• Corey Costelloe

    Roadrunner Connection: Celebrating my America, from sea to shining sea

    As we prepare to celebrate the Independence Day holiday, it is important to remember what makes our country unique, interesting and more importantly, what makes it home. I am blessed to have the opportunity to travel this great land and see much more of it than the average person. Of the 50 states

  • Head coach Steve Denman gathers his players during a practice as they prepare for the first game of their football season, in a file photo.

    Another Hall of Fame for Denman

    FRESNO — It’s shaping up to be a big year for legendary Tehachapi High coach Steve Denman. Denman, who entered the Bob Elias Kern County Sports Hall of Fame in February, added another honor Saturday, June 18, when the California Coaches Association inducted him into its Hall of Fame. This fall,

  • 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.

    Timeout: Tennis togs too risque for Wimbledon

    Every once in a while, there is news so startling from the tennis world that even I must pay attention. While I am fully capable of ignoring whole tennis tournaments in a single sitting, even I am not immune to news as earth-shattering as this. Entire Wimbledons have come and gone without me so

  • TVWC members at the California State meet, from left to right, Bill Takara, Elijah Graves, Kayden Gonzales and coach Curt Nelson.

    Takara takes bronze at state kids wrestling tourney

    Bill Takara of the Tehachapi Valley Wrestling Club captured the third-place State Bear trophy at the California USA State Kids Freestyle tournament in Fresno on June 4. Takara, wrestling in the novice 105-pound division, lost a tough semifinal match 4-4 “on criteria,” putting him in the wrestle

  • Tehachapi boxer Neeco Macias on the speed bag at the family's MBT gym, working out for his upcoming TV fight in Mexico.

    Local boxer eyeing 13-0 in upcoming CBS fight

    Who knows how far Neeco Macias will go in his young prize fighting career. Right now, the Tehachapi boxer is 12-0 with just one goal in mind, to become 13-0. “I’ve learned so much already, and I’ve still got so much more to learn inside and outside the ring,” he said. What’s obvious, however, is

  • 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.

    Timeout: Comparing Ichiro to Rose – baseball sacrilege

    Go ahead, if you want. Criticize Pete Rose for being too sensitive to all the fuss over Ichiro Suzuki’s supposed hit record. Make him stop whining, even. I’ll do the whining for him. To even mention Suzuki in the same breath with Pete Rose is baseball sacrilege, in my book. Ichiro has been a

  • Freshman baseball coach Joe Martin stands in front of the Warriors batting cage that his grandmother helped build -- at least financially.

    Warrior baseball thanks grandma for her donation

    Thank freshman coach Joe Martin’s grandmother, Diane Lake of Bakersfield, for building the Warriors’ new baseball batting cages. Well, not literally, perhaps, but it was her donation of $5,500 that got the cages renovated for use this past season. The check covered installion of 980 square feet

  • Start off your July 4th with the Warior 5K

    Tehachapi Valley Recreation & Park District is taking early registration for its annual 4th of July Warrior 5K Run, TVRPD announced on its website. Those who register early will pay $30. Same-day registration is available beginning at 6 a.m. on Monday, July 4, for $35. The race begins and

  • Former Warrior Destiny Julye relaxes in front of Starbucks during a brief vacation home before her trip to China with the Pac-12 all-star volleyball team.

    Former Warrior heads to China as Pac-12 volleyball all-star

    Destiny Julye was once considered the best female athlete playing any sport at Tehachapi High School. Now, she’s quickly becoming one of the best volleyball players in the Pac-12 Conference. Although she was just a freshman at the University of Washington this past season, Julye was selected to be

  • 2012 THS grad Tyler Beardsley was taken in the 16th round of the MLB draft by the Minnesota Twins.

    Social media story of the week: Tyler Beardsley selected in the MLB draft

    Former THS Warrior baseball standout Tyler Beardsley’s story written by sportswriter John Nelson garnered the most attention on the Tehachapi News Facebook page over the past week, reaching close to 12,000 people. Generating 275 likes and emoji reactions, it was shared more than 30 times. A few of

  • Sagun Gainey in the batters box as the Warriors leadoff hitter in 2016.

    Former Warrior Beardsley gets MLB call, Gainey forced to wait

    It took Tyler Beardsley four years to get the call, and he has a piece of advice for young baseball players like Sagun Gainey. Go to college. For Beardsley, the decision already was made, and it paid off on Saturday, June 11, when he became one of the very few Tehachapi High School grads ever to

  • 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

    Timeout: Give me an old-fashioned baseball brouhaha any day

    Who needs Floyd Mayweather when we have Manny Machado. Who needs Roberto Duran when we have LeBron James. It’s almost like you can’t turn on a sports event on TV anymore without a fight breaking out. No wonder the boxing game has fared so poorly on network TV in recent times. Who needs them? I

  • Corey Costelloe

    Roadrunner Connection: Summer cleaning down memory lane

    Do you ever let an area of your life get so cluttered it becomes time for an all-out purge? That’s my office every year. The demands of my regular duties throughout our seasons cause a lot of clutter and things tend to get stacked on top of other things, until eventually the urge hits me to

  • Blake Keesey of Tehachapi on the tee at the El Prado Chino Creek Summer Championship PGA Junior Tour event.

    Keesey claims victory in PGA Junior Tour event

    Blake Keesey accomplished at least two things by winning the first Southern California PGA Junior Tour event of the season at El Prado Golf Course in Chino. The Tehachapi golfer qualified for the Tournament of Champions this summer, and he also erased the memory of his loss at the CIF Valley