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Winning volleyball coach fears complacency

By Dylan Burke

GROSSMONT COLLEGE- The Women’s Volleyball team’s record is nearly perfect and has made its coach, Jamie Ivers, prouder than ever about its performance.

The Griffins on Tuesday night, Sept.20,  defeated Saddleback 3-0 here at Grossmont and as they improved their record to 7-1.  This
game played was a make up for one originally scheduled for Friday, Sept. 9.

“We may be 7-1 but we have the big target on our backs now so we have to be sharp every day in practice and every night in our matches because teams will play harder against you than they will other teams,” Ivers said. “Everyone is looking to take us down.”

Coach  Ivers has been kept busy reviewing videotape of the games in order to get her team ready to play for the next one.

“There is always something you need to improve on, or be more consistent at,” Ivers explained. “I feel we still have more growth in certain areas which makes me even more excited as we head into conference and playoffs,” she said.  We have a great
group of women this year who are really on board and buy in to what we are trying to accomplish this year”.

As a matter of fact the only thing according to Coach Ivers that is concerning is not being concerned at all, “I feel like there is a huge problem if you don’t think there is anything to work on as a head coach. Nobody is perfect and we are no
exception to that.”

Burke is a student in Media Comm 132; he may be contacted at

Griffins suffer heart-thumping football loss to Southwestern in first home game

Griffin Quarterback Mike Karls (13) successfully lands in the end zone for a 2-point conversion. (Photo: Dylan Burke)

By David Hurst

GROSSMONT COLLEGE—The Griffins outscored Southwestern College (SWC) 20-7 in the 4th quarter, but it was not enough as SWC escaped with a 40-37 football win at Mashin-Roth Stadium Saturday afternoon on the Grossmont campus. The team’s first home game of the 2011 season was witnessed by a capacity crowd that erupted after a 63 yard touchdown pass from Quarterback Chris Bonner to Wide Receiver Mervin Stewart only 45 seconds into the game.

The Griffins had a 17-7 lead at the end of the first quarter after a 29 yard field goal by Andres Carillo and a 1 yard run by Patrick Arinze that was set up by a 61 yard interception return by Eldredge Calhoun. SWC countered with 26 unanswered points and led 33-17 after 3 quarters. After an injury to Bonner sidelined him for the remainder of the game, backup Quarterback Mike Karls led the Griffins on a 3- play 78 yard drive that culminated in a spectacular 38 yard touchdown heave to Wide Receiver Joshua Bell. “I had to work hard for that catch; It helped our team out” said Bell. Karls then turned a broken play into a two point conversion by eluding two SWC defenders.

With the Griffins within a touchdown and a two point conversion of tying the game, Griffin defender Josh Canup intercepted a SWC pass and returned it 26 yards to the SWC 9 yard line. On the ensuing play Karls found Wide Receiver Tim Patrick for a 9 yard touchdown making the score 33-31. On the potential game tying 2 point conversion attempt, Karls’ pass fell incomplete and the Griffins were down by 2 points with 2:34 seconds remaining in the game.

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Winless Griffins face Southwestern in home opener football game Saturday, Sept. 17

By Dylan Burke

GROSSMONT COLLEGE — The Griffins will face Southwestern College at home at 1 p.m. Saturday, still looking for their first win of the season.

The football team  is 0-2 this year after dropping its opener 33-30 to San Diego Mesa and 34-7 to El Camino last weekend.
Despite the lopsided loss to El Camino, there are definite signs of improvement among the young Grossmont football players, according to head coach, Mike Jordan.

Jordan attributed the loss to a combination of mistakes made by all three squads: the offense, defense and special teams, “We were not securing the football”, he said;  however, the number of turnovers dropped from five in the San Diego Mesa game  to three against El Camino. 

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Fresh off loss, young Griffin football team faces strong rival El Camino College on Saturday


Grossmont football team practices at Griffin Field (Photo: Dylan Burke)

By Dylan Burke

GROSSMONT COLLEGE – Football coach Mike Jordan says he is looking forward to facing El Camino College in an away game Saturday in a continuation of the “very heated rivalry” that often “goes back and forth” in playoff tournaments.

What Jordan described as the “youngest team” he has coached in his six years at Grossmont will go into the game following a season opening loss last week to San Diego Mesa, 33-30—a loss blamed in large measure on inexperience and five turnovers.

Jordan told the GC Summit that his team needs to make fewer mistakes on the field. He said players need to follow their assignments better to make the plays work out.

For example, he said, if offensive line moves to the left when it is supposed to move to the right, it leaves the quarterback exposed and likely to be sacked.

Jordan has his own approach toward practices. Whereas many coaches will have their first-string team on the field through most, if not all of practices, Jordan has his second- and third-string players practice also. He said that he was very pleased with last Wednesday’s practice.

Tuning up the second and third stringers will prepare them for the later part of the season if members of the first string team are injured, the coach explained.

Asked how the team reacted to the loss to San Diego Mesa — a team which Grossmont typically beats– Jordan replied that some players were “devastated, as well they should be,” while others on the team, “did not know how to respond.”

The Griffins practice from 3-5 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays.

Burke is a student in Media Comm 132. He may be contacted at

Student finishes most of his upper-division studies…here at Grossmont College?

By Dylan Burke

Kyle Seaman

GROSSMONT COLLEGE—After attending Grossmont College for six semesters, Kyle James Seaman is starting yet another year of undergraduate studies, this time at Cuyamaca College, even though he has finished all his required courses for an associate of arts degree.

Seaman graduated from Santana High School in 2008. Afterwards, many of his peers recommended that he go to a community college, like Grossmont, because the plan, according to them, would save money, and would be an easier way to later move on to a four-year institution.

After completing most of his general education courses in 2010, he decided to major in mechanical engineering, but all of his desired schools—San Diego State University and Long Beach State, among others—denied him admission.

So, Seaman studied for yet another year at Grossmont, and has since completed all of his general education requirements, and has even completed more courses in his major.

Confused by the rejection, he talked with several counselors and was told that only ten percent of applicants were accepted: “6,000 applications were sent and only 600 applicants were accepted to San Diego State [University].” Further, Seaman said, “Another 4,000 applications were sent to Long Beach and only about 400 were accepted.”

The following year, he had a counselor check for him why he wasn’t able to transfer to San Diego State University.

After years of being told that to transfer to colleges was a relatively easy thing to do, he learned that he had completed only 50% of his major, and, with that completion-rate, he could not transfer to a University for an “impacted” major.  So he decided to take more courses in is major.

Regardless of his current situation, Seamamn said he maintains the motivation to do well in school that he received from his parents when he was a kid. Among his goals is to land a high paying job.

Seaman is currently employed with Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes and has served with the lifeguards at the YMCA program in Santee where he lives.

He said he  hopes to be admitted to San Diego State University soon and graduate shortly thereafter as he has finished the majority of his major right here at Grossmont College. His recommendation to new students at Grossmont is this: “find a good counselor, one you prefer, and stick with that person through your time in college.”

Burke is a student in MediaComm 132; contact him at

Padres fan not intimidated at Dodger Stadium

The shirt worn to Dodgers Stadium

By Dylan Burke

LOS ANGELES -The Grossmont College baseball team, the Griffins, will be playing half its games on the road this year against teams such as Fullerton, Compton, Southwestern and S.D. Mesa. I don’t know how our fans feel when they’re attending the away games but I know how some people worry when they travel, as I did, to Chavez Ravine, also known as Dodgers Stadium.

On March 31, the opening day of the 2011 baseball season, the Dodgers hosted the defending-world-champion San Francisco Giants. Before the game, outside in the parking lot, Giants fan Bryan Stow was attacked by two Dodgers supporters. Two attackers pummeled Stow, resulting in critical brain damage. Stow is currently recuperating, where he is making attempts to speak again. The Dodgers denounced the incident.

Around the end of May, Giovanni Ramirez, 31, was arrested in connection with the case.

With all the fear of going to Chavez Ravine as a supporter of another team, my relatives and I still went to a game last week. Against all suggestions, I wore my “SD Beat LA” t-shirt that was given to me at a Padres game against the Dodgers earlier this year.
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Two Grossmont freshmen strum and drum in heavy metal group Killing the Messenger

Kris Armbruster

Story and photo by Dylan Burke

GROSSMONT COLLEGE – Two freshmen are members of the heavy metal band Killing the Messenger and will be performing at the Epicentre in the Mira Mesa area at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 23.

Kris Armbruster is the lead guitarist, while Willie Malpica is the drummer. Others in the group are Ahren Leepier-Gray and Paul Barkley.

Armbruster studies Audio Engineering and says he is “pumped up” by his favorite rock band, Avenged Sevenfold. Members of that band helped Armbruster learn how to play the guitar.

Malpica says he wants to study Computer Technology. He credits his parents for his inspiration to do well in life; he further explained people who are negative or who doubt him motivate him to do the unexpected.

Malpica was the member in the group who came up with the name Killing the Messenger. One day while he was watching the movie “300” he got the idea from the scene of when the messenger was kicked into the hole.

There is an opening available in the band for another guitarist to replace Brad Cotton, who is leaving for personal reasons, Armbruster said.

People can buy tickets from Armbruster via for $8 or at the door for $10.

Burke is a student in Media Comm 132; he may be reached at