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A spring sports recap and fall sports preview for City College Sports

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Kenneth Pettis, (center) City College offensive lineman makes a great block for Leonard Skattebo, sophomore, running for a touchdown in the first quarter of the home opener against Foothill College at Hughes Stadium on Sept. 11th. Photos by Dianne Rose

Fall is upon us again at City College and with it comes the start of the fall sports campaigns. Before we jump into coverage of fall sports, we wanted to provide City College fans with a recap of how our spring sports capped their seasons. While there were no championships, City College was very successful in sending numerous student-athletes on to the next level.

  • The City College softball team dominated, finishing second in the state and coming within a game of winning the state championship. Softball also saw several players going up to play at various different colleges and divisions, with four players transferring to MidAmerica Nazarene University NAIA and two players moving up to Division One schools. Pitcher Kali Sargent is going to the University of Nevada, Reno, and outfielder/first base Kiley Bair is attending the University of New Mexico. Men’s baseball also had 19 players transferring to the next level, sending six players to Division One schools; Kyle Blakeman, who played outfielder, is going to San Jose State University; left-handed pitcher and first-baseman Brandon Langan is heading to University of New Mexico; infielder Boston Romero will attend Cal State Fullerton; Matt Poulin, who plays catcher, will go to University of Utah; and right-handed pitcher Klay Worthan will remain close at UC Davis. The Panthers have six other student-athletes going to Division Two, five transferring to NAIA to play baseball and two transferring to pursue academics. The Panthers were the #3 seed for the CCCAA Baseball Nor-Cal Regional Playoffs.

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  • Men’s tennis had a rough season, with a record of 1-7. Women’s tennis fared better, but not by much, winning three games, going 3-6 overall.

All in all, City College’s spring sports competed well throughout the season.

Now that we’ve gotten you caught up on what you missed at the end of the spring semester, here is a preview of what’s happening around campus.

  • Last year, women’s volleyball finished fifth in the Big 8 Conference and advanced to the regional playoffs as the ninth seed. They lost in the second round to state champions Cabrillo College in four sets, losing 3-1. Head coach Laurie Nash recently racked up her 300th win in a victory over Shasta College. Nash explained her expectations for the team in the upcoming year.

“My expectations are the same as every year that I coach: to become the best team that we are                            capable of becoming,” said Nash. “Our goal is to win a conference championship and advance deep into the playoffs and hope to qualify for the state finals.”

The Panthers are currently 6-0 to open the new season and will start Big 8 conference play Sept. 16 against Folsom Lake.

  • Wrestling won the state title last season for the second time in three years. They also won the Big 8 Conference Title for the fifth consecutive year.

Head coach David Pacheco shared some insight and optimism about the upcoming season.

“Our expectations are to continue the winning trend,” said Pacheco. “Only two starters are back from last year, but we look for them to help set the pace for the others looking to fill in the other spots.”

  • Women’s cross country is currently ranked first in the Big 8 Conference and third in Northern California behind two strong teams in College of the Sequoias and Hartnell College. Last year they finished fourth in the Big 8 Conference. Head coach Marisa Avendano shared her expectations for the team this year.

“The team’s expectations on the women’s side are big this year,” says Avendano. “We will be competing next week in Fresno and see how we rank against the rest of the state.”

  • For football, the expectations are high after a disappointing 2-8 record last season. They look to rebound strongly. Wide receiver Aaron Wise commented about last season and offered some insight for this season.

“Last year we went 2-8 and we lost a lot of close games that did not finish well,” said Wise. “Our expectations this season are to finish well in those games and keep getting better.”

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