By | Sports Editor
Feb. 8

Sacramento Republic FC has announced it will play against the North American Soccer League’s New York Cosmos Feb. 28 at Hughes Stadium.

The 2014 USL Pro champion Republic FC will face the 2013 NASL champion Cosmos in a friendly before the start of the regular season.

The Republic started the 2014 campaign with its first home games at Hughes Stadium, including three sold-out matches of over 21,000 in attendance.

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Panthers keep eyes on state championship
By | Sports Editor
Feb. 4

Statistics make it difficult to form an argument against the winning pedigree of City College’s softball team. In the past three and a half decades, the Panthers have won 26 conference championships and four state championships.

Now in his 20th season as head coach, Tim Kiernan said that he and the rest of his coaching staff are looking to lead the Panthers to another winning season and a fifth state championship.

“Our goal is to win the conference, win the first round of the playoffs, win super regionals and go to state — and win state,” said Kiernan. “That’s the order, and that’s our goal every year. So we’ve got to go out there and take care of business and win the conference.”

Last season, the Panthers saw their successful regular season end in disappointment, when they lost to Big 8 Conference rival Delta College in the second round of the Northern California Super Regional Playoffs.

Going into the 2015 season, the Panthers will be without some key players who transferred to four-year universitiesafter last season’s campaign. With an 18-6 record in 2014, ace pitcher Ashten Welch (Lyon College) led the bullpen in almost all pitching statistics and had an…» Read More

By | Sports Editor
Feb. 3

Inside of the nine-lane, 25-yard length Hoos pool, members of the Panthers’ swim team can be found swimming the four competitive strokes — butterfly, breaststroke, backstroke and freestyle — to get ready for the season.

City College’s swimming program has not boasted much of a winning tradition over the years. The last time the team won a conference championship was in 1998, when the women’s team won the title.

The problem, according to head coach Steve Hanson, is the amount of turnover from year to year; there are not enough people who stick around after their first season. However, that is all slowly changing, Hanson said. The team currently has more than 40 swimmers, both men and women, who compete against other swimmers of the same gender.

“The plus side is that the difference this year from last year and the year before that and the year before that is that we’ve gradually been growing,” said Hanson. “This is my sixth season here as the swim coach. My first season there were two swimmers on the swim team — two women, no men.”

The team has grown over the years through steady recruitment and word of mouth, according to Hanson….» Read More

Men's and women's basketball teams lose to Sierra
By | Sports Editor
Feb. 1

City College men’s basketball dropped its sixth Big 8 Conference game this season Jan. 27 to the Sierra College Wolverines, in a 90-72 loss.

The Panthers kept the game close in the first half, but could not keep up with the Wolverines’ potent offense late in the second half and were outscored 48-31.

“I thought they got off to a quicker start than us from an effort standpoint,” said City College head coach Andrew Jones.

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Women’s basketball falls to cross-town rival CRC
By | Sports Editor
Jan. 17

City College women’s basketball team lost its third straight Big 8 Conference matchup after losing Jan. 13 to cross-town rival Cosumnes River College in a close 60-56 game.

The Panthers had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds but came up short after the Hawks got their own rebound after a missed free throw and scored. With 10 seconds remaining in the game, Panthers’ freshman guard Jasmine Bernardo attempted a 3-pointer to cut the lead to one, but missed, giving the Hawks the chance to close out the game.

“I think we turned it over too many times, and I think we missed the easy [shots] that were uncontested,” said City College head coach Julia Allender. “I think we relied to heavily on the 3-point line in the second half, and we didn’t rebound the ball.”

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Panthers drop the ball against cross-town rival
By | Sports Editor
Jan. 17

City College men’s basketball team was blown out 91-62 against cross-town rival Cosumnes River College Jan. 13. It was the team’s third consecutive Big 8 Conference loss this season.

The Panthers attacked in the beginning and started the game on a 10-2 run. However, once the Hawks got into a rhythm, they began firing on all cylinders and went into halftime with a 42-22 lead.

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Panthers fall on last second shot
By | Sports Editor
Jan. 13

City College men’s basketball team lost its Big 8 Conference opener, 61-60, to the American River College Jan. 6, despite holding a 12-point lead in the second half.

The Panthers had a chance to win the game with 4.4 seconds remaining when freshman guard Kellen Hill drove to the basket and put up a last-second floater, but the ball hit the rim as the buzzer went off.

The Beavers started the game firing up 3-pointers early and often, making five of them in the first half. ARC maintained a strong lead through most of the first half, but turnovers plagued them late, which allowed City College to mount a comeback.

With two minutes remaining in the first half, Panthers’ freshman guard Devin Joseph came up with a big steal in transition and scored a layup. The score was the start of a 10-2 run that put the Panthers ahead 34-31 at the half.

The run continued through the first couple minutes of the second half, and the Panthers took a commanding 12-point lead with 17 minutes remaining.

A surplus of fouls and missed shots by City College helped ARC mount its own comeback in the second half. ARC tied  the…» Read More

Women's basketball falls to ARC in Big 8 Conference opener
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Jan. 13

City College women’s basketball team lost 61-47 in the Big 8 Conference opener Jan. 6 to the American River College Beavers.

The Panthers trailed much of the game, and despite attempting a comeback in the last six minutes, they were outscored 35-25 in the second half. City College head coach Julia Allender credits the loss to a lack of intensity on both sides of the ball.

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Panthers claim victory in home opener
By | Sports Editor
Jan. 1

City College women’s basketball rallies; wins in overtime

In the first home game of the season, City College women’s basketball team mounted a successful comeback victory in overtime over the Butte College Roadrunners 74-61, erasing a 12-point second-half deficit.

The Roadrunners were ahead by 12 points and looked to run away with the victory with 11 minutes remaining in the game. With clutch play on both sides of the court, the Panthers rallied back and forced overtime.

“They got some stops, played some better defense, got some boards and played a little tougher,” said Panthers head coach Julia Allender. “I just think we got more aggressive offensively.”

The Panthers played timidly in the first half and turned the ball over several times — 20 total turnovers in the game. The shots didn’t fall often enough, which brought the energy down, according to Allender.

With some big stops in the second half, the Panthers knocked the lead down to five with five minutes remaining in regulation. City College took advantage of the overly aggressive play by the Roadrunners and found themselves at the free-throw line often — shooting 24 free in the game.

Down 2 with 24.1 seconds remaining in the…» Read More

A glimpse at City College’s men’s basketball program
By | Features Editor
Dec. 18, 2014

With City College’s men’s basketball season underway, the team looks to improve on its performance from the 2013-2014 campaign.

The Panthers’ season started in early November with non-conference play as well as some tournaments. Big-8 Conference game are scheduled to start in early January, and the season will wrap up with the playoffs in late February.

Last year, the City College men’s basketball team ended the season by almost making the California Community College Athletic Association playoffs with a 14-14 — 7-7 in conference play — record. Now, even with some of its top players from last season gone, the Panthers team aims to be as competitive as it was last year, according to head coach Andrew Jones.

“A realistic goal for us is, last year we were 14-14, if we can match that again, I think that would be a successful season, given that we lost six of our top seven players from last year,” said Jones.

Panthers have only four players returning form last year’s roster — forwards Adam Ciszewski and Oleg Yemchuk and guards Derek Rhodes and Michael Wiggins. Of the other nine players on the 13-man roster, eight of them are freshmen.

Ciszewski says he believes…» Read More