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Celia Jiménez here, thinking about the successful Saturday night the Hartnell Panthers enjoyed this past weekend.

The women’s and men’s cross country teams placed second and third in the California Community College Athletic Association Championship in Fresno. This is the third time the women’s team has placed second since 2015. Sofia Camacho and Valeria Lozano-Gomez placed eighth and ninth in the individual results. On the men’s side, Isaac Gensel climbed to the top and placed second in individual results (in 2019 Gensel placed 24th overall). The men’s team had its best results in program history, eclipsing their fourth-place finish in 1992. 

At home, the volleyball and soccer teams showed their claws. The women’s soccer team won 2-0 against the Canada Colts. Sophomore midfielder Yvette Rojas scored the first goal in the first half, and sophomore midfielder Carly Lowi scored the second one after the break. 

The men’s soccer team faced the Napa Valley Storms in a very competitive game. The Storms opened the scoreboard in the first minute of the game. The Panthers scored two goals in the first half and led 2-1 until minute 81, when the Storms tied the game. This added pressure to the players on both teams—at one point it seemed the game would go to extra time. But in a surprising move, sophomore forward Anthony Rangel scored a header, pumping up the crowd and taking the Storms by surprise. The Panthers won 3-2. 

The last game of the day was in the hands of the women’s indoor volleyball team. The Panthers won 3-1 against the Ohlone Renegades.

“Saturday will clearly stand as one of the proudest days in the history of Panther Athletics,” Hartnell Athletics announced. And it’s just getting started.

Next, the college’s soccer teams will play their second round of Northern California Regional Playoffs and the volleyball team will play in the first playoffs round.

The soccer teams will play at home. The women’s team takes the field tomorrow, Nov. 23 at 2pm against City College of San Francisco Rams. (The Panthers won against the Rams 2-0 on Oct. 26.) The men’s team will face Fresno City Rams on Wednesday, Nov. 24 at 2pm. The teams faced off before, during the Hartnell tournament on Sept. 4. (The Panthers won that game 4-2.) 

The volleyball team, meanwhile, will play away against the number one team in the state—the Feather River Golden Eagles from Quincy—tomorrow at 6pm.

Successful teams like this are fun to root for, but they also take a lot of work, as detailed in a recent cover story focusing on the Hartnell men’s and women’s soccer teams

Tickets to watch the home games are $8. If you have a couple hours to spare you can show your support for the Hartnell Panthers—and enjoy an entertaining game, too. 

-Celia Jiménez, staff writer, celia@mcweekly.com 

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