• Corey Costelloe, a Tehachapi High graduate, is assistant athletics director for dommunications at Cal State Bakersfield.

    The Roadrunner Connection: Returning to the ‘Rundown’

    After a summer hiatus, we will return to the broadcast studio this week as our weekly webcast program, “Roadrunner Rundown,” continues Tuesdays live on and on demand at This summer I thought about ways to make the show better, compared to last year when we kept the

  • 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: Mean NFL dad makes sons give back trophies

    Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison is a mean dad. Now, we ask ourselves, is he mean for any of the right reasons. Because, as we all know, there comes a time in the life of most any kid when he or she looks up at that dad guy and thinks, he's a meanie. Now, be advised right off the

  • Chloe Wood of the Perfect 10 Competitive Girls Team medals at the USAIGC world gymnastics championships.

    Local girls excel at USAIGC world gymnastics meet

    Two girls on Tehachapi’s Perfect 10 Competitive Girls Team qualified for event finals at the U.S. Association of Independant Gymnastics Clubs World Championships. They were Chloe Wood and Hope Rygiel. Wood earned silver medals on vault and balance beam in event finals, and Rygiel placed fifth in

  • Firecrackers fastpitch tryouts set

    Tryouts for the Firecrackers 18-and-under fastpitch softball team will be held Saturday, Aug. 29 at Stockdale High School in Bakersfield from 8 a.m. to noon, organizers said. In a release, the Firecrackers said the team “will focus on college showcase events and PGF (Premier Girls Fastpitch)

  • Falcons 6-and-under hockey team earns 2nd in Calabasas

    The 6-and-under Falcons of Tehachapi claimed second place among three teams in an inline hockey tournament in Calabasas on Aug. 8. The Falcons lost twice to the Blackhawks, 4-1 and 5-1, while earning a 1-1 tie and a 1-0 victory over the Titans in the preliminary rounds. They lost to the Blackhawks

  • Senior linebacker Daniel Wight, suited up for practice, could be a key to the all-important Warriors defense this season.

    Wight to help anchor all-important Warriors 'D'

    Daniel Wight is listed on the Warriors football roster as a two-way player, both tight end and linebacker. As a senior, he’s expected to make an impact on both sides of the ball, but it’s on defense that his experience and skills probably will receive their sternest test. It’s the defense, after

  • Exchange student Oscar Lins takes aim at the uprights during a preseason scrimmage.

    Warriors prepping for football opener at Foothill

    Tehachapi’s Warriors open their football season on Friday night, Aug. 28 at Foothill High School with a little advantage under their belts. The Warriors participated in a three-way scrimmage against Taft and South high schools at South High the previous Friday night, Aug. 21, and got their first

  • Warriors football head football coach Steve Denman.

    Fall sports preview: Warriors post 2015 football roster

    Head coach Steve Denman posted a 2015 Warriors football roster last week that includes 57 players, 21 of them seniors. “I firmly believe that as the seniors go, so we all go,” Denman said. “We’ve got a great senior class this year, with a lot of leadership — and a good junior class, too.” Those

  • Team co-captains Emily Mifflin, front row, left, and Jamie Phillips, center, lead the Warriors cheer squad in the recent Mountain Festival parade.

    Fall sports preview: Warriors' award-winning cheer squad ready for football

    These are not your grandmother’s cheerleaders. The Warriors are a highly-conditioned, well-trained, award-winning in-your-face cheer machine, and they look like they’re just about ready for some football. “We just got back from cheerleading camp, we did a TYF (Tehachapi Youth Football) clinic,

  • Head coach Michael Heckathorn addresses his runners before the start of cross-country practice at Coy Burnett Field.

    Fall sports preview: Warrior's cross-country banking on youth in 2015-16

    The 2015-16 Warriors’ cross-country team is a work in progress, but then it usually is. “We’re not like football or volleyball where we announce our roster and it’s set,” head coach Michael Heckathorn said. “We’ll keep growing all season long.” Kids will join because they love to run or want 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: Little Leaguers pitching their way to early TJ surgery

    If I made my living doing Tommy John surgeries on baseball pitchers, I'd have ads plastered all over everything at the Little League World Series. All those young arms, all those nasty breaking pitches, all those potential patients. And, believe it or not, even at age 12, some of them

  • Dione Sheahan, left, all-league last season for the Warriors,  jogs with teammate Reilly Moomey as the Tehachapi cross-country team preps for a new season.

    Warriors cross-country prepping for new season

    The bad news is, the Warriors cross-country team lost a ton of talent from last year's squad, including four-time team MVP Alexis Narney. “The good news is, our sophomore boys won the league title last year, and many of those boys will be joining the varsity this season,” head coach Michael