A New Beginning for DeVore Stadium

A New Beginning for DeVore Stadium

The Sun Newspaper takes a look at the newly renovated DeVore Stadium. …

CHANGING OF THE GUARD— Jerry Bartow watches a reliever warm up in the bullpen.

THE END OF AN ERA: Southwestern College Bids Farewell to Baseball Legend

Legendary Baseball coach retires after 39 years and a grandslam final season Jerry Bartow did not go out a state champion, but he went out a role model, a source of inspiration and a hero. Southwestern College’s iconic baseball coach is likely the best-known Jaguar in America and probably the most beloved. Mention the colorful, irascible coach and grown men will cry. “Forty,” as his players know him, is retiring after his 39th season as one of only three coaches …

SLIDE TO THE LEFT — Freshman pitcher Kevin Ginkel throws a slider during his complete-game shutout against Rio Hondo College. SWC won 3-0 to secure a berth in the Super Regionals, but just missed the finals. Photo by Colin Grylls

Cinderella Interrupted

One! In a bit of a cliché, the Southwestern College baseball team huddled together in the dugout after each game and shouted the team’s name in an act of solidarity, on three of course. Two! SWC finished 29-14 on the season and its 15-9 record in conference play was good enough for second in the Pacific Athletic Coast Conference. Three! Regular season victories against playoff-bound teams like Orange Coast, El Camino, Palomar and East L.A. helped SWC earn an at-large …

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 …