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Fall into sports

City College's football team prepares for the season by tackling the weight room.
City College’s football team prepares for the season by tackling the weight room.

Fall is the harvest season. The time of year when Sacramento City College harvests its own new crop of students.

The first college experience may be a lot to take in for some incoming students. With everything students have to cram in throughout the semester, extracurricular activities can carry on unnoticed. Students, new or returning, may be unaware of the athletics programs here. Athletic programs are the various types of sports, men’s and women’s, that a college has available to its’ students on campus.

City College has a total of 18 athletic programs on campus, most of which take place during the fall semester.

“We have eight programs, with men’s and women’s cross country, beginning in the fall,” said Sports Department Dean and Athletic Director Mitch Campbell. “Men’s and Women’s basketball also starts in the fall and [are] the only [sports] to carry over in two semesters so it’s really 10.”

One such program is wrestling. The 2013 Panther’s wrestling team won the state championship and is looking to have similar success this season, according to Head Coach David Pacheco.

However, there is no added pressure to repeat as state champions, Pacheco added.

“I don’t know that there’s any pressure to do something like that, it’s more of a matter that you have goals and every year you just want to be the best team,” said Pacheco.

Even with a state championship under his belt, Coach Pacheco said he doesn’t think the Panthers are the team to beat headed into the season.
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“There’s always Fresno City College to look after. They’re the team that you have to look out for year in and year out,” said Pacheco.

The Panthers wrestling team will likely get their first crack at Fresno City College early in the season.

Another sports program looking to have success of its own this season is the Panthers’ football team. Last season, Panthers football was 1-9. This year, the team has about 30 players returning. According to Head Coach Donnie Walker, there have been some changes to the coaching staff. Three position coaches were replaced between last season and now.

“You have to re-evaluate what you did the year before, and it starts at the top. So we did that with the staff,” said Walker. “We put together a staff we feel can best lead 100 young men.”

Walker is in his fifth year as the full-time head coach of the Panthers football team. He was the interim coach in 2009. The Panthers first game of the season is against Laney College at Hughes Stadium on September 6, at 6 p.m.

Other sports this season include men’s and women’s cross country, women’s golf, women’s soccer, volleyball and water polo. Men’s and women’s basketball begins in November and carries on through winter break into the spring semester, ending in February.



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