READY? OKAY! — Savanna Rudershausen fires up the crowd during at DeVore Stadium during a 46-44 victory over San Bernadino Valley College. Rudershausen is a psychology major and it is her second season on the team. Photo by Colin Grylls

Cheerleaders go, fight, win respect

On Saturday nights, a tough, intensely-trained group of Southwestern College athletes put on their uniforms and get ready for action in DeVore Stadium in a dangerous sport. Their uniform, however, does not include shoulder pads, helmets or eyeblack. Instead, they don tennis shoes, skirts and make up. SWC’s cheerleaders perform from kickoff through the final whistle, at the occasional pep rally and will also grace the sidelines during men’s basketball games. Savanna Rudershausen, 20, said cheering makes the squad’s stress …

Rolando Samson, the jiu-jitsu champ

Rolando Samson, the jiu-jitsu champ

Correction: A previous version of this story said the 2013 IBJJF World Championships were in Abu Dhabi, UAE. They were actually in Long Beach, California. … Rolando Samson keeps picking fights. He has picked fights all over the United States and even in Abu Dhabi. And he won. Samson, 19, a Southwestern College physical therapy major, is a jiu-jitsu world champion with more gold medals than Michael Phelps. He has won gold in the 2013 International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation American Nationals

Jags devour San Diego Mesa, 55-7

  Twelve Gods, according to ancient Greek mythology, lived atop Mount Olympus and ruled the world with legendary powers. With just eleven players allowed on the football field, however, Southwestern College (1-1 American Mountain conf., 4-1 overall) massacred the San Diego Mesa College Olympians (0-2 conf., 1-4 overall), 55-7. Head coach Ed Carberry said it was his Jaguars that reside in the San Diego community college Parthenon. “It’s great to be kings of the county,” he said. “This is the …

Not Your Average Joe

Joe Chavez was born with cerebral palsy, autism and fetal alcohol syndrome. Oh well. Tougher than nails, driven like hail and focused as a laser, Chavez is not one for excuses or “woe is me” stories. Instead, he is an Olympian, a revered student leader and role model. “I feel like I’m just getting started,” said the feisty 24-year old Chula Vistan. “I just want people to know that they should feel comfortable in their own skin. Maybe my example …

TATTOOED - Freshman linebacker Laasaga Fuga (43) decleats Victor Valley return man Terrence Chambers (17). Photos by Colin Grylls

Jags drop conference opener to Victor Valley, 34-31

In a battle of undefeated teams, Victor Valley handed the Jaguars their first loss of the season, 34-31, in the American Mountain Conference opener. SWC won its three non-conference matchups by an average of 27 points and is now 3-1 on the season and 0-1 in conference play. Victor Valley running back Shaun Williams Jr. ran for 99 yards and said he was full of adrenaline after the game. “It feels awesome,” he said. “Like I just won a championship.” …

Comeback Capsized-Barbara Bartalome scores a goal in the Lady Jags 12-9 loss to the Miramar Jets.

Getting Their Feet Wet: Lady Jags Water Polo Hits Stormy Waters

  A nice refreshing dip in the pool is just what most people want this time of year, except the Lady Jags water polo team. Then it means time to go to work. A furious comeback fell just short in a 12-9 defeat to the Miramar Jets. Head coach Jennifer Harper said the Lady Jags (2-11) felt like they had righted the ship after allowing just two goals in the second half. “It’s still a work in progress,” she said. …

HIT AND RUN - Isaiah Young (22) tackles Jalil Shoatz (24) for a 4-yard loss. Photo by Colin Grylls

Jags defeat Pierce College, move to 3-0

WOODLAND HILLS, CALIF. – In 1985, John Shepard Stadium witnessed two future Super Bowl MVPs, Steve Young and Doug Williams, face off in one of USFL’s final games. Last Saturday, Southwestern College’s quarterbacks seemed to be possessed by the stadium’s memories in a 41-14 blowout against the Pierce College Brahmas, improving the Jaguars’ record to 3-0. Jaguar quarterbacks Israel “Tofi” Paopao and Luis Perez combined for 296 passing yards, two passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown. Head coach Ed Carberry …

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SWC Jaguars Sink Santa Monica Corsairs

Southwestern College’s football team pushed Santa Monica College off the pier, moving to 2-0 on the season with a 52-27 victory in DeVore Stadium. Running back Charles Westbrook ran like a cannonball and burst through the hull of the Corsairs’ defense for 240 rushing yards and two touchdowns. He said the team was confident heading into the game, despite Santa Monica’s perennial position near the top of the American Pacific Conference. “This was expected,” he said. “We came in here …

HITTING THE JAG-POT -Slot receiver Malik Kimbrough (2) bursts through the hole opened up by receiver Sergio Bailey (11) and running back Charles Westbrook (5) for a 13-yard gain.

Jaguars stomp Grossmont in season opener

Kicking off a new season and a new era of football in renovated DeVore Stadium, the Southwestern College Jaguars clipped the Grossmont College Griffins’ wings in a decisive 35-6 victory. Head coach Ed Carberry said the win proved that the carnivorous cats are at the top of the San Diego community college food chain and disproved the notion that Griffins are truly mythical. “They’ve been the measuring stick in the county for a long time,” he said. “It looks like …

Jaguar Football Preview Fall 2014

Back-to-back bowl victories are hard to top, but the Southwestern College football team has done just that. It now has a brand-new $45 million bowl of its own in renovated DeVore Stadium. Head coach Ed Carberry said he has an impressive new team too. “You can’t win without players,” he said. “I’ve never seen a jockey carry a horse over the line.” SWC was second in the American Mountain Conference last year with a 6-1 record (9-2 overall) and sophomore …