Vanden celebrates 11 student-athletes signing letters of intent – Daily Republic

By Marcus Lomtong

There were 11 Vanden High student-athletes honored for signing a letter of intent inside the school’s small theater, Wednesday.

On the surface it was a normal signing ceremony with the athletes being honored for getting the opportunity to play at the next level, but this class wasn’t as normal as it may have seemed.

Being honored were Korie Corral, Aryel Moreland, Andrea Walker, Kaelee Campbell, Julie Blackshell-Fair, Clarissa Sanchez, Lauryn Zabat, Phoenix Shackelford, Hope Brandner, James Ballard Jr. and Kiera Connelly.

Source: Vanden celebrates 11 student-athletes signing letters of intent

Armijo’s Jordan Terrell signs letter of intent to George Fox – Daily Republic

By Marcus Lomtong

It’s not that often a student-athlete can play just three games of his senior season and still get the opportunity to play baseball at the next level.

That ‘s the case for Armijo High baseball player Jordan “JoJo” Terrell, who signed a national letter of intent, Friday, to play baseball at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon.

Source: Armijo’s Jordan Terrell signs letter of intent to George Fox

Brendan Erwin to run for University of St. Mary after career at Armijo – Daily Republic

By Marcus Lomtong

Running long distances is Brendan Erwin’s specialty for the Armijo High cross country and track teams.

He won’t have to run a long distance to go to college, but he will have to travel a long distance, having signed a national letter of intent inside E. Gary Vaughn Gymnasium, Friday, to the University of St. Mary in Leavenworth, Kan., on a full-ride scholarship.

Erwin didn’t choose the Spires because the campus is more than 1,700 miles away, though. In fact, he chose them because life after athletics is just as important as being a student-athlete.

Source: Brendan Erwin to run for University of St. Mary after career at Armijo

Red-letter day at Wood High – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

If it were a novel, a high school English teacher might say it symbolizes “a hero’s journey.”

But it was groundbreaking Thursday afternoon for the new Wildcat Stadium complex at Will C. Wood High, a festive event that capped a four-year journey — in ways deliberative, necessary, much-anticipated, and arguably signifying heroic efforts by many Vacaville residents, depending on your point of view — made possible, at long last, by Measure A funds.

After musical fanfare, customary speeches, a countdown, confetti, cheers, some dozen Wood students, in white hard hats and shovels in hand, turned over earth that symbolically kicked off construction of a $12.8 million project that will begin May 8 and end Feb. 1, easily in time for the school’s first senior class commencement at the Marshall Road campus, at the intersection of Peabody and Marshall roads. In the ensuing months, however, and as they have for many years, Wildcat football games will continue to be held in Zunino Stadium at Vacaville High on West Monte Vista Avenue.

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Will C. Wood breaking ground on stadium – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

A groundbreaking ceremony for the new Wildcat Stadium will be held at 3:30 p.m. on April 27 at Will C. Wood High School.

Work on the $13 million stadium is expected to be completed in December.

More than 15 students will participate in the shovel ceremony, along with local elected officials. More than 250 people are expected to attend.

Source: Will C. Wood breaking ground on stadium

Lady Vikes three-peat for Section title, defeat Sacramento 56-47 – The Reporter

By Michael Morris

They knew it would be a tall order.

But for the undefeated Lady Vikes, Friday night’s game reached newfound heights.

Without its Solano Athletic Conference MVP and undoubted team-leader, Julia Blackshell-Fair, Vanden (26-5) relied upon an unconventional cast of characters en route to back-to-back Sac-Joaquin Section Division II championships, defeating No. 3 Sacramento (22-9) 56-47 at the Alex G. Spanos Center in Stockton.

Vanden’s Blackshell-Fair, who played the entire semifinal against Elk Grove, was held to just 12 minutes Friday as she picked up three fouls in the first seven minutes of the opening quarter and then fouled out in the third after a charge that was followed up with a technical. However, the University of Houston commit was just happy that the team didn’t let her mistakes get in the way of the team’s objective.

Source: Lady Vikes three-peat for Section title, defeat Sacramento 56-47

Fairfield High Hall of Famer enjoys the retired life – Daily Republic

By Marcus Lomtong

For some, retirement is fantasized as relaxation with plenty of downtime.

For Mike Dailey, former Fairfield High School coach, athletic director and recent FHS Hall of Fame inductee, retirement is about relaxation but with plenty of activity.

Dailey, 67, began coaching Fairfield’s track team in 1989 and then took over the cross country reins in 1990. His coaching led to six Sac-Joaquin Section titles in track, with seven MEL crowns and two boys cross country league titles in 1992 and 1993. His dual meet record was 107-21.

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Armijo ready for State cross country championship – Daily Republic

By Marcus Lomtong

For the first time in it’s 125-year school history, Armijo High will be represented as a team at the California Interscholastic Federation cross country championships at Fresno, Saturday.

All because of a group of guys that work hard and gel together as a unit – on and off the course.

The Armijo boys cross country team will be heading to the CIF state championship on Saturday, led by Sac-Joaquin Section Division I individual winner, Luis Grijalva. The boys joining him are Brendan Erwin, Nixon McKenzie, Zakari Wahid, Michael Emerson, Ryan Dix and Nate Oriate.

Source: Armijo ready for State cross country championship

Armijo grad Steve DeVries to be inducted into Cal Hall of Fame – Daily Republic

By Paul Farmer

When Steve DeVries is referred to as a “hall of famer” it won’t just be for the Sac-Joaquin Section.

The former Armijo High boys tennis great is among eight former University of California greats set to inducted into the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday.

DeVries, who played No. 1 singles all four years with the Bears, was named a singles All-American his final three seasons, adding doubles as a senior.

Source: Armijo grad Steve DeVries to be inducted into Cal Hall of Fame

Cammisa Courts open for tennis – The Reporter

By Mack Drake

Chris Cammisa was a man who loved people. That was first and foremost.

He also was a great doctor, and boy, did he love the sport of tennis.

That was the consensus among those who knew Cammisa best as Vacaville High School opened up its brand new tennis court facility in his name Friday afternoon, which also happened to be Cammisa’s birthday.

The tennis court upgrade and relocation, in conjunction with a Vacaville High parking lot face-lift, was the first of several new projects under the Measure A bill, which is a $194 million bond passed by district voters in 2012 to upgrade the Vacaville Unified School District’s aging schools, more than half of them 50 years old or older.

Students tee off at 18th annual Day on the Green – The Reporter

By Jessica Rogness

More than 100 students were putting, driving and chipping away on a course set up just for them Thursday morning at Paradise Valley Golf Course, where they gathered for the 18th annual Day on the Green.

Many of the students from Fairfield, Vacaville and Dixon were wearing Paradise Valley T-shirts made for the event, while enthusiastically greeting classmates and strangers alike.

Rick Moreno, former head pro at Paradise Valley, invited the high school students, who are in adapted physical education programs, to learn from golf professionals from the Northern California Section of the Professional Golfers Association.

Source: Students tee off at 18th annual Day on the Green

Vanden High cheer team bound for Holiday Bowl – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

WorldStrides OnStage programs has invited the Vanden High School cheer team to perform at the Holiday Bowl in late December.

The team will join dance, cheer, and drill teams from across the country in the halftime show finale.

Christina Hewett directs the cheer team. She will take four students to the Holiday Bowl in San Diego where they will rehearse with nationally known choreographers.

Source: Vanden High cheer team bound for Holiday Bowl

Shooting forces Fairfield’s prep football teams to switch game times – The Reporter

There won’t be any Friday night lights when Fairfield’s high school football teams face off for intradistrict games this season, the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District announced.

Now all three matchups are rescheduled for Saturdays, with a much earlier start time.

The school district’s decision to move the games stems from an incident Aug. 26, in which several gunshots were fired in the Fairfield High School parking lot following a football scrimmage between Fairfield High School and Christian Brothers High School. According to the Fairfield Police Department, the shots were fired just before 9 p.m., when most spectators and participants had already left the stadium. Witnesses told police one vehicle had collided with another, either before, or immediately following the shooting, with callers adding that an occupant in a dark colored four-door vehicle was shooting at another unknown vehicle before both fled the scene.

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Intradistrict football games moved from Fridays to Saturdays – Daily Republic

By Paul Farmer

In a move to promote the safety of fans, players and others, the Fairfield-Suisun School District announced on Thursday that the three intradistrict high school games have been moved from Friday nights to Saturdays.

Rodriguez at Fairfield has been moved from Sept. 16 to Sept. 17, Fairfield at Armijo from Sept. 30 to Oct. 1 and Armijo at Rodriguez from Nov. 4 to Nov. 5. Kickoffs for the junior varsity games for the first two will be at 10 a.m., with the varsity to follow. For the third, the JV kickoff will be at 9 a.m. to ensure that the varsity game begins by noon, which is a Sac-Joaquin Section regulation as playoff pairings will be determined and announced later in the day.

Source: Intradistrict football games moved from Fridays to Saturdays

California high school football: Concussions spike, participation drops – EastBayTimes.com

By Matthias Gafni and Joyce Tsai

As high school football teams around the Bay Area kicked off their season this weekend, new statistics show the king of all prep sports is drawing fewer players than it did a decade ago amid a dramatic increase in concussion diagnoses.

High school football participation in California is down 7 percent over the past decade, with some schools dropping teams or even their entire football programs, according to hospital and high school athletics statistics compiled by this newspaper. Every other major high school sport has seen participation grow over that period, and for the first time, track and field has more athletes, knocking football off its pedestal.

Campolindo High School quarterback Jacob Westphal, 17, of Moraga, runs a drill during practice at the school in Moraga, Calif., on Wednesday, Aug 24, 2016. Westphal says he loves the game and that he focuses on the game, not concussions.  But the reason for the trend is not clear. Are parents more reluctant to let their sons play the hard-hitting game? Has a tipping point been reached where waffling fathers and mothers are now pointing their kids toward safer sports?

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Former Vanden baseball player Kris Negron makes long-awaited return – The Reporter

By Michael Morris

When former Vanden Vikings standout Kris Negron signed a minor league deal with the Chicago Cubs in January, the Vacaville native knew there was a chance this day could come.

Although he admits that he had hoped his return to a California ballpark was adjacent to a much larger body of water, Negron is just happy to be playing a game he has loved even before his days out at the old Travis Credit Union Park.

“We definitely knew about it because (my wife and I) looked early on in the season,” laughed Negron. “I’d rather miss this trip and be in Chicago. But we knew that worst case scenario we would be able to play in front of my family and friends.”

Source: Former Vanden baseball player Kris Negron makes long-awaited return

Is Your Child Playing Football? See Nationwide Helmet Recall – Benicia Patch

By Susan C. Schena

Sports-equipment manufacturer Xenith is recalling nearly 6,000 football helmets sold nationwide due to the potential for cracking that could result in head injuries, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

This voluntary recall, announced Wednesday, involves 5,900 Xenith Epic Varsity, X2 Varsity, X2E Varsity and Youth football helmets, with gloss or metallic-painted polycarbonate shells, sold or factory-reconditioned between May 1, 2015 and March 18, 2016. The helmets, sold in multiple sizes, colors and custom-paint designs, have facemasks and chin cups and may have optional eye shields.

Source: Is Your Child Playing Football? See Nationwide Helmet Recall

Former Vacaville High School Bulldog Anthony Gonsolin earns Single-A promotion – The Reporter

By Mack Drake,

Former Vacaville High School baseball player Anthony Gonsolin is making waves and turning more than a few heads in the Los Angeles Dodgers farm system these days.

After being selected by the Dodgers in the ninth round of the 2016 MLB Draft earlier this summer, Gonsolin was sent to play for the Dodgers’ rookie affiliate, the Ogden Raptors. But it didn’t take long for him to move up the first peg of the MLB ladder.

Gonsolin, a 2012 Bulldog graduate, enjoyed a stellar summer with the Raptors this year. In 10 appearances with Ogden, he posted a 2.60 ERA with 15 strikeouts against just five walks.

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Hello, Jr. Olympics: Middle school cross country wasn’t enough for Simon Stubbert – Daily Republic

By Marcus Lomtong

It’s a Monday and as the middle-of-summer heat rises, Simon Stubbert, 13, plays Destiny – a video game for Playstation consoles.

But unlike the rhetoric of a child playing video games all Summer would suggest, Stubbert has been ordered to play video games and do nothing athletic until Friday.

Source: Hello, Jr. Olympics: Middle school cross country wasn’t enough for Simon Stubbert

Former Vaca High golfer Elliott Paylor makes PGA Tour debut – The Reporter

By Mac Drake

It was at the spry age of 13 that former Vacaville High School Bulldog Elliott Paylor first fell in love with the game of golf and decided he wanted to compete on the PGA Tour one day.

Chasing the dream has proven to be a grueling journey, but after years of hard work and dedication to the game Paylor was rewarded as he made his PGA Tour debut at the Barracuda Championship last weekend at Montreux Golf and Country Club in Reno.

Although Paylor didn’t make the weekend cut, being able to compete in a PGA Tour event was a big accomplishment for a man who has made great sacrifices in pursuit of his dream.

“It was a dream come true,” said Paylor, who works as an Assistant Golf Professional at Yocha Dehe Golf Club in Brooks at the Cache Creek Casino Resort. “I don’t think I stopped smiling all week. I was very thankful for the opportunity to be out there.”

 

Source: Former Vacaville High School golfer Elliott Paylor makes PGA Tour debut