By | Staff Writer
March 28, 2012

The City College swim team is approximately halfway through its season and head coach Steve Hanson credits much of its success to the team’s spirit.

“I think it’s a fun group of kids; they are getting faster [at] every meet, which means the training that we’re doing is paying off,” said Hanson.

Hanson said the most important aspect about the team is that its members are enjoying themselves and each other’s company.

Still, the team has experienced some minor problems. Hanson said this season’s main struggle is that the team has fewer athletes than in previous seasons. Hanson said that his goal is to reach out to students who already have a passion for swimming and who expect to excel with swimming in the future to make a great team.

Unlike in other sports, swim teams do not build an official game record. Instead, teams measure their success by improved times in competitive races.

“There is no such thing as wins and losses,” Hanson said. “It’s all about the effort you put in.”

Hanson said each athlete on the team is determined to improve his or her personal record.

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By | Staff Writer
March 19, 2012

City College Panthers baseball team kept the game close against the Cosumnes River College Hawks on March 10, but were unable to overcome the CRC offense, losing by a final score of 4-2.

The Panthers remained scoreless in the first and second innings as the Hawks moved ahead 1-0 at the end of the second. Panthers left fielder Zack Madrigal hit a line drive over the CRC first basemen and into right field, taking first base in the bottom of the third inning.

Next up to the plate was Panthers second baseman Nick Blaser. His base hit brought Madrigal around the bases to tie the score at 1-1.

By the top of the fourth inning the Hawks scored again. The Panthers had the bases loaded and walked the Hawks batter, bringing the score to 3-1. The bottom of the fourth saw Panthers first baseman Patrick Armstrong bunt his way to first base before taking second base on a throwing error. The Hawks second baseman threw the ball too high for his first baseman to make the play.

The bottom of the fifth inning saw Madrigal getting on base with an RBI single that brought in Panthers infielder Ryan Pudwell from…» Read More

By | Staff writer
March 14, 2012

City College women’s tennis team is optimistic, thanks to early victories in singles matches, according to coach Dave Griffin.

“This season we have a team with great attitudes and a bunch of girls that really have fun playing,” said Griffin.

Three first-year players are serving up victories for the team. Vanessa Van Der Valk, Ariel Xiong and Nadya Stokes are considered the key players for the season, according to team members.

“I would say we don’t have a top player right now, [but] we have three good players and we will improve,” said Stokes.

Stokes said the team is starting its season with a challenge by facing some of its stronger competitors early on. Teams such as Cosumnes River College and Fresno City College are expected to be the toughest competitors this season, she said.

Griffin agrees.“We are ready to face whatever the next game is,” he said.

Recently the team celebrated two victories in singles matches, including two against Cosumnes River College, Feb. 24 including one victory courtesy of Van Der Valk. Stokes said she praised her teammate for winning against Cosumnes River College. The two wins add up to a total of seven victories in the first three matches.

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March 14, 2012

The City College men’s basketball team finished its season Feb. 22, ranking No. 15 in Northern California. It’s the team’s highest ranking since 2005, according to head men’s basketball coach Andrew Jones.

City College hosted the playoff game against Coalinga’s West Hills, losing 66-60 in overtime and ending the season with a 16-10 record. “We had a similar record last year, but qualifying for the playoffs was huge,” said Jones.

Jones said the team overcame many obstacles last season.

“Six games ago we lost two of our main players, after losing to American River College, who ranked last in our conference,” said Jones. Jones said one player quit  and the other was ineligible after being dropped from a class.

Although the team lost two of its best players, Jones said, the team still won three of its last fi ve games and beat Cosumnes River College and Sierra College to qualify for the playoffs.

The team’s members attribute much of this season’s success to their coach.

“Andrews is a great coach,” said business major and shooting guard Xavier Williford.

“He’s been coaching for a while now, so he definitely knows what he’s doing.”

The team seemed to be playing under the radar this season and was not expected to do well, said Williford.

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By | Staff Writer
March 9, 2012

Though the Panthers were not discouraged during the last game, City College won only one of 18 matches played against Fresno City College on Feb 28, “I wish it was a better day,” said Panthers Jaime Hernandez, commenting on the weather conditions. From the men’s team, David Renteria and Rusty Spence partnered up in a doubles match against Fresno winning the match by a score of 9-7. “It was intense because the elements weren’t on our side, so it was challenging,” said Spence. Coach Dave Griffin says City College tennis players have good attitudes, which come out in the games. Teammates like Renteria and Spence work well together “because they communicate well with each other,” says Griffin. What also worked well for Renteria and Spence was their footwork on the court. Despite the cold wind, players were still able to show improvements in their game. “They are doing better on their approach and angle shots, keeping the ball down on volleys, and [improving] on the line shots,” said City College assistant coach Yana Buryak. Griffin has been emphasizing drills on volleys, Buryak says, and reminding players to “hit the ball with a purpose.” City College tennis players have been practicing…» Read More

By | Staff Writer
Feb. 29, 2012

City College’s men’s and women’s track and field teams started their new season Feb. 11, and, after placing sixth last season, the teams are determined to improve according to head women’s coach Lisa Bauduin.

“I want them strive [and] to be better than they were in high school every day,” said Bauduin.  The track and field team competed in the Intra Squad Red and Gold meet at Hughes Stadium. The competition was a scrimmage, however, and no points were given.

Bauduin said the team can improve by following four simple rules: “Never change, be healthy, compete well, and have a great experience,” said Baudin. This season, the women’s team features two returning players—Jazmine Alexander and Jasmine Drake.

At the Mt. SAC Relay Cross Country Division, Alexander ran a time of 26.34 seconds in the 200 meter, and at the Nor Cal Championship Trials, she achieved a time of 57.98 seconds in the 400 meter.

Drake threw an 8.8 pound shot put ball 37-feet and 4-inches, setting a record for the 2011 Big 8 Conference Championships. On the men’s team this season, head coach Rob Dewar said he hopes that his team members stay dedicated and sets goals for themselves.

“We were young and immature last year,” said Dewar.

Dewar also said that he does not want to set expectations for his team, because that only puts more pressure on the players and because…» Read More

By | Staff Writer
Feb. 29, 2012

City College’s softball season started Feb. 11, and head coach Tim Kiernan says he has high hopes and goals for the team, which currently has two wins, three losses and one tied game in its preseason.

The team’s strengths are pitching, putting the ball in play and good defense, Kiernan says, adding that the team has been preparing for the season by conditioning and pitching.

The team’s only weakness this season is its size, he says.

“We don’t have a large team; it’s a small team…because we didn’t have enough time to do a lot of recruiting,” says Kiernan.

Kiernan says the team has built a strong chemistry.

“It’s a good team, and they get along pretty well,” says Kiernan.

Two returning players who can help lead the team to its success, Kiernan says, are right fielder, Cassandra Towne and pitcher Shasta Hill Towne, who has been playing at City College for two years. She says she tries to guide the rest of her teammates through action, not words.

“I think I am a quiet leader; I lead by example,” says Towne.

As a right fielder, Towne adds, her position is different, but she enjoys it.

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Feb. 29, 2012

For kinesiology major, single mother and track and field thrower Jasmine Drake and her 4-year-old daughter Jaliyah, the day begins at 5 every morning.

Drake gets out of bed, gets ready, gets her daughter ready and leaves by 6:40 a.m. to catch the bus so she can arrive at school by 7 a.m.

“It’s difficult to get up in the morning,” says Drake.

Once they arrive on campus, Drake drops her daughter off at City College’s Child Development Center, which provides day care for Jaliyah, and then Drake heads to class.

“I like being able to take my daughter to school with me,” says Drake. “I get more bonding time with her.”

There was an adjustment period, however, she says.

Jaliyah, for example, was not a fan of the day care center when she first began attending.

“She is really attached to me, so she didn’t like me leaving her there,” says Drake.

Drake says now that her daughter is going to day care, Jaliyah gets tired faster and at the end of the day it is easier to put her to sleep.

After class, Drake goes to track practice, where she usually practices for two hours. In addition to track, Drake also takes several other fitness courses, including a boot camp class.

Following practice, there’s no time to…» Read More