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  • Stunned faces and hugs as the Warriors hold up their second-place silver plaque after losing to Redwood in the D-II title game.

    Warriors struggle under lights, bow to Redwood in D-II title game

    VISALIA — Two nightmarish innings cost Tehachapi its shot at a Central Section Division II baseball crown. Visalia-Redwood routed the Warriors 14-4 on Monday night at Rawhide Ballpark, taking advantage of numerous Tehachapi miscues in a seven-run second inning and a six-run fifth inning. “That’s

  • UCLA Hall of Fame coach Gary Adams

    BVS baseball camp set for July

    Bear Valley Springs will hold its annual instructional boys baseball camp in two age-based sessions in July this year, BVS sports supervisor Matt Bryant said. Camp dates for 7-8 year olds will be July 11-14, while camp for 9-14 year olds will be held July 18-21. Both sessions will be from 9 a.m.

  • Four local kids tabbed for SoCal roller hockey team

    Brothers Caden and Lucas Abarquez and sisters Mackenzie and Hailey Fitch, all from Bear Valley Springs, have been selected to the Southern California team that will compete in the State Wars 2016 roller hockey tournament in Fort Wayne, Ind., Aug. 5-7. The four tried out for the team on March 19 in

  • Blake Keesey, Tehachapi High, tracks his shot on the 7th hole during the Central Section Boys Golf Individual Championship held at Buena Vista Golf Course.

    Keesey shoots disappointing 79 in CIF Valley golf tourney

    Blake Keesey doesn't need an alarm clock to know what time it is. “It's time to get better,” he said. Keesey, a Tehachapi sophomore, shot a 7-over-par 79 in the CIF Valley Regional individual tournament on Monday, May 23 at Buena Vista Golf Course in Taft, failing to qualify for the

  • Warriors coach Joan Cooper consoles her girls with a kiss on the forehead after their loss in the division semifinals to Independence.

    Warriors lose CIF D3 softball semifinal to league nemesis Independence

    There were long faces and tears, hugs and kisses, and it was all over for the Warriors softball team. “It was a heartbreaker game,” head coach Joan Cooper said. When the Warriors season came to an end, it came against, perhaps, the most unlikely possible opponent – a team they'd beaten four

  • Pitcher Sagun Gainey celebrates with Warriors teammates after victory over Mt. Whitney.

    Gainey's two-hit shutout sends Warriors into CIF D2 title game

    Nash Franko has tried not to imagine what it would be like to win it all. Why? Because he wants to find out first hand. “Honestly, I haven't. I don't want to play it out in my mind,” the Warriors senior third baseman said. “I just want to experience it for the first time spontaneously.”

  • Spring sports athletes of the month, left to right, front row, Michaela Peters (varsity softball), Lucy Coe (JV track), Danay Lee (varsity softball), Autumn Reza (varsity track), Kristen Burgeis (JV softball),  Darby Nichols (JV track). Middle row, left to right,  Nic Ledesma (baseball), Blake Keesey (golf), Rhys Artzer (golf), Cody Hayes (JV track), Jacob Jaster (frosh football), Brooke Sheen (frosh/soph basketball), Jarod Carol (frosh basketball), Bailey Damian (JV softball), Meghan Daffern (JV softball).  Back row, left to right, Garrett Janney (varsity track), Lars Olofson (baseball), Nash Franko (baseball), Caleb Huebner (varsity track), Preston Terle (golf), Payton Stowers (JV track), Riley Thompson (frosh basketball), Chris Garcia (frosh basketball) and Garett Snider (JV basketball). Not pictured:  Nathan Wight (JV basketball and JV track), Annabelle Cerda (frosh/soph basketball), Zach Dobbins (JV wrestling), Caleb Lindsey (JV wrestling), Zayne Salcido (varsity wrestling), Dean Hoisington (varsity wrestling), Daisy Hernandez (varsity softball), Cloie Sharp (JV track), Lokai Barthel (varsity track), Dione Sheehan (varsity track), Taylor Williams (varsity track).

    Spring sports athletes honored

    Tehachapi High School Athletes of the Month for spring sports were honored on May 7 by the THS Warriors Boosters Club. They included baseball, softball, track and field, swimming, boys golf and boys tennis, as well as athletes from other sports who were unable to attend previous ceremonies.

  • 2016 varsity track MVP Dione Sheehan

    THS track promises bright future as stars are recognized

    The track and field season might be over, but for the precocious Warriors underclassmen, it might be just the beginning. That’s why — despite a lukewarm season — Warriors head track coach Michael Heckathorn can't help but be optimistic for the future of his team. Although none of his

  • Corey Costelloe

    Roadrunner Conenction: The ride won’t end

    With the level of success this season among our teams it’s no surprise that we refuse to go gently into the summer and let this ride end. Case in point: CSUB softball, which two weeks ago won the Western Athletic Conference Tournament as a number-three seed and qualified in the process for their

  • Local wrestlers dominating Kern County meets

    Two local wrestlers, Jacob Cardenas and Bill Takara, have gone undefeated so far this season in the Kern County Wrestling Association tournament schedule. Both members of the Tehachapi Valley Wrestling Club, Cardenas is in the 55-pound rookie division, and Takara competes in the 100-pound novice

  • John Nelson spent 27 years with the Associated Press in New York, covering sports all over the world, and was the AP's national baseball writer for 10 years. He can be reached at jnelson@tehachapinews.com.

    Timeout: MLB mucking up the game again

    Have you ever made a bowl of cornflakes, sat down at the table with it and realized there's not enough milk in the bowl? You add more, and soon you discover you've got a bowl of milk with no cornflakes. What do you do? Add more cornflakes, of course, and this continues until you're out

  • Una Abarquez in the circle for Tehachapi as she shuts out Dinuba in the D3 playoffs.

    Warriors gain CIF D3 softball semis with shut-out win

    Things didn't exactly go the way Una Abarquez expected them to go — and it was probably a good thing for the Warriors softball team they didn't. “I was thinking about it all week, expecting them to do a lot more against me,” she said. “I wasn't thinking I'd get any strikeouts.

  • The Warriors' Lars Olofson lays down a squeeze bunt against Madera.

    Warriors charge into CIF baseball semis against No. 1 Mt. Whitney

    It might be premature to call them the Comeback Kids, but the Warriors are making a case for it. In two of their past three games, they've rallied for nine runs in the final two innings for victories, and it's gotten them into the CIF-CS Division 2 semifinals. “We are battle tested,” head

  • John Nelson spent 27 years with the Associated Press in New York, covering sports all over the world, and was the AP's national baseball writer for 10 years. He can be reached at jnelson@tehachapinews.com.

    Timeout: Puig turns on the juice to get out of slump

    Yasiel Puig had lost the electricity in his bat, so apparently he decided to put it back in — literally. The Dodgers right-fielder was slumping badly — 3-for-24 in one stretch going into last week. Then, he and teammate Enrique Hernandez came up with a plan. Hook their bats up to an electrical

  • The THS swim team in the pool at a meet earlier this season.

    Two THS girls win silver at CIF Division 2 swim tourney

    Annika Ostrem and Jessica Riggs each won silver medals as the Tehachapi girls finished 10th overall at the CIF-CS Division 2 swimming championships on Saturday, May 14, at Sunnyside High School in Fresno. Ostrem finished second in the 200 individual medley in 2 minutes 18.27 seconds, less then