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Olympic gold medalist Eddie Hart to hold book signing at Antioch Barnes & Noble Dec. 17

Saturday, December 14th, 2019

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11-0 Cornerstone Christian football team to play for championship tonight

Friday, November 29th, 2019

Cornerstone Christian High Cougars football team. Photo courtesy of Cornerstone Christian.

Antioch’s Cornerstone Christian High Cougars football team is now 11-0 this season and playing for the NCS 8-man football championship against the Branson Bulls of Ross, CA at Rio Vista High School at 410 S 4th St, Rio Vista, CA 94571 in Rio Vista on Friday night Nov. 29 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $12 adults and $7 for seniors and students.

The Cougars trounced the Calistoga Wildcats 46-8 in the semifinal game, last Friday night. The team has now gone undefeated with a record of 20-0 in two seasons.

Support the team as they battle their way to another championship.

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Delta Stars Basketball team to play rival OakTown Warriors in Antioch Sunday, Nov. 24

Thursday, November 21st, 2019

The Antioch-based Contra Costa County Delta Stars basketball team defeated the OakTown Warriors 96-95 on Nov. 2, 2019, with :08 left in regulation on a dramatic tip in. Since then OTW pulled off a shocking victory over the then #1 team in the ABA, the San Francisco City Cats.  There are now 153 teams in the ABA nationwide.
The Delta Stars also defeated the Solano Stallions 106-96 last Sunday, during their most recent home game in Antioch, and now have a record of 3-1.
The OakTown Warriors will seek to even the score in this Sunday’s game at the Antioch Community Center in Prewett Park, 4703 Lone Tree Way, starting at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 each and available at www.brownpapertickets.com/profile/3689712.
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Delta Stars basketball team to play in Antioch Sunday evening

Sunday, November 17th, 2019

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BART employee who saved man’s life is from Antioch and former Panthers football coach

Tuesday, November 5th, 2019

John O’Connor and his wife, Tere.

By Luke Johnson

A man fell into the trackway – about 30 feet in front of an oncoming train – and a BART employee immediately thought:

“Oh, he ain’t gonna make it.”

However, the employee got on his knees and reached over the trackway – putting himself in harm’s way. He then grabbed the fallen man and pulled him to safety with inches to spare. This all happened in a matter of three seconds. (See BART video)

Photo courtesy of John O’Connor.

The hero: John O’Connor, 55, who has lived in Antioch for 28 years. He’s also a former assistant football coach for the Antioch High Panthers and has worked for BART for the past 24 years.

He was working at the Coliseum Station after the Oakland Raiders game Sunday, Nov. 3 to provide extra supervision for the overflowing postgame crowd – which was needed to say the least.

“That’s what I’m here for,” O’Connor said. “God was with us at that moment.”

He added that it doesn’t sound right to be called a hero, because people in the military, police and fire department save lives all the time and he doesn’t believe he belongs in that category.

It seemed a lot slower than it actually happened (on video), O’Connor said during a press conference. He came to the side, I figured he wasn’t going to make it so I grabbed him and pulled him up to the platform. That’s what we do. We got foreworkers, train operators, station agents who deal with this on a daily basis. We preach safety, and we practice it.

Although he may not identify as a hero, this Thursday the Raiders will honor him as one. The team will host him in front of the Thursday Night Football audience as this week’s “Hometown Hero.”

O’Connor during the press conference. Photo by BART.

BART said the young man who stumbled onto the trackway was intoxicated.

After O’Connor pulled the young man to safety, he lifted him from the ground, embraced him with a hug and said, “It’s OK.” Meanwhile, other BART riders cheered for O’Connor for saving the young man’s life.

The moment was captured on video and posted to Twitter – which quickly went viral and can be seen, here.

The story has been all over the news and has even garnered national attention. O’Connor said if it weren’t for that video, many people would not have known what happened, and it would have become “just another good drinkin’ story.”

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Antioch Speedway to host Two Day West Coast Nationals this weekend

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

By Don Martin II

Antioch, CA…This weekend Antioch Speedway will be hosting the biggest Dirt Modified race of the year. It’s the First Annual West Coast Nationals. The A Modifieds and the B Modifieds will both be competing.

Past Modified and Stock Car competitor Chad Chadwick is making his foray into promoting with this big event. He’s hoping not just to offer the racers a big money race, but also to help reclaim Antioch Speedway’s status as one of the top tier dirt tracks in the state. “The fans will be seeing some of the best Modified racing you’ll find anywhere,” said Chadwick. “Some of the best drivers on the West Coast will be here this weekend. We have a format that will give the racers several opportunities to make it into the big race. I’m excited to be bringing this race to Antioch Speedway.”

Bobby Hogge IV #2h will be one of the drivers to beat in the West Coast Nationals at Antioch Speedway. Photo by Kniss Racing Photos.

The event kicks off on Thursday night with a practice, barbecue, cornhole tournament and live music. Both divisions will compete in heat races and Preliminary Features on Friday. The Top 4 finishers in the Preliminary Features will be locked into Saturday’s big money Main Event.

On Saturday, the two divisions will again run heat races as well as B Mains and Last Chance Qualifiers. The night ends with the Main Events offering purses of $25,000 for the A Modifieds and over $5,000 for the B Modifieds.

Antioch Speedway has held some big Modified races during the past 30 years, but this one will be the biggest ever. Just to take the green flag in the A Modified Main Event on Saturday will ensure a driver a minimum $500 payday. To win the show will be worth $7,500, and even second place walks off with a tidy sum of $3,800. The B Modified drivers will be competing for $1,500 to win their feature race with drivers earning $150 just to start.

The money being offered for the A Modifieds was enough to attract the attention of Bakersfield driver Ethan Dotson. Dotson gained national attention by winning the big IMCA Nationals event in Boone, Iowa in early September. He may come in as a top driver to beat, but an all star lineup of competitors is anticipated with the money on the line.

Bobby Hogge IV has a knack for winning some of the biggest races on the West Coast, and he’s won 70 Main Events at Antioch Speedway alone in his impressive career. Hogge picked up the lucrative victory in the Mike Cecil Memorial at Watsonville earlier this year and also left with the big prize money in the Roger Haudenshild Tribute race in Medford back in June.

Kellen Chadwick #83 has already won two of the biggest races of of the season at Antioch Speedway. Photo by Kniss Racing Photos.

When you talk about drivers to beat, Bobby’s name will be found near the top of the list. “These are the races that I look forward to,” said Hogge. “You get some of the best drivers out there, and it makes it a lot more fun and challenging for me. I’m looking forward to this race. We’ve always done pretty well at Antioch.”

Like Hogge, Kellen Chadwick, Troy Foulger and Nick DeCarlo are all past Antioch Speedway champions. Chadwick won both the Donna Soares Memorial and Jerry Hetrick Memorial at Antioch this year. He also won the Wild West Speedweek Series title for the second time this year and the $5,000 R Charles Snyder Salute in Medford.

Foulger is a four-time Antioch champion teaming with Billy Bowers, and he won the Merced Speedway title this year. DeCarlo won the Antioch championship last season and had three wins this year. This second-generation competitor bears the distinction of being the only driver to win Modified championships at Antioch, Petaluma and Watsonville.

This is just a sampling of some of the stars anticipated not just from California but from the Pacific Northwest and even Canada. Local stars such as new champion Buddy Kniss, 2017 champion Bobby Motts Jr, Sean O’Gara, multi-time Late Model champion Jeff Decker and Bob Newberry are among a roster of roughly 50 competitors expected to do battle.

The $1,500 is one of the bigger prizes being offered for the B Modifieds, and that kind of cash will bring some fast competitors to Antioch Speedway. This will include past champion Fred Ryland. Ryland has won over 50 Main Events in his career at Antioch Speedway alone as well as the 2015 championship. He won the Merced title this year. Local star Tommy Fraser, who won the championship this year along with eight Main Events, is anticipated as well.

In addition to other local stars such as Trevor Clymens and brother Tommy Clymens Jr, Todd Gomez and Kevin Brown, top racers from tracks such as Watsonville, Merced and Marysville are anticipated for this special event. There’s even reports of a few Modified racers bringing two cars to compete in both divisions.

The track has offered some big paying events through the years, and this is the biggest one yet. The West Coast Nationals promises to be a can’t miss event. This two-day event is also the final race of the season until next year. For further information, go to www.antiochspeedway.com.

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Cornerstone Christian High football team 7-0 on season during 16-game winning streak

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

The Cougars’ #42, senior Matthew Broad carries the ball in their victory against the Anzar High Hawks of San Juan Bautista, Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. Photos courtesy of Cornerstone Christian High School football.

The Cougars’ offensive line prepares for the snap.

By Steve Miner

The Cornerstone Christian High School Cougars football team has built up a record of 7-0 in their league and is ranked fifth in the state in their division, this season. That’s part of their 16-game win streak which dates back to the 2018 season when they went 9-0 and won the league championship. This is Cornerstone’s third year in 8-man football of the Pacific Coast Athletic League.

“We knew we had a special group of student athletes when the 2020 class was in junior high, we just wanted them to stay for high school so we could build a program around them,” said Logan Heyer, the Head Coach and Principal at Cornerstone. “Five of these players are also on our NCS Champion basketball team. We have created a great program for kids to come in and compete at a high level athletically.”

The team is led by a group of eight seniors that have played together for three years. They lost last year’s league MVP Michael Valle to a broken leg after game five but have not skipped a beat. Caed Miner and Matthew Broad have stepped up in Valle’s absence. In the first two games without Valle, Miner is responsible for 10 touchdowns either running or passing and Broad has rushed for over 300 yards.

#20 senior Caedmon Miner heads downfield.

“We lost a dynamic player in Michael, but we are still a very physical team” Heyer said about the loss of Valle. “It all starts with our offensive line featuring seniors Malcolm Russel, Dominic Waldecker, Dominic Tsukerman and Junior Kevin Sousa. They do a great job of controlling the line of scrimmage and our skill guys have some huge holes to run through.”

The Cougars have already beaten last year’s NCS champions, The Branson School Bulls of Ross, CA, and the runners up, the South Fork High Cubs of Miranda, CA, this year.

“We play in a Central Coast Section league but will be eligible for the NCS playoffs this year,” Heyer explained. “NCS just started a playoff for 8-man football last year. NCS has been this team’s clear goal from day one of practice.”

Cornerstone has been dominant on both offense and defense scoring an average of 62 points while only allowing 21 per game.

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DeForest, Fraser, Dahlgren win at Antioch Speedway

Monday, September 16th, 2019

Shawn DeForest #74 won his first DIRTcar Late Model Main Event of the season. Photo by Paul Gould

By Don Martin II

Shawn DeForest won the 20 lap DIRTcar Late Model Main Event Saturday night at Antioch Speedway.  DeForest was driving the Dennis Souza car, and his previous best finish in Souza’s car was a second earlier this season.  Rick Coffey led a lap before spinning in Turn 4  This put DeForest in the lead, but he spun in Turn 4 for a lap six yellow flag.  Mike Hynes led the restart with Rod Oliver running close behind.  Kimo Oreta hit the Turn 3 wall for a lap 10 yellow flag.  DeForest was in thrd at that point, and he took the lead from Hynes on the restart.  Oliver gained second a lap later after Hynes hit the wall in Turn 1.  DeForest had Oliver running closely behind him the rest of the way, but he held on for the victory.  Coffey finished third ahead of Oreta and John Soares.

Point leader Tommy Fraser #12 won his eighth B Modified Main Event. Photo by Paul Gould

Tommy Fraser won the 20 lap B Modified Main Event.  This was the eighth win of the season for the current point leader.  After a complete restart for a spin in Turn 2, the race went non stop.  Top rookie Cameron Swank set the early pace ahead of Kevin Brown.  Reigning champion Trevor Clymens made a low pass in Turn 2 of the third lap to take second from Brown.  Swank had a scary moment a lap later when a slower car swerved into his path in Turn 4 as Fraser gained third.  The leaders came upon a spun car in Turn 4, and Clymens clipped the car and spun.  Everybody kept going without a yellow as Swank led Fraser.  A low pass in Turn 4 of the 12th lap gained Fraser the lead.  Fraser would pull away to a straightaway advantage in victory as Swank won a close battle with Brown for second.  Trevor Clymens and Tommy Clymens Jr completed the Top 5.

Bob Newberry #36 won his third Wingless Spec Sprint Main Event. Photo by Paul Gould

Bob Newberry won the 20 lap Wingless Spec Sprint Main Event.  This was the third win of the season  for the two-time champion.  Shannon Newton did not race, but he had already clinched the championship.  Newberry raced underneath Rick Panfili in Turn 4 to grab the lead before the first lap was completed.  Panfili and Mackenzie Newton got together on the back stretch as they worked the fourth lap, resulting in Newton flipping.  She was not injured, and both drivers were out of the race.  Newberry led Keith Calvino through one more yellow flag.  On the 15th lap, Calvino flipped in Turn 2.  The race was called for time with Newberry winning ahead of Cameron Martin, Kyle Bakkie, Austin Stone and Marcus Smith.

Scott Dahlgren #21d wrapped up his Dwarf Car championship with a division leading sixth feature win. Photo by Paul Gould

Scott Dahlgren won the 20 lap Dwarf Car Main Event.  This was the sixth win of the season for the new champion.  Dahlgren and teammate Devan Kammermann shared the front row, and Dahlgren charged into the lead at the start.  David Rosa settled into third as the first 15 laps went without a yellow flag.  Kammermann spun trying to lap a slower car on the front stretch for a lap 15 yellow flag.  Dahlgren continued to lead David Rosa and David Michael Rosa on the restart.  Dahlgren led the rest of the way to win by a comfortable margin.  David Michael Rosa made a low pass in Turn 4 on lap 18 to take second all the way to the checkered flag.  Mike Corsaro made a late pass for third as David Rosa and Kammermann completed the Top 5.

Point leader Chris Sorensen #00 collected his seventh Hobby Stock Main Event victory. Photo by Paul Gould

Chris Sorensen won the 20 lap Hobby Stock Main Event.  Sorensen increased his point lead with his seventh win of the season as Breanna Troen spun late in her battle with Megan Ponciano.  Sorensen had a front row start and led Ponciano early on.  Troen struggled a bit in Turn 3 and spun on the opening lap without a yellow flag.  Ponciano and Jason Robles were having a side by side battle for second with Robles gaining the spot on lap six.  After the second yellow flag of the race on lap 10, Troen began her charge into the Top 5.  Sorensen continued to lead Robles, and Troen started challenging Ponciano for third on lap 15.  Troen spun in Turn 3, collecting Josh Leach for a lap 17 yellow flag.  Sorensen maintained command on the restart and brought it home to a satisfying win ahead on Robles, Ponciano, Ken Johns and Lori Brown.

Next week is the 17th Annual Chet Thomson Memorial Hardtop race.  The B Modifieds will be racing for $750 to win.  Also competing will be the A Modifieds, Limited Late Models and Hobby Stocks.  For further information, go to www.antiochspeedway.com.

All Star Series Antioch Speedway Unofficial Race Results:

Wingless Spec Sprints – Heat Winners (6 Laps)-Kyle Bakkie, Bob Newberry.  Main Event (20 Laps)-Bob Newberry, Cameron Martin, Kyle Bakkie, Austin Stone, Marcus Smith, Jeff Scotto, Peter Carlotta, Richard Otterstom, Dan Gonderman, Mackenzie Newton.

DIRTcar Late Models – Heat Winners (6 Laps)-Mike Hynes, Richard Papenhausen.  Main Event (20 Laps)-Shawn DeForest, Rod Oliver, Rick Coffey, Kimo Oreta, John Soares, Mike Hynes, Richard Papenhausen.

B Modifieds – Heat Winners (6 Laps)-Tommy Fraser, Trevor Clymens.  Main Event (20 Laps)-Tommy Fraser, Cameron Swank, Kevin Brown, Trevor Clymens, Tommy Clymens Jr, Frank Cefaliello, Tim Rolan.

Hobby Stocks – Heat Winners (6 Laps)-Jason Robles, Breanna Troen, Chris Sorensen.  Main Event (20 Laps)-Chris Sorensen, Jason Robles, Megan Ponciano, Ken Johns, Lori Brown, Will Buirch, Kimo Oreta, James Thomson, Jacob Mallett Jr, Breanna Troen.

Dwarf Cars – Heat Winners (6 Laps)-Mike Corsaro, David Rosa.  Main Event (20 Laps)-Scott Dahlgren, David Michael Rosa, Mike Corsaro, David Rosa, Devan Kammermann, Giovanni Bertoli, Mario Marques, Roberto Monroy, Travis Day, Dennis Gilcrease.

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