City College pitcher makes a mound made of riches
By | Guest Writer
May 7

In the middle of every baseball diamond lies a small, brown and dusty covered hill surrounded by white chalk and blades of green grass. It’s a place that batters fear. This place is the pitcher’s mound, and it’s what Ben Ritchey calls home.

Ritchey, 20, City College baseball’s ace pitcher, has had a fascination with baseball since the age of 5. He contributes his desire to play to his father, and mentor, who influenced him and always had a strong passion for the game.

“I love the sport because I feel as if baseball is the ultimate balance in a game,” says Ritchey. “It can kick anyone down who thinks they are too good and uplift anyone who is the opposite.”

Ritchey pitched throughout high school at Capital Christian and held a 27-11 record in all four years of his varsity tenure. He says that his decision to join City College was to perfect his skills on the mound before transferring to a four-year university.

The control and command of his pitches leaves his coaches believing that City College is only the beginning for Ritchey. His repertoire of pitches varies from a fastball, sinker, changeup and slider, with the latter…» Read More

Seeing Double
By | Staff Writer
April 22

Before taking the field for practice, City College’s track and field team circles around head coach Rob Dewar for advice and guidance. One thing Dewar stresses is the ideal of teamwork in an individualized sport.

“This is your team right here,” says Dewar. “Lean on each other, and trust each other because this is it.”

For two freshman athletes, being a team has never been a problem, because 19-year-old twins Daniel and David Mewborn have been motivating each other since birth.

“It’s a lot easier with my brother on the team because he motivates me every day to keep working and to not give up,” says Daniel.

As two-sport athletes in high school, the brothers saw relative success both on the track and on the football field. In football, Daniel amassed 92 total tackles playing defensive back in three seasons at the varsity level. In his senior season (2013-2014), David led Vacaville High School in rushing with 1,113 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns.

On the track, both of the brothers qualified for the CIF State Championship in the 4X400 meter relay, but finished ninth out of 10 qualified teams.

With success in both sports at the high school level, the…» Read More

Women’s football comes to Hughes Stadium
By | Sports Editor
April 14

Spring football arrives at City College this month, but the Panthers won’t be playing. Or the Republic FC. Hughes Stadium will play host to the city’s Independent Women’s Football League semi-professional women’s football team, Sacramento Sirens.

The Sirens will play four games at Hughes Stadium, with the home opener April 18 against the California Quake.

In their 14 seasons, the Sirens have played at various high school fields throughout Sacramento, including Rio Linda and Natomas. This will be the first year the Sirens use Hughes Stadium as their home field, and the switch provides many opportunities, including being able to sell alcohol, according to Sirens’ owner Michelle Wiederhold.

“I wanted a venue that would showcase the team,” says Wiederhold. “You’d be surprised how many people don’t know that there’s an all-women’s tackle football team in Sacramento and that we’ve been here for 15 years.

“Hughes Stadium is open and obvious. It’s an amazing stadium. It has a sense of being something greater than high school. We want to draw in a crowd that likes to party.”

Despite not being well known throughout Sacramento, the Sirens are one of the city’s winningest teams. They hold a 104-28-1 overall record, have won…» Read More

Luck changes for No. 13
By | Staff Writer
March 26

Injuries are common for athletes — some are mild and some are intense — and can sideline an athlete for a season, which was the case for City College softball player Erikka Burke.

Burke has played softball for the Panthers since the 2014 season. Early in her freshman year, Burke suffered from a torn rotator cuff and was forced to use a medical red shirt to maintain her two years of playing eligibility.

“I love being on the field and playing,” said Burke. “So when I got my injury, I was so devastated. But I knew, no matter what, I was going to come back and play.”

According to Burke, her passion for softball started with playing T-ball when she was 4 years old, she later continued into recreational softball, then transitioned to travel ball when she turned 11 because “the other games became less challenging.”

Before coming to City College, Burke pitched for Elk Grove High School where she earned a 7-1 record with a 2.07 ERA in her 2013 senior year. It was in November of the same year at a City College practice when Burke sustained the injury in her pitching shoulder.

“I pitched the ball and…» Read More

Not just a student of the game
By | Staff Writer
Nov. 22, 2014

The sun glared on Hughes Stadium at City College during the women’s soccer team’s afternoon practice as Assistant Coach Victor Perez stood on the field.

Not only does Perez, 20, coach for the soccer team, he is also in his sophomore year as a full-time student at City College. He plans to eventually transfer to California Polytechnic State University or Sacramento State

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Same battle, different fight for Panthers' brothers
By | Features Editor
Oct. 28, 2014

Wrestlers typically work alone on the mat when they take on an opponent, and, to onlookers, it may appear that teamwork is not a factor in an athlete’s performance. But City College wrestling brothers Jorge and Albert Landeros consider themselves a supportive team on and off the mat.

Jorge, 22, and Albert, 19, hail from Tracy, California, and graduated from Tracy High School in 2010 and 2013, respectively.

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A lifetime in Volleyball
By | Staff Writer
Oct. 10, 2014

Kylee Hardy, captain of the City College women’s volleyball team, says she’s been exposed to volleyball since she was in the womb.

“I’ve been playing since I could breathe,” says Hardy.

Her mother was not only a volleyball player but also coached Hardy for her entire life, on and off the court. The day after Hardy was born, in fact, her mother took the newborn to a game she was coaching. Both of Hardy’s older sisters played volleyball at Division 1 colleges.

Hardy played at El Dorado High School as part of an all-league varsity team. She came to City College in 2012 and in 2013 received an All-Big 8 honorable mention.  The All-Big 8 honorable mention award is recognition to the players in Big-8 conference that had a good season.

“It’s kind of a big deal,” says Hardy of the honor.

Now, as a team captain, Hardy says she’s taken a few freshmen under her wing and shared with them her knowledge of the game.

Volleyball Coach Laurie Nash says Hardy is an integral part of the team.

“She genuinely cares about her teammates and wants nothing but the best for them,” says Nash.

Hardy grew up in…» Read More

Coaches volunteer to build character and program
By | Staff Writer
Sept. 27, 2014

When the seven coaches of the City College wrestling team stand next to the mats, they each call out directions to the wrestlers. But of those seven coaches, only head coach David Pacheco and assistant coach Lawrence Saenz are paid.

But even Saenz, who receives a stipend of $4,000 for the season, gets so little for his expertise, according to Pacheco, “that he’s basically still volunteering.”

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From wrestling at City College to fighting in the UFC
By | Sports Editor
Sept. 10, 2014

More than 11,000 mixed martial arts fans filled the Sleep Train Arena Aug 31. to witness two hometown fighters compete. UFC Bantamweight Champion T.J. Dillashaw would defend his title in the main event and in the co-main event Danny Castillo took on Tony Ferguson in a Lightweight bout.

For Castillo, who was born in San Francisco and raised in Sacramento, being able to compete in front of so many friends and family members was a surreal moment.

“This means everything to me. Just having to be the co-main event in my hometown is something you dream about as a kid and I’m running with it,” said Castillo.

Castillo’s strengths are boxing and wrestling, according to the UFC 177 official program. He

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Baseball is in his blood
By | Guest Writer
May 9, 2014

Tink! Tink! Tink! The sound of a metal bat hitting a baseball, over and over again. The smell of fresh cut grass. The sound of baseballs hitting mitts repeatedly. The sun overhead. This is where Robert Link feels his passion.

Link, 20, is a City College baseball player. He is the archetypal college athlete and represents the program here at Sac City the way it should be.

That all comes easy for Link, baseball is in his blood.

“He is an excellent example of what community college student-athletes should strive to be,” says City College head baseball coach Derek Sullivan. “His future is bright.”

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