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The Week Ahead: Official practice begins in spring sports

FAIRFIELD — Befitting recent sunny weather, high school athletics this week has an interesting crossroads with spring sports officially starting with basketball coming down the home stretch and wrestling holding league championship meets. It’s all part of a wonderfully busy week that features some crosstown rivalry basketball games and five Solano Community College teams competing, […]

College notebook: Minner-coached OLLU ranked No. 1 in NAIA poll

The Our Lady of the Lake University women’s basketball team didn’t need turning around when Chris Minner took over as coach prior to the 2012-13 season. Instead, the former Vacaville and Vacaville Christian high school coach got the Saints to turn things up a few notches. They reached a peak of sorts this week when […]

Former NFL quarterback Ken Stabler had brain disease CTE

  BOSTON — Former Oakland Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler, the late NFL MVP and Super Bowl winner who is a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, has been diagnosed with the brain disease CTE, Boston University researchers said Wednesday. Stabler, who died of colon cancer at 69 in July, had Stage 3 chronic […]

Rodriguez’s Cunningham signs to play soccer for Saint Mary’s

FAIRFIELD — There were no hats under the table, no suspense when it came to Jordyn Cunningham’s letter of intent signing on Wednesday. The Rodriguez High senior has know since the spring of her sophomore year that she wanted to play women’s soccer for Saint Mary’s College and committed to do so by signing on […]

The Week Ahead: Vikings boys look to avenge loss to Jaguars

FAIRFIELD — The second half of Monticello Empire League and Solano County Athletic Conference basketball play begins this week with the Vanden High boys needing to return a favor if they’re to repeat as SCAC champs. The two-time defending champion Vikings (17-4, 4-1 SCAC) were knocked off by Bethel 58-55 at Jim Boyd Gym on […]

Mustangs hang on to beat Indians 61-60

FAIRFIELD — Marcel Gibson really wanted to hit a free throw and so did the vociferously vocal contingent of Rodriguez High fans. Gibson’s wish came true – he made one of two foul shots with 2.1 seconds left – and when Jordan Allen’s desperation full-court shot fell short, the Mustangs escaped with a thrilling 61-60 […]

College notebook: Gales coaches Trinity to three dual meet wins

The season got off to a slow start for the Trinity College wrestling team as the Bantams of Hartford, Connecticut, dropped their first eight dual matches. Seeded 13th out of 14 teams in the New England Wrestling Association Duals Championships in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, Trinity, coached by former Armijo standout Marques Gales, went 3-1 to finish […]

The Week Ahead: Basketball features another round of rivalry battles

FAIRFIELD — The beginning of the month saw a flurry of crosstown rivalry basketball games with Solano County Athletic Conference schools Fairfield and Vanden taking on their Monticello Empire League counterparts Armijo and Rodriguez. As January draws to a close there’s another round of rivalry matchups with Fairfield taking on Vanden and Rodriguez going against […]

College notebook: Lundy solid despite tough season for SGU

Victories have been hard to come by for the St. Gregory’s women’s basketball team – the Cavaliers have dropped eight of nine since Dec. 5 – but that hasn’t kept Denisha Lundy from putting together a solid season. The former Vanden High and Solano Community College standout had 20 points, four assists, three rebounds, one […]

The Week Ahead: Vanden girls conclude tough preseason schedule

FAIRFIELD — Playing the best wherever and whenever possible has long been a hallmark of the Vanden High girls basketball team. The tradition continues when the Vikings play defending Southern Section Open Division champion Oaks Christian of Westlake Village in the MLK Showcase at St. Mary’s High of Stockton on Monday. It’s all part of […]

College notebook: Clay earns RRAC honors after big game

Langston has long been a thorn in the side of the Our Lady of the Lake women’s basketball team, topping the twice Saints in 10 of the last 15 meetings and twice last season, including 93-82 in the Red River Athletic Conference title game. With Ariel Clay pouring in a team-high 18 points to go […]

Armijo’s Kalamaras signs to play for Roughriders

FAIRFIELD — Mariah Kalamaras has big plans and doesn’t mind making a slight detour to hopefully make them happen. The senior with the Armijo High softball team signed a letter of intent in a ceremony on Friday at E. Gary Vaughn Gymnasium to play for Yavapai College of Prescott, Arizona. After her two years with […]

Week ahead: League play begins in boys, girls basketball

FAIRFIELD — League play begins on Thursday with the Vanden girls and boys, and Rodriguez boys looking to defend titles – the Lady Vikings for the 15th straight year. It’s all part of a busy week that also includes a wrestling tournament that’s in the middle of its fifth decade. Monday The week begins with […]

Fairfield grad Warren named football coach at Southern Utah

FAIRFIELD — As a four-sport standout at Fairfield High, Demario Warren showed his versatility early. After playing and briefly coaching football for UC Davis, Warren went on to coach running backs, defensive backs and linebackers before being named defensive coordinator at Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah. The university announced on Sunday that Warren […]

Armijo’s Armijo plays in Florida all-star game

FAIRFIELD — It pays to have a special skill, and in the case of Armijo High’s Mateo Armijo, it’s a special teams skill. The talented senior long snapper for the Indians was invited to take part in the recent Offense-Defense All-American Bowl Week in Daytona Beach, Fla., and helped his team of all-stars from 14 […]

College notebook: Andaya has solid week for Hope International

The Hope International women’s basketball team had a good week last week and Nikki Andaya was a big reason why. The former Solano Community College standout averaged 14.7 points, 3.0 assists and 2.3 steals per game as the Royals (7-3) went 3-0. She led the team with 32.7 minutes per game over the week and […]

January 07, 2016 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

The Week Ahead: New year starts off with rivalry games

FAIRFIELD — The schedule makers saved some of the best for first with several crosstown basketball matchups and the area wrestling dual match of the year to start things off in 2016. It’s all part of very busy first week of the new year. Tuesday Vanden hosts the surprising Armijo girls basketball team, while in […]

January 04, 2016 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

College notebook: Clay helps Huskies win bowl game

One of the first chances viewers of the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl had of the University of Washington’s Brian Clay was the Wood High graduate trying in vain to tackle Southern Mississippi’s Michael Thomas turned a 56-yard catch and run into a touchdown. From that point on, Clay was seen mostly making tackles, making […]

December 31, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

DR Male Athlete of the Year: Vanden’s Lara shines in baseball, soccer

FAIRFIELD — With a college baseball scholarship on the horizon, Alejandro “Jando” Lara was leaning toward not playing his senior boys soccer season at Vanden High. “I was planning on not playing my senior year,” Lara said. “I didn’t want to risk injury for baseball.” Not only did Lara, the two-time Solano County Athletic Conference […]

December 31, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Year in review: Vikings sweep top honors

FAIRFIELD — It wasn’t the last game of the 2014-15 season and certainly not the most pretty, but it was arguably the most important in the history of Vanden High girls basketball. On March 6, the Vikings, among the most consistent winners in Northern California with 15 straight league crowns, routed Rio Linda 83-51 in […]

December 30, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Rodriguez defeats Vanden in JV hoops

Angelo Rodriguez High JV Boys Basketball Team defeats Vanden High JV Boys Basketball Team 53-51 tonight, 12/4/2015 at Vandem High School. Mustangs was led by Freshman Guards Rasheen Frazier with 20 points and Darion Johnson with 10 points. Mustangs JV team is now 1-1.

December 05, 2015 | Posted in Sports

Basketball tournaments tipoff as new year approaches

FAIRFIELD — There’s certainly no winter break for the Fairfield and Rodriguez boys basketball teams, both of which are hosting tournaments. Its all part of a busy first three days of the week with a bunch of three-day tournaments. Monday The Falcons begin play in their annual Holiday Classic by taking on former Monticello Empire […]

December 28, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Wood nails down top honors on DR All-Region team

In so many ways, the 2015 prep football season was the year of the Wildcat. In addition to becoming the first team since Fairfield in 2001 to unseat Vacaville in the Daily Republic’s final Solano County rankings, Will C. Wood broke so many school records — most wins, most points and most total yards among […]

December 25, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Minimal local sports activity as Christmas approaches

FAIRFIELD — With Christmas on Thursday, it’s an abbreviated schedule for city high school basketball teams with the Solano Community College men’s and women’s squads taking the week off from play. But it’s still a busy first three days of the week. Monday The Fairfield boys basketball team continues in the four-day St. Hope Elite […]

December 21, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Suisun City’s Randle to play in state title game for De La Salle

SUISUN CITY — Isaiah Randle was only a spectator when the De La Salle High of Concord football team steamrolled Centennial of Corona to win the CIF Open Division state championship bowl a year ago. This season, the Suisun City resident and former Solano Warrior youth football player has helped the Spartans get back to […]

December 19, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

College notebook: Gomes provides bounce off bench for Lions

Talk about providing a spark off the bench – consistently. Lequan Gomes rolled up 20 points, six rebounds, four steals and one assist as a reserve in just 16 minutes to help lead unbeaten Eastern Nazarene College (9-0) to a 100-84 defeat of Gordon. Gomes, a former Fairfield High and Solano Community College standout, has […]

December 18, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Prep wrestling update: City teams look to make push

FAIRFIELD — One of the great things about high school wrestling is that even within team setbacks and hurdles there can be individual victories. That will likely be the case as Rodriguez and Armijo chase superpower Vacaville in the Monticello Empire League, while Vanden and Fairfield look to compete with Benicia in the Solano Community Athletic Conference. There’s […]

December 17, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

The Week Ahead: Things slow for finals week

FAIRFIELD — It’s finals week for each of the city high schools and that means lighter schedules – sort of. Only three teams have games scheduled for Monday or Tuesday and none on Wednesday, but things pick up considerably on Thursday with heavy tournament play. It’s all part of the final full week before the […]

December 14, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Solano men’s basketball update: Falcons looking for constant improvement

ROCKVILLE — The Solano Community College men’s basketball team has gotten off to a slow start at 1-6, but the Falcons have been competitive in four of their six losses. With just 19 combined starts among six returning players, including two from the 2013-14 season, hanging tough long enough for improvement to lead to wins […]

December 12, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,
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