Sports

By | Staff Writer
March 13

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City College softball got the upper hand against American River College March 11 when it won 9-2 in a dominant effort.

In the first inning, the Panthers’ defense was flawless. With one out and one on for American River College, shortstop Mickey Loveridge turned a 6-3 double play to end the inning.

The runs for the Panthers came early. In the bottom of the first, with the bases loaded, Loveridge hit a two-RBI double to put the Panthers on the board first.

The lone mistake from the Panthers’ defense came in the fourth inning. With two outs and runners on third and first, both players began to steal bases. A throw to second would have ended the inning, but after a brief hesitation, the decision was a late throw to home plate.

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SCC baseball takes Reedley College
By | Staff Writer
March 13

Despite allowing nine hits, the City College baseball team was able to beat Reedley College March 7 by a score of 5-2.

In the first inning of play, starting pitcher Taylor Shores started off rocky, walking the first two batters he faced. The team got out of the inning safely with Reedley having two players left on base.

Reedley was able to score in the second inning off an RBI single, but was stopped from doing any real damage in the inning.

The bottom of the third inning came with a bit of confusion when what seemed like an RBI triple for outfielder Christian Bracero was called an automatic double when the ball went under the outfield fence.

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By | Staff Writer
March 13

The City College softball team lost a close game to Solano College March 6 when the Falcons took the Panthers with an added insurance run in the seventh inning for a final score of 5-2.

The game started as a pitcher’s duel between the Panthers’ Ashten Welch and the Falcons’ Shannon Mestas. The two would match each other pitch for pitch until the third inning.

The game marked Welch’s seventh start of the season, coming into the game with a 4-0 record and an ERA of 1.62.

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Jake on Sports
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March 13

Between work, school and family, finding a balance is often a challenge for community college students. For the student-athlete, adding to the balancing act can make life even more complicated.

The world of college athletics can be a difficult one for students. Student-athletes are forced to deal with often-unrealistic expectations on the court, while dealing with demanding class schedules off it. City College athletes are currently required to maintain a 2.0 GPA overall while taking a full-time schedule of 12 units, on top of daily practice and games.

“Being a student athlete, it takes a lot of work. It’s not easy,” said City College women’s basketball head coach Devin Engebretsen.

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Panthers coach rises in ranks
By | Staff Writer
March 12

Derek Sullivan has spent the better part of his adult life in a burgundy and gold uniform. Sullivan, 32, has been a Panther since 1999 when he joined the City College baseball team as a utility infielder. Sullivan has climbed the Panthers ranks, reaching the top this season as the team’s head coach.

Sullivan, who returned to City College as a coach in 2004 and also teaches kinesiology, said he is exactly where he wants to be.

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SCC takes Yuba College, skillful batting credited
By | Staff Writer
March 12

Panthers’ baseball remains undefeated at home with a win against the Yuba College 49ers March 6 as starter Zach Smart pitched a gem and hitters continued to swing their bats well.

Smart, making his second start of the season, came into the game with a 1.20 ERA and 12 strikeouts in 15 innings pitched. Smart utilized his off-speed pitches early in counts to keep Yuba College hitters guessing and off-balance.

“Zach Smart was outstanding,” said Panthers’ Head Coach Derek Sullivan. …

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Panthers lose to Bulldogs
By | Staff Writer
March 5

City College’s tennis team faced a difficult challenger Feb. 25 as the Panthers lost every match to Fresno City College, the 2013’s state champion.

“Fresno is just very deep,” said City College’s head coach Dave Griffin.

In doubles, the women’s No. 1 team stood out, falling to the Bulldogs 8-6 in a spirited match. With the pairing of City College’s Vanessa Van Der Valk and Fresno’s Nadzeya Stokes, Stokes had her hands full.

“It was a good, very good match.” Van Der Valk said. “Coach says that we are improving.”

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Panthers' talent pool
By | Staff Writer
March 3

More than 150 athletes from six contending colleges packed Hoos Pool for the Los Rios Invite Feb. 28 when the Panthers saw 317 points to place fifth.

The meet started with the women’s 400-yard medley relay. City College women’s Team A added 5.08 seconds to its entry time of 4:59.63 to place seventh among 10 teams. City College’s Team B recorded a time of 5:38.20, placing 10th in the event.

Up next was the men’s 400-yard medley relay. City College’s Team A dropped 13.85 seconds from its entry time of 4:16.43, landing the team first place in its heat, but seventh overall. Team B also dropped their time to 4:36.04, landing in 13th place overall.

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Out on the field
By | Sport Editor
Feb. 27

A college student the University of Missouri shook the sports world Feb. 9 with an announcement on national television. That student was Missouri Tigers defensive end Michael Sam who told the world that he is gay.

In the often hyper-masculine environment of college athletics, homophobia is frequently condoned and dismissed as harmless hazing or trash talking. For the gay athlete, such an environment fosters fear and insecurity that is detrimental to the athlete’s performance on the field and their mental well-being off it, according to Helen Caroll, who won the NAIA championship in 1984 as the head coach of the University of North Carolina – Asheville women’s basketball team.

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Panthers race 6-pack
By | Staff Writer
Feb. 26

City College track and field competed against contenders from six California community colleges Feb. 22 to win and lose events in the SCC Opener 2014.

Sounds of gunfire, whistles and yells filled Hughes Stadium Saturday as Panthers ran, jumped and threw in various events to defeat, and to be defeated by, rivals.

“We’re a young team and we (have) things to learn,” said Panthers’ assistant coach Lisa Bauduin.

Still, according to Bauduin, she and Panthers’ head coach Rob Dewar liked what they saw from the mostly freshmen team.

Women’s team freshman Mahogany Stitt took first in the high jump with her best jump of 5-6. Teammates Krystal Rodrick and Kyra Kumara placed second and third.

Rodrick would take first in the long jump with a leap of 15-9. City College sophomore Jahmisha Nelson followed in second and Stitt in third.

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