New student athletes receive welcome

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The Cosumnes River College athletic department welcomed new student athletes to the program on Sept. 8.

The screen read “Welcome to the Nest” as each coach took turns introducing their players and discussing the events to come. News about CRC hosting the state basketball and soccer championships this year was also announced.

Athletic director Liz Belyea talked about plans for the athletic field parameter landscape and parking improvements. There will be two new outdoor playing fields and an indoor batting cage that will be ready for next year. The baseball team will no longer have to leave campus to practice.

“Stadium renovations will not begin until after the football season is over,” Belyea said.

The director and coaches also emphasized education.

“We are not only interested in using students for athletes but also for getting degrees for life,” Belyea said.  “Although I care about education, don’t get me wrong I want to win!”

The Hawks’ school mascot roamed the floor in support of the event while the student government provided free food and day planners to all who showed up.

“I am here to support my team,”16-year-old freshman softball player Rysa Kolesinski said. “Coming was optional but very highly suggested and I like the free food.”

For the second time in history, the women’s volleyball team received pizza for filling out their eligibility forms with no mistakes, volleyball coach Minet Gunther said. Shirts were also awarded to students who received a 3.0 GPA or higher in 12 units or more last spring.

All of the coaches looked forward to winning this year.

“Big champs all the way around!” men’s soccer coach Ron Preble said.

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