By Jaime Cárdenas
SWC Sports Information Director
Jaguar Baseball Is In Full Swing This Week At Southwestern College… After dropping their first game of the Jaguar Classic, the Jags (1-2) have a full slate of games on the schedule for this weekend.
They will host Orange Coast at 2 p.m. on Friday and then play Irvine Valley on Saturday at 10 a.m. The Jags will close out the tournament with a double-header against Fullerton College on Sunday; the first game is at 10 a.m. and the second will start at 2 p.m.
After leading all community college in the state in pitching last year (with an ERA of 2.00) the Jaguars pitching staff will be escorted this season by sophomores Jack Spradlin and James Sinkes. At backstop is veteran sophomore Jerry Palacios, who played in 12 games last season. Palacios replaces John Jaso who was drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 12th round of last years MLB amateur draft.
Beside defense and pitching, head coach Jerry Barton hopes that the return of left fielder Scott Deen will generate more runs. Playing opposite of Deen in right field is Carlos Ibarra, who so far in the young season lead the Jaguars in batting average (.385) hits (5) and RBI (3). Ibarra, one of 19 freshmen on the roster (63 percent), is being counted on to produce this season.
This is the classic’s 28th year Southwestern has won it five times. Other college’s, besides SWC, participating in this years classic includes East Los Angeles, El Camino, Fullerton, Grossmont, Irvine Valley, Orange Coast and San Diego Mesa.
Men’sBasketball Bounces Back, Retake First Place… Southwestern defeated Palomar 70-62 last Saturday to improve their record to 19-4 and 8-2 in conference. With the coinciding loss of Cuyamaca and San Diego City, the Jaguars retake sole possession of the top spot in the Pacific Coast Conference standings. The Jaguars hold their own destiny with only four games remain in the regular season. They will host Grossmont this Wednesday at 7 p.m. They will then travel to Cuyamaca on Saturday and visit San Diego City on the 19. The Jaguars are ranked 12 in Southern California according to the California Community College Men’s Basketball Coaches Association Poll.
Women’s Basketball Steamrolls Cuyamaca… The defending PCC women’s basketball team is making another late season run reminiscent of last years championship dash. The Lady Jaguars (13-8, 4-2) easily handled Cuyamaca (4-12, 0-6) 88-43. Sophomre Vernon Jones led the way for the Lady Jags with 21 points, followed by Tracey Kiser who had 14. All alone in third place, the Jags’ will travel to play second place Imperial Valley (14-6, 5-1) on Wednesday and host first place Palomar (19-9, 6-0) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Five Football Players Get Scholarships…Led by All-American offensive lineman Ernie Pelayo who signed with the University Of Kentucky, five Jaguars have received scholarships since Feb. 4, the first day of the signing period. Defensive back Anthony Lewis signed with Division I-AA Georgia Southern. Wide receiver Sam Forsythe, offensive lineman Michael Albright and wide receiver/quarterback David Bellinger all signed with Division II Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo.