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Solano Women’s Soccer Players Honored for Moving on to the Next Level

FAIRFIELD — Tuesday’s ceremony to honor a handful of Solano Community College women’s soccer student athletes was a good representation of the possibilities one has with being a student athlete at the school.

Juliet Ramirez and Annalissa Pena each signed a letter of intent to play at the next level with the University of Jamestown and Dominican University, respectively, while three others in attendance were honored for continuing their academic careers as well.

Anna Castro, Heather Walsh and Lauryn Williams were each part of the ceremony and celebration being recognized – as was Aly Bowers, who wasn’t in attendance because of work – by their coach, Jeff Cardinal, in front of family, friends and a few Solano staff members. Castro is headed to the University of California at Berkeley, while Walsh is going to Chico State and Williams to UC Santa Barbara. Bowers is bound for Sacramento State.

Each of them also had an idea of what they plan on studying at their next place of higher learning.

Castro is looking into political science, while Walsh wants to become a special needs teacher with a degree in liberal studies. Williams plans to get a degree in Spanish, but eventually work on a Masters in occupational therapy, while Bowers will be into early childhood development.

Ramirez is traveling the furthest, out to North Dakota to study kinesiology, with teammate Pena going into nursing.

Not only did each of the Falcons do plenty of work on the field, but they did it in the classroom as well with a combined GPA of 3.33 for the SCC women’s soccer team.

“It’s a lot of dedication and commitment,” Ramirez said of balancing both academics and athletics. “It’s pretty hard, but it’ll be worth it in the end.”

Ramirez attributed the success to being around teammates with the same goals in academics, citing working together often. Pena added that having some of the same pre-requisite classes helped with working together.

“It’s been a great experience,” Pena said. “I definitely enjoyed being at Solano. It means a lot that my teammates are transferring on. We worked so hard in the classroom as well as on the field and it’s nice to see we’re all finally going our separate routes and branching off.”

As for the play on the field, both Ramirez and Pena were midfielders and/or forwards and were seen in person by their respective coaches.

For Ramirez, she was asked to attend the Sophomore Showcase in Southern California, where junior college sophomores get a chance to compete in front of scouts. It was there the coaches at Jamestown saw her and later sent an email telling her they were interested.

“They liked how I would take on players all the time,” Ramirez said. “I had good skill and the ability to play at the next level.”

For Pena, she said Cardinal helped get her in contact with the coaches at Dominican and they invited her to participate in a practice in April.

“They thought I was a pretty dynamic player and liked what I was doing on the ball,” Pena said. “They also liked that I was able to just jump right in.”

If there was any moral to the story of being teammates, it’s that doing anything together is better than doing it alone.

“We talk a lot amongst ourselves on how to balance our classes,” Pena said. “Since a lot of us have the same classes, we’re look to each other for information and help to better ourselves in the classroom.”

By Marcus Lomtong from Daily Republic

Solano Community College Announces the Solano Hall of Fame Class of 2017

Fairfield, CA: Solano Community College (SCC) will hold the 21st Annual Solano Community College Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at Solano College in Fairfield, California.

Solano Community College is proud to announce the Hall of Fame Class of 2017:

1)      John Canova:  Football and Basketball Game Announcer 1987-present

2)      Kate Shipp:  Women’s Basketball 2004 &2005

3)      Welana Toki :  Women’s Basketball 2004 &2005

4)      Reggie Vezia II:  Men’s Basketball 2003 & 2004

5)      Ryan Lipkin:  Baseball 2007

6)      Victor Ferrante:  Baseball 2004 & 2006

7)      Shirley Lewis:  SCC Booster 1997-present

8)      Jennae Lambdin:  Softball Head Coach 1995 – 2000

Special Recognition Teams: 1996 Softball Team

Tickets are $50. For more information, please contact Claire Gover at Claire.gover@solano.edu

SCC Aeronautics Program Partners with Delta Airlines

Solano Community College has been selected as one of 38 Aircraft Maintenance Technician schools in the country that will partner with Delta Airlines! This partnership will benefit Solano’s students by gaining Delta as a resource for continuous improvement of the AMT program, and will broaden access to the benefits of AMT careers available within the global aviation industry.

Solano College Tennis sends six to state

Please read the Times Herald article here, http://www.timesheraldonline.com/sports/20170419/solano-college-tennis-sends-six-to-state

Solano College Tennis sends six to state

For a Solano College tennis team in its infancy, the young group of nine has cultivated a rare form of unity.

In just it’s second year overall and inaugural year offering a women’s program, the fledgling group of Falcons defied the odds and will be sending six players to the state tournament in Ojai April 26-30.

Following successful showings at the conference tournament at American River College the first weekend of April, Chris Hagler, J.D. Bobo, Ashley Contawe, Sierra Shackelford, Reis Vince-Cruz and Krystov Fout earned their spot in the state tournament.

But while the expeditious maturation of the program allowed each team to place third in the Big 8 North Conference, the tennis team’s biggest challenge came before they set foot on Chris Cammisa Court.

“When we lost Victoria (Alvarez), who was a key piece to our puzzle in every way, we had to re-shift doubles teams,” said Solano head coach Jordan Walker. “But when we put Ashley and Sierra together, they started the conference schedule playing together and were at least the second best team in the conference. They raised their level of play pretty high.”

Donning a commemorative T-shirt in tribute to his team’s fallen Falcon, who died in a tragic drowning incident President’s Day weekend, Walker admitted that conversations were had in regard to whether or not their season should continue.

“It was brutal,” Walker said. “It was the hardest thing I’ve gone through as a coach. And for these young people who were already a really tight team, there was talk of (canceling the season). But we felt that if we asked her what she wanted that she would have definitely said to ‘play ball.’”

Solano was forced to reschedule a match at the outset of the season but managed to battle through, en route to a 7-5 record for the men and a 6-6 season for the women.

Solano freshman and Falcons’ No. 1 women’s singles player Camille Contawe was an integral source for the Falcons’ success and credited coach Walker for the warrior’s mentality he’d passed down to his team. And in her eyes, his patience and engaging demeanor was an important factor in the success of this year’s young group.

“To me personally, Jordan has so much patience,” she said. “There’s a lot of things I’ve learned from Jordan. He’s taught us how to be battlers and to go out there and play as hard as you can. But really, he’s not just a coach either. He’s been there for us like a second dad, or a friend.”

Alongside doubles teammate J.D. Bobo and fellow Falcons’ doubles team Vince-Cruz and Fout, Hagler is the lone Solano singles player slated to compete in Ojai.

The California Lutheran University transfer and Walnut Creek resident, who has taken on quite the commute throughout the season, has provided an unparalleled boost to his team and lost just one match all year.

But while he had his sites set on the trip to Ojai at the genesis of this season, Hagler couldn’t be more proud of his team as they look for the grandiose conclusion not typically fit for young group of their ilk.

“I’m really proud of them,” Hagler said. “The season started off really well and everyone was really close. And then all of a sudden something you can’t control happened and it brought us a lot closer; even though we were already close. We took some time to reflect on what happened and we came back and now we have even more motivation to win.”

By Michael Morris, MMorris@TheReporter.com, @thisjustm on Twitter

Awards for Solano Community College Students

Staff, faculty, Board of Trustees members, students and donors gathered Oct. 4 at the Vacaville Center to honor Solano Community College’s 2016 scholarship recipients. By the end of the evening, $142,600 and 156 scholarships had been awarded to 95 students.

The 44th Annual Scholarship Awards Presentation was sponsored by the Scholarship Foundation Board of Directors and the Educational Foundation Board of Directors. The crowd was welcomed by SCC Superintendent-President Dr. Celia Esposito-Noy and SCC Scholarship Foundation President Barbara Pavao. Scholarships were awarded to students in a variety of academic and technical fields, including nursing, mathematics, journalism, and biotechnology, among many others.

Please view the excerpt from Inside Solano, October 10, 2016.
Scholarship Awards

Creating Bowls to Fill, SCC helps Solano Food Banks

Five SCC staff and faculty members put their talents to work recently and created 100 pottery bowls to be used in the upcoming Empty Bowls fundraisers. Kathy Kearns, Rod Guyer, John Lloyd, Marc Lancet, and Tri Tran got behind the wheels and made bowls that will be used to serve soup at the Fairfield Food Bank Warehouse on Oct. 15 and the Concord Food Bank Warehouse on Oct. 16. When the soup is finished, attendees can even keep the bowls.

Besides the meal of soup and bread, the program will include information about Food Bank efforts and a raffle. Both events will be held from 4-6 p.m.

Please view the excerpt from Inside Solano, October 3, 2016.
Creating Bowls to Fill

Very Low Crime Rate at SCC

The crime rate at Solano Community College continues to be extremely low, according to the 2016 Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. In his introduction to the report, Lieutenant Brian Travis, Service Area Manager of the Solano County Sheriff’s Office, stressed the importance of maintaining a safe campus.

“Throughout 2016, Solano Community College continued to strive for academic excellence in education,” Travis wrote in his introduction to the report. “Safety remains an integral part in reaching our milestones in the first 71 years and continues to be an integral part of our continued success as we move forward.” SCC contracts with the Solano County Sheriff’s Office to provide law enforcement for its campuses.

The newest Clery report provides detailed crime statistics, as well as policies and procedures for handling various situations on campus. The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose certain timely and annual information about campus crime and security policies. All public and private post- secondary educational institutions participating in federal student aid programs are required to comply with it.

For more detailed information about the report, go to this website: www.solano.edu/police/1617/2016AnnualSecurityReportAndCrimeStatistics-Final.pdf.

Please view the excerpt from Inside Solano, October 3, 2016.
Very Low Crime Rate at SCC

SCC Announces the Solano Hall of Fame Class of 2016

FAIRFIELD, CA: Solano Community College (SCC) will hold the 20th Annual Solano Community College Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet on Saturday, November 5, 2016 at Hiddenbrooke Golf Club in Vallejo, California.

Solano Community College is proud to announce the Hall of Fame Class of 2016:

1. Kenonte Howard, Football 2008-2010
2. Blake Mc Ahren, Football 2007-2009
3. Lovella Asuncion, Volleyball 2006-2008
4. John Canova, Game Announcer 1987-Present
5. Sharonda Watson, Women’s Basketball 2001-2003
6. Candace Holmes, Women’s Basketball 2001 – 2003

Special Recognition Teams:

Women’s Basketball Team 1995-1996
Football 1989-1990

Tickets are $50 . For more information, please contact Claire Gover at Claire.Gover@solano.edu

Assistant Solano Soccer Coach Sissi Do Amor Invited to Attend FIFA Congress in Mexico City

Sissi Do Amor, Solano Assistant Soccer coach and former Brazilian super star has been invited to the 66th FIFA Congress in Mexico City, May 11-13, 2016. This World Soccer congress is a very prestigious event. Sissi was invited to the FIFA congress to play in a “Legends” game that is being initiated by the newly elected FIFA president. There will be a “Legends” game for both men and women. Additionally all invitees, will have the opportunity to meet with the new FIFA president and discuss the status of women’s soccer as well as attending official FIFA activities at the congress.

Sissi do Amor, the former Brazilian National Team Player, who is currently in her third season assisting the Solano College Women’s Soccer team, is the former Golden Boot Award Winner, for scoring the most goals in the 1999 World Cup in the United States and also the Silver Ball Award Winner, the 2nd Most Valuable Player in the 1999 World Cup.

Sissi is regarded among the top 5 Women’s Soccer players of all time in the history of the world. She played in 3 World Cups and 3 Olympics for Brazil. She was recognized by FIFA in the 2015 Women’s World Cup as one of the “Icons” of the women’s game. Sissi was also recognized in the 2015 Women’s World Cup for scoring one of the best goals in World Cup history.

  • 1989 – 2000: Member of the Brazilian Women’s National Soccer Team
  • 1991: Women’s World Cup – China
  • 1995: Women’s World Cup – Sweden
  • 1999: Women’s World Cup – USA
  • 1996: 100th Olympic Games – Atlanta
  • 2000: 101st Olympic Games – Australia

AWARDS:

  • 1997: Best Female Futsal Player
  • 1999:  FIFA Golden Boot Award Winner
  • 1999: FIFA Silver Ball Award
  • 1999: FIFA Voted 2nd Best Player in the World
  • 1999: Voted best female player in South America
  • Voted top 5 women’s soccer players of all time in the world

Related links from FIFA.com

Sissi is pictured with some of the most famous soccer players in the world including Mia Hamm, Luis Figo, Ronaldinho to name a few. Also, considered one of the best coaches in the world Jose Mourinho.

SCC Softball Clinches BVC Title, Crouse-Feehan Selected BVC Coach of the Year

Fairfield, CA: Solano Community College (SCC) Softball clinches BVC title and will play Sierra College in first round of CCCAA Play offs. Head Coach Crouse-Feehan has been selected as BVC Coach of the Year

The Solano Falcons Softball Team has clinched their 11th consecutive Bay Valley Conference Championship. The team finished the season 23-1 in the BVC. The Falcons overall record is 31-9 and they are currently ranked #12 in Northern California.

The Falcons with the #12 seed will play at #5 Sierra College in Rocklin this weekend in the CCCAA Softball Northern Regional Round 1 on Saturday at 2pm. Game 2 will be played on Sunday at noon. If needed a game 3 will follow at 2pm.

First Year Interim Head Coach Penelope Crouse-Feehan was selected as the BVC Coach of the Year. Monica Chapa was selected Most Outstanding Pitcher and selected to the All -State Team. Ashley Dufresne and Katelyn Lehman were selected to the All Nor Cal Team.

All Conference First Team Selections included Ashley Dufresne, Victoria Faleafine, Kylie Larsen, Katelyn Lehman and Ashley Whaley. Cassidy Pallo was selected to the All-Conference Second Team.