New site for high school state track meet

The California Interscholastic Federation has just announced that Veterans Memorial Stadium, on the campus of Buchanan High School in Clovis, will host the CIF state track and field championships for the next three years.

The venue has a Mondo Super X track which was installed in 2007. In an e-mail, the CIF also stated that the scoreboard will display real-time timing of running events as well as event results. It stated that Veterans Memorial Stadium has more than 8,500 permanent stadium seats and additional seating will be added to bring the capacity to more than 12,000.

Next year will mark the first time since 1984 that the CIF state championships will not be held at either Cerritos College in Norwalk or Hughes Stadium in Sacramento. It will also mark the first time since 1973 that the state meet will be held at a high school venue.

Woodward Park in nearby Fresno has hosted the CIF state cross country championships since its inception in 1987.

The 2009 CIF state track and field championships are scheduled to take place on June 5-6.


Triggas feeling golden

How exactly did Campolindo grad and current Ohio State wrestler Nikko Triggas follow up his fifth-place finish at the U.S. Olympic Trials? He hopped on a plane and headed to Ecuador for the Pan American Junior Greco-Roman Championships.

As it turned out, the trip was a fruitful one for Triggas. Over the weekend of June 20-22, Triggas won four gold medals. Two were of the team variety, as the United States won the team competitions in both Greco-Roman and freestyle wrestling. It edged out Ecuador 67-65 to win the Greco portion and beat Venezuela 74-64 to take the freestyle crown. Triggas played a big part in the team success, winning gold in both Freestyle and Greco-Roman. He defeated Venezuela’s Jose Figueroa in the freestyle title match and beat Ecuador’s Andres Montano to win Greco gold.


East bay product coming home?

Larry Gurganious III announced last week that he is transferring from Gonzaga to a school closer to home. I talked with Gurganious’ dad, Larry Gurganious Jr., and he did confirm that the 2005 Times Boys basketball player is transferring.

He wouldn’t say which school are in the running but it would be closer to the East Bay. Larry Gurganious III is also waiting on an NCAA waiver to be able to come in and play right away. Gurganious III missed time due to injury at Gonzaga and is hoping the waiver will allow him to play right away.

Here is a link on Gurganious III leaving Gonzaga.


 Stay tuned.


Prep Coverage Suggestions or Thoughts

We have wrapped up another prep season and I wanted to give the readers a chance to give us feedback or suggestions with the coverage in the newspaper and the Prep Corner blog.

We welcome any positive or negative feedback and any ideas that you may have to help the prep sports section get better. So, please comment below!


Times Top 100 Banquet links

Well, we put an end to yet another high school sports season last night with our Top 100 banquet at the Concord Hilton. Las Lomas’ Jason Welch and Kasey Carlson were named athletes of the year and I think I speak for everyone on staff when I say we had a great time.

Now, if you weren’t there, you should check out a few of the multimedia pieces we put together to recap the season. First, check out the final Two Geeks episode of the season, starring De La Salle’s Mike MacGillivray and Ms. Carlson herself.

Two Geeks: The Banquet Episode

Next, check out the multimedia slide show that Karl Mondon, Ray Saint Germain, and the multimedia staff put together.

Top 100 Athletes slide show

And, finally, if you don’t even have a clue who the top 100 athletes are, check ’em out on our Top 100 presentation.

Top 100 Package


Concord’s Porter commits to Utah

Concord High football coach Brian Hamilton gave us a call today to let us know that wide reciever C.J. Porter has committed to Utah. I haven’t yet spoken with Hamilton or Porter but it sounds like a good fit.

For those who’ve never seen him, Porter is a tall, rangy wideout with great athleticism and pretty good hands. I remember thinking he was very projectable when I saw Concord play last season. He’s certainly benefited from Concord’s wide-open attack and he’ll continue to do so at Utah.


EBAL All-League baseball

I thought I’d throw this up here in case anyone wanted to discuss it.

I think a lot of the picks were based on a kids reputation (last year) and not how they did this year, which isn’t right, but everyone knows these things are so political anyways.

Five guys I thought possibly deserved high status: Ross Shanken (MV), Tanner Laran (L), Greg Wilson (SRV), Dave Casper (MV) and Steve Carroll (F).

MVP: J.R. Graham (Livermore)

First teamPitchers: Ryan Palsha (SRV), Dave Singleton (L); Outfield: Drew Helenihi (G), Scott Lyman (MV), Brett Christopher (L); First base: Troy Channing (F); Infield: Justin Serrao (F), Nick Bartolone (C), Brandon DeFazio (F), Kyle Gallegos (C); Catcher: Jake Sylvester (L); Utility: Stephen Piscotty (AV); DH: Ino Patron (G).

Second teamPitchers: Michael Chinn (F), Chrstian Jones (MV); Outfield: Tanner Laran (L), Greg Wilson (SRV), Bryan Hernandez (AV); First base: Max Seeley (SRV); Infield: Ross Shanken (MV), Nick Fong (SRV); Catcher: Cody Demera (F); Utility: Jason Kochan (C); DH: Dave Casper (MV).

Honorable mentionPitchers: John Sa (G), Steve Swift (MV), Jeff McCleod (F); Infield: Ryan Fairclough (L); Outfield: Joe Young (AV), Steve Carroll (F), Sam Dierking (L), Tony Hernandez (SRV); Catcher: Scott David (AV), Grant Saunders (MV); Utility: Garrick Castro (G), David Hart (L); First base: Brian Scott (L), Gino Bertolozzi (C).