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Pick the winning score for the Super Bowl and win $1,000 at Tailgaters, Sunday

Friday, February 5th, 2016

Tailgaters Super Bowl Big Game Challenge

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Annual Super Bowl weekend Sturgeon Derby in Bay Point, Feb 6 & 7

Thursday, February 4th, 2016
courtesy of originalsturgeonderby.com

courtesy of originalsturgeonderby.com

Sturgeon DerbyLost Anchor Bait & Tackle in Antioch is gearing up for their busiest weekend of the year, in preparation of the 32nd Original Sturgeon Derby, Feb 6 & 7, held each year on Super Bowl weekend. Over 1,100 anglers are expected to be in East County for the derby.

To get your bait and supplies for the derby, stop by the store at 908 West 2nd Street in Antioch’s historic, downtown Rivertown. Then sign up for the derby at McAvoy Harbor at 1001 McAvoy Road in Bay Point.

“We are flying in lots of bait this evening,” said Steffen Masters, owner of Lost Anchor. “So we should be all set up and ready to go Friday and Saturday.”

Call them for the details at 925 384-5005.

The derby is sponsored by the Foundation Sportsman’s Club in Bay Point. For more information visit www.originalsturgeonderby.com.

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Nothing says “I Love You” like Couples Golf at Lone Tree on Valentine’s Day

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Register, today for the Couples Valentine’s Golf Event at Lone Tree Golf Course in Antioch.

Date: Sunday, February 14, 2015

Time :12:00 PM Shotgun

Type of Event: 18-holes.

1-6 SCRAMBLE,

7-12 BEST BALL,

13-18 ALTERNATE SHOT

$90 entry fee per couple includes – Sunday Brunch before your round as early as 10 am for you and your sweetie, Greens Fee w/cart, Prize Fund & Chips/Salsa after play during scoring.
$10 discount per couple if you sign up for another of Lone Tree’s VALENTINES events.
PLEASE PUT PARTNER’S NAME IN NOTES.

Tournament Instructions:

ALTERNATE SHOT – Both players tee off, the best drive is selected and the person who didn’t hit the selected drive hits the second shot. The players alternate hitting shots until the ball is holed. 2 drive minimum per player.

DOUBLE PAR IS THE MAXIMUM.

SCRAMBLE- Both players tee off, pick the best drive & both hit from that spot. Do the same with each shot until the ball is holed. 2 drive minimum per player.

BEST BALL- You BOTH play your own ball..the lowest score is your team score.

Couples will play in Four-somes.

Handicaps – Blind Bogie (Random 3 hole avg. per format ).

NO handicaps needed for players.

Please sign up online below, or in the Lone Tree Golf Shop, or contact Rick Armstrong at (925) 706-4229.

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University of Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh, Lane Kiffin of University of Alabama, visit Antioch, Tuesday

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016
University of Michigan and former 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh with Antioch High Varsity Football coach John Lucido, during a visit to the school, today, Tuesday, January 19, 2016. photo by Brett Dudley, AHS Football Offensive Coordinator. courtesy of Luke Johnson

University of Michigan and former 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh with Antioch High Varsity Football coach John Lucido, during a visit to the school, today, Tuesday, January 19, 2016. photo by Brett Dudley, AHS Football Offensive Coordinator. courtesy of Luke Johnson

Harbaugh revisits AHS for first time since 2004   

By Luke Johnson, Local Sports Reporter

Contagious energy of excitement buzzed through Antioch High School Tuesday

afternoon as two celebrity football coaches stepped on campus, Jim Harbaugh and Lane Kiffin.

“Ms. Thompson and I walked out of the conference room, into the hallway, and started high-fiving and screaming in the office, going, ‘YES! YAHTZEE!’ Because we were fangirling, big time fangirling,” English Teacher Christopher Mathews said about encounter with the Harbaugh.

Antioch High football offensive coordinator Brett Dudley with Lane Kiffin.

Antioch High football offensive coordinator Brett Dudley with Lane Kiffin.

Around 12:20 p.m., the University of Michigan’s head coach was the first to arrive. He and a couple of his assistant coaches met in the conference room of the newly constructed administrative building with Principal Louie Rocha, Antioch head coach John Lucido and PE teacher/offensive coordinator Brett Dudley.

A mob of students crowded around the window trying to get a glimpse of the iconic figure before Rocha had to drop the blinds them.

“It wasn’t just the kids,” Rocha said as he chuckled. “Adults were trying to peek from inside the building too.”

Rocha told Harbaugh that a handful of his staff wanted to meet and take pictures with him, one of them being Mathews, who is a Michigan native. Harbaugh was very welcoming, and told Rocha to bring everyone in.

When Harbaugh was introduced to Mathews, he asked him if he could record him for a recruiting video. Mathews then gave a quick pitch on his love for the Michigan Wolverines, and blew Harbaugh away.

“He said, ‘That is one of the best little cut-out recordings I’ve had on this trip. Do you mind if I have your permission to use that?” Mathews explained. “And I said, ‘Of course you can use that. I’d be honored.’”

After Mathews and the other faculty members exited the room, Rocha said Harbaugh told him he has a “fun and wonderful staff. You must love going to work everyday.”

According to Athletic Director Ferris Anthony, this was not Harbaugh’s first visit to Antioch High School. Back in 2004, well before he coached in the Super Bowl or Rose Bowl, he came to recruit standout athlete Josh Elliot as the head coach of UC-San Diego.

“We had no idea who he was at the time. A Division-III guy make stops in person at high schools was really unheard of,” Anthony said. “But we could tell he was going to be big one day.”

Marcus Malu, owner of Malu Fitness in Antioch with Lane Kiffin.

Marcus Malu, owner of Malu Fitness in Antioch with Lane Kiffin. photo by Luke Johnson

Before the day ended, Harbaugh made a pitstop at Malu Fitness on A Street to become acquainted with owner Marcus Malu and trainer Mori Suésué. He told them he has been hearing about “the shop” all over the Bay Area.

The following day, Michigan gave a scholarship offer to Malu Fitness athlete and De La Salle freshman Isaiah Foskey.

Not as many people met with the University of Alabama’s offensive coordinator  on Tuesday, because he showed up after school hours. Kiffin’s first destination in town was at Malu Fitness with scout Tosh Lupoi, arriving at approximately 4 p.m., before routing to the high school.

The most thrilled person to meet Kiffin was Dudley, who said he has one of the best offensive minds in all of college football. They hung out, chatted it up and Kiffin even answered some of his questions about certain plays and strategies.

Harbaugh and Kiffin were there for the recruitment of junior running back Najee Harris. But since Harris is an underclassman, they are limited to brief direct interaction.

“From what I’ve observed, all they can do is say, ‘Hello,’ and that’s it,” Rocha said.

These men were not the first big names to visit AHS recently. Last month, the University of Notre Dame’s head coach Brian Kelly made an appearance. Rocha and Anthony have been employed on campus for over 20 years, and both agree that this has been the most exciting school year with more big names expected to come.

“It’s awesome going to work knowing you’re getting a chance to meet someone that most people dream of,” Dudley said.

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Antioch Sports Legends and Antioch High Panther’s football team partner up for successful fundraiser

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

Pro-Football-Hall-of-Fame-Super-Bowl-LuncheonDr. Lance Miller wins tickets to Pro Football Hall of Fame Luncheon

By Tom Lamothe

The Antioch Sports Legends Museum hosted a, “Meet and Greet the Panthers” fundraiser for the 2015 BVAL Antioch High School Panther championship football team at the Antioch Historical Society Museum’s Riverview room, January 11, 2016. The Panthers and the Antioch Sports Legends teamed up in an effort to sell $50.00 raffle tickets for high-in-demand Panther gear and for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the Super Bowl 50 NFL Hall of Fame luncheon.

The event was well was received by the standing room only crowd of an estimated 130 to meet BVAL Coach of the Year John Lucido, his coaching staff and the 11-1 championship team and to show financial support for both programs. The evening’s entertainment featured video highlights of the Antioch Panther’s 44-42 gutty come from behind win in the 97th Big Little Game over Pittsburg, the 55-37 win over the Liberty Lions and a spectacular “Coaches Highlight Mix.” All were enthusiastically enjoyed by Panther fans both young and grey.

As master of ceremonies for the evening, I took the opportunity to hit hard on the mission statement of the Antioch Sports Legends Museum: “Connecting Generations, Honoring Excellence and Preserving History,” noting we had accomplished all, that very night. I want to express gratitude for volunteer support led by team captains Sherill Hecock, Vicky Galloway, Geri Corzine, Alana Schmidt, Katie Cook, Michelle Youngman, Krieg Galloway and Kip Stephens. And a special thanks to the moms and dads from the varsity football team for their help, as well.

Antioch High School Basketball Coach Sam Johnson, who drew the winning ticket and whose daughters are in the Antioch Sports Legends, with Tom Lamothe, Executive Director.

Antioch High School Basketball Coach Sam Johnson, who drew the winning ticket and whose daughters are in the Antioch Sports Legends, with Tom Lamothe, Executive Director.

Raffle Winner Announced         

On January 13, Antioch Sports Legends volunteer Sam Johnson drew the winner of the Super Bowl 50 NFL Hall of Fame luncheon ticket, congratulations to Dr. Lance “Doc” Miller. A chiropractor in Antioch, Miller is an AHS Class of ’84 Alumnus, and is well known for his support of East County football. You’ll see Doc working on the football sidelines for the Liberty Lions, Freedom Falcons, as well as Antioch High’s national star running back Najee Harris, in his office.

The  NFL luncheon, honoring Raider Super Bowl Xl winning Coach, John Madden will also feature NFL Hall of Fame Alumni Joe Montana, Joe Namath, as well as over an estimated 50 “Yellow Jackets” in attendance. This once in a lifetime event will take place at the Hilton Hotel on Union Square in San Francisco Friday, February 5th, during the week of Super Bowl 50.

Miller said he would be taking his uncle, Dr. Michael Painter, whose wife Pam, is dying of Alzheimer’s.

“It’s great to win something like this, after being a 49er season ticket holder for 20 years,” Miller said.

“Especially after being promised four seats for Super Bowl 50, when we paid so much for Levi’s Stadium,” he continued with a laugh.

“We are very excited to be part of the experience,” Miller added.

Congratulations, once again Dr. Miller, you’re the envy of millions!

A special thank you to Antioch High Class of ’71 grad and San Francisco Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Robert Linscheid who donated the luncheon tickets.

According to Jada Jackson, Chief of Staff for the S.F. Chamber, tickets to the luncheon are still available for $1,000 each. Contact them at (415) 392-4520. For more information about the luncheon click here.

Lamothe is Executive Director of the Antioch Sports Legends Museum inside the Antioch Historical Society Museum located at 1500 West 4th Street in Antioch. It is open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 1:00-4:00 p.m. For more information about the Antioch Sports Legends “Like” them on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AntiochSportsLegends.

Allen Payton contributed to this story.

 

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Antioch Sports Legends to host meet and greet, fundraiser with Antioch High Panthers football team, Monday

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

SportsLegendslogoThe Antioch Historical Society Museum’s Sports Legends Hall will be hosting an opportunity to meet and greet the 2015 Antioch High School Panther championship football team at the Antioch Historical Riverview room, January 11, 2016 at 6:00 PM.

The Antioch Sports Legends Museum and the Panthers are partnering up to sell raffle tickets to win a chance for a pair of tickets to the Super Bowl 50th NFL Hall of Fame luncheon. The luncheon, honoring Raider Super Bowl winning coach John Madden, will also feature Joe Montana, Joe Namath, as well as an estimated 150 “Yellow Jackets” who will be in attendance.

This once in a lifetime event will take place at the Hilton Hotel on Union Square in San Francisco on February 5th, 2016, during the week of Super Bowl 50.

Antioch High logoThe HOF raffle proceeds will be split with the Antioch Historical Society Museum’s Sports Legends Hall and the Antioch Panther football team programs. Each raffle ticket cost $50.00 for a chance to win a pair (2) of tickets to the HOF luncheon,you need not be present to win. The raffle ticket drawing for the HOF luncheon will be held at the The Antioch Sports Legends HOF at Legends Hall, January 13, 2016 at 1:30.

The night will also feature video highlights of the Antioch Panther’s 44-42 come from behind win in the 97th Big Little Game over Pittsburg, with appetizers and soft drinks being served. Panther gear and other items will be auctioned and raffled off with all proceeds going to the BVAL Championship Panthers. Admission is free, open to the public and all donations are greatly appreciated. If you are unable to attend and would like to buy a HOF raffle ticket for a chance to the NFL 50th Super Bowl luncheon, call Antioch Sports Legends coordinator Tom Lamothe at 925-639-2536.

A special thanks to Bob Linscheid AHS ’71 – CEO of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce for his generous donation.

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A preview of BVAL 2016 high school basketball league play, which begins Jan. 15

Monday, January 4th, 2016
2016 BVAL Basketball Calendar with the best players from each school, as chosen by their coaches. Antioch: forward Jake Perkey and guard Cee Cee Brown; Deer Valley: guard Brandynn Manning and guard Artearra Coffey; Liberty: guard Kavon Wise and guard Jamesha Green; Freedom: guard Tessa Cortez and guard John Ketchel; Pittsburg: guard Ifaenyi Udoh and guard Adorah Buggs; and Heritage: guard Anthony Dennis and forward Mikaila Wegenke.

2016 BVAL Basketball Calendar featuring the best players from each school, as chosen by their coaches. Antioch: forward Jake Perkey and guard Cee Cee Brown; Deer Valley: guard Brandynn Manning and guard Artearra Coffey; Liberty: guard Kavon Wise and guard Jamesha Green; Freedom: guard Tessa Cortez and guard John Ketchel; Pittsburg: guard Ifaenyi Udoh and guard Adorah Buggs; and Heritage: guard Anthony Dennis and forward Mikaila Wegenke.

By Luke Johnson

The Bay Valley Athletic League is in the midst of basketball season with league play just weeks away. The boys’ teams appear to be undersized, but make up for it with speed and long-range shooting ability; while the girls’ teams feature star players battling it out for the number one spot.

Freedom High School has claimed the BVAL Title the past two seasons in the boys’ division, and with a recent victory over two-time defending North Coast Section Champion Monte Vista, 48-46, the Falcons are poised to be in contention for a third consecutive pennant.

The only player remaining from both of FHS’s championship squads is senior guard John Ketchel (6’0”), who brings veteran leadership and offensive versatility to the team. Joining him are senior forward DeShawnte Collins (6’4”) and sophomore guard Baylei Coston (5’8”), who is said by coach Drew Torres to have the potential of being one of Freedom’s all-time greats.

Expected to give Freedom a run for its money is Heritage, who is the only remaining undefeated team in the league (10-0). Taking charge for the Patriots is their version of the Splash Brothers, seniors Marcus Wallace (5’9”) and Jason Augliera (6’2”), whom are accompanied by First Team All-BVAL selection junior Anthony Dennis (6’2”) and sophomore prospect Jonathan Ned (6’6”).

After graduating nine players, Liberty is still a team to keep close tabs on with a 9-1 record; while Deer Valley, Pittsburg and Antioch have near .500 records thus far into the season.

Opposing the biggest threat in the girls’ division is Liberty, who is ranked 33rd in the state and holds an 11-1 record. The Lions are powered by seniors Jamesha Green (5’8”) and Kaily Bigley (6’2”), who both received First Team All-BVAL honors a year ago.

On their tail is reigning BVAL Champion Pittsburg, who is led by returning league MVP Adorah Buggs (5’6”), currently possessing a 5-2 record.

The league will unexpectedly be without one of its biggest superstars, Cydnee Kinslow, who has signed her National Letter of Intent to Pepperdine University and will forgo her senior season at Freedom — as she has already graduated a semester yearly.

“It’s a great opportunity for her to get a jump start on her college career, on and off the court,” Pepperdine coach Ryan Weisenberg said.

The 6-foot-2 center dominated last year with a stat line of 16.2 rebounds, 13.2 points and 9.8 blocks per game.

Along with Freedom, Antioch, Deer Valley and Heritage consist of new head coaches, all of whom currently sport below .500 records.

Get your free copy of the 2016 BVAL Basketball Calendar section inside the January issue of the Antioch Herald, in homes and in racks and stacks throughout town.

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Deer Valley boys’ basketball hires touted coach; Antioch plans to compete for league

Thursday, December 31st, 2015
Deer Valley High senior center Paul Oha and senior guard Brandynn Manning.

Deer Valley High top players, senior center Paul Oha and senior guard Brandynn Manning.

By Luke Johnson

Mark Hurtado has transitioned from coaching Deer Valley High School girls’ basketball to leading the boys’ team. With the girls, he won a North Coast Section Championship, along with two Bay Valley Athletic League Championships in four seasons with an overall record of 80-38.

The new position is a “dream come true” for Hurtado. Even while coaching the girls, he would still attend most of the boys’ games as a fan. The job was actually offered to him two years ago, but he shot it down because of his close relationship with the girls’ team. He ended up bringing home the NCS Title that year.

“I was too close and bonded with the girls team, so I turned it down at that point, but I told myself if that opened up again, I would jump on it,” Hurtado said.

Antioch High top players, senior forward Jake Perky and junior point guard Caleb Smith.

Antioch High top players, senior forward Jake Perky and junior point guard Caleb Smith.

He began his coaching career at College Park High School in Pleaseant Hill, shortly after graduating college, but took time off to focus on earning his credential, and is now a PE teacher at Orchard Park Middle School.

Deer Valley boys basketball was at an all-time high in 2013, as the team reached the California Interscholastic Federation NorCal Championship game, led by superstars such as Marcus Lee and Kendall Smith. But the past two seasons have been rough with a combined record of 16-36, and a 4-16 record against league opponents.

Hurtado said the team’s greatest strength will be its speed and tenacity on defense with senior Brandynn Manning (6’) and junior Raydale Robinson (6’2”) in the backcourt, accompanied by seniors Paul Uha (6’6”) and Donald Banford (6’2”) guarding the post.

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