Knights defeat De Anza College 11-10 to win the 2015 Badminton Team State Championship

“All I can think was just to not cry but then I was like ‘No! I am going to cry’ then I ran over to (Gina Niph) saying ‘We did it!’ And we were so ecstatic and relieved — I don’t think I will ever forget this moment,” sophomore Cassandra Ka said as the San Diego City College badminton team was crowned the 2015 California Community College Athletic Association State Champions on May 7 at Irvine Valley College. After losing to De Anza College in 2013 and 2014 in the State Title Match, the Knights were able to strike gold in dramatic fashion by narrowly defeating the Dons 11-10.

The first mile of marathon Meb

“One day I saw people running, and thought why are those people running? They’re crazy. They’re not chasing anything (like in) soccer. … That was the first time I was introduced to running.” As a young kid, Meb Keflezighi witnessed people running at Morley Field for the first time when he was in junior high. It wasn’t until later that he ditched the soccer cleats and discovered his talent of running fast. Keflezighi said it all began during PE class, where he was motivated to not only get an A but get first place among his classmates to receive a t-shirt.

Furious Knights take down Eagles

Through nine strong innings of play, the San Diego City College Knights baseball team got the job done on the mound and at the plate as they defeated Mt. San Jacinto College 6-3 on April 24 to end their season with a 14-19 overall record and an 8-16 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference record. “It was great — we all competed and it was a good pick-up from last game because we lost 2-1 (against Mt. San Jacinto College) and it was just a battle so it was nice to come out guns blazing and get on top quick. … I am really proud of everyone,” sophomore catcher Cory Russell said.

Crackle of the bats

As cars drive by with their roaring engines past the Betty Hock Softball Field, the Knights softball team would be the car with engine problems. In this case, with a 9-24 overall record and a 3-14 conference record, it has not been the season the Knights were hoping for, but despite the engine problems, the team has not pulled over as they still have more wins left in the tank. On April 8, the Knights were able to snap their four-game losing streak with a walk-off single from freshman catcher Malin Ellstrom against Imperial Valley College. With the game tied at two in the bottom of the seventh inning and after a sacrifice bunt from freshman Dalen Dull that moved freshman Paola Camargo to third and freshman Alex Galatis to second base, Ellstrom came up to bat and was able to hit a shallow single to center field that brought home Camargo for the winning run.

Swinging for Ojai

With the tennis season in its final matches for both the men’s and women’s tennis teams, the anticipation of qualifying for the SoCal Regionals are high for the Knights as it is just weeks away. The women’s tennis team currently sits in fourth place in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference with an overall record 3-8 and a conference record of 3-7. Although the team has recorded more losses than wins, the team still has a good chance on having their top six individuals qualify for the SoCal Regionals in April. Freshman team captain Lydia Teal expressed that the team is strong during the singles round but they still need to improve while playing in the doubles round

Eiffel state of mind: Sophomore Tennis player David Lin selected to receive 3C4A Achievement Award

Maintain a 4.0 GPA? Check. Overcome obstacles on the tennis courts? Check. Help advocate for the Associated Students Government at San Diego City College? Check. It’s not every day where a student hops on a plane and travels more than 5,000 miles from Paris to San Diego and accomplishes his or her goals. But for sophomore tennis player David Lin, he has swung himself to find success in Southern California and has been selected to receive the Community College Counselors/Advisers Academic Association (3C4A) Achievement Award. It will be presented to him on April 1 at the 18th annual California Community College Athletic Association convention in Ontario.