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Panthers take state championship

The best year in school history for the City College wrestling team ended victoriously December 13 and 14 when, for the first time since 1996, Panthers wrestlers returned from the California Community College Athletic Association Championship Tournament—held at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton—as the new state champions.

Panthers forward Bobby Barnes drives to the hoop Jan. 21 during the first half of the home loss to the Diablo Valley College Vikings. Jake Patrick Donahue | Sports Editor |

Vikings conquer Panthers court

City College lost at home to Diablo Valley College Jan. 21 after defensive inconsistencies continued to torment the Panthers for a final score of 81-76.

City College guard Ashlyn Monk attacks the basket Jan. 21 during the loss to the Diablo Valley College Vikings. Monk had just 7 points in the contest as offensive struggles continued to plague the Panthers. Jake Patrick Donahue | Sports Editor |

Women’s basketball team overwhelmed in blowout

The women’s basketball team suffered one of their worst losses this season after spending more than five second-half minutes trailing by 20 or more Jan. 21 as the aggressive Vikings took it to the Panthers on their home floor, defeating City College 71-58.

Panthers forward Brittney Harper goes up for a layup in Jan. 17 loss to Santa Rosa.

Panthers lose to Hawks

A strong showing on defense was not enough for City College’s women’s basketball team when failing to find a rhythm on offense Jan. 14 cost Panthers the game, losing on the road to the Cosumnes River College Hawks 51–44.

Sophomore guard Antwoine Davis makes a backdoor layup in the final minute of Friday's 52-48 home victory. Davis led the Panthers with 14 points and 10 rebounds in the contest.

Early 3’s, defense push Panthers past Bear Cubs

After bungling defensive performances in back to back losses to Modesto Junior College and Cosumnes River College, City College played its best defensive game of the season Jan. 17 for a 52-48 win against the Santa Rosa Junior College Bear Cubs.

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No focus, no win

Late-game struggles continued for the City College men’s basketball team Jan. 14 as the Panthers came up short against the Cosumnes River College Hawks.

The Panthers failed to find rhythm early in the game, allowing the Hawks to get out to a 15-point lead by the midway point of the first half and 18 points by the three-minute mark. Defensive struggles around the basket continued to plague the Panthers as they failed to find an answer for Hawks forward TJ Williams, who scored 11 points in the opening period on his way to a season high 20 points in the game.

“Our zone defense was terrible to start the game,” said Panthers Head Coach Andrew Jones.

Panthers center Bebe Williams drives through Modesto City College defenders Jan. 10 to score two of her 21 points. Jake Patrick Donahue | Sports Editor |

Panthers prowl, pounce Pirates

City College women’s basketball team mounted a successful comeback in a victory over the Modesto Pirates Jan. 10, as the Panthers overcame a 12-point second-half deficit to win in overtime.

The Panthers overtook the Pirates for the win thanks to a clutch play executed by Ashlyn Monk, Bebe Williams, and Unique Woodson down the stretch.

City College forward Adam Ciszewski and Modesto center Josh Allen hit the floor Jan. 10 to secure a loose ball. Jake Patrick Donahue | Sports Editor |

1 second, 2 points, Panthers suffer defeat

The City College men’s basketball team lost at home against Modesto Junior College Jan. 10 when Modesto’s Anthony Hubbard drained a corner three at the buzzer to top the Panthers 79-77.

The Panthers led by as much as 13 in the contest, but a sluggish defensive showing and offensive struggles in the second half (Modesto outscored City College by 15 points in the second period) allowed the Pirates to chip away at the Panthers’ lead and ultimately win as time expired.

Sophomore utility Melissa Wall passes the ball Oct. 30 as City College takes on Modesto Junior College at Hoos Pool. Dianne Rose | Multimedia Editor |

Water Wings

For many, in addition to sleepless nights while studying for exams and waiting for financial aid disbursements, making new friends, joining clubs, falling in and out of love, and parties will make the list of college memories.

Such is not the case for all college students though.