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
By Rachel Raskin-Zrihen
A group of local athletes was “officially” deputized as International Youth Sports Ambassadors Monday for the City of Vallejo, at a news conference at the Vallejo Sister City Association headquarters.
In a Vallejo first, a team of basketball players from several local high schools and a Vallejo Taekwondo team, along with several coaches, parents, City Council members and other Sister City representatives, will be heading to Asia in July for goodwill and competitive sports matches. All they need now, is the money, spokeswoman Yolanda Kim said.
Source: Local youth athletes to be Vallejo’s cultural ambassadors
By Mack Drake
Calling all golfers.
The Will C. Wood High school golf program will be hosting its 5th Annual Wildcat Classic in May in an effort to raise money for uniforms, equipment, training aids and lesson opportunities for the school’s boys and girls golf teams.
The tournament features a four-person scramble format, and will be held at Cypress Lakes Golf Course on Saturday, May 12. The tournament begins with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start.
The cost per golfer is set at $90 and includes passage into the post-tournament banquet. Vacaville Unified School District students can enter the tournament for $70, but that does not include entry into the banquet as there will be access to alcohol. For $20, individuals can forgo the golf and exclusively enter the banquet.
Source: Golf: Will C. Wood golf, Travis Air Force Base to host upcoming golf tournaments
By Richard Bammer
The end’s in sight.
The dream of a new athletics complex and stadium at Will C. Wood High is becoming reality, one day at a time since the spring 2017 groundbreaking at the Marshall Road campus in Vacaville, with hopes, Vacaville Unified officials say, for a grand opening in mid-April.
Dozens of construction workers Wednesday morning combed the site, grinding down concrete bleachers, operating loaders, driving mammoth trucks, adjusting the lighting, putting some finishing touches on the concessions and team rooms building, adding strips of synthetic turf here and there, as Jennifer Leonard, the district public information officer, led several hard-hat tours for district staff, city leaders, the media, and others.
Source: Construction of new $16M Wildcat Stadium nears completion
By Nick Sestanovich
For the past few weeks, Benicia High School has been raising money fora severely injured wrestler from Pleasant Hill.
On Jan. 10, College Park High School sophomore Ryan Joseph sufferedan injury to his spinal cord, leaving him paralyzed from the neck downand affecting his ability to breathe and speak on his own. He wastransferred to John Muir Medical Center’s trauma department andrecently moved over to Craig Hospital in Colorado, where he isreceiving specialized treatment. As of his most recent prognosis, hehas regained the ability to speak and has practiced breathing withouta ventilator.
Friends of Joseph established a GoFundMe page to help his family payfor medical expenses, rehabilitation and accessibility. The campaignhas raised more than $183,000, and nearby high schools, includingBenicia High, have found ways to support Joseph and his family.Craig Holden, Benicia High’s athletic director, said he had becomeaware of Joseph’s story through word of mouth, namely Facebook postsand at a meeting for athletic directors in the North Coast Section,the league which College Park High competes in and which Benicia Highis moving to next year. The next day, on Jan. 18, Benicia High wasgoing to have a dual wrestling match against Fairfield High School,and the athletics department decided it would be a good opportunity tosupport Joseph.
Source: BHS holds fundraiser for paralyzed wrestler
By Paul Farmer
Sometime this summer Monmouth, Oregon, will be invaded by Vikings.
Three, in fact.
In a backyard National Letter of Intent signing ceremony Wednesday, Vanden High football players Matt Casner, Luis Vicino and Israel White signed to play for the Western Oregon Wolves, while teammate Armon Bailey committed to play for the Hornets of Sacramento State.
“It’s amazing to see four move on to the next level,” Vikings football coach Sean Murphy said. “They’re all great young men. To watch them grow into the men they’ve become is amazing. It’s just exciting to see what they’ll do in their journey. I’m excited for their future.”
So are the four.
Bailey, the 2017 Solano County Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year, said he chose Sacramento State because “I’m more comfortable there. I have a lot of connections, that it’s close to home and I get to play football”
Source: Four Vikings sign to play football in college
By Paul Farmer
Nadiah Martinez of the Armijo HIgh girls soccer team battled older sister Jazmine Carranza, who played for Rodriguez, for two years, but starting next fall they’ll be college teammates.
In a lunchtime National Letter of Intent signing ceremony at Armijo’s E. Gary Vaughn Gymnasium, Martinez and teammates Mikeila Martinez and Abby Wolf, along with Jesse Mercado of the Indians football team, in committing to whom they’ll play for in college.
Nadiah Martinez, no relation to Mikeila, signed to play for Chico State, for whom Carranza started at defender as a freshman for the Wildcats last fall.
Martinez said she chose Chico State because “I went to a few camps there and I fell in love with the campus. It’s a very green campus. That’s what I love.”
Source: 4 Armijo athletes ink college letters of intent