• Spring sports athletes of the month, left to right, front row, Michaela Peters (varsity softball), Lucy Coe (JV track), Danay Lee (varsity softball), Autumn Reza (varsity track), Kristen Burgeis (JV softball),  Darby Nichols (JV track). Middle row, left to right,  Nic Ledesma (baseball), Blake Keesey (golf), Rhys Artzer (golf), Cody Hayes (JV track), Jacob Jaster (frosh football), Brooke Sheen (frosh/soph basketball), Jarod Carol (frosh basketball), Bailey Damian (JV softball), Meghan Daffern (JV softball).  Back row, left to right, Garrett Janney (varsity track), Lars Olofson (baseball), Nash Franko (baseball), Caleb Huebner (varsity track), Preston Terle (golf), Payton Stowers (JV track), Riley Thompson (frosh basketball), Chris Garcia (frosh basketball) and Garett Snider (JV basketball). Not pictured:  Nathan Wight (JV basketball and JV track), Annabelle Cerda (frosh/soph basketball), Zach Dobbins (JV wrestling), Caleb Lindsey (JV wrestling), Zayne Salcido (varsity wrestling), Dean Hoisington (varsity wrestling), Daisy Hernandez (varsity softball), Cloie Sharp (JV track), Lokai Barthel (varsity track), Dione Sheehan (varsity track), Taylor Williams (varsity track).

    Spring sports athletes honored

    Tehachapi High School Athletes of the Month for spring sports were honored on May 7 by the THS Warriors Boosters Club. They included baseball, softball, track and field, swimming, boys golf and boys tennis, as well as athletes from other sports who were unable to attend previous ceremonies.

  • 2016 varsity track MVP Dione Sheehan

    THS track promises bright future as stars are recognized

    The track and field season might be over, but for the precocious Warriors underclassmen, it might be just the beginning. That’s why — despite a lukewarm season — Warriors head track coach Michael Heckathorn can't help but be optimistic for the future of his team. Although none of his

  • Corey Costelloe

    Roadrunner Conenction: The ride won’t end

    With the level of success this season among our teams it’s no surprise that we refuse to go gently into the summer and let this ride end. Case in point: CSUB softball, which two weeks ago won the Western Athletic Conference Tournament as a number-three seed and qualified in the process for their

  • Local wrestlers dominating Kern County meets

    Two local wrestlers, Jacob Cardenas and Bill Takara, have gone undefeated so far this season in the Kern County Wrestling Association tournament schedule. Both members of the Tehachapi Valley Wrestling Club, Cardenas is in the 55-pound rookie division, and Takara competes in the 100-pound novice

  • 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: MLB mucking up the game again

    Have you ever made a bowl of cornflakes, sat down at the table with it and realized there's not enough milk in the bowl? You add more, and soon you discover you've got a bowl of milk with no cornflakes. What do you do? Add more cornflakes, of course, and this continues until you're out

  • Una Abarquez in the circle for Tehachapi as she shuts out Dinuba in the D3 playoffs.

    Warriors gain CIF D3 softball semis with shut-out win

    Things didn't exactly go the way Una Abarquez expected them to go — and it was probably a good thing for the Warriors softball team they didn't. “I was thinking about it all week, expecting them to do a lot more against me,” she said. “I wasn't thinking I'd get any strikeouts.

  • The Warriors' Lars Olofson lays down a squeeze bunt against Madera.

    Warriors charge into CIF baseball semis against No. 1 Mt. Whitney

    It might be premature to call them the Comeback Kids, but the Warriors are making a case for it. In two of their past three games, they've rallied for nine runs in the final two innings for victories, and it's gotten them into the CIF-CS Division 2 semifinals. “We are battle tested,” head

  • 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: Puig turns on the juice to get out of slump

    Yasiel Puig had lost the electricity in his bat, so apparently he decided to put it back in — literally. The Dodgers right-fielder was slumping badly — 3-for-24 in one stretch going into last week. Then, he and teammate Enrique Hernandez came up with a plan. Hook their bats up to an electrical

  • The THS swim team in the pool at a meet earlier this season.

    Two THS girls win silver at CIF Division 2 swim tourney

    Annika Ostrem and Jessica Riggs each won silver medals as the Tehachapi girls finished 10th overall at the CIF-CS Division 2 swimming championships on Saturday, May 14, at Sunnyside High School in Fresno. Ostrem finished second in the 200 individual medley in 2 minutes 18.27 seconds, less then

  • Warriors celebrate after clinching SYL title with a victory over West.

    Gainey's heroics propel Warriors into CIF tournament

    Hit a homer, take one away. All in a day's work for Sagun Gainey. Ignited by Gainey's homer, the Warriors scored nine runs in the final two innings, six of them in the seventh inning, to beat West 15-14 on Friday, May 13. Gainey then preserved the victory with what head coach Chris

  • Two THS players lose at CIF tennis tourney

    Warriors boys tennis players Eric Bilotta and Ethan Zehr both lost in early rounds at the CIF South Area individual tournament at Wasco on Saturday, May 14. Bilotta was defeated 7-5, 6-3 by Niteesh Kuchakalla of Stockdale, and Zehr lost 6-3, 6-1 to Moses Jimenez of Foothill. Neither qualified for

  • Alicia Johnson trots home with a Tehachapi run against West on Wednesday, May 11.

    Warriors girls head into softball playoffs on high note

    As far as the Warriors are concerned, it's about time. “We're so excited to start the playoffs because this is what we've been working for all year,” senior softball captain Danay Lee said. The Warriors drew the No. 3 seed and a first-round bye in the small CIF-CS Division 3

  • Garrett Janney, left, and Lucy Coe at the CIF South Area Championships at Liberty High School.

    Warriors wrap up track season at CIF South Area tourney

    It was a challenging meet for the Warriors track and field athletes as they ended their season. Still, there were positives. Most of the best results at the CIF South Area championships in Liberty on Wednesday, May 11, came from younger Warriors, like sophomore Favian Garcia, who was eighth in

  • Jacobsen Middle School's four Valley Championships qualifiers, from left to right, Matthew Bilotta, Elijah Barlow, Daisy Andrade and Mitchell Poulson.

    Four JMS athletes compete at Valley Championships

    Mitchell Poulson captured the intermediate boys 3,000 meters as Jacobsen Middle School sent four athletes to the Valley Championships at Buchanan High School in Clovis on Saturday, May 7. “These are like our state championships,” JMS track coach Amy Lang said. Poulson won with a time of 11

  • Corey Costelloe

    Roadrunner Connection: The end of the Fighting Hawks

    The University of North Dakota baseball team will be in Bakersfield this week for the final time — not just for the final time this season, or for the foreseeable future, but forever. The affiliate member of the Western Athletic Conference in baseball is shuttering its baseball program after this