City College freshman first-baseman Taylor Martinez connects for a base hit during the first game of a double-header against San Joaquin Delta College March 22 at The Yard. The Panthers won the game with a triple play in the seventh inning. Photo by Dianne Rose | Staff Photographer |

SCC softball sweeps day

City College’s softball team swept Big 8 Conference opponent San Joaquin Delta College in a double header at home March 22 in The Yard for final scores of 10-9 and 3-2 respectively.

Game one began with a monstrous first inning for the Panthers. The team totaled nine runs and nine hits in the inning.

Shortstop Mickey Loveridge started the game with a three-run home run to deep center field and added one more RBI before the inning ended. Catcher Allie Cheetham and Outfielder Megan Winton both had RBIs in the inning, and second baseman Stephanie Bagwell scored a run after getting on base from a fielding error.

In the bottom of the second inning, Delta began to mount a comeback, getting three runs on four hits. The team ended the inning with three runners left on base.

City College freshman outfielder Cristain Bracero slides in to home plate during a Panthers home game at Union Stadium.

Baseball with Latin flavor

In a baseball locker room 3,500 miles from home, Jorge Perez Bonilla laces his cleats. He dons his burgundy and gold uniform, and takes the field with the rest of his Panthers teammates. But for Perez-Bonilla—and the four other Latin American players on the squad—the game is just a little more complicated than simply playing baseball.

Adjusting to college life is something many City College student athletes struggle with. When coupled with an entirely new culture and a new home thousands of miles from where they grew up, it can become even more of a challenge. Jonathan Taraya of Express sat down with five students on the City College baseball team to discuss the problems and perks that come with being international student athletes at City College.

Hudson Buck City College sophomore climbs the rope during offseason wrestling class March 3 in the North Gym. Photo by Dianne Rose / Staff Photographer /

When losers become winners

The offseason is a time when players turn their weaknesses into strengths. It’s when players get stronger both physically and mentally. It’s when losers become winners.

During the regular season, the emphasis of progression is geared toward the team rather than the individual. During the offseason, however, it’s about working hard to get individual players’ skills developed.

For City College athletes on any of the school’s 18 competitive teams, the offseason is not solely a time for rest and relaxation, but in many cases it is when the real work begins.

“There really is no offseason for us,” said City College women’s basketball head coach Devin Engebresten. “When our season ends, the girls only get three weeks off.”

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Panthers’ baseball falls to Bear Cubs

City College’s baseball team suffered its third loss this season, after falling short Saturday in the ninth inning by one run.

The Panthers came into the game undefeated at home and in conference play, looking for a sweep over the Santa Rosa Junior College Bear Cubs.

Santa Rosa earned an early lead in the second inning on a base hit by catcher Spencer Neve. City College responded by tying the game on a triple by lead-off man Jared James in the third.

Santa Rosa scored a pair of runs in the sixth, followed by one more run in the seventh. The team went into the bottom of the ninth leading 4-1. However, City College did not go down easily.

Panthers' Nhan Cao serves during the home match against Reeley College March 18. Photo by Staff Photographer

SCC tennis loses, remains positive

The college’s No. 1 men’s player Juan Ortiz, whose match against Reedley’s Daniel Remer was the longest of the day, won two sets to one. Ortiz was down in the first set but came back, pushing his opponent into mistakes.

On the women’s side, No. 1 doubles players Nadyzyea Stokes and Vanessa Van Der Valk fell 8-4 to the Tigers’ No. 1 team. The No. 2 women’s partners of Maliyah Shavers and Brenda Saeturn lost 8-2.

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SCC softball gets upper hand, wins

For City College vs. Reeley College March 6 game coverage, click below on Sports.

City College softball got the upper hand against American River College March 11 when it won 9-2 in a dominant effort.

In the first inning, the Panthers’ defense was flawless. With one out and one on for American River College, shortstop Mickey Loveridge turned a 6-3 double play to end the inning.

The runs for the Panthers came early. In the bottom of the first, with the bases loaded, Loveridge hit a two-RBI double to put the Panthers on the board first.

The lone mistake from the Panthers’ defense came in the fourth inning. With two outs and runners on third and first, both players began to steal bases. A throw to second would have ended the inning, but after a brief hesitation, the decision was a late throw to home plate.

Panthers' outfielder Robby Link jumps to catch a fly ball during the home game against Reedley College March 7 at Union Stadium.

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SCC baseball takes Reedley College

Despite allowing nine hits, the City College baseball team was able to beat Reedley College March 7 by a score of 5-2.

In the first inning of play, starting pitcher Taylor Shores started off rocky, walking the first two batters he faced. The team got out of the inning safely with Reedley having two players left on base.

Reedley was able to score in the second inning off an RBI single, but was stopped from doing any real damage in the inning.

The bottom of the third inning came with a bit of confusion when what seemed like an RBI triple for outfielder Christian Bracero was called an automatic double when the ball went under the outfield fence.

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Panthers softball falls to Falcons

The City College softball team lost a close game to Solano College March 6 when the Falcons took the Panthers with an added insurance run in the seventh inning for a final score of 5-2.

The game started as a pitcher’s duel between the Panthers’ Ashten Welch and the Falcons’ Shannon Mestas. The two would match each other pitch for pitch until the third inning.

The game marked Welch’s seventh start of the season, coming into the game with a 4-0 record and an ERA of 1.62.

Jake on Sports

Between work, school and family, finding a balance is often a challenge for community college students. For the student-athlete, adding to the balancing act can make life even more complicated.

The world of college athletics can be a difficult one for students. Student-athletes are forced to deal with often-unrealistic expectations on the court, while dealing with demanding class schedules off it. City College athletes are currently required to maintain a 2.0 GPA overall while taking a full-time schedule of 12 units, on top of daily practice and games.

“Being a student athlete, it takes a lot of work. It’s not easy,” said City College women’s basketball head coach Devin Engebretsen.

City College head baseball coach Derek Sullivan meets with an opposing coach before a game at Union Stadium March 1. Dianne Rose | Staff Photographer |

Panthers coach rises in ranks

Derek Sullivan has spent the better part of his adult life in a burgundy and gold uniform. Sullivan, 32, has been a Panther since 1999 when he joined the City College baseball team as a utility infielder. Sullivan has climbed the Panthers ranks, reaching the top this season as the team’s head coach.

Sullivan, who returned to City College as a coach in 2004 and also teaches kinesiology, said he is exactly where he wants to be.