More than 60 athletes took part in Spring Football drills last week at Tehachapi High School. Above, returning Warrior running back
Skylar Valencia took a handoff from quarterback Chris Llamas, wearing the black shirt. Photo by Michael Duffy, The Tehachapi News

THS Holds Spring Drills For New Season

Posted June 1, 2013 by Tom Shea, The Tehachapi News

Mountain Football recently signaled in the new year with spring football this past month, working on reps and conditioning for the upcoming fall season.

Tehachapi had nearly 60 athletes in attendance for drills over the past couple of weeks, many of whom were returning players from last season's varsity, jayvee and freshmen squads.

"We have a good group this year, good leadership," said head coach Steve Denman. "This is just the beginning. There is still a lot of work to do, but we're heading in the right direction."

The Warriors will return nearly all of their underclassmen players that played on varsity last season, including first team all-league athletes Joseph Blewett (Offensive Line), Dakota Medovitch (wideout/punter), Ty Curry (Linebacker), Angel Garcia (Linebacker, Defensive Line) and Steven Cross (Defensive Back).

The Warriors finished last season with an 8-3 (4-1 SEYL) record, reaching the playoffs for the 16th consecutive year.

The 2013 schedule will be nearly identical to last season, with pre-season games scheduled against Exeter, Burroughs, Liberty, Arvin and West, and a league games against East, Highland, Foothill, North and Garces. For a full schedule, please visit

2013 Mountain Football

Varsity Returners & Spring Football Participants -- Bobby Sharp (QB, LB), Logan Soto (TE, DE), Sean Casey (OL, DL), Noah Owens (OL, DL), Gunther Murphy (TE, DL), Joseph Barba (OL, DL), Justin Handy (WR, DB), Dakota Medovitch (WR, DB, P), Greg Dodge (OL, DL), Dylan Smith (OL, DL), Nathan Evans (RB, LB), Ty Curry (RB, LB), Caleab Hutto (RB, DB), Micah Fjeld (TE, LB), Skylar Valencia (RB, DB), Isaiah Hutto (RB, DB), Steven Cross (RB, DB), Christian Terle (RB, LB), David Carter (RB, LB), Trey Abarquez (OL, DL), Mikal Moore (WR, DB), Michael Bailey (TE, LB), Ethan Averett (TE, LB), Chris Rhodes (RB, DB), Rocky Radcliff (OL, DL), Oscar Bejar (OL, DL), Connor O'Neal (OL, DL), Jacob Gray (RB, DB), Chris Llamas (QB, DB), Angel Garcia (RB, LB/DL), Gabe Dodge (OL, LB).

Additional Spring Football Participants -- Josiah Bartlett, Anthony Curiel, Chris Flores, Juan Cabrera, Colton Main, Nick Steele, Willy Urciel, Jerry Castaneda, Mitchell Marquez, Billy Schuster, Zach Allen, Trevor Newton, Sam Hanley, PJ Simunovich, Luke Potter, Ben Farinas, Connor Bethany, Jake Walters, Nathan Collier, Colten Eaton, Thomas Blewett, Caleb Huebner, Nic Ledesma, Jacob Gonzales, Lars Olofson, Kris Breedlove, Kyler Sasser, Ben Fleener, Cade Temple, Jacob Onufrak, Jonathan Hurtado, Wyatt Jorgensen, Andrew Lindsey, Eric Smith, Noah Whitlach, Zachary Birch, Ray Hackleman, Thomas Duran, Fletcher Allen, Austin Langon, George Reyes, Octavio Llamas, Ryan Poulson, Braden Ryan, Naithan Sischo, Chris Rosey, Casey Floie, Josh Corona, Teddy Diefenderfer, Jonathan Setter, Evan Hackney, Victor Rodriguez, George Ramirez, Shane Vohraesfeld, Devin Kohnen, Trent Reynolds, Tyler Kroeger, Michael Rosenberg.

Upcoming Events for Mountain Football

Weight Training / Summer Lifting - Tehachapi will be holding workouts in the gym weight room for the varsity (6 a.m.) and junior varsity/freshmen (5:30 p.m.) starting on Monday, June 17 and going through Thursday, July 25. Weight training will be Monday through Thursday each week.

Tomahawk Youth Football Clinic -- The Warriors will be holding a youth football clinic for the Tomahawks program Monday through Wednesday, June 24-26, at the Benz-Visco Youth Football Fields (5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. each day).

Summer Practice - Summer Practice officially starts on Monday, July 29. Varsity will start practice in the morning (6 a.m.) and evening (6 p.m.), while the jayvee and freshmen teams will practice in the evening (5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.). Players will need to have physical and paperwork on file prior to the first day of practice.

Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser - Ed Grimes will be graciously volunteering his time and efforts to help the Warriors, Braves and Indian teams with a Fourth-of-July Pancake Breakfast held annually at the City Park. Tickets are $5 and will be sold every Thursday at the Farmer's Market / Railroad Park (June 13, 20, 27) by football players. Please purchase a pancake breakfast ticket and support Mountain Football.

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