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Feb. 25

City College’s softball team had an all-around dominant day Feb. 22 when the Panthers beat West Valley College and Shasta College 7-6 and 11-0, respectively.

In the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, the Panthers were able to get the win with a strong hitting performance and great defensive play down the stretch.

The first inning began with a shaky start for pitcher Jordan Petersen. After Petersen gave up a two-run home run, coach Tim Kiernan brought pitcher Meghan Wantz in from the bullpen.

“[Wantz] came in and put the stop on them and won that game,” said Kiernan.

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SCC baseball kicks Butte
By | Staff Writer
Feb. 24

City College’s baseball team completed a three-game sweep of Butte College Feb. 22 with a 3-2 win.

The Panthers went for the sweep Saturday after winning back-to-back, one-run games over Butte College the previous two days. Saturday’s game was close throughout as well, as both teams squandered a number of opportunities.

City College plated two runs in the fourth inning. Things got interesting in the top of the fifth inning when Panthers’ third baseman Tyler Houlihan made an errant throw. The throw went out of play, allowing Butte College to score its lone run of the game.

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By | Staff Writer
Feb. 24

The City College women’s tennis team defeated Cosumnes River College 7-2 at home Feb. 21 while a short-staffed men’s team lost 2-7.

The competition began against the rival Hawks with doubles. In men’s doubles, it was a lopsided bout between teams, yet women’s doubles fought a well-contested match. Singles matches followed with best-of-three-sets in what would turn out to be a five-hour contest. Successful matches added a point to the team tally, respectively.

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Panthers win in walk off
By | Sports Editor
Feb. 23

The Panthers came from behind to win Thursday as third baseman Jerrod Bravo drove in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving the Panthers a walk-off victory over Butte College 6-5.

The Panthers struck early, scoring three runs in the third inning off a homerun from center fielder Jared James and a two RBI double from cleanup hitter Robbie Link.

Starting pitcher Nate Berumen threw seven strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings before he faltered in the fifth. In the top of the fifth a Roadrunners rally got them four runs to take the lead at 4-3.

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Panthers on the bubble
By | Sports Editor
Feb. 22

The City College men’s basketball team kept its playoff hopes alive Friday night with a win over Sierra College. The Panthers now sit firmly on the playoff bubble going in to Monday’s California Community College Athletic Association selection committee meeting, when the playoff bracket will be set.

The Panthers came strong out of the gate, riding tough defense play to a six-point lead by the midway point of the opening period.

Guard Antwoine Davis and forward Bobby Barnes (ranked first and second in the Big 8 in scoring) were both forced to sit out much of the first half with foul trouble. Point guard Kenny Woodard and forward Pat Lowman picked up the slack though, each putting up 14 points in the first half.

“Kenny [Woodard] played outstanding, he really grew up as a point guard the last two weeks,” said Panthers head coach Andrew Jones.

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Panthers take Mustangs
By | Sports Editor
Feb. 21

The Panthers men’s basketball team although down a key player Feb. 18 defeated the San Joaquin Delta College Mustangs 81-71.

The Panthers entered Tuesday’s game against the third-place Mustangs without Big 8 scoring leader Bobby Barnes (calf). The Panthers would still push past the Mustangs though, thanks to strong play from the backcourt and key contributions from role players.

Behind by five in the opening minutes of the first half, the Panthers didn’t stay there long. Strong play from swingman Antwoine Davis (17 first-half points) and clutch three-point shooting (six first-half 3-pointers) brought the Panthers into intermission leading by seven at 43-36.

The Panthers held their lead for much of the second half.

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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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