Sports

Panthers lose to Seahawks
By | Staff Writer
Feb. 20

Panthers’ softball team lost the second game of a double-header to the Cabrillo College Seahawks 12-4 Feb. 15, and took a 1-1 split for the day.

The dark gloomy sky was appropriate for the Panthers’ performance against the Seahawks. City College gave up 12 hits and committed four errors during the game.

“I didn’t think we played real well today at all,” said Panthers’ Head Coach Tim Kiernan. “It was a sloppy game.”

Panthers’ starting pitcher Erikka Burke got off to a shaky start in the first inning.

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Top ranked ‘Stangs top Panthers
By | Sports Editor
Feb. 20

An overwhelmed City College women’s basketball team was handed its fourth loss in a row Feb. 18 by San Joaquin Delta for a final score of 73-44.

With only two games remaining in the season, the Panthers entered Tuesday’s game in control of its own postseason fate. With a win against the Big 8 leading Mustangs the Panthers would secure a spot in the playoffs.

The Panthers would fail to take advantage however, getting blown out at home in a 29 point loss. Delta College has now won 11 games in a row and has lost only two games since conference play began last month.

The Mustangs’ defense set the tone early with a tight full-court press, forcing turnovers and causing the Panthers to look disorganized offensively.

“(Delta’s defense) was the game,” said City College head coach Devin Engebretsen. “Instead of being aggressive against their press, we were passive.”

A potent Delta squad, who ranks first in the Big 8 in total offense, outmatched the Panthers normally strong defense from the opening. The Panthers allowed a season high 73 points to the Mustangs.

“(Delta) is a viable state championship team,” Engebretsen said of the Mustangs after the game.

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Panthers take Golden Eagles
By | Staff Writer
Feb. 20

After a slow start, City College’s softball team dominated Feather River College Feb. 15 with a final score of 12-3.

In the first inning of play, the Panthers had two doubles and a runner on third. An error by Feather River College allowed the runner on third to score, ending the first at 1-0

After some wild pitches and an earned run in the second inning by Panthers’ starting pitcher Meghan Wantz, City College softball coach Tim Kiernan decided to bring freshman pitcher Erikka Burke to the mound.

“(Burke) shut them down,” said Kiernan. “She came in, and stopped them and got the win.”

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Spring baseball preview
By | Sports Editor
Feb. 15

With a new season of Panther baseball getting underway this month,Panther fans can expect considerable improvements in the batter’s box while a depleted pitching staff and a young infield leave questions about the team’s prospects, according to head coach Derek Sullivan.

With all three members of last year’s starting rotation—Dan Sayles, Mat Maher, Ben Brooks— having moved on to four-year schools, young players in some key positions and a head coach going in to his second year, City College’s baseball team is in a transition period, but strong enough to be ranked No. 11 in the state in pre-season polls.

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Men’s basketball outplayed at home
By | Sports Editor
Feb. 13

City College dropped a close game Feb.11 when Cosumnes River College outplayed the Panthers in the closing minutes, handing the Panthers a 76-85 home loss.

Win the win, the Hawks have won nine of their last 10 games and are 21-5 on the season, best in the Big 8. The Panthers, now 5-5 in conference play and 12-12 on the season, are firmly on the bubble for next month’s playoff tournament.

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Panthers lose to Hawks
By | Sports Editor
Feb. 12

Basketball as a game of runs fittingly describes the Panthers’ home game loss Feb. 7 to Cosumnes River, City College was unable to weather an 11-2 run late in the game, and the Hawks capped a season sweep of the Panthers for a final score of 64-52.

The Panthers had a strong showing on both ends of the court in the first. City College play by defense slowed Hawks’ star forward, Big 8 MVP candidate Janie Myles. The Panthers succeeded in limiting Myles’ production on offense and on the glass. Myles leads the conference with an average of 16.6 rebounds per game.

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Panthers take Beavers
By | Sports Editor
Feb. 10

The Panthers ran their way to a convincing victory Jan. 31, keeping American River College on their heels most of the evening for a final score of 96-69.

The Beavers failed to find an answer for a fast-paced, aggressive Panther offense. By midpoint of the half, City College reached a 15-point lead. The Panthers never looked back or slowed down. Leading 28 points by halftime, City College would go on to win by a 27-point margin.

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Panther offense shines
By | Sports Editor
Feb. 9

Panther women’s basketball, carried by defense thus far this season, showed offense potential Jan. 31 when the Panthers led a 10-point takedown against American River College for a final score of 63-53.

The Panthers committed a season high 15 team fouls in the first half. The team rode their strong offensive production though to a 13-point lead by halftime.

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Body slamming success
By | Staff Writer
Feb. 5

Walking through the dimly lit hallways of City College’s North Gym, his steps are slow and deliberate. His footwork seems constantly in tune with his body’s balance.

A couple of minutes before his next meeting, he peeks through a door window to observe the Boot Camp Fitness class in progress. It is in this very same room where wrestlers train to become state champions. And they do so under his guidance, the guidance of City College wrestling head coach Dave Pacheco, who was named Head Coach of the year for California community colleges in December 2013.

The students inside, grouped into three military ranks, conduct sprint and cardio drills, zipping up and down the room in a variety of running styles. Pacheco watches and nods his head after each student completes his or her rotation, ending on the other side of the viewing window. Some students see him through the window and smile. Others choose to avoid his gaze—upon meeting Pacheco, one can understand why.

Steely, penetrating eyes and receding cropped hair that fits perfectly under his baseball cap, Pacheco looks very much like a police drill instructor. Even a thin handlebar mustache frames his square jaw. His loose gray and…» Read More



Panthers take state championship
By | Sports Editor
Feb. 5

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.

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