletic talent and is well-known for having outs

tanding sports programs, which allow students, who share an undoubted passion for sports, the opportunity to use their talent to excel at their sport of choice.

Many students play sports, ranging from football, to basketball, to volleyball and they play for all sorts of reasons, but have you ever wondered how they chose their particular sport?

City College football player Trent Thompson, a kinesiology major, has been playing football since he was 7 years old.

“I just naturally took to it,” says Thompson in response to why he chose football in particular.

Thompson says he also participated in rugby, for which he was featured in the Express last semester at the beginning of the season. He is currently the wide receiver on the Panthers’ football team.

“I like the commodity and family atmosphere you get with football,” says Thompson.

Another  athlete,  Jonathan Averette, kinesiology major, was surprisingly introduced to track and field after he says he was asked to join the track team by its coach because Averette applied too late to be on the football team.

Averette says his passion is…» Read More

Slash and thrust
By | Sports Editor
Oct. 15, 2012

City College has many chartered clubs that meet throughout the course of a semester all across its campus. But the fencing club is the only one that will make you think you stumbled into some sort of medieval fight club where duels are settled with swords.

Each Friday in the South Gym, the club meets to practice and hone their skills under the guidance of their head coach, Professor Brian Gillespie and the club’s president, Taylor Valmores.

“We give you three free lessons then if you want to stay on with us you would pay club fees, which is only 20 dollars for the whole semester,” says Valmores, who is also president of City College’s Student Associated Council.

“We teach you to how to fence and you can go with us to compete against other schools,” says Valmores.

Others join to club simply for a fun and different way to keep fit.

“It is an extremely good workout,” says Coach Gillespie. “It’s really good for development of leg muscles and core muscles; it definitely keeps you in good shape.”

One of the founding members of the club, broadcasting major Stephen Crane, 23, was already a trained fencer when he helped…» Read More

Armed and dangerous
By | Staff Writer
Oct. 15, 2012

City College quarterback Ron Beverly, 20, has been around the game of football since he was just 2 years old, having grown up in a football family.

“I was around it every day,” he says. “That’s all I was around.”

His father, Ron Sr., was a coach at Solano Community College, where Beverly played last season before the school’s football program was cut. He was always at his father’s practices and when he became old enough, he worked as a ball boy.

“My biggest influences are my brother, [Joseph] and my father [Ron],” he says of his football backround.

After the program was cut at Solano, Beverly, a criminal justice major, said he weighed his options and decided to move to Sacramento to play football for City College.

He has only lived in Sacramento for two months, but his coaches and teammates say he is already helping to turn around a team well known for its football program.

“He’s still growing right now and has some things to learn but for the most part he’s helped this program out a lot,” says head coach Dannie Walker.

On the field, Beverly says his main inspiration is Brett Favre.

“He’s an iron…» Read More

Voice of the Panthers
By | Staff Writer
Oct. 11, 2012

A booming voice announces that the Sacramento City Panthers scored a touchdown. When the crowd cheered to drown out the volume, the man in the booth excitedly proclaimed their team just took the lead. They didn’t think about who that man was.

Sports Information Director Steve Gill, 35, says he announces home games for almost every City College sports team just because he wants to.

“[My coworkers and I]do it for the love of the game,” he says.

After attending Christian Brothers High School, the Sacramento native went to City College in 1996 to play baseball. That year he was a redshirt, meaning he could practice with the team, but not play in games, thus extending his eligibility another year. That was also the year he first spoke into a microphone as an announcer.

“One of the assistant coaches at that time brought me and the other kid up to the press box and gave us a microphone and said ‘OK, go ahead and talk,’” Gill says explaining his start as an announcer.

It was customary for the redshirts to help out the team in some way, he explains, and he says the assistant coach found the proper avenue for…» Read More

By | Staff Writer
Oct. 10, 2012

If you’re an NHL fan, Sept. 15 had to be an especially tough day.

On that day, a collective bargaining agreement stemming from a player contract dispute expired and the National Hockey League announced to the world that it would enter into a lockout less than a month before the beginning of the 2012/2013 season.

That decision led to the entire pre-season being canceled as well. Now here we are, three weeks later. The chains are on, the lights are off in the arenas and 82 scheduled games have been canceled, as well as the purchase of my San Jose Sharks hat I wanted before the season.

To add to the frustration, the NHL lockout is becoming more and more severe with every passing day. It’s the fourth time in less than 20 years that the NHL has had regular season games canceled, with the last time coming when the entire 2004/2005 season was cancelled.

So what caused all of this unrest in the league?

Some key issues that the owners brought up have to do with the players’ contracts, setting a maximum five-year contract term on all new players, as well as wanting to eliminate signing bonuses, eliminate front-loaded…» Read More