February Sports Roundup: Spring teams revving up for league play

City College basketball finished their seasons in mid-February while spring sports like baseball, softball, track and field, tennis and swimming are all gearing up for Big 8 Conference play. | Photos by Dianne Rose and Jackson Durham | dianne.rose.express@gmail.com jcmdurham.express@gmail.com | Illustration by Jason Pierce | jpierce.express@gmail.com

Nick Pecoraro

Sports Editor




The City baseball team jumped out to a 12-4 record by the end of February. At the start of Big 8 play (Feb. 27), Coach Derek Sullivan’s pitching staff boasted the fourth best earned run average in the state.

Offensively, the Panthers have compiled five games with over 10 runs, including 17 and 19, respectively, in a two-game sweep Feb. 22–24 at Contra Costa.

Jake Guenther leads the team in hitting (.455), while Brett Bello and Joe McNamara each have two home runs.

“We’ve got a group of hungry guys,” said Sullivan. “I think we’ve got the right mix going right now.”


Tim Kiernan’s squad rode a 5-game win streak into Big 8 play before losing both games of a double-header Feb. 24 at Cosumnes River. City is 10-9 overall heading into March.

Freshman Danielle Reyes has looked dominant in the circle, according to Kiernan. The freshman is 8-4 with a 1.49 ERA, and her 80 strikeouts are second most in the state.

“Dani is outstanding,” said Kiernan. “She can dominate and she throws to win.”

Shortstop Elizabeth Caffero powers the City lineup with a .500 average, six homers and 23 RBIs, including a home-opener in which she went 4-for-4 with three homers, a double, nine RBIs, including a walk-off grand slam.


Marisa Avendano’s women’s track team took fourth overall Feb. 24 at the Yuba 49er Invite. Daryia Greene took first in the 800m run with a time of 2:31.32.

Lauren Smith finished third in the 400m dash at 1:02.99, and Alyssa McAlister took third in the 400m hurdles at 1:19.63.

Sophomore Riley Cannon had solid showings in three throwing events. She took fourth in both the shot put (10.81 meters) and the discus (33.18m) while notching a 12th place finish in the hammer (30.68m).

The Panthers’ next meet will be March 2–3 at CSU Stanislaus for the Kim Duyst Invitational.


The men’s track team placed eighth overall at the Yuba 49er Invite Feb. 24.

Sophomore Trevor Holt’s distance of 49.18 meters gave him first place in the hammer throw, out-tossing his next closest competitor by more than four meters. Holt also placed sixth in the shot put.

Freshman Torrey White took fourth in the 400m dash with a time of 52.35 seconds.

The men’s team competes again this weekend at American River College.


Andrew Jones’ men’s basketball team missed out on the postseason for the first time in three years, but there were some bright spots on a mostly short-handed team.

The Panthers, who finished tied for fourth in the Big 8 at 8-8 (16-13 overall), set a new school record with 251 3-pointers, breaking a 24-year-old record of 224, set by the 1993-94 Panthers. Sophomore Gabe Serna also raised the individual bar for 3-pointers in a single season. His five 3s in the regular season finale against Folsom Lake College gave him 85 for the year.

“It was a surreal moment,” said Serna after the FLC game. “It’s something that I’ll cherish forever.”

Serna was named to the All-Big 8 Conference Team, along with Troy Owens, whose 23 points per game was second best in the conference. He became just the 12th player in school history to average over 20 points for an entire season. Sophomore captain Jhalen Lumpkins was named to the Big 8 Honorable Mention.


The women’s basketball team went 8-8—tied for fourth—during conference play, going 11-15 overall.

Freshman point guard Brandy Huffhines was the only Panther to start all 26 games, averaging over 15 points and three assists per game. Maddison Coleman averaged over 11 points per game, and her 9.1 rebounds per Big 8 game was second best in the conference. Kayla Farr contributed interior scoring and rebounding while Dejanet Porter and Kelsie Graf provided shooting touch from outside.

“Early conference is where we really came together and really understood our roles,” said coach Julia Allender.

City has at least nine players who will be eligible to return to the team next year.


Coach David Griffin’s women’s tennis team fell 9-0 in the season-opener Feb. 20 against the College of the Sequoias but responded with a 6-3 win Feb. 23 against Cosumnes River, City got wins from Denise Mosciatti, Jordyn Kennedy, Liliya Guslistova and Aide Preciado in singles action against the Hawks. In doubles, City scored wins from the tandems of Kennedy and Preciado, and Mosciatti and Raquel Palma.

Mosciatti was victorious again despite a 6-3 team loss to Fresno City Feb. 27, dropping the Panthers to 1-2 on the season.

Griffin and company look to get back in the win column Friday at Reedley College.


At the Feb. 23 Sac City Invite, the Panthers scored five Top 5 finishes at Hoos Pool.

Julia Ng placed third in the women’s 100 freestyle at 56.39 seconds and finished fifth in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:05.16. Grace Tan’s time of 1:06.18 was third best in the 100 backstroke.

In the women’s 200 medley relay, the Panthers took fifth with a time of 2:01.60.

Matt Lemire placed third in the men’s 500 freestyle with a time of 4:56.89.

The Panthers’ next meet is March 9–10 at the Cuesta Invitational.


For more info on SCC athletics, visit www.sccpanthers.losrios.edu/landing.