Wrestler keeps tabs on grades and on mat
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Nov. 22, 2011

Isaiah Hurtado, kinesiology major, said he won’t quit pushing forward during a wrestling match, even when he’s losing. “A lot of guys, if they’re down 14-6, they just shut it off,” head wrestling coach David Pacheco said.

For example, Hurtado was down by eight points in a previous match, one of the worst performances of his season, Pacheco said, and despite losing the first round, the player fi nished the match with a 21-16 victory over his opponent. In the last two rounds, Hurtado outscored his challenger 15-2.

Hurtado’s all-around skills on the mat—from take downs, escapes off the bottom, and turning people from on top—reflect on his No. 2 ranking in the state. Hurtado brings skills to the wrestling mat like he hits the books.

“I’ve got my academics on lock. I’m doing really good with my classes,” Hurtado said.

Hurtado commutes from both Cosumnes River College and City College throughout the week to maintain the GPA that he needs to wrestle. Hurtado said he has been wrestling for eight years and this is his first year wrestling for City College.

Previously a student at California State University, San Francisco, for his first year of college-level wrestling, Hurtado said…» Read More

Young golfer seeks future spot on LPGA
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Nov. 22, 2011

A Swedish-American golfer, Annika Sorenstam, holds one of the highest achievements in the Ladies Professional Golf Association’s history, winning 90 international tournaments as a professional, according to Wikipedia. She’s an inspiration for young golfers like City College’s own, Riley Sexton, freshman golfer for the women’s golf team.

“She was the best of the best. She’s what I want to strive to be,” Sexton said.

Sexton spends nearly all her time on the golf course. The women’s golf team practices everyday besides the days they compete in tournaments, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

On the days they do practice, Sexton spends time with her swing coach, a professional golfer/instructor, who trains her to the highest potential she can be, Sexton said.

Practice from 3:15 – 6 p.m. isn’t quite enough for the freshman golfer. She continues to practice afterward for another two to three hours.

Sexton said, after practice, if she doesn’t have class, she’ll go to another golf course to balance out her techniques in all the general areas. Driving, chipping, and especially putting, said Sexton, are the focus of her training.

“Putting is what is key to being successful,” Sexton said.

Sexton began playing golf her freshman year of high school…» Read More

City College men’s basketball swoop Hawks Invitational
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Nov. 16, 2011

The men’s Panther basketball team opened its season by winning the Hawks Invitational at Cosumnes River College and capped it off by defeating the host Hawks 66-65 in the championship game.

In the previous two games the Panthers defeated Los Medanos College 83-45 and won over Feather River College 82-80 the following evening.

Playing for the third night in a row, the Panthers showed no fatigue

“We came ready to play the first night winning by 38,” said 15-year head coach Andrew Jones. “Last night we won with 0.3 seconds left to play on a good pass.”

Tournament MVP Antwoine Davis led all scorers with 23 points and all-tournament selection Zach Bartley chipped in 17 points for the Panthers.

The game was tied at the half 31-31 and the second half would be all about runs.

The Panthers, who trailed by as many as 10 in the second half, went for one final surge in the last minute of the game.

Down 65-64 with nine seconds left, the Hawks had possession of the ball under the Panthers basket.

Hawks’ forward Tony Gill passed the ball to point guard Tony Baldoochi, who caught the ball, but while pivoting his right foot…» Read More

Down the court
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Nov. 11, 2011

As winter approaches winter sports are starting and athletes are gearing up for the upcoming season. The women’s basketball team says they have their work cut out for them with 10 new athletes and a new head coach.

Head coach Devin Engebretsen and his assistant Kim Harada are coaching a team of 10 freshmen and one sophomore this season. Engebretsen previously coached the women’s basketball team at Notre Dame High School in San Jose.

Last season, Panther basketball put up a 13-15 overall record, with a 5-9 record against other teams in the Big 8 Conference.

Samantha Lewis, forward, said being on the team is exciting.

“We get along well. We play well,” said Lewis about the team’s chemistry.

Forward and criminal justice major Enimoa Laui, said that the coaches are doing a good job getting the athletes ready and getting new players acclimated to the college sports environment.

“We just [have to] do a little more work. A little more effort every day, and we’ll be all right,” Enimoa said. Mariah Bailey, undecided major and forward for the team, said she is confident, not just in the team, but in the coach.

“He knows a…» Read More

Let ’em fly
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Nov. 10, 2011

Fresh out of college with a degree in hand, head women’s volleyball coach Laurie Nash found herself looking for a job. It was then, she says, that she decided to instead go back to school for another degree, one that would allow her to follow her passion: volleyball.

Now, Nash has been at the helm of City College’s women’s volleyball team since 2000. Since then, she’s taken the team to the state playoffs multiple times and has  given some of her  athletes a chance to continue playing at the next level.

“I get the biggest kick out of watching the girls perform independently of me in a match because of what they learn in practice,” Nash says.

Her volleyball timeline started in seventh grade, when she played for her middle school. After hitting a few volleyballs, Nash says she was instantly hooked.

After high school, she attended American River College where she was an All-State outside hitter. At American River, Nash played under assistant coach Debbie Blair. After a year, Blair left to become the head volleyball coach at City College.

Nash received a scholarship to play at Cal Poly Pomona where she earned a bachelor’s degree in graphic design.

“The spring after I graduated I got a job coaching club volleyball,” Nash says.

Later, Nash moved back…» Read More

High hopes for hoops
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Nov. 9, 2011

Last season the men’s basketball team finished with 15 wins and 10 losses. This season, with a new team, members said they hope to improve and have a successful season.

The majority of this season’s team consists of freshmen with only four returning players. The team says its concentrating on working together and building on-the-court relationships.

“I believe we are very talented and mesh well together,” said shooting guard and kinesiology major Israel King.

“We all have our different strengths and weaknesses which fit together like a puzzle. We work very hard and understand each other’s roles,” King said.

Coach Andrew Jones said last season the team had eight returning athletes, so much of the season’s improvement was carried over from the previous season. For the 2011-12 season, the men’s basketball team does not have that luxury, he said.

“We will have to learn to play together, and we will have to learn it quickly,” Jones said.

The team this year will have a defensive identity in contrast to last year’s team, which was offenseoriented, Jones said.

Still, Jones said he does not expect to take this season lightly.  “We play in a tough league, which means there are no…» Read More

Panthers take victory in final home game against Eagles
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Nov. 9, 2011

City College played host to College of the Siskiyous Nov. 5 for its last home game of the season, taking the win 28-21.

“Our defense played well today,” said Head Coach Dannie Walker after the game.

About 500 were in attendance to see the 14th ranked Eagles (5-3, 1-1) take on the Panthers (2-6, 0-2).

The Panthers opening drive ended at the 50-yard line after an interception by the Eagles, which gave them the ball at the 25-yard line.City College made a good defensive stand and held its opponents at mid-field on a fourth down.

After 11 plays, the Panthers scored with a 6-yard pass from sophomore Dominic Carmazzi to tight end freshman Chase Zamora. The point after touchdown was good, giving City College a 7-0 lead.

In the second quarter, College of the Siskiyous’ quarterback Levi Cox ran the ball for 6-yards giving the Eagles their first score of the game. Defensive line Dushawn McDaniel blocked the extra point attempt allowing the Panthers to keep their lead, 7-6.

Following the kickoff, City College scored its second touchdown in two plays and 34 seconds, with a 10-yardrun by freshman running back Soloman Helms.

By halftime the score was 21-12, with…» Read More

Panthers water polo drop the ball to Fresno Rams
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Nov. 3, 2011

What started out as a competitive and close game Oct. 26 against Fresno City College’s water polo team ended in a blowout, with Fresno winning by a score of 21-9.

The first period stared with Fresno scoring a couple of goals early on and taking a quick 5-0 lead. However, City was able to rally back and tie the game by the end of the first period.

From there, Fresno took the lead with a score of 6-5, and from the second period on it was the Rams who were scoring for the remainder of the game.

The Panthers were only able to score four additional goals for the match Wednesday evening.

“It was a really good game. The team played really well. It was one of the best games that we have played,” said water polo athlete Gabi Little, undecided major.

Though City College walked away with the loss, and a record of 1-9 for the season so far, it was still able to implement some practiced strategy throughout the game.

“We have worked on positioning and offensive flow,” said head coach Steve Hanson.

“We have tried to put more shots up on the cage,” he said about the techniques the team has been focusing on during training.

Though his strategy was implemented into the game Oct. 26, he said he still feels that the team members may be a little hesitant to shoot the ball.

Even with the loss, athletes said that they played a great game against the Rams.

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Panther football games webcast on sports website for public record
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Oct. 29, 2011

City College football games are webcast live radio-style on

Tyrone Freeman, father of freshman running back for the Panthers, Tyrone Freeman Jr. tunes in from Michigan and said the site is “very accurate, I like the commentator. I enjoy it.”

“ agreed to webcast our football games,” said Mitch Campbell, Dean of Kinesiology, Health and Athletics. “I thought it would be a good thing for fans, parents, students ­­­––anybody who wanted to listen to the games — for it to be available.”

Randy Routier, director of broadcast and sales in Northern California for, said he started broadcasting for City College sports in spring semester 2008 when he announced a couple of men’s and women’s basketball games live on the site.

After coordinating with Campbell, Routier began to webcast Panther home football games in fall 2009.

“People don’t realize the history that [Hughes] Stadium has with professional teams like the 49ers, the Raiders and the Cowboys having exhibition games there. [Hughes Stadium] is an incredible facility with all those great histories,” Routier said.

Webcasting increased its coverage the next semester, Routier said, and he has webcast all away and home football games for the 2011 season. Local broadcaster Will…» Read More

Putting, pinning, running
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Oct. 26, 2011

With the fall season well underway, student athletes and coaches have been working hard training and improving for final tournaments or conference matches in November and December. Some athletes may be in the spotlight more than others, and the Express hunted down some of these athletes to find out their performance achievements and goals for the season. Below is a star athlete roundup of some of the athletes from three sports.

Women’s Golf

Riley Sexton has been playing golf since her freshman year in high school. Women’s head golf coach Tim Kiernan said that Sexton has improved on her short game since she joined the team this season.

“She knows how to closeout in a tournament,” Kiernan said. “She’s very good at that.”

After trying several sports in high school, Sexton found golf enjoyable and said she sometimes spends entire days practicing at golf courses from sunup to sundown. Sexton said her inspiration to play golf comes from “my love for the game, I love the game and I want to take it to the next level.”

“I have to say my length on my drive sets me apart from other athletes,” Sexton said. “For my size (5-foot-4 inches) I hit the ball really long, but as far as technique goes, I am still working on that.” Kiernan said, “She…» Read More