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First ever kiteboarding event on Pittsburg waterfront, this Sunday

Friday, June 26th, 2015

Kiteboarding event First ever kiteboarding event on Pittsburg waterfront, this Sunday

PITTSBURG – Kites will fly this Sunday in Pittsburg at the City’s inaugural kiteboarding event! The City, together with its new watersports shop, The Kite Bar, will host the Launch the Launch RampKiteboarding Competition from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Riverview Park.

This is just one step in our long-term vision to turn Riverview Park into an elite kiteboarding hub and training center,” said Garrett Evans, Assistant City Manager. “We also hope to expose our residents to our waterfront, and encourage them to try their hand at stand up paddling, kiteboarding, kayaking, and more.”

Since early 2013 the City has been working with the local Kiteboard community to make this a reality. This week Pittsburg put the finishing touches on its new non-motorized watercraft launch ramp at Riverview Park, and last week, The Kite Bar, the city’s new water/wind sports shop opened its doors. “We’re thrilled to see the action and enthusiasm around kiteboarding, and we’re excited to bring a new sport and adventure to our community. We always knew wind would be an asset to us, but we never knew it would evolve into something as exciting as this,” says Pittsburg Mayor Pete Longmire.

Sunday’s event will feature Big Air, Freestyle, and Slalom competitions with elite kite boarders from the Bay Area and beyond. Spectators can expect near-constant kiteboarding action from 10am-4pm. Free Stand Up Paddle Board trials will be available to the public throughout the day in The Kite Bar’s 15 foot demonstration pool. There will also be a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new ramp, a demonstration by Kymera Body Boards, and delicious BBQ available for purchase. Event attendance for spectators is free. Competitors can register at www.thekitebar.com.

EVENT DETAILS:

DATE: Sunday, June 28, 2015

TIME: 10am-5:00pm

LOCATION: Riverview Park, Riverview Park Drive, Pittsburg, CA, 94565

PARKING: Street Parking on Bayside Drive, Marina Boulevard, and Herb White Way

MORE INFO: www.thekitebar.com

CONTACT: Alexandra Endress |City of Pittsburg Waterfront Development aendress@ci.pittsburg.ca.us |(925) 252-4968

PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE*:

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Big Air Competition

12:30 PM – Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

12:45 PM – Kymera Bodyboard Demonstration

1:00 PM – Freestyle and Slalom Competitions

5:00 PM – Awards Ceremony

*Subject to change depending on wind conditions

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Antioch 8th grader offered college football scholarship

Monday, June 22nd, 2015
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Isaiah Foskey flexing next to trainer Mori Suesue at Malu Fitness in Antioch. photo by Marcus Malu

By Luke Johnson

Isaiah Foskey, an eighth grader at Holy Rosary Catholic School, was offered a football scholarship from University of Kansas on Thursday, May 21.

I didn’t believe it at first,” his father Terry Foskey said. “I thought he might have been too young, but as I researched on Google, I’ve seen people even younger than that who have received offers. This whole ordeal is new to me. My wife and I are really excited about it.”

Isaiah stands at six feet, two inches and weighs in at a chiseled 190 pounds at only 14 years of age. On top of that, he is able to squat three reps of 275 pounds.

When he attended school the day following his offer, fellow students took pictures with and flexed their arms to mimic the photo attached to this article that trended on social media. They also pretended to hold a microphone up to his mouth and interview him as if they were members of the press.

Foskey last played for East County Youth Football at tight end and defensive end, where he collected nine touchdown receptions and caused seven forced fumbles in 12 games according to him and his father. In high school, he plans to play for De La Salle in Concord, which has arguably the most illustrious high school football program in the country.

When asked where this scholarship offer ranks among Foskey’s other accomplishments in sports, he deferred to an academic achievement and said this compares to a certificate he received for having a GPA above 3.5.

When I go to De La Salle I just wanna keep my grades up and play well in football,” Foskey said.

Foskey does not have to accept the offer from KU right away. He actually has to wait until February of his senior year, in 2019 to sign his letter of intent to whichever college he chooses.

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Steph Curry gives glory to God for Warriors’ championship, lives his faith on and off the court

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015
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Curry says he points people toward ‘the Man who died for our sins on the cross. (Courtesy of nbcprobasketballtalk.com)

By Felicia D. Purcell, Bay Area Sports Reporter

Antioch Herald

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

That’s the scripture from Philippians 4:13 that Steph Curry has written on his shoes and one that’s on his Twitter page which also, in part reads: “Father, Son, Brother, Warrior and Wildcat” for all of his 2.4 million followers to see.

Curry, the 6-foot-3, 185 pound point guard for the Golden State Warriors, isn’t afraid to share his faith and he’s a young man who stayed the course in his life. He sends a signal up and giving credit to God, with his index finger in the air, after each basket he makes. When he knew he wanted to marry his wife, he prayed about it in his closet. Now he’s a World Champion and when asked during a TV interview following Tuesday night’s championship-winning game to what he gave the credit, Curry replied, “I give glory to God.”

After a dream record of 67-15 and only two losses at home during the regular season Curry is filled with his Faith along with other teammates like James McAdoo, Andre Iguodala, Draymond Green and Festus Ezeli.

Curry’s faith was challenged when he wasn’t heavily courted out of high school, when people said mean things to him for being the son of former NBA All-Star, Dell Curry and when his first two years were riddled with ankle injuries.

He was a lightweight, scrawny and had a horrible shot when he was younger but his faith got him through. He had supportive parents and a cool grandma who even served as his game announcer when he was a toddler playing with his Fisher-Price basketball set.

According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, faith is a noun that means: (1) Belief and trust in and loyalty to God or (2) Something that is believed especially with a strong conviction.

His Under Armour slogan is ‘Charged by Belief’ which isn’t surprising. Curry was raised in North Carolina part of what’s known as the Bible Belt of the south, where a church is on every corner and worship music is played on the radio, daily.

I thought of how proud I was of this young, black man as I saw him lift the Larry O’Brien trophy Tuesday night, a feat that hasn’t been accomplished by the Warriors in 40-years.

As I watched him raise his MVP trophy in May, I thought about how far Curry, now 27, had come. I thought about how he kept his composure when everyone counted him out, when Monta Ellis was traded away, and how he apologized for calling me ma’am when I corrected him.

At a time when so many black men are being gunned down in the streets, Curry is a breath of fresh air. He has a beautiful wife, named Ayesha, who has her own YouTube cooking show, Little Lights Of Mine (www.ayeshacurry.com), where she whips up delicious meals, as her husband willingly awaits to taste his wife’s savory creations. They laugh, rap and dance in the clips, live in Orinda, have a beautiful daughter named Riley, who has become a star in her own right, at post-game press conferences and another baby girl on the way in July. Life couldn’t be sweeter for Steph Curry or his season more ordered or ordained.

I thought about how he’s one of the many black men who have done things in an order that the media does not portray: education, career, marriage, family.

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Steph Curry, center back, with the boys for whom he bought pairs of his Curry Ones shoes. photo courtesy of Bryant Barr.

During All-Star weekend in New York, this past February, Curry stopped a group of African-American teens and bought them all a pair of his Curry Ones. Just because.

Over the past six-years I’ve watched him patiently deal with questions meant to get under his skin and he’s kept his poise. While he didn’t come from the streets, Curry isn’t blind to the world around him and makes it his job to give back.

That’s just the type of person he is,” said Davidson teammate Bryant Barr who was with Curry when he visited the White House, earlier this year to speak on Malaria in Africa, and who is also the godfather to Riley.

As part of its support of the Kia NBA MVP Award, Kia Motors America donated a 2016 Kia Sorento LX CUV to the East Oakland Youth Development Center, on behalf of Curry when he received MVP honors in early May.

It’s very important to give back,” said Curry at the time who said it’s important for athletes to explore outside of their bubble and impact the life of others. “Four wheels can do a lot of good.”

As he got into the meat of his MVP speech, Curry broke down what he applies in his life and on the court: faith, passion, drive, and will.

I wanted to use this opportunity to shed light on who I am and what drives me to play the way that I do,” he said. “I do a little sign on the court every time I make a shot or good pass, and I pound my chest and point to the sky, and that symbolizes that I have a heart for God. Something my mom and I came up with in college, and I do it every time I step on the floor as a reminder of who I’m playing for.”

Curry also took the time to thank each and every one of his 14 teammates, as well as the equipment manager and security.

He is the first player to win the MVP honor in the team’s history since they moved west. The last time was in 1960 while the Warriors were in Philadelphia and the player was someone named Wilt Chamberlain. Not bad company at all.

People should know who I represent and why I am who I am, and that is because of my Lord and Savior,” Curry shared. “So, I can’t say that enough.”

According to a 2014 article in Decision magazine,

“In a column in 2013 for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes website, Steph wrote that he loves to point people toward ‘the Man who died for our sins on the cross. I know I have a place in Heaven waiting for me because of Him, and that’s something no earthly prize or trophy could ever top.’

Steph grew up a church kid, but points to a youth service when he was 13 as the time when he accepted Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior.

‘It was a big decision that my parents couldn’t make for me,’ he said. ‘It’s been a great walk since then. He means everything to me.’”

Another way he lives out his faith and gives back is through his Stephen Curry Foundation. His website, www.stephcurry30.com lists the charities Curry supports, including Nothing But Nets, which fights Malaria throughout the world, as well as the charity golf tournaments his foundation holds and he supports.

For all of the Charles Barkley-types who said a jump shooting team could never win a World Championship, in the words of Oscar winner Jamie Foxx in the Curry One TV commercial, “fall back.”

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Warriors win first NBA championship in 40 years, parade and rally in Oakland, Friday

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

By Allen Payton

The Golden State Warriors did it! They won the NBA championship for the first time since 1975, by defeating LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers at their home, by a score of 105-97 Tuesday night. Andre Iguodala was awarded the MVP award for the series, after scoring 25 points during Game 6, helping the Dubs to beat the Cavs four games to two.

The championship parade and rally will be held in Oakland beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday. Following is the information from the Warriors website:

Parade To Start At 10:00 A.M. At Broadway & 11th With Rally To Follow at Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center

The Golden State Warriors and the City of Oakland will host a parade and rally to honor the 2014-15 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors on Friday, June 19, 2015, beginning at 10:00 a.m. The parade will begin on Broadway at 11th Street, turning right on Grand Avenue, and right on Harrison to Lakeside Drive, ending on Oak and proceeding to the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center for the Rally.

Fans can begin to line up for the Rally as early as 5:00 a.m. at Lakeshore and 12th Street.

BART will run extra trains through Oakland all day and will modify routes to accommodate parade and rally attendants. Pay close attention to signage and BART employee directions.

Details about taking AC Transit to the parade festivities, including information about bus detours in downtown Oakland, are available online at www.actransit.org.”

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courtesy of Golden State Warriors.

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Not in our house! Golden State rolls to their second win-in-a-row to lead series 3-2 over Cavaliers

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015
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Jubilant Warriors Stephen Curry and Draymond Green are ready to close out the series in Game 6 and bring the Bay Area their first NBA championship in 40-years on Tuesday in Cleveland. photo by Felicia D. Purcell

Now one game away from their first NBA Championship in 40 years

By Felicia D. Purcell

The Antioch Herald

What a difference a week can make.

This time last week Cleveland was up 2-1 on the Golden State Warriors and the name on a constant loop was Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova, the Australian savior, and St. Mary’s grad, who shut down the scoring machine of the Babyface Assassin, Warriors MVP Stephen Curry in Games 2 and 3.

But that was last week, and now the Warriors are one game away from their first NBA championship in 40 years beating the Cavs before another sellout crowd at ORACLE by the score of 104-91, Sunday night, jumping to a 3-2 series lead.

Playing like the team we’ve come to know with the best record in the league, the Warriors were led by Curry as he re-established himself as the league’s MVP scoring 37-points, while Draymond Green chipped in 16-points.

LeBron James carried his team all across the board finishing with another triple-double; 40-points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists but his ‘court’ couldn’t hold the Golden State down with four of the Warriors starters finishing in double-digits. Dellavadeova would be held to only five points.

Unlike the Cavaliers, the Warriors have a wide range of players they can depend on, on any given night. But head coach Steve Kerr still wants them to keep their confidence and stay the course heading into Tuesday’s game.

It’s a very confident group,” he said. “They’ve had a heck of a season and they’re playing obviously at a high level. So they feel very confident. Sometimes we’re a little too confident and we get a little carried away.”

The locker room presence of the Warriors has not changed from the regular season. There isn’t a sense of ‘we got this.’ But, when Curry has participated in interviews he has spoken of ‘it’ and ‘when’ they win it all. Yet, if James has anything to say about it they will be playing a Game 7 and he will do all that he can to even the series at home.

We don’t want them celebrating at all, no matter if it’s on our home floor or on their home floor. We’ve come this far, and we’ve been very good at home,” James said slowly and deliberately after the game, making it clear that he wouldn’t go down without a fight.

Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith who came in a trade to the Cavs in February, from the Knicks haven’t had the type of appearances that were expected of them coming into this series, in comparison to how they played in the Atlanta series. They would play better than Dellavedova finishing Sunday’s game with Shumpert, who’s been nursing a shoulder injury, finishing with 10 points and Smith coming off the bench with 14 points.

He’s a big reason we’re here,” said Cavs head coach David Blatt of Smith pre-game when asked about how he would use him and Shumpert in the game.

Despite the lack of energy the Cavs displayed, they still played the Warriors hard and tough and the score did not reflect the type of game they brought.

I just felt the need that if we’re going to win and we’re going to turn this series around, that that needed to be stated not only to the team, but to the world, because we were completely getting outworked, out hustled, out dogged, however you want to put it,” said Draymond Green of the way the Warriors had been playing prior to their last two games. Green broke out of his slump going 4-for-9 from the field with five assists, one 3-pointer and 16 points.

There are a maximum of only two games left in this exciting series. Game 6 is in Cleveland and begins at 6:00 p.m. Pacific on Tuesday, June 16 on ABC. Should there be a need for a Game 7, tip-off will be this Friday at 6:00 p.m. also on ABC.

NOTES AND TIDBITS

Golden State had its 134h consecutive sellout at ORACLE.

Curry scored a team high 37-points his highest so far of the Finals. He scored the most points by a Warrior in the NBA Finals since Rick Barry (38) on 5/23/75.

Lebron James scored his 14th career playoff triple-double (40 pts, 14 reb, 11ast) his second of The 2015 NBA Finals.

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Antioch, East County schools form athletic program for special education students

Saturday, June 13th, 2015
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Unified Basketball League game between Heritage High and Antioch High. photo by Michael Pohl

By Luke Johnson

Antioch and Deer Valley High School, along with Pittsburg High, have joined the three schools from the Liberty Unified High School District to become a part of a unified basketball league. This program, in conjunction with Special Olympics, is the first in Northern California.

Last year, Freedom High (Oakley) Athletic Director Steve Amaro helped develop a unified basketball league for the LUHSD, and the in-game atmosphere was electric and exceeded expectations.

It was a full gym,” Amaro said about the first game of last season. “It was amazing… It became more of an event than I ever expected.”

Amaro invited Antioch High Athletic Director Ferris Anthony to a game and he immediately fell in love with it, and was on board for incorporating it on to his campus.

I came back to the athletic directors meeting and said, ‘Count Antioch in!’” Anthony exclaimed. “They were all looking at me like, ‘What? What?’ I said, ‘We’re in, man. This is something we wanna do. This is a great thing.”

Team rosters are formed by unifying life skills students with regular education students. What this does, is make life-skills students feel they are apart of the school and creates bonds with regular education students.

They see me around school and say, ‘Hey, whats up?’ And that makes me feel real good, because they see we are also people in life, so we can also do what they do, but differently,” Deer Valley unified basketball player Jesus Guerra said to MaxPreps.

This program is currently growing, and has already caught the attention of the Mount Diablo Unified School District along with middle schools in Brentwood. Unified sports in the Bay Valley Athletic League has already expanded to include bowling in the fall and will have an undetermined athletic competition in the winter. This, like many other incredible things, is expected to catch on like wildfire.

It felt real good. I never thought I was going to do this in my life,” Guerra said after a game against Pittsburg.

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The Antioch High Unified Basketball Team. photo by Michael Pohl

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Free Summer Golf and Vendor Show at Antioch driving range, June 27

Friday, June 12th, 2015

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Warriors, Cavs don’t disappoint, send NBA Finals Game 1 into OT giving Golden State the victory

Friday, June 5th, 2015

By Felicia D. Purcell

The Antioch Herald

The wait is over and the Golden State Warriors can officially put a “W” in the win column for Game 1 of the NBA Finals winning in OT over the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-100. Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 22 points and Klay Thompson wasn’t far behind with 21. LeBron James carried his Cleveland Cavaliers team on his back scoring 44 points.

It was a slow start for all of us,” said Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr at the post game press conference. “You know, I just felt like the quarter we looked nervous.”

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Warriors rookie head coach Steve Kerr at the press conference following their Game 1 Finals victory.

With the two rookie head coaches in Dave Blatt and Kerr, making their debuts they coached their teams in a duel of the ages and Cleveland jumped off to a head start in the first quarter 29-19. The Cavs led by as much as 14 points, during the game, but it would be the depth of the Warriors bench and the lack of a strong supporting cast that would hurt James’ team in the end.

It’s great, it’s so much fun,” said Kerr following the 132nd consecutive sell-out crowd of 19,596 at ORACLE. “This is what we all dream of in the NBA, to play in The Finals, to coach in The Finals, to be a part of all of this, two great teams.”

The victory extended the Warriors winning record at home to 47-3 for the season.

Golden States bench has been one of the deepest in the league all year with, everyone scoring baskets combining for 34 points led by veteran Andre Iguodala who led the bench in scoring with 15 points and 2-of-3 from the three-point line, versus the Cavs’ nine points from the bench.

Andre has been huge this whole playoffs,” said Warriors center Andrew Bogut. “People just noticed it tonight because he scored. But he does a lot of things that don’t show up on the stat sheet. His defense on LeBron at the end of regulation was huge. But he was scoring tonight, he was aggressive, he had a couple of dunks, he hit some three’s. He looked like the Andre from Philly.”

In his sixth straight Finals game, James gave ORACLE fans a sigh of relief when his jumper hit the rim to send the game into overtime. Fans know all too well of his game ending shockers as recently as last February while, as a member of the Miami Heat, he sank a 3-pointer to win the game with 0.1 seconds left on the shot clock.

We were lucky to get overtime,” said Kerr, “It’s always a game of runs. Our team, we like to play fast. We try to rely on our defense to get stops so we can get out and run.”

The Warriors did just that going on a run in the second half 24-7 eventually sending the game into overtime, knocking down shots, and outscoring the Cavs 10 to 2. Cleveland lost their rhythm when their second best player, Kyrie Irving, left the game with a left knee injury with two-minutes left in overtime. The Cavs would get their only basket in OT with a lay-up by James with 9.5 seconds left.

I’ve been in the league 11-years and it’s always something interesting,” said Iguodala of the anticipation and excitement of going up against James. “My years in Philly, I always had to guard the best players and then I had to try to create on offense as well.”

Game 2 will be held at ORACLE on Sunday, June 7th at 5 p.m. and televised on ABC.

SIDE NOTES:

  • Warriors head coach Steve Kerr became the first rookie head coach to win Game 1 of an NBA Finals since Mike Dunleavy, and Kerr along with Cavaliers head coach David Blatt became the second pair of NBA rookie coaches to meet in The Finals. The first duo dates back to the league’s first year in 1947.

  • Warriors’ Klay Thompson joined his dad, two-time NBA champion Mychal Thompson as the seventh father/son combo to appear in The NBA Finals according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

  • Former Warriors head coach Mark Jackson, now doing color commentary for ESPN/ABC, called the game.

  • Cleveland’s two points in OT tied all-time Finals low for an overtime period in the shot clock era (since 1954-55).

  • An MRI was done Friday on Cavs guard Kyrie Irving to see if there’s a tear in his left knee. He left the ORACLE Arena on crutches. Another news report stated he will undergo season ending surgery.

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