13 Jaguars earn post-season honors

In football, a team can only have 11 players on the field at any given time. Southwestern College had 13 football players named American Mountain All-Conference players.   Leading the pack was ESPN’s 10th highest rated community college recruit, Alfonso Hampton. The sophomore defensive tackle was a unanimous first-team all-conference selection after totaling 32 tackles and 5.5 sacks in 10 games. He was an unbelievable find for Coach Ed Carberry – the 6’5” 330 pounder did not play high school football.   Standout sophomore linebacker Khaalid Abdullah was also a unanimous first-team selection after accumulating 65 tackles and a team-leading six sacks. Abdullah won Defensive Player of the Game honors in the Jags’ Patriotic Bowl victory over San Bernardino Valley …

Winning big in fast company

  FRESNO–Top five, worth the drive. Daniel Vazquez and Carlos Sibaja got up off the ground following a nasty spill to score crucial points that helped lead a hungry men’s cross country team to a fifth place finish in the California State Championships. Steven Lepe led all Southwestern College runners by grabbing 11th place in 203-man field and Miguel Lopez was 12th. Lepe and Lopez both earned All-American honors. “We beat exactly who we came here to beat,” said head coach Dr. Duro Agbede. “My goal today was to place in the top five and we had to go against a lot of strong teams.” Agbede’s main target was archrival San Diego City College, which beat SWC at the regionals. …

Bowling for a Championship

Life on Earth was supposed to be annihilated in 2012, but SWC football players are ecstatic that Armageddon has been delayed long enough to play the 2013 season. It was the Jaguars who did the annihilating this year, romping to a 9-2 record and a smashing 34-23 Patriotic Bowl win over San Bernardino Valley College. “It was an incredible success,” said coach Ed Carberry. “The biggest success will be figured out when we see how many guys transfer to universities. That will be the ultimate success of this team, but it’s the winningest sophomore class in the history of the school. It is the first time in the history of the school that we’ve won back-to-back bowl games, so we’re …

GOAL-ORIENTED STUDENT-ATHLETE— Marco Carrillo-Leon led the Jaguars to their second straight PCAC title. He is also a champion in the classroom. Photo by John Domogma

Soccer star scores goals on and off the field

Marco Carrillo-Leon can score goals like few others, but he can also set goals. Next up, a state championship for his Southwestern College soccer team. Carrillo-Leon is an enigmatic young man of many dimensions. Aggressive on the pitch, he is gentle off. One of the state’s best soccer players, he has no interest in a professional career. He is a vocal and passionate team captain who is quiet and reserved when the game is over. His 21 goals are third …

AIR BALL — (above) Jocelin Camacho, left, fights for the ball with Sophia Gutierrez of Cuyamaca College.  (l) Freshman phenom Jenny Rodriguez sets up a score in a 2-1 victory over Cuyamaca.

Lady Jags end strong, fall just short

Carolina Soto said she longed to coach soccer at Southwestern College. A little more notice, however, would have been nice. Soto was hired just weeks before the first game and after several key players quit due to tumult. Even so, she led the squad to an impressive 12-7-2 record and barely missed the playoffs. “It’s been a difficult transition,” she said. “Coming in as a new coach, the last minute stuff was more challenging than the circumstances that I came …

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SWC athlete-dad reborn as student

Jaguars starting cornerback Vicente Stafford loves hitting wide receivers, crunching running backs and smiling like Minnie Mouse – just not all at the same place. He’s a tough defender on the gridiron, but a tender father to his one-year-old daughter, Kylie. Having a child causes many young men to drop out of school to support their new family, but 22-year-old Stafford said he is more inspired than ever to press on with his studies instead of dropping into a prevent …

EDUCATOR, HELPER AND FRIEND— Counsler and Southwestern College alumni Ed Cosio has returned to Southwestern College to help students get handle the pressures of college. Photo by Priscila Beruman

Devoted counselor helps athletes win as students

Counselor Ed Cosio admits he would finish a mile behind Southwestern College’s champion cross country runners out on the course, but ask the athletes and they will tell you he is always running alongside. Coach Dr. Duro Agbede’s women’s cross country team has a great record over the past decade, including a state championship, but he said he is even prouder of his athlete’s transfer rate. It’s perfect, 100 percent, everybody. Most on full scholarship. “It’s all because of Cosio,” …

SWC LEVELS MESA — The Jaguars ran their season record to 5-1 with a 35-0 win over Mesa College at press time. (clockwise from above) Jaguar running back Junior Nemorin rips off a big gain. DB Vicente Stafford stops a Mesa running back. Alfonzo Hamilton with a quarterback sack.  Photos by John Domogma

Jags Dust Comets

During his seven years as head coach, Ed Carberry’s football program has never beaten Palomar College. In fact, the Jaguars have never beaten the Comets. Southwestern College’s last victory against its rivals was back in 1988, when SWC’s nickname was still the Apaches. “It took seven years, but we got ‘em!” Carberry hollered on the phone to his mother after a satisfying 31-28 victory. Mrs. Carberry missed a thriller. SWC grabbed a quick 14-0 lead thanks to its passing game. …

BACKS TO THE WALL— Nick Howard and the Jaguars (4-13) find themselves in the all too familiar position of defending goalie Rhett Pitcock. Both players are statistically leaders on offense and defense, but SWC is struggling overall. Photo by Victor Ene

SWC men are taking on water

Coming off of their most successful season ever, the men’s water polo team felt like it was riding a wave. This season, however, has been a complete wipeout. With a record of 4-13, the Jaguars are assured a losing season and a return to a past marred by perpetual underachievement. “Last year we went 14-12, which was the first time SWC has ever had a winning record,” said head coach Jorge Ortega. “We would love to build on that, but …

The Give and Go: Cerebral Palsy cannot diminish love for sports

The Give and Go: Cerebral Palsy cannot diminish love for sports

Growing up with Cerebral Palsy was difficult, especially for a kid who really wanted to be an athlete. Sitting in my wheelchair under Friday night lights while my friends played out our childhood dreams was four quarters of torture. Smelling the fragrant emerald grass of the spring diamond without throwing some inside heat was a cruel tease. I was hard to sit and watch. If absence makes the heart grew fonder, my heart swelled with passion for sports.  I fell …