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Antioch’s Cornerstone Christian boys basketball team to play at home for NCS championship game tonight

Saturday, February 23rd, 2019

From Cornerstone Christian School’s Instagram account.

By Allen Payton

Antioch’s Cornerstone Christian School Cougars varsity boys basketball team won their way to the North Coast Section Division VI Championship game at home, tonight Saturday, Feb. 23 against the Jewish Community High of the Bay Area Wolves.

Cornerstone beat the El Sobrante Christian Eagles 88-44 in Round 1, then beat the Emery Spartans 81-62 in Round 2. Then during the semi-finals on Wednesday night at home, the Cougars beat the Mendocino Cardinals 67-51.

The winner of the game was guaranteed a spot in the NorCal tournament. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for seniors and students. The school is located at 1745 E. 18th Street in Antioch.

Check AntiochHerald.com later for the results.

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Antioch’s Cornerstone Christian School Varsity Cheerleaders win 2019 JAMZ National Cheer Competition

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

From City Manager Ron Bernal’s Weekly Update 2/4/19

Cornerstone Christian School’s Varsity Cheerleaders rocked the JAMZ National Cheer Competition on January 27th in Las Vegas, Nevada winning the National Title for their Division.

Cornerstone’s Cheerleaders worked tirelessly for months and it showed in their outstanding performance with zero deductions on their routine.

The following message was posted on the school’s Facebook page congratulating the team:

“Congratulations to the varsity cheerleaders on winning the JAMZ National Championship!!!

We are incredibly proud of all their hard work. The way they do their best and never quit, brings honor to Christ. Great job ladies.

We are so thankful for the coaches that lead this team. Our cheer team is a reflection of your commitment and dedication!

Go Cougars!”

Cornerstone Christian School is located at 1745 E. 18th Street in Antioch. For more information visit www.cornerstonechristianschool.net.

Allen Payton contributed to this report.

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Super Bowl Party at the Solid Rock Cafe in Rivertown this Sunday

Wednesday, January 30th, 2019

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Enjoy watching the Super Bowl at Tailgaters on Sunday

Wednesday, January 30th, 2019

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East County Muscle presents The Novice IV bodybuilding show in Antioch Jan. 26

Tuesday, January 8th, 2019

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Alabama loses championship to Clemson in Antioch High grad Najee Harris’ Bay Area return

Tuesday, January 8th, 2019

Screenshot from ESPN2 of Najee Harris, #22 Alabama, stretching for the goal line during the 2nd Quarter of the National Championship game against Clemson Monday night, Jan. 7, 2019.

Najee Harris. Courtesy of rolltide.com

By Luke Johnson

“When he gets the ball, watch out,” said Shaun Alexander, former All-Pro running back.

Alexander was referring to Alabama running back Najee Harris when they bumped into each other at media day Saturday.

However, Harris did not get the ball too often come gametime.

Alabama lost to Clemson, 44-16, in the CFP National Championship at Levi’s Stadium.

In his Bay Area homecoming, Harris rushed for 59 yards via nine carries Monday evening.

“I just have a feeling that I didn’t do a very good job,” said Nick Saban, Crimson Tide head coach, in the postgame press conference. “I always feel that way. Even sometimes when we win, I think there are things that we could have done better or that I could have done better.”

Screenshot of Najee Harris falling just one yard short of the goal line. Alabama scored a touchdown on their next play.

With Alabama facing a large deficit in the second half, its offense ran mostly passing plays. Harris last touched the ball with 8:19 remaining in the third quarter. His 6.6 yards per carry led all rushers.

The Antioch-hometown running back had not played in the Bay Area since December 2016 – his final game in high school.

Harris was vital in Alabama’s comeback victory during last year’s national championship. His 64 rushing yards in the fourth quarter helped the Crimson Tide overcome a 13-point deficit.

He finished second on his team for rushing yards this season with 783. Senior Damien Harris had the most with 876.

Since Najee Harris won’t be eligible to enter the NFL draft until 2020, he could be the featured back for Alabama next season.

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Antioch has an epic-making, three players in College National Championship games

Saturday, January 5th, 2019

Nsimba Webster, #5

By Antioch Sports Legends

In Saturday’s FSC Championship game, Deer Valley High School’s twin brothers, Nsimba and Nzuzi Webster ‘14 will play for the Eastern Washington University Eagles against the North Dakota Bisons, 9:00 am.

On Monday January 7th, Antioch High School’s Najee Harris ‘16 will be in the CF Championship game at Levi Stadium as top nationally ranked, Alabama takes on the Crimson Tigers, 5:00 pm on ESPN 2.

Here are the backgrounds on our unprecedented three athletes from Antioch playing in National Championship games:

Nzuzi Webster, #6

Nsimba Webster, 5’10 180 lbs. – First Team WR in the Big Sky Conference, hauled in nine passes for 188 yards, and tied a EWU single-game playoff touchdown receptions record with four in the December 15th quarterfinals. The former MaxPreps All-Northern California QB’s regular seasons numbers at WR, 71 receptions, 1,099 yards, 15.48 YPR and 7 TDs.

Nzuzi Webster, 5’9 180, Honorable Mention at Corner Back in the Big Sky Conference, had an interception in the UC Davis quarterfinal game in the Eagles come from behind 34-29 win over UC Davis.

Najee Harris

Alabama’s Najee Harris, 6’2 230, the Tides second leading running back with 724 yards, on 108 carries and adding four scores. From the Bama website he “averaged a team-high 6.7 yards per carry with 17 of his carries going for 12-plus yards and 33 of his rushes resulting in a first down or a touchdown”.

That’s the rundown on these amazing young men with bright futures, let’s support them no matter the outcome, as it’s the character they represent to our community that makes them and ourselves victors.

Go Bama! Go Eagles!

The Antioch Sports Legends is located inside the Antioch Historical Society Museum, 1500 W 4th Street, Antioch and is open Wednesday and Saturday 1-4. Free admission. http://www.antiochsportslegends.com/

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Liberty High Lions football team wins state championship

Tuesday, December 18th, 2018

Screenshot of video of Lions Head Coach Ryan Partridge holding the state championship trophy following his team’s victory Saturday night, Dec. 15, 2018. By Jesus Cano

Beat elite private school team from So Cal

By Jesus Cano, Herald Sports Reporter

NORWALK, Calif. — As soon as then-first year head coach Ryan Partridge and his Liberty High School football team won the 2017 NCS Division I Championship, they set their eyes on the next prize. And Saturday night, Dec. 15 at Cerritos College in Southern California, the Lions’ historic two-season run came to an end with a 19-17 victory over the Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth) Trailblazers, allowing them to hoist the CIF Division 1-A State Championship.

“Every one of these kids deserve it. Every player is extremely important to this program. It’s just unbelievable, I can’t even put my thoughts into words right now.” said Partridge.

Sierra Canyon is a private pre-K through 12th grade day and boarding school where a variety of famous individuals have attended or send their children, including members of the Kardashian family, Will and Jada Pinkett Smith’s daughter Willow and Ireland Baldwin the daughter of actors Alec Baldwin and Kim Bassinger, to name a few.

Tyerell Sturges-Cofer made his last high school football game memorable, rushing for all three of Liberty’s touchdowns on his 188-yard night. With quarterback Jay Butterfield struggling, the Lions’ traditionally pass-heavy offense was forced to turn to the ground attack, with Sturges-Cofer leading the comeback from down 17-7.

“Our O-line was doing an amazing job. We just kept fighting and going for the first down.” said Sturges-Cofer. “In the beginning of the season, coach said we were going for state. We won D-one last year, so we had to take another step and we did it.”

Sierra Canyon got on the board first with an 87-yard drive, capping off with a Chayden Peery one-yard sneak. Sturges-Cofer responded one play later, escaping for a 72-yard touchdown to tie the game.

The Trailblazers went on to light up the scoreboard in the rest of the first half. Josh Bryan added a 24-yard field goal to make it 10-7 in the second quarter. Brendon Gamble tackled on a 22-yard rushing touchdown, giving Sierra Canyon the 17-7 lead heading into halftime.

Sturges-Cofer was set up with the defense’s second touchdown of game, as they forced Sierra Canyon to fumble for a second time. It only took two plays for Sturges-Cofer to score with a 31-yard touchdown run that saw him knock down a pack of Traiblazer linemen to make it 17-13.

Liberty quarterback Jay Butterfield was rattled, unable to complete passes to his receivers, but stepped up when it was necessary by hitting Adrik Lamar to set up Sturges-Cofer for his game winning touchdown drive.

“Our defense picked me up especially throughout the whole game,” said Butterfield. “You never give up anytime, you always trust your receivers. No matter if it’s your top guy or your bottom guy.”

It’s been a whirlwind for Liberty over the past two seasons. The Lions won the NCS Division I championship in 2017, and in 2018 were able to finish the regular season 10-0, and win the BVAL for the first time in school history, while beating powerhouse Pittsburg for the first time since 2005.

As the Lions arrived from Southern California, they were greeted with roaring Liberty fans in the downtown Brentwood campus.

“We have the best fans supporting us at every game.” Butterfield said.

“We have such great community support. It just means everything. We set the culture of service and love.” Partridge added.

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