Warrior Booster Club & Alumni Newsletter
2008-09; Volume 2, Issue 1

Posted by Tom Shea, Warrior Booster Club, on February 17, 2009.

Congrats To The Champions!

Tehachapi closed a banner 2008 with four league titles, a section-runner up and two section championships, setting great momentum for the rest of the 2008-2009 school year.

Highlighting the season was Mountain Football (10-4 record) and Mountain Tennis (17-3 record). The volleyball team also reached the CIF championship and clinched a state-playoff berth for the second consecutive year, going to the CIF championship for the third time in four years and setting a new SSL record for most wins in one season of volleyball (33-6).

In league, the varsity girls golf team won a championship in their first-ever season, while junior varsity football, junior varsity girls cross country and junior varsity girls tennis all won SSL titles.

In football, Steve Denman coupled last season’s ALL-TIME ’winningest’ coach in Kern Country (221st win over Highland-Bakersfield) with unanimous All-Area 2008 Coach of the Year honors.

Our Warriors won the school’s 10th Central Section championship in school history this past month with a thrilling 21-14 victory over Hanford! To put the championship in perspective for football…since 1980 Tehachapi has been to 14 CIF title games in 28 years (1 out of every 2 years) and has won seven titles during that span (a CIF championship every four years). An amazing accomplishment!

Congrats to all of the THS athletes and coaches on their fabulous seasons!

Tehachapi is the TOP school in Division III in 2008-2009, with three out of four fall varsity sports reaching the CIF Championship! The success is a tribute to the hard work of the young men and woman and the sacrifice made by the parents and coaches…thank you to EVERYONE for representing Tehachapi so well!

Warrior Booster Club 2008-09 Officers

Chuck Hansen (President), Larry McDonald (Vice President), Maria Curiel (Secretary), Lisa Lopez (Treasurer), Pam Booth (Fundraising), Bob Papac (Concessions Director), Megan Booth (Meet the Warrior), Tom Shea (Media Relations).

Want to recognize a Warrior contributor in the next newsletter? Please let Tom Shea or another Booster officer know by email, and the Boosters will be sure to give them special recognition in a future publication!

Warrior Scholarship Deadline Approaching

Senior athletes (and parents)….don’t forget to apply for the Warrior Booster Club scholarship (four will be awarded at $750 apiece). The deadline to apply is March 31st. Drop by the main office at Tehachapi High to get more info.

Warrior Individual Fall Sports Honors
Upcoming Events and Fundraisers



JV Cheer – Amber Erwin
Varsity Cheer – Brittany Foster
Varsity Golf – Kaylee Duxbury
Boys Cross Country – Adam Moreno
Girls Cross Country – Brenda Gonzalez
Freshman Football – Jack Blewett
JV Football – Michael Lowder
Varsity Football – Garrett Coontz
JV Tennis – Caitlin Burris
Varsity Tennis – Katja Thacker
Freshman Volleyball – Sarah Breen
JV Volleyball – Bre Farinas
Varsity Volleyball – Sam Nunnally


JV Cheer – Brittany Stevens
Varsity Cheer –Tawnya Steele
Varsity Golf – Tarah Steinbach
Boys Cross Country – Corey Bowman
Girls Cross Country – Alexandria Pearson
Freshman Football – Marcus Curiel
JV Football – Adam Bullard
Varsity Football – Derek Lange
JV Tennis – Erica Lange
Varsity Tennis – Melody Henderson
Freshman Volleyball – Delaney Dragomanovich
JV Volleyball – Lauren Smith
Varsity Volleyball – Shelby Flick


JV Cheer – Madison McKay
Varsity Cheer – Calilee Moore
Boys Cross Country – Nathan Rowe
Girls Cross Country – Jessica Campbell
JV Tennis – Elizabeth Oglesby
Varsity Tennis – Desiree Ortiz
JV Volleyball – Taylor Cross
Varsity Volleyball – Kelsey Kapitzke


Adam Mullen (First Team All-Area, Hometown Sports Player of the Year, Hometown Sports All-Star Team, US Army Arena Bowl Automatic Bid), Josh Strauss (First Team All-Area, Hometown Sports All-Star Team, US Army Arena Bowl Automatic Bid), Garrett Coontz (Second Team All-Area, Hometown Sports All-Star Team), Derek Lange (Second Team All-Area, Hometown Sports All-Star Team)

All-SSL - First Team, Adam Mullen (RB), Josh Strauss (RB), Dominic Chavarria (OL), Matt Bloom (TE), Garrett Coontz (LB), Derek Lange (LB), Travis Hall (DL), John King (DL), Second Team; Drew Howell (OL), Vince Ortiz (OL), Kevin Ruiz (OL), Jason Hail (LB); Honorable Mention, Kurtis Knudson (QB), Eric Harroun (LB), Niko Taliulu (OL), Neal Herman (DB), Nick Howell (DB), Jake Reimer (K)


All-SSL – First Team, Aly Pulford, Persephonie Devereaux, Sarah Horcher; Second Team, Sam Nunnally, Pagie Woodward, Jasmine Julye; Honorable Mention, Jami Lankin


All-SSL – Danielle Tildahl (Elite-7), Adam Moreno, Charles Hansen, AJ Snider, Taylor Stainer, Rachel Evans, Erin Golackson, Megan Bryant, Jessica Campbell, Brenda Gonzalez.


All-SSL – First Team, Katja Thacker, Abby Croy; Second Team, Hannah Trott, Nicole Miller, Chelsea Maduena; Honorable Mention, Bailey Hutchinson, Desiree Ortiz, Katie Burford, Melody Henderson


All-SSL – First Team, Tarah Steinbach, Ashley Carter, Sarah Duggan; Second Team, Kaylee Duxbury

Upcoming Events & Fundraisers

Please see the attached Flyer for the upcoming “Best of the West” Athletics Fundraiser! This will be an adult only dinner and dancing…mark your calendar…it is Tehachapi’s CAN’T MISS event of the Spring! Saturday, May-9 from 5 p.m. to midnight…tickets can be purchased by contacting Maria Curiel (823-1668) or Pam Booth (342-2579)

The ever-popular bean-bag toss is also back on the courts at half time of the varsity basketball games! Please make sure to come and watch the defending CIF champion Warriors and SSL champion Lady Warriors…and stick around at intermission to participate in this halftime-fun event! Thank you to all local business sponsors that donate the prize for our winner(s)!

Booster meetings are the second Tuesday of every month at Kelcy’s Resaurant, starting at 6:30pm. In a slight change of plans…the meeting this month will be this Wednesday (Feb-11) at Kelcy’s (6:30pm). Hope you can make it! Anyone and everyone are encouraged to attend month-to-month.

Championship DVD For Sale!

For all that are interested in a memento from the Tehachapi Warriors CIF championship season, a DVD highlight video from all 14 games is available for sale for the low price of $5.

All profits from the sale will be given back to the Tehachapi Warrior football program. If you are interested in a copy, please contact Tom Shea at tnjshea@earthlink.net for more information. Previous championship season DVDs (1985, 1993, 2003 and 2007) are also available for sale at $5 apiece.