Tehachapi Valley Wrestling Club recently competed in the California Kids Freestyle and Cadet/Junior Greco State Tournament in Fresno in June. Jairden Medina showed that hard work has its reward by winning the Intermediate 55 pound Division.
After crowing their divisional and tournament champions for 2014, Tehachapi Little League opened play in the North District 51 Tournament of Champions last week, with two teams winning North District 51 titles.
For Rick Lund and Tom Raphael, the championship victory last Sunday afternoon at Bakersfield Racquet Club was a reunion, of sorts.
The two Tehachapi residents reigned supreme among Kern County's best players, putting the finishing touches on another title together by winning the 45-over Senior Kern County Championships at Bakersfield Racquet Club in a thrilling final, 4-6, 6-3, 10-5.
Mountain Baseball finished the league season as Southeast Yosemite League champions, becoming the first men's team in THS history to win an outright Yosemite League title.
It was a season of highs and lows for Tehachapi (15-12; 9-1 SEYL), with the lows coming with the temporary loss of their coach, Chris Olofson, to a head injury in the playoffs and a 17-5 loss to North in the first half of the regular season. But there were plenty of highs, with the Warriors winning a title with a pair of wins over league rival Garces 5-1 and 2-1 and coming back to defeat North, 29-5 at home.
Mountain Swimming recently finished a strong season that had the Warriors closing with a second place finish and the Lady Warriors a fourth place finish in the Southeast Yosemite League.
For their efforts, 24 THS athletes were named to the first, second and honorable mention teams.
The Tehachapi Warrior Booster Club would like to congratulate all athletes of the month recipients for the 2013-2014 school year.
The club would also like to give a special thank you to the Moose Lodge for hosting the event every month and for providing breakfast for all attendees.
On this Father's Day week I am going to write about a father that I never had the pleasure of meeting; but I have been blessed to experience the results of his efforts as a father over the years and share a wonderful story on the five-year memorial of his passing.
Fred Montoya passed away in 2009 from a heart attack. Like most of the time when such a thing happens, nobody saw it coming and Fred was taken far too young. He was a father to a pair of great kids, Jonny and Sara, and husband to one of my favorite baseball moms of all-time, Leeza.
There has been plenty of buzz around the ceremonial first pitch lately. Recently in Bakersfield it was all about "Tara the Hero Cat" throwing out the first pitch at a Bakersfield Blaze game. She's the ferocious feline that saved a little boy from a dog attack. It made national news. You name the media outlet, and they were in Kern County covering the first pitch.
The Blaze tried putting a ball on a string and have her swat it towards home plate but the dang thing just kept bouncing instead. Oh well, a valiant effort; I guess that cat is more into swatting away bad dogs than baseballs.
Golf and tennis finished their respective seasons with second place finishes in the SEYL team standings. In golf, Tehachapi High was consistently the second place finisher in SEYL-mini's. In tennis, Tehachapi (13-10; 8-2 SEYL) closed the year with a second place finish in league.
Earning All-SEYL in golf were first team athletes Lance Mitchell and Joshua Corona and earning second team were Max Weisenseel, Joesph Barba and Ben Farinas.
Warriors compete in x-country events across the state
A handful of Warriors have marked new territory by racing past mainstream sports to the cross country trails.
After a season that produced a second place finish in the SEYL and a quarterfinal appearance in the CIF Central Section Division III playoffs, five Mountain Softball players were named all-league this past season in softball.
The Lady Warriors (18-12-1; 8-2 SEYL) had Kendall Kapitzke, Michaela Peters and Mariah Godde named to the first team and Danay Lee and Brenna Dezubiria named to the second team.
Many young kids dream of becoming a Big Basketball Star and making it to the NBA. Former Tehachapi High School basketball player Bertram Hall was like a lot of those kids, except with a different end result in mind.
Recently, Hall graduated from Azusa Pacific University in Southern California. After graduation and before embarking on a post-collegiate career, he will head to the Philippines to serve as a member of a Christian mission trip.