Fieldhouse of Dreams

WONDERWALL- An artist's rendering of the remodeling of DeVore Stadium. Work will continue though the summer, culminating in an August 15 grand opening of the new athletic fieldhouse complex.

After three years, $40 million and a whole lot of unexpected water, Southwestern College Athletic Director Terry Davis is ready to party. A re-invented DeVore Stadium is scheduled to open August 15. “We’re looking at having a rededication ceremony,” he said. “We are going to advertise to the community and the Devore family will be there. We’re going to invite back athletes and show our community what we’re doing.” That grand opening almost got washed away in a great flood. Balfour Beatty Construction suffered a setback when crew members hit water on the bank of the hill where the field house was being built. Justin Maletic, project manager for Balfour Beatty, said the company solved the issue with a canyon…

STEAL WHEELS- Kayla Appenzeller swipes second in a 14-0 route of Mt. San Jacinto College.

Softball squad shows no mercy with offensive onslaughts

Some Jaguars are going to have to start hitting their spots. Or else. Softball coach Yasmin Mossadeghi said Southwestern’s potent offense is putting up runs, but the pitching needs to improve if the Lady Jaguars hope to make the playoffs. A 20-14 record (8-5 in conference) has SWC third in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference. “Every game from here on out is important, no matter who we play,” she said. Poor pitching doomed the Lady Jaguars against defending state champion …

DREAMERS' CHAMPION- Former SWC cross country and track superstar Ayded Reyes has had a stellar career at CSU San Marcos. her next goal is medical school.

Gifted Ayded Reyes still on track

SAN MARCOS, Calif.—Ayded Reyes lives on hope. There were times that was all she had. In 2011 the Southwestern College cross country champion, track star, straight A student and perfect citizen was alone in a cold, dirty INS detention center treated as a criminal and hours away from being deported. She was helped. She was saved. “I sometimes think about it,” she said. “I still cannot believe what happened, because I never thought it would.” Now a senior scholarship athlete …

Fast break—Freshman Taylor Smalley fires a down court pass in the Lady Jaguar’s 63-40 win against San Diego Mesa College.
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Court Jesters No more

It’s another silver medal for the Lady Jaguars basketball team after a heartbreaking 60-48 loss to Mt. San Jacinto College in the conference championship game. Head coach Darnell Cherry said he was disappointed, but saw a silver lining. “San Jacinto is a good team,” he said. “They were a state championship team last year, so we knew it was going to be a tough battle coming in and trying to get a win. But you know, I’m proud our squad …

a man for all seasons — Athletic Director Terry Davis is overseeing the completion of a new football stadium that he said will be a centerpiece of the community.
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Athletic director happy about new stadium, good students

Terry Davis insists there is a reason that “student” is the first part of student-athlete. Only a tiny fraction of Southwestern College athletes are going to make a living as professional athletes, he said, but 100 percent have potential they can develop in community college. Davis is a community college product. A St. Louis native, Davis said when he was 10 years old friends started to call him “the professor” because he was always trying to teach them something. “I …

Super Sub — Carolina Soto took over the women’s soccer team on short notice and led it to a second place finish in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference.
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Home-grown soccer coach steps in and saves the season

Growing up in Logan Heights, Carolina Soto could not wait to get out of the South County. Once she did, however, she had a huge change of heart. Now, after starring in college and playing professional soccer, her heart belongs to the women’s team at Southwestern College and Chula Vista High School. Soto was asked to take over the SWC program less than three weeks before the start of the season when coach Karyna Figueroa went on maternity leave earlier …

Petite lady is a big cat — Southwestern College architect major Poema Sandoval has won praise and earned the respect of her Chula Vista Pumas soccer team for disabled players. 
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Upbeat Coach of disabled soccer team is pitch perfect

Poema Sandoval is four feet and eleven inches, but a tower of power. Actually, a tower of empowerment. Sandoval is a coach of disabled young adult soccer players who knows how to make her message known without being the loudest person on the field. Last summer Sandoval was asked to help coach the Chula Vista Pumas V.I.P soccer team for disabled players ages 16-24.  Players have a wide range of disabilities such as autism and Down Syndrome. She unexpectedly became …

Sophomore pitcher Joey Esposito went five innings with zero earned runs in an 11-5 win against Barstow. 
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Jaguars enjoy roaring start

A 10-2 start has Bartow’s boys in the hunt for the championship   Jerry Bartow has spent years making the baseball field feel like home and it has paid off this year as the Jaguars are undefeated at the Junction and 10-2 overall.   “We’ve got a pretty good crowd coming every day, people like their baseball,” said the veteran coach. “I just hope we keep doing good. I think we’ve got a little nucleus anyway, the kids have a …

A POINT TO MAKE — (above) Sophomore guard Julian Stewart takes flight. (below) Sophomore Jimmie Edler scores against Mt. San Jacinto College. 
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Men’s basketball team stumbles out of the playoffs again

  It’s been a long, cold, lonely winter on the basketball court for a men’s program used to going to the playoffs, but coach John Cosentino has issued a warning for 2015. Things will be different next year. Southwestern College finished 11-15 overall and 4-4 in the Pacific Coast South Athletic Conference, good enough for second place. SWC’s fierce freshmen will return. “[It was tough] blending 12 new players together,” he said. “We didn’t have a lot of experience and …

ONE STEP AT A TIME — Andy Galata treks his way through Arizona .
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A body in motion stays in motion

Last summer Andy Galata and his pal decided they wanted to go for a bike ride, so they walked over to their bikes…which were in Utah. After walking across California and Nevada, the pair saddled up and pedaled to the Atlantic Ocean. Galata did it again this summer with his brother, Nieco McCabe. This time, though, they pedaled with the purpose of fundraising $10,000 for the kids at the non-profit Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, …

Jags have arms, bats, title shot

Although Southwestern College’s baseball team finished the 2013 season with a respectable 20-16 record and third place in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference, the Jaguars could have done more after an 11-4 start. In this, head coach Jerry Bartow’s final season, the team wants to send him out on top. One factor in the 2013 slide was the Jags’ poor performance on the road. When playing at home they were 14-7, but away from the Jaguar Junction they were 6-9. Bartow already has his own remedy. “We always play a lot of those L.A. teams,” he said. “Orange Coast, for example. Sometimes when you get to the playoffs you end up playing them again. Then I like to be able …