Fall Semester Sports Roundup
November 29, 2017
Fresno City College’s women’s golf fell just short of advancing to the State Championship, after a successful 2017 season earned them a spot in the Northern California Regional Championship.
Although the team did not advance to the State Championship, they finished the regular season ranked second in the Central Valley Conference.
The team’s head coach Danny Paniccia says the team played well at regionals, but were unable to secure a spot at the State Championship.
With two sophomores and three freshmen, the team had a balance of experienced players and young talent.
At Regionals it was freshmen Destanie Blair and Katelin Eickholt leading the way for the team, showing the team’s potential for next year.
Despite Blair’s efforts and Eickholt’s score of 85 the first day, the team was unable to secure a position in the top four schools that moved on to the State Championship.
“[I’m] very proud of the girls this season,” Paniccia said. “They all improved a lot from start to finish.”
With early wins against Sierra College and Santa Rosa Junior College, Fresno City College seem to be in good position to have a great season.
Then two back-to-back losses against College of San Mateo and American River College respectively gave the Rams more reasons to keep working hard.
The victories returned when FCC defeated long time rival Reedley College bringing home the coveted Pump Trophy. Two weeks later FCC got another win this time against Chabot College during the homecoming game and the following week they defeated Modesto Junior College.
Laney College stopped the Rams winning streak at three games, but they couldn’t stop their momentum, because just a week later they beat San Joaquin Delta College.
FCC close it’s regular season with another win on sophomore night against College of the Sequoias.
The Ram’s offense was lead by quarterback Trey McJunkin who had 161 complitions for 2472 yards and 29 TD.
The Defense was lead by outside linebacker Marcus Hawkins who had 36 tackles and 25 assists with nine tackles for a loss.
“I’m happy with how we finished, we lost a couple of games early [in the season] that we could’ve won, but that’s the way football goes,” said head coach Tony Caviglia.
At the Central Valley Conference, the men placed first and women placed second. At the NorCal Championship, men placed 6th and women placed 8th the top seven NorCal teams qualify for the State Meet.
Two of the top 6 women runners had never ran cross country prior to this season.
At the State Championship Meet: Men placed 18th, 5th place finisher from the North. Five of seven runners ran their lifetime bests regarding the Woodward Park course.
The team was led by Isaac Oceguera, the Central Valley Conference’s Most Valuable runner and an All-NorCal 2nd team member.
Ricky Giordano was by far the most improved runner. Giordano ran 25:43 at the 2016 State Meet and 23:22 this year. Oceguera’s time decreased from 22:24 to 21:34.
Both Giordano and Delia Guzman were recently named to the 2017 CCCAA Scholar Athlete Cross Country Teams.
“In 2018, we will lose our top 3 male runners and four of our top 6, so next year will be a rebuilding year which will also be true for our women’s team,” said head coach Gary Bluth.
The Fresno City College women’s soccer team has had one amazing season.
From the beginning of the season, the FCC rams won against American River College 3-0 in August and will play their last game of the season on Dec. 1 against Santiago Canyon College.
The FCC are currently ranked number 1 in the nation with a total of 145 goals in 25 games played so far. With a total of 11 wins, 0 loses and 1 tie, and a total of 24 overall wins, the Rams women’s soccer team are the team to beat.
Head coach, Oliver Germond, said that he is excited that his team is number 1 in Northern California.
“I’m very proud of our student athletes who have worked so hard to get to this point of the season,” Germond said, “and even more excited to be playing this weekend for a chance at a state championship.”
The 2017 regular season has been a successful one for the Fresno City College men’s wrestling team ending their regular season with a number one ranking and a win at the CCCAA team Dual Meet Championship victory against Cerritos College.
FCC was about to get the best of Cerritos College one year after being defeated in the 2016 Dual Meet Championship, and with a win the Rams would have snapped a two year skid of appearing in the championship, but they fell short.
This year’s team has been led by star wrestlers Isaiah Perez, Dylan Martinez and Victor Vargas, who helped FCC maintain their number one ranking throughout the season.
The trio of wrestlers were all able to pick up a victories in the Dual Meet Championship, which which gave FCC a 28-11 win.
The FCC wrestling season is not over as the Rams travel to Susanville for the North Regionals this weekend and look to have success in the State Championships held on Dec. 8 and 9.
The Fresno City College volleyball team had a great season, winning 24 games and only losing six matches this season.
The volleyball team had an undefeated streak of 10 home games until their loss against San Joaquin Delta College 3-2 in the third round of the NorCal Regional playoffs.
Outside hitter Makayla Cervantes led the offense with 286 kills, along with outside hitter, Katie Emmerling with 354 kills.
“I know the team will have many fond memories of our 2017 season.” said head coach Kieran Roblee. “We will miss our sophomores and the contributions that they have made to our program these past two seasons,”
Women’s Water Polo
Fresno City College water polo team had a tough season with . The match was won by American River with a score of 16-6, marking the first home loss of the season.
Thanks to their solid offensive and defensive performances, FCC’s women’s water polo team won 12-1 against Sacramento City College, on Friday Oct. 13.
At the Crossover Tournament in Stockton, FCC’s women’s water polo team dropped two close games on Oct. 14. The Rams lost 9-7 to Merced College in a game played at San Joaquin Delta College.
FCC’s women’s water polo team crushed Modesto Junior College in a game in Fresno. The Rams held Modesto to a single goal enroute to a lopsided 11-1 win.
At Diablo Valley College, Friday Oct. 27, FCC’s women’s water polo dropped two conference games. The Rams fell 10-8 after trading goals throughout the game until the final quarter.
FCC’s women’s water polo team faced #3 Santa Rosa Junior College in the Big 8 Championships on Friday, Nov. 3. The Rams are the #6 seed in the two-day tournament at the June Fergusson Pool at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton.
FCC’s women’s water polo team fought extremely hard this season and proved that Rams fight to win.
The Fresno City College men’s soccer team has had a remarkable season so far.
In a total of 23 games played, FCC has an overall record of 16-1-6, with a conference game record of 6-0-2, with one more game set to be played in the postseason on Dec. 1 against Mt. San Antonio at American River College.
In the 23 games that have been played, men’s soccer has gotten a total of 53 goals, averaging about 2.30 goals per game, and 0.96 goals against average.
Their shots on goal per game hit 1.9 with a shot percent of 1.233. Their overall game percentage is .826 with a conference game percentage of .875.
The offense was lead by forward Johnny Rodriguez who had 23 goals and 13 assists in the season.