Southwestern College athletes transfer across the country

Baseball Chris Allen – Campbellsville University Kevin Ginkel – University of San Diego Miguel Solano – Campbellsville University Brandon Lozier – Arizona State University Tyler Martinez – William Penn University Nicholas Quintero – San Diego Christian College   Basketball (women’s) Gabby Robledo – William Penn University   Cross Country Miguel Lopez – UC-Berkeley   Football Khaalid Abdullah – Humboldt State University Kevin Bowen – East Central University David Clark – University of Sioux Falls Ed Felix – Benedictine University Frank Foster – North Carolina A&T Jason Gaines – East Central University Tyler George – Benedictine University Alfonso Hampton – University of Idaho Dorian Hardy – Arizona State Khari Kimbrough –Arkansas-Pine Bluff Lafaele Paselio – MidAmerica Nazarene University Andrew Perez – …

Greene soars to wondrous heights, defends high jump championship

What if someone wagered, with a running start, they could jump over Shaquille O’ Neal without touching him. Jaguars’ high jumper Branden Greene could win that bet. He owns the school record, 7-feet 1-inch. Greene’s leaping ability was on full display at the California State Championships at Mt. San Antonio College. He won his second consecutive state title in the high jump with a height of 6-feet 11-inches. “Overall a win is a win,” said Greene. “I’m glad I got the gold, the height doesn’t really matter afterwards.” Greene also holds the school’s long jump record. A natural talent, he did not join the track and field team until his junior year at Bonita Vista High School. Coach Tonie Campbell …

Dean seeks funds for tennis, volleyball team

Women’s tennis, historically one of the college’s most successful programs, may return from the dead thanks to pressure from the community and a better state budget. Men’s volleyball may also come back to life if college leaders approve a request by Athletic Director Terry Davis to resuscitate both teams in 2014-15. Davis has requested the funding, he said. Although he said he is optimistic, he warned it is not a done deal. “We have a tennis center, there is huge interest in the community,” he said. “A lot of high schools play on it and there’s interest from (SWC) students.” With a championship-rich history dating back to 1971, the Lady Jaguars tennis team was cut in 2009 during the Chopra/Alioto …

Athletes enshrined in SWC Hall of Fame

A Major League Baseball star, a college coaching legend and an international softball sensation led six inductees into the Southwestern College Athletic Hall of Fame. Claude Gilbert, the iconic SDSU and San Jose State football coach, was inducted into his third Hall of Fame. His 40-year old career began at SWC in 1966. Miranda Bleisch emigrated from the Netherlands and attended SWC, where she first began playing softball in 1999 and was First Team All-Conference. In 2002 she transferred to Point Loma Nazarene, where she set multiple records. Bleisch later pitched for the Dutch National Softball Team and enjoyed success as a student-athlete and an ambassador for softball in her native land. Anthony and Lena Walker were the first brother-sister …

Professional wrestler ready for a new act

Sweat fills the eyes of the stripped down gladiators and the nostrils of the frenzied crowd. Two men drenched in their own blood crouch on the top rope of a wrestling ring. Anticipation silences the crowd and then both combatants crash into a pile of barbed wire. Willingly. Professional wrestler Todd King lives for these moments. “As a kid my family watched [wrestling],” said the Southwestern College alumnus. “I watched it, so I was always hooked.” King’s career started in August 2004, when he was 20, under former World Championship Wrestling’s (WCW) Mike Rapada. King became part of the Southwestern Alliance of Wrestling and his first order of business was creating a character, Matt Twizted. “I guess it is just …

Swim & Dive Season Recap

It is not always about winning, but the improvements that happen throughout the season. As a famous Hollywood fish once said, “Just keep swimming.” The Jaguars swim and dive team had a fulfilling season, although it did not make it to the state championships. Coach Matt Ustaszewski said the swimmers improved gradually throughout the season. “They have been doing it while swimming tired,” he said. “Our goal is to build them up and then towards the end of the year have them swim rested. That usually makes a big difference in times.” Sophomore Mariela Rodriguez broke Southwestern College’s 100-yard breaststroke record against Grossmont College with a time of 1:16.62. “It was a great accomplishment for me,” she said.  “I worked …

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.

Fieldhouse of Dreams

  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 …

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN- Jaguars' center fielder Chris Allen breaks for second on a hit and a run during a 4-2 victory over Palomar College.

Bartow’s boys still battling

With two clutch victories over Palomar College, the Jaguars baseball team kept its Pacific Coast Athletic Conference and postseason hopes alive by a whisker. At 20-8 (10-6 PCAC) and ranked 10th in Southern California, they are still in position to snag home-field advantage in the playoffs.Third place is not good enough for retiring coach Jerry Bartow, who said the team has room to improve. “We just haven’t been able to put the bat on the ball at the right time,” …

HEP CAT- Multi-talented freshman Maria De Jesus Garcia soars during the long jump, part of her seven-event heptathlon competition. She captured first place the PCAC Heptathlon Championship and also competes as a sprinter.

Jaguars lucky seven

Javelins flying, hurdlers soaring, records falling. It’s track and field season at Southwestern College and this year’s squad is teeming with talent. Head coach Tonie Campbell said his athletes have already broken 12 school records and personal records are falling weekly. “We’re still on a record-breaking season this year and it’s been unexpected,” he said. “We have a great group of coaches, disciplined athletes and we’re just having fun. It’s a winning combination.” Leading the Jaguars is sophomore team captain …

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 …