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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Men’s basketball outplayed at home
By | Sports Editor
Feb. 13

City College dropped a close game Feb.11 when Cosumnes River College outplayed the Panthers in the closing minutes, handing the Panthers a 76-85 home loss.

Win the win, the Hawks have won nine of their last 10 games and are 21-5 on the season, best in the Big 8. The Panthers, now 5-5 in conference play and 12-12 on the season, are firmly on the bubble for next month’s playoff tournament.

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Panthers lose to Hawks
By | Sports Editor
Feb. 12

Basketball as a game of runs fittingly describes the Panthers’ home game loss Feb. 7 to Cosumnes River, City College was unable to weather an 11-2 run late in the game, and the Hawks capped a season sweep of the Panthers for a final score of 64-52.

The Panthers had a strong showing on both ends of the court in the first. City College play by defense slowed Hawks’ star forward, Big 8 MVP candidate Janie Myles. The Panthers succeeded in limiting Myles’ production on offense and on the glass. Myles leads the conference with an average of 16.6 rebounds per game.

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Panthers take Beavers
By | Sports Editor
Feb. 10

The Panthers ran their way to a convincing victory Jan. 31, keeping American River College on their heels most of the evening for a final score of 96-69.

The Beavers failed to find an answer for a fast-paced, aggressive Panther offense. By midpoint of the half, City College reached a 15-point lead. The Panthers never looked back or slowed down. Leading 28 points by halftime, City College would go on to win by a 27-point margin.

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