Archive for May, 2013

Deer Valley Baseball team are champs despite roller coaster season

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

By Luke Johnson

After discipline problems nearly squandered their postseason dreams, Deer Valley High School baseball went on a 7-1 run to claim their second consecutive Bay Valley Athletic League Championship.

The Wolverines ended up losing 7-1 in a second round playoff game, on Friday, May 24, to the power house Granada High School Matadors from Livermore, who are currently ranked fourth in the nation. But in order for the Wolverines reach this point they had to buckle up for a bumpy roller coaster ride.

According to a variety of sources, four players were caught mid-season posting pictures, on the social network Instagram, of themselves using alcohol or marijuana. According to one parent, three players were suspended for alcohol use and one for marijuana, violating team rules. Two seniors and two sophomores were suspended a combined total of 30 games as punishment from the administration and the athletic program.

According to sources, who chose to remain anonymous, some of the parents of players who were upset their sons weren’t being played enough, complained about the other players’ photos, which resulted in the suspensions.

Among those four athletes was one of Deer Valley’s premier players along with another being an everyday starter batting over .300. The absence of those key competitors wreaked havoc on the Wolverines as they lost five straight and found themselves at fourth place in the BVAL.

My reaction was just complete shock,” Pitcher Tyler Vistalli said. “Kids always say ‘it’s never going to happen to me.’ And we never think it can happen to us… [But] no matter how slim that chance is it happened to us, and for us to overcome it was just huge.”

Vistalli was also a tremendous contributor to the Wolverines early in the season before suffering an elbow injury in early April that has sidelined him since. The ace was sporting a 5-0 record and a 0.88 ERA with 38 strike outs in 31 2/3 innings. Vistalli was unable to play in the playoffs.

This is the first year for Dan Peters as Deer Valley’s head coach, and only the second in school history after former Head Coach Dennis Luquet’s departure to Diablo Valley College. It was quite a roller coaster ride for Peters. After jumping to a 7-0 start the team began to have attitude issues.

We had some players become selfish and jealous of other players’ success,” Peter said. “When we had a little adversity the worst came out in a player or two, [but] not all. Some players [complained] about things like, ‘Why am I hitting sixth [and] not fourth?’ A player or two were actually hoping that a teammate at their own position would do poorly in a game so that it would make them look better.”

During the ensuing five-game slide Peters gathered the coaches and players for a serious team meeting to set things straight. He instilled in the the minds of the players’ that they needed to encourage one another to be successful.

We do not ever play against Deer Valley, we play against the other teams and against the game of baseball itself,” Peters told the varsity squad.

The Deer Valley coaching staff emphasized those kind of things over and over, and it appears to have paid off.

When asked how the four players involved in the scandal could have allowed this whole ordeal to happen, utility player Devante Boyd said, “That’s a tough one.”

Boyd was originally thought to be part of the situation, but further investigation discovered that he had nothing to do with it.

Deer Valley finished with a 7-3 conference and 16-8 overall record. Coincidentally Liberty High School and Heritage High School were equal in both facets to make it a three-way tie in the BVAL standings. But Deer Valley was the successor in the tie-breaker due its victories over the other teams in their most recent match ups.

Having kids work hard in practice and games, showing much improvement along with winning the league made it a very rewarding season,” Peters said. “We have many strong, young players coming up that should keep the program going strong. We can build upon the work ethic established this season.”

Deer Valley had four players selected All-BVAL First Team for the 2013 campaign. Utility player Jordan Gough batted .469 with 26 RBI’s, while center fielder Marcus Wise set a school record with 46 stolen bases capturing 26 of them this season without being caught. With great defense in the infield Tony Self also batted .393, and pitcher Spencer Vincent went 3-2 spotting a 1.50 ERA.

Allen Payton contributed to this article.

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Fun at the Contra Costa County Fair, this week! May 30 – June 2

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Contra Costa Fair logo_fullExciting arena events, a concert series, contests, carnival rides, livestock, exhibits and more

This week’s Contra Costa County Fair is happening Thursday through Sunday at the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds in Antioch. With four days of fun planned for Fair-goers of all ages, the Contra Costa County Fair is the perfect place to enjoy live entertainment, delicious food, carnival rides, animals, and hundreds of exhibits.

For entertainment, the Fair’s 2013 concert series features Tennessee River and the Chris Gardner Band on Thursday night; All-4-One and Big Bad Boogie Rock on Friday evening; and Aerorocks, Hot for Teacher (a salute to Van Halen), and Flock of 80z on Saturday evening. On Sunday afternoon, find musical entertainment at the Main Stage with FRESH, and on the Fiesta Stage, enjoy a Hispanic Musical Celebration. All concerts are free with admission to the Fair.

New this year is a Roller Derby, hosted by the Undead Bettys, on Friday and Saturday night at 8 pm at the Paradise Skate Rink on the Fairgrounds. This is sure to be one entertaining event! Admission to the Roller Derby is free with paid admission to the Fair.

Over at the Antioch Speedway, we’ve got the crashing and demolition at the Boat Trailer Races and the Roll Over Competition on Friday night. On Saturday, check out the Stock Car Racing, and on Sunday, we’ve got the always popular demolition derby! Cost to attend an arena event is $6, plus Fair admission, and tickets are available at the gate.

Battle of the Bands will be held on Saturday of the Fair. The event will serve as a fundraising event for East County Music Programs. Youth bands will be performing from 11 – 7, and will feature jazz bands, rock and roll bands, and worship bands.

While visiting the Fair, take time to see some of the many daily exhibits – Wild About Monkeys, Circus Imagination; Tyzen the Hypnotist, Jeremy the Juggler, and Skip Banks the Balloon Man. Or hop on a carnival ride, enjoy a delicious Fair treat, play a game on the mid-way, see the livestock exhibit, or stroll the Ag Museum.

Gates open at noon on Thursday and Friday, and at 11 am on Saturday and Sunday. Gates close each day at 11 pm. Admission is $8 for adults (13 and older), $5 for seniors, $5 for children 6 to 12, and children five and under receive free admission.

Want a great way to enjoy the Fair at some great prices? Special promotions include Thursday’s “Three for Free,” where you bring three cans of food to the Fair on Thursday, May 30, and you will receive free admission to the Fair on that day! All food collected will be donated to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. Also, on Thursday of the Fair, it’s buy 1 carnival wristband and get one free. All day long! On Friday, it’s “Fun Family Friday” – get one Fair admission and one unlimited ride wristband for only $20 (a $13 savings!). Also on Friday, kids 12 and under are admitted for free all day long.

The Contra Costa County Fairgrounds is located at 1201 West 10th Street in Antioch. For directions, a schedule of events, or general information, visit or call the Fair Office at (925) 757-4400.

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Antioch man stabs woman, arrested for attempted homicide, this morning

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

By Lieutenant Robin Kelley, Antioch Police Field Services Bureau

At 7:56 a.m, this morning Antioch Police responded to a stabbing at Save Mart at 3190 Contra Loma Blvd. Upon police arrival, the 50-year-old female victim, an Antioch resident, was found suffering from apparent stab wounds.

The responsible, 35-year-old Jeffrey Crimson of Antioch, was captured a short distance away by several good Samaritans and turned over to police. The victim was taken to an area hospital where she is listed in stable condition.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Antioch Department at 778-2441.

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Antioch honors those fallen in battle during annual Memorial Day ceremonies

Monday, May 27th, 2013

Antioch Memorial Day 2013

By Allen Payton

A few hundred Antioch residents gathered under cloudy skies at the Oak View Memorial Park on Monday morning, to celebrate Memorial Day and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms.

With the theme from the book of John, chapter 15, verse 13 in the Bible, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends,” the ceremonies were led by Antioch Mayor Wade Harper and Antioch School Board President Joy Motts.

Beginning with a prelude by the Deer Valley High School band and followed by a motorcycle procession led by the Patriot Sentinel Riders Veterans Motorcycle Club, the audience was led in the Pledge of Allegiance by Isabella Alfonso and enjoyed the National Anthem sung by Carolina Bruno.

Following greetings by Congressman Jerry McNerney and speakers Tom Karas, the Commander of VFW Post #6435 and LTC Taddeo (Retired), the two winners of the student essay contest, first for high school, Erin McDaid and then for middle school, Jade Estrada, read their essays.

That was followed by a variety of remembrances, including the POW/MIA Table, the presentation of the Memorial Walls, the Two Bell cermony, the presentation of the Wreath by Harper and Karas, the placement of a rose on the 9-11 Monument by former Mayor Jim Davis and Tony Fettig of the American Legion Post 161, and finally the 21-gun salute, closing prayer and the playing of taps.

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BART to run on Sunday schedule on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

On the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 27, 2013, BART will run on a Sunday schedule, meaning service starts around 8 am.

In addition, because it is a parking holiday, parking permit and fee requirements are not enforced in station parking facilities that day, excluding APLT Airport / Long Term Parking Permit reservations. For more info on parking go to

Various track maintenance work is being done around the BART system that may affect some trips; for more detail see separate passenger bulletins posted at or sign up to receive BART Service Advisories for delay notices.

To sign up for BSAs, please visit us on the web at You may also call 511 to get up-to-date service information.

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Antioch to hold Memorial Day ceremonies on Monday

Saturday, May 25th, 2013


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Enjoy summer fun in the sun at Antioch Water Park, starting Memorial Day weekend

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Treasure Island Summer

Arrrgh, matey! Come on over and enjoy acres of swimming and fun in the pools and water slides at the Antioch Water Park, this summer, starting Saturday, May 25th during Memorial Day weekend.


Antioch water park 1WEEKENDS ONLY

May 25th, May 26th, May 27th, June 1st, June 2nd, August 17th, August 18th, August 24th, August 25th, August 31st, September 1st & September 2nd



June 6th – August 13th
11am – 6pm Saturday – Thursday
11am – 7pm Friday



Saturday, Sunday, Holidays $14

Monday – Friday $12

Daily after 4pm $6

Senior & Active Military $6

Free Parking!


2013 Season Passes Available

Enjoy unlimited visits to the Antioch WaterPark 2013 Treasure Island Summer Season.

Antioch Resident: First 3 $65ea/$48.75 with discount

Additional: $55 ea/$$41.25 ea with discount

Non- Resident: First 3 $70 ea/$52.50 ea with discount

Additional: $60 ea/$45ea with discount


Group Rates Available

10 or more guest ~ 3 day advance purchase

Monday – Friday: $10

Saturday, Sunday & Holidays: $12

50 or more large groups

Monday – Friday $9


The Antioch Water Park is located at 4701 Lone Tree Way, Antioch, CA 94531, across from Deer Valley High School, between Deer Valley Road and Hillcrest Avenue.

For more information and a brochure, click here.

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Next Antioch Neighborhood Cleanup Saturday, June 1st

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Neighborhood Cleanup

The Antioch Police Department is excited to announce the 44th installment of the Neighborhood Cleanup Program. This is a collaborative community effort which involves active participation from United Citizens for Better Neighborhoods (UCBN), community volunteers, and the Antioch Police Department Crime Prevention Commission; Neighborhood Watch Program, Target Volunteers, Volunteers in Police Service, community volunteers and the Public Works Department.

Collectively, “We”, everyone who works and lives in the City of Antioch, can make a difference and improve the quality of life. It’s our community and it’s our chance to make a difference.

The City of Antioch Neighborhood Cleanup program is not just for residential neighborhoods. It is a program that will change venues on a monthly basis and it will include business and commercial areas as well. Neighborhoods that are free of trash and refuse are inviting, and a clean community instills a sense of community pride.

The 44th Neighborhood Cleanup event will occur on Saturday June 1, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  Volunteers should report to Hillcrest Park located at 1300 Larkspur Way. Volunteers will receive instructions and the equipment necessary to accomplish the goal. The targeted area is within walking distance.  Excluding inclement weather, future Neighborhood Cleanup events will be scheduled for the first Saturday of every month and the locations will be announced in advance.

If you have a suggestion for a future cleanup area, please inform the assigned Volunteer in Police Services (VIP) or you can call (925) 779- 6878.  If there is no answer please feel free to leave a message regarding your suggested cleanup area.  

Remember, cleaning up your neighborhood can make life better for your family, your neighbors and your community!

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