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Dec. 12, 2011

City College students, part of the Sacramento Amazons women’s rugby team, finished third in the nation Nov. 10. at the USA Rugby Women’s National Championships in Virginia.

The Amazons went to the national championships undefeated with a record of 5-0. They finished with a record of 2-1 at the national championships when they lost in the semi-final game against the Raleigh Venom from North Carolina.

“They did have a different style of play from ours,” said undecided major Angela Marie Ve’evalu who plays the positions of prop and flanker on the rugby team, “They used a kick [technique] to advance forward a lot against us versus our team, which [uses] strength, power and skill.”

Sacramento Amazons’ women’s rugby coach Mary Swanstrom said it was a heartbreaking loss for their team, but a great learning experience. She also said playing against Raleigh made their team stronger.

The tournament was composed of 14 teams from around the country. The Amazons were in the Division II club bracket.

Swanstrom said that the team’s strategy varied between each game because every opposing team’s style of play was different.

In their first game against Portland, Maine, Swanstrom said the team was the No. 1 seed in the tournament…» Read More

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Dec. 12, 2011

Focus and motivation are two important elements of wrestling that are necessary to take down an opponent during a match. City College wrestler, Efren Rodriguez, has nearly mastered these elements and has also translated them into his personal life.

Second Team All-Conference winner in the Big 8 this semester, and wrestler since the age 12, Rodriguez says he chooses to work tirelessly in order to ensure a bright future ahead of him. Rodriguez spends his days and nights training, wrestling, completing schoolwork and giving back to the wrestling community, he says.

Rodriguez’s hard work ethic has not gone unnoticed. City College head wrestling coach Dave Pacheco says this is one of his best qualities.

“He is very motivated and intense,” Pacheco says. “He doesn’t like losing and he doesn’t like getting poor grades. He wants to be successful.”

The other wrestlers on the team also say they respect Rodriguez for his work ethic.

“He’s a great practice partner,” says wrestler Brenden Sullivan. “He never slacks off or takes a break. He always gives it his all.”

Pacheco says that the day of regionals, Rodriguez chose to visit, Chico High School, his old high school, instead. Rodriguez spent the day there…» Read More

From classroom to court
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Dec. 8, 2011

The playground is occasionally the starting point for a complex thought. Scoring a 3-pointer in the elementary school basketball courts can brew into a love for the game. Watching NBA games as a kid,wearing Air Jordans shoes, and more importantly, continuing to play the game may all be signs of a basketball fan.

In the Kinesiology 346 class, Theory of Basketball, students can extend their understanding of the game and ultimately create their own coaching philosophy, says the class’s professor and women’s basketball coach Devin Engebretsen.

“Look at all this room right here,” says Engebretsen, pointing to a diagram of a basketball court. “If we do this play like this, [the center] might catch the ball over here and it turns a lay up into a short jumper. What would you like more?”

“A lay up,” say three students in the class.

“I love lay ups,” says Engebretsen. “Not a big fan of short jumpers.”

Besides learning the basics of basketball, Engebretsen says the goals of the class are to learn the different rules of basketball across different levels, designing a conditioning program for a basketball team, learning strategies for in-game situations, analyzing videos of basketball games, and how to coach with cooperation with players, coaches, and team personnel, according to the class syllabus.

Lacking experience in playing basketball, Dolores Johnson, nursing major, says she struggles with learning basketball plays…» Read More

Four fall sports teams make the 2011 post-season
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Dec. 8, 2011

As the school semester comes to an end, finals are quickly approaching and sports are winding down. Four fall Panther sports made it to the Big 8 Championships.


The wrestling team will head to Santa Rosa Dec. 9-10, for the California Community Colleges Wrestling State Championships.

The Panthers competed in seven different weight classes and placed second in the Big 8, behind No. 1 rival Fresno City College.

The Panthers put six wrestlers Dec. 3, into the North Regional Tournament finals at Skyline College, and crowned two champions, according to the City College wrestling Facebook page.


For the third time in a row, the women’s golf team took the Big 8 Conference Championship. In the NorCal Champions, City College f nished third, its fourth consecutive win at NorCal. Riley Sexton won MVP in the Big 8, and Head Women’s Golf Coach Tim Kiernan was named Conference Coach of the Year.


Cross-Country competed at the California State Championships, Nov. 19, in Woodward Park, Fresno.

Five athletes from the women’s cross-country team and two from the men’s team represented City College at the championships.

Shelby Vollmer and Chris Rios led the team, clocking in a time of 20:51.13 and 21:49.90 respectively. The women’s cross-country team is ranked 12th in the 2011 NorCal…» Read More

State champ to scholar
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Dec. 7, 2011

Forward Zach Bartley, a sophomore on the men’s basketball team for City College, is averaging eight points per game and has totaled 33 rebounds through the first four games, playing in the undefeated start the Panthers men’s basketball team is off to.

“I try to get rebounds, that’s how a lot of my points come. I’m kind of like the garbage man on the court,” Zach Bartley, English major says. “Any time there’s a missed shot I crash the boards hard.”

Bartley brings a lot of experience to the team.

After gray-shirting a year at Sierra College, Bartley arrived at City College for the 2009-2010 season and for personal reasons red-shirted last year, as a red-shirt title, Bartley did not play in games that year thus preserving a year of college eligibility.

Now, he’s back and has returned this season with resurgence.

“What you see is what you get with Zach,” Head Coach Andrew Jones said. “He’s focused in practice. He’s matured a lot in the year that he took off.”

Bartley says he is very proud of his team and the start they’re off to. But, he adds, he’s also not content,.

“We’re 4-0 so far this year, so…» Read More

City College men’s basketball undefeated in early season
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Dec. 3, 2011

The City College men’s basketball team is starting a trend—winning close games. The Panthers opening round game of the American River College tournament Dec. 2 was no different, as they knocked off Mendocino College, 86-80.

The contest was physical throughout, with hard screens being set on both sides: hard fouls, loose balls leading to dogfights, and lots of emotion.

The Eagles (2-2) had momentum for the first 17 minutes of the first half, led by forward Trey Johnson’s 14 first-half points. Johnson finished the game with 17 points. The Panthers (5-0) would go on a run to end the frame, led by sophomore Izzy King, who had 14 first-half points on four 3-pointers. He, too, finished the game with 17 points, keeping the Panthers in the lead, 44-41 at halftime.

“Izzy was five-of-six on threes. We’ve known he can do that for two years now, [but] it was great to see him take advantage of the opportunity of starting for the first time this year,” City College men’s basketball head coach Andrew Jones said. “The fierceness was great to see. It was a total team effort.”

The second half of the game had its rough spots for the Panthers when…» Read More

Mountain Lions in Panther country
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Nov. 30, 2011

The Sacramento Mountain Lions, a professional football team that plays in the United Football League, are having practice and training camp at City College’s Hughes Stadium.

The league was founded in 2009, and in 2010 the California Redwoods, who originally played in the Bay Area, relocated to Sacramento and changed the team name to the Sacramento Mountain Lions. After the move the Mountain Lions searched for different places to practice in Sacramento. The choices eventually came down to City College and Sacramento State.

“Sacramento City was an undergoing renovations, so we decided to go with Sacramento State for games, but we liked the facilities here at Sacramento City so we decided to have most practices and training camp here,” said Sid Pillai, director of football operations for the Sacramento Mountain Lions.

For Brian Coulter, a defensive end for the Mountain Lions, practicing at City College brings back memories of his college days. “I actually went to a community college out in Mississippi, so I can relate to the college experience,” Coulter said. “So it brings you back to the days when you were going through your two-a-days.”

Many UFL players are athletes who were exceptional college players still trying to live out their NFL dreams. For someone like Daunte Culpepper, former NFL athlete and former Mountain Lions quarterback, it’s about getting back to the NFL. The UFL had a rough offseason in…» Read More

Panthers sweep Rams in NorCal regional playoff opener
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Nov. 26, 2011

Panther volleyball opened its post-season with a win against City College of San Francisco Nov. 22 at in the first game of the NorCal regional playoffs in the North Gymnasium.

The women’s volleyball team has won its last seven matches, and Tuesday night’s sweep of the Rams (25-21, 25-19, 25-20) made it eight in a row.

Despite the win, women’s volleyball assistant coach Josh Velasquez said the team played better in previous games.

“We haven’t been very consistent,” said Velasquez. “The last couple of games we played very strong, but tonight was kind of flat for us.”

City College entered the NorCal regional playoffs as the No. 8 seed and competed against ninth-seeded City College of San Francisco.

The Panthers will travel to play top-seeded Cabrillo College, Saturday, Nov. 26.

More information is available at the athletics webpage.

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That’s a wrap for Panther football
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Nov. 22, 2011

Last year the City College football team participated in a bowl game appearance and a 6-4 overall record and a 3-1-conference record.

This season returned two defensive and three offensive players from last year’s team, but that didn’t keep head coach Dannie Walker from saying, “I believe we can win our conference,” before their first conference game against Feather River College in October.

Unfortunately City College was unable to bring that goal to fruition by finishing this year 3-7 overall and 1-3 in the Mid-Empire Conference.

Tackling the passer has not been forgotten in defensive coordinator and special teams coach Tony Kehl’s defensive scheme, he said.

Marshall Lipke has had four sacks this season, second on the team only to Ethan Westbrook who led the team by sacking opposing quarterbacks 10.5 times for a combined loss of 78 yards.

The special teams has amassed over 1,000 kick return yards, with a long return of 84 yards for Jon Dunn and 91 yards for Keenan Williams.

Kehl’s style of defense helped the Panthers to wins, including the 28-21 victory over conference opponent College of the Siskiyous, according to Walker.

At least eight different athletes contributed an interception to accompany the team’s…» Read More

Wide receiver thrives on teamwork
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Nov. 22, 2011

City College wide receiver Byron Riggs has spent the last two fall semesters bolting from the line down the field, then leaping to tremendous heights to make big time catches. The rest of the week?

Good luck finding him.

Riggs is known around the team for his ability to make big time catches.

Quarterback Dominic Carmazzi, 21, remembered a particular play, against Sierra College.

“I had a 40-yard touchdown pass to him. He went up and got it and it was a great play on his part,” Carmazzi said.

At 6-foot-3-inches and weighing 185 pounds, Riggs’s teammates describe him as fast with great length and fantastic hands.

“He’s all hands, no body. He catches the ball with his hands [and] not [with] his body,” said wide receiver Rico Herring, 20, criminal justice major, of Riggs’ greatest strength as an athlete.

Riggs, 22, business finance major, juggles a full-time class schedule, plays on the football team, and has a job.

“He’s a hard worker. He holds down a job [and] he goes to school full time,” Head Coach Dannie Walker said. “[Riggs] plays football full time, and is a good student athlete.”

While Riggs is busy with the team and his…» Read More