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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Author Archive: Brian Arnold

Prep boys golf update: Vanden’s Fitchhorn heading toward 3rd league title

FAIRFIELD — With the prep boys golf season is quickly approaching the postseason, one player has his eyes set on another title. Vanden’s Devyn Fitchhorn, just a junior, is the two-time defending Solano County Athletic Conference champion and looks to be the favorite to win three in a row, though he might get some competition […]

All-City wrestling: Rodriguez’s Vu Wrestler of the year

FAIRFIELD — It was a very balanced wrestling season for the Armijo and Rodriguez high squads this season, and a solid finish to a career for a Vanden High senior. The Mustangs landed seven grapplers on the Daily Republic All-City Wrestling Team, while the Indians had six. The Vikings’ Brandon Dontogan rounded out the 14 […]

5 area athletes receive section scholarships

FAIRFIELD — Five local athletes received the Sac-Joaquin Section’s annual A. Dale Lacky/CSEA scholarships, Friday. Vacaville Christian High’s Andrew Grabowski and Vacaville High’s Breanna Sewell were the big winners, each receiving the $1,500 Clarke Coover scholarships. According to an SJS press release, Grabowski played soccer and basketball for four years each, volleyball for two years and baseball […]

Vanden tennis team wins, moves into 1st place

FAIRFIELD — What a difference a few weeks makes. The Vanden High boys tennis team rebounded from an earlier Solano County Athletic Conference loss to American Canyon and defeated the Wolves 8-1, Thursday. With the win, the Vikings (7-1), who fell to American Canyon 5-4 on March 11, move into first in the SCAC. The […]

No. 1-ranked Solano College softball team sweeps doubleheader from Contra Costa

ROCKVILLE — The win streak continues – in stellar fashion. The Solano Community College softball team swept a Bay Valley Conference doubleheader from Contra Costa College on Tuesday, upping the Falcons’ win streak to 13 straight games. The California Community College Athletic Association’s RPI rankings have SCC as the No. 1 in the state with […]

Track and field athletes gearing up for runs toward postseason

FAIRFIELD — With plenty of sunshine in the area, city track and field athletes haven’t had to wait out the rains to get their seasons started. The prep season is fully underway and athletes are getting in shape to make runs toward the postseason. Here’s a look at this spring’s track and field teams: Vanden […]

Vanden girls fall to Modesto Christian in NorCal Division III semifinals

MODESTO — When you don’t play your best at this point of the season, you get sent home. The Vanden High girls basketball team was far from its best Tuesday night as the Vikings fell to host Modesto Christian 62-49 in the Northern California Regionals Division III semifinals. Nearly half of Vanden’s points (24) came […]

Vanden girls ready to face Modesto Christian in NorCal Division III semifinals

FAIRFIELD — It’s the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III championship rematch that never happened. The Vanden High girls basketball team hits the road Tuesday to face Modesto Christian in the semifinals of the Northern California Division III Regionals. The Vikings (25-6) were the No. 1 seed in the SJS playoffs and Modesto Christian was seeded second. […]

Rodriguez boys fall to Freedom 74-72 in NorCal quarterfinals

OAKLEY — After 31 minutes, 57 seconds of basketball, one rebound and one basket made the difference. Freedom High’s Elliott Smith got his own rebound and hit a basket in the paint with three seconds to play to give the Falcons a 74-72 win over Rodriguez in the quarterfinals of the Northern California Regionals, Saturday […]

Fairfield boys fall to Miramonte in overtime in NorCal hoops opener

FAIRFIELD — The Falcons let one slip away. The Fairfield High boys basketball team started strong, but missed opportunities that ended up costing the Falcons in a 74-70 overtime loss to Miramonte of Orinda in the opening round of the NorCal Regionals at Ronald D. Thompson Gymnasium, Wednesday night. The Matadors’ Drew Anderson sank a […]

Vanden girls, Fairfield, Rodriguez boys land home games for NorCal Regional openers

FAIRFIELD — Going deep into the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs paid off for three city basketball teams. The brackets for the CIF State Basketball Championships were released Sunday, and the Vanden girls, along with the Fairfield and Rodriguez boys, landed home games in the opening round of the Northern California bracket. The only local team to […]

Rodriguez boys fall to Jesuit in SJS Div. I championship

SACRAMENTO — The only thing in question at the end was whether the Rodriguez High boys basketball team would wind up on the wrong end history. Luckily for the Mustangs, they only tied it. The No. 1 seeded Jesuit Marauders started fast and never let up in rolling to a 96-68 win over Rodriguez in […]

Armijo, SCC grad Romero getting a shot at Padres’ minor league camp

FAIRFIELD – Victor Romero has taken another step forward toward the ultimate goal – playing Major League Baseball. Romero, an Armijo High and Solano Community College graduate, has wrapped up his eligibility playing baseball at Oklahoma State and has joined the San Diego Padres at their minor league camp in Peoria, Ariz. Needless to say, […]

Falcons fall in SJS Div. III championship game

SACRAMENTO ­­— It’s hard to win basketball games when you don’t get many second-chance shots. The Fairfield High boys basketball team was limited to one shot on most possessions as the Falcons fell to Modesto Christian 61-50 in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Championship at Sleep Train Arena, Friday night. The Crusaders finished the game […]

Locals ready to make run at state wrestling championships

FAIRFIELD — History is always made at the CIF State Wrestling Championships. Vacaville High is looking to make some history of its own. The state championships begin at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield, Friday, and two Bulldogs have their eyes set on making school history, as does Vacaville as a team. Vaca’s Jeramy Sweany, the defending […]

Rodriguez boys top Merced, reach SJS Division I title game

SACRAMENTO — It took them more than 21 minutes to get going, but when the Mustangs got into high gear, they weren’t about to be denied. The second-seeded Rodriguez High boys basketball team used an 18-8 run midway through the third quarter and never looked back in a 73-68 triumph over No. 6 Merced in […]

Vanden girls win, advance to SJS Division III semifinals

FAIRFIELD — There was bad news for the Vanden High girls basketball team, Thursday night: It took nearly 1 1/2 minutes to get a basket. There was also good news for the Vikings: They scored 10 of the first 12. After a semi-slow start, Vanden used a 16-2 run to finish the first quarter and […]

Area wrestlers look to make mark at SJS Masters Championships

FAIRFIELD — Thirty five may not seem too large of a number, but for local wrestlers, it’s pretty big. That’s how many local grapplers will be at Stockton Arena for the first day of the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Championships, Friday. Action continues in the double elimination tournament, Saturday, with the top seven finishers advancing to […]

Late rally lifts Vanden boys to win in playoff opener

FAIRFIELD — The Vanden High boys basketball team is lucky there are four quarters. The Vikings used a 15-0 run midway through fourth quarter to rally past Patterson 66-58 to win their opening round game in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs at Jim Boyd Gym, Friday. The win allows the No. 2-seeded Vikings (18-10) […]

Vanden’s Blair, Rodriguez’s Abraham, Fairfield’s Hart-Spikes named respective league MVPs

FAIRFIELD — After helping their respective basketball teams win league championships, three local high school players were rewarded for their efforts. The Monticello Empire League and Solano County Athletic Conference held their all-league meetings, Monday, and three city players – Vanden’s Kayla Blair, Rodriguez’s Rishod Abraham and Fairfield’s Demoriaye Hart-Spikes – were named MVP of their […]

SCC women land No. 7 seed, open playoffs at home against Cosumnes River, Friday

ROCKVILLE — Opening at home in the postseason is a plus, but facing a tough opponent poses challenges. The Solano Community College women’s basketball team landed the No. 7 seed, Monday, and will open the NorCal playoffs at home against Cosumnes River College at 7 p.m., Friday. The Falcons (25-4) have faced Cosumnes River twice this […]

Locals Verrett, Bucannon, Jensen ready for NFL Combine

FAIRFIELD — With their college careers behind them, three local football players are taking the next step toward a career in the NFL. Vanden High graduate Deone Bucannon and Rodriguez graduates Jason Verrett and Marcel Jensen are headed to Indianapolis this weekend to participate in the NFL Combine, showcasing their respective mind and bodies for […]

Vanden girls land No. 1 seed in D-III playoffs; Vanden boys No. 2, Rodriguez boys No. 2 in D-1, Fairfield boys No. 3 in D-III

FAIRFIELD — Bring on the first-round home games. The Sac-Joaquin Section released its basketball playoff brackets, Wednesday, and four city teams are seeded in the top three, meaning all four could host two playoff games, assuming they win the first. The Vanden High girls landed the No. 1 seed in Division III, while the Vanden […]

Vanden boys top Fairfield 75-70 to win SCAC hoops title

FAIRFIELD — The Vikings came to play. They left with a championship banner. The Vanden High boys basketball team used its height and the hot shooting of DeMarre Walker to pick up a 75-70 win over Fairfield to win the outright Solano County Athletic Conference championship at a steamy Jim Boyd Gym, Tuesday. It was […]

Fairfield’s Avila back in ring Monday night for televised fight

FAIRFIELD — He’s back, he’s healthy and he’s ready to fight. Fairfield fighter Manuel ‘Tino’ Avila will be back in the ring for another televised fight with his prefect record on the line in Salinas, Monday night. Avila (13-0, 5 KOs) will face Enrique Quevedo (15-6) at The Storm House on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes. […]

Thomas enjoys stint as PGA executive director, new PGA member

VACAVILLE — He doesn’t play golf every day, but Chris Thomas is responsible for a lot of it. As the executive director and chief operating officer for the Northern California PGA office in Vacaville, Thomas’ career is all about the game. “I make sure facilities employ a PGA professional,” Thomas said. “They don’t have to […]

SCC women top Marin, claim BVC title

ROCKVILLE — It took the Falcons a little while to get going, but in the end, the trophy was theirs for the taking. The Solano Community College women’s basketball team wound up running away with a 78-61 win over College of Marin, Wednesday, giving the Falcons (23-4, 14-0 BVC) the outright Bay Valley Conference championship. […]

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