By now nearly every sports fans has heard about the NFL's investigation into whether the New England Patriots used deliberately under-inflated footballs against the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship game. A game the Pats won 45-7 on Jan. 18, to advance to their sixth Super Bowl since 2001.
The NFL has said that balls provided by the Patriots for the game against the Colts were underinflated, though it is not clear why. League rules mandate that game balls must be inflated to a minimum of 12.5 pounds per square inch and a maximum of 13.5 pounds per square inch.
Sometimes good things come to an end, and it did for the Lady Warriors soccer team, whose seven-game unbeaten streak was snapped with a disappointing 6-0 loss at Independence on Jan. 21.
It was Tehachapi's first league loss of the season, after beating Ridgeview and West.
Warriors' wrestling fell 72-4 in a SYL wrestling dual at Golden Valley on Jan. 22
Tehachapi gave up multiple losses by forfeit, facing an 56-0 deficit before the match started due to not fielding wrestlers in the 106, 126, 132, 138, 145, 170, 182, 195 and 220 weight classes.
Our Little Hen ran 6-furlongs on the turf at Santa Anita racetrack in Arcadia on New Year's Day, placing with a strong second-place finish.
The four-year-old filly had been training well for her return. Still, at post time she went off at 16-1 odds, surprising everyone but one of her owners, Connie Hicks-Bussard of Tehachapi.
With one its leading scorers sidelined with an injury, another player benched for academics, and a third playing through an illness, the Lady Warriors opened South Yosemite League play with a disappointing 60-26 loss at Independence on Jan. 21.
Still, head coach Tracey DeZubiria made no excuses for her team's loss to the Falcons.
Tyonna Outland came to CSUB in 2010 as an unproven freshman out of Compton California's Lynwood High School. She was a shooting guard that did a lot of that in her first season, frustrated slightly with the lack of playing time while sitting behind upperclassmen.
A quick talk from her assistant coach-turned CSUB head coach Greg McCall seemed to calm her nerves, so did a season on the mend after suffering a knee injury in 2011 and taking a medical redshirt. With that recovery came a new spirit, work ethic and productivity for Outland who on Thursday became CSUB's all-time leading scorer in women's basketball in a close home win over Kansas City.
Penguin Plunge to kick off swimming season
Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Park District will present the 1st annual Penguin Plunge at Dye Natatorium Pool, 400-B S. Snyder St., at noon on Saturday, Jan. 31. The event will be held as a fundraiser, with proceeds to go towards pool equipment. Children age 7 through 17 who have parental consent can participate to swim 25 yards, and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. Cost is $10 for pre-registration, or $15 the day of the event. For more information, call 822-3228.
On Saturday Dec. 20, the Oak Tree Country Club golf shop held its second event of its winter series of tournaments. The "Snowball Throw Ball".
Each player could throw his or her golf ball as many times as their handicap allowed. So if a player had a 10 handicap, they were allowed 10 throws from anywhere on the course during the nine holes, and the throws didn't count on the scorecard.
Overall score: Good
Tehachapi Valley Wrestling Club started 2015 with two big tournaments.
Six wrestlers competed in the highly competitive "Selma New Year Bash".
Twelve of Tehachapi High School's top athletes were tabbed December Athlete of the Month and treated to a breakfast and an award on Jan.10.
The Tehachapi High School Warrior Boosters Club hosted the monthly Athlete of the Month breakfast, which was held at the Tehachapi Moose Lodge. This month's event was again sponsored by Craig Mifflin of Lehigh Cement, who paid for everyone's meal.
It was the classic story of David and Goliath, but with much a different ending.
Ranked No. 2 in the Central Section Division III rankings and a favorite to win the South Yosemite League, Tehachapi hosted a spirited Independence Falcons team, that despite having just three wins, gave the Warriors a battle that they will not likely soon forget.