Gary Girard

Gary Girard.

Seven Delano High cheerleaders who are seniors were honored at the annual cheerleader Family and Friends luncheon Sunday in the school cafeteria.

The seven included co-heads Alyssa Ashley Campos and Miranda Chavez plus Kimberly Bautista, Jocelyn Valdez, Jordan Villanueva, Jaqueline Guzman, and Roman Villarreal.

Tri-tip prepared by parent Ray Valdez plus rice was prepared by Tony’s Pizza, salads were prepared by parents, and sheet cake was served.

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When I entered surgery in Porterville during the school spring break, I was staying at my daughter’s home with son-in-law Jim and children Connor, Cole, and Evan for a few days and I became close to some of their activities.

The day before surgery I was interviewed about medical information by a young Filipino nurse and somehow I mentioned that there were many Filipinos in Delano. She asked if I knew when Philippine Weekend was in Delano, and I knew to tell her that it was ALWAYS the last weekend of July.

Then she mentioned that she had been to a bakery there, and I said it had to be Fil Bake Shop which is always loaded with early-morning customers. The next day on the way to surgery I stopped by her office and gave her and another young lady a dozen pan de sol.

Another hospital employee asked the nurse if I could interrupt for a minute to give her the rolls, and as I looked down at two people seated in front of her, I was surprised to see it was Bill and Shirley Martin.

Bill was a longtime physica and chemistry teacher at Delano High during my teaching days. And Shirley was first a counselor and then the principal of Delano High. I assumed they were there for one of them to ready for surgery the next day.

My son-in-law, James (Jim) Carson, Jr., four years ago began to “treat” his dad to a spring training trip to Arizona and had taken Jim’s two sons along as well. I have been offered the same trip but always have a reason not to be able to go.

This year my daughter and grandchild Evan also went along. The whole family is pretty attuned to sports. I even recall my daughter at about age 10 keeping score at Delano tournament baseball games when I announced them on the radio into the 80s.

They watched two Dodger games, and Jim got to speak with friend Brant Brown from Porterville, who is now the Dodger assistant batting coach. A few years back during the off-season, Jim hired Brant to teach batting to Connor and Cole. The last fall Evan had spent time with Brant’s daughter when they visited my daughter’s family, so Brant knew Evan well.

Before the game Evan joined a group of young fans along a walkway to seek autographs, and Evan said she got several pitchers, including Dodger starter Rich Hill. She was spotted by Brant who passed over a fence a bat to her that had been signed by several of the Dodger players. Evan was really impressed by Dodger manager Dave Roberts whom she said signed every autograph from seekers along the fence line.

My grandsons are both attending Porterville College this year and are in the same calculus class but doing well as they have straight As between them.

Connor, who turned 21 in the fall, is looking for a good business school and considering becoming a CPA. He has shown interest in UCLA, USC, Fresno State, Stanford and UC Berkeley. He and dad Jim went to UC and Stanford campuses s week before Easter, but he was not impressed at Cal. He reported that classes must have been out for spring break at Stanford where there was nobody around. But as he and his dad walked along a pathway, a bicyclist went by and said hello. It was then that he realized that it was Andrew Luck, the Stanford grad and now professional quarterback. When Connor realized who it was, he turned and ran toward him to seek an autograph, but Luck replied that he had to hurry to a meeting. What a great chance opportunity for my grandson!!!.

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Junior midfielder Edgar Garza and junior forward Carlos Macias of the Division V central section boys’ championship Cesar Chavez soccer team have been chosen to the All-Area Bakersfield Californian second team in soccer.

Oscar Sanchez of Robert F. Kennedy was named honorable mention.

Eustolia Beltran of the Cesar Chavez girls’ soccer team has gained honorable mention in All-Area choices of The Californian.

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Cesar Chavez varsity baseball had posted a 7-0 record before falling in four games in the Selma Tournament.

Immanuel Academy scored five runs in the fourth inning on the way to a 10-0 blanking of CCHS. D. Dominguez and Eric Barraza tagged the only Chavez hits.

Four CCHS pitchers could not hold McLane-Fresno which downed CCHS, 11-3. Ramon Lopez laced two Chavez hits.

Ian Zuniga cracked the only Chavez hit and Rudy Gonzalez drove in the only run for CCHS in a 7-1 loss to Minarets.

Tourney host Selma tumbled CCHS, 12-2. Julian Franco was 2-for-3 with an RBI as Chavez had just five hits in the game.

Delano, meanwhile, had won four in a row to take the National Division of the North-Terrio Classic in early March, but the Tigers lost two league games to start the East Yosemite League.

Then at the San Diego Lions tournament, Delano opened with three straight triumphs. DHS beat Lowell-San Francisco, 2-1, in 8 innings as Nate Cardenas and Jesse Perigo both cracked two DHS hits to back the pitching of brothers Angel and Casey Jasso.

The Tigers scored in the fifth to shave Morse-San Diego, 1-0.

Cardenas was one of four Tiger pitchers and the winner in a 12-1 drubbing of Contreras-Los Angeles. Gabe Ulloa belted 3-for-4 and scored three runs and Perigo, Alex Carrillo, Brandyn Perez and Guadalupe Leyva all clubbed two Delano hits.

DHS (10-3) was to close the tourney against Maranatha Christian-San Diego.

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Delano softball girls dropped to 4-7 on the season with losses to Sierra Union, Mt. Whitney, 13-6, and Farmersville, 8-6, in a Tulare tournament.

After the tourney Delano had a home game Friday, April 6, against Bishop, the first meeting ever of the two schools.

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Abigail Carino scored six points in the Kern High School District all star girls’ basketball game March 21, but that was not the highlight for her.

The Cesar Chavez High School senior prior to the game sank five 3-point baskets to outgun the other 14 girls in the contest. Then in the regular game she made a pair of treys to give her six points for the game.

Also participating was Christen Castulo of Robert F. Kennedy High School.

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Jasmine Vineyards, R&F Disposal, and the Class of 1958 are the first groups to respond to a request from Delano High’s counseling department for contributions to the school’s scholarship fund.

Individuals, businesses, or groups wishing to contribute may call head counselor Sandra Oropeza, 720-4133, during school hours.

Scholarships are to be announced at the annual Senior Awards Night on May 17 at 5 p.m. in the school auditorium.

Gary Girard is a longtime resident of Delano. He can be reached at 661-725-8803.

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