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SCC takes Yuba College, skillful batting credited

Panthers’ baseball remains undefeated at home with a win against the Yuba College 49ers March 6 as starter Zach Smart pitched a gem and hitters continued to swing their bats well.

Smart, making his second start of the season, came into the game with a 1.20 ERA and 12 strikeouts in 15 innings pitched. Smart utilized his off-speed pitches early in counts to keep Yuba College hitters guessing and off-balance.

“Zach Smart was outstanding,” said Panthers’ Head Coach Derek Sullivan. …

City College's tennis team lost to Fresno City College Feb. 25. The Panthers play on home courts (pictured) March 18 against the Reedley College Tigers. Photo courtesy of Robert McClintock (c) 2010 for Los Rios Community College District (

Panthers lose to Bulldogs

City College’s tennis team faced a difficult challenger Feb. 25 as the Panthers lost every match to Fresno City College, the 2013’s state champion.

“Fresno is just very deep,” said City College’s head coach Dave Griffin.

In doubles, the women’s No. 1 team stood out, falling to the Bulldogs 8-6 in a spirited match. With the pairing of City College’s Vanessa Van Der Valk and Fresno’s Nadzeya Stokes, Stokes had her hands full.

“It was a good, very good match.” Van Der Valk said. “Coach says that we are improving.”

City College's Hoos Pool— Photo by Robert McClintock, courtesy of

Panthers’ talent pool

More than 150 athletes from six contending colleges packed Hoos Pool for the Los Rios Invite Feb. 28 when the Panthers saw 317 points to place fifth.

The meet started with the women’s 400-yard medley relay. City College women’s Team A added 5.08 seconds to its entry time of 4:59.63 to place seventh among 10 teams. City College’s Team B recorded a time of 5:38.20, placing 10th in the event.

Up next was the men’s 400-yard medley relay. City College’s Team A dropped 13.85 seconds from its entry time of 4:16.43, landing the team first place in its heat, but seventh overall. Team B also dropped their time to 4:36.04, landing in 13th place overall.

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Out on the field

A college student the University of Missouri shook the sports world Feb. 9 with an announcement on national television. That student was Missouri Tigers defensive end Michael Sam who told the world that he is gay.

In the often hyper-masculine environment of college athletics, homophobia is frequently condoned and dismissed as harmless hazing or trash talking. For the gay athlete, such an environment fosters fear and insecurity that is detrimental to the athlete’s performance on the field and their mental well-being off it, according to Helen Caroll, who won the NAIA championship in 1984 as the head coach of the University of North Carolina – Asheville women’s basketball team.

City College's track and field thrower Henry Sharoyan throws discus Feb. 22 during the SCC Opener 2014 at Hughes Stadium.

Panthers race 6-pack

City College track and field competed against contenders from six California community colleges Feb. 22 to win and lose events in the SCC Opener 2014.

Sounds of gunfire, whistles and yells filled Hughes Stadium Saturday as Panthers ran, jumped and threw in various events to defeat, and to be defeated by, rivals.

“We’re a young team and we (have) things to learn,” said Panthers’ assistant coach Lisa Bauduin.

Still, according to Bauduin, she and Panthers’ head coach Rob Dewar liked what they saw from the mostly freshmen team.

Women’s team freshman Mahogany Stitt took first in the high jump with her best jump of 5-6. Teammates Krystal Rodrick and Kyra Kumara placed second and third.

Rodrick would take first in the long jump with a leap of 15-9. City College sophomore Jahmisha Nelson followed in second and Stitt in third.

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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.