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High school basketball player in Antioch leads league in scoring, surpasses 1,200 career points

Thursday, February 25th, 2016
Cornerstone Christian School Basketball Team #10 player Devin Hicks, Antioch, Ca.,Feb.12. by Cathie Lawrence

Cornerstone Christian School Basketball team player #10 Devin Hicks, Antioch, Ca.,Feb.12, 2016. photo by Cathie Lawrence

Cornerstone Christian boys’ basketball has best season in program history

By Luke Johnson

Antioch’s Cornerstone Christian High School senior guard Devon Hicks was born with tight tendons in his hands, which makes him unable to fully extend some of his fingers on each hand. Despite that, Hicks leads the Small School Bridge Athletic League in scoring with 22.4 points per game.

“Some people look at it as a birth defect, but I look at it as motivation to get better,” Hicks said.

Thinking with positive mindset was not always easy for Hicks. He found himself frustrated at times attempting to perform simple tasks such as catching a ball. But he said he was able to persevere through his faith in God.

“I know God has a better plan for me,” Hicks said. “There are people out there who have it far worse… When I was little I sometimes questioned why it happened to me. But as I got older I realized instead of quitting to just keep working hard… That’s my motto.”

On Senior Night, the school presented Hicks with an honor of being Cornerstone Boys All Time Scoring Leader with 1,249 points and All Time Leader Three-Points Made with 182. He’s also a two-time recipient of All SSBL Honors.

In his freshman year, Cornerstone did not have a boys’ varsity basketball program because there were not enough players to fill the roster minimum of six. According to Pastor Steve Miner, the school has approximately 60 students grades 9-12, and less than half of them are male. Fast forward to the present — the team is having its winningest season with a 16-5 record, and earned a Division-VI North Coast Section Playoff berth for the first time in program history.

“It feels unreal, because I started out literally begging people to play,” he said. “I just want to set this up for future years to come at Cornerstone.”

Hicks is the only senior on team, and will soon leave behind a legacy that has encouraged the underclassmen to step up their game.

“He’s an inspiration to all of us by his work ethic, his good attitude [and] his sense of humor. He’s a good kid,” coach Ezra Hunter said.

The Cougars could not have reached this level of success if it were not for Hicks’s right-hand man, Amari Simmons. The 6-foot-2 junior ranks number one in NCS in rebounds with 11.2 per game, and is also among the top scorers with 19.7 points per game.

The postseason begins Wednesday, Feb. 24, and Cornerstone will start off by traveling 282 miles north to face Ferndale High School (15-10) in the first round of NCS.

Cornerstone is located at 1745 East 18th Street in Antioch.

 

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2016 Antioch Speedway season begins March 12

Saturday, February 20th, 2016
(092615) Antioch Speedway Action -  Bobby Hogge IV (2) of Salinas passes Livermore's Bran Cass for the lead in the first leg of the Delta-Valley Classic Saturday night at Antioch Speedway. Hogge IV went on to win both legs of the annual event with his San Jose-based car. He won Sunday night at Merced Speedway, collecting a bonus for the unlikely feat. Hogge IV has won both legs of the event twice in four years. (Mike Adaskaveg Photo)

(092615) Antioch Speedway Action – Bobby Hogge IV (2) of Salinas passes Livermore’s Bran Cass for the lead in the first leg of the Delta-Valley Classic Saturday night at Antioch Speedway. Hogge IV went on to win both legs of the annual event with his San Jose-based car. He won Sunday night at Merced Speedway, collecting a bonus for the unlikely feat. Hogge IV has won both legs of the event twice in four years. photo by Mike Adaskaveg

The 2016 Antioch Speedway schedule was just released, and it details a season that begins with March 12 and 19 playdays, followed by the season opener on March 26.  Racing is booked nearly every week from then through September 24 with a race to be announced on October 8.  Generally, there will be five divisions on race night with the occasional six division show.

Notable on the schedule are the 25 races currently listed for the B “Sport” Mods and 20 races for the Hobby Stocks.  Those two divisions will be doing the “heavy lifting” for the speedway as the next most races are booked for the A Mods (15).  Dwarf Cars, Wingless Spec Sprints and Limited Late Models all remain on the schedule.  On alternate weeks, Winged 360 Sprint Cars and Late Models will headline the show, and California Hardtops have been scheduled five times.  The BCRA Midget Lites make two appearances.

Details of purse and point fund money for Winged 360 Sprints and Late Models are forthcoming.  Last year, and despite some low turnouts, the Sprint Cars still paid $1200 to win and $150 to start.  This year’s schedule has 13 dates for the popular Winged Sprint Cars, five more than last year.

The real question is who will be supporting the class, and will car count increase?  Oval Motorsports has made a commitment to establishing this division at Antioch.  Defending champion Shawn Arriaga, past champion Art McCarthy, Dan Gonderman, Ricky Brophy and possibly two cars from the Haulot Racing Team are among those expected to return, and the potential is there to at least maintain 10-12 cars per race.

The Late Models, meanwhile, are coming off of a season in which they usually had no less than then ten cars throughout the 14 race schedule.  It’s not anticipated that this will change for this 11 race season, but who will be coming back is the question.  Jeff Decker, Chester Kniss, David Newquist and Mike Hynes are anticipated, along with cars from the Guglielmoni racing stables, Rob Norris, Dennis Souza, Danny Malfatti and Troy Foulger.

B Mods are being put to the test with a heavy schedule.  Ryland Racing is expected to return with defending champion Fred Ryland and his wife Patti Ryland both racing.  Chuck Golden, Al Johnson, Ron Brown, Trevor Clymens, Keith Brown Jr., Megan Ponciano and K.C. Keller are others to watch for.  We should be seeing a few rookies in the class, including Jeremey Jennings and a car from the Swank Racing Team.

Some of the biggest buzz centers around the Hobby Stocks as 2015 champion Kimo Oreta moves up to Limited Late Models. This leaves the race wide open, and one question centers around how much racing past champions Brad and Melissa Myers will do this year.  Jordan Swank is anticipated to be one of the front runners along with Michael Cooper, Danny Jones, Natalie Perry, Robert Niven and Frank Furtado.

Two past champions, Dan McCown and Chris Sorensen, and hard charger Chris Long are both anticipated to be on the highly competitive roster as well Steven Rogers, Chase Templeton, Mitchell Loccicere, Jim Robbins and at least one car from the Jennings Racing Team.  Also joining the fray are rookies like Billy Garner, Brent Curran, Guy Ahlwardt, Lindsey Buirch and Natalie Waldrop.  The fact is, the Hobby Stocks are poised for a big season since it appears as if the rules situation has settled down.

Speaking of rules issues settling down, the Wingless Spec Sprints should have a better season this year as well.  While champion Kyle Bakkie may not be racing as much as he concentrates on his studies, Rick Panfili, Alan Miranda, James East, Peter Carlotto and Jeremy Newberry are anticipated this season.

It gets better as Jimmy Perry III will be joined by his father, Jim Perry Jr., this year.  Perry Jr. and Perry III are both past champions and are first and third, respectively, on the division’s all time win list.  After a runner up season in Dwarf Cars, Adam Teves is moving up to Spec Sprints to make a run at top rookie honors.

Furthermore, last year’s top rookie, Marcus Smith, was preparing a car for the new season when he landed the ride in Richard Basden’s #20 car, numbered in honor of the retiring division original Keith Shipherd.  Meanwhile, Smith’s car will be driven by two time champion Dan Gonderman.  Speaking of two time champions, Billy Macedo is anticipated for the coming season as well.

The A Mod roster should remain competitive.  Aaron Crowell should be ready out of the gate this year, which could put him in line for his second championship.  Five time champion Scott Busby may have something to say about that.  Other drivers to watch for include Bobby Motts Jr., 2014 titlist Carl Berendsen II, Trent Wentworth, Nick Viscusi III, Troy Foulger, Shawn DeForest, Josh Combs, Mike Salazar, Clay Twigg and Ed Daviess.

David Teves will return to attempt to defend his Dwarf Car championship, but he can expect a challenge from two time champion Danny Wagner and hard charger Mike Corsaro.  Ageless veteran Charlie Correia should also be back, while Kevin Miraglio is poised for a breakout season.  Other hard chargers like Kurtis Craig, Miranda Chappa, Thomas Leiby, Tim Reeder, Brian Gray, 2010 champion Jerry Doty and Josh Nelson will make this another strong season for Dwarf Car racing in Antioch.

Not to be forgotten in the equation is Limited Late Models, where Larry Damitz has won four of the last five championships and just may be the driver to beat.  As he has dialed in the car he debuted last season, 2013 champion Jim Freethy may have something to say about that, and Mark Garner will be out to improve on last season’s third place ranking.  John Evans will field the former Mike Hynes car, while Lori Brown, Eric Berendsen, Calvin Louis, Kimo Oreta, Jim Robbins, Gene Haney, John Keith, Ryan Cherezian and all time Limited Late Model feature win leader Mike Gustafson should also be on the roster.

The California Hardtops will get five races, making Antioch the track giving the Northern California vintage racing division the most races on dirt.  Mike McCann certainly assisted in the process of making this happen as he began discussions with John M. Soares.  CHA leader John Philbert was able to finalize the deal.  Rob Waldrop was the top dirt track racer last season in this group, driving for Bill McLaughlin, and he will be back this year.  Other drivers we’ll be anticipating this season include Tommy Thomson in the car he raced at Vallejo Speedway in the late 1970′s, Dan Williams, Ken Clifford, Jason Clifford, Dennis Armstrong, Jason Armstrong, Rick Ruiz, Dave Mackey, Larry Damitz and Doug Braudrick.

More details on the schedule should emerge, such as what is and isn’t sanctioned and any special races.  March 26 is the opener and will feature Late Models, Limited Late Models, B Mods, Dwarf Cars and Hobby Stocks.  As always, the schedule is subject to change.  What is not subject to change is the fact that the 19th season of Oval Motorsports promoting Antioch Speedway should offer lots of excitement for the racing fans out there.  The official www.ovalmotorsports.com website will be updated soon for Antioch Speedway information.

2016 Antioch Speedway Schedule

March 12 Practice

March 19 Practice

March 26 Opening Day Late Models, Limited Late Models, B Mods, Dwarf Cars, Hobby Stocks

April 2 Winged 360 Sprints, B Mods, Dwarf Cars, Hobby Stocks, BCRA Midget Lites

April 9 A Mods ($1000 to win), B Mods ($400 to win), Spec Sprints, Limited Late Models, Hobby Stocks

April 16 Late Models, Spec Sprints, Limited Late Models, A Mods, B Mods

April 23 Winged 360 Sprints, A Mods, B Mods, Dwarf Cars, Hobby Stocks

April 30 Late Models, A Mods, B Mods, Spec Sprints, Hobby Stocks, Hardtops

May 7 Winged 360 Sprints, Limited Late Models, Spec Sprints, B Mods, Hobby Stocks

May 14 Late Models, A Mods, B Mods, Dwarf Cars, Hobby Stocks

May 21 Winged 360 Sprints, A Mods, B Mods, Limited Late Models, Dwarf Cars, Hardtops

June 4 Late Models, B Mods, Spec Sprints, Limited Late Models, Hobby Stocks

June 11 Winged 360 Sprints, Spec Sprints, A Mods, B Mods, Hobby Stocks

June 18 Late Models, Winged 360 Sprints, A Mods, B Mods, Dwarf Cars

June 25 Winged 360 Sprints, Spec Sprints, B Mods, Limited Late Models, Hobby Stocks, Hardtops

July 9 Late Models, A Mods, B Mods, Limited Late Models, Hobby Stocks

July 16 Winged 360 Sprints, Spec Sprints, B Mods, Limited Late Models, Hobby Stocks

July 23 Late Models, Spec Sprints, Dwarf Cars, B Mods, Hobby Stocks

July 30 Winged 360 Sprints, A Mods, B Mods, Limited Late Models, Dwarf Cars, Hobby Stocks

August 6 Winged 360 Sprint Cars, A Mods, B Mods, Dwarf Cars, Hobby Stocks

August 13 Late Models, Spec Sprints, A Mods, B Mods, Limited Late Models, Dwarf Cars

August 20 Winged 360 Sprints, BCRA Midget Lites, Limited Late Models, B Mods, Hobby Stocks, Hardtops

August 27 Winged 360 Sprints, Spec Sprints, A Mods, B Mods, Hobby Stocks

September 3 Late Models, Spec Sprints, A Mods, B Mods, Dwarf Cars

September 10 Winged 360 Sprints, A Mods, B Mods, Limited Late Models, Hobby Stocks, Hardtops

September 17 Late Models, Winged 360 Sprints, A Mods, B Mods, Dwarf Cars, Hobby Stocks

September 24 Winged 360 Sprint Cars, Spec Sprints, Limited Late Models, B Mods, Dwarf Cars, Hobby Stocks

October 8 To Be Announced

* Schedule Subject To Change

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Deer Valley High suspends eight players for protest against head coach

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016
Deer Valley girls basketball team members remove their jerseys in protest before the game on Thursday, February 11, 2016. photo by Michael Pohl

Deer Valley girls basketball team members remove their jerseys in protest before the game on Thursday, February 11, 2016. photo by Michael Pohl

Parents allege their students were victims of bullying

By Luke Johnson

Minutes before a home game against Heritage High School last Thursday, players from Deer Valley’s varsity girls’ basketball team threatened to go on strike by taking off their white-home uniforms with their black-away uniforms underneath. This was in an effort to get head coach Linsey Bailey to resign or fired from his job.

DVHS girls varsity basketball coach Lindsey Bailey leaves the court before the game. photo by Michael Pohl

DVHS girls varsity basketball coach Linsey Bailey leaves the court before the game. photo by Michael Pohl

Moments later, he proceeded to exit the gym, ending the protest, so that the game could resume under assistant coaches.

Immediately following the final whistle, DVHS administration conducted an investigation that resulted in 8 out of 12 players on the roster receiving suspensions for the remaining two games of the season with Bailey continuing at the helm the program. This course of action was announced Monday.

Principal Kenneth Gardner said every player was talked to during the investigation and that nothing was found leading to “impropriety or unprofessional behavior becoming the coach,” and only two or three of the players’ concerns were related to playing time. He added that two sets of parents voiced their distress prior to the protest, only regarding playing time.

“Playing time is based on merit and skill, and is at the sole judgment of the coach,” Gardner said. “We did what we felt like we had to do.”

On the contrary, parents claim that the protest had little to do with playing time, and that their kids were victims of bullying by intimidation and verbal abuse from Bailey. One parent, Melvin Davis, said that the “principal was lying through his teeth” after hearing his comments about the investigation.

In a 454-word email sent on Jan. 4 to Vice Principals Tim Cooper and Reggie March, Davis wrote:

“The coach informed the team he has no fear of putting his hands on a player, and offered proof by saying he was currently under investigation at Antioch Middle School for placing a child in a choke hold… The coach was witnessed punching walls on several occasions, visibly cries in front of team on several occasions. I view these as inappropriate.”

Cooper replied the next day, and told Davis he would look into his concerns and talk to players as witnesses.

According to Davis, this followed up with a meeting among himself, Cooper, Bailey and Athletic Director Dan Peters. He said Bailey denied all the allegations, and players were never questioned.

“After that meeting, his treatment of the girls became progressively worse. Myself and other parents continued to complain and were told administration wasn’t going to do anything until after the season was over,” Davis said.

Some parents chose to speak anonymously, while others declined to comment in fear of their children being punished even further.

“They were out of line, and it was very unfair,” an anonymous parent said about the suspensions handed out by DVHS administration. “They just care about protecting the name of the school.”

Numerous parents claim that Bailey, who is a first-year head coach at Deer Valley, was fired from his previous coaching job at Alhambra High School (Martinez). Gardner, nor Alhambra Athletic Director Pat Ertola, could neither confirm nor deny those allegations.

A December 3rd article in the Martinez Tribune states the Alhambra High School “Bulldogs dismissed Linsey Bailey” as head coach last Spring. No additional details on why that occurred are known at this time.

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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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