The American River Current

ARC Football sends several players to four-years on Signing Day

American River College defensive back Dmirti Scott and defensive lineman Nick Terry bring down the ball carrier from San Joaquin Delta College during the Gridiron Classic Bowl on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. Scott committed to Henderson State while Terry committed to the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). (Photo by Barbara Harvey)

Mack Ervin III

February 22, 2016

Six American River College football players officially committed to four-year institutions on National Signing Day on Feb. 3rd. Defensive lineman Chigozie Nnoruka committed to the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), where he will be joining up with teammate Nick Terry who committed back in O...

ARC loses in overtime as last play goes Delta’s way

American River College linebacker Jim Carter and defensive back Drew Andrews attempt to bring down the San Joaquin Delta College ball carrier during the Gridiron Classic Bowl game on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. ARC lost 24-17 to SJDC in overtime. (Photo by Barbara Harvey)

Matthew Peirson

November 23, 2015

Cheers shifted in mere seconds from the home sideline to the visitors sideline following the final horn as American River College lost 24-17 in overtime to San Joaquin Delta College in Saturday’s Gridiron Classic Bowl. ARC wide receiver Malik Dumetz caught what he believed was a potential game-tying...

Police chase in parking structure leaves student injured, witnesses shaken

Debris remains on the second floor of the parking structure at American River College the day after a hit and run incident occurred during a police chase. (Photo by Barbara Harvey)

Barbara Harvey

November 18, 2015

A police chase in the American River College parking structure Tuesday night left one pedestrian injured and several students shaken after the suspect collided with a parked car, which then rammed into a pedestrian, police said. ARC students Chelsea Christensen, Damier Currey and Molly McGhee were...

ARC excited to play one last game together

American River College wide receivers Zack Suarez, left, and Jonathan Lopez celebrate Lopez’s touchdown in the first quarter during ARC’s 38-18 win over Sacramento City College on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. (Photo by Barbara Harvey)

Matthew Peirson

November 18, 2015

Though they did not make the playoffs, players on the American River College football team are glad that they will be together on the field for one last game. The team will host San Joaquin Delta College in the Gridiron Classic Bowl on Saturday at 1 p.m., the last game for everyone on the team this...

Students debate with anti-Muslim activists on campus

ARC student Nate Ihsan uses his phone to show a verse in the Quran denouncing killing to anti-Muslim activist Vincent Bradshaw, who erected a sign reading 'Why Islam Kills' in front of the Student Center on Tuesday. (Photo by Barbara Harvey)

John Ferrannini

November 17, 2015

Anti-Muslim activists sparred with students Tuesday after they erected a booth and sign that said “Why Islam Kills” outside of the American River College Student Center. Coming on the heels of the Islamic State’s attack in Paris that left 129 people dead and hundreds injured Friday, the activists —...

ARC’s prolific scoring spurs third straight win for football

American River College quarterback Jihad Vercher passes under pressure during ARC football’s 47-22 win over rival Sierra College on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015. (Photo by Barbara Harvey)

Kameron Schmid

November 2, 2015

Quarterback Jihad Vercher threw four touchdowns and American River College’s defense intercepted three passes as ARC beat the visiting Sierra College 47-22 on Saturday. It was the third straight week that ARC (6-2) scored over 40 points in a game, and the third straight win. ARC has outscored opp...

ARC quarterback overcomes gang violence to become starter

American River College quarterback Jihad Vercher grew up in South-Central Los Angeles. He said he focused on football and homework in spite of the sounds of gunshots in his neighborhood (Photo by Barbara Harvey).

Kevin Sheridan

October 27, 2015

A previous version of this story falsely reported that "the ... San Andreas area" was occupied by "Bloods, Crips and other gangs." In fact, those gangs occupied the Los Angeles area. When he was six years old, American River College quarterback Jihad Vercher watched in horror as someone from his So...

Report: ALERT system response ‘inexcusably delayed’ following SCC shooting

A Sacramento City College student's phone shows a time-stamped message from the district's emergency message system, run by WARN Command, coming 40 minutes after the fatal shooting that occurred on campus began on Sept. 3. The district is considering new options for which company to use for the ALERT system. (Photo by Barbara Harvey)

John Ferrannini

October 23, 2015

An external report released by the Los Rios Community College District on Thursday said that the response to the Sept. 3 shooting at Sacramento City College that left one dead and two injured was “more than acceptable,” while making recommendations to improve the district’s emergency response going forward. The report did, however, call the 45-...

Former NFL cornerback leads ARC’s defensive backs

Coach Wheeler walks onto the field during a time out during American River College's 42-10 loss to College of San Mateo on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. (Photo by Barbara Harvey)

Johnnie Heard

October 12, 2015

Former NFL corner Damen Wheeler has become quite accustomed to the defensive backfield he coaches at American River College. Wheeler was drafted in the sixth round by the San Diego Chargers in 2000, but did not survive the team’s final roster cuts for that season and did not play a down for San...

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