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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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Malu Fitness celebrates Grand Opening in Antioch, gives back to community

Monday, September 8th, 2014
Owner Marcus Malu gives speech before cutting the red tape Malu Fitness celebrates Grand Opening in Antioch, gives back to community

Owner Marcus Malu, right, shared a few words before cutting the ribbon during the Grand Opening of Malu Fitness in Antioch, August 9.

 

By Luke Johnson

Nearly a hundred people gathered Saturday, August 9 to celebrate the Grand Opening of Malu Fitness, in Antioch.

A list of local area celebrities and dinitaries were in attendance. Cal-Berkeley’s head football coach Sonny Dykes, professional basketball player Eli Holman and Brentwood Vice Mayor Joel Bryant all made an appearance.

After cutting the big red tape, employees and gym members gave back to the community and served free food to the homeless in downtown Antioch.

I know how it is to be down on your luck. To be called a loser. To be called a ‘brokey-broke,’” owner Marcus Malu said. “The opportunity and doors that God has opened for me and the people He has put in my circle, why not take advantage of all those things? Why hold on to that hook up when you can have your hook up, hook you up, to hook everybody else up? It’s not, ‘scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours.’ I’m scratching your back because I know your back itches.”

Malu has been a personal trainer for five years, and has produced top tier talent. He worked with former Freedom High School running back Joe Mixon, who received over 50 Division I scholarship offers. Current athletes under Malu, Freedom High senior Dominic Fredrickson, Antioch High sophomore Najee Harris and Heritage High senior Sam Hinn combine for well over a dozen offers.

Malu is not just Marcus’ last name, it’s also an acronym which stands for “Making Athletes Live Unique,” which is their slogan. One thing that makes Marcus unique is that he trains kids, whose parents cannot afford it, for free.

I grew up with nothing, but at the same time with the very little that we had, my parents taught me to always share,” Malu said. “If somebody ain’t got it, reach out and help them. It’s always been that way.” Malu Fitness is located at 8 Walter Way, off A Street. To learn more, call (925) 305-6249 or visit www.Facebook.com/malunique.

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Antioch Chamber of Commerce to participate in Chamber Night at the Pittsburg Ballpark Friday

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

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New boxing gym in Antioch to hold Grand Opening, Saturday

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Family‐Friendly Gym Aims to Become a Positive Presence in the Community

Double Trouble Boxing (DTB), an Antioch-based boxing gym welcoming members of all fitness levels, will hold its official grand opening event on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 1908 A Street in Antioch, CA beginning at Noon. The free, family‐friendly affair will offer food and giveaways from local sponsors such as Celia’s, Costco, Juarez and Subway; a bounce house and other treats for kids; and a waived enrollment fee for new members who sign up during the event.

We are thrilled to be hosting our supporters and the community at our grand opening on May 10,” said Michael Alexander, co‐owner of DTB. “Sharing our love of the sport of boxing as well as helping people achieve their health and fitness goals are passions of ours, and the event is our opportunity to showcase these passions as well as our first‐class facility and staff members.”

Boasting a custom‐built boxing ring and state‐of‐the‐art sound system, the 2,119 sq. ft. gym also features a wide variety of weight training and cardiovascular equipment, including free weights, treadmills, elliptical trainers and stationary bicycles. Classes offered at DTB were designed with athletes of all skill sets in mind, ranging from cardio and technical boxing to cycling and kids’ boxing. Personal training with DTB’s certified fitness instructors is also available.

DTB is located in the heart of downtown Antioch’s business district, a move which Daniel Castillo, co‐owner of DTB, says was strategic. “A large part of the reason we chose downtown Antioch for our gym was that we have deep ties to the community,” said Castillo. “Both Mike and I attended school in Antioch, so the city will always feel like home to us. In addition to helping revitalize the area’s economy, we wanted to provide the city’s youth a place where they could come and participate in a positive after‐school activity,” he said, referencing the large number of elementary and high school‐aged children that are members of the gym.

Despite its relative newness, DTB and its staff members are already an active presence in the Antioch and East Contra Costa County communities. The gym recently sponsored and hosted special training classes for young, African American males in conjunction with a local mentoring and advocacy program, and DTB’s staff members participated in a volunteer cleanup day for the City of Antioch. Additionally, both Alexander and Castillo are frequent attendees and presenters before the Antioch City Council. The DTB owners say that they look forward to seeking out, participating in and supporting other community‐oriented initiatives in the future.

About Michael Alexander:

Michael Alexander is the co‐founder and co‐owner of DTB and also serves as a trainer and instructor at the gym. An Antioch native, Alexander became a professional boxer in 2007 after serving in, and boxing for, the United States Marine Corps for four years. He received his degree in kinesiology with a concentration in human performance analysis from San Francisco State University.

About Daniel Castillo:

DTB co‐founder and co‐owner Daniel Castillo is also a trainer and instructor for the facility. He graduated from Pittsburg High School in 1999 and became a professional boxer in 2006 after several years of Golden Gloves fights under his belt as well as professional appearances on HBO, Showtime and Spike TV networks. Castillo is a professional sparring partner to many of the fighting industry’s elite athletes, including UFC stars Nick and Nate Diaz.

For more information about DTB, visit the gym’s website at ww.antiochdtb.com.

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East County Muscle offers novice body builders chance to shine, locally this Saturday

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

By Allen Payton

Local personal trainers, Dion Powell and Santi Lopez are giving East County residents the opportunity to compete in a local bodybuilding, physique, bikini and figure show, known as The Novice.

We’ve been wanting to offer the newby to the sport an opportunity to display the results of their hard work in shaping and sculpting their body in a low-pressure competitive environment – in East County,” Dion said.

The event, to be held this Saturday, April 19, 2014 will feature local competitors in the four categories.

East County has a lot of talent in the fitness community and have represented well at regional, state and national competitions,” he added. “There hasn’t been anything like this out, here – even with all the health clubs in the area. Those who want to haven’t a had a place to display their physiques outside of those clubs. Now they can.”

Plus, we’re hoping it will be another great event for people to look forward to, attend and enjoy, here in East County like the Seafood Festival and Corn Fest. You won’t want to miss it.”

Successful competitors in bodybuilding, themselves, both Dion and Santi train a variety of individuals at all levels of fitness, from the average person who wants to lose weight and tone up to the hardcore athlete who desires to take it to the next level in their chosen sport.

Spots are still available for competitors and sponsorships by local businesses, as well.

The event will be held at Brentwood Veterans Memorial Hall in two sessions, an afternoon pre-judge and an evening finals competition. For more information on or tickets call (925) 446-9632, visit www.facebook.com/EastCountyMuscleInc or email eastcocomuscle@gmail.com.

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Antioch’s Marcus Lee helps Kentucky into the Final Four on Saturday

Friday, April 4th, 2014
Marcus Lee Antiochs Marcus Lee helps Kentucky into the Final Four on Saturday

Marcus Lee from his Facebook page.

By Luke Johnson

Antioch native Marcus Lee burst into the national spotlight, Sunday when he propelled Kentucky past Michigan into the Final Four of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

The Deer Valley High Class of ’13 graduate scored 10 points, with 5-of-5 shooting all coming in the first half, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked two shots in the Wildcats’ 75-72 victory over the Wolverines in the Midwest Regional Final.

In Lee’s senior year, he was named Bay Valley Athletic League MVP, and was ranked the 19th top prospect in the country on Rivals.com. He took DVHS to new heights by reaching the Division I State Semifinal. But for most of this year, Lee had become a forgone conclusion. 

Since Christmas, he had only collaborated for a combined total of nine points before Sunday’s contest. When it came to game time, Michigan’s coaching staff had made few preparations against Lee.

“We had very little on him (in the scouting report),” said Michigan coach John Beilein. “But he does one thing really, really well, and that’s he plays way above the rim. You can see the size disadvantage was obvious out there.”

He entered the game in the middle of the first half, and provided an immediate spark by blocking a shot and going to the other end of the court and slamming it down. Lee produced two more powerful dunks to score six points in just nearly two minutes of play.

“I just tried to stay ready, no matter what the time was and contribute to the team,” Lee said during the postgame press conference while sitting next to Kentucky coach John Calipari.

“Tell them what I told you for two days before this game,” Calipari said to Lee.

“Y’all know Cal’s always right?” Lee said, causing members of the media to laugh. “So… He told the team I was going to have a big day.”

Kentucky continues its path in the tournament Saturday at 5:49 p.m. on TBS network in Arlington, Texas. The Wildcats will take on Wisconsin for shot at competing in the NCAA Final on Monday night.

Lee already has a page on both Wikipedia and ESPN’s websites. To read more about him, visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcus_Lee or http://espn.go.com/college-sports/basketball/recruiting/player/_/id/126077/marcus-lee.

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Your Pro’s Corner: Want to score better? “Keep the target in your mind’s eye”

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Your Pros Corner Your Pro’s Corner: Want to score better?  “Keep the target in your minds eye”By Ron Parish, PGA, General Manager/Director of Golf, Lone Tree Golf Course

Whatever part of the game, putting, chipping, sand, approach irons, or long game, when you hit your best shots I would venture to say you have your target in your minds eye. It doesn’t really matter what mechanics you are keying on, good golf shots require you to have your target in mind. I am more and more of the belief that keeping your target in mind is something that can be practiced, encouraged, and additionally supported through routine.

Other activities that practice “visualization”. Visualization, or keeping the target in mind is an exercise in itself. I would encourage other activities that involve visualization to help develop this skill. Playing basketball and shooting baskets, playing darts, pool, ping pong, tennis, or playing catch with a baseball or football are all activities that sharpen the minds visualization skills and the bodies skills in working with the mind. Remember Kareem Abdul Jabbar before shooting a sky hook? He was usually looking away from the target before the shot but his minds eye knew where that basket was.

Get the wedge out. Another way to practice visualization is to get the wedge out and play chipping games. Chip to the same hole from the same location with three balls. Hit the first ball with a low trajectory that runs just landing it on the green. Hit the second with a medium trajectory that flies a little farther on the green and runs a little less. Hit the third shot with a high trajectory that floats in farthest and stops quickly by the hole. Switch to another hole and do the same thing. Then go to the putting green and putt to the same hole from the same spot hitting the first putt firm and fast with little break, the second medium speed with a little more break, and the third lagging just right with the greatest amount of break. Just the mere way in which you are now practicing, hitting every shot differently with a different target or line, is getting you to practice your visualization. Ultimately, that is what you are doing when you play on the course hitting one shot at a time, each shot being different. It makes a lot of sense to practice that way if you want to improve your game. \

With routine, develop a process to help encourage and support visualization. Follow these steps in your pre-shot routine and I bet it will help:

  1. Look at the lie of the golf ball. It will tell you what you can or can’t do. If the ball is sitting down in a hard pan lie, trying a flop shot where you slide the club under the ball is ruled out. So start with your lie and the options is allows.
  2. Stand behind the ball and look at the target and determine the specific spot you are going to aim. Make a decision and commit to it! Remember to pick the spot that gives you a good percentage of success; so essentially play to the fat of the green or fairway.
  3. As you walk forward and approach the ball, be sure to use your eyes and look back and forth from the ball to that decided upon target repeatedly. Your eyes will help program the “athelete” and see the shot you are trying to make as well as tell the body what it has to do. If you lose sight of the image at anytime, back off and start again, if you don’t a poor shot will happen.
  4. As you set up to the ball, stay with your routine that you are familiar with and keep the target in mind. Some people take longer then others over the ball, but just be familiair with how long you take and try and stay consistent with it. There is comfort for you as a player in taking the same amount of time over a shot and that helps you feel confident and keep the target in mind. Feel yourself taking too long? Red flag! Doubt and uncertainty are creeping in and I bet the target is not in your mind’s eye. Back off and start again. Be fully committed to that target and stick to your routine.
  5. Pull the trigger and keep the target in mind as you swing.

I can talk about it all day in this article but to get good at this you are going to have to go out and practice and understand what it is to visualize the shot and keep it in your minds eye. If you become proficient, this is the best way to play golf and I promise you your scores will only improve! Good luck!

Thank you for all you do for Golf and for Lone Tree Golf Course and Event Center. I hope 2013 was a great year and may 2014 find you golfing often and happily (and while you are out there, bring a buddy to the game, golf needs that).

Your Pro,

Ron Parish, PGA

If you are interested in reviewing other articles from Coach Ron go to www.lonetreegolfcourse.com under “The Course” tab.

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