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Big Sky Conference’s winningest coach remembers BVU roots

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The winningest coach in Big Sky Conference men’s basketball is a 1982 Buena Vista University graduate remembered more for baseball at his alma mater.

“In basketball, I was basically a walk-on,” says Randy Rahe, who earned his 300th victory as men’s basketball coach at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, earlier this season. “I was definitely a role player.”

Rahe, a native of Bancroft, was a four-year starter on the baseball diamond for BVU Hall-of-Famer, the late Coach Jay Beekmann. Rahe played second base for the Beavers, who earned league titles and defeated the defending national champs, the University of California at Stanislaus, in the 1980 regional tournament.

“I couldn’t wait to get to baseball practice when I was a student at Buena Vista,” Rahe says. “I loved Coach Beekmann to death. He was a great person, a great mentor, a man who taught me so much about life.”

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Turlock High basketball says goodbye to longtime coach

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The Turlock High School boys basketball program will look a bit different next season as its leader, Doug Cornfoot, retires from coaching the varsity team. 

After 15 years and three league championships, Cornfoot decided to hang it up following the COVID-shortened 2020 season, where the Bulldogs finished third in Central California Athletic League play with a 5-4 record. 

After 20 total years of coaching, which included five years at Delhi High School before he came to Turlock, Cornfoot noted that the decades had taken a toll on his body and resulted in many sleepless nights. The absence of summer ball last year helped him realize it was time to step back from the sport, he said.

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Pitman basketball star excels in Turlock and beyond

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When it comes to Pitman High School basketball standout Abbie DiGrazia, it’s clear there are several factors responsible for her success in the sport so far: hard work, a positive attitude and an excellent support system behind her. 

It was DiGrazia’s grandfather who first put a basketball in her hands, she said, inspiring her to follow in the footsteps of her mother and aunt, who both played college basketball at Chico State, as well as her father, a former collegiate basketball player who also played professionally in the Philippines. The sport is definitely a family affair for DiGrazia, and after her grandpa signed her up for a basketball league in elementary school, the rest was history.

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Recent signing ceremonies showcase Pitman’s athletic success

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Students at Pitman High School are no stranger to excelling both academically and athletically, a winning trait of the Pride which resulted in a myriad of athletes committing to play their respective sports at the college level this year — five of whom signed their National Letters of Intent this past week. 

Boys soccer player Xavier Barajas (University of California, Merced) and pole vaulter Jarod Moren (Pacific University) both signed with the respective colleges last week, while basketball standouts Josiah Frank (Willamette University), Gurbir Grewal (Pacific University) and Jessica Smith (Bryn Mawr College) put ink to paper on Monday. 

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Former Bullpup commits to Stanislaus State of Turlock

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Ryan Johnson arrived at College of the Sequoias in the fall of 2018 as a football-playing quarterback.

He departs in the spring of 2021 as a basketball-playing guard-forward combo with the opportunity to continue his academic and athletic career at the four-year university level.

The former Hanford High standout has committed to play basketball at NCAA Division II Stanislaus State of Turlock after two standout seasons with the Giants.

"RJ was incredible during his time at COS," Sequoias coach Dallas Jensen said. "Being able to see his growth and maturation as a player, student and person was amazing. I'm beyond proud of him for his accomplishments on and off the floor."

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