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Antioch High baseball receives giant check from Giants

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

AHS Panthers baseball coaches, Athletic Director Steve Sanchez (in hat) and Principal Louie Rocha hold the replica check at AT&T Park in San Francisco. Photo by AUSD.

From Antioch High School Twitter Feed @Antioch_High

Antioch High School Panther baseball was awarded $5,000 from Step Up to the Plate (Wells Fargo/KNBR). Money bought supplies plus uniforms and catcher’s gear for the JV. The check was presented by Giants’ Brandon Crawford to the coaches and principal. @AntiochUnified @roAr_crew @AntiochLinkCrew.

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New sports clothing store opens at Antioch’s Somersville Towne Center

Friday, November 23rd, 2018

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The first NFL cheerleader to take a knee during national anthem this season is from Antioch

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018

Antioch resident and 49ers Gold Rush Cheerleader Kayla Morris takes a knee Thurs., Nov. 1, 2018. Photo source unidentified

Protest before the Battle of the Bay

By Luke Johnson

It happened at the Battle of the Bay, which should come as no surprise.

From Tommie Smith and John Carlos’ black panther salute during the 1968 Summer Olympics to Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the national anthem — sports activism is ingrained in the Bay Area culture

Kayla Morris became the first NFL cheerleader to take a knee during the Star Spangled Banner, according to Business Insider. It happened during Thursday’s nationally-televised game between the 49ers and Raiders at Levi’s Stadium.

The 49ers Gold Rush member is from Antioch and graduated from Deer Valley High School in 2012.

49er cheerleader kneels. Screenshot from a KTVU Fox2 News report.

Her action is presumably in support of the aforementioned Kaepernick, who began protesting in effort to bring attention to racial oppression and police brutality in 2016.

The 49ers have yet to comment about Morris.

In the past, 49ers Owner Jed York has been supportive of players who protest.

This was not the first time a 49ers cheerleader took a knee. In another photo online, former 49ers cheerleader Maria Mendez, dressed in a Santa’s Helper Christmas outfit, can be seen taking a knee before the Dec. 24, 2017 game according to a report by KTVU Fox2 News.


Allen Payton contributed to this report.

A photo posted on the @gatorlenny Twitter feed shows Morris kneeling before the game at Levi’s Stadium, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018.

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Pittburg three-peats in 100th Big Little Game beating Antioch 42-10, both teams receive high playoff bids

Sunday, October 28th, 2018

Antioch High Panthers Quarterback #4 Senior, Willem Karnthong was under pressure throughout the 100th Big Little Game loss to the Pittsburg Pirates on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. Photo by Luke Johnson

Pittsburg has won 66 percent of the rivalry’s 100 matchups

The Pirates’ #28, Senior Wide Receiver Steven Bratcher crosses the goal line for another score. Photo by Linda Johnson

By Luke Johnson

The Pirates derailed the Panthers, 42-10, in the annual Saturday afternoon contest.

Antioch has only won 27 Big Little Games, seven were ties. Additionally, the Panthers have lost 12 of the last 13 contests with Pittsburg.

“It’s terrific to be a part of this for the past 17 years as the head coach, but, man, I didn’t think I’d get to 100,” Pirates’ head coach Vic Galli said. “It’s pretty awesome. There was a lot riding on the game for both teams.”

Pittsburg (7-3, 4-1 BVAL) was without two-star players due to injuries: four-star defensive tackle Jacob Bandes (hip) and quarterback Tre Turner (ankle). However, the Pirates did not lose a step.

Their pass rush was able to contain Antioch (7-3, 2-3) quarterback Willem Karnthong, while Pittsburg’s Jerry Johnson threw for 231 yards and three touchdowns. Pittsburg’s Willie Harts III also played behind center and had one touchdown through the air and one on the ground.

“They’re so talented upfront,” said Antioch head coach John Lucido. “Without Bandes, we knew they were going to be tough.”

Lucido competed in the Big Little Game as a player for the Panthers in the early 90’s and said bad blood has boiled down between the two cities since then but, has maintained the rivalry’s rich history.

The North Coast Section announced Sunday that Pittsburg earned the No. 4 seed in the Open Division Playoff and Antioch received the No. 1 seed in the Division-I bracket. Both teams will rest this upcoming weekend.

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Playoff stakes are riding on today’s 100th Big Little Game

Saturday, October 27th, 2018

Antioch High Panthers varsity football team will host the Pittsburg High Pirates for the historic rivalry

By Luke Johnson

One of the greatest high school football rivalry games will likely decide who gets a playoff bid and who doesn’t.

“If we lose tomorrow, we shouldn’t be in the open division,” said Pittsburg head coach Vic Galli in an interview on Friday.

Beat Pitt sign on the Antioch side during the 2017 Big Little Game.

The No. 1 and 2 seeds for the North Coast Section Open Division appear to be locked in for De La Salle (9-0) and Liberty (9-0, 4-0 BVAL). In contention for potentially one of the other two seeds are Antioch (7-2, 2-2) and Pittsburg (6-3, 3-1), who play in the 100th Big Little Game today, Saturday, Oct. 27.

Galli said Antioch’s greatest strength is its quarterback Willem Karnthong, who has passed for 1,120 yards and rushed for 406 this season.

Karnthong has 43 career touchdown passes and is seven away from breaking the Panthers’ all-time record.

The Pirates have to overcome injuries from star players to win the contest. Washington-bound nose guard Jacob Bandes and starting quarterback Tre Turner are ruled out for the game.

“Pittsburg’s greatest strength is the front seven — specifically, that triangle that anchors the middle: [Jack] Lacy, Bandes and [De’Jon] Benton,” said Antioch quarterback coach Juan Corral. “All 3 of those guys are Top 5 all time in their school’s history at their positions.”

Another weapon in Pittsburg’s arsenal is Willie Harts III, who has scored touchdowns via passing, rushing, receiving, interception, kick return and punt return this season.

Other key players for the Panthers consist of wide receiver Gaudie Campbell and linebacker Vinny Ballardo. Campbell is tied for most all-time receiving touchdowns at Antioch with 18 and Ballardo has averaged 100-plus tackles per season since he was a sophomore.

Gametime is 1:30 p.m. at Antioch High School’s Eels Stadium located at w. 18th and L Streets.

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Antioch Panthers win fifth straight Mayor’s Cup football game over crosstown rivals Deer Valley Wolverines

Friday, October 26th, 2018

Antioch to play in 100th Big Little Game vs. Pittsburg, Saturday, Oct. 27

Mayor Sean Wright and Antioch High Varsity Football Coach John Lucido hold the Mayor’s Cup trophy following the 2017 game. Herald file photo

By Luke Johnson

Willem Karnthong led the Panthers in the air and on the ground en route to a victory over his team’s crosstown rival.

The Antioch (7-2, 2-2 BVAL) quarterback passed for two touchdowns and carried one into the end zone in a 28-20 win against Deer Valley.

Karnthong also led the Panthers in passing yards (136) and rushing yards (90). The senior’s 43 career passing touchdowns is catching up to his school’s all-time record. Paris Verduzco completed 49 passing touchdowns for Antioch from 1993 to 1995.

It was the Panthers’ fifth consecutive win in the Mayor’s Cup. The Yoc Boyz have jumped to a 13-10 lead in the series.

The Wolverines (4-5, 1-3 BVAL) entered the game coming off its first league win in five years. Deer Valley blew out Heritage last week, 50-8.

Joshua Scott also showed off his dual-threat quarterbacking skills for the Wolverines. The senior passed for 146 yards and rushed for 96.

Antioch’s Gaudie Campbell was the recipient of Karnthong’s two passing touchdowns. He also had three catches for 90 yards. The senior has 18 touchdown receptions in his high school career.

Both teams prepare for the final week of the regular season. Antioch will face Pittsburg (6-3, 3-1 BVAL) in the 100th Big Little Game and Deer Valley will take on Freedom (6-3, 2-2 BVAL).

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Antioch PD vs Pittsburg PD in Battle of the Badges Home Run Derby PAL fundraiser, Tuesday

Monday, August 27th, 2018

Benefit for Police Activities League

Please join us as the Pittsburg Diamonds take on the Martinez Clippers on August 28th, and as an added bonus the Antioch Police Department takes on the Pittsburg Police Department in a Home Run Derby with the Diamonds donating a portion of ticket sales to the winner’s PAL (Police Activities League) program.

Antioch Police Chief Brooks and Pittsburg Police Chief Addington will be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. Come on down for a great time, and a good cause.

The competition will take place at Winter Chevrolet Stadium, Civic at Railroad Avenue in Pittsburg. For tickets, visit Facebook or Eventbrite.


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Antioch, Deer Valley high school football preview

Sunday, August 5th, 2018

By Jesus Cano

Antioch High Panthers

Last season Willem Karnthong illustrated what being a dual threat quarterback is.

It wouldn’t be a surprise if the senior can rush and pass for 1,000 yards. Last season he threw for 1,601 and ran for 800.

Karnthong is one of the veterans of the team. He is a three-year varsity starter, similar to one his throwing options, Gaudie Campbell. Campbell has been receiving offers since his freshman year from schools like Eastern Washington, Howard and recently California State University, Sacramento.

Just like Campbell, Tommy Jenkins will be a threat in offense according to offensive coordinator Brett Dudley. Both of these players can play defensive back as well.

Dudley says Antioch’s workhorse will be senior Vinny Ballardo. Despite being a natural defensive player, he can do it all. From taking caries, lining up at receiver, to returning punts.

Jaysn Wade seems to be the front runner at running back for the Panthers. In 26 rushes, Wade averaged 9.9 yards per carry.

Defensively, Dejuan Butler is a player that has gotten notice of the University of California, Berkeley. Dudley says he really expects Butler to get national attention this season.

Antioch’s two key lineman according to Dudley are Jake Hope and Alberto Sandoval. Both of them excel on both sides of the ball. Dudley also says Kwamayne Sims will make an impact on the line, especially on defense, adding to Antioch’s 3-4 defense.

Dudley feels a lot more confident with this offensive line, compared to previous years.

“I would put what those three guys do In the weight room against any other three guys around.” Dudley said.

Antioch essentially went from a bottom of the league team, to one of the top teams in the North Coast Section.

In the past three seasons, they have at least ended at the semifinal stage on the NCS DI championship and making an appearance in the final round.

After coming up short on so many occasions, this Panther team is set out on reaching new heights in the fresh campaign.

“Our goal is to win an NCS championship,” Dudley said.

Deer Valley High Wolverines

Deer Valley High is stuck in a dry spell and is still seeking its oasis.

The Wolverines have yet to win a single league game ever since head coach Robert Hubbard’s inaugural season under the helm in 2014.

Despite that, Hubbard compares his team to the San Francisco 49ers, a team that had struggled the past couple of years but, said has maintained a winning culture.

“We are overlooked by our record,” Hubbard said. “We are always in every single game.”

Deer Valley only went 2-8 last season, but still made the playoffs.

Now they face an ongoing challenge, the small roster size. Hubbard says that roughly 25 players will be on the Deer Valley squad, causing many players to play on two sides of the field.

“The goal is to work on keeping these kids healthy.” Hubbard said

Speaking of the 49ers, Hubbard also adds that Josh Scott is the Jimmy Garoppolo of this team.

Scott has been a BVAL-All-League player since his sophomore year and was most recently awarded first team last season. He also led Deer Valley with 619 rushing yards.

Scott is going to be the workhorse of the team, will be playing on both sides of the field, and while he took over as quarterback later in the season, Hubbard hopes to move him to wide receiver. Hubbard adds that Dominic Pino is candidate to play the quarterback position to add more weapons to Deer Valley’s offense.

Hubbard highlights two other players to be key for Deer Valley, running back Patrick Robinson and two-way lineman King Matu. Along with Scott, they have been playing on varsity ever since their varsity year.

Robinson ran for 438 yards and scored six touchdowns last year.

Another returning player for Deer Valley is Jordan Pringle, who will serve as the team’s tight end.

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