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  • About 50 cyclists start off on a "fun ride" Saturday, July 25. It was organized by Michelle Vance as a way to keep people's minds on upcoming Tehachapi GranFondo, to be held Sept. 19.

    Tehachapi's second GranFondo expected to double in size

    It's not just a bike race. The GranFondo of Tehachapi also represents a cultural change in the area, organizers say. With Tehachapi's second GranFondo still nearly two months off (Saturday, Sept. 19) more than 700 cycling enthusiasts have signed up already. And 203 of them are from

  • Annie Loken of the 8 and under Falcons was stellar in goal at the Junior Olympics qualifier in Corona.

    Six and under Falcons bring home gold

    The Tehachapi Falcons Inline Hockey Club for players 6 and under came home with gold medals July 17-19 at the AAU Junior Olympics qualifier in Corona. The Mites were led by alternate captain Colin Gallegos, who had six goals in five games, including a hat trick in the first game and a pair of

  • For the first time in years, the freshmen were allowed to bring a team to Wing T Camp, where freshmen and seniors alike learn the system the Warriors will use during the season.

    Warriors frosh footballers preparing for 2015-16 season

    The 2015-16 Warriors freshman football team already is ahead of the game, and coach Bruce Schade couldn't be happier. “We did one thing this year that we haven't done for a long, long time,” Schade said. “They let me have a team at the Wing-T Camp. That puts us way ahead of the curve.”

  • Corey Costelloe, a Tehachapi High graduate, is Assistant Athletics Director for Communications for California State University, Bakersfield.

    The Roadrunner Connection: Athlete's family lost everything in fire

    It could have been much worse. New CSUB Roadrunner point guard Dedrick Basile and his family understands that. Included in the media coverage of his family’s Houston apartment complex burning down during May’s flooding was the reports of five people dead, two more missing. None of which were

  • Speed coach Paul Martinez (far right) poses with Warriors football players as summer camps comes to a close.

    'Productive' summer football practice comes to a close for Warriors

    Head football coach Steve Denman called it a “learning experience for the kids,” and maybe one of the best summer training periods he's ever had. The Warriors' summer weight and speed training camp ended on Thursday, July 16, after six weeks of intensive strength workouts and conditioning

  • Destiny Julye, a 2015 Tehachapi grad bound for Division I Washington, relaxes on the sidelines as a guest coach at the Warriors summer girls volleyball camp.

    Warriors former volleyball star bound for Washington

    Destiny Julye, whose been called one of the best female athletes ever to come out of Tehachapi High School, dropped by her alma mater last week to try to help pass on some of her volleyball smarts. Warriors head girls volleyball coach Sheri Dees held a week-long summer camp for some of her top

  • 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: Where does Tiger keep going, when we need him most?

    Know what I hate about watching the final two rounds of a big golf tournament anymore? Tiger Woods never makes the cut. How can I cheer his wild tee shots or lapse into paroxisms of joy when his ball finds a watery grave, when he's not even around for the final two rounds? Like in NASCAR,

  • Sagun Gainey, named to the all-South Yosemite League baseball team, winds up for a throw from the infield during warmups for the Kern County All-Star Game.

    All-league baseball selections loaded with Warriors

    EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was updated on July 16, 2015, to add Nate Hedberg who was left out of the original story because league records showed him playing for the wrong school. The Warriors had seven players named to the All-South Yosemite League baseball team for the 2015 season, and that's

  • Nate Hedberg, with a big swing during a game last season, takes his rightful place on the Warriors 2015 all-league first team in baseball after a clerical error originally listed him playing for another high school.

    Hedberg mistakenly left off all-league baseball team

    Add Nate Hedberg to the list of Warriors who made the all-South Yosemite League first team in 2015 for baseball. Hedberg was left off the list published in last week's Tehachapi News because the the league erroneously listed him as being from Ridgview High School. That gave Tehachapi High

  • Registration open for Mountain Gallop

    The 52nd annual Mountain Festival will once again feature the Mountain Gallop 5-Miler on Saturday, Aug. 15. Entrants are currently being sought for the race, presented each year by the Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Parks District. Entrants will meet at Philip Marx Central Park, on the corner of

  • Kendall Kapitzke, taking some ground balls during warmups before a game, is named to the all-South Yosemite League softball team.

    Warriors land 5 players on All-League softball team

    Tehachapi landed five players on the All-South Yosemite League softball team, including a home run king and an amazing sophomore. Kendall Kapitzke, a senior shortstop, was named to the first team as an infielder after hitting .587 and leading the league with 15 home runs last season. “She was

  • BVS baseball camp open to all

    There still are plenty of openings for the Bear Valley Springs Instructional Boys Baseball Camp, which will run from July 27-July 30, organizers said. Organizers also want to clarify that the camp is open to non-Bear Valley Springs residents, as well. Cost of the camp is $50 for residents, $60

  • 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: ESPN Body Issue reveals bigger-than-life star

    I just look at it for the stories, really. ESPN The Magazine's 2015 Body Issue came out last week, and there's even dirty pictures of baseball star Bryce Harper in it. And by dirty, I mean, really dirty. He's got mud all over his rather naked, very sculpted body. Each year, ESPN Mag

  • Corey Costelloe, a Tehachapi High graduate, is Assistant Athletics Director for Communications for California State University, Bakersfield.

    The Roadrunner Connection: Stumbling into the do-over

    Maybe I’m lucky. Sometimes I just blindly stumble into a good story. If this keeps happening I might need to get my eyes checked again. At least stumbling into a story hurts less than stumbling into a wall. Last week, I caught up with former Roadrunner swimmer Karlyn Pipes, who was recently

  • Senior linebacker Angel Garcia works out in the weight room as the Warriors prepare for the 2015 football season.

    Garcia to anchor critical Warriors defense in upcoming football season

    It could all come down to defense this season for the Tehachapi Warriors football team, and that means a lot is riding on the shoulders of senior middle linebacker Angel Garcia. With a new quarterback and new running backs, Garcia will anchor a defense that was probably the Warriors' greatest