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ARC women’s volleyball season bumped to spring 2021

The American River College women’s volleyball team, which won the state championship in 2018, fought hard to try and retain its position through 2019. Players and their supporting faculty are hoping to hit the ground running next year. (Photo by Emily Mello)
Despite COVID-19 and campus lockdowns, the team is ready to hit the court
November 24, 2020

The American River College women’s volleyball team entered the 2019 season as defending state champions. Though there were some stumbles during the early weeks of the season, with the team losing four...

NFL should walk the walk, instead of relying on performance activism

Over the past few years, peaceful protests from NFL players have been criticized by fans and team owners. (Photo courtesy of Pixibay.com)
November 19, 2020

Since the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police in May, sports organizations in the United States. have demonstrated a heightened sensitivity to racism. But some, like the NFL, are merely...

State college association to allow spring 2020 students to annul season and gain eligibility back

Los Rios Community College Spring 2020 athletes have been granted extended eligibility for their semester of school, and fall students will hear shortly whether the LRCCD will grant eligibility for their semester as well. (Photo by Dylan Lillie)
CCCAA has yet to decide whether the spring of 2020 will be online, but have made the decision to allow students to add an additional semester of sports to their academic career
October 19, 2020

It’s been over six months since the California Community College Athletic Association canceled the seasons for spring 2020 sports. Now, nearly halfway through the fall 2020 semester, this previous cancelation...

Powless’ athletic excellence; it runs in the family

Tour de France participant Neilson Powless alongside his mother, Jeanette Powless who is the women’s track and field coach at American River College (Photo courtesy of Jeanette Powless)
Former Olympic athlete reflects on 30 years of multi-sport coaching
October 14, 2020

Jeanette Powless is a professor in the athletic department, and the women’s track and field coach at American River College. Before she became a coach at ARC, however, Powless was an Olympic track-runner...

Pro athletes lead the charge in 2020 culture war

Professional athletes are making their voices heard in the charge toward social justice and police reform. (Photo courtesy of pixabay.com)
In 2020, sports figures are the strongest voices of progressive reform
October 7, 2020

In an era when human decency and non-politicized love for our fellow humans has all but disappeared from the cultural norm, it’s not politicians who are leading the charge toward a better tomorrow; it...

Five tips for staying in shape during quarantine

Many people are finding it hard to stay in shape while gyms have closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and smoke from multiple fires has created poor air quality for the residents of Sacramento, Calif. However, working out from home without a mask is possible with minimal equipment and space. (Photo courtesy of unsplash.com)
How to workout without even leaving your house
September 24, 2020

By: Oden Taylor [email protected]   With an airborne pandemic and poor air quality due to the smoke from fires blazing across California, not only have gyms closed until further notice...

Athletic instructors redesign yoga classes for virtual learning

Eric Black, alongside his wife Bethani Black who also teaches yoga at American River College, record YouTube videos for their students instead of holding live Zoom classes. (Photo courtesy of Eric Black)
As fitness classes transition to online, yoga teachers are forced to adapt
September 23, 2020

This fall, nearly all classes at American River College are being held in an online environment due to the coronavirus pandemic. For most subjects, this transition has been straight forward and manageable,...

How ARC’s men’s basketball team is staying in shape during quarantine

Members of the American River College men’s basketball team huddle up during the game against San Joaquin Delta College on February 11, 2020. The team is now working out on their own, after practices and games have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Heather Amberson)
“I run around my neighborhood and workout in my backyard”
September 12, 2020

By Heather Amberson [email protected] With the coronavirus pandemic continuing to force the closure of most college campuses, some athletes have had their seasons canceled, while others...

NBA rushing back to get on the court may come with consequences

Recently, the NBA has been discussing starting up their new season as early as June 2020, which has come with serious backlash from medical professionals. (Photo courtesy of wikipedia.org)
NBA standards might be different than ARC’s, but the pressures of restarting their seasons are very similar
May 13, 2020

The National Basketball Association was the first of the mainstream sports leagues to suspend its season due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The season ended abruptly on the night of March 11 when it was announced...

We love live sports, but they’re not essential

Pro-wrestlers perform during the Virgil Flynn Production: Legacy 4th anniversary, a live wrestling event, at Cafe Colonel on July 6, 2019. On April 14, the state of Florida declared that all sports, including professional wrestling, are now deemed as essential services, which allows sporting events to resume in the state. (Photo courtesy of Ashley Hayes-Stone)
With Florida deeming all sports as “essential businesses,” there might be a higher risk for professional athletes to catch the coronavirus
May 5, 2020

Earlier this year, the lives of everyone in the world changed with the spread of the coronavirus and every country going under quarantine, keeping nearly everyone at home. Since then, nearly all sports...

Shelter-in-place order causes cancellation of all ARC spring sports

Sporting fields and arenas across Sacramento remain empty as the shelter-in-place order continues, keeping healthy athletes from competing. (Photo by Dylan Lillie)
Healthy athletes sit at home as they wait for the college to reopen
April 22, 2020

When dealing with situations as serious as a pandemic, it’s easy to forget about the people who would be less affected by the direct issue at hand. Though it makes sense for us to pay most attention...

Getting recruited means more than excelling in the sport; ARC coaches speak about scouting that perfect fit

American River College running back Julie Leslie attempts to maneuver around a Laney College defensive back to score a touchdown. The game happened on Sept. 20, 2019, at ARC football field. (Photo by Emily Mello)
April 1, 2020

American River College’s recruiting process for athletes requires coaches and staff members to dig into high schools and also around the district, to find who could fit better on the team and what specific...

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