Sports

The final punch-out
By | Staff Writer
Dec. 11, 2013

WHILE MANY STUDENTS ARE studying for finals, students in City College’s boxing class are training for their last matches of the semester. According to Varie Walker, biology major and current student in the class, boxing students receive a final grade based on their performance in the final match.

However, because it is an amateur boxing match, there is no winner determined.

“In order to get a passing grade, you have to participate in two matches,” says Walker. “Although the score is not kept, the crowd can pretty much tell who’s winning if the match is sort of onesided.”

City College boxing instructor Peter Pryor adds that students who take the course will be provided with a pair of gloves and headgear but must bring their own mouthpiece, jump rope and hand wraps.

“Because this is a beginning class, we steer towards amateur-style boxing,” says Pryor.

In comparison to boxing, the sport of Mixed Martial Arts has become increasingly popular.

In MMA, fighters are allowed to use a mixture of striking and grappling, which includes standing and ground maneuvers. Pryor says the difference between boxing and Mixed Martial Arts is an emphasis on technical and defensive skills rather than knockouts as…» Read More



Finding a balance
By | Staff Writer
Dec. 11, 2013

GOLF IS A MENTAL game as much as it is a physical game, but when a player faces a daily battle with a disease like diabetes, the stakes are even higher.

As a diabetic, City College freshmen golfer Madison Holm says she must maintain normal blood sugar levels

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Panthers football team loses home finale 27-8
By | Staff Writer
Nov. 11, 2013

It was the final home game of a rough football season for the City College Panthers, who entered the Nov. 9 game 1-7, as a 27-8 loss to Diablo Valley College capped off the home season. Diablo Valley scored three touchdowns in the first quarter, and that turned out to be all they needed.

The Panthers had trouble running the ball up the field throughout the game. Third-string quarterback Jordan Ares completed a touchdown pass to City College’s No. 81 Lamar Sample late in the fourth for the Panthers’ only score of the game.

With this being the final home game, it was the last game for several sophomores at Hughes Stadium, one of which is linebacker Cory Nelson, who coach Dannie Walker said brought a lot of energy to the team.

“He knows more about defense than myself or the defensive coordinator,” Walker said.

The Panthers, who are now 1-8, will conclude the season Nov. 15 at Laney College in Oakland.

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Reservist kicks for defense
By | Staff Writer
Nov. 6, 2013

American author and poet Henry David Thoreau once said, “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”

For some, this is easier said than done.

Take for example Mai Chang, kinesiology major, an interpreter, caregiver and sometimes provider for her non-English speaking family, and an enlistee of the Army Reserves who also happens to be one of City College’s best female soccer players, according to the team’s head coach Jang-Ha Oh.

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Quarterback Taylor Laird out for season
By | Multimedia Editor
Oct. 23, 2013

After working hard during fall training camp and impressing coaches, Taylor Laird got the starting quarterback position for the City College Panthers, according to the team’s head coach Dannie Walker.

The team won its season opener against Sierra College Sept. 7 in a game that went into overtime. City College won 37-31, and Laird threw for 474 yards and had 5 touchdowns.

And when it came time to play the second game of the season, Laird said that he was ready to go.

“I was very positive and upbeat,” said Laird.

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By | Staff Writer
Oct. 23, 2013

Hughes Stadium now boasts a new video display scoreboard after City College’s administration concluded it was time to upgrade the existing board to one consistent of the stadium’s 2011 modernization, according to City College Director of Operations Gregory Hayman.

The new board has all the functions of professional team scoreboards, including instant replay and multiple camera display capabilities, Hayman said, adding that the timing was right to replace the old board.

“[The existing scoreboard] was very low-tech. It was 20 years old,” said Hayman. “The fact we were getting a completely remodeled stadium, we thought it certainly appropriate that we upgrade the scoreboard at that time also.”

According to Hayman, the new board is a technological improvement.

“[The old board] had light bulbs you screwed in by hand—it was sorely outdated,” Hayman said. “We were able to obtain a new state-of-the-art LED video screen scoreboard.”

Hayman explained, voters approved state bond measures over the last several years for Los Rios Community College District renovation projects, including a $465 million bond in 2002 and another for $475 million in 2008. The proceeds, Hayman said, have been allocated for modernizing existing campus facilities and for new construction projects throughout the district.

The money from the state bond authorizations is split between campuses, and although projects like the Hughes Stadium renovation were funded by the bonds, Hayman said the scoreboard was not. Rather, according to Hayman, the $324,000…» Read More



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Oct. 23, 2013

DAY IN AND DAY out, practice after practice, the women of the City College cheer and dance team learn choreography and drill new routines in support of the campus and its many events. But according to coaches and team members, the support is not mutual, and the team is fed up.

Trinidad Stassi, director and coach of the dance and cheer team says despite all the work prepping and fine tuning the team all summer (not to mention time and money donated from coaches and directors) to be ready by the first day of the 2013 fall semester, they received little support from college administration.

Stassi adds that the college currently offers no dance courses, though the team has been successful in competition in years past. Courses in several dance disciplines were offered at City College for many years prior to the current budget crisis.

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Panthers football struggles against College of the Siskiyous
By | Staff writer
Oct. 22, 2013

The City College Panthers football team has had a rough season, reflected by its six-game losing streak after winning the season opener.

On Oct. 19, the Panthers lost to the College of the Siskiyous Eagles 31-13 in a game marred by miscues and mistakes.

The loss to the Eagles also leaves the Panthers with a 0-2 record in the Mid-Empire Conference, 1-6 overall.

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