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City College student-athletes stay in shape during stay at home order

City College Victoria Labardo (18) fights for the ball during the match against Diablo Valley College at Hughes Stadium Friday, Oct. 18, 2020. (Dianne Rose/[email protected])

By Keyshawn Davis | Sports Editor | [email protected]

By Sara Nevis | Photo Editor | [email protected]

By Tony Rodriguez | Staff Writer | [email protected]

Despite the cancellation of sports in mid-March, bringing spring athletic seasons to an abrupt end, City College women’s soccer freshman forward Victoria Labardo continues to train. 

She does workouts sent by her coach Alexia Poon and runs every other day throughout the week. One of Labardo’s workouts involves a “dog lifting challenge,” suggested by coach Poon, which includes doing squats with her five-month-old, 50-pound dog, Nova. 

Since the cancelation of the remainder of the season, for the time being, City College student-athletes have been finding a variety of ways to keep in shape.

“I make sure that I at least run and workout on Monday, Wednesday and Friday,” said Labardo. “And then I follow some of the workouts my coach has been sending us, which has been extremely helpful, too, to make sure it’s not repetitive. She sends us [workouts] every day because she wants us to stay in shape and be ready, so when we do get back, we won’t be completely out of shape.”

Sophomore linebackers Max Green and Jet Green have been working out in their uncle’s garage gym during the stay-at-home order. Typically at this time of year, the City College football team would be lifting weights in the morning and later in the day would be having spring ball practice.

(left to right) Jet and Max Green, faternal twins both play linebacker for City College, in the studio at City College Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019. Photo by Sara Nevis | Photo Editor | [email protected]

“Basically [I’m] just doing the workouts provided by my coaches both with weights and on the field conditioning as well as adding in some of my own movements and lifts,” said Jet Green via text. 

“We’ve been working out every day besides Sunday,” said Max Green. “It’s definitely a difficult situation to be in. If we were to have a next season, all of us wouldn’t be as prepared as we could be from a physical standpoint. But from a mental standpoint, I feel like we’re learning a lot more [about] defense because of coach [John Herily] being on us about watching film and writing plays down. I just hope we get to have a season.”

City College baseball team’s season also got canceled in the middle of their season due to COVID-19. Many student-athletes on the team have been finding ways to stay in shape. Nick Cirelli, sophomore first baseman, has created a workout room in his house.

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City College Nick Cirelli (35) attempts to pickoff Chabot College Gerald Nervis (13) in the top of the first inning against Chabot College in game one of a doubleheader at Union Stadium Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. City College beat Chabot College 11-2. (Sara Nevis/[email protected])

“I go to the park every day and run,” said Cirelli. “I hit with an old teammate from high school every day, and I throw with my brother. I’m finding ways to get work in even when things are closed.”

The last game the baseball team played was Tuesday, March 10. On Thursday, March 12, the baseball team learned the season would be postponed while waiting in the clubhouse. Sophomore shortstop Nik McClaughry said the team hadn’t had contact with coaches when the season first was postponed. 

City College Nik McClaughry (12) attempts to pickoff Ohlone College Bradley Norton (8) in the top of the fourth inning in game one of the NorCal Finals at Union Stadium at City College May 17, 2019. City College beat Ohlone College 7-6. (Sara Nevis/[email protected])

“At first [the coaches] were not even allowed to talk to us because technically you were not allowed to meet with anyone when the season had not been officially canceled,” said Nik McClaughry, sophomore shortstop. “When we’re allowed to actually meet in person, we’re going to get together and talk with the coaches and the team. We don’t know who is going to stay at City next year.”

Some of the athletes plan on returning to repeat their sophomore year according to the CCCA decision to restore athletes’ seasons. T.J. Wheeler, first baseman and catcher, is one athlete who thinks he will return to City College next year.

Panthers T.J. Wheeler (30) hits a home run in the bottom of the first inning at Union Stadium on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. Wheeler has one hit in one at bat with two RBIs. City College beat De Anza 20-3. (Niko Panagopoulos/[email protected])

“It’s kind of the same as off-season or the summer: lifting, throwing [and] hitting,” said Wheeler. “It’s just done a little differently than usual.”

Maimu Kobayashi, a sophomore outfielder, went back to Japan March 21 after the campus closed. He plans to redo his sophomore year at City College to play on the baseball team again. In the meantime, he is getting in as much practice as he can.

City College Maimu Kobayashi (8) is safe as he slides into home after a fielding error from Mission College AJ Santamaria (19) in the bottom of the seventh inning against Mission College at Union Stadium Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. City College beat Mission College 4-3. (Sara Nevis/[email protected])

“I work out almost every day at home,” said Kobayashi. “I [am] hitting twice a week with my brothers. I also have [fielding practice] those days.”

But Cirelli and McClaughry are moving on to four-year universities, and this was their last season at City College.

“A lot of the memories teams make aren’t necessarily on the baseball field,” said Cirelli. “They’re in the clubhouse, the dugout, they’re off the field [and] in practice. It’s all those times that we’re missing right now. It gets really tough for us not to see our best friends that we see 24-7. I just can’t wait to get back out there.”

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