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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Softball team shows promise
By | Staff Writer
Feb. 26

Last season’s City College softball team saw a successful season end in disappointment upon being eliminated from the Northern California Regional Playoffs. After coming up short in 2013, the Panthers are now aiming to improve on last year’s results and go all the way to the state championship in May.

The team began the 2014 season ranked sixth in the state and third in Northern California according to the California Community College Fastpitch Coaches Association preseason rankings. Winning seven or their first 12 games, including their last three in a row, the Panthers look to be living up to their high preseason expectations.

“I don’t put much value on preseason polls,” said Panthers head coach Tim Kiernan. “But it’s nice that someone recognizes that we’re going to be pretty good.”

Kiernan originally coached the Panthers from 1982-1997. In that time, he won three state championships (1988, 1992, 1996) and 14 conference championships. Kiernan returned to fill the head coaching vacancy in 2012 and just one year later led the team to another conference championship. This season, according to Kiernan, hopes to be no different.

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City College pitcher awarded highest honor
By | Staff Writer
Feb. 26

The California Community College Athletic Association announced Jan 28 that it has selected City College pitcher Dan Sayles to receive its annual Scholar Athlete of the Year award for 2013.

The CCCAA Scholar Athlete of the Year award is the highest honor a community college athlete can receive, according to the organization.

The CCCAA only considers athletes who maintain a GPA above 3.5, demonstrate outstanding citizenship characteristics by participating in college and community activities, participate in at least two seasons of a sport at a California community college, and are strongly recommended by three people from the college, according to the CCCAA handbook.

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By | Sports Editor
Feb. 26

While the Panthers men’s basketball program showed promise at times, the 2013-14 season ended in disappointment as the team found itself on the outside looking in as the playoffs begin. Still, individual performances varied with some Panthers exceeding and others failing to live up to expectations. I sat down with head coach Andrew Jones to consider the final grades for the team’s five starters.

Kenny Woodard—Woodard started at the point and was not comfortable in that role. A quick guard with a good jumper, Woodard contributed on offense but lacks the qualities required of a point guard, namely court vision and passing ability. Woodard played at a C level most of the season, but he came alive late averaging 19 points in the final four games so he earns extra credit for improvement.

My grade: B-

Coach Jones: “Decline to grade: Kenny doesn’t have a point guard mentality at all and doesn’t have a feel for passing. But he’s really grown up as a point guard over the last two weeks.”

Derek Rhodes—Rhodes was the only Panther who exceeded expectations. A high school bench player, Rhodes used his freshmen year to become the team’s most consistent perimeter shooter. At…» Read More