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Bay Area leaders make case for San Francisco for Olympic & Paralympic Games

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

USOC has decided to put forward a U.S. city for 2024

2024 SF logo Bay Area leaders make case for San Francisco for Olympic & Paralympic GamesSAN FRANCISCO – A group of Bay Area business, sports and civic leaders has put together a preliminary proposal for the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), which has decided to put forward a U.S. city to host the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games in 2024.

The USOC board of directors announced on Tuesday, December 16, that it has unanimously approved a U.S. bid to host the 2024 Games. San Francisco, Boston, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., remain under consideration, with the selection of a U.S. bid city to be made in early 2015.

The decision came after representatives from each of the four cities presented plans to the USOC board of directors following six months of collaborative discussions regarding the technical elements required to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Those discussions will continue in the weeks ahead as the USOC moves toward announcing a candidate city.

We are excited to announce our plans to put forth a bid for the 2024 Games and look forward to taking the next step of selecting from a group of four world-class cities to present a compelling and successful bid,” said USOC Chairman Larry Probst. “We’re grateful to the civic and political leaders in each of the four cities for the partnership that’s been demonstrated thus far, and confident that the deliberative process we’ve put in place is going to result in a strong U.S. bid that can truly serve the athletes and the Olympic and Paralympic movements.”

The IOC will select the host of the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2017.

For the past several months, a group of local boosters has been laying the groundwork for a San Francisco bid, led by San Francisco Giants President & CEO Larry Baer, U.S. Olympian Anne Warner Cribbs, and entrepreneur and non-profit leader Steve Strandberg.

We believe a San Francisco Bay Area Olympic and Paralympic Games would be an enormous success, and would benefit the region, the nation and the Games themselves, well beyond 2024,” Baer said. “Our region is renowned for connecting the world in new ways every day and we are ready to put that spirit and ingenuity to work for the Games.”

Infrastructure for large-scale sporting events and public gatherings has increased in the Bay Area in recent years, with new facilities at Cal and Stanford, Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, an expanding Moscone Center in downtown San Francisco, the San Jose Earthquakes Stadium currently being constructed, and a new arena planned for the Golden State Warriors in the city’s Mission Bay neighborhood.

These and many other facilities around the Bay Area would be considered for the Games, Baer said, but organizers have not yet released a venue plan.Baer, Cribbs and Strandberg have put together a team of volunteer organizers and are meeting with community leaders around the region, building support and making a case for why the Bay Area is a perfect showcase for the Olympic and Paralympic Games – and vice versa.

With cultural values and a welcoming environment that embody the global mission of the Games, San Francisco is uniquely positioned to show the Olympics, the nation, and the region in the best possible light,” said Cribbs, a gold-medalist swimmer in the 1960 Olympics and CEO of the Bay Area Sports Organizing Committee (BASOC). “We have the opportunity to put our unique stamp on the Games and inspire a new generation of American youth to pursue sports and fitness, while embracing the Olympic spirit of international friendship and cross-cultural exchange.”

The San Francisco organizers point to the enduring legacies of previous games in international destination cites like Barcelona, Sydney and London, and pledge that the Bay Area would enjoy lasting infrastructure and financial benefits as well.

Hosting the Games would galvanize the Bay Area around some of our most pressing challenges,” Strandberg said. “In preparing for the Olympics, we would pull together to produce thousands of units of new affordable housing, improve our transportation systems, create new jobs, and establish new parks and recreational facilities – all of which will remain long after the Closing Ceremony.”

Cribbs, a native of Menlo Park, who earned her gold as a member of a relay team, emphasized teamwork.

The region’s large and active family of Olympians and Paralympians will be involved in all aspects of the Bay Area’s efforts to host the 2024 Games,” she said. “When we get the entire Bay Area community pulling together in the same direction, we can do great things.”

The International Olympic Committee’s deadline for 2024 bid submissions is Sept. 15, 2015, with the host city to be determined in 2017. The timeline for the 2024 bidding process was announced during the IOC Extraordinary Session in early December, during which time the Olympic Agenda 2020 was finalized. Among the 40 recommendations – which were all unanimously approved – the reform package allows for a more flexible and cost-effective bidding process.

All four cities have presented plans that are part of the long-term visions for their communities,” said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun. “At our request, and because of the preliminary nature of our discussions, the cities have not spoken about their bids publicly in great detail. That will be an important part of the process after we make our selection in January.”

The U.S. has not hosted the summer edition of the Olympic and Paralympic Games since 1996 (Atlanta). St. Louis hosted in 1904 and Los Angeles held the Games in both 1932 and 1984.

To learn more or volunteer, visit www.sf2024.org, follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SF2024 or on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SF2024.

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BART announces more service for Giants parade on Friday; trains run until 2 AM

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

BART is gearing up to carry hundreds of thousands of baseball fans to downtown San Francisco on Friday, October 31 to celebrate the Giants World Series Championship. BART will run its rush hour service all day–using every available train possible. To ensure that everyone can get home safely, trains will run until 2AM. Trains to and from the city will be at maximum length and frequency.

About 100 extra BART employees in yellow vests will be stationed throughout the system to help with crowd control and to assist passengers. BART Police will have extra patrols and extra train technicians were also on hand just in case. Ticket sales tables will be set up at Fremont, Dublin, Bay Point and Millbrae stations to help speed up ticket purchases.

Large crowds are expected and passengers should anticipate long lines and crowded trains. BART will have additional staff on hand to help customers who need assistance and offer crowd control. BART officials are urging fans to buy their round-trip tickets or load up their Clipper® cards before Friday’s ticker tape parade in San Francisco. 

Travel Tips

BART wants everyone to have fun and get to the parade safely. New riders need to know that everyone who rides BART needs a BART ticket or Clipper card to enter the system. 

Here are other Giants parade day tips:
o    Load your Clipper card with extra value or, if buying a BART ticket, purchase a round trip ticket before parade day.
o    Avoid peak commute hours (6AM-9AM and 4PM-6PM).
o   If possible, leave your bike at home or double lock your bike at the station. Trains will be very crowded.
o    Allow extra time to get to San Francisco before the parade begins at 12 Noon.
o    Parking rules and restrictions will be enforced. Consider getting to the station by alternative means such as carpooling, walking, biking (and parking your bike at the station) or taking a bus, as parking lots will fill up very early. Do not park in permit spaces if you don’t have a permit. (Even if you have a reserved space, we cannot guarantee eager fans won’t park there—we will be ticketing).
o    Plan your trip using the BART QuickPlanner but for the most accurate information about the added service, use Real Time Departures.
o    You can get automated BART Service Advisories (BSA) on your phone. BART offers both email and text options. To sign up for BSAs, please visit us at www.bart.gov/alerts.
o    For on-demand service information, you can use our mobile site m.bart.gov or request BART real time departures, service advisories and more via text message. To get started text “BART go” to 468311 or jump right in and text “BART” + your station name. We’ll text you back in seconds. Follow us on Twitter @sfbart for news or @sfbartalert for automated service advisories.

- See more at: http://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2014/news20141030#sthash.TcFPJYbI.dpuf

 

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RE Ranger sponsors Antioch Clay Shooting champion

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014
Alex Wampler RE Ranger sponsors Antioch Clay Shooting champion

Alex Wampler prepares to shoot during a 2014 competition wearing RE Ranger sunglasses.

RANDOLPH, MASSACHUSETTS – RE Ranger, a high-performance eyewear made for the shooting sport enthusiast, is proud to sponsor Alex Wampler of Antioch. The RE Ranger shooting eyewear line is produced by American based company Randolph Engineering.

Alex was born and raised in Antioch, California and started shooting at age 12 with her father. Currently working through college to become a veterinarian, Wampler is also a Hunting Guide at Birds Landing Hunting Preserve and Sporting Clays, across the river from Antioch.

ACCOLADES INCLUDE:

  • 2013 World English Sporting Championships – Ladies 2nd

  • 2013 NSCA Nationals – Ladies 3rd

  • 2013 US Open FITASC – Lady Champion

  • 2013 National Tour Lady Champion

  • 2013 NSCA Lady Captain, Team USA Sporting

  • Nationals Lady High Over All Sub-Gauge Champion (last three years)

  • California State Lady Champion – multiple years

  • Western Regional Lady Champion – multiple years

  • NSCA Lady All-American – seven years

Ranger has been sponsoring the sport’s top talent across the country for years. We pride ourselves in having a strong roster of sponsored shooters and believe Alex is a great addition,” said Peter Waszkiewicz, president and CEO of Randolph Engineering. “It’s exciting to be so involved in this growing sport and an honor to have these skilled shooters represent our brand as they continue their passion.”

Alex Wampler at 2014 championship RE Ranger sponsors Antioch Clay Shooting champion

Alex Wampler at the 2014 World FITASC in Portugal – Fédération Internationale de Tir aux Armes Sportives de Chasse. It is a type of shotgun sport shooting similary to sporting clays, trap and skeet.

ABOUT RANDOLPH ENGINEERING, INC.

Famed for its extreme durability and classic styles, Randolph eyewear is meticulously MADE in the USA using only the finest materials. Its sunglasses, optical frames, and shooting eyewear come with a lifetime warranty on the solder joints. As a further testament to its quality, Randolph is proud to have supplied sunglasses to the US Military and Air Forces world-wide since 1982.

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Underdog Deer Valley wins BVAL Girls’ golf tourney

Sunday, October 26th, 2014
Danielle French hole in one Underdog Deer Valley wins BVAL Girls’ golf tourney

Danielle French reaches for her hole-in-one ball. Photo by golf coach Brian Kofford

Danielle French gets a hole-in-one

By Luke Johnson

By the narrowest of margins the girls’ golf team of Deer Valley High School won the Bay Valley Athletic League Tournament; upsetting favored Heritage and Liberty Monday, Oct. 10. The Wolverines finished with 491 strokes, while their opponents tied with 492.

The most pivotal shot came from Deer Valley senior Danielle French, who drained a hole-in-one on the sixth hole for an eagle.

It was pretty amazing. I didn’t think it would go in,” French said. “But it did, and it is something I will never forget… All of a sudden (the ball) disappeared and dropped into the hole, and I was speechless.”

In the regular season, Heritage finished first in the BVAL with a record of 9-1; followed by Liberty 8-2 and Deer Valley 7-3. The Patriots’ top two golfers, Kelly Hunt and Danielle Dickerson, finished with the best individual scores (82 for Hunt and 81 for Dickerson). But down the stretch the deciding factor was an overall team effort by Deer Valley. French shot 96, Thea Jorgensen 87, Maia Dupuis 98, Isela Sandoval 105, Michelae Biagas 105 and Sierra Abel 127 to help the Wolverines claim the BVAL Tournament again, since 2012.

We felt confident coming into the clubhouse with Danielle (Dickerson) and myself with the two lowest scores,” Hunt said. “But golf is a crazy sport, and we ended up losing by a stroke.”

Monday morning Oct. 27 Deer Valley will take part in the North Coast Section Qualifier Tournament at the Lone Tree Golf Course; featuring several other schools totaling approximately 140 golfers. If the Wolverines do well enough, they will advance to the NCS Tournament on Nov. 3.

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Giants fans enjoying the playoff games, good for local businesses

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014
Giants fans enjoy the game at Tailgaters in Antioch Giants fans enjoying the playoff games, good for local businesses

Angelina Perez and Caitlin Rice watching the Giants vs. the Washington Nationals during Game 4 of the National League Division Series.

By Allen Payton

Antioch businesses are benefiting from the Giants making into the playoffs.

Caitlin Rice and Angelina Perez both 22 from Oakley, watched Game 4 of the National League Division Series at Tailgaters on Tuesday night, October 7.

As to why they decided to watch the game in Antioch, Caitlin said, “This is a newer tailgaters and we’ve never been here, before.”

Bill Lohr, manager of Tailgaters in Antioch, when asked if the playoffs were good for business he said, “Absolutely! I wish they A’s were in the playoffs, too.”

Tailgaters offers sports-related specials.

We have a victory toast for all of our local, Bay Area professional sports teams,” Lorh said. “When they win, 10 minutes after regulation, it’s half-off prices on all drinks.”

At the improved Schooner’s, with new owner Mike LaCross, business has picked up during the playoff games, as well.

Besides their usual Happy Hour specials, Schooner’s offers a free pool during all Sunday, Monday and Thursday night football games. The winner gets a gift certificate equal to the score in dollars and cents. So if the score is 24-14, the winner gets a gift certificate for $24.14 to use any time at Schooner’s.

Enjoy the rest of the playoffs and go Giants!

 

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Residents enjoy Delta Thunder speed boat races on Antioch waterfront

Monday, October 6th, 2014
SST 45 capsule boat races on the river in Antioch 10 05 14 Residents enjoy Delta Thunder speed boat races on Antioch waterfront

An SST-45 capsule boat races on the river in Antioch on Sunday, October 5, 2014 as part of the Delta Thunder V competition.

By Allen Payton

Antioch residents enjoyed watching the Delta Thunder V speed races on the Antioch waterfront on Sunday, October 5, 2014.

Unfortunately, the races couldn’t be held on Saturday, due to too much debris in the water. By that night, the big boats had left. So, the only ones left to race on Sunday afternoon were the SST-45 capsule speed boats.

But, a good turn-out by competitors and spectators helped the event turn out well. The races were held in memory of the late Antioch Councilman Gary Agopian and his widow Robin was on hand to receive a plaque honoring him, Sunday morning.

The event, organized by Frank Lozano of Inland Marine in Antioch, was a benefit for the Rivertown Jamboree non-profit organization working to bring that event back to Antioch’s downtown, next year.

For more information visit www.rivertownjamboree.com.

 

Welcome Race Fans sign Residents enjoy Delta Thunder speed boat races on Antioch waterfront

SST 45 takes turn bridge in background Residents enjoy Delta Thunder speed boat races on Antioch waterfront

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Antioch Sports Legends announce their 2014 Hall of Fame inductees

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Jeremy Newberry, Aaron Miles head the class

By Steve Dulas

An All-Pro lineman and a World Series champion are among the 2014 class of inductees into the Antioch Legends Sports Hall of Fame.

Jeremy Newberry, an All-Pro and two-time Pro Bowl selection, and Aaron Miles, who helped the St. Louis Cardinals win the 2006 World Series, lead a group of 14 individuals and one team to be honored as the eighth annual Hall of Fame class.

The induction will be celebrated with a dinner, on Saturday, October 11 at Lone Tree Golf and Events Center. The event begins with social hour at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 and the ceremony at 7. Tickets are $65 each and available from Antioch Sports Legends, P.O. Box 1033, Antioch, CA 94509. For more information, call Eddie Beaudin at 925-383-4979 or Tom Menasco at 925-325-3255.

Newberry, Antioch High, 1995, was All-East Bay and All-Northern California as a senior at Antioch High School after the 1994 season. He went on to be a three-year starter at center at Cal. The 49ers made him a second-round draft pick, and he went onto an 11-year NFL career.

Miles was the East Bay Player of the Year in 1995, batting .520 as he led the Antioch Panthers to a second straight North Coast Section baseball championship. Miles, a three-time All-East Bay selection at second base, played nine seasons in the major leagues. He retired with a .281 career batting average.

The rest of the Class of 2014 includes Manuel Bermudez, baseball; Stacey Johnson, basketball; Christina Conn and Stephen Sanchez, swimming and diving; Mark Butterfield, Mike Lucky and Cal Chaney, football; Dave Kirkpatrick, all-around athlete; Matt Hurd, track and field; John Rebstock, Coach; Brooks Golden, Community Leader; Casey Rhyan, wrestling; and the 1957 Antioch High golf team.

The Sports Legends Hall of Fame celebrates the athletic history of Antioch, from its days as a working town. Its strong allegiance to local sports teams helped produce a rich athletic tradition, nurturing the development of athletes such as Pro Football Hall of Famer Gino Marchetti, NFL All-Pro Duane Putnam, and major league baseball players Gene Rounsaville, Alex Sanchez, Jeff Pico and Miles.

These pro superstars, and 114 other distinguished hometown HOF athletes and eight championship teams, have now been permanently honored in a 2,500 square-foot museum display called the Antioch Sports Legends Hall, presented by the Antioch Historical Society.  Legends Hall formally opened Oct. 27, 2007.  A group of longtime residents and sports boosters has spent nearly nine years working on these dazzling displays, which features valuable memorabilia from the 1920s to the present, wall and video displays honoring current sports pros and the centerpiece of the exhibit, 15 framed placards with the biographies of the Class of 2014. “Sports Legends” inductees will be displayed Oct. 11. Hometown prep standouts from all high school sports and both genders are represented in a variety of different sports, along with coaches and community sports leaders. 

The rest of the class of 2014 includes:

Butterfield (Antioch, 1991) passed for 3,957 yards in three seasons at Antioch, with 28 TDs in his last two seasons, then went on to earn second-team All-Pac-10 at Stanford in 1995. He reached the NFL with the Chicago Bears.

Lucky (Antioch, 1994), an All-State tight end in 1993, caught 53 passes for 1,000 yards and 16 TDs in two years for Antioch and earned a scholarship to Arizona. A two-year starter for the Wildcats, he played four seasons with the Dallas Cowboys.

Chaney (Antioch, 1954), a two-way lineman, was selected Most Valuable Player of Antioch’s 1953 team, and earned All-Metro and All-Northern California honors, and was later named to the Antioch Ledgers’s All-Time Team from 1950-67.

Bermudez (Antioch, 1995), a pitcher, was 11-1 in 1995 with a career record of 39-9, and was a two-time All-East Bay selection. He went on to pitch 11 seasons in the minor leagues.

Johnson (Antioch, 1991) averaged 27 points a game, 11 times scoring 30 points or more, en route to 1991 East  Bay Player of the Year honors. She went on to play for Arizona State and Houston.   Conn (Antioch, 1993) won the 1993 NCS diving championship with a record score of 471.20 which stood for 20 years, and was a three-time High School All-America. Sanchez (Antioch, 1991) was a three-time High School All-America in the 500-yard freestyle and twice in the individual medley. His record time in the 1990 NCS individual medley final stood for seven years.

Kirkpatrick (Antioch, 1958) was first-team all-league in football and basketball, was second-team all-league in baseball, and also competed in the hurdles and the long jump for the track team.

Hurd (Antioch, 1996) still holds the school record for the high jump, 6 feet, 8 inches. Rebstock was a legendary fastpitch softball pitcher who later coached for 22 years at Antioch and Deer Valley, winning one NCS softball title.

Golden served the community for 29 years as a teacher, coach and administrator, was elected to the school board and volunteered in the community. Rhyan (Antioch, 1988) took third in the state and led the team with 20 pins during the Panthers’ run to the 1988 CIF State wrestling championship.

The 1957 Antioch High golf team went undefeated, beating seven-time champion Acalanes in the County Championship tournament.

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Antioch softball Sports Legend opens training and practice center

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Debbie coaching batting Antioch softball Sports Legend opens training and practice center

Debbie Nelson coaches a student in batting.

By Allen Payton

Debbie Nelson is proud to announce the opening of the new All American Sports Academy in Antioch.

Debbie grew up in Antioch and attended Antioch High School where her softball jersey number has been retired in her honor. She was recently inducted into the Antioch Sports Legends Hall of Fame. As a college player, Debbie achieved All Region, All State, and NCAA All-American honors while earning her degree at Sacramento State. She has been coaching for over 26 years at many levels including high school, college and the National Pro Fastpitch League.

In 1997, Debbie opened All American Sports Academy in Tracy, California and is recognized as one of the top year-round indoor training facilities for softball and baseball in Northern California. The academy has produced over 400 All-Star, All-League and All -Conference players.

Now she is bringing her expertise back to her hometown.

Her second location, a positive, professional training facility is staffed with successful, experienced and talented instructors personally, hand-picked by Debbie. They include Alannah Johns, Brandi Macias, Jenni Holtz, Stacy DelChiaro, and Lauren Rodrigues.

I believe in Antioch and appreciate the support the community provides the youth sports programs,” she said. “I want to be able to give back and team up with other community members to provide a great environment for kids. Plus, reach out to the high schools and enhance the athletes and teams, there.”

The facility offers a variety of training services including competitive travel teams, lessons, cage rentals, coaches clinics, recruiting workshops, motivational seminars, camps and clinics to help you master your game.

All American Sports Academy is located at 1791 Vineyard Drive, off East. 18th Street in Antioch and will be open for operation on September 2. For more information please visit allamericansportsacademy.net.

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