Football

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Optimistic Ponciano prepares team for season

With the words “Men succeed when they realize that their failures are the preparation for their victories” on the wall in head football coach Ron Ponciano’s office, there is a great sense of pride as the Citrus football team prepares for the upcoming season. The Owls will look to improve from last season’s 4-6 record,…

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Big plays too much to overcome for Owls

With both teams coming in with identical records of 3-2 and each playing its first conference game, Citrus College and Antelope Valley College knew they needed big plays. Antelope Valley got them. The Marauders defeated the Fighting Owls 38-30 in a game that was decided by a couple extra big plays for the visitors Oct….

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Owls suffer first loss of season to Southwestern

No handshakes were exchanged after Citrus College’s first loss of the season to Southwestern College, 44-28. As the Citrus Owls lined midfield for the traditional post-game handshake, the Southwestern Panthers huddled on the east side of the field, with some players shouting obscenities in the direction of the home crowd at Citrus Stadium. The verbal exchanges…

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Sports facilities serve community

With several renovations to sports facilities completed in the past decade, Citrus College has become a popular venue for schools around the area. “From the beginning of August to the beginning of December, we’re packed,” facility rentals supervisor Judy Rojas said. Citrus Stadium, which has a 10,000-seat capacity, attracts high schools looking for a bigger…

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Owls football enters season of optimism

The Citrus College Owls football team’s 2015 season got off to a bad start before it began when seven starters were lost to injury before the first game. Head coach Ron Ponciano said at the end of last season that number had grown to 23 over the course of the season. The constant reshuffling of the…