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Spring sports sneak peek

Posted by rc360 on February 9, 2010

Baseball

After a 25-19 finish, the baseball team will look to improve its fourth place finish in the Big 8 Conference. The Panthers finished with an 11-10 record against teams in its own conference and didn’t win in the postseason.Last season, the team had 27 players finish with a 3.0 GPA or higher, with three players finishing with a 4.0 GPA.

The team started its season on the road Feb. 4 against Fresno City College in a three-game series. The first home game will be against Chabot College in a three-game series beginning Feb. 11.

Softball

The softball team looks to continue its amazing success after earning the conference title for a sixth-straight season and advancing to the California State Championships.The softball team has been dominant in the conference for the last two decades. The team has held the conference title from 1990-2002 and 2004-2009. It also won the state title in 1992, 1996 and 2004.“We expect the same thing we normally see,” head coach Robert Maglione said. “We expect to contend for the conference title and to play in the state championships at the end of the year.”The softball team kicked-off the season Feb. 5 at home against Foothill College with a three game home stand on Feb. 5 and Feb 6.

Men’s Track and Field

After tying for third place in the state championships,the men’s track and field team is looking to go all the way this season.Last season, the men’s track and field team had 12 event participants transfer to universities around the country.This season, the team will look to repeat its great performance that led it to be one of the best in the state.After the Intra Squad meet Feb. 6 at Hughes Stadium, the Panthers will compete against Modesto, Merced and San Joaquin Delta colleges at Modesto on Feb. 12.Women’s Track and Field .The women’s track and field team is hoping to win its third straight Big 8 Conference title under new head coach Marisa Avendano.The women’s track and field team held the state title from 2003-2005 and will look to compete for it again after finishing in seventh place last season.“I think the hardest thing about track and field is getting everybody together,” Avendano said about working with students with different hours of practice. “I think if we stay healthy, we’re going to be okay.”The team will comp Ωete in the Nor-Cal Rotational Feb. 13.

Swimming

The swimming team is looking to build upon its success last season.The team set 15 new records and had 10 swimmers selected as   of those records were set during the last day of the state championships.The Panthers had an intra-squad meet on Feb. 6 to prepare for the season.

Tennis

The men’s and women’s tennis teams are looking to improve from last season.With only three returning players from last season,assistant coach Eva Rico thinks that both teams are ready to play“You’re never going to know what you’re going to get,” Rico said about the team’s upcoming schedule. “We’re looking all right this year. We should be good to go.”
The men’s team will start the season at home against   on Feb. 9, while the women’s team will play at home against American River College the same day.

Click here to see the story on the Express website.

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