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Stopped in their tracks

A night of bad shooting ends the Tigers hope at a Cinderella run

Travis West Sports Editor The 2013 Riverside City College men’s basketball team had their chance of repeating the Cinderella story of the 2009 Tigers taken away as they hosted the San Bernardino Valley College Wolverines and came up short 66-56 on Mar. 1 in the Wheelock Gym. A playoff buzz filled the air as both stands were filled with the SBVC fans showing up to counter act the menacing RCC Marching Band. Conference leader in assists, Mason Biddle was coming off an ankle injury that sidelined him for one game and was listed as a game time decision, but decided that he would stick it out. In the first half, players were seen diving after loose balls. The Tigers turned the ball over 18 times while the Wolverines were not better as they finished with 20. The usually strong shooting Tigers were not able to find their stroke and it proved to be costly. The Tigers were out shot by the Wolverines in every category. The Tigers shot an unusual 1 for 15 from three with their shooters unable to get going. It was a tough night, but the Tigers switched to a full court defense late in the first half after falling behind nearly 10 points and caused the Wolverines to turn the ball over seven times in the first half. The Tigers were able to gain on the Wolverines and by halftime the

Jessika Byrd threw a 184.10 in the hammer throw breaking her own school record of 179.7 feet, which was set last season when she won the hammer throw when the Riverside City College track and field women took on Saddleback on Feb. 22. Byrd’s new record was also

Men’s Golf open season with sixth place Tim Cornell Asst. Sports Editor

Luis Solis / photo editor

Leader of the pack: Orange Empire Conference leader in assists Mason Biddle rises above the defenders as he lays up two of his 15 points vs. SBVC. Tigers were down 28-21. The second half provided some promise with the Tigers pulling within two points of the lead at a certain point; unfortunately, the Tigers were hit by a bad shooting night. As the Wolverines hit their free throws down the stretch, the Tigers watched their chance at glory slip away. For sophomore players like Biddle it will be tough walking away. “I don’t know if there will be much I will forget… I love everyone on the team, including the coaching staff.” Ireland holds the program in

RCC Vs. SBVC Stats RCC FG

39.1%

3PT

6.7%

SBVC FT

55.9%

high regard, “This is probably one of the best (basketball) programs in California… you are a student athlete here.” For head coach John Smith, “It was kind of hard in (the locker room) when your season ends with the sophomores. You develop a

FG

47.8 %

3PT

28.6%

FT

81.8%

bond with those guys, but they have a good future.” Smith went on to say that Shannon Fowler, Anthony Rounds and Thomas Folsom will be returning, “It looks promising and I’m excited about what the future holds.”

RCC finishes third at the Southern California regional Shani Booker Staff writer

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”- Michael Jordan

only two and a half feet off the national record. “I know what I’m capable of and that’s just what I want to do,” Byrd said when discussing how she perseveres. Vagara won the discus throwing event, while breaking a school record with a throw of 41-6. Chandler Edwards won the pole vault with 9 ¼, Michelle Uy won javelin 100-11.

Diego Alvarez / Asst. photo editor

all conference: The strong track and field team look to continue their dominance with four state titles in five years

Taylor Coffelt wins the 100m with a time of 12.86 followed closely by Saddleback’s sprinter at 12.89. Brandee Rodriguez takes the win with a 26.35 time and continues to dominate the events with an eight second 400m dash. The women beat Saddleback 119-34. For the men, RCC runner Justin Thymes (34.56) and Sterling Winston (34.64) were two of four Tigers that finished under 35 seconds in the 300m dash. Tigers’ freshman Luis Guiterrez won the 600m race with a set time of 1:20.43 and led the mile with 4:19.26. Jordon Morris (8.33) and Chris Navarro (8.40) went first and second in the 60m in hurdles. Navarro also takes the lead with the javelin toss of 171ft and 3in. Mt. Sac won the 4x100 in a time of 41.41. The Tigers controlled the 4x400 with a score of 4.15sec. The winning leap was taken

by Aaron Johnson at 6’2 at the high jump. Moises Ramos threw a 49’8’’ in the shot put and a 164’5’’ in the hammer throw, winning both events respectively. Ryan Kent threw 142’10 in the Discus to take first win. Overall, the RCC men’s team defeated Mt. Sac with the winning score of 101-44. Running the men’s 200m dash, Justin Thymes completes with a 21.74, in the 400m Sterling Winston finishes off with a time of 49.89. Gary Davidson competed in the triple jump with a winning jump of 13.51. Connor Einck got 15.43 in shot put and 49.94 in the hammer throw, winning both events. Chris Navarro did the javelin throw with a score of 51.05 for the win. Gabriel Vargas won the Discus toss at an ending score of 47.00. The next track and field event will take place at Cal State Fullerton on Mar. 8.

The Riverside City College Tigers men’s golf team opened its season at the RCC invitational on Jan. 28. They placed in sixth place out of 13 teams with a final score of 399. Orange Coast College placed first by finishing with a 376. Sophomores Cameron Buckley and Anthony Perea led the Tigers by both shooting a 78. Freshman Clay Hjulberg from Riverside Poly High school shot a solid 79 in his first college match. Coach Steve Sigloch said that the Tigers need to work on finishing their rounds off strong. “Towards the end of a round, the players start to wear down,” commented Sigloch. In their second match of the season, the Tigers played a two round match at the 2013 Tee off Classic at the Los Serranos golf course. The Tigers placed in the middle of the pack at seventh place. The Tigers shot 778 in the two day match. Orange Coast won the tournament with a score of 741, narrowly beating Santiago Canyon by one stroke. Anthony Perea led the Tigers with a total score of 150. Perea shot four above par the first day with a score of 76. The second round he shot par with a 74. Josh Roquet also posted two solid rounds for the Tigers shooting 75 and 78 to total 153. Nick Bellstrom from Palomar led the field by shooting an impressive 144 with two rounds of 72. The Tigers opened conference play at the Navy Golf course on Feb. 27 which was hosted by Cypress College. Out of the eight teams, the Tigers placed third with a score of 378. They went 5-2 in their first conference match. They are in 3rd place in the Orange Empire conference behind number one Orange Coast and number two Palomar. Sophomore Zach Hammond and Freshman Jose Pedroza led the way for the Tigers in the season’s first conference match by posting scores of 73, which is one over par. Every Tiger for the day scored in the 70’s. “Our eyes are on a conference championship,” said Sigloch. The Tigers will continue towards that goal at their next conference match on March 11 at the Sycuan Golf Resort hosted by Cuyamaca College.


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