• Corey Costelloe

    Roadrunner Connection: Each year a blessing in sports and life

    I turned 36 on Sunday. I’m not big on birthday celebrations. We usually find a destination; this year it was Mammoth Lakes. I caught some nice fish and had a great time with my wife and family. Each year is another reminder of the blessings that have been bestowed upon me. As we all get older we

  • 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: Hall of Fame voters finally got it right — for once

    Two thumbs up for Hall of Fame voters this year. Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza both deserve it. Does this mean my faith has been restored in the folks who vote for baseball’s Hall of Fame? Not exactly. After all, it was only last year that they voted in Craig Biggio, and, believe me, it won’t

  • Warriors boys head junior varsity basketball coach Bruce Schkade with his team last season.

    Warriors JV boys in summer hoops tourney

    Chalk it up to experience. The summer league version of Tehachapi’s junior varsity boys went 0-4 at the Best in the West JV Boys Basketball Tournament July 15-17. “These kids played hard all three days against some of the best basketball programs in California,” JV head coach Bruce Schkade said.

  • Warriors teammates gather during summer camp as they practice for the upcoming varsity girls volleyball season.

    Girls Volleyball Preview: Warrior girls set to improve as 2016 season looms

    Warriors head girls volleyball coach Sheri Dees is looking for something — well maybe more than “one” something. First, she says, “I’ll be looking for leadership from all my returning players. Each of them should be able to step up this year.” She has seven of those, including seniors Emily Soto,

  • Girls gather in front of the board during the Tehachapi High School Volleyball Camp.

    THS volleyball camp designed to challenge girls

    The idea was to challenge the girls now — before it’s too late. That’s what Warriors head coach Sheri Dees had in mind when she set up her girls volleyball camp this summer at Tehachapi High School. “If you ask most of these girls here, they want to go to college, and they want to play volleyball,

  • THS girls volleyball announces open tryouts

    The Warriors girls volleyball team will be holding open tryouts from Monday, Aug. 1 through Thursday, Aug. 4 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Tehachapi High School gymnasium. Head coach Sheri Dees said all girls must complete athletic paperwork, including a current physical, and submit it to athletic

  • Corey Costelloe

    Roadrunner Connection: CSUB basketball gains another athlete from Egypt

    I had the chance to speak with one of our new student-athletes this week. Moataz Aly has become the latest Alexandria, Egypt-native to play basketball at CSU Bakersfield. He is following in the footsteps of Aly Ahmed, the two-time All-Western Athletic Conference selection who was an instrumental

  • 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: Beer mug bites pitcher — just another whacky sports injury

    So Texas Rangers relief pitcher Jake Diekman reaches into his luggage after a road trip to Boston, and a Cheers souvenir beer mug bites him on the finger. Now, he’s on the disabled list. Apparently the mug broke on his way home, and when he tried to fish it out of his bag, ouch! Pretty dumb, huh?

  • Warriors football team poses for a team photo at the conclusion of summer practice and Speed Week in July.

    Warriors thank sponsors and coaches after successful Speed Week

    Warriors head football coach Steve Denman said the Tehachapi football program would like to thank the Benz family and Benz Inc. for its support this year during Speed Week. “With their help, our kids were able to afford to go to Speed Week,” Denman said. Denman said Benz paid half of each player’s

  • Chloe Wood, left, and Hope Rygiel with gold medals they won for Tehachapi's Perfect 10 Gymnastics at the West Coast Championships.

    Perfect 10 gymnasts score a pair of West Coast titles

    Chloe Wood and Hope Rygiel, two of 10 members of the Perfect 10 Gymnastics girls team of Tehachapi, have been crowned West Coast champions. All 10 members of the team competed at the USAIGC West Coast Championships on May 21-22 at Redlands East Valley High School. Wood won the title on uneven

  • Warriors head coach Steve Denman, left, with star running back Keyron Scott during the final week of summer drills.

    Warriors rushing leader hoping for early return from surgery

    Keyron Scott, the Warriors’ leading rusher whose 2015-16 season was cut short by injury, is still not quite ready to put on the pads. After undergoing offseason surgery, Scott said he expected to be cleared to play by late September or early October, meaning he could miss the first month of the

  • The Tehachapi Mountain Roller Hockey Falcons 8-under team after winning The Rink Inline Corona tournament, left to right, back row, M. Grier, M. Fitch, C. Gallegos, M. Booker, C. Abarquez, coach Brian Fitch. Front row, left to right, K. Backhaus, A. Loken, R. Hurst, W. Werner.

    Roller hockey Falcons off to fast start

    The Tehachapi Mountain Roller Hockey Falcons’ season is underway with tournament championships for their two youngest division teams. All five of the Falcons teams traveled to The Rinks Inline Corona tournament on July 10, and the 6-and-under and 8-under divisions came away with titles. 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.

    Timeout: Dispelling the old 'southpaw' myth

    Let’s play Mythbusters. There is this almost ancient baseball slang term, “southpaw,” which refers to a player, especially a pitcher, who is left-handed. Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers, for example, is a southpaw. I thought I knew the origin of the term and why it came about, but now I’m not so

  • Ed Grimes poses in front of the Warriors press box, his home away from home for nearly two decades as Voice of the Warriors.

    Grimes primed for new season as 'Voice of the Warriors'

    Listen for it over the P.A. system, next time you’re at a Warriors football game. Over the crowd noise, you might hear an amplified voice announce: “The ball is marked down at the 52-yard line.” Ed Grimes, city councilman, former mayor, past school board member, grand pooh-bah of the Warriors