Reports came out last week that the NBA's Toronto Raptors are considering rebranding their organization, which might include a name change from Raptors to something else. Branding is difficult, I live it every day as we try to build the brand of the CSUB Roadrunners. Whether local, regional or national, the challenge to make headway is out there for every professional or intercollegiate team or business organization.
Now I love our name, Roadrunners is fitting for us, campus was built on an area once rife with the critters, although now the kit foxes have taken over, but don't expect us to rename anytime soon. I've had a few visiting teams ask me about the name, one guy didn't realize that a roadrunner actually existed, he thought it was just a cartoon, then again he was from Kansas and I'm pretty sure the species hasn't migrated there.
Mountain Football recently signaled in the new year with spring football this past month, working on reps and conditioning for the upcoming fall season.
Tehachapi had nearly 60 athletes in attendance for drills over the past couple of weeks, many of whom were returning players from last season's varsity, jayvee and freshmen squads.
Gerry "JJ" Sorenson, a 15 year old special needs sophomore student athlete who competes on the jayvee squad in the 50 free, 100 free and relays, also provides inspiration at Tehachapi High School.
Jacobsen Middle School recently finished the track season at the State Championships in Fresno with a handful of Tehachapi athletes competing.
Representing the Bulldogs were Keyran Scott, Saundra Cone, Mark Marquez, Elianna Gonzalez and Chris Garcia.
Little League TOC set for this weekend
Tehachapi Little League will be participating in the All-Star District 51 Tournament of Champions starting Saturday, June 8 and continuing through next Friday, June 14.
Summer is coming up, now that CSUB baseball season ended abruptly in the WAC Tournament, we are officially dark for the season. 2012-13 is over for us, and 2013-14 basically starts in August when the fall sports season begins.
In the meantime I figure I would take the summer to highlight a little about some of the coaches and staff I work with. We all have stories, whatever steps we took to get here have landed us on the same path here at CSUB.
Mountain Baseball’s magical run in the playoffs came to an end Friday night, May 24, in a 3-0 loss to Golden West in the CIF championship.
Golden West High School bested the Warriors, 3-0, to win the Division III CIF Championship in baseball in Visalia on Friday, May 24.
The odds might not have been in their favor, but as explosive as the Mountain Baseball offense has been this season, there was little doubt that a comeback was possible.
After spotting Madera South a sizable lead in the CIF Division III semifinals, the Warrior offense came alive in the bottom of the sixth by scoring eight runs to pull away for an eventual 9-5 victory.
Tehachapi competed this past month in the SEYL and the CIF Central Section Championship meets, turning in top marks against the best teams in Kern County.
In the SEYL meet, Mountain Swimming took third place in both the varsity boys and girls divisions, highlighted by Lexi Zimmerman taking first place in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:14.83.
Rose Williams of the Bear Valley Springs Pony Club was chosen to join an elite ten equestrian team for an exchange program in Virginia this June.
Rose, 12, was chosen from over 230 other Southern California area US Pony Club members to attend the exchange program. She will be the youngest on the team of ten young equestrians.
I attend plenty of sporting events throughout the year, whether I' m working or just enjoying the spectacle as a fan, I spend more times at ballparks and arenas in a single 12 month period than many people do in their entire lifetime. Yes I do consider myself lucky.
But I've started to notice a startling trend developing across the country, lack of attention during the National Anthem. Is it just me or are more and more people ignorant to proper etiquette when it comes to the Star Spangled Banner?