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“Scary win” sends Antioch Panthers to first NCS Championship game since 1977

Monday, November 21st, 2016
Antioch High players raise their helmets in victory as they leave the field following their 38-31 win over the Cal High Grizzlies, Saturday night, November 19, 2016

Antioch High players raise their helmets in victory as they leave the field following their 38-31 win over the Cal High Grizzlies, Saturday night, November 19, 2016

Panthers players are congratulated by their friends, family, fellow classmates and other fans.

Panthers players are congratulated by their friends, family, fellow classmates and other fans.

The Yoc Boys beat Cal High Grizzlies 38-31

By Allen Payton

In the second round of North Coast Section (NCS) high school football playoff action, Saturday night, the Antioch Panthers h3ld on to win 38-31 over the California High Grizzlies of San Ramon. It’s the first time the team has earned the opportunity to play for the the NCS Championship game since 1977. That game will be held in Dublin on Saturday, December 3rd against Monte Vista who beat Heritage High, Friday night.

As the players ran onto the field, after the clock ran out, the crowd chanted “Yoc Boys”, “Yoc Boys”, the nickname for the team.

After trailing 31-10 at half time, the Grizzlies battled back with two touchdowns within five minutes, during the third quarter bringing the score to 31-24. Then, with the ball on the Antioch 3-yard line and driving to tie the score with 10 minutes left in the game, Cal High fumbled. The Panthers were able to score on an 87-yard pass, just two plays, later.

The Grizzlies scored again on a long, touchdown pass a few minutes later. With the point after good, that made the score 38-31. Antioch was unable to answer on their following drive and made a quick kick punt, giving Cal High the ball deep in their own territory, with 2:02 left in the game.

Panthers' running back Najee Harris gives a victory pose, following the game.

Panthers’ running back Najee Harris gives a victory pose, following the game.

A sack and a penalty pushed the Grizzlies back to their own 14. After two incomplete passes, one of which was nearly intercepted, on third and fourth downs with 18 to go for a first down, Antioch took over at the California 14. The Panthers quarterback twice took a knee, to run out the clock.

When asked about his thoughts on the game, Antioch’s star player and the nation’s top high school running back, Najee Harris simply said, “Scary win.”

“They played their hearts out. I love my teammates,” he continued. “All I ask for is for people who give their all and they did. It was an ugly win but we came out victorious.”

Head Coach John Lucido shared his thoughts on the victory and his team.

“I’m so proud of the kids,” he said. “They listened to us all week long. The seniors didn’t want to go home. They wanted to make a big statement. They were part of last year’s team. They didn’t want to go out like that.”

“These are such great kids. They deserved this,” he continued. “We’ve gone through a lot this year. To come out and do what they did against a well coached team, like this, it shows heart. It shows character.”

“We look forward to playing in two weeks,” Lucido added.

#16 Ti'yahti Harris raises his helmet high in a victory salute, as he jogs off the field toward the stands with #52 Tevin Holmes.

#16 Ti’yahti Harris raises his helmet high in a victory salute, as he jogs off the field toward the stands with #52 Tevin Holmes.

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Antioch High Panthers to host California High of San Ramon in second round of football playoffs, Saturday night

Saturday, November 19th, 2016
America's top high school running back and college recruit, Najee Harris carries the ball past defenders of Lincoln High of Stockton, Friday night, August 26, 2016. photo by Michael Pohl

America’s top high school running back and college recruit, Najee Harris carries the ball past defenders of Lincoln High of Stockton, Friday night, August 26, 2016. photo by Michael Pohl

By Allen Payton

In the next round of Division 1 North Coast Section football playoffs, the Antioch High Panthers of the Bay Valley Athletic League will host the California High Grizzlies of San Ramon, of the East Bay League, tonight, Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. Antioch has an overall 7-4 season record and Cal High has an overall record of 9-2.

Coming off their first-round victory over San Ramon Valley High Wolves with a score of 29-17, the Panthers are looking forward to tonight’s challenge. Najee Harris, the nation’s top high school running back, and the rest of the “Yoc Boys” will be suited up and ready for action at Eells Stadium.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors citizens and students with an ID. If you can’t make it to the game, you can watch it online, by clicking here.

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Antioch Family Night Fundraisers at Warriors – Dec. 5th game tickets deadline extended

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016
LIMITED space is available for kids to be Anthem Buddies where they stand with the Warriors players during the National Anthem and the Courtside Shoot Around. Support our schools and enjoy the game.

LIMITED space is available for kids to be Anthem Buddies where they stand with the Warriors players during the National Anthem and the Courtside Shoot Around. Support our schools and enjoy the game.

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Busby wins John Soares, Sr. Memorial Race at Antioch Speedway, Saturday night

Monday, October 10th, 2016
Scott Busby's #73 division record 65th career A Modified feature win was worth $1,500.  Busby now has 71 career wins, which leaves him one win behind speedway legend J.D. Willis for the lead on the all time list.  Photo by Paul Gould

Scott Busby’s #73 division record 65th career A Modified feature win was worth $1,500. Busby now has 71 career wins, which leaves him one win behind speedway legend J.D. Willis for the lead on the all time list. Photo by Paul Gould

By Don Martin II

When Scott Busby began his racing career at Antioch Speedway in 1979, he ran a Street Stock, and the track was promoted by it’s founder, John Soares Sr.  On Saturday night, Scott scored one of the biggest wins of his career in the John Soares Sr. Memorial Top Dog Shoot Out.  Busby won his heat race earlier in the evening to set the stage for his big $1,500 30 lap Main Event win.

Busby was the early Main Event leader, but the race changed after a yellow flag for a Turn 4 wreck involving Troy Foulger and Duane Cleveland on lap nine.  Busby lost the lead as another A Modified legend, Randy McDaniel, moved by.  McDaniel won the Jerry Hetrick Memorial Race earlier this year.  Busby settled back into third behind three time winner Brian Cass, but the three cars ran in close formation up front.  Busby made an inside move in Turn 4 of the 23rd lap to take second from Cass, and a spin in Turn 1 forced a lap 26 caution flag.  Two false starts by the leaders followed and could have resulted in the first two rows being swapped.  However, track officials wanted to let the two battle it out for the $1,500 win.  McDaniel ran the inside line, and Busby got a good run on the outside.  As they headed down the back stretch, Busby pulled ahead, and he carried that momentum through Turns 3 and 4 to take the lead.  From there, Busby went on to a hard fought victory ahead of McDaniel, Cass, Michael Paul Jr. and Bobby Motts Jr.

Richard Papenhausen #4p scored his third $1,500 DIRTcar Late Model win of the season, and he appears to be headed for his second championship in three seasons.  Photo by Paul Gould

Richard Papenhausen #4p scored his third $1,500 DIRTcar Late Model win of the season, and he appears to be headed for his second championship in three seasons. Photo by Paul Gould

Richard Papenhausen took an emphatic step towards the DIRTcar Late Model championship with an impressive 20 lap Main Event victory.  With mechanial issues striking fellow heat winner Troy Foulger early, the anticipated battle with Papenhausen never materialized.  Papenhausen grabbed the lead early and steadily pulled away from the competition for what is surely a championship clinching $1,500 victory.  Terry Kuntz and Dennis Souza were season best second and third place finishers, both on the lead lap.  Danny Malfati returned and finished fourth ahead of Shawn DeForest.

Reigning B Modified champion Fred Ryland returned to Antioch Speedway and won the $850 first prize in the 20 lap B Modified Main Event.  Brian Pearce was running strong and won his heat race by a straightaway.  Pearce led the early goings of the Main Event, but F. Ryland was quickly into second and shadowing Pearce.  Chuck Golden stalled at the Turn 1 exit midway through the race for a yellow flag.  Ryland managed to grab the lead from Pearce on the restart, but one more yellow slowed the pace three laps from the finish.  The “psyche game” saw Ryland jump a start that was called back.  Pearce did the same thing the next time.  On the third attempt, Fred Ryland maintained his pace and held off Pearce for the big victory.  Many time Merced and Hanford A Modified champion Paul Stone drove the Tim Hammett car to a third place finish as heat winner Patti Ryland and Mitch Enos rounded out the Top 5.

Fred Ryland #7j returned to his home track and scored an $850 victory in the B Modified Main Event.  It was the fourth win of the season for the reigning track champion.  Photo by Paul Gould

Fred Ryland #7j returned to his home track and scored an $850 victory in the B Modified Main Event. It was the fourth win of the season for the reigning track champion. Photo by Paul Gould

Three time reigning Hobby Stock champion Kimo Oreta returned for only the the second time and once again won the 20 lap Hobby Stock Main Event.  Oreta, who is the division’s all time Main Event win leader with 23 wins, could not resist the lure of the $850 payday.  The early goings of the Main Event were just a bit rough, and one incident saw Frank Furtado lose a wheel to end his race.  Oreta had to bring his A Game to this race as point leader Guy Ahlwardt and recent winner Melissa Myers were running closely behind him.  However, Oreta was just a bit faster and grabbed Bob Kempf’s checkered flag ahead of Ahlwardt and Myers.  John McClendon got the opportunity to drive the Bob Brown owned car for the first time and piloted it to a fourth place finish ahead of Fred Ryland.

The championship season wraps up on October 22nd with a loaded seven division program that includes A Modifieds, DIRTcar Late Models, Wingless Spec Sprints, B Modifieds, Limited Late Models, Hobby Stocks and Dwarf Cars.  For further information, go to www.antiochspeedway.com

Unofficial Race Results:
Hobby Stocks
Heat 1-Guy Ahlwardt, Chris Sorensen, Kimo Oreta.  Heat 2-Natalie Perry, Cameron Swank, Fred Ryland.  Main Event-Oreta, Ahlwardt, Melissa Myers, John McClendon, Ryland.
B Modifieds
Heat 1-Patti Ryland, Fred Ryland, Chuck Golden.  Heat 2-Brian Pearce, Mike Salazar, Al Johnson.  Main Event-F. Ryland, Pearce, Paul Stone, P. Ryland, Mitch Enos.
A Modifieds
Heat 1-Richard Papenhausen, Carl Berendsen II, Bobby Motts Jr.  Heat 2-Bobby Montalvo, Randy McDaniel, Troy Foulger.  Heat 3-Scott Busby, Sean O’Gara, Darrell Hughes II.  Main Event-Busby, McDaniel, Cass, Michael Paul Jr, Motts.
DIRTcar Late Models
Heat 1-Troy Foulger, Shawn DeForest, Danny Malfati.  Heat 2-Richard Papenhausen, Kimo Oreta, Terry Kuntz  Main Event-Papenhausen, Kuntz, Dennis Souza, Malfati, DeForest.

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Breast cancer community comes together at the Cow Palace during annual Grand National Rodeo

Saturday, October 8th, 2016
Stacey Freitas of Galt, CA placed 2nd in the barrel racing competition during the 2015 Grand National Rodeo. photo by Allen Payton

Stacey Freitas of Galt, CA placed 2nd in the barrel racing competition during the 2015 Grand National Rodeo. photo by Allen Payton

‘Tough Enough To Wear Pink’ Day, Friday October 21st

Free Tickets for Breast Cancer survivors and their families from the Herald!

Pink Plate co-founders, Carla Kimball (center) and Survivor Sisters of Contra Costa County (L-R) Deborah Bordeau, Heather McCullough, Chere Rush and Heather Solari. photo courtesy of pinkplate.org.

Pink Plate co-founders, Carla Kimball (center) and Survivor Sisters of Contra Costa County (L-R) Deborah Bordeau, Heather McCullough, Chere Rush and Heather Solari. photo courtesy of pinkplate.org

For the first time ever the 70th Annual Grand National Livestock Expo, Horse Show, and Rodeo announces Friday, October 21, 2016 as “Tough Enough To Wear Pink” Day, and plans to bring together the Breast Cancer community in a day of solidarity and awareness. As a national campaign, Tough Enough to Wear Pink Programs in rodeos across the nation have raised almost $10 Million dollars. But the biggest asset of the program is that the money stays in local communities.

The Grand National Rodeo has partnered with Bay Area Cancer Connections, and California Pink Plate. To get involved attendees can stop by booths in the Western Marketplace to learn about early detection and other resources for cancer patients and survivors. Bay Area Cancer Connections is a nonprofit that provides free programs and services that address survivorship needs of all those facing breast and ovarian cancer in the Bay Area, including early breast cancer detection services for low-income uninsured young women and men.

By partnering with the California Pink Plate organization, the Grand National hopes to help the organization reach the DMV requirement of 7,500 paid orders which will then move the Pink Ribbon license plate into production. The Pink Plate is almost halfway to their goal, with nine months left until the deadline, the Grand National can play a big part in helping to make the plate a reality. All proceeds from the pink license plates goes to the ‘Every Woman Counts’ initiative, which provides underserved women all over California the opportunity to get free screenings, something that the founder of the pink plate feels is the key to beating the disease.

“I am a nine-year stage IV breast cancer survivor and I ignored my lump for several months. I don’t want that to happen to another woman/man. What better way to remind people everyday about early detection than on the California roadways. Pink Plate can become a part of the solution. This is an opportunity to save countless lives and remind people daily about the importance of early detection. We are all in this together, and excited to partner up with Tough Enough to Wear Pink and the Grand National Rodeo this year! I don’t think about myself as a breast cancer SURVIVOR, I think of myself as a breast cancer FIGHTER! I know we’ll meet our goal and encourage Rodeo fans to purchase or gift a Pink Plate through our website www.pinkplate.org, so we can reach our goal of 7,500!” – Chere Rush, Discovery Bay, California Pink Plate Co-Founder

pinkplatecarFor 70 years the iconic Cow Palace Arena & Event Center has been celebrating the old west and inspiring youth to take part in the agriculture industry through their annual Grand National Livestock Exposition, Horse Show and Rodeo event. From top to bottom, the Cow Palace is filled with the ultimate western experience including an agriculture exhibition, a professional Rodeo in partnership with the PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association), and a classic western marketplace – including mechanical bull rides, live music, BBQ, shopping, and more.

The family-friendly event takes place all day over two, action-packed weekends on Oct. 14-15 and Oct. 21-22, 2016. Although tickets must be purchased for the Grand National Rodeo in the main arena, the Livestock Exposition, Horse Show, Interactive Agricultural Area, and Marketplace are FREE to the public.

Use coupon code ‘PINK’ to receive $6.00 off reserve Dress Circle tickets or $11.00 off reserved Box Seat tickets to the Oct. 14-15 & 21-22 rodeo performances. Tickets can be purchased on the Cow Palace website (cowpalace.com). For more details contact info@cowpalace.com or call 415-414-4100.

Event Schedule, Friday Oct. 21 – ‘Tough Enough to Wear Pink Day’

NCA Dog Trials

PRCA Rodeo

About California Pink Plate:

Pink Plate’s mission is to educate, promote and raise funds for Breast Cancer Awareness in California. Early detection saves lives. We can think of no better way to spread this message than through the California Pink Ribbon License Plate. All funds generated from sales of the California Pink Ribbon License Plate will be deposited into the Breast Cancer Control Account, which funds the Every Woman Counts (EWC) program (click here). EWC is administered by the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and provides free clinical breast exams and mammograms to Cal ifornia’s underserved women.

About Bay Area Cancer Connections

Bay Area Cancer Connections is a nonprofit organization that supports people touched by breast and ovarian cancer by providing comprehensive, personalized services in an atmosphere of warmth and compassion. The non-profit provides free programs and services that address survivorship needs of all those facing breast and ovarian cancer in the Bay Area, including early breast cancer detection services for low-income uninsured young women and men. Learn more at​ www.bcconnections.org.

Free Tickets

If you know a breast cancer survivor who would like to attend the Grand National Rodeo with their family on Friday, September 21st for free, contact the Antioch Herald at editor@antiochherald.com and we’ll reserve a ticket good for them and four guests. Tickets are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

In addition, we also have a free General Admission ticket good for any of the four days, available to the first four readers who contact us.

See the full schedule of the 2016 Grand National Rodeo, by clicking here: www.cowpalace.com/p/grandnational

 

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Register today for Monster Dash Costume 5K Run/Walk for The Arts, in Antioch, Saturday, Oct. 15

Friday, October 7th, 2016

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5K run/walk on October 15 at Contra Loma Regional Park in Antioch

The Drama Factory will host a Halloween-themed, athletic event for all ages that includes a 5K run, a one-mile run, and a children’s costume parade through Antioch’s scenic Contra Loma Regional Park. This is a fundraiser that helps keep the performing arts accessible to the community.

Registration fees include a unisex event T-shirt designed by local artist, and director, John Ballesteros; and a finisher’s ribbon. The first 5K overall male and female finishers will be awarded a plaque. The first overall male and female in the one-mile event will receive medals.

Register by Friday, October 7th – today – to guarantee that you will receive a shirt as supplies are limited. Costumes are encouraged, but optional. Spectators are also encouraged to wear a costume.

For more information visit the event Facebook page or to register click, here.

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Friends of cancer victim support sons with annual memorial Whiffle Ball tournament in Antioch

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016
One of Keith Pearson's sons, Peyton, prepares to swing during the annual Whiffle Ball tournament in Antioch.

One of Keith Pearson’s sons, Peyton, prepares to swing during the 2016 annual Whiffle Ball tournament.

Brian Howerton proudly displays this year's T-shirt.

Brian Howerton proudly displays this year’s T-shirt.

By Allen Payton

Keith Pearson was born and raised in Antioch and played baseball at Antioch High. In 2011 he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer and died soon after.

“It’s the fastest rising cancer diagnosis and more often than not its terminal upon diagnosis,” said one of his good friends, Brian Howerton.

So, he and all of Keith’s other good friends started a memorial Whiffle Ball tournament in 2012 to support the American Cancer Society and to make sure his two boys, Preston and Peyton, now ages five and eight, get to play the sports they want to play.

Funds are raised from the fee each team pays to play, as well as from the sale of annual T-shirts and a raffle. This year’s tournament was played at Antioch’s Mira Vista Hills Park.

“I appreciate the continued support of Keith’s best friends even after his death and for helping our kids,” Keith’s widow Amy Pearson said during this year’s tournament on Saturday, September 24. “This is a great reunion every year. I just know he would wish he was here.”

For more information visit www.ecan.org., visit the group’s Facebook page or contact Scott Pearson.

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Tickets now available for Antioch Family Night fundraisers at the Warriors games

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

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