By Nick Sestanovich
The athlete oath for the Special Olympics is “Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.
”That motto was definitely reflected in Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District’s annual Special Olympics soccer event at Fairfield High School’s Schaefer Stadium. The event was less about competition than it was about providing students with special needs a chance to have fun and strive for successful athleticism in a supportive environment, although the competitive aspect was certainly there.
Approximately, 400 students from nine elementary schools in the district turned out to participate in the fifth annual event, which was the first unified sports event held after FSUSD became a part of the Special Olympics Northern California Schools Partnership Program in 2015.
Source: Students get a kick out of soccer at Fairfield Special Olympics event – The Reporter
By Nick Sestanovich
All Dixon Youth Basketball divisions will have a chance to play this season.
The Dixon City Council unanimously voted to approve a resolution allowing Divisions 3 and 4 to play at Dixon Montessori Charter School (DMCS) after the two divisions had been canceled for the year due to lack of gym space.
According to Public Works Director Joe Leach, DYB programs have been offered by the city since 2007, having been previously run by a nonprofit. The program is split into four divisions: Division 1 for first and second-graders, Division 2 for third and fourth-graders, Division 3 for fifth and sixth-graders and Division 4 for seventh and eighth-graders.
Source: Dixon City Council reinstates upper division youth basketball programs – The Reporter
By Nick Sestanovich
Just when it was looking like Dixon youth basketball players would have to go outside the city to participate in recreational action this fall, Dixon Montessori Charter School (DMCS) has stepped in with an agreement to allow playing hoops on its campus.
The City Council provide direction to staff regarding this potential reinstatement at its Tuesday meeting, freeing the way for fifth through eighth-graders to dribble and drive.
For the past 12 years, the city has coordinated the Dixon Youth Basketball (DYB) program to allow Dixon’s youth to participate in a non-competitive recreational sport, according to a staff report by Public Works Director Joe Leach, Recreation Manager Jean Houseman and Recreation Supervisor Austin George. The program is split into four divisions: Division 1 for for first and second-graders, Division 2 for third and fourth-graders, Division 3 for fifth and sixth-graders and Division 4 for seventh and eighth-graders.
Source: Dixon City Council to vote on reinstatement of upper youth basketball program – The Reporter
The Solano College Sports Medicine program teamed up with the Solano County Office of Education to visit Vanden High School this week.
Solano College athletic trainer and sports medicine faculty Bailey Schentrup spent the day teaching students from Miss Smith’s medical science classes hands-on skills such as athletic taping techniques, basic anatomy palpation skills, and stretching techniques.
Students were introduced to several therapeutic exercise fields of study, including the Solano College Sports Medicine/Athletic Training major and its courses.
Source: Schentrup, Sports Medicine Visit Vanden High School – Solano College
By Joel Rosenbaum
Vacaville High baseball stand out Tony Gonsolin got the call he’s been waiting for.
The 2012 graduate will be promoted Wednesday from the Los Angeles Dodgers Triple-A team in Oklahoma City and according to mlbtraderumors.com is scheduled to start against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field in Phoenix.
Drafted by the Dodgers in 2016 in the ninth round out of St. Mary’s College in Moraga, Gonsolin moved through the farm system earning the promotion to Triple-A this season where he’s earned one win against one loss in 26 innings giving up just 20 hits and striking out 31 and an earned run average of 2.77.
Source: Vaca High grad Tony Gonsolin called up to big leagues by Los Angeles Dodgers – The Reporter
By Daily Republic Staff
It was crowded in Vanden High’s Jim Boyd Gym, Wednesday, and that had nothing to do with the folks in the stands.
Eleven Vikings athletes from six sports took part in a letter of intent or were announced signing ceremony before family, friends and teammates, with two unable to attend.
“We stop, pause and gather as they reach one more milestone in their journey,” said Vanden girls basketball coach Allison Johnson, who served as master of ceremonies. “We’re honored and privileged to be here to celebrate with you.”
Source: High school sports: Vanden student-athletes sign letters of intent
By Richard Freedman
It was a day Spider-Man, Captain America and Wonder Woman gladly surrendered the spotlight Friday to the lesser known super heroes — Special Olympics athletes.
With a weather reprieve between unusual May rains, roughly 100 special needs students ran the 50-yard dash, hurled a javelin and leaped some hurdles in the annual event at Vallejo High School’s Corbus Field.
Seven Vallejo elementary schools, three middle schools, Bethel and Vallejo high schools, Adult Transition School and the Benicia Unified School District participated — all to the delight of Dr. Adam Clark, Vallejo City Unified School District superintendent.
Source: Special Olympics athletes get weather break at Corbus – Times-Herald
By Thomas Gase
For the second season in a row, Vallejo High graduate and San Francisco State track star Devanique Brown is the heptathlon winner of the California Collegiate Athletic Association.
Brown, a senior, ended up taking first place with a total of 4,945 points, one point better than her total score during her junior year in 2018. The heptathlon consists of seven events and a total score is compiled.
Brown was a three-sport athlete at Vallejo High, competing in track, basketball and volleyball. She was a Times-Herald Athlete of the Year candidate as a senior in 2015.
Source: Vallejo High graduate Devanique Brown wins heptathlon championship again – Times-Herald
By Nick Sestanovich
With 2019 being an odd-numbered year, one would assume there are no Olympics games being held. This was not the case at Rodriguez High School Thursday morning.
For the fourth year in a row, the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District and the Special Olympics of Northern California came together to provide an assortment of track & field games and competitions for special needs and special education students in the district. In the past, elementary and high school students have had their own Special Olympics events, but this was the first year with an event exclusively for middle schoolers. Teams from the six participating schools — B. Gale Wilson, Crystal Middle School, David Weir K-8 Preparatory Academy, Grange Middle School, Green Valley Middle School and Oakbrook Academy of the Arts — paraded down the Rodriguez track, holding up banners as crowds cheered them on while Leo Arnaud’s “Bugler’s Dream” — best known as the Olympics theme — blared from the speakers.
Source: Fairfield-Suisun athletes compete in first middle school Special Olympics track event – The Reporter
By Matt Sieger
When Matt Garcia was in sixth grade, he told his parents he wanted to be the mayor of Fairfield one day. His dream might have come true, as he was elected to the Fairfield City Council in 2007.
But on September 1, 2008, he was gunned down while standing in a driveway with a friend. The shooter claimed he thought Garcia, who was just 22 years old, was someone else, a drug dealer he wanted to settle a score with.
But Garcia’s dream lives on through the Matt Garcia Foundation. That dream was to create safe places for youth activities and to change the culture of crime and violence in the city.
Source: Matt Garcia Foundation keeps the dream alive at second annual baseball clinic – The Reporter
By Thomas Gase
When Bob Bohnet was at Hogan High in the early 1970s, he was cut from the school’s basketball squad by coach Jim Stephenson. Bohnet has thought about the moment from time to time and if he sees the ex-Hogan coach on March 9 he’ll probably have two words to say to him — thank you.
Bohnet will be in a good mood because the potential meeting would take place at the Vallejo Sports Hall of Fame ceremony at the Dan Foley Cultural Center. Bohnet will be inducted due mostly because of his exploits in another sport he later focused on — baseball. Stephenson is also a 2019 inductee.
“Yeah, maybe I’ll remind him about it (being cut) there,” Bohnet said with a laugh.
The 1974 Hogan High graduate was stellar in multiple sports, but baseball was his calling as he stared for the Spartans at multiple positions on the field before also playing well for Solano College, Cal and a number of teams in the minor leagues.
Source: Hogan High grad Bob Bohnet to enter Vallejo Sports Hall of Fame – Times-Herald
By Vallejo Times Herald
NFL.com and other sources have reported that Jesse Bethel High grad C.J. Anderson has signed with the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday.
Anderson reportedly worked out with the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday but Kansas City eventually signed ex-Chief Charcandrick West instead.
On Twitter Tuesday night Anderson sent out a message saying, “Just a #CrestKid happy to be home. As @nene25uno my mother would say ‘it’s only one nation’”
Anderson, a 1,000-yard rusher last season with the Broncos, helped Denver win a Super Bowl in 2016. He was a Pro-Bowler in 2015.
Source: Report: Bethel High grad C.J. Anderson signs with Oakland Raiders – Times-Herald
By Paul Farmer
Teams for whom Peyton Bailey plays just seem to do better.
The Fairfield High football team was 5-5 his senior year in 2015, when he made the All-Solano County Athletic Conference first team on defense, second team on offense. The Falcons have gone 2-26 since.
Sacramento City College was 6-5 in 2016 and 8-3 in 2017 in his two years with the Panthers, 3-7 the year before he got there, 4-5 this season.
Prior to 2018, Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa, had never had a winning season in football since beginning play in 2004. Its high-water mark was 5-6 in 2006, its longest winning streak two games – attained four times.
Source: FHS grad Peyton Bailey adds spark to Briar Cliff Chargers
By Daily Republic Staff
Tickets are for the Fairfield High Athletic Hall of Fame 2018 Induction dinner and ceremony are on sale.
The event is scheduled for Sept. 29 at Paradise Valley with no-host cocktails from 5-6 p.m., dinner from 6-7 p.m. and the Hall of Fame induction ceremony at 7 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased by contacting Eddie Wilson at email@example.com.
This year inductees are Stu Rhoads (wrestling coach), Jack Waxman (contributor), Angie Villalta (girls basketball), Shinika Parks (girls basketball), Mark Higgins (boys track), Rod Harvell (baseball), Carmen Martinez (softball) and Quinton Ganther (football, baseball).
Source: Tickets on sale for Fairfield High Hall of Fame dinner
By Thomas Gase
With the start of the high school football season just a week away, the clock was ticking down and both Vallejo and Jesse Bethel high schools could see the light at the end of the tunnel concerning the end of summer practices.
So with many final preparations for the season underway, Vallejo Unified School District came through and made sure that the home field for both schools would actually have a clock ticking down and lights at the end of a tunnel.
Corbus Field, without a working scoreboard for about a year and without lights since a fire occurred nearby last spring, finally got new installments for both on Wednesday, just in time for the start of Bethel’s first home game, which is Aug. 17.
Source: Corbus Field gets new lights, scoreboard in time for fall season
By Matt O’Donnell
An accomplished former professional and college basketball player, no one bullies Eric Crookshank these days.
But it wasn’t that long ago when Crookshank was just a young kid growing up, trying to find his way on Marin Street in West Vallejo.
Crookshank, 39, has been trying to spread awareness about childhood bullying through his organization — Bench Bullying. He held alumni games and a 3-point shooting contest at Jesse Bethel High School on Saturday.
“Growing up without a lot of financial help, I was bullied a lot,” Crookshank said. “When I played basketball, I was bullied as well. I decided to take the celebrity I have now and convert that into a positive.”
Source: Hogan High grad Crookshank tackles bullying during event at Jesse Bethel
By Michael Morris
Spirited students and faithful fans simultaneously turned a page in the school’s history as Will C. Wood held its long-awaited grand opening of Wildcat Stadium.
Students, school faculty and generations of Wood grads flocked to the stands and around the 50-yard line of the newly christened stadium to celebrate the completion of the highly anticipated venture. As the sea of supporters assembled in the stands and on the field, while soaking in the pristine scene shortly after 3:30 p.m., Wood Associated Student Body President Austin McLellan and 2017 WCW graduate Issac Stevens welcomed those in attendance and voiced their unrivaled elation for the special occasion.
Source: Will C. Wood hosts grand opening for Wildcat Stadium
By Bill Hicks
At the end of the school day Thursday, students at Will C. Wood were welcomed home – but not in the way they are on every other day.
Rather than spill out through the streets of Vacaville en route to their residences, the students piled into the school’s newly constructed athletics stadium, a feature that has been missing since it became a high school in 1989.
Thanks to funding made possible by the voter-passed Measure A, Will C. Wood students, for the first time, walked into a stadium built for their teams, decked out in their colors and sporting their school name and logo.“Look at this. It’s just awesome,” said Wood graduate Issac Stevens.
Source: Will C. Wood students celebrate new stadium
By Richard Bammer
It’s Day 2 and counting.
In a little more than 48 hours, students, faculty, Vacaville Unified leaders, and the Vacaville community will mark a milestone day in the history of Will C. Wood High.
More than 12 months since groundbreaking — and nearly four years since the passage of Measure A — work on the new $16 million Wildcat Stadium will come down Thursday to some likely ongoing final details and a celebratory grand opening.
Source: Red-letter day on the way for Will C. Wood stadium
By Paul Farmer
In the span of five days Will C. Wood High will celebrate its past and take a giant step into the future.
The school will induct the class of 2018 into the Will C. Wood Hall of Fame on Saturday at the Ulatis Community Center and hold a grand opening celebration for its new Wildcat Stadium at the corner of Marshall and Peabody roads on Thursday at 3:30 p.m.
Being inducted into the Thor Jensen, the only wrestling coach the school has had; Rochelle Jagdeo, M.D. (soccer, volleyball, track and field); Dathan Miller (wrestling, football); Darian Morton (football, track and field); Bob and Geri Zagata (athletic program contributors); and Marvin Brown (track, football, basketball).
Source: Will C. Wood to induct HOF class, hold stadium grand opening