By Matt Miller
Jericho Johnson has a voice mail on his cellphone that sounds like a little kid pranking a caller.
“What if a college coach calls?” he is asked.
“I should change that,” he says.
“What if Deion Sanders calls?”
“I should really change that,” he adds.
Source: Armijo’s Jericho Johnson, a top NorCal prospect, has good head on his broad shoulders
By Nick Sestanovich
On Friday morning, the gym at Armijo High School was an inclusive place where all students could play a game of basketball, regardless of ability.
It is one of a few events Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District, in conjunction with the Special Olympics of Northern California, puts on each year where both general education and special education students take part in the world of sports. The athletes were certainly competitive, but the goal was more about giving all students an even field to compete on.
The department also hosts soccer and track and field events, but Friday’s event was all about basketball. Special Olympians came in from four of FSUSD’s high schools — Armijo, Fairfield, Rodriguez and H. Glenn Richardson Education Complex — to shoot hoops with general education students, play other games and overall have a good time.
Source: Special Olympics brings players of all abilities onto Armijo court – The Vacaville Reporter
BY Thomas Gase
Athletic teams are coming to Griffin Academy High School and Mare Island Technology Academy High School.
Both schools were granted California Interscholastic Federation Associate Memberships in the Oakland Section of the Bay Area Charter School Athletic Conference (BACSAC) this week, starting the process for both schools to have teams for the winter and spring seasons. Founded in 1999, Griffin Technology Academy schools now serve 1,050 students (growing to 1,900 by 2023).
“We are grateful and excited to be accepted by BACSAC as a CIF Associate Member in the Oakland Section,” said Chris Owens, the athletic director for both schools, in a news release. “The BACSAC staff are quite familiar with the infrastructure of charter schools and have provided immediate guidance since we began building our program from scratch. Our student-athletes are eager to represent our schools in strong and healthy competition.”
Source: Griffin Technology academies granted CIF Associate membership for sports – Times-Herald
By Matt Miller
The Fairfield High School Athletic Hall of Fame Committee recently announced the addition of 10 individuals and one team as 2022 inductees.
The group includes Coach Clyde Carpino (track and field), Jared Biggs (football and track and field), Chris Hammer (wrestling), Michael Morris (basketball), Jennifer Martinez Wright (softball), Paris Gravely (basketball and track and field), James Lake (basketball, football and track and field), Frank Lake (football and track and field) and Jordan Wallace Romero (softball, volleyball and baseball).
Source: Fairfield High set to honor new inductees into Athletic Hall of Fame
By Thomas Gase
A gofundme account has been set up for Joe Pastrana, the Vallejo High School football coach shot Tuesday afternoon outside the school after he helped break up a fight.
Pastrana has been released from a hospital and is in stable condition at home with his family. According to his sister, Jocilee Pastrana, “proceeds donated will go directly to Coach Joe, his wife, son Joey, as well as his daughter on the way to help support and cover all legal/medical expenses being occurred as we’re faced with the aftermath.”
The gofundme page has already received more than $3,000 of its $15,000 goal. As of 4 p.m. on Friday, 55 people had made donations to the page. The site is www.gofundme.com/f/wrongful-shooting-at-vhs-of-coach-joe.
Source: Fund-raising effort begins for Joe Pastrana, Vallejo High coach who was shot – Times-Herald
Luis Grijalva will be back on the big stage next week when he runs for Guatemala in the 5,000 meters at the World Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon.
The Armijo High School graduate ran in the finals and finished 12th overall last year at the Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. He is currently ranked 24th in the world in the 5,000. His best all-time mark came in Tokyo when he ran 13:10.09. His best time this year is the 13:18.13 he clocked last month in Oslo.
In order to run in the Olympics for his native Guatemala, Grijalva, a recipient of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, needed an expedited permit to leave the country for Tokyo. That won’t be needed next week with the meet in Eugene at the new Hayward Field.
Source: Armijo grad Grijalva ready to run at world championships in Oregon
By Susan Hiland
Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees will vote Thursday on the California Interscholastic Federation multiple-school agreement that could allow students at private and charter schools to compete on public school athletic teams.
A CIF agreement such as this is between two schools and allows students from a school that does not have an athletic program to participate in their “resident school’s” athletic program. The governing board must approve these agreements.
The board currently has two agreements in place with Public Safety Academy with all of the district’s comprehensive high schools and between Fairfield Christian Academy and Rodriguez High School.
Source: Fairfield-Suisun board set to vote on multiple-school sports agreements
By Susan Hiland
The Fairfield-Suisun school board will hear a presentation Thursday on the California Interscholastic Federation Multi-School Agreement that could allow students at private and charter schools to compete on public school athletic teams.
A CIF agreement such as this is between two schools and allows students from a school that does not have an athletic program to participate in their “resident school’s” athletic program.
Source: Fairfield-Suisun board to consider multiple-school sports agreement
By Corey Kirk
Sitting in NorthBay’s VacaValley Hospital Emergency Room with his parents, 16-year-old Tristin Castro waiting anxiously for doctors to enter.
On the cusp of joining his friends on the Vanden Vikings varsity baseball team, Tristin originally had his sights set on another high school baseball season. However, those plans were dashed after he heard the three-word phrase no one could prepare for.
Source: Vanden High’s Tristin Castro ready to fight back cancer diagnosis – The Vacaville Reporter
By Nick Sestanovich
Although the Winter Olympics and Paralympics have concluded for 2022, the time to honor athletes of all abilities never ceases.
Case in point: Thursday morning at Rodriguez High School, where the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District once again partnered with the Special Olympics of Northern California for its annual assortment of track and field activities that give special education students a chance to participate in athletics, build physical strength and socialize with others.
What made this event especially momentous is that it was the first of its kind in three years. The most recent track and field event was 2019, and adaptive PE specialist Matt Miller said it was scheduled again for 2020, but then the COVID-19 pandemic hit.
Source: FSUSD Special Olympics track and field event marks triumphant return – The Vacaville Reporter
Lined up in front of the confines of Vanden High School, patrons decked in black, green and gold lined up the sidewalk with posters, confetti poppers and smiles from ear to ear waiting for the Vanden High football team to embark on De Ronde Road.
“I could watch it over and over again, I love seeing them enjoy the moment and they worked so hard,” said Sandra Null, the mom of junior Orion Null. “They deserve this and so much more.”
Source: A parade fit for champions: Vanden High football team – The Vacaville Reporter
By Todd R. Hansen
Solano County Supervisor Mitch Mashburn on Tuesday painted a gridiron picture of the Vanden High football team’s final drive to the 2021 Division 3-AA state championship.
Those final minutes, however, represented what was later described as the “resilience, perseverance, preparation and grit” of a team that overcame adversaries throughout the season – and even prior to the first practice.
The team lost two coaches and a teammate before the fall season even started.
Source: Supervisors honor champion Vanden High football team
By Matt O’Donnell
High school and college sports continue to be on hold for many programs in the area.
With the omicron variant wave on the rise in January, most teams in the Tri-County Athletic League have postponed events for the week. Vallejo, Jesse Bethel and St. Patrick-St. Vincent high schools are all part of the league.
Many schools in the TCAL are from the West Contra Costa Unified School District, which closed its schools for two days due to a surge in staff absences and student COVID-19 cases. Those campuses re-opened Tuesday with new masking requirements in place, according to Bay Area News Group.
Source: COVID: More postponements for Vallejo-area sports this week – Times-Herald
By Matt O’Donnell
California has gone through some cold temperatures lately but a number of athletic programs are in the deep freeze this week.
The rise in COVID-19 cases across California and in Solano County continues to have an impact — as some high school and college sporting events were recently postponed.
Jesse Bethel, Vallejo and St. Patrick-St. Vincent high schools, all part of the Tri-County Athletic League, are on pause.
Source: Some local schools on pause this week for winter sports – Times-Herald
By Nick DeCicco
Valhalla, they are coming.
The Vanden High Vikings drove their ships to new lands Saturday night with a come-from-behind, fourth-quarter rally to win the California Interscholastic Federation Division 3-AA State Championship Game, 14-13, over visiting Aquinas of San Bernardino at George A. Gammon Field.
To fight the visiting Falcons horde, Vanden called on the resilience that has been the wellspring of the Vikings’ success throughout the year for a team inspired to succeed after the deaths of teammate Daniel Hughes and coaches Dan Gardner and Michael Belk Sr.
Source: Vanden captures state crown in comeback win over Aquinas
By Nick Sestanovich
For special education students, every day is a reminder of the phrase “If you can dream it, you can do it.”
This goes for excelling in the same classes intended for general education students or — as Thursday at Armijo High School demonstrated — playing a game of basketball.
Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District’s adaptive PE department, in conjunction with Special Olympics Northern California, hosted its 4th annual Special Olympics high school basketball event, which brought special education students from four different district high schools together to bounce basketballs and shoot hoops with not as much emphasis on winning. There certainly was a competitive aspect, but more of a focus on having fun and building athleticism in a supportive environment. It is one of several events the adaptive PE department put on each year, including soccer, golf, bowling and track & field matches and even an annual prom.
Source: Special Olympics basketball event brings 4 Fairfield high schools together – The Vacaville Reporter
By Matt O’Donnell
After waiting 26 years for a Sac-Joaquin Section crown, all the Vanden High School football team had to do was turn East.
The Vikings traveled East toward Stockton’s St. Mary’s High on Saturday afternoon to face Merced in the Division IV title game. Vanden also veered the championship contest in the direction of wide receiver/defensive back Jamai East.
East caught three touchdowns from quarterback Tre Dimes and had two back-breaking interceptions — including a 24-yard pick-six early in the fourth quarter. The rest of his teammates did the rest is a convincing 49-21 win.
Source: Vanden High School football team grabs first section crown since 1995 with triumph over Merced – The Vacaville Reporter
By Matt Miller
Rodriguez High School celebrated five of its student-athletes Wednesday afternoon in a ceremony on campus as they signed their national letters of intent.
Camryn Washington will be headed to Cal State East Bay in Hayward to join the women’s basketball program.
Kate Tobola and Julianna Roxas will play softball at Dominican University of California in San Rafael; Desirae Bally will do the same at Adams State in Alamosa, Colorado; and Janaiya Terrones is headed to San Diego Christian College to join the Hawks softball program.
“Those are my girls. I love them,” softball head coach and athletic director Tracy Lopez said of her softball players. “I can’t say enough good things about them. They’re all good girls. I can’t wait for our full season this year and I can’t wait to see what they do in their futures.”
Source: 5 Rodriguez student-athletes sign national letters of intent
Course record times were turned in Wednesday among the boys and girls winners of the All City Cross Country Championships, featuring seven middle schools competing on the 1.5-mile course at B. Gale Wilson TK-8 School.
Artemio Perez of Sheldon won the boys race in a course record time of 8 minutes, 53 seconds, edging Jonathan Ortega of B. Gale Wilson at the tape (8:54). Ortega’s time tied the previous record.
The rest of the boys top 10 included Logan McKemie of Green Valley (9:38), Sebastian Ortega of B. Gale Wilson (9:39), Jay Scott of Green Valley (9:44), Aaden Muohall of B. Gale Wilson (9:48), Peyton Eagan of Green Valley (9:52), Kyle Durano of Crystal (9:53), Ethan Rigley of B. Gale Wilson (10:06) and Miles Wiley of B. Gale Wilson (10).
Source: Runners post record middle school times in All City Cross Country races
By Matt O’Donnell
The fall football season for Jesse Bethel High hasn’t yet been determined by wins, losses or even ties.
The Jaguars’ biggest obstacle hasn’t been a lack of depth or beefy defensive linemen on the other side of the ball. It’s been uncertainty.
Bethel’s season opener against Fairfield last Friday was cancelled due to positive COVID-19 tests. The players were tested again on Monday and the team was cleared to practice Wednesday afternoon.
Source: Jesse Bethel High School football team expected to begin season this week – Times-Herald